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Some 30 Valley high
school students will become the first students of a
middle college, which will
be located on the campus of
Las Positas College (LPC),
beginning in fall 2015.
The program will be
open to selected students in
the Livermore, Pleasanton
and Dublin school districts.
LPC Dean of Academic
Services Lisa Everett said
that the college will be the
only one in the area that will
offer middle college. The
closest middle college can
be found in Stockton, and
others in Richmond, San
Jose and the Peninsula.
Only the selected high
school students will attend.
Some 30 new students will
enter each year, beginning
with a class comprised of
those who will be juniors
in the 2015-16 school year.
After one year, they will then
move up the following year,
when another junior class
will enroll.
Students will receive
both college and high school
credits for their work. Las
Positas and the high schools
already offer concurrent
classes, with college and
high school credits for
students in those classes.
However, the high school
classes are taken at the high
schools, and the college
classes at the college. In
middle college, all teaching
will be conducted on the Las
Positas campus. Local high
school teachers will be in the
Two classes per semester
will be available at the high
school level. The remainder
of the units, at no more than
Headed to
Hall of Fame
Livermore High School
graduate Randy Johnson is
headed to the Baseball Hall
of Fame.
He was chosen for the
honor by the Baseball Writers Association of American
on the first ballot he was
eligible for election.
Johnson, a dominant lefthanded pitcher, received 97.3
percent of the vote, well over
the required 75 percent.
Also elected to the Hall
of Fame were Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig
During his Major League
career, Johnson played for
six teams including the Seattle Mariners, New York
Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Francisco
He was one of the tallest
players in major league history at 6 feet 10 inches. A tenPhoto - Doug Jorgensen
time All-Star, Johnson was
celebrated for having one of It was a cold way to start the new year for one young participant in the annual Polar Bear Slide held at the Robert
the most dominant fastballs Livermore Community Center pool in Livermore. For more photos, go to page 7.
in the game; he regularly approached – and occasionally
exceeded – 100 miles per
hour during his prime.
He won five Cy Young
Awards, recorded 303 wins
and holds the record for the
best strikeout rate ever (10.6
per nine innings.) His 300th
For dozens of men and “fall in love” with the thrill Partners in Science, which in the San Joaquin Valley,
(See JOHNSON, page 5)
women who once worked in of seeing kids get excited connects scientific volun- starting in the early 1990s.
scientific jobs in the Liver- and make discoveries, says teers with teachers who That’s because the other
more area and beyond, retire- Art Krakowsky, a retired welcome the help.
co-founder was a dynamic
ment has led to new horizons engineer who speaks from
Although TOPS was co- leader from the San Joaquin
in science: partnering with first hand experience.
founded by a Lawrence County Board of Education
grade school teachers to
Krakowsky leads the Livermore National Labora- named Judi Wilson.
bring the natural world to life Livermore version of a tory science educator, HecWhile Timourian underfor children.
program called TOPS, for tor Timourian, it operated stood the depth of talent
Those who try it typically Teaching Opportunities for first and spread most widely
(See TOPS, page 5)
This Program Is TOPS For
Scientists, Teachers and Kids
Tree Cutting
During Nesting
Season for Birds
The sound of owls calling in Livermore parks at
night has reminded local
naturalists and bird watchers
that this is nesting season
for migrating birds that are
protected by state and federal law.
Residents near Big Trees
Park in east Livermore tell
the Independent they have
been hearing great horned
owls calling and answering in recent days. Livermore Area Recreation and
Park District had planned
to prune trees there starting
this month, but this week
postponed the trimming until
late spring or summer after
learning that the birds may
be nesting.
Great horned owls, found
across North America, are
listed by both California
and the U.S. as protected
birds. Their call, an eerie
hoo-HOOO, can be audible
for long distances on a quiet
night. Like dozens of other
birds, they are protected by
the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act of 1918, a federal statute.
Many other federal and
state laws and rules protect
birds and wildlife as well.
These are summarized on
the websites of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, http://, and the comparable organization for the
(See BIRDS, page 5)
11 per semester, will be
taken alongside full-time
LPC students in the college
classrooms. The two-year
program won't result in sufficient college credits to grant
an Associate of Arts (AA)
degree, but will be a big
head start toward completing the degree. Students will
be able to finish the degree
in college freshman year at
(See MIDDLE, page 4)
The Pleasanton Council
approved the final version of
the city's Housing Element
that will guide development
over the next eight years.
The vote was unanimous.
The decision included
the rezoning of previously
rezoned land on W. Las Positas Avenue. The decision
followed protests by nearby
residents regarding the new
30 units per acre zoning.
The neighbors worked with
the city and the developer
to reach the compromise
approved by the council,
setting the density at 12.5
units per acre.
The state requires the
Housing Element to be updated every eight years. In
it, the city must show that
enough land is available
to meet Regional Housing
Needs Allocation (RHNA)
numbers. The city does not
have to build the housing.
The city has met its requirement to zone for 1107
units for low and very low
incomes residents, with
1270 units available. No
new residential rezonings
are proposed because the
city has met its RHNA numbers through 2023.
The new Housing Element incorporates the land
use changes mandated as
part of a lawsuit settlement
with Urban Habitate and
the State Attrorney General.
The lawsuit claimed the city
was not providing its share
(See HOUSING, page 10)
Schools Head For More
Transparency on
Pesticide Applications
Valley school districts
are moving ahead on completing the paperwork to
comply with a new law
designed to tell parents
and teachers more about
the pesticides sprayed on
school sites.
The law, SB 1405, was
written by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, whose former 7th
State Senate District includes the Valley. Gov. Jerry
Brown signed it into law
September 2014. School
districts are being given
time to adjust to the new
Tracy Brieger, co-director of Californians for Pesticide Reform, which lobbied
in favor of DeSaulnier's bill,
said that there is a growing concern among parents
because of links established
to asthma, cancers, the nervous system, and endocrine
disruptors, which could lead
to later reproductive issues.
In addition to listing the
pesticides on their web sites,
the districts must also post
an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan.
The state's requirement
for an IPM plan gives
schools the responsibility
to develop criteria for identifying least-hazardous pest
control practices and encourage their adoption as
part of an integrated pest Pictured with the welcome banner outside the library is Heather Haugen Rizzoli of
management program at the Community of Character Coalition, one of the groups returning this year. For the
(See PESTICIDES, page 10)
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Milestones ......................12
Short Notes...................10
story, go to page 7.
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PAGE 2 - The Independent, JANUARY 8, 2015
Lions Select Nancy O’Malley Selected Alameda
County 2015 Citizen of the Year; Awards Dinner Scheduled
office, Ms. O’Malley has served in many supervisory roles.
She was the head of the Sexual Assault Unit, the leader of a
Felony Trial Team as well as the Felony Preliminary Hearing Unit. Additionally, she was the assistant team leader of
the Law and Motion Department, and an Assistant Branch
Head of the DA’s Office at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse
in Oakland.
Nancy O’Malley served as the President of the California
Women Lawyers. In 2004, she was inducted into the Alam-
eda County Women’s Hall of Fame, Justice Category. In
1998, she was honored by the California Senate with the
“Woman of the Year” award for her leadership in ending
Violence Against Women and for her legislative contributions. Under O’Malley’s leadership and vision, Alameda
County opened the Alameda County Family Justice Center,
a one-stop shop for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse.The facility serves as a
model throughout the nation.
Local Restaurants Are Participating in
Tri-Valley's Secret Sommelier Program
Nancy O'Malley
The Lions Club of Livermore has selected Alameda
County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to be the “2015
Alameda County Outstanding Citizen Of The Year."
She joins early recipient, Earl Warren, the District Attorney in 1926. He ultimately became an unprecedented
three-term Governor of California and Chief Justice of the
U. S. Supreme Court. Others include US Senate Majority
Leader Bill Knowland (1948), University of California
President Clark Kerr (1960), Herbert York, the first director of Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (1956), Thomas
Caldecott of Caldecott Tunnel fame (1938), Chester Stanley (1954), after whom Stanley Blvd is named, and many
other luminaries. These folks have been part of a process
honoring Alameda County outstanding leaders each year
since 1926.
The Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation and
the Dublin Partners in Education Foundation have joined
with the Lions Club to host the presentation, which will
take place on Saturday, January 24 starting at 5:30 p.m.
They are assisting past recipient, Alameda County District
1 Supervisor, Scott Haggerty, in providing leadership and
fiduciary consistency to the effort.
US Congressman Eric M. Swalwell, Jr., will be a principal speaker to honor O’Malley. The new Bella Rosa
Event Center at Garré Vineyard & Winery at 7986 Tesla
Road, Livermore, is the venue. A specialty chef-designed
dinner of New York steak and Grilled Salmon Morel has
been selected.
Tickets may be purchased by using the following web
address: or by calling Dr Marshall Kamena at 925 784-3448.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed
Nancy E. O’Malley as District Attorney of Alameda
County on September 18, 2009. She was sworn in as the
County's first female elected District Attorney on January
3, 2011.
O’Malley has been an attorney in the District Attorney’s
office since 1984, and had held the position of Chief Assistant District Attorney since 1999. During her career in the
In celebration of January’s California Restaurant Month,
Visit Tri-Valley has cooked up the yummiest of online
treasure hunts with multiple stops in downtown Pleasanton.
Every Friday and Saturday this month, a roving Secret
Sommelier just may buy wine for your meal when you dine
out at a local restaurant with Livermore Valley wine on
the menu. Participating downtown Pleasanton restaurants
include Nonni’s Bistro, Stacey’s Café, Pastas Trattoria,
Lokanta, Chianti’s, Oasis Grill and Wine Lounge, Handles
Gastropub, Cellar Door and Barone’s.
Don’t forget to also follow the Pleasanton Downtown
Association on Facebook to see where the Secret Somm
treated lucky diners to delicious local wines.
The City of Dublin is joining in celebrating California
Restaurant Month in January, promoting its diverse local
eateries. Now in its fifth year, this campaign highlights
regional cuisine and draws attention to local vibrant and
distinctive restaurants.
Dublin restaurants and restaurant-goers are encouraged to join in Restaurant Month festivities by liking the
Discover Dublin Facebook page
discoverdublin, and by sharing images of their favorite
Dublin restaurants and delectable dishes online under the
hashtag, #DiscoverDublinCA.
For more information on Restaurant Month in the City
of Dublin, please contact the Economic Development
Department, (925) 833-6650.
Follow @VisitTriValley on Twitter or search #SecretSomm to get hints to where the Secret Somm might pop up.
Pruning Classes
Learn the basic of pruning techniques
from our own Lita Gates. She will also
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Fruit Tree
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The Independent, JANUARY 8, 2015 - PAGE 3
Tauscher, Rove Featured
Speakers at Forum
Ellen Tauscher and Karl
Rove will be the featured
speakers at East Bay USA
2015, the 29th annual East
Bay policy forum to be held
on Thursday, January 22.
Tauscher, former member of Congress representing
California's 10th Congressional District, also served
as Undersecretary of State.
Rove held the position of
former deputy chief of staff
and senior advisor to President George W. Bush.
Following a reception
and dinner at the Hilton
Concord, Tauscher and
Rove will engage in a conversation about the national
political landscape and its
impacts on the regional and
national economy.
East Bay Leadership
Council (EBLC) will host
the event.
"East Bay USA launch-
es EBLC's 2015 East Bay
Leadership Series, and is
the first of three events we're
planning this year that will
offer a revealing window
into the crucial economic,
technological, workforce
innovation and healthcare
issues that affect the region's
economic prosperity and
quality of life," according
to Kristin Connelly, EBLC
president and CEO.
Rove formerly served
as president of Karl Rove +
Company, an Austin-based
public affairs firm that
worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes
and nonprofit groups.
Tauscher works as a strategic advisor on policy-driven decision-making of federal policy and programs in
the defense, transportation,
energy and healthcare fields.
She serves as vice chair of
the Atlantic Council's Brent
Scowcroft Center on International Security and is an
independent member of the
board of governors of Lawrence Livermore National
Security, LLC, and Los
Alamos, LLC. She joined
the Obama administration
in 2009 as Under Secretary
of State for Arms Control
and International Security
Affairs and acted as special
envoy for Strategic Stability
and Missile Defense.
East Bay USA opens with
a reception at 5:30 p.m. on
January 22, followed by the
dinner presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Single and
discounted series tickets are
available now through January 19 at www.2015EBUSA.
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Pleasanton stations.
The increase was triggered after a
survey showed that the lots at the two
stations are usually filled to capacity.
Parking lot usage is evaluated every
6 months. If the lot at a station is full,
then the daily parking fee may increase
by 50 cents If the lot is less than 95%
full, then the fee may decrease by 50
cent. BART passengers are required to
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Make a Difference
New Year's Resolutions are a long standing tradition with the aim of losing weight
or saving money.
Resolutions could also be made not only
for self improvement, but also to impact both
the community and family members. The
annual Make A Difference for Pleasanton
Festival, scheduled for January 17, offers a
place to learn about such opporunities.
