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Photo Credit: Viola Buitoni
Recipes by Italian Cook
March 19, 2014

When Viola Buitoni came to the United States in 1985 from Perugia, the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, she brought with her the heritage of classic Italian cooking. Cooking instructor and food expert shares her recipes:-

Tortino di yogurt di capra e olio d’oliva alle mandorle

(Goat yogurt and olive oil loaf cake with almonds)

Note: Use the yogurt container as a measuring unit for a 10" loaf pan:

16ozs container plain low-fat goat yogurt

11/2 container extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons almond extract

2 tablespoon peeled almonds

3 containers all purpose Flour

1 tablespoon baking powder


Home and Garden Show
February 4, 2014

Submitted by Kari Damron PLEASANTON - Come Spring and Fall and more than 350 vendors, hundreds of exhibitors, attendees come together at the Alameda County Home and Garden Show in Pleasanton. February show marks the end of winter and start of spring with beautiful landscaped gardens, home improv... FULL STORY

Monarchs of migration
By Meenu Gupta
January 16, 2013

By the time you read this, Monarchs the milkweed butterfly should be preparing to leave their winter home in western U.S. and Canada for a long flight to Northern California. Monarchs spread their wings and ride the wind past meadows, across creeks heading north. Scores of Monarch butterflies flap a... FULL STORY

Tree Lighting rings in the holiday season
By Meenu Gupta
November 28, 2013

LIVERMORE - The 2013 Downtown Livermore Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade will feature local marching bands, music, light displays, for a setting befitting the holiday season. The magical holiday event will usher in the holidays with festive decorations, twinkling lights and a magical entrance by San... FULL STORY

Krishna Janmashtami Celebration
By Meenu Gupta
August 26, 2013

Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with festive gaiety by millions around the world. Devotees sing praises to the Lord until midnight. Celebrations take place at midnight as Lord Krishna is said to have made his divine appearance at that hour. Beautifully lit temples ... FULL STORY

Summer Stroll
May 17, 2013

PLEASANTON - Spring is in the air and it's time to head to the parks. Bring out your little ones for some outdoor adventure and fun! All that is required is a sense of adventure and a stroller! Participants will be looking for plants and animals. Kids will use their senses to find what’s hidden in t... FULL STORY

Jewelry and Carvings of Steven Ruse
May 5, 2013

PLEASANTON - Studio Seven Arts hosted a wine and cheese reception for jewelry artist Steven Ruse this weekend, an exclusive Steven Ruse Jewelry Trunk Show, to mark the Spring season at Studio Seven Arts, Downtown Pleasanton. Steven creates unique pieces from a wide array of semi-precious stones... FULL STORY

Pleasanton Antique Faire
April 25, 2012

Submitted by Jerry Goldman PLEASANTON - Antiques and Collectibles Faire is returning to Downtown Pleasanton. There will be up to 400 dealers selling Antiques and Collectibles only. All items will be twenty years or older. This is the place to shop for Vintage, Retro and Antiques featuring home... FULL STORY

Murals Made Easy
By Meenu Gupta
April 25, 2013

SAN RAMON - Though there is no rule of thumb for picking the right colors for your abode, yet finding and selecting from the recommended options can be a daunting task. San Ramon resident Rozy Matharu offers her inspiration in refreshing paint colors that can transform a dull ambience into a full... FULL STORY

Pleasanton Rose Show
By Meenu Gupta
March 26, 2012

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." It would look as beautiful and smell as fresh as the Bard of Avon defined its beauty in his sonnets. The silky soft petals of a rose evoke tenderness. It's fragrance awakens the senses. Vibrant colors of roses rem... FULL STORY

Time for Jewels
March 17, 2013

PLEASANTON - The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Pleasanton is requesting donations of jewelry for their signature event "Time for Jewels". American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well, get well and by fighting back against cancer. Peek in your jewelry box and donate... FULL STORY

Master Gardeners Tomato Plant Sale
March 3, 2013

Submitted by Eileen Linn WALNUT CREEK - Second annual fundraiser benefitting the Contra Costa Master Gardener Program, starts on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at “Our Garden” the Contra Costa Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden located at N. Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive in Waln... FULL STORY

Locals participate in global movement
February 11, 2013

Submitted by Rashmi Patel DUBLIN - Residents will join hands and reach out to the community to expand the network of support for victims of domestic violence. Join the cause to rise in Dance and Meditation. Participants will dance to the tunes of DJ Love along with Bollywood instructor Hemali. Th... FULL STORY

Ragin’ Cajun Mardi Gras Cancer Fundraiser
February 11, 2013

Submitted by Kim Giuliano PLEASANTON - Ragin’ Cajun is the San Francisco East Bay’s Mardi Gras event of the year! Enjoy music, dancing, dinner, beads, live auctions, and more on Friday, March 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton. Ragin’ Cajun... FULL STORY

