Pleasanton Unified School District voters will be asked to authorize bond sales up to $323 million for school improvements in the March 3, 2020 election.

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Dyrell Foster, a veteran Southern California community college administrator, said this week that he is “looking forward to really hitting the ground running,” when he takes over in February as president of Las Positas College in Livermore.

Fire is going solo! Earth and Wind have been adopted, but this tenacious little pup is ready…

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Do you know the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne? Brut and Demi Sec? Cava and Prosecco? Do you want to find out while discovering some great values for your holiday parties? Test your blind tasting skills while learning about the most fun wine there is: sparkling, at the Spark…

On Dec. 14, starting at 9:45 a.m., Hope Hospice will offer a free presentation for family caregivers, “Healthful Meal Planning for the Elderly and Chronically Ill.” Registration is required, as seating is limited.

Pleasanton’s own trumpeter Jeff Bordes returns to the Firehouse for his annual holiday show, Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. This year, Jeff will be taking it to the next level, presenting a “Jazzy New Orleans Christmas”. The band will perform their holiday original “The Santa Claus Secon…

An Artist's Reception Exhibit of paintings and photographs by Tri-Valley Traveling Artists will take place at the Livermore Civic Center Library Gallery, at 1188 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore on Saturday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. All are invited.

Sharon Howard, Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club’s (LAVGC) own salvia expert, will share her vast knowledge with members and guests at the Thurs., Dec.12, 6:30 p.m. club meeting. The meeting takes place at Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, Pleasanton, 1454 Santa Rita Road. Visito…

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The cities of Livermore and Pleasanton are co-sponsoring application workshops for the following programs for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021: Pleasanton’s Housing & Human Services Grants and Community Grant/Youth/Civic Arts Programs, and Livermore’s Housing & Human Services Grant. Staff w…

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To ease the hustle and bustle of getting your holiday shipments in the mail and on their way, certain East Bay Post Offices in the Bay-Valley postal district will be open for full retail services on three Saturdays in December. With the busiest week projected to be December 16-22, the extra …

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Asbury United Methodist Church will hold its 23rd Annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 in its Sanctuary at 4743 East Ave. in Livermore. All of Asbury’s vocal choirs, the Asbury Band, several instrumentalists and the Asbury Ringers will be performing. Asbury’s pipe organ…

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On Fri., Dec. 20, from 12-6:00 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave. The Red Cross critically needs donors of all blood types to give now to keep the blood supply stable during the holidays. Blood donations traditionally decline from Thanksgiving …

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Holidays in the Vineyards, Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7-8, noon to 4:30 p.m. 40+ wineries showcase their decorated tasting rooms with special wines, arts, crafts, holiday music, activities and more. Admission is free; tasting fees may apply.

Bring the kids to Dublin Heritage Park and Museums on Sat., Dec. 7, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for a special holiday edition of "Hands-On History." Create old-fashioned holiday decorations for your home, and take a guided tour of the Kolb House. See how the house was decorated by the Kolb family for…

The Vine Cinema & Alehouse will be showing four classic Christmas movies on the big screen in early- to mid-December. The movies start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $8. The Vine is located at 1722 First St., in downtown Livermore. Visit www.vinecinema.com for details.

GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, encouraging people to do good. Consider saving the date and donating to Fertile GroundWorks on Dec. 3 through the Community Health & Education Foundation (CHEF) website. CHEF will generously match gifts with $1 for every $2 donated, up to…

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is excited to announce auditions for Damn Yankees, the Broadway mega-hit that ushered in the Verdon-Fosse era and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Life Renewing Center is proud to present a Comedy Magic Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at Inklings Coffee & Teas, 530 Main St., Pleasanton. This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Nick Francken, a 17-year-old junior at Amador Valley High School, has been selected by USA Gymnastics, to compete in Trampoline for Team U.S.A. at the World Age Group competition, Dec 2nd-9th in Tokyo, Japan.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels and Rapid bus services, hosted another “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive on Nov. 16., at the Lucky Supermarket in Pleasanton. Several hundred Tri-Valley residents stopped by to help Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley…

The 37th year of Deacon Dave’s breathtaking holiday light display kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m., and will run until Jan. 1. Deacon Dave’s Casa del Pomba is located at 352 Hillcrest Ave. in Livermore.