The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the Pleasanton Library, will host
organizations needing volunteer help ranging from the Amador Valley Quilters to the
Tri-Valley YMCA. For those in need, Meals
on Wheels and Open Heart Kitchen, along
with Eden Housing, will be on hand
The City of Pleasanton, the Community of
Character Coalition, and ACCUSPLIT Make
A Difference Programs are co-sponsors.
One of the groups, the American Red
Cross, is in need of blood donations. Donors
of all blood types are welcome, especially
those with O negative, A negative and B
For information about the groups attending the festival, visit
To keep the momentum going, those attending will be encouraged to sign the “50/50
Pledge,” to provide at least 50 hours in community service, and to spend 50 more hours
with their families over the year.
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LPC, or transfer the credits
to another college.
The program won't cost
the students one cent. As Everett said, "Middle college is
truly a collaborative effort
between all of the Tri-Valley
educational institutions."
School districts provide
the high school teachers,
TVROP administers the
program, and the college
offers the college courses
and services, and the space
for the middle college.
The planning came about
during meetings of the TriValley Educational Collab-
orative (TEC). TEC has been
in existence for more than 20
years. It evaluates and plans
career technical eduction.
Members include LPC, the
Chabot-Las Positas Community College district, the
three public school districts,
and the Tri-Valley Regional
Occupation Program (TVROP).
Applications for middle
college will be made available in February. Interested
students will be interviewed,
and those chosen will meet
with a counselor and form an
education plan in the spring.
Brown Cites 4 Years' Progress, Sets Goals
Gov. Jerry Brown, inaugurated for his historic
fourth term on Monday, recounted what he, the Legislature, and voters have done
for the state's fiscal health,
and pointed to a future vision of paying down more
debt, and continuing certain
long-range projects.
Brown's State of the State
message mentioned the government's $26 billion debt
at the beginning of his term.
Now, the budget is balanced. Unemployment was
at a 12 percent rate, and has
dropped to 7 percent.
Brown pointed out that
Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature and
voters joined to support his
$7.5 billion water bond proposal, known as Proposition
1. They also approved his
Rainy Day fund, Proposition
2, which diverts a certain
percentage of the general
fund each year into a special
reserve fund. Brown said
that this year $2.8 billion
will go into the fund.
Further, the state will
repay the last $15 billion
borrowed from schools and
community colleges since
2002, and another $533
million owed to local governments.
Other accomplishments
included the start of the nation's only high-speed rail
project, an increase in the
minimum wage, extension
of health care to millions
through Medi-Cal and the
Affordable Care Act, and
issuance of driver's licenses
"for our hard working immigrants."
Brown also mentioned
the creation of the Local
Control Funding Formula,
which gives K-12 school
districts flexibly in how they
ing in our schools. I will
continue focusing on these
efforts in the State Senate,
building coalitions to deliver
results for my constituents.”
Buchanan, former representative of the 16th Assembly District, declared
she would run a positive
campaign. She noted, ”I am
simply making a promise to
voters so they know what
they can expect from me
and my campaign. My hope
is that this type of campaign
will foster a positive and
constructive dialogue about
what's best for our future as
a region." Buchanan reached
term limits in regard to her
Assembly seat this past
Meuser's campaign focus
will be on jobs, education,
and maintaining the roads. “I
am running for State Senate
because I am tired of California being the laughing
stock of this nation. California has a proud history
of leading this nation in all
the right categories and now
every time I turn around
I hear another survey that
shows how poor California
has been performing. We
used to be first in the nation
in educating our children
instead of being among the
He added, “This special
election gives the voters of
East Contra Costa and Alameda counties the opportunity
for their voices to be heard
without being drowned out
by hundreds of other political races.”
If a candidate receives
more than 50 percent of the
vote in the special primary,
he or she will win the seat
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electricity from 33 percent
to 50 percent. The second, to
reduce today's petroleum use
in cars and trucks by up to 50
percent, and the third would
aim to double the efficiency
of existing buildings, and
make fuels cleaner.
Brown also called for
carbon sequestration on
ranchlands, farmlands and
wetlands to reduce the effects of pollution by industries that generate carbon.
Rooftop solar power and
cleaner distributed power,
battery storage and millions
of electric and low-carbon
vehicles were methods that
he named to help achieve
the goals. Brown said those
future products and methods will "require enormous
innovation, research, and
Assemblymember Catharine Baker (R-Dublin)
replaced Democract Joan
Buchanan in the Assembly.
Baker was sworn in to her
first term last month. In a
news release, she stated that
she was pleased to hear the
governor's commitment to
some shared priorities. She
listed education, transportation and "an environment
that promotes job growth"
as her top priorities.
Among shared priorities
with Brown, Baker said
getting money directly to
the classroom, as the state's
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promises, is
important. Tied in with the
LCFF is the state's decision
to put a cap on school districts' general fund reserves,
something that Baker said
"endangers the financial
health of every school district in our community."
She said that having extra
reserves above the stateimposed limit was necessary
as the districts' own Rainy
Day Funds.
Baker is vice-chair of
the Assembly Education
Committee. She said she
will work to "fight tuition
increases that hinder our
students' ability to attend
college." Baker hopes the
governor will join her in
that effort.
Brown also focused on
controlling college tuition,
saying in his speech that he
will not make the students
of California the default financiers of our colleges and
On transportation, Baker
said that she and Brown
agree that it is time for the
two parties to unite on solving those problems. She
referred to the "crumbling
infrastructure" that was built
at a time when the state's
population was a fraction of
today's number.
Baker disagrees with
Brown over high-speed rail.
Noting that the groundbreaking for the first track to
be laid in the Central Valley
was scheduled for this week,
Baker said that spending
public money on the project results in a poor use of
tax money. "We should be
breaking ground on BART
to Livermore, expanding
BART parking, and improving the capacity of roads,
instead of funding the bullet
train," said Baker.
Baker said that she applauded Brown and past
legislators for helping turn
around California's economy. She looks forward to
future administration comments on continuing to improve the state's business
Swalwell Sworn in for Second Term in Congress
U.S. Representative
Eric Swalwell (CA-15) was
sworn into the 114th U.S.
Congress on the House Floor
for his second term in office.
He was later ceremonially
sworn into the office in front
of family, friends, and East
Bay constituents in the Ray-
Governor to Set Date for 7th State Senate Election
With the swearing in of
Mark DeSaulnier to the
United States House of
Representatives, his seat in
the California State Senate
opened up. California Gov.
Jerry Brown is required to
call a special election to fill
the seat within 14 calendar
days of creation after the
Brown can set the date
of the election any time between Jan. 6 and Jan. 20. It
is anticipated that the special
election will be scheduled
sometime during April 2015.
Because DeSaulnier won
a seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives, he can no
longer represent the California State Senate District 7.
Susan Bonilla, D-Concord,
Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo,
and Mark Meuser, R-Walnut
Creek, are currently in pursuit of the open California
7th District Senate seat.
The 7th Senate District
includes all of eastern and
central Contra Costa County,
as well as Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol in
Alameda County.
“I’m running for Senate
to continue working for
Contra Costa and Alameda
residents, families, and small
business owners in the Legislature,” Bonilla said in her
news release.
Bonilla, who currently
represents the 14th Assembly District, went on to say,
“I am proud of what we
have accomplished; turning a historic budget deficit
into a balanced budget with
a rainy day fund; revitalizing our economy through
job creation and economic
development; and reinvest-
spend revenue received from
the state.
In the next four years,
California faces major financial obligations. Brown
particularly noted the new
Medi-Cal costs, resulting
from the higher enrollment.
He said that the state's commitment to expanding the
program, and picking up the
costs are the "right things
to do,"
On other fiscal matters
facing the state, Brown
named a mounting obligation to fund state pensions,
paying off bonded indebtedness, and dealing with
deferred maintenance on
the state's roads and other
infrastructure. He said the
liabilities will cost the state
hundreds of billions. He
specified a gap of $59 billion
for the highway and roads
Brown said that Republicans again will have to join
Democrats to carry out the
tasks. He noted that strong
bipartisan support helped to
create the Rainy Day fund.
On environmental issues,
Brown said the state has
passed the most far-reaching
laws in the nation in response to climate change,
calling the achievement "the
most integrated policy to
deal with climate change of
any political jurisdiction in
the Western Hemisphere."
However, that effort is
not enough said Brown.
With scientists calling for
limiting world temperature
increase by 2050 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, more must
be done, said Brown.
The governor listed three
goals for 2030 and beyond
to meet the limit on temperature. One, an increase
in clean power sources of
outright; otherwise, the top
two vote-getters will advance to a special general
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Pamela Richard
It has come to my attention that Livermore Lab
has a plan to conduct experiments with radioactive
plutonium in the National
Ignition Facility, probably
as early as January 2015. I
question the safety of these
experiments to the employees and the public, from
increased radiation exposure
and more nuclear waste.
It costs tens of millions
of dollars to prepare each
shot” and, without an effective means of containment,
plutonium will contaminate
the inside of the National Ignition Facility. The cleanup
could be very costly, if it's
even possible.
The promise by the Lab
that NIF will help create
clean energy has never materialized, despite spending
billions of dollars. Contaminating NIF with plutonium,
however, is a step in the
wrong direction, and could
make it unfit for any unclassified research.
I believe there is little
need to do these dangerous
experiments. The public
can find more information
burn Gold Room by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh
Johnson, who administered
the oath of office. Swalwell
is an active member of the
Homeland Security Committee.
Approximately 100 people attended the ceremonial swearing-in, with more
than half traveling from
California for the event.
Former Congresswoman
Ellen Tauscher, who once
represented a portion of
Swalwell’s district, attended
the ceremonial swearing-in
and delivered remarks.
Swallwell stated, “I am
humbled and honored to
continue to serve the people
of the East Bay in the 114th
Congress and take the oath
of office in front of many
constituents who traveled
across the country to be here
In addition to the Homeland Security Committee,
Swalwell currently serves
on the Science, Space, and
Technology Committee. He
had two bills signed into
law in the 113th Congress,
the most of any first-term
member. He also co-founded
the United Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of
first-term Members committed to working together
to advance common-sense
solutions. Fellow United
Solutions Caucus Members
Reps. David Valadao (RCA) and Joe Kennedy III
(D-MA) delivered remarks
at Swalwell’s swearing in
concerning their efforts to
work in a bipartisan fashion.
Sincerely, Pamela Richard
61 Summer Hill Ct. Danville, CA 94526 [email protected] Start a petition - we will help you win.
and violence - the mob wants
"justice" and deems the way
to secure it is to destroy or
steal property, and make war
on the very "thin. blue line"
that is charged and under
oath and serious threat to
personal safety, must be
"peacemakers" to a mob that
is as mindless and dangerous
as a rabid dog---and enticing
and encouraging mob rule is
the ever present professional
paid hoodlum that magically
appears as a citizen demanding justice.
Recent disturbances in
the Bay area are a picture of
clarity to demonstrate this
ever present condition---no great effort was needed
to view the signs clearly
marked with REVCOM.
Com-----the web site of
the Revolutionary Communist party, USA-----and
it is clearly recorded that
multi-billionaires such as
George Soros who directs
and funds violence from
his Athens, Greece empire
under any pretext, particularly in the United States--he has openly stated he
hates the USA and proves it
with his donations at every
opportunity to REVCOM,
New Black Panthers and an
endless list of other thugs
and criminals.
With the knowledge of
how real social issue complaints are criminalized and
utilized for their purposes by
these organized gangsters,
the everyday citizen would
be well advised to see that
the "demonization," assaults
and murders of police officers is not an accident, but
the known outcome of the
preplanned effort. If the day
ever arrives when these violent mobs are successful in
causing a loss of respect and
support for our nation wide
law enforcement community
and our military, no imagination is needed to picture the
scene that will ensue---it is
a "slippery slope" to anarchy
and can happen even in our
beloved USA.
A Slippery Slope
Robert J. Woods
Turmoil, violence and
crime is not new and appears endemic to the human
race since the first caveman
clubbed his neighbor and
enslaved his wife and children for his daily needs. It
took thousands of years for
society to establish at least
some semblance of laws
to fairly govern diverse
and polarized races and
populations. History is full
of attempts to govern and
control populations---brutal
dictatorships such as Communism, Socialism and Fascism need no further publicity to describe the mass
murder, injustice and denial
of human rights all under
the guise of "the state---the
state--the state is supreme".
No claim is made regarding
the perfection of any legal
system, but justice is also
subject to the imperfections
of its human administrators.
Justice and law enforcement
is therefore imperfect. This
imperfect system does its
best to administer justice
fairly and without error----errors do occur, and in
many cases, the same justice
system makes great effort to
rectify injustice and restore
lifestyle as fully as possible.
As we view the most
recent world wide racial
turmoil, lawlessness and
violence to reliably describe
the not surprising failures of
the rule of law--------- one
factor seems to pervade the
aftermath of mob insanity
Not 70% of Residents
Sean McMenamin
In your article "Election Highlights Last Half
of 2014" you stated that
Measure BB received approval from 70% of Alameda County residents.
