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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. 
The Danville police department will participate in Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration-sponsored event invites residents to turn in unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs.  
 
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.  
 
J.B. FidelibusRainesacademicGraduates announced: The University of Oregon, Eugene, has announced its winter term 2014 graduation list, which includes the following Danville residents: Michael Scott Gailey, bachelor of science in general social science; Alexandria Marissa King, bachelor of arts in  
 
DANVILLEFourth annual festival to celebrate Earth DayThe town is hosting its fourth annual Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Town Green at 400 Front St.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
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Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

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