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    Martinez Campbell Theater's modern take on Dickens classic

    Scrooge re-imagined as leader of Bay Area oil, bank consortium 
    Would reduce 'quality of life' crimes at no added cost to the city  
    A pair of men are in County Jail on unrelated charges after Contra Costa sheriff's deputies' investigations debunked a 17-year-old girl's apparent kidnapping Saturday, Contra Costa Sheriff's Office officials said.  
    Hundreds of volunteers -- like Jack Linchey, 16, above, who stacks boxed pasta, and Susan Pauly, left, sorting desserts -- came together Nov. 21, to help SHELTER, Inc. in its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Donated foods were sorted and packed at the nonprofit group's main Concord office for delivery to 225 low-income and homeless families for Thanksgiving meals  
    Cities hold tree lightings, Santa visits, holiday activities  
    East Bay Leadership Council
    Visit with Santa and enjoy hot apple cider, holiday treats and barbecue with your donation to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services.The event is planned from 5 to 8 p.  
    GOLDEN RESCUEShadow is a very sweet, well-mannered 12-year-old neutered male golden retriever hoping to be in his forever home for the holidays. He is good with kids and other dogs, good indoors and loves to just hang with his foster family.  
    Courtesy of Lois Kaya
    "We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love. -- Mother TeresaI don't know about you, but I get a handful of "junk mail" everyday asking for money or trying to get me to buy gadgets that invariably end up in the garage.  
    Holiday luncheon Grace Episcopal Church holiday luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1. St. Christopher's Guild Country Kitchen, homemade treats, white elephant items.  
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as theater companies ready their holiday fare for local audiences.Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre starts things off with everyone's favorite 6-foot-plus rabbit "Harvey.  
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    Alternative gifts: Tips for meaningful holiday giving

    Dreading holiday gift shopping? Here are readers' ideas for gifts that are unique and meaningful. 
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    Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

    With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?