The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) received an updated credit rating from Standard and Poors, moving from an ‘A+’ to ‘AA-’, with a stable outlook, as it closes out another successful calendar year.

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With kids unexpectedly out of school and most activities cancelled, it might be a good time to pick up some reading material at your local book store. One recommendation from Julie Wheeler, owner of the Town Center Books in Livermore, is “One-Third Nerd,” by Newbery-award winning children’s …

The Alameda County Arts Commission is asking residents to submit nominations for the county’s 2020 Arts Leadership Awards. Nominations are due May 15, and must be submitted online at www.acgov.org/arts/awards.

To promote his shows at the newly christened Fillmore West, Bill Graham plastered posters around Berkeley, California, at 3 a.m., because he couldn’t get owners to display them in their shops. Soon, though, young people began taking the posters down and hanging them on their walls at home.

Alameda County District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty will leave office this year at the end of a 24-year, six-term career. From an app on his phone, he will quickly cite the days, hours, and minutes remaining on his term and jokes, “But who’s counting?” But then he is also quick to note that …

The City of Dublin is proud to present its newest public art installation: "A Chair to Remember." The community is invited to view these 20 Adirondack chairs, beautifully painted by local artists, at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza), March 12-15. Beginning Monday, March 16, the chairs w…

The City of Dublin is accepting applications to sponsor a banner honoring a local service member or veteran. The banners will be displayed along Dougherty Road from Memorial Day to Veterans Day 2020. The deadline to become a sponsor is March 25.

The Independent wants to know how you and your family are dealing with the disruptions in daily life. If you are a business owner, how have you had to adapt?Email us at editor@independentnews.com, and be sure to include photos whenever possible.

Based on the premise that adults should play too, Pleasanton recreation coordinator Mark Duncanson will teach an improvisation class at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Pleasanton’s Museum on Main will display the work of local street photographer Tao Guan in an exhibit opening Wednesday, March 18. “The Pleasanton Ones,” named after Guan’s 2018 self-published photography collection, will feature more than 40 images of Pleasanton and its people, as well as o…

Tony Green, a motivational speaker focusing on environmental issues, will discuss Project Drawdown at a meeting of Tri-Valley Citizens’ Climate Education, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Livermore Public Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

The Pleasanton Library is now offering online registration to obtain a library card. Known as “eCard,” a new webpage streamlines the registration process for new members and provides immediate access to the library’s digital content providers.

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will hold its 34th annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 4, in the parking lot at Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.

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Pleasanton Military Families will be filling care packages for deployed troops at its Spring Pack Out, beginning at 8:45 a.m., on Saturday March 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street in Pleasanton.

Art enthusiasts Nancy and Gary Harrington will lead two Pleasanton Public Art Walks, one in March and one in April. This is the 10th year the Harringtons will be leading the local art walks.

San Francisco Bay Area artist Gary Bergren will teach a class in painting landscapes intermediate students from noon to 3 p.m., the first and portraits from photographs for beginners and three Saturdays of the month, at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore.

The Pleasanton Downtown Association will sponsor its annual St. Patrick's Day Brew Crawl, with craft beer and snacks available at 25 locations, from 5-8 p.m., on Saturday, March 14.

A champagne cork pops, launching our spirits into space. If we can’t see the bottle, we may imagine the bubbly’s bright path into our glasses and be drawn to the pour.

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club’s monthly meeting for March will feature Janet Sluis, horticulturist and program developer for the Sunset Western Garden Collection. Her presentation, “Bringing Back the Pollinators – One Yard at a Time,” will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Alisa…

Life in the Fast Lane brilliantly re-creates the harmonic sounds of the legendary Eagles. This production is truly the most authentic, spot on Eagles tribute yet. Fri., March 13 at 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Contact www.livermorearts.org or 925.373.6800.

Celebrate Women! Art that Honors Women, is in its sixth year. The mission of this art show is to exhibit art that honors women. This is a two-track art show - both are open to all to participate. Track 1 is a photo competition with awards. Track 2 is a place for anyone to submit an image (an…

The American Red Cross will hold a Livermore community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m., on Friday, March 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue.

