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Livermore Airport fest promises rare birds' aerobatic thrills

Two female stunt pilots, of just five in the world, will take part in Livermore Airport's 50th annivesary celebration. 
Pleasanton City Council to consider increases to water and sewer rates Tuesday  
You can walk through a 5-acre field looking for Indian corn and popcorn and take home a share of what you harvest (bring your own bag). Other attractions will include magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and historic craft demonstrations. Ardenwood's train will be on track, the pumpkin patch will be open, and docents will lead tours of the park's historic Patterson House.  
This is the tale of two homes whose origins in Pleasanton are as old as some of our town's massive oak trees. Thanks to their owners' care, they still exude the charms of the past and recently received awards from the Pleasanton Heritage Association.  
Cheza Nami
Since its inception in 2011, Cheza Nami has held many events in the Tri-Valley to raise awareness about the organization and bolster its message. They will continue their efforts Oct. 11. Attendees should prepare to have their senses stimulated with music, dance, art and food from Africa. Complimentary wine tasting and Kenyan hors d'oeuvres will be served.  
Dan Honda
Wood Family Vineyards' 2014 Wisner and Collier Vineyards Chardonnay recently earned Best of Class honors at the Tri-Valley Conservancy Uncorked Wine Competition. The winery also won a gold medal for its 2013 Big Wood Zin in the Indy International Wine Competition.  
After two years of marriage, Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and when she and husband Dan Diaz contemplated her bleak options, they moved to Oregon, which is one of only five states that authorize death with dignity.  
K. Jacoby/Valley Humane Society
Valley Humane SocietyTake a trip to the candy shop with Sweetie! This 11/2-year-old peppermint-striped gray tabby is a confection of affection, an irresistible lap cat.  
Contra Costa County Library
Garth Stein's 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' is this year's selection.  
Goldberg McDuffie Communications
The New Yorker magazine's former senior writer has penned a new tome.  
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California triumphs at the Great American Beer Festival

The grandest, largest GABF of all time takes over the Denver convention center, and when the dust clears, California breweries are holding 67 medals.