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									VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 10                         Your Local News Source Since 1963                                       SERVING LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL                                                      THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

                                      Fund Drive for Pleasanton Schools to Begin
                                      By Ron McNicoll                                 appeal through the news media to                 back through the community             tions continue with the classified     specifics will be cited in the
                                          A drive to raise an estimted                the whole community to donate                    fund-drive effort.                     employees’ union, which has            information coming to parents
                                      $900,000 by June 1 to save Pleas-               to the district.                                     The district has been looking      shown signs of making some             and public.
                                      anton school programs will begin                    As occurred last year in a                   at a projected $8 million shortfall    concessions in the best interests          The list at the board meeting
                                      late this week or next week.                    two-month, quick-start drive that                for the next fiscal year, which be-    of the district.                       March 2 shows four hours of a
                                          The school district will open               raised $450,000, two established                 gins July 1. That’s the best guess        Already declared saved by           technology specialist per day
                                      the drive with a letter to parents              foundations will act as central                  so far about the impact that a still   the administration and the board,      at each elementary school for a
                                      asking for their donations to save              collection points. They will turn                unsettled state budget for next        because of concessions and ad-         total of $202,500. Five hours of a
                                      specific programs. The $900,000                 the money over to the district.                  year will hold for schools.            ministrative staff voluntary cuts,     library assistant position per day
  Find Out What's                     is a ballpark estimate, said district
                                      public relations officer Myla
                                                                                      The foundations are Pleasanton
                                                                                      Partners in Education (PPIE) and
                                                                                                                                           Some Pleasanton programs
                                                                                                                                       that were headed for cuts have
                                                                                                                                                                              have been such major items as
                                                                                                                                                                              class size reduction, reading, PE,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     at each school costs $152,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Figures were not applied
     Happening                        Grasso. The figure had not been                 Pleasanton Schools Educational                   been saved by the teachers             and science specialists.               yet to various student support
                                      firmed up in time for The Inde-                 Enrichment (PSEE) foundation.                    union’s one-year concessions              The board approved a list           programs. Those needs will be
                                      pendent’s deadline.                                 The school board at its meet-                on their new three-year contract       of specific things that trustees       determined at individual sites.
       Check out the                      The letter to parents will be               ing March 2 approved a list of                   with the district. That savings        would like to see brought back         They will make up part of the
                                      followed in a week or so by an                  programs that could be brought                   will total $4.5 million. Negotia-      or preserved for next year. Such                      (See DRIVE, page 10)
      second section
      Section II is filled with
   information about arts,
   entertainment and special
   events. There are educa-
   tion stories, a variety of
                                                                                                                                                                              Oak Grove Referendum
   features, and the arts and
   entertainment and bulletin
   board listings.
                                                                                                                                                                              Debate Is Underway
                                                                                                                                                                                 Campaigning was underway            year legal battle, the issue will
                                                                                                                                                                              on the Oak Grove referendum            now go to the voters. There has
                                                                                                                                                                              at last week’s Pleasanton City         been controversy over whether
Sandia Good                                                                                                                                                                   Council meeting.                       arguments criticizing the devel-
Place to Work                                                                                                                                                                    Comments made during the
                                                                                                                                                                              council meeting led Mayor Jen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opment were correct as presented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     by the opponents of Oak Grove.
    Sandia National Laborato-                                                                                                                                                 nifer Hosterman to declare, “Ap-       The development includes 51
ries’ California site in Livermore                                                                                                                                            parently the Oak Grove debate          custom home lots.
is ranked eighth among the win-
                                                                                                                                                                              has begun here and now.”                  Co-chairmen of the “No on
ners in The Scientist magazine’s
8th annual Best Places to Work                                                                                                                                                   The development is located in       Oak Grove Committee,” Karla
for Postdocs survey.                                                                                                                                                          the southeast hills of Pleasanton.     Brown and Kay Ayala, began
    “This year’s award winners                                                                                                                                                After being approved by the            what will likely become an on-
represent an array of forward                                                                                                                                                 council, it was referended. Fol-       going part of council meetings
thinking institutions that are                                                                                                                                                lowing the settlement of a two                  (See OAK GROVE, page 2)
open to changing in support
of the values and needs of its
postdocs,” said The Scientist
in a press release announcing
the winners of the survey. The
                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Time to step up’
Scientist cites “remuneration                                                                                                                        Photo - Doug Jorgensen          Retiree Group Hopes to
and compensation” and “family
and personal life” as strengths of
                                      Juliette Goodrich and Lynn Owens read a book written by Goodrich about the oldest burning light
                                      bulb in the world, “The Little Light Shines Bright.” They were at Arroyo Seco School in Livermore.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Reach Its Fundraising Goal
    To arrive at its rankings, The    For the story, go to Section II.                                                                                                            The UC Livermore Lab Re-           documents that reveal a trail of
Scientist tallied 3,105 responses                                                                                                                                             tiree Group is approaching its         health care policies and contrac-
                                                                                                                                                                              financial goal of raising enough       tual decisions that evolved over
                                      Livermore City Council Votes to
from its postdoc audience. Re-
spondents assessed their work-                                                                                                                                                money to begin legal action to         decades and were changed only
ing conditions and environ-                                                                                                                                                   try to restore membership in Uni-      recently.
ments, indicating their level of
agreement and importance with         Support Appeal of Kennel Approval                                                                                                       versity of California health plans.
                                                                                                                                                                              It needs a final push to reach its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Legal action has always been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a last resort for the retirees group,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     which has petitioned the Univer-
43 criteria in 11 different areas.                                                                                                                                            target of $150,000, according to
                                         The Livermore City Council                   could be approved in other areas,                That doesn’t mean that anything        group leaders.                         sity for reinstatement to health
Sufficient responses — a mini-                                                                                                         goes.”
mum of five — were received           voted unanimously to support the                such as North Livermore.                                                                    “We are close but not there        plans, appealed to the UC Board
                                      appeal of an approval of a large                   Mayor Marshall Kamena said,                       The Sierra Club filed the          yet,” said Joe Requa, founder          of Regents, met with UC General
from each of 90 institutions                                                                                                           appeal after the County Zoning
considered in the rankings.           kennel in the unincorporated area               “The issue isn’t the quality of the                                                     of the organization. “We have          Counsel and secured a promise
                                      of Alameda County.                              architecture, but the permitted                  Board of Adjustments had ap-           about $125,000 now, with more          from newly elected representa-
    Sandia’s Albuquerque, N.M.,
                                         The concern was that it would                uses under Measure D. It’s my                    proved it. The matter will now go      coming in. I’m hopeful, because        tive John Garamendi to form
laboratory ranked 23rd in the
                                      set a precedent that could mean                 opinion that horse boarding is a                 to the Board of Supervisors.           members have voted overwhelm-          a committee to investigate the
survey.                                                                                                                                             (See APPEAL, page 10)
    More information on The           such urban commercial uses                      specific permitted use. Boarding                                                        ingly to support legal action. It      health care situation.
Scientist’s Best Places to Work                                                       for dogs and cats is not listed.                                                        really isn’t certain that we can           None of these approaches has
for Postdocs survey can visit        Innovation Hub Aims to Create Jobs                                                                                                      collect that last $25,000 to make
                                                                                                                                                                              legal action possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                  “This is the time for people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     been successful. Most recently,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Garamendi communicated his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     change of heart on forming the
                                         Livermore will establish two                 the recently designated innova-                  and the Lawrence Livermore Na-
                                                                                                                                                                              to step up who are planning to         investigative committee, al-
                                      nonprofit corporations that are                 tion for Green Advanced Trans-                   tional Laboratory to designation
                                                                                                                                                                              do so.”                                though he emphasized his inter-
                                      projected to help develop high                  portation Excellence (i-GATE)                    i-GATE as part of the state’s iHub
                                                                                                                                                                                  The group’s attorneys believe      est in pursuing other means of
                                      paying jobs in the city.                        Innovation Hub (iHub).                           Demonstration Program.
                                                                                                                                                                              its legal case is sound. However,      reaching an accommodation.
Yucca Mountain                           The city council on Monday
                                      directed staff to move forward
                                                                                         The State of California se-
                                                                                      lected a proposal by Livermore,
                                                                                                                                          The i-GATE partnership in-
                                                                                                                                       cludes over 25 other governmen-        it will be necessary to take the           The Retiree Group expects
Application                           with the corporations as part of                Sandia National Laboratories,                                      (See iHUB, page 4)   University to court to discover                        (See GOAL, page 10)

    The U.S. Department of En-
ergy today filed a motion with the    New Animal Shelter to
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
to withdraw the license applica-
tion for a high-level nuclear waste
                                      Be Built in Pleasanton
repository at Yucca Mountain             Valley Humane Society                            In April 2007, VHS moved
with prejudice.                       (VHS) has begun the process to                  from a small building on Spring
    “President Obama is fully         build a new, 5,000 square foot                  Street in downtown Pleasanton
committed to ensuring that the        animal shelter on Nevada Street                 to a modular building at 3670
Nation meets our long-term            in Pleasanton.                                  Nevada Street. The construction
storage obligations for nuclear          “Last year was a turning point               of a new building will allow VHS
waste,” said Department of En-        for VHS,” said Wendy McNelley,                  to expand its services to the com-
ergy General Counsel Scott            VHS General Manager, “Thanks                    munity and triple the number of
Blake Harris. “In light of the        to the hard work of our Board                   animals saved every year.
decision not to proceed with the      and the support of our volunteers                   Through a bequest from the
Yucca Mountain nuclear waste          we are now poised to make our                   late Joyce Keeler, a former Liver-
repository, the President directed    dream of a new building come                    more teacher and animal lover,
Secretary Chu to establish the        true.”                                                          (See SHELTER, page 4)
Blue Ribbon Commission on
America’s Nuclear Future to
conduct a comprehensive review
of policies for managing the back
end of the nuclear fuel cycle and
                                      Essay Contest Brings
to provide recommendations for
developing a safe, long-term so-      Out Foothill’s Virtues
lution to managing the Nation’s       By Ron McNicoll                                 anton’s community of character.
used nuclear fuel and nuclear            Foothill High School is be-                  The traits were adopted by the
waste.”                               coming the home of many ar-                     Pleasanton school board 10 years
    In its motion, DOE reaffirmed                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo - Doug Jorgensen
                                      ticulate writers who show a                     ago. Many schools throughout
its obligation to take posses-                                                                                                         George (standing) and his father Jack Fiorio look over the new mural in Downtown Pleasanton.
sion and dispose of the nation’s      great deal of compassion, if the                the United States participate in a
                                      annual Laws of Life contest is                  “schools of character” program.                  The mural is located at the corner of Peters Street and Rose Avenue on the side of the Valley
spent nuclear fuel and high-level                                                                                                      Plumbing Home Center business. The mural was created by artists Ron Norman and Bill Weber.
nuclear waste. However, the Sec-      any indicator.                                     Foothill held a luncheon last
retary of Energy has decided that        The contest asks entrants to                 week that recognized 39 of the                   This is the second mural that the Pleasanton Downtown Association has commissioned for the
a geologic repository at Yucca        write about one of the six char-                more than 800 essay contestants                  beautification of the downtown.
Mountain is not a workable op-        acter traits that are part of Pleas-                              (See ESSAYS, page 12)
tion for long-term disposition
of these materials. Additionally,
at the direction of the President,
the Secretary has established the
Blue Ribbon Commission on
                                                                        Inside                                                                                                  PET OF THE WEEK
                                                                                                                                                                                The "Cream" of the crop! This stunning kitty is named
America’s Nuclear Future, which         Art & Entertainment...... Section II           Short Notes.............................8                                                Cream (he has a sister named Cookies), and he is as sweet
will conduct a comprehensive                                                                                                                                                    as can be. He gets along well with everyone and is just
review and consider alternatives        Bulletin Board............... Section II       Sports......................................6
                                                                                                                                                                                gorgeous to look at, too! Add some beauty to your home
for disposal of the materials.          Classifieds...........................10       Obituaries................................9                                              with this show stopper. To meet Cream, come to Valley
    The action will provide final-
ity in ending the Yucca Mountain        Editorial.................................4                                                                                             Humane Society's Kitty City, located at 3670 Nevada Street
project as a permanent geologic         Mailbox...................................4                                                                                             in Pleasanton. Call 925-426-8656 or visit the web site www.
                                                                                                                                                                       for more information.
          (See MOUNTAIN, page 2)        Roundup..................................3
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(continued from page one)
leading up to the June vote on         “You can understand why the           Attorney Jonathan Lowell com-
Oak Grove.                             public becomes confused. Facts        mented on the council’s ability to
   In response to comments by          were presented in three ways at       comment on presentations by the
the council majority that the cam-     one meeting,” said Ayala.             public under the “meeting open
paign be “fact driven,” Ayala and         She then read the ordinance,       to the public” portion.
Brown each talked about an issue       which states that the zoning              Councilmember Jerry Thorne
regarding the housing plans.           administrator will review and         wondered what the council’s
   Brown discussed the grading         approve each home as it comes         responsibility was in discussing
plans. She noted that there have       forward. The decision can be          issues raised by the public under
been comments that indicated           appealed to the planning com-         “meeting open to the public.” “I
that the development would not         mission and eventually to the         have been told that I cannot com-
occur on ridgetops. “I take ex-        city council. She asked that staff    ment or give any feedback. It’s
ception to that statement,” she        confirm her presentation as cor-      obvious we will see campaign-
declared. She showed a map to il-      rect.                                 ing. What are the restrictions?”
lustrate her points. Brown stated,        City Manager Nelson Fialho             Lowell explained that the
“In a typical area, 20 feet of the     stated that design guidelines were    Brown Act prohibits any public
ridge is cut off to make space for     approved as part of the develop-      resources from being used to
lots and the road. One site cuts 43    ment. The zoning administrator        campaign. Councilmembers
feet from the ridge, the equivalent    would check the houses against        need to be cautious on how they
of a four story building. That cut     the guidelines. If there were         respond. They can answer ques-
is dumped into an existing land        issues with the administrator’s       tions, or direct staff to answer.
area. There will be 640,000 cu.        decision, it could be appealed as     Councilmembers cannot hold
yd. of dirt moved. Almost all of       described.                            a back and forth discussion or
the lots are cut; others are created      Hosterman said the develop-        include statements that could be
by a cut and fill method.”             ment includes 500 acres of open       construed as pro or con on an is-
   Ayala talked about the ap-          space for the people of Pleasan-      sue. “The mayor needs to control
proval process for the custom          ton. There is an opportunity for      some of these discussions,” he          The Pleasanton Paratransit Service is one of many that will participate in the 5th Annual Transit
homes. Ayala said that at a recent     51 custom home lots. They are         stated.                                 Fair at the Pleasanton Senior Center on March 17.
council meeting Hosterman had          not approved by the ballot. Each          Thorne wondered about re-
said all of the houses would           individual lot will be reviewed.      sponding to comments directed
come to the council for approval.
Councilmember Cheryl Cook-
Kallio said that the planning
                                          Councilmember Matt Sullivan
                                       asked for clarification on the ap-
                                       proval process, noting, “I won’t
                                                                             at an individual councilmember
                                                                             by a member of the public.
                                                                                 Lowell stated, “Not respond-
                                                                                                                     Pleasanton to Host Annual Transit Fair
commission would approve the           throw in any political elaboration    ing is the best course of action.           The City of Pleasanton will       share information on transporta-     senior discount passes and cards
homes. At the same meeting,            the way the mayor just did.”          If there is a response, a council-      host the 5th Annual Transit Fair      tion options.                        during the event. These include
Councilmember Cindy McGov-                Fialho again confirmed that        member needs to be cautious. He         at the Pleasanton Senior Center          The Alameda County Health         the $9 Senior BART pass (a $24
ern pointed out that the zoning        statements made by Ayala were         or she could find a complaint filed     on Wednesday, March 17, from          Department will host a presenta-     value), the Pleasanton Paratran-
administrator would be respon-         correct as presented.                 with the district attorney.”            10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.               tion on maintaining driving skills   sit $30 punch card for residents
sible for approving the houses.           Later in the meeting, City                                                     This free event is open to the    and safe behaviors as people         of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton
                                                                                                                     public. It will feature representa-   age. Free Car Fit assessments,       Paratransit Downtown Route
                                                                                                                     tives from local transit agencies     sponsored by AAA of Northern         which offers 8 rides for just $12,
                                                                                                                     such as WHEELS, Pleasanton            California and the Pleasanton        Dial-A-Ride’s 10 rides for $35,
                                                                                                                     Paratransit Service, BART, the        Senior Center, will also be of-      and a Wheels monthly senior bus
                                                                                                                     Alameda County Transportation         fered. These free evaluations        pass for $18.
                                                                                                                     Improvement Authority (AC-            for seniors over 65 years of age         The Pleasanton Senior Cen-
The Cost Will Go Up to Self-Haul Trash                                                                               TIA), the Department of Motor
                                                                                                                     Vehicles, and the ACE train to
                                                                                                                                                           consist of trained professionals
                                                                                                                                                           leading participants through a
                                                                                                                                                                                                ter’s ‘Snappy Café’ will offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                a St. Patrick’s Day meal for $5
    It will soon cost more for         point of origin. She explained        fect this summer.                                                             15-minute, 12-point checklist        for adults and $3.50 for seniors.
Livermore residents to haul their      that because of the lower rates for      Livermore’s diversion rate                                                 with their vehicle to recommend      Reservations must be made by

own trash to the Vasco Road            Livermore, out of town haulers        for 2008 was 64 percent. Trends                                               adjustments and adaptations that     1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12.
Landfill.                              were claiming the trash origi-        indicate the rate may be higher in                                            can make the vehicle ‘fit’ better    For more information or to make
    On Monday, the Livermore           nated in Livermore. “This has led     2009. However, the staff report         (continued from page one)             and enhance safety.                  a luncheon reservation, please
City Council voted to revoke the       to a disproportionate amount of       points out that the trend will                                                   Participating transit agencies    contact the Pleasanton Senior
discount for Livermore residents.                                                                                    repository. It was noted that         will also sell their reduced cost    Center at (925) 931-5365.
                                       waste being attributed to Liver-      not continue when the economy
In addition, the council instituted                                                                                  scientific and engineering knowl-
                                       more. This is making it difficult     recovers and consumption in-            edge on issues relevant to dis-
a $4.53 per ton Livermore waste        for Livermore to meet its required    creases.                                position of high-level waste and
equalization charge for non-fran-      75 percent waste diversion rate,”        Mayor Marshall Kamena                spent nuclear fuel has advanced
chised, nonresidential waste.          explained Erlandson.                  commented, “It is good news             dramatically over the twenty
    Judy Erlandson, the city’s re-        The city will have to negotiate    that these changes will stop the        years since the Yucca Mountain
cycling and waste manager, said        an amendment to its agreement         practice. It is bad news that it will   project was initiated.
the city needed to remove the          with the Vasco Road Landfill to       penalize our residents. However,           The Blue Ribbon Commis-
incentive for people taking trash      institute the new rates. Erlandson    I do think the benefits outweigh        sion’s first meeting will take
to the landfill to misrepresent its    said they are expected to take ef-    the negatives.”                         place on March 25th and March
                                                                                                                                                    The Independent, MARCH 11, 2010 - PAGE 3

Funds for Transportation Projects                                         starting March 5th through March 29th. Bidding will begin on March
   The Department of Transportation has announced nearly $84 mil-         30th and end on March 31st. If a potential bidder does not have Inter-
lion in transportation projects for California out of more than $600      net access, an Offline Bid Form is available from the Tax Collector’s
million in projects nationwide.                                           Office, which is located at 1221 Oak Street, 1st floor, in Oakland.
   Projects in Northern California include:                                  The properties for sale are located primarily in Oakland. To be
   • $799,046 to the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority for        eligible to participate in the auction, a bidder must pre-qualify with
preventative maintenance.                                                 a $5,000.00 deposit. More information regarding the online auction
   LAVTA will receive $779,046 for a variety of projects being            can be obtained from the Treasurer Tax Collector’s website at www.
completed by the agency. LAVTA will use the funds for bus main- 
tenance, which will help ensure that mechanics in charge of bus
maintenance will keep their jobs. In addition, funds will be used for     St. Patrick's Day Dinner
the paratransit program, which offers door-to-door service for disabled      The Eden Area United Democratic Campaign presents its 12th
patrons. LAVTA, which serves the Tri-Valley area, including Dublin,       annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner.
Livermore and Pleasanton, operates a bus system that provides over           It will be held Thurs., May 18, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Carpenter's
2 million trips each year.                                                Union Hall, Local 713, 1050 Mattox Rd., Hayward.
   • $18,221,874 to the Municipal Transportation Agency of San               State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Board of Equalization Chair Betty
Francisco for preventative maintenance and to replace light rail          Yee and State Attorney General Candidate Alberto Torrico will be the
vehicles;                                                                 dinner’s special guest speakers. Also in attendance will be State Sena-
   • $16,972,052 for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) railcar and            tor Ellen Corbett, 18th AD Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, current
station equipment improvements;                                           elected officials, and Democratic Party officers.
   • $6,682,626 to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District for             The sponsors and organizers of this event are the Eden Area United
preventative maintenance;                                                 Democratic Campaign Committee which is comprised of four local
                                                                          Democratic Clubs: Hayward Demos, Castro Valley, South County
McNerney Most Moderate                                                    Young Democrats and Greater Hayward. All monies will go towards
   In a recent issue of National Journal, a non-partisan publication      the Eden Area United Democratic Campaign (EAUDC) for the 2010
that analyzes the legislative records of Members of Congress, Con-        election in the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo
gressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) is ranked as the most moderate of         area.
California’s House members. Overall, Rep. McNerney is identified as          The event is open to all Democrats. Cost is: $25 prepaid/$30 at
one of the “centrist members” of the U.S. House of Representatives.       door; Seniors/Students: $20 prepaid/$25 at door; Children 12 or Under
Out of more than 400 House members, he places only 15 spots away          – Free (when accompanied by an adult). More information or to RSVP,
from the dead center of the ideological spectrum.                         please call (510) 635-3121 or
   For almost thirty years, National Journal, widely considered to be a
respected source on vote rankings, has analyzed the legislative records
of Members of Congress by compiling key votes on legislation.
   Through an in-depth statistical process, National Journal ranks
each Member of Congress from most conservative to most liberal
on economic, social and foreign policy issues as well as through an
average composite score of all three areas. This year, National Journal
compared over 90 relevant votes in these key categories, selected to
statistically demonstrate the ideology of Members of Congress.

Funds to Help Displaced Workers
    Chabot College has received a federal grant and contract funds
from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of
Post Secondary Education and American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act Stimulus to help recently displaced workers in the East Bay. Many
of these workers have been displaced due to the impending NUMMI
plant closure and its effect on local suppliers of the plant.
    Through a partnership between Chabot College and the Alameda
County Workforce Investment Board (ACWIB), over $1 million will
be spent over three-years to support dislocated workers and adult
learners in Chabot’s service area and Alameda County by provid-
ing career transitional services such as job search assistance, career
counseling, career development workshops, education and workforce
training from a wide range of courses and programs offered at Chabot
and at neighboring schools, many of which specifically meet the needs
of dislocated workers and working adults.
    For additional information, please contact Matthew Kritscher,
Chabot College Dean of Counseling at (510) 723-6717 or Roy
Bertucelli, ACWIB Workforce Development Specialist at (510)

Online Auction of Houses
   Alameda County Treasurer Tax Collector Donald R. White an-
nounces the County’s online auction to sell tax delinquent parcels of
property. The auction will take place at March
30 through March 31, 2010.
   The properties are being sold using Bid4Assets, Inc., a leading
asset disposition and advisory services company. Interested persons
may preview the properties on the website at,
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                                                                                                             Election News
  EDITORIAL                                                                                                                 Congressman Garamendi Announces
  Wrong Place For Kennel
      When Alameda County voters passed Measure D, no
                                                                                                                                Plans to Run for Re-election
  one imagined the open space goals of D would one day be                                     John Garamendi (D-Walnut                            bringing our troops home, and          the right to ask,” added Secretary      Committee Lew Uhler, and eight
  threatened by dogs and cats.                                                             Creek, CA) has submitted his                           supporting them when they re-          Bowen. “Have you changed your           former Chairs of the California
      But that has indeed happened, in the form of a 37-acre,                              Declaration of Candidacy to                            turn. These remain my goals.           mind after signing? You can             Republican Party.
                                                                                           continue to serve California’s                            “In the four months that I have     withdraw your signature.”
  two-story, 20,000-square-foot kennel proposed for the south
  side of Interstate 580 in Dublin Canyon. The facility would                              tenth district.                                        served in Congress many criti-             Voters may call the Secretary       O’Malley Files for District
                                                                                              He stated, “It is an honor to                       cal issues have been debated. I        of State’s Voter Hotline at (800)       Attorney
  house up to 400 dogs and 50 cats.                                                        serve in Congress, and I thank                         voted for comprehensive health         345-VOTE to ask election-re-
      The development has received the county zoning adjust-                                                                                                                                                                         Nancy O’Malley became an
                                                                                           the voters for their support in                        insurance reform and improv-           lated questions, or to report           official candidate for Alameda
  ment board’s approval in a 2-1 vote, a decision the Sierra                               the November 2009 special elec-                        ing Medicare benefits. I voted         potential election fraud or voter       County District Attorney today
  Club intends to appeal, with the support of the Livermore                                tion. As a lifelong rancher, Peace                     for renewable energy programs,         intimidation.                           when she filed papers to put
  City Council and a group of Castro Valley residents.                                     Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, State                     money for transportation net-                                                  her name on the June ballot.
      “This is a hotel, a Regency for pets,” observed Sierra                               Senator, State Insurance Commis-                       works, reorganizing our intel-         Poizner Endorsed                        In September 2009, O’Malley
  Club spokesman Dick Schneider. “It’s not a low density                                   sioner, US Interior Department                         ligence systems, and veterans             Rep. Tom McClintock, Re-             was appointed by the Alameda
  use, as D sets forth.”                                                                   Deputy Secretary, and California                       support.                               publican, endorsed Steve Poizner        County Board of Supervisors to
      Livermore voted 5-0 to back the appeal. “Our council                                 Lieutenant Governor, I saw dif-                           For more information visit          for Governor. He is running in          replace retiring DA Tom Orloff,
                                                                                           ficult times but none worse than                                  the state primary to represent          becoming the first female Dis-
  is very much on record in support of Measure D,” stated
                                                                                           today. I conducted eight Con-                                                                 the Republican party on the             trict Attorney in the history of
  Mayor Marshall Kamena.
      Among the concerns, it’s feared the kennel would open
                                                                                           gressional town halls and heard                        Initiatives                            November ballot. In making his          the office.
                                                                                           from fellow citizens about their                           With 80 initiative proposals       endorsement, Rep. McClintock                O’Malley served as an Al-
  up to commercialization the I-580 corridor through the can-                              deep concerns for America. Our                         currently circulating throughout       called Steve Poizner the only           ameda County prosecutor for 25
  yon between Dublin/Pleasanton and Castro Valley, which                                   economy has a long way to go,                          California, Secretary of State         conservative candidate” in the          years and prosecuted thousands
  is considered a scenic corridor. It would violate the urban                              but I believe we are on a path to                      Debra Bowen is reminding voters        race and the only real reformer         of felony cases from child sexual
  growth boundary of D.                                                                    recovery.                                              of their key rights and responsi-      running for governor.                   assault to murder before being
      We cheer the Sierra Club for its fierce watchdogging                                    “During the election I said that                    bilities when deciding whether to         Many conservative lead-              promoted to Chief Assistant Dis-
  over Measure D. The Livermore City Council’s involvement                                 my top priority was job creation,                      sign petitions.                        ers in California have rallied          trict Attorney under Orloff.
  deserves praise, too. Measure D affects the entire county.                               and then set about regulating Wall                         “Anyone walking into a gro-        behind Steve Poizner, including             She has won the support of
  It’s good to see the city stepping up to the plate to defend                             Street, protecting Social Security                     cery store knows election season       Governor George Deukmejian,             the employees of the District
                                                                                           and Medicare, creating affordable                      is in full swing,” said Secretary      CA Americans for Prosperity             Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff,
  its provisions.                                                                          universally available healthcare,                      Bowen, California’s chief elec-        Chairman Peter Foy, former CRA          Chiefs of Police, victims rights
                                                                                           creating a renewable green energy                      tions officer. “Voters have many       President Mike Spence, former           groups, civil leaders and legisla-
                                                                                           policy, improving education, fix-                      rights when it comes to dealing        State Senator Richard Mountjoy,         tors, as well as former Alameda
                                                                                           ing our crumbling transportation                       with petition circulators, and it is   Ward Connerly, Orange County            County District Attorneys D.
                                                                                           infrastructure, protecting our                         important that voters not be bash-     GOP Chairman Emeritus Tom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lowell Jensen, Jack Meehan and
                                                                                           parks, promoting research and                          ful in exercising those rights.”       Fuentes, Orange County Su-              Tom Orloff .” (See website for
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                                                                                           development, reinvigorating a                              “Want to know if someone is        pervisor Pat Bates, President           complete list: www.nancyomal-
                                                           Founded in 1987, Valley Hu- domestic manufacturing base,                               paid or volunteering? You have         of the National Tax Limitation
VHS has acquired a significant                          mane Society has saved thou-
portion of the funds needed to                          sands of homeless pets through

                                                                                                                                 Livermore Growth Control Tied to
begin construction. A Capital                           its animal adoption program.
Campaign will run in tandem to                          Other programs include a pet
the building process to help raise                      food pantry for low-income

