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From left to right: Robert Storer, Councilmember; Renee Moran, Councilmember; Colonel Allan Cruz, VP of Veterans Committee; Newell Arnerich, Mayor; Major General Ron Lowe, President of Veterans Committee; Karen Stepper, Councilmember, Chair of Capital Campaign for Veterans Committee

On September 17, the Veteran Memorial Building Capital Campaign Committee presented a check for $200,000 to the Town of Danville council members towards the construction of the new building and to highlight their continued acceptance of Donor Wall additions to honor community friends and family. We invite you to receive a Challenge Coin to present to a loved one over the upcoming holiday, as a representation of their gift (or pledge) to honor them on the stunning Mt. Diablo Donor wall that graces the steps from the main hall into the


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The Farmers Markets dazzle with beautiful squashes and fruits to cook and to decorate your home. The season has officially kicked off, and there is no season quite like this. Fall harvest’s fruits and vegetables will delight in reds, oranges, yellow and cream, with stripes, splashes and plenty of texture. Root vegetables, pears, apples, pomegranates and persimmons will excite your inner cook and designer! The Danville Farmers Market takes place every Saturday rain or shine in the Museum of the San Ramon Valley parking lot on Railroad and Prospect from 9am to 1pm.

Meet the Coast Horned Lizard by James Hale

T h e C o a s t H o r n e d L i z a rd (Phrynosoma blainvillii) is one of the most unusual and spectacular lizards in the San Francisco Bay area. Often called “horned toads” because of thorny projections along the back of the head, the Coast Horned Lizards belong to the family of lizards known as Phrynosomatidae. The majority of species in this family either live in wind blown dusty habitats or occasionally bury themselves in sand or fine soil. All members of the family have a characteristic specialized nasal passage, which has a “U”-shaped bend adapted to trap fine particles so they do not reach the lungs. Other family members include the Zebra-tailed lizards, fringe-toed lizards, rock lizards, spiny lizards, tree lizards, earless lizards, side-blotched lizards, and the horned lizards. All

representatives except the earless lizards occur in California. Our locally common western fence lizard or “Bluebelly” is a family member. Coast Horned Lizards reach about six inches in total length. There are two elongate occipital horns with several shorter ones on each side, which give this lizard its unique look. A row of spines along the lower jaw with several rows of shorter spines along the back complete the defensive armor of this species. Two rows of projecting fringe scales on each side of the body allow this lizard to bury itself into the sandy substrate with a shake and shimmy maneuver. The dorsal color is brown, reddish, purple or yellow. The venter or belly is yellow to cream sometimes accented with

dusky spots. Large dark or black marks on each side of the neck, extending onto the shoulders and down the back highlight this beautifully colored lizard. The male has larger back and head spines, a broader head, a swollen tail base, and larger femoral

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pores than the female. After mating, the female lays from six to twenty-one eggs (with an average of twelve), during April to June. The one inch long hatchlings emerge from July to September.

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Ella the Musical Now-October 12 The Queen of Jazz. The First Lady of Song. The great Ella Fitzgerald. It’s a life lived out loud in this exhilarating

new musical that weaves myth, memory and music to tell the uplifting and poignant story of one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. It’s 1966 and the fabled songstress is preparing for one of the most important concerts of her career. Ella reflects on her life, her secrets and the love of music that made her soar. Center REP: 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Information: Visit Sleepy Hollow, the Musical Now-October 13 The musical adaptation

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October 2013 of Washington Irving’s tale of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman. The perfect event to carve into the Halloween spirit! Front Row Theater; 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd. Information: or email parks@sanramon. Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art Now-November 17 Home investigates the role that home, habitat, and environment play in our modern lives. From traditional notions of the hearth, to mo bi le, a lte rn at ive, a nd eco-conscious abodes, this exhibition will address the way our interpretation of habitat has shifted over the past century. This show features a national group of artists working in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, video and photography. Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center of the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr.; Walnut Creek. Information: 925-295-1417 or visit Gardens at Heather Farms Golden Season: Autumn Colors in the Garden October 5 10am-1pm. Golden Season: Autumn colors in the garden With Tatyana Yurkova, Graphic Artist and Illustrator. Blooming

Danville Fall CraFts Festival OctOber 26 & 27 • 10am - 5pm • Hartz avenue

200 Art & CrAft DisplAys GlAss pumpkin pAtCh free ADmission roses, glowing rose hips, seed pods, fall season flowers and colorful foliage...Pick your own subject and learn how to develop full color botanical renderings in mixed media using techniques from the Old Masters. All levels, teens to adults of any age welcome. Teacher will provide materials list upon registration. Hat, water, and portable chair are recommended as the class takes place outdoors in the garden. $25 ($20 for GHF members) Gardens at Heather Farm; 1540 Marchbanks; Walnut Creek. Information: www.gardenshf. org. Two Cities, One Tale - Danville & San Ramon Joint CityRead 2013 October 7-November 8 Join residents of Danville and San Ramon for a five-week book-sharing event to read one book together from October 7th through November 8th. Borrow a copy of bestselling author, Mary Roach’s, relentlessly funny and well-researched book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, at the Danville and San Ramon Libraries. Also available in large type, audio CD, and downloadable audio and e-books from your local library. A limited number of books will also be available at participating local businesses. Information: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World October 8 6:30-8pm. This film transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal the astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture. San Ramon Library; 100 Montgomery Street;

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Adventures in Jazz: Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio October 11 8pm. Classic jazz standards and original stylings with a twist, featuring the unique sounds of the jazz harp with drums and, eclectic, and an adventure for the audience to experience! Desserts by The Brass Door; coffee by Starbucks. San Ramon Library; 100 Montgomery Street; San Ramon. Information: email or visit sanramonperformingarts. com

Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Club - 2013 Hopfest October 12 1-5pm. Up to 15 breweries, live music and 6 restaurant booths. Proceeds benefit the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and the Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Foundation. $30 per ticket (must be over 21. Valid government issued ID required) Intersection of Bollinger Canyon Road and Camino Ramon (Future City of

