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Updated: November 27, 2014 9:04:09 PM PST
Dan Honda
The Japan Football Association Academy, an under-15 girls national soccer team pool, visited Dublin for a series of friendly matches against Northern California clubs. They stayed with host families, did some sightseeing and met with local dignitaries in what the Dublin United Soccer League hopes will become a regular cultural exchange program.  
Dan Honda
The Orinda Union School District hired a private investigator to find out whether a second-grader actually lived in the city, determined she lived in Bay Point and kicked her out. The girl's mother, a live-in nanny in Orinda, and her employer are mad and fighting back.  
I'm glad to say that the trail more than lives up to the hype. It's an easy round trip of just less than 3 miles through a mostly wooded landscape, with a few gentle grades along the way. Set high above the shoreline, the trail provides spectacular views of Carquinez Strait and its maritime traffic, the city of Benicia and Mount Diablo peeping around the corner.  
To submit an item to the What's Happening calendar, email to request a form. Put "What's Happening" in the subject line.  
Three middle-school students were briefly hospitalized Thursday after being exposed to a chemical inside a classroom, a fire official said.  
Good stuffGather 'round the Old Oak Danville Tree Lighting -- 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28. The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville present the Annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree.  
AccomplishmentsYoung musicians win competition: Vincent Liu and Misha Galant have won the 42nd annual Competition for Young Musicians, sponsored by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association.  
Reason doesn't sway believers in liberalismI was amused to read the comments by retiring U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, (Valley Times, Nov. 17) on why Americans were discontented with President Obama and showed it at the ballot box.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:danvilleThursday, nov. 13 BURGLARY -- 6:22 a.m. A reported a commercial breaking and entering, 300 block of Hartz Avenue.  
Valley Humane SocietyCocoa trying to convince us that orange is the new black! The sandy 7-month-old is ready to bust out of here, and Black Cat Friday is his next opportunity.  
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.  
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Bowlers of the Week: Scott Curtis (Black Oak Trios), starts us off with a huge 748 series, and a 269 game. Steve Myers (Dublin Majors), 741 series, and Mike Mondon, (Melting Pot), had a great 730 series, with a 269 game.  
Volunteer divers dredge out hundreds of pounds of trash -- from beer bottles to old bikes to motor boats.  
Good stuffSupport the troops Holiday Hugs Drop Zone Event -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Blue Star Moms will collect donations to send to our deployed troops.  
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The state is providing a $4 million grant to install pipes carrying recycled water and reducing reliance on fresh water for EBMUD and the Dublin San Ramon Services District  
To protect the slow-moving creatures, South Park Drive is now closed to motor vehicle traffic for its entire length, between Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Wildcat Canyon Road.  
In the world of classic rock, the image of four guys -- three in suit coats, one in jeans, one barefoot -- striding single-file across a street striped with white paint means only one thing: The Beatles' "Abbey Road.  
Walnut Creek Elks Free Throw Contest -- Registration open for 43rd annual Walnut Creek Elks Free Throw Competition for boys and girls, ages 8-13. Dec.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:danvilleThursday, nov. 6 DRUGS -- 12:16 p.m. An arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance, 100 block of Del Amigo Road.  
Football, water polo news and results for Nov. 20  
Dougherty Valley girls golf, California, San Ramon Valley and Granada football among success stories  
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Bowlers of the Week: Anthony Crosby (Monday Night Trip) bowled a great 751 series with a 290 game. We also have a big shout out to Donald Brooks (570 Scatch Trios), who bowled a perfect "300"game, with a 706 series, to make them both Bowlers of the Week.  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called prescription drug abuse an epidemic. Tough action is needed to curb addicts from doctor-shopping for medications and stop physicians from recklessly prescribing.  
eventsthrough nov. 23 "Singin' in the Rain" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre kicks off its fifth season of professional musical theater with a new production of a beloved movie classic including hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a  
Valley Humane SocietyBlake is ready to join your home team! He's an energetic, affectionate 6-month-old who can call the plays. Take him home fee-free during Black Cat Friday weekend, Nov.  
LAFAYETTE -- Four goals from Stanford-bound Kat Klass helped the San Ramon Valley High girls water polo team capture its fourth straight North Coast Section Division I title and continue a dominant stretch for the program.  
Dorcas Moulto
Community gardens in the area showcase water-saving plants for drought conditions  
On any given Sunday, you can meander to town and partake in a feast for the senses at the Alamo Farmers Market, which has become a weekly tradition for many Alamo residents.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:alamoFriday, oct. 31 BURGLARY -- 4:15 p.m. A reported breaking and entering, 1 block of Las Quebradas Lane.  
Andy Weir's "The Martian" will be made into a movie starring Matt Damon.