Let's look a little further
into that 70% number. First
off, the measure received
70% approval of those who
voted, not 70% of residents.
The Alameda County
voter turnout in the November 2014 election (both in
person and by mail) was
45% (Source http://www.
Any tax measure requires
a 2/3 (66.6%) majority to
70% of 45% means that
31.5% of Alameda County
voters approved the measure.
Measure BB extended a
0.5% transportation-related
sales tax and added another
0.5% sales tax on top of
that. A full 1% sales tax in
Alameda County for public
transportation. Keeping in
mind that Tri-Valley residents have already been paying additional sales tax for
BART for several decades.
31.5% of registered
voters decided that we all
should pay an additional
0.5% sales tax.
Yet again, they have
slipped a tax measure
through when they know it
will be a low turnout year.
If the Legislature cannot
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The Independent, JANUARY 8, 2015 - PAGE 5
Haven Seeks Help in
Recovering from Robbery
On the first weekend of January, the Tri-Valley Haven
Thrift Store at 116 North L Street in Livermore was victimized by a burglary involving the loss of $7,000 and property
damage to windows and doors. Police investigation of the
incident is ongoing.
The Tri-Valley Haven Thrift Store has been in the midst
of upgrades provided by members of Asbury United Methodist Church.
The Tri-Valley Haven Thrift Store’s purpose is to support
the community in two ways. First, the store directly benefits
patrons of the store, who can purchase gently-used goods at
low prices to help with low incomes. Second, the Tri-Valley
Haven Thrift Store is positioned to financially support all of
the Haven’s programs for survivors of domestic violence,
sexual assault, and homelessness. With the theft, the lost
revenue, and the resulting repairs and upgrades needed to
safeguard against subsequent break-ins, the Haven Thrift
Store itself is now struggling to survive.
Members of the public interested in donating can go to
the Tri-Valley Haven website at
For questions or concerns, contact Ann King, Executive
Director, Tri-Valley Haven.
Now in its fourth decade of service, Tri-Valley Haven
provides vital shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. For more
information about the Haven, visit
or call (925) 449-5842.
Art Krakowsky helps build a motor.
Carl Rosenkilde demonstrates static electricity.
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represented in retiring scientists and engineers from
Lawrence Livermore, Wilson was the indefatigable
special projects director who
knew the world of education
and how to drum up financial
and academic support.
By the fall of 1993, they
had started TOPS programs
with seed money in places
like Tracy, Sonora and Copperopolis that were praised
so strongly by teachers, students, parents and volunteer
scientists that pilot programs
became educational fixtures.
Even in the San Joaquin
Valley, scientists and engineers who volunteered for
the program tended to be
recruited from Livermore by
Timourian, who knew many
retirees personally. One of
the four initial recruits was
Sam Stone, who recalls the
early days in San Joaquin as
a “howling success.”
Not that there were no
difficulties; scientists had to
be convinced that they could
communicate with kids who
were 7, 8 or 12 years old.
For Timourian, that meant
preparing age-appropriate
lesson plans. “Scientists
sometimes want to say everything all at once,” he
laughs. “My job was to help
them learn to tell the right
By 2000, the program had
spread to Livermore, where
T.J. Gilmartin, an engineer
retiring from the LLNL laser
program, led organizational
and fund-raising efforts.
In these, he was helped by
the Rotary Club and a community outreach effort from
Sandia National Laboratory.
Gilmartin personally
partnered in science teaching at Mendenhall School,
where he led projects rang-
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win came as a member of the
Giants in 2009.
In 2004, he became the
oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game, at age 40 retiring
all 27 Atlanta Braves batters
he faced at Turner Field. His
final pitch of the night was
clocked at 98 mph.
In 1982, as a senior at
Livermore High, he struck
ing from explaining tsunamis to building a sundial
that not only told time, but
also helped demonstrate
more subtle features of the
earth’s orbit.
He recalls the importance
of forming a close working
relationship with the professional science teacher – in
his case, Karen Cowan and,
later, her daughter, Katie
Smylie, who also taught
When he first started,
Gilmartin wasn’t sure of the
best way to communicate
science to kids, so he sat
through several sessions
of Cowan’s science class
before being called on as a
Another retired engineer
who has enjoyed the TOPS
experience is Bill Bish, who
worked as a designer at
LLNL for 32 years. He has
partnered at Arroyo Seco
School. Like Gilmartin and
the other technical resources,
he has found himself teaching many subjects, some of
which he had to learn before
helping with a project.
He has disassembled
electric motors to demonstrate how they work, and
stumped kids and teachers
by asking how many electric
motors are found in a typical
California home. (Answer: a
surprising 30-40.)
Asked to teach a class on
respiration, he used a commercial kit with an air pump
and pig lungs – one lung
healthy, one contaminated
with soot and tar -- to model
how we breathe and how
contaminants can reduce the
lung’s efficiency.
An amateur rockhound,
he has helped students learn
to identify minerals and
volcanic glass, often using
samples donated by the local geology club, the Livermore Valley Lithophiles. He
has taken kids on to school
grounds to fire paper rockets
80 or 90 feet into the air using only air pressure.
Having been a safety
officer at the LLNL, Bish
typically accompanies his
demonstrations with a discussion of risks and safe
Bish, Krakowsy and the
other volunteers and lead
teachers meet periodically
at the offices of Livermore
Valley Joint Unified School
District to discuss successes
and difficulties and share
best practices. Not only
the teachers, but also the
District’s directors of curriculum and Superintendent
Kelly Bowers have been
very supportive, according
to several sources.
For the School District’s
Science Nights, when parents and students get to
view demonstrations similar
to those at a science fair,
TOPS typically operates an
astronomy display using a
planetarium that the District
was able to purchase with
support from Sandia.
The TOPS program has
even spread to Santa Clara
County. A recent article in
the San Jose Mercury told
of a retired physicist from
Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale who has partnered with
a science teacher at an elementary school in Santa
Asked what the typical
reaction is of scientists and
engineers who start working
at TOPS, Krakowsky says
they were enthusiastic about
the experience, especially
after bonding with a good
teacher who is competent at
out 121 batters in 66 innings,
and threw a perfect game
in his last high school start.
After high school he was
drafted in 1982 by the Atlanta Braves in the 4th round
and offered $50,000 to sign.
Instead, Johnson accepted a
full athletic scholarship to
the University of Southern
In 2009, Johnson par-
ticipated in the dedication
of a renovated field and a
newly established Livermore Junior Giants league in
May Nissen Park, where he
played as a Little Leaguer.
Through the efforts of the
Livermore Area Recreation
and Park District and City
of Livermore, the field was
named the Randy Johnson
Junior Giants Field.
classroom instruction.
All the volunteers interviewed for this article spoke
of the sense of satisfaction in
helping children discover an
interest in the world around
them, whether the kids stay
in science or not. They emphasized the fun of learning
new things themselves: how
the lungs work, for instance,
or the physics of a tsunami.
Both Gilmartin and Krakowsky also noted the benefit that accrues when a
good teacher, supported by
a technical advisor, learns
enough about a new scientific topic to begin to teach
it with confidence.
TOPS can always use
more volunteers in Livermore, Krakowsky says. The
program can find a place
for “any number” of them.
The volunteers don’t need
to be specialists in science
or retirees from one of the
laboratories. They might be
physicians, aerospace engineers or geologists. Their
main requirement is comfort with science, enough
technical background to be
able to learn new fields and
the ability to partner with a
professional teacher.
State of California, http://
On a less legalistic basis, the respected Lindsey
Wildlife Museum of Walnut Creek has summarized
its advice on protecting
birds and wildlife while cutting tree branches at http:// Its
recommendation is to trim
trees from late September
through December.
Beyond general timing,
“the most important thing
you can do to protect wildlife when pruning is to look
before you cut,” notes the
museum's website.
PAGE 6 - The Independent, JANUARY 8, 2015
Livermore Mayor John Marchand (center presenting proclamation to Troy Dayak
and (at left) city councilmembers Stewart Gary and Bob Woerner, (at right) Laureen
Turner and Doug Horner honored the achievements of the West Coast Soccer Club.
Also pictured are members members of the national champion U17 Wild.
West Coast Soccer
Club Honored
West Coast Soccer Club received
a city proclamation from Livermore
Mayor, John Marchand and the city
Mayor Marchand and the Livermore City Council decided to issue a
city proclamation to honor the club's
accomplishments and commitment
to excellence. West Coast was also
recognized for being a part of Livermore Community for the past four
years and the ability to teach players
the fundamental skills and instilling a
love for the game in a positive environment. The club's founder, Troy Dayak,
was awarded a Proclamation plaque
along with representatives from one
of his teams that he coaches- two time
state champions and current national
champion U17 Wild. The National
Champion Wild players also received
personally signed Certificates of
Achievement from Mayor Marchand.
Coach Dayak was on hand to accept
the proclamation. West Coast player
representatives Melissa Ellis, Megan
Amick, Emilie Allum, Tori Nicolo,
Adeline Ruiz, Rachel Tungol and
Amanda Valentine gave the mayor a
WCS, which he put on. West Coast
t-shirts were presented to the Mayor
and city councilmembers. They also
gave the city one of the hard earned
State Cup trophies to be displayed in
Livermore City Hall.
Mayor Marchand stated, “The
city council and city of Livermore
recognizes and congratulates West
Coast Soccer Club on its success and
its contribution in sportsmanship and
youth fitness and wishes its players
& coaches continued success in the
West Coast Soccer teams have won
multiple state and regional championships and two national championships
in just four years since the club was
founded in 2011.
“Being awarded a city proclamation is a unique and amazing accom-
plishment,” said Dayak. “Over the
past four years our club has grown
and developed to become one of the
top clubs in the state . . . it's a true
testament of our professional coaching
staff, our family of players, parents,
administrators and volunteers”
WCS tryouts for U9-U11 boys &
girls this weekend Jan 10th & 11th @
Robertson Park. Learn more about
West Coast Soccer Club at www. or follow
them on Facebook.
CYO Track Team
The St. Michael Parish CYO
Track & Field Team will be holding
sign ups for its upcoming 2015 spring
season, for boys and girls 3rd through
8th grade. Sign ups will be held on
Thursdays, January 8 and January 15
from 6:30 to 8 PM at the St Michael
Parish Hall on the corner of 3rd and
Maple Streets, Livermore. For more
Granada Wrestling
2015 Fusion Tryouts
The wrestlers from the Granada
High School team placed at the 2015
Mat Classic, 01/03/15. Anthony
Martinez (132) 4-1 and Jack Lutz
(160) 4-1each took a very tough 7th,
while Carson Paynter was the only
upper class-man taking 3rd at (138)
3-1. Wrestlers not placing are as follows, Joey Lestochi (120) 3-2; Justin
Gutke (126) 0-2; John Stalie (145)
1-2; John Bailey (152) 2-2; Domenic
Lestochi (170) 2-2; Eduardo Sanchez
(182) 0-2; Jordan Lewis (195) 0-2;
Jeff Brinkley (220) 0-2; and Andrew
Marty (285) 0-2.
Registration is now open for the
Livermore Fusion Soccer Club premier
level tryouts. These tryouts are for
both boys and girls in the U8, U9,
U10 and U11 age groups. Players of
all skill levels are welcome to come
and participate.
U8 Boys/Girls - Saturday 1/10/15
9am to 10:30am (tryout 2).
U9 Boys/Girls - Saturday 1/10/15
10:30am to 12 noon (tryout 3).
U10 Boys/Girls - Saturday 1/10/15
@ 12 to 1:30pm (tryout 2), Sunday
1/11/15 @ 9am to 11am (tryout 3).
U11 Boys/Girls - Thursday 1/8/15
@ 5:30pm to 7pm (tryout 1), Saturday
1/10/15 @ 1:30pm to 3pm (tryout
2), Sunday 1/11/15 @ 11am to 1pm
(tryout 3).
To register or to get more information, visit the Fusion SC website at and select the option
for the premier program. Alternatively,
please call 925-443-7570 or visit the
office at 1976 Fourth Street in Livermore. Tryout dates for other age groups
will be announced soon.
CYO Basketball
St. Michael/St. Charles (SM/SC)
fourth grade boys' CYO basketball
team, Supersonics, played an exciting
and fast paced game on Sunday, defeating a very aggressive St. Isidore team,
28-15. Supersonics played cohesively,
making great shots and passing well.
Tyler Laymon played a solid center,
grabbing numerous rebounds, making great shots, and not letting the
other team’s offense through. Derek
Wickander was excellent defensively,
taking the ball from the opponents,
rebounding and hustling to pass the
ball to his teammates. Ethan Trogdon
was unstoppable offensively, quickly
penetrating the lane, making numerous
shots, and collecting rebounds. Kyle
Denton played an excellent game, scoring, then stealing the incoming pass
and making a second shot, changing
the momentum of the game.
