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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 
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John Muir Land Trust buys Carr Ranch property to preserve as open space and buffer to protect reservoir  
It's the 'Cheers'-like ambience and camaraderie that keep customers loyal  
Cooking with Kids Cooking with Kids first annual fundraiser and wine tasting: 3-6:30 p.m. May 30, 35 Hansen Court, Moraga. Wine tasting, food pairing from Rustic Tavern.  
Council will survey rental properties of 25 units or more  
Lafayette Art Gallery sets new show receptionThe Lafayette Gallery's current exhibit is "Spring It On Me." There will be a free reception from 5:30 to 9 p.  
Walnut Creek City Council: 6 p.m. June 2, City Council chamber, 1666 N. Main St. Planning Commission: 7 p.m. June 11, in the City Council chamber. Design Review: 7 p.  
Editor's note: This is the third part in an ongoing series about wasted food.Last time I wrote about the issue of "wasted" food. But, there are so many aspects of this topic that I felt they needed to be addressed in "bite-sized-morsels," if you will.  
Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival, and Taste of Lafayette, coming up; Moraga-Orinda Fire District open house May 16  
Carondelet's Christina Chenault wins two events at NCS Tri-Valley Area Track and field meet; Campolindo volleyball extends Division II dominance  
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Review: Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario. Bros. Edition

Of the two classic games now offered together on a mobile format, 'Puzzle & Dragons Z' is the stronger, with an addictive hook that will keep players busy for long car rides or waits at the airport. 
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Lindsay Lohan is finally off probation

'Mean Girls’ actress finished community service hours in a rush of work in recent weeks.