Drivers for Survivors, a nonprofit that provides free transportation and companionship for ambulatory cancer patients in Alameda County, will host its sixth annual Black & White Ball on Saturday, April 18, at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. Dr. Laura Esserman, director of the …

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Rural Health Mobile Medical Team will provide veterans with examinations, consultations, and referrals at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursday, March 26. Additional VA resource information will also be a…

Single professionals are invited to meet new friends who appreciate fine wine and care about others at the Pat Paulsen Vineyards, 5143 Tesla Rd. in Livermore, from 4-6 p.m., on Sunday, March 15.

Friends of Dublin Library, Inc., will hold its semi-annual used book sale on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29. New this year will be “Book and a Buddy” gift sets, children’s picture books paired with stuffed animals.

In honor of Women’s History Month and the 19th Amendment, Encore Players will perform a free show titled “Remember the Ladies,” celebrating the suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote a hundred years ago.

Las Positas College is now offering a two-year certificate program, the Actors Conservatory, designed to provide actors with a deeper understanding of the craft of theater and the cultural importance of the art form. According to the college, those enrolled in the Actors Conservancy will lea…

PFLAG Tri Valley will meet at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at the Amador Valley High School library, 1155 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton. The meeting will feature a youth panel from our GSA's discussing their concerns and difficulties they face in our local schools and communities.

Tri-Valley Interfaith Interconnect, representing different faiths and cultures in Alameda County, will hold its next Religion Chat at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3574 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton on March 11.

“Lives Well Lived,” a video featuring 40 “youngsters” from 75 to 100 sharing their wit, wisdom, and secrets for living a meaningful life, will be shown at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore.

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will recognize individuals, groups and businesses excellence and community leadership in business, volunteer activities and achievement in the community at the Firehouse Arts Center on Monday, March 23.

Musician Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, a type of West African harp, at Livermore’s Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., on Sunday, March 15.

The Livermore Filipino-American Organization is offering three scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000, to graduating seniors at Livermore and Granada high schools. Recipients must be members of the organization. Applications must be submitted by April 30, and are available at each high sc…

Las Positas Vineyards will offer a Girl Scout Cookie and wine tasting on Sunday, March 1. Local Livermore Girl Scouts will also be selling cookies at the winery. Tasting room hours are 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, email curt@laspositasvineyards.com

The City of Dublin is inviting local talent to submit applications to perform at the Dublin Benefit Concert to be held on Sunday, April 19, at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater.

Students compiling this year’s edition of "Havik: The Las Positas College Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing," are seeking sponsors as they face the dilemma of high printing costs.

Local artist Michelle George will discuss the history of Livermore’s Trevarno Road and its distinctive homes at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 18, at the Civic Center Library. Longtime Trevarno Road residents Susan Canfield and Larry Berger will also offer their personal perspectives on living …

American Legion Post 237 will again host “Beer, Brats and Bingo” on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main Street in Pleasanton. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo begins at 6 p.m.

Castlettes, Castlewood Country Club’s all-female, nine-hole golf club, donated $5,100, raised during a raffle and silent auction at the group’s annual holiday luncheon, to Hope Hospice. The group also provided Secret Santa gifts to Seniors of the Tri-Valley.

Come and be entertained at the Sundays at Hagemann event, Music, Drama & Dance on Sunday, February 23 from 1-4 pm. There will be something for everyone. Two bands, Jon Hart and The Plain Gold Band, will be playing, the LHS Drama Class will give us a surprise performance and the Be Except…

This is the second installment in a look at the life of Bill Graham, the impresario who promoted many of the biggest names in folk and rock and roll during the 1960s, and who is credited with almost single handedly developing the iconic music scene that started an era.

The Alameda County Fair has received top awards from the Western Fairs Association and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for innovation and excellence in competitive exhibits, agricultural programs, and marketing for 2019.

Livermore poet laureate Cynthia Patton announced this week that entries are due March 4 for “Poetry in a Test Tube,” the city’s fourth annual science poetry contest.

The United States Postal Service will hold a job fair to fill city carrier positions at the Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin, on Friday, Feb. 21. Hiring will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Palo Alto Veterans Administration’s mobile medical outreach van will be at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Monday, March 3, for veterans and their families.

