VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 3 Your Local News Source Since 1963 SERVING LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
Pleasanton Asked to Remove 'Poison Pill'
The Pleasanton City Council The council certified the ref- approved by the council for Oak The lawyer for landowners the city and referendum leader,
heard options on how to proceed erendum, then continued the Grove in November 2007. One Jennifer and Frederic Lin has Kay Ayala, claiming the signa-
with the Oak Grove referendum item until the second meeting in was the planned unit develop- sent a letter to the city asking ture gatherers had not collected
at its meeting Tuesday. February. ment, which allowed for 51- for removal of a “poison pill” the correct information.
The choices were to rescind However, Councilmember custom homes. The second was provision that would invalidate Superior Court Judge Frank
the approval of the development Cindy McGovern offered the a development agreement. The the development agreement, if Roesch agreed with the Lins.
or to place it on the ballot. The view that the proposed ballot agreement calls for the Lins to the planned unit development Ayala appealed the ruling. The
council was also asked to certify language favors the developer. turn over 496 of the 600 hilltop were overturned. Court of Appeal overturned the
the referendum. She suggested there should be acres they own above Kottinger The council approved the earlier decision. The Lins then
Find Out What's Staff presented a staff report
then recommended a continuance
information about why the devel-
opment was referended.
Ranch to the city free of charge.
It also commits the Lins to give
development in the southeast
hills of Pleasanton in 2007.
asked the State Supreme Court to
review the case, which the court
Happening of the decision on whether to re-
scind the approval or place it on
City Manager Nelson Fialho
said there would be opportunity
the city $1 million in mitigation
fees to pay for traffic and safety
A referendum effort collected
enough valid signatures either to
declined to do.
However, while the case was
Check out the the ballot until February to allow to discuss ballot language when measures and provides funds for force the council to rescind the still under consideration by the
for a full council to be present for the council takes up the matter a special firefighting vehicle ca- development or to place it on the Court of Appeal, the Lins asked
second section the vote. Mayor Jennifer Hoster- again. pable of battling blazes on steep ballot. However, the landowners, that the city sign the development
Section II is filled with in- man was absent Tuesday. At issue are two measures hillsides. Jennifer and Ferderic Lin, sued (See OAK GROVE, page 4)
formation about arts, entertain-
ment and special events. There
are education stories, a variety
of features, and the arts and Livermore
entertainment and bulletin board
listings. Schools Face
$9 Million in
By Patricia Koning
Susan Kinder, the executive
director of fiscal services for the
Livermore Valley Joint Unified
School District, has to dig pretty
deep for good news these days.
“At least there aren’t any mid-
year budget cuts,” she told the
Livermore Board of Education
last week in presenting the im-
pact of the Governor’s proposal
for the 2010/11 State budget.
Another piece of good news/
bad news is the Cost of Living
Adjustment (COLA). The good
news is it is fully funded this
year; the bad news is that is actu-
Photo - Ben Krantz Studio ally negative 0.38%.
Fairy Godmother (Suzanne “I don’t know how the Gov-
Henry) cast a spell for Cinderella ernor can say he is not hitting
(Lindsay Pearce) in the classic (See LIVERMORE, page 5)
'Cinderella' Photo - Doug Jorgensen
It was a soggy Tuesday, following a soggy Monday. Rain collected on streets, causing minor flooding on Highland Road. For more
photos, go to page 12. Shaky Prospect
Bankhead For Schools
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
will stage Rodgers & Hammer-
Garamendi’s Response Disappoints Lab Retirees By Ron McNicoll
The projected revenue
stein’s version of “Cinderella.” While Congressman John Independent, that he will con- more last November, according decisions that led to separation of shortfall of $6.9 million facing
The “once upon a tale” opens Garamendi supports “basic fair- tinue meeting with interested par- to Manuel Perry, a member of Lab retirees from the UC health the Pleasanton school district
this Fri., Jan. 22 at the Bankhead ness” for Lawrence Livermore ties to try to help resolve the issue a retiree steering group that has system, Perry believes. could go higher, if Gov. Arnold
Theater in downtown Livermore. Lab retirees, he does not intend but will not take steps to create a briefed UC Regents and met with The retiree group has said Schwarzenegger is relying on
Performances will be at 8 p.m. on to set up a committee to look formal fact-finding group. UC General Counsel, Garamendi repeatedly that it hoped to avoid federal funds to pick up some
Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. formally into complaints that they His response comes both as a and others to pursue retiree griev- legal action. of the slack of his announced
on Sundays through Feb. 7. were removed improperly from surprise and a “great disappoint- ances. “We always knew we could state budget.
Originally presented on tele- University of California health ment” to retirees who believe that Ironically, it may make a go with the lawyers,” Perry said. Pleasanton assistant superin-
vision in 1957, starring Julie An- care programs. he committed publicly to setting lawsuit against the University “We always knew we could file a tendent Luz Cazares reminded
drews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s He made it clear this week, in up the formal group during a more likely by leaving retirees lawsuit. The committee that we the school board at its meet-
response to an inquiry from the Town Hall meeting in Liver- no other way to learn about the (See RETIREES, page 5) (See PLEASANTON, page 5)
“Cinderella” was the most widely
viewed program in the history
of the medium. Its recreation in
Livermore Pastor Is
1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren
was no less successful in trans-
porting a new generation to the
Involved in Haiti Work
kingdom of dreams-come-true,
and so was a second remake in
1997, which starred Brandy as
Cinderella and Whitney Houston By Ron McNicoll Bost is chairman of the board
as her Fairy Godmother. A Livermore pastor is thank- of the Haitian Timoun Founda-
The musical features a tal- ful that people in a non-profit tion, which sponsors trips to
ented cast that includes Lindsay group that he helps have survived Haiti for people interested in
Pearce (Cinderella), Alex Oren- the earthquake in Haiti. However, advancing the lives of Haitians.
berg (Prince Charming), Chris
the good news was dimmed when “Timoun” is a Creole word for
Olson (Stepmother), Morgan
Breedveld (Stepsister Portia), it was learned that an American “children.”
Jenna Harris (Stepsister Joy), seminarian who works on the The foundation focuses on
James Devreaux (Lionel), Chris- same general mission as that of educating and housing street
topher Zumaran (King), Jennifer the organization’s died in the children and providing medical
Bell-Olson (Queen), Suzanne collapse of a building. care in Jacmel, a town of 40,000
(See CINDERELLA, page 2) Rev. John Bost, pastor of people about 100 miles south of
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in the capital, Port-au-Prince, which
Livermore, told The Independent has a population of 700,000.
Company that the 7.0 earthquake and its Jacmel is one of the nicer towns
Plans move to massive destruction “hit close to
home for us.”
in Haiti, and is known as an arts
(See HAITI, page 6)
A 100-employee Sunnyvale
company that manufactures high
Large kennel Sought for
efficiency light bulbs plans to
move to Livermore and expand Dublin Canyon Road
operations by 400 to 500 more The East County Board of duct a public hearing on the
jobs. Zoning Adjustments will con- application by Frank Haegeland
The company, Bridgelux, Inc., sider granting a conditional use in the Pleasanton City Council
makes light emitting diode (LED) permit to a proposed boarding chamber on Jan. 28. The board
bulbs that produce more light per kennel for 450 pets on Dublin meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Photo - Doug Jorgensen
unit energy than incandescent or Canyon Road near the Cronin It is one of several items on the
compact fluorescent bulbs. LEDs Ranch, nearly two miles east of Amador Valley High School guard Danielle ketner (12) attempts to get around Livermore High
also offer advantages in durabil- Palo Verde Road. The kennel would accom- School's Brooke Betts (32) defender in girls varstiy basketball action. Livermore defeated Amador
ity as well as reduced need for The zoning board will con- (See KENNEL, page 4)
60 to 40.
toxic waste disposal.
The company expects to add
the new jobs after moving this
Spring to its new location in two
Inside PET OF THE WEEk
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merce President Dale Kaye de- Classifieds...........................10 Sports......................................7
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tech company promising jobs
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(continued from page one)
Henry (Fairy Godmother), and
Ron Houk (Herald).
The ensemble cast includes
Ryan Cairel, Sabrina Chaco,
Hannah Conner, Linda Davis,
Max DeSantis, Elizabeth Dimits,
Jennifer Greene, Samantha Guit-
tard, Melissa Heinrich, Meghan
Hornbacker, Lauren Ho-Tseung,
Ryker Johnson, Rebecca LaFleur,
Steve McMoyler, Noah McMoy-
ler, Stephanie Morris, Jordan
Orlando, Emily Persson, Danielle
Pierce, Nick Quintell, Wesley
Congressman Jerry McNerney spent time with General Rou, Jim Snell, Sara Stoebe,
McChrystal. Braden Sweeney, Imani Wilson,
and Mindy Zuckerman.
“Cinderella” is directed and
produced by Kathleen Breedveld.
The artistic staff also includes Jo
Anne Fosselman (Music Direc-
tor), Min Kahng (Vocal Direc-
tor), Shawnel Buitrago-Herbst
(Choreographer), and Marcus
Silva (Music Director).
The above photo was taken during a visit with the troops. McNerney is shown speaking with a
Tickets are $35 for adults
member of the Air Force from California. (18-60), $33 for seniors (60+),
and $25 for juniors (under 18).
The Bankhead Theater will add
$1.50 to the price of each ticket.
By Ron McNicoll Signing up for another one- Tickets may be purchased on the
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D- year tour of duty outside the Bankhead Theater website, by
Pleasanton) has introduced a United States would also result phone at 925-373-6800, or by
bill to increase pay for military in a rise in pay. visiting the Bankhead Theater
personnel in high-risk areas of PSYCHOLOGISTS’ PAY box office also located at 2400
duty. WOULD RISE First Street, Livermore.
McNerney introduced the The bill also would raise “Cinderella” is presented
Combat Operations and Medi- specialty pay for psychologists with permission from R&H
cal Benefit Authorization for and other medical professionals, Theatricals.
our Troops (COMBAT) Act such as social workers, who treat
after returning from a two-day members of the military. Their
visit to Afghanistan. He was part specialty pay range now is be-
of a bipartisan, eight-member tween $2000 and $5000 per year.
delegation from the House of McNerney’s bill would double
Representatives. those levels.
McNerney introduced a simi- McNerney cited the need for
lar bill last year. However, it the Department of Defense to
was “bogged down,” because retain psychologists and others
of a lack of cosponsors, he said. who treat military personnel for
McNerney told a conference call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
with 11th District reporters on (PTSD) and traumatic brain in-
Jan. 13 that paratroopers with jury (TBI). He quoted a RAND
whom he traveled to a combat Corporation study that said that
area in Afghanistan told him they such personnel are likely to leave
had not had a pay increase “in a the DOD and go to the Veterans Looking towards a hillside in kabul.
long time.” One solider said it Administration, where they could
had been 10 years since his pay make more money for the same
was boosted. work. ing of history, and America’s Late last week, after McNer- there for protection from higher
The congressman said that he The RAND study in 2008 place in the region, and what it ney’s phone conference, Parlia- sources, said McNerney.
introduced the bill so that “sol- found that 18.5 percent of ser- will take to make it work over ment rejected 10 of Karzai’s “We have a lot of resources
diers don’t have to worry about vice members who return from there.” second round of 17 nominees. there. We have a good chance of
families back home. They can Afghanistan and Iraq have PTSD McChrystal’s “biggest mis- KARZAI QUIZZED overcoming the Taliban, and sta-
make sure they can keep their or depression, and 19.5 percent sion is to protect citizens from ON CORRUPTION
families and homes.” have experienced TBI). the Taliban. It is critical. If we can McNerney’s impression of
In the part devoted directly to PTSD and TBI have been show we are there to protect them Karzai was of a “very warm
supporting military families, the high on McNerney’s veterans from terrorist attacks, they’ll start and gracious person, who un-
bill would raise family separa- agenda. He has been fighting to coming over to our side.” derstands American culture, and
tion pay from $250 per month to have the VA use the Livermore The level of security was good speaks very good English.”
$450. Proposed boosts in many VA hospital site for short-term in Kabul, the nation’s capital. “We asked him tough ques-
other categories would help treatment of people with such “The local markets are bustling. I tions. I focused on the corruption
families by adding to the service injuries, saying that the bucolic didn’t see any fear in the streets,” issue. He would not accept the
person’s paycheck. atmosphere there would be a said McNerney. fact that he was responsible for
Among the categories is a boon to aid recovery. McNerney raised the corrup- these problems. I said that there
rise in combat pay from $225 to MEETINGS WITH KAR- tion issue with the speaker of is a perception of corruption,
$600 per month. The category is ZAI, McCHRYSTAL the lower house of Parliament. and Karzai would pay the price.
for service members who are ex- In other reflections on his “He was a gracious man. I told He did acknowledge there is the
posed to hostile fire or land-mine trip to Afghanistan, McNerney him I was concerned about cor- perception. He is responsible
explosions. talked about meeting U.S. Gen. ruption. He gave an answer that for the perceived corruption in
Other pay categories included Stanley McChrystal, President seemed OK. Later I learned Kabul and Kandihar. It is being
imminent danger, special warfare Hamid Karzai, and the speaker of that the Afghanistan Parliament protected at the highest level,”
officer, hazardous duty, combat- Afghanistan’s Parliament. rejected two-thirds of Karzai’s said McNerney.
related injury and rehabilitation, McChrystal was “very impres- appointments,” said McNerney. Extortion is the big crime.
and weapons of mass destruction sive. He is unassuming and has a That rejection occurred two Two syndicates in Kandihar
civil support team. good knowledge and understand- weeks ago. shake down business owners
The Independent, JANUARY 21, 2010 - PAGE 3
Local Dentist Working with Alliance for Smiles
A Livermore dentist is of- says. “The kids usually have a and the Philippines to establish the cleft condition, dentists like for generous people to choose office is above Uncle Yu’s restau-
fering a $450 teeth whitening lot of self-esteem and self-image clinics that will then operate Xiao spend much of their time when faced with an acute crisis rant on North Livermore Avenue.
procedure for those who donate issues as they look so different year-around. If all goes well, working to correct general prob- like the one in Haiti and the She has provided charitable den-
$100 or more to a charity that from others and are sometimes the team will spend two weeks lems of dental and oral health. ongoing needs of children in the tal services to children for years,
helps children with cleft palates shunned by other kids,” she treating children with cleft con- Untreated, these can reverse the third world. in cities ranging from Richmond
and cleft lips in parts of the world adds. dition, training local medical ex- benefits of surgery. Asked about this challenge, to Santa Rosa. Her belief in the
where modern surgical care is There can be practical prob- perts and setting up a permanent A typical trip costs $65,000- Xiao said she thinks it impor- Alliance for Smiles program was
hard to come by. lems as well. Babies have to be health maintenance capability $85,000. Alliance for Smiles tant to respond generously to realized during a mission to Har-
“Every three minutes, some- fed with special bottles. Children that might be taken for granted volunteers cover their own ex- “terrible events” like the Haiti bin, China, when she estimates
where in the world, a child is with cleft conditions often have in the U.S. and other first world penses, including supplies, so earthquake, but pointed out also she provided $50,000 in services
born with a cleft condition,” says difficulty with eating and some- countries. they hope for donations. A trip to that “year in and year out there to Chinese children.
Wanlan Xiao, the dentist. times with speaking and breath- A team might consist of pedia- establish a clinic in Bangladesh is a continuing need for dealing Her offer to whiten teeth in
A cleft condition typically ing – problems that can become tricians, dentists, plastic surgeons, was canceled because of a lack of with less dramatic tragedies like return for a $100 donation is good
occurs during fetal development more difficult as the years pass. anesthesiologists and nurses, plus funds — apparently due to hard children living in poverty without through April. Donations and the
when the upper lip or palate fails Xiao’s chosen organization, non-medical volunteers. They economic times. adequate surgical care.” teeth whitening can be arranged
to close. The condition is not called Alliance for Smiles, aims aim to treat about 170 patients Xiao hopes that if Alliance She hoped people can “see by phoning Xiao’s office, at 925-
normally life-threatening, but it to send teams of about 20 medi- in the two weeks that they are for Smiles can raise enough lo- their way to responding to 373- 7311. Those who wish to
reduces the quality of life, Xiao cal professionals several times there. Beyond surgery to correct cal funds, it might qualify for both.” contribute directly to Alliance for
a year to countries like China matching funds from Rotary Xiao is relatively new to the Smiles can do so by going on-line
Clubs International. If not, then Tri-Valley, having moved to to http://www.allianceforsmiles.
VALLEY ROUNDUP at least the fund-raising might
cover some of the cost of supplies
for the trip now being planned
Livermore in April 2009 after
practicing in Santa Rosa. Her
to set medical clinic in Santiago
Cold Case Murder Arrest Sand Bags Available Alliance for Smiles is not a
Bryan Allen Vulgamore (also known as With a series of storms projected to hit the Rotary project, but it was founded
Bryan Allen Davis) was arrested for the January San Francisco Bay Area in the coming week, the by Rotary Club members in San
8, 2002 murder of Livermore resident, Cecilia City of Pleasanton reminds local residents and Francisco in 2003 and is being
Marie Garcia. At the time of her death, Cecilia businesses that free sandbags are available to helped by Rotarians in Livermore
was 24 years old. those concerned about flooding. Residents can and elsewhere. It is a 501(c)3
She was found dead in her Livermore home pick up free sandbags at the City of Pleasanton non-profit organization.
by family members. Service Center, located at 3333 Busch Road Beyond the Santiago City
This cold case arrest was based on a lengthy in Pleasanton. The sandbags can be picked up clinic, several medical missions
investigation. The arrest was based on cellular at anytime, and are located in the parking lot are planned for the remainder
phone records, witness statements and admis- under a brown tarp. of 2010, including to Ghana in
sions made by the defendant to police detectives City crews prepare in advance of the rainy Africa and to Sichuan Province in
and other witnesses. season to clear culverts and drains, and residents Chinca. A list of upcoming clin-
The defendant, a Modesto resident, was ar- are encouraged to clear leaves from neighbor- ics can be seen at http://www.al-
raigned on his charges in the Alameda County hood drains as a part of this effort. Operations lianceforsmiles.org/?q=content/
Superior Court, Hayward on Friday, January Services crews spend six weeks implementing upcoming-medical-missions
15, 2010. an annual leaf pick-up program in advance of What if resources are limited,
the rainy season. especially with the slumping
$11 Million for Housing Those who see flooded areas should call economy? It can be difficult even
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban the Operations Services Department between
Development announced the award of $11 mil- 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at (925) 931-5500.
lion in stimulus funds to Alameda County under Flooding should be reported to the Police De- Hall of Fame Nominations
the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP partment between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. at
II) to combat blight and stabilize neighborhoods
Deadline Is Extended
(925) 931-5100. The deadline to submit nomi-
hit hard by housing foreclosures. The following rules apply for picking up nations for the 17th Annual
Under the grant, the County’s Housing and sandbags: Alameda County Women’s Hall
Community Development Department will • Residents only, be prepared to show proof of Fame has been extended two
work with local nonprofit housing agencies to of residency if requested. weeks, to January 29.
purchase and rehabilitate at least 100 foreclosed, • Limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle. If a This year’s Women’s Hall of
vacant homes and re-sell or rent them to eligible resident needs 100 sandbags, that is not what Fame luncheon and awards cer-
households. The County is the lead agency in this service is intended for. emony is set for Saturday, April
the Alameda County NSP Consortium, which • No Contractors. If we spot a contractor 17, 2010, at the Greek Orthodox
includes the Cities of Dublin, Emeryville, Liver- we will ask them to leave. Cathedral on Lincoln Avenue
more, Newark, Pleasanton, Hayward, Fremont, Also, the bags are not UV resistant and rarely in Oakland. The event will be
San Leandro, Union City and the urbanized areas last more than a season or two before they dis- hosted by the Alameda County
of the Unincorporated County. The funds will integrate so they are not a permanent fix. Board of Supervisors and the
be used throughout the Consortium in neighbor- Alameda County Commission
hoods with the greatest foreclosure and vacancy Fellowship Breakfast on the Status of Women.
problems. The Tri-Valley YMCA's 10th Annual Dr. Nominations are being ac-
Under the rules of the program, at least 25% Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Breakfast cepted for outstanding women
of the funds will be used to purchase properties in 11 categories: Business and
will be held January 25, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at
that will be rented to households with annual Professions; Community Ser-
the Marriot Pleasanton, 11950 Dublin Canyon vice; Culture and Art; Education;
incomes at or below 50 percent of area median Rd., Pleasanton. Environment; Health; Justice;
income (currently $44,650 for a family of four). Elected officials, business and community Non-Traditional Careers; Sci-
The remaining funds will be used to purchase leaders from throughout the Tri-Valley will ence; Sports and Athletics and
and rehabilitate homes that will be resold to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Youth.
households at or below 120% average median Luther King, Jr. Visit the Women’s Hall of
income (AMI) ($107,150 for a family of four). Keynote speaker is DeRionne Pollard, presi- Fame website at http://www.
The County was earlier awarded $2.12 mil- dent of Las Positas College. acgov.org/cao/halloffame/ to
lion under the Housing and Economic Recovery Legacy Award winners will be honored. They submit an online nomination or
Act of 2008 (HERA) for the first NSP program are John Chen, President and CEO, Sybase, for more information, or contact
to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed, vacant Sandra Lepley, Retired Asst. Superintendent, the Alameda County Commis-
properties in heavily impacted neighborhoods in PUSD, and Rotary International Volunteer, and sion on the Status of Women at
the Unincorporated County. The NSP1 grants Mish Denlinger and Ivery McKnight-Johnson, (510) 259-3871.
were awarded to communities based on a federal LVJUSD Middle School Counselors. The program raises money
funding formula. The American Recovery and Cost is $40 per person. for local charities addressing
Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed by President Reservations can be made at Tri-Valley women’s health issues. In 2010,
Obama in February 2009, provided an additional YMCA, 4725 First Street, Suite 200, Pleasan- the Women’s Hall of Fame will
$1.93 billion for the NSP program (NSP2). Un- ton, CA 94566 or contact Marilyn Casper for also continue its commitment
like NSP1, the second round of NSP funds is more information: email@example.com to youth by sponsoring a Youth
being awarded through a national competition. or 925-475-6108. Scholarship to help a girl or
young woman further their edu-
cation or training.
The 2010 Women’s Hall
of Fame inductees will be an-
nounced in February and will
be honored at the April 17, 2010
event. Tickets to the luncheon
Grant Will Fund Pharmacy Technician and awards ceremony are $75.
Education Program at Las Positas College
Las Positas College in Liver- please call (925) 424-1554 or Las Positas College is located
more has been awarded a grant go online to the website www. at 3000 Campus Hill Drive in
from the State of California laspositascollege.edu. Livermore.
Community College Chancel-
lor’s Office Economic and Work-
force Development Unit to de-
velop and implement a Pharmacy
Technician educational program.
The funding was made possible
through the Economic Stimulus
Program Funds for Phase II, Al-
lied Health Program Expansion
which is part of the American Re-
investment and Recovery Act.
Targeting dislocated employ-
ees, the Pharmacy Technician
program will prepare students to
sit for the California State Certifi-
cation Examination administered
by the California State Board
of Pharmacy. The Las Positas
College Pharmacy Technician
program is a 24-week program,
which begins March 1, 2010.
The cost of the program, includ-
ing textbooks and materials, is
$1,200 with eligible students able
to have their fees waived.
The application for placement
in the Pharmacy Technician pro-
gram is available at Las Positas
College’s Office of Health Sci-
ence or on the website at www.
For registration information
PAGE 4 - The Independent, JANUARY 21, 2010
County Fair Honored
Science Before Profit: De-privatize the Labs Now
By Dr. Jeff Colvin
(Colvin is a senior staff physicist
pecially fusion energy — and
global climate change research.
Relations Act guarantees that this
ees, car allowances, and other
perquisites that were simply not
The Alameda County Fair has risen to the top echelons at the Lab, and the elected represen- The success of the Labs’ missions right cannot be taken away with- available when UC managed the
of America’s county and state fairs. tative of the LLNL local of University depends entirely on the credibil- out “just cause” and due process. Labs. At Lawrence Livermore,
Attendance at this past summer’s fair leapt 21.5% over Professional and Technical Employ- ity of their science enterprise. Further, the generous UC pension the top executive who came in
ees (UPTE, CWA Local 9119) to the As any good scientist knows, plan guaranteed retirement secu-
the previous summer, with overall attendance totaling statewide UPTE Executive Board.
from Bechtel gets a base salary
434,919. On July 3rd, some 50,000 persons passed through good science can be done only rity. Thus, people could come to about twice that of the Lab Di-
UPTE represents, via collective in an environment that not only the Labs and expect to build a
the turnstiles in Pleasanton. bargaining agreements, some 11,000 rector. Thus, the Labs are now
supports, but encourages, free solid, life-long career doing good experiencing what has been com-
Among the nation’s top 50 fairs, the Alameda County employees (research staff, techni- and open inquiry and discussion. science in the national interest. mon in the corporate world, but
Fair enjoyed the biggest increase during the year. Alameda cians, and health care workers) on Such an environment is difficult They gave up the hopes of the
all ten campuses of the University of up until now has been unknown
County — whose fair is run by a nonprofit association California, the UC Medical Centers,
to maintain in a hierarchical cor- million-dollar salaries and perks at the Labs: bloated executive
— now ranks 41 among the top 50. Nineteen of the larger and at Lawrence Berkeley National porate management structure that that often come with a for-profit compensation.
fairs are state fairs. Lab; represents the skilled trades is motivated primarily by profit in structure, but in trade, they joined All of this is not to say that UC
employees at LLNL via a collective a distorted market construct. with the hopes of not having to always did a good job in manag-
“Recognizing the difficult economy, we were honored The mission of the labs is pri- worry about either job security or
that so many people chose to invest their time with family bargaining agreement; and has 1000 ing the Labs and their scientific
other non-represented members on marily in the assessment, certifi- retirement security. enterprise. Many of the man-
and friends at the fair this past summer,” said Rick Picker- all ten campuses and at all three na- cation, and design capability role. All of that disappeared with agement practices summarized
ing, CEO of the event. tional labs (LANL, LLNL, LBNL.) Most of the work of maintaining the privatization. New employees above that are inimical to doing
One reason the fair is doing so well, we believe, is that In May 2000 a classified com- the nuclear deterrent is done at do not get any pension, only ac- good science happened under
the Alameda County Fair Association is keeping in touch puter disc went missing at the the DOE production complex and cess to a privately managed 401k. UC’s watch, too. The relevant
with the changing society. In its exhibits, rides, stage per- Los Alamos National Laboratory. by DoD and its contractors. Even though the new companies question is whether or not things
After an extensive search and Effects on Science allege to have more-or-less pre- are better or worse since the
formances and other features, the fair reflects our county’s The most direct way for man- served due process protections
vibrant diversity. May that continue to thrive in the years investigation conducted by the transition to a private-for-profit
FBI, the missing disc turned up a agers to squelch open debate and for dismissals, the stricter “just monopoly management. I have
ahead. few weeks later behind a hallway discussion is by withdrawing cause” standard is gone, and the tried to make a case here that
copy machine. project funding from an “offend- companies can change the due things are indeed much worse,
ing” employee. This happens process policies at any time,
Recycling Effort Acclaimed For many members of Con-
gress, this incident was the last with dizzying frequency. It hap- without being constrained by
but it is difficult to know for sure.
This is because employees and
For the second year in a row, the Lawrence Livermore straw in what was perceived as pens not always or even mostly labor laws that protect public- the public no longer have access
National Laboratory (LLNL) has been named winner of the a long history of the University because of actual project funding sector employees. As a result, to information that was previ-
statewide Waste Reduction Award Program. of California’s (UC’s) misman- cutbacks. The employee who fewer young people are coming ously readily available via the
The award was established by the California Integrated agement of the nation’s national loses his or her project funding is in to postdoctoral positions at the California Public Records Act.
security laboratories, Los Alamos placed in a very precarious situa- Labs (usually the first step in a Information on salaries, budgets,
Waste Management Board to recognize achievement by in- tion, often tasked with a new as- career in science these days). At
stitutions and businesses in cutting nonhazardous waste. and its sister lab in California, the spending, hiring — virtually all
Lawrence Livermore National signment to find another funded the other end of science careers, aspects of how the Labs are be-
LLNL diverts more than 60% of its solid waste, keeping Laboratory, particularly with re- assignment, and then given an senior experienced technical ing managed — is now company
approximately 2500 tons of waste out of landfills each year. spect to safety and security. There unsatisfactory performance ap- employees have left at an ac- proprietary. Openness and trans-
Furthermore, the Lab sells more than $500,000 worth of was then no stopping the free- praisal evaluation for failure celerated rate. The 2008 layoffs parency is arguably our biggest
recyclables a year and makes additional savings by giving market ideologues, who are wed- to find another funded project. at Lawrence Livermore targeted loss in the privatization.
ded to the dubious notion that the These unfortunate employees mostly older employees, spark- The private entities LLNS,
preference in its purchasing to “green” products. who find themselves “between ing the largest age-discrimination
All in all, in big ways and little ways, LLNL has adopted solution to all problems is free- LLC at Livermore and LANS,
market competition: language assignments” often do have diffi- lawsuit in DOE history, involv- LLC at Los Alamos both share
an activist approach to this issue, always alert to new ways was added to the FY04 Energy culty finding another assignment, ing more than 100 plaintiffs. the same Board of Governors, led
to diminish their waste stream. and Water Appropriations bill to because they are often unfairly These trends in recruitment and by the same person, a UC Regent.
On the occasion of this noteworthy award, we join in put the management contracts stigmatized as poor performers, retention alone will undoubt- With NNSA’s award of both labs
the applause. for all the Department of En- not “team players.” Data com- edly have an adverse long-term to the same governing entity,
ergy (DOE) national labs up for piled by University Professional effect on the science enterprise there is no competition to provide
competitive bidding. Then, the and Technical Employees show at the Labs. balance, so that the taxpayer cost
DOE’s National Nuclear Security that the number of employees at Increased Costs, Profiteering per benefit has skyrocketed. Fur-
Administration (NNSA) wrote Lawrence Livermore partly or I have already mentioned ther, the new entity is not a public
the Requests For Proposals for fully in this state of limbo was the increased management fee corporation with shareholders
both Labs so that only bids from approximately constant at 100- and operating costs. Perhaps and open conference calls. This
150 over several years prior to this would not be so bad if the
a specially constituted corporate serves to minimize accountability
entity, a Limited Liability Com- the management transition. Data privatization actually delivered and openness.