X-ray astronomy
January 31, 2013

Submitted by Mary Sue Nocar LIVERMORE - Dr. Bill Craig from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will present 'Why Do Science From Space?' at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 10 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center located at 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event. ... FULL STORY

Astronomy for everyone
January 30, 2013

Submitted by Geri Bezio LIVERMORE - Dr. Kevin Manning will present his program Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe at 7p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event. Award-winning astro... FULL STORY

Mortgage professional guides home buyers
January 31, 2013

PLEASANTON - Jasleen Khanuja is a dedicated home mortgage loan professional who lives in Pleasanton. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and Investing. She has a rich experience in International Banking and Home Mortgage Loans in different states ... FULL STORY

Women of Wellness Conference
January 27, 2013

PLEASANTON - Women of Wellness Conference (WOW) is for women seeking holistic health advice. Residents are invited to the biggest women’s healthcare event that features several women speakers sharing empowering information. Don’t forget your business cards for networking opportunities. Speakers star... FULL STORY

Pleasanton Farmers Market
January 25, 2013

PLEASANTON - Pleasanton Farmers' Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine to provide residents with the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, all California-grown and sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market every ... FULL STORY

Restoring the Bay
By Meenu Gupta
January 18, 2013

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The sheer veracity of the statement is exemplified by Save the Bay organization that is now 51 years old. Thanks to their sustained efforts, the urban San Leandro Bay has supported endangered California clapper rails and a host of other specie... FULL STORY

Team Leap coordinates book drives
December 13, 2012

PLEASANTON - There are several children in East Bay right now who are still struggling with the challenges of not having enough books, resources to realize their dreams. You can work with Team LEAP to bring libraries to those who do not have them. Team LEAP, a Destination ImagiNation team from Pl... FULL STORY

Pumpkin Patch
October 1, 2012

Celebrate the season with luminous pumpkins. Fun knows no limits at EJ Cattle and Feed Supply where the entire family has a thrilling time. For just $10 during weekends and $5 during weekdays, kids can enjoy pumpkin patch. 30 days of fun feature plenty of pumpkins, farm animals, pony rides, drinks a... FULL STORY

Transforming Community Gala
September 30, 2012

Submitted by Kokomon Clottey Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) proudly hosts their first annual gala celebrating 23 years of manifesting their mission and vision. AHC has been working to eliminate violence, fear and poverty, as well as uplifting the base in Bay Area communities for over t... FULL STORY

Celebration of local cuisine, wine and art
September 13, 2012

DUBLIN - The best way to experience a city is through its food. To make the experience authentic, go where the locals go. Savor the unconventional and diverse cuisine of Tri-Valley region at the Splatter festival. Commemorating Dublin's 30th anniversary, the festival will showcase Arts and Crafts... FULL STORY

Downtown Street Parties
August 28, 2012

PLEASANTON - Come September and the street of downtown Pleasanton comes alive with music and aroma of food with people unwinding from the hectic routine that humdrum of life brings in its wake. This Wednesday, September 5 get to know your town. Main Street will be closed from Del Valle Parkway to... FULL STORY

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
June 13, 2012

Courtesy of San Ramon Historic Foundation San Ramon Historic Foundation at the Forest Home Farms Historic Park present Ice Cream Social the old fashioned way. Attendees are welcome to dress in old fashioned attire. Free admission and one free scoop of ice cream per person. Additional scoops can ... FULL STORY

Finding the silver lining in the dark cloud
By Meenu Gupta
June 11, 2012

Optimists have time and again proved to be the survivors. Their optimism lets them persist, makes them see the light at the end of the tunnel. They end up being more successful, resourceful and thereby healthier and happier. Oscar Wilde smartly differentiated the two personalities as "the optimist s... FULL STORY

Summer Farmers Market
June 6, 2012

LIVERMORE Livermore Certified Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday evening till October 20th. The Market has become a weekly gathering place for more than just produce! With the beauty of the Carnegie Park, it is a place to gather with friends and enjoy food and entertainment, as well. With 22 we... FULL STORY

Kid's Old Time Tea Party
June 6, 2012

Submitted by Sarah Warnick Pleasanton – Kids are invited to an Old Time Tea Party at Museum on Main on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. At the Old Time Tea Party, families are invited to create their own yummy (decaf) tea flavor, design a fan and learn the language of fans, make a fancy ne... FULL STORY

Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012
May 28, 2012

Submitted by Gary Harrington Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012 unveils another H.A.P.P.Y. Sculpture. The Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012, partners in the Harrington Art Partnership, will unveil Pleasanton’s newest sculpture “Comet” on Saturday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the garden area of the... FULL STORY

