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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)
explores ghost Home of
The topic of the next Ed Kinney Scherer son
Lecture Series installment is
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
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-
acrcd.org. edly served on his Orange
Classes open for
Mayors plan 5-hour County home in Brea.
Investigators inspected the
parents of big or
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.
pleasanton.k12.ca.us/adulted 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)
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
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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Home, personal belongings destroyed in Monday morning fire state budget
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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
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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
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The free event is recommended for
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Trina Cannon, Ext. 14
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Lili Cao, Ext. 25 often report on sex, underage drinking and marijuana use among
Kristin Herman, Ext. 14 teens. That’s because Foothill High junior Hayley Malcolm largely
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I am a stickler for freshness. but then lecture them on how bad alcohol is. “We’re taught that if
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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.
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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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hearing device offers the following advantages:
Referendum process silence from the mayor, three trying to stop voters from signing
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attorney. While approving the The mayor and three on the City No need to change batteries
Dear Editor, signature gatherers’ documents, Council have turned a deaf ear to Device can be worn during showering, bathing, and
I can’t express how disappointed they have not said one word to voters, but I expect that the voters sleeping
I was reading our local newspapers defend the will of the Pleasanton will return the favor in November Feedback (whistling) is reduced or eliminated, even while
last week. Where’s the outrage? voters. On camera, they declared when the mayor and some of the using the telephone
Don’t they see the big picture? Our how strongly they support the others come up for reelection.
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Transitions WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES
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
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.
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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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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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
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Treat yourself to a taste sensation at award-winning menu can now be
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Zorn’s Restaurant Alehouse
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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 ww.holisticmoms.org or email Tri- ing opportunities. Nonmembers are
with Me. ValleyHMN@hotmail.com. 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 www.expresstosuccess.org.
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 www.wickervault.com.
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 dorvalleyquilters.org. 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 www.CaIndieFilmFest.org. 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. www.lesherartscenter.org. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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- friendly.org 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 livermoreperformingarts.org. 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, www.dbenca.org 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 www.eastbayspca.org.
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.
www.trivalleydems.com. 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
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- leywriters.com. 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
Keeping Active People Active
David M. Bell, MD
Pet Of The Week
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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-
leyhumane.org 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.
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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 www.trivalleysocks.org. 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 email@example.com
needs to raise $40,000 to represent in Stoneridge Shopping Center. The
California at the national competi- event will raise money for Livermore www.mortgage.bankofamerica.com/jillmosser
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.
k12.ca.us 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 medctr.com.
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 college.edu. Tickets are $15, $12 for
& Evening Hours
EastBayCulturalJews.org. 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 www.atthegrand.org. 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-
civicartstickets.org 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
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 www.wickervault.com. 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.
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 dublinvcc.org. 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. www.tvar.org.
Main St. Call 485-3218 or visit www. Contact Lorene Stack, 447-6158 or
cyclepath.com. 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?
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
site.com/baseball/tigersbaseball 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-
facilitates. Call 933-0107.
at the ValleyCare Health Library, 5725 volved.
W. Las Positas Blvd. Call 933-0107 or Stress and Pain Management
visit www.twc-bayarea.org. 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
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
clutterless.org or email clutterless- Therapy. Call 734-3315 or email bet- around, if possible. Consider your
email@example.com. The group firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 cast.net. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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, tocking.com.
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 www.relaxtheback.com
Wednesday at Valley Christian Center, Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Join
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April 12 – To Do List!
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