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The Livermore Public Library will be encouraging reading this summer with game boards, downloaded from the internet, that can be completed for free books and awards.

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A celebration of graduating eighth-graders took place in front of East Avenue Middle School in Livermore this week. “We needed to do something to celebrate the kids,” said Mistee Guzman, Principal. (Photos - Doug Jorgensen)

Dennis Fanucchi of Livermore sports a mask honoring his cats. Please share a photo of yourself wearing a mask with (Photo courtesy of Dennis Fanucchi)

The coronavirus targets everyone, but I fall into that most vulnerable segment of the demographic: people over 65. My contemporaries and I are the ones everyone was looking out for in the beginning of the quarantine with slogans like, “Please don’t kill my grandmother.” But as this lockdown …

Social distancing was not a barrier to Dave Pitcher, Pleasanton North Rotary president-elect, as he presented a $5,000 donation to Vicki Gordillo, president of the nonprofit Assistance League of Amador Valley, on May 20. Funds will support the league’s Operation School Bell, which in 2019 sp…

Alden Lane Nursery celebrated 65 years in business in Livermore on May 14. Founders Ruth and Jack Williams first opened the go-to place for plants and gardening advice in 1955 in the Livermore countryside. Their daughter, Jacqueline Williams-Courtright, continues to operate the business. (Ph…

The Robitaille brothers – Connor, 12, Ethan, 10, and Aidan, 7 – decided to thank first responders in their Pleasanton community by writing a giant thank-you note in chalk on their court. It ended up being so big, they needed their grandfather to take pictures with his drone. (Photo - Courtes…


This Memorial Day, Livermore residents who got to know him will be missing the late Walter Hughes, who passed away April 26 at the age of 98.


Students from William Mendenhall Middle School in Livermore and Thomas S. Hart Middle School in Pleasanton were recognized in California’s annual National History Day competition, which was held online this year because of the state’s shelter-in-place regulations.


As the Tri-Valley continues to shelter in place, many people have turned to gardening to fill their time and beautify their yards.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home order, many people are finding more time to read, and the Alameda County Library System, which includes a branch in Dublin, has some “matchmakers” on staff to help with their selections.

Cattlemens Steakhouse and MeterSwap, a provider of smart meter services, have teamed up to feed over 2,000 frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including workers this week at Stat Med Urgent Care in Livermore and Falck Ambulance, which operates in Alameda County.

The 80th annual edition of the Pleasanton Rose Show will be limited to online pictures this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide shelter-at-home order.


With donations down dramatically since the statewide shelter-at-home order was issued, supplies at the AniMeals pet food pantry operated by the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, are at an all-time low, just when the need is greatest.


Thomas M. Garberson, a 2002 graduate of Livermore High School, has been named general counsel at Eskaton, a Sacramento-based nonprofit providing senior living and care facilities at Northern California locations from Burlingame to Roseville.

Valerie DeClue and her daughter Danica are seen wearing masks in Pleasanton while attending the Stanford Health – ValleyCare nurses protest. Please share a photo of yourself wearing a mask with (Photo – Doug Jorgensen)

Health care workers from Stanford Health in Pleasanton gathered to protest in what those present called a fight for their union contracts. "They're canceling our schedules to save (money), and we’re losing hours,” one protestor said. (Photo - Doug Jorgensen)


On Tuesday, May 5, Livermore resident Betty Cockerill Lewis was surprised with a celebration in honor of her 106th birthday outside of her Heritage Estates residence.

With county orders for all workers and residents to wear masks effective April 17, locals in the Tri-Valley are making their own. Seen here, Pleasanton resident Jeanne Brophy, a member of Amador Valley Quilters, is one of many using her skills to follow the order. Please send us a photo of y…

A special thanks to author Bill Leach for his poem entitled “Livermore,” which ran in last week's paper. Below is a note from the author:

Music Together Tri-Valley, an early childhood music program based on family and teacher interactions, is now posting online videos during the shelter-at-home order because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building on the success of its spring-break online art classes, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is launching a twice-weekly series of classes for children from 5- to 10-years-old, beginning May 5 and running into June.

 Some of The Independent’s readers have shared with us how they’ve been coping since the shelter-in-place took effect. One reader offered a poem inspired by Edgar Allen Poe (below.) Another, Pierre Bierre of Pleasanton, has continued to develop a mathematical system.

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

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, 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.


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 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

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 …