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The Community of Orinda

Orinda is a truly distinguished community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Located east of Oakland and within 30 minutes of downtown San Francisco, Orinda is situated in southwest Contra Costa County, California. Orinda incorporated as a city in 1985, after more than 100 years of gradual development.

Arguably the most beautiful city in Contra Costa County, Orinda is the proud host of the California Shakespeare Theater and the California Independent Film Festival events. The City of Orinda will celebrate its 29th anniversary over the 2014 July 4th weekend.

The City of Orinda is a family-oriented community which offers its residents a serene setting in contrast to the more urban existence of the surrounding area. The tree-studded hillsides of the 12.8 square-mile city contribute to Orinda's aesthetic beauty. Natural beauty, excellent schools, safety, history, culture, serenity and its proximity to major San Francisco Bay locations and activities with easy freeway access and its own BART station make Orinda a delightful place in which to live, visit, and shop.

The Orinda Library: Your Neighborhood Library
 

The Orinda Library is known for its beautiful facility, its free wi-fi access, and its wonderful selection of books and movies. But, did you know that it is also a great resource for local business owners?

One of the library’s hidden gems is its online Business Guide at http://guides.ccclib.org/business, which has everything from marketing strategies to business license information and county code requirements. This guide is a true one-stop-shop for the small business owner. As part of the Contra Costa County Library system and the Link+ partnership, the Orinda Library gives you access to materials from all over the county, as well as numerous library systems throughout the states of California and Nevada.
 


Theatre Square shopping complex


Orinda Library. The Orinda Chamber office is located within this complex.

So, whether you need books to help you write that marketing plan or learn to use your new accounting software, the library can help you find what you need. Most of all, the Orinda Library welcomes our local business community to partner with us in delivering innovative programs. Do you have an idea for an informational workshop that you think the public would enjoy? Let us know. Or if you are interested in learning about a specific topic of your own, give us a call. We are always open to new program ideas and suggestions.
 
The Orinda Library is located at 24 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563. Call the library at 925-254-2184 and speak with one of our friendly staff members or click here to visit our web page. We hope to hear from you soon.
 

Orinda City Hall

Photos by David Wakely

Orinda City Hall

Orinda City Hall Interior

The 13,900-square foot Orinda City Hall is at the forefront of eco-friendly government construction in the Bay Area. It’s one of the first city halls in California to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)—a third-party green-verification system that is now mandatory for city government buildings in places like Berkeley, Pleasanton and San Jose, but not in smaller towns like Orinda. Designers Siegel and Strain expect to earn a LEED silver or gold certificate based on the building’s indoor air quality, low energy consumption and use of local materials and resources.

Located on a hill within walking-distance to downtown, the building now houses the police, administrative, planning, public works and building departments and represents an end to 20 years of housing city functions in temporary settings.

Orinda Attractions

Shakespeare Theater
The internationally known California Shakespeare Theater (510-548-9666) has its regular season from June to October at the beautiful Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in Orinda. The Theater's conservatory operates throughout the year, featuring programs for children, teenagers, young actors, teachers and adults. Website: www.calshakes.org

Theatre Square
The historic Orinda Theatre (925-254-9060), a beautifully refurbished art deco masterwork, is the centerpiece of Orinda's Theatre Square (925-254-1978), a retail, restaurant and office complex with more than 30 unique and wonderful stores. Theatre Square Website: www.orindatheatresquare.com


Live at the Orinda

A gala night of champagne and comedy at the landmark Orinda Theatre featuring side-splitting comedians, presented each March by The Orinda Chamber of Commerce.

 

The California Independent Film Festival
Presented each April, this cavalcade of classic films with their stars often making personal appearances at the festive events is for all a highlight of the year. The California Independent Film Festival (website: CAIFF) also presents numerous other film events in Orinda throughout the year.  

