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Danville State of the Town address and Chamber Awards a memorable event By Denise Rousset

Danville Mayor Robert Storer

On Thursday March 27, the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual State of the Town luncheon, which also included Chamber awards for Citizen, Business, Employee, and Charitable Organization of the Year. The luncheon was held at Crow Canyon Country Club. After a greeting by Tim White, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager with Heritage Bank and Chairman of the Board of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce for 2014, Chamber president Shelby McNamara introduced attending dignitaries. After which Bill White from Allstate


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This is a photo of the Mount Diablo burn area with a fire follower (in this case a fire flower) blooming amidst charred chaparral. The “burn area” is covered in these Fremont’s star lily blooms, the first of many potential fire flowers whose seeds only germinate after a fire. These and more anticipated wildflowers thanks to the fire and now recent rains can be seen on Save Mount Diablo’s Fantastic Fire Followers hike led by botanist Heath Bartosh on Sunday, April 13. For more information visit Photo by Brad Heckaman

Nature’s Vacuum Cleaner enters breeding season in the East Bay By James Hale

With a global occurrence of 11,000,000 square miles, the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), or Turkey Buzzard as it is sometimes called, is a widespread, conspicuous New World vulture that inhabits a variety of open and semi-open habitats, including subtropical forests, shrublands, savannahs, pastures and deserts. A large percentage of the population is migratory, moving from their summer range in southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. Locally, many individuals are resident, finding sufficient food in our relatively mild year round climate. The binomial name Cathartes aura is a favorite of mine in that it describes the habits of the Turkey Vulture. Cathartes means “purifier” and is the Latinized form from the Greek kathartes. Aura, the species name, is Latinized from the Native Mexican word for air. Purifier of the air is an

excellent reference to its habit of feeding on carrion. They are natures “vacuum cleaners”, an important role in the ecosystem. Turkey Vulture alludes to the similarity in appearance to the Wild Turkey. The featherless, naked head is an adaptation denying bacteria and parasites sufficient foothold to cause disease. Turkey Vultures are resistant to many diseases, including botulism. Vulture is derived from the Latin word vulturus, meaning “tearer”, a further reference to its feeding habits. Turkey Vultures are not related to the Old World vultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are nearly identical in appearance because of convergent evolution, where natural selection similarly shapes unrelated animals

adapting to the same conditions. Turkey Vultures have excellent eyesight and the keenest sense of smell, able to detect the gases of ethyl mercaptan produced from decaying carrion for miles.

When a supply of food is found, often, large numbers will congregate to consume the bounty. See VULTURES page 15

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT dining out • music • art • theater • fun events

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Robin Hood Now - April 14 The San Ramon Community Theatre presents Robin Hood, a classic story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the action. $16 adults, $13 children and seniors. $11 matinees for everyone, Front Row Theatre, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon. Showtimes and more at sanramonperformingarts. org. Now - April 20 CCMT presents Les Miserables Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Miserables holds the record for the longest-running musical in the world and continues to thrill and captivate audiences in every corner of the globe. Following 19 years of unjust imprisonment, hero Jean Valjean initiates a lifelong struggle for redemption,

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relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, in this treasured tale about the survival of the human spirit. Epic and uplifting – stirring and tuneful – a Modern Masterpiece. $48 students and seniors, $53 adults. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Information: 925-2951400 or www.lesherartscenter. org.

Now - April 26 Artful Women “7 Voices in Fabric Art” A showing of contemporary fabric artists will take place at the Danville Village Theatre Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, Danville, CA. Information: 925-314-3460 or www.danville. Center Rep Presents “Sleuth” Now - April 26 8pm. One of the best stage

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thrillers of all time, Sleuth has been wowing audiences with its fun and breathtaking surprises and revelations for decades. Successful British mystery writer Andrew Wyke invites his wife’s lover to his mansion and proposes an intricate scheme in which they can all come out winners. So begins the twisty, high-stakes game of brinksmanship. $33$54. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Information: 925-295-1400 or Now - May 25 Sky : A Na tional Ju ried Exhibition Sky is an exhibition juried by two prominent figures in the national art world. From ancient mythology to surreal skyscapes, artists and philosophers have long meditated on the theme of sky. This exhibition asks artists to explore how the sky—both atmospheric and conceptual— can be represented in a diverse reach of media. Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek, CA. Information: 925/295-1417 or “A Gallery of Sound” April 6 2p.m. Join the Danville Communbity Band for a trek through A Gallery of Sound with selections from film scores to marches. Come see the fabulous auto galleries, tour the current exhibits, and enjoy a concert all in the same building. The concert is FREE with admission to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum (free for museum members). 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. Danville Community Band information: For

Behind the Scenes Lecture Series: The Ruddigore April 10 7-8pm. Danville Library and Role Players Ensemble will be taking a behind-thescenes look into the production of Thornton Wilder’s “The Ruddigore”. Join the artistic director, actors, and designers for an in depth exploration of theatre. Danville Library, 400 Front St., Danville. 925-8374889. Chapkis Dance: 11th Annual Collaboration Showcase Competition Company Dancers Showcase 2014 April 12 1pm, 6pm. Collaboration Nor Cal Urban Dance Competition & Showcase is a Dance Showcase where the best and most talented dance companies from all over California collaborate and perform together. It Showcases many different dance styles from collegiate dance companies as well as professional dance companies. It’s a fun and entertaining Showcase for all walks of life to enjoy! $24 presale, $40 for both shows presale, $28 day of at door, $45 for both shows day of at the door. DV Performing Arts Ctr, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. parks/theater Jonathan Butler Concert April 13 8-10pm. This concert features veteran performer Jonathan Butler, who has earned Grammy nominations and received accolades in R&B and contemporary jazz. The Museum will open two hours before the concert begins so that attendees will have a chance to enjoy the exhibitions and purchase appetizers and cocktails. Bottles & glasses of wine will be available to purchase and enjoy at your seats before, during and after the concert. Preferred seating, $75, General seating, $45. Blackhawk Automotive Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville., www. The Real Housewives of Walnut Creek: The Musical April 17-May 11 2:15pm, 8pm. Secrets, lies, and betrayal are at the center of this hilarious romp inspired by the infamous reality series.