(continued from page one) pany, would be considered. UC, has been unavailable since the on its original promise to reduce This is why the upcoming
which had managed both Labs transition, for reasons explained overhead costs by instituting study by the National Academy
agreement. Judge Frank Roesch pill now would be a simple action below, but anecdotal evidence “best business practices.” Thus,
ruled that Pleasanton City Man- the city should take to meet its since their founding (1942 for of Sciences (NAS) is very impor-
Los Alamos, 1952 for Lawrence suggests little change in the total if American taxpayers were tant. The FY 2010 National De-
ager Nelson Fialho had to sign the contractual duties.” numbers. Of course, these num- actually getting more and better
Livermore) as a public service to fense Authorization Act includes
development agreement. He ruled Pleasanton City Attorney Jon- the nation, and had received only bers do not include the scientists science for less cost as a result of language that mandates an NAS
that the development agreement athan Lowell said he didn’t have a modest management fee, was and engineers who are assigned the privatization — its original study of the effects of the contract
between the Lins and the city was a direct response as to the rami- now barred from even competing “make work” projects way below promise — then they could ac- transition on the Labs’ science
separate from the Planned Unit fications of what would happen as a public entity. their skill level. cept the increased management and national security missions.
Development (PUD). if the poison pill were removed. NNSA is the National Nuclear There is also an almost single- fee. The increased operating costs Congress is unlikely to make
In his letter to the city, At- “I am still reviewing the issue,” Security Administration, a sepa- minded focus on maintaining the that came with the privatization, any changes without the cover
torney Andrew Sabey writes, he stated. He added that once he rately organized agency within funding flow from the sponsors, however, were not accompanied provided by a comprehensive
“If this referendum is successful has studied the issue, he plans to the U.S. DOE. particularly from DOE’s NNSA. by an increase in the budget from and authoritative investigation
at the polls, its sponsors will discuss the situation with the city Despite the numerous warn- One consequence of this focus Congress and DOE. The money of the facts by the NAS. I have
undoubtedly rely on the ‘poison council in closed session prior to ings sounded by many scientists is that any scientist or engineer had to come out of programmatic no doubt that, were the NAS
pill’ language to claim that the the Feb. 2 council meeting. that privatization of the Labs who has the audacity to point funds, driving up the ratio of to ask the right questions, with
referendum has the effect of not However, he did say that if the would jeopardize their scientific out technical flaws in a project overhead to programmatic costs, diligent pursuit of supportable,
only setting aside the ordinance, development agreement were to and national security missions, or question technical directions and thus adversely impacting the documented answers, they will
the contract bidding went for- that could possibly jeopardize the science. Management at both conclude as I have that Congress
but also by extension, the devel- remain in place, the basics could
ward. In June 2006 Los Alamos funding flow from NNSA for that Labs decided that the only way must act to de-privatize.
opment agreement.” He suggests be there for the Lins to come back project almost always becomes a to reduce costs was to reduce
that it is in the city’s best interest and ask for housing on their land. was turned over to a new corpo- Even with an NAS study,
rate entity, basically an offshoot target for retaliation. This prob- the size of the workforce. This change is going to be extremely
to avoid an unnecessary legal Lowell said there is reference in lem is particularly prevalent dur- did not work, though, to reduce
challenge and to avoid breach- the development agreement to of the Bechtel Corporation joined difficult to achieve. This is be-
in partnership with UC and a cou- ing those times when the Labs are overhead rates. The 2008 layoffs cause the privatization of the
ing the development agreement the PUD, which basically says trying to bring in new funding for at Lawrence Livermore, which
by removing the poison pill that if the Lins gave the city ple of other large corporations. Labs is just a small part of a
In October 2007, essentially the a new project direction. Careers disproportionately hit the tech- much broader trend that has been
provision. certain amenities, they would same corporate entity took over ran aground at the Labs in the nicians, resulted in a negligible underway in this country for
Sabey points out that the receive approval for housing in Lawrence Livermore, frustrating NNSA’s ill-considered rush to change in the overall overhead many years now: the corporati-
agreement contains language that return. “It is possible they could the original intent of Congress to get Congressional funding for de- rates. However, those overhead zation of university science and
obligates the city to take any and come back and ask for the same inject free-market competition velopment of a Reliable Replace- employees who were cut were the de-funding of public educa-
all actions as may be necessary housing,” he said. There is the into the overall enterprise. Two ment Warhead (which Congress predominantly the employees tion. While state legislatures
and appropriate to ensure that possibility that could trigger the new layers of management were eventually killed) at the expense needed to maintain Lab infra- everywhere are cutting education
the vested rights provided by need for another referendum. brought in and a new corporate of the well-established Stockpile structure and compliance with budgets, public universities are
the development agreement can structure imposed, at increased Life Extension Program. Not all ES&H regulations. Therefore, taking more and more money
be enjoyed by the Lins. He con- overhead cost. Each new com- of these careers recovered from any short-term cost savings re- from corporations, much of it
cludes, “Eliminating the poison pany receives a management fee this misdirection. alized by these workforce cuts directed to individual researchers
up to tens of millions of dollars There is also a long history of will be more than offset by a to do research in support of prod-
taking shortcuts on health, safety, much greater long-term cost to
per year, many times the $7M uct development. It has become
fee UC earned. Operating costs and environmental (HS&E) pro- fix infrastructure and equipment much cheaper for corporations
(continued from page one) increased by more than $100M tections. DOE’s nuclear weapons failures that result from lack of to put their research dollars into
per year because the Labs were facilities, including the Labs, trained personnel to keep up with university labs than to fund and
modate 400 dogs and 50 cats. It Schneider. are the only nuclear facilities in routine maintenance.
now subject to state taxes from maintain their own corporate
would employ up to 40 people, APPLICANT SPENDS which UC, as a public entity, had the entire country that are not The total management fee the research labs.
with no more than 18 on the OVER $2 MILLION been exempt. Taken together, the regulated by the Nuclear Regu- new companies receive is tied This change in the business
premises at any one time. Groom- Applicant Haegeland told the two new management contracts latory Commission. Instead, the to assessed performance. The and funding model for public
ing and training facilities also MAC at a meeting in September added approximately an ad- Price Anderson Act Amendment management contracts set up a universities has the longer-term
would be present in the 19,950 that he has spent nearly $1.2 mil- ditional $400M per year to the (PAAA) allows DOE to self- “Performance-Based Incentive consequence of making un-
square-foot facility. The site is 37 lion on the application. He had Labs’ operating costs over and regulate. Under PAAA, liability (PBI)” system, in which the dergraduate education more
acres, and would include a road. looked at three sites in Contra above what they were under UC is limited for any violations com- management fee, or bonus, is expensive and less accessible,
The Castro Valley Municipal Costa County. They did not ma- management. The question to be mitted by NNSA’s contractors. determined by how well the com- not to mention the adverse ef-
Advisory Committee (MAC) terialize for development. addressed is whether or not this With such a set up, there is little pany meets certain performance fect on basic science. The recent
voted against the permit 4-3 three Haegeland said that when added cost has added value to the incentive for NNSA or the Labs measures that are spelled out 32% rise in student fees at UC
weeks ago, said country senior he first consulted with Alameda Labs’ missions. to spend what it takes to comply in the contract. The workforce is just the latest manifestation
planner Jana Beatty. County, he was told their would The Los Alamos and Law- fully with HS&E regulations. reductions mentioned above are of this trend. The problem is not
Dick Schneider, who was co- rence Livermore Labs are both This situation puts the health among these performance mea- unique to California. Almost all
be no problem with locating the
large multi-disciplinary scientific and safety of all Lab workers sures. A lot of government con- states are experiencing the same
author of county Measure D, told use in Measure D territory.
research organizations with the at risk, and “incidents” are way tracts are based on a PBI system problem, to greater or lesser de-
the MAC that the kennel would Responding to MAC ques- too frequent. Fortunately, most so the government can be assured
violate the open space preserva- tions in September about what mission of doing science in the gree, but in California, students,
national interest. Their major incidents are relatively minor, that the contractor is performing staff, faculty, and the public are
tion measure. A permitted use in happens if the kennel failed in but occasionally there is a seri- well for the taxpayer money it
an agriculturally zoned parcel the current slow economy and role as DOE Defense Programs beginning to push back. There is
Labs includes maintaining a ous incident. receives. The perverse thing, a growing realization that change
such as this legitimately could be the building stays unoccupied, Then there is the loss of though, about the PBI system at
for some animal recreational use nuclear weapons “deterrent ca- is needed, and that change has
Haegeland said that it would not pability” for the United States in trained personnel that has come the Labs is that the contracts also to be de-privatization and the
facility, such as a horse stable. fail. There would be many buy- the absence of nuclear testing. with the privatization. At Law- set up a system of performance return of public universities to
The county planning staff likened ers for such a business. The use Additional missions include de- rence Livermore alone, some self-assessment. In other words, their original mission of public
the kennel to a stable, he said. would continue. Many people veloping non-proliferation and 1500 employees left, voluntarily Lab management gets to evaluate education and public service.
However, such a permitted board their pets. There are no counter-terrorism technologies, or involuntarily, in the first year their own performance, which ef- For this change to happen,
use would have to link to a busi- other good locations to build a pursuing energy research — es- after the contract transition. In- fectively means that they decide however, a broader base of sup-
ness clearly tied to open space new facility in the Eastbay, he deed, there is a contract provision their own performance bonuses. port for change needs to be built.
preservation, said Schneider. A said. that required the new contractor Further, top executives are The entire scientific commu-
kennel is not a recreational use. The MAC also raised ques- to reduce the overall workforce at no longer constrained by what nity can and must take the lead
It is possibly a commercial busi- tions about Haegeland’s ability Final BART both Labs by 2% in the first year
of the contract, and an additional
DOE is willing to pay in their
total compensation. The top
on building public support for
ness, which would be used by
people in Castro Valley, Dublin,
to treat 4,000 gallons of effluent
per day, and whether such a big Workshop 2-3% per year in the following executives at both Labs receive
change. Nothing less than the
integrity of our science – and the
years. bonuses, special retirement deals
Pleasanton and other cities.
Several MAC members agreed
water demand would damage
Scheduled Worse, the privatization has not available to other employ-
future of our nation’s economy
- is at stake.
The final of three workshops been a setback for recruitment
with Schneider. Others were as- Haegeland said that experts
to take input on five potential and retention. This is mainly
sured by a county counsel’s have assured him that the water because the “social compact”
opinion that the use would be on site at 23 gallons per min- BART station sites in Livermore
will be held Thurs., Jan. 21. has been broken by the privati-
permitted under Measure D, ute will be adequate. He said zation. Scientists were attracted
Beatty stated. that neighbors near Palomares The session will be held at to establish careers at the Labs,
Schneider told The Indepen- Canyon have a much different the Shrine Event Center, 170 giving up prospects of tenure
dent that his understanding of the water rate flow than where he Lindbergh Ave., Livermore, in academia or greater pay and
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ZERO-BASED BUDGET (Opinions voiced in letters owned and the construction will regarding the EIR and attended ing the proposed Stanley route.
ing Jan. 12 that the specifics of LOOK SOUGHT AGAIN published in Mailbox are those be at road level, whereas the Oak- one of the Community Workshop In the BART EIR meeting it was
Schwarzenegger’s budget talk on The notion of taking a look of the author and do not neces- land project is aerial. A 5.2 mile meetings sponsored by the city. mentioned that some businesses
the previous Friday heaped an ad- at the district’s budget from a sarily reflect the opinion of The extension will mean more work At the workshop meeting and residential homes would
ditional $3.3 million shortfall on zero-based angle came up again. Independent. Letter Policy: The have to be purchased in order
than a 3.2 mile extension. the majority of people favored
the district. The district already Independent will not publish to maintain the legal amount of
Jamie Hintzke brought it up at a The ridership via bus to the a downtown station and one at
was facing a $3.6 million short- anonymous letters, nor will it space required between the tracks
previous meeting. Valerie Arkin publish letters without names. airport is 3000/day now and esti- Vasco Rd. I love the idea of hav-
fall in programs that received talked about it Jan. 12, declaring mated to increase to 10,000. The ing BART downtown but I do and the public.
one-time funding for the current Abusive letters may be rejected I live about 2 tenths of a mile
that “I’m kind of responding or edited. Frequent letter writers ridership increase to Livermore not favor it running across the
fiscal year. The one-time funds to Jamie’s request from the last is estimated at 19,900. quarries in Pleasanton and down from the tracks on Stanley Blvd.
will be going away next year. may have publication of their
meeting.” The staff made no The project will reduce the Stanley Blvd to get there. I’m (about the same distance from the
“If we cut $6.9 million (from letters delayed.)
commitment at that meeting to great waste of gasoline and time not sure people who favor that tracks that Granada High School
the district budget), are we done? present any zero-based look at and also reduce the bad air and route understand what a change is). Granted I can hear and some-
It’s unlikely. The governor’s bud- the budget. No one on staff made BART to Livermore times feel the freight trains but
Kevin Braun noise pollution in this valley. it would bring and how it would
get includes risky assumptions,” a verbal commitment this time, Our valley links the severely affect the citizens who live along they don’t rumble through every
said Cazares. either. Livermore 30 minutes for 20 hours a day. I’d
After attending a number of depressed Central Valley with that corridor. A Downtown sta-
The governor’s budget faces The zero-based analysis the San Francisco Bay Area. For tion can still be built without hate the soothing warm summer
a $19.9 billion shortfall on rev- would look at the minimum the public forums and planning nights spent entertaining friends
meetings regarding the extension the past 46 years the citizens of subjecting some of our residents
enue. He is assuming that the needed — teachers, principals, and family in my backyard to
and other things — and then add of BART to Livermore, it has Livermore have paid extra sales to noise and sound walls.
federal government will come taxes for BART estimated at Though they are called “at be constantly broken up with
through with $6.9 billion for the costs, said Arkin. Starting become apparent that a condition squealing wheels and the roar of a
with looking at the budget from of this construction will be the $260 million by city officials. grade” routes, BART must, by
California in the areas of educa- law, raise their track(s) 6 feet passenger train behind my fence
tion, prison operation, and health a zero-based angle goes in the op- building of “Transit Oriented De- every half an hour.
care, said Cazares. posite direction from the board’s velopment," defined as “mixed Airport Initiative above the existing tracks be it
I urge everyone who lives
approach now, which is to look at commercial and medium-to-high Clarence Hoenig with gravel and dirt or with an-
“That is a risky assumption. other more substantial structure. along the tracks to participate
what is in effect now, and what density housing.” Livermore
This is not the final set of num- To combat noise BART also has in the planning and route pro-
has to be cut. The result might not I’ve yet to hear a Livermore Livermore taxpayers should
bers. As the state does its work, be any different, but there is no another solution “Depending on posal meetings and to voice your
we will continue to update you,” resident say “Yeah – put that not sign or circulate the very
way of knowing until it’s tried, the particular circumstances and opinions on the proposed align-
said Cazares. She provided no by ME!” (You’ll note nobody is restrictive Airport Usage Growth
said Arkin. topography at the location of the ments. I favor the Downtown
estimate of how many dollars clamoring for spur into down- Control Initiative. The initiative
Arkin said that she and Hintz- noise exposure, sound walls can via 580/Isabel station align-
the district would lose or gain, town Pleasanton.) Obtaining fed- could cause the loss of crucial
ke attended a California School be between about 5 feet to 15 feet ment. This route is along the
depending on how much, if any, eral construction funds, deemed Federal and State Airport fund-
Boards Association conference high and be made of solid materi- freeway median, eliminates the
the federal government funds the essential to the project, appar- ing, taking local tax dollars away
in which some districts’ board als”- Taken directly from BARTs need to build an unsightly raised
assumptions that the governor is ently hinges on changing the en- from other important projects to
members talked about how they EIR, 3.10 Noise and Vibration section of track crossing from
making. tire character of Livermore. After maintain the Airport.
use that approach themselves. 3.10-53. I assume the above Pleasanton across the quarries
The budget for next year was listening to a parade of elected The Airport is an important
Since Hintzke suggested the idea, would apply to the entire length into Livermore, eliminates the
a prominent topic on the board’s officials (perhaps focused on the resource to the City. In FY 08/09
Arkin said that she is “wonder- of the line as it passes through need for an unsightly sound wall
agenda. No action was taken. increased tax revenue while ig- the Airport operating budget paid
ing if we the board could look residential neighborhoods from along an already unsightly cor-
The board continued to cast its noring the extra costs for servic- approximately $500,000 to the
into the idea sometime soon. I Murdell to North Livermore ridor, maintains a connection to
net out to get more suggestions es) extol the virtues of tweaking General Fund in administrative
am getting comments from the Ave. This no doubt will have the ACE train in downtown and
from the public. Livermore to fit BART’s vision, surcharges. Annual direct tax
community about it.” significant noise increases for has an underground section that
BARTON BACKERS the question has to be asked: If revenues to the General Fund
BRAINSTORMING the senior housing, regular hous- would greatly reduce noise and
SPEAK UP the BART extension doesn’t fit were approximately $356,000.
MIGHT HELP ing and business parks all along impact on residential neighbor-
Approximately one-half with Livermore as it exists, why Additionally, Airport tax rev-
Arkin also suggested having Stanley and Railroad Ave. I can’t hoods. You can see more info
dozen Barton reading program force it into town at all? enues also support our schools
brainstorming sessions about imagine that you wouldn’t be about the proposed alignments
tutors and parents pleaded with Follow 580, link it up to and LARPD. A 2001 Economic
what could be done differently. able to hear it were you enjoying at- http://www.bart.gov/news/ar-
the board to retain the program, the ACE train near Greenville Benefit Study found the Airport
Perhaps teachers and other staff contributed over $57 million to a stroll downtown or outside of ticles/2009/news20091202.aspx
which this year is costing the Road (where the two lines will BART is also taking com-
could talk about job sharing the local economy while support- our new Theater.
district $45,000. naturally intersect), and be done ments until January 21, 2009
or alternating shifts. “The best ing approximately 577 jobs. Some people may not consid-
The district should go back with it. online @ info@barttolivermore.
people to hold that discussion New zoning regulations er that much of an impact because
to the previous $90,000 funding are the ones in those positions,” there is already a rail line there org or through the mail to Mal-
level, said the Barton backers. BART Extension will not promote future airport
said Arkin. but please don’t forget BART colm Quint, San Francisco Bay
The district outlay is returned David Williams growth. An average of 200 cur-
Hintzke suggested that the trains run from 4 AM to 12:30 Area Rapid Transit District, 300
in many times the investment’s Livermore rent airport customers are on
district enable parents to make AM., every 30 minutes. There are Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor, Oak-
value in the form of volunteer Over $317 million can be the waiting list for new hangers.
donations on-line, an idea also also issues of right of way regard- land, CA 94612.
hours taught by tutors who learn offered by an audience mem- saved now while creating or Proposed zoning regulations
the Barton system, said one ber. Casey said, “That would supporting over 13,000 hobs allow important safety improve-
speaker. be good.” The district’s budget by extending BART to Isabel ment programs consistent with
Several speakers told about advisory committee could take in Livermore. This will require Federal Regulations and Federal
their children being withdrawn at a look at it. financial support.
school and hating reading, until
they blossomed in the Barton
some stimulus money. California
only receives 78 cents back on The initiative is ill timed Pleasanton Council Gives
considering the current budget
BUT NOT FUNDING
On an item related to the
each tax dollar sent to Wash-
ington. crisis facing the City. The City Go-Ahead to Artwork
One parent said that her son budget, the board unanimous- has already had to endure a $2.9
went from being a poor reading to Currently BART is building a
ly approve outlines for seven 3.2 mile extension to the Oakland million taking of revenue from The Pleasanton Council City Public Art Project entitled, “Vi-
an honors English class. “It gives courses. Trustees noted that they the state and more cuts may be approved purchase of “Midnight sion Cube.”
kids their confidence back. They Airport for $492 million or $154
would cost the district $50,000, million/mile. BART's website coming. on the Boulevard,” an abstract The three-dimensional work
can take a written driving test. if implemented. They will wait mixed media painting by Pleas- is a stainless steel/ceramic tile
They can get into athletics, and indicates that this project will
until June to see if they will fund BART to Livermore anton artist Tricia Leonard. pedestal. Individual 12 inch
have hope to get into college,” the courses. create or support 13,000 direct
and indirect jobs. Sean Dorman The purchase is part of the ceramic tiles designed by each
said one parent. The outlines call for addi- city’s Fine Arts Lease/Purchase of the participants in the class
The 5.2 mile extension to Livermore
Another parent said that her tion of a third-year level in both Program designed to enable were combined with steel fram-
comprehensive high schools for Livermore is estimated at $1.12 I’m excited that talks about
daughter accelerated from some- getting BART to Livermore the city to acquire high quality, ing to create a seat-high pedestal.
one who could have been a art, ceramics, photography and billion, but 10 years out. Surely
the cost of $215 million/mile are happening, but I’m not ex- locally produced fine art to be It will be placed in the planting
dropout once she reached high video production. There also displayed at city facilities. area near the main entrance to
would be multivariable calculus can be reduced to $154 or less cited about a few of the proposed
school to someone who made the routes. I have attended one of The council also gave the go- the civic building at 123 Main
honor roll in the first semester. and Spanish 4 (non AP) at both because the right-of-way to
Livermore is already government the BART sponsored meetings ahead to the installation of the Street.
Her testimony prompted board high schools. The seventh class Pleasanton Leadership Academy
president Chris Grant to say, would be math V at Foothill High
“The real budget impact is told school.
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school districts,” said Kind- faced with a $6 million hole proposed and that Congressman service.” renewed their expression of hard-working men and women of
er. Budget projections for the heading into 2010/11.With the Garamendi pledged publicly to Confusion among thousands interest to the General Counsel the Livermore Labs, who played
2010/11 school year and beyond numbers from the Governor’s set up was supposed to get at the of Lab retirees over the new Bank in a letter asking why they had by the rules and paid into the sys-
were based on the assumption revised budget proposal factored truth without tying up the courts of America system has been evi- not heard from him as promised. tem, getting what’s fairly owed to
that COLA would be fully funded in, the Livermore School District and costing us or the University dent only since the first of 2010, To date, more than six months them?” he asked rhetorically in
at 0.50% and that a $253 cut is now looking at a $9 million money.” when the system was put in place. after their July 30 meeting and an email early this week.
per ADA (Average Daily At- deficit. Lawrence Livermore Lab However, the view that it is a more than three months after “In referencing a committee,
tendance) in the 2009/10 budget The list of proposed cuts employees and retirees had UC poorly operating health benefits that follow-up letter, the General I was referring to working with
was one-time. presented by Miller in October group health coverage under a program is why the retiree group Counsel’s office has not replied, the already established informal
That $253 has been restored. had $2.5 million in one-time succession of contracts that lasted felt so hopeful when Garamendi group of lab retirees to determine
However, the Governor’s pro- reductions and $6 million in on- more than 50 years but ended in the best course of action to re-
promised last November 14, in a All this has been commu-
posal includes a $1.2 billion cut 2008, when a new contractor took solve their situation. In the end of
going reductions. The list would Livermore Town Hall meeting, nicated to Garamendi, Perry
in school administration, which over Laboratory management the day, these employees deserve
target several big-ticket items that he would set up a commit- said. “Now he wants to proceed the retirement benefits they were
for Livermore comes to over that would have to be negotiated from University of California. tee to look into the problem, informally. But we have been
At the time, the new contract promised. I will continue to pur-
$2.5 million. The intention is to with employee bargaining units, Perry said. following an informal process for sue this issue with the retirees and
target superintendents, school like a salary freeze or rollback, promised continued benefits that Perry proposed at the meeting a year. It hasn’t gotten us closer the lab in the hope of reaching a
boards, and other central ex- furlough days, and reduction of were “substantially equivalent” that the committee have several to knowing the reason we were beneficial resolution.”
penses to spare more classroom health and welfare benefits. to UC’s, but the new contractor goals, including learning why the dropped from UC health care or Later, he reinforced his posi-
cuts. Kinder says it is still unclear Also on that list are clos- changed them a year later. Lab’s retirees had been removed back to the system where Lab tion that the informal approach
how “administrative costs” will ing Portola Elementary School, The health programs have from UC health care and what retirees were treated fairly.” is best by referring to the formal
be defined. increasing class sizes, reducing continued to change since then, would be involved in restoring For his part, Garamendi insists committee that the retirees hoped
Livermore and most other hours for library and information with confusion and in some cases them to it. He suggested that that he is interested in fair treat- for as “a layer of bureaucracy that
school districts have already been technology specialists, ending fear on the part of retirees who the committee comprise retirees, ment for the retirees. “Are the is not ideal.”
chopping away at those programs the 5th grade instrumental music have been moved to unfamiliar members of the University’s legal
as a way to balance their bud- program, and eliminating all insurance programs, have had to staff and management, and repre-
gets. A list of proposed budget District funding for high school learn complex new systems for sentatives of the laboratory.
cuts for the 2010/11 school year athletics. paying and being reimbursed Garamendi agreed with the
presented by then-superintendent “There are still a lot of un- for premiums, and in some cases idea and “added that the U.S.
Brenda Miller last fall included knowns,” said Kinder. “We may have been dropped from health Department of Energy should
about $900,000 in savings by not be able to spread some of these care for no apparent reason. be members of the committee,”
replacing executive director of cuts over multiple years. We Most recently, a new health Perry recalls.
facilities Floyd Wilson when he could make more one-time cuts reimbursement arrangement for The information that the for-
retires in June; reducing person- and put off some of the ongoing Kaiser members has generated mal committee would seek is
nel in the business services, hu- cuts for another year. And this confusion as its administrator, the same information that the
man resources, student services, budget proposal will go through Bank of America, was not able retiree steering group has tried
and special education depart- more iteration before it is final.” to handle phone calls or respond to uncover informally, by meet-
ments; and eliminating one vice The budget will be a topic of to requests for reimbursement ing with UC authorities and
principal at both Granada and discussion at all of the Livermore of costs. others, Perry said. His activities
Livermore High Schools. Board of Education meetings in “The process that is in place log indicates that he briefed UC
In the current school year, the coming months. The District for older retirees is absolutely Regents on July 15 and met with
the California School Employ- will also host a series of infor- horrendous,” Perry said. “People the UC General Counsel on July
ees Association (CSEA), cer- mational meetings for the com- don’t understand the process. 30. At that time, the UC Counsel
tain Livermore Management munity starting in February. Bank of America doesn’t under- promised to get back to him.
Association (LMA) members, stand the process. Older retirees On Oct. 1, Perry and the group
Superintendents, and Classi- are frustrated with the lack of
fied/Confidential Managers are
taking five furlough days and
the Principals/Vice Principals
are taking three furlough days.
In the next few weeks, Acting Su-
perintendent Mike Martinez will
be meeting with those employee
groups as well as the Service
Employees International Union
(SEIU) to discuss furlough days
in the 2010/11 school year.
Based on the 2009/10 budget,
which includes one-time stimulus
and categorical flexibility money,
Kinder knew the District was
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Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce to
Hand Out Service Awards at Annual Dinner
Local businesses, organiza- normal business activity. Hon- vice Award: For individuals who practices the past year including:
tions and individuals will be oree: ValleyCare Health System. have contributed to Pleasanton eliminated the use of Styrofoam
recognized at the 47th Annual ValleyCare has partnered with through exceptional service to cups and replaced by reusable
Community Service Awards and many different organizations the community or philanthropic mugs and bottles for employees;
Chamber of Commerce Dinner over the years much to the benefit efforts. Honoree: Joe Cristiano. installed an ultraviolet “cleaning”
on Friday, January 29, at the of the community including UC Joe, through his monthly mentor- cabinet to clean and reuse visitor
Pleasanton Marriott. Davis in Cancer research and ing group, teaches many local safety glasses and switched to
Outgoing Chamber Board medicine; UC San Francisco in business owners the fundamen- eco-friendly janitorial products.
