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             Seahawks meet
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                            160 teams here for four-day event
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meets have found their match. A                suit that also covers the arms on
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News Digest                              District educated on parcel tax guidelines
                                                                                 School board to define specifics after May revise
Fairlands, Lydiksen                                  by Emily Atwood
schools honored                                                                              in reserves and a potential cut list totaling about               the district could exempt seniors and people

                                             chool board members learned more about          $2.7 million, and now they are researching a                      receiving supplemental security income (SSI)
   Jack O’Connell, state super-              what goes into crafting a parcel tax for        parcel tax to preserve future programs.                           from the tax.
intendent, named Fairlands and               the November ballot Tuesday night, but             Jeff Kuhn, an attorney of Lozano Smith, hired                     Currently there is no time limit for a parcel
Lydiksen elementary schools          will wait until the state budget is finalized before    as a consultant by the district, made a presenta-                 tax, but one could be implemented.
as California Distinguished          proceeding with a decision.                             tion to the board, outlining possibilities in creat-                 Superintendent John Casey said it’s too early
Schools. They were two of 343          Originally, when the Pleasanton Unified               ing a parcel tax ballot.                                          to tell what elements the board will choose to
public elementary schools in the     School District researched the parcel tax, it              A parcel is described as a privately owned                     implement.
state to be recognized and two       was to implement additional programs recom-             portion of land and could be taxed in a couple                       “There’s a general feeling that if we put forth
of 839 schools that submitted        mended by the Excellence Committee. That was            different ways. The first would be under a flat                   a parcel tax, for the voters to respond it has to be
applications. The program hon-       before the preliminary state budget required the        rate and the second would be varied rates that                    very specific,” he said.
ors exemplary and inspiring pub-     district cut $4.5 million from their budget. The        would depend on land use, such as residential                        Parcel taxes range from $90 to $1,141 per par-
lic schools.                         board recently approved borrowing $2 million            versus commercial land. Kuhn also added that                      cel through-
                                                                                                                                                                                            (continued on page 8)
Lecture series
explores ghost                                                                                                                                                      Home of
   The topic of the next Ed Kinney                                                                                                                                 Scherer son
Lecture Series installment is
“Ghost Trackers”—Discovering
Downtown Pleasanton Spirits.”
Gloria Young, affiliated with the                                                                                                                                  Deputies also seize vehicle,
tracking group, will highlight                                                                                                                                      but stay tight-lipped on
extraordinary activity document-
ed downtown at 7 p.m. April 17                                                                                                                                         Castlewood case
at Lynnewood Methodist Church,
4444 Black Ave. Admission is                                                                                                                                                   by Janet Pelletier
$10 or $5 for museum mem-
bers. For more information, call

                                                                                                                                                                      he home of Ernest
484-0614.                                                                                                                                                             Scherer III has been
                                                                                                                                                                      searched by investi-
Hop on over                                                                                                                                                    gators, the Alameda County
to a frog workshop                                                                                                                                             Sheriff’s Department has
   Ranchers and landowners are                                                                                                                                    Scherer III is the son
invited to the California Red                                                                                                                                  of Ernie Scherer Jr. and
                                                                                                                                                Emily Atwood

Legged-Frog workshop from 8                                                                                                                                    Charlene Abendroth, whose
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 2 at                                                                                                                                    brutally beaten bodies were
the Martinelli Event Center in                                                                                                                                 found in their Castlewood Ernie Scherer Jr.
Livermore. It will cover repairing                                                                                                                             Drive home March 14.
stock ponds, conservation ease-                                                                                                                                   The son is listed on
ments and learning about a prop-
erty’s wildlife. A $5 donation
                                         Honk for Education                                                                                                    numerous Web sites as a
                                         Students and parents encourage drivers on Santa Rita Road to honk the horn in support                                 professional poker play-
includes refreshments. Space is                                                                                                                                er with career earnings
                                         of education at a rally held by the Pleasanton PTA Council last Friday. The full story is on page 8.
limited. RSVP to Peggy at 371-                                                                                                                                 that exceed $300,000. A
0154 ext. 122 or peggy.kiefer@                                                                                                                                 search warrant was report-                                                                                                                                                     edly served on his Orange
Classes open for
                                               Mayors plan 5-hour                                                                                              County home in Brea.
                                                                                                                                                               Investigators inspected the
parents of big or
small kids
                                             meeting on TV30’s future                                                                                          house and collected evi-
                                                                                                                                                               dence on March 22, the
                                                        Dublin’s Lockhart vows to end budget deficits                                                          day that funeral services
   Amador Valley Adult and                                                                                                                                     were held for Scherer Jr.,         Charlene
Community Education, togeth-                             by Jeb Bing                                                                                           60, and Abendroth, 57, at         Abendroth
er with the Pleasanton Unified                                                               in taxpayer funds to keep the public broadcast                    the Church of Jesus Christ
School District, will conduct sev-

                                            he four Tri-Valley mayors who now con-           system on the air through June 30.                                of Latter-Day Saints in Pleasanton.
eral parenting classes. Parents             trol the board of TV30, the area’s com-             A survey commissioned by the mayors shows                         The news follows reports that detectives have
looking for alternatives to the             munity broadcast system, have scheduled          that out of all Tri-Valley residents, it is estimated             seized a vehicle. Investigators sent an email to
four-year college route can attend   a five-hour-long strategic planning session next        that 47 percent have never watched TV30 pro-                      residents in the Castlewood Country Club com-
“Choices: Planning for Career        Friday to decide the station’s future.                  gramming, with 54 percent reporting that they                     munity, which is in unincorporated Pleasanton,
Success After High School               TV30 broadcasts on channels 30, 29 and 28.           have watched TV30 “at one time or another.”                       two weeks ago asking if anyone had seen a 2001
Graduation,” which meets from           The special meeting comes on the heels of               Lockhart, who serves as chairwoman of the                      red Chevrolet Camaro convertible in the area
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 at        a report that shows TV30 to be in financial             TV30 board, said the mayors and their city man-                   around the time they believe the husband and
the Amador Valley High School        distress, with expenditures for the current fiscal      agers have been analyzing the survey, which was                   wife were killed.
library computer room, 1155          year that ends June 30 projected at $737,000, or        conducted by NRC, an independent research                            A country club worker discovered Scherer
Santa Rita Road. Parents and         roughly $250,000 more than estimated revenue            firm, to determine what programs appeal to                        Jr.’s body after the couple’s daughter Carolyn
caregivers of babies ages 7 to 18    to cover the costs. With the station’s annual bud-      viewers the most and what can be done to cut                      Osterlye became concerned that she hadn’t
months can learn baby sign lan-      get deficit growing, the four mayors—Jennifer           expenses to meet TV30’s 2008-09 budget con-                       heard from them and asked that someone check
guage at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from        Hosterman of Pleasanton, Janet Lockhart of              straints. The station is funded largely by a static               on them. The worker called authorities after he
April 29 to June 3 at Horizon        Dublin, Marshall Kamena of Livermore and                annual budget contribution from Comcast of                        saw the body through a window near the front
High School, room 801, 245           H. Abram Wilson of San Ramon—ousted the                 about $435,000, which comes from a 50-cent fee                    of the home, which is located near the first hole
Abbie St. Register for classes       independent board of directors and seated them-         charged to each Comcast subscriber in the four                    of the golf course. Abendroth’s body was sub-
by calling 426-4280. Visit www.      selves.                                                 cities.                                                           sequently found in a room nearby. for        Friday’s planning session comes as the four             At recent board meetings, the mayors have
details and more classes.            cities chipped in another quarter-million-dollars                                                                                                      (continued on page 6)
                                                                                                                           (continued on page 9)
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                   Weekly gives $150K to nonprofits                                                                                                                                  Castlewood
                                                                                                                                                                                     (continued from page 5)
  Reader donations through Holiday Fund, match by foundation, provide $18,750 to eight organizations
           by Jeb Bing                                                                                                                                                                  Reports say that DMV records
                                       Partnerships in Education (PPIE)                                                                                                              list Scherer III as owning a Camaro,
   Eight Tri-Valley nonprofits         Foundation; Margie Perry, Hope                                                                                                                but the records don’t specify the
received checks totaling $150,000      Hospice; Vicki Thompson, Tri                                                                                                                  color or whether it’s a convertible.
from the Pleasanton Weekly 2007        Valley Haven; Sue Compton,                                                                                                                       When asked to identify the car
Holiday Fund drive, a record-high      Axis Community Health; Denise                                                                                                                 and if it is registered to Scherer
amount which beneficiaries said        Bouillerce, ValleyCare Health                                                                                                                 III, Lt. Kelly Miles said, “we’re
will help the rapidly increasing       System; and David Stegman, Valley                                                                                                             not going to comment on that right
needs they are seeing for the ser-     Humane Society.                                                                                                                               now.”
vices they provide.                       Unlike most other fundraising                                                                                                                 “We’re continually investigating
   The $150,000 goal was the high-     drives by individual organizations,                                                                                                           all leads,” Miles added. “We’re
est ever for the Weekly’s Holiday      the 2007 Holiday Fund had no                                                                                                                  pretty sure it’s not (a) random (act),
Fund, which was first launched in      administrative expenses or other                                                                                                              but we’re still open to investigating
2003, when it met that first year’s    overhead. The Pleasanton Weekly                                                                                                               other leads, but we’re going a cer-
goal of $25,000. Besides contribu-     donated all the support services                                                                                                              tain direction.”
tions from individuals, businesses     so all money raised would support                                                                                                                Scherer Jr. was, like his son, a
and organizations throughout the       local nonprofit groups.                                                                                                                       poker player, but appeared to play

                                                                                                                                                                   Janet Pelletier
Valley, the amount raised included        In addition, all contributions                                                                                                             by trade, while his son played
a dollar-for-dollar match by the       were managed and audited by the                                                                                                               full-time. Investigators have said
Tri-Valley Community Foundation.       Tri-Valley Community Foundation                                                                                                               that Scherer Jr. didn’t have any
The foundation has partnered with      and are tax deductible to the extent                                                                                                          gambling debts, but declined to
the Weekly each year in sponsoring     permitted by law.                                                                                                                             answer when asked if the son
and managing the fund.                    At the reception, Rice said that    Standing, L-R: Linda McKeever of Open Heart Kitchen, Marlene Peterson                                  did. Scherer Jr. invested in real
   Each of the eight nonprofits        his group supports the Pleasanton      of Senior Support Services, Debi Covello of Pleasanton Partnerships in                                 estate and was a former member
                                                                              Education, Marjorie Perry of Hope Hospice, Vicki Thompson of Tri Valley
received checks for $18,750 in         Weekly Holiday Fund because the        Haven, Sue Compton of Axis Community Health and Denise Bouillerce
                                                                                                                                                                                     of the San Ramon school board,
a reception held at the Weekly’s       beneficiaries are among the many       of ValleyCare Health System. Seated, L-R: David Rice of the Tri Valley                                 where he was recalled by vot-
offices on Sunol Boulevard April 3.    needy organizations the foundation     Community Foundation, Gina Channell-Allen of the Pleasanton Weekly and                                 ers. Abendroth was beloved by
They received checks from David        also helps fund.                       David Stegman of Valley Humane Society.                                                                her students at Cal State East
Rice, executive director of the Tri-      “This is truly a community-wide                                                                                                            Bay, where she was a professor in
Valley Community Foundation,           effort by the Pleasanton Weekly                                                                                                               accounting for more than 30 years.
and Gina Channell-Allen, president     that serves a growing need in the      Community Foundation is honored        months. Even so, more than 300                                  She was actively involved with the
of the Pleasanton Weekly.              Tri-Valley,” Rice said. “While         to be part of this effort.”            donors reached into their pockets                               Pleasanton Church of Jesus Christ
   Representing the nonprofits         those who contribute have jobs or         Added Gina Channell-Allen:          to help those less fortunate. It was                            of Latter-Day Saints.
were Linda McKeever, Open Heart        other income and most have health      “The downturn in the housing mar-      heartwarming to receive notes of                                   Anyone with information on the
Kitchen; Marlene Petersen, Senior      insurance, the Holiday Fund con-       ket and the softening of the area’s    thanks for providing a fund where                               case is asked to call Sgt. Scott Dudek
Support Program for the Tri-           tributes to organizations that help    economy has had an adverse effect      they can make a dramatic differ-                                of the Alameda County Sheriff’s
Valley; Debi Covello, Pleasanton       those who don’t. The Tri-Valley        on all fundraising efforts in recent   ence in the lives of others.”                                   Department at 510-667-7478.