Set to a rockin’ sc ore, this new musical f r o m the star and coauthor of Becoming B r i t n e y, Molly Bell, explores the underside of climbing the social ladder and staying ahead of the pack. $28 Youth, $44 Adults. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Ruddigore April 18-May 10 8pm. Full of the delightful music of Arthur Sullivan and the silly characters of W.S. Gilbert, Ruddigore is a comic feast for the senses. $20-28. Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville. villagetheatreshows. com

Geet-Gita April 19 12:30pm. Maharashtra Mandal Bay Area is proud to present a Marathi Musical (with English subtitles) highlighting the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita. The essence of selfless Karma is emphasized. DV Performing Arts Ctr, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. parks/theater

Dixieland Jazz April 19 1:30-4:30pm. The Friends of Jazz monthly Dance party/ Concert series continues at the Danville Grange Hall. The hall is at 743 Diablo Road, .7 miles east of I-680, has a large wooden dance floor, and plenty of free parking. Please BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS, SNACKS.For more information please call 925-625-2707 or visit See A & E page 3

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Xiaopei Chinese Dance, Inc.: 5th Anniversary Celebration Showcase April 19 7pm. Xiaopei Chinese Dance will celebrate its 5th anniversary with 26 colorful dances, including Chinese classic and folk, ballet, Latin, and modern dances. Their performance, joined by famed soprano Manhua Gao, and violinist Xiaoli Chen, will be a showcase to display and promote the beauty of Chinese arts and culture. Adults $20, Students $10, Seniors $10, Children $10, Groups of 10 or more: $10. DV Performing Arts Ctr, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. sanramon. Night at the Improv April 19 8pm. Join in a night of fun times and comedy with the San Ramon Improv U Players and the resident troupe Twisted Gray Matter at Night at the Improv. The show is audience interactive and not appropriate for kids under 18. Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon. Preschool Performance Series - Steve Chaney and Cornelious Crowe May 2 10 - 11 a m . S u p e r s t a r Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and

april 2014 his puppet partner Cornelius C r o w e are two of the Bay Area’s most popular dummies. Their fast paced comedy routines are a huge hit with kids of all ages, as you never know who’s gonna throw the next punchline! Purchase tickets for $3 at Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville. First Friday Foreign Films Central Station May 2 6:30pm. Experience cinematography at its finest and interesting themes every first Friday of the month at the Front Row Theater. Refreshments will be provided and the movie will be introduced by a local personality or film expert. Only ages 18 and up are permitted u n l e s s otherwise accompanied by a parent/guardian. $9 tickets can be purchased at the door or at sanramonperformingarts. com. Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. Sintario Art Benefit Bash May 3 6 - 10 p m . O r i g i n a l photography and art by local artists will be up for auction at the Sintario Art Benefit Bash, a charity event that donates 100% of its proceeds to funding for

education and the construction of a water well in Sintario, a village in Ethiopia. Live music, wine, beer, and treats from the The Peasant and the Pear will be provided. $75 single ticket, $125 for a pair. Buy tickets at Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville.

San Ramon Symphonic Band: The Magical Music of Disney May 4 2pm. The Symphonic Band Concerts is comprised of 55 talented musicians led by conductor Larry Colon. Bring the family for a fun filled evening of music. $6 adults, free for kids under 12. DV Performing Arts Ctr, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge May 4 2:30pm. This play is part of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House Playwrights’ Theater series performed at the Old Barn at Eugene O’Neill National Historic

a footstep on crackling leaves, a stranger’s greeting, and apple pie a la mode). We are invited to observe the familiar and uplift its status to enrich our creative, viewing experience,” said Kathryn Wills, Town of Danville Curatorial Committee member. About the Juror: Micaëla van Zwoll is an independent curator and consultant with strong ties to the contemporary fine arts community in San Francisco. As director of Micaëla Gallery, she worked closely with emerging and established artists, promoting their work on site, as well as at prestigious art fairs. Micaëla van Zwoll has been an Alamo resident since 1996. Ms. van

Zwoll is a philanthropist and collector, dedicated to supporting the San Francisco Bay Area fine arts community. She dreams and strives for a dynamic growing fine art collective where everyone is a participating member. Deadline: Entries must be at the Village Theatre Art Gallery by May 30 on or before 5:00 p.m. Any entries received after that date or that are incomplete will not be considered. Artist will be notified of the results by e-mail or phone, if requested, by June 4. For additional information, contact Visual Arts Coordinator, Amy Miller, at 925-314-3460 or

page 3 or (925) 820-1818. Transportation to site by National Park Service shuttle from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville.

Site in Danville. Miller’s Tony Award-winning play portrays a man’s tragic struggle between his personal passions and his obligations to his community. Information and $25 Tickets:

Monkey See Monkey Do! Family Friendly Improv May 4 2pm. This one hour short form improv show is designed especially for kids! Our family friendly show is completely made up on the spot based on audience suggestions. Best of all, kids will have opportunities to participate and a chance to be on stage and take part in the fun. $10. Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon.

Call for Entries for Fourth Annual Juried Exhibit– Everyday Beauty juried by Micaëla van Zwoll The Town of Danville is now accepting applications for the Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition Everyday Beauty that runs June 27 through August 16. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this highly anticipated event. All media will be considered and all ages accepted. For more details visit www. Theme: “Our culture of multi-tasking has created an environment of distraction that, at times, dismisses the importance of the familiar. Everyday Beauty calls us to express mindfulness, to take a deep breath, to look and listen for the rhythms of forms that surround us - (old leather shoes,

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How to Protect Yourself Against Medicare “Gaps” the first day of the month in By David Sayen

Your Original Medicare insurance covers a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays to hospice care. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it doesn’t cover all your outof-pocket costs. Many services covered by Original Medicare require copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. You can purchase extra insurance to cover these “gaps” in Medicare. Such insurance is called Medicare Supplement Insurance, or Medigap. Some Medigap policies also provide coverage that Original Medicare doesn’t, like emergency care in a foreign country. Yo u h ave t o p ay f o r Medigap yourself, and it’s sold through private insurance companies. You can buy it only if you have O r i g i n a l M e d i c a r e, n o t Medicare Advantage, which is managed care provided by private insurers. Every Medigap policy has to follow federal and state laws designed to protect you. Insurance companies can sell you only a “standardized” Medigap policy identified in most states by the letters A through N. Each standardized

policy must offer the same basic benefits, no matter which company sells it. So beware when you’re shopping for a Medigap policy: Cost is usually the only difference between Medigap policies with the same letter sold by different companies. And there can be big differences in how much various insurers charge for the same coverage. Here are some of the costs that Medigap policies often cover: • M e d i c a r e Pa r t A (hospital) coinsurance and hospital costs for up to 365 days after Medicare benefits run out; • M e d i c a r e Pa r t B (medical) coinsurance or copays; • Part A hospice care coinsurance or co-pays; • Skilled nursing facility coinsurance; • Part A and Part B deductibles. Medigap policies generally don’t cover long-term care (like care in a nursing home), vision or dental, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and private duty nursing. The best time to buy a Medigap policy is during your Medigap open enrollment period. This period lasts for six months and begins on