                                                                                                                                     Bigger Population Picture
additional support. Naming right                        families with pets, a pet visita-
opportunities for certain portions                      tion program that benefits seniors
of the building will be available                       and wounded veterans, humane
through this campaign.                                  education programs that edu-           Livermore’s 38-year evolu-                         population growth is having one        point, saying, “What land devel-        sion applied only to Livermore.
   Proforma Construction of                             cate children about responsible tion in controlling the city’s                            set of its negative effects,” said     opers might call conversion of          Later Pleasanton enacted its own
Pleasanton will be the contractor                       pet ownership, and a fund that population through its growth                              Whitney.                               raw land to happy communities is        growth control based on limited
for the project.                                        provides financial assistance for rate is the subject of an on-line                           Many people are not aware of       often the same phenomenon that          wastewater treatment capacity at
   In other news, Valley Humane                         emergency veterinary care.          publication. It was written by                        the link between these problems,       environmentalists would call loss       the DSRSD treatment plant.
Society has elected Lori Rice,                             For information, call Wendy a nonprofit organization. The                              because the news media doesn’t         of critical wildlife habitat.”                 FACILTIES HAD
President of the Amador Valley                          McNelley, General Manager of organization recently observed                               talk about them, said Whitney.                     INITIATIVE                          TO CATCH UP
High School Athletic Boosters                           Valley Humane Society at (925) February as “Global Population                             He cited a paper written by T.                 TOOK THE LEAD                       The SAVE ordinance pro-
and active community volunteer,                         426-8656 or by email at wmcnel- Speak Out” month.                                         Michael Maher, which appears               It is in the context of that “raw   vided that growth could not
to the office of President of the                               Joel Quick wrote the article                       on the web site of Minnesotans         land conversion” that Quick’s           occur, unless the city could pro-
Board. The former President,                               VHS is located at 3670 Ne- for the Institute for Popula-                               for Sustainability (mnforsustain.      paper on Livermore growth               vide adequate water, wastewater
Cindy Vallar, had to step down                          vada St., Pleasanton, CA. The tion Studies. The institute was                             org). The paper is “How and Why        control’s history documents the         treatment, and school facilities
unexpectedly after accepting a                          phone number is (925) 426-8656. founded to “empower people to                             Journalists Avoid the Population       city’s efforts to try to achieve        for growth.
job position in Ohio.                                   Visit         determine the best population                         – Environment Connection.”             population balance within its               Density was also an issue,
                                                                                                             size for their region and for the        Maher reported that a survey       city limits. The goal has been to       because of the air pollution con-
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                                                                                                             planet,” founder Searle Whitney
                                                                                                             told the Independent.
                                                                                                                                                  of 150 randomly chosen stories
                                                                                                                                                  on urban sprawl, water shortages,
                                                                                                                                                                                         minimize impacts on local ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                         vices. Later in Livermore history,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ditions that made Livermore the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 worst city in Alameda County for
                                                                                                                 The article is found on the      and threats to endangered species      an urban growth boundary was            air quality.
tal institutions, local jurisdic-                        A 12-member board of directors                      institute’s web page, howmany.       habitat, showed that only about        added to save open space outside            Livermore came up with a
tions, educational institutions,                         has been formed comprised of                        org. Much of the research is         one story in 10 framed population      the city, and foster agriculture        plan that included a growth rate,
economic development agencies,                           representatives from the city,                      based on city government and         growth as a source of the prob-        preservation and expansion.             and criteria for developers to
domestic and international busi-                         laboratories, entrepreneurs and                     press reports. It also includes      lem. Only one in the 150 stories           Quick’s article goes through        meet to gain priority points to
ness, young tech companies and                           other stakeholders from across                      an interview with Don Miller,        mentioned population stability         the highlights of Livermore’s           have development approved.
venture capitalists. The applica-                        the Tri-Valley. They include                        former Livermore city council-       among possible solutions.              efforts, starting with the SAVE             The article goes on to talk
tion for designation as an iHub                          Livermore Mayor Marshall Ka-                        member who helped spearhead              So Whitney is glad that there      intiative. Livermore and Pleas-         about the refinements that Liver-
included the formation of two                            mena and DeRionne Pollard,                          the Save All Valley Environ-         has been a concerted push by an        anton voters both passed the            more added to computing the
nonprofit corporations to support                        president of Las Positas Col-                       ments (SAVE) initiative, in 1972,    alliance of more than 100 spon-        initiative.                             growth rate, and requirements
the activities of the iHub.                              lege. The initial start-up phase
    One of the nonprofits is the                                                                             which began Livermore’s growth       sors to let the news media know            The initiative was taken to         inserted to make sure that there
                                                         is estimated at between 18 to 36
National Energy Systems Tech-                                                                                control policies.                    that they need to look at the big-     court by developers who won in          would be enough affordable
                                                         months, after which there would
nology (NEST) incubator. It will                                                                                 With world and U.S. popu-        ger picture when talking about         superior court. However, Liver-         housing.
                                                         be funding available to hire a full
provide support services and re-                         fledged director.                                   lation doubling in the past 50       local growth issues.                   more won an appeal. Pleasanton              Efforts in the 1970s, ’80, and
sources to young companies with                              White and Balfour will also                     years, communities that have             There is really no controversy,    did not join in the appeal, because     ’90s to develop North Livermore
the goal of developing them into                         head the i-GATE Corporation.                        problems with the local impacts      said Whitney. He explained             the city council majority did not       in the unincorporated area are
financially viable businesses.                           Kamena will also serve as one                       of growth need to look at the big-   that both environmentalists and        want to do so. Bob Pearson, elect-      also chronicled.
    The second nonprofit is the                          of the 12-member board of di-                       ger picture, said Whitney.           developers agree that expand-          ed on a growth control platform,            Growth control is now so
i-GATE Development Corpora-                              rectors. Chamber of Commerce                            “To me, that’s where the         ing population is what drives          was the only councilmember to           routine that Florida adopted a
tion, which will create public                           CEO Dale Kaye and City Man-                         rubber meets the road, in lo-        development.                           favor appealing the decision.           statewide growth control mea-
and private partnerships. It will                        ager Linda Barton are proposed                      cal communities. That’s where            Maher’s paper makes that               The appellate court deci-           sure in 2005, says Quick.
aid the city, Sandia and the Lab                         to be members, as well.
in efforts to jointly develop an                             Barton commented, “It’s re-
area on the two laboratories                             ally important to point out that
campuses and related develop-                            this is a very long term and im-
ment of research and science                             portant vision for the city going
business districts across the city.                      forward. It offers an opportunity
The shared campus development                            to create a lot of excellent jobs,
at the laboratories involves an ap-                      as well as gain recognition for                         (Opinions voiced in letters      cleanup have become the norm.          the collapse of the Soviet Union        necessary to cut our military bud-
proximate 110-acre open access                           the laboratories and the city in                    published in Mailbox are those                                              we were in a position to put our        get, further reducing our security
                                                                                                                                                     The administration needs a
area known as the Livermore                              science and technology fields.”                     of the author and do not neces-                                             house in order and to finally catch     when we may need it most as
                                                                                                                                                  2/3rds Senate vote to ratify the
Valley Open Campus (LVOC).                                   Livermore City Councilmem-                      sarily reflect the opinion of The                                           up in our areas of neglect. The         our enemies become bolder. The
It will host facilities for research                                                                                                              START treaty. In an extortion
                                                         ber Jeff Williams wondered if the                   Independent. Letter Policy: The                                             Clinton years even left us with         longer we wait to get out of our
development, academic institu-                                                                                                                    quid pro quo letter Senate Re-
                                                         use of NEST had been cleared                        Independent will not publish                                                a fiscal surplus. But instead of        predicament the more difficult it
tions, technology incubation                                                                                 anonymous letters, nor will it       publicans and Joe Lieberman
                                                         with the Lab, as it is used to                                                                                                  using it for attacking the many         becomes and the less secure we
and industrial and commercial                            designate a nuclear emergency                       publish letters without names.       made it known that without this
                                                                                                                                                                                         problems we faced, we were led          remain.
partnerships. LVOC will serve                            response team.                                      Abusive letters may be rejected      increased weapons funding the
                                                                                                                                                                                         (lied) into another series of wars.
as the core of an energy research                            White replied, “They did ap-                    or edited. Frequent letter writers   START treaty is DOA. But, as           Of course 9/11 was a severe blow        Yes on Oak Grove
cluster with the goal of expand-                         prove it. They felt it was too cute                 may have publication of their        has been seen in numerous recent       that had to be dealt with, but it
ing it to benefit the regional                                                                               letters delayed.)                    negotiations, these same Senators                                              Peter MacDonald
                                                         to pass up, with NEST incubating                                                                                                didn't call for the military re-        Pleasanton
economy, create jobs, mitigate                           businesses.”                                                                             can hardly be trusted.                 sponse that left us bogged down
climate change, increase energy                                                                              Arm or Disarm?                          To paraphrase Albert Einstein,                                                 Augustin Bernal Park near
                                                             i-GATE partners include the                                                                                                 in stupid wars with no end, nor         the top of Pleasanton Ridge is a
security, educate the future tech-                       cities of Livermore, Pleasan-                       Matthew Swyers                       “You cannot simultaneously             victory in sight.
nical workforce and form an                                                                                  Livermore                                                                                                           community asset without equal.
                                                         ton, Dublin, San Ramon, Tracy                                                            prevent and prepare for [nuclear]          With our sagging economy
interlocking innovation web with                                                                                 On February 18th V.P. Biden                                                                                     On walks along its trails I have
                                                         and West Sacramento, Sandia,                                                             war."                                  and saddled with debt, we ap-
global impact.                                                                                               spoke about “The Future of Nu-                                                                                      seen deer, fox, bobcat, and even
                                                         LLNL, Joint BioEnergy Institute,                                                                                                pear to be sliding down to the          the occasional snake in its tree
    The NEST incubator pro-                              Scion Group, California Fuel                        clear Deterrence." Oddly, most       Our Wars Are Killing Us                status of a third world country as
vides a funding vehicle to allow                                                                             of his speech was a weak attempt                                                                                    covered wilderness.
                                                         Cell Partnership, East Bay Eco-                                                          Aaron Latkin                           characterized by the following:            Now Pleasanton has an op-
i-GATE to accept charitable                              nomic Alliance, the University                      to conflate the cold war action      Combat veteran of                      Nonfunctional government, cor-
donations, such as corporation                                                                               of deterrence with disarmament.                                                                                     portunity for an open space park
                                                         of Michigan, UC Berkeley CI-                                                             World War II                           ruption at high levels, increasing      twice the size of Augustin Bernal
sponsorships, and a variety of                           TRIS (UC Institute for Science                      The nuclear Non-Proliferation        Livermore                              disparity in wealth, deteriorating
economic development grants                                                                                                                                                                                                      Park with Oak Grove (497 acres
                                                         and Innovation), UC Davis, Cal                      Treaty demands that signatory            After our victorious conclu-       infrastructure, inferior educa-
that the national laboratories are                                                                                                                                                                                               v. 237 acres). That won’t hap-
                                                         State East Bay, Las Positas Col-                    nuclear states disarm; it says       sion of World War II the United        tional system, dependency on
unable to accept due to program-                                                                                                                                                                                                 pen unless we vote yes for Oak
                                                         lege, Small Business Develop-                       nothing about deterrence. Biden      Stated has undertaken a series         foreign governments for loans           Grove.
matic restrictions.                                      ment Center, NewLine Ventures,                      represents the largest nuclear       of frivolous wars. I call them         and assistance, increasing num-
    The city’s economic devel-                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Oak Grove referendum
                                                         LLC, Livermore Chamber of                           weapons budget in history as cen-    frivolous because the reasons for      bers in poverty (foreclosures,          was started by a minority of rich
opment director, Rob White, is                           Commerce, Tri-Valley Business                       tral to disarmament, but money       our involvement were not clear         food stamps, soup kitchens, etc.),
proposed to be the executive                                                                                                                                                                                                     NIMBY’s from the adjacent
                                                         Council, Alameda County One                         for weapons dismantlement was        and there was no threat to our         high unemployment, little control       neighborhoods. A majority of
director of NEST. The deputy                             Stop (job training), Alameda                        actually cut in this proposed        security. The Vietnam War was          of pollution, lack of adequate
director would be provided by                                                                                                                                                                                                    the neighborhood committee
                                                         County Workforce Investment                         budget.                              particularly devastating in many       health care along with frequency        compromised on a development
Sandia, currently Bruce Balfour.                         and Bridgelux, Inc.                                                                      ways. It was costly in human           of disease, inability to raise
                                                                                                                 Biden defends this                                                                                              plan for Oak Grove, but then
                                                                                                             $624,000,000 increase by claim-      lives. It put our country further      standard-of-living, little time or      a minority broke away to start
                                                                                                             ing the weapons complex has          in debt, and it kept our country       resources for arts, entertainment       this referendum. A few rich
                                                            Publisher: Joan Kinney Seppala                   been underfunded during the          divided for many years to come.        and leisure, a disproportionate         NIMBY’s don’t want to look at
                                                          Associate Publisher: David T. Lowell
                                                                                                             last decade, when in fact fund-      During the ensuing years, we           large amount of resources in-           houses that look just like their
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                                                                                                                                                                                        The Independent, MARCH 11, 2010 - PAGE 5

Phoenix High School Receives WASC Accreditation
By Patricia Koning                       the quality of our program and         principal, teachers, and support       serve more than the 180-student        examine everything you do to          the way it engaged students and
   Students graduating from              the level of rigor.”                   staff. “Right now there is not a lot   limit for our current facility. The    identify where you are strong         parents,” says Hannah. “And
Phoenix High School this June               Phoenix High School was es-         of difference between the two,”        need is definitely there.”             and where you need to grow.”          our accreditation is a tangible
will leave with something all            tablished in 1993 as a very small      says Hannah.                              The students and staff of           The Phoenix staff, students, and      result.”
previous graduates of the pro-           program for the most at-risk               She adds that this is one rea-     Phoenix began the accreditation        school community cited the six-          Leadership students helped
gram lacked—a fully accredited           students in the Livermore Valley       son for seeking the accreditation.     process in February 2009, mak-         class schedule, direct instruction,   with the self-study report and met
diploma. The school recently             Joint Unified School District.         Del Valle has been a WASC-ac-          ing a request for initial affilia-     close staff relationships, and        with the WASC visiting commit-
learned that it received a full,         Organized under the Small and          credited program for many years.       tion. In the fall of 2009, the staff   safe campus as strengths of the       tee. “It was a little stressful,” says
three-year initial accreditation         Necessary Schools Program,             With the two programs being            collaboratively prepared a report      school.                               Phoenix student Patrick Wright.
from the Western Association of          which no longer exists, the school     so similar, Phoenix has been           about Phoenix High School, cit-           “We’ve really shifted our          “The fate of the accreditation was
Schools and Colleges (WASC).             combined flexible, individualized      functioning like an accredited         ing school-wide student data and       focus,” says Hannah. “The high        in our hands.”
   “WASC accreditation is in-            programming with work experi-          program but without the official       responding to questions in the         school diploma is no longer the          Erik Potts, another Phoenix
credibly important,” says Kat            ence and extra social-emotional        stamp.                                 areas of school governance and         pinnacle. It’s about what happens     student also involved in the
Hannah, principal of Phoenix             support to keep students engaged           “We do not expect these two        leadership, curriculum, instruc-       next.”                                WASC process, says he was im-
and Del Valle Continuation               in school.                             schools always to remain so            tion, assessment, and school              Areas of weakness include test     pressed with the way his fellow
High School. “Without it, our               In 2004, Phoenix was moved          similar, as the need for alternative   culture.                               scores in math and English Lan-       students rallied together. “I was
students’ diplomas are not nec-          from the Sonoma School site to         education continues to increase,”         A key component of the              guage Arts as well as attendance,     surprised how much school spirit
essarily recognized by colleges,         the Del Valle campus on Fifth          says Hannah. “When budget con-         WASC process is self-study,            specifically tardies. Phoenix staff   some people had,” he explains.
vocational schools, and the mili-        Street as a cost-saving measure.       ditions improve, the two schools       which Hannah describes as “a           have developed action plans to        “Everyone wanted the same thing
tary. The WASC process verifies          The two schools now share a            could exist on separate sites and      painfully honest time when you         improve math and English Lan-         so we all worked together.”
                                                                                                                                                              guage Arts performance that are          In the spring of 2013, Phoe-
                                                                                                                                                              in alignment with larger District     nix and Del Valle will both

Group Starts Monthly Protest Against War                                                                                                                      goals in the same areas.
                                                                                                                                                                 The Phoenix staff considers
                                                                                                                                                              the visit a success because the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    participate in another full self-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    study visitation to seek the next
                                                                                                                                                                                                    accreditation term. For more
By Ron McNicoll                             The demonstrators held signs            With Mayor Jennifer Hoster-        letters or phoning representatives     committee’s findings line up with     information about WASC, visit
    Pleasantonians 4 Peace has           that said “End the War,” and           man active in Mayors for Peace,        can be more effective, because         the self-study report. “It was a
added a monthly peaceful anti-           “Health Care, Not Warfare.”            and councilmember Cheryl               it lets the decision-makers know       really great process, especially
war demonstration to its long-           They said they wanted to add           Cook-Kallio a signer of an anti-       how one feels, she said.
standing vigil concerning U.S.           this anti-war stance, and make it      war ad from Historians Against             “As a constitutional scholar, I
hostilities in Iraq and Afghani-         visible on the last Wednesday of       War, they wondered why the two         support everyone’s right to free
stan.                                    the month so that people coming        have not shown up for the vigil        speech. That’s what it is. I have
    The group has been assem-            home from work would see that          and whether they would take part       no problem with the right of free
bling in a vigil for several years       local people care about ending         in the peaceful demonstration.         speech, but it’s not exclusive to
in front of the Museum on Main           the wars.                              Both said they had other ways to       them (Pleasanotnians 4 Peace).”
to honor the fallen in the two war          One of the people at the core       express their opposition.                  When Cook-Kallio was a
fronts. In that observance, the          of the group, Steve Dowding,               “It’s a calendar issue, really,”   fellow in the summer of 2002 in
names of the recent dead are read.       said that he doesn’t see the two-      said Hosterman of the timing of        Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office,
Those in attendance talk about           front war as an effective war on       the vigil. Hosterman added that        she was witness to a process that
ways to achieve peace.                   terror. Attacking Iraq and Af-         she is “not crazy about vigils.        the senator established for mak-
    Typically, the event held on         ghanistan appears to have driven       I’m crazy about demonstrations.        ing a decision about whether to
the second Wednesday each                out any Al- Qaida members that         I love carrying signs and yell-        support President Bush’s attack
month draws from 20 to 35                may have been there, and sent          ing.” As a member of Mayors            on Iraq.
people, said Pleasanton City             them to the new scenes of ter-         for Peace, she has been able to            “I was extremely impressed
Councilmember Matt Sullivan,             rorist activity: Yemen, Somalia        “take part in loud arguments on        with the process. People don’t
one of the group’s founders.             and Pakistan.                          the voting floor.”                     realize how much goes into a
    The group has branched out              One or more of the group has            The first resolution she helped    decision. Feinstein was not go-
to an anti-war demonstration at          appeared at virtually every city       sponsor, in 2007, was to urge all      ing to vote in favor of the war.
the intersection of first and Neal       council meeting since the group        nations to sign the nuclear non-       She was adamant. She asked
streets. There were nine people,         was formed. Despite extending          proliferation treaty. She said that    the intelligence committee and
split almost equally, between            invitations to all of the council to   nuclear weapons are a threat to        appropriations about it,” said
one corner and another across            attend the vigil, none has shown       all cities.                            Cook-Kallio.
the street, at 5 p.m. on the first       up, except for founder Sullivan,           Cook-Kallio said that while            “When she voted for it in Oc-
evening of action, Feb. 24.              they said.                             she is opposed to the war, she         tober, all I could deduce is that
                                                                                feels there are better ways to ex-     something came up in (secret) in-
                                                                                press opposition than holding up       telligence briefings that changed
                                                                                signs to passing drivers. Writing      her mind,” Cook-Kallio said.

                                         with no road crossings. Also
Transit Development                      widened medians for I-580, SR-
Robert S. Allen                          4 and I-80 allow BART at grade
Former BART Director                     in these corridors to Livermore,
Livermore                                Brentwood and Crockett. Let the
    TOD (transit oriented devel-         legislature form such a district
opment) refers to land use near          and let the people vote on it. A
rail transit stations. Too often         bond issue such as funded BART
land use planners use the term           in 1962 (paid off a decade ago)
to promote dense housing near            would raise $16 billion to give
new suburban BART stations.              our region first class rail.
People who live there, they say,
are much more likely to use rail
transit than people living further       Airport Initiative
away. They seek to deny public           Clarence Hoenig
funding for new stations without         Livermore
a heavy housing element.                    Pleasanton interlopers are
    New BART stations need               now circulating the Anti-Liver-
ample surface parking far more           more Airport Initiative. The lo-
than housing. More automobiles -         cal group opposed to the airport
each with at least one transit rider     don’t seem to be able to get
- will fit per acre than dwelling        enough Livermore citizens to
units. Most people have access           carry their petition. Even more
to an automobile at their homes.         onerous are the untruths barked
People can drive much further            at passing market shoppers.
than they can walk to a station.         “Keep a San Jose size airport out
An auto accessible station can           of Livermore. Help prevent air
attract far more transit riders than     accidents. Stop those noisy jets.
one with little or no convenient         Protect your property values and
parking.                                 on and on.”
    As land values increase, park-          The Airport is a valuable as-
ing structures to replace surface        set to the City and surrounding
parking uproot no dwellings.             region. Airport tax revenues
Land is there for development            support our city, schools and
with little community impact.            LARPD. Equally important,
    Transit planners would bet-          our airport brings millions of
ter work for BART around the             business dollars which, in turn,
Bay and reading out. Form a              support hundreds of jobs. This
single rail district of the five large   initiative could also cause the
BART and Caltrain counties (as           loss of crucial Federal and State
was done for BART in 1957). The          Airport funding important to
six million people deserve and           our local tax base. Livermore
can afford converting Caltrain to        taxpayers beware. You should not
BART and high speed rail on a            sign or circulate this restrictive
wide, fenced peninsula trainway          initiative harmful to our local
                                         tax base.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tri-Valley CYO Champs: The Catholic Community of Pleasanton
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (CCOP) 6th grade girls beat St. Raymond’s in a thriller championship
                                                                                                    Two LifeStyleRx Tiger Sharks were chosen to represent Zone 2 at the                                game that came right down to the wire, 29-28. Although late in the
                                                                                                    Pacific Swimming Meet in Morgan Hill. They are Miranda Heckman                                     game CCOP was down by 11 points, they clawed back, making high
                                                                                                    (8) and Caroline Eckel (8) (pictured). Miranda swam her personal                                   pressure shots from the foul line and from the floor. The girls are
                                                                                                    best and took fourth place in her 25 yard butterfly with a time of                                 coached by a remarkably capable and dedicated team of coaches:
                                                                                                    16.40 and sixth place in her freestyle with another personal best time                             Shawny Williams, Dave McMorrow, and Randy Isaacs. Pictured
                                                                                                    of 15.48. Miranda also took third place in 25 yard backstroke and                                  are (back, left to right) Haley Wesenberg, Alyson Isaacs, Caroline
                                                                                                    joined her 100 yard medley relay team in taking second and her 100                                 McMorrow, Daniela Williams, Louisa DuBose, Olivia Larsen, Monica
                                                                                                    yard freestyle relay team swam into fourth place. Caroline placed                                  Martinez; (front row) Haley Wesenberg, Alyson Isaacs, Caroline
                                                                                                    thirteenth in her 50 yard freestyle and swam for personal best times                               McMorrow, Daniela Williams, Louisa DuBose, Olivia Larsen, Monica
                                                                                                    in her 25 yard backstroke with a time of 19.22 giving her seventh                                  Martinez
                                                                                                    place and her 25 yard breaststroke with a time of 22.71 placing tenth.
                                                                                                    Caroline joined her 100 yard freestyle relay team placing fifth and
                                                                                                    her medley relay team placing second. Miranda and Caroline are
                                                                                                    coached by David Tambuwun and Jeremy Wada.
Rachel Knowles (12) and Nick Silverthorn (13) (pictured) of the
Pleasanton Seahawks (PLS) Swim Team were selected to attend                                         run. Bradley Archer added insurance with           the Dublin Gaels at Dublin, 8 - 3. Livermore
                                                                                                    a strong hit and RBI. The Astros Michael           was led by Eric Loberg, Tommy Parker, and
the Western Zone Select Camp sponsored by USA Swimming.                                             Honeycutt showed his power and speed in            Matt Holzschuh who scored two goals each.
Based on IMX point scores, and fastest times for the USA                                            the sixth inning by ripping a single down the      Ryan Wilkerson and Daniel Rowan netted
                                                                                                    first-base line and stealing 2nd. But the Cubs     one goal each. Parker had three assists, Kyle
Swimming four Zones, 28 male and 28 female swimmers are                                             held on to take the game with a final score of     Kline had two assists, and Scott Gragg had
selected to attend. While determining emerging young athletes                                       2-0. Top 3 players for Cubs: Shane Clifton,        one assist. Gavin Herr recorded eight saves
                                                                                                    Conner Livingston, Bradley Archer. Top 3           in the victory. The defense was led by Chris
in the four Zones, the purpose of this Select Camp is to move                                       players for Astros: Carson King, Daulton           Hill, Rusty Schmidt, Joe Gonzalez, Aubrey
these swimmers to the national stage and to provide them with                                       Johnston, Michael Honeycutt.                       Gott, and Michael Fischer.
                                                                                                         Tigers 2, Indians 1: Mason Arnold                  Livermore defeated the Cougars from
a unique and educational incentive.                                                                 pitched 8 strike-outs; hit a single and a          Campolindo by a score of 11 - 5. It was
                                                                                                    double. Nolan Smith hit two singles and            3 - 0 to start the game on goals by Scott
                                                  end of the 2nd inning the score was tied 2-       caught a high fly. Joseph Fields hit a single      Gragg, Tommy Parker, and Daniel Rowan.
                                                                                                    and a double. Scott Ragatz scored a run and        Campolindo fought back with two goals of
Record Tied                                       2, and at the beginning of the 6th the score
                                                  was still a close 5-3. But then the Mariners'     caught an infield fly. Nick Bouillerce pitched     their own to make it 3 - 2 after one quarter
     Aaron Thigpen, owner of Gamespeed                                                              4 solid innings and went two for two with          of play. Livermore widened the lead to a
Sports Performance in Pleasanton, tied the        pitching fell apart and the next 6 Angels
                                                  batters walked home. The final score was          a RBI double. Andrew Arruda pitched well           score of 5 - 2 at the half on goals by Eric
American record for the Master’s Division                                                           and played a solid second base. Tigers top         Loberg and Matt Holzschuh. In the third
Men 45-49 in the 60m dash at the WMA              Angels 14, Mariners 4. Outstanding Angels:
                                                  Chase Dunn pitched 2.3 innings (5K), one 2B,      players: Mason Arnold, Nolan Smith, Joseph         quarter, Livermore proceeded to score three
World Indoor Championships held March                                                               Fields; Indians top players: Scott Ragatz,         unanswered goals to take an 8 - 2 lead; after
1-6 in Kamloops, Canada.                          one RBI, two runs; Logan Cole pitched 2.7
                                                  innings (5K), one RBI, one run; Josh Pesso        Andrew Arruda, Nick Bouillerce.                    three quarters of play, it was Livermore 10,
     Thigpen ran the 60m dash in 7.02 seconds                                                             A Division: Mets 17, Orioles 8: The          Campolindo 4. The third quarter goals were
in the semifinals, tying the American record      caught a fly ball in right field at the bottom
                                                  of the 2nd, one 1B, one RBI. Outstanding          Mets came out swinging and scored many             three by Loberg, and one goal each for Parker
for men ages 45-49. He won a gold medal on                                                          runs early. The Orioles defense tightened          and Ryan Wilkerson. Parker finished off the
Tuesday in the 60m dash with a time of 7.10       Mariners: Bobby Payne pitched 2.1 innings
                                                  (4K), two 1B, 1 run; Aaron Epstein made a         up and their bats came alive making it close       scoring by collecting his third goal of the
seconds. He placed third in the 200m dash                                                           late in the game. The Mets offense countered       game in the fourth quarter making the final
final with a time of 23.88 seconds.               great double-play at first base to catcher, two
                                                  1B, one RBI, one run; Zachariah Eme was           strong in the final inning and put it away for a   score Livermore 11, Campolindo 5. In the
     During his career, Thigpen has been a                                                          final score of 17-8. Top Mets players: Carson      victory Kyle Kline had four assists, Gragg
member of 11 U.S. national teams, won a           two-for-two at bat (two 1B), 1 RBI.
                                                      AA Division: Cubs 2, Astros 0: The            Mohler, Blaze Hill, Adam Chapman. Orioles          had two assists and Wilkerson had one as-
2007 World silver medal at 100 meters and is                                                        top players: Jarod Michaelis, Cameron              sist. Goalie Gavin Herr had 11 saves. The
the current American Master’s record holder       Cubs and the Astros met up for their season
                                                  opener. Both teams played strong but re-          Winter, Tucker Vonderach.                          defense of Chris Hill, Rusty Schmidt, Joe
for the 60 meter and 100 meter distances in                                                                                                            Gonzalez, Aubrey Gott and Michael Fischer
the Men’s Division 40-44.                         mained scoreless through four innings. For
                                                  the Astros, Carson King displayed awesome                                                            were excellent in the victory.
     In addition to being a competitive ath-
lete, Thigpen has been a professional speed       pitching with eleven strike outs for the day.     Livermore Boys' Lacrosse                                In JV play, Livermore defeated Dublin,
                                                  Daulton Johnston helped the Astros start               It really was a great week for the Liver-     17 - 2. Goals scored for Livermore were
specialist for nearly two decades. He started                                                       more High School boys' lacrosse program.           six by Junior McCammon, four by Steven
coaching other athletes part-time between his     strong in the first inning with a single and
                                                  great base running by stealing 2nd and 3rd.       Both the varsity and JV teams won 2 games          Niessen, and two goal each by Gary Chapeta
professional track and field seasons before                                                         each. Livermore is currently ranked second         and Max Kreger; single goals were netted
finally opening Gamespeed in 1995, where he       The Cubs came alive in the bottom of the
                                                  5th inning. Conner Livingston hit a rocket        in the California North Coast ratings.             by Kyler Peterson, Patrick Feltz, and Nick
specializes in speed, power and agility train-                                                           In varsity action, Livermore defeated         Vickers. Niessen, Tim Braun, James Ellis,
ing programs for athletes in all sports.          line drive into centerfield. Shane Clifton
     During his career, Thigpen has trained       followed with a towering double, scoring a
17 NFL athletes, 34 Major League Baseball
players, more than 100 scholarship athletes
in soccer, baseball, track, rugby, lacrosse,
tennis, swimming and basketball.