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San Ramon Civic Center Site) Information: www.hopfest. com. 25th Annual Wine and Dine October 17 5:30-8:30pm. Join us for an evening of fun, food and festivities! Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, micro-brew tasting & culinary creations– sampling from over 50 local businesses! This year marks our 25th Anniversary so we’ll be celebrating in style with live music, a silent auction & much more! All drinks and food are included. Must be 21 years of age. $35 per person in advance, $45 at the door. The Bridges at Gale Ranch, 711 Silver Lake Drive; Danville. Information: Call 925-242-0600 or visit Hansel and Gretel October 17-19 Wa l n u t C r e e k b a s e d Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble is pleased to present the classic tale Hansel and Gretel. Narrated by Hansel and Gretel’s dog, DOG, this fun loving story is a gem. This heart-warming family friendly musical encourages

audience participation from all ages. $14. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek. Information/tickets: 925-943-SHOW(7469), or via the web at www.leshercenter. org, or in person at the Lesher Center for the Arts Ticket Office located at 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Children’s Fall Fest: Monster Mash October 25 3:30-7:30pm. Join us for a scary good time at the Town of Danville’s 11th Annual Children’s Fall Fest. Festivities will include arts and crafts, face painting, games, trick-ortreating. This event is perfect for all the little monsters ages 1 through 9. Light refreshments will be served. There are two sessions to choose from for this event; 3:30pm to 5pm or 5:30pm to 7pm. Pre-registration is required and no walkins can be accommodated.

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Space is limited. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit Volunteer_Opportunities. Danville Community Center at 420 Front Street. Information: Register online at www. d a n v i l l e re c g u i d e. c o m o r call 925-314-3400 for more information. Center REP Presents - Don’t Dress For Dinner October 25-November 23 Here comes the brilliant sequel to REP’s hilarious and stylish sold-out hit, BoeingBoeing. It’s 10 years later, Ro b e r t a n d B e r n a rd a re happily settled down, but the shenanigans continue in what many consider to be the most brilliant bedroom farce of all time. 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek. For more information go to or call 925.943. SHOW (7469). You can also visit the LCA Ticket Office at 1601 Civic Drive or the Ticket Office Outlets at Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek and the Downtown Walnut Creek Library.

Danville Fall Crafts Festival October 26, 27 10am-5pm. The festival, co-sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville, is a family-friendly event featuring a children’s costume parade (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Safe Trick or Treating, kids activities, quality art and crafts displayed by over 200 artisans, a friendly wine & beer garden, and the ever-popular Glass Pumpkin Patch featuring hand-blown glass pumpkins. Entertainment will be featured along Hartz Avenue with street corner concerts. There will be a Classic Car & BMX show on Sunday. Unlimited parking in all city-owned parking lots and on all street curbside parking spaces. Ride your bike & park in the Bike Parking lot on Hartz Avenue. Information: Call the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce at 925-837-4400 or visit www.mlaproductions. com/Danville-Fall.

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Solar energy provides financial return for Americans By Mark Becker, GoSimpleSolar

Customers: We’re opening our new showroom location on October 14th in Danville. Our larger space will allow us to better serve our customers with more contracting offerings. “What are you going to do with the savings?” That’s a question I’ve always wanted to ask our customers after we complete a solar PV installation for their home or business. Solar PV systems installed on my home, place of business, and investment properties have generated savings for my family and business. These savings go to a variety of personal and community investments. A 401K, the children’s 529 plan, local Veteran’s charities and events, and most recently, a solar system donation to a high school in Bangladesh. If you were “solarized”, what would you do with the savings? Average solar system lifetime savings vary from $100,000 to oftentimes more than $300,000. We’ve installed residential projects that are projected to save over half

a million dollars during the warranted 25-year/expected 30 year-plus life of the system. Note: Your PG&E bill doubles every 10 years, and quadruples every 20 years at the current annual utility escalation rate. Impact: Solar energy provides financial return for Americans; but it provides life changing social impact for those who have no electricity at all. The Bangladeshi High School students tell of educational, cultural, and economic impact in their “Thank You” letters to us. We all know the pain points of a recurring electric bill: Zero return on investment. Taking control of the cost of your electric bill by changing electric providers is what installation of a solar energy system achieves. Sometimes there are barriers to this process. As a business owner, it’s important for me to communicate that with our unique approach and lifetime roof warranty there is no threat to the integrity of the customer’s home due to water leakage. With an appropriate amount of time dedicated to design, panel color choice and location, any aesthetic

concerns (if there are any) can be allayed. Most importantly: The misconception that “solar is expensive” has to be corrected. With the great variety of financial options available, it’s much more expensive to be buying power from PG&E than it is to be providing it TO yourself from your own rooftop. Simply switching electric providers by entering into a “power purchase agreement” (PPA) with a finance company reduces electric bill costs from day one, oftentimes with zero monies down. One of my favorite quotes: (attributable to the editor’s husband) “Having solar is like having an ATM on your roof.” If you’re a resident of Contra Costa County, especially Danville, the amount of available roof space allowed by building code for solar panels is about to get smaller. The Town of Danville (and at some undefined point in the future the rest of CC County we’re told) will, on January 1st, 2014, begin to enforce the State Fire Marshall PV Installation Guidelines. The result of this clear pathway requirement on a residential

roof can be a less efficient solar installation, cutting into the savings a solar PV system can provide. Of course fire safety is critical, but less restrictive and more thought out guidelines to accommodate differing roof designs should be considered. Consumer’s corner: Adapt business practices to achieve lowest cost of installation. The majority of solar installers have been focused on lowest initial installation price. Pundits say a business must adapt to this strategy to compete. The solar business is not exempt from seedy players or practices. Perform your due diligence by validating references. Utilize the resources of the Better Business Bureau and Contractor’s State License Board. Set priorities as to how important it is for you to have reliable products installed, by specialty licensed personnel, by a company with experience and longevity. Many people prefer a local contractor; a local responsive contractor typically means greater customer support and satisfaction. Relying on Yelp. com reviews alone is NOT a means of appropriately vetting a contractor. Yelp is notorious