Chair Laura Olson, will pass the pediatric services and neonatal tals of profitable and ethical Life Technologies also promotes
leadership gavel to incoming intensive care for babies and business practices. Through his sustainability issues to employ-
Chair Steve Fast, Hometown mothers; and Chabot Las Positas practical guidance and sugges- ees as evidenced by the activities
GMAC Real Estate, a twenty- Community College District to tions, Joe influences dozens of on Earth Day in April and during
two year Pleasanton resident and form a nursing school which now entrepreneurs. He helps them their recent company initiated
longtime business owner. Three has 60 students doing their nurs- with everything from solving Green Week events in October.
outstanding individuals, whose ing work at ValleyCare. problems with employees to stay- Pleasanton Corporate Com-
combined service on the Cham- ValleyCare prepares and deliv- ing solvent in current economic mons (PCC) is a multi-tenant
ber board exceeds fifteen years, ers about 5,000 meals to seniors conditions. Joe has a long list commercial office campus lo-
will be recognized for their lead- in Southern Alameda County. of credentials and most notable cated in Pleasanton. The 28-acre
ership as they term-out: Harvey The Ryan Comer Cancer Library he is the retired President and campus, built in 2001, consists
Kameny, Deborah McKeehan is one of eleven libraries of this CEO of Kelly-Moore Paint Co; of four 5-story office build-
and Vic Malatesta. type in the U.S. and is located in chairman of the MCM Group, ings totaling 595,608 rentable
The evening will feature live Pleasanton and is fully paid for an international consulting firm square feet with 1,889 occupants.
music and networking beginning by contributions and ValleyCare. that advises startups to the For- Pleasanton Corporate Commons
with a no-host cocktail reception The Emergency room is the busi- tune 500 on strategic planning recently received a LEED–EB
at 6:00 p.m. and dinner program est emergency room in the area and most recently he owns and Silver certification through revi-
at 7:00 p.m. Cost to attend is $75 with 61% of all people coming to operates with his wife two Pru- talizing their recycling program
per person. The event is open to ValleyCare. Many of the people dential Real Estate offices in the through tenant education and ex-
the public. RSVP by January who come to the E.R. do not have Tri-Valley area. panded materials collection, and
25th. Reservations can be made health insurance but are treated at New this year, Green Business initiate green cleaning measures;
online at www.pleasanton.org or no charge. Award: For businesses that are recycling 76% of waste and sav-
call (925)846-5858 ext. 201. Excellence in Service Award: small or large that promotes sus- ing 84% on disposal costs. PCC
The 2009 honorees are: For non-profit organizations that tainable environmental business has reduced garbage costs by
Business Philanthropy Award: have contributed to Pleasanton. practices throughout their organi- $110,000 per year and recycles
For businesses that have provided Honoree: Tri-Valley YMCA. zation for the benefit of employ- 448 tons of materials per year.
philanthropic service beyond the The Tri-Valley YMCA currently ees, customers or the community. Postnet encourages good
scope of normal business activ- serves over 1,500 children and Honorees: Life Technologies, stewardship of natural resources
ity. Honoree: Safeway Inc. In their families each year through Pleasanton Corporate Commons by recycling of paper, toner
2009 Safeway Inc. donated more their various programs. Over the and Postnet. cartridges, packaging supplies
than $250,000 in e-scrip funds to past several years, the Tri-Valley Life Technologies is listed and office electronics. Almost
Pleasanton schools and non-prof- YMCA has worked to expand on the Dow Jones Sustainability everything in the store is made
its. Safeway Inc. has partnered programs and services in direct Index because of its leadership in from post consumer products
with dozens of organizations, response to the community need. sustainability performance. The or “green” materials. From the
schools and associations in Pleas- With state and local funding be- building itself was designed and 100% recycled greeting cards
anton, Dublin and Livermore. In ing cut, more and more people constructed in a responsible man- they sell to the soy toner (not car-
addition, Safeway Inc. has also are turning to the YMCA for ser- ner – it’s a LEED-certified build- bon) used in their copy machine
been a long standing participant vices. They engage in extensive ing (Leadership in Energy and to the pens made with a card-
in the Alameda County Junior fundraising to make sure that no Environmental Design) – with board body not plastic. Postnet
Livestock Program donating over one is turned away from essential features such as abundant natu- also practices simple things like
$20,000 and recently finished services and programs because of ral lighting, energy efficiency, turning on half the lights and ad-
the 2009 Holiday Food Drive an inability to pay. The Tri-Val- motion-activated fixtures in justing the thermostat up a couple
in partnership with the Alameda ley YMCA seeks to identify and restrooms, solar panels and use of degrees to help save energy.
County Food Bank. serve those who are the most in of recycled materials in building In addition, Craig Neidle, owner
Excellence in Business Award: need in the community and those insulation. of Postnet in Pleasanton goes
For businesses that have made a for whom alternative services The company also has an out of his way to recycle all the
positive impact in the Pleasan- might not be available. all-volunteer green committee, paper used in his store despite
ton community through their Distinguished Individual Ser- which has initiated several green the challenges of having limited
achievement within the scope of resources.
(continued from page one)
The top photo, Livermore maintenance workers are shown with
Kristin Ekvall just after they finished placing new yellow ribbons capital. It has an international him. “They were on their own know they’ll receive accurate Bost. “Second-rate concrete gets
on the tree in honor of those serving in the military. film festival and annual interna- independent study. Ben’s body information. Someone can call dumped on places like Haiti to
tional art exhibition. is in the rubble. They may never me and I say, ‘Yes, this is what make a quick buck. It happens
Tree Blooms Helping Haitians eradicate
poverty and develop leaders for
the future are also the founda-
recover it,” said Bost.
Although the Timoun founda-
tion’s long-range goal is the care
we are doing.’”
“There is very little middle
management. We have a couple
all over the world. There is no
rebar (steel reinforcement bars)
in the concrete. It collapses,”
with New Yellow tion’s goals. The foundation was
begun by a Lutheran congrega-
tion in Colorado, spread to other
of children, its familiarity with
Jacmel is enabling members to
provide direct aid in earthquake
of employees, both Haitians.
They are living in Haiti. We are
not paying them extra. We can
The foundation made sure
rebar concrete was used in the
Ribbons Lutheran congregations, and now
includes general public member-
The foundation has chartered
five boats, and so far has raised
channel all of our resources to
aid,” said Bost.
Recruitment of surgical teams
two children’s facilities that it
built in Jacmel. Both buildings
withstood the quake.
As the Holiday decorations are packed away and the New Year FOUNDATION’S $55,000 to bring food, water and has been impromptu. “It’s people However, using rebar is not a
begins, an old familiar symbol appears in the shadow of Old Glory GROUP IS SAFE medical supplies to Jacmel from saying, ‘I know someone who is 100 percent guarantee the build-
in Downtown Livermore. A Timoun delegation was vis- the neighboring Dominican Re- an orthopedic surgeon. Maybe ing will stand, because the pat-
During the Holiday Season the community, young and old, come iting Jacmel when the earthquake public. Two teams of orthopedic he’ll go.’ Facebook has helped. terns of earthquake shock waves
out to enjoy the ceremony of lighting the noble Christmas Tree. occurred. Everyone in the party surgeons are also being lined Someone knows someone who is are unpredictable. The building
They view the transformation of The Yellow Ribbon Tree from was safe in the children’s home up to help with the amputations an anesthesiologist or surgeon,” where Larson died was built us-
Pride and Glory, to one of splendor and glitter. facilities that the foundation had and other medical needs for the said Bost. ing rebar, said Bost.
In 2003, when troops began to deploy, their loved ones started to built. victims. The teams will be bringing in “Most of the buildings in Haiti
display the national symbol of a loved one serving in the military However, Ben Larson, a Mid- The Timoun foundation’s their own equipment, since the would not even pass building
at their homes with a yellow ribbon, tied to trees, magnets on their western Lutheran seminarian small size and familiarity with earthquake has rendered so many inspection in the United States.
cars and pins on their collars. The tradition spread to a Community visiting Port-au-Prince died in the area makes it easy to mobilize things inaccessible or unusable. More than 60 people died in the
Symbol and the birth of the Yellow Ribbon Tree began. Shortly the collapse of a building. His aid quickly, said Bost. POVERTY CONTRIBUTES San Francisco earthquake (in
thereafter the original tree fell down in a storm. After the new tree wife and cousin, also on the visit, “(The aid) is not even our TO DEATHS 1989). Compare and contrast
was planted and it was deemed secure, the tradition continued. Each were able to get out safely. thing. We are a children’s founda- Haiti’s extreme poverty has that to Haiti, where more than
year various ways and means were met to make sure this symbol Larson was not a member of tion. However, people have ex- been a reason for the high death 100,000 people may be the total
of honor and support remained. the Timoun group, but Bost knew perience working with us. They count in the earthquake, said deaths,” said Bost.
When the holiday lights come down, it is tradition that a new
makeover will appear with bright yellow bows and a tree skirt of
Haiti Donors Urged to Watch Out for Scams
American flags nestled in a bed of winter blooms.
The numerous feet of yellow ribbon are assembled into a large
cluster, tied and fluffed. The end result is a bright yellow bow,
each reflecting the many Livermore men and women who are dress listed on the organization’s
Attorney General Edmund 2. Know the charity before victims and how much will be
placing themselves in harm’s way to help protect our freedom and website.
G. Brown Jr. is encouraging you donate. Review the charity’s used to pay for administrative
the American way of life. The bows do not bear a specific name 6. Listen closely to the name
Californians to make charitable website and written material to and fundraising costs. State law
as do the Yellow Banners hanging on the lamp posts up and down of the group and beware of
donations for victims of the dev- assure the program is one you requires solicitors to provide
the streets in downtown Livermore. They are Symbols of Recog- “copycat” names that sound like
astating earthquake in Haiti, but want to support. Check the orga- such information if requested by
nition – a silent reverent display of endurance, strength and pride reputable charities.
warns citizens to avoid “scam nization’s financial filings to see donors. Be wary of fundraisers
for those serving the country.. 7. Avoid donating through
artists” who may prey on the how it spends its assets, how long who balk at answering.
Kristin Ekvall, with the assistance of the City Maintenance email solicitations. Clicking
goodwill of California donors. it has been operating and what 11. Find out what the charity
personnel, remains dedicated to this annual event as they have on an email may lead you to a
“After every tragedy, a wave program services it offers. intends to do with any excess
since 2003. website that looks authentic, but
of scam artists take advantage of 3. Make sure the charity is contributions remaining after
This year the Community would like to express thanks to is established by identity thieves
generous individuals who want registered in the Attorney Gener- victims’ needs are met.
Richard’s in Livermore for its donation of 100 bows and a collective seeking to obtain money or per-
to help the victims of a tragedy,” al’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. 12. There are many forms
effort to assemble and place them on our “Tree of Honor”. sonal information.
Brown said. “It’s important to Registration does not guarantee of giving. Alternative forms of
Kristin has been instrumental in the care of these ribbons. She 8. Do not give cash. Write
thoroughly research charitable that a charity is effective, but giving include charitable gift
is also the mother of a Marine who served in Iraq for three tours. checks to the charitable organiza-
organizations before you write it is an important indicator. A annuities, in-kind contributions,
She is not alone, there are many other moms and dads, husbands tion, not a solicitor.
a check.” searchable database is available and endowments.
and wives and son’s and daughters who have made sacrifices above 9. Do not be pressured into
The Attorney General’s Office at http://ag.ca.gov/charities.php. For additional tips on chari-
and beyond the call of duty. They only ask that you show your giving. Even in times of emer-
regulates charities and profes- 4. Beware of organizations table giving, go to http://ag.ca.
appreciation and support. gency, reputable organizations
sional fundraisers in order to that don’t have a track record. gov/charities/charit_giving.php.
Operation: S.A.M. “Supporting All Military” is a local 501c3 do not expect you to contribute
prevent the misapplication of Only give to established chari- Information on national chari-
organization who also provides ways for our community to help immediately if you are unfamiliar
charitable donations made by ties, not organizations that seem ties is available from the Better
support our troops. SAM has been able to ship over 24,000 Comfort with their services. Be wary of
Californians. Brown offers the to spring up overnight. Again, Business Bureau’s Wise Giving
Packages to deployed since their inception in January 2004. appeals that are long on emo-
following tips on how to give check the Registry database to Alliance at 800-575-4483 or
They also partner with Kristin in placing free of charge a Yellow tion, but short on details about
wisely in order to assure that confirm this information. www.give.org.
Banner downtown in recognition and honor of Livermore resident’s how the charity will help disaster
donations will be used for the 5. Take action on your own Californians who believe they
military families. Service personnel do not have to be deployed. victims.
intended purpose: rather than responding to solicita- or others have been victimized by
Anyone who would like to have a Yellow Banner placed downtown, 10. If you are contacted by
1. Carefully review disaster- tions. Seek out known organiza- fraudulent charitable solicitation
please contact Operation: S.A.M. email@example.com or a solicitor, ask what percentage
relief appeals before giving. In tions and give directly, either by can file a complaint online with
visit the website at www.operationsam.org. of your donations will be used
times of disaster, many “sound- calling the organization, using the Attorney General’s Registrar
alike” organizations and sham the organization’s official web for charitable activities that help of Charitable Trusts at http://
operations solicit donations. site, or mailing a check to the ad- ag.ca.gov/charities.php.
The Independent, JANUARY 21, 2010 - PAGE 7
Photo - Doug Jorgensen
In the photo at left, Amador
Valley High School's Parker
Quisenberry (9) goes up with
Silvano Lopez (17) of Granada
High School for the ball. AVHS
teammate Dane Shaffer (22)
looks on. The teams battled to
a 0 to 0 tie in EBAL action.
The Livermore AquaCowboys sent
their team to two different venues this
past weekend to compete. The Seniors
attended the PC Cal Invitational at Univer-
sity of California, Berkeley. The Juniors
competed at the SRVLA PC-CBA+ meet
at San Ramon’s Olympic Pool.
At the Cal Invitational, the men and
women’s relay teams did very well. The
women’s team of Haley Hamza, Katie The Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP) 4A Boys
Kulp, Shelby Swanson and Nina Hayes basketball team defeated teams from three CYO leagues to
earned 2nd place in the 800 yard freestyle
relay with a time of 8:37.02. The women’s claim the first annual St. Nick Shootout Championship in
team that also included Shahini Ananth,
earned 4th place in the 400 yard medley
Clayton over the holiday break. Pictured here are: (front, L-R)
Coach Shawny Williams, kenyan Branscomb, Tommy kramer,
Anthony Costello, Jimmy kauffman, Coach Ed Costello; (back
The Pleasanton Ballistic United L-R) Demetrius Williams, kC Thompkins, Lawrence Liu, Paul
Soccer Club (BUSC) U11 Premier Jackson. Not pictured: Mitch Lawrence.
team, pictured at lower right,
defeated the Poway Vaqueros
1-0 to win the championship for
the FC San Diego Presidents Cup
Tournament over the Martin Luther
king Jr. Weekend. Coach Sean
Lemoine said, “It was a great way
to end the season, all the players
battled hard & contributed well.
It was a team effort.” In photo
are (kneeling, left to right) Adolfo
Trujillo, Blake Staniford, Leo
Barajas, Nico Lemoine, keaton
Steuben; (standing) Coach Sean
Lemoine, Jacob Guzman, Daniel
Mubarak, Jared Wilson, kyle
McClanahan, Matt Gates, Bryce
Taylor, Garrett Howell, Jimmy
Thompson, and Manager Eric
Steuben. Not present for the
picture was Nick Carreon.
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relay with a time of 4:17.01, 4th place in 5th bars 8.9, 1st beam 9.1, 4th floor 8.9, played well: Jason, Michael, Ethan, Jacob, Livermore or you can contact Ed Wong at
the 200 yard medley relay with a time 4th all around 35.9. Kai, Evan, and Sam. firstname.lastname@example.org for further
Cold Day in the
of 1:58.62 and 7th place in the 200 Yard Level 8: Group 1: Hannah Skinner, information.
• • •
Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:48.48. 10th beam 8.65, 2nd floor 9.45; Group
3: Hayley Timmons, 7th vault 8.35, 3rdT SM/SC 322 battled St. Joan. Top
The men’s team of Evan Carlo, Patrick
Kulp, Alec Grabarek and Andrew Hayes bars 9.3, 5th beam 8.7, 1st floor 9.425, SM/SC players: Tyler Hattori, Logan Track & Field
Greenough, and Joshua Collom.
Bay is a Way to
4th all around 35.775; Group 4: Hannah St. Michael's CYO Track & Field
earned a 2nd place in the 800 freestyle
Lachman, 3rd vault 8.35, 6th bars 8.55, 2nd team is holding sign ups for its Spring
relay with a time of 8:16.88. They also 2010 season on 1/21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
beam 8.875, 4th all around 34.325;
earned 5th in the 200 freestyle relay with a Level 9: Group 2: Vinnesa Narvaez, Middle School Basketball at the St. Michael's Parish Hall on the
The Christensen 8th grade girls'
time of 1:36.97. The men’s team of Evan 5th vault 8.775, 4thT bars 8.15, 7th beam corner of Third and Maple Streets. The
Carlo, Brendan Schierlon, Patrick Kulp 8.375, 4th floor 8.6, 5th all around 33.9; basketball team brought home two con- program is open to boys and girls 3rd to
and Andrews Hayes earned 2nd place in Group 3: Rain Sullivan, 2nd vault 9.125, secutive wins this week beating Fallon 8th grades. Practice begins 2/8 at 4 p.m. on
7th beam 8.4, 4th floor 8.9; Group 4: Jen- and Wells Middle. The Cougars came to the Granada High School track. For more
the 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of
1:44.87. The men’s team of Trent Trump, nifer Silver, 2nd vault 8.85, 4th bars 8.1, By Ron McNicoll play with their claws extended and their information www.smisctrack.org.
1st beam 9.1, 3rd floor 9, 1st all around Bill Shaffer will be reprising his role as Fred Flintstone when teeth sharpened. Ahead of Fallon at the
Brendan Schierlon, Alex Gonzalez, and half with a six point lead, the Cougars kept
35.05; Taylor Hunziker, 5th vault 8.5, 3rd
Nathaniel Boas earned 3rd place in the 800 beam 8.225, 2nd floor 9.125;
he wades into the icy waters of San Francisco Bay on Feb. 27. the pressure on and their defense tight. Lifeguard Instructor
freestyle relay with a time of 8:54.30. Level 10: Group 1: Serena Leong, 7thT The caveman look worked well for Shaffer on Halloween, Leading the effort was center and team
New Best times were earned by Katie captain, Amri Pascual with 10 attempts,
vault 8.8, 8th bars 7.3, 1st beam 9.225, so he is bringing it out again in a fund-raising event for Special 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Team The American Safety Academy is of-
Kulp, Haley Hamza, Nathaniel Boas, Sha- 3rd floor 8.675, 4th all around 34; Group fering an American Red Cross Lifeguard
hini Ananth, Alex Gonzalez, Evan Carlo, 3: Amber Woo, 2nd vault 9.25, 3rd bars Olympics in Northern California. captain Rebekah Johnson also put up 9
attempts, 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals Instructor Training program at Las Positas
Alec Grabarek, Patrick Kulp, Andrew 8.575, 3rd beam 8.575, 2nd floor 9.125, The event has a cartoon character theme this year, so Shaffer College. The course is through Commu-
2nd all around 35.525. and 1 block. Point guards Irias Ortiz and
Hayes, and Trent Trump. New Junior organized a Tri-Valley team called the Twi-Valley Toones. The Rachel Norman worked together to score nity Education at their Livermore campus.
Olympic qualifying times were earned by word “Tri” is purposely misspelled to emphasize the cartoonish 11 points, add up 19 steals and bring down Train as an instructor candidate to teach
the ARC Lifeguarding training program,
Shahini Ananth and Alex Gonzalez. A new Water Polo aspect of such characters as Elmer Fudd, who always had trouble 12 rebounds. A superior defensive effort
CPR/AED, Oxygen Administration, and
FarWestern qualifying time was earned by On Sunday , January 10th the Livermore was shown by Lindsey Lucivero and
Alex Gonzalez and a Sectional qualifying LAZERS 14 and under co-ed team competed subduing “that wascally wabbit.” Damera Dodd at the top of the key which Bloodborne Pathogens.
Course will develop instructor can-
time was earned by Evan Carlo. in the Northern California Winter League The Pleasanton resident and his son, Matthew, who is a Special was critical in keeping Fallon from coming
didates’ understanding of how to use the
Tournament at the Robert Livermore Com- close nearing the final buzzer. Rounding
The team was also successful at the
munity Center Pool. There were some great Olympics athlete, hope to draw sponsors and fellow participants out the score were Jessica Pestana and course materials, conduct training ses-
SRVLA meet. New Best Times were plays made at the goalie position by Katie to the event. sions, and accurately evaluate participants’
Alyson Hanson with 2 points each. The
achieved by Taylor Brennan, Catherine Johnston, Mike Brooks and Eli Smith. Defen- final score was wrapped up by the Cougars progress. This 4 day certification course
Elliott, Christopher Gonzalez, Matthew sively, Andrew Kettenhofen, Bayle Peterson The fund-raiser is especially important this year because of is $229.00, plus a $35 material fee pay-
with a 35-28 win.
Hayes, Jack Rehberger, Katherine Reh- and Michelle Hawkins had some great plays. the slow economy. “Donorship is way down for Special Olym- The Cougars then faced Wells Middle able to the instructor at the class. Course
berger, Hannah Roddy, Morgan Roddy, Mikayla McNair, Greta Kohlmoos and Nat pics. We’ve had to cancel some championship tournaments,” School only to run up against another dates are January 30, 31 and February 6,
Kratochvil played strong offensively, each force to be reckoned with. They quickly 7th from 09:00am to 05:30pm.
Rachel Roddy and Rebecca Stewart. scoring for the LAZERS. said Shaffer. jumped out to a 14 to 0 first quarter lead. Go online at www.AmericanSafety-
New Junior Olympic Qualifying times
were achieved by Taylor Brennan in the
Many of the people who will be showing up at Crissy Field Foul trouble for Wells helped the Cougars Academy.org or call us at (877)380-4CPR
for more information.
50 Fly and the 100 Breast. CYO Basketball for the Polar Bear event will brave the 51-degree water, though keep the lead at the half. The final blow
for Dublin was when the Cougars brought
The St. Michael's/St. Charles (SM/SC) it’s OK to stay on shore, too. “That water is not as cold as the home a 31-23 victory on their own turf.
Youth Soccer Ballers won in overtime 47-46 over St.
March event at Lake Tahoe,” said Shaffer. Leading the Cougars on offense was point Diablo Century
Pleasanton Rage U-14 Orange Isidore last Sunday. The game was close Cycling enthusiasts are invited to reg-
Whether people dip into the water in the “plungers” category, guard Rachel Norman, with 14 attempts,
reached the "Elite 8" of CYSA Associa- from beginning to end. The score was 11 points, 12 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 ister for the 2nd annual Diablo Century to
tion Cup. Rage U14 Orange beat Diablo tied 32-32 after three quarters and 39-39 or stay on shore as “chickens,” the idea is to have fun, and get blocked shots. Team captain and center be held on Sunday morning, April 25 at the
Crossfire 2-0 Saturday in a "Sweet 16" at the end of regulation. In overtime, the people to plunge into their pockets for a donation. Rebekah Johnson shot 100% when she Contra Costa JCC in Walnut Creek.
Ballers scored seven quick points, but St. went 5 for 5 from the field for a total of Three routes, all beginning at the
game. After a scoreless 1st half and both Shaffer’s team last year, made up of Livermore, Pleasanton 10 points, 4 steals and 1 rebound. Irias CCJCC on Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut
teams defenses dominating play, Rage Isidore came right back, and in the end,
a single free throw made the difference. and Dublin people, came close to meeting its goal of raising Ortiz had 6 points, 8 rebounds, 10 steals Creek, will accommodate various cycling
midfielder Erica Goldhawk sent an arch-
ing pass toward the goal where Courtney Grant Rivas completely dominated the $2000. That’s the goal again this year, although the Twi-Valley and did a super job on the court with a levels: the 25-mile route will take casual
hustle Wells couldn't stop. Also scoring
Seams scored on a goalie misplay. Goalie inside for St. Isidore, scoring 24 points. Toones drive is just getting underway, so no donations are re- for Christensen were Crystal Ebrado with
cyclists through the scenic hills of Danville
Nikki Costello held the lead with a diving Jared Buranis was the Ballers top scorer corded yet on the Special Olympics web site, where people may 2 points, Damera Dodd with 1 and Amri and Alamo to the foot of Mt. Diablo and
shot block. RAGE midfielder Rebecca with 14 points, Jacob Mitchell scored 11 Pascual with 1. back. The more challenging 100-K route
(5 of those in overtime) and Alex Cupps
contribute cash or sign up to take part in the plunge. The URL (62 miles) will have cyclists enjoying the
Dumanski sealed the win with a late
is http://www.sonc.org/. breathtaking backside and spectacular
goal shot. Rage defense was led by Katie had 10. Garrett McDonald had 5 points,
Jordan Lewis scored 4 and Jacob Woll had STARTED SPECIAL SPORTS AT 12 Bowling News views of Mt. Diablo via Clayton and the
Oross and Olivia Deutschman. Sunday James Murphy rolled a 279 game in
in the "Elite 8" Quarter Finals Elk Grove 3. Eli Smith came down with several key In general, Special Olympians practice with their own teams, the 4 Seasons Modified Guys & Dolls at Morgan Territory. Cyclists will descend
rebounds for the Ballers. the Granada Bowl in Lilvermore. Maria into Livermore and return via Danville
Cyclones scored 1st into the upper corner. then go off to competition at tournaments that draw from all and scenic Blackhawk. The final 100-M
In the 2nd half Rage tied the score on a • • • Lockridge bowled a 278, Mike Dough-
SM/SC lost to St. Isidore, 20 to 12 over the Bay Area. Teams can go on from there to the Northern erty a 255, Alex Holland a 233 and Gary route (100 miles) will have serious cyclists
Courtney header from an Ariel Gershman
assist. Claire Hickel and Katie made 2 in 5th grade boys' action. SM/SC top California events. Rensink a 224 game. Joe Delise, in the taking the 100-K route and then adding
players were CJ Malski, scoring 4 points Athletes are grouped according to age and ability. They are put Friday night Cheyenne league, recorded to the challenge with a vigorous jaunt to
breakaway stops to hold the tie. The Rage a 268 game, Dave Debus a 244 game. In
defense held until 5 minutes remaining with 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks; Jason into events against athletes with similar times in their event. Castro Valley, followed by an energetic
the Early Years Reno Getaway league, Ray
when Elk Grove scored on a breakaway Frost, scoring 2 points with a steal; and climb up Redwood Road to Moraga.
Tyler Gonzales, scoring 2 points and 2
Shaffer said that Matthew started with Special Olympics Siegfried bowled 74 over average with a
All three routes conclude with a return
play. It was a great U-14 Orange Rage 252 game. In the Friday Family Affair
season winning the District Cup, two 1st blocks. games when he was 12, through Pleasanton recreation depart- league, Brandon Klinefelter rolled a 258 ride to the Contra Costa JCC, where a
place, one 2nd place, and one 4th place • • • ment’s RADD program for developmentally disabled people. game (72 over avg) and Malcolm Pickard luncheon and commemorative t-shirt will
tournament finishes. Team 325 beat Team 320 (the Raptors) Matthew wanted to continue past the RADD age limit on was 57 pins over with a 233 game. Dan await registered riders.
24 to 10. Despite the loss, the Raptors Stuber rolled 66 over average with a 246 Rest stops will be stocked with wa-
Pleasanton Ballistic United Soccer sports, so he got into the Special Olympics Northern California
showed reckless enthusiasm and great game in the Generation Gap league on ter, fruit, and snacks. Support and gear
Club (BUSC) U13 Div III Select team events. He loves basketball, track and field. He also bowls and Sunday night.
lost in the sweet sixteen round of the team work throughout the game. Offense vehicles will be traveling throughout
plays softball. Senior bowler Harry Thompson, in
CYSAAssociation Cup to the Jack London was led by Evan Capurro and Michael the Sirs & Sirettes league, bowled 61 over the course to assist riders, aiding with
Oakland team 3 to 2 in an exciting sudden Honeycutt, who scored 4 points each. Matthew plays on a local special Olympics basketball team, average with a 223 game. Sylvia Rogers, mechanical breakdowns and providing
death overtime match. Both teams played Both boys also showed aggressive defense which sometimes scrimmages against one from the Walnut in the Friday Primetimers, was 66 over transportation as needed.
a tough physical game with the Oakland skills. Collin Eads scored 2 points. Max average with a 199 game. The Diablo Century will take place
Silveira and Jay Chok showed strong
Creek area. come rain or shine. Start time for the 100-
team seeming to have the advantage in
defensive and offensive moves to help Shaffer said that Matthew’s involvement in Special Olympics K and 100-M routes is from 6:30 to 8:00
age and physical stature. But the BUSC
round out the team. has helped his confidence. “When he played sports outside of PGSL Registration am. The 25-M route begins at 8:00 am.
boys played shoulder to shoulder with their 2010 Registration is now open for all
opponents and raised their level of play The Raptors had another tough loss, 14 Special Olympics, he was usually the last one picked. He went divisions in the Pleasanton Phantom Girls Individual registration fee for all routes is
to 4, but really showed improved passing $50 per person ($60 the day of the event).
that was superior for most of the game. to Special Olympics, and became more of a star. Right now, he Softball League. All girls living in Pleas-
Tandem for all routes is $100 per tandem
Oakland scored first at the 15th minute skills and defense on the court. Joseph anton, Dublin and Sunol are eligible to play
Fields had his best game of the season with is the self-appointed captain (on the basketball team).” PGSL softball. Two ways to register: 1) ($110 the day of the event) and additional
of the first half, even though BUSC had
outshot them up to that point in the match. great offensive (2 points) and defensive Online at www.pleasantonsoftball.org; 2) luncheon tickets for non-registered riders
skills. Ethan Montesinos, Jake Engemann, Mail-in: PGSL, P.O. Box 911, Pleasanton are available for $10 each.
The Ballistic team answered back with
and Manav Patel helped to keep the game , CA 94566 (download a registration form To register for the Diablo Century or
their own goal at the 28th minute. Brian from the website). Please note, late reg-
Kinnee scored on a free kick several feet close with their defensive efforts. to learn more, please visit www.ccjcc.
istration fee applies after December 15,
outside the goal box and wide right. He • • • 2009. For more information or questions, org/diablo. To learn about volunteering
drove the ball high and deep into the left SM/SC 5th grade boys "Flying Cows" from Frank “The Hammer” Gomez, the Zakiya Clark continued her excellent ball contact Christine Tanis at christine.t@ opportunities, please contact Phil Hankin
side of the goal, driving the keeper back (#512) played hard against St. Raymond's Wolves were able to get a turnover and handling while Allison Scher assisted Mal- pleasantonsoftball.org. at email@example.com or (925) 938-7800,
past the goal line. The first half ended (#515) Sunday, but fell short against St. Nunes tied the score on a drive down the lorie Stiner’s 4th quarter basket. ext. 273.
Raymond's persistent speed and aggres- lane. It appeared the game was headed for • • •
locked at one apiece. The second half
sion. The final score was 32-24 for St. overtime when Kavan Bagatelos put up SM/SC 5th grade girls (#5011) vs Players Sought
started with the BUSC team taking little
Raymond's. Playing well for the Cows a six footer. He was fouled in the effort. St. Joan (#5014) won 27 to 8. Alexandra Tracy Futbol Clubs U-12 Fireballs Hi Super Football Party
time to score the go ahead goal at the Comp Soccer team looking for players. The Livermore Area Recreation and
2nd minute off a strong left footed strike were Austin "AC" Curtis, Griffin Bate- The first free throw missed. The second Lonsinger led the team with 16 points;
Birthdate must be between August 1, 1997 Park District is hosting its fourth annual
from Mason Picone, assisted by Lucas son, Miles McPeek, Noah Kluball, and free throw was perfect. SM/SC preserved Madison Jackson followed with 8 points. to August 1, 1998. For more informa- Super Football Party, which will show the
Warzyniak. Jason Wallis. the win, as they prevented CCOP from Samantha Dukes scored 2 points and tion please contact George Edwards at game on a huge 12-by-16-foot screen.