Yoga Classes for Kids
May 3, 2012

Submitted by Judy Brennan We live in a world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, and competitive sports. These influences can be stressful for families and children. Yoga can help counter these pressures. When families learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, a... FULL STORY

Pleasanton’s 1st Wednesday Street Parties
April 19, 2012

Submitted by Kelley Foulk PLEASANTON – Pleasanton’s legendary 1st Wednesday Street Parties in May, June, July, August, and September are well-known among Pleasantonians and residents of cities alike. Once a month, Main Street is filled with vendor booths where pedestrians can learn more about lo... FULL STORY

Free Autism and developmental screenings
April 6, 2012

Submitted by Jim Brice DUBLIN – The School of Imagination, a leading education center that pairs typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities, is hosting the sixth annual “Happy Talkers Community Outreach” program on Saturday, April 21 at it's therapy and education c... FULL STORY

Danville Easter Eggstravaganza
March 9, 2012

Danville town's annual Eggstravaganza invites kids to come hunt for brightly colored plastic eggs and enjoy face painting to arts and crafts. A fun-filled morning of egg hunts organized by age so every child has equal opportunity to find eight treasure-filled eggs is arranged by the town Parks & Rec... FULL STORY

Parent Project Program
April 3, 2012

How does a parent cope up with a child caught up with truancy, alcohol, drug use, gang affiliation, family conflict or behavioral problems? After trying out ways to discipline, most parents end up feeling frustrated and confused. Parent Project is there to help parents searching for ways to help the... FULL STORY

Look good, do good, feel good
April 2, 2012

Submitted by Gigi Paradis Handling the daily grind of worldly, social and family responsibilities leaves us exasperated and stressed out. It gets impractical to exercise regularly with limited time and energy at hand. Tuff Girl Fitness offers a new practical weight management program. Cinch® ... FULL STORY

Summer camps for learning, fitness and fun
March 29, 2012

Summer is just round the corner with a host of fun-filled activities that are absolutely affordable and at a stone's throw away in the tri-valley. Ridge Runner Nature Day Camp Ridge Runners is back with new trials, creatures and activities which will really test your courage. Play sensory awar... FULL STORY

Bone Marrow Drive for Pleasanton resident
February 15, 2012

Submitted by Chris Wen How many of us will ever have the opportunity to save the life of another human being? It is a rare gift for both the donor and the patient. Take the first step to become a bone marrow donor and save a precious human life. With help from the Asian American Donor Program ... FULL STORY

Beary thoughtful fundraiser
March 20, 2012

LIVERMORE - Eversince its inception in 1996 Livermore based charity, Good News Bears has gifted over 14,000 critters. Huggable thoughts have brought a smile on the faces of hurt, traumatized, abused children and grown-ups. The non-profit organization will be holding its first ever collectible Teddy ... FULL STORY

Scrapbook Expo
March 13, 2012

Whether you're a novice or a seasoned scrapbooker, Scrapbook EXPO show in Pleasanton is the place you want to be this weekend. Scrapbook EXPO offers the opportunity to learn all the newest and hottest scrapbooking techniques to unleash creativity creating ahaa moments. National manufacturers and ... FULL STORY

Shamrock 5K Fun Run
March 12, 2012

Over 1,800 participants will join in the 14th annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk. Runners and walkers of all skill levels will share the 3.1 mile certified course. Online registration will be available at www.Active.com until March 14. Last minute pre-race registration will be available on Thur... FULL STORY

Livermore Lion's Crab and Corned Beef Feed
March 12, 2012

For 87 years now Livermore Lions has stood for the support of the Livermore community. Livermore Lion's is hosting their 2nd Annual Crab Feed on Saturday March 24, and for those who don't relish crab,a Corned beef and cabbage event is planned. For the price of a $45 ticket(s) get all you can eat ... FULL STORY

Quilt Show
March 11, 2012

More than 200 quilts and items of wearable art will be showcased at a quilt show in Richmond. Voices in Cloth 2012, 'Extraordinary Quilts by the Bay' is the biennial showcase of East Bay Heritage Quilters' recent work. The quilt show will take place on March 17-18 at the Craneway Pavilion on the wa... FULL STORY

St. Pawtricks Days
March 10, 2012

Join Valley Humane Society for St. Pawtrick's Days, a very special adoption event! Wear a spot o’ green on Friday, March 16, Saturday, March 17, or Sunday, March 18 and receive a discount on your dog or cat adoption fees. Adopt a pet or make a donation in any amount to try your luck finding treasure... FULL STORY