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A n d r e m e m b e r, f o r Medicare covered services, Original Medicare will still cover the condition even if the Medigap policy won’t cover your out of pocket costs. But you’re responsible for the coinsurance or copayments. A few other points to keep in mind: • Yo u m u s t h a v e Medicare Part A and Part B to buy a Medigap policy. • Plans E, H, I, and J are no longer for sale, but you can keep these plans if you already have one. • A Medigap policy only covers one person. If you and your spouse both want Medigap coverage, you must each buy a separate policy. • A ny s t a n d a rd i z e d Medigap policy is guaranteed

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Local Schools Receive Support from Real Estate Community, founded in 2004 by Jason Brown from Stonecastle Land & Home Financial, has established itself as a premier sponsor for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF). Realtors and mortgage lenders can choose a school to support, and a portion of every transaction can go to that school’s Education Foundation for disbursement. The donations help offset costs for programs and staff that the state does not cover; such as art, science, physical education, music, reading intervention, library hours, and classroom aides to name a few. 
This model has proven very successful for Andrea Scott of Alain Pinel Realtors and Rancho Romero Elementary in Alamo. Andrea recently donated $1500.00 to Rancho’s Education Fund. In turn, Rancho will help to support Andrea by spreading the word that members of the

Andrea Scott of Alain Pinel Realtors presented Rancho Principal Skye Larsh with the first check of 2014 through Save California Schools.

community can support the school at no cost to them simply by hiring or referring Andrea for real estate transactions. C a r r i e S h a p i ro , t h e Education Fund president at John Baldwin Elementary in Danville, said “The support o f o u r l o c a l re a l e s t a t e professionals is a win-win for everyone”. Carrie says. “Our children benefit from the programs and our home values keep increasing as a result

of the exceptional education provided by the San Ramon Valley schools. We are so appreciative of this program.” 
Other schools in the area are welcoming saveCASchools. org and are supportive of the mission of the non-profit. Realtors as well are excited to help the local schools and support the various programs that otherwise would not be funded.

Celebrate Earth Day! The official date of this year’s 44th annual earth day is April 22. Celebrate on the weekends before and after at these local community events: Day

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Saturday, April 19 11am-3pm. The Town of Danville’s Earth Day Event aspires to lead the community towards a greener and more sustainable way of life. Through this annual free event, the Town aims to promote and develop educational opportunities t h ro u g h i n t e ra c t i ve a n d engaging vendors, activities and speakers that will inspire the whole family to develop

and expand their sense of environmental stewardship. Town Green, Front Street, Danville. John Muir Birthday­– Earth Day Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the family rain or shine for fun-filled activities and entertainment at the 1882 Victorian home of the country’s earliest and perhaps most influential advocate for nature—John Muir. Free. John Muir National Historic Site,

4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez. 925-2288860 Lafayette 9th Annual Earth Day Sunday April 27th 11-3. Bring the entire family for great local food, learning, fun and entertainment, all in celebration of Earth Day. Free. Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. I n f o r m a t i o n : e a r t h d ay @ April 2014

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Kick your Plantar Fasciitis, once and for all! Class IV laser therapy to heal foot pain By Dr. Niele Maimone, DC

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is an irritation and swelling of the thick tissue (plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extending along the sole of the foot toward the five toes. The plantar fascia helps hold up the bones on the bottom of the foot, creating the arch. When this fascia becomes inflamed it makes walking painful and difficult. The pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps of the day. Plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of as being caused by a heel spur, but research has found that this

is not the case. On x-ray, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include: • Foot arch problems (both flat foot and high arches) • History of low back pain or sciatica • Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel) • Obesity • Running, extended amounts of driving or repetitive stress to the foot or leg • Sudden weight gain What treatments are available for Plantar Fasciitis Western medicine typically treats Plantar Fasciitis with oral and/or injectable antiinflammatories. These may temporarily reduce the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis but they do not treat the cause

of the problem, and by no means heal it. Long term correction of Plantar Fasciitis is a two step process. First: Heal the Damaged Fascia Ending the pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis requires stopping the cycle of inflammation. Class IV laser therapy is an excellent method for this, because it is presently the only modality that can both reduce inflammation and heal tissue simultaneously. Laser treatments at Align Healing Center are done with the K-laser 1200 a Class IV Laser. This laser does not cut or burn but is gently absorbed by the tissue. During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, increasing metabolic activity and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the


Cancer Syndromes and Importance of Family History Dr. Shoba Kankipati

The majority of Cancers are sporadic, which means that it occurs without known family history. However there are specific cancer syndromes that can occur in multiple family members at an early age and can be related to a genetic mutation. Only 8-10% of cancers are genetically predisposed. Both affected and unaffected individuals can benefit from knowing their detailed family history. This includes both paternal and maternal family history. Specific cancer syndromes that are commonly identified include cancer of the breast, ovary, uterus, colon, and thyroid. For example: A woman has an 11% chance of developing breast cancer, but if she has a strong family history that number may increase her risk up to 80%. Genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2 are implicated in 8-9% of breast cancers. These genes are passed on to a woman or a man from either the mother or father. Which makes knowing both paternal and maternal history very important in cancer risk assessment. These genes are also implicated in ovarian cancer. BRCA2 gene can cause male breast cancer,

pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. An Ashkenazi Jewish woman has a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA1 or 2 mutation. If a gene is not identified there are other familial syndromes where a specific pattern of increased breast cancer is seen among the women of the family. These women also need to be identified so appropriate risk reduction and surveillance can be offered. Colon cancer can also have genetic or familial disposition. Syndromes called HNPCC (Hereditary Non-Polypsis Colon Cancer), FAP (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis syndrome) can be identified with detailed family history and appropriate testing. Patients with HNPCC are at an increased risk for uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and cancers in the stomach and small bowel. Pa t i e n t s a n d f a m i l y members are usually reluctant to undergo genetic testing due to concerns about cost and insurance coverage. What they may not know is most health insurance companies will cover most of the costs. Your doctor or genetic counselor might need to write a letter to explain why testing is needed. There are also specific

assistance programs that can help in cost coverage. The important message h e re i s t o b e awa re o f your family history, which includes your 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation relatives. If multiple cancers are observed in family members it is important to bring it to your physicians attention so they can guide you in regards to genetic testing for you and your family members. As new information is added to your family history remember to keep updating your primary care doctor about it, as one day you may not qualify for genetic testing and the next day you may. Another concern is how the results of genetic testing will affect the chance of getting life insurance in the future. In the United States, a federal law known as the Genetic Information N o n d i s c r i m i n a t i o n Ac t prohibits health insurers and employers from using your genetic information. This law is intended to encourage Americans to take advantage of genetic testing if needed. Dr. Kankipati is a board certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist with Epic Care, a group of experts in the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of cancer and blood disorders.

