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Ten-year-old Oakland girl becomes best-selling author

Abbey Richter's first book, "Lucky Leo, My Best Friend," tells the story of how her pet shih tzu was bitten by another dog but made a miraculous recovery. The book shot to the number-one spot on Amazon's bestseller list, inspiring the young author to write three more books in quick succession about her other pets: "Stunning Stella, The Hospital Cat," "Everybody Loves Charlie Brown" and "Frieda The Fabulous." 
The student at Oakland Technical High School was fatally shot Saturday night while walking with friends in the Fruitvale district.  
 
American folk hero Johnny Appleseed will be honored with a day of apple-themed activities Sunday at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. Johnny's life story, apple lore, apple tasting, tree planting, cider pressing and crafts for kids will be among the activities, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
 
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The three-hour tour covers six stops on College Avenue, including stalwarts like bakery La Farine and butcher shop Ver Brugge as well as newcomers like A16, a southern Italian restaurant that opened its Rockridge location in 2013. The tour costs $49 a person.  
 
Instead of repainting the wall a plain brown color, Montclair Village Association Executive Director Daniel Swafford opted to brighten the wall and provide a fundraising opportunity for the Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, an Oakland group that encourages creativity and collaboration in the local artistic community.  
 
Along with being the organization's annual fundraising event, the evening is an opportunity to generate excitement for the music program that includes 18 choirs and 370 students, and one that this year will include the prestigious Golden Gate International Festival in July. At that event, 16 visiting choirs from around the world, close to 700 singers, will participate.  
 
LED Plushy Creatures. Technology + crafts = super cute battery-powered creatures that light up. Some sewing required. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 6. Oakland Public Library, Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland.  
 
Professional photographer Reenie Raschke agreed that Camron-Stanford House gives back to her manyfold. "Docenting and working on the committee for the Ebell exhibit has been the highlight of my life," Raschke said. "I'd rather spend time with this group than anything else. In a world of schedules and emails, connecting directly with people and our past has been a lifesaver to me."  
 
The people have spoken and bank executives have listened. Farmers and Merchants Bank of the Central Valley has decided not to pursue a move to the former Raimondi building at Mountain Boulevard and La Salle Avenue.  
 
Supporters of performing arts programs in the Piedmont schools gathered at the home of Julia Zhen and Tibor Laczay on Sunday, March 1 for CHIME's annual fundraiser. CHIME guests enjoyed a sunny afternoon and a jazz-based musical performance from professional musicians and students under the direction of Dr. Andria Mullan.  
 
( Randy McMullen )
Review: Updated 'Cinderella' keeps its old-fashion charm

The touring Broadway musical includes some contemporary messages about girl power, but it's the traditional fairy tale that makes the show worthwhile; it plays at Broadway San Jose through March 8.