The boys continued to play hard and • • • advancing the ball past midcourt. Mila Steingberg finished off the scoring (209) 613-2294 or E-mail g1edwards@ Admission to the event is free, with
demonstrated great ball control, having SM/SC #514 (Terminators) took an • • • with 1 point. Jamie Zogaric, JJ Gibson, msn.com. food and beverages available for pur-
early lead and ended up beating St. Joan 4th grade girls SM/SC Crushers beat Mallory Jones and Maggie Sneed played chase. The Livermore Junior Football
14 instances of “5 consecutive pass” sets League will be selling food and drinks
St. Joan’s 23 – 8. The Crushers got off to great defense, holding St. Joan to only one
during the match with one set having 9 #511 by a score of 34 to 26. For the Ter-
minators, Aaron Lee was "hot' on offense a slow start scoring only 6 points in the basket in the second half. SM/SC finished Baseball Tryouts for game day.
successful consecutive passes. Oakland New Revolution Baseball is hosting The event will also feature a silent
tied the match at the 15th minute with with Matthew Budrewicz, Jared Hubert, first quarter. Katherine Gomez scored 4 the game strong; scoring 16 unanswered tryouts for their 12U, 13U, 14U and 8th auction and drawing. Some of the items up
a strike from thirty feet out in front of and Jose Mariscal playing well. Hustling points and Nicole Bartels put up 2 points. point to close out the game for their 7th Grade Elite Team for the Spring/Summer for bid and giveaway include autographed
the BUSC goal. Regulation time ended and playing their best for St. Joan were Defense was the name of the game for win of the season. season. Focus is on individual skill devel- sports memorabilia, a stay at the Atlantis
tied 2 – 2. The match proceeded with a Joe Castellanos, Josh Iverson, Nick Berg the Crushers. Daniela Walker, Courtney • • • opment, instilling discipline, confidence, Resort in Reno, Wente Vineyards wine,
and Michael Kim Hayes, Olivia Volponi and Regan Wie- The 3rd grade SM/SC Warriors a higher work ethic and greater expecta- golf packages and more.
sudden death 10 minute overtime period.
• • • denfeld were able to hold off St. Joan’s, defeated the SM/SC Destroyers. The tions within the individual. Contact Dan Proceeds from the Super Football
Again, both teams came out hot, trying to Olmo for a tryout at 925-548-2732 or Party will help benefit the Livermore
end the match with a quick score. BUSC St Raymond's defeated the SM/SC allowing them to score only 4 points in the Destroyers got off to a slow start, then
battled hard in the second half of a tough firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out Junior Football League. Youth interested
controlled the ball in Oakland’s end of 5th grade boys team, 25 to 20. SM/SC first half . With a small half time lead of a tryout request form at www.newrevo- in football can also check out LARPD’s
the pitch much of the time but at the 7th top players were Aezon Fernandez, who 8 – 4, the Crushers Gigi Cole came alive game. For the Warriors, Malini Tia led his lutionbaseball.com/tryout_request.html. first Football Clinic before the game. Held
minute of overtime Oakland scored the scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds; and scored 4 points. Sierra Marshall had 2 team on offense while Matthew Reddick More information at www.newrevolu- from 1 to 3 p.m., the clinic will feature
winning goal with a flurry of shots directly Willy Rocha, who scored 6 points; and points and Gomez hit a free throw making and Zach Macintire provided fantastic tionbaseball.com. pointers on offensive and defensive skills,
in front of the Ballistic goal. The BUSC Wes Katz, who scored 2 points and had the 3rd quarter score 15 -8. The Crushers defense. Robert Iacomini had several key plus scrimmage games. The Football
6 rebounds and 4 assists. offense was sparked again when Marshall steals. For the Destoyers, RJ Mata and Clinic will be led by Tim Silva, head
boys played extremely hard, leaving it
• • • continued putting the ball in the net adding Joe Ramos played great offense. Brandon Softball Umpires football coach for Granada High School.
all on the field. BUSC team roster are as The Livermore Pleasanton Umpires The clinic is open to kids in second
follows: Andrew Griehshammer, Brian The SM/SC Wolves (5th grade boys) 4 more points in the 4th quarter. Regan Harvey, Eric Valdez, Alec Lewis, Noah
Association is seeking individuals in- through eighth grades. The first 60 kids
Kinnee, Chris Goldhawk, Chris Klahr, grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat in Wiedenfeld and Emily Trask contributed Wiesner, and Dylan Jess played aggres- terested in umpiring girls fast-pitch and to register are free.
Drake Hartland, Dylan Tuell, Joshua Cole, a game against CCOP #506. For SM/SC, with 2 points each. The Crushers defense sively on defense. adult slow-pitch softball games in the The Super Football Party will begin
Lucas Warzyniak, Mason Picone, Mathew sharp shooting from Ryan Nunes and was unstoppable, holding St. Joan to 8 • • • Livermore-Pleasanton area. Training at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Admission is
Teng, Pierre Marie, Reed Marques, Rob- strong defensive play from PJ Kalcic and points throughout the entire 4th quarter The Sharks played a tough game today will be provided. free, but reservations are requested and
Jacob Currie allowed the Wolves to build a making the final score 23 – 8. with Annabelle Stine back in the line up. The first general meeting of the As- can be made by calling 925-373-5748.
ert Beard, Ryan Vicencio, Sam Hanson,
comfortable lead of 18-9. Then things got • • • Jacqueline Arnold scored big and Ally sociation will be held on January 24, 2010 The event will be held at the Robert
Tomas Rozsa. at 12noon at the Livermore Community
interesting and really entertaining. CCOP For the first time in the 2009-2010 Sprugasci contributed on defense the en- Livermore Community Center, 4444 East
tire game. Amber Thomas lead the team in Center located at 4444 East Avenue in Ave., Livermore.
took the floor determined to increase season, the SM/SC #3014 Third Grade
Edge Gymnastics defensive pressure, dominate the boards Thunder found themselves trailing their rebounds with Haley Thompson continues
Edge Gymnastics team members com- opponents. St. Joan opened a 0-2 lead to provide excellent ball handling.
peted in the Lady Luck Invitational/Hosted and feed the ball inside. The strategy im-
mediately began to pay off for them thanks and dominated the 1st Place Thunder • • •
by Brown's Gymnastics in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The Level 7 team placed second. in part to a Wolves shooting drought that throughout the first quarter. The Thunder The 1st/2nd grade Livermore CYO
The Level 9 team came in fourth. was finally broken when forward Kevin girls played back into the game with a Jedis vs. Wildcats played an energized
Results: Level 7: Group 1: Julia Paul dropped in a soft eight footer. After steal by Isabella Carrano and a blocked game on Sunday since both teams were
Pfluger, 6th vault 8.825, 9th beam 8.8, only six minutes of play CCOP had cut shot by Grace Leary. Finally, the first missing almost half their players. Steven
7th floor 8.95; Group 3: Samantha Jower, the SM/SC lead to 22-18. The Wolves Thunder’s first basket came from defen- Lee was the Jedi's Player of the Game with
1st vault 9.5, 7th bars 8.725, 3rd beam fought on but CCOP’s relentless inside sive specialist Abby Andrews, assisted by his outstanding effort and 4 baskets. The
9.1, 3rd floor 9.375, 3rd all around 36.7; Kate Hottinger. 12-6 was the final score entire Jedi team played a strong game with
Stephanie Relova, 6th bars 8.85, 4th beam attack was working and SM/SC found
themselves on the wrong side of a 24-22 for the Thunder’s 7th season victory, with lots of scoring: Josiah Knight, Thomas
9.05, 6th floor 9.125; Group 4: Adriana
Gascon, 3rd vault 8.95, 3rdT bars 9.35, score with a little over a minute remain- half of the Thunder scoring coming from Kello, Anthony Guerra, Ryan Anderson
7th beam 8.5, 2nd floor 9.25, 2nd all around ing. Thanks to strong defensive play the consistently strong Megan Mossinger. and Jack Volponi. The entire Wildcat team
36.05; Nadine Vomund, 2nd vault 9.1,
Signups Underway for EBRPD Trail Challenge
The East Bay Regional Park to the 2010 trail booklet. The book and order a free, organic,
District’s seventeenth annual lenge, participants are asked to
booklet includes detailed trail Trails Challenge t-shirt (t-shirts hike five of the trails and send
Trails Challenge is now accepting descriptions, including driving are limited to two per household
registrations for 2010. This self- in their log after doing so. They
directions, to ten parks and 30 while supplies last). New this will receive a commemorative
guided hiking program grew to of the most popular trails in the year is a web feature linked to
nearly 8,000 participants in 2009, pin mailed to them. As in past
Regional Parks. Each park in- Google maps. Participants can challenges, the honor system
and even more are expected to cludes three hikes ranging from get exact driving directions from
sign up this year. In celebration of applies here. Nobody is checking
easy to challenging. There are their home and also view where to make sure participants hiked
the Park District’s 75th Anniver- trails open to hikers, bicyclists the trails are within the parks.
sary the “Challenge” will be free the trails.
and equestrians, and many are In a move towards “going Parks in the 2010 Trails Chal-
this year thanks to a partnership wheelchair accessible. green,” participants are encour-
with Kaiser Permanente heath lenge include the following:
To register, visit www.eb- aged to print out only portions Alameda Creek Regional Trail,
maintenance organization. parks.org, click on “Trails Chal- of the booklet they need, though
The Trails Challenge is a Briones Regional Park, Contra
lenge” in the “Features” section complete hard copies will be Loma Regional Park and the
self-guided hiking program that on the right side of the home available for $5 each. Besides
gives participants an incentive to Delta De Anza Trail, Del Valle
page, and proceed as directed. the specific trail information, the Regional Park, Diablo Foothills
visit regional parks new to them, Registrants must have an e-mail booklet contains general park
while promoting good health and and Castle Rock, Iron Horse
address as further instructions district information and tips for Regional Trail, Lake Chabot
conditioning through enjoyable will be e-mailed. new trail users. All information
outdoor exercise. Regional Park, Miller Knox Re-
An e-mail confirmation will is available online at the time of gional Shoreline Park, Mission
Participants who register for provide registration instructions registration.
the Trails Challenge will receive Peak Regional Preserve, and
on how to download the guide- To complete the actual chal- Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.
a free t-shirt and online access
The Independent, JANUARY 21, 2010 - PAGE 9
Benjamin Tarver III aunt, Dorothy Droast Coultrap of also was licensed by the State of In the mid 1930s she graduated spending time with her grand- gree from California State Uni-
Vallejo, as well as his extended California as a Marriage, Family with a de- kids. She was an active member versity, Hayward. She worked in
Memorial Service Jan. 31 family. He is preceded in death and Child Counselor in 1970. gree in pho-
Benjamin Cook Tarver III of Shasta Community Church. technology in the Silicon Valley
by his son-in-law Kent Koontz. More than 64 years a priest tography One of Dorothy's educational and in Pleasanton.
passed away suddenly Monday, in all, “Padre” Adams served 31
January 4, 2010 from bilateral Ben was a tenacious, pas- from the highlights was attending the Veronica loved music, art,
sionate and loving man, whose years as Pastor of St. Michael Art Center Sorbonne Institute in Paris to reading and planning birthday
pulmonary Church in Livermore. During his
emboli at legacy will live on in his family School in study French. Dorothy loved her parties for her 3 boys. She was
and through his contributions to tenure, he nurtured all segments Los Ange- life and her Heavenly Father in happiest when she was with fam-
age 63. of an ethnically diverse com-
Ben was his community. His family and les. Among whom she is now seated next ily and friends. Veronica was a
friends are left with a void in their munity, promoted lay ownership her teach-
a Bay Area to. very special person. She was
hearts and will miss him dearly and participation, cherished St.
native. He Barbara Van Slyke ers was A memorial service was held a giver. Her battle with cancer
every day of their lives. Michael School, and handed on
graduated Ansel Ad- January 16 in Palo Cedro, CA. never stopped her from help-
A Celebration of Ben’s Life a large and thriving faith com-
from Clay- munity to his successors. He ams. After In lieu of flowers, Dorothy ing others in need. She was an
ton Valley will take place at the Pleasanton
balanced tradition and change college she joined her family and would like contributions to be amazing lady that got so much
Ben Tarver High School Senior Center on Sunday, Janu-
ary 31 at 1:00 pm. as he guided the parish through crew members on a sailing trip to made to Focus on the Family or out of her 39 years. She had a
and San the transitions attending Vatican Alaska, aboard the El Dorado, a Shasta Bible College. wonderful passion for life.
Francisco State University. He Expressions of sympathy may
take the form of donations to the Council II. He presided over the 40 foot vessel built by her father, Veronica is survived by her
began his lifelong career in in- parish centennial celebration in Loren. Rose Marie Weiss husband Tim and sons Jack, Ryan
National Stroke Association or
formation technology at Naval 1978. He was proud of receiving During WWII she was em- Livermore native, Rose Marie and Andrew, parents Alex and
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Weapons Station in Concord and the title of Monsignor in 1975, ployed by the United States Air Weiss, born June 11, 1940, went Rosalinda Herrera, brother Alex
retired in 2001 from the City of due to the honor it brought his Force as an aerial photographer. to be with the Lord on December Herrera Jr., and numerous family
Concord as the Director of Infor- Monsignor Robert parish. She also worked for several 17, 2009 following a courageous and friends.
mation Technology. G. Adams A dry wit, known for his self- years with the Department of battle with Family and friends are in-
Ben lived a very active life, Monsignor Robert G. Adams, effacing humor and deadpan Agriculture, documenting farms cancer. vited to a memorial service at
playing tennis, golf, rugby, scuba the well-known and widely loved delivery, Father Adams brought across the country in her photo- She was 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 23 at St.
diving, water skiing and snow former pastor of St. Michael Par- good cheer even as he preached graphs. After the war she had a preceded in Elizabeth Seton in Pleasanton. A
skiing. He made lifelong friends ish in Liver- and exemplified the serious quest
more, died stint as a studio photographer in death by her celebration of life follows at the
playing soccer in Pleasanton’s for Christian holiness. With eyes Hollywood, occasionally being mother, Ger- Senior Center in Pleasanton.
adult soccer league for 20 years. S a t u r d a y, fixed on Jesus, the divine and
January asked to photograph portraits of aldine Cerru- In Lieu of flowers the fam-
He also coached youth soccer human model, he recognized the celebrities current to that era.
16, 2010 in ti Weiss and ily asks that donations be made
for many years, and organized human impossibility of being Married in Oakland in 1955
Oakland, grandparents to the ValleyCare Charitable
adult soccer tournaments draw- everything 10,000 parishioners
at the age to Dale Van Slyke, a teacher, Rose and Foundation at 1111 East Stanley
ing teams from all over the state expect of a modern pastor: set
of 90. The they had three children, moving Fred Cerruti. Blvd., Livermore, CA., 94550 in
and filling the Pleasanton Sports apart for God, yet human and Rose Marie Weiss
Reverend accessible to his flock; tireless to Hayward to raise their family. She is Veronica's name.
Park. Ben played as he lived his Monsignor, In 1969 the family relocated to survived by Arrangements by Graham-
life, passionately. as an administrator, teacher and
who re- even handyman, yet contempla- Pleasanton. sons Kenny and Kirk Farnum Hitch Mortuary.
Ben and his wife Margo ceived that An award winning painter and of Livermore and their wives,
tive, a man of prayer; rich in wis-
moved to Pleasanton in 1974 Monsignor Adams honorary fiber artist, Barbara worked to Janice and Maria. Marvin E. Pickering
dom, counsel and leadership, yet
where they raised their 3 chil- title from meek, with an attitude of service. promote the construction of the Over the years, she was em- Livermore resident Marvin E.
dren. Ben became active in local Pope Paul Knowing and laughing at his Black Avenue Cultural Arts build- ployed in Livermore by Intel, Pickering passed away on Friday,
politics in 1982 after becoming VI in 1975 after his first 30 years own limitations and frailties, he ing and served for eight years on Orchard Supply and most re- January 15, 2010 in his home
concerned about the burgeoning of priestly service, was com- nevertheless strove precisely for the Senior Planning Task Force. cently at Walmart. She enjoyed surround-
growth in Pleasanton. He was monly and affectionately known perfection, according to Jesus’ She established the very popular making many nice gifts using ed by his
a Planning Commissioner, then as “Father Adams,” a simple and words, which he preached: “Be Peddler Shoppe at the Pleasanton her knitting, and cooking for her family. He
elected to the City Council in traditional moniker that bespeaks perfected, even as your heavenly Senior Center, supplying it with
the humility, humor, holiness and family. She made regular trips to was born
1988 where he served for four Father is perfect.” her beautiful handmade crafts. Santa Cruz, as she did when she May 22,
years before being elected as hard work with which he strove He promoted ideals, while Barbara continued to volunteer was growing up and her family 1940.
Pleasanton’s Mayor four times to be a true priest, another Christ. freely offering Christ’s forgive-
Typical of his devotion and exer- her time there, showcasing and had a cabin there. She took care He was
from 1992 to 2000. ness in the confessional on a selling the products of many lo- of any and all animals, both her
tion, while he “retired from active a plumber
Ben had an infinite love for regular schedule, plus profes- cal senior craftsmen and women,
ministry” at St. Michael in 1995, own and all kinds of little strays. and pipe
Pleasanton. During his years sional counseling in his office. He until recently.
he remained a regular fixture at She will be greatly missed for all fitter for
as an elected official, Ben’s honed and enriched his preaching Barbara was an active mem-
daily and Sunday masses until the through hours of theological read- her kind and giving ways. Marvin Pickering over 40
primary focus was to reign in middle of 2009, when ill health ber of the Bicentennial Festival There will be a memorial years.
Pleasanton’s fast paced growth ing and reflection, and had a me-
forced him to relocate to Mercy Committee in 1975-76, helping service at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 Marvin
and preserve open space. He ticulously organized work bench
Retirement Center for priests in in the rectory basement, where to make the group's eleven proj- at Trinity Baptist Church, 557 was a member of the Elks, The
advocated planned progress, tak- Oakland. He wanted to die at the ects a reality. The group shared Olivina Ave., Livermore. Re- Native Son’s, Scottish Rite, The
ing the current infrastructure into he loved fixing things. Mostly
altar, performing his chief duty. unseen, he kept his priestly annual reunion luncheons each freshments will follow. Shriners and a 32nd degree Ma-
account and forcing developers He almost did. December for more than thirty In lieu of flowers, the family son. He was also a member of
promise of daily prayer with and
to pay their own way rather than This Welsh son of the late years. request that donations be made to the Springtown Men’s golf club
for the Church, and he also kept
the taxpayer. In addition, Ben William and Mary Adams was his weekly Wednesday morning She leaves quite a legacy in the East Bay SPCA, 4651 Glea- and SIRS.
spearheaded and helped to suc- born in San Rafael on the feast of golf date with 3 or 4 buddies. By the arts of Pleasanton. son Dr., Dublin, CA 94568. Marvin is survived by his
cessfully pass measures that put his beloved St. Francis, October means of frequent retreats to his Barbara will be deeply missed daughters Sandra, Rhonda, Carol
a cap on residential development, 4, 1919. Brother of the late Clif-
ford, Edmund, Audrey, William
Sierra cabin, he recharged and re- by her many friends and neigh- Veronica Lynne Hansen (Mike) Brown, his grandchil-
protected the ridgelands against connected with God on strenuous bors. She is survived by her “Living, Healthy, Strong & dren Danielle, Elena, Rhonda,
residential development and ac- and Kenneth Adams, he grew up mountain hikes. He believed in daughters Ruth and Jean, son
in San Anselmo and attended St. Happy” Thomas, Lindsay and Sarah, his
tively supported the development old-fashioned physical and spiri- Jim, and granddaughter, Ise Veronica Hansen was born in companion of 9 years Maureen
of an adjoining city and East Bay Anselm’s Elementary School. tual exertion, not to deserve grace Maeve Forsyth. Salinas, California, on Dec. 15, Barber and his brother Jay Pick-
Regional park. Ben was also an Recognizing a priestly calling and mercy, which is impossible,
at a young age, he attended St 1970 the daughter of Alex and ering of Springdale, Arkansas.
advocate for youth, supporting but, like an athlete, to train for
the development of parks and Joseph’s College Seminary and the imitation of Jesus, and thus Dorothy Jean Horner Rosalinda Herrera. Veronica, Funeral service will be held at
St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Dorothy Jean Horner passed a beloved daughter, sister, wife 9:00 a.m .Thursday, January 21,
expanded joint uses for school to enjoy Jesus’ hard-won victory
Park. He was a hardy and athletic away on December 30, 2009 and mother passed away Jan. 12, at Callaghan Mortuary.
district and city facilities. He of grace and mercy. Thus, even
young man, a lover of baseball as he worked without ceasing to following a lengthy battle with 2010, after a courageous fight In lieu of flowers, donations
was also a champion for visible cancer. She was 73. with cancer. can be made to the Shriners Hos-
(especially the Giants when the end, he relied on the Holy
government. Ben believed that all they came to town), who played She died at home, surrounded Veronica grew up in Pleas- pital of Livermore California 170
voices and viewpoints should be Spirit to—like St. Paul—trans-
catcher on the local San Anselmo form him in the image of Christ, by members of her immediate anton, CA, where she attended Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore,
represented and for that reason he semi-pro team, in summer stints family. Dorothy was born Doro- Amador Valley High School. She California 94551-9569 .
appointed people with opposing so he could share in his priestly
away from seminary. In later mission: winning souls for the thy Jean Cannon on November 2, went on to earn a Bachelors De-
viewpoints to boards and com- priestly years, many Livermore 1936 in Downey, CA.
missions. While serving the City, Kingdom of Heaven. Those who
parishioners, young and old, know him and share his faith She is survived by her hus-
Ben was on the following re- would smile and cringe when he band of 51 years, Lee Horner. She
entrust him now placidly to the
gional Boards, Commissions and approached and playfully plied merciful Savior he followed. is also survived by four children:
agencies: Bay Area Air Quality his powerful grip on innocent A Mass of Christian Burial Cyndi Trenery and her husband
Management District, Alameda shoulders and forearms, as a sign will be celebrated at St. Michael Ron of Middletown, CA; Scott
County Congestion Management of affection. Putting pro dreams Church on Thursday, January 21, Horner of Mission Viejo, CA;
Agency, President of Alameda aside, he was ordained a priest of at 11:00 am. Donations in lieu of Amy Willis and her husband
County Mayor’s Conference, the Archdiocese of San Francisco flowers may be sent care of St.
by Archbishop John Mitty at St. Jeff of Sutherlin, OR; and David
Chair of Alameda County Local Michael Church to the Monsi-
Area Formation Commission, Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, Horner and his wife Tammy of
gnor Robert Adams Scholarship Keller, TX, and nine grandchil-
Tri-Valley Wastewater Author- on June 16, 1945. Fund at St. Michael School.
ity, Livermore-Amador Valley Prior to being named pastor dren. She was preceded in death
Waste Management Agency and of St. Michael Parish in 1964, by her parents George and Pina
an active member of the League he served God’s people in the Barbara Van Slyke Cannon, sister Dona Ryan, and
of California Cities serving as following appointments: St. Past Pleasanton Art League brother Robert Cannon.
the Chair of the Revenue and Agnes Church in San Francisco; President and arts promoter Bar- Dorothy attended San Jose
Taxation Policy Committee and St. Theresa Church in Oakland; bara Van Slyke passed away on State University where she met
a member of the League’s Tele- Instructor at Holy Names High January 1, 2010 in her Pleasanton her husband. She was very ac-
communications Task Force. School in Oakland; Chaplain home. She was surrounded by her tive in Bible Study Fellowship
During his years as a resident of Providence Hospital and In- loving family. She was 92. where she was a teaching leader
of Pleasanton, he was a long time structor at Providence College Born Barbara Ruby Hadley in for almost 20 years in Livermore.
member of the Tulancingo Sister of Nursing in Oakland; St. Cyril 1917 in Modesto, she was the first Dorothy enjoyed gardening,
City Association, Pleasanton Church in Oakland; Pastor of St. of two daughters of a farmer fa- traveling, reading, camping and
Blairgowrie Fergus Sister City Columba Church in Oakland. He ther and a schoolteacher mother.
Organization, Lions Club, and
acted as Honorary Chiefton of
the Caladonian Club during the
Scottish Games in Pleasanton.
After his retirement from the
City of Concord, Ben moved to
Colorado and married Jeanie,
where he enjoyed being outdoors
in the beautiful Rocky Moun-
tains. They later moved to their
current home in Penn Valley,
CA to be closer to Ben’s family.
During his retirement, he enjoyed
spending time with his dogs,
remodeling his Lake Wildwood
home, boating, working out,
following local and national poli-
tics, and most of all vacationing
with his wife, Jeanie, children,
He is survived by his wife
Jeanie of Penn Valley, CA, his
parents Ben and June Tarver, his
daughters, Tiffany (Dan) Na-
kken of Pleasanton and Melanie
(Richard) Koontz DeMarchi,
of Roseville, his son, Ben (An-
gie) Tarver IV, of Livermore,
grandchildren Brayden, Isabella,
Christian, Jaxon, and Baby Girl
DeMarchi, his first wife Margo
Tarver, brothers Ben Hall Tarver
of Olympia, WA, Brooks Tarver
of Santa Rosa, CA, and Joe
Pfeifer of Jeffersonton, VA, his
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Nature Programs requesting donations of jewelry and go to www.webbitt.com/aauw/. For Those on the tour will partici- Education, 426-4280. Ave. Livermore.
The Livermore Area Recreation designer jeans for their annual jewelry more information about AAUW, go pate in workshops on the following Small Business Owners Round- New Career Technical Classes
and Park District ranger staff is offer- event, "Gems, Jewels and Jeans," on to www.aauw.org. subjects: finding the right college, table, This interactive seminar offers include Oracle DBA designed to
ing several programs this weekend. March 12 and 13. Donations are ac- preparing for interviews, writing a forum to share ideas with other prepare students for a job as an Oracle
cepted at the shop during open hours: the application essay, and ACT vs. business owners and managers in Database administrator. Oracle Fi-
There will be a native garden
Monday to Friday 10-6, Saturday
Male Anger Management SAT. All workshops are led by an a moderated setting. Whether you nancials will prepare students to work
planting day on Sat., Jan. 23 at Axis Community Health will
10 a.m. in Veterans Park. LARPD 10-5, Sunday 12-5. independent college counselor. own/run a retail store, a manufactur- as a Oracle Financial Analyst.
conduct a ten-week Teen Male Anger The trip also includes a visit to ing company, a medical practice, or
park rangers are expanding the na- This special jewelry event will Management series this fall. The ses- Start a career in the medical field.
feature themed pieces, precious and Disneyland. The cost is $1295, which a service business, there are many Learn the skills for an entry level
tive garden in Veterans Park and sions will meet Mondays, February includes transportation, accom- common issues. We will explore
need help to put in new plants. Join semi-precious gems, designer jeans, 1-April 19, 2010, (except for Febru- position as a Medical Biller. Earn
modations, workshops, chaperones, how to handle general, or specific,
LARPD and the Alameda County and much more. ary 15 and April 5) from 4:00-5:15 Disneyland admission. challenges you may face in your a certificate of completion in the
Resource Conservation District in The Discovery Shop is located in p.m. All sessions will take place at Financial assistance is available. business. The topics covered will Orthopedic Technician or Clinical
this joint effort to improve wildlife the Mission Plaza Shopping Center Axis Behavioral Health, 6666 Owens Register at Tri-Valley YMCA, 4725 depend on the needs of the partici- Nursing Assistant class. Visit www.
habitat and promote awareness about at 1987A Santa Rita Road, Pleas- Drive in Pleasanton. First St., Suite 200, Pleasanton, 475- pants, and may include such areas as thecornerstonecollege.com for the
opportunities to garden with native anton. Contact Monda Wiseman, The Teen Males Anger Manage- 6108. For information, contact Kris developing/enhancing your niche above listed medical classes as well as
plants. Wear clothes and shoes that Mgr. at (925) 462-7374 for more ment series is open to young men Farro at 475-6110. to differentiate your business from Sterile Processing, Healthcare Inter-
can get dirty, and bring gardening information. 13-18 years of age who are enrolled the competition, creative/affordable preter and Physical Therapy Aide.
gloves if you have them; there will All proceeds benefit the Ameri- in high school. The series is designed marketing, adapting to business in a Join people with common inter-
also be some to lend. This volunteer can Cancer Society's programs of to help teens address conflicts con- Author to Speak down economy, motivating person- ests and goals to discuss issues and
structively and includes education Towne Center Books in Pleasan- nel, handling growth, and developing ideas with at the Small Business
work day is good for all ages. Please research, education, service and
advocacy. and group counseling designed to ton will host the following event: “outside the box” business strategies. Owners Roundtable (2/2, 2/22).
call 925-960-2400 to let the rangers help participants feel in control, "My Nepenthe" author, Romney
know if you plan to attend. Canceled Feel free to e-mail the instructor in Fulfill professional or personal
handle anger positively, improve Steele, 1:00 Thurs. Jan. 28. Romney advance (email@example.com) if goals in our computer classes.
if raining heavily. Dangerous Beauty relationships, resolve conflicts and (Nani) Steele is a writer, cook, and there are certain issues you would Microsoft Word (2/2), Excel (2/3),
A winter compass course will The San Ramon Branch of the reduce stress. food stylist, and the granddaughter
be offered Sat., Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in like to cover, and be prepared to PowerPoint (4/13), and Access
American Association of University Fee for the series is $300 with of Bill and Lolly Fassett, creators of offer advice and feedback to fellow (4/14) 2007. Beginning Workplace
Veterans Park. Time to set out into Women announced recently that six a $150 deposit due at registration. Nepenthe Restaurant. She grew up participants. Tues., Feb. 2 or Mon., Computer Training (days starting
the park in search of the lost trail of area businesses have donated funds Scholarships for low income youth at the family restaurant and opened Feb. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. Livermore Adult 1/26) course covers beginning skills
cones? After a short introduction and and substantial in-kind services for its may be available upon request. Inter- Café Kevah, located on the grounds Education, 606-4722. Tues., March 9, to prepare the student for office job
training on the use of a compass, this “Celebration of Women in Film” to be views with the participants and their of Nepenthe. I'll try a few recipes 7 to 9 p.m. Pleasanton Adult Educa- placement and includes an introduc-
hike will be setting out into the park held on Saturday evening, January 23, parents must be scheduled with coun- tion, 426-4280. tion to Beginning Word and Begin-
from the book and Romney will
to explore some of the seldom-used 2010. Proceeds from the event, which selor Amanda Goletto during January, ning Excel 2007. QuickBooks Pro
2010. For more information, contact bring something to share as well.
game trails in pursuit of a prize at the will be held at the Front Row The- 2006 (1/25) covers setting up a new
end of the trail. Please wear comfort- ater, Dougherty Station Community Amanda Goletto at (925) 201-6213 The book weaves together stories, RV Show company, managing business revenue
or firstname.lastname@example.org. tales, and 75 recipes from the fa- Mike Nohr, manager of the 22nd
able walking shoes and long pants as Center, San Ramon, will go to AAUW mous California restaurant perched and expenses, processing payroll,
we will not be sticking to trails. More information about Axis Annual Manufacturers’ RV Show, reconciling bank accounts, tracking
funds that support women seeking Community Health is available at on the majestic cliffs of Big Sur. It
Native planting of grasslands is set expects his late January event to be inventory and creating reports. Pivot-
fellowships and grants to further their http://axishealth.org. celebrates the magic and history of
for Sun., Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. Meet at the bustling as economic forecasts show Tables/PivotCharts 2007 (1/19) will
education and research. place through food and the Fassett
Wetmore Road entrance to Sycamore RV sales are rising as more people teach you how to use Excel 2007
The sponsors include Janice family who started Nepenthe. In 2009
Grove Park. This hands-on program Colby/Keller Williams Realty, Growing Up Female Nepenthe commemorates sixty years
embrace the RV lifestyle. reports to analyze and summarize
will provide an opportunity to learn Mothers and their fifth or sixth- After weathering one of the data. Our state of the art computer lab
the San Ramon-based geotechni- of bringing writers, artists, dancers,
about unique native grassland habitats grade daughters are invited to attend toughest years in RV history, Nohr is available for practice to students
cal engineering firm ENGEO, Joy travelers, actors and cooks together attending computer classes.
and participate in the restoration of an uplifting workshop about body said indicators show the worst is
Perkins/Omnibus Organizing, the around the table. Selling on eBay and Craigslist
this increasingly rare feature of the changes and the realities of being over. Despite the recession, RV sales
dentistry practice of Drs. Czekala, The event is free, but reservations (2/17) will enable those who take the
local landscape. The program will female on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 2-4 increased 23 percent in October
Schinnerer & Associates, Ma Jolie please 925-846-8826 or orders@ class to take advantage of the Internet
meet for a brief introduction to the p.m. at the Catholic Community of 2009 over October 2008, according
Salon and Spa, and Crazy Flower townecenterbooks.com. sales market that is growing rapidly
ecology of California grasslands, and Pleasanton, 3999 Bernal Ave. to the Recreational Vehicle Industry
Wines in Napa. and offers innovative sellers exciting
then participants will plant a variety Led by RN specialist Amy Sluss, Association.
