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Lafayette: A cross-cultural bazaar to benefit Guatemalan relief

Bea Wilhelm, left and Andy Nelson check out the soapstone carvings at the African-Guatemalan Bazaar at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette on Nov. 16. The bazaar is connected to the church's support of the Maya Center for Rural Education & Well Being, a Guatemalan relief group.  
Iraq vet Montalvan to talk about experiences, and dog 'Tuesday,' in Lafayette, Brentwood, Danville  
 
According to online real estate marketplace and mobile app RadPad, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment within a half-mile of Berkeley and North Berkeley BART is $2,050 a month, and $1,795 near Ashby BART; downtown San Francisco rents are highest, topping $3,000, while East Bay bargains include South Hayward, Hayward and Richmond.  
 
Chenoa Firpo said it took her three nights to sleep after the events of Oct. 25. The 19-year-old Monterey woman had just finished surfing at Asilomar State Beach around 5 p.m. when two teenaged brothers darted past her into the ocean. After years of surfing the popular spot, she knew the 10-foot swell and heavy rip current could be perilous.  
 
Founder of Simpson Manufacturing Co. and three-term BART board member died Nov. 8 at 93  
 
License-plate-reading cameras, motion-detection cameras suggested to help possible future uptick in home burglaries.  
 
Janice De Jesus
Handcrafted journals among gifts for sale  
 
Some of us may indeed 'downsize'We were interested to read Bill Brown's letter to the Sun (Oct. 17) wherein he categorically rejects the reasonable assertion that older Orindans living in large homes might someday want to downsize and remain in Orinda, calling this notion "a complete fabrication.  
 
All Contra Costa County library branches offer a variety of programs for children and families. See branch listings for program information and for branch operating hours.  
 
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Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: Clean up your act

The veteran entertainer complains in an interview that young singers rely too much on selling sex instead of talent.