( Courtesy of Jacob Hankinson )
Livermore: Self-taught artist to lead drawing workshops at Bothwell Arts Center

Jacob Hankinson learned much of his technique from YouTube videos. 
Parvin Ahmadi will start July 1 as Castro Valley Unified superintendent  
 
WALNUT CREEK -- Have a beef with a troublesome intersection or excessive speeding in your neighborhood? Worried about bicycle and pedestrian safety?Two Contra Costa supervisors, Karen Mitchoff and Candace Andersen, will host a public forum Tuesday on potential transportation safety and congestion  
 
SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD
Owners Downing and Judy Exly opened Cherubini Coffee House 23 years ago originally as an antique shop, with a small counter inside that sold coffee. The coffeehouse grew so popular that the couple moved the antique store upstairs and concentrated on building a small but loyal customer base.  
 
A wonderful way to take some time out to relax during this busy time, which is full of year-end activities for students and families, is to come out to the Al Gentile Theater at Monte Vista High School at 7 p.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
Chevron warded off a litany of accusations of environmental damage and corporate malfeasance during its annual meeting Wednesday, and after the event the company said the Richmond refinery will remain a major part of its operations.  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Staff try not to let invasive red-eared species drive out native western pond variety.  
 
Back when I was in Brownies and Girl Scouts, I was always looking for ways to earn merit badges, mostly because they looked so cute on my uniform. I went for the easy ones thinking more was better, and quickly checked off cooking (fried an egg), reading (read a Nancy Drew mystery), first aid  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Valley Humane SocietyMake a match with Emma! This high-spirited mini pinscher mix is three years old and ready to be slightly spoiled by whoever takes her home.  
 
Courtesy Behind Bars Inc.
One custom builder will bring up to 30 models to the county fairgrounds this weekend.  
 
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Michael Jackson's ranch can be yours for $100 million

'Thriller’ singer’s amusement parks rides are gone, and property now called Sycamore Valley Ranch.