for it’s inability to weed out false positive and negative reviews. I’ve been moved to emulate: Instead of entering into a solar PPA with a third party financier for one of my investment properties, I’ve purchased a solar PV system for the home, thus becoming the financier. I’m selling the power to the tenants at a cost lower than PG&E rates. The tenants save money; I earn money, increase the value of my home, and get the 30% federal tax credit for the system. I’ll also depreciate the solar system as a business asset. It’s a win-win for everyone (except PG&E I suppose). Mark Becker is the President of, by Semper Fidelis Construction Inc, a Danville based Solar Installation Firm (License 948715). Mark can be reached at 925.915.9252. Please Visit GoSimpleSolar’s s h o w r o o m a t 10 0 R a i l r o a d Av e u n e , Suite B in Danville (behind Pete’s Brass Rail Restaurant on H a r t z Av e n u e ) o r www.GoSimpleSolar. com, or email Mark@


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Many women look forward to the completion of their breast cancer treatment and getting on with their life. However for some the end of treatment can be a confusing or stressful time. They may feel nervous or upset at the thought of no longer regularly seeing members of their health care team and worry about what the future holds for them. A common complaint of survivors is the apparent belief of those around them that, once the last treatment is over, the cancer is over. For example family and friends may expect a return to full family and work responsibilities and not appreciate the lingering effects of fatigue. This is why it is important that family and friends be educated about the realities of breast cancer survivorship. A s m o re wo m e n a re surviving breast cancer, common complaints include fatigue and low energy past their chemotherapy and radiation. Muscle aches, stiffness, joint

pain sometimes delayed side effects of chemotherapy or ongoing side effects of hormonal treatment can be interpreted as a fear of cancer recurrence. The term Chemo Brain is one I hear often. Many women experience a general blunting of mental acuity, certain fuzziness with quantitative thinking, and trouble with memory. These changes usually improve over time, and reassuring woman of this is important. Wo m e n m ay a l s o b e unhappy with their changed bodies and feel aged after treatment. Hair changes, weight gain, skin changes and scars from surgery can all be emotionally overwhelming. Early menopause and sexual changes are equally distressing. Hot flashes, mood swings, and decreased libido are important issues to address with your physician. Between 5% to 33% of women who have had breast surgery may develop lymphedema months or years later. Physicians need to educate their patients about the ways to minimize complications of lymphedema, and encourage

them to visit lymphedema clinics. T h e key t o e a s e t h e above issues of breast cancer survivorship is support and time. Survivors can also find comfort in speaking to their doctors. A consult with a psychologist is another option. I also deeply believe and encourage women to join a support group. The challenge of survivorship is the searing recognition of mortality that changes everything, but time does heal and knowing you are not alone makes it a little easier. Dr. Kankipati is a board certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist with Epic Care, Helpful Resources The Association of Oncology Social Work can make referrals to an experienced oncology social worker for psychological support services. 1-215-5996093, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 1-877-4656636, The American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345, www.

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Don’t settle for sub-par results in healing golfers elbow Healing tennis elbow naturally By Dr. Niele Maimone, DC

What is Golfer’s Elbow? Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to its counterpart, Tennis elbow. T h e p r i m a r y d i f f e re n c e s between these conditions are the location of the pain and the activity that leads to injury. However, both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow joint, commonly called tendonitis. Golf is one common cause of tendonitis, but many other sports and work related activities can cause the same problem. The cause of golfer’s e l b ow c a n va r y f ro m a single violent action (acute injury) to, more commonly, a repetitive stress injury where an action is performed repeatedly and pain gradually develops. In an acute injury of the elbow inflammation occurs without substantial tissue damage. However in a repetitive stress situation a person may experience damage to the tendon and s u r ro u n d i n g s o f t t i s s u e causing tissue degeneration over time. Inflammation from acute injury often responds quickly to rest and antiinflammatory treatment. However, if the injury is due to tendon tissue degeneration, treatment will be longer and will be focused on improving

the strength of the tendon as well as rebuilding tissues. Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms With golfer’s elbow pain is on the inside of the elbow, usually during or after intense use. Typically the pain increases during wrist flexion or pronation and often radiates to the forearm. Because this frequently occurs in golfers, it has become known as “golfer’s elbow”. However, it is also known as “pitcher’s elbow”. Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow Golfer’s elbow does not usually cause any longterm disability. However, the condition may become stubborn and proper re h a b i l i t a t i o n w i l l h e l p alleviate the symptoms and get you back to life again. Rest and Reduce Inflammation: The first step a person should take if tendinitis is suspected is to stop the activities that cause the pain and inflammation in this case, rest the arm. Use a topical cream containing Arnica to begin to reduce the inflammatory process quickly. Laser Therapy to Heal the Damaged Tissue: Ending the pain caused by golfer’s elbow requires healing the damaged tissue. Class IV laser therapy is an excellent method for this, because it is presently the only form of therapy 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 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, scar tissue and pain. Correct the Mechanics of Motion: Assessing the forearm, elbow, shoulder and spine for proper postural feedback is done to diagnose and correct improper alignment. After proper alignment is restored specific muscular taping is applied to improve circulation and insure proper motion on a daily basis. Lastly, specific strengthening and stretching exercises are given. By strengthening the muscles and tendons involved with golfers’ elbow, you can prevent the problem from returning. At Align Healing Center we are having great success treating golfer’s elbow, tennis e l b ow, p l a n t a r f a s c i i t i s, sciatica, shoulder and neck pain, migraines, arthritis,

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Some people with Medicare are asking lately if their Medicare coverage is affected by the new Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014. The answer is no—the Marketplace won’t have any effect on your Medicare coverage. The Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help people who don’t have any health insurance. You have health insurance through Medicare. In fact, it’s against the law for someone who knows that you have Medicare to sell you a Marketplace plan. No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’ll still have the same security you have now. And you won’t have to make any changes. The Marketplace provides new health insurance options for many Americans. If you have family and friends who don’t have health insurance,