production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. Second: Correct the Foot and Gait Mechanics This involves rehabilitation of spine as well as the arch of the foot. Arch rehabilitation is achieved by utilizing specific insoles and/or specific taping of the foot in order to reestablish proper motion of the arch while walking, then specific strengthening and

stretching exercises are used to rehabilitate of the musculature of the foot and lower leg to ensure lasting results. At Align Healing Center we are having great success treating plantar fasciitis, sciatica, shoulder and neck pain, migraines, arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, post surgical pain, sports injuries and more; even if it’s long-term residual pain. Even arthritis and degenerative disc disease sufferers can see long term benefits from this treatment without any of the negative side effects experienced with the long term use of medications. Dr. Niele Maimone, DC is the founder of Align Healing Center in Danville, CA. To set up a complimentary consult call 925.362.8283 or visit www. for more information.

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Free days in the regional parks By Beverly Lane, East Bay Regional Parks District

In celebration of East Bay Regional Park District’s 80th anniversary, the District has announced that a variety of park services will be free every third Friday of the month, starting April 18. On those free Fridays, fees will be waived for parking, boat launching, and entry for horses and dogs. And you won’t have to pay for

swimming, district fishing permits, or entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. Boat launchers will still have to pay for the required invasive mussel inspection. Anglers will still have to possess a California state fishing license, for which there’s a fee. And there will still be fees for camping and for group picnic reservations. But overall, this is a great deal and a way of thanking the public for many decades of support for the regional parks.

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As I mentioned in my January column, the park district was established in 1934 as the result of a grassroots movement to preserve East Bay open space for public enjoyment. Initially the district encompassed only part of Alameda County. In 1962, voters in Contra Costa County had turned down a funding measure for county parks, so park supporters began pushing for annexation to the Regional Park District. In 1964, voters in west, north and central Contra Costa County approved annexation to the District, and Kennedy Grove, Las Trampas and Briones were soon purchased, developed and opened as the first Regional Parks entirely within Contra Costa County. Fifty years later, these three original parks have grown, with Kennedy Grove at 255 acres, Briones at 6,255 acres and Las Trampas at 5,342 acres. Liberty Union Township (Eastern Contra Costa County) was annexed to the District in 1981 as residential growth began to spread throughout Contra Costa County’s last large developable rural area. While much has been accomplished over the past eight decades, there is a lot more to do. The Park District will always remain a work in progress as it acquires and opens the regional parks and


With voter approval in 1964, Briones Regional Wilderness soon became one of the first Regional Parks entirely within Contra Costa County. Clyde Wooldridge, EBRPD Board; J.R. Townsend (landowner); and Marlin Haley, EBRPD Board review a map of the new park. East Bay Regional Park District Archive photo.

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Are you looking for an activity to get your middleschool-musician into this summer? Camp Allegro is a week-long summer band camp that takes place at Monte Vista High School. Each day, which lasts from 9am to 3pm, is packed with group activities, musical ensembles, and specialized workshops. Camp Allegro was founded in 2009 by directors Rachel Sweet, Nicole Cooper, and Corrine Cooper. They won the Girl Scout Gold Award for their dedication to organizing a legitimate music camp as high school students. As a Monte Vista High School

junior, I am one of the three Camp organizers, while the other two are senior Kaileigh Grishaber and sophomore Cassidy Grishaber. Six years later, we still strive to maintain the humble g ro u n d i n g s A l l e g ro wa s founded upon, and to deliver a personal and enriching experience to our campers. Our student-run camp is available to local incoming 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade band students. We practice together as a large band for several hours each day, and dedicate an hour to sectionals, in which students and counselors of the same instrument family work

together on tough spots in each of the musical pieces. Our one-to-one studentcounselor ratio gives each student the opportunity to experience rapid musical growth in a week’s time. Counselors are encouraged to mimic the practices of professional private tutors when giving advice to their students. “The practice was really tedious,” former camper Serena Foote said. “But I think I learned a lot about myself as a musician through the practice and I was able to pick up on new techniques from my bassoon counselor.”

Our counselors range in age and experience, from incoming high school sophomores who just graduated Allegro the year before, to Monte Vista alumni who graduated the band program over four years ago. “High-schoolers and middleschoolers play together and develop important connections,” Senior Director Kaileigh Grishaber said. “When I was a camper, I really looked up to my oboe counselor; she helped out a lot.” Ultimately, the directors hope to provide all involved with a memorable experience that will send both students and counselors to participate again the following year. Although the goal is to push each student into a musical growth spurt,

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Re c e n t l y c o m p l e t e d projects mentioned were solar arrays in public buildings that will save the Town $200,000 per year. Also mentioned were Danville’s south Park, and the Canine corral at Hap Magee Ranch Park. In the works are projects at Osage station Park, Bocce Ball courts at Sycamore Valley Park, the crow Canyon sound walls and more. Three million dollars per year are spent on streets and pavements for resurfacing, sealing and overlay. North Danville downtown is undergoing numerous improvements, the planning for which have been in the works for 20 years, Storer said.

thousands of dollars for local nonprofits. Mary was also a schoolteacher for 25 years and is still tutoring first and second graders. The Business of the Year Award presented by Bay Area News Group, honors Bridges restaurant in Danville. Owner Randy Negi and General Manager Lisa Waldman are long time community supporters and

Since joining the Town of Danville, Joe has been personally involved in many projects and activities which have helped shape Danville’s future while maintaining the Town’s unique character. These include the Town’s various comprehensive General Plans, formation of the Town’s Redevelopment Agency and preparation of the Downtown Master Plan,

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Insurance introduced Danville Mayor Robert Storer who gave his first State of the Town address. The Mayor stressed that Tow n p a r t n e rs h i p s w i t h organizations such as the Danville Area Chamber, the Discover Danville Association, The Kiwanis Club which puts on the 4th of July Parade, David Miller for the Hot Summer Nights Car Shows have shared priorities in supporting small businesses in Danville. Careful fiscal stewardship of public money by the Town Council is exceptional, he said, pointing out that Town Manager Joe Calabrigo’s ten-year forecast

is updated annually. In 2013-14, $612 was spent per resident. “Property tax valuations are back to 2008-2009 levels. 88% of expenses are on high priority areas such as Police, Parks, Planning and Public Works,” said Mayor Storer, who went on to say that Danville is 6th in California for safety in the community, saying that the goal is to be No. 1. In Recreation there are 2,000 programs catering to youth, sports, theater, arts, Seniors and more with over 20,000 participants.