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Photo - Doug Jorgensen
A ride in the memory or Herman Shum took place on Saturday, Jan. 3. Shum, 40,
of Dublin was killed in December when he swerved on his bike, probably to avoid
a bike crash in front of him, and landed in the path of a truck near Livermore. The
memorial ride began in downtown Pleasanton and after a loop through Livermore
concluded in Dublin. The event included time to pray and share thoughts and
memories of Herman.
PGSL - Spring 2015
2015 Registration is now open
for all divisions in the Pleasanton
Phantom Girls Softball League. All
girls living in Pleasanton, Dublin or
Sunol are eligible to play. Visit the
PGSL website for registration information (
For more information, contact PGSL
Registrar-Kris Jernstedt.
LGSA Registration
Livermore Girls Softball Association welcomes all Livermore girls
aged 5-18, no experience necessary.
Online registration is available at Players in 8U through middle school
must attend an evaluation. The next
evaluation is scheduled for January
10. Visit the website or email [email protected] for more
Mavericks 12U
The 12U Travel Softball Program
is scheduling tryouts for an experienced pitcher to join the 2015 Team,
eligible players must have a 2002/2003
birthdate. Winter conditioning and
development program is already in
session. To schedule a tryout please
call Mgr. Santiago at 650 922-2165 or
email [email protected]
Extreme 14U Fastpitch
NorCal Extreme Softball has a
couple of spots available on the 14U
Livermore spring team. Players must
have a 2000 or later birthdate. To
schedule a tryout please email Kc at
[email protected]
ER 4, 2014
The Granada High School varsity girls basketball team
outscored Fresno 17 to 6 in the fourth quarter to post a
57-47 victory. The win advanced Granada to the finals in
the West Coast Jamboree 2004 Ruby Division. Matador
guard Grace Naylor had a career night, scoring 29
points. She hit three times from the 3-point range, and
went 12 for 12 at the free throw line including 8 in the 4th
quarter. In the finals, Granada defeated Florin High 58 to
52 to bring home the title. Named to the all tournament
team were Amy Moussa, Kylie Long and Grace Naylor.
Delaney Gill-Sommerhauser was voted MVP.
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Training session in capturing wildlife
Classes Offered in Wildlife Rescue
By Carol Graham
As dusk fell in early December, a young fox was
spotted dragging a trap attached to one of its front legs.
Wildlife Emergency Services was called, and though
rescuers found the fox, they could not get close enough
to help it.
Five days later, the fox was seen again, this time
without the trap. Also without the foot the trap had
The trap was found later, still clutching the lifeless
paw, and identified as a leg-hold trap which has been
banned in California since 1998. (The incident is under
investigation by the California Department of Fish and
For those who enjoy the natural beauty surrounding
the valley - from Sunol to Morgan Territory, Del Valle to
the delta, and Brushy Peak to Mount Diablo - spotting
wildlife is like getting a gift from the heavens.
However, spotting wildlife in distress is the exact opposite, especially when the pain is human-inflicted.
Wildlife Emergency Services (WES) offers classes
every January and February as a way of recruiting
volunteers for rescue teams throughout California and
helping bolster local responses.
"Our basic Wildlife Search and Rescue course covers
human safety and wildlife capture strategies," says WES
President Rebecca Dmytryk. "We go over the most common types of injuries, how to most effectively and safely
contain an animal, and basic wildlife first aid."
The course - recommended for animal control officers, park rangers and game wardens - is open to anyone
interested in rescuing wildlife.
"The first and most important thing I hope students
take away from the class is that on every rescue, human
safety is a priority to the point of a rescue being postponed if it's too dangerous," says Dmytryk. "We cover
operational risk management which was developed by
the Coast Guard. It's a methodical way to run through a
rescue scenario looking at all potential risks and how to
manage them for the safety of the rescuers, the public
and the animal.
"Secondly, I hope students are inspired to get more
involved with their local wildlife rehabilitation centers,
helping them respond to calls about found animals in
distress," she adds. "You see, there are very few wildlife
hospitals in the U.S. that also offer what we term wildlife paramedic service, where a team goes into the field,
assesses an animal's condition, provides first aid and then
transports it to a definitive care facility."
Proper training is vital because wild animals do not
understand they are being helped, Dmytryk explains.
They believe they're going to be killed so they fight for
their lives - even to the point of injuring themselves
"A wild animal perceives a rescuer as a predator, so
getting close and trying to handle or confine it only puts
the animal through a tremendous amount of stress, " she
adds. "It's best to report an animal immediately to the
proper authority such as a local wildlife rehabilitation
center or animal control authority."
To make this quicker and easier, Dmytryk has created
an app called WildHelp that will connect finders with the
nearest experts who can help. The app is expected to be
available in early February.
Dmytryk has also authored a book, Wildlife Search
and Rescue: A Guide for First Responders, which is a
comprehensive guide on best practices and suggested
standards for responding to sick, injured and orphaned
wildlife. It's available on Amazon.
"We encounter animals hit by cars, trapped in buildings, and shot or illegally trapped," says Dmytryk. "We
also see a great deal of illness among predator species,
such as bobcats and raptors, from ingesting rodents that
have eaten poison. Near water, the most common injuries
involve fishing line and hooks."
Wildlife Emergency Services is a nonprofit dedicated
to improving emergency responses to sick, injured,
orphaned, trapped or otherwise imperiled wildlife. The
Moss Landing-based organization aims to reduce animal
suffering and increase animals' survivability rates by
training volunteer teams of responders to assist with
animal emergencies.
In addition to Wildlife Search and Rescue (SAR), other courses are Advanced SAR: Hands-on with Capture
Equipment, Advanced Wildlife First Aid, and Reuniting
Wildlife. The courses range in price from $25 to $60, and
are offered in Berkeley, Napa, San Jose, Santa Cruz and
Moss Landing.
"I would like to stress how critical it is to have professionally trained and equipped responders, because the
saving of life begins when and where the animal is first
found," says Dmytryk. "The more trained first responders, the more wild lives we can save."
To donate or to learn more, visit
Photo - Doug Jorgensen
Some of the sliders appeared to be having a good time
during the Polar Bear Slide held at the Robert Livermore
Community Center pool in Livermore. Everyone was
defintely dripping wet. Hot cocoa was provided to warm
up the participants.
Make A Difference Festival to match people with opportunities
Now is the time to live up to those New Year’s resolutions. One way to improve a person's life is by discovering the joy of helping others. On Saturday, January 17, a
day to explore the ways to volunteer will take place.
The Make A Difference for Pleasanton Festival will be
held at the city library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (in the
Community Room, to the right just inside the entrance).
More than two dozen non-profit organizations will have
booths set up with information on how to “Get Connected
& Stay Connected” with the community through volunteer service for adults, families, and teenagers.
Produced by Make A Difference, Today & Always, a
501©3 non-profit, the event is co-sponsored by the City
of Pleasanton, the Community of Character Coalition,
and ACCUSPLIT Make A Difference Programs.
Besides the co-sponsors, exhibitors will include the
• Alameda County CASA (Court-Appointed Special
• Alviso Adobe Community Park
• Amador Valley Quilters
• American Cancer Society – Pleasanton Relay for
• American Red Cross
• Boy Scouts of America – Twin Valley District
• CityServe of the Tri-Valley
• Eden Information & Referral (Alameda County 211)
• Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club
• Lynnewood Methodist Church
• Meals on Wheels (Spectrum Community Services)
• Museum On Main
• Northern California Special Olympics
• Open Heart Kitchen
• Paws in Need
• Pleasanton Lions Club
• Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation
• Rotary – Celebrating 50 years in Pleasanton, as of
2015 – Downtown, Pleasanton North, and Tri-Valley
clubs working together
• Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation
• Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley
• Tri-Valley SOCKS
• Tri-Valley YMCA
Visitors will be encouraged to sign the “50/50 Pledge”:
“I pledge to spend at least 50 hours in community service,
and to spend 50 more hours with my family in the next
year.” Participants can also sign the historic banner from
the very first local Make A Difference Festivals, which
were sponsored by the Pleasanton Unified School District
and included many other organizations in the 1990s.
“We used to try to tie in with the national Make A Difference Day, which is held in October, but here in Pleasanton that date has long been reserved for the Foothill
High School Band Review. We changed to the date closest to Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, which has become a
global service day,” explained W. Ron Sutton, founder of
Make A Difference, Today & Always. “Also, we felt that
people should make a commitment to community service
on more than one day per year. That is why we came up
with the ‘50/50 Pledge’ and the slogan, 'Get Connected,
Stay Connected.’”
Volunteer Ken Mano has created the website, www. It lists the growing number of organizations who will be at the festival.
Community members can click on an organization’s name
to link to its website, learning more in advance of the
festival about where they may want to donate their time
and energy.
The festival is free of charge, as is the parking at the
city library. All are welcome.
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Museum Lists Themes
for Reading Time
Annual crab feed includes fun and games.
Opportunity to Learn the
Protocol of Crab Feasting
By Carol Graham
It's not hard to spot a rookie at a crab feed.
I . . . er, I mean she will be the person arriving empty
handed, ending up staring longingly at the accoutrements
of more experienced participants. Tiny fork? Check. Butter melted by tea light warmers? Check. Bib, moistened
hand wipes, little packets of seasoning? Check check
None of this is absolutely necessary, mind you. But if
you don't want to reveal your amateur status, take note.
The sensational Pleasanton Lions Club Annual Crab
Feed will be held Saturday, January 24th. It just may be
the gold standard of crab feeds; after all, it won first place
at the 2013 Academy Awards of Lionism for Best Large
Fundraiser in California.
With such esteemed recognition, it's only natural that
this culinary event verges on competitive sport. Come
prepared. And very, very hungry.
"There is no shortage of food here," says Lions Secretary Pam Grimes. "As a starter, you will be served shrimp
salad with ranch-style dressing, followed by all-you-caneat crab served cold with cocktail sauce, and a Frankie,
Johnnie & Luigi Too pasta in a tomato sauce with parmesan cheese, along with dinner rolls."
This is exactly where things get tricky. If you come
empty handed, others will glance at you with ill-concealed pity, attempting to discern whether you knew better or not. Soon they will take it upon themselves to share
some of the goodies they've brought.
"Oh, no thank you, really," you say, sliding the
heavenly-smelling garlic butter back toward them, not
only to suggest the oversight was intentional, but also to
remove the temptation to grab the entire thing and suck it
down with delectable chunks of crab meat.
Don't get me wrong, crab any way at all is a treat.
Lightly spritzed with lemon and dipped in cocktail sauce,
chilled crab is unbelievably delightful. But this is sport,
my friend, and I want you to succeed. You need a plan,
and I'm here to help.
First, arrive at 6 p.m., when the doors open at the
Alameda County Fairground's Young California building. Enjoy wine or a cocktail from the no-host bar while
checking out silent auction items and placing bids.
"We'll have a wide variety of auction items sure to
please every sport enthusiast - football, baseball, golf and
boxing," says Grimes. "There will be a large variety of
baskets, too. With Valentine's Day just around the corner,
you can't miss by surprising your sweetheart with one of
the amazing baskets that include restaurants and wine,
spa visits and movie tickets."
At 7:30, the crab arrives - trays and trays and trays of
it. At first you will wonder whether there is enough for
how much you intend to eat. You will discover that there
is. The Lions offer 4,000 lbs. of crab for the roughly
1,100 gathered guests.
Unless you purchased a table for 16, you will be
seated at a table with others, which is part of the fun.
"There is ample opportunity to socialize and meet new
people while enjoying a great dinner and entertainment,"
says Grimes.
After dinner, people will move to the dance floor
where a DJ plays irresistible hits, and to the casino area
to try their luck.
"Come for the fun and let your heart be happy knowing that you are actively contributing to an organization
that is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life in
our community and beyond," says Grimes.
The annual crab feed is the main fundraiser for the
Pleasanton Lions who each year assist a variety of causes
and organizations including Children's Hospital Oakland,
Bras for a Cause, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Pleasanton
Military Families, Blue Star Moms, Canine Companions
for Independence and Make-A-Wish. Additionally, they
help local students by offering scholarships, providing
backpacks and supplies, and funding outdoor education
and science camp. This year, the Lions are helping fund
renovations for Delucci and Lions Wayside Parks.
"We are a small local service organization with the
biggest heart to serve," says Lion Joan Apalis. "We work
alongside other national and international Lions clubs,
truly striving to do right by our fellow man. Join us for
a night of fellowship, feasting and fun while supporting
your community. I can't think of a better way to start off
the new year."
Neither can I. My accoutrements are already packed.
Tickets to the crab feed cost $55, or for tables of 16,
$50. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
The Museum on Main announced themes for its 2015
preschool pre-literacy program, M.o.M.’s Reading Time.
In its sixth year, this program introduces preschoolers to
a variety of holidays, events, and cultures through books
and activities.
Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their families are invited to
meet at the Museum on Main for this free monthly reading
program on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10am11am. Book reading begins at 10am with craft activities or
games immediately following.
“The program is a fun way to introduce young children
to a semi-structured learning environment,” notes Jennifer
Amiel, Director of Education for the museum and coordinator of the program. “Every so often we receive calls from
parents asking if their child must stay seated during reading
time. Parent’s really shouldn’t worry, we are realistic and
know kids sometimes like to get up and explore. We want
them to have fun and be comfortable at the museum . When
they’re ready they will join in the reading and dicsussion.”
2015 M.o.M.’s Reading Time Dates and Themes:
January 14: The Snowy Day
February 11: Chinese New Year
March 11: Luck of the Irish
April 8: Teddy Bear Hugs
May 13: Pirate Party
June 10: Here Comes Summer
July 8: Magical Moon
August 12: Mother Goose
September 9: Firefighting Heroes
October 14: Spooky Stories
November 11: Opposites
December 9: Hanukkah Celebration
Admission is free. Donations are always appreciated.
No reservations are required. Large groups or playgroups
should call in advance: 925-462-2766 or email: [email protected]
The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main Street
in historic downtown Pleasanton. It is open to the public
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
For more information about current exhibits and programs, visit the Museum’s web site at or call 925-462-2776.
The Vintage Brass Quintet will perform this Sun., Jan. 11
at the Pleasanton Library. The concert begins at 2 p.m.
There is no admission charge. No registration is
required. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Avenue,
Pleasanton. For information, go to
Backpacks Filled with Information, Activities at Alviso Adobe Park
Exploration Backpacks enhance a visit to Alviso Adobe
Community Park in Pleasanton. The backpacks are free
to use during hours of park operation.
Young visitors to Alviso
Adobe Community Park in
Pleasanton can check out a
new Exploration Backpack
at no cost during their visit
to the park. The park spans
several distinctive time
periods of the Amador
Valley: the native Ohlone
Indians, the Spanish Californios, and the Meadowlark Dairy.
Backpacks can be
checked out anytime during
park operating hours at the
park’s Milking Barn. They
include themes such as
the Californio and rancho
period, the Meadowlark
Dairy period, and animal
tracking and birding. Each
backpack includes games,
activities, and fun information about the park along
with its past history and
inhabitants. The park is
staffed each Wednesday
through Sunday from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., during
which times backpacks
may be checked out.
The Dairy Discoveries
Exploration Backpack is
loaded with information
about the Meadowlark
Dairy period of the park
at the turn of the century,
when it was home to one of
California’s first certified
dairies. Information about
cows, the milking and
pasteurization process, and
much more are included.
The Californio’s Exploration backpack guides
young explorers through
the park to learn about rancho life here on the Santa
Rita Rancho that was given
to Jose Dolores Pacheco by
the Mexican government
in 1839. Also included is
information about the cattle
brands used in the Amador
Valley, an opportunity to
Tri-Valley Writers Conference
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local banditos of the time.
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young visitors some insight
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take a better look.
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Robert Christian
Jan. 14, 1932 – Dec. 18, 2014
Robert passed away
peacefully on December 18,
2014, at age 82 with his family by his side. Robert was
a dedicated and loving husband, father and
grandfather to
his wife
his three
daught e r s ,
and Deena, and his five
grandchildren, Heather,
Kyle, Katie, Gabriel and
Robert was born to Eva
and Richard Kendrick in
Oakland, CA., the youngest
of four children. His sister
Ruth and his two brothers,
Richard and Bill, preceded
him in death. He attended
high school in Oakland,
graduated from San Francisco City College, and then
joined the Coast Guard in
the early 50’s. His assigned
duty was on the USCGC
Finch as an electrician and
after his military duty ended,
he was retained in the Coast
Guard Reserves, completing
eight years of service under
the UMT & S Act. He was
decorated with the Korean
Service Medal, the National
Defense Service Medal and
the United Nations Service
Medal. He was always very
proud of his military service
and continued throughout
his life to make donations to
charities for Veterans.
In October, 1956, Robert
was introduced to Carol
Faith Macfadden on a blind
date in San Leandro and
they jitterbugged the night
away. It must have been love
at first sight, because three
months later, on December
23, 1956, they were married
in a ceremony at the First
Methodist Church in Oakland. They would continue to
dance together every chance
they got and were always the
most handsome couple on
the dance floor.
Robert and Carol moved
to Livermore, CA., soon
after they wed, where they
started their family and Robert began his career as an
electrician at the Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory. He and his coworkers in
the electronics shop were a
close group of guys and they
developed friendships that
would last for many years.
They formed a Lob ball
team and all of their families would come together
to cheer for this fun loving
group of men. For many
years, Robert worked on the
Magnetic Fusion Energy
Project and he was an Electronics Technician Supervisor who was very well liked
by everyone who knew him.
He retired in 1991 after dedicating 35 years to the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory and then began
working as a handyman at
Valley Memorial Hospital
in Livermore where his wife,
Carol, was employed.
Upon his wife’s retirement in 1996, Robert and
Carol moved to Cameron
Park, CA., where they enjoyed the peace and serenity
of their beautiful home and
natural surroundings. For the
next 18 years, Robert would
continue to enjoy dancing,
gardening, traveling, and
attending performing arts
events with his beautiful
wife of 58 years.
Robert was a man of
many talents and excelled
at everything he did. He
was an extremely kind, soft
spoken, peaceful and patient
man. He was supportive and
nurturing and his priority
was always to make sure
that his family was always
provided for. He wanted
nothing more than to see
that his family was healthy,
happy and together.
A celebration of Robert’s
life will be held on January
14th at 11:30 a.m., at the
Sacramento Valley National
Cemetery, 5810 Midway
Road in Dixon, CA. In his
memory, donations may be
made to the Semper Fi Fund.
William Russell
(Rusty) Millar
May 22, 1935 – Dec. 17, 2014
Rusty passed away at
home in Diablo Grande,
California on December 17,
2014 at the age of 79 with
his wife, Debra (nee Neuenschwander), by his side.
Rusty was born in Kisumu,
Kenya to William Cowan
and Jeannette May
briefly in
he was
raised primarily in
At the
age of 16,
Rusty joined the Kenya
Regiment, serving for two
years. He trained in Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, and
grew up very quickly during
the Mau Mau Emergency
and the many patrols in the
forests of Mount Kenya.
Rusty later attended Egerton
Agricultural College and
served as a District Officer
in Thompson Falls. He became somewhat infamous
when he drove his Saab off
the road and onto a railway
line, emerging unscathed
to rally on-lookers to move
his car before the next train
came along.
Rusty met his first wife,
Belinda, in Sotik, Kenya,
marrying in 1960. They
moved to their own farm
near Kitale, Kenya in 1963,
building his house and farm
building with home-made
bricks. He was overjoyed
at the birth of his three children, Gordy, Stuart, and
Kathleen, and these were
some of his happiest years.
Rusty loved farming and
treated those who worked
for him with respect. When
Kenya gained independence,
and his farm was taken over,
he insisted that some of the
land be apportioned for his
workers to own. After independence, he bought a hill
farm in Scotland in 1975,
returning to Kenya to build
a home at the coast in Kilifi
in 1982. He worked for the
British Overseas Development Authority, the Kenya
Agricultural Development
Company, and managed
large-scale private farm
estates. After his wife was
killed in a tragic car accident, Rusty took off-beat
jobs such as buying Somali
cattle and camels in the badlands of Northern Kenya
and ferrying them to Yemen.
Later in life, Rusty helped on
his son’s farm, planting and
harvesting wheat and barley.
In his youth, Rusty was a
gifted Rugby player, known
as a speedy right wing, who
could run like the wind.
Hindered only by his poor
eyesight, he stopped more
than one match as players
searched for his lost contact
lenses. He was the youngest
player on Kenya’s rugby
team during the matches
with Oxford and Cambridge.
Rusty later took up polo
and passed on a love for
the game to his children
and grandchildren. He enjoyed sailing on his beloved
“Laughing Dove” on the
Indian Ocean and fishing.
Rusty met his wife,
Debra, in Gilgil Club near
Naivasha, Kenya. They
married in 1992 under two
thorn trees on the slopes of
the Menengai Crater. Their
work took them to Uganda,
Eritrea, and Mozambique,
before returning to Kenya in
1999. They moved to Diablo
Grande, California in 2007
where Rusty enjoyed golf
and cheering on many a golfer as they hit off the sixth tee.
Although disbursed around
the globe, Rusty remained a
central figure in a close-knit
and loving family. He loved
his children and grandchildren dearly and followed
their accomplishments with
great pride. Rusty loved music, danced like he meant it,
and always departed with a
heart-felt “God Bless”.
Rusty was preceded in
death by his first wife, Belinda, his parents, and his
sister, Isobel Pottinger. He is
survived by his wife, Debra;
his sisters Margaret Bown &
Priscilla Black; his children
and their spouses Gordy &
Susie Millar, Stuart & Alex
Millar, and Kitty & Neil
Lindsay; his grandchildren,
Craig Millar, Kaila Millar,
Nicholas Millar, Georgina
Millar, Iona Lindsay, Olivia Lindsay, Cheza Millar,
William Millar, Belinda
Lindsay, & Aiden Millar; his
step children, Benjamin Dumanowski & Laura Millar;
his mother-in-law, Donna
Neuenschwander; and many
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will
be held in the chapel of the
First Presbyterian Church
at the corner of 4th & K
Streets, in Livermore on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00
pm, followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The
Big Life Foundation, 3327
Blue Ash Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46239 (www.biglife.
org) or a charity of choice.
Please mention Rusty Millar
in comments.
Henry Bailey
Livermore resident of 36 years.
Born June 17, 1932 in
Rosebud, New Mexico to
Victoria and William Bailey,
Mr. Bailey spent his young
in New
t h e
migrated to
The family worked in the
farming community before
eventually settling in the
small town of Orange Cove,
California in the 1940’s.
Mr. Bailey graduated
high school in Orange Cove
and joined the Navy in 1953.
He served in the Korean War
on the U.S.S. J.E. Kyles
as an engineer. Upon his
departure from service, Mr.
Bailey moved to Los Angeles. There he completed his
apprenticeship as a Refrigeration Fitter. He then began
his career with ACCO Air
Condition Co. until retirement.
Henry married the love of
his life, Marie, in 1958. They
made their home in the San
Fernando Valley where they
raised their four children.
Mr. Bailey’s love for
farming continued as he
kept a small ranch. He grew
grapes for Christian Brothers Winery.
In 1978 the family moved
to Henry’s dream home, a
log cabin in the Altamont
Mr. Bailey was a devoted
husband to his wife Marie.
She was diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s at the age of 55.
He spent everyday with her
until passing.
Henry will always be
remembered as a generous
man who would give you
the shirt off his back and had
a smile that warmed your
heart. His love for singing
his favorite songs, Mona
Lisa, Tiny Bubbles, and
La Paloma will be missed
dearly by friends and family.
Henry leaves behind three
children: daughter Donna
Siano of Lake Elizabeth,
California, son Steve Bailey
and daughter-in-law Jamie
Bailey of Tracy California,
daughter Karell Eckardt
of Livermore, California;
grandsons: Melvin Eckardt,
Gabe Bailey, Gerrod Bailey,
Jay Siano, and Austin Eckardt; granddaughters: Jessica
Siano, Heather Eckardt, and
Taylor Common; and two
great grandchildren: Mimi
Eckardt and baby Gregory
He was preceded in death
by his wife Marie Bailey,
son Allan Bailey, and grandson Gregory Bailey.
Services will be held at
Callaghan Mortuary 3833
East Avenue, Livermore, CA
94550, on Friday January 9,
2015 at 2:00 PM
Jacqueline W. Sword
Oct. 29, 1934 – Dec. 15, 2014
was born
in Allentown, PA.
She was
in death
by her
also of PA.
Jackie and Charlie were
married in Allentown in
1967 and moved to Livermore in 1970. Jackie retired
from her nursing career in
March of 1997.
Jackie loved bowling,
golf, bingo, traveling and
horse racing. She also enjoyed showing her roses
and playing Rummikub’s
with her friends. Her love
for animals was remarkable!
Jackie was loved and
respected by her Family
and Friends. She will truly
be missed!
Memorial contributions,
if desired, may be made in
her name, to the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton.
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of affordable housing under
its RHNA.
Last November, the State
Department of Housing and
Community Development
(HCD) approved the draft
Pleasanton's Housing Element, asking for only a few
small changes.
Planning Director Brian
Dolan noted the most substantial change was a description of the city's growth
management process.
In the Housing Element,
the city has committed to
revising growth management
to ensure that its policies
would not interfere with the
construction of affordable
housing. Asked for specifics
by the state, Dolan said the
city listed examples of future
discussions. They include
the potential to exempt all
lower income housing from
growth management and to
mandate the ability to borrow from future years to
accommodate an affordable
housing project.
The city's growth management ordinance limits the
number of units to receive
building permits to a maximum of 235 a year.
