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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour in Contra Costa, Alameda counties highlights California's roots

40 gardens are pesticide-free, water-conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain at least 60 percent native plants 
Select businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are offered rebates of up to 50 percent of the cost of installing more energy-efficient equipment.  
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Othalie Graham lends Ariadne her 'grand, Wagnerian voice'  
Lamorinda has big plans, and Walnut Creek chips in, too  
Businesses take part in program to show foster youths snapshots of the working world  
Twilight hike Common Poorwill Bird Walk: 7 p.m. June 26, July 3 and 31, Mount Diablo. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Trailhead, 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Walnut Creek.  
Family Theatre Festival returns July 18The Chevron Family Theatre Festival will return this summer to the Lesher Center for the Arts July 18 for the ninth annual event with exciting new performers and popular favorites.  
Barnidge wrong about 'Terraces'Tom Barnidge wrote (June 26 Times) that the approval process for the Terraces of Lafayette housing project is too slow, and implies that the project should be approved.  
Walnut Creek City Council: 6 p.m. July 7, City Council chamber, 1666 N. Main St. Regular session begins at 7 p.m. Planning Commission: 7 p.m. July 9, in the City Council chamber.  
The following Gonzaga University students participated in graduation exercises during our Commencement Ceremony that was held on May 11 in Spokane's Veterans' Memorial Arena.  
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Did Tiger Woods cheat with Amanda Dufner?

Lindsey Vonn reportedly caught golfer with his competitor’s ex-wife, which is likely why they aren’t dating anymore.