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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 
City leaders hope the new buyers will keep the movie houses alive.  
 
Upcoming public meetings in Lamorinda  
 
Rossiter, Epstein should be re-electedAs a former school board member in Orinda, I know what qualities to look for in a school board candidate -- a focus on the best education for all students, past experience volunteering in the public schools, and an ability to collaborate well with other board  
 
LAFAYETTEDiablo Symphony season starts Oct. 4The Diablo Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season begins Saturday, Oct, 4 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette.  
 
Lamorinda's BestFood/Wine 'All In a Jar - Canning Basics with Penny Porter,' Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center -- 3:30-5 p.m. Sept.  
 
Two incumbents, four challengers take part in Times/League of Women Voters forum  
 
DAN ROSENSTRAUCH/StaffHerb Lederman of Moraga salutes the American Flag during the opening ceremony of the Lafayette Flag Brigade's 13th Annual 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil on Sept.  
 
Courtesy of Kent Crosswell
Various factors likely to keep seniors community the only one of its kind in the Bay Area  
 
LafayetteLafayette Art and Wine Festival Friday, SaturdayThe annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, once again expected to attract 65,000 to 70,000 visitors to sample the city's food, art, wine and entertainment, is set to take place this weekend, Sept.  
 
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Emma Watson delivers powerful speech on feminism

The 'Harry Potter' actress questions why women's rights has become so polarizing in a United Speech in New York over the weekend.