GivingTuesday is the perfect excuse to celebrate the bond people have with their pets and to acknowledge the impact that the love of a pet can have on a person.

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Venturing Crew 942, recently chartered in August 2019, marked their first community service effort in this year's Scouting for Community drive. Crew 942 is chartered by St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Livermore.

Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sat., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. on Main Street, under the Pleasanton arch in downtown Pleasanton. The tree lighting ceremony is anticipated to occur around 6:45 p.m. njoy musical entertainment and an appearance by Santa. The Hometown Ho…

The holidays are a busy time of year, but the American Red Cross is making it easy and rewarding to give the most important gift on some patients’ wish list – a lifesaving blood donation. In thanks for being the lifeline patients need this holiday season, the Red Cross is thanking those who …

On Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Dinner is being provided by the Tri-Valley Community Outreach Committee for anyone needing a place to go on Thanksgiving Day. The 8th annual dinner is sponsored and supported by a coalition of churches, community organizations and businesses in the Tri-Vall…

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Livermore families are expressing their gratitude by giving back. Residents are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have eve…

Do you have ancestors who were farmers? Many of us have farmers in our family trees. Have you found them in any records other than the census? Did you know how farming changed throughout time or how those changes affect our ancestors? Were they employed in other industries? Many farmers had …

The Livermore-Granada Boosters will host the 10th Annual “Race to the Flagpole” on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The event offers several distances that include a 5K run/walk, 10K run, and one-mile fun run. All events start at Independence Park and go through Livermore’s scenic Sycamore Grove Par…

The City of Livermore is well underway with improvements to its downtown — which includes the lot at the corner of Railroad Ave. and N. L St. that has served as BSA Scout Troop 999’s tree lot location for over 20 years. This block is presently being developed, and left the Troop without a tr…

The City of Pleasanton is pleased to announce its upcoming Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 5p.m. on Main Street, under the Pleasanton arch in downtown Pleasanton. The event will run from 5 -8 p.m., and the tree lighting ceremony is anticip…

It's going to get ugly! Ugly sweaters that is. The Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) is excited to announce the Spirit & Sweater Stroll set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Bust out your ugliest of sweaters and join the fun as we celebrate the holiday season in do…

When I saw The Last Waltz, I remember thinking: This is a concert documentary like no other I’ve seen. I was impressed by the rich color and sound, the interesting camera angles of the performers, both on stage and backstage, and the candid-looking interviews of The Band members. The sophist…

Game On! Want to experience all the excitement of local high school football on Thanksgiving Day? Then sit back and join the TV30 Sports Team, Ian Bartholomew, George “Dr. B” Baljevich, and Tim Sbranti, for the High School Football-A-Thon on Thursday, Nov. 28.

The Pleasanton Senior Center, in partnership with the Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center, is hosting an afternoon holiday tea. Guests will enjoy tea, dessert and a sing-along to live holiday music.

Livermore resident Edward Hightower is playing Jacob Marley in 42nd Street Moon's beloved Holiday musical SCROOGE IN LOVE!, a show full of optimism, charm, fun and deep emotion that will be running from Dec. 4-22 at the San Francisco's Gateway Theatre located at 215 Jackson St, San Francisco…

On Oct. 26, the Rotary Club of the Livermore Valley scored big on behalf of the fight against Alzheimer’s. Twelve volunteers raised over $9,700, landing them in a top spot among the East Bay’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s teams.

Want a festive photo of your best friend and/or family member with Santa to send with your holiday greeting this year? Come to this year's “Photo With Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Pet Supplies Plus, 4230 Rosewood Dr., Suite B, Pleasanton (in the Rosewood Shopping Center).