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Bicycling opportunities in the regional parks By Beverly Lane, East Bay Regional Parks District

There’s always lots of information available about hiking in the East Bay Regional Park District, but the regional parks also offer great opportunities for bicycle riding, both on paved trails and on mountain bike terrain. At most recent count, the park district has more than 1,200 miles of trails, within its 65 parklands and on regional inter-park trails. The majority of these trails are open to bicycle riders as well as hikers and equestrians. Here are a few rules and suggestions to keep in mind: • In general, bicycles are allowed on fire roads and service roads. With a few exceptions, bicycles are not allowed on the narrow gauge, single-track trails. Check the legend on park maps, available at trailheads or online, to see what trail restrictions are in place, if any. • The speed limit is 15 miles per hour. • Equestrians have the right of way over both pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians have the right of way over bicyclists. Horses are large, sometimes

skittish animals, so take it easy around them. • Please ring your bike bell or call out when passing slower traffic. In snow country, skiers call out “on your left” or “on your right” all the time. It’s not hard to do, and it helps to avoid accidents. • Since these trails are shared, a friendly and accommodating attitude on the part of all trail users, whatever their mode of transportation, will go a long way towards creating a pleasant park experience for everyone. Perhaps in reaction to the “need for speed” ethos that reaches its peak in Tour de France-style competitions, there’s a slow-biking movement springing up across the country. Pa r t i c i p a n t s e m p h a s i z e socializing while cruising along at five to ten miles per hour. There’s even competition among slow bikers – races to see who can ride most slowly over a very short course. Google search for “slow bicycling” and you’ll find lots of information. So where can you go bicycling? Regional parks popular with mountain bikers include Briones between Martinez and Lafayette/ Orinda, Diablo Foothills in Walnut Creek, and Pleasanton

E a s t B ay Re g i o n a l Park District is offering a free bike safety class on Oct. 5 at the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park in Berkeley. It’s a beginning

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Cover Crops in Your Back Yard By Molly Wahl, Contra Costa Master Gardener

Cover cropping is the process of growing plants to improve the overall health of a field, vineyard, orchard, or home garden. We grow most crops to feed ourselves, but cover crops actually feed the soil. Both farmers a n d b a c k ya rd g a rd e n i n g enthusiasts have been using cover crops for many years to improve the health of their soil. It’s an ancient sustainable gardening practice that is becoming more popular and is easy to incorporate into the modern landscape. There are many benefits of cover crops. They filter nitrogen and other nutrients from water before it seeps into groundwater supplies. They can improve soil quality and water penetration and some even provide a biological source of nitrogen for plants. With their extensive roots a n d m a ny l e ave s, c ove r crops can also suppress weed growth and prevent erosion. Additionally, many attract beneficial insects. There are a couple of potential drawbacks to cover cropping. First, you can’t plant a winter crop in the areas where you are actively c ove r c ro p p i n g b e c a u s e there won’t be space. Also, it is going to take some extra work on your part to plant the cover crop seed, and then chop and till the plants into the soil. Finally, if you normally let your garden space go over the winter, then getting your cover crops started might take some supplemental water before the winter rains start. Many different types of plants can be used as cover crops. If you are looking to build nitrogen in your soil,

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The Work-Wellness Connection By Lisa T. Wood

It’s been a tough few years. The country’s economic struggles reached every nook and cranny of society. Hearing stories of businesses and families struggling to make ends meet, most of us mutter in confidence to friends that we’re just happy to have a job. Or are we? Here’s the crazy thing— according to a Gallup Study released this summer on the state of the American workplace, most Americans are certainly not happy with work. Instead, a whopping 70% of full-time employees say they can’t stand it, don’t have the energy and passion for it, and many admitted to openly

expressing their discontent and undermining efforts of more engaged coworkers. Wait a minute. We spend more than 90,000 hours working in our lifetimes—that’s more than 10 years straight, day in and day out—and the majority of us are unhappy and disengaged during those tens of thousands of hours? It’s probably safe to assume many people don’t like their jobs. But when a vast majority hates their work? I call it a tragedy, and avoidable. Let’s look at two main reasons why if you’re in the “unhappy majority” at work, it’s time to update your LinkedIn profile pronto. You Deserve More First, life is a gift! What

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we’re talking about is how we spend nearly our entire adult lives. Right now, ask yourself: Am I willing to spend 10 years of my life passionless and emotionally detached? Am I freely donating 90,000 hours of my precious life on this Earth to a vacuous existence by compromising potential satisfaction and happiness in my work? Am I really okay with not caring during an entire lifetime of work? Most people would not answer, “Yup, I’m good with it” if they thought about life in this context. But passively putting in the time to collect a paycheck without being emotionally engaged in our livelihood puts us on the path to squander much of our human potential. Health at Risk The second reason to consider making a change in your work is the Gallup report also reveals that disengaged employees tend to have poorer health than their peers who enjoy work. Not only are they miserable about work, they tend to smoke more, be overweight, suffer from chronic health conditions and be angry, preoccupied and worried. Bottom line: Stay unhappy and disengaged at work and you put your health at risk. We already sacrifice a lot for work including being away from family and spending less time on activities we enjoy. The Gallup study is another in a long line of reports concluding on-the-job discontent sacrifices health and wellness, the long