Bob Redell, Livermore resident and NBC newscaster from Today in the Bay, will emcee Mardi Paws, the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue’s annual fundraising gala, at the Castlewood Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Alexis Owen, a native of Livermore, joined the U.S. Navy in 2012, in part because of her history teacher at Granada High School. “He was former military and shared with us many stories that inspired me to serve," said Owen.

2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. In honor of this milestone, the Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., will host a talk by Wendy Rouse, associate professor of history at San Jose State University, entitled…

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Richard and Mary Lou (Twist) Craig, formerly from Fremont and now residing in Livermore, will celebrate their 60 year wedding anniversary on February 14th on the Livermore Wine Trolley with close friends. They will also celebrate with a dinner hosted by their daughters, Kathy Hoyt, Karen Cra…

The City of Dublin is inviting professional artists, or high school student-artists working under the supervision of an art teacher or art professional, to submit designs for painted utility boxes, now through March 18, at 5 p.m.

The Livermore Area Parks and Recreation Department will offer a class for adults in acrylic painting, taught by Linda Beach, from 7-9 p.m., on four consecutive Wednesdays, March 3-25, at the Robert Livermore Community Center. All levels are welcome to try their hand at painting using thick b…

“Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump,” Rep. Eric Swalwell’s account of the House impeachment and Senate trial of the president, will be released on April 7.

Roger Aines, chief scientist for the Energy Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, will give a presentation “Pathways to Zero: How California Can Have a Carbon Neutral Economy,” to Tri-Valley Citizens' Climate Education at the Livermore Library on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Lawrence Lapin, former professor at San Jose State University and author of the soon-to-be-published "Giant Leaps for Mankind: Space Threats and Planet Security," will presents the case for upgrading the security of the planet in a talk sponsored by the Tri-Valley Stargazers at 7:30 p.m., Fr…

Music for You, a Bay Area group of high school musicians, is again sponsoring the Music for Junior Artists Online Art Contest for students in kindergarten through 10th grade.

Concert pianist Daniel Glover will perform “Concertos Without Orchestra,” a collection of piano solo transcriptions from five well-known concertos from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and early 20th Century periods on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St., in L…

Students who will be entering Livermore High School next fall will have an opportunity to learn about the school’s Green Engineering Academy during the LHS Expo. The LHS Expo, which highlights courses, clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities available at the school, is set for 6-7:30 p…

Life Transitions for Aging Adults this month will discuss dementia awareness. The group, sponsored by St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore, will

Offered in conjunction with the 2020 Young Voices in Harmony Festival, the award-winning Cantabella Children’s Chorus is offering a workshop for teachers led by Prof. Tom Shelton of Westminster Choir College.

The Livermore Art Association Gallery will host a Valentine open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Las Positas College Theater Arts will hold open auditions for a performance of Disney's “Newsies: The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at the college’s Mertes Center for the Arts, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore. The Tony Award-winning musical will be presented in the outdoor a…

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“Bravo! An Evening With Scott Kenison” celebrating the executive director’s five years at the helm of the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center brought over 300 attendees to the Bothwell on Jan.31.

Livermore students will have an opportunity to share their artistic talent with the community during the 2020 Teen Art Exposition and Competition, sponsored by the Livermore Public Library. The library is inviting students in sixth through the 12th grades to submit original artwork based on …

Author and former scientist Dan Linehan will talk about transforming experiences into compelling fiction at a meeting of the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club on Saturday, Feb. 15.

PFLAG Tri Valley will meet from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Amador Valley High School library, 1155 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton. In addition to member support, the meeting will focus on dues and upcoming community-building events. Dues for 2020 will be $25 per family, $15 of which goe…

The California Water Service Group is now accepting applications for its annual college scholarship program. The scholarships are open to students in areas served by any of the utility’s subsidiaries in California, Hawaii, Washington, and New Mexico.

Realtor and associate broker Jeff Katz has joined the J. Rockcliff Realtors office in Pleasanton. In addition to being a licensed real estate agent, Katz has spent six years as a consultant to seniors considering the move from their own homes to independent/assisted living facilities, and ha…