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 16-time Emmy Award-winning show is set to captivate audiences again this fall – live on tour. Celebrating its momentous 16th season, members of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists are making their way across America, performing in 40 cities, as part …

From Nov. 18-25, sites in Livermore and Pleasanton will be among the 5,000 national drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Holiday Art Fair will showcase the work of more than two dozen artists whose paintings, ceramics, jewelry and other craft pieces will be available for sale. The event coincides with the Earlier than the Bird shopping event which takes place throughout downtown Liver…

As the holiday season approaches, local food banks are in need of essential supplies. To provide support, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of Wheels and Rapid bus services, will host another “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive.

Whistlestop Writers will host an open mic for writers of all genres on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Swirl on the Square, 21 S. Livermore Ave., in downtown Livermore. Mark your calendar for an evening of great food, great wine, and great writing.

If you would like your organization to be considered as a 2020 beneficiary of the Livermore Valley Wine Auction, please complete the documents: Beneficiary Letter, Beneficiary Application, Beneficiary Information Request, and Memorandum of Understanding. Then submit to the Livermore Valley W…

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club presents featured speaker Dr. Mark Brunell at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

Sophomores at Livermore High School are learning how to help friends who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis. In September, Livermore High was selected as one of only three sites in California to participate in a pilot study for Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA). Similar to …

During a weekend off of tournament play, Lady Hustle 14U Castro team took the opportunity to give back to the community. The girls spent the day at Quail Garden, an Assisted Living Home for seniors in downtown Livermore.

Christine McCall will be giving a program and demonstration on Digital Art on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. McCall will talk about Photoshop compositing and illustration, and using Photoshop to create and edit digital images. She is c…

Nine-year-old Smayna Kasibhotla, junior member and reporter for Alameda County—Dublin 4-H Club, wrote, “October has been a very busy month for Dublin 4 H’ers, starting with National 4-H week, which was celebrated Oct. 6-12.

On the weekend of Nov. 8-10, Las Positas Vineyards will feature their Cheesecake Cupcake & Wine Pairing flight, and will also be offering a Reserve Flight. Tasting Room hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, email curt@laspositasvineyards.com.

Dennessa Atiles will be the featured speaker at the Livermore Indivisible general meeting on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. She is Indivisible National’s West Coast Senior Regional Organizer, supporting hundreds of Indivisible groups across California, Alaska and Hawaii that are org…

The 4th Annual Mony Nop Turkey Drop benefiting Tri-Valley Haven takes place on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in front of Livermore’s City Hall Building, 1052 S. Livermore Avenue. You can drop off a frozen turkey, gift cards, or cash donations to assist a local family in need this …

Don't miss Pleasanton Adult and Career Education's Fall Wine Series of classes. All classes are from 6:30 TO 8:30 p.m. at Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery in Livermore. $49 per class; for more information or to register visit: bit.ly/PACE-Classes.

The National Charity League, Inc., Livermore Chapter welcomes prospective new members to apply to join for the 2020-2021 year. National Charity League, Inc., the oldest and largest mother-daughter volunteer organization in the nation, gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to stren…

Applications are being accepted by the Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association for teens wishing to participate in the summer exchange program. This program has been a valued experience by hundreds of teens during its 33-year history. Participants need to be high school students with t…

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 6 p.m., Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan invites you to join your friends and neighbors for a casual conversation over coffee at Steam House Coffee & Kava Bar, 1935 2nd St., Livermore. Share your thoughts on community and legislative matters important to …

Friday, Nov. 15, noon to 6 p.m., at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave. The Red Cross critically needs donors of all blood types to give now to keep the blood supply stable during the holidays. Blood donations traditionally decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.