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years of malaise taking their toll on our ability to enjoy life to the fullest. Find the Right Work If you aren’t happy at work, now is the time to protect your health and quality of life by joining the ranks of those who enthusiastically commit and contribute in a positive manner to their jobs. It turns out that doing what you love, with a flexible schedule, increases employee satisfaction. But how do you get to that point? You either improve your current job or begin searching for a new one. Look for Clues Are you doing the type of work you want to do? Are you ready for something different? Can you find the “right” work to nourish you on many levels? For ideas on what that might be, think back to childhood or teen years. What did you enjoy then, perhaps sports, robots, horses, or the ocean? Now consider your early adult life. Were your interests the same or different? What about now? How do you spend your free time? Do you love nutrition, motorcycles or gardening? Do you have an unfulfilled dream that won’t let go of you? Make a list. Next, jot down the skills you enjoy using. Do you enjoy mentoring, negotiating, drawing, or managing projects? This isn’t a list of what you are “good” at; it’s a list of the skills that you are happy to exercise. Now, armed with this list of skills and the list of your interests, you have clues to the great work you’re meant to do. Expectations and Attitude Be honest about your expectations. Does the job a l i g n w i t h ex p e c t a t i o n s about responsibilities, pay, teamwork, training, hours, room for growth, etc. Make a list of job expectations to ask questions during job interviews or to suggest changes to your current employer. Does your attitude match the reality of your circumstances? Is something bothering you at work that you can express in a positive way for change? Self-advocacy is one of the best ways to feel empowered and respected. Also, looking at situations with either the glass half full or half empty perspective shapes the way you view reality. If what you see at work truthfully doesn’t suit you, take proactive steps to change See WORK-WELLNESS page 11

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Local Stephen Ministry: Caring for People through People By K. Wing Wong, Stephen Ministry team member, Community Presbyterian Church in Danville

Stephen Ministry is a compassionate way for congregations to provide support and care for anyone who faces tough times in his or her life. It is a ministry serving those who are dealing with grief, divorce, separation, loneliness, discouragement, job loss, financial struggles, spiritual crisis, illness, aging and other life difficulties. It helps those in need to find comfort and hope. Stephen Ministry at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, California, has been serving congregations and community for more than ten years with over 35 active Stephen Ministers today. Stephen Ministers are caring congregation members who go through 50 hours o f C h r i s t i a n c a re - g i v i n g training, committed to ongoing education and peergroup support. Each Stephen Minister is matched with a hurting person- men are paired with men, women with women- and meets privately one-on-one weekly to listen, care, pray, and encourage.

Caring relationships are kept confidential, lasting for as long as the need persists, and the service is free. Stephen Ministers are ‘The After People’. We are there to comfort and support: • A f t e r t h e d i vo rc e papers have been served and the bottom falls out of your life. • After the last child honks the horn, waves and drives away- and the house suddenly seems incredibly empty. • After you arrive home following the funeral service and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you. • After the relationship has ended but the wounds are still bleeding and painful. • After the doctors have said, “There’s nothing more we can do.” • After the phone call you’d always hoped you’d never get. • After the nursing home director shakes your hand and

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says, “Welcome to your new home.” • After the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away. • After the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed possible. • After you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck. • After your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out. Stephen Ministry in C o m m u n i t y P re s b y t e r i a n Church, Danville, is a free service to anyone going through difficult times in their lives. It provides confidential support. There is no need to struggle alone. If you know of anyone who may need encouragement and support, consider allowing a Stephen Minister to walk with them on their journey to wellness and wholeness. Please call the confidential voice-mail at (925) 855-1367, extension 558.

S a n Ra m o n Re g i o n a l Medical Center now offers a two-part educational series on Diabetes Self-Management for adults. West Day Room in the hospital’s South Building, located at 7777 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. The class schedule is as follows:

Part One Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9am to 12pm Part Two Thursday, December 12, 2013, 1pm to 4 pm Classes will discuss the risk factors, signs and

symptoms of diabetes; blood sugar monitoring, medication; healthy eating; exercise; stress management; complications, and other important topics. A physician referral is required. Medicare and other insurances cover the classes. To enroll in the class, call Barbara Reis, R.D., Certified Diabetes Educator, at 925.275.6018.

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that tasks and team are equally important over the long term. Take a Vacation American workers take an average of 57% of their vacation days. Most of us voluntarily give up nearly 50% of the time off we earned and are legally allowed, just so we can continue to work instead. You need a break! Rest your mind, body and spirit to refresh, refuel and recharge. Use this new energy to turn your current job into one you like or confidently look for something new. Income and Happiness Being fairly compensated for skills and expertise is the main point in the work-forpay exchange. Modifying your current job or looking for a new one inevitably opens

the discussion of income. When evaluating your desire to find and create your right work, consider a study from Princeton University: in the United States, personal income fails to provide a happiness boost or relief from stress, once it rises above the $75,000 per year threshold. The study concludes that high incomes don’t bring actual happiness, but they do bring a life you think is better. Dream big in defining the work that enriches your life. With an action plan and clearer understanding of what you desire, you are ready to find the true work happiness you deserve. Let your work in the world enhance your life and reap the benefits of the wellness-work connection.

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it by outlining suggestions for improvement. If the current situation doesn’t change enough, take your positive, problemsolving outlook to an employer who will value it. Tasks and Team Both job responsibilities and people such as bosses, coworkers or clients influence your satisfaction. Make a list of misfit tasks that aren’t your favorites and a list of tasks that do match what you enjoy. Do the same for team relations. Then, look for ways to convert misfit tasks and team relations into matches for job enjoyment. People who feel engaged at work like both their jobs and bosses, demonstrating

