Culture in Orinda
Orinda is home to the internationally-known California Shakespeare Festival that runs from June to October at the beautiful Bruns Memorial Amphitheater. The Festival's conservatory operates throughout the year, featuring programs for children, teenagers, young actors, teachers and adults. The historic Orinda Theatre -- a beautifully refurbished art deco masterwork -- is the centerpiece of Orinda's Theatre Square, a retail, restaurant and office complex with more than 30 unique and wonderful stores. The Orinda community throws a fantastic Independence Day celebration every year.
Academic standards are high in Orinda thanks to caring, active parents. School test scores from Orinda's public schools are ranked in the top 2% statewide. Nine out of 10 Miramonte High School graduates go on to college. Orinda is also home to John F. Kennedy University.
Parks & Recreation
Orinda is surrounded by several large parks 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.
Nearby Mount Diablo State Park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. Every season has its special qualities in the park -- beautiful wildflowers, an extensive trail system, fascinating wildlife and distinctive rock formations. Visitors can view the stars from its lofty heights, bike ride to its 3,849-foot summit or explore the more remote trails by horseback.
With all of that, it's no wonder Orinda is one of the most prestigious addresses in Contra Costa County, attracting many of the Bay Area's professionals and executives who live there because of its proximity to San Francisco as well as to other areas of business and leisure. Orinda offers its residents a quiet, peaceful setting away from the hubbub often associated with many other parts of the central county.
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