BBQ class isn’t for chickens


By Peggy Spear on June 06, 2016

Font page lead_Carol and Jeanne for websiteCarol Herington and Jeanne Boyd (in red) are barbecue aficionados, and thanks to the KCBS class, now official judges. The two were among the 60 who attended the class at Endeavor Hall to become certified BBQ judges.

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Clayton couple recalls friendship with ‘The Champ’

By Tamara Steiner on June 6, 2016

Ali and Don for websiteLate summer 1960. Rome.

Two young athletes competing in the Games of the XVII Olympiad would each win gold medals that year. Don Bragg, then 25, set a new world record in pole vault. Cassius Clay, who would later embrace Islam and change his name to Mohammed Ali, was not yet 18 when he stunned the world with a gold medal in light heavyweight boxing. The unlikely pair began a friendship that year that lasted more than five decades.

While their careers would take widely different directions, their friendship was constant. Don Bragg, now 81, is retired and lives in Clayton with his wife, Theresa. After Ali’s death last week, the two sat down with us to share some very personal and special memories. [click to continue…]

MtDiabloElementaryGarden for websiteTeachers Naomi Means and Katrina Stortz planted the idea of a school garden at Mt. Diablo Elementary in the fall of 2014. After some setbacks, the stars aligned this spring and the garden sprang to life.

A committee of dedicated administrators, teachers, Parent Faculty Club members, parents and students raised $2,500 plus $8,500 of in-kind donations to bring the project to fruition. Volunteers assembled eight raised beds in a single day this spring. Girl Scout Troop 33199 pulled out dead rose bushes and spindly lantana in front of the school office, creating a blank slate for the native, drought-tolerant garden. [click to continue…]

Clayton-4th-2016 for websiteWhat’s more American than apple pie? It’s Independence Day in Clayton, of course.

The old-fashioned celebration may not be the reason you moved to Clayton, but it is likely one of the things that makes you glad you’re here.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m. at Endeavor Hall. Hosted by the Clayton Valley/Sunrise Rotary Club, breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children. [click to continue…]

Geller_Howard_for websiteFarmers Market – If you’re looking for fresh grown or organic produce, then Clayton’s Farmers Market is the place to be. The market is open 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. All the vendors are friendly and offer tree-ripened fruits, strawberries and vegetables to taste and buy. It’s a great destination walk to downtown. The market promises to add more vendors as the produce season progresses and as more of Clayton’s residents utilize this treasure trove of healthy produce. [click to continue…]