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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 
Park visitors may easily access the app at ebparkstrailsafe.org to learn about park safety tips and trail use etiquette and to obtain public safety phone numbers.  
Be it to fight crime or respond to disasters, neighbors join together  
Walnut CreekLearn about Creative Work Fund artists' grantsThe San Francisco-based nonprofit Creative Work Fund is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its 2014-2015 grant cycle, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 available to Bay Area media and traditional artists and collaborating  
What could make a troubled couple's relationship even more complicated? Try a disappearing body. Improbable? Not in Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's "Wrong Window," running Aug.  
Clay, glass artists set the table in upcoming show  
Palestinians made bed they now lie inTo try to answer those who bash Israel (Jew and non-Jew) sitting in the comfort of homes not under attack by rockets is probably pointless.  
Leisurely ride will enable seeing the sights, visiting fiends and an escort into the Point  
Two adults escaped a fire at their Lafayette home that also singed 1.5 acres of wildland Friday evening.  
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
Aperitif hour

Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.