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Updated: December 18, 2014 4:07:28 PM PST
Ed Anderson
Cal Peternell's "Twelve Recipes" is a memoir that became a cookbook.  
 
courtesy of Amanda KuiperBrothers Duane and Glen Kuiper pitch in at the Blackhawk food drive.About 150 volunteers braved heavy rain and winds Dec. 2 to serve as "elves" during the Blackhawk Country Club community's 27th annual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa/Solano.  
 
Will Doerlich has been named Citizen of the Year.  
 
The Parks and Community Services Commission has recommended not replacing the facilities torn down for the construction of a new City Hall.  
 
KARL MONDON/STAFF ARCHIVES
League of American Bicyclists recognizes city for efforts to add trails, improve safety  
 
DAN ROSENSTRAUCH
The guys at Take One among the last of their breed  
 
Misled protests over the top in their absurdityThoughts that trouble me some: if the physical and scientific evidence are not in dispute, if the stories of "hands up, don't shoot" have been recanted, if 12 people (with pressure to convict) decided a police officer followed the rules, if the  
 
eventsthrough dec. 21 Santa's Arrival -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Santa and friends will make their way from the North Pole to the Danville Livery on weekends until Christmas!  
 
Doug Duran/Staff archivesTri-Valley Classic soccer this weekendThe girls soccer season heats up with the Tri-Valley Classic, which starts Thursday and finishes on Saturday.  
 
Sycamore Valley Aces -- Holding tryouts for 16U boys team based in Danville. Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 from 6:00-8 p.m. at Sycamore Turf Field #4. dwstalla@netzero.  
 
Wolves, Grizzlies girls shine in Alameda The balanced San Ramon Valley High girls basketball team took second place in the Lady Hornet Invitational on Dec.  
 
Good stuffNativity scenes done drive-through-style The Christmas Story -- 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18. The Trinity Church presents a dramatization of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in a "drive-through" format comprising six scenes with live actors and animals.  
 
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:alamoSaturday, dec. 6 THEFT -- 11:50 a.m. A grand theft pickpocket was reported, 3100 block of Roundhill Road.  
 
Valley Humane SocietyPrudence is a dear! Come greet this 2-year-old Oriental shorthair mix next time the sun is up. She's a gorgeous gray, but you'll have nothing but blue skies with Prudence!  
 
accomplishmentSPromising young musical talent awarded. The Stoneridge Creek retirement community in Pleasanton has awarded 10 area high school musicians with $500 scholarships.  
 
The Alamo Municipal Advisory Council wants to know how to develop the site next to Iron Horse Trail at the corner of Danville Boulevard and Hemme Avenue.  
 
Walnut Creek Little League -- Registration open for Baseball, Softball and Challengers divisions, for boys and girls ages 5-14. Must reside or attend school in the WCLL boundaries.  
 
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  
 
Denise Truscello
"America's Got Talent' winners are all set to take the stage.  
 
Recent discord and confusion are making Contra Costa County consider amending its tree preservation ordinance.  
 
The glow of twinkling lights and adorned evergreens festively exclaim to all: the holiday season has arrived. And to help get community members in the spirit of the season, the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of the American Association of University Women is inviting one and all to its 10th  
 
Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan is entering the race to succeed Mark DeSaulnier in the 7th State Senate District, vying with Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and Republican Mark Meuser.  
 
accomplishmentsHigh school seniors selected for honor: Two high school seniors have been selected by the Community of Character Coalition as recipients of the 2015 Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.  
 
The day after Black Friday, I was invited to hang out at READ Booksellers, local independent bookstore, to help promote and celebrate Small Business Saturday.  
 
Good stuffTake the kids to meet The Jolly One Santa's Arrival -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. Santa and friends will make their way from the North Pole to the Danville Livery on weekends until Christmas!  
 
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Bowlers of the Week: Starting off the holidays is Steve Myers (Monday Night Trip), with a big 742 series, and a 279 game. Jeremy Stuber (Black Oak Trios), 740 series along with Alex Stuber, 720 series; Ken Goodman (Wednesday Wonders), with a great 731 series.  
 
Danville Baseball Academy -- Tryouts by appointment for boys and girls 9U-12U teams. Contact Matt Crudale to set up time and date at 925-785-6178, matpatcru@aol.  
 
Basketball is Fun Clinic -- Registration open for beginner and intermediate instructional clinics for boys and girls, ages 5-12. Mondays at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave.  
 
Monte Vista girls soccer tosses back-to-back shutouts  
 
Once again, the prospect of inclement weather has forced Sunday's ceremonial lighting of the beacon atop Mt. Diablo indoors. But that will neither dampen nor diminish the significance of the event, designed to commemorate the 2,345 American troops killed in the Dec.