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Tae Kwon Do studio—is undergo-
ing some much needed changes.                                                                                                                                                            Shauntrell lost
   Richard Hong, leasing manager                                                                                                                                                         weight on our
for Inomarkets, which is the real                                                                                                                                                        program and
estate investment firm that owns         Construction workers are updating the exterior of the Vintage Hills Shopping                                                                    you can too!
the plaza, said the shopping center      Center on Bernal Avenue and Tawny Drive, a center many call somewhat of
is getting a cosmetic makeover to        an “eyesore.”
update its look. Work includes add-                                                                                                                              Also Offering Botox®/Restylane® Treatments
ing Roman columns, new paint and         business,” she said, but added that                       long been vacant. While Hong                                                   $75 OFF
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   The center will also be getting two   would like to see more offered in                         with that space, he said that they                              Free Consultation to new clients only
new tenants. Planned to open in two      the shopping center.                                      are in talks with a number of inter-                                       Safe FDA Approved
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   Owner Sung Pak said the restau-       Cutt Co. hair salon and Koryo                               Kim said she has heard that a well-                                                                              while frowning before and 14 days
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ing sometime this fall.                  pied by Romley’s market, but has                          coffee retailer might go.
   It’s good news for Vintage Hills
residents who have anticipated revi-
talization for the center, and espe-
cially promising for businesses who
have weathered the situation so far.
   Hannah Kim, who owns Vintage
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Hills Cleaners, said she is excited
                                             for 2008

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  attorney, recently became the
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  dation exists as a funding sup-              Walnut Creek, and many other locations
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  This year, the foundation award-             LEGO Projects with Motors,
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  ond was $4,000 to support two
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                Help sought for                                                                                                  Rally asks governor
           Walnut Grove school family                                                                                                  to ‘flunk’
             Home, personal belongings destroyed in Monday morning fire                                                             state budget
  The Walnut Grove Elementary              right now,” Laursen said.                donations in the form of checks,
                                                                                                                                     Local legislators joined parents, teachers
School PTA is seeking donations               Shortly before 6 a.m. Monday,         which can be made payable to                      and students in supporting education
to help a family whose Greentree           George Perry woke to the smell           Walnut Grove Elementary School,                   by Emily Atwood
Court home was destroyed in a fire         of smoke. He then evacuated wife         and gift cards, such as from Wal-                                                    Throughout the speeches, drivers
early Monday morning.                      Ana Macedo and their two sons            Mart or restaurant cards, which can         Crowds rallied in front of Amador     honked in support as they traveled
  Joan Laursen, PTA president,             and called 911.                          be purchased from the Scrip Store        Theater last Friday afternoon to         down Santa Rita Road.
said the family home of Sebby                 The fire is said to have been         in front of the school this after-       show support for increased state            Those not speaking at the podi-
Perry, a fourth-grader at Walnut           caused by a dryer, which was in use      noon. All donations can be taken to      funding for education. In addition       um held signs to relay their mes-
Grove, sustained severe fire and           at the time, according to Battalion      the school office.                       to students, parents and district        sage. Some read “Terminate Arnie,
smoke damage that resulted in the          Chief Joe Testa of the Livermore-           The family is also looking for        employees, Sen. Ellen Corbett and        not the budget,” “Kids did not cre-
loss of all of the family’s belong-        Pleasanton Fire Department.              a temporary home for their cat,          Assembly members Mary Hayashi            ate this problem,” “Don’t you care
ings.                                      Damages were estimated at                which cannot stay with them at           and Alberto Torrico joined in the        about me?” and “My mom wants
  “Since they came away with               $375,000.                                their temporary home due to a pet        event organized by the Pleasanton        her job!”
nothing but the clothes on their              The Perry family is temporar-         allergy, until they find a more per-     PTA Council.                                Council President Jamie Hintzke
backs (which happened to be paja-          ily staying with friends from the        manent living situation.                    With the state giving schools         said she thought more than 300
mas) they need our help in purchas-        Walnut Grove school community,                 —Jeb Bing and Emily Atwood         a $4.5 million deficit, organizers       attended after 25 of 400 buttons
ing clothes and personal care items        Laursen said. She appealed for                                                    called for “flunking the budget, not     were left. She added that she was
                                                                                                                             our children.”                           disappointed that no TV news orga-
                                                                                                                                Megan Uradnik attended the            nizations came, but was hopeful
Parcel Tax                                 for the school district to file the
                                           ballot measure would be Aug. 8.
                                                                                    then spending funds to hold an
                                                                                    election would not be fiscally
                                                                                                                             rally, even though her children are
                                                                                                                             not old enough to be in school yet.
                                                                                                                                                                      for the state rally April 24. While
                                                                                                                                                                      Congressman Jerry McNerney
(continued from page 5)                    By that time, the school board           responsible.”                            She called the state’s 10 percent        was unable to attend, he report-
                                           would need to have a two-thirds            Parent and longtime school advo-       cuts “unacceptable” which were           edly called Hintzke earlier that
                                           approval for the measure. In order       cate Julie Testa spoke at the work-      echoed by son Alex’s sign.               day saying the budget cuts facing
out the state. The Livermore Valley        to pass the tax come election            shop and said that there are many           At the rally, legislators spoke out   California schools was a “matter of
Joint Unified School District has          time, voters would need a two-           in the community who don’t trust         in support of protecting the future      national security.”
a $120 per parcel tax lasting five         thirds approval.                         district spending. She suggested         of education. A senior at Amador            School Board Trustee Chris
years and San Ramon Valley                    Ott said in looking at the current    an independent consultant review         Valley High School told crowds           Grant was pleased with the rally,
Unified School District has a $90          state of the California budget and       spending.                                how her education shaped her as a        saying getting the word out is
per parcel tax over the same time          citing his background as a board           Ott said he isn’t in favor of spend-   person and is helping her choose a       always a good thing. He added that
limit. Districts in Oakland, Moraga        member, he said there is a need for      ing money on a consultant, saying        college. A mother spoke about the        they want to continue to make the
and Orinda have permanent taxes            a tax, but he is hesitant about decid-   that they are annually reviewed by       success of her son’s reading after       public aware of the state’s budget
ranging from $195 to $395 per              ing to call for one.                     a CPA firm and hire consultants          being helped by a specialist.            situation.
parcel.                                       “I personally see the essential       and advisors for various projects.
   Jim Ott, president of the Pleasanton
school board, has used $150 as an
estimate for the price per parcel, but
                                           need for a parcel tax to ensure
                                           that we continue to provide a
                                           good education for our students
                                                                                      Casey said he is not opposed to
                                                                                    the idea, but that it would be up to
                                                                                    the board, which he considers to
                                                                                                                                   Cities host job fair
the exact price would be decided           in light of the state’s budget cri-      be an independent group of elected          Employers include LLNL, Shea Properties, East
once the budget is finalized. The state    sis,” he said. “The only reason          officials.                                    Bay Regional Parks, Uncle Credit Union
is scheduled to have an updated bud-       I’m holding back from a decision           The school board will hold
get in May, known as the May revise,       to call for a parcel tax is that         budget hearings from 5 to 7 p.m.            The cities of Pleasanton,             which will feature top employers
but officials have said it might not be    if Pleasanton residents are not          Monday night as well as May 20           Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and         such as the Lawrence Livermore
finalized on time.                         unwilling to invest even pennies         at the district board room, 4665         the Livermore Area Recreation and        National Labs, Shea Properties,
   If a parcel tax were to be put          a day to ensure the quality of           Bernal Ave. These sessions are           Park District are teaming up to offer    East Bay Regional Parks Police
on the Nov. 4 ballot, the deadline         education we’ve come to expect,          open to the public.                      a regional job fair this Saturday.       Department and Uncle Credit Union,
                                                                                                                                The Tri-Valley Employment Fair,       will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                      tomorrow at the Robert Livermore
                                                                                                                                                                      Community Center, 4444 East Ave.,
                                                                                                                                                                         The free event is recommended for
                                                                                                                                                                      job seekers, students and other mem-
                                                                                                                                                                      bers of the community. Top hiring
                                                                                                                                                                      companies will recruit, screen and
                                                                                                                                                                      hire qualified candidates in the fields
                                                                                                                                                                      of high tech, healthcare, manage-
                                                                      invites you to                                                                                  ment, government, customer service,
                                                                                                                                                                      retail, administration and finance.
                                                                                                                                                                         Free career seminars will also
                                                                                                                                                                      be available on a variety of topics,
                                                                                                                                                                      including resume writing and inter-
                                                                                                                                                                      view techniques.
                                                                                                                                                                         For information, call 408-920-
                                            @ THE PLEASANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY                                                                                           5314 or email employmentfair@
                                                                                                                                                             In addition to the
                                                             400 OLD BERNAL AVE.                                                                                      job fair, the Tri-Valley cities also
                                                                                                                                                                      sponsor the job Web site, www.
                                                   Ages 2-7                                                                                                 , where employers
                                                                                                                                                                      can post local jobs.
                                          Monday, April 14                                                                                                                                 —Janet Pelletier

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                                                                                                                                           Since 1970 Earth Day has
                                                                             MAKE EVERY DAY                                                been set aside as a time

                                                                             EARTH DAY                                                     to celebrate the planet’s
                                                                                                                                           amazing beauty and natural
                                                                                                                                           resources. The first Earth
                                                                                                                                           Day was a catalyst for the
                                                                                                                                           Clean Water Act and other
                                                                                                                                           measures that have greatly
                                                                                                                                           improved our environment.
   The happiest Weekly on Earth                                                                                                            Do your part to keep up the
                                                                                                                                           great tradition. Respect the
     Chris and Scott Opperwall take in the sights and sounds of
   Disneyland in Anaheim and brought the Weekly along for company.                                                                         environment and be vigilant
                                                                                                                                           about protecting it.

                                       those who watch any of the three                                                                    Visit
TV 30                                  channels five times a month or                                                                      to discover more ways to
(continued from page 5)                less.                                                                                               conserve water and prevent
                                          Adding to TV30’s financial                                                                       water pollution.
                                       woes is the rapid growth of direct
eyed the high cost of TV30’s news      satellite broadcast systems, whose
gathering and broadcast efforts as a   viewers can be identified by the
possible target for budget cutbacks.   increasing number of satellite
Other suggestions have focused         rooftop dishes on homes in the
on reducing the hours of airtime,      four cities. TV30 is only available
closing down channels 28 or 29,        through Comcast with the growth
or both, and moving the station’s      of direct TV leaving fewer view-
coverage of council meetings to        ers for the community television
channel 30.                            system.
   Complicating those moves will          Programs that have the great-
be survey results that show city       est audience appeal among those
council meetings and TV30 news         who watch TV30 and its sister                Come Visit Our Booth
are the most watched programs by       channels are city council meetings,
those who regularly watch TV30.        TV30 news “Live at 4,” the may-            As We Celebrate Earth Day
Overall, 31 percent of those sur-      ors’ reports and Tri-Valley Sports
veyed are categorized by NRC as
“high volume watchers,” which
                                          The viewing audience drops
                                                                             SATURDAY APRIL 19
the research firm reports are view-    to below 20 percent after those        at the Pleasanton Farmers’ Market
ers who watch the station “more        programs, with the smallest audi-
than five times in an average          ence watching “In a Word,” which
                                                                                     on West Angela Street
month.” Another 22 percent are         NRC’s survey shows has a viewer-         between Main and First streets
listed as “low-volume watchers,”       ship rating of 5 to 7 percent.
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                                                                                                                     of a yawn than a gasp over some of its more lurid findings that
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                                                     Opinion                                                                 See Your Best! Look Your Best!

Guest Opinion
                Pleasanton has dropped
                  the “Iron Horse” ball                                                                                                           Jonathan Savell, M.D.           Jay DeLaney, O.D.
         by Greg Visscher                Horse, you’ll notice it is about con-    their trails along the Arroyo Mocho                             Robert Neves, M.D.              Gina Trentacosti, O.D.
                                         nected communities. It links cities      right up to our city limits. Traveling                          Michael Gagnon, M.D.            Keri Owyang, O.D.
   It is exciting to see the arrival     by using long stretches of canal         to the west, residents could use these                           Board Certified Ophthalmologists & Licensed Optometrists

of Pleasanton’s Iron Horse Trail.        trails or old railroad right-of-ways.    trails to walk, bike or run safely          (925) 460-5000                 NOW 0%                 (925) 449-4000
Trails not only keep us fit, they        It connects cities in a borderless       to Club Sport uninterrupted and
                                                                                                                                                          Financing on LASIK
increase the value of our homes          and contiguous way for almost the        unimpeded. With the potential addi-
and improve our quality of life.         entirety of its 24.5 miles. It begins    tion of the Alamo Canal extension,                                                                       Providers and
   However, in seeing our implemen-      in Concord near Highway 4, run-          Pleasanton and Livermore would                                          LASIK site for

tation of the Iron                       ning south through Pleasant Hill,        connect seamlessly to the rest of the
Horse, I can’t                           Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville,           Iron Horse ecosystem. Developing
help but feel                            San Ramon and Danville. The trail        the trails along the canals almost
that the city of                         follows a greenbelt through many         guarantees the regional and state
Pleasanton has
really missed
the mark. Our
                                         residential areas, passing by major
                                         business parks and delivering kids
                                         safely to the many schools it stitch-
                                                                                  funding necessary for the Alamo
                                                                                  Canal extension.
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lated island, dis-                       lows along the Alamo Canal which         currently lie fallow as dangerous
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only by traversing the traffic-laden     Pleasanton to the rest of the Iron       for all residents in Pleasanton.          your other investments to see if they are appropriate for your long-term
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Pleasanton BART station and the          into usable trails would maintain        Pleasanton would become a first
newly opened section, the Iron Horse     the spirit of the Iron Horse. They       class addition for a first-class city.
trail closely resembles a standard       create a network of trails that could       Let’s not let Pleasanton continue                Sima A Alefi                         Member SIPC
sidewalk. It leaves BART by going        bring you to the doorstep of almost      to be the “weakest link” among                      Financial Advisor
southeast on city streets for about      every major destination in our city.     communities that are part of the                    9260 Alcosta Blvd, Ste B11
1.5 miles along Owens and Santa          They come within a few of blocks         Iron Horse family.                                  San Ramon, CA 94583
Rita, past Wal-Mart and ValleyCare       of our downtown, the fairgrounds,        Greg Visscher has lived in the East                 925-828-9115
Medical Center. Our Iron Horse trail     the Sports Park, and just about               Bay for the last 43 years and in
is doomed to become a dotted line        every school in Pleasanton.                Pleasanton for the last four years
of orphaned trails interconnected by
busy city streets. It is also unlikely
                                            To the east, residents would not
                                         only gain access to the planned
                                                                                    with wife Kim and daughter Riley.
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   I can’t express how disappointed      they have not said one word to           voters, but I expect that the voters              sleeping
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             To R.S.V.P. email
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    or call                                     Infant breathing on his own,                      According to police, the boy’s babysitter
                                                                    but still critical                              brought him to the hospital because he was
             our RSVP hotline                                                                                       vomiting and unresponsive. Police said it was
             at 800.570.5764                                          The 9-month-old Pleasanton boy brought        determined that the boy was suffering from
             ext. 450. Seating is           Thursday                to ValleyCare Medical Center March 29 with      head trauma. He was transferred to Children’s
             limited                                                a severe head injury remains in the hospital,   Medical Center in Oakland and reportedly was
                                           April 24, 2008           but is now breathing on his own, according to   in surgery shortly after arrival.
                                        Refreshments 6-6:30pm       police.                                           Det. Dirk Hooper with the Pleasanton Police
                                                                      No one has been charged as the boy’s con-     Department said the boy had a brain injury and
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Transitions                                                                                                             WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES
                                                                                                                     City Council