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For additional Community Events visit: Please email information about your events to 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. 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.) Free E-Waste Recycling Event 1st Saturday every month 9am-1pm. Got E-Waste? Bring unwanted electronic equipment, such as tvs, monitors, printers, computers and more to a FREE EWaste Recycling event. ALL e-waste collected will be recycled in the U.S. Sponsored by Electronic Waste Management, a U.S. Certified E-Waste Collector. DVC on Golf Club Rd. in Pleasant Hill. Please visit or call 866-335-3373 for accepted and nonaccepted items and more info. “Speak Up!” English Conversation Groups for Adults October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18, 25 6:45-7:45 pm. No homework, no tests, just conversation! The Speak Up! series offers you the opportunity to practice and improve your English language conversational skills in an informal, small group setting. Weekly sessions are held at either the San Ramon or Dougherty Station Libraries. Free. Dougherty Station Library: Mondays, 6:45-7:45 pm: Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21, and Nov. 4, 18. San Ramon Library: Mondays, 6:45-7:45 pm: Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 14, 28, and Nov. 25. Information: or email parks@ The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society Family History Month October 9,10,12,19 The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society will be hosting events sponsored by the Danville Library and the San Ramon Library for Family History Month. Have a free consultation with a volunteer Genealogist from the SRVGS at the Danville Library, or the San Ramon Library Meeting Room. Danville Library; 400 Front Street, Danville; San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery Street, San Ramon. Information: Forest Home Farms Historic Park & Glass House Museum: Horsepower to Gasoline power October 12 10am-1pm. Imagine starting your trip by hitching up the horses instead of stepping on the gas. The 1900’s brought a switch from animal power to gasoline power. Visit the farm to see examples of vehicles and equipment from both eras. Purchase tickets in the Gift Shoppe. $5 per person or $8 for both tours of the Glass house and the Farm on the same day. Children ages 2 and under are free. Forest Home Farms Historic Park; 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd; San Ramon. Information: Call 925- 973-3284 or visit Nayeli Faith Foundation Bingo Fundraiser October 12 4pm. Bingo, food and friendship is on tap for at the 3rd Nayeli Faith Foundation Bingo Fundraiser. The foundation was named after Nayeli Faith Nelson of the San Ramon Valley. She was born almost 5 years ago with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH occurs in 1 in every 2,500 live births. Among them only 50% survive. Fortunately, Nayeli has recovered. Her family established the foundation becuse they wanted to do something to help other families facing the condition. A $15 dollar ticket entitles players to three games of Bingo, food, water, soda and dessert. Children are FREE! If they want to play the price is $5 per game. Little Explorers petting zoo will be there to entertain them. There will be raffle baskets with a value of over $1,000 each! Doors open at 4 p.m. at the Harding Martial Arts & Academy, 2558 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. For more information call Elizabeth Nelson at 925-560-2441. Primos Run for Education October 13 7am-12:30pm. Dust off your athletic shoes and join us for Primo’s Run for Education. Choose from a 5K Run/Family Fun Walk in San Ramon or a half-marathon that stretches from Downtown Danville to Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon. The run benefits the San

Ramon Valley Education Foundation, which raises money to fill in the gaps in funding at each school site of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. After the race stay and enjoy a Fun Fair and a slice of Primo’s Pizza. Hartz Ave/Diablo Ave. Information and registration, contact the SRVEF at 925- 820-9181 or visit Let Us Help You Find Long Lost Aunt Millie October 15 10am-12pm. The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Societ presents a program that will be of interest to both beginner and the more advanced genealogist. LDS Church, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo. Information call 925-310-4691, or visit, or e-mail Official PSAT Test October 19 8:30am-12pm. The official PSAT test, also known as the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is being given on Saturday, October 19th from 8:30 to 12pm. Students must be in their testing room and ready to begin testing at 8:30am, no exceptions. This test is only offered ONCE a year and is meant to be taken by juniors. This is the only time in a student’s high school career that they can attempt to qualify for National Merit Recognition. This test is a precursor to the official SAT. When you receive your test scores in December you will have your corrected test along with the correct answers and original test booklet to help you plan what you need to study before taking the official SAT. You will also receive an access code to FREE online prep through the College Board website. Juniors are the priority student for this test. $35 tickets can be purchased from October 3-16. Sophomores can sign up from October 10-16. Monte Vista High School in the 500 wing, 3131 Stone Valley Rd, Danville. Information: Halloween Middle School Dance October 25 Put on your Halloween costume and come have a howling good time at the Halloween Middle School Dance. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders with a valid school ID are invited to attend this fun event. $10 tickets will be sold at middle school Teen Centers and San Ramon Community Center beginning October 18. Tickets will only be sold at the door if available for $15. Visit for dress code and parental permission form. San Ramon Community Center at Central Park; 12501 Alcosta Blvd; San Ramon. LLS Light The Night Walk October 26 5-8pm. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walks fund lifesaving research and patient support for individuals and families battling blood cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and then join together for a fun, inspirational and unforgettable 2-mile evening Walk. Raise $100 or more and receive a wristband for a commemorative T-shirt, dinner and refreshments, and an illuminated balloon. There is no fee to participate, but all are encouraged to become a Champion For Cures. Civic Park; 1375 Civic Drive; Walnut Creek. Information: Trick or Treat at the Farm October 30 1-5 pm. Meet at Forest Home Farms Historic Park for a family friendly trick-or-treating the farm way! Free. 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd; San Ramon. Information: email or visit www. SRVHS Ski and Snowboard Swap November 2-3 10am-4pm. San Ramon Valley High PTSA hosts a Ski and Snowboard Swap the first weekend of November every year. Bring in your usable skis, boots, boards, and good condition apparel and sell it at the swap. Local ski shops will also be there selling new and demo equipment at steep discounts. SRVHS keeps a small percentage that goes directly back to the students and teachers at the school. San Ramon Valley High School; 501 Danville Blvd; Danville. Information:

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 Recreation/Seniors. Buzz Sessions: Get the buzz on topics and issues facing today’s older adults and talk with the experts. Buzz Sessions are always free! Information: 925314-3400 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 www. 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.

BUSINESS Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer October 9 5:30-7pm. Join the Chamber for a mixer at Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Information: call 284-7404 or visit Alamo Chamber Mixer October 23 5:30-7:30 pm. Chamber mixers are a great way to meet new people and network with business owners. Bring a raffle prize and you will have the opportunity to give a 30-second commercial! Come to network or catch up with old friends. $10 members, $20 soon-to-be members. Information: B.A.S.H. (Business & Social Hour) Monthly Mixer October 31 5:30-7pm. Please join us at our next B.A.S.H. (Business and Social Hour). The B.A.S.H. is a great opportunity to network with Chamber Members, Government Officials, Educators and Local Businesses. This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members and guests of members; Non-member price is $10.Third Workplace; 7000 Sunne Lane, Ste. 112; Walnut Creek. Information: www. Five Chamber Business Expo November 7 4-7pm. Network, showcase your business, make business contacts. The Concord, Hispanic, Lafayette, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill Chamber are participating in this year’s expo. This event is very popular and sold out last year. Register now to reserve your spot. Fee for booth space for members in good standing is $175 through

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October 24 for a 6’ table, 6’x 5’ space, and two chairs. Free public admission. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Information: visit www.

