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Updated: April 24, 2015 12:02:59 PM PDT
JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO
The "Sax and Soup" party at Community Presbyterian marked the anniversary of an ongoing friendship between that congregation and members of Christian Home Missionary Baptist Church, located in the violence-prone Iron Triangle district of Richmond.  
 
Voters must decide by May 5 if they want to extend the tax for another nine years  
 
Kevin Berne
At Rakestraw Books, Carey Perloff and Jonathan Moscone will assess the state of the regional and national industry.  
 
San Ramon residents Jim and Gale Denels have taken the honor of being the first husband-and-wife team to be recognized for their dedication to volunteer service.  
 
Courtesy Concannon Vineyard
Livermore Valley is home to more than 50 wineries, each with its own style, personality and unique history. Twice a month, we profile a different winery and the people behind it.  
 
James Brian Studios
James Brian StudiosBehringaccomplishmentStudents Rocket to Championship: Brian Cheng, Connor Chen, Chris Chi and Eason Liu, sophomores at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, have advanced to the national finals of the 2015 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the world's largest rocketry  
 
Bay Area News Group garden writer Joan Morris and Master Gardener Janet Miller, who operates Our Garden, will show you how to grow vegetables even during our record-breaking drought.  
 
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:danvilleThursday, April 9 GRAND THEFT -- 7:30 a.m. Vehicle theft, 300 block of Bolero Drive. AUTO BURGLARY -- 3:02 p.  
 
SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD
At the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, three generations come together Sunday at the Seeing Stars quilt show as Rosalie Perez, 96, of Fremont, explores the finery with her granddaughter Leticia Garcia Bradford, of Castro Valley, and Alice Garcia, of Fremont.  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Valley Humane SocietyWho wouldn't want to meet Tommy? This 9-year-old grey-and-white longhair has been on an amazing journey. Tommy is a wizard with affection and bound to be a sensation in your life.  
 
Frank Sinatra and Elton John are coming to the Tri-Valley.Arriving back-to-back at Livermore's Bankhead Theater, "Simply Sinatra" (on May 7) floats from the throat of big band, big ballad singer Steve Lippia and "Almost Elton John" (on May 8) rocks with Craig A.  
 
Through May 3 "Of Mice and Men" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Role Players Ensemble presents John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." The story of two drifters who look out for each other and bounce from ranch to ranch just trying to get by until trouble finds them and then dire  
 
California Crossfire -- Looking for 1-2 players to fill roster spots on girls 10U-16U Elite fast-pitch softball teams based in Oakland and Lafayette. For tryout information contact 925-457-5607, bandsm1@comcast.  
 
Limit growth by water supply that's availableRichard Purdee's plea is right on. We must have a moratorium on development until the drought ends.The cost of water soars as we enter what will doubtless be the most severe summer yet in our four-year drought.  
 
From an Earth Day celebration to nature programs to a free movie, there's lots to see and do this weekend in the East Bay Regional Parks.  
 
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Bill Arbuckle of the Leprechauns league shot a 264 game on the way to a 753 set; 168 pins over average. Ken Jeremy Stuber of the Black Oak Casino/Pacific Termite Scratch trios shot a 276 game on the way to a 771 set.  
 
Youth sports: NorCal Cycling League, m Pleasanton Girls Softball League  
 
Monte Vista girls lacrosse wins thriller over California  
 
TRI-VALLEYCities, chambers plan small business seriesThe cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and their respective Chambers of Commerce will be kick off this year's Tri-Valley Small Business Series with a Resource Fair in Livermore on May 12.  
 
The ceremony culminated in a Lifetime Achievement Award for San Ramon Valley High English teacher Richard Ault, whose students shared their reflections on his impact on their lives.  
 
If you're at a loss for something to do this coming weekend, the East Bay Regional Park District stands ready to assist with a dazzling array of special events.  
 
Steigerwald pitches Grizzlies by nationally ranked opponent in Elite 8 final  
 
Danville Bulls Summer Ball -- Registration open May 31-Aug. 2 for upcoming summer league for ages 13-18 and college level. Summer camps also available in June and July.  
 
Youth sports: Pleasanton Girls Softball League  
 
Granada, California win tournaments during Easter season  
 
Through May 17 "Mushrooms: The Keys to the Kingdom Fungi Exhibit" -- Explore the lives and environmental roles of fungi. This traveling exhibit focuses on the ecology of mushroom-producing fungi and reveals their beauty, diversity and critical significance to the environment.  
 
As sport's fitness side becomes popular, men's national champ teaches in the area.  
 
The community service group will present a clock to the city in an April 30 ceremony at the entrance to the downtown district.  
 
Residents on April 25 can receive free mulch made from recycled green waste. The event is meant raise awareness and give back to the community.  
 
Owner's journey took him from childhood in Tehran, then to Rome and the Bay Area.