Obituaries                             her four children; nine grandchil-
                                       dren; and six great grandchildren.
                                         The family will be holding
                                       a celebration of her life at the
                                                                             Rosenda “Rose”
                                                                             Cataga Halog
                                                                                Rosenda “Rose” Cataga Halog
                                                                                                                     Tuesday, April 15, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                     Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue

                                       Pleasanton Senior Center from 1 to    died April 1 of complications relat-
Margaret E. Acebo                      5 p.m. Sunday.                        ed to lupus.
                                                                                Mrs. Halog
   Margaret E. Acebo (Fisher) died     John Albert Cardoza                   touched the
March 25 at the age of 75.                                                   lives of many
   Mrs. Acebo was born Aug. 10,           John Albert Cardoza died March     with her viva-
1932 in Fresno, Calif., one of three   25 at the age of 86.                  cious spirit and
children to Dougald and Mabel             Mr. Cardoza was born Dec. 17,      compassionate
Fisher. She grew up in Alameda,        1921 in Pleasanton, where he was      soul. Prior to
where she graduated from Alameda       raised.                               her illness, she
High School in 1950.                      He served in the U.S. Navy         was an active
   She raised four children: Becky,    during World War II (1944-1946)       member        of
David, Timothy and Michael.            and was a member of the VFW.          St. Augustine
Very involved in the community         He became a                           Catholic Church and the American
of Alameda, she volunteered her        member        of                      Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She
time working with the Alameda          the Operating                         enjoyed sports and gardening and
Boy Scouts. She was scoutmaster        Engineers                             especially loved roses.
in charge of the Camp Stevens          Union Local                              She is survived by her husband,
Summer Camp cafeteria for a num-       3 after the                           Dionisio “Danny” Halog; children,
ber of years, feeding and nurturing    war, working                          Tessie, Virginia, Linda, Donnie and
all the attendees. Mrs. Acebo was      for PCA and                           Ron; and grandchildren, Richard,
one of three to have ever received     Kaiser Sand                           Rosie and Anthony.
the Silver Fawn Award from Boy         and Gravel                               Friends and family are invited
Scouts of America.                     until retire-                         to a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. today
   She was also very involved          ment.        He                       and memorial service at 10 a.m.
with the Alameda Recreation            enjoyed carpentry, doing cement       Saturday, both at St. Augustine
Department. She taught cake deco-      work, living in the country and       Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal
rating for many years through their    traveling. He always had fun          Ave.
community support program. She         spending time with family and
later became owner of Wedding          friends and truly enjoyed his years   Mary Jane Kuony
Cakes by Hiser in Hayward. She         as a grandfather, always there for                                            Housing Authority Board of
made and delivered hundreds of         everything they did.                     Mary Jane Kuony died April 5 at
wedding cakes too many East Bay           While he was raised in             the age of 86.                          Commissions
residents.                             Pleasanton, he lived for in Manteca      Mrs. Kuony was born Aug.             Thursday, April 17, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
   Mrs. Acecbo loved history. She      for the last 29 years.                6, 1921 and was a resident of           Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
traveled the world to see and touch       He is survived by his wife         Pleasanton for the last 25 years.
the many places she studied. She       of 50 years, Daisy I. Cardoza;           A homemaker who enjoyed              Housing Commission
most loved her travels in Scotland,    daughter Sylvia M. Rommel of          gardening, she was a docent for
where her family had immigrated.       Manteca; brothers, Tony Cardoza       the Amador-Livermore Valley
Throughout her life she held close     of Livermore and Daniel Cardoza       Historical Society for 18 years and
to her Scottish roots. She loved to    of Lodi; sister, Gladys Murray        a board member for five years.          Commissions
attend the Scottish games yearly.      of Pleasanton; grandchildren,            She is survived by her husband,      Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
   In her later years, Mrs. Acebo      Christopher John Rommel and           Frank Tiffany Kuony, Sr.; daugh-
worked and volunteered her time        Andrea Charlene Rommel, both of       ter, Martha Griffith of Chino,
at the Pleasanton Senior Center.       Manteca.                              Calif.; John and Jeanine Kuony
She was a member of the VIP Club          Services were held April 1 and 2   of Pleasanton and numerous other
and the Red Hat Society. She loved     in Manteca. His final resting place   family members.
spending her time with her many        will be in Park View Cemetery in         She was preceded in death by her
friends as they attended all the       Manteca.                              son, Frank Tiffany Kuony, Jr.
functions associated with senior          Donations in his memory               Services will be held at 1 p.m.      Youth Master Plan Implementation
life.                                  may be made to the Alzheimer’s        Saturday at Oakmont Memorial
   She is survived by her husband      Foundation, 105 S. Washington         Park, 2099 Reliez Valley Road, in       Committee (YMPIC)
of 56 years, William F Acebo Jr.;      St., Lodi, CA 95204.                  Lafayette.

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  was born Feb. 22                                                                5506 Sunol, Suite 100.
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  the district manager                                                        send a photo digitally can be found
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                                            Seahawks meet
                      boosts team, city

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jay Flachsbarth
                                                 160 teams here for four-day event
Pleasanton Seahawks star swimmer Nick Silverthorn competes in backstroke event at last Sunday’s Far Western Championship Meet at Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center. Silverthorn, who is 12, set
five Western records in multiple events, including this 200-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle.

                         by Jeb Bing
                                                                      The Seahawks finished 11th with 129 points, one of the               do things differently here and, of course, swimming outside in

        he Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics took top honors             club’s best showings ever.                                              the sun is great. We do all indoor swimming, even in the sum-
        at last weekend’s Far Western 2008 Short Course               In addition, its star performer, 12-year-old Nick Silverthorn,       mer. Your facilities are better out here. We don’t have very many
        Championship, a record-setting swim meet that              dominated much of the meet, setting a new Pacific swimming              50-meter pools. Plus, you have lots of space for the kids.”
boosted the national standing and reputation of the                record in the 200-yeard freestyle and setting five Western                 Casey and other coaches from distant cities also said their
Pleasanton Seahawks swim club and the city that hosted             records in multiple events, including the 200-yard backstroke           swimmers liked the experience of traveling without their
the four-day event.                                                and 500 freestyle.                                                      parents.
   A total of 160 teams from Canada, western states and               “Nick is just an amazing guy,” said Head Age Coach Todd                 “We travel as a team, with just me and another coach
clubs as far east as Virginia and Louisiana participated in the    Tucker. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nick since               as chaperones,” said Todd Schmitz, head age coach of the
event, with 1,178 swimmers competing. All day Saturday and         he joined the Seahawks when he was 8 and he keeps getting               Colorado Stars from Aurora, near Denver. “Most of these
Sunday, with early morning and late afternoon temperatures         better all the time. He doesn’t turn 13 until next December,            kids probably aren’t going to remember any times they set in
dipping into the 60s, swimmers stood in their dripping wet suits   so we’ll be seeing a lot more of Nick at Seahawks and other             the pool, but they’re going to remember the experiences they
for the start horn to sound or to look at the massive electronic   swim competitions for a long time to come.”                             had on this trip and the things we did.”
scoreboard for results once they had finished their event.            Many records were broken at the long weekend meet,                      Pleasanton’s weather is one of those “things.” Schmitz said
   Special praises were voiced by visiting teams to the            which began last Thursday, according to Alex Dourov, meet               it was 39 degrees and snowing in Denver when they came to
Seahawks, the city of Pleasanton and the Dolores Bengtson          director. These included 53 new qualifying times in the                 balmy Pleasanton early last week, although swimming out-
Aquatic Center and its complex of an Olympic-size pool             Far Western record book, 358 times reported to the Pacific              doors in temperatures that fluctuated during the day was also
where the competition was held and adjoining pools used for        Swimming league that includes the Seahawks, and 93 new                  a new experience for swimmers.
practice, warm ups and cool downs.                                 national reportable times.                                                 “It was good for our kids to learn to swim with diversity
   “We came down a week ago to this invitational meet, and            For the several thousand swimmers, their parents and fans            and varying temperatures,” he explained. “We don’t swim
really for two reasons,” said Chris Nelson, head coach of          who were at the aquatic center events over the four days, it            outside except for about three months a year in the summer.”
Edmonton’s Olympian Swim Club. “In Canada, we compete              was not always about swimming. The Seahawks arranged                       Kathy Narum, this year’s president of the Pleasanton
in meters, so it’s good for our swimmers to learn how to           special Far Western rates at seven local hotels with those and          Seahawks, said both the Seahawks and Pleasanton benefit-
qualify in yards so that they’re prepared for competition in       others mostly filled much of the past week. Local restaurants           ted from the Far Western meet. Besides hotels being filled,
the States. Also, even though competitive swimming is grow-        and many stores also reported brisk business, although some             she heard compliments from many coaches on the aquatic
ing at a rate of 7 percent a year in Canada, there’s more depth    coaches said their groups relied on take-out and hotel room             center, the nearby park where teams could pitch tents and
in the competition here and our 11- to 18-year-old swimmers        delivery service after a hard day of swimming.                          where swimmers could take a break, and the close proxim-
needed to experience that.”                                           Teams such as Nelson’s Olympian squad spent the week in              ity to where parents also could spend some time when their
   When the final scores were tallied after the meet, Nelson’s     Pleasanton, arriving March 30 to take advantage of the sights           children weren’t competing. There was also a steady stream
Olympians finished eighth with 187 total accumulated points,       to see here as well as spring break in Edmonton schools.                of pedestrian traffic to Noah’s Bagels, Starbucks and the
far below Palo Alto’s 741. That high score was nearly 300             “Like some of the other teams, we took in the sights in the          Safeway supermarket just north of the aquatic center.
points ahead of the second place winner, the Crow Canyon           Bay Area, spending time at Fisherman’s Wharf and touring                   Narum said that as the host club, the Seahawks spent $6,000
Sharks, who scored 475 points.                                     Alcatraz, but also dining locally and staying at the newly-named        for trophies and $1,000 for gift baskets from GourMade
   Other teams finishing in the top 10 included De Anza            Marriott Hotel (on Dublin Canyon Road),” Nelson said.                   Cookery, and printed a program of events at the meet that
Cupertino Aquatics, third with 354 points; Santa Clara                Diane Casey, coach of the Nova (Va.) Swim Club, which                included, along with the names of visiting teams and their
Swim Club, fourth with 301; Nova (Virginia) Swim Club,             is located on the west side of Richmond, said her group espe-           swimmers, several pages of advertising from sponsors that
fifth, 217.5; Mission San Jose Aquatics, sixth, 207; Westside      cially enjoyed swimming in the Far Western meet and at the              helped pay the costs of the event.
(Arizona) Silver Finds, seventh, 197; Olympian, eighth;            Pleasanton aquatic center.                                                 The Far Western also contributed to the Seahawks fund-
North Coast Aquatics, ninth, 166, and the Colorado Stars,             “This was the biggest meet we’ve been to number-wise and             ing needs. Swimmers paid $4.50 for each event they swam in
10th, with 142 points.                                             it’s a little bit different coming to the West Coast,” she said. “You   plus a $5 general “splash” fee, with part of those fees going to
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                                                                                   Kathy Narum will step down as president of
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Jay Flachsbarth

