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Many Tri-Valley trees sick, dying from drought

They're dangerous if left standing and expensive to remove, experts note. Water conservation efforts are part of the problem, but trees can be sustained without much. 
The East Bay Regional Park District boasts hundreds of miles of trails that are open to mountain bikes. Overall, most mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians share the trails with few problems. But, with ever-increasing numbers of park visitors, occasional conflicts are inevitable.  
 
Pleasanton: Hafthor Bjornsson from "Game of Thrones" joins heavyweight competition at 150th annual Scottish Games.  
 
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Wendy Arbuckle of the Brunswick Trios shot a near perfect 289 game on the way to a 719 set. Tino Fassio of the Wednesday Wonders shot a 244-659/+143.  
 
Youth sports: Tri Valley Babe Ruth team wins World Series  
 
After nine years of scrutiny, the Danville Hotel is nearly fully leased and 400 people are on a waiting list for the attached 1,000-square-feet condos that have hit the million-dollar mark.  
 
Through -- Sept. 12 Inside and Out: Plein Air and Studio Works -- Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This exhibit features recent works by seven Bay Area artists who paint together for inspiration and challenge.  
 
The city posts public notices to recruit new commission applicants in spring and again in late summer. The slots become available as terms expire or members leave their posts for personal reasons. Nine openings are in the process of being filled this season.  
 
Because of his continued efforts with LVPAC and the Bankhead Theater specifically, the organization will honor Scott Haggerty, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  
 
While I love everything Japanese -- the people, the food, the culture -- I'm terrified. Even though I was born in Okinawa, a small island off Japan, I find myself on the way to a country where I don't speak the language, recognize the alphabet, or know much about the culture -- and I'm afraid of making a faux pas.  
 
(Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)
'Star Wars' BB-8 droid is an instant hit

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ merchandise unveiling has fans waiting in line outside stores.