Granada Little League
     Granada Little League opened its season
last week. Following are highlights:
     Minor AA- Red Sox 10, Phillies 7.
Red Sox Pitchers- Jordan Collum, Logan
Greenough, Joshua Collum, Diego Wilde-
Highlights: Jordan & Joshua Collum each
with a pitch, catch and throw to 1st base
resulting in a put-out at 1st. Red Sox Top
hitters-Jordan Collum, Diego Wilde and
Colton Morlan. Game Highlights: Score
was tied 7/7- 4th inning- Red Sox at bat
with bases loaded- Next batter hits a pop fly
(caught by Phillies) sending runner on 3rd
to home plate. Next batter hits a single and
sends 2 more players home. With 2 outs, and
2 minutes remaining, the last Red Sox batter
struck out which completed the 4th inning
just in the nick of time.
     Giants 9, Dodgers 8. An excellent start of
the GLL 2010 Season with a close match up
between the Giants and the Dodgers which
went to the bottom of the fourth with the
Giants trailing 5-8 when the Giants climbed
back to win the game 9-8. Excellent pitching
by both the Dodgers and Giants and superb
fielding for both teams.
     Minor A - A's (Offense) Ryan Layton,
Mateo Wilde, Jeffrey Winter (Defense)
Michael Buti, Tyler Hattori, Nicholas
Melendez-Yankee's (Offense) Aden Cle-
ments, Connor Cramption, Jacob Kilbane,
(Defense) A.J. Morais, Brendan Paterson,
Devon Pearce
     Mariners (Offense) Jack Hansen, Aiden
Lewis, Colton Trudeau (Defense) Thomas
Stevenson, Gavin Carreira, Peyton Stultz :
Pirates- (Offense) Jaxen McClaren, Danny
Geissbuhler, Vincent Eastman.
     Giants (offense) Tyler Stewart, Ryan
Grace, Henry Kath (defense) Ethan James,
Christopher Schonholtz, Wyatt Moseley:
Dodgers (offense) Duncan Maloney, Nathan
Kamm, Franco Moufarrej (defense) Michael
Gauch, Max Weasner, Ryan Van Bladel.
     Phillies (Offense) Aidan Ackerman, Alec
Faith, Nick Hill (Defense) Ty Bothwell-
Mitlitsky, Matthew Kronmall, Nick Puso:
Diamondbacks (Offense) Jacob Gutke,
Connor Hardesty, R.J. Little (Defense)
Carson Devine, Andy Hankins, Christian
     Farm - A's (offense) - John Orsini, Ryan
MacIntire, Neil Shah (defense) - Clare March,
Colin McConnell, Danny Knight.
     Phillies- (offense) Cooper Meyer,
Jasmine Lisondora, Hunter Houghton-
(Defense) Izaiah Garrido-Ramariez, Austin
Melendez, Austin Macedo - Diamond Backs-
( offense) Ben Wiesner,

Livermore American LL
     Livermore American Little League
opening week included the following
     Junior Gold 80's: Granada 4, Livermore
American 1: In the season opener for Granada
gold 80's pitcher Devon Strugill displayed
pin point accuracy and holding Livermore
American team to only l run. Kyle McCubbin
and Bryan Brinkley provided the defense
and offense needed for their first win (4-1)
of the season.
     Livermore American 9, Granada 6: In
the second game John Christman pitched
5 innings allowing one run. Livermore
American team bats awoke and put 9 runs
on the scoreboard. Granada's comeback was
stopped by a Garret Torres defensive play
and the runs supplied by the bats of Daniel
Cavalieri and Josh Revay.
     AAA Division: Diamondbacks 10, A's
4: Lots of excitement on Opening Day with
Dante De Mayo having 3 put-outs at 2nd
& Short. Cole Escover had a great put-out
at 3rd. Among those that scored runs were
Logan Miller, Trenton Wiedner, and Matt
Tivey. Final score 10-4 Diamondbacks.
Top Players for the Diamondbacks: Hunter
Burke - 3 hits including a triple and 1 RBI.
Tyler McMahon - 5 strike outs, 1 hit & 1
RBI. Jordan Esling - 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
Top Players for the A's: Kaine Montez - 5
strike outs. Nicholas Monica - 2 Hits. Stephen
Mohler - 1 RBI.
     Angels 14, Mariners 4: In the first AAA
game of the season, the Mariners and Angels
both came out looking very strong. At the
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                                                                                                                                                           Seniors Helping Seniors A Success
Daniel Lanci, Vickers, Robert Nguyen, and           1st Nicholas Chua, 10 yrs., Dublin; 2nd Kai
Steven Martinez each had one assist. Goalie         Ikegami, 10 yrs., Dublin; 3rd, Grant Atchin-
                                                                                                       includes detailed trail descriptions, including         The third annual Seniors Help-
                                                                                                       driving directions, to ten parks and 30 of the
Steven Martinez recorded nine saves in the          son, 10 yrs., Livermore; Vincent Dixon, 9          most popular trails in the Regional Parks.          ing Seniors event, with a theme
victory. Defensemen Spencer Davidson, Max           yrs., Livermore;                                   Each park includes three hikes ranging from         of “Love Through the Years,”
Byrne, Jacob Farmos and Nikalus Palomba                  10-12 years white belt division: 1st          easy to challenging. There are trails open to
all played well.                                    Gabrielle Gamboa, 11 yrs., Dublin; 2nd             hikers, bicyclists and equestrians, and many
                                                                                                                                                           proved to be a success again for
     As with the varsity game, the Cowboys          Garrison Groves, 10 yrs., Pleasanton;              are wheelchair accessible.                          both the Livermore High School
had a tough time against the Cougars from           3rd, Chandler Orluck, 10 yrs., Livermore;
Campolindo, before coming away with a 6             10-11 years white-yellow belt: 1st Joshua
                                                                                                           To register, visit, click       senior class of 2010 and Seniors
                                                                                                       on “Trails Challenge” in the “Features” sec-
to 3 win. Livermore was down 2 - 1 after            Rodrigues-Lahann, 11 yrs., Dublin; 2nd             tion on the right side of the home page, and        Services of the Livermore Area
one quarter; Steven Niessen had the lone            Logan Atchinson, 11 yrs., Livermore; 3rd           proceed as directed. Registrants must have          Recreation and Park District.
goal. Niessen scored again in the second            Rafael Gamboa, 10 yrs., Dublin.                    an e-mail address as further instructions will
quarter to tie the game at 2 - 2 at the half.                                                          be e-mailed.
                                                                                                                                                              The dinner and dancing event,
Livermore fell behind 3 - 2; then James Ellis                                                                                                              held at the Robert Livermore
tied the score at 3 all. Finally the Cowboys        Junior Golf Pasta Feed                                                                                 Community Center in February,
took control and scored the next three goals,
two by Niessen and the final goal was by
                                                         Junior Golf Pasta Feed, hosted by The
                                                    First Tee Tri-Valley on March 21, Sunday 2
                                                                                                       Baseball Players                                    served as a fun evening as well
                                                                                                           Colt .45s 19U baseball players wanted.
Junior McCammon. Steven Martinez had 12             - 4 pm at Castlewood Country Club. (2 - 4          Focus is on high school and freshmen college        as a fundraiser for both groups.
saves in the victory. The defense by Spencer        pm, Sunday afternoon). Theme - Believing,          players. No conflicts with the high school
Davidson, Jacob Framos, and Max Byrnes              learning, and making good choices in life and      season. For more information, contact Coach
                                                                                                                                                           Proceeds will benefit the class
were spectacular in the win,                        through the game of golf. Speakers will share      Max Valencia at (925) 639-9034 or email             of 2010’s senior ball, grad night,
                                                    tips about nutrition, banking, developing
                                                    core values, and golf. Youth will then enjoy
                                                                                                                        senior trip and senior class gift
Granada Lacrosse                                    pasta, bingo, prizes and relationship building.                                                        to Livermore High. Additional
    The Granada varsity boys lacrosse team          Entry form on,         Charity Golf Tournament                             proceeds will benefit LARPD
played a hard fought battle against Jesuit High     click on Pasta Feed. All youth ages 7 - 17,             The Tri-Valley YMCA will host its 3rd
School of Sacramento. In the end Granada            golfers and non-golfers, welcome. Deadline         Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Fri.,             Senior Services activities.
was defeated, 5 to 9. Hard hits were given          to sign up - March 15th. Cost $15 (Financial       April 30 at the Callippe Preserve Golf Course          High school students per-
and received by both teams. Turnovers and           need - contact Terri Maxoutopoulis at 925-         in Pleasanton.
penalties plagued Granada. Granada scored           366-7956).                                              The event will include silent and live         formed live music for the en-
4 goals in the 1st quarter, 1 goal in both the                                                         auctions, a women's beauty event, and a             tertainment and danced and
2nd and 3rd quarters, but were shut out in the
4th quarter. Jesuit scored 4 in the 1st, 1 in the   Junior Football                                    dinner. Free certified childcare will be pro-
                                                                                                       vided from 3:30 p.m. until the conclusion
                                                                                                                                                           socialized with the seniors in
2nd, 3 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th.                      The Livermore Junior Football League          of the festivities.                                 attendance. Two attendees were
                                                    registration for 2010 is underway.
    Top Scorers for Granada were Jared Mc-
                                                         Due to its success over its three-year
                                                                                                            For all who register by April 1st, the         crowned king and queen of the
Callister 3, Brad Juzkow 1, and Eric Martin                                                            cost is $165. After April 1st, the price is
1. Assists for Granada were credited to Jared       existence and the support of LARPD and             $185 which includes golf, lunch, dinner             event, Patrick O’Conner and
McCallister 1 and Collin Rigby 1.                   the high school football programs, LJFL is         and refreshments. The golf begins at 1 p.m.         Joyce Di Bari O’Conner.
    Goalie Jim Goritz had an impressive             expanding to all children aged 8 through 14        with a shotgun start but golfers may begin
9 saves. Defense for Granada was led by,            (as of December 31, 2010.) Football partici-                                                              “I thought it was incredible,”
                                                                                                       checking in at 10 a.m.
Kevin Thrailkill, Matt Lonsinger, Alex Barto,       pants will learn the fundamentals of contact            The funds raised for this event benefit        said Dana Messa, Senior Rec-
                                                    football in a safe and positive environment
and Ben Fouts.
                                                    and play regardless of talent level or ability.
                                                                                                       the programs of the Tri-Valley YMCA whose           reation Leader. “The kids were
    Granada's record is 0-2 for the season.                                                            policy is to never turn away a child or family
                                                    Cheer participants will learn the fundamen-        for lack of funds. There are many sponsorship       amazing the way they mingled
                                                    tals, cheer at games and compete locally. All      opportunities such as hole sponsorship and a        with the older generation se-
West Coast Gymnastic                                games will be played in Livermore at the
                                                    high schools. All practices will take place
                                                                                                       "Corporate Outing Foursome" special. Live           niors.”
    West Coast Olympic Gymnastic Acad-                                                                 and silent auction items are being welcomed
emy girls optional team competed at two             in Livermore. The season begins on August          to help raise funds in support of the Y mis-           The success of this year’s
                                                    1 and concludes in early November.
meets this weekend.
                                                         Online registration is open at www.
                                                                                                       sion of building strong kids, strong families,      event has organizers already
    The optional team level 8's competed at                                                            strong communities.
the 2010 Byer's Invitational in Rocklin. The In person                                                                 planning for another fun Seniors
team placed 2nd.                                    sign-ups will occur on Saturday, March                                                                 Helping Seniors event in 2011.
    Results: Katelyn Kleinhienz (older):            20, 10 am to 6 pm at the Robert Livermore
                                                    Community Center gymnasium lobby, 4444
                                                                                                       Diablo Trails Challenge                                For more information on
vault 8.5, bars 9.3( 3rd), beam 9.1 (3rd), floor                                                            The Diablo Trails Challenge will be held
8.85, AA 35.75 (5th). Alicia Woo (younger):         East Ave, Livermore.                                                                                   LARPD Senior Services, visit
vault 9.0 (7th), bars 9.55 (3rd), beam 9.35                The registration cost is $265 for
                                                                                                       Sat., March 20. The event was created to help
                                                                                                       celebrate and support efforts to Save Mount or call 925-     Pictured are Joyce Di Bari O’Conner and Patrick O’Conner, who
(4th), floor 9.275 (6th), AA 37.175 (4th).          football and $95 (noncompetitive) or $120
                                                    (competitive) for cheer. Registration costs
                                                                                                       Diablo. Distances include 50K, half mara-           373-5760.                            were crowned king and queen during the event.
Hannabeth Magnussen (younger): vault                                                                   thon, 10K, 5K Runs. A portion of all entry
8.5, bars 9.35 (8th), beam 9.375 (3rd), floor       increases after April 24. Each player pays         fees will go to Save Mount Diablo.
9.25 (8th), AA 36.475 (8th). Elizabeth Higa         a $25 refundable volunteer fee. Sibling                 All runners will receive custom finisher
(middle): vault 8.575 (4th), bars 9.0 (4th),        discounts apply. With the help of local            medals and custom shirts (cotton and tech
beam 8.55, floor 8.95 (5th), AA 35.075 (4th).       businesses and residents, LJFL has a limited       shirts available). There will also be a post-
                                                    number of scholarships for needy families.

                                                                                                                                                           Coin Show and Sale Set for Sunday
Isabella Orecchia (younger): vault 9.225                                                               race BBQ available for all runners.
(5th), bars 9.2, beam 9.050, floor 9.025,           Applications are available at www.Liver-                Age group awards will be awarded to the
AA 36.5 (7th).                                                        top 3 finishers in 5 year categories (smaller
    The optional team level 9 & 10 competed              Registration will close when the league       categories for the younger ages).
                                                    reaches 12 teams. Players that are not able                                                                The Livermore Valley Coin
at the Novato classic. The team captured
                                                    to register with LJFL will be given instruc-
                                                                                                            The 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will                                                  6/$5.00, available at the show.     and will be available to discuss
2nd place.                                                                                             all begin and end at Castle Rock Park in            Club will hold its 47th annual
    Amber Woo (level 10): vault 9.250 (1st),        tions to Pleasanton Junior Football League         Walnut Creek.                                                                            An hourly drawing will also         the club’s activities.
bars 8.950 (1st), beam 8.250 (3rd), floor 9.4       registration. LJFL intends to expand in the             The 50K is a point to point run and will       coin show and sale on Sunday         be held for a U.S. silver dollar.      Lunch service will be avail-
                                                    future to accept all Livermore children who
(1st), AA 35.85 (1st). Sean Tafuri (level 9 Sr
                                                    wish to play contact football or to cheer.
                                                                                                       begin at Round Valley Regional Preserve,            March 14, from 10 am to 5 pm.        Members of the Livermore Val-       able. For further information
A): vault 9.075 (4th), bars 8.575 (4th tie),                                                           following the Diablo Trail through Morgan
beam 8.825 (6th), floor 9.375 (3rd), AA 35.85            For additional information, interested        Territory Regional Preserve, Mount Diablo           The show will be held at the         ley Coin Club will set up numis-    please call Stephen Kramer at
                                                    parents should visit: www.LivermoreJunior-                                                             Elks Lodge, 940 Larkspur Drive
(4th). Rain Sullivan (level 9 Sr B): vault 9.1
                                           President and Vice-President
                                                                                                       State Park and finishing in Castle Rock Park.                                            matic displays, information table   (925) 980-9307.
(4th), bars 6.475, beam 8.725 (4th), floor 9.5                                                         There will be a bus leaving from Castle Rock        Springtown in Livermore.
(1st), AA 33.8 (3rd). Jennifer Silver (level        of LJFL are Jim Burke and Jon Parker.              Park to the race start at 6:30am (seats must
9 Sr B): vault 9.150 (2nd), bars 9.025 (1st),                                                                                                                  More than 30 dealers from
                                                                                                                                                                                                New WellWorks Facility to
                                                                                                       be reserved in advance).
beam 9.325 2nd), floor 9.150 (2nd), AA 36.65
                                                    Diablo Century                                          Start times will be: 8:00am for the 50K        all over Northern California will
(1st). Jordan Garza (level 9 Sr B): vault 9.350                                                        (bus departs from start area at 6:30), 9:00am
(1st), bars 9.0 (2nd), beam 9.4 (1st), floor             Cycling enthusiasts are invited to register   for the Half Marathon, 9:10am for the 10K           offer gold, silver, and base metal

                                                                                                                                                                                                Open at Medical Center
8.650 (5th), AA 36.4 (2nd).                         for the 2nd annual Diablo Century to be held       and 9:20am for the 5K.                              coins from the United States
                                                    on Sunday morning, April 25 at the Contra               Participation will be limited to a total of
                                                    Costa JCC in Walnut Creek.                                                                             and foreign countries. Ancient
Livermore Aquacowboys                                    Three routes, all beginning at the CCJCC
                                                                                                       600 entrants for all races combined.
                                                                                                            There are three prices: early bird (before     coins will be offered as well.
     Four Livermore Aquacowboys attended            on Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek, will         2/7), regular (until 3/7) and late/race day entry   Prices range from a few cents to         San Ramon Regional Medical Center will celebrate the grand
the Walnut Creek Aquabears meet held at             accommodate various cycling levels: the 25-        (until 3/20). 5K Entry Fee: $33 until 2/7, $38                                           opening and ribbon cutting of the new facility for WellWorks—oc-
DVC on 3/6/10-3/7/10.                               mile route will take casual cyclists through       until 3/7, $43 until 3/20; 10K Entry Fee: $39       hundreds of dollars. Dealers will
     Sofia Moufarrej took three 1st Place           the scenic hills of Danville and Alamo to          until 2/7, $44 until 3/7, $49 until 3/20; Half      make appraisals and purchase         cupational medicine program, and the MRI on Wednesday, March
awards: 100 Breast, 50 Back and 50 Free.            the foot of Mt. Diablo and back. The more          Marathon Entry Fee: $56 until 2/7, $61 until        coins from the public.               17, 2010. The new building is located outside the south entrance
Victoria Moufarrej took 3rd Place in the 100        challenging 100-K route (62 miles) will have
Breast and 7th in the 50 Free. Catherine Elliott    cyclists enjoying the breathtaking backside
                                                                                                       3/7, $66 until 3/20; 50K Entry Fee: $75 until
                                                                                                                                                               Admission is free. Wooden        to the Medical Center, located at 6001 Norris Canyon Road, San
                                                                                                       2/7, $85 until 3/7, $95 until 3/20.
swam to 5th overall in the 100 Back and 8th         and spectacular views of Mt. Diablo via                 If the race has not sold out before then,      “nickels” commemorating the          Ramon.
overall in the 50 Back and Shahini Ananth           Clayton and the Morgan Territory. Cyclists         race day registration will be available. Please                                             WellWorks provides 24-hour care for injured workers from busi-
took 8th overall in the 100 Breast.                 will descend into Livermore and return via         note that for the 50K, race day registration        event will be given away while
     The Livermore Aquacowboys offers               Danville and scenic Blackhawk. The final           will only be available at the 50K race start        supplies last. This year’s raffle    nesses throughout the area. The new GE 1.5 Tesla MRI (Magnetic
training and competitive groups, ages 5yrs          100-M route (100 miles) will have serious          (at Round Valley Regional Preserve). Race           will feature a U.S. $10 gold         Resonance Imaging) scanner is a 16-channel high definition XT
to 18yrs old and all ability levels. Open           cyclists taking the 100-K route and then add-
enrollment is underway. Please call us at           ing to the challenge with a vigorous jaunt to
                                                                                                       day registration for the other distances will
                                                                                                                                                           coin for the grand prize and 14      Excite with new breast imaging technology.
                                                                                                       be available at Castle Rock Park.
925-443-7700 to schedule a free one-week            Castro Valley, followed by an energetic climb           On-line registration is at http://brazen-      additional runner-up gold and           San Ramon Regional Medical Center opened in 1990 and is a
tryout.                                             up Redwood Road to Moraga.                                                                                  123-bed acute care hospital. It provides inpatient, outpatient and
                                                         All three routes conclude with a return                                                           silver coins.
                                                    ride to the Contra Costa JCC, where a lun-                                                                 Tickets are $1.00 each or        24-hour emergency services.
Edge Gymnastics                                     cheon and commemorative t-shirt will await         Inline Hockey
     Edge Gymnastics team members com-              registered riders.                                     Valley Inline Hockey in Livermore is
peted at the Byers invitational hosted by                The Diablo Century will take place come       preparing for Spring with youth and adult
Byers Gymnastics Center Sacramento in               rain or shine. Start time for the 100-K and        signups. They are scheduled for Saturday,
Rocklin over the weekend.                           100-M routes is from 6:30 to 8:00 am. The          March 13 at the rink from 10am-1pm. The
     Results:                                       25-M route begins at 8:00 am. Individual           rink is located behind Junction Ave Middle
     Level 7: Younger age group: Julia              registration fee for all routes is $50 per         School with parking off Ladd Ave. Leagues
Pfluger, 10th floor; Middle age group: Stephe-      person ($60 the day of the event). Tandem          include Mites (ages 6 and under) free learn
nie Relova, 12th vault, 2nd floor, 3rd beam,        for all routes is $100 per tandem ($110 the        to play and skate class. Squirts (ages 7-10),
5th floor, 2nd all around; Samantha Jower,          day of the event) and additional luncheon          PeeWees (10-13), Bantams (13-16), adults
3rd vault, 1st bars, 2nd floor, 3rd all around;     tickets for non-registered riders are available    (16 and up). Equipment can be borrowed,
Older age group: Adriana Gascon, 12th vault,        for $10 each.                                      as long as a participant has skates. For
2nd bars, 9th beam, 1st floor, 3rd all around;           To register for the Diablo Century or to      more details on costs and league call us at
Nadine Vomund, 10th vault, 10th bars, 3rd           learn more, please visit        925-443-1500 or check the web at www.
beam, 3rd floor, 6th all around; Kelsey Fer-        blo. To learn about volunteering opportuni-
ranti, 3rd vault, 4th floor 9.325                   ties, please contact Phil Hankin at philh@
     Level 8: Middle age group: Heather    or (925) 938-7800, ext. 273.
Hovander 1st vault, 9th bars, 2nd beam,
1st floor, 1st all around; Hayley Timmons,
                                                                                                       Chabot in State Finals
                                                                                                            For the first time in Chabot College
2nd vault, 1st bars, 2nd all around; Hannah
Skinner, 2nd beam 9.275, 3rd floor
                                                    Trails Challenge                                   history, the women’s basketball team has
                                                        The East Bay Regional Park District’s          advanced to the State Finals Tournament.
     Level 9: Younger age group; Hannah             seventeenth annual Trails Challenge is now         A 77-71 win over Sierra College on Satur-
Hitchcock, 2nd bars; Middle age group;              accepting registrations for 2010. This self-       day night put the Lady Gladiators into the
Vinnesa Narvaez, 5th vault, 2nd bars, 1st           guided hiking program grew to nearly 8,000         State "Elite Eight.” The team travels to Cal
beam , 5th floor, 2nd all around                    participants in 2009, and even more are            Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, to
     Level 10: Younger age group: Serena            expected to sign up this year. In celebration      compete in the tournament this week.
Leong, 1st vault, 2nd bars, 1st beam, 1st floor,    of the Park District’s 75th Anniversary the             “This was not supposed to happen,”
1st all around: Jordan Ratcliff, 5th vault , 8th    “Challenge” will be free this year thanks to       says Don Queyrel, Chabot College Athletic
bars, 3rd beam, 3rd floor, 4th all around           a partnership with Kaiser Permanente heath         Director and Women’s Basketball Coach.
                                                    maintenance organization.                          “We were not even rated among the top
Judo Tournament                                         The Trails Challenge is a hiking program
                                                    that gives participants an incentive to visit
                                                                                                       15 teams. The team got here through sheer
     Judo players from the Amador Judo team                                                            determination."
in Livermore competed recently in a local           regional parks new to them, while promot-               As one of the four qualifiers from
tournament. The results are as follows:             ing good health and conditioning through           Northern California, Chabot will face its
     6-8 yrs. white-yellow belt: 1st Dan Ike-       enjoyable outdoor exercise.                        first opponent, the Fullerton College Hornets
gami, 8 yrs., Dublin; 2nd, James Stonecipher,           Participants who register for the Trails       - the number-one rated team in the state - on
7 yrs., Dublin; 3rd, Abby Macial-Lahann, 6          Challenge will receive a free t-shirt and online   Thursday, March 11 at 5 p.m. Winners will
yrs., Dublin; 9-10 years white-yellow belt:         access to the 2010 trail booklet. The booklet      move to the state semi-finals on Saturday.
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ValleyCare Distinctive Center for Surgery                                                                                        Ag Week at the Farmers' Market
   Blue Shield of California has            American Association of Hip                facility including intensive and
designated ValleyCare Health                and Knee Surgeons, the North               emergency care; Experience and
System as a Blue Distinction                American Spine Society and the             training of program surgeons;                American agriculture is re-             Market there will be an Ag Week       locally-grown products, espe-
Center for Knee and Hip Replace-            American Association of Neuro-             Quality management programs;              sponsible for providing the ne-            contest! Thoughts are sought on       cially at neighborhood farmers’
ment and Spine Surgery.                     logical surgeons.                          Multi-disciplinary clinical path-         cessities of everyday life…food,           how a farmers’ market provides        markets where consumers can
   According to Blue Shield                    “Blue Distinction Centers set           ways and teams; and, Shared               fiber, clothing, and even fuel.            fresh food for your family, what      purchase those products directly
of California, Blue Distinction             themselves apart by adhering to            decision making and preopera-             That’s the message of National             does buying fresh and local           from the farmers themselves.
Centers demonstrate their com-              best practices in patient safety           tive patient education.                   Ag Day, which is celebrated                mean, and any other thoughts and         To learn more about National
mitment to quality care resulting           and surgical care and producing               “We are pleased to be awarded          this year on March 20. Farm-               opinions of the farmers’ market.      Ag Day and National Ag Week,
in better overall outcomes for              consistently strong outcomes               the Blue Distinction for Spine            ers, ranchers, agricultural asso-          Win a big basket full of fresh        please visit
patients. ValleyCare’s Spine Sur-           with fewer complications,” said            Surgery and Hip and Knee Re-              ciations, corporations, farmers’           seasonal produce. The winner             For more information on the
gery and Knee and Hip Replace-              Michael-Anne Browne, MD,                   placement by Blue Shield of               market operators, government               will have his or her entry posted     Livermore Farmers’ Market,
ment program meets evidenced                medical director for quality at            California,” said Marcy Feit,             agencies, and countless others             on the website and at the market.     please contact the Pacific Coast
based clinical criteria, developed          Blue Shield of California.                 ValleyCare Health System CEO.             across America will gather to cel-         Entry forms are available at the      Farmers’ Market Association at
in collaboration with a panel of               To be designated a Blue Dis-            “It further demonstrates our              ebrate the abundance provided              Information Booth.                    (800) 949-FARM, (925) 825-
expert physicians and medical or-           tinction Center, the following             commitment to the highest qual-           by agriculture on this first day              PCFMA is encouraging con-          9090, or go to www.pcfma.
ganizations. These organizations            types of criteria were evaluated:          ity standards in providing these          of spring.                                 sumers around the Bay Area to         com.
include the American Academy                Established acute care inpatient           services to our community.”                  This year’s theme is “Ameri-            show their thanks to California
of Orthopedic Surgeons, the                                                                                                      can Agriculture: Abundant. Af-             farmers and ranchers by buying

