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Many Tri-Valley trees sick, dying from drought

They're dangerous if left standing and expensive to remove, experts note. Water conservation efforts are part of the problem, but trees can be sustained without much. 
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Wendy Arbuckle of the Brunswick Trios shot a near perfect 289 game on the way to a 719 set. Tino Fassio of the Wednesday Wonders shot a 244-659/+143.  
Youth sports: Tri Valley Babe Ruth team wins World Series  
After nine years of scrutiny, the Danville Hotel is nearly fully leased and 400 people are on a waiting list for the attached 1,000-square-feet condos that have hit the million-dollar mark.  
Through -- Sept. 12 Inside and Out: Plein Air and Studio Works -- Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This exhibit features recent works by seven Bay Area artists who paint together for inspiration and challenge.  
The city posts public notices to recruit new commission applicants in spring and again in late summer. The slots become available as terms expire or members leave their posts for personal reasons. Nine openings are in the process of being filled this season.  
Because of his continued efforts with LVPAC and the Bankhead Theater specifically, the organization will honor Scott Haggerty, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  
While I love everything Japanese -- the people, the food, the culture -- I'm terrified. Even though I was born in Okinawa, a small island off Japan, I find myself on the way to a country where I don't speak the language, recognize the alphabet, or know much about the culture -- and I'm afraid of making a faux pas.  
The station has provided local residents a window into city government and school board decisions since 1976. In addition, shows like "Valley Gardener," "Slice of Life" and "Let's Talk Sports" (with local legend "Dr. B"), inform, entertain and unite the Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore communities.  
For Alamo's Melissa Smith and Shani Hall the Aesop quote, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted," is more than just an inspiring quote for these friends. Taken to heart, the words of wisdom helped mold their philanthropic endeavor, Party In-kindness (www.partyin-kindness.org), into a nonprofit organization with the idea of turning any occasion into an opportunity to help others in need.  
Taste-Off: The best beef jerky -- and the nastiest

Done well, beef jerky is a protein and flavor-laden snack. Done poorly, the stuff's shoe leather. Here's the scoop on the best of the bunch -- and the nastiest.