                                                                                the Pleasanton Seahawks June 30 when her one-
                                                                                year term of office expires, ending 12 years of
                                                                                active work in the organization that has helped it
                                                                                become a nationally-recognized, award-winning
                                                                                swim club.
                  Girls from teams as far as Virginia and Louisiana start          Narum, who has been a member of the
                  their 200-yard freestyle competition at the Far Western       Pleasanton Planning Commission for a year,
                  Championship meet. More than 1,100 swimmers from 160          became involved with the Seahawks when her
                  teams participated in the event.                              daughters Jennifer and Lisa started swimming
                                                                                with the Seahawks. Both girls have achieved                                   No Appointments Necessary!
                                                                                top qualifying times in many of the swim meets                                     Mon-Sat 8-5pm
              the Pacific Swimming conference, but most of it to the            they’ve competed in and have won athletic schol-
              Seahawks. The funds will help the Seahawks with travel            arships to college.                                               183-A Wyoming St., Pleasanton
              expenses when its swimmers travel to other competitions.             Jennifer, 19, is a sophomore at the University                                 — Gold Shield Station —
                 “We have sectional meets for the whole team twice              of Virginia, where she is on the women’s varsity
              a year, usually in Southern California,” Narum said.              swim team. Lisa, 18, a senior at Amador Valley
              “Then the best swimmers, based on qualifying times,               High School, has been accepted early by Ohio
              are eligible to compete in national swim meets held in            State University at Columbus, where she, too,
              different parts of the country.”                                  will swim with the women’s team. Both will
                 Recent trips have taken Seahawks swimmers to                   also continue their affiliation with the Seahawks,
              the U.S. Open and Senior Nationals on Long Island,
              Indianapolis, Ohio State University in Columbus,
                                                                                becoming part of the club’s College Away pro-
                                                                                gram that gives them full swimming privileges
                                                                                                                                                                     Car insurance with
              Texas, Stanford University and Seattle.
                 Head Coach Steve Morsilli and Tucker accompany
                                                                                for $300 a year.
                                                                                   Narum has held a number of leadership posi-                             PERSONAL SERVICE.
              swimmers when they travel to other meets as well
              as work with them in daily practice sessions at the
                                                                                tions with the Seahawks, serving as its presi-
                                                                                dent for 2-1/2 years in the 1990s and also
                                                                                                                                                                        No extra charge.
              aquatic center. Other coaches include Heather Morsilli,           as treasurer for two years. In addition to the
              Joe Loftus, Melanie Ward, Jon Pallesen and Sherrie                Planning Commission, she was on the Pleasanton                             At State Farm® you get a competitive rate and an agent
              Gilliam. Coaches work with specific age groups,                   Parks and Recreation Commission for five years,                            dedicated to helping you get the coverage that’s right for you
              including a novice group, with each group developing              served on the Bernal Property and Bernal Park                              and the discounts you deserve. Nobody takes care of you like
              swimming technique that allow them to compete in                  task forces and was on the Rage girls’ soccer                              State Farm. Contact me. I’ll prove it.
              events geared for their age group and skills.                     board of directors for two years.
                 Tucker, for example, has a full-time job at United                She’s a firm believer that school athletics
              Airlines, but devotes most of his free time in                    shape students into becoming better students,
              Pleasanton to coach the head-age group that swims                 citizens and role models for others. But it’s
              in major competitions.                                            hard. Her daughters practiced with the Seahawks
                 Morsilli, the Seahawks’ full-time coach, has been              weekday mornings, often starting at 4:15 a.m.,
              with the organization since it was formed in 1982.                and then again after school until 6 p.m. at
              From three swimmers ranked in the Nor Cal Top 10 in               the earliest. Besides breakfast and supper and
                                                                                                                                                           Jim Hocking, Agent
              the first year of competitive swimming, to seven team             nightly homework, there wasn’t much time for                               Insurance Lic. #: 0451825
              members qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Trials, the               anything else.                                                             2340 Santa Rita Road
              20-plus members of the Seahawks have consistently                    “Students, like each of us, make choices in                             Pleasanton, CA 94566-4100
              sent swimmers to nationals, sectionals, Western zones             their lives,” Narum said. “When you commit to                              Bus: 925-462-2866
              as we as the Far Western and Junior Olympic meets.                an outside activity such as the Seahawks and to                            Serving the Tri-Valley
                 Morsilli is certified by the American Swim Coaches             doing the best you possibly can as a swimmer                                    for 35 Years
              Association as a Level 5 coach, the highest possible,             and as a student, you’ve made a tough choice
              which ranks him in the top 2 percent in the nation.               that will make you a stronger and better person
                 For more information about the Seahawks and appli-             for the rest of your life. It’s a commitment that
              cations to join the club, send an email to Tucker at tod-         lasts forever.”
     or sign on to the club’s Web site                                                     —Jeb Bing
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DiningOut                                                                                  To have your restaurant
                                                                                           listed in this dining
                                                                                           directory, please call
                                                                                           the Pleasanton Weekly
                                                                                           Advertising Department
                                                                                           at (925) 600-0840

American                                   days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 3
                                           p.m. with breakfast and lunch spe-
                                                                                          ales (Attaboy IPA) are brewed with
                                                                                          locally grown hops. We also have a
                                                                                                                                    as you are and enjoy our dining room,
                                                                                                                                    banquet room, outdoor patios and full
                                                                                                                                                                               taurant. Family owned and run since
                                                                                                                                                                               1987, it has friendly service, delicious
                                           cials. Dine in or take out. Catering           rotating selection of guest brews and     bar. Visit            food and great prices, including lunch
Vic’s All Star Kitchen                     also available.                                seasonal ales. To-go orders welcome                                                  specials and carry-out. A banquet
201 Main St., Pleasanton, (925)                                                           and we’re available for parties up                                                   room is available.
484-0789. Vic’s delivers a starry mix                                                     to 100. Live music every Friday and       Catering
of American food, fast service and
a cheery atmosphere. Owner Vic
                                           Asian-Pacific                                  Saturday, visit www.mainstreetbrew-
                                                                                                                                    Fontina’s Catering
                                                                                                                                                                               Panda Mandarin Cuisine
                                                                                                                                                                               30 W. Angela St., Pleasanton, 484-
                                                                                 for activities and specials.                                                 4880. Panda offers several delicious
Malatesta teamed his love of sports        Mahalo Grille                                                                            349 Main St., Downtown Pleasanton,
with his passion for good food to cre-                                                    The Hop Yard American Alehouse                                                       specials using fresh ingredients and
                                           425 Main St., Pleasanton, 462-2800.                                                      462-9299. Fontina Ristorante’s
ate a solid dining experience. Vic’s is                                                   and Grill                                                                            spices that make traditional northern
                                           Treat yourself to a taste sensation at                                                   award-winning menu can now be
open daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Banquets                                                      3015H Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,                                                      Chinese cuisine such a delight. Open
                                           Mahalo Grille featuring a variety of Pacific                                             delivered to your home or office. Our
and Catering are available.                                                               426-9600. Voted Best Watering Hole                                                   for lunch Monday through Friday, din-
                                           seafood, Hawaiian fresh fish and shell                                                   lunch and dinner specialties feature
                                                                                          in Pleasanton, The Hop Yard offers                                                   ner Monday through Saturday, closed
Bridges                                    fish, and “Mahalo” signature selections.                                                 homemade soups and pastas, pre-
                                                                                          30 craft beers on tap as well as great                                               Sunday. A private banquet room is
44 Church St., Danville, 820-7200.         Also try our various vegetarian-friendly                                                 mium seafood and meats, and a
                                                                                          food. The full-service menu includes                                                 available. Visit www.pandapleasan-
Executive Chef Kevin Gin interprets        offerings, California wines and island                                                   vegetarian menu. For parties of 10
                                                                                          appetizers, salads and grilled fare                                        
California-American cuisine with           cocktails. Visit                                                   or more, we’ll include free dessert or
                                                                                          that will bring you back time and
European and Asian influences with                                                                                                  10 percent off your total bill (exclud-
                                                                                          again. Banquet facilities available. On
expansive lunch and dinner menus.
Add dessert, wine and cocktails and        Barbecue                                       the web at
                                                                                                                                    ing tax).
                                                                                                                                    Girasole Grill/Pampered Palate
you have Bridges’ casual fine dining                                                                                                Catering                                   Barone’s
experience. Visit www.bridgesdanville.     Red Smoke Grill                                470 Market Place, San Ramon, 277-         831-4888. Offering affordable and          475 St. John St., Pleasanton, 426-
com for event and private party details.   4501 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,                 9600. Featuring a giant 8-foot projec-    elegant catering, Girasole Grill/          0987. Pleasanton’s most romantic
                                           734-0307. Home of the Tri Tip and              tion screen for major sporting events,
Pleasanton Hotel Restaurant                                                                                                         Pampered Palate provides quality           continental cuisine restaurant features
                                           Blue, Red Smoke Grill was voted best           they also feature 30 beers on tap
855 Main St., Pleasanton, 846-8106.                                                                                                 food and generous portions at a fair       innovative pasta, seafood and meat
                                           take out food by Pleasanton Weekly             and a great grill. Go in for the beer,
Executive Chef Neil Marquis offers                                                                                                  price. Services include: decorated         entrees, outdoor dining, and a full
                                           readers in 2006. Dine in or take out           go back for the food. More at www.
exciting contemporary American                                                                                                      buffets with hors d’oeuvres and carv-      bar. Barone’s is open for dinner seven
                                           rotisserie chicken, ribs, prawns, salads
cooking at lunch and dinner, featuring                                                                                              ing stations; sit down meal service;       nights and lunch Monday through
                                           and tri tip, or pulled pork sandwiches.
a wide selection of fresh fish entrees.                                                                                             †strictly hors d’oeuvres, both buffet      Friday, with live music on Friday and
                                           Relax with a beer or a bottle of wine.
Also offering our famous Sunday
Champagne Buffet Brunch full bar
                                           Visit                   California                                and server passed; and a variety of
                                                                                                                                    beverage packages with no corkage
                                                                                                                                                                               Saturday evenings. Ask about our
                                                                                                                                                                               banquet facilities and special events.
and patio service. Visit us at www.                                                       Cuisine                                   fees. Visit for menus and          Brewpub/                                                                                                                            Fusion
private party and catering details.
Zorn’s Restaurant                          Alehouse
                                                                                          Stacey’s Cafe
                                                                                          310 Main St., Pleasanton, 461-3113.       Chinese                                    Oasis Grille
3015 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,                                                            Located on Main Street in downtown
                                           Main Street Brewery                                                                      Chinese Szechuan                           780 Main St., Pleasanton, 417-8438.
462-0994. Located in the Hopyard                                                          Pleasanton, Stacey’s is open for
                                           830 Main St., Pleasanton, 462-8218.                                                      3059 Hopyard Road #G, Pleasanton,          Visit downtown Pleasanton’s exotic
Village Shopping Center, Zorn’s                                                           lunch and dinner seven days a week,
                                           Pleasanton’s only BrewPub, some                                                          846-5251. Chinese Szechuan is              dining destination. Oasis features
serves breakfast all day. Open seven                                                      serving fresh California cuisine. Come
                                                                                                                                    Pleasanton’s best-loved Chinese res-       kabobs, rice and vegetarian dishes,
                                                                                                                                                                               to name a few. Check out our updat-
                                                                                                                                                                               ed wine and exotic cocktail menus.
                                                                                                                                    Chinese Szechuan                           We also cater! Visit www.OasisGrille.
                                                                                                                                                       Szechuan Mandarin
                                                                                                                                                         —No MSG—
                                                                                                                                                       LUNCH SPECIALS
                                                                                                                                                                               Fontina Ristorante
                                                                                                                                                            DINE IN            349 Main St., Pleasanton, 462-9299.
                                                                                                                                                          FOOD TO GO           This popular downtown restau-

                         11 Year Anniversary Party                                                                                                       Banquet Room
                                                                                                                                                                               rant gets rave reviews from both
                                                                                                                                                                               locals and visitors. Fontina offers
                                                                                                                                                                               a changing, seasonal menu and
                                                                                                                                                                               daily specials--including homemade
                        Sat, April 12th, 7pm                                                                                                              Closed Mondays
                                                                                                                                                                               soups, pastas, seafood, chicken and
                                                                                                                                            We also serve Brown Rice           veal--served in a comfortably elegant
           Celebrate with Zebop, a Santana tribute band                                                                                 3059 Hopyard Road #G
                                                                                                                                                                               atmosphere. We have indoor and
                                                                                                                                                                               outdoor seating. Join us for Saturday
                                                                                                                                        Hopyard Village @ Valley               and Sunday champagne brunch.