Employer Information Sessions Scheduled
                                                                                                                                 fordable. AMAZING.” Linda
                                                                                                                                 Tank, Ag Day committee chair-
                                                                                                                                 man says “The focus for 2010
    Tri-Valley businesses are in-           more back to work, and to help             mentary continental breakfast             and beyond is to capture the at-
vited to an “Employer Informa-              Tri-Valley employers grow their            will be provided.                         tention of consumers who think
tion Session” to learn more about           businesses.                                   RSVP via email to tbrink@              they have no relationship to
the American Family Recovery                    The American Family Recov-    by noon on the              agriculture. Our new campaign
Project, an American Recovery               ery Project benefits employers by          Monday preceding your desired             reinforces that American agricul-
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)                 providing referrals of job can-            date of attendance.                       ture is a part of all of us.”
project led by the Tri-Valley               didates qualified for the Project             Upcoming dates are Wed.,                                                              The 2010 Livermore Rodeo is three short months away. Mark
                                                                                                                                    To mark National Agriculture
Community Foundation and Al-                and by subsidizing 80% of their            March 18, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.                                                         June 12 and 13 on your calendar.
                                                                                       Livermore Library, 1188 South             Week, the Pacific Coast Farmers’
ameda County Supervisor Scott               wages and payroll taxes until                                                                                                       According to the Livermore Stockmen’s Association, this year
Haggerty.                                                                              Livermore Ave.; and Wed.,                 Market Association (PCFMA) is
                                            September 30, 2010. There is no                                                                                                 is going to be a big year. LARPD and the Rodeo Association have
     The objective of the Project           limit on the number of positions           March 24, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.              hosting events in the Bay Area
                                                                                                                                 Farmers’ Markets that it will              teamed up to install new fencing, irrigation and turf in front of the
is to use federal stimulus fund-            a company can fill through this            Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic
                                                                                       Plaza.                                    operate that week, with music,             arena. The Riata Cowboy Girl’s trick riding team is coming back.
ing to get family wage earners              program.
in the Alameda County cities of                                                           Call the the Foundation at             children’s events, and special             Sponsors are all on board. Family Night has a couple of surprises
                                               The Tri-Valley Business
Pleasanton, Dublin, and Liver-              Council is hosting free weekly             925-734-5672 for information.             giveaways.                                 planned.
                                            information sessions. Compli-                                                           At the Livermore Farmers’                   Sponsors onboard are Groth Brothers Chevrolet, Markstein Sales,
                                                                                                                                                                            Hertz, Pendleton Whiskey, Wrangler, Ising’s Culligan Water, Nestle,
                                                                                                                                                                            Wells Fargo, Peterson Caterpillar, Arrow Rentals, Calco Fence,
                                                                                                                                                                            Toyota Material Handling, MidCal John Deere, Bobcat West, Oak-
                                                                                                                                                                            land Coliseum, Extended Stay Hotels, Cochran Landscape Supply,
                                                                                                                                 ervations are suggested; however,
                                                                                                                                                                            Livermore Feed and Farm and many more. Ticket sales and sponsors
Gotta Pretty Garden?                                                                   the Diablo Chapter's annual MATH-
                                                                                                                                                                            keep this rodeo going. If you love your local rodeo, please support
    Valley Humane Society VHS is            Nature Programs                            COUNTS competition. Students              tickets may be purchased at the door.
                                                                                                                                 For reservations and information call      these businesses.
looking for gardens.                            March Mud March will be led by         competed in three rounds of tough
    Its Hidden Gardens of the Valley        Livermore Area Recreation and Park         math questions. The Harvest Park          the museum on (925) 462-2766. The              The capital improvement work at the front of the arena is a joint
Tour is celebrating its 5th year as one     District ranger staff on Sat., March 13.   team scored a first place finish. They    museum is located at 603 Main Street,      effort between LARPD and LSRA. There has been some great sup-
of the most successful fundraisers for      Meet at 10 a.m. at the Wetmore Road        will move on to the state competition,    Pleasanton. Hours are Wednesday            port from CALCO Fencing, which supplied the fence materials at
homeless pets.                              entrance to Sycamore Grove Park.           along with the Thomas Hart Middle         through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.        cost and to Pacheco Brothers Gardening for donating the trenching
    VHS is searching for private                The rains have been falling, and       School team who finished second.          and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Visit www.
                                                                                           In the individual portion of the                          for the irrigation system. FYI – the rodeo arena is basically a creek
gardens in Pleasanton to include on         Sycamore Grove Park is very wet.                                                                                                bed with some dirt on top. The District employees and Pacheco
our tour this year.                         Come out this Saturday for an ad-          competition, Harvest Park took six
                                                                                       of the top eight places. Eugene Chen                                                 Brothers employees performed some tough work to get the water to
    The tour will be held Sunday,           venture in the muddy back trails of
                                                                                       repeated as champion with a score of      History Lecture Series                     the front of the arena.
May 16, 2010 from 10AM until                Sycamore Grove. Bring your most                                                          The Livermore Heritage Guild
4PM. Gardens must be within the             mud-capable shoes and clothes for          45, followed by Jerry Li (who was                                                        March 27th is a very special day this year. On Saturday, March 27,
                                                                                                                                 will present Richard Finn as the
Pleasanton city limits.                     some dirt-encrusted fun. A hose will       the only student in the competition to                                               the Queen Contest, National Anthem Contest and our Foundation’s
                                                                                                                                 guest speaker at the Wed., March 17
    Interested persons with gardens,        be available after the hike to remove      score a perfect 30 in the Sprint Round)
                                                                                       and Brian Shimanuki who took              History Lecture.                           Spaghetti Feed will be held. The Queen contest starts around 9 a.m.
please contact Garden Tour Chairper-        large chunks of mud, but be prepared                                                     Finn is past president and vice        and goes to around 3 p.m. The National Anthem Contest is around 10
son Charli Hyden at 925.918.0799.           to get messy. Hike goes rain or shine      second and third with scores of 44.       president of the Livermore-Amador          a.m. The Livermore Rodeo Foundation Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.
(Participants will receive private          – even better if raining.                  Nathan Zhang and Akshay Raviku-           Genealogical Society. He is also a
access to all of the gardens just for           Funky Fish is the Sun., March 14       man of Hart finished fourth and fifth,    member of the Amador-Livermore                 Queen and National Anthem contestants need to go to the Liver-
participating, plus great discounts at      topic. Meet at the Ravenswood His-         respectively. They were followed by                                                  more Rodeo website, fill out the applications and submit them to
                                                                                                                                 Historical Society, San Ramon Ge-
local garden centers.)                      toric Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., at 7:30       three more Harvest Park students as                                                  the appropriate Director. Queen Contestants; call Cindy Goltz at
                                                                                                                                 nealogical Society, and the Livermore
                                            p.m. The oceans are home to many           Ian Zhou finished sixth, Rick Huang
                                                                                       was seventh and Christine Xu finished     Heritage Guild. Finn is a volunteer        (925)373-7357 ASAP. Time is getting short so do it now to ensure
                                            creatures both great and small. Join                                                 for several groups, working as a           a spot in the competitions.
Summer Showcase                             us today for a slide show to look at       8th. Each of these students qualified     genealogy docent at the Pleasanton
    The Pleasanton Parks and Com-           some of the stranger, or just outright     for the state championship at Stanford                                                   The Livermore Rodeo Foundation Annual Dinner Fundraiser
                                                                                                                                 Library, at the Museum on Main in
munity Services Department hosts            goofy-looking, fish that swim in the       on March 20.                              Pleasanton, the Livermore Family           (quite a mouthful) will be held at 5:30 p.m. It will feature an all-you-
a special Summer Showcase on                oceans and seas around the world.              The tournament ended with the                                                    can-eat family-style spaghetti dinner with bread and salad.
                                                                                                                                 History Center, and the Livermore
Saturday, March 20, to unveil the                There is a $4 per vehicle parking     Countdown Round, a head to head                                                          Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids age 10 and under. There
                                                                                                                                 Heritage Guild.
dozens of summer camps, classes             fee. A $2 donation is requested to help    competition among the the top 12
and activities that are available to                                                   finishers in the chapter competition.         His talk will focus on the Gar-        will be a silent auction with several goodies and a live auction for
                                            support the programs. Participants                                                   demeyers, a Livermore family.              some really exceptional items. The winner of the Queen Contest will
the public this summer.                     may call 925-960-2400 for more             Ian Zhou was crowned champion this        Some of the family members were            be announced. There will be a DJ and dancing after dinner.
    It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to      information.                               year and Jerry Li finished third. Many    landowners, others were successful
2:00 p.m. at the Harvest Park Middle                                                   thanks are due to be extended to all      businessmen, and a few had runs-in             Call Phyllis at (209)835-4084 or (209)346-6359 to purchase your
School gym located at 4900 Valley                                                      the volunteers who work to run the                                                   tickets. Last year we sold out at 300 people. This year we are add-
Avenue in Pleasanton. The free event        Water-Wise Workshops                       competition. A special thank you also     with the law. One family member
                                                                                                                                 was murdered. Finn will talk about         ing a tent and upping the number of tickets to 400. As of March 1st
will feature demonstrations, hands-on           Several water-wise workshops           goes out to the many Amador math
activities, and an opportunity to speak     are planned.                               team members that came to help with       the family and the part it played in       we have sold just under 300 tickets. Call and buy your tickets now
                                                These free workshops offer ways                                                  Livermore's history.                       before the event is sold out. It was a great time last year and will
to the instructors of the programs.                                                    the competition again this year.
                                            to cut water waste and still maintain                                                    The lecture will be held at the        only get better.
    Pleasanton residents who attend                                                                                              Civic Center Library, 1188 So. Liver-
the Summer Showcase will have the           a beautiful yard. The workshops                                                                                                     All the money raised goes to local agricultural education via grants
additional benefit to register onsite for   will feature local plant and irriga-       Fairgrounds History                       more Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. The
                                                                                           The Museum On Main Street Ed          talk starts at 7:30 p.m. Come early        and scholarships, local veterans, local charities that help the homeless
camps and classes prior to the official     tion experts and are sponsored by
                                            Zone 7 Water Agency, Livermore             Kinney Lecture Series presents a          for conversation and refreshments.         and families in need and to Livermore’s own Breast Cancer Library
start of Summer internet registration                                                  lecture with the theme "History of        The talk is open to all. A $2 donation     at ValleyCare Medical Center.
on March 22.                                Municipal Water, California Water
                                            Service Company, City of Pleasanton        the Alameda County Fairgrounds."          is suggested.                                  The Livermore Rodeo Foundation is committed to serving the
    For more information about the                                                     Alameda County Agricultural Fair              For more information, call 443-
Summer Showcase event, please call          and the Dublin San Ramon Services                                                                                               community. Please support the Foundation any way you can.
                                            District.                                  Association CEO Rick Pickering, and       9740.
(925) 931-5340.                                                                        former CEO Peter Bailey are the guest                                                    2010 is going to be a big year. Everyone is invited to take part in
                                                Workshops are Sat., March 27                                                                                                a few hours of traditional, family-friendly, cowboy-style fun. Mark
                                                                                       speakers for this 7 p.m., Thursday,
Iron Horse Nutrition
                                            from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at the Livermore
                                                                                       March 18 presentation at Lynnewood        Summer Camp Fair                           June 12th and 13th on your calendar. Check out the website at www.
                                            Civic Center Library or Sat., April 3                                                    The City of San Ramon is hosting
    Centro Properties Group (ASX:           from 11:00 – 12:30 pm at the Pleas-        United Methodist Church, 4444             a Summer Camp Fair on Thursday,   for a complete run down of the week’s events.
CNP) announced a 2,874 square               anton Library and Sat., April 24 2:00      Black Avenue, Pleasanton.                 March 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at
foot lease has been executed with           – 3:30 pm at the Dublin Library.               The Alameda County Fairgrounds        the San Ramon Community Center,
Iron Horse Nutrition, a retailer of             Call 925- 454-5015 to find out         in Pleasanton encompasses 268 acres,      12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
nutritional supplements and related         more.                                      and has the oldest one-mile race track        The Summer Camp Fair will
accessories. The lease is for Rose                                                     in America. The fairgrounds hosts the     provide parents an opportunity to
Pavilion Shopping Center, corner of                                                    annual Fair and is the site of a wide
the intersection at Santa Rita Road         Money to Food Bank                         variety of monthly shows and events.      shop the variety of camps offered,
                                                                                                                                 talk to instructors, meet the camp
and Rosewood Drive in Pleasanton.               Coldwell Banker Residential            The fairgrounds has facility rentals,
                                            Brokerage will be donating $3,380                                                    leaders, and learn about the new
Centro Properties Group is the owner                                                   off-track betting, an RV park, and a
                                            to the Alameda County Community                                                      Camp Central program. There will be
of Rose Pavilion and was represented                                                   golf course.
                                            Food Bank.                                                                           a kids' activity area and refreshments.
by Matthew Berger with Centro                                                              The Fair has been named one
                                                Half of that amount was raised by                                                Registration will be available during
Properties Group.                                                                      of the "Top 50 Fairs in the Nation"
                                            sales associates and staff of Coldwell                                               the Summer Camp Fair with a 10%
    For leasing information at Rose                                                    and Pickering has been selected by
                                            Banker Residential Brokerage's                                                       early registration discount on Camp
Pavilion, please contact Centro                                                        Amusement Business Magazine
                                            Alameda County offices during a                                                      Central programs.
Properties Group, Matthew Berger                                                       as "One of the Most Creative Fair
                                            fundraiser to benefit Bay Area Food                                                      For more information contact the
(888) 457-3179 or matthew.berger@                                                      Managers in the Nation." The Fair
                                            Banks. The amount was matched                                                        San Ramon Community Center at                                                                        has been the most awarded Fair facil-
                                            by the Coldwell Banker Community                                                     925.973.3200.
    Centro Properties Group is the                                                     ity in the Western United States for
third largest owner of community and        Fund to further help those in Alameda      the past four years and has garnered
neighborhood shopping centers in the        County who are facing hunger.              seven international awards.               Ladies Night
US. Its portfolio of 600 properties is          "We are very grateful for the              Pickering holds a Bachelor's              The Specific Chiropractic Center
strategically located across 39 states      support from Coldwell Banker Resi-         Degree from Biola University, La Mi-      hosts the annual Ladies Night of
and aggregates approximately 98             dential Brokerage," said Paul Ash, ex-     rada; and a Master's Degree from the      Indulgence on March 18 from 5 to
million square feet of gross leasable       ecutive director of the San Francisco      University of Southern California.        9 p.m.
area. For more information on Centro        Food Bank. "The contributions will             Admission is $5 members and               There will be free food, wine, mas-
Properties Group in the US, please          help the Food Bank feed the growing        seniors, $10 non-members, and $3          sage, facials, and more, compliments
visit                   number of hungry people in our com-        students and teachers with ID. Res-       of local businesses.
                                            munity We hope that this will inspire                                                    The event will be held at 1985 First
                                            others to get involved with their local                                              St., Ste 209, Livermore. RSVP: http://
Scholarships                                Bay Area Food Bank."                                                       
    For over 20 years, the ValleyCare           The week-long fundraiser was                                                     or call 925-292-4425
Auxiliary has been awarding scholar-        held in December. All 37 Coldwell
ships, totaling more than $100,000,         Banker Residential Brokerage offices
to local high school students. This         in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco,
year, four $4,000 and two $1,000            San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda,
scholarships will be awarded.               Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey
    The Auxiliary is currently re-          and San Benito Counties collected
ceiving applications for scholarship        donations online and in person from
awards. The scholarship program             sales associates, staff and clients who
is offered to graduating high school        contributed at least five dollars to
seniors who reside in the Tri-Valley        help the hungry in their communi-
and plan to enter training in a health-     ties. In all, $23,804 was collected
related profession.                         and donated to nine Bay Area Food
    Application forms are available         Banks.
at the local high schools. They are
also available at the Information and
Reception desks and Auxiliary offices       Harvest Park Mathcounts
at both Valley Memorial Center, 1111           Over 100 middle school students
E. Stanley Boulevard in Livermore           recently converged at Harvest Park
and ValleyCare Medical Center,              Middle School in Pleasanton for
5555 W. Las Positas Boulevard in
    Applications must be postmarked
no later than March 31, 2010 and
mailed to Scholarship Chair Petey
Pehrson, 643 Via Del Sol, Livermore,
CA 94550.
    Funds for these scholarships
have been raised through gifts to the
Auxiliary, proceeds from sales at the
Auxiliary’s Livermore Thrift Shop,
and the Gift Shop at ValleyCare
Medical Center, Pleasanton.
    Scholarships will be awarded at
the Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon
on May 10. For more information,
please call Scholarship Chair Petey
Pehrson at (925) 449-5543.
                                                                                                                                                                                     The Independent, MARCH 11, 2010 - PAGE 9

Resolution Would Spell Out Potential Council Actions
    In an effort to defuse criticism
of the City of Livermore’s plan
                                       policy matters with regard to the
                                                                              rect some of the things folks have
                                                                              been saying about the impact of
                                                                                                                     would happen with the addition
                                                                                                                     of a fixed base operator (FBO).                  Girl Scouts to Host
to rezone the Livermore Airport,
Mayor Marshall Kamena has
proposed a resolution listing what
                                           He listed five statements that
                                       would be included in the resolu-
                                       tion as part of the rezoning effort.
                                                                              the rezoning,” said Kamena.
                                                                                  Many of the concerns have
                                                                              been raised by the citizens group
                                                                                                                     They contend that setting up a
                                                                                                                     business that provides a variety
                                                                                                                     of services for aircraft would at-
                                                                                                                                                                        'Thinking Day'
the council would or would not         They are as follows:                   circulating an initiative that, if     tract the air traffic. The rezoning
do with regard to the airport.             1. Future development would        approved, would place major            will not include an EIR to take              The Girl Scouts of Livermore will be holding a special
    The airport rezoning is cur-       only be approved by the council        changes at the airport in the hands    into account the impact of a fixed       event called Thinking Day on March 13. The intent of this
rently scheduled for the March         in response to existing demand.        of voters.                             base operator (FBO) in attracting        event is to help Girl Scouts discover and connect with cultures
                                           2. Staff will take no action to        They stated purpose of the         new air traffic, particularly jets.      all over the world.
22 city council meeting. The
                                       encourage a major cargo carrier        Airport Usage Growth Control              Another issue is that the re-             Each year Livermore Girl Scout troops learn about a coun-
rezoning would replace the cur-                                                                                      zoning removes all of the restric-
rent airport master plan, which        service to come to Livermore.          Initiative is to ensure that the                                                try of their choosing and then create an activity, make a native
                                                                              voters of the City of Livermore        tions on growth at the airport that
was approved in 1975.                      3. The council does not intend                                            now exist in the master plan.            dish, or share knowledge of the country they’ve explored. It
    Kamena, at the last council        to extend the existing run-ways.       approve any capital improve-                                                    is a morning full of fun and learning.
                                                                                                                     They believe that the rezoning is
meeting, stated, “I don’t know             4. The council will continue       ments at the airport totaling in       an attempt to circumvent those               Preschool girls and their parents are invited to learn a little
how large the concern is. How-         to aggressively foster reduction       excess of $100,000 annually or         restrictions. Finally, they point        bit about the Girl Scouts program in Livermore. The event
ever, there is some about how          of airport noise consistent with       the application/acceptance for         out that references to noise miti-       will be held at the Granada High School Student Union on
the rezoning will change the           federal law and in cooperation         non-maintenance related Federal/       gations in the master plan will be       Saturday, March 13 from 11:30am - 12:30pm. Admission is
fundamental or any other type of       with other Tri-Valley cities.          State Grants for the Livermore         eliminated in the rezoning.              free to preschool girls and their parents.
character of the airport. I’d like         5. The city will operate the       Airport.                                  The initiative supporters have            For additional information contact, Shelly, 925-243-
to clearly communicate the intent      airport as a self-sustaining en-           Among their main concerns          until April to collect 6,000 sig-        1046.
of the council regarding future        terprise.                              is the potential for the increase      natures.
development and operational                “I hope the resolution will cor-   in jet traffic, which they argue

Raymond Michael Kotla                  8323 Baldwin Street, Oakland,          her work helping children with         428 Maple St., Livermore. A           T. Young was born.                    physicist at Lawrence Livermore
   Raymond Michael Kotla died          CA 94621, attn: Kendra.                special needs and was a tireless       Reception will follow at the                                                National Laboratory; and was
                                                                                                                                                               Bert taught in Stockton from
February 27, 2010. He was born                                                champion of their rights at both       St. Michael’s Community Hall.                                               a proud scratch golfer and past
                                                                                                                                                           1947 to 1979. He was an active
October 7, 1942.                       Molly Patricia Lewis                   the local and state levels.            There will be a private inurn-                                              president and member of the
                                                                                                                                                           member of the International
   He was the beloved husband             Molly Patricia Lewis died              Jan loved family outings,           ment at St. Michael’s Catholic                                              board of Castlewood Golf and
                                                                                                                                                           Brotherhood of Electrical Work-
of Dee Ann Kotla, devoted father       March 1, 2010.                         boating, waterskiing, traveling        Cemetery.                                                                   Country Club.
                                                                                                                                                           ers, the California Teachers As-
of Michele Wright, Kimberly               She was the beloved daugh-          the world with her “cruising              In lieu of flowers you may                                                   His love of sports spanned
                                                                                                                                                           sociation and served as president
Iverson and Craig Kotla, devoted       ter of Paul and Julia Lewis, the       partner” Mom, as well as explor-       send donations to the Muscular                                              the seasons. From his favorite
                                                                                                                                                           of the faculty senate at Delta
stepfather to James Hooper and         second oldest from a family of         ing the USA with her family. We        Dystrophy Association or Kaiser                                             tv chair, he filled our home with
Gary Hooper, and loving grand-         8 siblings, devoted mother of          lived in Cupertino, CA until 2001      Permanente Hospice.                                                         the sounds of the stadium and
                                                                                                                                                               Following the death of his
father to 7 grandchildren.             Abby Lewis-Osborne. Mol-               when we moved to Spokane,                 Arrangements by Callaghan          wife Kathryn, Bert lived alone        the golf course gallery. His was
   Ray retired after 33 years of       ly has touched all our lives           WA. We most recently moved             Mortuary.                             at his place in the mountains near    a quiet, unspoken love. But its
service with Pacific Bell and          with her gallant strength of           to Vancouver, WA in September                                                Avery, California. In 2004, due       silence embraced us. The memo-
went on to work for Lawrence           character and determined soul.         of 2008. We have been blessed          Bert J. Young                         to failing eye sight and back and     ries he leaves behind will last for
Livermore National Laboratory          She was born in Columbus, OH           over the past year and a half that         Bert J. Young passed away         hip problems, he could no longer      all seasons.
for 10 years. Ray enjoyed motor-       on October 31, 1967. She gradu-        Jan’s health was good enough so        peacefully in his apartment in        live by himself in the mountains.         Sweetheart, Frankie, Daddy-
cycles, but most loved holidays        ated from Granada High School          she enjoyed our son Jonathan’s         Carson City, Nevada on February       He moved to Carson City in order      o, Grandpa, the last year and a
and family gatherings.                 in Livermore, CA. She obtained         wedding to Anna completing our         21, 2010 at the age of 93.            to be near his son and daughter-      half was a long par drive off the
   A service was held March 7,         her Bachelor’s of Art degree from      family circle. We enjoyed a won-           Bert was born on December         in-law and grandson. He is sur-       tee. But you gave it your best
in Pleasanton.                         UC Berkeley. She worked at             derful Christmas and New Years         5, 1916 in Livermore, Califor-        vived and mourned by his family,      shot. So here’s a fist pump for our
   Arrangements by Graham-             Channel 30 as a media reporter         in 2008 with Jonathan and Anna.        nia. His parents were Frederick       friends and the generations of
Hitch Mortuary.                        and did an intern at KPIX later        Most recently we had a great time      Young and Josephine Young                                                   champ. You earned it.
                                                                                                                                                           students whom he taught.
                                       obtaining a spot as a local TV         with our son and daughter, plus        (O’Mera). He had two brothers                                                   We will miss you terribly,
Mike McCole                            Anchor in Medford Oregon, later        my Mom and Sister at a Fam-            and two sisters: Fred, Francis,       Albert Michael Will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 especially mom. Thank you for
    Mike McCole was born Sept.         transferring to Northern Idaho         ily Reunion here in Vancouver          Ann and Mary. He is survived by                                             all your love.
                                                                              and Pendleton this past August.                                                  Long time Livermore resident
14, 1927. He went to Heaven            with Cabletron, was later married                                             his son; Bert T. Young, daughter-                                               “Your memory is my keep-
                                                                              Jan loved life, family, friends,                                             and Elk member Albert Michael
                      on March 1,      and returned to Livermore. She                                                in-law; Vickie L. Clay, grandson;                                           sake with which I’ll never part
                                                                              and enjoyed life’s danced to the                                             Will died on February 26, 2010.
                      2010.            has been battling breast cancer                                               Adam G. Young; and sister Mary                                              God has you in His keeping, I
                                                                              fullest.                                                                     He was 82
                         He was        for the past 8 years.                                                         Young.                                                                      have you in my heart.”
                                                                                 If you would like to make a                                                   Albert served in the Marines
                      the son             Friends and family are invited                                                 Bert grew up in Livermore,                                                  Frank was pre-deceased by his
                                                                              donation on behalf of Jan, our                                               and the Army reserve, retiring
                      of Cath-         to a Memorial service on Friday                                               California. Although his family                                             first wife Gladys and daughter,
                                                                              charity of choice is the Juvenile                                            after 30 years service. Albert also
                      erine and        March 12, 2010 at 11:00 am at                                                 owned a small ranch and cream-                                              Noel.
                                                                              Diabetes Research Foundation                                                 retired from Pacific Bell.
                      Cornelius        Callaghan Mortuary Chapel,                                                    ery, the majority of the family's                                               A memorial service will be
                                                                              (JDRF). To donate please call                                                    He is survived by his children,
                      McCole.          3833 East Ave., Livermore.                                                    income came from their work                                                 held at the Graham Hitch Mortu-
                                                                              800-533-2873 or go to their                                                  son Donald, daughter Camille
                      He was           In lieu of flowers the family re-                                             as electrical contractors. By the                                           ary, 4617 First Street, Pleasanton
                                                                              website at If you care                                             and sons Alan and Toby, his
                      blessed,         spectfully requests contributions                                             time Bert graduated from high                                               on Friday, March 12, 2010 at 2:00
                                                                              to donate to another charity,                                                wife Ruth-Miller-Will and her
                      wise, kind       be made to Saint Charles Borro-                                               school in 1934 he was already
                                                                              please feel free to do so. Please,                                           children Raymond, Lynnette,           p.m. reception to follow.
                      and a friend     meo- Molly Lewis Burial Fund                                                  an accomplished electrician. His
                                                                              no flowers, Jan would want your                                              and Wayne                                 In lieu of flowers, the family
to everyone.                           (Attention; Brian O’Reilly), 1315                                             first job out of high school was as
                                                                              donation to help children in what-                                               A private service will be held    requests donations be made to
    He is survived by his loving       Lomitas Ave., Livermore CA,                                                   a county fireman in Livermore.
                                                                              ever form you choose.                                                        in April at the San Joaquin Valley    Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave.,
wife and friend of 58 years, Kath-     94550, (925)447-4549.                                                             In 1939, Bert married the love    National Cemetery.                    Ste #100, Dublin, CA 94568 in
leen; his son, Michael Brian Mc-                                                                                     of his life, Kathryn V. Harris.
Cole (Judy); daughters Kimberly                                               Anthony (Tony) Kliss Jr.                                                                                           his memory, thank you.
                                       Janet Mary Silva Houle                                                        They were absolutely devoted to       Franklin Carson Ford                      Arrangements by Graham-
McCole, Robin Heinrich (Greg),            Janet passed away on Novem-             Tony, a loving husband, father     each other and spent almost all
Kelly McCole, and Kathleen                                                    and grandfather, passed away                                                   Franklin Carson Ford passed         Hitch Mortuary.
                                       ber 28, 2010 after battling the                                               of their free time in each other’s
"Sam" Kraft (Patrick), and four                                               peacefully at his home in Liver-                                             away peacefully at home in
                                       increasingly debilitating effects                                             company.
grandsons, "Pa," was so very           of inoperable brain tumors. She                                  m o r e          In 1940, Bert went to work                                              Sinclair “Larry” Hague
proud of: Max, Cole, Ben, and          was 58 years young, and loved                                    Sunday       as an electrician in the Kaiser                                                 Larry entered in to our Lord’s
Chad; also his brother Jack.           family, friends and life’s dance.                                evening,     Shipyards. He was frustrated                                                arms on March 1, 2010. He was
    He served proudly in the Mar-      Janet was born April 24, 1951                                    March        with the confusion and inef-                                                surrounded by his family. He
itime in World War II and later        to her loving parents, Joe and                                   7, 2010.     ficiency of the process, and he                                             was born March 14, 1923.
as a combat medic in the Korean        Dorothy Silva. Janet is survived                                 He was       redid the wiring plans, which                                                   He is survived by his wife
War. Whether selling newspapers        by her husband Peter, their son                                  born to      brought him to the attention of                                             of 65 years, Evelyn. He was a
on the dock in Oakland at age          Jonathan and his wife Anna, the                                  Anton &      the shipyard managers. They put                                             loving father to Debbie VanBus-
eight, or simply welcoming folks       daughter she always wanted. Jan                                  Theresa      him to work training electricians                                           kirk (Dan) of Livermore, Daniel
into his home in Pleasanton since      is also survived by her brother                                  Kliss in     first directly for Kaiser and then    Pleasanton on March 7, 2010.          Hague (Jody) of Sacramento,
1965, Mike McCole never knew           Leonard Silva and sister Wilma                                   Oakland,     in Oakland at what is now Laney       He was born Jan. 28, 1922 in          and David Hague of Fremont.
a stranger.                            Shannon.                               CA on Oct. 9, 1921. Tony re-           College. This was the beginning       Chewella, Washington.                 He was Grandpa to Kelly Moore
    At his wish, a private service        Jan grew up on the family           tired from Lawrence Livermore          of his teaching career. He took          He leaves behind his loving        (Rich), Scott VanBuskirk (Kelly),
was held.                              ranch out on Tassajara Rd., Pleas-     National Lab after a 25-year ca-       courses at Cal, Berkeley and          wife, Lourdes; his sister Fay; his    Mark VanBuskirk (Tess), and
    Any donations may be made          anton, CA and attended Alisal El-      reer as a carpenter. Tony was an       later at Fresno State, but he never   sons and daughters, Cameron and       Megan VanBuskirk (Alex) all
to the Mended Hearts, for which        ementary and Pleasanton Jr. High       avid golfer who enjoyed a long,        earned a degree.                      Jan, Carol and Tom, Lou and Jim,      from Livermore. He was Logan
he volunteered, or the American        School. Jan excelled at school,        healthy life, fulfilling his obliga-       In 1942 Bert joined the U.S.      Iza and Bernie, Isabel and Niall,     and Ashley’s Great Grandpa. He
Heart Association.                     played clarinet in the school band     tions to family and friends with       Navy Seabees. He went on ac-          Lia and Jack, Sherry and Don,         was the older brother of Wayne
                                       and began her 4H club activities.      grace and zest.                        tive duty in 1943 and served          Weena and Joey, and Marika;           Hague of Merced, and Beverly
Doreen R. Livingston                   While at Amador Valley High                Tony is survived by his wife,      in the 91st Seabee battalion on       grandchildren, Miggy and Kelly,       Dively of Cleveland.
    On March 6, 2010 a Memorial        School in Pleasanton, CA, was          Belle: 5 children, Theresa (Pete)      New Guinea and later in the                                                     Larry was a member of Lo-
                                                                                                                                                           Nikki, Dominique, Rocky, Franc-
Service honoring the memory of         President of the Alisal 4-H Club.      Spraggins, Susan Henderson,            Philippines. He was discharged                                              cal 595 IBEW for more than 60
                                                                              Carol (Hank) Meals, Paul (Bren-                                              esca, Angelica, Anton, Sela, DJ,      years. His positive outlook on
Doreen Ruthelen Way Livingston         Alameda County 4-H All Star,                                                  in 1945.                              Brandon, Steve, Eric, Brian and
was held at the Little Brown           named 1968 Calif. State Out-           da) Kliss, Jean Rooney, and by             After the war he had a series                                           life left a lasting memory to rela-
                                                                              his four granddaughters, Sarah,                                              Tommy; his caregiver, Chona;          tives and many friends.
Church of Sunol.                       standing Jr Catholic Daughter of                                              of unusual jobs including as a
    Doreen was born on April 30,                                              Alisyn, Samantha and Caitlin.                                                his faithful companion, Pooch             A private family service will
                                       America, and played clarinet in                                               flume tender and an electrician
1933 in Prague, OK. She died                                                  Tony is also survived by his sis-      on a dredger. In 1947 Bert and        and devoted pack, Stacia, Gucci       be held. In lieu of flowers, please
                                       her HS Marching Band.                                                                                               and Chiquita.
peacefully at her home in Sunol,          Janet went on to earn a BS at       ters, Mary Dietrich & Dorothy          Kathryn moved to Stockton and                                               send donations to Vitas, 39899
after a long illness, in Sunol, on                                            Bold, and brother, James Kliss.        he began teaching first at Stock-        Franklin served his country        Balentine Drive, Suite 161, New-
                                       UC Davis in Child Development
February 18, 2010.                                                            Tony was preceded in death by          ton High School, then Stockton        with honor as a Navy fighter          ark, CA 94560.
                                       and Physiology and a Masters in
    She is survived by her hus-        School Psychology and Special          his wife of 50 years, Phyllis, and     College and then at Delta Col-        pilot during World War II; had a
band of 59 years, LeRoy Livings-       Education at CA State University       their son, Edward.                     lege. In 1949 his only child Bert     distinguished career as a nuclear
ton (Sunol), by three daughters,       Hayward. Jan spent most of her             Tony will be sorely missed by
Kathleen Livingston (Reno, NV),        career first as a School Psycholo-     his wife, children, grandchildren
Karen Martin (Sacramento), and         gist and then Director of Special      and his golfing buddies, espe-
Katrina Kerby (Sunol). She has         Ed for San Mateo County. Jan           cially Bob Anderson.
two grandsons, Jeremy Kerby            also worked in Pleasanton, Gil-            A Memorial Mass will be held
(Groton, CT) and Jayson Kerby          roy and Imperial School Districts      on Tuesday, March 16 at 11am at
(Sunol). She is also survived          during her career. Jan loved           St. Michael’s Catholic Church,
by two sisters, Doris Shamblin
(Buckeye, AZ) and Ruby Al-
len (Ione) and a brother, Virgil
    Doreen loved life and people
and was blessed with many
friends. She was a loving wife
and mother.
    In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to: East Bay SPCA,
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GOAL                                                                                               APPEAL
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(continued from page one)
to file for non-profit status by                  sometimes poor communication,                       Approved was a 20,000 square                     vistas in the flat areas of North                creek under 3000 cubic yards of                      The Sierra Cl;ub points out
the end of March, Requa said.                     with incorrect written instruc-                  foot facility adjacent to I-580 on                  Livermore and also the hills just                dirt to create an exercise area.                  that Dublin Canyon Road is in a
The Group’s website, with more                    tions from health consultants                    Dublin Canyon Road. It is lo-                       adjacent to I-580.                               “The kennel is an urban com-                      designated Corridor of Outstand-
information and instructions on                   and hours spent on the phone                     cated on a largely steep, wooded                        Three members of the public                  mercial use. It is not related to                 ing Scenic Beauty. This facility
contributing, is http://llnlretiree.              sometimes ending in dropped                      hillside. The kennel would ac-                      spoke in favor of supporting the                 recreation or agriculture. Ap-                    would mar the views as well as
com                                               calls or conflicting advice from                 commodate 400 dogs and 50                           appeal.                                          proving such urban commercial                     violate the General Plan Scenic
    Lawrence Livermore Lab                        different operators.                             cats, include an exercise area,                         John Stein said that the kennel              uses would make the urban                         Route Element policy against
employees and retirees were part                     Not all retirees report dissatis-             a walking trail and pet drop-off                    was a more appropriate use for                   growth boundary meaningless,”                     locating non-emergency highway
of UC group health coverage                       faction in the current year. Some                area. A full range of grooming                      a light commercial, industrial                   he concluded.                                     business and commercial devel-
under a succession of contracts                   are paying no more for health                    and training services would be                      area. “I am also disturbed by                        Councilmember John March-                     opment on scenic rural routes. It
that began in 1952 and ended at                   care than in the past. However,                  provided.                                           the extension of services into an                and added, “This is not a rural                   could lead to a strip of highway
the beginning of 2008, when a                     concern remains for the future,                     The area is designated by                        agriculture area.” Stein suggested               use. This is urban.”                              commercial businesses on Dublin
for-profit contractor took over                   that being forced out of UC group                Measure D as a resource manage-                     that there should be an effort to                    In its appeal, signed by Dick                 Canyon Road between Castro
Laboratory management from                        plans and into individual plans                  ment area.                                          find economically viable uses for                Schneider, the Sierra Club notes                  Valley and Pleasanton typified by
University of California. The                     will make them vulnerable to                        City Planner Ingrid Rade-                        such areas. Because the kennel                   that the proposed facility is                     the unsightly Lockaway Storage
new contract specified benefits                   rapid price hikes or even to being               maker told the council, “The de-                    would change the expectation                     inconsistent with Measure D                       RV facility with its garish neon
                                                  dropped as they age and require                  cision has implications for North                   for similar areas, there would                   because the intended use (pet                     lights, multiple advertising signs,
“substantially equivalent” to
                                                                                                   Livermore, which has the same                       be continuous pressure from the                  care) is unrelated to the purposes                and building façade that detracts
UC’s group plans, but the con-                                                                     land designation. The proposed                      county and state, both of which                  of Measure D—the long-term                        from the surrounding natural
tract wording was changed a                                                                        project conflicts with the intent                                                                    preservation of open space,
                                                                                                                                                       need money..                                                                                       environment.
year later under circumstances
that have never been explained
to retirees.
                                                  (continued from page one)
                                                                                                   of Measure D and is inconsistent
                                                                                                   with policies and implementing
                                                                                                                                                           Archer Futch stated, “The
                                                                                                                                                       kennel sets a precedent that un-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        including agriculture, outdoor
                                                                                                                                                                                                        recreation, and protection of
                                                                                                   programs in the East County                         dermines Measure D and under-                    natural resources.
    Retirees contend that the new                 current estimate of the $900,000                 Area Plan.”                                         mines agriculture in the county                      The appeal refers to the kennel
health arrangements have come                     total, said Grasso.                                 In her staff report, she notes                   and North Livermore. According                   as “a very large-scale, urban-
across as a patchwork of plans                        At the middle school level,                  that county staff indicates that                    to county counsel, kennels are                   serving, commercial develop-
that appear to abandon individual                 four hours of a technology spe-                  the use is consistent with the re-                  not a prohibited use. County                     ment. As such, the proposed
retirees to fend for themselves in                cialist per day at each site can                 source management designation,                      staff said kennels were a similar                facility is an urban use outside
a complex and uncaring system.                    be funded for $67,500. To fund                   which allows both recreational                      use to horse boarding. Riding is                 the urban growth boundary of
Retirees share painful stories                    six hours of a library assistant                 and agricultural uses. Rademaker                    a recreation use. Boarding the                   the county. In addition, the use
with one another about former                     per day at each site the price                   explained that analysis does not                    horses is a secondary one needed                 is inconsistent with the specific
colleagues or their spouses who                   tag is $42,188. No costs have                    indicate which of these catego-                     for the recreational use. A kennel               intent clause of the applicable
have been unable to obtain ser-                   been applied yet to the purchase                 ries is applicable to the kennel                    is a commercial use unrelated to                 Resource Management land use
vice from the health consulting                   of hardware and software and                     use, leading to the conclusion that                 recreation.” He called the kennel                designation.”
firms that now separate retirees                                                                   neither applies. The report also                    a badly located development.                         Allowing this commercial de-
                                                  student support programs at the
from the Laboratory and Univer-                                                                    finds that the commercial nature                        Bob Baltzer objected to the                  velopment would set a precedent
                                                  middle school level.
sity that once took an interest in                                                                 of a project like this could require                1980s strip mall appearance of                   for other applicants and other
                                                      In the high schools, tech sup-               building design and potential                                                                        commercial developments out-
their welfare.                                    port is the only topic on the list.                                                                  the kennel. He also noted that
                                                                                                   advertising signage to attract cus-                 many trees would be removed.                     side the established urban growth
    Their unhappiness has been                    That has no price tag attached                   tomers that could impact scenic                     There are plans to bury an open                  boundaries of the county.
exacerbated by inconsistent and                   to it yet.