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 648-5163 for details. Visit for meeting dates. 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 or call 925-829-8770. Wind ‘n Sea Sailing Club Sailing training classes take place at members’ homes. The first class will be “Introduction to Sailing on San Francisco Bay” and will be followed by further sailing classes. Information: Call Jan at 925-837-3381. Mt. Diablo Branch California Writers Club. October 12 Check-in at 11:30am, buffet lunch from Noon to 12:45pm, program from 1-2pm. Ron Shoop will present “Confessions of a Bookseller.” $20 for CWC members, $25 for guests. Reservations required– must be received no later than noon, October 9. Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Registration: email, or phone 925-933-9670. Information: GFWC Danville Women’s Club Meeting and Luncheon October 17 11:30 am. Social time begins at 11:30 am with lunch served at Noon. The program for October is education. Guests are invited to attend, and the

lunch is free for first time guests. To make a reservation, please call the clubhouse at 925- 837-1165 or email to 242 W Linda Mesa Ave; Danville. Information: www. Recurring: Mondays: 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, Danville. Information: Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary 7am. Meets every Tuesday morning. Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Information: Diablo View Toastmasters 8:15-9:15am. Meets every Tuesday. CMG Mortgage, 4th Floor Conference Room, 3160 Crow Canyon Rd., San Ramon. Information: 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 925-887-5678 or ARF, 2890 Mitchell 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. Walnut Creek Kiwanis Club 12:10-1:30pm. Meets every Tuesday. Massimo’s Ristorante, 1604 Locust Street,
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Walnut Creek Rotary 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Tuesday. Heather Farms Garden Center, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Information: Tri-Valley Weight Loss Team Meetup 5pm-6pm. Meets every Tuesday. Join a small, supportive group of people who have a common goal of losing weight. Led by Dr. Dan Perez, the meetings focus on effective lifestyle strategies to lose weight and keep it off. Information: 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: Alamo Rotary 12:15pm. Meets every Wednesday. Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Roundhill Road, Alamo. 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: San Ramon Valley Rotary 7pm. Meets every Wednesday. Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Information: Walnut Creek Toastmasters 7-8:15pm. Meets every Wednesday. 1660 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Information: Blue Star Moms 7-9pm. Meets the second Wednesday of every month. Danville Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave. 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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Diablo Valley Lions Club 7:30pm. Meets the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of every month. 1400 Montego Drive, Walnut Creek. Information: Saturdays: 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:

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AUTO March 2009 October 2013

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 2WD By David & Judy Colman

thanks to a long row of orange Now in its third year of LED bulbs that illuminate both production, the Outlander sides of the roof opening. The Sport gets a fresh face and package also includes black rump for 2013, along with roof rails, rear view camera, larger wheels and new color and a knockout loud Rockford palette. The revised snout and Fosgate 710 Watt, 9 speaker upturned, spoiler-topped tail audio system with 5CD/MP3 impart a hunting hound rake dash-mounted head unit. Since to this crossover SUV based on Mitsubishi thoughtfully provides the Lancer chassis. In the SE the Sport with standard SIRIUS model, more up market interior radio, there’s no lack of choice in trimming than before belies the infotainment department. The Outlander Sport is one the Sport’s modest $22,295 base price. After spending curvaceous beauty. Its interior several hours in the manually design is so full of arcs and adjustable driver’s seat, we parabolas that you can’t lay had no complaints about lack anything on a flat surface. The of comfort or support. The exterior is equally sloping, so if steering wheel is also manually you want to store your coffee positionable for rake and reach. cup while you fumble for your The leather trimmed wheel itself keys, your only choice is the features useful audio volume and ground. But the cabin’s severe band controls on the left spoke tumble home has a positive and effective cruise controls on effect on outward visibility. The side and rear windows the right spoke. An extra $2,050 Premium are tall and informative, and Package garnishes the Sport the included rear view camera with an enormous glass roof helps you check all the safety which admits plenty of light to boxes when you back out of a the interior but does not slide or parking place. 1 9/12/13 3:56 Given Mitsubishi’s years open. But it does confer fantasy status on the interior at night of success with Lancer on the

World Rallye Championship, it should come as no surprise that the Sport’s handling is precise and informative. The new 8-spoke, 18 inch alloys plant 225/55R18 Toyo A24 tires at each corner. These all weather radials never lose their footing, even when the softly sprung Sport achieves some rather dramatic lean angles in tight corners. However, neither the refined chassis, the athletic suspension, nor the sticky tires will determine how effectively you cover ground in this Outlander. That final measure of performance is determined by the engine/ transmission combo, and here the Sport is sorely lacking. The engine is an inline 4, making just 148hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Given that the Sport weighs in at 3,032 pounds, the power-to-weight requires each horse to move 20.4 pounds. Further complicating the equation is the SE’s lethargic CVT (Continuously Variable Tra n s m i s s i o n ) , w h i c h i s PM particularly hard put to find the right gear ratio when you most

need passing power. Although Mitsubishi optimistically equips the Sport with large paddle shifts next to the steering wheel rim, these tools are rendered virtually useless by the engine’s lack of power and the vague speed ranges of the CVT’s stepped “gears.” If you like the Sport for all its admirable qualities looks, finish, utility – then forego the SE trim level and opt for the base model, $19,170 ES, which comes standard with a real 5-speed manual transmission. This transmission is not available on ES versions. In the long run, you’ll still get

great mileage (25 MPG City/31 MPG Highway) without paying the performance surcharge that the CVT extracts. 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 2WD Engine: 2.0 Liter Inline 4, DOHC, 16 Valves Horsepower: 148hp Torque: 145 lb.-ft. Fuel Consumption: 24 MPG City/31 MPG Highway Price as tested: $27,170 Hypes: Based on Agile Lancer Chassis Gripes: Saddled With CVT and Low HP Star Rating: 7.5 Stars Out Of 10.

