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San Ramon photographer specializes in glamor shots of the four-legged set

The East Bay SPCA relies on the volunteer work of people like Heidi Eder to adopt out pets. 
Cemetery residents to "come alive" during San Ramon Valley museum tour
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley will offer a tour of the Alamo Cemetery on April 26, which will feature historic re-enactors sharing the history of the area's earliest pioneers. 

Around Alamo: Round Hill hosting fundraiser for Richmond teens
It is always such an honor to have the opportunity, via my column, to focus the spotlight on local folks who give back so much to the community, and to spread the word about their worthwhile organizations. 

Park It: East Bay Earth Day activities going on this weekend
Activities in celebration of Earth Day are planned at several of the East Bay Regional Parks in coming days; you can take your pick.At the Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley, interpretive student aide Julia Burks will lead an Earth Day recycling program from 2 to 3 p. 

Valley Life: NPR way better than (most) pop music on dial
I used to pride myself on my taste in radio stations. I listened to everything across the dial, from classical to pop to hip-hop to indy to rock. I checked out the upbeat Hispanic stations, the quirky KPFA, and even found an old '50s station via satellite. 

Contra Costa Times editorial: Contra Costa Auditor-Controller Bob Campbell deserves another term
He has, by our observation and from accounts of those who depend on him for information, done an excellent job leading the office since he was elected in 2010. 

Contra Costa Times editorial: Karen Sakata obvious choice for Contra Costa schools superintendent
After 14 years as a school principal, Sakata has worked in the county Office of Education for the past six. She understands the complex policy issues facing a superintendent -- and the importance of keeping the job independent.  

Small college notebook: RaeAnn Garza the face of success for Ohlone College softball
RaeAnn Garza, a freshman team captain and former James Logan High star, has led the Ohlone softball to an 25-11 overall record with her prowess in the circle and at the plate.  

Walnut Creek What's Happening: Bronco Baseball Academy
Bronco Baseball Academy -- Registration open for youth summer camps running through the end of July. For boys and girls ages 5-12. For info on times and sessions vist www. 

Livermore Between the Vines: On Earth Day, red, white winemakers proud to be green, too
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and wine making in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. 

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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.