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San Ramon: Dougherty Valley High hosts robotics contest

The VEX Robotics Tournament is one of hundreds of similar competitions held each year around the world. Sponsored by the VEX robotics platform, winners from local competitions move on to state, national and international tournaments. 
Challenger Adamich argues that real debate is needed; incumbents Storer and Stepper disagree.  
Despite their varied ages and athletic abilities, the hikers exploring the grassy slopes of Mount Diablo had a common goal: to help homeless who are served by Shelter Inc.  
Not invited to a Halloween party this year? Me either. And Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love dressing up as my alter ego (Nancy Drew?), giving out candy (the ones I don't like), then going to a haunted house party and eating appetizers that look like rats, playing games like "Name that body  
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When the 'dome' came down, this Mountain arose  
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  
Although the East Bay's fall colors are nowhere near as vivid as those in Eastern hardwood forests, there are still places where you can enjoy some seasonal beauty.  
Good stuffPlay ends Sunday "Avenue Q" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents "Avenue Q," a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.  
Vote 'yes' on 45; keep health care affordableHealth insurance companies have spent massive amounts of money to convince us to vote "no" on Proposition 45.  
eventsthrough oct. 31 Joan's Farm and Pumpkin Patch -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Oct. 1 through 31. Old-fashioned Halloween fun includes maze, Old West town, hay rides, farm animals, gem panning, gift shop and pumpkins.  
A Jack-o-tini for Halloween

This year's Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival attractions include all sort sof pumpkin treats, including jack-o-tinis, made by the new Half Moon Bay Distillery.