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The Coast Horned Lizard still occurs in isolated, disjunct populations throughout its former range in California from the coast, throughout the Central Valley, to the Sierra Nevada foothills and down into Baja California. The preferred habitat is valleys, foothills, and semiarid regions of mountains, mostly along sandy washes or floodplains. It is associated with grassland, b ro ke n c h a p a r ra l , o p e n coniferous forests, coastal scrub, and mixed evergreen woodland plant communities. Intensive agriculture and suburbanization have eliminated it from much of the Great Valley and metropolitan areas. It still persists in protected, less disturbed habitats along riparian corridors, grape vineyards, and some parks and open space. The Coast Horned Lizard requires sandy or loamy soil for burrowing, open areas for basking, and rock outcrops or brush for escape cover. An abundance of native ants, its preferred food, supplemented with other insects and invertebrates insures a healthy, viable population. The Coast Horned Lizard has suffered from the introduction of the

October 2013 Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) associated with human habitation. The nonnative species of ant is undesirable, and distasteful as food because of its higher formic acid content. The more aggressive Argentine Ant has displaced native harvester ants and other desirable species to regions of the upper watersheds where the lizard has been forced to retreat as they follow their food source. Locally, this phenomenon has occurred where the Coast Horned Lizard was once common throughout the lowlands of central Contra Costa County during the 1950s and 1960s. Suburbanization and the introduced ant have forced the horned lizard into the Diablo foothills parks where they can still find food and habitat. I once observed a Coast Horned Lizard, buried in sand up to its neck along a harvester ant trail, casually lapping up its food. When a Coast Horned Lizard is threatened by a predator, it stands high on extended legs, arches its back, inflates its lungs, hisses with its mouth open, and dips its head forward displaying the thorny crown. As a last resort, they can spray a fine stream of blood (enhanced with an irritating

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From left to right: Renee Moran, Councilmember; Robert Storer, Vice Mayor; Karen Stepper, Councilmember, Chair of Capital Campaign for Veterans Committee; Newell Arnerich, Mayor; Peggy Jung-Hiramine, Parks and Leisure Services Commissioner

glandular substance) up to six feet with accuracy into its opponents eyes to dissuade the attack. Unfortunately, this ground dwelling lizard’s m a i n f o r m s o f d e f e n s e, sitting motionless or shallow burrowing, have proven highly detrimental. Deaths from off road vehicles, illegal collecting, and loss of habitat have given this lizard the California species of special concern status (CSSC). I suggest the listing of the Coast Horned Lizard as a Federal and State Threatened status is warranted to insure much needed protection. James M. Hale is a wildlife biologist and Vice Chair of the Contra Costa Fish and Wildlife Committee.

Danville South Park gets updated and rededicated On Wednesday, September 25, Danville residents were invited to come and enjoy one of Danville’s hidden gems, as a rededication ceremony was held for Danville South Park. Mayor Newell Arnerich kicked off the festivities with the rededication followed by an open house at the park. The event featured games, crafts, free hot dogs and beverages. One of Danville’s longest standing parks, Danville South, located at 1885 Camino Ramon, received a makeover earlier this year as part of a beautification project. Part of the project was the removal of high walls that hid the park from view on Camino Ramon.

“Danville South Park was a beautiful little pocket, hidden away until now,” said Assistant to the Town Manager Nat Rojanasathira. “This project made the park much more accessible and will bring more children and families to this great space.” If you are heading south o n C a m i n o Ra m o n f ro m Danville, the park is located just after Green Valley, past Joaquin, there on your left. There is basketball, picnic tables and a large lawn area and a children’s play structure. The mature trees make this neighborhood park a lush and delightful place to enjoy the outdoors for the entire family.

6th annual Spirit of Danville kicks off holiday shopping season on November 14 Get into the Spirit! With the holiday season fast approaching, Danville merchants have come together for an day of holiday cheer that will save you money while benefiting local charities. The 6th Annual Spirit of Danville Pre-Holiday Shopping and Dining Charity Fundraiser takes place Thursday, November 14th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

 Over 50 Danville merchants and restaurants will participate in this magical event to kickstart the holiday shopping season. This is your chance to take advantage of moneysaving offers, deep discounts on dining out and a whole lot of holiday cheer. Be sure to eat out, as participating restaurants will give exclusive discounts to The Spirit of Danville ticketholders. 

 From 5-8pm, there will be holiday festivities including live entertainment, activities, commemorative ornament (to first 500 attendees), and trolley rides to shuttle attendees between Downtown, The Livery and The Rose Garden Shops.
Tickets are $5, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the organization from which you purchase your ticket. Exchange your ticket for a wristband during the event, and you’ll be pampered with

holiday discounts and goodies at participating merchants and restaurants. The Spirit of Danville is the perfect time to support local charities and your local economy. Don’t miss out! Benefiting Charities include: Blue Star Moms; Hospice of the East Bay; Museum of the San Ramon Valley; Tony LaRussa’s

Animal Rescue Foundation; Veterans Memorial Building Fund; San Ramon Valley High Boosters. Please share in the spirit by supporting these local nonprofit organizations whose selfless work benefits our town and surrounding communities. Among participating boutiques:

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November 14, 2013 11am-8pm

Downtown, Danville Livery, The Rose Garden & Blackhawk Plaza Holiday shopping & dining specials throughout the day Evening festivities from 5-8pm:

• Live entertainment • Holiday activities

Cottage Jewel 100 Prospect Ave. (925) 837-2664 Open Daily featuring a plethora of gifting delights! All original vintage, antique and artisan wares!

Kathryn Stone Jewelry 178 E. Prospect Ave. Danville, CA 94526 925.7443-1056

• Commemorative ornament (limited quantity) • Trolley rides (Downtown, Danville Livery & Rose Garden) • Kids Night Out program by Town of Danville ( Purchase $5 event ticket from the following organizations: • Blue Star Moms • Hospice of the East Bay • Museum of the San Ramon Valley • Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation • Veterans Memorial Building Fund • San Ramon Valley High boosters and more!

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