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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Regina Molitoris of Granada High School was the winner of the oratorical contest held earlier this month by Livermore American Legion Post 47. Molitoris, who received $250 for winning, will now compete in the District 10 (Alameda County) completion in San Leandro on Jan. 25th.

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Although no local wineries took top honors, Livermore wineries garnered an impressive nine Best of Class awards at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition featuring North American wines. Several others Livermore wines received Double Gold from the judges. T…

“Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out,” has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. It is the biography of the music impresario who promoted many of the biggest names in folk and rock at the Fillmore East in New York City and Fillmore West in San Francisco, and who is credited w…

Las Positas College will host a free seminar to learn about hosted national and international trips available this and 2021 at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, in Room 101 of Building 100, at 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore. Las Positas College Community Education will discuss upcoming destina…

Writers of all genres will have the opportunity to share and give voice to their work again this year during open-mic nights hosted by Whistlestop Writers at Swirl on the Square in Livermore. “Even if you don’t have something to read, come listen to talented local writers and poets,” said Cy…

Twelve Tri-Valley students were recognized this week at the annual Dreammakers and Risktakers Awards luncheon, sponsored by the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, at The Palm Event Center in Pleasanton.

Celebrate Native Ways at Alviso Adobe Community Park in Pleasanton on Sat., Feb. 8. The free family event, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will provide a glimpse into the history of the first people to live in the East Bay area. In addition to the recently completed Tule River Indian replica hom…

The Valley Humane Society’s Tails at Twilight Gala which will raise funds for animal rescue, education, and community service efforts, will be held at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave., in Pleasanton, on March 6. The evening will begin with a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvre…

Jerrod Otto Bireley, of Livermore, a junior majoring in information networking and telecommunications, was named to the Deans Honor Roll for the Fall 2019 semester at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas. To be eligible for the honor roll, students must have completed 12 or more credi…

This year on Thursday, February 13 from 5-7 p.m. at Junction Avenue K-8, LVJUSD will celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the Science Odyssey. At the family-friendly, free science and engineering extravaganza, LVJUSD students will display their scientific inquiry methods, experiments, data…

Shakespeare’s Associates, producers of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival at Darcie Kent Vineyards, has added two new staff members. Katie Anderson has been hired as administrative associate, while Lindsey Schmeltzer joins the team as education director. Both positions were added due to the …

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

Kiddie Academy of Livermore is inviting local families to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in a variety of interactive activities on Saturday, Jan. 25. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. at 1400 North Vasco Road in Livermore.

Livermore Public Library is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Livermore Teen Academy, a three-week summer program that includes a series of interactive workshops and a short internship with the City of Livermore. Applications must be received by Feb. 28.

Best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, whose 2015 book, “Raising an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success,” challenged the growing phenomenon of helicopter parenting, will be the guest speaker for the 4th Annual Community Education Series Parenting F…

Local residents will have an opportunity to meet with State Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s district staff to share their thoughts on legislation or receive assistance with casework when her mobile office comes to the Pleasanton Library on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Pleasanton Unified School District is inviting parents and guardians of incoming transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year to attend informational meetings in this month to help them prepare for a successful start to their children’s education.

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will celebrate the traditional Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat on Sunday, Feb. 9, with a potluck lunch and a presentation by the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District on native trees and the animals that depend on them. Bay Area children will also be given nativ…

The Missing Man Ministry raised more than $50,000 at its fundraiser in October, including $13,500 for college scholarships. The organization, dedicated to helping families who have lost a father either suddenly or from a prolonged illness, also provided financial and emotional support to 26 …

Love is in the air as Museum on Main prepares for its 13th Annual Wines & Valentines fundraiser at Castlewood Country Club on Friday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s Sweetheart Sponsor is the Republic Family of Companies.

Applications are being accepted by the Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association for teens wishing to participate in the summer exchange program.

