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Oakland Community Orchestra to celebrate 50 years of music

A public performance and reception will be held at 1 p.m. May 9 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland to celebrate the Oakland Community Orchestra's 50th anniversary under conductor Gil Gleason. 
Dialogue with citizens sometimes leaves officers feeling "vulnerable."  
 
First Tee of Oakland brings children from schools across the city for after-school programming at various golf courses, where volunteer and paid coaches teach them to golf integrated with lesson plans that develop values such as honesty, sportsmanship and perseverance.  
 
Each year, 20 different parks and specific trails are selected, but the East Bay Regional Park District's Trails Challenge remains the same -- to complete at least five trails or 26.2 miles, record each on your trail log and submit it by December 1, making you eligible to receive your 2014 pin.  
 
Participating restaurants in the sixth annual Montclair Restaurant Walk include: Crogan's; Farmstead Cheeses and Wines; Grille One Carvery; Italian Colors; Montclair Baking; Peet's Coffee and Tea; Taqueria Las Comadres 2; Colonial Donuts; El Agavero; Flavors of India Bistro; House of Bagels; Kakui Sushi; Montclair Bistro; and Pagarung Thai.  
 
Late at night -- when a blanket of silence cloaks most of the land -- there is mischief.Last Friday it was a car spinning doughnuts in the wide intersection at Skyline and Shepherd Canyon roads.  
 
We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com, click on "submit your event," register, then enter your event.  
 
Thirty-five gardens will open their gates to demonstrate water-wise, beautiful alternatives using native California plants for East Bay gardeners.  
 
Friends can pay their respects at 2 p.m. on Saturday -- what would have been Stanley McPherson's 93rd birthday -- at a celebration of his life at the Club House, 1223 Brickyard Cove Lane in Point Richmond.  
 
Activities in celebration of Earth Day are planned at several of the East Bay Regional Parks in coming days; you can take your pick.At the Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley, interpretive student aide Julia Burks will lead an Earth Day recycling program from 2 to 3 p.  
 
This opera singer treated Paris commuters to a surprise performance

At times, opera singer Christophe Ménager likes to treat commuters in the Paris metro to a performance. In this comedic piece of opera, he clearly enjoys singing to passers-by. Full Story
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Chelsea Clinton is pregnant

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be grandparents.