Dolan commented that
HCD indicated it would
certify Pleasanton's Housing
Element assuming that it is
satisfied with the changes.
The councilmembers and
Mayor Jerry Thorne expressed frustration that the
state continues to dictate
how the city is run.
Karla Brown said she
is pleased with the Housing Element in that the city
now has a larger number of
affordable units. There is
housing stock to meet the
needs of a variety of income
levels, she stated.
Kathy Narum said that it
is important to comply with
state law. "We don't need
to spend money on further
No one from the public
The Housing Element
does not include the potential
for development on the eastside. That will be the subject
of a future debate.
The state now has 90 days
in which to determine if it
will certify the city's new
Housing Element.
each school site and develop
a model program guidebook
that prescribes essential
program elements for school
sites that have adopted a
least-hazardous integrated
pest management program.
SB 1405 amends AB
2260, the Healthy Schools
Act of 2000, by adding
transparency measures designed to better inform parents and teachers about the
pesticides and herbicides
that are being used at their
school sites.
The existing law already
required each school to
maintain records of all pesticide use at a school site
for four years, and to make
the records available to the
public on request. To comply
with the new law, a district
can simply keep a copy of
the warning signs posted for
each application, along with
the amount of pesticides
The law had already required notification of parents
24 hours in advance of using a pesticide, so that they
could keep their children
home from school that day,
said Cathy Roache, Alameda
County Deputy Agricultural
Commissioner. She is in
charge of pesticide enforcement.
SB 1450 also requires
that a list of all of the pesticides used at a school site
be filed at least annually
with the state Director of
Pesticide Regulation. The
Department of Pesticide
Regulation is developing a
school IPM template that is
expected to go to districts
early this year.
In the Valley, the Livermore school district maintenance director Bill Nagel said the district has a
program, and meets most
of the IPM requirements.
However, there is no formal
plan. He is working on updating the plan. Meanwhile,
Livermore will continue to
keep records on the amount
and type of pesticide it uses
as it has in the past.
In Pleasanton, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said
that the district does issue a
letter to parents and guardians concerning the pesticides used. The pesticide
names are being posted on
the district's web site. Pleasanton also will be working
on a formal document plan
for posting, said Ahmadi.
In regard to the link between pesticides and asthma,
the Pleasanton district established a detailed policy statement on asthmatic students,
which speaks to managing
the asthma.
The asthma policy includes a paragraph about
environmental assessment,
which states that the district
"may periodically conduct
an environmental assessment to identify and reduce
the presence of common
asthma triggers, including,
but not limited to, pesticides, chemical pollutants,
mold, and animal and dust
mite allergens, in the school
The Dublin school district and Tri-Valley Learning
Corporation (TVLC) had not
answered The Independent's
e-mail inquiries before deadline.
TVLC operates the TriValley Charter School on
North Canyons Drive next
Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have found that long-term salinity changes
have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes
than previously thought.
Changes in ocean salinity also can affect the height
of the sea, by changing its density structure from the
surface to the bottom of the ocean.
“By using long-term observed estimates of ocean
salinity and temperature changes across the globe, and
contrasting these with model simulations, we have
uncovered the unexpectedly large influence of salinity changes on ocean basin-scale sea level patterns,”
said Lab oceanographer Paul Durack, lead author of a
paper appearing in the November issue of the journal
Environmental Research Letters.
Sea level changes are one of the most pronounced
effects of climate change impacts on Earth. Changes
are primarily driven by warming of the global ocean
along with added water from melting land-based glaciers and ice sheets.
The team found that there was a long-term (19502008) pattern in halosteric (salinity-driven) sea level
changes in the global ocean, with sea level increases
occurring in the Pacific Ocean and sea level decreases
in the Atlantic. These salinity-driven sea level changes
have not been thoroughly investigated in previous
long-term estimates of sea level change. When the scientists contrasted these results with models, the team
found that models also simulated these basin-scale
patterns, and that the magnitude of these changes was
surprisingly large, making up about 25 percent of the
total sea level change.
“By contrasting two long-term estimates of sea
level change to simulations provided from a large suite
of climate model simulations, our results suggest that
salinity has a profound effect on regional sea level
change,” Durack said. “This conclusion suggests that
future sea level change assessments must consider the
regional impacts of salinity-driven changes; this effect
is too large to continue to ignore.”
Other collaborators include LLNL’s Peter Gleckler,
along with Susan Wijffels, an oceanographer from
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organization (CSIRO). The study was
conducted as part of the Climate Research Program at
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory through the
Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, which is funded by the Department of Energy’s Regional and Global Climate Modeling Program.
Nature Programs
days before electricity.
Farm Tour Docents lead tours for
community groups such as daycare
centers, garden clubs, and Scouts.
Glass House Museum Docents
are trained to lead a variety of tours,
provide educational programs and participate in historic preservation at this
fully restored, Italianate style Victorian
home which was built in 1877.
For more information or to RSVP
for this meeting, contact Sharon Peterson at (925) 973-3282 or [email protected] Forest Home Farms
Historic Park is located at 19953
San Ramon Valley Blvd., just south
of Pine Valley Road in San Ramon.
This program is provided by the City
of San Ramon Parks and Community
Services Department.
1/20/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/21/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/22/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/23/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30
p.m., Dublin Civic Center,
100 Civic Plaza, Dublin; 7:30
a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Pleasanton
Blood Donation Center, 5556B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton
1/24/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/26/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
LifeStyleRx, 1119 East Stanley
Blvd., Livermore
1/27/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/28/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/29/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/30/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.,
William Mendenhall Middle
School, 1710 El Padro Dr.,
1/30/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/31/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
never sold. They are distributed
promptly to 'neighbors in need'.
Mittens, scarves and hats are
also appreciated.
Donations of new or 'gently
used' articles can be dropped
by Bob & Deb's office at 5950
Stoneridge Drive any time
during business hours. Arrangements for pickup can also
be made by contacting Bob &
Deb at [email protected] or
calling (925) 487-8734.
Tracking 101 is the topic
of the Sat., Jan. 10 program
offered by the Livermore Area
Recreation and Park District
ranger staff.
Meet Ranger Patti Cole
at 9 a.m. in Sycamore Grove
Park at the nature area entrance
(directions provided when registering). offering the following
programs during the month of
Mud is a good thing – for
tracking. In the absence of snow,
mud is the next best surface
in which to track, so hope for
some mud and come out to the
park. Search for tracks and do
exercises to help strengthen
your powers of observation,
specifically related to tracking.
There will be a group size limit
and preregistration requirement,
so please contact Ranger Patti
at [email protected] to sign up
no later than Thursday, Jan 8.
Secrets of the Sycamores
will be offered on Sun., Jan. 11.
Meet Ranger Amy Wolitzer at 1
p.m. at Sycamore Grove Park,
1051 Wetmore Road.
Sycamore Grove is home
to the second largest stand
of western sycamore trees in
the world. Come learn about
the park’s namesake tree, the
animals that depend on them
and why groves like this are so
rare today. Visit some of Ranger
Amy’s favorite sycamore trees.
Canceled if raining heavily.
There is a $5 per vehicle
parking fee at either entrance
to Sycamore Grove Park. A $3
donation is requested to help
support the programs unless
other fees are specified. Participants may call 925-960-2400 for
more information.
Docents Sought
Those with an interest in local
history, gardening, canning, or how
people lived in Victorian times are
invited to attend informational meeting
on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from
1:00-2:00 p.m. to learn about volunteer opportunities at Forest Home
Farms Historic Park in San Ramon.
This orientation will provide
information about several programs
at the farm:
Farm Life Education Program
Docents introduce 3rd grade students
to the agricultural history of the San
Ramon Valley. Docents engage students in hands-on activities from the
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Blood Donations
The American Red Cross
encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit
by becoming a regular blood
donor this year, starting with
National Blood Donor Month
in January.
January is a challenging time
for blood donations. Inclement
weather can result in blood drive
cancellations, and cold and flu
season may cause some donors
to be unable to make or keep
blood donation appointments.
Donors of all blood types are
needed, especially those with
O negative, A negative and B
negative. Type O negative is
the universal blood type and can
be transfused to patients with
any blood type. Types A and B
negative can be transfused to
Rh positive or negative patients.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an
appointment, download the
Red Cross Blood Donor App,
visit or call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation
1/16/2015: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.,
Asbury United Methodist
Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore; 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
Pleasanton Blood Donation
Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave.,
1/17/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
1/19/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30
p.m., Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale
Ave., Pleasanton
to a vineyard that runs along
the northern part of the charter school property, and west
to Doolan Canyon Road.
At a TVLC board meeting late last year, CEO Bill
Batchelor told the board
about a pesticide use concern that involved the vineyard.
Batchelor told the board
that the vineyard has a new
owner, who may not have
introduced himself to neighbors. There is no legal requirement for a farmer to
notify neighbors about when
pesticides will be applied. In
addition, Livermore and the
county have Right to Farm
ordinance protection.
However, Batchelor got
in touch with the vineyard
owner, who was agreeable
to working with Batchelor
to established a plan for
communication and the best
times for spraying.
Communication between
neighbors can also be accomplished through Roache.
Roache said that there have
been no complaints about
vineyards in the Valley. She
believes that a complaint
about a neighbor using a pesticide is more likely, when
the material drifts into an
adjacent property. "Drift is
not allowed on neighbors,"
said Roache. "What people
need to do when they apply
pesticides is to follow the
label directions, and use
substances properly. "
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like this will continue to be
ram-rodded through as the
supporters rally their base to
get out and approve it.
pass a tax measure without
2/3 of all legislators approving, why can it be pushed
through by only 31.5% on a
ballot measure?
Ideally there should be
a quorum of voters to pass
such a measure. But that
will never happen. Us normal folk do not have the
resources (millions of dollars) to put such a measure
requiring this on the ballot.
So, as your gasoline prices increase, as do the price of
your car, dining out, buying
clothing etc.; don't grumble
if you didn't vote.
Get out and vote. I remember it being called "your
civic duty." As long as voters are apathetic, measures
Thank You
R. J. Molz
Executive Director of
Blankets For Kids
We want to thank all who
have been involved with
Blankets For Kids with their
time, money, effort and good
will towards our Foundation.
Since this is a 100% for the
abused and neglected children effort, this is the only
way we can thank those who
have contributed in some
way. With your help, we
have distributed thousands
of blankets to children in
stress and need. So a BIG
Researchers Find that Salinity Changes
Have Stronger Influence on Sea Levels
Fun on the Farm
Forest Home Farms Historic
Park and the Glass House Museum present Fun on the Farm
from 10am to 2pm the 2nd
Saturday of each month.
The theme for January 10,
2015 is Sheep Stories. A chilly
winter day is a great time to sit
in a sheltered spot and listen to
a good story. Stop by the Farm
to hear stories about sheep, help
card (comb) their wool, and
discover natural dyes that can
change yarn’s color. Visitors
can also make a sheep craft, and
meet a sheep up close.
Tours of the restored Victorian Glass House Museum
will be held at 10am, 11am,
12pm and 1pm. Each tour lasts
approximately 45 minutes, and
the fee is $5 per person (credit
card only). Children ages 2 and
under are free.
For more information about
Forest Home Farms Historic
Park call (925) 973-3284 or visit Forest
Home Farms Historic Park is
located at 19953 San Ramon
Valley Blvd., just south of Pine
Valley Road in San Ramon.
Warm Clothing Sought
Bob & Deb Cilk of Re/
Max Accord are conducting
the 15th AnnualCoat/Blanket/
Sock Drive to benefit homeless veterans and families of
the Tri-Valley/East Bay served
by Operation Dignity & the
Davis Street Family Resource
Center. Donations received are
Call 925-243-8000
FILE NO. 491088
The following person(s) has
(have) abandoned the use
of the Fictitious Business
Name: Bright Future Montessori, 4607 Kinsley St., Dublin,
CA 94568.
The Fictitious business
Name Statement for the
Partnership was filed on
05/01/2014 in the County of
The full name of Registrant:
Shaivali Parekh, 4607 Kinsley St., Dublin, CA 94568
This business was conducted
Dublin Nominations
The City of Dublin is still
accepting nominations for the
2014 Citizen of the Year, Young
Citizen of the Year, and Organization of the Year.
The purpose of these awards
is to recognize outstanding individuals and groups who have
contributed to the quality of life
in Dublin in 2014. The Young
Citizen of the Year recognizes
the volunteer service of a Dublin
youth in the 1st – 12th grade.
Nominations for the awards
are based on five established
criteria: the Dublin Pride – In-
Signature of Registrant:
/s/: Shaivali Parekh
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda on December 3, 2014.
Expires December 3, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3727. Published December
18, 25, 2014, January 1,
8, 2015.
FILE NO. 454348
The following person(s) has
(have) abandoned the use
of the Fictitious Business
Name: XITRADER, 4034
San Giorgio Ct., Pleasanton,
CA 94588.