Independence Day celebration
The Orinda community throws a fantastic Independence Day celebration every year. Be sure not to miss the fun! For more information about the events from The Orinda Association, click here
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The Orinda Classic Car Show
Each September a fantastic collection of classic automobiles rolls into Orinda and admission to the show is free. Packed with nostalgia and automotive perfection, this show is preceded by a gala dinner-dance event where all the owners and fans gather for a Friday evening of fun the night before the show. The 2014 Tenth Anniversary Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend will start with the Dancing with the Cars party on Friday, September 12th at 7 p.m. with the Car Show the following day, Saturday, September 13th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next day, Sunday, September 14th, at the classic Orinda Theatre there will be Speed On The Screen movie night with two showings at 5:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. Save the dates to make sure you don't miss these great events spanning the entire weekend. See more at www.OrindaCarShow.com

Parks and Preserves
The Orinda community is surrounded by several large park and regional preserves, including Tilden Park, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones Open Space, and Lafayette Reservoir. Orinda is at the crossroads of many National and Regional Trail systems. These include The American Discovery Trail, The deLaveaga Trail, The East Bay Regional Park Trail System, as well as several local walking areas. The City has received the designation of "Trail Town U.S.A." by the American Hiking Association.

Trails
In 1996, the City of Orinda won a Trail Town USA designation for planning an exemplary trail system that promotes non-motorized transportation. Orinda was cited for the de Laveaga Trail, which begins downtown and connects with regional trails. The East Bay Municipal Utilities (EBMUD) trail at Wagner Ranch connects to the American Discovery Trail. The St. Stephen's pedestrian and bicycle trail begins at Bates Boulevard and Davis Drive, linking with the East Bay Regional Park Trail system, and runs along the east-bound lanes of Highway 24 to St. Stephen's Drive. The trail connects Orinda to the Lafayette Reservoir.

EBMUD Trails

San Pablo Dam
The EBMUD owns about 27,000 acres of land and water in the East Bay hills. There are over fifty miles of trails available on EBMUD land. The San Pablo Dam Recreation Area is operated by EBMUD and offers hiking trails, picnic and barbeque facilities, a marina and a playground facility.

Wilder Trail System
The Wilder development will have miles of trails that explore the valley and the nearby regional parks that are open to the public. Hiking biking and horse trails will be provided. Learn more - click here.

Trail Maps
Trail maps may be obtained at the Orinda Community Center or by contacting EBMUD at (510) 835-3000.

Lamorinda Trail Council
The Lamorinda Trail Council promotes local trails through the distribution of maps and by involvement in community events. For more information on the Trail Council, contact John Fazel at (925) 254-7341.

 


 

 

Orinda Restaurants
 

Orinda Links

City of Orinda

www.cityoforinda.org

Orinda k-8 Schools

www.orindaschools.org

High Schools

www.acalanes.k12.ca.us

Orinda Association

www.orindaassociation.org

Orinda Community Center

www.cityoforinda.org

Orinda Community Foundation www.orindacommunityfoundation.org
Hiking Trails

www.discoverytrail.org

A Hiker's Guide to Poisonous Plants www.kremp.com/the-hikers-guide-to-poisonous-plants-articles.htm
East Bay Regional Parks District

www.ebparks.org

Orinda Library www.ccclib.org
Social Security News www.socialsecurity.gov/newsletter
Community Links

Orinda Statistics

Orinda Weather:  http://www.idcide.com/weather/ca/orinda.htm 

Population (U.S. Census Data)

The total population of Orinda is 17,485
12,347 are aged 21 and over.

Age

  • Under 5               6.3%
  • 18 & over           73.8%
  • 65 and over        18.4%
  • The median age is 46.1 years of age.
Ethnic Characteristics
 
Asian  11.4% 
Black or African American  0.8%
Hispanic or Latino of any race 4.6%
Am. Indian or Alaskan Native 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
Other  0.7%
Not Hispanic or Latino 91.6%
White 82.4%
Percentages shown are rounded
U.S. Census terms used

Household Size
  • There are 6,372 households in Orinda.
  • The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.08.
Education
  • 98.3% are high school graduates.
  • 77.2% have Bachelor's degrees.
  • 39.9% have Graduate or Professional degrees.
Income
  • The median family income is $183,279.
  • The per capita income is $76,830.
Home Values
  • There are 6,798 homes in Orinda and the average sales price is about $1,238,900. (Source)

Source: United States Census, and the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS.

 

 

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