Awards highlight the best of Danville The Citizen of the Year Award presented by Bay Area News Group, was bestowed upon Mary Tuttle. Mary who is now retired from her business, The Pocket Coupon Directory has served on the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors since the 1980’s and is deeply involved in Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary. She is one of the founders of the Blackhawk Food, Wine and Film Festival that has raised hundreds of

games and free time are woven into the schedule to encourage participants to build friendships that will last into their careers as higher-level musicians. The week ends with a water balloon fight, a pizza lunch, and the Camp concert and barbecue. “When we play [during the concert], you can hear the improvements,” Grishaber said. “It’s kind of amazing. We’ve only been working together for a week, but we end up managing to sound great.” If you are interested in registering your child for this summer’s camp the week of June 23-June 27, visit the website: For information, send an email to

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contribute thousands of dollars annually to local non-profits, schools and charities. Warm, professional service is a trademark at Bridges, where their knowledgeable servers cater to guests’ every need. The Employee of the Year Award presented by The Valley Sentinel, was given to Joe Calabrigo, Danville Town Manager. Joe has been Town Manager since 1993. Since joining Danville’s staff in 1985, Joe has served as the Town’s Planning Director, Ad m i n i s t ra t i ve S e r v i c e s Director, and Assistant Town Manager. In 1993, he was selected by the Town Council to serve as Danville’s third Town Manager. He holds the distinction of being the longest tenured city manager among the 10 city and town managers in Contra Costa County.

expansion of the Town’s park system and recreation programming – including a new senior services program – and construction of facilities including the Library and Community Center, the new Oak Hill Park Community Center, Veteran’s memorial Building, as well as the new downtown Front Street Municipal parking lot. Joe has also been at the forefront in the development of a regional disaster preparedness program, forming Danville’s

first Community Emergency Re s p o n s e Te a m ( C E RT ) Program. The Charitable Organization of the Year presented by The Danville Express, honors The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley. The club’s primary purpose is to improve the local community through community activism. Their primary source of funding is achieved by organizing the 4th of July Parade in Danville. The funds derived from the parade are distributed back to local organizations that provide services and/or opportunities to our local youth and elderly. Kiwanis members also contribute their valuable time to local community service events such as the Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program, the Danville Library Book Sale, the Contra Costa County Food Bank and the Adopt a Family Program, just to name a few.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Volunteers Needed: Read to Preschoolers Volunteers are needed at childcare centers in Concord, Pittsburg, and West County. The Contra Costa County Library will supply books and resources. For more information, please contact Maureen Kilmurray at 925-927-3288. Free Tax Preparation AARP’s Tax-Aide and United Way’s Earn It, Keep It, Save It (EKS) programs are providing free tax preparation for the 2014 tax season starting in February. Tax-Aide has no income limit while EKS can only serve individuals whose incomes are $50,000 or below. 925-973-3250 San Ramon - San Ramon Senior Center site; 925480-7202 Danville - St. Isidore Ministry Center site. For general information and other site locations. Please call for information. 925-726-3199. Danville Farmer’s Market Every Saturday, Year-round 9am-1pm. Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers’ Market. Railroad & Prospect Avenue, Danville. Information: (You can make donations of fresh vegetables and fruit for our local food pantries at the Loaves & Fishes Booth at the Danville Farmers Market.) San Ramon Library: Something is Happening Upstairs Now-May 14 3-4:45pm. Middle Schoolers are invited upstairs on Wednesdays for movies, games and other activities. There will also be space for you to do your homework or just hang out. San Ramon Library; 100 Montgomery Street; San Ramon. Information: Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Workshop Tuesdays, April 8 - July 22 11am-1pm. This 12-week workshop is for women who have just been diagnosed and are either in treatment or starting treatment. This series will help them address the emotional and physical issues that surface after diagnosis. Guest medical experts will present information to the group. Free. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave, Walnut Creek. Register at 925-933-0107. Forest Home Farms Historic Park - Fun on the Farm April 12 10am-2pm. Forest Home Farms welcomes your family to partake in interactive exhibits, visit the tractor and Glass House Museum, and enjoy the gorgeous grounds and activities centered around April’s theme, “Spring on the Farm”. $5 per person on one tour, or $8 per person on both the Museum and Farm tour. 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. 925-973-3284. Eggstravaganza April 12 9am-1:30pm. Hop down to the Danville Community Center for a fun-filled morning of egg hunts, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Bring your camera and take your little one’s picture with the Spring Bunny. Register online at Danville Community Center, 420 Front Street, Danville. Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Annual Spring Opening & Plant Sale April 12 Members-only sale: 9-11am. Public sale: 11am-3pm. Garden open until 4pm. Spring in on this opportunity to buy special plant additions to your garden, including drought-tolerant plants, cacti, and California native plants. The Garden’s expert staff, docents, and nursery propagators will provide insider tips and tricks to planting a stunning garden that looks great all year long with less irrigation than a lawn. Free. 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-944-9352. Thank you San Ramon! Walk with the City Council April 12 10am. Enjoy scenic Central Park as you have an opportunity to engage with San Ramon City Council members about local topics. This beginner friendly route will loop the park and part of the Iron Horse Trail. Healthy refreshments will be provided. Walkers of all ages welcome. Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd, Danville. San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society April 15 10am-12pm. The March meeting of the Genealogical Society will revolve around the speaker Virginia Kysh. Both beginner and advanced genealogists will find this program of interest. Library of the LDS Church, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo. History Tour offered at Hap Magee Park April 17 10-11:30am. Local historian Beverly Lane will lead attendees on a tour of Hap Magee Ranch Park. Lane will detail the varied history of the property, its time as an orphanage and as a working ranch before becoming one of Danville’s popular parks. 1025 La Gonda Way.