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                                 Lane, Danville Ca 94506          Harvest Farm, 112 Maple St.,     Catalina Dr. #103, Livermore       is hereby registered by the      anton CA 94566 is hereby
by:a Individual                                                                                                                                                                                         CNS-1811780#                     Shelters, Advance Veterinary
                                 John Rocha, 547 Sycamore         Livermore Ca 94550 is hereby     Ca 94550 is hereby registered      following owner(s):              registered by the following                                                                        TRUCK DRIVERS: CDL train-
The registrant began to trans-                                                                                                                                                                          The Independent Legal No.        Treatments. Free Towing,
                                 Rd., Pleasanton Ca 94566         registered by the following      by the following owner(s):         Michael John McKenna, 623        owner(s):                                                                                          ing. Part-time driving job. Full-
act business under the ficti-                                                                                                                                                                           2726. Publish March 11,          IRS Tax Deductible, Non-
                                 This business is conducted       owner(s):                        Jeff King, 2645 Farnsworth         Old Oak Rd., Livermore Ca        Julie M Monette, 5568 Corte                                                                        time benefits. Get paid to train
tious business name (s) listed                                                                                                                                                                          2010                             Runners. 1-866-912-GIVE.
                                 by:a Joint venture               Ana Victoria Garcia, 112         Dr., Livermore Ca 94551            94550                            Sierra, Pleasanton Ca 94566                                                                        in the California Army National
above on October 1, 2009.        The registrant began to trans-   Maple St., Livermore Ca          This business is conducted         This business is conducted       This business is conducted       NOTICE OF INVITING BIDS          (CAL*SCAN)
Signature of Registrant:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guard. May qualify for bonus.
                                 act business under the ficti-    94550                            by:an Individual                   by:an Individual                 by:an Individual                 Notice is hereby given that      DONATE YOUR CAR: Chil- 
/s/:Cathy Stranahan Coakley      tious business name (s) listed   This business is conducted       Registrant has not yet begun       Registrant has not yet begun     Registrant has not yet begun     sealed competitive bids will
This statement was filed with                                                                                                                                                                                                            dren’s Cancer Fund! Help         Truck or 1-800-GO-GUARD.
                                 above on January 3, 2010.        by:an Individual                 to transact business under         to transact business under       to transact business under       be accepted in the office of     Save A Child’s Life Through      (CAL*SCAN)
the County Clerk of Alameda      Signature of Registrant:         The registrant began to trans-   the fictitious business name       the fictitious business name     the fictitious business name     the GSA-Purchasing Depart-
on February 9, 2010. Expires                                                                                                                                                                                                             Research & Support! Free Va-
                                 /s/:Rob Rose                     act business under the ficti-    or names listed.                   or names listed.                 or names listed.                 ment, County of Alameda,         cation Package. Fast, Easy &     FOREMEN TO LEAD Utility
February 9, 2015.                This statement was filed with    tious business name (s) listed   Signature of Registrant:           Signature of Registrant:         Signature of Registrant:         1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite                                        Field Crews. Outdoor physi-
The Independent Legal No.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tax Deductible. Call 1-800-
                                 the County Clerk of Alameda      above on January 1, 2010.        /s/:Jeff King                      /s/:Michael J. McKenna           /s/:Julie M Monette              907, Oakland, CA 94612           252-0615. (CAL*SCAN)             cal work, many positions,
2698. Publish February 18,       on February 10, 2010. Expires    Signature of Registrant:         This statement was filed with      This statement was filed with    This statement was filed with    NETWORKING/NORTH                                                  paid training. $17-22/hr. plus
25, March 4, 11, 2010.           February 10, 2015.               /s/:Ana Victoria Garcia          the County Clerk of Alameda        the County Clerk of Alameda      the County Clerk of Alameda      COUNTY BIDDERS CON-              SELL YOUR USED CAR               performance bonuses after
   FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           The Independent Legal No.        This statement was filed with    on February 10, 2010. Expires      on February 23, 2010. Expires    on February 10, 2010. Expires    FERENCE RFP #900601              HERE. Call Barbara at            promotion, company truck
     NAME STATEMENT              2702. Publish February 18,       the County Clerk of Alameda      February 10, 2015.                 February 23, 2015.               February 10, 2015.               for Labor Relations Consult-     925-243-8000 0R www.             and benefits. Must have
      FILE NO. 433930            25, March 4, 11, 2010.           on February 18, 2010. Expires    The Independent Legal              The Independent Legal            The Independent Legal            ing Services, Wednesday, Pay          strong leadership skills, good
The following person(s) doing                                     February 18, 2015.               No.2715. Publish February          No.2721. Publish March 4,        No.2725. Publish March           March 24, 2010, 2:00 p.m.        by Credit Card for any Clas-     driving history and be able to
                                    FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                                                                                                                                                                                  sified or Display ads.           travel for extended periods in
business as:Alamo Capi-                                           The Independent Legal No.        25, March 4, 11, 18, 2010.         11, 18, 25, 2010.                11, 18, 25, April 1, 2010.       – Lakeside Plaza Building,
                                      NAME STATEMENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                      California and western State.
tal Partners, 5328 Charlotte                                      2707. Publish February 25,                                                                                                            1401 Lakeside Drive, Room        EMPLOYMENT
                                       FILE NO. 433973                                                FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                FICTITIOUS BUSINESS              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                                                                             Email resume to Recruit-
Way, Livermore Ca 94550                                           March 4, 11, 18, 2010.                                                                                                                1107, 11th Floor, Oakland,
                                 The following person(s) doing                                          NAME STATEMENT                     NAME STATEMENT                   NAME STATEMENT                                               56) ADULT CARE          or apply
is hereby registered by the                                                                                                                                                                             CA NETWORKING/SOUTH
                                 business as: SW Decor, 740          FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                 FILE NO. 434498                    FILE NO. 435072                  FILE NO. 435527                                                                              online at www.OsmoseUtili-
following owner(s):                                                                                                                                                                                     COUNTY BIDDERS CON-                     CAREGIVERS
                                 St John Circle, Pleasanton Ca         NAME STATEMENT              The following person(s) do-        The following person(s) doing    The following person(s) doing                                                             (CAL*SCAN)
Michael Stack LLC., 5328                                                                                                                                                                                FERENCE RFP #900601 for            NEEDED for elder care.
                                 94566 is hereby registered by           FILE NO. 434868           ing business as: Wild Styles,      business as: Slap Warehouse,     business as:Faz Restaurant
Charlotte Way, Livermore                                                                                                                                                                                Labor Relations Consulting           Light housekeeping           72) HELP WANTED/DRIVERS
                                 the following owner(s):          The following person(s) do-      2634 Lariat Ct., Livermore Ca      421 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore    & Catering, 5121 Hopyard
Ca 94550                                                                                                                                                                                                Services, Thursday, March           errands transportation
                                 Susan Wilson, 740 St John        ing business as:Carniceria       94551 is hereby registered by      Ca 94550 is hereby registered    Rd., Pleasanton Ca 94588                                                                           SLT NEEDS CLASS A TEAM
This business is conducted                                                                                                                                                                              25, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – Public      meal prep personal care.
                                 Circle, Pleasanton Ca 94566      la Aurora, 4014 East Ave.,       the following owner(s):            by the following owner(s):       is hereby registered by the                                                                        DRIVERS with Hazmat.
by:a Limited liability com-                                                                                                                                                                             Works Agency, 4825 Gleason            Please fax resume
                                 This business is conducted       Livermore Ca 94550 is hereby     Brent J.Thurman, 210 South P       Paul Simpson, 421 Hillcrest      following owner(s):                                                                                $2,000 Bonus. Split $0.68 for
pany                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drive, Room 410 B, Dublin,              925 371-8118
                                 by:an Individual                 registered by the following      Street, Livermore Ca 94550         Ave., Livermore Ca 94550         S.D. Inc., 5121 Hopyard Rd.,                                                                       all miles. Regional contractor
The registrant began to trans-                                                                                                                                                                          CA Responses Due by 2:00
                                 Registrant has not yet begun     owner(s):                        This business is conducted         This business is conducted       Pleasanton Ca 94588                                               60) BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY         positions available. 1-800-
act business under the ficti-                                                                                                                                                                           pm on April 29, 2010 County
                                 to transact business under       Elias Haro, 4014 East Ave.,      by:an Individual                   by:an Individual                 This business is conducted                                        ALL CASH VENDING! Be             835-9471 (CAL*SCAN)
tious business name (s) listed                                                                                                                                                                          Contact : Tudor S. Mosu
                                 the fictitious business name     Livermore Ca 94550               Registrant has not yet begun       Registrant has not yet begun     by:a Corporation                                                  Your Own Boss! Your Own
above on January 1, 2010.                                                                                                                                                                               (510) 208-9614 or via email:
                                 or names listed.                 This business is conducted       to transact business under         to transact business under       The registrant began to trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Local Vending Route. In-            CLASSIFIEDS
Signature of Registrant:         Signature of Registrant:         by:an Individual                 the fictitious business name       the fictitious business name     act business under the ficti-                                     cludes 25 Machines and
/s/:Jeanne Michael                                                                                                                                                                                      Attendance at Networking         Candy for $9,995. Multi-
                                 /s/:Susan Wilson                 The registrant began to trans-   or names listed.                   or names listed.                 tious business name (s) listed                                                                           **************
This statement was filed with                                                                                                                                                                           Conference is Non-manda-         Vend LLC, 1-888-625-2405.
                                 This statement was filed with    act business under the ficti-    Signature of Registrant:           Signature of Registrant:         above on 1996.
the County Clerk of Alameda      the County Clerk of Alameda      tious business name (s) listed   /s/:Brent Thurman                  /s/:Paul Simpson                 Signature of Registrant:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tory. Specifications and bid     (CAL*SCAN)                               Reaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                        copies regarding the above       BE WARY of out of area
on January 26, 2010. Expires     on January 26, 2010. Expires     above on 2005.                   This statement was filed with      This statement was filed with    /s/:Faz Poursohi
                                                                                                                                                                                                        may be obtained at the Cur-      companies. Check with the            38,000 Homes
January 26, 2015.                January 26, 2015.                Signature of Registrant:         the County Clerk of Alameda        the County Clerk of Alameda      This statement was filed with
The Independent Legal No.                                                                                                                                                                               rent Contracting Opportunities   local Better Business Bureau           Direct mail
                                 The Independent Legal            /s/:Elias Haro                   on February 8, 2010. Expires       on February 23, 2010. Expires    the County Clerk of Alameda                                       before you send any money
2699. Publish February 18,       No.2703. Publish February        This statement was filed with    February 8, 2015.                  February 23, 2015.               on March 3, 2010. Expires
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Internet website at www.         or fees. Read and understand                 to
25, March 4, 11, 2010.                                                                                                                                                                                               any contracts before you sign.     Livermore, Dublin,
                                 25, March 4, 11, 18, 2010.       the County Clerk of Alameda      The Independent Legal              The Independent Legal            March 3, 2015.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3/11/10                          Shop around for rates.
                                                                  on February 18, 2010. Expires    No.2716. Publish February          No.2722. Publish March 4,        The Independent Legal No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        CNS-1812844#                                                            Pleasanton
     NAME STATEMENT                                               February 18, 2015.               25, March 4, 11, 18, 2010.         11, 18, 25, 2010.                2727. Publish March 11, 18,                                       71) HELP WANTED
                                      NAME STATEMENT
                                                                  The Independent Legal No.                                                                            25, April 1, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Independent Legal No.                                                 & Sunol
      FILE NO. 434529              FILE NO. 434654-434655                                             FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                                            2727. Publish March 11,            Opportunity Knocking
The following person(s) do-                                       2708. Publish February 25,                                                                                                                                                                                   Call Barbara
                                 The following person(s) doing                                           NAME STATEMENT                    NAME STATEMENT               NOTICE OF APPLICATION           2010                                      Auto Sales
ing business as:American         business as: 1)Pro Trucks
                                                                  March 4, 11, 18, 2010.
                                                                                                           FILE NO. 434647                  FILE NO. 435057                          TO                                                         Self-Motivated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               925 243-8000
Mechanical Services, 1872        Plus, 2) Pro Lease, 4546            FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           The following person(s) do-        The following person(s) doing         SELL ALCOHOLIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Easy Schedule
Calle Del Sueno, Livermore       Contractors Place, Livermore          NAME STATEMENT              ing business as:Green De-          business as:Richard T Lee               BEVERAGES                 2) CATS/DOGS ADOPT A
Ca 94551 is hereby registered                                                                                                                                                                                                              No Experience Needed
                                 Ca 94551 is hereby registered          FILE NO. 434934            sign Solutions, 2751 Lotus         Sold! Corporation, 1625 Vetta    Date of Filing Application:      DOG OR CAT, for adoption                  Will Train!
by the following owner(s):       by the following owner(s):       The following person(s) doing    St., Pleasanton Ca 94588           Drive, Livermore CA 94550             February 23, 2010           information contact Valley
John B. McMenemy, 1872                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Benefits
                                 Pro Trucks Plus LLC., 3130       business as: Living Memories,    is hereby registered by the        is hereby registered by the      To Whom It May Concern:          Humane Society at 925
Calle Del Sueno, Livermore                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Apply Within
                                 Bay Meadows Ct., Livermore       709 Hazel Street, Livermore      following owner(s):                following owner(s):              The Names(s) of the              426-8656.
Ca 94551                         Ca 94550                         Ca 94550 is hereby registered    Meera A, Jaeel, 2751 Lotus         Richard T Lee Sold! Cor-         Applicant(s) is/are:                                                      Or Online @
This business is conducted                                                                                                                                                                              Adopt a new best friend:
                                 This business is conducted       by the following owner(s):       St., Pleasanton Ca 94588           poration, 1625 Vetta Drive,      PIZZA RATINHO INC.
by:an Individual                 by:a Limited liability com-      Nancy R. Randall, 709 Hazel      This business is conducted         Livermore CA 94550               The Applicants listed above      TVAR, the Tri-Valley Ani-            Call Parm or Ravi @
The registrant began to trans-   pany                             Street, Livermore Ca 94550       by:an Individual                   This business is conducted       are applying to the Depart-      mal Rescue, offers animals             (925) 294-7700
act business under the ficti-    Registrant has not yet begun     This business is conducted       The registrant began to            by:a Corporation                 ment of Alcoholic Beverage       for adoption every Saturday       Ford / Lincoln / Mercury
tious business name (s) listed   to transact business under       by:an Individual                 transact business under the        The registrant began to trans-   Control to sell alcoholic bev-   and Sunday, excluding most
above on February 8, 1994.       the fictitious business name     Registrant has not yet begun     fictitious business name (s)       act business under the ficti-    ages at:                         holidays. On Saturdays from
Signature of Registrant:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PART-TIME JOB
                                 or names listed.                 to transact business under       listed above on February           tious business name (s) listed   2175 1ST STREET                  9:30 am to 1:00 pm, both dogs
/s/:John B. McMenemy                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Greeter/Sales
                                 Signature of Registrant:         the fictitious business name     10, 2010.                          above on March 2007.             LIVERMORE, CA 94550-             and cats are available at the
This statement was filed with                                                                                                                                                                                                             Will Train - Call for Details
                                 /s/:Matthew L. Hicks             or names listed.                 Signature of Registrant:           Signature of Registrant:         4543                             Pleasanton Farmers Market at
the County Clerk of Alameda      This statement was filed with    Signature of Registrant:         /s/:Meera A. Jaeel                 /s/:Richard T Lee                Type of license(s) Applied                                           Steve Song or Parm
                                                                                                                                                                                                        W. Angela and First Streets.
on February 9, 2010. Expires     the County Clerk of Alameda      /s/:Nancy R. Randall             This statement was filed with      This statement was filed with    for:                                                                      925 294-7700
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two locations will showcase
February 9, 2015.                on February 11, 2010. Expires    This statement was filed with    the County Clerk of Alameda        the County Clerk of Alameda      41 - ON-SALE BEER AND                                             Livermore Ford Lincoln &
                                                                                                                                                                                                        cats only: Petsmart in Dublin
The Independent Legal No.        February 11, 2015.               the County Clerk of Alameda      on February 11, 2010. Expires      on February 23, 2010. Expires    WINE - EATING PLACE                                                         Mercury
                                                                                                                                                                                                        from noon to 4 and the Pet
2700. Publish February 18,       The Independent Legal            on February 19, 2010. Expires    February 11, 2015.                 February 23, 2015.               Department of Alcoholic
25, March 4, 11, 2010.                                                                                                                                                                                  Food Express in Livermore
                                 No.2705. Publish February        February 19, 2015.               The Independent Legal No.          The Independent Legal No.        Beverage Control                 from 1 to 4. On Sundays,
   FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           25, March 4, 11, 18, 2010.       The Independent Legal            2717. Publish February 25,         2723. Publish March 4, 11,       1515 Clay St. Ste 2208           cats are available at Petsmart
     NAME STATEMENT                                               No.2713. Publish February        March 4, 11, 18, 2010.             18, 25, 2010.                    Oakland, Ca 94612
                                       STATEMENT OF                                                                                                                                                     in Dublin from 1 to 4, and
      FILE NO. 434311                                             25, March 4, 11, 18, 2010.                                                                           (510) 622-4970
                                  ABANDONMENT OF USE                                                 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                                             PetCo in San Ramon from 11
The following person(s) do-                                                                                                                                            The Independent Legal No.
                                 OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS             FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                NAME STATEMENT                     NAME STATEMENT                                                to 3. Information, call TVAR
ing business as: Tri-Valley                                                                                                                                            2719. Publish March 4, 11,
                                              NAME                     NAME STATEMENT                    FILE NO. 435071                    FILE NO. 435032                                             at (925) 803-7043 or visit our
Process Service, 78 Snowball                                                                                                                                           18, 2010
                                       FILE NO. 410039                  FILE NO. 434903            The following person(s) doing      The following person(s) doing                                     website at
Ct., Livermore Ca 94551 is       The following person (s) has     The following person(s) do-      business as: Mountain Mike’s       business as: Curb Appeal,        NOTICE OF INVITING BIDS
hereby registered by the fol-    (have) Abandoned the use         ing business as:Recreation       Pizza, 2175 First Street, Liver-   2481 Buena Vista Avenue,         Notice is hereby given that      4)FOUND
lowing owner(s):                 of the Fictitious Business       Publishing, 6810 Brookview       more Ca 94550 is hereby            Livermore Ca 94550 is hereby     sealed competitive bids will        FOUND AN ANIMAL?
Michael Cooper, 78 Snowball      Name: The New Harvest            Court, Livermore Ca 94551        registered by the following        registered by the following      be accepted in the office of         FREE SECTION. Call
Ct., Livermore Ca 94551          Farm, 112 Maple St., Liver-      is hereby registered by the      owner(s):                          owner(s):                        the GSA-Purchasing De-                     Barbara
This business is conducted       more Ca 94550                    following owner(s):              Pizza Ratinho Inc., 2175 First     Karl Erwin Mueller, 2481         partment, County of Alam-               925 243-8000
by:an Individual                 The fictitious business Name     Steve David Mattos, 6810         Street, Livermore Ca 94550         Buena Vista Avenue, Liver-       eda, 1401 Lakeside Drive,               to let 38,000
Registrant has not yet begun     Statement for the Partnership    Brookview Court, Livermore       This business is conducted         more Ca 94550                    9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612          households know!
to transact business under       was filed on April 28, 2008 in   Ca 94551                         by:a Corporation                   This business is conducted       MANDATORY PRE-BID
the fictitious business name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Independent, MARCH 11, 2010 - PAGE 11

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                                                                                                                                                                                                       HUD homes are listed by state on the department’s website,
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                                   178)CHILD CARE SERVICES
low income. The center has                                                                                                                                                                         the bidding period, the offer that brings HUD the highest net price
general medical services,                 CHILD CARE                                                                                                                                               will likely be accepted, with first consideration given to buyers
family planning, well baby,                   0 to 5,
prenatal and maternity pro-            Open M-F 5am-7pm                                                                                                                                            who intend to occupy the home.
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camp physicals, TB screen-                                                                                                                                                                         ket value.” Given the number of buyers looking to purchase a
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at the school. There were five top    short because of another commit-      driver about the poverty. The         people, it meant so much to the
places in each of the four-year       ment, Hosterman left the students     man replied, “This is simply a        boy that the exchange taught her
classes, and 19 writers all told in   with three thoughts: “Be kind to      way of life.”                         that kindness sometimes involves
the honorable mention category.       yourself, and others and the en-         The rickshaw driver had a          giving up something of great
    Some 27 of the 39 recognized      vironment, be a life-long learner,    blind eye. Fewer people took          value, even though it may appear
essays featured compassion as         and be happy and play. You’ll be      his cab because of his blindness.     insignificant to others.
their theme. The other five char-     an adult for the rest of your life,   Barman’s question about seeking          Juniors who placed in the
acter topics were responsibility,     but you are a kid only once.”         treatment was met with the an-        contest were Christopher Dotson,
honesty, integrity, respect and            ENCOUNTER WITH                   swer that the most he ever made       Jason Scott, Jennifer Sparks, and
self-discipline.                          A RICKSHAW DRIVER                 during his 16-hour days was less      Wendy Li.
    City government is a backer           A look at the wire-bound          than $2.                                 Sophomore Mitchell Schena’s
of the “community of character.”      volume of essays shows a wide            When Barman came home to           won first place with his tale of a
Councilmember Jerry Thorne            diversity of stories related to the   Pleasanton, he took up a “quest       shirt with a slight, barely notice-
was in attendance. Mayor Jenni-       contest’s themes. One of the most     to make a difference.” He vol-        able stain on it, which he gave to
fer Hosterman briefly addressed       dramatic concerning compassion        unteered at Open Heart Kitchen        a drive for holiday gifts to needy
the luncheon, which was attended      was submitted by the senior class     and other charities. It was not       children.
by proud parents and teachers,        first-place winner Naman Bar-         enough for him. “If that rickshaw        A few days after the holidays,
too.                                  man. He said that he is Indian        driver could work tirelessly in the   back at school, Mitchell saw a
    Hosterman, who has attended       and American. He wrote about          intense heat sixteen hours a day, I   classmate in a shirt of the same
several past contest luncheons,       discovering the reality of Indian     could give back more than a few       style. When the boy took off his
said, “I am impressed with the        society during his visit to Vara-     hours a week,” wrote Barman.          backpack, Mitchell could see a
level of writing, and the way you     nasi, India.                             Barman looked around and           stain, the same one on the shirt
address life. Some of the stories         Barman walked among emaci-        found a foundation that tries to      he had donated. He didn’t say
left me in a puddle of tears.”        ated bodies lying in the streets.     prevent blindness in India. “I        anything about it. “I just sat in
    Having to cut her approach        He commented to a rickshaw            immediately pictured Hanuman          my chair with a grin on my face,
                                                                            with his bleak eyes staring at me.    and tears filling up my eyes,” he
                                                                            This time I knew I could make a       wrote.
New Tool Used to                                                            direct impact,” said Barman.
                                                                               Barman organized a fund-
                                                                                                                     Sophomore place finishers
                                                                                                                  were Ryan O’Hair, Emily Wil-

Monitor Nuclear Stockpile                                                   raiser centered on Indian folk
                                                                            dancing, and raised $1500 for the
                                                                                                                  liams, Camille Lusher, and Mary
                                                                            blindness charity.                       In first place among fresh-
    The Department of Energy’s        inside the human body without
                                      exploratory surgery.                     The other senior class contest     men was Kelly McDeavitt. She
National Nuclear Security Ad-
ministration (NNSA) annouced             Called CoLOSSIS (Confined          winners were Brynn Kron, Na-          wrote about visiting a senior
that it recently completed the        Large Optical Scintillator Screen     than Cheung, Angela Chan, and         convalescent home, and learning,
installation and successful startup   and Imaging System), the high-        Sylvia Wong.                          over time, about the loneliness of
of a new surveillance diagnostic      resolution imaging system is          SMALL GIFT SHOWS HOW                  people living there unnoticed by
tool that is capable of detecting     used to scan weapons compo-              COMPASSION WORKS                   most people, and how she could
aging defects on critical com-        nents to identify any anomalies          Ellen Wilson won first place       become “a light to those in the
ponents in the nation’s nuclear       that require additional attention.    among the juniors for her essay       shadows.”
weapons stockpile.                    The system’s software assembles       about a visit to Guatemala. A            Freshmen who place second
    In response to NNSA’s need        the collected digital radiographs     marble given to her by a young        through fifth were Marie Morley,
to implement cost effective,          into a large three-dimensional        boy was his treasure. Though          Tanvi Gurazada, Hunju Hwang,
optimized inspection of nuclear       image that scientists can analyze     apparently insignificant to most      and Mihir Naik.
components (also known as             to discover any problems or
“surveillance transformation”),       anomalies.
scientists at Lawrence Livermore         After several years of de-
National Laboratory (LLNL)            signing and testing at LLNL,
teamed with NNSA’s Pantex             the CoLOSSIS installation and
Plant near Amarillo, Texas, to        qualification was completed
develop a new X-ray computed          in September 2009 at Pantex.
tomography (CT) system to im-         The project was managed and
age nuclear weapon components.        supported through NNSA’s En-
The new CT scan will enhance          hanced Surveillance and Core
NNSA’s surveillance program           Surveillance Programs.
by providing a precise non-de-           This new capability will be
structive means for the detection     used to detect structural varia-
of aging phenomena on nuclear         tions arising from so-called
weapon components for evalua-         “birth defects” or from the aging
tion of potential impact, and to      effects. One key feature of this
provide a basis for assuring a        state-of-the-art, nondestructive
high level of confidence in their     tool lies in the fact that it con-
continued performance.                serves resources and assets by
    “This new system is a prime       eliminating some destructive
example of NNSA’s ability to le-      procedures and disassembly
verage the best science and tech-     operations. Future inspections
nology in the world to solve com-     at Pantex will generate detailed,
plex national security challenges     high fidelity surveillance data
and highlights our commitment         for scientists at LLNL and Los
to transforming a Cold War            Alamos National Laboratory
nuclear weapons complex into          (LANL). This tool and the associ-
a 21st century nuclear security       ated data that it generates repre-
enterprise,” said NNSA Adminis-       sent a substantial improvement to
trator Thomas P. D’Agostino.          NNSA’s approach to conducting
    This new, state-of-the-art        surveillance.
nondestructive tool is similar           The first user of the CoLOSIS
in concept to CT scanners used        will be LANL in support of pit
by doctors and hospitals to view      surveillance activities for the Air
                                      Force’s B61 gravity bomb.
THE INDEPENDENT • SECTION II                                                                                                                    THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

Art, Community, & Education

                 Livermore School of Dance Performs
                    'Reveries and Remembrances'
   Le Tableau Magnifique, premier Ballet   day, March 27.                                  Tickets are $8 for adults and seniors and   tion of diversity in dance by offering a clas-
Company with Livermore School of Dance,       Performances will be at 1:00 p.m. and     $6 for children age 17 and under.”             sical and contemporary ballet program. The
will present its second annual showcase,   7:00 p.m. at The Livermore High Performing      For the 2009-2010 season, Le Tableau        performance includes a full-length produc-
“Reveries and Remembrances,” on Satur-     Arts Theater at 600 Maple Street.            Magnifique (LTM) continues with its reputa-    tion of the hauntingly beautiful Giselle, with
                                                                                                                                       original choreography by Yuri Grigorovich
                                                                                                                                       and Marius Petipa.
                                                                                                                                          Other classical ballet pieces include ex-
                                                                                                                                       cerpts from The Firebird, with Stravinsky’s
                                                                                                                                       remarkable score enhancing the elegant
                                                                                                                                          There is also a montage of contempo-
                                                                                                                                       rary ballet set to some of the late Michael
                                                                                                                                       Jackson’s most innovative music. The final
                                                                                                                                       dance pays homage to The Phantom of the
                                                                                                                                       Opera and the grandiose “Masquerade
                                                                                                                                       Ball,” complete with winding staircases
                                                                                                                                       for the masked dancers to make their grand
                                                                                                                                          Le Tableau Magnifique Ballet Company
                                                                                                                                       dancers commit many hours each month
                                                                                                                                       outside of their regular dance classes to
                                                                                                                                       the art of ballet and the community. They
                                                                                                                                       have performed for local charitable venues,
                                                                                                                                       including The Taylor Family Foundation,
                                                                                                                                       Rosewood Gardens, Heritage Estates, and
                                                                                                                                       ValleyCare Health Care Foundation. The
                                                                                                                                       dancers’ passion for ballet, shows in their
                                                                                                                                       beautiful execution of movement and ex-
                                                                                                                                       pressions of joy while performing.
                                                                                                                                          For more information about “Reveries
                                                                                                                                       and Remembrances,” please contact Liver-
                                                                                                                                       more School of Dance at (925) 245-9322 or
                                                                                                                                       by e-mail at Tickets
                                                                                                                                       are on sale now.

