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Tri-Valley A&E: O'Neill Festival's theme this year -- desire

Partnering with downtown Danville's Role Players Ensemble, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's 2015 season features O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" at Tao House (Sept. 18-27) and Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Village Theater (Sept. 4-19). 
Gilbert and Sullivan fans have a treat this coming weekend as the Lamplighters Music Theatre brings its production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" to Walnut Creek's Lesher Center.  
 
Attorneys for Danville and developer SummerHill Homes are asking the court to overturn a ruling last year by Contra Costa County Judge Steven Austin in favor of Save Open Space Danville -- a group of residents who sued to upend the development. The case goes to court Tuesday  
 
Colin Ferreira to pitch for USA in big international tournament in Santa Domingo  
 
ARIC CRABB
Biology instructor Nan Ho, the driving force behind the idea, became convinced that the use of sophisticated posters would not only allow for the presentation of research results but would teach her students how more advanced scientists routinely share their work.  
 
D. ROSS CAMERON
The Tri-Valley branch of the California Writers Club's monthly events give audiences to the established or aspiring alike.  
 
You gather your neighbors, and the city's Parks and Community Services Department will supply the fun, including the invitation templates, timelines and even the Party in the Park Fun Kit which includes Frisbees, balls, and other play equipment as well as ideas for games and crafts.  
 
It comes as no surprise to people who know Noel Erler that he was once in show business. What does surprise people is how old he is. Erler, owner and operator of Chez Noel, a beauty salon in Danville, is 80. Handsome, fit, tanned and impeccably groomed, he looks years younger, and his buoyant personality and bright blue eyes belie his age.  
 
WCYAA Flag Football -- Registration open for upcoming season for boys and girls, grades 3-8. Season runs August-November, with games held on Saturdays at Foothill Middle School.  
 
Rick Probst/Tri-Valley Conservan
The nonprofit Tri-Valley Conservancy has once again asked photographers to go out and capture the beauty of the Tri-Valley. Organizers are looking for striking images of local wildlife, agriculture, ranchland, parks, open space and scenic rural landscapes taken in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Sunol and San Ramon.  
 
J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.