San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club Luncheon April 17 The San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club, a non-profit social group serving members of the San Ramon Valley and Tri-Valley areas, is holding a luncheon for current and prospective members at the Crow Canyon Country Club. Contact Bree Bradshaw for more information: (925)837-9600. 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Recent Developments in Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease April 19 9am-12pm. The Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo presents Camilla Kilbane, M.D. who will discuss recent developments in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. All are welcome and there is no fee. No reservations are necessary. Grace Presbyterian Church 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. Walnut Creek. Information: Ronnie Wanetick at 925-933-6357 or Howard Zalkin at 925-939-4210 Town of Danville Earth Day April 19 11am-3pm. The Town of Danville’s Earth Day Event aspires to lead the community towards a greener and more sustainable way of life. Through this annual free event, the Town aims to promote and develop educational opportunities through interactive and engaging vendors, activities and speakers that will inspire the whole family to develop and expand their sense of environmental stewardship. Town Green, Front Street, Danville. Passover Without Miracles April 19 5 pm. The Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will hold a community potluck seder featuring a humanistic English-language progressive Secular haggadah highlighting the power of community and the value of freedom. Included will be traditional Passover songs as well as freedom songs from the Civil Rights movement and Yiddish songs of resistance. $15 donation adult s(over 13) non-members of TVCJ. Children are welcome. TVCJ is collecting canned and boxed food for the food bank at the event. Bothwell Center, 2466 8th St. in Livermore. Information/reservations: please call (510) 888-1404 or e-mail Reservations@EastBayCulturalJews. Parks Make Life Better Clean-Up Days April 26 9am-12pm. Join our professional park maintenance staff for a cleanup event to assist the city in maintaining neighborhood parks. The event is open to all ages however, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and will need to register in advance. Register at www. Hidden Valley Park, 10907 Albion Rd, San Ramon. Heather Farm’s Annual Spring Plant Sale April 26 9am-12pm. The Gardens at Heather Farms hosts its annual Spring sale; GHF members can take a 10% off their plant purchases, while non-members can also benefit from this discount by becoming members the day of the sale. All proceeds benefit the ongoing maintenance of The Gardens at Heather Farms and its educational programs for children. 600 North San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. April 26 Lose a Lawn, Get A Garden! 9am - 12pm. The Gardens at Heather Farm and the Contra Costa Water District present this inspiring and informative FREE workshop designed for homeowners interested in replacing their existing water-thirsty lawns with beautiful water efficient landscaping. Experts will provide advice and instruction about design, irrigation and plants native to the Diablo Valley climate. Registration is required for this FREE program in order to receive an informational packet. Contra Costa Water District Center, 1331 Concord Avenue, Concord. Information/ registration: or call 925947-1678. Managing Symptoms and Side Effects of Cancer April 26 10am-12pm. Learn what you can do to feel better during cancer treatment. In this informal workshop, Diana Longacre, RN, and an oncology nurse, will discuss methods for managing fatigue, nausea and other treatment side effects. Free, with pre-reservation. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave, Walnut Creek. 925-933-0107. Sheep Shearing Day April 26 10am-12pm. Celebrate spring and see the sheep get their annual haircuts! Watch demonstrations of old time traditions such as blacksmithing, lace making, wood carving, and quilting as well as sheepdog demonstrations. At-gate admission prices: Adults(13+) - $7, Children(3-12) - $5, Children 2 and under are free. Pre-

registration prices: Adults(13+) - $5, Children(3-12) - $3, Children 2 and under are free. Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. Storytime with the Farmer April 30 10-11am. Visit Forest Home Farms Historic Park to hear stories, sing songs, create a special springtime craft and visit the sheep. Children must be accompanied by an adult but only children need to register. Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. Healing Places/Restorative Spaces April 30 7 – 8:30 pm. Join Sarah Sutton, a landscape architect, who has over 30 years of experience in sustainable landscape construction and design for “Healing Places/Restorative Spaces: Creating Landscapes and Gardens that Sustain Ourselves and the Planet.” Free.The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-947-1678 Plant Propagation May 10 Two Classes: 10:30am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:30pm. Propagation is one of the first techniques to learn as you explore your love for succulent plants. Whether you want to use your plants in crafts and décor or just have an abundance for your garden, we will teach you the most successful and easiest methods of increasing your collection. $20 General Admission, $12 for RBG Members. The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-944-9352

SENIORS Danville Seniors Unless otherwise noted, the following activities are held at the Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building, 115 E. Prospect, Danville. For more information call 925-314-3490 or visit Sneaker Trips: The Town of Danville’s Senior Sneakers program is a great way for you to make new friends and get out and around the greater Bay Area. There’s always something new to see and learn. All trips meet at the Danville Park & Ride lot unless otherwise noted in the trip details. Reserve your spot at the Danville Senior Center, 115 E. Prospect, Danville, CA 94526, on or before the registration date beginning at 8:30am. Information: 925-314-3400 or visit www. The Danville Area Senior Hikes (DASH) are open to all adults and meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The group starts at the Danville Park-n-Ride (next to the Sycamore Valley 680 North exit) at 9AM and returns about 1Pm. Most hikes are not strenuous, but gradients are involved due to the local terrain. Distances are usually in the 4-5 mile range, and the pace is moderate, with stops to view scenery, wildlife and to talk about location history when appropriate. Information: 925-314-3400 or visit San Ramon Seniors The following events are held at the Alcosta Senior & Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, unless otherwise noted. For more information call 925-973-3250 or visit www.sanramon. Wisdom Wednesdays: Free workshops and informational sessions that will benefit you. They will give you free access to coffee, knowledge and a better understanding of important issues. Information: 925-973-3250. Trips Trip Desk is open Tuesday from 10am-1pm. Sign up for trips at the travel desk or by depositing payment with registration form in the gold drop box found at the main entryway. Information: 973-3250. Wednesday Morning Hikes (time and location varies) Join the San Ramon Trailblazers if you are interested in meeting new people, enjoying the outdoors, having fun and getting in shape. The group meets once a week at various locations, This is an adults only group; pets are not permitted on hikes. To find out the exact meeting location and to get on the email list, please call the Senior Center or email Page Turners Senior Book Group Third Tuesday of the month 1:30pm. Drop in–all are welcome! Copies of this month’s book are on reserve for you at the San Ramon Library Front Desk. Book group meets at Alcosta Senior and Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd. Information: Carol Yuke, Adult Services Librarian. 925-973-2850.