The second annual Tri-Valley Women’s March commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote will be held on Saturday, January 18 from 12–4:00 pm at the Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. The expo begins at noon, with speakers beginning at 1:…

With more than 45,000 former Lawrence Livermore, Berkeley, and Sandia National Lab workers who may qualify for financial and medical benefits through the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Program Act (EEOICPA), Nuclear Care Partners is hosting an Atomic Heroes Breakfast to help former wor…

Livermore Indivisible, a grassroot political organization, will meet at the Livermore Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 12, to discuss plans for the year, including voter registration, Census, canvassing, phone/text banking, postcard/letter writing, and event organizing. The meeting will begin …

Weekend Ranger-Led Nature Programs are FREE drop-in programs for all ages with no RSVP required. *Select programs may request RSVP or require a small fee that can be paid to the Ranger at the time of the program. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call the Ranger Off…

The Hindu Community and Cultural Center of Livermore will again offer grants to local nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the elderly, abused women, and youth.

Two local students recently graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina. James V. Angst, of Pleasanton, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Amanda Lynn McKenzie, also of Pleasanton, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. …

Linda Schmidt, internationally known quilt artist and member of the Amador Valley Quilters, will be the feature speaker at the group’s regular meeting on Saturday, Jan. 11. Schmidt is known for her portrait and landscape quilts embellished with paint, sheer fabrics, Angelina fiber, Tinzl, be…

A new session of social dance classes begins Thursday evening, January 9 at the Veteran’s Building in downtown Livermore, offered by Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD).

Dublin Library is located at 200 Civic Plaza. For more information, call (925) 803-7252 or go to https://guides.aclibrary.org/dublin.

Events take place at the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, or Rincon branch, 725 Rincon Avenue. For more information, see livermorelibrary.net, or call 925-373-5500.

All events take place at Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton. For more information, call the library at 925-931-3400.

Patelco Credit Union team members surprised and delighted their members and community food banks throughout Northern California during the week of December 16th distributing $61,000. The bulk of the donations were gifted to food-related organizations struggling to meet the needs of their com…

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children and one in four teens. Research shows that untreated children and teens with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse and other self-destructive beh…

Stoneridge Shopping Center has welcomed several new brands to its portfolio of retailers. Ardent Goods Co., Casper, Fabletics, Innisfree and Lovisa have all opened in 2019.

This presentation is designed to be an introduction to DNA as an exciting new tool for genealogists. It is intended for individuals who either are new to DNA or looking to improve their ability to use it in their research. The objective of the class is to provide a basic understanding of all…

The nomination period for the City of Dublin's 2019 Citizen, Young Citizen, and Organization of the Year Awards ends Friday, January 17, at 5:00 p.m. Nomination forms may be completed on the City's website.

All are welcome to participate in the annual New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk at First Presbyterian Church in Livermore, 7 - 9 p.m., 2020 Fifth St. (Photo - Doug Jorgensen)

The Rotarian Foundation of Livermore has established a scholarship fund through the Pedrozzi Foundation to honor community-minded and beloved Livermore resident Bill Geyer.

The Las Positas College Foundation (LPCF) was founded in January, 2003 by a dedicated group of Tri-Valley community leaders. Their mission is to promote Las Positas College to the Tri-Valley community; to encourage residents to invest in the future of their great asset, Las Positas College; …

Kick off Black History Month at the Livermore Public Library with award-winning author Tina Jones Williams. Williams, now a Livermore resident, was born and raised in South Berkeley. She has written seven books highlighting the rich traditions and history of South Berkeley’s African-American…

The City of Dublin invited residents to participate in its 2nd Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest, "Deck the Homes." Winners were announced in six categories including Best Use of Lights, Best Holiday Theme, Best Apartment/Condo, and Best Neighborhood. Other categories included Best Lawn…

Members of the Livermore Knights of Columbus capped a year of charitable giving by delivering Christmas Gift Baskets to families around Livermore on Saturday, December 14. In addition, the Knights distributed 100 winter jackets to children as part of the Cheryl Ruth Coats for Kids program.

Lynnewood United Methodist Church will host the next Interfaith Interconnect Religion Chat on January 8, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m., at 4444 Black Ave. The facilities will be open from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. so that attendees can have a chance to make new friends and visit. This event is free of charg…

On January 11, Hope Hospice will offer a free presentation for family caregivers, “Living With Dementia: Dementia Basics.” Registration is required.