     $40 cover charge – Buy Advance Tickets                                                                                                  Pleasanton                        La Vite Ristorante
                                                                                                                                                                               3037-G Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
                                                                                                                                         (925)846-5251                         485-4500. La Vite Ristorante was
              Proceeds go to PAR –                                                                                                           “Open Since 1987”
                                                                                                                                                                               rated “A” by the Contra Costa Times
                                                                                                                                                                               restaurant critic and voted the best
                                                                                                                                                                               Italian restaurant by the readers of
    Providing Autism Research For Kids’ Sake!
                             “High-end” Mexican Cuisine

                                      Award-Winning Margaritas
                                      Over 200 Premium Tequilas
                                                                                                                                         The euphoria of fine Italian food
               Best Atmosphere                                         Best Place to Have a First Date                                                                                            15%
            Best Outdoor Dining                                                      Best Margarita                                       $1495 11:00pm

                                                                                                                                                            Catering Service
                                                                                                                                                  Garlic Di Pasta – same owner and same great food
                                                                                                                                          3037-G Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton (At Valley Ave in Hopyard Village)

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                                 Dining Out
the Tri-Valley Herald. We’re located             specialize in premium “sipping” tequi-
off the beaten path of downtown                  las and carry over 200 different variet-
Pleasanton in the Hopyard Village                ies. Visit
Shopping Center.
Girasole Grill
3180 Santa Rita Road at West Las                 Pizza
Positas Boulevard, Pleasanton,                   Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
484-1001. Girasole, a locally owned              288 Main St., Pleasanton, 846-2520.
family business, is an award winning             Gay Nineties is family-oriented with
California style Italian restaurant. It          an extensive menu, including our
was voted Best Italian Restaurant by             renowned pizza, Italian dishes, salads
Pleasanton Weekly readers for 2007.              and sandwiches. We also have wine,
We feature signature cuisine such as             beer, patio dining and games for
Scoozzi, Absolut! prawns, chicken                kids. Come for groups, take out and
gorgi, ppinach for Veronica, Tuscan              call-ahead lunch orders. We’re open
pork and signature fresh seafood...just          seven days a week from 11 a.m. to
to name a few. We are upscale, but               11 p.m.
California casual with friendly prices.
Silver Palate Restaurant & Market
680 Main St Downtown Pleasanton,
417-5900 The ambiance of this res-
taurant evokes the light-filled expanse          Bighorn Grill
of a European marketplace, while                 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San
the outdoor patio captures the best              Ramon, 838-5678. Relax in our
in al fresco dining. Choose from a               luxurious “mountain lodge” with a
wide selection of flavorful entrees and          quintessential martini.†Experience the
side accompaniments ... Just $14.95              aroma and flavors of our wood-fired
or less everyday! We also feature a              grill.†Enjoy a savory steak, tradi-
special dinner menu. Kids eat FREE               tional prime rib, smoked ribs, fresh
with each paying adult. Now open for             seafood, and a variety of signature
breakfast! Country Brunch Buffet every           dishes.†Fabulous wine list and two
Sunday. Open seven days a week.                  private banquet rooms. Visit www.

Sato Japanese Cuisine
3105-K Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,                      To have your
462-3131. Makoto Sato, Owner
Operator has been serving traditional                    restaurant
japanese cuisine for over 25 years in
Pleasanton. Enjoy the variety of our
                                                       listed in this
sushi bar and Japanese tempura and                         dining
teriyaki sushi. We are open for lunch
and dinner. We also do catering. Open                     directory,
Tuesday through Sunday and closed
                                                     please call the
Mexican                                                    Weekly
Blue Agave Club                                         Advertising
625 Main St., Pleasanton, 417-1224.
Come downtown for fine dining†and
casual lunches in our outdoor patio.                at (925) 600-0840                                                                                                        Family Meals To Go
Our menu includes a variety of selec-
tions from classic tortilla soup and                                                                                                                       Meals include four corn muffins and two large sides.
mole poblano to grilled salmon (a                                                                                                                        Rotisserie Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        $16.99
house specialty) and filet mignon with                                                                                                                   Tri-Tip
a spicy Chipotle Chile sauce. We also                                                                                                                     1 1/2 pound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      $25.99
                                                                                                                                                          2 pound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   $29.99
                                                                                                                                                         Slab-and-a-Half of Ribs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          $26.99
                                                                                                                                                         One Pound Tri-Tip and Whole Chicken . . . . . . . .                     $32.99
                                                                                                                                                         Full Slab of Ribs & Whole Chicken . . . . . . . . . . .                 $32.99
                                                                                                                                                         One Pound Tri-Tip and Whole Slab . . . . . . . . . . .                  $36.99

             Italian Style Spaghetti & Ravioli                                                                                                                  Sides
                                                                                                                                                       Small Side Salad, French
                                                                                               Come for the Beer!        4501 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton
                                                                                                                                                       Fries, Roasted Corn
                                                                                                                                                       Salad, Potato Salad,
                                                                                                                                                       Creamy Cole Slaw,
                                                                                               Come Back for the Food!          734-0307               Santa Maria Style Beans,
                                                                                          Open daily from 11am       Chicken Tortilla Soup,
                                                                                                                                                       Mashed Potatoes
                                                                                               30 BEERS ON TAP   

                                                                                                 Our Patio is Open!
                                                               Serving Breakfast
                                                                    All Day
                                                                   Lunch Menu
  In the Hopyard Village Shopping Center                             Catering

                                                 1.00           - Blueberry, Banana, or nut.
       4.99 *Includes:22Bacon or Sausage
             2 eggs,
                                                                               *exp 4-30-08
                                                                                                “Best American Food
                                                                                                                                                             Try Our New Entrees!
                       Open 7 Days 6:30 AM - 3 PM                                                                                                             Just $14.95 or Less
            3015 Hopyard Suite A-C Pleasanton                   462-0994
                                                                                                    Restaurant”                                                    Everyday!
                                                                                                “Best Place for After
                                                                                                   Work Drink”
  Savory Delights of Northern China                                                              “Best French Fries”                                                                                                   Special
  LUNCH SPECIALS:                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner
                                                                                                  Pleasanton                                                                                                          Everyday!

