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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 City Council will consider the fate of a contested 10,000 square-foot home on April 13.  
A committee of Contra Costa County education, business and community partners has selected four finalists from among 20 eligible K-12 district Teacher of the Year representatives as County Teacher of the Year finalists. In September, two County Teachers of the Year will be named at an awards dinner honoring all of the district representatives.  
Annual Valley Leadership Prayer Breakfast, on Good Friday, patterned after idea that took shape in the 1930s  
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Local Christians, Jews and others join hands in San Ramon  
Free event open to the public, to feature traditional music, dancing, food  
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Judge to James L. Collin, convicted of second-degree murder for 2012 killing of girlfriend: "You never have taken responsibility."  
A Moraga man was convicted Wednesday for fraudulently covering up losses at a bank that eventually collapsed in the ninth largest failure of an FDIC-insured institution since 2007, officials said.  
Concert at church Master artists concert: 10:30 a.m. March 27, Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. www.ccpas.org.Flock of Flutes Singalong of 'The Sound of Music': 2 p.  
Directors approve setting up mechanism for funding retiree medical benefits  
Tuesday's TV picks: Cote de Pablo returns in 'The Dovekeepers'

Former 'NCIS' star' stars in two-part historical romance set during the Siege of Masada. Plus, 'Cougar Town' bids farewell in series finale.