 Photos by Lynn Fitzpatrick
 feature Albrecht and Giselle
 (left) and the Willis facing off
 over Albrecht (photo at right).
2    THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                      Art & Entertainment

                                                                          “Making of an Opera”

                        Part Three: Finishing Touches
by Heidi Massie                         and LVO’s volunteers.
    (This is the last of a three-part       “It’s my job as stage manager
series about Livermore Valley           to keep tech week stress-free, calm
Opera’s March production of Jo-         and organized,” said Bethanie
hann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,”         Baeyen, LVO’s professional stage
and the dedicated volunteers who        manager for “Die Fledermaus.”
bring opera to the stage.)              “I’m the liaison between the stage
    It’s crunch time.                   director and actors and techni-
    It’s the final day of Livermore     cal staff, making sure everyone
Valley Opera’s dress rehearsals for     knows the director’s rehearsal
their production of Johann Strauss’     schedule.”
comedic opera “Die Fledermaus”              Tech week begins on the Sunday
which opens Saturday night at the       before opening night. The sets and
Bankhead Theater. The opera has         large props are transported to the
been almost 18 months in the mak-       theater from the construction shop
ing and now the first performance       with the help of many volunteers
is just days away.                      like Bill Rabe, set construction
    This week, known as “tech           chief. He rents a truck and orga-
week,” has been busy with ac-           nizes a team for this laborious task.
tivities every day and evening.         Set designer Jean Francois Revon
There’s a lot to accomplish such        supervises the unloading and
as putting up sets in the theater,      ensures the sets are properly put
rehearsals with costumes and or-        together and secured. Costumes
chestra, lighting checks and final      and smaller props arrive as well, all
pushes to sell tickets. The finishing   with the help of volunteers.
touches to sets built by LVO’s vol-         For the next four days, the
unteers are placed, while others are    theater is buzzing with Bankhead
readying themselves with steam          stage crew, opera technical staff,
irons and needles and thread for        directors and performers. The
last minute costume adjustments.                                                                                                                                        Photos - Doug Jorgensen
                                        lighting designer, set designer,
Though it’s a hectic week, it will      stage manager and volunteers may        In the top photo, Jillian Boye has her Adele costume adjusted by Costume Designer Christina
all come together – it always does,     spend up to 12 hours each day per-      Weiland. In the lower photo, Daniel Ebbers (left) (Eisenstein) plots with Igor Viera (Dr. Falke) to crash
with the help of the stage manager      fecting sets and lights. Then, for      the Prince's elaborate ball.

                                                                                                                    three hours each night, everyone is       As the saying goes, “practice
                                                                                                                    on hand for rehearsals.                makes perfect.” That is the focus
                                                                                                                        “Monday night is the first op-     of the nightly rehearsals. It’s not
                                                                                                                    portunity for all performers to be     until Wednesday and Thursday
                                                                                                                    on stage with costumes,” explained     that full dress rehearsals with
                                                                                                                    Baeyen. “We do a ‘walk-through’        costumes, wigs, make-up and
                                                                                                                    of each scene so the stage director    orchestra occur.
                                                                                                                    and artistic director can review          “Wednesday is my first oppor-
                                                                                                                    everything to ensure the audience      tunity to work with the orchestra
                                                                                                                    will see and hear the performance      in the theater,” said LVO’s music
                                                                                                                    as it should be.” Tuesday is more      director Alexander Katsman. “It’s
                                                                                                                    of the same but with piano accom-      the first time I hear the orchestra
                                                                                                                    paniment for the singers.              and singers together and work to
                                                                                                                        “Tech week is all about decid-     achieve a well balanced sound.”
                                                                                                                    ing what the entire picture will       With only two nights to accom-
                                                                                                                    look like,” added David Cox,           plish this, does he feel pressure?
                                                                                                                    LVO’s professional stage director.     “No, I don’t get stressed,” he said
                                                                                                                    “I look to fine-tune the production.   confidently.
                                                                                                                    However, I step aside and let the         Though stage manager Baeyen
                                                                                                                    technical people do their job. If I    works to keep rehearsals mov-
                                                                                                                    see something that needs adjusting,    ing, there are always unforeseen
                                                                                                                    changes are made.” Though Cox          glitches. “Sometimes there’s a
                                                                                                                    says there can be times of frustra-    delay with costume changes or a
                                                                                                                    tion, he looks forward to this final   wig falls off while rehearsing. With
                                                                                                                    phase of the production. “It’s         the help of the volunteers, we keep
                                                                                                                    exciting to see it all come together   things moving.”
                                                                                                                    with the costumes, sets, lighting         Baeyen who has managed
                                                                                                                    and performers on stage.”              numerous theater productions is
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amazed at the degree of support                                               want it any other way. For them,
from LVO’s volunteers. “I don’t                                               it’s all about sharing opera with the
know of any other company that                                                community.
has this kind of support. It makes                                                        This Weekend!
my job so much easier.”                                                        Livemore Valley Opera presents:
    Artistic director and LVO                                                             Johann Strauss’
founder Raquel Holt agreed. “LVO                                                        “Die Fledermaus”
relies heavily on volunteers. We                                                 Saturday Opening Night Gala
are very fortunate that so many                                                      Tribute to John Shirley:
have stayed with LVO for so long.                                             March 13. Gala 5:00pm (separate
It’s their passion for opera that                                                   ticket). Curtain 8:00 p.m.
keeps them involved.”                     orchestra plays its first notes,    Sunday, March 14, 2:00pm Mati-
    Friday arrives quickly. The the-      the audience will have no idea                  nee and Family
ater is “dark,” meaning the singers       the amount of work and months                 Ice Cream Sunday
get the night off to rest their voices.   of preparation that went into the       Saturday March 20, 8:00pm
And then, it’s opening night.             performance. That’s okay with        Sunday March 21, 2:00pm Mat-
    As the curtain rises and the          LVO’s volunteers; they wouldn’t                      inee
                                                                                        Bankhead Theater
                                                                               For tickets, call 925-373-6800 or
         St. Patrick's Day Festivities                                            For more information about
                                                                                LVO, visit www.livermoreval-
          This Weekend in Dublin                                                 
   The City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be held at the
Dublin Civic Center (parking lot) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. and
Sun., March 13 and 14.
   There will be over 100 craft and commercial vendor booths, an
international food court, three stages featuring authentic Irish entertain-
ment, sheep herding, carnival rides and other attractions. The Irish Tea
Cottage will be open in the Library Program Room featuring a Celtic
harpist, storytelling, crafts, knitting and of course, tea.
   There is no admission charge. Parking is free.
   The Annual Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station #16 (lo-
cated on Donohue Drive and Amador Valley Blvd) will take place on
Saturday morning – with green pancakes ready at 7am. Tickets can be
purchased at the door for $5 each.
   The annual parade, presented by the Dublin Lions Club, can be seen
on Amador Valley Blvd. or Village Parkway. The parade has over 80
entries including equestrian riders, clowns, local marching bands, bag-
pipes, and more. The parade steps-off promptly at 9:30 a.m.
   On Sunday morning, the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk will be
held. This is a certified 3.5 mile course. Register on-line at
or download an application from the event website.
   The celebration will also include two other activities: the Green &
White Gala sponsored by the Sister City Organization will be held on
Friday, March 12th at the Dublin Senior Center. Tickets are only $65
per person. Call 925. 829-4758 to make reservations.
   Lady K and the Kings of Swing will be performing at the Dublin
Senior Center on Saturday, March 13th at 7 p.m. Tickets can be pur-
chased in advance or at the door.
4    THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                          Art & Entertainment

      Symphony Presents 'Enigma, Romance and Scandal'
   “Enigma, Romance and Scan-          tions to be led by guest conductor,
dal” is the theme of the March 27      Mitchell Sardou Klein. This work
Livermore Amador Symphony              consists of the theme and its four-
concert to be presented at the         teen variations that develop from
Bankhead Theater in Livermore.         the theme’s various harmonic,
   There will be a prelude at 7 p.m.   rhythmic and melodic elements.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.           It was dedicated by Elgar to his
   This program is wide in its         “friends pictured within;” each
scope, both in its scenic range and    variation being a portrayal of each
the variety of moods presented;        of his circle of acquaintances. The
from the intimate personal portraits   first variation represents his wife,
depicted in Elgar’s Enigma Varia-      Caroline, who was a constant
tions to the tempestuous descent       source of encouragement to him;
into the Inferno depicted by Tchai-    while the popular variation “Nim-
kovsky in Francesca de Rimini.         rod” commemorates his friend,
   The concert opens with Samuel       music editor, Jaeger.                  Mitchell Sardou Klein
Barber’s overture to The School            Maestro Klein has had exten-       as familiar as Beethoven’s large
for Scandal under the direction        sive experience in conducting both     works they have been classed as
of Dr. Arthur Barnes. Although         symphony and ballet orchestras         “rare gems.” Romantic, of course,        Kirstin Anderson
this piece was only suggested by       both nationally and internationally.   they present an exquisite dialogue
Sheridan’s play and not composed       He has led concert tours through       between the strings and the audi-        recounts the story of the tragic        point of view with a plaintive
for any particular production          Austria, Hungary, Australia and        ence. The interchange of melodies        lovers, Paulo and Francesca, who        clarinet melody. She describes her
of that comedy, its quick tempo        New Zealand-to name but a few.         between the soloist and the orches-      are tormented in the second circle      past happiness and present misery
suggests the witty exchanges and       He has appeared in national and        tra is expressive and “dolce.”           of Hell, which is reserved for          with accompanying melodies from
gossip of an 18th century salon. It    international broadcasts including         Anderson is widely experi-           punishment of those who gave in         harp and English horn. Inevitably,
opens with a theatrical flourish       PBS and KQED television, and he        enced, both as violin soloist and        to sensual pleasures.                   the music draws the audience back
played by the entire orchestra.        has been the recipient of numerous     as concertmaster for several or-            The heavy brass harmonies            into that terrifying storm from
This is followed by varied themes      awards.                                chestras. The piece provides a           introduce a somber, dark atmo-          which there is no escape.
and tempi introduced by strings,           The tranquil mood is then taken    calm interlude before the audience       sphere, which gives way to a               The Bankhead Theater is
oboe and clarinet-both lyrical and     up by Kirstin Anderson, LAS Con-       descends into the depths of the          furious orchestral acceleration         located at 2400 First St., Liver-
jaunty. It all comes together in a     cert Master, as she continues the      second circle of the Inferno.            describing the spinning tempest         more. For tickets call 925-373-
rollicking, emphatic finish.           program with her performance               With Francesca da Rimini             of souls confined to this region. In    6800, or go online to www.liver-
   This selection is followed by       of Beethoven’s Romances for            Tchaikovsky created what he              contrast, the second section intro-
Elgar’s well-known Enigma Varia-       violin No. 1 and 2. Although not       styled a “symphonic fantasy.” It         duces the story from Francesca’s

    Early Music Series Continues with                                                  'Girltopia' to Raise Funds for Haiti
      Harpsichord and Fortepiano                                                                                                                               mended. The money raised at this
                                                                                 Pleasanton Senior Girl Scout          senior Girl Scout Marie McCoy-
   Las Positas College 2010 Early         The pre-concert talk also fea-      Troop 31473 will host a perfor-          Thompson.                               event will be sent to the people
Music Concert Series continues         tures Kevin Fryer, a master San        mance with two goals. One is to             For the past few months, the         of Haiti who faced a devastating
March 20 with a presentation by        Francisco instrument builder with      raise funds for UNICEF’s Haiti           troop has been discussing the           earthquake, putting many adults
Yuko Tanaka on the harpsichord         a worldwide reputation who will        Earthquake Fund. The second is to        similarities and differences be-        and children in difficult situations.
and fortepiano.                        interview the artist and discuss       raise awareness concerning girls’        tween girls’ positions in societies     Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You
   There is a 7:30 pre-concert talk,   the instruments as well as the         rights around the world.                 around the world. The show will         must be the change you wish to
followed by the concert at 8 p.m.      repertoire.                               The March 16 performance has          focus on promoting “Girltopia”- a       see in this world.” To make a real
   Tanaka returns to Las Positas          The concert concludes with a        the theme “Girltopia.” It will be        utopia for girls where girls’ values,   change in peoples’ lives, one must
College to demonstrate her virtu-      reception where the audience can       held at Pleasanton Middle School         needs, and interests are respected      learn about the quality of those
osity on both the harpsichord and      meet the performer and the see the     from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Interactive          and celebrated.                         lives right now in the real world.
the fortepiano. She will perform       instruments. Refreshments for the      games and artistic showcases will           Learning about the difficulties         Join local Girl Scout troops
music from three generations of        reception are provided by Amador       symbolize girls’ positions in societ-    girls and women around the world        on March 16, 2010 to learn what
the Bach family from the early         Valley Catering Co., a student run     ies around the world and the hard-       face will expose the audience to the    lives of girls around the world are
baroque to the high baroque on the     catering business at AVHS.             ships they constantly face.              problems in societies and in what       really like and how our community
harpsichord and the early classical       Tickets are available at the door      “There is no better cause that        ways they can take action. Raising      can help.
period on the fortepiano.              at $15 general admission, $5.00        is more relevant or deserving right      awareness is the first step in mak-        Pleasanton Middle School is
   The Bach dynasty held an un-        students                               now than Haiti; it has experienced       ing the world a better place, but       located at 5001 Case Ave., Pleas-
disputed place in the music world         The concerts are held in the col-   a devastating loss. We would like        taking action is what counts.           anton. All are invited to attend. For
for two hundred years with more        lege library, building 2000, 3000      to do what we can to help, “ said           Although this event will be free     information, contact Preeti Tata at
than fifty musicians of that name.     Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.                                                   of charge, donations are recom-         523-3230.
Today, Bach remains synonymous         The venue is wheelchair accessible.
with great music. This program         For additional information, visit
will demonstrate the reason for
their fame.
                                       the website at www.lpcearlymusic.
                                       org or contact Marilyn Marquisa
                                                                                The Cool Tones                           The Cool Tones Big Band to perform at the Pleasanton Public
                                                                                                                      Library on Sun., March 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.
   Yuko will play on two instru-
ments: a harpsichord, built by
                                       at 925.424.1209 or mmarquis@
                                                                                  Perform at                             The band plays swing hits.
                                                                                                                         Library programs are free and open to everyone. The Friends of the
master instrument builder, Kevin
Fryer and a Stein fortepiano, re-
                                          These concerts are sponsored
                                       in part by the Las Positas Col-
                                                                                  Pleasanton                          Pleasanton Library is sponsoring the program. Call Penny Johnson at
                                                                                                                      925/931-3405 for information.
built by Janine Johnson, specialist
in Viennese style fortepianos.
                                       lege Foundation and the Alameda
                                       County Arts Council.
                                                                                   Library                               No registration required.
Art & Entertainment                                                                                                        THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                             5

                                                                                        California Writers Club Offers Workshop
         Amador Friends of                                                      The California Writers Club–          their work to a judge or editors.       Writing” classes, led workshops
         Music Fund-raiser:                                                  Tri-Valley Branch offers writers
                                                                             of all genres and experience levels
                                                                                                                      Lauderdale is a contest winner
                                                                                                                      herself, most recently for her latest
                                                                                                                                                              on editing and revising and is a
                                                                                                                                                              popular speaker at writers’ confer-
                                                                                                                                                              ences. Lauderdale divides her time
        'The Sidewalk Cafe'
                                                                             the opportunity to learn about           book, In Franklin’s House. This
                                                                             their craft and share their work.        workshop is perfect for writers         between her homes in Martinez
                                                                             The next meeting is on Saturday,         who have taken their manuscripts        and Cedarville and can often be
    The public is invited to attend the Amador Friends of Music 6th          March 20 from 11:30 am to 3:00           as far as they can on their own,        found airborne with her husband
Annual Magic of Music fund-raiser on Saturday, March 27, 6 p.m.              pm at Empire Buffet, 1070 East           but want to know what else they         in their 1958 Cessna 175.
at the Pleasanton Senior Center. This year’s event is called “The            Stanley Boulevard, Livermore.            can do to polish, edit, and improve         The meeting cost is $21 for
Sidewalk Café.”                                                              This is a new meeting location for       their work.                             members and $27 for nonmem-
    The Magic of Music is the annual fund-raising event for the Ama-         the group.                                  Lauderdale has been in love          bers, including lunch. Anyone
                                          dor Friends of Music, the non-        Author Beverly Lauderdale, a          with writing since she could hold       curious about the group is invited
                                          profit organization supporting     longtime writing instructor and          a pencil.                               to attend with no obligation to join.
                                                                             frequent judge of national and              The author of three novels, The      Reservations are required.
                                          the activities of the Amador
                                                                             regional writing contests, will          Long Wind, Notes When Summer                To make a reservation for
                                          Valley High School Band and                                                                                         March 20, contact Fred Norman
                                                                             reveal the inside track on what          Ends, and In Franklin’s House,
                                          Color Guard. It replaces many                                                                                       at or 925-
                                                                             contest judges want and how can          she has also authored hundreds
                                          smaller fund-raisers with one                                               of articles and short stories for       462-7495 by Wednesday, March
                                                                             writers give their manuscripts a
                                          fun night which includes an                                                 publications including: The Los         17. For more information on the
                                                                             competitive edge. In a two-hour
                                          upscale dinner, dancing, silent    workshop, Lauderdale will offer          Angeles Times; Biography; The           California Writers Club–Tri-Valley
                                          auction, live auction, raffles,    practical advice and specific tips       Writer; Essence; Travel & Leisure;      Branch, contact Lani Longshore
                                          games, with musical enter-         to ensure a finely crafted entry,        and Timber Creek Review. She            at 925-455-1338 or go to long-
                                          tainment provided by students      whether writers are submitting           has taught numerous “Craft of  or go to
                                          in the award-winning Amador                                                                               
                                          jazz bands.
                                              The event is crucial to sup-          Parent and Me Art Class Offered at the Bothwell
                                          porting the band’s activities
                                          and growth. In fact, notes             A new parent-and-me art class,       would be a perfect place to launch      week session on Thursday, March
                                          Magic of Music Chairman            Pee Wee Art Time, will begin             Pee Wee Art Time. A bonus for           11th, 9:30 to 10:30 am. The first
                                                                             March 11 at the Bothwell Arts            the wee ones is that a playground       class of this session will be free
                                          Steve Kirch, “over the past
                                                                             Center in Livermore.                     is being constructed right outside      of charge. RSVP, space is lim-
                                          five years we’ve raised over           “We’ve had many parents ask          the building, which is soon to be       ited. Additional 4-week sessions
$175,000 to purchase $70,000 in instruments, $50,000 for new uni-            about preschool art programs in the      completed.                              continue thru June. The Bothwell
forms, $5000 for a new golf cart as well as many other items. We             past and are pleased to finally offer       Jen Queirolo has been bringing       Arts Center is located at 2466 8th
have been able to support the growth of the band to 230 members,             something creative for the young         her daughter Siena to Miss Ava’s        Street, Livermore. Visit http://sites.
making it the largest organization on campus, comprising nearly 10%          ones,” said Linda Ryan, manager          Pee Wee Playtime class for 2 years
of the Amador Valley High School student body.”                              of the Bothwell Arts Center.             and has one of those children who       for more information and to reg-
    This year’s event is a tribute to this year’s marching band show             Ava Chinn, who currently             can’t seem to get enough art time.      ister.
“Where the Sidewalk Ends” that started with the entire band lying on         teaches Pee Wee Playtime in Dub-         “Siena loves Miss Ava and she
the ground forming a sidewalk on the field. They finished the year           lin, will teach Pee Wee Playtime.        loves her class—especially the art
at the WBA championships for CA in seventh place with their finest           She said she has been impressed by       projects. Personally, I cherish the
performance of the season.                                                   how her students (even the 2-year        special time we’ve spent together
    The night includes a specially created three course French Bistro        olds) were engaged and focused           in such a fun, creative, loving
menu provided by Eddie Papa’s. An extra special treat will be the            on the arts and craft portion of         environment. It’s amazing how
Purple and Gold and Sidewalk Martinis. And of course the wonder-             her class.                               much Siena has grown, learned to
ful opportunities to support our band with live and silent auctions              “It’s really exciting to see these   express herself in her art and be
and games.                                                                   young children enjoying art and be-      creative in her art technique, and
    Amador Friends of Music invites everyone in the community to             ing proud of their ‘masterpieces.’       overall become more confident.
grab a beret for their last chance to see where the sidewalk ends with       They inspire me because their art        We are both looking forward to
fellow music friends, adding that you won’t want to miss out on the          is pure, innocent and uninhibited,”      this opportunity to spend more
opportunity to see world-class performances by our own Amador                says Ava Chinn. After taking a           time together being creative,” said
                                                                             painting class herself at the Both-      Queirolo.
Jazz Bands.
                                                                             well Arts Center, she knew this             Pee Wee Art Time begins a 4-
    Tickets for this exciting event are $65 per person (down from $75
last year). There will also be a cash bar with half of the proceeds
coming back to the band. For more information, to purchase tickets
or to learn more about sponsorships, go to
Ticket orders and donations can also be sent to AFM, PO Box 602,
Pleasanton, CA 94566.
6      THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                   Art & Entertainment

                                                                                                                      Italian Film Festival
    Night Benefits                                                                                                     Planned at College
     PAR 4 Kids                                                                                                       Following a successful event        which spoke of the immigrant’s
                                                                                                                   last year, Las Positas College offi-   pain at being separated from home
                                                                                                                   cials have announced the College’s     and family.
        A comedy night benefit                                                                                     Second Annual Italian Film Festi-          On Saturday, March 27 the
    for PAR 4 Kids’ Sake will be                                                                                   val. It will be held March 26-27       feature film will be My Brother,
    held at Tommy T’s Comedy                                                                                       in Building 2400 at Las Positas        My Sister Sold for a Fistful of Lira
                                                                                                                   College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive        (90 minutes).
    Steakhouse in Pleasanton, on                                                                                                                              Following World War II, Italy
                                                                                                                   in Livermore.
    Thursday, March 18.                                                                                                                                   was a place of such great privation
                                                                                                                      The schedule is the same for
        Regina Stoops, who lives                                                                                   both events. From 6 p.m. to 6:30       that tens of thousands of young
    in Pleasanton, will be the                                                                                     p.m. guests are invited to attend a    children, especially in the rural
    opening act. Regina has                                                                                        reception, followed at 7 p.m. with     South, were “sold” to a Neapoli-
    performed all over the Bay                                                                                     a discussion of the feature film,      tan-American adoption agency for
    Area and utilizes her per-                                                                                     and a question and answer period.      a few thousand lire. The Catholic
    sonal knowledge of raising                                                                                     The feature film will begin at 7:30    Church organized this effort.
    an autistic child to keep the                                                                                  p.m.                                       My Brother, My Sister follows
    audience entertained. Bobby                                                                                       On Friday, March 26 the fea-        the efforts of Pia Dilisa to find
                                                                                                                   ture film will be Pane Amaro (103      her siblings, who were 7 and 9
    Collins, who took over for                                                                                                                            years old when they were shipped
                                                                                                                   minutes). Pane Amaro recounts
    Rosie O’Donnell on VH1                                                                                                                                to America in 1952, never to be
                                                                                                                   important events that shaped the
    and has toured with Cher,                                                                                      Italian American experience by         heard from again. Pia’s remarkable
    Dolly Parton, Julio Iglesias,                                                                                  weaving together compelling per-       quest, 45 years later, is punctuated
    and Tony Bennett will be the                                                                                   sonal accounts, commentary by          by mind-boggling interviews with
    featured performer.                                                                                            noted scholars, and rare historical    church officials (in Rome and New
        One hundred percent of                                                                                     photographs and footage.               York) who stonewall her: somehow
    the tickets sales proceeds to                                                                                                                         records were not kept or cannot be
    PAR 4 Kids’ Sake.                                                                                                 Among other events, the film        found today; “it all happened so
        PAR 4 Kids’ Sake is a                                                                                      looks at the lynching of 11 Italian    very long ago,” she’s told. Pia is a
                                                                                                                   immigrants in New Orleans in           salt-of-the-earth heroine - embed
    8 year old charity that was                                                                                                                           with tenacity, unfailing decency,
    founded by parents of special      Dasha Ryutor, a 7th grade student from Livermore, operates the              1891 - the largest in U.S. history,
                                       camera while Jeff Eorio, Director of Parks and Community Services           the establishment and growth of        and loyalty to a brother and sister
    education kids and supported                                                                                   “Little Italys,” the 1911 Triangle     she hardly remembers. Her story
    by a dedicated committee           for San Ramon, prepares to be interviewed for “Tri-Valley Youth                                                    is enthralling.
                                                                                                                   Factory fire, in which dozens of
    of 20 people. PAR has been         View."                                                                      immigrant women workers died,              The Italian Film Festival is
    raising and donating money                                                                                     the crucial role of Italian work-      co-sponsored by the LPC Foreign
    to groups that focus on curing
    autism and helping kids and
    families with autism.
                                            TV Camp Open to                                                        ers in the development of the
                                                                                                                   American labor movement, and
                                                                                                                   the internment of Italian American
                                                                                                                                                          Language Department, LPC Foun-
                                                                                                                                                          dation, Campus Change Network,
                                                                                                                                                          and the Western Regional Chapter

