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Tri-Valley animal shelters brace for feline flood

The need for kitten homes and foster care is much higher from mid-April to October. 
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Monica Mazzocco Zucker, who died suddenly last month, helped raise ALS awareness and thousands of dollars for research into the disease that killed her husband.  
Advocates say that a recent influx of Mental Health First Aid federal funding could make certification classes for Mental Health First Aid as widespread as CPR classes.  
The ceremony culminated in a Lifetime Achievement Award for San Ramon Valley High English teacher Richard Ault, whose students shared their reflections on his impact on their lives.  
Veterans, active duty military and their families can learn how to buy a home using little-known financial assistance programs available in the Bay Area.  
If you're at a loss for something to do this coming weekend, the East Bay Regional Park District stands ready to assist with a dazzling array of special events.  
Steigerwald pitches Grizzlies by nationally ranked opponent in Elite 8 final  
Danville Bulls Summer Ball -- Registration open May 31-Aug. 2 for upcoming summer league for ages 13-18 and college level. Summer camps also available in June and July.  
Youth sports: Pleasanton Girls Softball League  
Granada, California win tournaments during Easter season  
Wine: Re-evaluating Napa's 2011 cabs

It's true that 2011 was a challenging year for Napa winemakers, but some of the cabernets from that year show finesse.