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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 
Neighborhood opposition to building 53 houses in semirural Tice Valley near Rossmoor has intensified as the project heads to the City Council for final consideration on Dec. 15.  
Roundabout planned at Pleasant Hill Road, Olympic Boulevard  
Tree lightings, Santa visits, holiday -themed activities scheduled  
Improved Moraga-Orinda Fire District finances prompt salary restoration ahead of schedule  
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as theater companies ready their holiday fare for local audiences.Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre starts things off with everyone's favorite 6-foot-plus rabbit "Harvey.  
'Wonders of the World' talk at Lafayette Library"Looking East: How Japan inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and other Western Artists" will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.  
Women's chorus concerts highlight traditional, new works  
Walnut Creek City Council: 6 p.m. Dec. 1, City Council chamber, 1666 N. Main St. Regular session begins at 7 p.m. Design Review Commission: 7 p.m. Dec.  
Post office boxholder warningU.S. Post Office box renters can no longer depend upon Walnut Creek's Main Post Office regarding pending bills. Instead, their box is locked, requiring a ransom fine to retrieve their mail.  
(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Holiday events 2015: Bay Area tree lightings, ice rinks and more

A community-by-community guide to holiday happenings, including parades, light displays and boutiques.