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Cover | Robert Yu

Keep It Classy (acrylic paint). Piedmont High School senior Robert Yu—whose work graces our cover for the second year in a row—says this self-portrait reflects his love of dance and visual art. For more about Yu’s work, as well as that of our second- and third-place winners, Odessa Blackmore and Josephine Fernholz, click here.

NEXT MONTH: Boomers take off with Road Scholar travel, a Spanish-English bilingual school thrives in Oakland, and what makes local cartoonist Kristen Caven tick.


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September 2013 Issue:
Table of Contents

IN FARO’S GARDEN |  What Washes Ashore
The gardener says goodbye to an old friend, inherits a lime tree, and rescues a Buddha. By R.E. Faro

The Kilduff File will return next month.

SCHOOL TIME: The Monthly’s September School Section

Front of the Pack
With college costs skyrocketing every year, imagine if high school students could knock two years off their college degrees—for free. The great news is schools like this already exist right in our own backyard. From the Alameda Science and Technology Institute in Alameda to Middle College High School in San Pablo, the East Bay offers high school students the chance to earn a high school degree and a two-year college degree at the same time.  By Martha Ross.

Clown School
For 29 years, fourth- and fifth-graders at Oakland’s Prescott Elementary have learned to juggle, walk on stilts, and balance on a giant Earth ball after school. These kids—who put on more than 50 shows a year—hone their skills as part of the nonprofit Prescott Circus Theatre, a dynamic circus arts and youth development program that teaches circus, theater, and life skills to underserved kids.  By Keri Hayes Troutman.

Young Talent
Meet this year’s winners of The Monthly’s 13th Annual Student Cover Art Contest.


This regular section includes stories on inspiring local baby boomers, health, exercise, finance, entertainment, and more. Boomer Bio will return next month.

Living Well’s “When Kids Fly Away” tackles the months (sad, happy, and some combination of both) following the last child’s departure from the nest, with practical suggestions for how to cope with the sudden free time and space. | By Susan E. Davis

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Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Editor’s Note: a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

Food for Thought:
local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services:a catalog of professional, personal and creative services

Nosh Box: what's good to eat right now


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