At the Livermore Civic Center Library on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., readings on social justice will be presented by Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate, 2017-present; Debee Loyd, Modesto Poet Laureate, 2000- 2004; Cynthia Patton, Livermore Poet Laureate, 2017-present; Amy Glyn…

All ages are welcome to this annual festival showcasing live music, cultural crafts, bilingual storytime, and traditional dance from Mexico and Central America. The celebration takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Rd.,…

Stop by Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, 3053 Marina Ave., Livermore, to grab a taste of their newest French Bordeaux-style wines. The 2016 Cabernet Franc, double gold winner at the 2019 California State Fair, and 2016 Malbec are sure to be hits for the upcoming holiday season. Visit www.rmwinery.com.

On Nov. 2, Tri-Valley Haven staff and volunteers will assist attendees in completing the forms and documentation needed to petition the family court for a protective/restraining order. This free, confidential service is held on every first and third Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Dub…

On the weekend of Nov. 1-3, Las Positas Vineyards features their Cheesecake Cupcake & Wine Pairing flight, and also a Reserve Flight. Tasting Room hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

23rd Annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. The parade begins in front of the Veterans Memorial Hall, 301 Main St., and continues four blocks north to St. Mary Street. This year, more than 100 organizations are expected to participate. Immediately followin…

As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.

The Tri-Valley Turkey Burn celebrates its 5th anniversary on Thanksgiving Day morning, as hundreds of adults, teens and children run, walk and stroll through Ken Mercer Sports Park in Pleasanton at 9 a.m. on Nov. 28.

All are welcome to the Hindu Community and Cultural Center (HCCC) annual health fair, in the assembly hall at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Ave., Livermore.

Las Positas College Honors Veterans Day, Nov. 7. Event starts at 10:00 a.m. with a landing of a Huey Helicopter. Free lunch for Veterans. Keynote speaker at 1:00 p.m. in Room 801. See www.laspositascollege.edu/veterans/index.php for more info.

There’s a crafty new neighbor in town, as leading retailer JOANN celebrated the Oct. 27 Grand Opening of its newest store at 7177 Amador Plaza Rd. in Dublin. JOANN is a one-stop destination for creativity, with an array of craft supplies, fabrics, finished home goods, and seasonal merchandise.

For people who have experienced the death of a loved one, the winter holiday season can be painful. Hope Hospice offers a free workshop to present specific ideas and healthy coping strategies.

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." With those words, Marylin Avenue Elementary student Evan Douma opened the 2019-20 Tri-Valley Elementary Special Olympics on Oct. 3, at Granada High School. A week later, Granada High School student Jason Adams recited the sam…

Las Positas College in Livermore is the premier venue for its 2.2 for 22 and 5K run on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., with the race starting outside of Building 1600. The number 22 is symbolic in that 2.2 for 22 represents the number of veterans who commit suicide daily.

All are welcome to the Hindu Community and Cultural Center (HCCC) annual health fair, in the assembly hall at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Ave., Livermore.

Las Positas Vineyards, Cuda Ridge, Fenestra and Dante Robere have partnered for unique Halloween "Trick or Taste" event. On Saturday, Oct. 26, all guests who come in a Halloween costume will receive a special flight offering and discount on bottle purchases. Las Positas Vineyards will be fea…

The Pleasanton Rotary Halloween Spirit Run will take place in Pleasanton on Sunday, October 27th. A long standing Pleasanton tradition, the event features 5K and 10K courses plus a Kids Challenge. Proceeds support scholarships for Pleasanton students and community & international project…

The Community of Character Collaborative invites all High School seniors in Pleasanton to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship. Long time school board member, trustee and president of the Pleasanton Unified School District, Juanita Haugen inspired the Pleasanton Community…

The Band appeared on the final day of Woodstock 1969 at 10 o'clock in the evening, and played several cuts from their first album made the year before, Music From Big Pink.

Societal pressures for teenagers today are unlike anything that prior generations have experienced. While being a teenager has always come with its own array of trials and tribulations, technology and social media in today’s society has created additional challenges.