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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 
All Contra Costa County library branches offer a variety of programs for children and families. See branch listings for program information and for branch operating hours.  
 
LAMORINDAEmergency response team seeks volunteersRegistration for Lamorinda's CERT. training program in 2015 is now open, with the first class set to take place on Tues.  
 
Police log information from Lafayette and Moraga was not provided this week.OrindaThe following are from the Orinda police log:DEC. 14 battery: Reported at 6:19 p.  
 
Housing plans, labor negotiations, elections and a little Orinda girl dominate local news scene the past year  
 
Lamorinda's BestEvents OLLI @Lafayette Info Session -- 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 8. OLLI @Lafayette is a year-round learning community for adults over 50. Come-the Open House and learn more about the courses, lectures, and social programming and hear directly from the faculty about the courses and workshops  
 
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Jose Carlos Fajardo/StaffBig comeback brings Campo state titleCampolindo head coach Kevin Macy celebrates with the students in the audience as the final seconds run down on the clock while playing El Capitan in the fourth quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Division III state  
 
At the historic farm, staff will celebrate the new year with a series of monarch butterfly programs. The butterflies gather at Ardenwood annually as part of their multigenerational life cycle, clustering in shingle-like arrays in the park's eucalyptus groves  
 
The Concord Democrat, who handily beat Republican Tue Phan in November for election to the 11th Congressional District seat occupied for 40 years by the retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will host an open house early next year for the office at Civic Center