Animal Lending Library
March 9, 2012

For those who love pets but don't have one, the Animal Lending Library has a good option to offer. Take home a pet for one week. For the nominal fee of $20, you can borrow a guinea pig, rat, hamster, or mouse, together with a cage, food, bowl, water bottle, and care sheet. Check out an animal, and... FULL STORY

Local project supports indigenous people
By Meenu Gupta
March 2, 2012

Like a lamp lighting another, SUSTAIN project undertaken by a Livermore resident is enkindling the flames of knowledge and improving lives of many children. The name of the project speaks for it's mission - Setting Up Support To Aid Indigenous Needs (SUSTAIN). "I created the 501(c)(3), public cha... FULL STORY

Daffodil Show
By Meenu Gupta
March 1, 2012

Livermore - "I gazed--and gazed--but little thought; What wealth the show to me had brought," when William Wordsworth expressed his sentiments of being in the "jocund company" of Daffodils he must have seen an exquisite sight while visiting Glencoyne Park. Give a similar treat to your eyes this w... FULL STORY

Livermore Kindergarten Fair
February 21, 2012

Parents, mark your calendars, an opportunity to know all that you want to know to choose the preschool for your toddler is knocking on your door. Is your child turning 5 on or before November 1, 2012 and ready for kindergarten? If so then visit Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's annual... FULL STORY

Your way to gorgeous eyes
February 19, 2012

Beautiful beginnings start with Mary Kay. Here's your chance to explore the world of Mary Kay products- vibrant, long-lasting and fade-resistant shades that suit your skin tone. Eyes are the mirror of the soul, let them express you truly and reflect your inner beauty. Receive a custom makeover a... FULL STORY

President's Day Weekend Barrel Tasting
February 18, 2012

Corks will be popping in Livermore Valley Wine Country's Retzlaff Vineyards, a family owned and operated, estate bottled winery on 14 pristine acres. Enjoy barrel tasting of 2011 Retzlaff wines. Savor both the red and white estate wines. Since 1985 Retzlaff Vineyards has produced some of California’... FULL STORY

Flip for Free Pancakes!
February 17, 2012

On National Pancake Day, Tuesday, February 28 IHOP will give guests one free short stack of its signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at more than 1,500 restaurants throughout the United States. In return, IHOP will ask guests to make a voluntary donation to support Children’s Miracle... FULL STORY

Clips for Scholarships
February 15, 2012

Victoria's Hair & Spa is teaming up with Blackhawk Women's Scholarship Fund for a special day of Salon Services. All the proceeds will go directly to college scholarships for at-need girls in Contra Costa County. Come in and get 30% off any hair, skin, nail or massage services and help a worthy educ... FULL STORY

Pleasanton resident narrates how humor heals
By Meenu Gupta
February 14, 2012

Faith, Hope and Love - Annette Langer has that trinity in her mind, she lives by these three shining words that have the secret of human life and life eternal. At the tender age of 18 she had a head-on auto-accident that changed the course of her life forever causing a permanent brain injury that im... FULL STORY

Critter Camp helps kids learn about pet care
February 12, 2012

Critter Camp summer registration is ongoing with 15 spots available per session. Valley Humane Society (VHS) offers this hands-on humane adventure teaching kindness, compassion and responsible pet ownership. Each week long camp will include information about cats and dogs, animal socializing with VH... FULL STORY

When you want chic, shop at Mary Kay
By Meenu Gupta
February 9, 2012

By any measure, Mary Kay Ash is an astounding success story. Founded in 1963 her company, Mary Kay is one of the world’s largest direct selling companies with more than $2.5 billion in annual wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay remains committed to enriching women’s lives, and today more than 2 mill... FULL STORY

Dentists volunteer to give kids a smile
February 7, 2012

Submitted by Melinda Miller Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of the nation's dentists and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country. Give Kids A Smile program enhances the oral health of large numbe... FULL STORY

Creating a happier, healthier you
February 4, 2012

Dr. Christine Dickson is offering a variety of seminars and workshops to the public to inspire and motivate people to make positive changes in their lives. Dr. Dickson is a national and international speaker and expert on the topic of health and wellness. She holds a dual PhD in clinical psychology ... FULL STORY

Director talks about future of Museum on Main
February 2, 2012

Museum on Main is one of the best kept secrets in town. The Museum keeps Pleasanton's rich heritage and history alive. Jim DeMersman, Executive Director at Museum on Main wants to keep on working for that goal. PG: What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment as the Executive Directo... FULL STORY

Crab Feed to benefit Livermore School
January 31, 2012

Livermore Valley Charter School (LVCS) PTO is hosting their annual Crab Feed fundraiser. LVCS PTO is a nonprofit parent teacher organization whose membership includes all parents, legal guardians and staff at LVCS. Those who can’t make it to the Crab Feed may still participate in the raffle and spec... FULL STORY