                                             Grades 6 to 11
        Tickets can be purchased                                                                                   civilians declared “enemy aliens”      of the American Italian Historical
                                                                                                                   during World War II. The title of      Association.
    on the PAR 4 Kids’ Sake                                                                                                                                   For further information, please
                                                                                                                   the film comes from a popular Nea-
    website at www.par4kids                                                                                                                               contact Catherine Suarez at (924)
                                           Tri-Valley TV Camp, offered by Tri-Valley Community Television,         politan song of the early 1900’s, or directly from any                                                                                                                         424-1212.
                                       includes an introduction to studio production, field production, writ-
    of the committee members.
    Tickets are $20 each, 2 for        ing, producing and digital video editing. The day camp consists of a
                                       total of 20 hours and is open to students in grades 6 – 11 from all over
                                                                                                                                  Vine Center to Host
    $35, or a table of 10 for $150.
    The show will start at 7.30        the Tri-Valley. Participants will work within a group to produce a TV
                                                                                                                                   Taste of the Vine
    PM with the doors opening                                                                                         The Vine Center will host its 2nd   Chenes Winery, Occasio Winery,
                                           Tri-Valley TV Camp sold out last year in its first year of existence.
    at 5:30 PM. Optional dinner,                                                                                   Annual Taste of the Vine on Thurs-     Page Mill Winery, Red Feather
                                       Therefore, this year, two sessions will be offered to campers. The first
    appetizers, and drinks can be      session will take place June 14 - 18. The second session will be avail-     day, March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The     Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards, Ruby
    purchased during the eve-          able from August 9 – 13. Tri-Valley TV Camp will run from 9 a.m. – 1        community is invited to stop by        Hill Winery, Ryhan Estate Vine-
    ning with a 2 item minimum         p.m. each day. The fee is $495 and registration is limited.                 the free event. There will be live     yards, Steven Kent Winery, Wood
    purchase.                              “Last year students produced a one hour special that aired on TV30      music, complimentary appetizers        Family Vineyards will be pouring
        “Our success would not         titled “Tri-Valley Youth View”, said Melissa Tench-Stevens, Executive       and wine from local vintners.          their wines while taxi service will
    be possible without the tre-       Director of Tri-Valley TV. “Students not only had the opportunity to           The event is being hosted by        be available through DeSoto Cab
    mendous support we receive         work with our staff at a real television station, but interviewed two       The Vine Center’s businesses           Company. Participants will also
    from individuals and busi-         Mayors and other key city personnel. We were fielding calls all year        including Tri-Valley Bank, Candy       have a chance to win a gift basket
    nesses throughout our com-         long from the positive buzz created by last year’s camp and this year’s     Bouquet, Zephyrs Grill & Bar,          by turning in their Taste of the
    munity” explained Cindy            camp will be just as exciting.”                                             Vine Cinema, Fusion 3 Salon,           Vine passports after having them
    Everson, mother of 2 autistic          In addition to providing valuable hands-on experience in television     Edward Jones, Café Art, Verizon        stamped by each of The Vine
    children and co-founder of         production, Tri-Valley TV Camp will give students an overall picture        – Elite Club Wireless, Windermere      businesses.
    PAR 4 Kids’ Sake. “We are          of the production process, help prepare them for related courses in         Real Estate and Extreme Pizza.            While admission is free, at-
    so thankful to Tommy T’s for       video and provide an edge for their future in the television industry.         Childcare services will be pro-     tendees are encouraged to make
                                       Experienced ROP Media instructor Mitch Eason will be returning as           vided at Café Art for children 5       a donation to Tri-Valley Haven,
    putting on this comedy night.
                                       Camp Director.                                                              years and older. A $20 fee will        which is a safe house for adults
    Events like this will help us to                                                                                                                      and children who have experienced
                                           The camp is located at the Tri-Valley Community Television Studios      cover the childcare as well as art
    achieve our goal of finding a                                                                                  materials, pizza, drinks and pop-      abuse or homelessness. Tri-Val-
    cure and helping the kids who      of TV28, TV29 and TV30 which is on the grounds of the Pleasanton
                                       Unified School District, 4663 Bernal Avenue, Suite B in Pleasanton.         corn. Live music will be provided      ley Haven will have a table at the
    have special needs reach their                                                                                 by local band Jammies.                 event with information about their
                                           For more information and to register for the Tri-Valley TV Camp,
    potential”.                                                                                                       Livermore wineries Fenestra         services.
                                       visit the Tri-Valley TV web site at or phone the
                                       station at 925.462.3030.                                                    Winery, Cedar Mountain Winery,            The Vine Center is located on
                                                                                                                   John Christopher Cellars, Les          First Street in Livermore.
Wine Country                                                                                                                   THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                            7

              Hidden Creek Wine: A trendy warehouse winery
by Harry Stoll                          Try that. Vine yards.                   ma, and a complex and balanced            growers to determine when to            waned rather than wined. Ask him
    Off of scenic Vasco Road, nes-           All Hidden Creek Wine has          taste and finish.                         harvest. He aims to stay faithful       to start the classes again.
tled among roll-up corrugated steel     going for it is its very classy wines      • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon              to the grape as it was grown and            So where is the Hidden Creek?
doors, near a cheery sign about a       at fair prices.                         Napa Valley ($28). A classic Bor-         harvested. His idea is to leave the     It remains well-hidden. It’s the
security camera, on a picturesque           Such as:                            deaux, with Merlot and Petit Ver-         wine be, with as little intervention    name of the street he lives on. Hid-
big-rig-size access road, in a bland        • 2006 Chardonnay Napa Valley       dot making the cab behave. Put it         as possible. The juice is fermented     den Creek started as The Crush in
greige building facing a bland ecru     Berry Lane ($18). Selected from         with Yankee Pot Roast.                    for several weeks to extract the        a, you guessed it, industrial park.
building, find a tasting room the       a vine yard just east of the city of       • 2005 Syrah Napa Valley ($28).        maximum flavor from the grapes.         This one in Pleasanton, off of Val-
size of a large janitor’s closet. In    Napa. Fruity. Fermented in steel        A sensuous blast of spice. It’s hot       Aging is done barrel-by-barrel to       ley Drive. The winery was moved
this unlikely venue you can taste       and aged in 60% new French oak.         in the cool way, not in the burn          assure the quality is sustained.        to its Vasco Road site a few years
wines that have nothing to with the     Rich on the palate and easy on the      way, and easy to drink. Dark meat             Hidden Creek Wine winery is         ago and a tasting room opened in
dull surroundings. This is Hidden       wallet, it’s pairs well with light      on the grill.                             green. It doesn’t use polystyrene in    Blacksmith Square. The tasting
Creek, one of five valley wineries      dishes night and day.                      Jim marches to a different             its shipping boxes, make sure there     room was moved to the present
that have found it practical to stake       • 2005 Reserve Chardonnay           drummer when he crosses over              is no runoff of waste into storm        location on January 3.
out space in industrial parks. You      Napa Valley Berry Lane ($21).           to Solano County for Sangiovese.          drains, and minimizes the addi-             Jim pioneered placing a winery
won’t find teeter-totters or picnic     From the same vine yard as the          Hidden Creek is out of it right now,      tion of sulfites and other additives.   in a light industrial are and small
tables, nor will you find a well-hid-   2006, but chuck in three bucks          but will release more in the fall. It’s   Organic waste is recycled, as are       winery is not now alone. Other
den creek, but you will find sturdy     more—a reasonable increase.             a wonderful medium bodied wine            bottle, cardboard ink cartridges,       wineries in industrial sites are Lon-
wines to delight you.                   Steel, oak, palate, and pairing as      that goes with most foods.                and batteries. It buys grapes from      gevity Wine, in the final approach
    Tip the glass to the light, tip     above.                                     This winemaker is very careful         vineyards that use sustainable          to Livermore airport, Occasio and
it back, sniff, taste, and you’ll           • 2006 Merlot Napa Valley           and particular—perhaps persnick-          farming and use few pesticides.         Nottingham Cellars—who are
forget the physical surroundings        La Cerezas Vineyard ($25). Bal-         ety, certainly painstaking—at all             The space is small, but a recent    next door neighbors, a few blacks
and know this is great wine. The        anced and easy enjoying but not         stages of vinifying. (He doesn’t          expansion will allow for barrel         away—and Las Positas, which will
winemaker and owner is Jim Frost.       a wussy Merlot. Swellegant as a         like the word “producing,” be-            tasting and tours. To listen to Jim     soon open in an industrial park
A vineyard wouldn’t go well with        dinner wine with light fare and         cause it sounds like something            explain what’s going on is a joy.       near Greenville Road and I-580.
all the concrete around the winery,     good friends.                           factory-made.) He buys grapes             He used to hold tasting classes,            Hidden Creek’s location is
so he selects fruit from the best           • 2006 Syrah Livermore Valley       from independent vine yards in            complete with very informative          strictly utilitarian, the wine simply
vineyards. We pause here for an         Nelson Vineyard ($24). Wants            small quantities, one to five tones.      handouts. The sessions were re-         great, even though it’s not near a
observation. Jim is British. He pro-    beouf bourguinon. A delicate aro-       Hidden Creek works closely with           velatory, but he said interest has      vineyard.
nounces vineyards as two words.

                                                  Call for Artists, Art in the Park, Danville:       Valley 2008 Petit Chenin Blanc and 2007           for a relaxing day of wine tasting. Local        shall. Tickets are on sale at Little Valley
                                                   12th Annual Fine Arts Festival, October           Zinfandel. March 20 and 21 Barrel Tasting         wineries will showcase their wines for           Winery Tasting Room at 739 Main St.
                                                   2 & 3, On the Town Green, Front Street            with goodies.Tasting Room at the Good             tasting while you enjoy finger food, music,      in Downtown Pleasanton every Thurs.-
                                                   Park, by the Library. Categories: Paintings       Brewer located at: 2960 Pacific Avenue,           inspirational speakers, and, raffles. Mean-      Sun. 12-5 p.m. For more information
                                                   in All Media, Photography, Ceramics,              Livermore.                                        der through silent auction items to fit every    go to Performance
                                                   Sculpture, Graphics and limited openings        Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, Sunday                   budget. 10% discount when purchasing             dates are March 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27
                                                   in Fine Jewelry (no crafts). Sponsored by         March 14 taste wine and Irish Soda Bread          your $25 ticket on line. https://WineHike.       at the Sunol Glen School Theatre, 11601
                                                   Alamo Danville Artists’ Society and the           to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. No tasting Use code: SUPPORT or              Main St., Sunol. Admission is $15 for
                                                   Town of Danville, this event is a Fund            fee Sunday. There will be a private Cab-          call 925 413 7788 925 413 7788                   reserved seating.
                                                   Raiser for Art in the Schools of the San          ernet Sauvignon Vertical Tasting hosted                                                           One Act Plays, presented by Las Positas
                                                   Ramon School District. Art in the Park            by the winemaker. Vertical tasting begins       MUSIC/CONCERTS                                     College, March 10 at 12:30 p.m. and
                                                   includes a Judged Inside Art Show and             on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00          Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele, March 17,               March 12 at 8 p.m. Campus theater, 3000
                                                   food, wine and live entertainment. Booth          p.m. in the winery. $10.00 per person/            plays jazz, blues, funk, classical, blue-        Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. Free admis-
Judy Rice’s collection of                          spaces are 10’ x 10’ and the fees are $85 for     free for wine club. Classes are first             grass, folk, flamenco, and rock. 7:30 p.m.       sion. 424-1119.
                                                   non ADAS members. Artist’s applications                                                             in the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street,     The Curious Savage, presented by Asbury
paintings on Masa Paper will be                    available: e-mail ormawebb@comcast.
                                                                                                     come first served & will close when full.
                                                                                                                                                       Livermore. Cost: $26 - $46. Information:         Players, Sat., March 13, Sun., March 14,
                                                                                                     contact for more
on display at the Garré Winery                     net or call 925 828-9170.                         information. The winery is located at 3053        925-373-6800 or www.LivermorePer-                Friday, March 19 and Sat., March 20.
and Restaurant from March 1                                                                          Marina Ave, Livermore; 443-1998, www.                                    Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743
                                                  MEETINGS                                                                                           Three Generations of Bach, Harpsichord             East Ave., Livermore. Curtain time is 8
- April 30. Garré Winery is at 7986               Middle School Poetry Society, Students
                                                                                                                                                       and Fortepiano Recital, March 20, Early          p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m.
                                                                                                   Wine release, Mitchell Katz Winery, Sat.,
Tesla Road. Hours are M-F 11:00-                    from Harvest Park, Hart and Pleasanton           March 20, noon to 5 p.m. Live music,              Music Concert series, Yuko Tanaka will           on Sunday. Tickets are $10 general admis-
2:30, and Sat-Sun 11:30-5:30.                       middle schools are invited to participate        heavy appetizers, keepsake wine stem,             perform music from three generations of          sion, $8 for seniors and children under 12.
                                                    in Middle School Poetry Society. Poet            various varietal tasting. New releases:           the Bach family from the early baroque           For additional information or to reserve
                                                    Martha Meltzer will lead a series of six         2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Walker Vine-            to the high baroque on the harpsichord           tickets, please call 455-1048.
                                                    Wednesday workshops which will be held           yards - Certified Organic and Gold Medal          and the early classical period on the           Die Fledermaus, Livermore Valley Opera,
                                                    at Harvest Park Middle School in room            2010 SF Chronicle Wine Competition                fortepiano. At 7:30 p.m. in the library at       March 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Bankhead The-
                                                    D-33 on March 17, 24, 31 and April 14.           award winning wine, 2007 Petite Sirah             Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Canyon         ater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets at
Livermore Art Association Gallery,
                                                    On April 21, the students will share their       - Falling Star Vineyard. $20 per person           Road, Livermore. Cost: $15. For infor-           925-373-6800, www.livermoreperform-
  located in Carnegie Park, offers art
                                                    work at a poetry reading. Please contact         entry fee. 1188 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton.        mation call 925-424-1467 or see www.   
  classes, unusual gifts, painting rentals, art
                                                    Lynn Gatehouse at lgatehouse@pleasan-            No reservations required. 931-0744 oar  
  exhibits and information pertaining to the
                                           to register                                   Tao Lin, Classical Piano, Ohlone College
  art field, 2155 Third St., Livermore. The
                                                  Pleasanton Art League and Livermore              3rd Annual Wine Tasting Silent Auction,             Smith Center Presents! Sat., March 20,
  gallery has been open since 1974 and is
                                                    Art Association, General meeting Mon.,           White Crane Winery, noon to 4pm, Sun.,            8 p.m. Smith Center at Ohlone College,
  run as a co-op by local artists. Hours are
                                                    March 15, 7:30 p.m. Cultural Arts Build-         April 25. Benefitting the Leukemia and            43600 Mission Boulevard in Fremont.
  Wed.-Sun. 11:30-4 p.m. For information
                                                    ing, 4455 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Theme          Lymphoma Society. Hosted by HIKE                  Tickets: $15-$25 at 510-659-6031 or
  call 449-9927.
                                                    is Art Materials Play Night. Try many            members of Team in Training. Join us    
Seward Johnson Sculptures Coming to
                                                    different mediums, some new on the               for a relaxing day of wine tasting. Local       Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Fri., March
  Downtown Pleasanton, April 1, interac-
                                                    market, such as water-soluble oil paint,         wineries will showcase their wines for            26, 8 p.m. Del Valle Fine Arts concert.
  tive exhibit by sculptor J. Seward John-
                                                    scratchboard, self-hardening clay, water-        tasting while you enjoy finger food, music,       Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Liver-
  son placed on sidewalk locations. The
                                                    color crayons, acrylic paints, plasticized       inspirational speakers, and, raffles. Mean-       more. 925-373-6800, www.livermoreper-
  eleven life-size, three-dimensional bronze
                                                    papers, Tyvek and liquid watercolors and         der through silent auction items to fit every
  sculptures depict the everyday activities
                                                    more. Everyone is welcome. Materials             budget. 10% discount when purchasing            Livermore Amador Symphony, concert
  of people who may be found anywhere,
                                                    will be supplied by PAL and Way Up               your $25 ticket on line. https://WineHike.        March 27, “Enigma, Romance and Scan-
  from a man reading a newspaper on a park
                                                    Art & Frame at no charge to you. Bring  Use code: SUPPORT or               dal,” 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First
  bench and an elderly woman carrying a
                                                    an apron..                                       call 925 413 7788 925 413 7788                    St., Livermore. Kristina Anderson, violin.
  bag of groceries to a child welcoming a
                                                                                                   Livermore Valley's Barrel Tasting Week-             Mitchell Sardou Kein, conductor, Elgar’s
  soldier home from duty. The exhibit will                                                                                                                                                             Seussical, the Musical, Amador Valley and
                                                  WINERY EVENTS                                      end, March 20 and 21, noon to 4:30 p.m.           Enigma Variations. 925-373-6800, www.
  remain in place through June 30, 2010.                                                                                                                                                                 Foothill High Schools, March 18-20 and
                                                  Big Red Wine Tasting, Murrieta's Well and          Chance to pre-purchase wines before they
  More information about the J. Seward                                                                                                                                                                   25-27, Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita
                                                    Wente Vineyards. Sat., March 13, 6 to 8          have even bottled (aka "futures") and ex-       Diablo Symphony Orchestra, guest con-
  Johnson exhibit is available by contacting                                                                                                                                                             Rd., Pleasanton. Adults $12, student (18
                                                    p.m. at Murrieta's Well tasting room, 3005       perience unique activities offered at each        ductor Eric Kujawsky, works by Brahms
  Pleasanton Fine Arts Coordinator Julie                                                                                                                                                                 and under) $10. Tickets at http://civicart-
                                                    Mines Rd., Livermore. Light appetizers,          of our participating wineries throughout          and Chabrier; Gershwin's "Rhapsody
  Finegan at                                                                                                                                                       or (925) 931-3444.
                                                    wine tasting and special purchasing privi-       the weekend including food pairings,              in Blue," played by 12-year old piano
  or (925) 931-5355.                                                                                                                                                                                   Friday Night Open Mic for Teens, March
                                                    leges in our historic barrel room. $25 per       bottle your own wines, winemaker discus-          virtuoso Alex Chien. 2 p.m. March 28,
Art exhibit, Judy Rice's collection of paint-                                                                                                                                                            19. Performers sign up between 6 and
                                                    guest and $20 per Silver Spur member plus        sions, music and more! For a list of wines        Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic
  ings on Masa Paper will be on display at                                                                                                                                                               7 p.m. Rules and forms available on
                                                    tax includes wine tasting, light appetizers      being sampled, activities by winery, and          Dr., Walnut Creek. $12, $18, $20. 943-
  the Garré Winery and Restaurant from                                                                                                                                                          Veterans Hall, 301 Main
                                                    and special purchasing privileges Reser-         to purchase tickets visit          7469, or www.
  March 1 - April 30. Garré Winery is at                                                                                                                                                                 St., Pleasanton. $8 in advance and $10 at
                                                    vations are required. Limited capacity.          Advance Tickets are $25 and $35 day of  
  7986 Tesla Road. Hours are M-F 11:00-                                                                                                                                                                  the door; student tickets with valid ID $5
                                                    Please RSVP by calling: 925.456.2395             event. Ticket includes: a take home glass
  2:30, and Sat-Sun 11:30-5:30.                                                                                                                                                                          in advance and at the door.
                                                    or by visiting shop.murrietaswell.               with the Livermore Valley Wine Country
Livermore Art Association Spring Show,                                                                                                                                                                 Cabaret, straight from New York, Fri.,
                                                  Chocolate and Cabernet, Fenestra Winery            Logo, barrel tasting at each participating
  March 27 and 28, The Barn, 3131 Pacific                                                                                                                                                                March 19, 8 p.m. Dougherty Valley
                                                    will be hosting its annual “Chocolate and        winery for Saturday & Sunday, and a
  Ave., Livermore. Reception is Saturday,                                                                                                                                                                Performing Arts Center. www.sanramon-
                                                    Cabernet Weekend” on March 13 and                Barrel Tasting map. Proceeds benefit the
  March 27, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. No ad-                                                                                                                                                       or 973-ARTS.
                                                    14 from noon to 5 p.m., both days. Red           Livermore Valley Winegrowers Associa-
  mission charge. Information Angela Johal,                                                                                                                                                            The Mikado Singalong, Lamplighters Mu-
                                                    wines are paired with different chocolate        tion, a nonprofit organization that supports
  925-371-7777 or angelajohaldesigns@                                                                                                                                                                    sic Theatre presents, Gilbert & Sullivan.
                                                    dishes, both savory recipes and sweet            the marketing and educational programs, or Bill Hackett, 925-606-0812                                                                                                                                                               March 20, 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the
                                                    chocolate treats. The fee is $10 per person      for wineries and growers in the Livermore
  or                                                                                                                                                                                 Arts in Walnut Creek, 1606 Civic Drive.
                                                    ($5 for non-drinkers and children). The          Valley AVA. Participating Wineries: Bent
Trevor Pawlak – Poetry Exhibit, San                                                                                                                                                                      Tickets $14-$48. 925-943-7469 or lesher-
                                                    fee includes wine samples, buffet plate,         Creek Winery, Big White House & John
  Ramon Library Art Gallery, 10 year old                                                                                                                                                        For more information call
                                                    logo glass and a decadent pairing for your       Evan Cellars, Cedar Mountain Winery,
  Trevor Pawlak finds words beyond his                                                                                                               Jeffrey Siegel, Livermore Valley Per-               The Lamplighters at 415-227-4797 or go
                                                    taste buds. Wine club members get in an          Charles R Vineyards, Chouinard Vine-
  years to express himself through poetry.                                                                                                             forming Arts Center Presents. March               to Patrons
                                                    hour early at 11 a.m. on March 13 only.          yards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked
  He has Autism and enjoys writing poetry                                                                                                              31. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,             are invited to be a part of the extended
                                                    Guest chefs include Gimanelli’s Deli in          Vine & Stony Ridge Winery, Cuda
  to share his feelings, as he is nonverbal.                                                                                                           Livermore. 925-373-6800, www.liver-               chorus in this fun production. Also fea-
                                                    Pleasanton and some home-made recipes            Ridge Wines, Deer Ridge Vineyards,
  Trevor addresses some of his struggles                                                                                                                                turing a costume contest, raffle and face
                                                    from Fenestra’s own tasting room staff.          Eagle Ridge Vineyards, Eckert Estate
  with Autism through his unique perspec-                                                                                                                                                                painting, this unique event promises to be
                                                    Dishes will range from snacks and ap-            Winery, el Sol Winery, Fenestra Winery,
  tive on the world. Exhibit open through                                                                                                            ON THE STAGE                                        a lot of fun. Competition to rewrite the
                                                    petizers to main dishes and desserts, all        Garre Vineyard & Winery, Les Chenes
  April 30th at the San Ramon Library, 100                                                                                                           I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,             little list lyrics.
                                                    including some version of chocolate in           Estate Vineyards, McGrail Vineyards &
  Montgomery Street. The gallery is open                                                                                                               Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre Studio The-
                                                    their ingredients. The winery is located         Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's
  during regular library hours: Monday                                                                                                                 atre production. March 12, 13, 14. 1048         COMEDY
                                                    at 83 Vallecitos Road, Livermore. It is          Well, Nottingham Cellars, Page Mill
  – Thursday from 10:00am – 8:00pm,                                                                                                                    Serpentine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton.         Comedy night benefit for PAR 4 Kids’
                                                    open for sales and tasting every Friday,         Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Tamas
  Friday - Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm,                                                                                                             Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. Ticket          Sake, Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse
                                                    Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.           Estates, The Steven Kent Winery, Wente
  and on Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm. The                                                                                                                information 462-2121 or www.trival-              in Pleasanton, on Thursday, March 18.
                                                    For more information, visit the website at       Vineyards, White Crane Winery, Wood
  San Ramon Library is closed on 3/31                                                                                                                                              Regina Stoops is the opening act. 100%
                                           or email info@            Family Vineyards.
  for furlough and on 4/4 for Easter. For                                                                                                            Melodrama - Sunol Repertory Theatre,               of the tickets sales proceeds to PAR 4
                                                                      3rd Annual Wine Tasting Silent Auction,
  more information please contact the San                                                                                                              "She Was Only Marginally Modest or               Kids’ Sake. PAR 4 Kids’ Sake is a 8 year
                                                  Lavish Laines Winery, St. Patrick's Day            White Crane Winery, noon to 4pm, Sun.,
  Ramon Library at 925-973-2850, visit                                                                                                                 Have You No Shame!" takes place in a             old charity that was founded by parents
                                                    Sales and Food Pairing. March 12, 13,            April 25. Benefitting the Leukemia and
  their website at or contact                                                                                                           Colorado Moose Lodge. It is written by           of special education kids and supported
                                                    and 14. Truffles and tidbits will be avail-      Lymphoma Society. Hosted by HIKE
  Suzy Chow at 925-973-3372.                                                                                                                           Vern Harden, and directed by Sue Mar-            by a dedicated committee of 20 people.
                                                    able. Featuring the first in the Livermore       members of Team in Training. Join us
                                                                                                                                                                                                        PAR has been raising and donating money
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  to groups that focus on curing autism and       be shown on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.                  Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, 12 to 7 Fri., 10    13-15, Alameda County Fairgrounds,
  helping kids and families with autism.          as follows: April 14, Hamlet; and May         Science and Engineering Fair, March 30,        to 6 Sat., 10 to 5 Sun. Quality jewelry &    Pleasanton. Features artisans from across
  Tickets can be purchased on the PAR 4           19, Armida.                                     April 2, 2010. Robert Livermore Commu-       beads at manufacturer’s prices. Classes      the country, offering their handmade
  Kids’ Sake website or directly from any                                                         nity Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore.    and demonstrations for your jewelry          items and unique, hand-selected gift
  of the committee members. Tickets are         MISCELLANEOUS                                     Information          making needs. Adult weekend pass $5,         items for sale. 5 to 9 Fri., 10 to 5 Sat.,
  $20 each, 2 for $35, or a table of 10 for     Livermore Valley Coin Club 47th annual                                                         child under 12 free Parking: $8. www.        10 to 4 Sun. $7 adults; $2 children 5-10;
  $150. The show will start at 7.30 PM with       coin show and sale, Sunday March 14,          COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS                                                   children under 5 free Parking: $8. www.
  the doors opening at 5:30 PM. Optional          from 10 am to 5 pm. at the Elks Lodge, 940    Gem Fair, March 12-14, Alameda County         Country Folk Art Craft Show, March  
  dinner, appetizers, and drinks can be           Larkspur Drive Springtown in Livermore.
  purchased during the evening with a 2
  item minimum purchase.
                                                  Dealers offering appraisals and opportu-
                                                  nity to purchase coins. Admission is free.                       Livermore Looking for Ideas for Mural
                                                  Wooden “nickels” commemorating the
DANCE                                             event will be given away while supplies
                                                                                                   The City of Livermore Com-                 addition to the existing marine     Interested ap-
Le Tableau Magnifique, premier Bal-               last. Raffle will feature a U.S. $10 gold     mission for the Arts has allocated            life murals that were previously             plicants may also obtain a copy
 let Company with Livermore School                coin for the grand prize and 14 additional    up to $20,000 for its Public Art              painted on the north and east walls          of the RFP by calling the City of
 of Dance, will present its second an-            runner-up gold and silver coins. Tickets      Mural Program and is inviting all             of the Solids Handling Building.             Livermore’s Economic Develop-
 nual showcase, "Reveries and Remem-              for the raffle are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00,     qualified artists to submit their pro-        The new murals are to be of the              ment Department at (925) 960-
 brances", on Saturday, March 27, 2010.           available at the show. An hourly drawing
 The performance includes a full-length           will also be held for a U.S. silver dollar.   posals. The mural will be placed              same marine life theme and be                4140. The deadline for submission
 production of the hauntingly beautiful           Members of the Livermore Valley Coin          on the two digester tanks and the             of the same style of the existing            of proposals is April 4, 2010 at 4
 Giselle, excerpts from The Firebird, a           Club will set up numismatic displays,         south wall of the solids handling             murals.                                      p.m. For more information, please
 montage of contemporary ballet set to            information table and will be available       building at the Water Reclamation                 The Public Art Mural Pro-                contact Catherine Hagebusch, Eco-
 some of the late Michael Jackson's most          to discuss the club’s activities. Lunch       Plan on Jack London Boulevard, in             gram Request for Proposals
 innovative music and Phantom of the              service will be available. For further
                                                                                                                                                                                           nomic Development Coordinator
 Opera "Masquerade Ball." Performances            information please call Stephen Kramer        Livermore.                                    (RFP) is available on the City               at (925) 960-4477.
 will be at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The        at (925) 980-9307.                               These new murals will be in                of Livermore’s website at www.
 Livermore High Performing Arts Theater         St. Patrick's Day Festival, March 13 and
 at 600 Maple Street. Tickets are $8 for
 adults and seniors and $6 for children age
                                                  14. Two days of Irish events including
                                                  entertainment, games, food, and arts and
                                                                                                            Early Registration Deadline Near for Festival
 17 and under. For more information or            crafts. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dublin        The Pleasanton Cultural Arts               awards banquet. Also included                registrations will be taken through
 tickets please contact Livermore School          Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.        Council (PCAC) and City of                    will be a Saturday afternoon Lit-            April 9, 2010. An online brochure,
 of Dance at (925) 245-9322 or by e-mail          Information:
 at                        Evening with author Lisa See, Wed.,             Pleasanton Civic Arts will pres-              erary Row and Book Signing                   registration forms for mailing and
                                                  March 10, 7 p.m. Dublin Library. Books        ent the 9th Annual Poetry, Prose              and Pleasanton Art League Visual             information may be obtained from
AUDITIONS/VOLUNTEERS                              include Snow Flower and the Secret            & Arts Festival April 17 and 18,              Arts Show, to which the public is            the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Coun-
Heidi Chronicles audition, Directed               Fan. Copes of her books will be for sale.     2010. The weekend-long festival               invited at no charge.                        cil website at www.pleasantonarts.
 by Susan Hovey. Tri-Valley Repertory             556-4500.
 Theatre production. Auditions: Saturday,       Carey Perloff, from Archaeology to Ar-
                                                                                                will take place at the Pleasanton                Registration packages range               org or by contacting Michelle
 April 3rd, auditions at 1pm and Tuesday,         tistic Director: A career in the American     Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Bou-                from $20-$185 with early registra-           Russo at (925) 931-5350 or go to
 April 6th at 7:30 p.m. Callbacks at Studio                                                     levard in Pleasanton.                         tion discounts available February  
 Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Suite 309,                                                         The complete festival for reg-             1 through March 15, 2010. Late
 Pleasanton. Roles for 5 women and 3 men                                                        istered participants will feature
 who need to appear ages 20-40 throughout
 the show. Go to for
                                                                                                16 workshops, including two-ses-
 audition materials and information.                                                            sion mini-courses and individual
                                                                                                workshops for adults, youth and
MOVIES                                                                                          teens as well as a poetry and prose
Book Into Film, "The Rear Window,"
  March 14, A film based on the book, It Had
  to Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich. Read
  the book. View the movie at 2:00 p.m. in
  the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old
  Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton. Followed by
                                                 Theater, Livermore Valley Performing
                                                 Arts Center Presents. March 18, 7:30
                                                                                                     Irish Dancers
  a comparison of the movie with the book.
  Free. Information: 925-931-3405.
                                                 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
                                                 Livermore. 925-373-6800, www.liver-
Flow, Amador Valley High School’s                                  Members of the McBride
  Environmental Club, will be showing           History of the Alameda County Fair-
  the award-winning film Flow about the
                                                                                                School of Irish Dance perform at
                                                 grounds, Thursday, March 18, Rick              the Pleasanton Public Library on
  world water crisis. The film has won           Pickering, Director of the Alameda
  many awards, including Best Documen-           County Fairgrounds, discusses the rich         Saturday, March 20 beginning at
  tary at the United Nations Association         history of the site. Museum on Main Ed         4:00 pm.
  Film Festival and Jury Prize at the 2008       Kinney Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Lyn-              Their solo and team danc-
  Mumbai International Film Festival. The        newood United Methodist Church, 4444
  movie will be shown in Amador Valley
                                                                                                ers have won medals and ob-
                                                 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $5
  High School’s multipurpose room on             members and seniors, $10 non-members,
                                                                                                tained championships and titles
  Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00 PM - 9:00        $3 students and teachers with ID. Reser-       throughout the Western U.S, the
  PM. Admission is free and snacks will          vations are suggested. Tickets may be          North American National Cham-
  be for sale. The club can be contacted at      purchased at the door. Call the Museum         pionships, All Irelands and World                   on Main at 462-2766.                           Championships. Come enjoy a
                                                Haiku Workshop with Jerry Ball, Tues-
CHORAL                                           day, March 23, 7:30-9:30 pm. Century
                                                                                                rousing conclusion to the week’s
Cantabella Children’s Chorus, performs           House, 2401 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.       St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
 Sun., March 28, 4 p.m. Amador Theater,          Cost $5; students free.         This performance is part of the
 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Pleas-                          library’s ongoing Dance & Sing
 anton Cultural Arts Council fund-raising       Goodguys 27th All-American Get-To-
 event. Tickets at www.civicartstickets.                                                        Around the World series, celebrat-
                                                 gether, March 28-29. Alameda County
 org.                                            Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Presented by          ing the many cultures which make
                                                 Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. 8           up the Pleasanton community.
OPERA                                            to 5 Sat., 8 to 4 Sun. Over 3,000 Ameri-           These free programs are open to
Die Fledermaus, Livermore Valley Opera,          can-Made & Powered hot rods, customs,          all ages, no registration required.
  March 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Bankhead The-        classics, muscle cars and trick trucks.
  ater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets at                                                   For information on this and other
                                                 Vendor/exhibitor booths or take a trip to
  925-373-6800, www.livermoreperform-            the Swap Meet for automotive related           family events, visit the library web-                                   parts and Cars 4 Sale. There's fun for the     site at
Live Theater-Casts from the Met: 10 a.m.         whole family with a Model Car Show,            brary/programs-and-events.html
  Saturdays at Dublin's Royal Hacienda           free model make and take, plus a kids
  Cinema. March 29, Hamlet; and May
                                                                                                or call the Children’s Desk at (925)
                                                 play area. Adults $15; youth ages 6-12         931-3400 ext. 8.
  1, Armida. Replays of each opera will          $6; children 6 and under free. Parking: $8.
10      THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                                           Education