                                                                                                (925) 426-9600                                          Sunday Country Brunch Buffet
                                                                                                 3015-H Hopyard Road
                  2004/2005 &
                 2006 WINNER               30 West Angela St., Downtown Pleasanton                     680 Main Street, Downtown Pleasanton
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Author Visits                              Ave. Taste Indian foods, touch typical
                                           materials, discover how native people
                                           interacted with explorers, missionaries
                                                                                       ings Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the
                                                                                       Recreation Center, 4530 Sandalwood
                                                                                       Drive. Learn the art of public speaking                            Weekend Preview
Award-winning Author Ellen Bass            and settlers and learn about Indian life    in a fun-filled supportive environment.
at Century House Ellen Bass’ poems         today. The fee is $25. Call 426-4280.       Call Bobbi at 846-8654 or visit pleas-
have appeared in hundreds of jour-         Screen Acting Class LMA           
nals and anthologies. Her non-fiction      Productions is offering a 10-week           Tri-Valley Wood Carvers Tri-Valley
books take on many of the crucial          screen acting class in our TV studio’s      Wood Carvers meet each Tuesday at
moral issues of our times. She will        state-of-the-art facility. Each student     the Pleasanton Senior Center, wood
speak at the Century House Reading         will graduate with their professional       shop room, from 12 to 4 p.m. The
at 2 p.m. April 20 at 2401 Santa Rita      and customized Acting Demo Reel on          regular business meeting is held the
Road. An open mic segment will             DVD and posted on our website. We           second Saturday of the month, at
follow; 40 lines or less. Visit www.       have classes for children (5-12), teens     the Pleasanton Senior Center, from                     (13-17) and adults (18+). The cost is       9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call Ken Morgan,
Elizabeth Strout at Towne Center           $50 per class. Call 417-1420 ext. 27        462-6586.
Books Join author Elizabeth Strout         or visit                Women’s Networking Opportunity
for coffee, tea, and a discussion of       Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Network            The local ABWA E2S chapter meets
her new book at 11 a.m. April 11 at        Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Network            at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly
Towne Center Books, 555 Main St.           presents a reduce, reuse and recycle        at Four Points Sheraton, 5115
“Olive Kitteridge,” is 13 rich, luminous   discussion at 7 p.m. April 21 at In My      Hopyard Road, which focus on per-
narratives bound through the pres-         Nature, 4725 First St., #270. Come          sonal and professional development
ence of one larger-than-life, unforget-    share your tips. No charge for first        for women in business. Meetings
table character. Strout is also the        time visitors or chapter members.           include a guest speaker and network-
author of Amy and Isabelle and Abide       Visit or email Tri-     ing opportunities. Nonmembers are
with Me.                                               welcome to attend at a cost of $5
Storytime with author Sarah Jane                                                       per meeting. Call 225-1135 or visit
Author Sarah Jane will share her book                                        
for children, “Hope’s Garden” at 11
a.m. April 19 at Towne Center Books,       Clubs
555 Main St. Children may also plant
seeds. Call 846-8826.                      Amador Valley Quilters The Amador
                                           Valley Quilters meet at 1:30 to 3:30
                                                                                       Concerts                                      Wicker Vault plays in Sunol
                                                                                                                                       Wicker Vault will play their mixture of classic rock, standards
                                           p.m. April 12 at Pleasanton Middle          Contra Costa Wind Symphony
                                                                                                                                     and requests at 8 p.m. April 11 and 12 at Bosco’s Bones and
Careers                                    School, 5001 Case Ave. Quilt teacher
                                           and author Brenda Henning, a self-
                                           described “compulsive quilter,” will
                                                                                       Duane Carroll conducts “Celtic
                                                                                       Connection,” at 8 p.m. April 13 at
                                                                                       the Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive,
                                                                                                                                     Brew at 11930 Main St. in Sunol. There is no cover. To learn
                                                                                                                                     more about the band, visit
Firefighter Recruitment Fair               also conduct a workshop the following       Walnut Creek. It features an all-Irish
2008 Northern California Firefighter       day. Call 454-1971 or visit www.ama-        concert with renowned Irish folk
Recruitment Fair, sponsored by                         singer Liam Tiernan, the high-stepping
                                                                                       McGrath Irish Dancers, familiar songs      tournament. Call 558-2797 or visit         Dental Center, Gateway Center Mall,
California Commission to Recruit           Amador Valley Toastmaster Club                                                                  San Ramon. Call 829-0994.
Women for the Fire Service, will be        Wake up your career and improve             of Ireland and the U.S. premiere of a
held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19       your communication skills by joining        new work for wind symphony by Irish        Free Bay-Friendly Garden Tour              Gipson Art Exhibition at Wente
at 6723 Sierra Court, Suite G, Dublin.     the Amador Valley Toastmaster Club.         composer Vincent Kennedy. Tickets          The fifth annual free, self-guided Bay-    Gallery Wente Gallery is featuring
Meet firefighters and fire department      They meet at 7 a.m. Thursdays at            are $12-$18. Call 943-7469 or visit        Friendly Garden Tour is from 10 a.m.       paintings by artist Larry Gipson in their
recruiters, learn about an exciting        Mimi’s Cafe in Dublin.                              to 4 p.m. April 27 and features 30         tasting room on Tesla Road from April
career in the fire service and check                                                   Pacific Chamber Symphony                   public and private gardens through-        1-30. Gipson paints in his own style,
                                           Boutique Textile Art Create home                                                       out Alameda County. Registration is        which he calls “selective realism.” He
out the physical abilities test. Email     accessories, wearable art or soft           Concert The incredible French pianist or call                                                         Denis Pascal joins us in doing Frédéric    required by April 15. Visit www.bay-       works with watercolors and acrylics to
                                           sculpture. Learn how to piece, appli-                                         or call 510-444-SOIL.         paint local scenes such as vineyards
916-648-1717.                              que and embroider ideas into art from       Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F minor
                                                                                       at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Bankhead         Gary Winter’s Collection Kick-Off          and equestrian landscapes.
                                           10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the
                                           Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol        Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.        Worthington Gallery West is the new        Gold Fever! Untold Stories of
Civic Meetings                             Blvd. Class is free. Bring fabric scraps,
                                           a yard of unbleached muslin, sharp
                                           scissors and dressmaker pins.
                                                                                       Camille Saint-Saîns His Symphony
                                                                                       No. 2 in A minor travels through the
                                                                                       dark beauty of the minor key to joyful
                                                                                                                                  home to Gary Winter’s Miniature Main
                                                                                                                                  Street Collection. A kickoff party will
                                                                                                                                  be held from 2 to 6 p.m. April 12 at
                                                                                                                                                                             California’s Gold Rush The exhi-
                                                                                                                                                                             bition at Museum on Main Street,
                                                                                                                                                                             603 Main St., spotlights the remark-
City Council The Pleasanton City                                                       rapture. Tickets are $26-$38 or $7 for     the gallery, 739 Main Street Ste. J.       able stories of individual Californios,
Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first       Daughters of the British Empire             students. Call 373-6800 or visit www.                                                 women, Native Americans, adventur-
                                           Come for a friendly “cuppa” and a                Peace Vigil Pleasantonians for Peace
and third Tuesdays at City Council                                                                                                is again sponsoring a candlelight          ers and gold seekers who emigrated
Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.               chat with your sister Brits in the local                                                                                          from all parts of the world during the
                                           chapter of the Daughters of the British                                                vigil at 7 p.m. April 16 in front of the
Housing Commission The                                                                                                            Museum On Main Street, 603 Main St.        tumultuous and colorful Gold Rush
Pleasanton Housing Commission
meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday
                                           Empire. Meetings are held the third
                                           Tuesday of the month in Pleasanton.
                                           Call 875-0828 or 494-1273. Visit
                                                                                       Events                                     The group will reflect on the human
                                                                                                                                  and monetary costs of the war, honor
                                                                                                                                                                             era. The exhibit runs April 9 to June 1.
                                                                                                                                                                             A $2 donation admits one.
of the month at City Council Chamber, or www.dbesociety.                                                      our veterans who have sacrificed,          Spring Art Show at Tri-Valley SPCA
200 Old Bernal Ave.                                                                    “Escape from the Holocaust” - an           and visualize ways of moving beyond        Artists Carol Hart and Helene Ha
                                           org.                                        evening with Joe Rosenabaum
Human Services Commission The                                                                                                     this conflict to a more peaceful world.    welcome spring with a show of recent
                                           Gold Star Mother Speaks Out The             At 7 p.m. April 16 at the Pleasanton       Bring a votive candle in a paper           artwork at the Tri-Valley SPCA Art
Human Services Commission meets            Tri-Valley Democratic Club presents         Masonic Center, 3370 Hopyard Road,
at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of                                                                                               cup so candle wax doesn’t drip on          Gallery. Visit
                                           Karen Meredith a member of Gold             Joe Rosenbaum shares “Escape               the sidewalk. Call Cathe Norman at
the month at City Council Chamber,         Star Families Speak Out, a chapter          from the Holocaust,” the story of his
200 Old Bernal Ave.                                                                                                               462-7495 or email Matt Sullivan at
                                           of Military Families Speak Out, from        survival and eventual rescue from
Parks & Recreation Commission
The Pleasanton Parks & Recreation
                                           7 to 9 p.m. April 21 at the IBEW Hall,
                                           6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Her
                                                                                       the Holocaust. Relive Joe’s journey
                                                                                       through Poland, Russia, Siberia,
                                                                                                                                  Protect Yourself from Scams and
                                                                                                                                  Fraud Val Guzman, of the Dublin
Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the          son Lt. Ken Ballard was killed in Iraq      Turkestan, Tehran and eventually
                                           on May 30, 2004. The national media         Palestine where he was brought back        Police Crime Prevention Unit, will pro-    The U.S. Vs. John Lennon This
second Thursday of the month at City                                                                                                                                         film examines John & Yoko’s growing
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.       has covered her story. A Q&A session        to life as a human being. Presented by     vide a presentation focusing on scams
                                           will be held and refreshments will be       Hadassah. Call 968-9240.                   and fraud from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April        involvement in peace and social jus-
Planning Commission The Planning           provided. Wheelchair accessible. Visit                                                 23 at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600       tice issues and how the U.S. govern-
Commission meets at 7 p.m. the                                                         Alexander’s Fine Art Alexander’s           Amador Valley Blvd. The presentation       ment and major media giants reacted.
                                                       Fine Art opens at new location, 608
second and fourth Wednesday of the                                                                                                will include role-play, overview of com-   This public event at 7 p.m. April 19 at
month at the City Council Chamber,         Lady’s Choice Investment Club               Main St., with a diverse collection of     mon scams, tips on how to handle           IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Pkwy., Dublin,
200 Old Bernal Ave.                        This club meets at 6:30 p.m. the sec-       contemporary and traditional art on        pushy sales persons and fraudsters,        is wheelchair accessible and refresh-
                                           ond Monday of the month at Morgan           display April 8-18. Artists include Ford   and discussion of identity theft with      ments are served. Meet and greet
School Board The Pleasanton Unified        Stanley, 6140 Stoneridge Mall Road,         Smith and Miguel Freitas.
School District Board meets at 7 p.m.                                                                                             Q&A session. Call 556-4511.                starts at 6:30 p.m., while a short dis-
                                           Ste. 100. It’s an opportunity for inter-    Artists’ Flea Market The flea market                                                  cussion follows the film. The event is
on the second and fourth Tuesday           ested women to learn about stock                                                       Spring Sidewalk Sale Celebrate
monthly in the district office board                                                   will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April                                              free, but a $3 donation is accepted.
                                           market investing using the tools and                                                   the arrival of spring in Downtown
room, 4665 Bernal Ave.                                                                 26 at First at Neal streets. Sponsored     Pleasanton from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                           principles provided by Better Investing.    by the Pleasanton Art League, it will      April 12 and noon to 5 p.m. April 13 at
Youth Commission The Pleasanton
Youth Commission meets 7 p.m. on
the second Wednesday of the month
                                           Visitors are welcome. Call 447-8572.
                                           Local Writers Meet for Support and
                                           Learning The California Writers Club
                                                                                       feature new and used art supplies
                                                                                       and equipment; discounted original
                                                                                       artwork; canvas, frames, paper, ink,
                                                                                                                                  the sale sponsored by the Pleasanton
                                                                                                                                  Downtown Association.
at Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353          Tri-Valley branch meets the at 11:30        colored pencils, pottery, paintings,                                                  Autism Fundraiser at Blue Agave
Sunol Blvd.                                a.m. the third Saturday of each month       brushes, etc. For booth information,                                                  Club From 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 12,
                                           at Oasis Grille, 780 Main St., to sup-
                                           port experienced and aspiring writers
                                                                                       call 846-8960.                             Exhibits                                   the Blue Agave Club celebrates its
                                                                                                                                                                             11th anniversary in Pleasanton with a
Classes                                    in learning about their craft and shar-
                                           ing their work. Anyone who is curious
                                                                                       California Independent Film
                                                                                       Festival The 10th Annual California
                                                                                       Independent Film Festival will be held
                                                                                                                                  Barbara Jean Solos at Brushes Art
                                                                                                                                  Gallery “Entering the Mystery through
                                                                                                                                                                             fundraiser to benefit autism research.
                                                                                                                                                                             The restaurant, at 625 Main St., will
                                           about the group is invited to attend        April 16 to 20 in Livermore. CIFF has                                                 donate fifty percent of ticket sales
Introduction To California Native          with no obligation to join. Call Kathy                                                 Art,” a vibrant and evocative body of      and all proceeds from raffle sales to
Culture Patricia Belding of Pleasanton                                                 a wide variety of events including         work by abstract Pleasanton artist
                                           Urban, 296-0447 or visit www.trival-        an opening night reception, tribute                                                   P.A.R. (Providing Autism Research) for
Adult Education presents a multime-                                                                        Barbara Jean will be shown from 4:30       Kids’ Sake, which raises funds for the
dia class on California’s first people                                                 nights, a gala night, filmmaker parties,   to 7 p.m. through May 16 at Brushes
                                           Toastmasters Pleasanton                     Hollywood celebrity Q&As, filmmaker                                                   M.I.N.D. Institute at UC Davis. Tickets
from 9 to 11 a.m. April 26 at Village                                                                                             Gallery, 21001 San Ramon Valley            are $40 and includes food and enter-
High School, room 602, 4645 Bernal         Community Toastmasters holds meet-          Q&As, and an annual celebrity poker        Blvd., Suite C-7, in the San Ramon         tainment. Buy tickets over the phone
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                                                                                                Keeping Active People Active
                                                                                                                                                           David M. Bell, MD
                         Pet Of The Week
    Meet Molly, a 6-year-old,
 spayed female Torbi housecat
 who purrs, purrs, purrs. Molly
 is a quiet, green-eyed girl who
 would prefer an adult home
 where she will be appropri-
 ately spoiled. She previously                                                                                                                          Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery
                                                                                                                                                        Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine
 lived with another cat, but
 Molly doesn’t have any expe-                                                                                                                         5000 Pleasanton Ave., Suite 200
 rience with dogs. That’s not                                                                                                                             Pleasanton, CA 94566
 to say she wouldn’t consider
 meeting one though! If you’re
 looking for a nice lap cat,                                                                                                                  
 visit Molly at Valley Humane
 Society, 3670 Nevada St.,
 open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Wednesday through Sunday.
 Call 426-8656. See www.val- for more infor-
 mation about Valley Humane Society’s available housecats and
 the society’s upcoming May 4 event where you can spend a                                                          Put your trust in the nation’s largest provider of home mortgages.
 pleasant spring afternoon touring the Hidden Gardens of the                                                       Bank of America is committed to helping you get the right mortgage
 Valley.                                                                                                           to fit your needs by providing competitive products and personalized
                                                                                                                   service. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about us as your lender.
                                                                                     Here’s why:
at 417-1224 or at the door if space        yard will be laid with bricks personal-   < We have tremendous financial strength as one of the largest companies in the world,
permits.                                   ized by our existing and past families.
                                           Bricks are being sold for $125. There       backed by over $1.5 trillion in total assets.
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
                                           are only 60 bricks left. Deadline for     < Our dedication to responsible lending has never been greater and is focused on a balance
Now that the price of scrap metal
                                           purchase is May 12. Call 931-3430.
has sharply risen, the Boys and Girls                                                  of a diverse set of loans, showing our commitment to the first time home buyer as well as repeat
Car Campaign will accept most any          Mad Hatter’s Tea Party From noon
car with no restrictions. Cars will be     to 4 p.m. April 19, the Assistance          buyers. This dedication is demonstrated with the recent launch of two new innovative and
picked up anywhere in California,          League of Amador Valley hosts their         affordable mortgage programs, No Fee Mortgage PLUS and Neighborhood Champions® Protected
usually within a week, and are sold        13th annual afternoon tea. Members
at auction. To donate, call 800-246-       and guests enjoy an afternoon of tea,       Mortgage™.
0493. Funds obtained by the sales go       music, opportunity prizes, an interest-   < We service our own loans to ensure you have a positive experience for the life of your mortgage.
directly to help the California clubs.     ing speaker and musical entertainment.
                                                                                     < We have the highest servicing rankings and the lowest foreclosure rates in the industry,
Bras for the Cause Breast Cancer           Juliette Goodrich, a KPIX news anchor
Walk Celebrate Mother’s Day, May           and Emmy Award winner, will speak           earning us Freddie Mac’s Tier One Hall of Fame status.
10, by talking a walk in underwear to      on “Finding Balance.” Guest vocalist
support breast cancer. Decorate a          is Eric Ribiero, a Bay Area performer     To learn more about how Bank of America can provide the best
bra and wear it on the outside for this    since 1988. This annual fundraiser
                                           supports many projects, including         solutions for your mortgage needs, contact:
fun evening 10K walk through down-
town Pleasanton. Registration is $55.      Operation School Bell, which clothes
                                           hundreds of school children each year.    Jill Mosser
Check in is at 6 p.m. and the walk
starts at 7 p.m. For details and to reg-   Tickets are $45. Call Annette at 462-     Mortgage Loan Officer
ister, visit       5275 or Rickie at 846-3922.
Comp Civics Team Looking For               Spring Fashion Show The sea-
Donations The “We the People”              son’s new looks will be featured at a
team from Amador Valley High School        fashion show April 24 at Nordstrom’s
needs to raise $40,000 to represent        in Stoneridge Shopping Center. The
California at the national competi-        event will raise money for Livermore
tion in Washington D.C. in early May.      Valley Business and Professional
Checks can be made to Amador               Women, which provides scholarships.
Valley High School Competition Civics      Dinner and the show is $25. To make
and sent to 1155 Santa Rita Road,          reservations, call Mona at 829-3505
Pleasanton, CA, 94566. Tax ID num-         by April 18.
ber: 94-3062524. To learn more, con-
tact Brian Ladd at bladd@pleasanton. or 461-7520 ext. 40.
                                           Wine Tasting Fundraiser A wine
                                           tasting fundraiser for the Leukemia
                                           and Lymphoma Society blood cancer
                                                                                                                                             CALL AH AN
Fairlands School Rummage Sale              research will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.
                                           April 13 at the Purple Orchid Inn, 4549
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12,
Fairlands Elementary School, 4151          Cross Road, Livermore. There will also                                                              T ILE & STONE
West Las Positas Blvd., will hold a        be a silent auction and finger foods.
rummage sale. Over 300 families            A $25 donation buys five tastes and
donated books, toys, DVDs, videos,         each additional is $1. Presented by
electronics, sports equipment, kitchen     the Tri-Valley Hike for Discovery Team.
ware, furniture, clothing, collectibles,                                                                                               Our large designer showroom displays
baby items, small appliances, and
                                                                                                                                          an extensive selection of stone,
much more. Cash only please. All pro-
ceeds benefit Fairlands PTA.               Health                                                                                       tile and unique decorative accents
Family Pancake Breakfast A family
pancake breakfast will be held from
                                           Hearing Loss Association                                                                          featuring manufacturers as:
                                           Meeting The Tri-Valley Chapter will
9 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at the San        meet at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Valley
Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta          Community Church, 4455 Del Valle
Blvd., San Ramon. Fundraising events       Parkway. Meetings are open to the
support the activities and a variety of    public and include refreshments.                                                                • Sonoma Tilemakers • Oceanside
programs at the San Ramon Senior           Bruce Harris, president of the East                                                              Glasstile• Landmark Metal Coat
Center. Tickets are $3.50 for adults
and $2 for children. Call 973-3250.
                                           Bay Hearing Loss Association and                                                                 • Ken Mason Tile • Jeffrey Court
                                           Engineering Consultant, will speak
Fourth Annual Hats Off America             on smoke alarms and the hearing                                                                          • Country Floors
Casino Night On April 19 at The            impaired. Call Hiram, 455-6591.
Sycamore Clubhouse, 635 Old                Livermore Community Blood Drive
Orchard Drive, Danville, enjoy an          There is a shortage of blood donors                                                                 COMPLIMENTARY DESIGN
evening of gaming, dancing, enter-
tainment, hors d’oeuvres, auctions, a
                                           in the Bay Area so a blood drive will                                                              SERVICE AVAILABLE IN OUR
                                           be held from 1 to 6 p.m. April 18 at
drawing and no-host bar for Hats Off       Robert Livermore Community Center                                                                SHOWROOM BY APPOINTMENT
America, a nonprofit organization that     gym, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. The
benefits families of soldiers who have     process takes about 1-1/2 hours, and
died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tickets
are $40. For ages 21 and over only.
                                           you must be at least 17 years old, in
                                           good health and weigh 110 pounds                                                                       925-463-6000
Call 855-1950.
Gingerbread Alumnus Gingerbread
                                           or more. Call 980-8164. Sign up at
                                                                                                                                         4811 Hopyard Rd • Pleasanton
Preschool is going under construction      p=registration&hlc=asbury
this summer. A special area in the play
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  Amador Valley
  Complete eyecare for men,
  women, teens, & children        Holiday                                   American Association of University
                                                                            Women invite the public to hear Libby
                                                                            Mihalka, founder of Altamont Capital
                                                                                                                        On Stage                                     and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will
                                                                                                                                                                     discuss Medicare A, B, C and D; how
                                                                                                                                                                     to buy supplemental insurance; and
                                  Community Second Seder The                Management, and Nancy Ubaldi, vice          “Iron Curtain,” a Musical Comedy             when and how to buy a drug plan.
 We “Care” For your               Tri-Valley Cultural Jews’ Passover        president for investments of UBS.           at LPC Las Positas College, 3033             HICAP is a non-profit organization
 eyes For Now and                 seder celebrates the heroism and          The event is at noon April 23 at the        Collier Canyon Road, Livermore,              under the Dept. of Aging. Attend one
                                  courage of the human participants in      Livermore Library, 1000 S. Livermore        presents “Iron Curtain,” a new musi-         of three classes at 7 p.m. the first
  For your Future!                the original freedom struggle of the      Ave. Call 846-6084 or email rudymar-        cal comedy about a 1950s New York            Tuesdays in April, May and June at
                                  Jewish people and in all struggles for                      song writing team that gets kidnapped        the San Ramon Regional Medical
                                  freedom throughout the world. Secular     Travel Meeting From 2 to 3 p.m.             to Moscow to help the Soviets create         Center, south conference room, 7777
                                  Progressive Haggadah. Potluck din-        April 13 at the Dublin Public Library,      a propagandistic musical. Shows are          Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. Call
                                  ner. It will be held at 5 p.m. April 20   200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, discover travel    at 8 p.m. April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and         275-8230 or visit www.sanramon-
                                  at the Bothwell Center, 2466 8th St.,     that makes a difference. Friendship         19; and at 2 p.m. April 13 and 20. Call
                                  Livermore. Tickets are $10 for ages       Force club members will describe            424-1166 or email kross@laspositas-
                                  13 and over. Call 485-1049 or visit       hosting and being hosted by club   Tickets are $15, $12 for
  Convenient Weekday
    & Evening Hours
                                          members around the world. Reserve
                                                                            a space. Call 510-794-6844 or visit
                                                                                                                        seniors and $10 for students.
                                                                                                                        An Evening with Groucho At 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                        April 13 at the Grand Theatre, 715
                                  Kids & Teens                              Writing Workshop at Towne Center
                                                                            Books At 4 p.m. April 24, author
                                                                            Stefan Merrill Block will conduct a free
                                                                                                                        Central Ave., Tracy, Frank Ferrante
                                                                                                                        performs Groucho Marx in a show
                                                                                                                                                                     A New Earth, A New You April mes-
                                                                                                                                                                     sage theme by Dr. Richard Southern,
                                                                                                                                                                     special speaker at Tri-Valley Unity
                                                                                                                        that the New York Times described            Church, meeting at 10 a.m. Sundays
                                  The Boxcar Children The Boxcar            workshop for writers at Towne Center        as “the greatest living interpretation of
                                  Children portrays four siblings who                                                                                                at the Radisson Hotel, 6680 Regional
                                                                            Books, 555 Main St. This workshop           Groucho Marx’s material.” Tickets are        St., Dublin. The April 13 message is
                                  run away and make their home in           will focus on finding the voice in fic-     $30-$50. Call 209-831-6858 or visit
                                  an abandoned railroad boxcar. The                                                                                                  titled, “Open My Eyes: Seeing Myself
                                                                            tion. Stefan is the author of the novel                          in a New Way.” All are welcome. Call
                                  performance is at 8 p.m. April 18 at      “Story of Forgetting.” Reservations are
                                  the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita                                                   Luna Negra Dance Theater Fiery               829-2733.
                                                                            requested. Call 846-8826.                   and passionate contemporary dance
                                  Road. Tickets are $14-$20 for adults                                                                                               Care for the World A festival ser-
                                  and $8-$16 for children. Visit www.                                                   flavored by tango, mambo and salsa,          vice of readings, prayers and music
                                                                                                                        Luna Negra’s distinctive style art-
                         or call 931-3444.
                                                                            Live Music                                  fully blends ballet and modern dance
                                                                                                                        movements with Latino dance forms.
                                                                                                                                                                     focusing on creation, the environment
                                                                                                                                                                     and our responsibility as stewards of
                                                                                                                                                                     God’s creation will take place at 5:15
                                                                                                                        Founded by Cuban-born artistic direc-
                                  Lectures/                                 Chris Bradley’s Traditional Jazz
                                                                            Listen and dance to the live, traditional
                                                                                                                        tor Eduardo Vilaro, the performance
                                                                                                                        will be held at 8 p.m. April 24 at the
                                                                                                                                                                     p.m. April 13 at St. Clare’s Episcopal
                                                                                                                                                                     Church, 3350 Hopyard Road. All are
                                                                                                                                                                     welcome. Call 462-4802 or visit www.
      Most Vision Plans
     Medicare Assignment
                                  Workshops                                 jazz every second and fourth Tuesday
                                                                            at the Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main St.
                                                                            Wicker Vault Plays at Bosco’s
                                                                                                                        Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
                                                                                                                        Livermore. Tickets are $28-$36 or $11
                                                                                                                        for students with ID. Call 373-6800.
                                                                                                                                                                     Christian 12 Step Discover how
          Accepted                Foreclosures, REOs, Short Sales           Wicker Vault will play their mixture of                                                  much comfort there is in the journey
                                                                                                                        Proof Proof tells the witty and com-         of recovery walking with the Good
                                  & Self Directed IRAs At 6:30 p.m.         classic rock, standards and requests        pelling story of Catherine, a young
                                  April 16 at the Radisson Hotel, 6680      at 8 p.m. April 11 and 12 at Bosco’s                                                     Shepherd every STEP of the way!
    Keep Your Eyecare Local!
                                                                                                                        woman coping with the mental ill-            This group meets at 6:30 p.m. every
                                  Regional St., Dublin, learn about         Bones and Brew in Sunol. No cover.          ness of her mathematician father.
                                  foreclosures, REOs, short sales and       Visit                                                               Wednesday at Valley Community
    Serving Pleasanton            self directed IRAs from attorney and
                                                                                                                        Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays           Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. Call
                                                                                                                        and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays             426-0501.
  for more than 25 years          investor Michael Yesk and leading tax                                                 April 4-6 and 11-13 at the Bothwell

