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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. 
Now that the semi-rainy season seems to be over, work has resumed on a major construction project along several miles of Carquinez Scenic Drive between Martinez and Port Costa.  
 
Now that the semi-rainy season seems to be over, work has resumed on a major construction project along several miles of Carquinez Scenic Drive between Martinez and Port Costa.  
 
Violet, a 6-year-old tortoiseshell cat, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. If you are looking for a lap cat, look no further. Violet is a stunning beauty that will enjoy sitting on your lap for petting sessions and cuddles.  
 
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.  
 
The Young People's Symphony Orchestra of Berkeley, which includes 100 young musicians from around the Bay Area, will play Berlioz's overture to "Le Corsaire," the first movement of Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor," Reinecke's "Ballade for Flute and Orchestra" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10."  
 
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"I loved Will Ferrell's original film about Ron Burgundy, a pompous local TV news anchor strutting about in 1970s San Diego.  
 
The signs of summer surrounded us. Party boats paraded along the river -- their decks adorned with bikini-clad women and muscle bound men in board shorts.  
 
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 at this point, then enter your event.  
 
His friends call him "grandpa" or "old survivor." He's a towering figure in Oakland -- his frame straight, tall and furrowed by age.He lives along Horseshoe Creek -- in the hills near what's now Merritt College.  
 
(Brendan Smialowski)
Congress is using Twitter, but which party is most active?

Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Full Story
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Teens: How to thrive despite ADHD

Many teenagers diagnosed with ADHD take medication yet still feel isolated and left to their own devices to figure out how to survive and thrive, particularly in high school, with its added academic and social rigors. We speak to teens, experts, and parents about the resources available, including a new book by a UCSF psychology professor and a free guide by an Alameda teenager with ADHD.