The Fictitious business Name
Statement for the Partnership
was filed on 07/26/2011 in the
County of Alameda.
tegrity in Action Program’s ten
characteristics (i.e. Responsibility, Respectfulness, Caring, Giving, Positive Attitude,
Trustworthiness, Cooperation,
Doing One’s Best, Honesty,
and Self-Discipline); originality
and uniqueness of the activity/
project; overall relevance and
importance to the Dublin community; time and effort spent;
and challenge(s) in accomplishing the activity/project.
All nominees will be recognized at the Volunteer Recognition Event to be held at the
Shannon Community Center on
Wednesday, February 18, 2015,
where the winners will be announced. The Organization of
the Year will receive a $500 cash
prize, and a $300 donation will
be given to each of the Citizen
and Young Citizen of the Year’s
favorite non-profit organization.
Nominations can be completed online at the City’s
vre, or by calling the City Clerk’s
Office at (925) 833-6650. The
nomination deadline is Friday,
January 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.
The full name of Registrant:
Golden Future Montessori
LLC, 4034 San Giorgio Ct.,
Pleasanton, CA 94588
This business was conducted
Signature of Registrant:
/s/: Shilpa Parekh - Member
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda on December 3, 2014.
Expires December 3, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3728. Published December
18, 25, 2014, January 1,
8, 2015.
FILE NO. 499033
The following person(s) doing
business as: MT Auto Repair,
5715 Southfront Road, Unit
B-2, Livermore, CA 94551,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Timothy John Weigel, 161
Barber Street, Livermore,
CA 94550
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant has not yet
begun to transact business
using the fictitious business
name listed above.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Timothy John Weigel
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda
on December 10, 2014. Expires December 10, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3729. Published December
18, 25, 2014, January 1,
8, 2015.
FILE NO. 498968
The following person(s) doing business as: L. Sorkin
Management, 4736 Central
Parkway, Dublin, CA 94568,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Lauren Marie Sorkin, 4736
The Independent, JANUARY 8, 2015 - PAGE 11
Central Parkway, Dublin,
CA 94568
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant has not yet
begun to transact business
using the fictitious business
name listed above.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Lauren Marie Sorkin
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda on December 9, 2014.
Expires December 9, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3730. Published December
18, 25, 2014, January 1,
8, 2015.
3732. Published December
25, 2014, January 1, 8, 15,
FILE NO. 499264
The following person(s) doing
business as: Star Anise Thai
Restaurant, 2470 1st St, Ste
#108, Livermore, CA 94550,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Wongtayanuwat S. LLC,
7484 Oxford Cir, Dublin,
CA 94568
This business is conducted
by a Limited liability company
The registrant has not yet
begun to transact business
using the fictitious business
name listed above.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Sripan Wongtayanuwat
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda
on December 17, 2014. Expires December 17, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3733. Published December
25, 2014, January 1, 8, 15,
FILE NO. 499038
The following person(s) doing
business as: CMJN AVT,
1314 Balboa Way, Livermore, CA 94550, is hereby
registered by the following
Chris Burbano, 1314 Balboa
Way, Livermore, CA 94550
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant has not yet
begun to transact business
using the fictitious business
name listed above.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Chris Burbano
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda
on December 10, 2014. Expires December 10, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3731. Published December
25, 2014, January 1, 8, 15,
FILE NO. 499054-56
The following person(s) doing
business as: (1)Integrated
General Counsel (2)Integrated General Counsel Services
(3)Integrated Legal Counsel,
4900 Hopyard Road, Suite
100, Pleasanton, CA 94588,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Kristen Hayes Kuse, Esq.,
938 Montevino Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to
transact business using the
fictitious business name(s)
listed above on 12/14/2009.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Kristen Hayes Kuse
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda
on December 10, 2014. Expires December 10, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
3734. Published December
25, 2014, January 1, 8, 15,
FILE NO. 498969
The following person(s) doing
business as: A Restorative
Massage, 1062A Murrieta
Blvd, Livermore, CA 94550,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Carol Drew, 1434 Roselli
Drive, Livermore, CA 94550
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business using the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on 3/1/2010.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Carol Drew
This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Alameda on December 9, 2014.
Expires December 9, 2019.
The Independent Legal No.
Superior Court of the
State of California for the
County of Alameda
Case No. RP14733437
Estate of Judith L. Fallin,
94523 or delivered to Jonathan Kurniadi at the above
address personally, at any
time after the first publication
of this notice and before any
sale is made.
1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, subject to later
confirmation by the above
entitled court, on January 26,
2015, at 9:30 a.m., or thereafter within the time allowed
by law, Timothy R. Fallin, as
executor of the estate of the
above-named decedent, will
sell to the highest and best
net bidder on the terms and
conditions stated below all
right, title, and interest of the
decedent at the time of death
and all right, title, and interest
that the estate has acquired
in addition to that of the decedent at the time of death,
in the real property located
in Pleasanton, County of
Alameda, State of California.
7. Bids must be sealed and
will be opened at the above
address on the date and
time specified above. Bids
should be presented using
the Probate Purchase Agreement form published by the
California Association of Realtors and include the terms
described in this publication.
8. The property will be sold on
the following terms: Cash, or
part cash and part credit, the
terms of such credit to be acceptable to the undersigned
and to the court, with ten (10)
percent of the amount of the
bid to accompany the offer by
certified check, and the balance to be paid within five (5)
days following confirmation of
sale by the court.
2. This property is
commonly referred to as
1826 Harvest Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566, assessor’s
parcel number 946-3330-084
and is more fully described
as follows:
9. Taxes, rents, operating
and maintenance expenses,
and premiums on insurance
acceptable to the purchaser
shall be prorated as of the
date of close of escrow.
Examination of title, recording of conveyance, any title
insurance policy, and any
government compliance requirements shall be at the
expense of the purchaser.
County transfer tax will be
borne by the Seller.
Lot 12, Tract 4758, Filed May
15, 1981, Map Book 127,
Page 36, Official Records of
Alameda County, California
3. The property will be sold
subject to current taxes,
covenants, conditions,
restrictions, reservations,
rights, rights of way, and
easements of record, with
any encumbrances of record
to be satisfied from the purchase price to be assumed
by the purchaser.
11. For further information
and bid forms, contact Jonathan Kurniadi of Kurniadi
Realty, 3478 Buskirk Avenue,
Suite 1000, Pleasant Hill,
CA 94523, Telephone No.
4. The property is to be sold
on an “as-is” basis, except
for title.
5. The personal representative has given exclusive right
listing to Jonathan Kurniadi of
Kurniadi Realty, 3478 Buskirk
Avenue, Suite 1000, Pleasant
Hill, CA 94523, Telephone
No. 510-467-0610.
Mike Fracisco
The Independent Legal No. 3735 Published
January 1, 8, 15, 2015
6. Bids or offers are invited for
this property and must be in
writing and can be mailed to
Jonathan Kurniadi of Kurniadi
Realty, 3478 Buskirk Avenue,
Suite 1000, Pleasant Hill, CA
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PAGE 12 - The Independent, JANUARY 8, 2015
Hazardous Waste Facility Open Longer Hours; Takes More Items
By Carol Graham
Safely disposing of
household hazardous waste
just got easier as Livermore's
drop-off facility increased its
hours and began accepting
electronic waste, including
TVs, computers, cell phones
and microwaves.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility
in Livermore will now open
every Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop off is free to county
residents. No appointment
is necessary.
Livermore's facility is
located at 5584 La Ribera
Street, off South Vasco
"The primary reason that
hazardous waste should be
disposed of properly is to
keep it out of landfills and
from contaminating aquifers," according to Environmental and Conservation
Consultant Specialist David
An aquifer is an underground layer of permeable
rock, gravel or sand from
which groundwater can be
extracted using a well. Underlying most of the planet's
land areas, aquifers are critically important for human
habitation and agriculture.
When household hazardous waste is thrown away
with the garbage or poured
down drains, toilets or storm
sewers, toxic chemicals
contaminate the aquifers
creating a threat to humans ous waste per year."
Additionally, the site shows
and the environment.
Both Darlington and a 90-second video called
The facility's additional StopWaste agree that re- "Make Your Home Less
hours are designed to in- ducing hazardous waste is Toxic."
crease the capture of toxic the first step.
For more information,
materials for safe removal.
"Look for non-hazardous visit
"The main reasons peo- alternatives like rechargeple don't always dispose of able batteries, LED bulbs,
things correctly are these: plant based cleaners and
number one, educational garden products, and avoid
material provided to the Styrofoam," said Darlingpublic is lengthy, confusing ton.
and ever-changing," noted
The StopWaste website
Darlington. "Two, the drop- offers information links,
off days and hours have been including to the U.S. Detoo limited. Humans tend to partment of Health and Huwant everything simple and man Services Household
easy. If it's too complicated, Products Database featuring
without regard to the impact, more than 10,000 products,
many people will not take and to Skin Deep, a costhe necessary steps. They metic ingredient database.
think, 'It's only one can of
paint; it won't make a difFor Lease
Collecting household
Olivina Plaza
hazardous waste in a box for
1569 Olivina Ave.
occasional drop-off makes
proper disposal easy.
Hazardous waste inSuite 109, 113, 117
cludes batteries, fluorescent
Total Space
bulbs, cleaning products,
$1.55 NNN
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1,000 SF
oils, nail polish and cosmetMax Contiguous 3,000SF
Above is how the station appears today; below is the ics, pesticides, paints and
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rendering of how it will look in the future.
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varnishes. Other county
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Total SF
drop-off centers are located
in Hayward, Fremont and
“The drop-off facilities
are free and simple to use,”
said Bill Pollock, HHW
Program Manager for the
County of Alameda. “Residents don’t even need to get
out of their cars. They can
come in their pajamas if
they want.”
Disposal of medicine
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"We generate more hazardous waste than we think,"
As of January 6, 2015, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) Fire Station 9 said Darlington. "The aver1770 First Street, Livermore (925) 243-1477
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to take approximately one year.
Demolition of the existing station is scheduled to begin on January 12, 2015. Pacific
Mountain Contractors were awarded the bid on the fire station replacement by the Livermore City Council on December 8, 2014. The contract includes both demolition of the
existing building and construction of the new facility.
Station 9 will be temporarily relocating to a former Fire Station that is owned by, and
formerly used by the Alameda County Fire Department. Because this was an active fire
station within recent years, the transition to temporary Station 9 will be fairly seamless.
The original Fire Station 9 is being replaced for a multitude of reasons including the age
of the building, lack of ability to remain operational in the event of an earthquake, current
facility size and design, which does not accommodate modern fire apparatus, does not
meet current standards of design to support a diverse workplace, and does not presently
have ADA compliant public access and facilities.
The Board of Trustees of the Chabot-Las Positas Community
The new Fire Station will be a single story building in the existing location. Upon
completion, it will continue to house 3 on-duty firefighters, a fire engine, and an all-wheel
College District is soliciting applications from community
drive fire engine for wildland and urban/wildland interface firefighting.
members in Trustee Area 7 (Livermore and portions of
Station 9
To Be
While New
Is Built
Chabot-Las Positas
Community College District
Trustee Appointment
Pleasanton) interested in serving as an appointed member of
the Board until the next regularly scheduled election for
governing board members in November 2016.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of
Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in
The Board seeks a candidate who has the ability and time to
fulfill the responsibilities of a Trustee. Sample responsibilities
are listed below:
Participate fully in the work of the Board; attend all
meetings and some college events;
Study issues and agenda items and participate in Trustee
education programs;
Be knowledgeable about the communities served by the
colleges; be willing to act on behalf and for the benefit
of those communities;
Be committed to Chabot College and Las Positas College
and their missions; understand educational, social, and
economic policy issues;
Engage in balancing the needs of many diverse groups;
be able to contribute to and build consensus;
Participate as one Trustee and support the authority of
the Board as a whole.
The Board of Trustees meets the first and third Tuesday of
each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Application materials are available on the District website
at Applications must be received by
January 23, 2015 at 4 p.m.
The Board will interview candidates on January 27, 2015 and
make the provisional appointment on February 17, 2015.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Chancellor
Chabot-Las Positas
Community College District
7600 Dublin Blvd., 3rd Floor
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 485-5207
Special Winter Exhibit, page 4
Bobby Hutcherson in concert, page 2
Daredevils with instruments, page 3
Midori proudly displays her family's wine barrel art, page 5
Program Added to Firehouse Arts Center Calendar
Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson in Rare Concert
2010 NEA Jazz Master
Award winner Bobby
Hutcherson plays the
Firehouse Arts Center in
a newly-added performance, Saturday, January
17, at 8:00 p.m. Hutcherson is known as a master
of melodic, harmonic and
rhythmic improvisation
on both the vibes and the
marimba. He has performed or recorded with
nearly every major living
jazz musician.
