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Updated: July 01, 2015 10:39:41 AM PDT
When a girl from Turkey met a guy from Miami in a South Carolina college 24 years ago, nobody would have guessed they'd eventually end up in California with one of the most lauded restaurants in the Bay Area. Funny how things work out.  
Businesses take part in program to show foster youths snapshots of the working world  
Mixing up grand opera, improv comedy and free outdoor concerts, Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts gets off to a good start this July. On July 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.  
Childhood passion for drawing blossoms into illustrating career; Pleasant Hill artist's work graces her first children's book  
The Lafayette Juniors generously donated $25,000 to Ruby's Place, $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley and $5,000 each to Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek and VESTIA.  
Local area baseball players now in the minor leagues  
Youth sports: Headfirst Baseball Academy, Tri Valley Karate  
USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Nationals feature some athletes from EBAL schools  
Livermore celebrates light bulb that's been at work since 1901  
They benefit nonprofits and city has 'lot of people who are very patriotic'  
Expanding park would harm speciesI've been following the Carnegie Park expansion discussion for the last few months. I understand and respect both sides of the issue.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:DANVILLEThursday, June 18 THEFT -- 10:21 a.m. Identity theft, 2000 block Fostoria Circle. ASSAULT -- 10:29 a.  
Preserving a piece of the past for future generations is the goal behind a capital campaign to restore the barn at Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Several fun events are slated in the coming months to invite residents to be a part of the historic restoration.  
Valley Humane SocietyWe can't resist, we have to say it ... here comes Trouble! You won't be able to resist the generous affections of this larger-than-life lad either.  
Although it was all about the dogs at the Blackhawk Homeowners Association Dog Park grand opening June 24, the acclaim for getting the dog park built went to their human counterparts.  
AccomplishmentsLivermore Cowboys win challenge: The Livermore High School's Cowboy Code Academy robotics team, 101 Coders, competed at UC Davis in the RoboPlay Challenge.  
Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group
City has elaborate plan to prevent gridlock like last year  
A 64-year-old man shot and killed outside a Concord gun club Wednesday was identified as Robert Pohl, of Alamo, authorities said Thursday.  
Summer is sizzlin' at the farmers' market. Summer is in full swing at your local certified farmers' market. There is a bounty of fantastic summer produce with everything from sweet Brentwood corn, squash, peppers, and eggplant to berries, stonefruit, and tomatoes.  
Local area baseball players now in the minor leagues  
Bronco Baseball Academy -- Accepting registration for Walnut Creek summer baseball camps running through end of July. Designed for all skill levels. For more information visit www.  
Parts of the East Bay might be roasting in the summer heat, but that shouldn't stop residents from enjoying the outdoors. The East Bay Regional Park District offers 40 miles of breezy shorelines, 10 lakes, and dozens of cool, shady trails throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  
Family-owned winery's 2011 labels took home prizes  
Through July 5 Alameda County Fair -- 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; carnival hours Tuesday through Thursday from noon to closing, Friday through Sunday from 11 a.  
Hats off to the Class of 2015! While elated celebrations ensue, nothing feels as bittersweet quite like that time in our lives when our children graduate high school.  
Bill Owens
The documentary tome's acclaimed technique is evident in Owens' latest work.  
Livermore Public Library
AccomplishmentsLibrary honors volunteers: The Livermore Library has recognized four outstanding volunteers for their service to the library. Gail O'Donnell has been chosen the 2015 Volunteer of the Year.  
Nathaniel Jackson
Paying tribute to men like Bob Juniper, who serve the country and the community, will be part of this year's July Fourth celebration. So, before you head out to fireworks at the fair or barbecues by the pool, grab a blanket and head down to Wayside Park to meaningfully celebrate our country's 239th birthday.  
Nathaniel Jackson
As soon as Lost Worlds Adventures started advertising their facility on Patterson Pass road, everyone I knew alerted me with constant status updates. And Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) is launching its 2015 Summer Box Lunch Program on Thursday.  
If you haven't heard of Kids' Country, you probably don't have a child or grandchild at one of the local schools who needs after-school day care, like my two grandchildren. At first I thought Kids' Country was just an extension of the Danville school, and what kid would want that? But I was delighted to find that Kids' Country is nothing like that. In fact, it's too bad all kids can't go to Kids' Country. They'd have a ball.