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Monument Crisis Center in Concord distributes 1,200 school-ready backpacks

Dan Rosenstrauch/StaffBackpackin'Parent Maria Ortiz, above left, of Concord, and her daughter Jackeline Guerrero, 11, work with volunteer Katie Woolsey, 17, of Moraga, to select the perfect backpack at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord, during its annual Back-2-School Backpack Drive on Saturday. 
Veterans fundraiser Contra Costa Blue Star Moms fundraiser: Every Tuesday in September, Cinco De Mayo Restaurant, 4115 Concord Blvd., Concord. Benefits veterans at VA in Martinez.  
 
Board decides to issue only half of Measure C bonds to save on interest  
 
Pleasant Hill readies for Community Service DayResidents can sign up to volunteer at the 11th annual Community Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.The event begins at Pleasant Hill Park with registration and free pancake breakfast, courtesy of the Lions Club, from 7:30 to 9 a.  
 
ConcordThe following items are from the Concord police log:THURSDAY, Aug. 20 possession -- At 12:06 a.m., a Concord man, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance in the 3600 block of Willow Pass Road.  
 
"The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.  
 
ClaytonCity Council: 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Hoyer Hall of Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 925-673-3700.Planning Commission: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.  
 
Save the date! Lindsay Wildlife Experience will celebrate 60 years of saving injured wildlife and helping our neighbors understand the animals who share our community.  
 
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Toy unboxing a swing and a miss

Too few toys and too much repetition turn the much-hyped 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event' into an early snooze fest.