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BUSINESS Ribbon Cutting: Jamba Juice April 8 12-1pm. Join the business community in welcoming Jamba Juice to its new location with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Sample smoothies while you’re there! 35 Railroad Ave., Danville. Danville Area Chamber Business After Hours Mixer April 10 5:30-7pm. Bring your business card and get ready to expand your network and meet new friends. $5 members, $20 non-members. Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville. 925-837-4400 Ribbon Cutting: MexCal April 17 5:30-6:30pm. Attend the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for MexCal, and new Danville business community member. Check out their delicious organic Mexican food while you’re there! 327 Hartz Ave., Danville. Third Thursday Mixer April 17 5:30-7pm. Partake in this opportunity to network with San Ramon Chamber members, Government Officials, Educators and Local Businesses. Free to members and guests of members. Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Avenue, Danville. 925242-0600 San Ramon Chamber New and Future Member Orientation April 22 4-5pm. Join the San Ramon Chamber members, Ambassadors, and its President Stewart Bambino for this casual-setting meeting to learn about the different ways joining the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce can help your business. Bishop Ranch 6, 2400 Camino Ramon Conference Room 158/K, San Ramon. RSVP at stewart.

CLUBS and ORGANIZATIONS Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW membership is open to all graduates of accredited four year colleges or universities and those holding an Associate Degree or equivalent. Prospective members are welcome and may contact Liz at 389-0152 for details. Visit http://daw-ca. for meeting dates.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12) Fibro? CFIDS? Chronic Pain? If these are familiar to you, call about the San Ramon Valley support group for people who need support, information, classes and friendship from people who know what it’s like. We like to laugh while getting well. Call 925-837-0510. Hope Hospice Grief Support GroupsOngoing Hope Hospice provides support to help you understand and manage grief in a way that is healthy and appropriate. Our Grief Support Center is available to all community members at minimal or no cost. Information: visit www.HopeHospice. com or call 925-829-8770. Wind ‘n Sea Sailing Club Sailing training classes take place at members’ homes. Information: Call Jan at 925-837-3381. Recurring: Mondays: The Walnut Creek Garden Club Meets the second Monday of each month. The general meeting begins at 9:30 with community and socializing from 10:30 to 11:00. You do not need to be a gardener to join the club. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Road, Walnut Creek. Information: californiagardenclubs. com/content/walnut-creek-garden-club or Danville Rotary 12pm. Meets every Monday. Faz Restaurant, Danville. Information: San Ramon Alzheimer Support Group 7-9pm. Meets the second Monday of each month, except on holidays. Sponsored by the Alzheimer Association. People who know or are caregivers of Alzheimer victims can get information on how to help them through this difficult time in life. San Ramon Senior & Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Information: 925-973-3250. Tuesdays: Danville am Toastmasters 7-8:30am. Meets every Tuesday. New members welcome. Father Nature’s Restaurant, 170 Prospect Ave., Danville. Information: danvilleam.

Room, 3160 Crow Canyon Rd., San Ramon. Information: 4160. ARF Pet Loss Support Group 12-1:30pm. Meets first Tuesday of every month. In a nurturing small group, you are encouraged to process feelings of grief resulting from the loss of pet. Register with Vicki at 925-8875678 or ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Information: Walnut Creek Kiwanis Club 12:10-1:30pm. Meets every Tuesday. Massimo’s Ristorante, 1604 Locust Street,
 Walnut Creek. Information: Walnut Creek Rotary 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Tuesday. Heather Farms Garden Center, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Information: Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Workshop Tuesdays, April 16 through July 30 11am-1pm. This 12-week workshop is for women who have just been diagnosed and are either in treatment or starting treatment. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Avenue, Walnut Creek. Free. Please call to register 925-933-0107. Prostate Cancer Group 7:30–9pm. Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month. Drop-in prostate cancer group for men and their loved ones. San Ramon Regional Medical Center, South Building, West Day Room. 6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. Information: 925.933.0107 or community-programs.html. Wednesdays: Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley 12pm. Meets the second Wednesday of every month. Sign-in and social time begins at 11:30. Guests are welcome with lunch reservations. Faz Restaurant, 600 Hartz Ave., Danville. RSVP 925-275-2412. Information: Walnut Creek Host Lion’s Club 12:15pm. Meets the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Black Bear Diner, 700 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Information:

Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary 7am. Meets every Tuesday morning. Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Information:

Walnut Creek Toastmasters 7-8:15pm. Meets every Wednesday. 1660 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Information:

Diablo View Toastmasters 8:15-9:15am. Meets every Tuesday. CMG Mortgage, 4th Floor Conference

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San Ramon Valley Rotary 7pm. Meets every Wednesday. Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Information:

Clutterers Anonymous 7-8pm. Meets the second Thursday of every month. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church room 7, 2 
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Blue Star Moms 7-9pm. Meets the second Wednesday of every month. Danville Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave. Information:

Diablo Valley Lions Club 7:30pm. Meets the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of every month. 1400 Montego Drive, Walnut Creek. Information:

Diablo Valley Quilters 7-9pm. Meets the third Wednesday of every month. No charge for guests. Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville. Information:

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Veterans of Foreign Wars 7:00pm. Meets the third Wednesday of every month. Veterans Memorial Hall, 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville. Information: Post Commander Ernie Petagara at 925-362-9806 or Danville Toastmasters Club #1785 7:30-9pm. Meets every Wednesday. Room W204 at Diablo Valley College,1690 Watermill Road, San Ramon. Information: Thursdays: Koko Fitbit Walk 9:30-11 am. Meets on the last Thursday of each month. Meet at Koko FitClub and walk the Iron Horse Trail. 499-B San Ramon Valley Blvd. Danville. Information: 925-743-0802 San Ramon Valley Newcomers 11:30am-2pm. Meets the third Thursday of every month with a featured guest speaker at a local Tri-Valley restaurant. New and long-time adult residents are welcome. Reservations/information: 925-837-9600 or

Diablo Region of the Porsche Club of America 7:30-9am. Meets every Saturday. Buttercup Bar and Grill, 660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Information: Sundays: Cars n Coffee: First Sunday of Every Month 8-10am. Blackhawk Automotive Museum is hosting Cars and Coffee for automotive enthusiasts in the parking lots of Blackhawk Plaza. Our partner, Scott’s Catering, will provide coffee and other refreshments. Afterwards, visit shops and restaurants in Blackhawk Plaza. Blackhawk Museum; 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle; Danville. Information: www.