  Dr. Barry C. Winston
                                  strategist Gabrielle Huguenin. Tickets
                                  are $20. Call 855-3205.
                                  Instrumental Insects Crickets click-
                                                                            Miscellaneous                               Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St. Tickets
                                                                                                                        are $25, or $20 for seniors and $15
                                                                                                                        for students. Call (800) 838-3006.
                                                                                                                                                                     Faith Chapel Assembly of God
                                                                                                                                                                     Sunday services include: All ages
                                                                                                                                                                     Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship
                                  ing and katydids singing—an insect        Bronze Award Project Pleasanton                                                          at 10:30 a.m., and children’s church
                                  serenade of love and courtship will       Girl Scout Troop 32072 is collecting                                                     (ages 2 to 12) at 11:15 a.m. Women’s
                                  be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 12 at
                                  Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D
                                  St., Hayward. The adult only nature
                                                                            used athletic shoes to recycle through
                                                                            the Nike Athletic Shoe Recycle
                                                                            Program. Please bring your used
                                                                                                                        Seniors                                      Bible study meetings 10 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                     Wednesdays. Call 846-8650.
                                                                                                                                                                     Three Steps to Rewriting Your
                                  program is $15 and requires registra-     athletic shoes (no cleats, no metal)        15th Anniversary The Pleasanton              Story A two-session class that
                                  tion. Call 510-881-6700.                  to Pleasanton Farmer’s Market on            Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., is          includes discovering your ultimate
                                                                            Saturday April 5 and 12 or to Fleet         celebrating its 15th Anniversary April       purpose, seeing what areas of your life
                                  Managing Customer Satisfaction            Feet at 310-C Main St. April 1-14. Call
                                  At 6:30 p.m. April 14 at University of                                                11 with an Open House Jamboree.              have not been in alignment with your
       Black Avenue                                                         931-0975.                                   Event will feature displays and class        purpose, and then rewriting your story.
                                  Phoenix, Room 101, 7901 Stoneridge
    Professional Offices          Drive, Ste. 100, Phil Cullen of Acqua     Marriott Food Drive From April 21           exhibits. Live music will be provided        Dr. Richard Southern of the Tri-Valley
                                  Consulting will provide an overview       to 25 Marriott Hotels in Pleasanton         by the South County Western Band             Unity Church will lead the meeting at
   4450-C Black Avenue,           of how to measure and manage cus-         will hold a food drive: Pleasanton          from noon to 2 p.m. with free apple          the Radisson Hotel, 6680 Regional
        Pleasanton                tomer satisfaction through various        Courtyard by Marriott, 5059 Hopyard         pie. For BBQ lunch reservations              St., Dublin. Classes are 11:30 a.m. to
                                                                            Road; Residence Inn by Marriott,            ($3.25 for seniors), call 931-5385.          12:45 p.m. April 13. Call 829-2733.
      925.462.2600                stages of company development. Free
                                  for eBig members or $10.                  11920 Dublin Canyon Road; and                                                            Women’s Christian 12 Step
     off Santa Rita Road behind                                                                                         Napa Sonoma Wine Tour The
                                                                            Pleasanton Marriott, 11950 Dublin           Pleasanton Senior Center VIP Club is         Discover how much comfort there is
   Lynne Wood Methodist Church    Money: A Woman’s Perspective              Canyon Road. Call 353-5845 or 244-
                                  Tri-Valley women from the Livermore,                                                  sponsoring a wine tour trip to Napa          in the journey of recovery walking with
                                                                            1414.                                       and Sonoma April 23. The cost is             the Good Shepherd every STEP of the
                                  Pleasanton and Dublin branch of the
                                                                                                                        $65 for members or $67. Call 931-            way! This group meets at noon every
                                                                                                                        5370 for more information and to             Friday and Saturday at Shepherd’s
                                                                                                                        reserve a space.                             Gate, 1660 Portola Ave., Livermore.
                                                                                                                        Seniors Computer Tutoring One-on-            Call 443-4283.
                                                                                                                        one computer tutoring is available every
                                                                                                                        day at the Pleasanton Senior Center,
                                                                                                                        5353 Sunol Blvd. The tutor works with
                                                                                                                        you on topics where you need help.           Sports
                                                                                                                        No formal program to follow, just help
                                                                                                                        where you need it. Internet, Office appli-   Callippe Niners Callippe Niners is a
                                                                                                                        cations, picture editing, etc. Call 931-     fun group of nine-hole women golf-
                                                                                                                        5365 to set up an appt.                      ers. We are currently welcoming new
                                                                                                                                                                     members into our group. Our play
                                                                                                                        Welcome to Medicare Seminar                  days are Tuesday mornings. Call
                                                                                                                        The Health Insurance Counseling              Joan, 462-1054.