Single Professionals of all ages are invited to start off 2020 with a bang at the Bay Area’s first singles party of the year, Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8pm at Faz “Speakeasy” in Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 5121 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.

The City of Pleasanton’s Community Education Series is presenting a screening of “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER” at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton on Thursday, January 2, at 7 p.m. This film examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of soc…

What began in 1946 as 120 music directors meeting for six hours in a Chicago YWCA gym has now become the annual four-day music band and orchestra conference known as The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference.

The Last Waltz opens with The Band shooting pool. Is Martin Scorsese, the film’s director, providing symbolism for the idea that life is a game of chance, that you can hit the black eight-ball into the pocket at any moment and it’s game over? Perhaps. This scene is followed by The Band walki…

The Livermore Valley Joint School District is thankful for the partnership with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival and for the So Wise So Young program that introduces William Shakespeare to each of our second-grade students. The talented and enthusiastic actor-educators who work with our st…

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Stoneridge Shopping Center is hosting a prom dress donation drive, in partnership with local non-profit Prom Dress Pop Up. Through Jan. 31, shoppers are invited to donate gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories at Simon Guest Services in the Nordstrom wing. Collected donations will b…

Carefield Pleasanton, which offers residents with Alzheimer's and other dementias an active lifestyle full of fun and engaging activities, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. See carefieldliving.com for more information on their programs. (Photo courtesy of Moving Perceptions)

With a front man who bears an uncanny likeness as well as a sound and style that has fooled more than a few fans, The Heart of Rock & Roll is a nonstop ride through some of the biggest hits of the 80s in a colorful and exciting concert experience that teleports you 'Back in Time' to when…

The Pleasanton Public Library is now offering a new web-based catalog for patrons to search the library’s collection and manage their library accounts. Known as BiblioCore, the new catalog is made possible by the company Bibliocommons. BiblioCore provides patrons a smarter, more assistive se…

Please join the City of Dublin at a reception on Tuesday, December 17, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., at Dublin Civic Center, to honor retiring City Manager Chris Foss for his dedication and commitment to the City of Dublin for the past 20 years, and to welcome incoming City Manager Linda Smith. Refreshm…

Community-based, non-profit organizations are invited to apply for available funding through the City of Dublin Human Services Grant Program. To submit for funding, applicants are required to attend an upcoming Grant Application Workshop on either Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., or Thursday, …

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Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) students benefited from the pedal power of those who participated in the First Annual Livermore Valley Craft Brew Foundation (LVCBF) Bikes and Brews fundraiser in October. Proceeds raised from the event were used to purchase new bicycle…

The whole family is invited to sing Christmas carols in downtown Livermore with St. Michael's Music Ministry. The event will take place in front of Strizzi's restaurant on Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 10 a.m. Strizzi's is located at 2205 First Street, Livermore.

Kick off the holiday season with friends at the Dublin Senior Center's annual holiday dance social on Friday, December 13. Whirl your partner around an expansive dance floor while listening to music performed by the 18+ member CoolTones Big Band. Enjoy refreshments and drawings for door priz…

December 15th at Las Positas Vineyards is Sunday Funday. A new elevated Tasting & Tour Experience has been launched, which includes a guided tour by a Wine Ambassador of the vineyards and winery, finishing in the Winemaker Cottage – with a private sit-down food and wine pairing experienc…

Alameda County Fire Department Local 55 bring smiles to the faces of underprivileged children in the area by participating in their Holiday Toy Drive. Bins can be found in the lobbies of Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza), Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.), and Shannon Commu…

Las Positas Vineyards will feature a new chocolate truffle and wine pairing, and will also be offering their Reserve Flight on the weekend of Dec. 13-15. Tasting room hours are open 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact curt@laspositasvineyards.com.

The instruction of mathematics has evolved and for some has created confusion, questions about the need for change, and/or a feeling of helplessness when trying to assist with homework. Math is about more than solving for the correct answer; it is about understanding mathematical concepts an…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

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.