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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 
Although all available campsites in the East Bay Regional Parks are booked for Labor Day weekend, take heart: day-trippers can choose from what is almost an overabundance of activities and events. Let's start with the 14th Annual Historic Rail Fair at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont.  
 
'Artist-athlete' Hagata raising money to make interactive bike ride art exhibit a reality; his self-imposed Kickstarter funding deadline is Sunday night  
 
The headline above an Aug. 22 front page story about Lafayette climber Hans Florine indicated he had made a record July 13 climb up Yosemite National Park's Half Dome, but that climb was actually on El Capitan, also in Yosemite.  
 
Inaugural camp in Walnut Creek camp designed to teach skills, values; more area camps set for fall, winter, next summer  
 
After a summer break, students may benefit from a reminder that reading is fun. Parents can share a good book with their children and model powerful reading strategies which the students will be applying in Readers' Workshop throughout Lamorinda, Walnut Creek and San Ramon K-8 schools this fall,  
 
Pedestrian safety crucial for city staffMany residents in the Rockridge and Upper Rockridge neighborhoods along and near the Broadway corridor are expressing concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety.  
 
Even if you can't fight city hall, Glenn shows you can brighten it  
 
Walnut CreekTalks of the Muslim 'counternarrative'In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and  
 
Alameda's Altarena Playhouse offers a fun trip back to the 1960s with its current production of Marc Camoletti's comedy "Boeing Boeing." Running through Sept.  
 
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A gyoza-eating world champion, plus 'Portlandia' for real

Joey Chestnut just set a new world record for gyoza-consumption. A Midwestern food truck study reads like an episode of 'Portlandia.' And Mills College just made the Daily Meal's list of top colleges for food.