Rotary Club of San Ramon 11:45am. Meets every Thursday. Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Information: Diablo Numismatic Society 7-9pm. Meets the third Thursday of every month. Concord Police Community Meeting Room, 1350

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2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L TT VSport Premium By David and Judy Colman

With the introduction of this second generation CTS, Cadillac has well and truly joined the ranks of the world’s elite producers of sports sedans. No more BMW M5 envy, no Audi S5 shortfall, no E Class Mercedes misgivings, the completely new CTS has hurdled the competition, and managed to do so for less money. V8 devotees can still buy the older style CTS-V this year, but if you’re after a “V” specification four door sedan, Cadillac offers only this twin turbocharged, 3.6 liter V6. Of course, compared to the 556hp supercharged V8 of the carryover CTS-V models, the 420hp V6 in the “CTS VSport” sedan may seem undernourished. On paper, that is. But out in the real world, the TT V6, coupled to a new 8 speed automatic transmission (unavailable in the CTS-V), is anything but feeble. First and best, when you flatten the accelerator, this sizeable luxury Pullman

lunges forward, emitting an ethereal banshee wail from its spooled turbochargers. If you’ve selected manual shift mode by depressing the “M” button atop the stick shift lever, you can chose any appropriate gear ratio by clicking the large left steering wheel mounted magnesium paddle for down shifts or the matching right flipper for up shifts. The Cadillac transmission complies instantaneously, and does so while blipping the motor to match engine rpm to gear ratio choice on down shifts. The system is faultless save the need for a larger, centrally located gear indicator display in the driver information center. Cadillac stylists have substantially improved the appearance of the new CTS compared to its predecessor. Gone are the original’s tired Origami folds, which looked revolutionary at introduction but shopworn today. The clean sheet design of the new sedan offers softer contours all around, with sweeping

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Turkey Vultures stand about three feet tall with a six foot wingspan. In flight, their characteristic dihedral, shallow V wing position and side to side tilting is diagnostic. They flap their wings infrequently, rather taking advantage of rising thermals to stay soaring, an example of static soaring flight. The wings appear twotoned with silver-gray flight feathers and black wing linings. Adults may weigh over five pounds. The feet and talons are relatively weak and not adapted for taking live prey as in raptors. About twenty years is given as the maximum age. Richard, a female Turkey Vulture residing at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, hatched in 1974 and will be forty years old this year. Turkey Vultures lack a syrinx, so they are only capable of hissing and grunting. They are gregarious and roost in large community groups, up to several hundred, breaking away to forage independently during the day. In the East Bay Area, these communal roosts are commonly found in stands of Eucalyptus trees, and sometimes are considered to be a nuisance due to the whitewash of droppings and associated smell. Like storks,

the Turkey Vulture often defecates on its own legs, using the evaporation of the water in the feces and/or urine to cool itself, a process known as urohidrosis. The Turkey Vulture lowers its night-time body temperature by about six degrees and becomes slightly hypothermic. In the morning, they can be seen holding their wings spread to dry them, thermoregulate and warm up. The ultraviolet rays also help to control bacteria and parasites. The breeding season of the Turkey Vulture varies according to latitude. In the Bay Area, it commences in March and continues into August. Ninety percent of “nests”, a simple scrape or depression with no nesting material, are found in caves or cliff ledges where they are somewhat protected. I once flushed an incubating female off her clutch of three eggs in a scrape on the ground in the middle of a chaparral thicket near St. Mary’s College. Occasionally, a large tree cavity offers a nesting site. Turkey Vultures nest in Briones Regional Park, Las Trampas Regional Park

and Mount Diablo State Park. The eggs are cream-colored with brown or lavender spots around their larger end. Both parents incubate with the young hatching after 30 to 40 days. The nestling chicks are altricial, or helpless at birth. Both parents feed the young by regurgitating food for them for about eleven weeks. Adults and young defend themselves from predators by hissing and regurgitating. The young fledge at about ten weeks and remain as a family group until fall. Immature Turkey Vultures have gray heads and beaks and at sexual maturity the beaks turn white and the head red. Turkey Vulture populations appear to remain stable with a global population estimated to be 4,500,000 individuals. With proper management and protection of open spaces this important species of the ecosystem will continue to provide its role as “natures vacuum cleaners”. James M. Hale is a wildlife biologist and Vice Chair of the Contra Costa Fish and Wildlife Committee

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Spring Fling By Denise Rousset

On Saturday March 22nd, Danville’s merchants and downtown shoppers and diners were enjoying Discover Danville’s Spring Fling event that started out at the Danville Farmers Market and fanned out over downtown for the rest of the day. The weather couldn’t have been finer as visitors to the market and downtown took advantage of special offers from local businesses all day. Participating businesses included Cottage Jewel where owner Marcia Harmon held special tastings of 100% organic wild Pu’er tea from China. Learning about this unusual tea is surprising and educational. Local, unfiltered and raw honey by Apiarist Steven Harris is another new offering at Cottage Jewel. In keeping with Recycle, Upcycle and Reuse this is a boutique full of sparkling treasures. Other businesses included Art on the Lane, and Kathlyn Stone Jewelry. Owner Didi Reed of Sweet Street offered all natural Snapple Jelly Bellies, Heirloom Court had DIY workshops and more. Forward Motion Sports owned by Marty Breen was an active participant as well as Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books, both offering specials

L-R Marcia Harmon and Denise Rousset sample tea at Cottage Jewel

that were hard to resist. Father Natures Hideaway had special organic food at a discount while Val Rogers of Koko Fit Club helped at the Farmers Market explaining the layout of the Town with the Danville Strolling Map. Volunteers helped make this event a success once again. Danville’s family-friendly atmosphere welcomes people of all ages and their canine companions to the historic downtown for relaxation, shopping or dining in one of many top-notch restaurants. Events in Danville happen all year long, and provide visitors the opportunity to discover the treasure trove of talent and innovation to be found every day in its businesses. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.

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The Valley Sentinel_April 2014  

Community News and information, Danville, CA, San Ramon, CA, sports, education, seniors, real estate, vultures, Cadillac CTS VSport

The Valley Sentinel_April 2014  

Community News and information, Danville, CA, San Ramon, CA, sports, education, seniors, real estate, vultures, Cadillac CTS VSport