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Dance performance to recall end of Vietnam War

Choreographed by Saigon native and College of Alameda dance instructor Danny Nguyen, the show features eight main dancers who perform a series of dances that reflect the history of Vietnam.  
Alameda Unified School District
Deann Robinson, who has taught special education in the Alameda Unified School District for 20 years, was honored for her work by the district at a recent school board meeting, which was attended by many of her students and their families. The board presented her with a plaque expressing its "Appreciation for an Outstanding Contribution."  
Eden Area Regional Occupational
Nea is partnering with the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EAROP) to offer education in the areas of industrial technology, health and services and business and technology. Classes and training will be provided at the EAROP Center in Hayward, a career training joint venture of the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts.  
Courtesy of Patricia Williamson
"Science is very focal at both of our schools," said Patti Wilczek, executive director of Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS). "We have a well-established tradition of promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects within our schools and seeing our learners participate in county, state, and international science fairs."  
"This year's Earth Day theme is 'Get Smart,' so vendors and participants will be teaching residents how to get smart about water conservation and other changes they can make in their lives to be more Earth conscious, use less electricity and lower their carbon footprint," said Dennis McDaniels, recreation services specialist for the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.  
Nathaniel Jackson
Fifteen years ago, the Coast Guard in Alameda decided to do away with a growing colony of feral cats on the base. They were descendants of the cats who had been imported years earlier to combat a rodent infestation.  
Readers of an earlier column may recall that a prospector named Ed Shieffelin founded not only the town of Tombstone but a nearby lode of silver along with it. Suddenly rich, Schieffelin left Tombstone and headed to the big city -- San Francisco. With silver coins jingling in his pocket, he attracted the attention of a young lady named Mary Brown. They married, preferred the warmer climate of Alameda and settled down briefly.  
Nathaniel Jackson
Warm weather is here, and so are the fleas. Are you ready?It's a lot easier to prevent flea infestation than to try to control it after it has occurred.  
Laura A. Oda
In March, the CES made more news by earning Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design platinum certification, the highest level awarded by LEED, a program of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.  
Bay Area News Group garden writer Joan Morris and Master Gardener Janet Miller, who operates Our Garden, will show you how to grow vegetables even during our record-breaking drought.  
(Courtesy of Bijou)
New chef at Hayward's Bijou; Bay Area food fundraisers

It's a homecoming for Rodrigo CedeƱo , who has returned to his native Hayward to take over the role of executive chef at downtown's Bijou Restaurant & Bar. And chefs throughout the Bay Area are cooking for causes, including the Dining Out for Life AIDS fundraiser.