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Festivities at Ardenwood begin with a flower garland program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visitors can create tissue paper garlands to wear themselves or use as home decorations. Tilden Nature Area will host a free May Day open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly program will include maypoles, bubble making and crafts as well as a special performance by the Berkeley Morris Dancers.  
 
Festivities at Ardenwood begin with a flower garland program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visitors can create tissue paper garlands to wear themselves or use as home decorations. Tilden Nature Area will host a free May Day open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly program will include maypoles, bubble making and crafts as well as a special performance by the Berkeley Morris Dancers.  
 
My cat had a near-death experience recently. Baby wasn't eating, was yakking on the carpet, and he didn't seem his usual playful self -- the one who likes to fetch balls, knock things off the counter and bring home the occasional mouse.  
 
The Lazarex Cancer Foundation recently received $6,000 for cancer research thanks to some tenacious young students at Alamo School. The kindergarten-through-fifth-grade students participated in a fundraiser to help the organization after hearing about Lazarex through local resident Jeff Dudum, who  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Valley Humane SocietyWhat's black, white and red all over? Scarlet, of course! This two-tone 2-year-old is a riot of colorful personality. Frankly, Scarlet would love to be your next feline companion.  
 
LIVERMOREHertz Foundation names 2015 fellowship winnersThe Fannie and John Hertz Foundation recently announced the 12 recipients of its prestigious Hertz Fellowship, awarded annually to support up to five years of graduate study in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences.  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Tao House will show "Waiting for Lefty" on Sunday and "Golden Boy" on May 17. Audiences may find stories relevant and resonating even today.  
 
The documentary 'Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory' will be shown for free Thursday in Hayward.  
 
DAN ROSENSTRAUCH
Parents and educators say times are different but not the sense of community on campus.  
 
(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
'An Ember in the Ashes' poised to set YA market afire

After a launch party April 28 at Kepler's Books, Sabaa Tahir of Mountain View will embark on a seven-city national book tour; and Paramount has already snapped up the movie rights in a seven-figure deal and foreign rights have been sold in 24 countries.