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Updated: July 28, 2015 2:48:00 PM PDT
The Monte Vista High grad was one of just 10 in the country invited to compete.  
Attorneys for Danville and developer SummerHill Homes are asking the court to overturn a ruling last year by Contra Costa County Judge Steven Austin in favor of Save Open Space Danville -- a group of residents who sued to upend the development. The case goes to court Tuesday  
Through Aug. 2 Summer Reading Program -- The Children's Librarian has unveiled the reading incentive program theme of Destination Read. Children of all ages welcome.  
The Tri-Valley branch of the California Writers Club's monthly events give audiences to the established or aspiring alike.  
Local area baseball players now in the minor leagues  
Colin Ferreira to pitch for USA in big international tournament in Santa Domingo  
Biology instructor Nan Ho, the driving force behind the idea, became convinced that the use of sophisticated posters would not only allow for the presentation of research results but would teach her students how more advanced scientists routinely share their work.  
Fix state's water laws to benefit all, not just fewCalifornia, unlike other Western states, grants unlimited free water to a few senior rights holders and doesn't regulate ground water depletion.  
The following excerpts came from area police logs:DanvilleThursday, July 16 ASSAULT -- 9:08 p.m. Battery, 1700 block of Fountain Springs Circle. BURGLARY -- 9:52 p.  
Valley Humane SocietyGo-go-gadget-nose! With his keen sniffer, Inspector Gadget will easily detect a friend. This 2-year-old terrier mix is always on the ball.  
AccomplishmentsQuarry Lane High student attends national tech conference: The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders recently met in Boston for honors-only high school students from around the United States.  
You gather your neighbors, and the city's Parks and Community Services Department will supply the fun, including the invitation templates, timelines and even the Party in the Park Fun Kit which includes Frisbees, balls, and other play equipment as well as ideas for games and crafts.  
It comes as no surprise to people who know Noel Erler that he was once in show business. What does surprise people is how old he is. Erler, owner and operator of Chez Noel, a beauty salon in Danville, is 80. Handsome, fit, tanned and impeccably groomed, he looks years younger, and his buoyant personality and bright blue eyes belie his age.  
City Manager Nelson Fialho is getting a 5 percent pay increase to boost his annual salary to $206,877, the City Council decided last week. Fialho also will get five additional vacation days annually, boosting his time off from four to five weeks a year under his contract amendment.  
Partnering with downtown Danville's Role Players Ensemble, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's 2015 season features O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" at Tao House (Sept. 18-27) and Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Village Theater (Sept. 4-19).  
The nonprofit Tri-Valley Conservancy has once again asked photographers to go out and capture the beauty of the Tri-Valley. Organizers are looking for striking images of local wildlife, agriculture, ranchland, parks, open space and scenic rural landscapes taken in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Sunol and San Ramon.  
How does that work? You know, because you made it  
PA Announcers Clinic -- De La Salle High School will host a football P.A. Announcers Clinic on July 25. Registration at 8:30 a.m. and clinic runs from 9-noon.  
Chris Ware/Lexington Herald Leader
Is that even legal? Well, it depends on a lot of things.  
Just more than a year old, the Growler is putting smiles on the faces of local craft beer lovers and becoming the go-to sports bar in Danville.  
Jack Kelly Clark/University of C
The spider's bites are only ever in self-defense and rarely fatal.  
Four tap water suppliers for Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon each reported water reductions from 41 to 49.8 percent during June -- roughly double the conservation rate ordered by the state.  
Bobcats can be spotted at most parks -- and probably even in some backyards -- east of Interstate 680. Sunol, Del Valle, Brushy Peak, Round Valley and Morgan Territory offer ideal bobcat habitat, with ample grasslands and wooded areas for hunting and shelter.  
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano recently celebrated 40 years of dedicated service to our communities to feed our hungry neighbors with the "Nourish Gala," inaugurated in May to thank supporters, raising spirits and more than $125,000.  
Nilo Cruz obscures the nature of dreams and reality in his adaptation of "Life is a Dream," playing at California Shakespeare Theatre through Aug. 2 at Orinda's Bruns Amphitheater.  
Christina Chenault, who starred in track and field at Carondelet, has signed with UCLA  
Youth sports: West Coast Soccer, Pleasanton and Tri Valley League swimming, LARPD water polo  
Local area baseball players now in the minor leagues  
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Nicole Goodrich of the Brunswick Trios had the high set for the ladies this season with games of 255-235-244; for a set of 734.  
Through Aug. 2 Summer Reading Program -- The Children's Librarian has unveiled the reading incentive program theme of Destination Read. Children of all ages welcome.