A world of natural beauty
January 27, 2012

If the planet could talk, it would have kind words for the picturesque Gardens at Heather Farm with paved footpaths winding their way through a colorful variety of flowerbeds, rock gardens and water features. Winter Adult Education course schedule at Heather Farm has some new offerings this year... FULL STORY

Soaring to new heights
January 23, 2012

Livermore resident Annette Musso stands as a beacon of hope for parents troubled by the decline in resources available for autistic children. Her dream of an activity center that would offer healthy fun for children while providing therapeutic activities for those who need them, is guided by persona... FULL STORY

Shredding Fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics
January 21, 2012

Help the Special Olympics of Northern California and bring electronics and paper to be recycled! TVs, monitors, laptops, flat screens, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, wire and more will be accepted for free and other electronics such as CPU's and video games can be recycled for a minimal fee. For m... FULL STORY

Celebrating Indian heritage and culture with kids
January 19, 2012

Exotic sights, sounds, flavors, festivals of distant India are feted celebrating the country's heritage, thanks to the tireless efforts of the India Community Center (ICC) team. The non-proft stands as a beacon of hope for the new generation by constantly practicing, preserving and promoting Indi... FULL STORY

Give Kids a Smile
January 18, 2012

Tooth infections can impair speech development and the ability to concentrate, besides being painful. Southern Alameda County Dental Society in conjunction with the UOP (University of the Pacific) School of Dentistry is coordinating access to dental care. It is a good opportunity for children who ma... FULL STORY

Celebrating Life's Challenges
December 26, 2011

Creative Autism Solutions Team (C.A.S.T.) has found the perfect way to integrate wine tasting, music, and celebration of life with raising awareness for issues related to autism. Amidst the sprawling vineyards of White Crane Winery in Livermore, C.A.S.T will join them to host their tenth annual Crab... FULL STORY

National Holiday celebration
January 14, 2012

One candle lights another. The message is simple for Oakland-based Attitudinal Healing Connection, beneath the care and encouragement that the volunteers shower on children.The organization is hosting 14th annual holiday celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 'Make the Dream Real 2012'... FULL STORY

Italian heart of a California Cook
By Meenu Gupta
January 12, 2012

The best way to experience a city is through its food. When Viola Buitoni came to the United States in 1985 from Perugia, the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, she brought with her the heritage of classic Italian cooking. How does the Cooking instructor and food expert jugg... FULL STORY

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week
January 6, 2012

Taste of Tri-Valley will give local, regional and national food lovers the opportunity to enjoy a prix-fixe meal at a number of participating Tri-Valley restaurants.Some of the finest, most renowned chefs and restaurants in the Tri-Valley will showcase their culinary styles for diners. The event wil... FULL STORY

Cupcake Challenge
January 5, 2012

Middle and High School students have a chance to enter in the cupcake challenge and win fun prizes and a gift card from a Livermore bakery, 'Let 'em Eat Cake'. Choose a recently read favorite book and make a dozen cupcakes and decorate each one to depict an aspect of the book. Bring the cupcakes... FULL STORY

My Hometown Pleasanton
December 19, 2011

Meet Eileen Manger, a 14-year Pleasanton resident whose hobby has resulted in a blossoming business. Her daughter's love for bees led Manger to start her own apiary called Old Towne Honey. "We started BeeKeeping in 2008. We produce local raw (unheated and unfiltered) honey," said Manger. Several ... FULL STORY

Open Heart Kitchen offers haute cuisine
November 25, 2011

Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) is the only hot meal program of its kind in the Tri-Valley Area, feeding the hungry every weekday since 1995 at five locations in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin – no questions asked. OHK works in cooperation with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, more than a dozen lo... FULL STORY

Take Transit to your Shopping Destination
November 24, 2011

Holiday traffic got your favorite shopping places surrounded? Relax and eliminate those driving blues, take Wheels! And to make your holiday shopping even brighter, your ride home is FREE, when you board at Hacienda Crossings and Stoneridge Shopping Center. Starting the Day after Thanksgiving unt... FULL STORY

Turkey Time!
November 18, 2011

Gobble, gobble-turkeys aren't just on the table, they're in our parklands, too. Learn about wild turkeys this Thanksgiving and hopefully find some to watch. Meet Ranger Amy Wolitzer at Sycamore Grove Park. At the end of the walk, make a fun Thanksgiving craft. There is a $5 per vehicle parking fee a... FULL STORY

Kid Power Volunteer Orientation Meeting
June 8, 2013

DUBLIN - For the month of May and June Dublin library is hosting Kid Power Volunteer Orientation Meeting. Kid Power Volunteers must be going into the 6th, 7th or 8th grades in September. Kid Power Volunteers help children play the summer reading game and assist with other library tasks as needed. ... FULL STORY

