( courtesy of Lisa Hicks )
Around Alamo: Girls help save sea turtles in Costa Rica

They learned about the ongoing efforts to help the country's sea turtles, which are an endangered species, and also assisted in the hatchery. Nights, however, were devoted to protecting the animals, as they helped the experienced conservationists watch over the turtles as they laid their eggs. 
Walnut Creek Bulldawgs -- Registration open for part-time and full-time players for fall ball season. Professional coaching will be provided for all levels, which are 8U-14U.  
The new Congress member talked to the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club and answered questions on a variety of topics Aug. 27 at Crow Canyon Country Club. DeSaulnier said he hasn't made up his mind on the controversial Iran nuclear deal but is leaning toward supporting it.  
The East Bay Regional Park District boasts hundreds of miles of trails that are open to mountain bikes. Overall, most mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians share the trails with few problems. But, with ever-increasing numbers of park visitors, occasional conflicts are inevitable.  
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Wendy Arbuckle of the Brunswick Trios shot a near perfect 289 game on the way to a 719 set. Tino Fassio of the Wednesday Wonders shot a 244-659/+143.  
Youth sports: Tri Valley Babe Ruth team wins World Series  
After nine years of scrutiny, the Danville Hotel is nearly fully leased and 400 people are on a waiting list for the attached 1,000-square-feet condos that have hit the million-dollar mark.  
Through -- Sept. 12 Inside and Out: Plein Air and Studio Works -- Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This exhibit features recent works by seven Bay Area artists who paint together for inspiration and challenge.  
The city posts public notices to recruit new commission applicants in spring and again in late summer. The slots become available as terms expire or members leave their posts for personal reasons. Nine openings are in the process of being filled this season.  
Because of his continued efforts with LVPAC and the Bankhead Theater specifically, the organization will honor Scott Haggerty, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  
(Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)
'Star Wars' BB-8 droid is an instant hit

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ merchandise unveiling has fans waiting in line outside stores.