( )
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 
As several fire county fire agencies recover from the Great Recession, the East Contra Costa and Rodeo-Hercules fire districts are struggling to survive, putting residents at risk well beyond their borders.  
LafayetteThe Lafayette police log was not available this week.Moraga The following excerpts are from the Moraga police log:Tuesday, Sept. 15 theft: In the 600 block of Moraga Road, a caller reported at 5:50 p.  
You can walk through a 5-acre field looking for Indian corn and popcorn and take home a share of what you harvest (bring your own bag). Other attractions will include magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and historic craft demonstrations. Ardenwood's train will be on track, the pumpkin patch will be open, and docents will lead tours of the park's historic Patterson House.  
Lafayette Art Gallery has new, extended hoursAs of Oct. 1, the Lafayette Art Gallery has new and extended hours.The gallery will be open from noon to 6 p.  
Yoga instructor offers tips for inner transformation  
Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre turns into a bawdy music hall as it presents five-time Tony Award-winning musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," by Rupert Holmes.  
Affordable housing discussion set Oct. 22AnaMarie Avila Farias, housing program analyst at the Housing Authority of Contra Costa, will discuss solutions for the Bay Area housing crisis at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club.  
Kristopher Skinner
Bookstore in Lafayette closing after 30 years  
Winter shelter Community meeting: 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Walnut Creek Community Center Conference Room, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Trinity Center working with Walnut Creek to use Armory behind Civic Park for nighttime shelter for up to 30 homeless people from Dec.