( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
Tri-Valley: 4-H keeps up with the times

As the region becomes more urban, so do the clubs' activities. 
California population grew by 0.9 percent in 2014, adding 358,000 residents to total 38.7 million.  
 
Courtesy of John Scott and Lizabeth N. de Vries
Megan Sheehan, a 28-year-old bartender and model from San Francisco, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the agency claiming officers used excessive force after her Saint Patrick's Day 2014 arrest at the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland.  
 
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: John Graph and Stephen Klitz of the Dublin Majors both had outstanding scores. John shot 279/795 and Stephen shot 299/791, each just missing the 800 mark.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
DAN ROSENSTRAUCH
Parents and educators say times are different but not the sense of community on campus.  
 
Doug Duran
It is tempting to recall those old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movies when you hear the story of Sadaf Shaghasi and Omar Etemadi. Shaghasi was a prospective dental student. Etemadi was a bank manager. And then they decided to put on a show. Instead of a musical, it was the restaurant business. Instead of a barn, they took over a former coffee house on Pleasanton's main street and named it Oasis. Six years later they opened Coco Cabana in Dublin.  
 
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.  
 
As summer fast approaches, kids are getting excited for three months of freedom. Parents, however, may be in a panic pondering what to do with their kids all summer.  
 
(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.