Park It — Tarantula Time

By Ned MacKay: East Bay Regional Parks                                                 As the weather cools and summer surrenders to autumn, one of nature’s more interesting creatures may make its annual appearance – the tarantula. This […]

Birthdays at USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Museum to Host Children’s Party Packages. Unique venue offers guests a chance to celebrate shipboard-style Parents looking for an unforgettable birthday experience for a ship or science-loving child can now book birthday parties aboard the USS Hornet, the historic aircraft carrier that also serves as one of San Francisco’s Bay Area premier museums […]

Apollo 11 Splashdown on the USS Hornet

“Eyewitness to History: Splashdown through the eyes of the Hornet Crew” A Celebration of the 46th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splashdown on the USS Hornet Museum’s Living Ship Series Commemorates Recovery of Apollo 11 and 12 Lunar Missions ALAMEDA, CA — Celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splashdown and relive the heyday of […]

Keep cool at Black Diamond Mines

If the summer heat is starting to get to you, relief might be just a short drive away at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. There, inside the Hazel-Atlas Mine, the temperature hovers around 57 degrees all year round. In fact, naturalists even suggest bringing a coat. The 1920s-era silica sand mine is usually closed […]

San Ramon’s Michael Livanos Valedictorian

San Ramon’s Michael Livanos is Orinda Academy Valedictorian and Wins Awards Message Body: Orinda Academy, a private day school for students in grades 8-12, celebrated its 33rd commencement exercise on June 12, 2015 as 16 seniors received their diplomas before a crowd of proud parents, family and friends. Leading the Class of 2015 was Valedictorian, […]

Locals named Teachers of the Year

A Special Meet-and-Greet Reception for Contra Costa County’s Newest Teachers of the Year All 22 members of the Contra Costa County’s Teachers of the Year, Class of 2015-2016, were on hand for the annual Teacher of the Year (TOY) Reception, held on May, 4, at the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), in Pleasant […]

Chinese students visit San Ramon school

Students from Zhejiang Province visit Coyote Creek Elementary School in San Ramon            By Jared Wong, Monte Vista High School;                                    With the recent growth of China as both an academic and economic world power, relations […]

Danville Switching to Organic Fertilizers

 Sports fields to see organic fertilizers moving forward By Town of Danville staff writer For the past several months the Town has been in the process of transitioning from the use of traditional fertilizers to organic materials on all Town-maintained sports fields. This environmentally friendly option will yield many positive results, including reduced chemical usage […]

Charging Stations Installed

First charging stations available to public at Clocktower Parking Lot Electric vehicle owners have a new reason for coming to downtown Danville as the first electric vehicle charging station in downtown Danville is online and available for use by the public.  The charging station, recently installed by the Town of Danville, is located in the […]

Regional Parks Offer Riot of Spring Flowers

by Beverly Lane Spring starts officially with the vernal equinox, which comes on March 20 this year. It’s the date when day and night are of equal length, after which the days grow longer. And with spring comes spring wildflowers. It’s always hard to predict how profuse the flower displays will be, because so many […]