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Saturday Morning Beginner Road              7500 Inspiration Drive, Dublin. It is      us for low vision information, speak-            of all ages and abilities at San
Ride This weekly no-drop ride is for        $35.00, with scholarships available.       ers, resources, discussions, and day             Damiano, 710 Highland Drive,
those new to cycling, who haven’t           Call 560-6202 or register at www.          trips. No reservations are required.             Danville. Sit and socialize while help-
been on their bike for a while or just                             Nominal fees may apply. Call 931-                ing with mailings, enjoy solitude and
want to ride at a slower pace. Rides                                                   5369.                                            meditation while cultivating the flow-                          Private Studio
                                            Grief Support The death of a loved                                                                                                                           Downtown
depart at 9 a.m. from Cyclepath,            one is unlike any other loss. An           Widows/Widowers Grief Support                    er, vegetable and fruit gardens, or
337-B Main St., and will generally be       eight-week course meets at 7:30            Have you or someone you know                     lend your support to the front desk                              Pleasanton
10 to 15 mph, 20 miles and no more          p.m. Thursdays starting April 17 at        experienced the death of a spouse                and gift shop. Open seven days a
than 2 hours. E-mail rides@cyclepath.       St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001           recently or within the last couple               week includes a free meal. Call 831-                              Exclusive
com if you plan to attend.                  Stoneridge Drive. Pre-registration is      years? Sharing our experiences                   9141 ext. 307.                                                     1 on 1
Sunday Morning Group Ride Join              required and space is limited. Call        during this 10-week class at 7 p.m.              Tri-Valley Animal Rescue Do you                                    Guitar
cyclists of all levels for this friendly,   Joan, 828-6864.                            every Friday at Valley Community                 love animals? Become a volunteer                                  Lessons
no-drop road ride Sundays from 9            Livermore Peripheral Neuropathy            Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy., is                 or a Foster with Tri-Valley Animal
a.m. to noon. Routes vary weekly            Support Group The Livermore                helpful to the healing process. Find             Rescue. Orientations are held at East
and last approximately 2 to 3 hours.        Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group        hope, support and successful ways                County Animal Shelter (ECAS) from                   Adults and Kids
Riders warm up together and split into      meets at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday        to process this significant event. The           1 to 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday                 Ages 10 thru 110
smaller groups based on skill level         of each month at Heritage Estates          workbook is $5. Pre-Registration                 and fourth Sunday of each month.
(A—60 miles, B—35-40 miles, C—20-                                                      required. Call Linda at 833-9013 or              Registration is not required to attend             established in 1997
                                            Retirement Community, second floor
25 miles). Bring water and a snack.         conference room, 900 E. Stanley            email info@valleycommunitychurch.                the orientation. Call 803-7043 or visit    4625 First Street 417-0561
Rides depart from Cyclepath, 337-B          Blvd., Livermore. All are welcome.         org.                                   
Main St. Call 485-3218 or visit www.        Contact Lorene Stack, 447-6158 or                              Ann Laye, 443-4098.
Tigers Baseball Open Clinic An
open clinic for high school players
ages 15-18 years of age will be held
                                            Overeaters Anonymous Meeting
                                            Is food controlling your life?
                                                                                       Volunteering                                     TV30
                                            Newcomers are welcome at the               Blankets for Kids Blankets For                   Conversations Robin Fahr’s guests
from 2 to 5 p.m. April 20 at Bill Payne     Overeaters Anonymous Meetings
Sports Park for all players interested
in participating on either our 16U or
                                            every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St.
                                            Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church,
                                                                                       Kids, founded by Pleasanton resident
                                                                                       Jo Molz, makes and distributes soft
                                                                                                                                        include Tony Gigliotti, president of
                                                                                                                                        Autonomic Software who discusses            Pleasanton
                                                                                       fleece blankets to at-risk, abused               what the computer user should
18U summer teams. This event is free
to all players. Players selected will
                                            678 Enos Way (Parish Hall),
                                            Livermore. Call 361-7224.
                                                                                       and neglected children in the Tri-               worry about when buying a comput-         Real Estate News
pay an additional fee which includes                                                   Valley, Alameda County and even Los              er. Also John Weaver and Michael
gear package and nine tournaments           Pleasanton Military Families               Angeles. The easy-to-make blankets               Brown of Weaver’s Coffee talk about
through Labor Day. Visit www.rteam-         Pleasanton Military Families, a support    are constructed of a soft fleece mate-           making the “perfect cup.” Channel for        group for families of service members,     rial with pleasant designs. Volunteers           30 every day at 6 and 11:30 a.m. &
the registration form.                      meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday         have made more than 10,000 blan-                 8:30 p.m.                                                        by
                                            of the month. The group includes           kets for distribution since the orga-            Let’s Talk Sports TV30’s George                                  Gerarda
Tri-Valley Cheer Sign-ups Girls             families who have loved ones serving       nization began. Those interested in
between the ages of 10-15 years                                                                                                         “Dr. B” Baljevich Baseball Golf                                  Stocking
                                            in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Global     volunteering, or donating money or               Special with A’s and former A’s, Vida
old as of July 31 are invited to sign       War on Terrorism. Meetings are held        fleece to the nonprofit organization call
up for Tri-Valley Cheer. Registration                                                                                                   Blue, Dave Stewart, Nick Swisher,
                                            at a different group member’s home         Jo, 846-6155.                                    Dan Haren and Dr. B. On Channel
fee is $75. Upcoming sign-ups for           each month. Call Chris Miller for infor-
the 2008 season are from 6 to 7:30                                                     Hats Off America Volunteers are                  30 Mon., Sat, & Sun. at 9:30 a.m.,
                                            mation on the placement of a yellow        wanted for the Hats Off America                  every day at 12 noon, 2:30 p.m., and
p.m. April 16 and 24, and May 1, 8          streamer for the military person on                                                                                                     MAKE IT EASY TO
and 15 at Frederiksen Elementary                                                       Casino Night April 19; Muscle Car,               6:30 p.m.
                                            Main Street and for information on the     Hot Rod, and Art Fair May 16 to
School’s multipurpose room, 7243            group, 730-1604.                           18; Red T-Shirt 10K runs/5K walks
                                                                                                                                        TV30 News Live at 4 Community                SEE AND BUY
Tamarack Drive, Dublin. Season                                                                                                          news focusing on the Tri-Valley with
begins in June and ends in March.           Prostate Cancer Support Group              June 7, Sept. 13 and Nov. 8. HOA                 anchors Tom Morrison and Melinda
                                            The Man to Man American Cancer             is a nonprofit organization benefiting                                                         Great retailers know that they
Call 216-6742.                                                                                                                          Meza is live on Channel 30 at 4 p.m.
                                            Society program is designed to help        families of fallen soldiers in Iraq and          Monday through Thursday. Repeat           have the best chances of selling
                                            men cope with prostate cancer by           Afghanistan. Email Sparky George,                broadcasts are aired at 7 p.m., 9         their products if they make those
Support                                     providing community based educa-
                                            tion and support to patients and their
                                            family members. The group meets
                                                                                       San Damiano Retreat
                                                                                       Opportunities abound for people
                                                                                                                                        p.m. and 11 p.m. the same day.            products as accessible to potential
                                                                                                                                                                                  buyers as possible and make the
Groups                                      at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of
                                            the month at San Ramon Regional
                                            Medical Center’s south conference
                                                                                                                                                                                  purchase process as easy as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                  That’s one of the reason very few
Cancer Support Group A free sup-            room, 7777 Norris Canyon Road, San                                                                                                    retailers refuse to accept credit
port group for people with cancer           Ramon. Men at any stage of prostate                                                                                                   cards, even though a customer’s
and their loved ones. Facilitated by
The Wellness Community. The group
meets from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday
                                            cancer and their family members are
                                            welcome. Michael Stephens, MST,                                        relax...       we’ll pay                                       purchase costs them a bit more
                                                                                                                                                                                  money when a credit card is in-

                                                                                                                           your tax!
                                            facilitates. Call 933-0107.
at the ValleyCare Health Library, 5725                                                                                                                                            volved.
W. Las Positas Blvd. Call 933-0107 or       Stress and Pain Management
visit                  Strategies and Support Learn                                                                                                              What does this mean to home-
                                            how to use visualization, relaxation
ClutterLess (CL) Self Help Group            techniques and new ways of think-                                                                                                     sellers? First, many of us feel an
Is clutter stressing you out? We are        ing (cognitive restructuring) to help                                                                                                 understandable temptation to make
a self help support group for those         reduce stress levels and down-                                              Bring ad ad Relax The Back and we’ll pay
                                                                                                                     Bring thisthis intointo Relax The Back® and we’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                  our homes as difficult for potential
with difficulty disposing of stuff.
Cluttering is a psychological issue,
                                            regulate pain. Share experiences and                                             the tax on your store purchases that day!
                                                                                                                     pay the tax on allall your store purchases                   buyers to examine as possible. That
                                            ideas in a supportive, caring environ-                                          (excluding Tempur-Pedic) that day!
not just an organizing issue. If you        ment. Free classes are held from 11                                                 Offer good through [DATE??].                      probably isn’t our intention, but
are ready to change your life, just         a.m. to noon the first Wednesday                                                Offer good through April 21, 2008.                    we don’t want our home life to be
come to the meeting from 7 to 8:30          of each month at ValleyCare Health
p.m. every Monday at St. Mary and           Library, 5725 W. Las Positas                                                             NO Interest                                  bothered by a constant parade of
St. John Coptic Orthodox Church,            Blvd., Suite 270. Facilitated by                                                                                                      strangers nosing around our home.
Rm. 7, 4300 Mirador Drive. Call 297-        Betty Runnels, M.A., Counseling
                                                                                                exclusively ours
                                                                                                                                     NO Payment
                                                                                                Lifeform® Ultimate                                                                It’s important to turn this thinking
9246 or 846-5060 Box 2. Visit www.          Psychology, Marriage and Family                       Executive Chair                    Financing Available or email clutterless-       Therapy. Call 734-3315 or email bet-                                                                                                  around, if possible. Consider your The group                                                                                                               home an item that you are market-
is free, however $2 to $5 donation                                                                                                                                                ing, and then consider how to
appreciated.                                Tri-Valley ADHD Parent Support
                                            Group Network with other parents as                                                                                                   best market it to the most possible
Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis               we share experiences and information
Support Group This support                  on topics related to parenting ADHD                                                                                                   potential buyers.
groups meets at 6:30 p.m. the third         children. The group meets from 7 to                                                                                                       Second, few of us want to par-
Thursday of every month at the              8:45 p.m. the second Wednesday of                                                                                                     ticipate in the purchase financing of
ValleyCare Health Library, 5725 W.          the month at Thomas J. Hart Middle
Las Positas Blvd., Ste. 270. Walk-          School. Email JoAnn, jmatone@com-                                                                                                     our home…but it’s worth looking
ins are welcome. Feel free to bring a                                                                                                                             into. For one thing, it may prove as
guest. Call 462-6764 or 846-4653.                                                                                                                                                 advantageous to the seller as it does
                                            Tri-Valley Parkinson’s Support
Domestic Violence Support Group             Group The group meets at 10 a.m.                  Human TouchTM Robotic MassageTM                  Human TouchTM Perfect ChairTM
                                                                                              Chair with Arm and Thigh Massage                    Zero Gravity Recliner
                                                                                                                                                                                  to the buyer to carry a small por-
On-going support for women deal-            on the second Saturday of each
ing with conflictual issues is available    month at the Pleasanton Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                  tion of the financing. Even more
at Tri-Valley Haven, Livermore, on          Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., to pro-                                                                                                     important, though, it will serve you
                                                                                             Come visit us at our re-opening!
Thursday evenings. Call Elizabeth,          vide information and support for                                                                                                      to discuss with your real estate and
667-2799.                                   Parkinson’s patients and caregivers.
                                            Call 831-9940.
                                                                                                                                                                                  mortgage professionals the various
Fibromyalgia Plus Support Group
Fibromyalgia Plus Support Group             Tri-Valley Parkinson’s Support
                                                                                                      6070 Johnson Dr., Suite C                                                   financing programs now available
meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first
Thursday monthly at the ValleyCare
                                            Group This group provides peer sup-                         Pleasanton, CA 94588                                                      to the buyers of your home so
                                            port for those affected by Parkinson’s                                                                                                that you better understand their
Library, 5725 W Las Positas Blvd            disease and for their caregivers, fami-         Located in the Home Depot plaza facing I-580                                          options, the choices they make,
Suite 270. All are welcome. Call 734-       lies and friends. The group meets from
3315.                                       10 a.m.-noon, the second Saturday                               925-463-2225                                                          and how their choices might affect
Grief Share Are you looking for             of the month at the Pleasanton Senior                                                                                                 the purchase negotiations. Just call
community, understanding and sup-           Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Call 831-                                                                                                    Gerarda Stocking at 846-4000 or
port? If you have lost a spouse, child,     9940 or email
family member or friend, you’ve prob-                                                                                                                                             visit her website at www.gerardas-
                                            Vision Support Group Individuals
ably found that there are not many          with low vision, and their loved ones,                                                                                      
people who understand the deep              are invited to join us on the third                       f e e l b e t t e r, w o r k b e t t e r, l i v e b e t t e r               Gerarda Stocking is the Owner/Broker
hurt you feel. The grief support group      Tuesday of each month from 10                                                                                                                  of Stocking Realty.
meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every             a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Pleasanton                           
Wednesday at Valley Christian Center,       Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Join
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                                                                                                                                               second generation small business owner, Julie opened
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          ACROSS FROM THE PLEASANTON HOTEL & THE ROSE HOTEL                                                                                    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
                                                                                                                                               the California Society of Public Accountants and the
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                                                                                                                                               JL Consulting is a full-service CPA firm providing
                                                                                                                                               year-round accounting and tax services to businesses
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                                                                                                                                                     Call us to set up an appointment
                                                                                                                                                            for a consultation.
                    April 12 – To Do List!
        • Stop by The Berry Patch and check out the
                        SIDEWALK SALE                                                                                                              (925) 846-1859
         All merchandise in front of the store will                                                                                             1024 Serpentine Lane,
        be on sale! Jewelry, Home Décor, Pleasanton
       Collectibles, Paintings, Children’s Accessories,
                                                                                                                                                      Suite 105
                       and much more.                                                                                                                Pleasanton
             63 West Angela • Pleasanton, CA                                                                                              
                      (925) 846–0155
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