Virtually Speaking Toastmasters
May 21, 2013

PLEASANTON - Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon- 1 p.m. every Thursday at Electrical Reliability Services, 6900 Koll Center Parkway Suite 415 in Pleasanton. Everyone is welcome to come and see what a positive change Toastmaster can make in their confidence. For more information ple... FULL STORY

Bone Marrow
May 17, 2013

Asian American Donor Program (AADP) is conducting a registration drive this Sunday, May 19 between 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Pleasanton Middle School located at 5501 Case Avenue in Pleasanton outside the school MPR. Please consider registering and sharing with friends. The key age requirement to regist... FULL STORY

Summer Essay Writing - Bullying
May 17, 2013

By Khushi Khanna Grade 6th Today I am going to talk about a serious threat among kids. Have you guessed it yet? If you were guessing bullying you are correct. Bullying can vary from as low as not including someone in activities or it can go as extreme as life involving threats. Punches in the... FULL STORY

Remembering Titanic
March 19, 2013

Submitted by Sarah Warnick PLEASANTON - Museum on Main presents “An Evening with a Titanic Expert” on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. as part of the monthly Ed Kinney Speakers Series at the Firehouse Arts Center. All ages will enjoy this talk by Titanic Expert Richard Shaw as he reflects on the upc... FULL STORY

Funny Side Up
December 1, 2012

I’m a walking thesaurus … or is it wordasaurus? By Charleen Earley I’m a walking thesaurus and it’s becoming a problem … or is it issue? I do it sitting down too. While someone is talking, I blurt out their last word for them or I’ll throw out a better, more descriptive, illustrative, colorful, ... FULL STORY

Historical Mural seek photos of founders
November 22, 2012

Submitted by Gary Harrington PLEASANTON - Pleasanton art patrons, Nancy and Gary Harrington, have created a historical mural of Pleasanton’s pioneer founders. They have been unable to find any photos or pictures of three of the founders: Walter Briggs/Meadowlark Dairy; Tom Orloff/Orloff Dairy; C... FULL STORY

Breakfast With Santa
November 8, 2012

DUBLIN - Residents are invited to enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast served with sausage, fruit, coffee and juice. Photos with Santa will also be available for a donation. All proceeds will go to Dublin High School Irish Guard and Band. Tickets are priced at $7.50 for residents and $9 for no... FULL STORY

Earlier Than The Bird
November 8, 2012

Courtesy of Pleasanton Downtown Association PLEASANTON - This fun shopping experience is a local favorite! Many of Pleasanton's downtown retail shops will be open at 7 a.m., offering refreshments to their patrons to keep them fueled. There will be special offers, added value campaigns and, to mak... FULL STORY

Youth Eco-Grant Program
November 5, 2012

Submitted by Gail Blalock FREMONT Tri-City Ecology Center has grant funds available for young people and adults working on local environmental projects. To qualify, applicants must be a resident or organization in the Tri-City area. Grants generally range from $200-$300 per application. Some e... FULL STORY

GNON hosts Trade Show
October 17, 2012

Submitted by Gigi Paradis GNON (Girls Night Out Networking) and Lois Cox of Prudential California Realty invite all women to come to this fabulous holiday event. Over 14 booths offer lots of information, chance at networking and chance for holiday shopping! Bring business cards, raffle prizes, an... FULL STORY

Fire Safety Expo and Pancake Breakfast
October 12, 2012

Courtesy of Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department The Livemore-Pleasanton Fire Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters are hosting a special event for Fire Prevention week on Saturday, October 13. The event will be held at the LPFD Fire Training Tower facility located at 3301 Busch R... FULL STORY

Rita Rita Rita!
October 10, 2012

Funny Side Up By Charleen Earley She was born the same year as me, went to all the same schools I did, and lived with me until she got married. From that day forward, my sister became my best friend. We fought as kids, Rita and I. We wouldn’t have been sisters if we didn’t. I’m sure it’s writte... FULL STORY

Brain Quest Challenge
October 5, 2012

PLEASANTON Children ages 8-12 are welcome to test their IQ and enjoy playing the Brain Quest. Brain Quest is a curriculum centered question and answer game whose contents reflect national and state standards. The challenge will be moderated by professional MC's who are touring the country in a deco... FULL STORY

Community Website
October 4, 2012

Submitted by Rachel Mariscal The City of Pleasanton is pleased to announce a new community website, ptownlife.org. The goal of the website is to meet a vital need of providing a central source of information and resources to Pleasanton youth and families. Residents can search the Calendar for e... FULL STORY

E-Book Workshop
October 3, 2012

Submitted by Geri Bezio LIVERMORE - Livermore Public Library staff will present a program on using e-Books from the library at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 27. A presentation and demonstration of finding, checking out and downloading e-Books from the ... FULL STORY

