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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 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invites everyone to kick off East Bay's "Light The Night" on 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive in Berkeley.  
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Oakland and the regional park district, along with UC Berkeley, are the three local agencies involved in the project, partially financed with about $4.65 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the California Office of Emergency Services, for vegetation management, specifically eucalyptus trees, as part of fire hazard abatement in Claremont Canyon and other nearby areas.  
Firefighters on Wednesday morning controlled a 10-acre grass fire near state Highway 24 in Lafayette, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.  
Council directs staffers to ready documents of approval for The Homes at Deer Hill  
Local area baseball players now in the minor leagues  
'Just Eat It,' documentary, talk at library Tuesday  
MORAGA -- Police are asking for the public's help in taking specific steps to quell a spate of more than 20 auto burglaries over the last two weeks.The burglaries don't appear to be linked by particular proximity to a roadway or a local landmark, said Moraga Police Lt.  
Laura A. Oda
As charter schools are spreading in the East Bay and California, school districts and county offices of education are faced with challenges in deciding to approve or deny petitions, figuring out what level of oversight is appropriate, and trying to ensure that all students have access to a quality education. Although the state law allowing charters to operate in California was approved in 1992, charter petitions and renewals continue to be contentious in many communities.  
First such statewide educators' gathering to use teleconferencing, online meeting methods to bring 20,000 people together for July 31 daylong event  
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Want modern grange? Try Shed in Healdsburg

So much more than an award-winning cafe, Shed is an ode to local farming -- a market, flower shop, coffee bar, fermentation bar, garden shop and community gathering space and more. 
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Is Ben Affleck dating kids' nanny?

The actor's reps deny a report that he started to get close with his kids' 28-year-old nanny during his separation from Jennifer Garner.