“The diversity of our sponsors in- business opportunities.
of native grass and wildflower seed- dicates the broad appeal of AAUW’s this two-hour workshop explores the Classes Offered “As money gets tight, people
Enhance a resume, become a
lings. Wear sturdy shoes and bring normal changes that occur in girls Writing Essays That Shine, realize RVs provide a fun, economic
mission to further women’s educa- Notary Public (2/6). This class meets
gloves if you have them. Please call ages 9-16, offers girls tools and tips (Class specifically designed for high way to vacation,” Nohr said. “The
tional opportunities and to remove the State mandatory requirement
925-960-2400 to let LARPD rangers for handling puberty, and connects school students working on college & RVing image has changed. It’s not for all new and renewing notaries.
barriers that block women from full
know if you plan to attend. Canceled girls and adult women together in a scholarship essays.) Brainstorm essay just retirees puttering around; RVs are Learn how to perform notarial acts,
equality,” said Andrea Gibson, co-
if raining. powerful and positive way. The ses- ideas, learn how to grab and retain attractive to young families, couples, step by step and take the exam on
chair of the organizing committee. the attention of your readers, prepare
In Search of the Slimies is the sion is crafted to build self-esteem, singles — anyone who likes to take a the same day.
“A Celebration of Women in Film” rough outlines, and write opening
topic for Sun., Jan. 24. Meet at 1 positive body image, and a healthy break from the stresses of daily life Find out how Brain Gym for
launches with a showing of Danger- and closing essay paragraphs. You
p.m. at the Wetmore Raod entrance sense of "being a girl." A warm and enjoy the open road.” Seniors (and everyone else too!) can
ous Beauty, a lavishly produced film will also learn how to approach essay
to Sycamore Grove Park. While many and comfortable environment for Consumers can expect to choose help improve memory, vision and
set in 16th c. Venice and based on “prompts”--what you are being asked
humans head for shelter during our questions, exploration and learning, from hundreds of new and used mod- hearing, balance, reflexes and coor-
the true story of Veronica Franco, a to write about--and how to adapt and
wet winter months, there are lots this experience sets the stage for els at the show, held at the Alameda dination and reduce anxiety. Offered
renowned courtesan and published reuse essays to save time. Please bring 1/26 morning and 2/2 evening.
of critters that thrive outdoors dur- future conversations and positive County Fairgrounds Jan. 22-31.
poet. Dr. Karen Van Zino, physician, a pen, paper, and any essay topics. Beginning Conversational Span-
ing this time. This nature program growth as your daughter transitions Cost: Adults $9; seniors (63+)
author and lecturer, will provide Wed., Jan. 27, 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Sat., ish for the Work Force and the
will go in search of those “slimies” to adulthood. $7, children 8-16 $4, under 8 FREE.
commentary during the intermission Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Register Traveler (1/20) is an entry level class
under logs and leaves, in pools and There is a $30 fee for the workshop online at www.larpd.dst.ca.us, by Special “Two for One Senior Wednes-
and lead a brief discussion of how that will teach key phrases that will
puddles. Be prepared to hike off-trail and advance registration is required. phone at 373-5700, or in person at day.” Held at the Alameda County
the experiences of this Renaissance help live and work in a bilingual
into wet vegetation and through the To sign up, contact Sharon at 925- 4444 East Avenue, Livermore. Fairgrounds: 4501 Pleasanton Ave.,
beauty, who defied the conventions community.
mud. Please sign-up in advance by 846-3531. How to Ace the Interview, This Pleasanton; Jan. 22-31. Mon - Fri
of her era, relate to issues faced by Community Interest classes in-
calling 925-960-2400. Canceled if workshop will address all aspects of 11-7, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6. Show Ho-
today’s women—and men. clude Beginning Folk Guitar (1/20),
raining heavily. the interview process including how tline: (925) 931-1890 or visit www.
There is a $4 per vehicle parking
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. To Tour of Colleges to prepare for the interview, how to rvshow.net.
Bird Watching (3/13), Creative Writ-
purchase tickets, call (925) 973- The Tri-Valley YMCA is offering ing (2/23), Dog Training (3/9), Estate
fee. A $2 donation is requested to sell what the employer wants to buy, Planning: Trusts vs. Wills (1/26)
ARTS (2787) or go to www.ci.san- a 6 day visit to colleges in Southern
help support the programs. Par- and how to handle “sticky” questions Livermore Adult Ed. and Citizenship Preparation (3/6).
ramon.ca.us/Parks/theater/default. California, April 5-10. like salary requirements, gaps in
ticipants may call 925-960-2400 or htm. All tickets are $25, with minimal Campuses to be visited are UCSB, Livermore Adult Education con- American Heart Association CPR,
visit www.larpd.dst.ca.us for more work history, or why you were let First Aid and Basic Life support are
processing fees for tickets purchased UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, tinues to expand its class selection.
go from a previous position. Mon., offered monthly.
information. online or mailed. Refreshments will UC Santa Barbara, CSU Fullerton , Feb. 1, 6:30 to 9 p.m. or Sat., Feb. View all classes or register at www.
be served at the intermission. Seat- CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge , livermoreadulted.org. Office hours For more information or to reg-
20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Livermore Adult
CSU San Diego, Loyola Marymount, 8:30am-7:00pm Mon-Th 8:30am- ister visit www.livermoreadulted.
Gems, Jewels and Jeans ing is limited. To learn more about
Occidental College, University of San
Education, 606-4722. Wed., Feb. 3,
1:30pm Fri located at 1401 Almond org or call 925-606-4722 for more
The American Cancer Society the San Ramon Branch of AAUW, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pleasanton Adult
Diego, USC information.
Discovery Shop in Pleasanton is
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NAME STATEMENT Advance Veterinary Treat-
The following person(s) do- PARTNERSHIP 21, 28, February 4, 2010. 2010. PARKING FEE MACHINES,
NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 432813-432814 FILE NO. 433569 ments. Free Towing, IRS Tax
ing business as:Berry Tree OPERATING UNDER Thursday, January 28, 2010,
FILE NO.432657 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS The following person(s) The following person(s) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Deductible, Non-Runners. 1-
Frozen Yogurt, 4307 Valley FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 10:00 a.m. – Lakeside Plaza
The following person(s) doing NAME STATEMENT doing business as:1)J.G. doing business as:Young NAME STATEMENT 866-912-GIVE. (CAL*SCAN)
Ave., Ste D, Pleasanton Ca NAME Building, 1401 Lakeside
business as:Arriaga’s Home 94566 is hereby registered by FILE NO. 40531 FILE NO. 433081 Owen Photography,2)NEWO Rembrandts, 6038 Hansen FILE NO.432983 DONATE YOUR CAR: Chil-
Drive, Room 1107, 11th Floor,
Cleaning Service, 458 Oriole the following owner(s): The following person(s) has The following person(s) Publishing,7172 Regional Dr., Pleasanton Ca 94566 The following person(s) dren’s Cancer Fund! Help
Oakland, CA Attendance at
Ave., Livermore Ca 94551 Hye Chong, 3226 Mandevilla (have) withdrawn as general doing business as:Trinite, St #447, Dublin Ca 94568 is hereby registered by the doing business as:Zak Con- Save A Child’s Life Through
the Mandatory Networking
is hereby registered by the Ct., Pleasanton Ca 94588 partner(s) from the partner- 7041 Koll Center Pkwy. Ste is hereby registered by the following owner(s): struction, 2758 Yountville Research & Support! Free Va-
Conference/Site Visit is
following owner(s): This business is conducted ship under:Bostrom’s Auto 200, Pleasanton Ca 94566 following owner(s): Vibrant Arts LLC., 6038 Ct., Livermore Ca 94550 cation Package. Fast, Easy &
required. Responses Due
Maria G. Arriaga-Sepulueda, by:an Individual Body, 2727 Old First Street, is hereby registered by the James Garfield Owen, 3209 Hansen Dr., Pleasanton CA Tax Deductible. Call 1-800-
is hereby registered by the by 2:00 pm on February 24,
458 Oriole Ave., Livermore Registrant has not yet begun Livermore Ca 94550. following owner(s): Saratoga Ct, Livermore CA 94566 252-0615. (CAL*SCAN)
following owner(s): 2010 County Contact : Jen-
Ca 94551 to transact business under The Fictitious business Name CornerStone Staffing Solu- 94550 This business is conducted Eli A. Kozak, 2758 Yountville nifer Chan Ngo (510) 208- SELL YOUR USED CAR
This business is conducted the fictitious business name Statement for the Partnership tions, Inc., 7041 Koll Center This business is conducted by:a Limited liability com- Ct., Livermore, Ca 94550 9604 or via email: jennifer. HERE. Call Barbara at
by:an Individual or names listed. was filed on August 31, 2007 Pkwy. Ste 200, Pleasanton by:an Individual pany
This business is conducted email@example.com Attendance 925-243-8000
Registrant has not yet begun Signature of Registrant: in the County of Alameda. Ca 94566 Registrant has not yet begun The registrant began to trans-
by:an individual at Networking Conference is 0R www.independent-
to transact business under /s/:Hye Chong Full Name of Withdraw- This business is conducted to transact business under act business under the ficti-
The registrant began to trans- Non-mandatory. Specifica- news.com Pay by Credit
the fictitious business name This statement was filed with ing Partner: James Garfield by:a Corporation the fictitious business name tious business name (s) listed
act business under the ficti- tions and bid copies regarding Card for any Classified or
or names listed. the County Clerk of Alameda Owen, 3209 Saratoga Court, The registrant began to trans- or names listed. above on January 11, 2010. the above may be obtained Display ads.
Signature of Registrant: on January 4, 2010. Expires Livermore Ca 94550 act business under the ficti- Signature of Registrant: Signature of Registrant: tious business name (s) listed
at the Alameda County GSA
/s/:Maria G. Arriaga-Sepu- January 4, 2015. Signature of Withdrawing tious business name (s) listed /s/:James Garfield Owen /s/:Sadhna Sharma above on June 30, 2009 EMPLOYMENT
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This statement was filed with No.2656. Publish. January 7, /s/:James Garfield Owen Signature of Registrant: the County Clerk of Alameda the County Clerk of Alameda /s/:Eli A. Kozak www.acgov.org.
the County Clerk of Alameda 14, 21, 28, 2010 This statement was filed with /s/:John Dias on December 23, 2009. Ex- on January 14, 2010. Expires This statement was filed with CAREGIVERS
on December 18, 2009. Ex- the County Clerk of Alameda This statement was filed with pires December 23, 2014. January 14, 2015. the County Clerk of Alameda NEEDED for elder care.
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NAME STATEMENT 28, February 4, 2010. 2) CATS/DOGS 60) BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
FILE NO. 420382 DRAWL FROM FILE NO. 433390 FILE NO. 433570-433573 NOTICE OF APPLICATION
FILE NO.432353 The following person(s) has PARTNERSHIP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS The following person(s) doing The following person(s) ALL CASH VENDING! Be
TO ADOPT A DOG OR CAT, for
The following person(s) do- (have) withdrawn as general OPERATING UNDER NAME STATEMENT business as:Rocco’s Italian doing business as:1)The Your Own Boss! Your Own
SELL ALCOHOLIC adoption information contact
ing business as:Allay HVAC partner(s) from the partner- FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILE NO. 433299 Water Ice, 553 Heligan Lane Crush,2)Auburn Local Vending Route. In-
BEVERAGES Valley Humane Society at
Solutions, 3208 Flemington ship under:Bostrom’s Auto NAME The following person(s) do- #3, Livermore Ca 94551 is James,3)Wooden Turtle
Date of Filing Application: 925 426-8656. cludes 25 Machines and
Ct., Pleasanton Ca 94588 Craft, 2727 Old First Street, FILE NO. 420381 ing business as:Swiss Pre- hereby registered by the fol- Productions,4)Hidden Creek
is hereby registered by the December 30, 2009 2) CATS/DOGS Candy for $9,995. Multi-
Livermore Ca 94550. The following person(s) has cision MFG, 5287 Bianca lowing owner(s): Wine, 5937 Graham Ct.,
following owner(s): To Whom It May Concern: Vend LLC, 1-888-625-2405.
The Fictitious business Name (have) withdrawn as general Way, Livermore CA 94550 Francis X. Colbert Jr., 553 Ste B, Livermore Ca 94550 Adopt a new best friend:
Jess Almeida, 3208 Flem- is hereby registered by the Heligan Lane #3, Livermore is hereby registered by the The Names(s) of the (CAL*SCAN)
Statement for the Partnership partner(s) from the partner- TVAR, the Tri-Valley Ani-
ington Ct., Pleasanton Ca was filed on January 28, 2009 ship under:Quality Auto Craft, following owner(s): Ca 94551 following owner(s): Applicant(s) is/are: BE WARY of out of area
mal Rescue, offers animals
94588 in the County of Alameda. 2727 Old First Street, Liver- Mike Eichenberger, 5287 This business is conducted Waldorf Conceptions LLC., FIRST STREET ALEHOUSE companies. Check with the
for adoption every Saturday
This business is conducted Full Name of Withdraw- more Ca 94550. Bianca Way, Livermore Ca by:an Individual 5937 Graham Ct., Ste B, INC. local Better Business Bureau
and Sunday, excluding most
by:an Individual ing Partner: James Garfield The Fictitious business Name 94550 Registrant has not yet begun Livermore CA 94550 The Applicants listed above before you send any money
holidays. On Saturdays from
Registrant has not yet begun Owen, 3209 Saratoga Court, Statement for the Partnership This business is conducted to transact business under This business is conducted are applying to the Depart- 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, both dogs or fees. Read and understand
to transact business under Livermore Ca 94550 was filed on no date in the by:an Individual the fictitious business name by:a Limited liability com- ment of Alcoholic Beverage and cats are available at the any contracts before you sign.
the fictitious business name Signature of Withdrawing County of Alameda. Registrant has not yet begun or names listed. pany Control to sell alcoholic bev- Pleasanton Farmers Market at Shop around for rates.
or names listed. Partner: Full Name of Withdraw- to transact business under Signature of Registrant: The registrant began to ages at: W. Angela and First Streets.
Signature of Registrant: /s/:James Garfield Owen ing Partner: James Garfield the fictitious business name /s/:Francis X Colbert Jr. transact business under the 2106 1ST ST Two locations will showcase
/s/:Jess Almeida This statement was filed with Owen, 3209 Saratoga Court, or names listed. fictitious business name (s) LIVERMORE, CA 94550- cats only: Petsmart in Dublin
This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda Livermore Ca 94550 Signature of Registrant: from noon to 4 and the Pet
the County Clerk of Alameda
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be 25+. 1-877-216-1293. that you do not need a third party to arrange a modification.
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162)HOMES FOR SALE 2. Landlords and Tenants
72) HELP WANTED/DRIVERS
By Advertising with The Inde- Laws requiring landlords to give residential tenants 30-day or
OWNER OPERATORS pendent reaching over 38,000 60-day notices to vacate, which were set to expire at the beginning
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38,000 Homes sets strict rules for mortgage loans originated on or after July 1,
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SECTION bara 925 243-8000
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and brown near home in A property damaged or destroyed by certain wildfires may not be
Livermore. Home decorated
with lights. Please call to denied the $7,000 California property tax exemption solely on the
claim 925 447-0459 basis of wildfire damage if it.
130)MISC FOR SALE Another new law requires owners of mobile home parks to adopt
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and post notice of an emergency preparedness plan.
13'4" Wide x 4' Tall with 6. Changes to the Real Estate Appraisers’ Licensing and Cer-
Hinged Mounting Post and tification Law
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$250 or BO 60 days after the federal rules expire or are revoked.
An appraisal management company may not alter or otherwise
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Call Lynn 925-872-1321 7. Continuing Education for Real Estate Licensees
$400 or BO The California Department of Real Estate substantially strength-
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8. Residential tenants and utilities
4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasan- Amendments to the Public Utilities Code strengthen tenant rights
ton. Serves Valley residents concerning individual metered service for electricity, natural gas and
with emphasis on those with water.
low income. The center has 9. Property Tax Reduction Solicitations
general medical services,
family planning, well baby, You may have received one in the mail: an official-looking solici-
prenatal and maternity pro- tation regarding property-tax reductions. County tax assessors have
grams, social services, blood tried to warn the public about these fraudulent letters. Now Assembly
pressure checks, WIC food Bill 992 outlaws this scam.
supplement programs, pre-
marital blood test, sports/ “Assessors routinely value property reductions to ensure taxpay-
camp physicals, TB screen- ers are assessed at fair and equitable values,” said Dan Goodwin,
ing, free transportation avail- President of the California Assessors’ Association and the County
able. 925 462-1755 Assessor from Ventura. “Unfortunately, there are people who are of-
fering fraudulent services that not only cause confusion but charge
homeowners unnecessary fees for a service that assessors routinely
do for free.”
10. Miscellaneous Bills
• Assembly Bill 957 allows buyers of foreclosed homes to choose
local escrow officers, rather than being forced to use the escrow
company chosen by the seller.
• AB 343 allows the state to work with 26 other states to ease
coordination of interstate school transfers for military children.
• AB 530 reauthorizes two pilot programs allowing city attorneys
and prosecutors in participating cities, including Oakland and Sacra-
mento, to assist landlords in evicting tenants for unlawful activities
regarding controlled substances, firearms, and ammunition.
• AB 370 ensures victims of contractor fraud are eligible to obtain
restitution for economic loss caused by that contractor.
• AB 457 requires claimants intending to file mechanic’s liens to
notify homeowners that a mechanic’s lien is being recorded against
their property and make the 20-Day Preliminary Notice more promi-
nent and easier to read.
Cher Wollard is a Realtor with
Windermere Welcome Home, Livermore.
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Photos - Doug Jorgensen
The rain allowed the sun to peek through long enough to create a rainbow (photo, upper left).
In the photo, lower left, a worker at the fairgrounds were faced with a deluge while trying to
assemble a temporary building. In the photo, upper right, workers were repairing a landslide that
occurred following another rainstorm earlier this month. The landslide is near Wente Vineyards
on Arroyo Road.
Cemeteries Are Community Resources
Cemeteries are important to ing class structure of those who tion to that brand of tourism. De-
communities for a variety of have and those who have not, Mersman stated that people want
reasons. i.e. potter’s fields and pauper’s to see authentic history. There are
That was the theme of remarks graves. people who spend their vacations
provided by Jim DeMersman, Di- • They are an educational touring cemeteries. They are
rector of the Museum on Main, at resource called tombstone tourists.
a meeting of the Pleasanton Cem- He pointed out that across the Other ideas were brown bag
etery Master Plan Committee. state of California and across lunches and lectures at the cem-
There were about 57 people the country cemeteries are used etery, a photographic competi-
on hand for the presentation. The for a variety of public programs. tion, a 5K run through history,
discussion centered around the Some of the options that the com- and an All Saints Soiree, a gala
future of the Pioneer Cemetery mittee might explore with the fund-raiser in the cemetery on All
on Sunol Boulevard. It is owned Pleasanton Cemetery are school Saints Day.
by the city. tours focusing on local history. When planning restoration,
DeMersman noted that when it Other possibilities include DeMersman said it is important
comes to cemeteries, the amount making use of the expertise of to preserve as much as possible.
of care and preservation of them college and university students Gravestone rubbing must be con-
often says a great deal about the in art and architecture as well as ducted under strict guidelines.
community in general. considering interns to assist with “A master plan is a great idea to
Among the reasons he pro- landscape plans and/or a master provide a road map, set priorities
vided for why cemeteries are plan. Scouts could undertake and develop cost estimates for
important are the following: projects to earn merit badges. the work that needs to be done.”
• They are often a source of A variety of tours ranging from He urged those in attendance,
community identity, helping to self-guided to walking tours led “To become a part of Heritage
tell the story of where we have by a trained docent are other Preservation’s Save Outdoor
been and who helped us possitilities. Sculpture program and use their
• They are places to remember There could be multidisci- knowledge and expertise to guide
our forefathers and foremothers plinary programs that include the process of restoration.”
• They are full of distinctive literature, drama, and music with The next scheduled meeting
art and architecture with a great a potential for presentations by of the committee is February 8 at
deal of symbolism actors dressed in costumes relat- the Veteran’s Hall in downtown
• They are places to think ing stories about who they are. Pleasanton. For further infor-
about customs around death and The committee needs to ensure mation, the public can contact
dying that the cemetery is on the radar Chris Beratlis or Howard Neely
• They are locations for re- screen of heritage tourism. The at firstname.lastname@example.org.
membrance on special National downtown could be another addi-
• They provide sanctuary
where there is rest and reflection,
either personal or corporate
• They maintain a parklike
environment with all of the as-
sociated flora and fauna
• They are places that remind
us of community history, includ-
THE INDEPENDENT • SECTION II THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
Art, Community, & Education
'Travels with Charley' Book Selected
The kickoff event for the Livermore Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Gary Kinst, Lincoln for the Blind, a state special school of the become a Guide Dog. This event will be at
Reads Together program will be held Sun., Highway Association, will present a talk California Department of Education. This the Springtown Branch Library.
Jan. 24 at the Livermore Library starting “The Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across program will be held at the Rincon Branch Feb. 16, 7 p.m. A cast of volunteer read-
at 2 p.m. America.” The Lincoln Highway was Library. ers from Shakespeare’s Associates will
Livermore Reads Together is a com- America’s first transcontinental highway, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Ron Sundergill, Pacific bring John Steinbeck’s book Travels with
munity-wide reading program featuring going from New York City to San Francisco. Region Director for the National Parks Charley to life with a dramatic reading.
John Steinbeck’s classic book Travels with This talk will cover the history of the Lincoln Conservation Association, will share his in- With an introduction by Philip Manwell
Charley. Highway, its purpose and how it affected sights on our national parks, as they were in and directed by Donna Blevins, the featured
Featured speaker is author and screen- America, and will focus in greater detail on Steinbeck’s day and what these breathtaking selections will provide a glimpse of the start
writer Thomas Steinbeck, son of novelist the section of the original 1913 route from landscapes and historic and cultural trea- of his trip around America with Charley, the
John Steinbeck, whose varied career be- Sacramento to San Francisco. sures face now and in the future. NPCA is poodle with an outsized personality, and
gan in the 60s as a combat photographer Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Doug McConnell has America’s only private, non-profit advocacy some of the memorable encounters he has
in Vietnam. His work includes numerous spent a lifetime exploring the open roads of organization solely dedicated to protecting along the way ... an amusing yet insightful
screenplays and documentaries, as well as the American West and beyond. Doug will and enhancing America’s national parks. re-creation of Steinbeck’s journey. Featured
adaptations of his father’s work. He is the talk about his life along the “Backroads,” Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. Bob Coomber a.k.a. readers are: Tim Ackerman, Judy Fenton,
author of Down to a Soundless Sea, a story his latest show and website, and discuss the Four Wheel Bob will share digital photo- Charles Hartwig, Don Meeker, and Martie
collection that resonates with the rich history process of producing travel television. Find graphs of his hikes in Lava Beds National Muldoon.
and culture of California. His next book, In out some of Doug’s favorite places, and learn Monument and Carrizo Plain National Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Phil and Carol White are
the Shadow of the Cypress, is scheduled some insightful travel tips. Monument. Coomber writes for The Inde- authors of the best selling, award-winning
for release on April 11th, 2010. A book sale Feb. 6, 2 p.m. Leah Waarvik and her pendent, and has been featured in Back- book “Live Your Road Trip Dream” – the ul-
and signing will follow Mr. Steinbeck’s search-and-rescue dog Emma empower chil- packer Magazine and the San Francisco timate road trip planning guide for extended
presentation. dren and parents through her unique safety Chronicle. Coomber made the first known road trips. The Whites have traveled over
Refreshments will be served. Entertain- guide, “I Sit and Stay.” Leah and Emma wheelchair ascent of White Mountain, the 50,000 road miles in the past several years,
ment will be provided Extended Roots, will show families how to stay safe while third highest peak in California at 14,246 visiting all forty-eight of the contiguous
playing traditional music from the roots of exploring the outdoors– what special items feet. states and having visited all of the national
America. to carry, how to use them to stay safe, and Feb. 13, noon. View a special showing of parks in those states.
The community of Livermore is encour- tips to assure being found if they get lost. the classic Steinbeck movie The Grapes of Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m., Pre-School Age Pup-
aged to join their neighbors by participat- Feb. 23, 7 p.m., In 1999, Bill Roe, author Wrath starring Henry Fonda at a discounted py Costume Parade, Storytime, and Puppy
ing in the Livermore Reads Together book of All the Way to Lincoln Way: A Coast $6 admission at Livermore’s own indepen- Care Tips. In the spirit of P.D. Eastman’s
discussions and free events for children and to Coast Bicycle Odyssey, and his bicycle dent movie theater, The Vine Cinema. Pres- classic story “Go, Dog. Go!,” pre-school-
adults during the month of February 2010. set out from San Francisco on the historic ent your Livermore Public Library card and ers are invited to dress up as puppies and
Copies of books and event schedules are Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental receive $2 off any concession item. Come ride their toy cars, bicycles, and scooters
available at all Livermore Public Library lo- highway. Two months later, he arrived in early for some Steinbeck trivia fun! This inside the library on their way to storytime.
cations. Livermore Reads Together: Travels New York City, having traveled some 3,000 event will be at The Vine Cinema (www. Traffic will be directed through the youth
with Charley is sponsored by The Friends of miles through 13 states. Bill will share his vinecinema.com) is located at 1722 First services area and into the craft room by
the Livermore Library. trials, tribulations and triumphs as he climbs Street in Livermore. uniformed members of Livermore’s police
For information, call 373-5505. The the Sierras, battles the elements, and encoun- Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Zoe Gowen will share department. Enjoy a story, songs, and a few
library is located at 1188 So. Livermore ters locals along the way. her experiences training, socializing, and short clips from the Puppytown DVD, which
Avenue. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Discover how a guide caring for special puppies so that they can will provide some simple tips on caring for
Contact Number: 925-373-5505. dog changes the life of their recipient. Ann someday become Guide Dogs for the Blind. a puppy.
Future events include the following Gelles will discuss what it is like to have a The puppies learn how to behave in differ- Feb. 21, 6 p.m. Please submit completed
(unless noted, events are held at the Civic guide dog, and its impact on her life. Ann is ent situations and they learn a variety of Scavenger Hunt forms to the Livermore
Center Library.): a Braille Specialist at the California School commands that they must obey in order to (See LIVERMORE READS, page 3)
2 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 Art & Entertainment
Poet to Be Joined by a Friend of Robert Frost
City of Pleasanton Poet Laure- participate in the event. of Poets & Writers Magazine. We’re fortunate to have an ac-
ate Deborah Grossman will host After Alpaugh presents the Alpaugh has hosted San Fran- complished performance poet like
Celebrating Robert Frost featur- poetry and background on Frost, cisco Bay Area poetry readings in David Alpaugh to kick it off (no
ing guest poet David Alpaugh on Badger will share a few personal Walnut Creek and Crockett and is football pun intended) and we’re
Sunday, February 7, from 2:00- reminiscences about him. There known for his wit and humor. eager to see how the concept is
4:00 p.m. will be display of personal photos “We are excited about present- received by our local audience.”