                    Arroyo Seco Students Read for Water
                        Balloons, Recess, and Prizes
By Patricia Koning
    Students at Arroyo Seco El-
ementary School could earn them-
selves extra recess time, popsicles,
bookmarks, pizza, the opportunity
to be principal for a day, and even
the chance to throw water balloons
at their principal Stephen Beh-
ring—all for reading. The school
kicked off its annual Read-A-Thon
fundraiser on Thursday, March 4
with a host of special activities and
    Jenn O’Hara, the Read-A-
Thon’s chairperson, says that the
primary goal is to encourage the
students to develop their reading
skills and enjoy reading. The Read-
A-Thon also serves as a fundraiser
for the school library wish list and
PTA-sponsored programs.
    On March 4, Juliette Goodrich,
an Emmy award-winning anchor
for the CBS 5 noon newscast, vis-
ited the school to read with kinder-
garten through second graders. She
read her book, “The Little Light
Shines Bright” about the oldest
burning light bulb in the world at
Livermore’s Fire Station #6. Join-
ing Goodrich was retired firefighter
Lynn Owens, who is featured in
the book and whose granddaugh-          Juliete Goodrich and Lynn Owens read a book about the oldest burning light bulb in the world, "The Little Light Shines Bright." It is
ter attends Arroyo Seco. Owens          housed at Livermore Fire Station #6.
demonstrated some old-fashioned
firefighter gear and both he and        go anyplace.”
Goodrich answered questions from            The Read-A-Thon will end on
the eager students.                     Friday, March 19. Students will
    Third through fifth graders were    track their individual reading by
treated to KKIQ disc jockey Faith       coloring a stripe on a Dr. Seuss-
Alpher, who read “Oh, the Places        style hat for reading at least 10
You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. After         minutes each day. The also will
reading, Alpher gave a surprise         turn in sheets to track the entire
birthday gift—a KKIQ tote bag           school’s progress, which will be
and pen—to Savannah, a fourth           marked on a giant hat in the mul-
grader in Ms. Wilson’s class, who       tipurpose room.
happened to be celebrating her              There are plenty of incentives to
tenth birthday that day.                keep students motivated through-
    Alpher then took questions          out the course of the Read-A-Thon.
from the students, answering in-        All students can earn gold, silver,
quiries about her favorite books        and bronze medals for achieving
(Kristen Chenoweth’s memoir             specific goals depending on their
“A Little Bit Wicked” and Lucille       grade. Gold medal winners will
Ball’s biography), her career as        receive an ice cream coupon,
an entertainer, her favorite part       silver medal winners will receive
of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”          a school twin pop coupon, and
(the part with the lurches), and if     bronze level winners will receive
she’d ever been to Hollywood. She       a bookmark.
told the students that two months           Other rewards are lunch with
ago she made her first trip to Hol-     the principal for the top three
lywood, where she took a picture        readers in each grade, pizza gift
with Dr. Seuss’ star on the Hol-        certificates for the top three readers
lywood Walk of Fame.                    in each class, and a pizza party for     Light Shines Bright.”                achieves one-third of the total goal,      If the school meets or exceeds
    “I was not that good at reading     the top class in terms of minutes           Behring also set a goal for the   all classes will get five additional    the goal, things could get very wet.
as a kid and we never had programs      read and participation. The top          entire school to read 122,250 min-   minutes of recess. When the stu-        Three Read-A-Thon participants in
like this,” Alpher said. “If you need   reader for the entire school will        utes—more than 2,000 hours—          dents hit the two-thirds mark, they     each grade will be chosen at ran-
help, ask your teachers. They are       get to be principal for a day and        by March 19. When the school         will get a Popsicle treat.              dom to take part in a water balloon
not lurches. If you read, you can       receive signed copy of “The Little                                                                                    toss with Behring.
Community                                                                                                                     THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                            11

      Army Sgt. Garrett C. Kirby has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage,
Alaska after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one
of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th
Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members
included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th
Infantry Division.
       The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan,
which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Some of the challenges the
brigade soldiers faced included poverty, unemployment, security, and manage-
ment of natural resources and government institutions. Soldiers improved
roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and
re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district
        Kirby, a cavalry scout, is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 40th Cavalry
Regiment. The sergeant has served in the military for five years. He is the son
of Shariw Kirby of Pleasanton.

    Army National Guard Spec. Andrea M. Magee is returning to the U.S. after
a deployment to Iraqi or Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom
or Enduring Freedom, respectively.
    The soldiers return to Fort Dix, N.J. for debriefing, evaluations and out-pro-   Pictured are (from left) Amy Miller, DPIE Events Manager; Janet Lockhart, DPIE Executive Director,
cessing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve
or National Guard units.                                                             Alcina Wegrzynowski, DPIE Board President; DPIE Board Members: Mona Lisa Ballesteros, Fawn
     The specialist served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Iraq         Holman, Chris Bennett, Kathy de Jong, and Ted Hoffman, Jr.
Theater of Operations.
    Magee, an aviation operations specialist, is assigned to Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 104th General Support Aviation Bat-
talion, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa. She has served in the military for
                                                                                     DPIE Selected as 2009 Dublin Organization of the Year
three years.                                                                            Dublin Partners in Education          • Dublin citizen Dan Scannell        as well as DPIE’s support of the
    She is the daughter of Shelly and stepdaughter of Ken Schnur of Livermore.       (DPIE), a nonprofit organization      nominated DPIE for its ability to       DUSD Show Up for Education
In 2001, she graduated from Granada High School.                                     dedicated to fostering mutually       bring businesses together to raise      program.
                                                                                     beneficial business, community,       funds for Dublin schools during            “We’re so honored to receive
   U.S. Naval Academy: Admissions officials from the U.S. Naval Academy              and education partnerships for the    this time of fiscal crisis.             this prestigious award,” said
invite all interested middle and high school students to attend an admissions        benefit of students of the Dublin        • Integrity in Action, an orga-      DPIE’s Executive Director, Janet
information forum in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, March 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. The       Unified School District (DUSD)        nization dedicated to fostering         Lockhart. “We’d like to thank the
event will take place at the USS Hornet Museum located at 707 West Hornet                                                  integrity characteristics throughout    judges, the people who nominated
Ave., Alameda, Calif., 94501. Check- in begins at 12:30 p.m. local time. To          was named Dublin’s 2009 Orga-
                                                                                     nization of the Year at the City of   the schools, families, businesses,      our organization, as well as Mayor
register, please email your full name, number in party and email address to                                                and organizations of Dublin, nomi-      Sbranti, and the City Council. Our and ensure that your subject line reads “Alameda Admis-            Dublin Annual Volunteer Recogni-
sions Forum registration.”                                                           tion Event.                           nated DPIE for its partnership ca-      three nominations demonstrate the
                                                                                        Award selection for Organiza-      pability. DPIE is helping Integrity     breadth of the connections we’ve
                                                                                     tion of the Year was conducted        in Action achieve 501(c)3 status        worked hard to attain. Dublin
                                                                                     by a panel of judges from outside     and has connected the organization      students deserve support from the
                                                                                     of Dublin. According to Dublin        with important partners.                entire community.”
                                                                                     City Mayor, Tim Sbranti, who             • Frederiksen School principal,         More information on Dublin
                                                                                                                           Holly Scroggins, nominated DPIE         Partners in Education can be found
            Debaters Are Champions                                                   emceed the event, DPIE is the first
                                                                                     organization ever to receive three    for its work assisting classrooms in    at (click on
    Twelve debaters from Valley Christian High School recently travelled             nominations:                          obtaining much needed supplies          the DPIE tab).
to a debate tournament at Contra Costa Christian School. The tourna-
ment, hosted by the Logos Forensics Association, featured 40 students                                                                                             Jazzercise recently joined forces
competing from four different schools: Ripon Christian School, Berean                                                                                             with the Golden State Warriors to
Christian High School, Valley Christian School, and Contra Costa                                                                                                  raise money for the Greater Bay
Christian School.                                                                                                                                                 Area Make-A-Wish Foundation ®.
    The Logos Forensics Association (LFA) is a debate league created                                                                                              The event raised $49, 524 to support
for private Christian schools. Founded by the Institute for Principle                                                                                             the efforts of the Greater Bay Area
Studies in Modesto, the goal of the league is to provide high school                                                                                              chapter which grants the wishes of
students with opportunities to refine their skills in public speaking,                                                                                            children with life-threatening medical
rhetoric, and research.                                                                                                                                           conditions to enrich the human
    The topic of debate at the tournament was healthcare policy. Each                                                                                             experience with hope, strength and
team (two people per team) presented their researched opinion on what                                                                                             joy. Area Jazzercise instructors and
the federal government’s next step should be in healthcare reform. The                                                                                            students collected pledges in order
tournament consisted of four debate rounds where students had to face                                                                                             to perform a specially choreographed
different teams and various positions.                                                                                                                            dance routine for the Warriors half
    The Valley Christian team took first place overall at the tournament.                                                                                         time. Livermore-Dublin instructor
In the Individual Debaters category, Kendyl Clausen was 10th, Hannah                                                                                              Barbara VanTrease and 25 of her
Pryfogle 8th, Joshua Landgraf 6th, and Alex Buescher captured 3rd. In                                                                                             customers participated. For more
Team Awards, Olivia Coackley & Claire Zasso placed 4th, mere points                                                                                               information or to refer a child for
beneath their teammates Joshua Landgraf & Skylar Burt who placed                                                                                                  a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or
3rd, while Alex Buescher & Hannah Pryfogle took the 1st place award                                                                                               visit
in Team Debate.
12        THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                                                                                            Community

     (Organizations wishing to run notices in       excessive wear or are in original condition.        later than April 19, 2010                           City Association is hosting the 25th annual         at 699-4147 or
Bulletin Board, send information to PO Box          Admission: $1. Information, 948-0004 or                  3rd Annual Wine Tasting Silent Auction,        event March 12, at the Dublin Senior Center              Wellness Panel, Danville-Alamo Branch
1198, Livermore, CA 94551, in care of Bulletin                                     White Crane Winery, noon to 4pm, Sun., April        in honor of its sister city, Bray, Ireland and      of AAUW presents on Saturday, March 20,
Board. Include name of organization, meeting             Junior Golf Pasta Feed, hosted by The          25. Benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma           in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The Gala       a wellness panel presentation discussing
date, time, place and theme or subject. Phone       First Tee Tri-Valley on March 21, Sunday 2          Society. Hosted by HIKE members of Team             includes dinner by the Pampered Chef, prizes        women’s health issues in the second half of
number and contact person should also be            - 4 pm at Castlewood Country Club. (2 - 4           in Training. Join us for a relaxing day of wine     and surprises and a full evening of Irish music     life. The focus of these presentations will be
included. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.)               pm, Sunday afternoon). Theme - Believing,           tasting. Local wineries will showcase their         and entertainment. Tickets are $65 per person       for women over 50. Sondra Altman, MD, will
     Plant Sale, wholesale prices for trees,        learning, and making good choices in life and       wines for tasting while you enjoy finger food,      and may be obtained by calling the Green &          present a talk titled “Hormones: The Good, The
shrubs and bedding plants, Sat., March 20 from      through the game of golf. Speakers will share       music, inspirational speakers, and, raffles.        White hotline 925-828-4758.                         Bad and The Confusing.” She will be joined
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., March 21, 9 a.m.        tips about nutrition, banking, developing core      Meander through silent auction items to fit              Armchair Travelers, a monthly program,         by Linda Michaelis, RD, Nutritionist who will
to 3 p.m. at Livermore High School, Cowboy          values, and golf. Youth will then enjoy pasta,      every budget. 10% discount when purchas-            will take place at the Livermore Civic Center       discuss ideas about eating correctly and Asha
Alley. Proceeds from sale will go towards a new     bingo, prizes and relationship building. Entry      ing your $25 ticket on line. https://WineHike.      Library Thurs., March 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.         Bajaj, DPT, Physical Therapist discussing
electronic timing system for LHS track.             form on, click on Use code: SUPPORT or call            There is no charge for this event. Dale Schauer     “Bone up on Bone Health." This event is being
     Sunol 4-H 44th Annual Pancake Break-           Pasta Feed. All youth ages 7 - 17, golfers and      925 413 7788 925 413 7788                           will share digital photographs and video of the     held at the Shadow Hills Cabana Club House,
fast fund-raiser, April 25, 8 a.m. to noon at       non-golfers, welcome. Deadline to sign up -              San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club                two-week trip he and his wife Carlotta took         1001 El Capitan Drive, Danville from 9:30
Sunol Glen Elementary School, 11601 Main            March 15th. Cost $15 (Financial need - contact      invites new and established residents to its        on the Seine and Rhone rivers in France. The        a.m. to Noon. Refreshments will be served at
Street, Sunol, CA 94586. Tickets at the door        Terri Maxoutopoulis at 925-366-7956).               monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 15th.           presentation will showcase scenes of their          9:30 a.m. prior to our panel presentation. To
$6 adults, $4 children. Also silent auction, bake        Tri-Valley Democratic Club, meets              Jacquie Williams-Courtwright, owner of Alden        journey from the coast of Normandy to Paris,        attend, please send a check for $8.00/person
sale, plant sale. Information contact Paulette      Mon., March 15, 7 p.m. at IBEW Hall, 6250           Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore,            and then on to Arles near the Mediterranean         (Payable to Danville-Alamo AAUW) by
Hartkopf 510.862.6247 or email phartkopf@           Village Pkwy., Dublin. Guest speaker will be        will talk about "Spring in the Garden." The         Sea. In the north, they visited the Gardens of      Monday, March 15. Mail your reservation to                                          Derek Cressman, Regional Director of Com-           meeting is from ll:30 to 2pm. Lunch will be         Claude Monet, the port of Honfleur, the D-Day       Danville-Alamo Branch of AAUW, P.O. Box
     Volunteers Needed To Coach Calculus,           mon Cause. He will speak about the recent           a box lunch for $9.00 For information, call         Normandy beaches and other historic towns on        996, Alamo, CA 94507 Attn. Programs. If you
Livermore High School is in need of four            supreme court decision - corporate citizenship      Myrna at 925-560-0656.                              the Seine. After a short Paris tour, a motorcoach   have any questions about this program, contact
or more calculus coaches to help advanced           and campaign spending. Discussion - Q&A                  Reunion Amador Valley High School              took them to Chalon on the Saone River for          Loretta at 765-0895.
students work on calculus problems during           - Refreshments.                                     – Class of 1980, 30 year reunion. Fri., Sept. 17,   a trip through some of the prime vineyards               March Madness Bingo Mondays, Sports
weekly review sessions in March and April in             Free computer class, Livermore Adult           casual BBQ at a classmate's ranch; Sat., Sept.      of France. They also visited Beaune, Lyon,          fans receive a free Treasure Hunt game at Bingo
order to prepare for the AP Calculus exam on        Education is offering a free computer class         18, Pleasanton Hilton. For more information,        Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Dale will provide      every Monday in March. Wear any sports
May 5th. The students are highly motivated,         to people who qualify through a One-Stop            go to Facebook or contact Mindy Gottesman-          historical information about the sites they vis-    related attire to receive a free game. Proceeds
hard working, and committed to mastering            Career Center. This intensive computer course       Smith at                     ited. Adults are invited to this free program in    benefit Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, Arroyo
the subject matter. If you are a mathemati-         includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook             California Retired Teachers Association,       the Community Meeting Rooms of the Civic            Seco Elementary School and East Avenue
cian, physicist, engineer or math aficionado        2007. Some computer experience is required.         Tri-Valley Division 85 will hold a luncheon         Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue,           Middle School. Payouts ranging from $175
interested in volunteering, contact Susan           For more information please call 925-606-4722       meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 11:15 at              Livermore. For additional information please        - $500 Just $9 to play one pack. Door prizes,
Johnston, susanjohnston@livermore.k12.              or visit us at 1401 Almond Ave. Livermore.          The International Brotherhood of Electrical         call 925 373-5500.                                  free homemade treats, pull tabs, flash games,, via email.                                        Indian education program, public hear-         Workers Union Hall (IBEW), 6250 Village                  Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Network,              and more. Bingo Ranch, 3070 Pacific Avenue,
     Dual Immersion Meeting—your child              ing for 2010-11 Title VII Indian Education          Parkway, Dublin. The meeting will feature a         meets March 15 at Harvest Park Middle School,       doors open at 4 p.m., games start at 6:30 p.m.
can learn Spanish in elementary school starting     Program grant application will be heard Mon.,       panel discussion on domestic and foreign travel.    4900 Valley Ave., Pleasanton. Kat Weiss, owner      Contact Laura Sheppard with any questions:
in Kindergarten. The Spanish/English Dual           March 15, 7 p.m. at the Livermore American          The cost is $11:00. Guests are welcome. For         of Kat Weiss Landscape Design in Livermore          925-606-7777 or
Immersion program, which teaches in two             Indian Center, 298 Junction Ave., Livermore         information call 925 443-9913.                      and a Registered Landscape Architect in Cali-            2nd Annual K9 Cancer Awareness Hike
languages, will be accepting new kindergarten       (northside of the school in the portable on              Birds of Mt. Wanda, free morning walk,         fornia, will talk about low maintenance, low        for Life will be held Sat., April 3 in Brushy
students for 2010-2011. Come find out more:         the parking lot). The public is invited. The        Sat., March 13, John Muir National Historic         water gardens. This meeting is free for Chapter     Peak Regional Park, north end of Laughlin
March 16 at 6pm and March 17 at 7:45am              Indian Education Action of the U.S. Dept. of        Site, 8:30 a.m. Gradual climb led by Ranger         members & first time visitors. For further infor-   Road, Livermore. The event begins at 9 a.m.
followed by a tour of the classes. Portola El-      Education to meet the academic and cultural         Cheryl Abel. Meet at the CalTrans Park and          mation, please visit or        The walk is led by Bob Coomber. All proceeds
ementary Library, 2451 Portola Ave. For more        needs of American Indian students funds this        Ride lot, corner of Alhambra Ave. and Franklin      e-mail                    benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay
information, please call 606-4743.                  program in local public schools in Livermore,       Canyon Rd., Martinez. Bring water and binocu-            Computer classes, free, Livermore Li-          for Life. All dogs are free, $5 suggested dona-
     Livermore Military Families is a new           Pleasanton, Dublin, Sunol and Castro Valley.        lars (if available). Wear good walking shoes.       brary, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. Introduction         tion per two-legger. Each K9 will receive a
support group for families in Livermore who         For more information, contact Mary Puthoff          Trail is steep. Heavy rain cancels. Information,    to the Internet, Saturday, March 13, 10:15 am       homemade dog treat at the end of the hike.
have a loved one serving in the Military. It is     at 606-3405.                                        call 228-8860.                                      – 12:15 pm. Searching the Internet, Saturday,       For information, or to register, call 719-1910.
intended to be a safe place for family mem-              Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring Club,              Livermore Lions Lunch Branch invites           March 20, 10:15 – 12:15 pm. Classes are             Let the organizers know how many K9s will
bers to come and share their experiences and        Sat., March 13, 50 miles feather Pedals Cin-        the public to a luncheon meeting Wednesday,         hands on, first come first served, and take         be taking part.
concerns with others who understand what            derella training ride from Benicia to the Jelly     March 24 from noon to 1:30 PM at Applebee’s         place in Community Meeting Room B. Stop                  The Bingo Ranch, 3070 Pacific Ave. in
they are going through. All family members          Belly company and on to Suisun City, meet 9         Neighborhood Grill, 4301 First Street in Liver-     by the Civic Center Library Adult Information       Livermore and is open Mondays, Wednesday,
are welcome to attend meetings. Support will        a.m. in Benicia, Karin Ball, featherpedals@         more for a presentation by DeRionne Pollard,        Services Desk or call 373-5505 for further          Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Buenas Vidas
be provided by sharing and socializing with Sun., March 14, 35 miles ride to         President Las Positas College. Pollard is the       information.                                        Youth Ranch has been running Bingo for 16
each other and by serving the troops, veterans      Las Trampas, meet 10 a.m. at Heather Farm,          fourth President of Las Positas College and              The American Cancer Society Discovery          years and is now working with Christensen,
and other Military organizations in any way         Dan Granahan, 323-9798. Wed., March 17, 30          became the first African American President         Shop in Pleasanton will hold its annual jew-        Arroyo Seco and East Ave Schools, and Ex-
we can. Our next meeting will be held on            miles San Francisco and Cal Academy Science         at the College and within the Chabot-Las            elry event on March 12 and 13. The “Gems,           ceptional Needs Network and All American
March 16 at 2851 Tahoe Drive in Livermore           Museum, meet 10 a.m. at Ferry Building on           Positas Community College District. S This          Jewels and Jeans” event will feature precious       Sports Academy Teams. 925-606-7777 for
from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information         the Embarcadero, Bill Goodwin, 487-0521.            program is open to all interested individuals.      and semi-precious gems; themed, heirloom, or        more information.
please call Tami Jenkins, 925-784-5014 or           Wed., March 17, 35 miles from Walnut Creek          $15 for lunch and program – pay at the door.        contemporary jewelry pieces; and a new addi-             Grant Available, The local chapter of
email                            to Danville, meet 10 a.m. at Heather Farm, Dan      Call Lion Carol Beddome at 925-201-6068             tion this year-designer jeans. The Discovery        Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honor
     National Federation of the Blind, Tri-         Granahan, 323-9798. Anyone planning to go on        for reservation.                                    Shop is located in the Mission Plaza Shopping       society for women educators, is taking applica-
Valley Chapter, meets Saturday, March 13,           a ride is asked to contact the leader for details        Tri-Valley Republican Women Feder-             Center at 1987A Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.        tions for a $500 recruitment grant. The grant is
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Cafeteria Room 2           on where to meet and what to bring.                 ated will host Laurie Firestone, former White       The shop hours are Monday to Friday 10-6,           available to a woman student pursuing a career
at Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore,                Widowed Men and Women of Northern              House Social Secretary for President George         Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5. Contact Monda           in education. It is open to a graduate of a high
1111 East Stanley Blvd. Do you know anyone          CA., Fish fry every Friday evening in March at      H.W. Bush, as speaker at the club’s annual          Wiseman, Mgr. at (925) 462-7374 for more            school in Livermore, Pleasanton or Dublin; a
who is blind or is experiencing vision loss?        St. Raymond Church in Dublin; no host events.       membership luncheon starting 11:30 a.m. on          information. All proceeds benefit the American      full-time student of upper division or graduate
Our organization can help people to adjust.         Birthday dinner in Pleasanton, March 14, RSVP       Saturday, March 13, at Castlewood Country           Cancer Society’s programs of research, educa-       standing as of fall 2010; must have a good GPA.
All are welcome, especially any visually im-        by March 11 to Ruby, 462-9636. Happy hour           Club, Pleasanton. TVRWF invites registered          tion, service and advocacy.                         The deadline to apply is March 20, 2010. To
paired or blind person. Call, Carl, 449-9362        in Pleasanton, March 18, 5:30 p.m., RSVP by         Republican women and men to attend to learn              AAUW Scholarships, Scholarships for            receive an application form, send a self-ad-
for more info.                                      March 16 to Lorraine, 846-5695. Champagne           about the club and its activities in this impor-    college women undergraduates are being              dressed, stamped envelope to: Kathy Brooks,
     Iron-Jawed Angels, will be shown in            brunch in San Ramon, March 21, 11:45 a.m.,          tant election year. $30 per person. Advance         offered by the American Association of Uni-         1581 Oslo Ct., Livermore, CA 94550.
honor of Women's History Month. Sat., March         RSVP by March 18 to Marsha, 830-8483.               reservations required. Call (925) 454-2927 to       versity Women Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin                San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club
27, 7 p.m. IBEW Hall; 6250 Village Parkway,              Livermore High School wresting team            RSVP.              Branch. Two or more scholarships from $500 to       invites new and longtime residents to their
Dublin. This film is about Alice Paul and Lucy      pasta feed, fund-raising, March 28, 4 to 7:30       for more information. .                             $2500 will be awarded to women who currently        monthly luncheon on March 18 at Crow Canyon
Burns, who were part of the second wave of          p.m. at the Livermore-Pleasanton Elks Lodge,             Family Game Day, Bring the entire fam-         live in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin or Sunol      Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville.
young suffragettes who led the final fight for      940 Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Adults $10,            ily and learn to play some of the newer hit         or who graduated from a Livermore, Pleasanton       The speaker will be John DeKoven, owner of
the 19th amendment. Such notables star in           children 6 to 12, $5. No host bar available.        board games with Kevin O’Hare and friends           or Dublin high school. The recipients must be       Bunjo's Comedy Club in Dublin. Cost depends
this film as Hillary Swank, as Alice Paul, Julia    Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment.        from KublaCon, a family gaming club (www.           college undergraduates who will be juniors or       on menu choice. 11:30 to 2 p.m. Call Myrna,
Ormand, Angelica Huston, & others. Meet &           Tickets, contact Sherry Pratt, 449-8959 or Enjoy playing some of the            seniors at the beginning of the 2010 college        925-560-0656 for reservations.
greet begins at 6:30 PM, refreshments/potluck                               familiar classic games you know and love as         fall term and plan to complete a full course             Pleasanton Newcomers Club and Tri-
served, admission is free/$3.00 donations                Scholarships available, Chapter FX, of         well. Drop in on Saturday, March 27, any time       of study at an accredited four-year college or      Valley, great way for new and established resi-
encouraged, the hall is wheelchair accessible,      the P.E.O. Sisterhood (a philanthropic and          between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the Craft Room       university. The deadline for an application to      dents to meet new friends, keep in touch with
and a short discussion follows the film. For        educational organization promoting women’s          of the Civic Center Library, located at 1188        be submitted is April 1, 2010. For an applica-      old friends, have fun and become acquainted
more information, call 925-462-3459.                education) announces that applications are          S. Livermore Avenue. All ages are welcome           tion and further information, contact Joan at       with neighbors, merchants, restaurants, profes-
      Pasta Feed and silent auction, Village        available for their annual $600 scholarship         to this free library program. Contact Youth         (925) 484-0602.                                     sional services, and Pleasanton and Tri-Valley
High School on Thursday, March 18, 4 - 7 p.m.       and the Marcia M. Howie Memorial Scholar-           Services at (925) 373-5504 or Gary Myer at               Pleasanton VIP Travelers, offering the         communities. Coffee on first Wednesday of
Eat in or take out. Dinner includes lasagna,        ship. The awards are open to any female who         (925) 373-5500, ext. 5582.                          following trips: San Juan Bautista, 135 year        each month, or come for lunch on the second
bread, salad, cookies, and a beverage. Tickets      is a graduating senior intending to further her          Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club            old family farm, have lunch, shop, March 31,        Wednesday of each month.Visit the website at
are $7/adults; $5 seniors/students; $3/kids         education by attending an accredited college,       (LAVGC), meets Thurs., March 11, 7 to 9 p.m.        depart 8:30 a.m. return 6 p.m. $65 members, $67 or call Sandy
under 8. Contact Denise at drobb@pleasanton.        business school, cosmetology or nursing             at Harvest Park Middle School, in the multi-        nonmembers. Grand Ladies of San Francisco,          B. at 249-1776. or 426-4260 for information and           course. Applicants must be residents of             purpose room, 4900 Valley Blvd., Pleasanton.        tour of old Victorians, lunch included, April            RELIGION
reservations.                                       Livermore. When awarding these scholarships,        Guest speakers are Susan Ballinger and Victor       15, leave Pleasanton 8:30 a.m. return 5 p.m.             Divorce Care, Valley Bible Church, 7106
     Semi-Annual Used Clothing & Equip-             financial need is considered, as well as scho-      Ruesga. Both speakers have extensive training       $83 members, $84 nonmembers. Sign up at             Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Begins March 16, 13
ment Sale, Twin Valley Mothers of Twins             lastic achievement and extracurricular activi-      and education in garden design theory and           the tour desk at the Pleasanton Senior Center,      week seminar and support group for people
Club. March 13, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the          ties. Letters of recommendation and official        will share their knowledge. The topic will be       5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.                       who are separated or divorced. 30-minute
Pleasanton Avenue parking lot across from the       transcripts must be attached to the application.    "Designing Beautiful and Bountiful Gardens:              Daughters of the American Revolution,          video shown each meeting featuring experts on
Alameda County Fairgrounds main entrnace.           Applications may be obtained from high school       Plants we love, edibles and more." All garden       Jose Maria Amador Chapter, Pleasanton,              a variety of topics. Meetings Tuesdays from 7
Maternity wear, children's clothing (0-14), car     scholarship advisors or by sending a stamped,       enthusiasts are welcome to attend -- get outside    volunteer women's organization that promotes        to 9 p.m. There is a $25 charge for workbook
seats, strollers, swings, bouncy seats, baby        self addressed envelope to: Chapter FX, P.E.O.,     and garden. For more information call Lydia         patriotism, preservation of American history        and other materials. Preregistration is required.
carriers, cribs, high chairs, safety gates, toys,   1961 Evans Street, Livermore CA94550. If            Roberts at (925) 461-1725, or, visit www.           and promotion of education. Members and             Contact Mark Porter, 846-9693 or mcporter@
books, videos, DVDs and more. All items for         there are any questions, please call (925) 366                              prospective members welcome. For more in-  for details or to register.
sale are thoroughly inspected and free of stains,   5567. Applications must be postmarked no                 Green & White Gala, Dublin Sister              formation and meeting location, contact Susan

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