Talk Back: Obama's speech
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Lafayette: Never forgetting 9/11

DAN ROSENSTRAUCH/StaffHerb Lederman of Moraga salutes the American Flag during the opening ceremony of the Lafayette Flag Brigade's 13th Annual 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil on Sept. 
Upcoming public meetings in Lamorinda  
There are so many intriguing, entertaining and thought-provoking shows playing right now that I hardly know where to begin. OMG, I Love That Show Productions takes us back to November 1963 with its powerful presentation of the musical "Dogfight" at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts.  
Janice De Jesus
Exhibits on the walls of CoCo administrative building "an accessible way of sharing creativity"  
Walnut CreekBedford: Celebrating 100 years through artTo honor Walnut Creek's centennial, the Bedford Gallery will host an exhibition Sept. 21 through Nov.  
Courtesy of Kent Crosswell
Various factors likely to keep seniors community the only one of its kind in the Bay Area  
Rossiter, Epstein should be re-electedAs a former school board member in Orinda, I know what qualities to look for in a school board candidate -- a focus on the best education for all students, past experience volunteering in the public schools, and an ability to collaborate well with other board  
LAFAYETTEDiablo Symphony season starts Oct. 4The Diablo Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season begins Saturday, Oct, 4 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette.  
Lamorinda's BestFood/Wine 'All In a Jar - Canning Basics with Penny Porter,' Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center -- 3:30-5 p.m. Sept.  
LafayetteLafayette Art and Wine Festival Friday, SaturdayThe annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, once again expected to attract 65,000 to 70,000 visitors to sample the city's food, art, wine and entertainment, is set to take place this weekend, Sept.  
Beachy getaways: Three great Santa Cruz hotels

Santa Cruz is close enough for day tripping, but the city and beach offer so many things to do, it's tempting to make a weekend of it. And these three hotels -- the Paradox, Beach Street Inn and Pacific Blue -- make it even more irresistible.