The event will take place at of Frost with her great aunts, old ing an entertaining alternative to Light refreshments and an
Century House, 2401 Santa Rita photos of the farmhouse and copies football on Super Bowl Sunday,” open mic will follow Alpaugh’s
Road, Pleasanton. Admission is of Frost’s personal Christmas cards says Grossman. “We know po- performance. During the open
$5.00; free to students with ID. with poems sent to her family. etry lovers will thoroughly enjoy mic, participants will be invited
In addition to Robert Frost David Alpaugh is a nation- David’s presentation during which to read an original poem of one
expert and event speaker David Al- ally-known poet and performer he will perform a dozen of Frost’s page or less about Robert Frost, in
paugh, Shirley Badger, a personal from Pleasant Hill, Calif. He is a poems, complete with commentary his writing style, or on any subject
friend of Frost’s, will also share graduate of Rutgers University and and biographical references. He they choose.
stories about him. Badger is the University of California, Berkeley, will also share entertaining stories For information, contact
great-niece of Mrs. Homer Noble, and has taught poetry writing and and anecdotes about the American Michelle Russo at mrusso@
from whom Frost purchased his appreciation at the University of literary icon. ci.pleasanton.ca.us or (925) 931-
farm house with log cabin. The California Extension. He is best She adds, “Highlighting the 5350 or Additional information
log cabin is associated with many known for his two-part essay on works of well-known poets is about the Poet Laureate program
of Frost’s writings. Badger knew
David Alpaugh the “The Professionalization of something new we’ve added to the is available at http://civicartsliter-
Frost personally and her fam- Badger, who lives Chagrin Falls, Poetry” published in 2003 issues Century House format this year. ary.org.
ily was close friends of the poet. Ohio, is traveling to Pleasanton to
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Author to Discuss 'Rooftops of Tehran'
Public Library Civic Center In- of Tehran, I wanted to acquaint the boy and his love ultimately find
audience will vote on a favorite readers with Iran, and bring to life quiet refuge.
formation Desk by 6pm Sunday, photo/video and our special guest
February 21. Winners will be ran- a small part of the centuries-old Seraji’s narrative bares the
judge will add votes to determine Persian culture. At a time when enduring struggle between beauty
domly selected from correct entries the winner! The winner of the
at 2pm Saturday, February 27 at the the country of my birth is often and brutality infused into the cen-
contest will receive a $50.00 gift portrayed in the news media as turies-old Persian culture while
John Steinbeck Birthday Celebra- certificate from Livermore’s Pet
tion featuring Steinbeck Scholar “the enemy,” I chose to tell a story reaffirming human experiences
Express. Teens may also win a about friendship and humor, love we all share: contentment, terror,
Susan Shillinglaw. Forms available prize by reading the book Travels
at the January 24 Kick Off Event and hope, universal experiences love, helplessness, ferocity, and
with Charley by John Steinbeck valued by people in all times and hope. Visit the website, www.
or in the library and here beginning and writing and posting an original
January 25. Enter to win: The Na- places.” rooftopsoftehran.com and come
review on TEENSPACE of the Rooftops of Tehran paints a por- to the Pleasanton Library to talk
tional Parks:America’s Best Idea library’s website.
by Ken Burns or DK Eyewitness trait of coming of age in a nation with the author.
Feb. 27, 2 p.m. Steinbeck’s on the verge of revolution in the Rooftops of Tehran will be
Guide: USA. birthday will be honored, along
Feb. 21, 2 p.m. Is the sun 1970s. The rooftop is the perfect available for sale at the event. For
with the 50th anniversary of his spot for sleeping on hot summer presale, please call Towne Center
setting on America’s roadside at- trip around America with Charley,
tractions? Should you weep for nights, the perfect location for star- Books, 925/846-
the dog with an outsized personal- gazing, sneaking cigarettes, talk- Library Programs are free and
Route 66, the demise of neon- ity. Susan Shillinglaw, professor of
trimmed motels and old tyme ing about American movies, and open to all. No registration is
English at San Jose State Univer- agonizing over the trials of being required.
lunch counters? RoadsideAmerica. sity and Scholar-in-Residence at
com says: “NEVER!” Don’t let a seventeen year-old boy in love. For more information, please
the National Steinbeck Center, will Author Mahbod Seraji will This is the spot from which the call Penny Johnson, 925/931-3405.
the mourners of historic highway delve into the reasons and results present a talk on his book, “Roof-
“culture” get you down! The US narrator quietly watches his secret The program will be presented in
of his “Travels with Charley.” tops of Tehran,” at the Pleasanton love, it is from this high perch that the Public Library Meeting Room,
is stuffed-to-bursting with incred- Feb. 28, 2 p.m., “Steinbeck Library on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.
ible, ridiculous sights. Roadside the boy witnesses the SAVAK’s 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
Country,” performed by The Larry He states, “In writing Rooftops brutality and the rooftop is where
America co-author and web site Hosford Music Quintet featuring
publisher Doug Kirby provides a Taelen Thomas as John Steinbeck,
whirlwind tour, punctuated with
photos and videos, of today’s off-
beat tourism landscape. Learn how
is a Musi-Drama created for a
Salinas Steinbeck Center birthday Teens Invited to Take Part in
Improv Face Off
party in 1994. It grew from the
it’s easier today to find unusual friendship and professional alli-
tourist attractions — and no longer ance of singer/songsmith Larry
become a pariah after mentioning Hosford, and actor/poet Taelen City of Pleasanton Civic Arts’ of scenes, games and interactive online at www.civicartstickets.
them back home. Thomas—one that began at an teen improv (improvisation) theater. An “Improv Champion” org up to three hours prior to the
Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. Take a photo annual birthday extravaganza four troupe, Creatures of Impulse, will will be crowned. Teen improv performances, by phone at (925)
or a 30 second video of your pet years earlier at Kalisa’s, a former host Improv Face Off on Thurs- groups interested in competing 931-3444, or in person at the Ama-
doing a trick or just looking ador- John Steinbeck haunt on Can- day and Friday, February 11 and should contact Mark Duncanson dor Theater Box Office, 1155 Santa
able. Bring the photo or video nery Row. The show, a mixture 12, at 7:30 p.m. Both shows will at 925-931-3433 or mduncanson@ Rita Road, Pleasanton, Calif. Box
(.mpg, .wmv, .avi or .mov format) of scenes taken from Steinbeck’’s take place at the Veterans Memo- ci.pleasanton.ca.us. office hours are Monday through
to the library on the evening of the works and music written by Hos- rial Building, 301 Main Street in General admission tickets are Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
event. Label the photo or video ford, has grown and developed Pleasanton, Calif. $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Information about the entire
with your name and your pet’s through the ensuing years, and Teens of all ages are invited to Student tickets (with valid student Pleasanton Civic Arts season is
name. Please make sure that the has been performed throughout join Creatures of Impulse as they I.D.) are $5 in advance and at the available at www.pleasanton-
video can be viewed on a PC. The the country. compete on stage for two nights door. They may be purchased civicarts.org.
Aer & Entertainment THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 3
Benefit Concert to Feature
Pianist Daniel Glover
Concert Pianist Daniel Glover
will perform a piano recital to
benefit the Valley Concert Chorale
on Saturday, February 6, at 7:30
p.m., at the First Presbyterian
Church in Livermore. The church
is located at the corner of 4th and
Glover, who is the accompanist
for the Valley Concert Chorale, is
an internationally known concert
pianist who has performed exten-
sively throughout the world.
Of his talent, the San Jose
Art and Wording Mercury News said, “Glover is
an incisive, exciting, and appar-
ently tireless player…a natural for
Combined for Book of
hyper-virtuosic challenge.” The
San Francisco Classical Voice re- Daniel Glover at the Piano.
marked, “Brilliant, tender, whim- where he attended as a scholar-
position, Variations on a Theme
sical, sparkling…Glover brought ship student. Among his numerous
everything together into a well competition awards is first prize in
Tickets are $25. Tickets may
balanced, evenly measured medi- the prestigious Liederkranz Com-
be purchased in advance by call-
um… The elegance and civility of petition in 1990.
ing the Valley Concert Chorale’s
“The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,” is a work of love Glover’s approach was musically He has trained with such lu-
general information line at (925)
created by Vera Gordeev Lowdermilk with the help of Anna Gordon unimpeachable…” minaries as Eugene List, Abbey
866-4003, or at the door. Tickets
Pope and Father Leo Arrowsmith. The program will feature com- Simon, Jerome Lowenthal, Nancy
are also available at Towne Center
The both is filled with illustrations. The wording, done in cal- positions by Chopin, Schumann Bachus and Thomas LaRatta.
Books in downtown Pleasanton.
ligraphy by Pope, is in both English and Ukrainian. and Samuel Barber, in celebration Glover has recorded eight CDs,
Go to the website www.valley-
Lowdermilk says she was inspired to create the book while attend- of their 200th and 100th birthdays including Liszt, The Profound
concertchorale.org for more in-
ing church. “I’d go to church. Very often the liturgy was in Ukrainian, in 2009. He will play Ballades and the Profane (2008), Spanish
a language not spoken by everyone in attendance. I took my children and Nocturnes by Chopin and Impressions (2006), Romantic
Pianist Daniel Glover has
and grandchildren and wanted to make something they could follow Barber, as well as Barber’s Excur- Russian Encores (2005), and a
performed in 42 states and 22
and be able to understand the prayers,” she explained. sions. Additional works include recording of live performances
countries throughout Europe, Asia,
She added that she didn’t think either she or other people got as Schumann’s Kinderscenen (Scenes of works for piano and orchestra
North America and the Caribbean.
much out of a service if they didn’t understand the words. Many of from Childhood) and conclude by Mozart, Strauss and Prokofiev
He holds a master’s degree from
the Ukrainian words are not in daily usage. They are used in prayers with Brahms’ most virtuosic com- (2005).
New York’s Juilliard School,
to coney emotions and feelings.
Lowdermilk pointed out that the orthodox liturgy is the same,
whether in Green, Russian or Armenian.
Amador to Host Music Competition
As for creating the book, Lowdermilk describes it as a “big, The Amador Valley High Tickets are $10 for adults, and The event is sponsored by Ama-
big project. Anna did not speak the language, so she copied the School Winter Percussion unit $8 for students and seniors, (chil- dor Friends of Music, a non-profit
words.” and the AVHS Winter Guard will dren under 5 are free) and are good booster organization
She didn’t just want words. The design for the book is based on host a dual home competition on for both competitions. Doors will For more info, contact Jon
the illuminated manuscripts that have been created throughout his- Saturday, February 6. The Harvest open 30 minutes before each show Grantham, Director of Band,
tory. “I asked, why not do that, embellish the pages and make the Park Middle School Winter Guard (the gym will be cleared between Amador Valley High School
book beautiful?” will also be participating. This is events). Snacks, Baked Goods (email@example.com),
Father Leo Arrowsmith is the pastor at St. Innocent in Livermore. one of the largest Northern Califor- and Drinks will be available for or Liz Sufit (sufitscott@yahoo.
He is also a well known painter of icons. Lowdermilk said, “The nia events under the auspices of the sale. com) 925-462-7814.
minute I walked into church and saw the icons he had painted, I felt California Color Guard Circuit.
they would be a great addition to the book. He gave me permission The competition will take place
to use some of them.” Lowdermilk, herself an artist, also decorated at the Amador Valley High School
pages and created paintings to be used. Gymnasium, 1155 Santa Rita Rd,
The painting on the front of the book is by her father Vladimir Pleasanton.
Gordeev. The book is dedicated to her father, “whose great art is an Winter Percussion uses a va-
inspiration to me, to my mentor counselor, James Moog, and to my riety of drums and other percus-
loving family. sion instruments in a musical
Once assembled, there were still obstacles to overcome. Since performance of drill movements
the wording is calligraphy, each page had to be painstakingly pho- and precision teamwork. Winter
tographed. There was no typesetting involved. It wasn’t always easy Guard units perform to a variety
to reproduce the pages, because the golf leaf reflected the light, she of musical genres, incorporating
said. dance, acrobatics, precision drill
The original pages were created on 16x20 pieces of parchment. and the spinning and tossing of
They have been preserved in a leather bound book made for Low- rifles, flags and sabers in dynamic
dermilk at Pettingell Book Bindery in Berkeley. routines. Both competitions will
Lowdermilk said she gained a deeper appreciation for the beauty have units ranging from the fairly
of the words while making the book. Prayers are on many levels, both small to world class level. Percus-
spiritual and physical. It gave me a good feeling about religion.” sion event will run from 12:30 p.m.
The book can be purchased at xlibris.com. to 3:30 p.m.
The guard event competition is
from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
4 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 Community
Art & Entertainment THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 5
“Kimberly” – An Edgy New Comedy
By Susan Steinberg evoke such audience sympathy. even to nearby Six Flags Park. As emotional barrier, meet at first on complains, “Hey, we didn’t even
An edge-of-your-seat show is By now readers must be think- Patti and Kim have sadly learned, neutral ground: he wants to do a sing yet!”
what I’ve come to expect from ing, “And this is a comedy?” Well, his promises are worthless. Even science report about her disease. It’s a big clue to the way she
Danville’s Role Players Ensemble, trust me, it is, and full of the usual a simple offer to come home after Then gradually, as they start to will use Kim and Jeff, despite the
and their latest production does not array of oddball sitcom relatives. work and fix a nice family dinner is know each other, they realize the dangers of hooking them into her
disappoint. “Kimberly Akimbo” First and foremost is the nasal- forgotten in an alcoholic haze. similarities of their situations. Kim check-washing scheme. She may
is truly the “zany black comedy” voiced New Jersey mother Patti, But in the skillful portrayal by comes to see Jeff as a real friend really care for her niece, but she’s
promised in its advance publicity, a self-absorbed hypochondria- Shellie Award winning actor Chris who shares her insecurity and a street-tough broad who looks
and a real “grabber” for specta- cal caricature straight out of the Patti, he too is a sadly sympathetic loneliness. Jeff sees beyond Kim’s for her own interest first. As Jeff
tors. Theater of the Absurd by way of figure. He drinks to escape the aging face to a compatible kindred blandly remarks after his first jar-
Not knowing what to expect, “Desperate Housewives.” hopeless realities of his nagging spirit. Their tentative approaches to ring encounter with her, “That’s
I was as surprised as everyone Pinning all hopes for happiness wife, dying daughter, and his own friendship are painful, endearing, O.K. My aunt’s a lesbian too, only
else by the quick switches from on her soon-to-be-born second failure to live up to the bright and amazingly truthful. she’s not as inappropriate.”
helpless laughter to involuntary child (a “NORMAL” one), she promise of his youth. Neither judges the other with When Debra accuses Jeff of
wincing with each new scene. Only seems to have already discounted Sound familiar? It’s the quint- the eyes of the “normal” world, and worrying too much he admits,
a pitch-perfect cast could master her doomed daughter from con- essential “failed male” charac- they form a human bond that tran- “Yes, I know. That’s why I take
such a dramatic roller-coaster, and sideration as a permanent part of ter made famous in so many scends the absurdity around them. anxiety medication.” Trying to
Director Sue Trigg has recruited the family, as Kimberly is all too great American plays by Eugene Finally accepting the bitter reality soothe Kim’s discomfort over her
the ideal ensemble for it. aware. Pathetically funny in her O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, that they are completely irrelevant father’s angry bellowing, he as-
Talanted playwright David hugely-bandaged hands (carpal and Arthur Miller. Only this one to their families, they realize they sures her “My brother yells like
Lindsay-Abaire took a huge risk tunnel surgery), her only use for is also wildly funny. Thinking will never achieve the warmth that when he needs more metha-
by creating a play about a termi- Kim is to help feed her, and to about Pamplona’s “Running of and security they crave from their done.” It’s hard to know whether
nally-ill teenager. Trapped in a sympathize with her discomfort. the Bulls,” he recalls reading how parents. Instead, they can fulfill to laugh or cry.
body aging 4 ½ times the normal Is she really as self-centered people dash frantically ahead of some of their dreams only by run- Used to escaping into the com-
rate, the 16-year-old looks like a and heartless as she appears, or the maddened toros, ducking into ning away, traveling together, and fortable unreality of fantasy, Jeff
grandmother in her 60’s dressed is this her coping mechanism for doorways, and even getting gored, having some fun in whatever short introduces Kim, Patti, and Debra to
inappropriately for high school. an unbearably painful situation? and muses, ”Sounds like fun.” time is left for them. Dungeons and Dragons, and each
Her personality is similarly By focusing on her own disap- Not very bright, but clumsily In a kind of sad riff on “Romeo of these misfits finds an exciting
contradictory. One moment she is pointments and problems, she protective of his daughter, he warns and Juliet” these 2 unhappy kids new escape of their own, in the
smirking awkwardly at the first boy needn’t concentrate full-time on her against playing Dungeons and discover the thrill of a first kiss, funniest scene of the play. But Patti
who has shown an interest in her, Kimberly’s obvious decline. Didi Dragons because he’s heard it with the obvious implication of and Debra, annoyed at being killed
just like any typical teenager. Then, Seddick, an incredible newcomer was a “Satanic Game.” Learning more to come. Kimberly’s sly but off by Flying Manticores, are obvi-
in a heartbeat, she is explaining her to the stage, inhabits this loopy that she has actually played it, he shy anticipation of Jeff’s “moves” ously happier playing “Trouble,”
disease and its dismal prognosis, lady like a second incarnation, dumps a Bible in front of her as an is perfectly mirrored on her face, a mindless game for children. It’s
or, as she matter-of-factly puts it, making her grating voice and in- “antidote”, suggesting she’d enjoy as is Jeff’s sudden act of “brav- a telling detail that explains a lot,
“I’m screwed.” sensitive remarks as annoying to Leviticus, which has some “really ery-cum-terror.” Despite their like the idealized memories and
She can be darkly flip when the audience as to her daughter. racy parts.” individual weirdness, they make hopes Patti and Buddy can speak
telling her dad to stop warning her But it’s impossible to really The hilarious scene in which the scene one of the tenderest and into a tape recorder (for the new
against sexual activity: “Hey I went hate her once we’ve glimpsed the he threatens Kim’s nerdy friend most moving in memory. baby), but not to each other.
through menopause 4 years ago, so disillusionment of her marriage, Jeff not to start ”twiddling her It is a tribute to these actors that What an absorbing play: much
he can’t get me pregnant.” and her pathetic memories of past titties” gives the audience the they can accomplish this magic to laugh about, much to sigh about,
Inured to emotional pain, she “good times” with her own family escape of laughter as well as the while seated on a plain box, facing and a lot to think about after the
seems determined to get through and her high school beau Buddy. exquisite discomfort of watching the audience, pretending to be in a curtain. Exaggerated characters
one day at a time, cherishing no That sodden character is now Kim squirm in embarrassment, like car. In fact, the stage is generally these may be, but they raise re-
great expectations for a tomorrow her hard-drinking husband, stuck any normal girl. bare except for the back-wall pro- membered aspects of real people in
she may never see, especially since in a dead-end gas station job in When the geeky Jeff timidly of- jections and a few very basic props. our own lives, and help us under-
the average lifespan for such cases Bogota, New Jersey, just one fers to do “what your dad said, but Yet the spectators are emotionally stand. It’s a show worth viewing
is 16. Not so coincidentally, it’s her step up from Smelly Secaucus. only if you want to, I mean,” every engaged in the reality of these sad twice, and this reviewer is looking
16th birthday. His conversation is so insensitive male was laughing nervously, lives, and truly exhilarated by their forward to a return visit.
Veteran actress Claudine Jones and boorish that it makes his wife remembering similar moments of ingenious bid for freedom. Enjoy the discovery of this
has thrown herself bravely into sound good by comparison, and awkward adolescent situations. Rounding out this amazing cast brilliant young playwright for
this strange girl/woman role, and his capacity for embarrassing Kim- A spot-on performance by is the family black sheep, ex-con three more weekends at Danville’s
made it her own. Equally believ- berly is only topped by his utter Nick Brunner is straight out of a Aunt Debra, played to the outra- historic Village Theatre, 233 Front
able as a shy, moody teen and a inability to feel her pain. Neil Simon script. Intelligent in a geous hilt by Holly Kosel. She has Street, January 21 through Febru-
preternaturally wise oldster, she Like Patti, Buddy also had stereotypically “computer nerd” shown real sympathy and affection ary 6. Performances are sched-
plays the character with careful dreams and aspirations for a hap- model, he has experienced the for Kim, even remembering her uled for Thursdays, Fridays, and
restraint. pier life, and speaks quietly and same isolation and pain as Kim- birthday (unlike her parents), but Saturdays at 8 PM, with Sunday
Is her constant off-hand “I don’t almost wistfully about his early berly. Shunned by other students as in her own way - “crude, rude, matinees at 2 PM. Tickets can be
care” just the usual adolescent longing to travel and see strange “weird”, completely out of touch and socially unacceptable.” When purchased online at www.villag-
malaise, or does she use it to mask new places, but the most life has with his own dysfunctional fam- her brother-in –law Buddy finally etheatreshows.com, or by calling
deeper feelings useless to express? allowed him was a short stay ily, but longing for some human brings Kim a belated birthday cake 925-314-3400 during weekday
Certainly her diffidence provides “on the Jersey Shore.” He keeps connection, he is her male mirror (slightly squashed), Debra digs business hours.
a great foil for the occasional out- promising his family wonderful image. right into it before anyone else. Note: This show has been rated
bursts of frustration and anger that vacations, first to Hawaii, then, These two oddballs, each with Even oafish Buddy notices and PG13 for adult language.
more modestly, to the Alamo, or a carefully erected protective
6 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 Wine Country
Home at last
Little Valley Winery Alights, Lights It Up
By Harry Stoll
Oh, yeah. Little Valley Winery’s tler.
new tasting room on Main Street, And there’s Champagne with
Pleasanton has a few tables right the cuvee going for $12 , the
off the sidewalk, enclosed by almond and raspberry for $15,
a classy iron railing. There are and soon a peach, also for $15.
flower boxes blooming with pur- An Ambrosia, wine of the god-
ple, white, and orange flowers in dess, will be released soon. Bill
green foliage. It’s like a travelogue and Sandi haven’t settled on a
but you don’t have to travel far. It price. Also soon, is to be a Gypsy
doesn’t try to look Old World. It’s blend, of mysterious contents, to
unique and perfect. celebrate the settling down of the
Inside is a narrow space filled nomadic duo.
with cool stuff that is not junk and Two tastings are complimentary
not expensive. You could buy a and a flight will cost you $5, both
smart canvas wine tote for $15. fees being waived if you buy
Other products at similar reason- wine.
able prices are shelved, on hangers, Little Valley Winery’s use per-
dangling from the ceiling, or stand- mit allows them to have music. It’ll
ing on the floor. One particularly probably not be noisy music but
sassy T-shirt depicts a screwcap not musak either. (“Not electric,”
above the words, “screw it.” Here says Sandi.)
we got brickwork, hardwood floor- The place isn’t big, it’s cozy,
ing, and warm colors described by about right for your small event,
co-owner Sandi Bohner as “pump- for which it’s available to rent.
kin,” “squash,” and adds, pointing Every first Wednesday of the
to a squash wall, “Blueberry will month Main Street closes in the af-
be right here.” ternoon for a street fair. You’ll have
A delightful sense of quirki- to walk in and enjoy the exhibits.
Sandi Bohner and Bill Webster welcome visitors to tasting room. Little Valley will be having music
ness shows sometimes, such as
the three water bowls for dogs on on those special days,
the sidewalk to the side of the iron Little Valley Winery’s tasting
NEAT award for sprucing up a sidewalk café enclosure would be delight. This one drove down the room is at 739 Main Street, in the
railing. There are cookbooks and
place. They participate in charity when extended to include the area 580 from Tracy and presented its block south of the Rose Hotel.
gewgaws. Somehow it all works
events outside the WiFi space. She may smooth, medium bodied, flavorful Pleasanton parking can be tight,
in the narrow space. At the wine
In late January, a separate room have put her feet on the current pleasure. but Little Valley has free parking
bar against the back wall, you’ll
will open with complimentary railing and put her hands over her 2007 White Rabbit Cabernet behind the building. Look for the
get a warm welcome from Sandi
WiFi. Bring your notebook, open head. “I’m five feet,” she may have Franc Paso Robles ($24) Usu- entry between Little Valley’s build-
or co-owner Bill Webster. Bill is
up, buy a glass of wine for $7 or said. Looks like the extension will ally blended with other Bordeaux ing and the bank to the north.
a gourmet cook. Every day choice
$8 (not your choice, depends on be about six feet, varietals (in small quantities so it Little Valley Winery
cheeses are available to balance
the wine) and click away. It has Here’s a sampling of their doesn’t even have to be named) 739 Main Street, Suite J
on those little bitty micro slices of
a separate portal to the enclosed wines: this one is a stand-alone. Mellow Pleasanton
bread. They’ll advise you on what
area in front. Sandi is short and 2007 Tempranillo Tracy Hills but with a bit of Bordeaux bite. 925.862.9006
cheeses to try with their wines.
cute. She may have lain on the Rios Vineyard ($28). They have Cabernet Sauvignon ($27) Open Fri-Sat, 12-7; Sunday 12-5
Several days a month charming,
sidewalk to show how long the a long connection to the Iberian Typical of its type but a bit gen-
but far from fawning, Erlanda or
Sandra come to help.
“The eagle has landed,” is
how Sandi describes Little Val-
Downtown Pleasanton to Host 'Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting'
ley Winery’s arrival here. Her “Truffles, Tidbits and Wine the selections being poured.
positive approach approaches the Tasting” will be held on Thursday, Only eight hundred (800) tick-
supernatural. The veno venture of February 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at par- ets will be offered for this event
her and co-owner Bill Webster has ticipating downtown Pleasanton and will be available for advance
gone from Sunol to Tesla Road businesses. purchase beginning Monday,
back to Sunol to Greenville Road Participants will receive a com- January 4, 2010, for $25.00 at the
to Pleasanton, in a short span. memorative wine glass, and a map. following locations: Clover Creek,
Don’t look for any acrimonious This year’s event will kick off 670 Main Street; Studio 7 Fine
answers about their leaving various at Chase Bank, 561 Main Street. Arts, 400 Main Street; Towne Cen-
venues. Sandi’s explanations are Tickets must be redeemed by 7:30 ter Books, 807 Main Street; Pleas-
worthy of a big corporations boil- p.m. If there are any tickets avail- anton Downtown Association, 830
erplate about going in a new direc- able the day of the event, they will Main Street, Suite A - behind the
tion. “We had an opportunity,” says be sold at Chase Bank beginning Cheese Factory building.
Sandi. It doesn’t matter. They’re at 5:45 p.m. If there are any remaining
now on Main Street in Pleasanton. Wineries of the Livermore tickets available, they will be
They are the first tasting room in Valley Winegrowers Association sold the evening of the event for
Pleasanton, the first to introduce will be pouring red and white $30.00 beginning at 5:45 p.m. at
almond and raspberry Champagne, wines, ports, dessert wines and Chase Bank. All tickets must be
and the first (with three others) to champagnes. Each participating purchased or redeemed for glasses
participate in a Livermore Valley business will feature sweet treats by 7:30 p.m.
community tasting room (Tesla Visitors enjoy some of the "goodies" served during last year's
and/or hors d’oeuvres to pair with Wine-Hosting Locations: Al- event.
Vintners). They won Pleasanton’s
Wine Country THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 7
Taste Lavish Laines Wine at The Good Brewer Store
By Patricia Koning uses its own crew. Both Laine and
As the youngest winery own- Harper are active with the Veterans
ers in the Livermore Valley, Josh First group at Las Positas College
Laine and Paul Harper are used to and hire a lot of veterans on their
doing things a little bit differently. crews. “The nice thing about a
So it’s no surprise that the new tast- winery is that the work is basically
ing room for Lavish Laines Winery gardening,” says Laine. “It’s laid
is in the back corner of The Good back, outdoors, and very soothing
Brewers store on Pacific Avenue. to the soul.”
“We’re long overdue for a Laine and Harper believe in
tasting room,” says Laine. “Right giving back to the community, so
now we only have tasting by ap- they support organizations like the
pointment at our winery on Vasco Boy Scouts and the Rowell Ranch
Road. This will allow us to share Junior Rodeo and Queen Contest.
our wines with more of the com- Last summer they donated a new
munity.” corral to the Boy Scouts Camp
At 24 and 26, Laine and Harper Royaneh in Cazadero. Laine is an
are young but as former Marines alumnus of Troop 931 and is active
they have plenty of life experience. in the San Francisco Bay Area Boy
Childhood friends, they enlisted Scouts Council.
soon after graduating from Liver- A grand opening for the tast-
more High School (Laine 2003 ing room, probably at the end of
and Harper 2001) and saw their January, is in the works (check the
share of the world and difficult events section of the website for
situations. details). The tasting room will be
As their military service began open Friday through Sunday from
to wind down, they wanted to start 10 am to 5 pm. For more informa-
a business together and knew that tion on Lavish Laines Winery,
it would be something hands-on, Josh Laine visit http://lavishlaineswinery.com
in the outdoors. In high school, of Good Brewers, who also helped opened in August of 2008, Laine or call (925)321-0373. For more
they ran cattle together. The idea gnon varietal, a 2008 Chardonnay, information on The Good Brewer,
educate them on the chemical side and Harper have ramped up pro- 2008 Semillion, and 2008 Syrah.
of making alcohol was intriguing, of winemaking. duction very quickly. The 2006 and visit www.goodbrewer.com or call
so they tried their hand at whiskey Laine is proud that the winery (925) 373-0333.
Like many winery owners, 2007 vintages are just a few hun- owns all of its own equipment and
but without much success. Laine and Harper have kept at their dred cases; the 2009 crop should
Looking at the booming wine day jobs to keep the winery afloat. produce over 3,000. Laine says
industry in the Livermore Valley, Laine is a plumber and Harper is they were the first winery in the
they next decided to try growing a cabinet maker. “We’re doing Livermore Valley to offer a Petit
grapes. They shared homemade everything paycheck to paycheck,” Chenin Blanc, and it’s been their
bottles of wine with friends and says Laine. most popular white wine. The San-
family at dinner parties before The winery, located on a 6-acre giovese is the most popular red.
making the jump to commercial parcel off North Vasco Road, is the “Those first lots were so small
wine production. first in the North Livermore area. that we are constantly chang-
Laine and Harper learned about For years they’ve been working ing wines because we sell out
winemaking from every place on acquiring land for vineyards, so quickly,” he says. “For some
possible—taking classes at Las through purchase and lease. All reason, people usually buy at least
Positas College, talking to other told, says Laine, the winery can lay three bottles or two cases.”
