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Orinda's John Fuller hopes to help get boys reading with his first novel, 'Fly Car'

Self-described 'reluctant reader' as a boy, Fuller still trying to imagine himself as author 
SAN RAMON -- A free seminar about how to start the conversation about an "Aging Parent Living Alone?" will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.  
 
ARFBetsee Ann is a 3-year-old sweetie pie who, once she gets to know you, likes to give you kisses! She is a smart girl will learn tricks or manners from you very fast if you have a treat in hand.  
 
Walnut Creek'Local Produce' come to Valley Art GalleryThere will be a free reception this Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Valley Art Gallery's new "Local Produce" exhibit of paintings by local artists.  
 
Playwright James Sherman takes on the age-old problem of how to make your parents happy and still live the way you want in his romantic comedy "Beau Jest.  
 
Campolindo, led by Tyler Petite, Nick Fadelli and Adam Remotto, is seeking a fourth straight league title.  
 
Crow Canyon Country Club wins Division I title, Sycamore is tops in Division II and Walnut Heights is first in Division III  
 
View a heartwarming video of ALS survivor Matt Chaney getting dunked along with the Campolindo High football team.  
 
City Council elections in Lamorinda a mix of uncontested and full fields  
 
Amikaeyla Gaston will sing, lead workshop at fourth annual event Sunday at the Orinda Library  
 
(Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Five great Bay Area playgrounds for kids

From the carousel at Los Gatos' Oak Meadow Park to the twisty ladders of Walnut Creek's Arbolado Park, this quintet of Bay Area parks is sure to delight parents and kids alike. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.