Walk with a Doc.!
October 1, 2012

Submitted by Gigi Paradis Stretch Those Legs and “Walk With a Doc”! Nonprofit “Walk with a Doc” is a unique walking program offering you a chance to spend time walking with a doctor who will not only answer your questions, but will also provide you support. So put on a pair of comfortable walking... FULL STORY

Writing Club for young adults
September 21, 2012

Submitted by Geri Bezio Have you ever written--or wanted to write--a story, novel, song, poem, or play? Young adults, ages 12- 21, are invited to join The Writing Club at the Livermore Public Library for fun-filled evenings of writing with author J.L. Powers! This free event will meet from 6:30 p... FULL STORY

Paws in the Park
September 19, 2012

Valley Humane Society hosts the second annual Paws in the Park charity dog walk and animal festival. Participants may look forward to a variety of activities, demonstrations, dog walk around the park besides shopping with vendors and canine contests. Valley Humane Society (VHS) has been improving t... FULL STORY

Christmas Boutique seeks vendors
September 18, 2012

Livermore Lions Club is looking for new vendors for its annual Christmas Boutique. Tables rent for $55 one table and $80 for two (same vendor. No outside tables are allowed All Proceeds from table rentals go to help the Lions club projects. The Bothwell Center for the Arts 2466 8th Stre... FULL STORY

Giddy Up… Classic Ford Mustangs Coming Your Way!
September 14, 2012

Submitted by Gigi Paradis Take a trip back to the 60’s and 70’s at a Ford Mustang Car Show! These beautiful dream machines are worth coming to see. Bring the family! For more information please visit www.missiontrailmustangs.org. For more information please send email to info@missiontrailmustan... FULL STORY

Pleasanton's Public Art Walk
September 1, 2012

Submitted by Gary Harrington Are you aware that downtown Pleasanton now has a Public Art Walk? Gary and Nancy Harrington, residents of Ruby Hill, developed the plan for the Pleasanton Art Walk last fall and will once again begin giving free monthly guided walks beginning in September, through Dec... FULL STORY

Welcome to Medicare Workshop
August 1, 2012

Courtesy of Dublin Senior Center Confused about Medicare? Attend this free workshop for up-to-date information about Medicare plans and supplements. A representative from HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) will cover the following topics: • Basic Medicare benefits • Medi... FULL STORY

Understanding your Dreams and Subconscious Mind
July 1, 2012

Courtesy of Dublin Senior Center Join instructor, Kris Blakely, at the Dublin Senior Center for this informative health workshop. This class is designed to facilitate individuals interested in finding out why dreams are helpful in one's life. Learn to understand their deeper meaning as you try to... FULL STORY

The Oakland Zoo Mobile
July 1, 2012

Courtesy of Dublin Senior Center Meet the Oakland Zoo Mobile at the Dublin Senior Center for this fun and informative workshop. A zoo representative will present four “learning stations” about conservation issues and solutions. • Live animal interactions • The Rainforest • Biofacts and Artifac... FULL STORY

Protect Your Bones Health Workshop
June 8, 2012

Courtesy of Dublin Senior Center Meet a representative from Physical Therapy Specialties at the Dublin Senior Center for this informative workshop. Both women and men may be diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis. Find out how to prevent or treat it. Keep your bones healthy by learning proper ... FULL STORY

Women from Venus Cars from Mars
June 5, 2012

Submitted by Gigi Paradis Girls Night Out Networking(GNON) Women are from Venus and Cars are from Mars Returns! Do you know how to check your car’s oil level? Do you know how to check the tire pressure? If not then join GNON at Rick’s Performance for a hands on approach of basic car care for wo... FULL STORY

Walk with a Doc
May 22, 2012

Submitted by Gigi Paradis 'Walk with a Doc' is a unique walking program that allows you to spend time walking with a doctor, giving you the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians. Put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, bring family, friends and walk for your health! For ... FULL STORY

Clipper Card
May 4, 2012

Courtesy of Dublin Senior Center Meet a BART representative on Friday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at 7600 Amador Valley Boulevard, Dublin. Learn about the new Clipper Card, a convenient and secure way to manage your Bay Area transportation fares and transfers. It's an easy-to-use, all-in-one, reloadab... FULL STORY

May 4, 2012

Courtesy of Dublin Senior Center Confused about Medicare? Attend this free workshop on Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for up-to-date information about Medicare plans and supplements. A HICAP representative will cover the following topics: • Basic Medicare benefits • Medica... FULL STORY