Livermore Valley winemakers, claim to over 4,000 acres, most of In February, Laine expects to
even watching videos on YouTube which they own. The parcels are release a 2007 Cabernet Sauvi-
about cleaning and sanitizing spread across Livermore on Mines gnon, 2008 Petit Chenin Blanc,
racks. They purchased equipment Road, Greenville, and Tesla. and 2007 Zinfandel. By the end of
from Daniel Goodman, the owner Since Lavish Laines formally the year he expects to add to that
list another 2007 Cabernet Sauvi-
'Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting' . . .
(continued from page 6)
exander’s Fine Art, American Wealth Management, Your Stage Little Valley Winery, Charles R
Harvest, Berry Patch, Cazinha Toys. Vineyards, White Crane Winery,
Portraits, Clover Creek, Comerica Participating Wineries: Deer Retzlaff Estate Winery.
Bank, Divine Skin & Body Care, Ridge Vineyards, Occasio Winery, Alternate Food and Drink Lo-
Gourmet Works, It’s Only Natural, Ryhan Winery, Westover Vine- cations: Christesens Jack, Main
Jewelers Gallery, Little Valley yards, Ruby Hill Winery, Garre Street Brewery, Museum on Main,
Winery, MD Laser Spa, Me & My Vineyard and Winery, Murrieta’s Salon Esencia, The Body Spa, The
Friends Café & Deli, Murphy’s Well, Tamas Estates, Wente Vine- Farmer.
Paw, Pans on Fire, Residential yards, BoaVentura de Caires Win- This event is not recommended
Pacific Mortgage, Resurrection, ery, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Stony for children. For information,
Rick’s Picks, Savvy Seconds, Ridge, Rodrigue Molyneaux, visit their website at www.pleas-
Sincerely Yours Cards & Gifts, Fenestra Winery, Crooked Vine, antondowntown.net or call the
Studio 7 Fine Arts, Thriving Ink McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Pleasanton Downtown Association
& Co., Towne Center Books, Val- Cuda Ridge Wines, The Steven at 925-484-2199.
ley Plumbing Home Center, Inc., Kent Winery, Elliston Vineyards,
8 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 Art & Entertainment
ART EXHIBITS com or consult our web site at www. Thurs., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, bullying. The adults in the girls lives are Brothers Avenue in Livermore. The
Livermore Art Association Gallery, fenestrawinery.com. 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets at 925- either unable or unwilling to change their Producers is presented with permission
located in Carnegie Park, offers art Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting, wine 373-6800, www.bankheadtheater.org. behaviors. The play highlights the impact from Music Theatre International. For
classes, unusual gifts, painting rentals, art stroll, downtown Pleasanton. Feb. 4, 6 to 8th Annual Youth Music Festival, Fri., of "cyber-bullying," the facilitation of more information, visit www.auditions.
exhibits and information pertaining to the 9 p.m. Pleasanton Downtown Association. Feb. 18, 8 p.m. Amador Theater, 1155 mean-spirited behaviors through the use of trivalleyrep.com or email theproducers@
art field, 2155 Third St., Livermore. The Only eight hundred (800) tickets will be Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Vocal and cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail and trivalleyrep.com.
gallery has been open since 1974 and is offered for this event $25. This year's event instrumental soloists and ensembles under chat rooms. This story can start conversa- Broadway Chorus will begin rehearsals
run as a co-op by local artists. Hours are will kick off at Chase Bank. Tickets must age 18 welcome to audition Jan. 13 and tions in homes, schools and communities, for a new Spring 2010 concert soon.
Wed.-Sun. 11:30-4 p.m. For information be redeemed by 7:30 p.m. If there are any 14. Appointments, call Mark Duncanson, providing the opportunity to reveal the Those who enjoy choral singing, are
call 449-9927. tickets available the day of the event, they 931-3433. secrets and address the complexities invited to attend the first session Sunday
Lily Xu, artist's work will be on display at will be sold at Chase beginning at 5:45 Santoor! Madan Oak Sat., Feb. 20, 2 which dominate the lives of many young evening, January 31 starting at 6pm at the
Swirl on the Square, 21 South Livermore p.m. for $30. Tickets available at Clover p.m. Pleasanton Library. The santoor is women. Rated PG: Ticket prices $10.00 Ridgeview Dining Commons, 5200 Case
Ave., Livermore, Jan. 2 through Feb. 28, Creek, Studio 7 Fine Art, Towne Center a stringed folk instrument, indigenous to adults, $5.00 students. Performances at Avenue, Pleasanton. Performances will
2010. There is no admission charge. For Books and the PDA. 484-2199. the Kashmir valley. The santoor is made the Bothwell Center for the Arts, Jan. 29, take place the weekend of May 7-9. Broad-
information call 925-980-1005. Occasio Winery, new release celebration, of maple or walnut wood, shaped like a 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and way Chorus is a program of the Tri-Valley
East Meets West, the fourth annual art Feb. 13 and 14, noon to 5 p.m. 2008 Del trapezoid and has strings of steel. Madan Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more Repertory Theatre. For more information,
exhibition of that theme at the Livermore Arroyo Zinfandel and 2009 Rosé. Ap- Oak is a disciple of the world renowned information or to buy tickets go www. to to www.broadwaychorus.trivalleyrep.
Library, offers viewers an opportunity to petizers provided. Gift baskets prepared Santoor Maestro Pundit Shivkumar SmARTSunlimited.com. com or www.broadwaychorus.org.
explore cultural influences. Art Gallery specifically for Valentines Day will be Sharma. Free. No registration required. The Sippy Cups, City of Pleasanton Auditions, Cantabella Children’s Chorus,
in the Livermore Civic Center Library. available for purchase. (925) 371-1987. For more information, please call Penny Civic Arts will host the performance at an award winning Tri-Valley organiza-
The reception includes live music per- 2245-B So. Vasco Rd., Livermore. oc- Johnson, 925/931-3405. SaturYAY! Saturday morning series of tion, has offered instruction fine vocal
formance by Ewen Tsai (cellist) and casiowinery.com. Di Wu, piano, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. Del Valle entertainment for children and their par- production and music literacy through
Gregor Pierce (clarinetist). Food and Fine Arts concert. Bankhead Theater, ents. The show will take place at 11:00 a.m. great choral works to in grades K-12
wine will be provided by local sponsors. MUSIC/CONCERTS 2400 First St., Livermore. 925-373-6800, on Saturday, February 6, at the Amador since 1992. Children in K-5 are placed
This educational-program event is free Wild Women of Song, Dublin Winter www.bankheadtheater.org. Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleas- in training choirs, singers in grades 4-8
to the public. This year’s exhibit will Concert, Thurs., Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. Dub- Vagabond Opera, Livermore Valley anton. The Sippy Cups’ “family rock” perform in Cantabella Children’s Chorus,
on display January 2 through January lin Heritage Center, Old St. Raymond’s Performing Arts Center Presents. Feb. performances are inspired by children and advanced choristers in grades 7-10
31, 2010. Artists include Gary Winter, Church, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin. 27, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First and feature, in addition to their pop-rock sing in the Chamber Choir. New singers
Carolyn Peoples, Zhiping Zhang, Walter Traditional jazz and blues with Pamela St., Livermore. 925-373-6800, www. band, a circus performer and large-scale are cordially invited to email Director
E. Davies, and Edmee Acuna Keele. The Rose and her band. Hors d’oeuvres and bankheadtheater.org. puppets. Tickets for adults are $10, $14 Bee Chow, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Art Gallery in the Livermore Civic Center non-alcoholic beverages served. Sign up Dave Mason, rock and roll legend, Feb. and $18 and for children and seniors $6, call (925) 292-2663 for placement in the
Library is located at 1188 So. Livermore for reservations at 556-4500. $12 adult, 27, 8 p.m. Pleasanton Civic Arts Presents. $10 and $14. Tickets may be purchased training choirs or to arrange for an audition
Ave. For additional information call Lily $7 age 12 and under. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., online at www.civicartstickets.org up to for the performing choirs. Classes resume
Xu at ( 925 ) 980-1005. Special Consensus, bluegrass group per- Pleasanton. Tickets at http://civicartstick- three hours prior to the performance, by on 1/5/10 and 1/6/10. New singers will
Eugenia W. Zobel Exhibit, December 2009 forms Jan. 29, 8 p.m. at Asbury United ets.org or (925) 931-3444. phone at (925) 931-3444, or in person at be accepted until 1/15/10. Visit www.
and January 2010, Wente Vineyards Es- Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave., Liver- Round Midnight, 8-piece band plays the Amador Theater Box Office, Monday- cantabella.org for more information.
tate Winery, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore. more. $13 in advance, $18 at the door. jazz, blues and bossa nova music. Sun., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and for Auditions, Valley Concert Chorale,
New works of porcelain paintings. For 447-1950 ext. 0. Feb. 28, 2 p.m. Pleasanton Library. two hours prior to each performance. will hold auditions by appointment on
information call 925-443-7266. Las Positas College Faculty Concert, Feb. Free. No registration required. For more Defending the Caveman, Feb. 12-14, 8 p.m. Monday, January 18, at the First Pres-
East Bay Area Figurative Exhibition, 5, 8 p.m. College theater, 3000 Campus information, please call Penny Johnson, Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. byterian Church of Livermore. The
opens January 29 and runs through Feb- Hill Dr., Livermore. Free admission. 925/931-3405. Sunday. Dougherty Valley Performing church is located at the corner of 4th
ruary 27 at the newly opened Ryan Fine 424-1119. Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ra- and L Streets. The Chorale is seeking
Arts Gallery in Livermore. The opening An Evening of Music with Daniel Glover, ON THE STAGE mon. www.sanramonperformingarts.com experienced singers with sight-reading
reception will be held January 29th from Saturday, February 6, 7:30 p.m. First Kimberly Akimbo, Role Players Ensemble, or 973-ARTS. For ages 18 and up. skills who enjoy singing exciting and
5:30 to 8 pm in conjunction with the Art Presbyterian Church, 4th & L Streets, Jan. 15-Feb. 6. What might it be like to I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, challenging music. The Chorale performs
and Wine Crawl, an event also organized Livermore. Benefit for Valley Concert be a sixteen year old girl saddled with the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre Studio a wide variety of music ranging from
by Ryan Fine Art. Ryan Fine Art is located Chorale. Information go to www.val- body of a sixty four year old woman? That Theatre production. Feb. 19, 20, 21, 26, classical to contemporary, and folk to
downtown Livermore at 171 So. J Street, leyconcertchorale.org. is only one paradox of several explored 27, 28, March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. 1048 jazz. To schedule an appointment, call
Livermore, CA 94550. For more informa- New Orleans Preservation Hall, February in this play from David Lindsay-Abaire Serpentine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton. (925) 462-4205. Upcoming performances
tion visit www.lindaryanfineart.com. 12, Celebrate Mardi Gras, New Orleans- in which he somehow manages to invoke Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. Ticket include Mozart’s Requiem in March at
Art and Wine Crawl, Fri., Jan. 29, 5:30 to style. Two performances, 6:00 p.m. and O’Neill, Miller, and Williams into a information 462-2121 or www.trival- the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, and
8 p.m. Kicks off the first juried exhibition 7:00 p.m. In Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 unique, original, and comedic examina- leyrep.com. “Folk Songs From Around the World”
at the newly-established Ryan Fine Art 8th Street, Livermore. Cost: $25. Infor- tion of the greatest dramatic subject of all, Judy, Judy, Judy, Sun., Feb. 21, 2 p.m. in May in Pleasanton. More informa-
gallery. Spend the evening viewing local mation: 925-373-6800 or LivermorePer- the family. Tickets (925) 314-3400. For A Cabaret Tribute to Judy Garland. tion about the Valley Concert Chorale is
art and sampling wine at galleries, open formingArts.org. other show information please call (925) Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Liver- available at www.valleyconcertchorale.
studios, businesses and tasting rooms in House of Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd Laser 314-3463. The Village Theatre, 233 Front more. Starring musical theatre and org or by calling the general information
downtown Livermore. Map of participat- Extravaganza, a benefit for the Livermore Street, Danville. opera star Tielle Baker, International line at (925) 866-4003.
ing locations available at Ryan Fine Art School District music programs. Feb. 12, Improv Face-Off, teen improv competition Pops Symphony Artist Pamela Brooks, Auditions, City of Pleasanton Civic Arts
Gallery 171 so. J St. All Art & Wine 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., presented by Creatures of Impulse, Feb. and Emmy-award featured singer and Stage Company, in partnership with the
Crawls will take place on final Fridays, Livermore. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m. Veterans Hall, 301 actress ML Parr. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, will
odd months. For more information visit St., Livermore. Tickets at 925-373-6800, Main St., Pleasanton. $8 in advance and Ramona Quimby, February 27, 28, March hold auditions for the spring production of
www.lindaryanfineart.com. www.bankheadtheater.org. $10 at the door; student tickets with valid 5, 6, 7. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
Campana Jazz Festival, Feb. 13, Amador ID $5 in advance and at the door. p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; March 5 at 7:00 p.m.; on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 10:00
MEETINGS Valley High School competition starts at Educating Rita, staged by Diablo Actors additional performance at 11:00 a.m. on a.m.-4:00 p.m. Auditions for adults and
Pleasanton Art League, Livermore Art 8 a.m. and goes all day; ends with awards Ensemble by Willie Russell, directed March 6. In Front Row Theater, 17011 children ages eight years and over will take
Association, meeting Mon., Feb. 8, and concert at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa by Scott Fryer, This comedy features Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. place at the Veterans Memorial Building,
7:30 p.m. Almond Ave. School, 1401 Rita Rd., Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $10 for the Ginny Wehrmeister as Rita, the spunky Adults $19, children $15. Information: 301 Main Street, Pleasanton. (There are
Almond Ave., Livermore Guest artist is full day. Information 461-6196 or www. working-class woman who decides to www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/Parks/theater/ no roles available for children under the
Myrna Wacknov, who will demonstrate amadorband.org expand her mind by pursuing a university calendar.htm. age of eight years.) Audition appoint-
expressive watercolor portraiture on Livermore Amador Symphony, concert extension course in English literature, Livermore Talent Competition Finals, ments are required and may be made
Tyvek. Meeting open to the public. There Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 despite the restraints of husband, family Feb. 28 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 via email by submitting the auditioner’s
is no charge. First St., Livermore. “Youth and Ad- and social pressure. L. Peter Callender, First St., Livermore. Rotary Clubs in name, age, parent’s name (if under 18),
venture, “ (prelude talk, 7 pm), Britten: veteran California Shakespeare Theatre Livermore sponsor competition. 373- telephone number and email address to
WINERY EVENTS Winners: 2009-2010 Competition for Associate Artist, plays Dr. Frank Bryant, 6800, www.bankheadtheater.org. email@example.com. Appointments will
Fenestra Winery, weekend of special Young Musicians. 925-373-6800, www. the burned-out and boozed-up university be confirmed via email or phone. Audi-
soups, breads and Fenestra wines, Sat- bankheadtheater.org. professor assigned to be Rita's tutor. Per- DANCE tion packets are available online at www.
urday and Sunday, January 23 & 24, Justin Hellman Trio, Sun., Feb. 14, 2 p.m. formances are Jan. 22 through Feb. 14. Argentine Tango, Saturday, Jan 30, 2 to pleasantoncivicarts.org and at Pleasanton
2010, from noon to 5:00 PM, at their own Pleasanton Library. Free. No registration Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. Diablo 4 p.m. Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza. Parks and Community Services offices,
“Souper Bowl”—the 18th Annual Soup required. A tribute to Duke Ellington Actors Ensemble Theatre, 1345 Locust The roots and history of Argentine tango 200 Old Bernal Modular in Pleasanton,
and Wine Weekend. This event will be performed by the Justin Hellman Trio. Street in Walnut Creek. $10-$25. Senior dance and music will be presented with from 8:00 am-5:00 pm., weekdays. A
held at Fenestra Winery, 83 Vallecitos For more information, please call Penny discount, (866) 811-4111; online www. examples of tango music and dance by registration fee of $175 is required of
Road, Livermore. The $10.00 event Johnson, 925/931-3405. diabloactors.com. Jurek Mazur of the Academia de Tango all those under the age of 18 who are
charge includes a logo wineglass and Youth Music Festival, Feb. 18, 7:30 Secret Life of Girls, a one act, 40 minute Argentino. Free. 828-1315. cast in the production. Those audition-
plate. Event charge for children ages 5-12 p.m. A program for teens sponsored by Black Box, play by Linda Daugherty. ing should bring the completed audition
is $5.00, ages 13-20 is $10.00 (includes City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Presents. Directed by Martie Muldoon, and pro- AUDITIONS/VOLUNTEERS form and a recent photo of themselves
plate and nonalcoholic beverage). There Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, duced by Deborah McQueen. An honest Audition for The Producers, Tri-Valley and arrive dressed for movement. They
is no charge for children under 5 years Pleasanton. Information: www.pleasant- and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl Repertory Theatre production auditions will be asked to do some improvisation
old. For information, phone (925) 447- oncivicarts.org or 925-931-5361. angst, wherein a window is opened into the Sat., Jan. 23 starting at 11 a.m. at Triple work and read from the Pirate Scene in the
5246, e-mail us at info@fenestrawinery. Pacific Chamber Symphony concert, tumultuous and destructive world of girls Threat Performing Arts, 315 Wright audition packet. All auditioners should be
Art & Entertainment THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 9
available for callbacks on Sunday, Febru- Concert, Thurs., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. at Pleasanton residents and $6.00 for non- Livermore. Free admission. Topic: Un- entertainment, games, food, and arts and
ary 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Rehearsals Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard residents. Reservations for the workshop derstanding climate change: Seeing the crafts. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dublin
will take place Tuesdays-Thursdays and Rd., Livermore. Admission $5 general, are recommended and may be made by carbon through the trees. Tickets may Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.
Sundays, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. beginning $3 students/seniors. calling the Pleasanton Senior Center at be reserved in advance at the Bankhead Information: www.dublinstpats.com
February 28, 2010. Performances are (925) 931-5365. Information about other Theater ticket office.
scheduled for April 23-25, April 28-30 City of Pleasanton literary events is avail- Science on Saturdays, Lawrence Liver- A L A M E D A C O U N T Y FA I R -
(daytime performances), and April 30- OPERA able at www.civicartsliterary.org. more National Laboratory presentation, GROUNDS
May 2, 2010 at the Amador Theater in Live Theater-Casts from the Met: 10 a.m. Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting, wine lecture series for middle and high school The Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 27-March
Pleasanton. More information is available Saturdays at Dublin's Royal Hacienda stroll, downtown Pleasanton. Feb. 4, 6 to students. Feb. 27, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. 1, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleas-
at (415) 865-4425. Cinema. Feb. 6, Simon Boccanegra; 9 p.m. Pleasanton Downtown Association. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Liver- anton. Destination Theater, Casting
March 29, Hamlet; and May 1, Armida. Only eight hundred (800) tickets will be more. Free admission. Topic: Harness- demonstrations, tying demonstrations,
MOVIES Replays of each opera will be shown on offered for this event $25. This year's event ing Fusion Energy: the Power of Light. authors booths, talks, and tyers aisle. 10
Dangerous Beauty, San Ramon Branch Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. as follows: Jan. will kick off at Chase Bank. Tickets must Tickets may be reserved in advance at the to 5:30 p.m. Fri., 9 to 5:30 Sat., 9 to 4:30
of the American Association of Univer- 6, Hoffman; Jan. 27, Rosenkavalier; Feb. be redeemed by 7:30 p.m. If there are any Bankhead Theater ticket office. Sun. Adults $15; Children under 12 - $2;
sity Women launches its “Celebration of 3, Carmen; Feb. 24, Simon Boccanegra; tickets available the day of the event, they St. Patricks's Day Festival, March 13 and Parking: $8. www.flyfishingshow.com
Women in Film” on Saturday evening, April 14, Hamlet; and May 19, Armida. will be sold at Chase beginning at 5:45 14. Two days of Irish events including
January 23, with “Dangerous Beauty.” p.m. for $30. Tickets available at Clover
Proceeds from the event, which will be MISCELLANEOUS Creek, Studio 7 Fine Art, Towne Center
held at the Front Row Theater, Dougherty Livermore Reads, 2010 selection is Travels Books and the PDA. 484-2199.
Station Community Center, San Ramon,
will go to AAUW funds that support
women seeking fellowships and grants
with Charley by John Steinbeck. His son,
Thomas, will speak at the kick off event
Science on Saturdays, Lawrence Liver-
more National Laboratory presentation,
lecture series for middle and high school
Wines and Valentines
on Sun., Jan. 24, 2 p.m. at the Civic Center
to further their education and research.
Tickets, call (925) 973-ARTS or go to
Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. www.
students. Feb. 6, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Bank-
head Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
Dinning Benefits Museum
the Front Row Theater web site at www. 16th Annual Burns Supper, Jan. 30, Free admission. Topic: Distant Worlds: The 3rd Annual Wines and Valentines Dinner, presented by the
ci.san-ramon.us/parks/theater/frontrow. 5:30 p.m. no host bar, dinner at 7 p.m., Making Images of Other Solar Systems.
htm. All tickets are $25, with minimal Pleasanton Marriot, 11950 Dublin Canyon Tickets may be reserved in advance at the Museum on Main Street, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
processing fees for tickets purchased Rd., Pleasanton. Pleasanton-Blairgow- Bankhead Theater ticket office. February 13, at the new Farmer Restaurant at the historic Pleasanton
online or mailed. Seating is limited. rie-Fergus Sister City Organization, Ken and Marcia Powers talk about their Hotel, 855 Main Street, Pleasanton.
Blue Gardenia, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Pleasanton celebrates the birth of poet Robert Burns, hike along the Idaho Centennial Trail. The menu will feature wines from the restaurant’s wine list matched
Library. Classic film series hosted by “The Bard of Scotland.” Honors Burns in Sun., Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Pleasanton Library. with a four-course meal prepared by Chef Bert G. Ortiz. The chef will
Candy Klaschus, film historian and memory, songs and poems. For informa- Free. No registration required. For more
Coordinator of the Humanities Program tion, call Kathy Tollworthy, 462-6378. information, please call Penny Johnson, discuss his wine and food pairings in brief visits with diners.
at Las Positas College. A film will be Advance reservations required by Jan. 925/931-3405. Making repeat performances are the Two-bit and Voice Auctions with
shown every first Thursday of the month. 20. Tickets $65 Celebrating Robert Frost, hosted by City many affordable offerings.
No admission charge. 400 Old Bernal, Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe, of Pleasanton Poet Laureate Deborah Tickets are $85 per person. They are available at the museum by
Pleasanton. 931-3400. talk by Alex Filippenko, Livermore Valley Grossman, with guest poet David Alpaugh
Book Into Film, "Wonder Boys," Feb. 21, Performing Arts Center Presents. Jan. 28, on Sunday, February 7, at Century House.
phone at (925) 462-2766 and in person during museum hours, Wednes-
A film based on the book by Michael 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First The event will take place from 2:00-4:00 day through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Proceeds
Chabon. Read the book. View the movie St., Livermore. 925-373-6800, www. p.m. at Century House, 2401 Santa Rita benefit the museum’s programs.
at 2:00 p.m. in the Pleasanton Public bankheadtheater.org. Road, Pleasanton, Calif. Admission is The Museum is located at 603 Main Street, Pleasanton.
Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleas- Science on Saturdays, Lawrence Liver- $5.00; free to students with ID. David
anton. Followed by a comparison of the more National Laboratory presentation, Alpaugh, a nationally-known poet and
movie with the book. Free. Information: lecture series for middle and high school performer from Pleasant Hill, Calif., will
925-931-3405. students. Jan. 30, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. present a celebration of Robert Frost and
Book Into Film, "The Rear Window," Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Liver- his poetry, complete with commentary
March 14, A film based on the book, It Had more. Free admission. http://education. and biographical references. He will also
to Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich. Read llnl.gov/sos share entertaining stories and anecdotes
the book. View the movie at 2:00 p.m. in Friday Night Open Mic for Teens, Jan. about the American literary icon. An open
the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old 23, performers sign up between 6 and mic will follow Alpaugh’s performance.
Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton. Followed by 7 p.m. Rules and forms available on For information, contact Michelle Russo
a comparison of the movie with the book. ptown411.com. Veterans Hall, 301 Main at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925)
Free. Information: 925-931-3405. St., Pleasanton. $8 in advance and $10 at 931-5350 or Additional information about
The Wonder Boys, part of book into film the door; student tickets with valid ID $5 the Poet Laureate program is available at
series, Sun., Feb. 21, 2 p.m. Pleasanton in advance and at the door. http://civicartsliterary.org.
Library. Pick up a copy of the book at the Take A Hike With John Muir, a lecture by New Orleans Bash, Feb. 12, Celebrate
library, read it – then watch the film at the re-enactor Frank Helling, will be held at Mardi Gras, New Orleans-style. At 5:00
library. There will also be a discussion. 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 28 at Lyn- p.m. in Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th
The second film and book of the series is newood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Street, Livermore. Cost: $15. Information:
“The Wonder Boys” by Michael Chabon. Avenue, Pleasanton. The lecture is part 925-373-6800 or LivermorePerformin-
For more information, please call Penny of the Ed Kinney Lecture Series and is gArts.org.
Johnson, 925/931-3405. sponsored by the Museum On Main Street Murder in Morocco, Interactive Mystery
in Pleasanton. Admission for members Dinner Theatre in The Farmer Restaurant
CHORAL and seniors is $5; non-members, $10; and the historic Pleasanton Hotel. Friday eve-
Never Setting Light: a day of sacred students and teachers $3 with school ID. ning, March 26. 1940’s attire welcome!
song in the Russian choral tradition, Reservations are not required but can be Solve the crime, and you may win a
presented by St. Innocent Orthodox made in advance with the Museum on prize. 4-course Moroccan gourmet meal
Church Concert Choir, ancient lyrics are Main Street at (925) 462-2766 and farcical mystery play, all for $69 per
set to the music of Russian and American Smart Growth, Author/Entrepreneur John Sleuth, tax & gratuity included. Seating
choral masters from the 18th century to Assaraf will kick off the San Ramon begins at 7:15pm. The Farmer Restaurant,
the present, including pieces by 5 northern Chamber of Commerce's new lecture at the Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main Street,
California composers. Pre-concert lecture series with the topic, Smart Growth." Jan. downtown Pleasanton. Reservations re-
begins 45 minutes prior to concert time. 28, 6:30 p.m. at the San Ramon Perform- quired at (925) 399-6690, ext. 17. www.
Sat., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Mission San Jose, ing Arts Theater, 10550 Albion Rd., San PleasantonHotel.com
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sat., Feb. Ramon. Tickets are $55 regular, and $205 Science on Saturdays, Lawrence Livermore
27, 7 p.m. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of VIP tickets that include a VIP Reception National Laboratory presentation, lecture
the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oak- w/John Assaraf and Q&A Session after series for middle and high school students.
land. Sun., Feb. 28, 4 p.m. Asbury Meth- the presentation. www.ci.san-ramon. Feb. 13, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Bankhead
odist Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore. ca.us/parks or 373-ARTS. Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Free
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at Make-A-Poem workshop, hosted by City admission. Topic: Put It Back When You
the door; students $12.50/$15, any music of Pleasanton Poet Laureate Deborah Are Done: storing carbon dioxide in the
students in a group of ten or more $10 per Grossman on Thursday, February 4, earth not the atmosphere. Tickets may
ticket. Tickets available on http://www. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pleasanton be reserved in advance at the Bankhead
brownpapertickets.com/producer/18475. Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Boulevard in Theater ticket office.
For additional information or to inquire Pleasanton. The workshop is about being Science on Saturdays, Lawrence Liver-
about purchasing tickets directly from the creative and playful with words and will more National Laboratory presenta-
choir, please email email@example.com include simple writing exercises and tion, lecture series for middle and high
or call 510-708-3938. prompts. The session is open to anyone school students. Feb. 20, 9:30 and 11:15
Foothill High School Choirs Winter over 18 years of age. The fee is $5.00 for a.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
10 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 Community
YMCA to Present
The Tri-Valley YMCA will to Rotaplast International, a Ro-
present Legacy Awards to four tary health care organization. She
area leaders at its 10th annual Dr. has travelled worldwide helping
Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship administer a program to repair
Breakfast to be held at the Marriott cleft lips and palates for people
Hotel in Pleasanton on Monday, who otherwise would lack access.
Jan. 25. For ticket information, Sandra has served as Board chair
contact Tim Stier at tstier@ym- for two years.
caeastbay.org or 925-475-6107. • Mish Denlinger, education
Receiving awards will be the leader, is a Middle School Coun-
following: selor in the Livermore Valley
• John Chen, business leader, is Joint Unified School District who
Chairman, CEO, and President of provides crisis counseling and
Sybase, Inc. He Chen exemplifies academic support to hundreds of
two specific characteristics that middle school students in Liver-
embody the spirit of Dr. King: in- more. Among her many accom-
novation and philanthropy. Chen plishments, she recently developed
is a generous and consistent sup- the middle school counseling
porter of children’s charities not program for LVJUSD.
only here in the Tri-Valley but • Ivery McKnight-Johnson, ed-
throughout the world. ucation leader, is a Middle School
• Sandra Lepley, community/ Counselor in the LVJUSD. She
volunteer leader is past president works with students and families
The Livermore Knights of Columbus presented a check for $3,711.00 to the Livermore Valley Joint of the downtown Pleasanton Ro- to meet the needs and aspirations
School District. Vaughn Brugman, Tom Silvey and Daniel Corral delivered the check to Angela Ehrlich tary and currently an active mem- of each student. During the cur-
and Heather Alvarez of Joe Michell Elementary School. The money was raised in Livermore with the ber. Two Rotary service projects rent budget crisis, Ivery is working
specific purpose to be used for teachers and students in the Special Education Program. Since 1980, she loves are the Senior Holiday to involve various social service
the Knights of Columbus at all levels have provided more than $375 million to help those with physical Dinner at which she has helped agencies in the middle schools to
and mental disabilities. This benefit represents the Knights of Columbus commitment to supporting provide the entertainment, and the insure the students have an ongo-
our local community. Each year the Knights of Columbus organize a three day fund-raiser with the Rotary Gives Thanks program in ing support network in the event of
help of local merchants. A special thanks to Lucky’s, Nob Hill, Walmart and PW Market who allowed which Rotary members go to the additional faculty layoffs.
us to raise funds in front of their establishments. Most of all, thank you to the citizens of Livermore homes of seniors to do whatever For information, go to www.
who took the time to stop by and donate to this worthy cause. needs doing. Sandra also belongs trivalleyymca.org/
Councilmember Jeff Williams Joins Charter School Read-A-Thon
By Patricia Koning ernor Schwarzenegger, Williams
Livermore City Council Mem- described how once he did get
ber Jeff Williams took a break to meet him, but was unable to
from his normal workday to do take a picture together because he
some reading—with about 300 is taller than the Governor. The
third through fifth graders at the biggest decision ever made by
Livermore Valley Charter School the City Council, he explained in
(LVCS), most of whom were response to another question, was
dressed in pajamas. As part of the renovating Livermore’s downtown
school’s annual Read-in Day, he and moving Highway 84 off First
read Alexander and the Terrible, Street.
Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Williams told the students that
by Judith Viorst. the Mayor’s favorite holiday is
The students also learned about Christmas because he gets to wear
the workings of the City of Liver- a top hat and lead the Holiday pa-
more, as Williams explained his rade. Williams’ favorite holiday, in
role as a member of the City Coun- response to a follow-on question
cil. He also took questions. LVCS by a third grader, is Thanksgiv-
students now know why there is ing.
a whale painted on a building on “I’m the best cook in my family
Airway Boulevard—it’s the City’s so everyone comes to my house,”
water reclamation plant. Water he said. “The day after Thanksgiv-
Resources Division Manager Dar- ing is my least favorite because of Livermore Councilmember Jeff Williams read to students at the Livermore Valley Charter School. He
ren Greenwood painted the whale all the clean up.” also answered questions about city government.
to symbolize how water from the Jim Duperly, a Santa Clara
plant eventually flows into the San firefighter and LVCS parent, read
Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Firefighter Frank by Monica Wel- sponsored by the Parent Teacher by parents, grandparents, friends, reading both inside and outside
(For more on Greenwood’s murals, lington to students in kindergarten Organization (PTO). On Read- and special guests like Williams of school. The fund-raising aspect
visit www.darrengreenwoodgal- through second grade. in Day, most students come to and Duperly. comes from pledges made by
lery.com). Read-in Day is part of LVCS’ school in their pajamas and spend From Jan. 11 through 25, stu- family and friends to pay a certain
When asked if he knows Gov- annual Read-A-Thon fund-raiser, the day reading and being read to dents will track their hours of dollar amount per hour read.
Entertainment & Community THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 11
The Versatile Laurel Ensemble
By Nancy O’Connell Ravel, and Faure, French impres- in the era of the harpsichord, the
A talented group of young sionists. His own sounds are more pianist wisely used restraint in her
women called the Laurel Ensemble grounded by reality. In his Trio for part to more closely approximate
played a concert at the Bankhead Flute, Viola, and Cello, Opus 40, the sound of the harpsichord. She
Theater on Saturday evening, the Allegro grazioso is definitely used the pedals sparingly and Army Pvt. Hiro Tayawa has graduated from basic combat training at Fort
January 16th. Their program a street scene. The ‘cellist, Kri- never brought the piano up to a Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Tayawa is the son of Leny and stepson of Sam DiGial-
spanned a period of almost 400 santhy Desby, played the difficult full fortissimo. Driving rhythms lonardo of Livermore.
years. The Ensembled proved its passages with ease. The happy, and a lively theme characterized Airman Nickolas B. Fisher has returned to his airbase at Hurlburt Field in
versatility by changing their style rollicking first movement picked the Presto. Bach’s inventiveness Florida after being on leave for the Christmas holidays. He visited with his family
and many of his high school chums during his leave. He graduated from boot
of playing to interpret the various up speed with an accelerando at the and the running scale passages camp at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in March of 2008. He missed being
composers. If one closed his or her close of the movement and ended placed technical demands on all in the top ten of his class by one point. Since graduating, he has been based at
eyes during the Bach Trio Sonata, with a dramatic burst of sound. The four performers, which they easily Keesler Field in Mississippi and is now based at Hurlburt. He has been achieving
probably written in 1720, the group Andante was more quiet and in- surmounted. high scores in his chosen field of finance. While at his new base and at home, he
would not be recognized as the trospective with a mournful ‘cello Michael Torke’s Telephone celebrated his 21st birthday with family and friends. He graduated from Granada
same one which performed Jen- melody. Ms. Desby produced a Book was a complete contrast to High School in June of 2007. He worked as a Supervisor at Costco in Livermore
prior to joining the Air Force in January 2008. He hopes to be able to get leave
nifer Higdon’s Smash, composed beautiful sound, even quite high Bach’s Trio Sonata. It was com- next spring to revisit family and friends in Livermore. Nickolas is the son of
in 2005. up on the finger board in thumb posed in two stages. Torke wrote, Genell M. Branum of Livermore and the grandson of Dorothy B. Branum.
The program notes explain that position. The flutist, Sarah Holz- “In 1985 I composed The Yellow Air Force Airman Cody R. Minnig graduated from basic military training at
they took the name Laurel from man, had many nuances in her tone Pages while I was a student at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Stacey Wilson of
the Greek myth in which Daphne, quality and her highest tones were Yale.” The rest was written ten Acrebrook Road, Keene, N.H., and grandson of Garold Minnig of Pleasanton.
the nymph, is transformed into a never shrill. In the third movement years later. In G Major, The Yel- Minnig is a 2008 graduate of Valley High School, Dublin.
laurel tree. By combining their the Allegro Non Troppo the mood low Pages featured all the instru-
instruments in different ways, returned to the “happy go lucky” ments in jazzy rhythms, tricky
they are always evolving, always feeling of the beginning. At one entrances, and many key changes.
transforming themselves as musi- time the flute sounded like a bird The clarinet and flute both had
cians into a different sounding singing. An ethereal passage fol- repeated melodies. For a time Ms.
ensemble. All of the women are lowed with the flute’s melody in Holzman switched to her piccolo, Leslie Grunewald of Livermore, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall
brilliant players and masters of a contemplative mood while the but in a sleight of hand, ended the 2009 semester at Quinnipiac University. Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational,
nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two
their chosen instruments. Each one strings accompanied her with quiet movement with her flute. hours from Boston.
has an extensive career in the field harmonics. Towards the end of The Blue Pages began more lei- Jing Li of Pleasanton, made the Dean's List for fall semester 2009 at the
of music. this work, as the rhythms became surely, almost like a slow shuffle. Georgia Institute of Technology. Undergraduate students earning a 3.00 or
The first work on the program more complex, this reviewer was This sounded like the Blues. Ann higher academic average for the semester gain the distinction of being named
was Mozart’s Trio in E-flat Major reminded of Debussy’s Prelude, Lavin put aside her clarinet and to the Dean's List at Georgia Tech.
for Clarinet, Viola. and Piano. In General Lavine, Eccentric. straddled her big bass clarinet.
reading the program notes it was Smash by Jennifer Higdon was This instrument added a very dif-
surprising to learn that Mozart the most recent composition on this ferent timbre and texture to the
himself played the viola in the eclectic program. She wrote this in group’s sound. The movement
first performance of this work! 2005, and all six performers par- ended surprisingly with a last few
One always pictures him at the ticipated. It epitomized the rush- chords in the piano. In The White New Real Estate Office Opens
keyboard. Historically this is an ing, frenetic pace of today’s life. Pages, Ms. Lavin again played on Rapidly growing Mason- to be located in the heart of Pleas-
important work because it featured Quick fragments of sound were her clarinet. Difficult passages and McDuffie Mortgage Corp. has anton’s business community and
the clarinet and helped to make this interwoven with running, scam- dissonant sounds contrasted with opened its 20th office here at 4301 look forward to serving our clients
fairly new instrument popular. pering scale passages. Intricate legato, sustained melodies. There Hacienda Drive, suite 100, in Haci- from here,” said Brebner
In this performance, the haunt- rhythms and jagged, unexpected were numerous sudden crescendos enda Business Park. Headquartered “The new Pleasanton office
ing tones of Ann Lavin’s clarinet dynamic changes from forte to from a piano to a sudden forte, in San Ramon, Mason-McDuffie continues Mason-McDuffie’s pat-
were accompanied by an arpeggio pianissimo kept the audience very repeating again and again, almost started in 2005 with 12 employees tern of careful growth that takes
passage on Jenny Douglass’s viola. much awake and aware. The short like a broken record, which then in two offices in Colorado and San advantage of the outstanding talent
Later in the work, the deeper tones fragments of sound reminded me built to a series of climaxes. Ramon. The Mason-McDuffie that is available because of the dif-
of the viola contrasted with the of the attention span of a small boy The theater was at least 2/3 brand dates to 1887 in the Bay Area ficult economy and the consolida-
higher voice of the clarinet. The who has just spent two hours with full,. The audience erupted with real estate and the current company tion in the industry,” said Marilyn
pianist, Lori Lack, had a delicate his “game boy.” The musical parts applause at the end of the concert. is the third iteration of the name in J. Richardson, president and CEO
touch and almost caressed the keys. were very difficult, particularly for Many stood, hoping for an encore, the mortgage business. of Mason-McDuffie.
She didn’t overpower the other two the pianist, but these musicians and the performers took at least The Pleasanton opening was As president and CEO, Rich-
players. The violist showed good made it look effortless. two curtain calls. After Del Valle followed by a new office in North ardson oversees the company’s
bow control and played with her Enthusiastic clapping and concerts the soloists come out to Scottsdale, AZ. Mason-McDuffie day-to-day operations. She’s joined
entire bow, often beginning her cheering from the audience fol- the front of the hall and mingle executives plan to grow in the in the senior management team by
melodies near the tip of her bow. lowed the group as it left the stage with the audience CD’s can be Southwest and across the country Chairman Herb Tasker, CFO Jack
All three parts were heard equally. for intermission. purchased and autographed. These as opportunities present them- Radin, Executive Vice-President
There was no dominant voice. This Bach’s Trio Sonata in G-Major performers seemed thrilled with selves. of Production Lyle Shearer, Senior
was truly chamber music. Even in for Flute, Violin, and Continuo the acoustics of the Bankhead The- The company now employs Vice-President of Production Bill
their concert dress, the women on opened the second half of the pro- ater. We who live in the area can be more than 250 people in 21 branch- Simpson, Senior Vice President
stage chose carefully. All wore gram. The Allegro ma non presto grateful that first class musicians es located in six states: Califor- of Operations Kevin Conlon and
black blouses which shimmered was contrapuntal, as is so much are happy to perform in this hall. nia, Colorado, Indiana, Hawaii, Director of Risk Management Bill
under the stage lighting, but no one of Bach’s music. The flute and Circle your calendars for February Arizona and Oklahoma. In 2009, Godfrey.Radin and Shearer both
upstaged another. violin had melodies which shared 20th for the next Del Valle concert it closed almost 2,800 loans valued joined the company in 2009 as
Albert Roussel lived from the moving lines, while the ‘cello featuring Di Wu, pianist. are more than $700 million, twice Mason-McDuffie strengthened its
1869-1937, part of that time in duplicated the lowest notes of the the value of the loans closed in senior management team to deal
Paris surrounded by Debussy, keyboard score. Since this was 2008. with the growth and guide future
Todd Brebner is managing the expansion.
Pleasanton office. “We are pleased
12 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 Community
(Organizations wishing to run notices in Learn German, Las Positas College world of girls bullying. The adults in the girls
per person. DJ and dancing. Aahmes Shrine Community Education offers Beginning Ger- and request collection sites for the Eighth An-
Bulletin Board, send information to PO Box Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore. lives are either unable or unwilling to change nual Youth Food Drive to be held on March
1198, Livermore, CA 94551, in care of Bulletin man Conversation on Monday evenings from their behaviors. The play highlights the im- 6, 2010 by signing up at www.youthservice-
Board. Include name of organization, meeting No tickets at the door. Call the office for prepaid 7:00 to 9:00, beginning Feb. 1. Students begin
reservations at (925) 373-4880. pact of "cyber-bullying," the facilitation of council.com/Volunteer/Volunteer.html. Girl
date, time, place and theme or subject. Phone to communicate in everyday situations. No mean-spirited behaviors through the use of Scouts, youth ministries, and 4-H Clubs will
number and contact person should also be Livermore Valley Business and Pro- college credit. Information and registration:
fessional Women, meets, Thurs., Jan. 28 at cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail and be participating. Youth Service groups will
included. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.) (925) 424-1467 or www.laspositascollege. chat rooms. This story can start conversations go door to door to collect nonperishable food
E-cycle old electronics. A benefit for Open Applebee's Restaurant in Livermore. Public is edu/communityed
invited. Guest speaker is John Montoya, head of in homes, schools and communities, provid- and return it to the closest collection site. All
Heart Kitchen. Saturday Jan 30. 9:30 a.m. to Reactivate your German, The Livermore ing the opportunity to reveal the secrets and donations will go to local food pantries in the
4:00 p.m. Amador Valley High School parking JLM Wealth Strategies.. His topic is "Planning Adult School offers German Conversation for
and Guarding Your Assets in Different Phases address the complexities which dominate Tri-Valley or to the Contra Costa Food Bank.
lot, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Recycle Intermediate/Advanced Students on Wednes- the lives of many young women. Rated PG: Details of the program and locations of col-
free: televisions, monitors, laptops, flat screens, of Life." Networking and dinner at 6 p.m. Cost day evenings from 7:00 to 9:00, beginning
is $20./ Reservations should be made with Ticket prices $10.00 adults, $5.00 students. lection sites are available on-line. For more
cell phones, ink jet cartridges. Recycle $5 per Feb. 10. Students develop comprehension and Information, call 925-998-6513.
Madge at 449-7185 by Jan. 25. speaking skills, increase vocabulary, compare Performances at the Bothwell Art Center in
item: computers, stereos, telephones, printers, San Ramon Valley Republican Women Livermore, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. Free English Conversation Classes at
copiers, DVD/VCR, FAX machines; recycle cultures, and review grammar as needed. Pleasanton Public Library on Tuesdays from
Federated to host event moderated by Vice Information and registration: (925) 606-4722 and 8 p.m. and Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For
for $15: microwave ovens. Chairman of The Lincoln Club of Northern 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm, Wednesdays from 12 noon
or www.livermoreadulted.org more information or to buy tickets go www. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11
Medical Mission, Patti Stowers, Liver- California and 2008 Candidate for Assembly, SmARTSunlimited.com.
more resident and nurse, speaks about her ex- A one-day introduction to Positive Dis- a.m. 400 Old Bernal Ave. The program is
Judy Lloyd. Candidates for the 11th Congres- cipline class will be held on Friday, January Livermore Lions Lunch Branch invites
periences on medical missions to China as part sional District, Tony Amador, Robert Beadles, free and open to all. No registration required.
29 from 8:30 – 4:00 in Livermore. Registra- the public to a luncheon meeting Wednesday, For more information call Janice Bauman
of a volunteer surgical team to repair children's Elizabeth Emken, Brad Goehring and David tion is required. Location of workshop will January 27 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Zephyr
cleft palates and harelips. Free event open to Harmer, will be on hand. Tues., Jan. 26. 11:30 (925)-931-3411
be provided at the time of registration. This Grill, 1736 First Street in Livermore for a Sons in Retirement (SIRS), informal
the public, sponsored by AAUW (846-9136), a.m. social hour, noon meeting. Crow Canyon workshop will help parents and teachers learn presentation by Attorney Robert Johnson on
Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. social group for retired men who meet once
6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wed., Jan. 27, Livermore to develop better relationships with children. “foreclosures.” Jacobs has been a practicing a month for lunch. No fees, dues, etc. Variety
Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. $23 per person. Contact Leta Rockwell Positive Discipline is based on mutual respect, attorney in Pleasanton with over 20 years of
at 925-838-2908 or rockwellsnuggery@ of activities include golf, chess, hiking, etc.
No reservations required. personal responsibility and problem solving experience in real estate law. This programs The Livermore SIRS 101 group meets at the
Soul Collage Workshop, Jan. 28, 7 to 8:30 comcast.net. skills. Improve relationships with children and provides a “plain English” explanation of the
Lifeguard Instructor Course, The Doubletree Hotel, 720 Los Flores Rd., first
p.m. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol students and feel better about yourself. The foreclosure process and the various issues Tuesday of each month, 11:45 a.m. Contact
Blvd. Pleasanton. Soul Collage is a creative American Safety Academy is offering an day-long workshop is suitable for parents of involved. The Livermore Lions encourage
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Chuck Petty, 447-4704 or cpontrail@com-
and satisfying collage process. Participants children of all ages, teachers, and mental health anyone who is interested to join them for cast.net.
Training program at Las Positas College. The professionals. The workshop will be presented this special presentation - $15 for lunch and
make a deck of cards – each representing one course is through Community Education at Gardens are being sought to participate in
aspect of personality or soul. Use the cards by Laurie Prusso, a Certified Positive Discipline program – pay at the door. Call Lion Carol the Going Native Garden Tour, set for Sunday,
their Livermore campus. Train as an instructor Associate and community college professor. Beddome at 925-201-6068 for reservation.
for self discovery. Instructor: Sandy Guderyon, candidate to teach the ARC Lifeguarding train- April 18, 2010, which showcases bird- and
a trained Soul Collage Facilitator. Cost: $5 Cost: $100.00. For More Information: Contact Success with Money and Spending, class butterfly-friendly, pesticide-free, and water
ing program, CPR/AED, Oxygen Administra- at Las Positas College taught by Barbara Hause,
Resident/ $6 Nonresident. (925)931-5365 for tion, and Bloodborne Pathogens. Course will Laurie Prusso, at LauriePrusso@gmail.com or conserving gardens. Gardens must be located in
call 925-449-7117. Additional information is MBA. Sat., March 6, 9 a.m. to noon on campus, Santa Clara County or San Mateo County, and
more information. develop instructor candidates’ understanding 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. For more
Pleasanton Newcomers Club and Tri- of how to use the course materials, conduct available at positivediscipline.org contain 50% or more California native plants.
Amador Mothers Club, community information about this class and registration go To submit a garden, visit www.GoingNativeG-
Valley, great way for new and established resi- training sessions, and accurately evaluate to Las Positas College Community Education
participants’ progress. This 4 day certifica- organization comprised of families primarily ardenTour.org. The deadline is December 1,
dents to meet new friends, keep in touch with online catalog or call 925-424-1467 2009. For more information, email info@
old friends, have fun and become acquainted tion course is $229.00, plus a $35 material fee in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. Goal is Tutors needed, The Livermore Public
payable to the instructor at the class. Course to nurture and nuturer. Playgroups, activities, GoingNativeGardenTour.org. The Going Na-
with neighbors, merchants, restaurants, profes- Library is looking for volunteer tutors to help tive Garden Tour showcases a wide variety
sional services, and Pleasanton and Tri-Valley dates are January 30, 31 and February 6, 7th outings, and family parties. Meeting Feb. 11, adults improve their basic reading and writing
from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Visit us online at 7:30 p.m. at Child Care Links, 1020 Serpentine of native gardens: established and mature
communities. Whether 9 or 99, Newcomers skills. No previous teaching experience is gardens as well as newly installed ones; large
www.AmericanSafetyAcademy.org or call us Lane. Pleasanton. This will be a kids' clothing, necessary. Tutoring days/times are flexible. A
has something for everyone. Interest groups gear and mom book swap. Information, go to acre lots and townhome gardens and all sizes
at (877)380-4CPR for more information. free tutor training will be held on January 26
are as diverse as the membership including Share the Gift of Reading & Writing- www.amadormothersclub.com. in between; professionally installed gardens as
hiking or walking, stitch and chat, book club from 7-9 p.m. and January 30 from 9 a.m.-4 well as owner-enthusiast inspired ones. Garden
New tutor training and orientation: Sat., San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club p.m. For more information call 925-373-5507
or bunco, adult socials and family fun. Out- Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pleasanton Public invites new and established residents to its contents range from the full horticultural suite
door adventures or indoor fun, it’s up to you. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. of California natives to a mix of natives and
Library needs adult volunteers to provide monthly luncheon on Feb. 18, at Faz Restaurant, Rummage Sale put on by the Livermore
Coffee on first Wednesday of each month, or free tutoring to adults who want to improve Mediterranean plants to locally native plants.
600 Hartz Ave., Danville. The speaker will be Area Recreation and Park District. Sign-ups If a garden contains 50% or more California
come for lunch on the second Wednesday of reading, writing, and English speaking skills. massage therapist Margaret Villarreal. Meeting are open now to sellers seeking a new home
each month. Information, visit the website at Adults come to the library’s literacy program native plants, submit the garden by filling out
11:30 to 2pm. The cost is $20. Call Myrna 925- for their possessions. A 10-by-10-foot space the Garden Submission Form at: http://www.
www.pleasantonewcomers.com. – Project Read- with a variety of goals. They 560-0656, for info and reservations. with an 8-foot table can be rented for $35.
want to learn to read to their children, help their goingnativegardentour.org/
Livermore Peripheral Neuropathy Power Trip, film will be shown Satur- No food, candy, car parts, large furniture, cars, Bingo, every Sunday, Games 4 p.m. to
Support Group, meets Tues., Jan. 26, 10 children with homework or get a job. Adults can day, January 23 at 7 p.m. at the IBEW Hall; motorcycles or any commercial items are al-
improve their literacy skills when they are given 8 p.m. 18 $250 pay-outs, 1 $350 payout, &
a.m. at the Heritage Estates Retirement Com- 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. This film is a lowed. Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon more! Bingo Ranch, 3070 Pacific Avenue,
munity, second floor conference room, 900 E. encouragement, guidance and appropriate Saturday, Jan. 30, at The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave.
materials. Tutors have flexible hours, volunteer humorous, heartbreaking look at the culture Livermore. 606-7777. Must be 18 years old to
Stanley Blvd., Livermore. All are welcome. clash between an American based corporate Sellers can sign up by visiting www.larpd.dst. attend. Pacific Avenue, Livermore. 606-7777.
Contacts: Lorene Stack, 447-6158, or Ann once a week and all materials are supplied free. ca.us and printing out and turning in the form
Tutor qualifications are: At least 18 years old, power supplier who sets up shop in post-Soviet Benefits LVCS / CCEF.
Laye, 443-4098. Georgia, where corruption, civil war, and chaos along with the space rental fee. Deadline is RELIGION
average reading and writing skills, interest in Jan. 25 for any spaces still available. For more
Senior Ball Dinner Dance – Mardi Gras, helping another adult, no teaching experience are everyday occurrences; but, electricity might Grief Support, Meetings are Jan. 28, Feb.
February 19, 5:45 – 9 p.m. Pleasanton Senior information, call 925-373-5700. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St.
needed. Please call to register for the Project not be. This event is free (although a $3.00 Crab Feed, Livermore-Pleasanton Elks
Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Pleasanton. Evening Read orientation. For more information, call donation is appreciated) and open to the public. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr.,
of dining and dancing to the sounds of live band, Lodge $2117. Sat., Jan. 30, 6 p.m. at the Lodge, Pleasanton. Meetings are open to all, regard-
Janice Bauman, 931-3411 or email jbauman@ Meet & greet begins at 6:30 PM, while a short 940 Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Dancing to The
Smoothsounds. Please preregister by Febru- ci.pleasanton.ca.us less of religious orientation. Please call Mary
discussion follows the film. Refreshments are Singing DJ. $35 per person, advance sale only at 846-5377 with questions.
ary 12, 2010. $32 Resident/$35 non-resident. Tuff Girl Fitness in Livermore is offering a provided and the hall is wheelchair accessible (before Jan. 25). Tickets available at the Lodge,
(925)931-5372 for more information. free fitness boot camp for women in Livermore Divorce Care, Valley Bible Church, 7106
and kept at a comfortable temperature. For or call 455-8829. Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Begins Feb. 15, 13
Livermore Library Board, meets Thurs., on Saturday, February 20 from 8am-9am at an more information, call 925-462-3459. Superior Court Information Centers
indoor location in Livermore (TBA). They'll week seminar and support group for people
Jan. 28, 7 p.m. at the Civic Center Library, 1188 Widowed Men and Women of Northern need people-oriented volunteers to support who are separated or divorced. 30-minute
So. Livermore Ave. An agenda will be posted at have a fun, but hard morning workout, protein California, Friendly bridge, optional lunch in information centers in the Pleasanton Court- video shown each meeting featuring experts on
the library 72 hours prior to the meeting. shakes afterward and a raffle drawing. To sign San Ramon, Jan. 23, 1 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 19 house. Training provided, (510) 891-6209 or a variety of topics. Meetings Mondays from 7
Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring up go to www.tuffgirl.com or send an email to to Marsha, 830-8483. Champagne Birthday email@example.com. to 9 p.m. There is a $25 charge for workbook
Club, Sat., Jan. 23, 25 miles Shannon Park to firstname.lastname@example.org brunch in San Ramon, Jan. 24, 11:45 a.m., La Leche League International, free and other materials. Preregistration is required.
Las Trampas, meet 9 a.m. Bekki Livingston, Northern California Human Resources RSVP by Jan. 21 to Marsha, 830-8483. Lunch woman to woman breast-feeding support. Contact Mark Porter, 846-9693 or mcporter@
sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/pedlpushers. Association presents: Legal & Legislative in Fremont, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., RSVP by Jan. 25 Meets first Monday of each month 10 a.m. hotmail.com for details or to register.
Sun., Jan. 23, 60 miles out Calaveras Road Conference, update on latest developments. to Ginny, 510-656-5625. Crab feed dinner in to noon, Trinity Baptist Church, 557 Olivina, Family Connections Christian Adop-
to Milpitas, meet 9:30 a.m. at Val Vista Park, Thursday, February 4, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Car- Building B #205, Livermore. Please RSVP to tions will hold a free information session on
Livermore, Jan. 30, 5 p.m. RSVP to Hilda with Stacy Hattori, 373-0987. dshattori@sbcglobal.
Pleasanton, John Woodworth, 784-6350. Wed., rAmerica Conference Center, 4400 Rosewood payment, ASAP, 398-8808. Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m. at the Family
Jan. 27, 25 miles Martinez to Benecia and Dr., Pleasanton. www.caconference.com/loca- net, www.LLL.org. 24-hour hotline, 1-877- Connections Christian Adoptions building at
IAAP Las Positas Chapter, meets Jan. 452-5324. Next meeting Feb. 1.
Vallejo, meet 10 a.m. at Martinez Regional tion.htm. General: $425 / NCHRA Members: 1120 Tully Rd. in Modesto. Family Connec-
20, Pleasanton Hilton, 7050 Johnson Dr., Tri-Valley Seniors: rides available to tions Christian Adoptions specializes in placing
Shoreline Park, Bill Goodwin, 487-0521. $340. Info: www.nchra.org. Conference Chairs: Pleasanton. Check in 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.,
Jeffrey Tanenbaum, Partner, and Seth Neulight, medical appointments. Seniors who require waiting children from California and across
Scholarship applications, The applica- speaker 7 p.m. Topic Personal growth and door-to-door service are now eligible for a
tions for Livermore students for college schol- Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP. the world. For more information please call:
social networking. The IAAP is a professional ride to their medical appointments. Volunteers (209) 524-8844.
arships from the Pedrozzi Foundation are now Livermore Moms (formerly Livermore association for administrative professionals. use their personal vehicles to drive seniors to
Moms Club), General meetings are held the Calvary Chapel, Livermore, presents:
available online at www.pedrozzifoundation. The Las Positas Chapter serves the greater and from medical appointments. Seniors must ‘The Truth Project: Know what you believe
org. The deadline for finalizing all applications second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Tri-Valley region (Pleasanton, Dublin, San be 60 and over, living in Dublin, Livermore, and why.’ Wednesdays at 7 pm in February,
will be March 1, 2010 by 5:00 pm. This is also The purpose of the Livermore Moms is to Ramon and Livermore) and has approximately Pleasanton or Sunol, and unable to find a ride March, and April. Located on 545 N L Street,
the deadline for receipt of all sealed, official share ideas and talents so that we may grow 50 members. Our monthly meetings provide (relative, friend, bus, paratransit). For a ride or Livermore. Call (925)447-4357 or visit calva-
transcripts. The Pedrozzi Scholarship Founda- as parents, learn better ways to understand an opportunity to learn and network with to volunteer to provide a ride, contact Jennifer rylivermore.org for more information.
tion is entering the third year of pursuing its our children to help them become confident other administrative professionals. www. Cullen at (925) 931-5387 or ja.cullen@yahoo. St. Michael's School in Livermore will
mission of awarding scholarships to deserving and capable individuals. We frequently invite iaap-laspositas.org/ com. Funding for the Senior Transportation be having an information night, January 28
graduates of accredited Livermore high schools speakers to make presentations. There are also Program is provided by Alameda County at 7 p.m.. Anyone interested please come or
Secret Life of Girls, a one act, 40 minute Transportation Improvement Authority and
in pursuit of higher education. family, moms and couples nights out. The next Black Box, play by Linda Daugherty. Directed contact the school at 447-1888. The school will
Aahmes Shriners’ Annual Crab Feed, meeting, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., will feature chocolate Measure B Funds. be holding an open house on Sunday, January
by Martie Muldoon, and produced by Deborah Eighth Annual Youth Food Drive, Youth
Saturday, January 23, 6 p.m. no host cocktails, tasting. Meetings are free for members, as well the 31 from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Anyone
McQueen. An honest and unflinching drama- service groups in Livermore, Pleasanton, interested in the school please come by and
7 p.m. dinner. All you can eat fresh cracked as for first time visitors. Contact programs@ tization of teen-girl angst, wherein a window
livermoremoms.com for more information and Dublin, Sunol, San Ramon, Alamo, Danville, visit, 458 Maple St.
crab, pasta, salad, French bread, dessert. $40 is opened into the tumultuous and destructive Walnut Creek and Concord may now volunteer