Fitness Sampler
March 12, 2012

Busy weekdays schedule leaves little time and energy on hand to make exercise a priority. Tri Valley Haven is partnering with Club TriValleyTrainer, a new fitness studio in Pleasanton, to benefit the Haven with a “Fitness Sampler” event on Saturday afternoon, March 24. You can take up to seven fitne... FULL STORY

Fitness Marathon
February 18, 2012

Submitted by Alexa Dutchover Looking for a way to keep that new years resolution, or want get in shape for your new spring wardrobe, or just looking for something to do with your friends? Come and join the the Fitness Marathon on Saturday, February 25 at the Castro Valley Masonic Center. This eve... FULL STORY

Senior Seminar on BART Clipper Cards
February 15, 2012

BART has transitioned from paper tickets to Clipper cards. The Town of Danville is offering a second special senior Buzz Session to demonstrate and explain the new Clipper card system Thursday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. located at the Town Meeting Hall. Representatives from BART will p... FULL STORY

FREE Heart Screening for Women
February 2, 2012

Submitted by Donna Malhotra This month is heart month, so we really want women to focus on their heart health, which is why we are offering this special screening and paying the women’s out of pocket costs if they qualify. The South Asian Heart Center will cover the out-of-pocket (OOP) expens... FULL STORY

Students invited at Model UN conference
January 18, 2012

Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student "delegates" make spee... FULL STORY

Pleasanton Senior Center closed for work
January 13, 2012

Pleasanton Senior Center will be closed for a short period this month for routine maintenance. The center will re-open on Tuesday, January 17 for regularly scheduled programs. Senior center will be painted and other routine maintenance will be completed. Spectrum Community Services lunch program ... FULL STORY

2011 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award
January 10, 2012

Courtesy of Anne M Stark, LLNL Mike Dunee, director of Laser Fusion Energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been awarded the 2011 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award by Fusion Power Associates (FPA). FPA board chose Dunne for the honor based on his "many technical contrib... FULL STORY

Poker Night Fundraiser
January 10, 2012

Come to a poker night of Texas Hold'Em to help cancer patient, Ashton Carter at the Alamo Women's Club. There will also be h'orderves, beverages and raffle prizes. Carter's aggressive bone cancer can be beat, but the treatment he must undergo costs his family a fortune. Help stop cancer in your home... FULL STORY

Club Cards
January 5, 2012

Livermore Downtown Club Card is a promotional "partnership" between the downtown merchants and their supporters. For a $25 tax deductible donation, supporters receive a weekly email that puts them "in the know" about downtown happenings. They will also receive a club card that offers them exclusive... FULL STORY

Workshops for Students
November 28, 2011

Students (Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8) have a golden opportunity to learn the art of Juggling, Origami (traditional Japanese art of paper folding) and of performing Magic free of cost. Pleasanton Public Library Children's Services offers a Saturday workshops series, 'How to Do it!'. To register, stop... FULL STORY

Dublin Tree Lighting on Dec. 1
November 28, 2011

Tree lightings follow Thanksgiving, no holds are barred as the spirit of the season permeates every corner of Tri-Valley. The annual Dublin Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will be held at the Dublin Civic Center on Thursday, December 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. City's holiday tree and City Hall w... FULL STORY

Olivina Olive Grove Tour
November 26, 2011

Raise a toast to Olives, a ubiquitous presence throughout the world, as nutrition, medicine and a beauty aid at the Olivina.Tour an olive grove that has been producing olives for olive oil for over 100 years. Owner Charles Crohare discusses how olive oil is processed and guest chef Joe Rodrigues dem... FULL STORY

Stuff -A-Bus Holiday Food Drive
November 23, 2011

Celebrate the season of sharing, Wheels bus drivers and other volunteers will be on hand to collect your non-perishable food donations to help bring good cheer to families in need. Wheels is hosting the second annual Stuff-A-Bus Holiday Food Drive in support of the Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley ... FULL STORY

Northern California's Healthy Living Expo
November 21, 2011

The end of the year is fast approaching which means it is time to set goals for the New Year. If health and wellness is on your agenda join 'Natural Awakenings' and Nurse Shannon Helppi at the Healthy Living Expo. First 200 visitors will receive a free goodie bag worth $100 of local services and g... FULL STORY

Pleasanton Farmers' Market Extra Five Program
November 19, 2011

It's time to enjoy the sun along with the benefits of eating organically grown quality food for better health. The Pleasanton Farmers' Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine to provide residents with the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, all California-grown and sold by the ... FULL STORY

Walk to Wellness date changed to Nov. 19
November 18, 2011

Residents are invited to join a free hike. World Walk to Wellness has planned a Callippe Preserve Trail Hike at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8500 Clubhouse Drive. The hike was originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25. Leading the three-mile hike at Callippe Preserve will be expert trail guide ... FULL STORY