Reserved seating tickets for Bobby Hutcherson
in Concert are $35.00
- $45.00, and can be
purchased online at www., by calling 925-931-4848, and in
person at the Box Office,
4444 Railroad Avenue,
McCoy Tyner calls
him, ". . . one of the best
musician’s in the world,"
and the San Francisco
Chronicle notes: “(Bobby
was) the picture of cool,
except for his arms and
hands, which were blurs
of movement that work
magic, playing the vibes
in both senses of the
word. Hutcherson is one
of the world's greatest
marimba players, too."
Born in Los Angeles in
1941, Hutcherson says he
turned to the vibes after
hearing the music of Milt
Jackson. "One day I was
walking down the street
and I heard one of his
records and that started
it…I have never tried to
directly copy his style, but
he's been a great influence
on me…”
While still a teenager,
Hutcherson performed
Bobby Hutcherson to perform in Pleasanton.
in Los Angeles with top
musicians. Then came a
stint in New York City,
performing and recording
with many of the leading
New York players, such
as Hank Mobley, Archie
Shepp, Eric Dolphy,
Charles Tolliver, Herbie
Hancock, Dolly McLean,
Tony Williams, Dexter
Gotdon, Andrew Hill,
McCoy Tyner and Grant
Hutcherson moved to
San Francisco in 1971
and won the International
Jazz Critic's Poll as the
"World's Best Vibest."
During the '70s and
'80s he performed and
recorded regularly as a
guest or co-leader. He
signed with Columbia in
1978 & and recorded the
highly acclaimed “Highway One Conception: The
Gift of Love” and “Un
Poco Loco." From 1981
he toured internationally
and made recordings as a
member of the Timeless
All-Stars, with Harold
Land, Curtis Fuller, Cedar
Walton, Buster Williams
and Billy Higgins.
In 1985, when veteran
producer Orrin Keepnews
launched his adventurous
new jazz label, Landmark
Records, the first release
was Hutcherson's “Good
Bait." He has gone on to
record numerous albums
on the Landmark Label.
In 1986 he was featured
in the Warner Brothers
release, Round Midnight
along with Dexter Gordon
and Herbie Hancock.
In 1994, on the Blue
Note label, he recorded
Manhattan Moodes, a
collaboration that has
continued to wow Jazz
Audiences for over a
decade. In 2003 – he
again recorded with McCoy Tyner on “Land of
Giants,” and the tour that
followed this recording
resulted in some of the
most stunning music in
recent jazz memory.
In 1999 Bobby
Hutcherson recorded
the critically acclaimed
CD “Skyline” for Verve
Beginning in 2007
Bobby Hutcherson
made a series of recordings with Kind of Blue
Records. In 2010 Bobby
Hutcherson released
“Wise One” on Kind of
Blue Records to wide critical acclaim. In 2014, Blue
Note Records released an
all-star collaboration titled
“Enjoy The View” with
Bobby Hutcehrson, David
Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco, & Bill Hart.
Bobby Hutcherson was
named an NEA Jazz Master
in 2010 and during that
year he toured with fellow
NEA Jazz Master pianist
Cedar Walton in a quartet
along with David Williams
on bass and Eddie Marshall
on drums to celebrate this
SONIC ESCAPE: Daredevils with Instruments
Museum. Shawn is the artistic director, flutist and music
arranger for TetraWind, a woodwind quartet specializing
in contemporary American music. He is recipient of numerous prestigious national and international performance
awards. Shawn holds a BM in Flute Performance from
The Juilliard School.
Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen, recently praised for his
“beautiful tone” by New York Concert Reviews, is
passionate about sharing music with music lovers. He
has soloed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens
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B A N K H E A D T H E A T E R 14 / 15
George Winston
Fri JAN 9 8pm
The Kingston Trio
Sonic Escape
They are virtuosos, these Juilliard-trained musicians
from New York City who perform in Sonic Escape.
The group will be performing at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton for a 8 p.m. show on Friday, January 16.
Maria is known by many as the Riverdance dancing
fiddler; flutist Shawn has been featured soloist at Lincoln
Center, Carnegie Hall, and is First Prize winner of The
Judith Lapple National Flute Competition; cellist NanCheng is the Executive Director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and a member of Trio 212 and Chen
Lincoln Center (NYC) Manager Hillary McAndrewPlate says, "SONIC ESCAPE is “an absolutely riveting experience… pure and radiant talent. The audience
response… has been tremendous.”
Armed with flute, violin and cello, their passion, according to the group, “has led us to stubbornly write our
own rules in a world that encourages everything but. The
results are frequently hilarious, always heartwarming and
addictive beyond belief.” Their presentations – crafted
in the practice rooms of Juilliard and honed on hundreds
of stages across 30 North American states & provinces
– sideswipes audiences, who find themselves laughing,
occasionally tearing-up…
Violinist and composer Maria Kaneko Millar has
performed as a soloist throughout Canada, Ireland, China,
Japan and the US; her work has aired on The Canadian,
British and American Broadcasting Corporations as well
as The WB’s One World Jam, CBS Sunday Morning and
CBS The Early Show. 170 performances as Solo Dancing Fiddler in Riverdance On Broadway and the North
American and Asian Tours of Riverdance. Her arrangements and aural transcriptions of Asian, Celtic, Gypsy,
Klezmer, Tango, Turkish, blues, jazz, pop, rock and
classical music have laid the foundation for fearless adlibbing in any setting. Maria holds accelerated BM/MM’s
in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School.
Flutist Shawn Wyckoff is an avid solo and chamber
musician who has been featured in performances at
Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center,
Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Library of
Congress, BargeMusic, MOMA and the Guggenheim
Sat JAN 10 8pm
Les Misérables
JAN 17, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31 8pm
JAN 18, 25, 31 2pm
Patrick Hunt
Thu JAN 29 7:30pm
Russian National Ballet Theatre
Mon FEB 2 7:30pm
The Lion King - A Dance Revue
Fri FEB 6 7pm, Sat FEB 7 7pm
come by
2400 First Street, Livermore
PhotoMontage and Quilt Works
at the Firehouse Arts Center
Feasting on crab
Livermore Rotary Club Presents
Its 60th Annual Crab Feed
The Livermore Rotary Club hosts its annual Crab Feed on Friday, February 6, 2015 at
6:00 PM at the Aahmes Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore. The event
features a crab dinner and dancing to live music by the Gabe Duffin Band.
The Livermore Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International, an International Service
Organization with 1.2 million members worldwide. Rotary International has innumerable
humanitarian projects across the entire globe.
Locally, the Livermore Rotary Club sponsors and runs the Livermore Rodeo Parade,
awards mini-grants to worthwhile school and community programs, provides music scholarships to middle and high school students, supplies support to seniors and gives back to
the Livermore community in countless ways.
Tickets are priced at $50 per person. Please call for special pricing for groups of 8 to
10 people. To order tickets call Debbie Peck (925) 447-4300.
The Livermore Rotary Club will use the proceeds from this event for Livermore community service projects, scholarships, grants for schools and local groups and much more.
Art Entries Sought for 'Love Me Tender'
The Bothwell Arts Center is seeking visual artists to enter
an open juried art show in conjunction with Visit Tri-Valley’s
Romancing the Arts Festival.
Love Me Tender is a visual exploration of how we love
to love love. Seductive, whimsical, funny, sweet, captivating,
enchanting, magnetic, painful, distressing, and bewitching—
this exhibition will show all the sides of love.
The exhibition will be on display January 27 through March
3, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore. The reception
will be held on Sunday, February 22 from 2:00- 4:00 pm. The deadline for application is
Friday, January 16, through electronic images via email. Open by invitation, the works
will be juried by Linda Ryan, Manager of the Bothwell Arts Center, Curator of the Bankhead Theater Exhibition Program and a member of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts
Center (LVPAC). For references, visit
The Bankhead Theater hosts receptions for the rotating art exhibitions in the Lobby and
Founder's Room. These are free to the public and allow you to meet the artists and explore
the exhibitions at your leisure. Proceeds from art sales benefit the Bothwell Arts Center.
Visit for a detailed prospectus and agreement. Contact Anne
Giancola at [email protected] with any questions.
Two unique exhibitions
will be on view at the Firehouse Arts Center public
spaces from January 15
through February 21. PhotoMontage artist and “visual
storyteller” Deborah Griffin
is well known for her use
of ephemera from the past
in combination with photographic elements, both
vintage and created. Fiber
and quilting artist Franki
Kohler is active both locally and internationally,
having earned recognition
and awards in a variety of
textile media.
Both artists will be on
hand to chat with the public
about their works during
the next Harrington Gallery
Reception at the Firehouse
Arts Center on Thursday,
January 15, from 6:00-8:00
p.m. Light refreshments
will be served. The event is
free, with donations always
gratefully accepted.
Harrington Gallery curator Julie Finegan notes that
both artists’ works could
have a somewhat seasonal
connection: quilting and
fiber arts can evoke warm,
tactile appeal in cold seasons, and the narrative na-
Top photo is of a photomontage by Deborah Griffin; the
lower, Oakleaf Hydranga by Franki Kohler.
ture of photo collage could
be a nice tie-in to the Valentine’s Day period.
The works of these two
artists is open to view during Firehouse open hours:
Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Firehouse Arts Center is located in downtown
Pleasanton at 4444 Railroad
Avenue. Admission is free.
For more information,
contact Gallery Director:
[email protected], or call the gallery: 925-931-4849.
Turning Wine Barrels into Works of Art
By Carol Graham
Monte and Melissa Martella are teachers by day,
artisans by night.
Under the light of the moon, as their baby peacefully drowses, the married couple dive into their nighttime work: crafting one-of-a-kind wine-barrel art.
"What started out as a cure for boredom while Monte was on paternity leave after our daughter's birth, has
morphed into a creative business that is up-and-coming
in the handmade marketplace," said Melissa. "After
repurposing an unwanted wine barrel into an American
flag wall hanging, the seed for Martella’s Custom Wine
Barrel Art was planted."
The American Flag piece, with its red stripes vibrant from the aging red wine that naturally saturated
the wood over time, is a focal point in the couple's
Livermore home, reminding them how far they've
come since baby Audrina's birth last March.
"During the baby's frequent naps, we spent time
in the garage creating a nursing rocking chair made
from a wine barrel," said Monte. "It came out a little
lopsided, which was probably due to lack of sleep, but
it sparked the vision that would become our passion."
Since then, Martella's Custom Wine Barrel Art has
filled around 120 orders, many coming from their Etsy
site which offers free shipping.
"Customers can order anything! We've had people
Melissa Martella (top photo) discusses the artwork created from wine barrels; (lower photo, Midori poses.
order custom monograms, and restaurants and businesses order their logos on our wine-barrel designs,"
said Melissa. "We've had military members request
emblems and firefighters request city names on custom
The pieces take anywhere from one day to four
weeks to create. The Martellas work with Bay Area
artist Sean Anetsberger to create the more detailed
"Each one of our creations pays homage to the brilliance of Americana, and is worthy of being displayed
in the trendiest art galleries," said Monte. "I seal all
the flags with a polyurethane that has a UV protectant
so it can be hung indoors or outdoors. They are dynamic pieces that catch people's eyes and start conversations."
"It's great when we can deliver the flags and see
our customers' reactions," added Melissa. "We enjoy
seeing how they use our art; some display it in their
homes, others in their yards or businesses. We also
love partnering with local businesses like McGrail
Winery, Swirl on the Square, Therapy and Milfleur."
Martella's Custom Wine Barrel Art is entwined
with the Livermore Valley's wine community.
"We always try to get barrels from local winer(continued on page 6)
(continued from page 5)
ies. Mitchell Katz, Cuda
Ridge, McGrail and Eagle
Ridge have helped us many
times," said Monte. "We
currently have several of
our unique wine barrel
wall hangings on display at
While Monte currently
teaches at Foothill High
School, Melissa is taking
a break from teaching to
raise Audrina and help with
the business.
"We are always looking
to make our small business
bigger and better. Right
now we're creating a line
of silhouette designs and
items that can be customized for weddings," said
Monte, who often works
under the close supervision
of Reddick, the couple's
Golden Retriever. "In
the future, we'd love to
move our business out of
our home and into a local
workshop where we could
create much more."
To learn more, visit, or
SWAN Day Show Taking Submissions
The Bothwell Arts Center and the Silicon Valley
Women’s Caucus for Art
announces an open call for
entries for a new exhibit
entitled SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now.
Designed to raise
awareness of women artists, SWAN Day (Support
Women Artists Now)
works towards developing
opportunity and visibility
for women artists. In this
call for entries, share original works, in any media,
that add to the conversation
to Support Women Artists
Now. The works will be
juried by Linda Ryan,
Manager of the Bothwell
Arts Center, Curator of
the Bankhead Theater
Exhibition Program and
a member of the Livermore Valley Performing
Arts Center (LVPAC). For
references, visit Linda’s
website: http://www.
The exhibition will
be on display March 3
through May 4, 2015,
Bankhead Theater, 2400
First St, Livermore. The
reception will be held on
Thursday, April 2 from
6:00-7:30 pm. Deadline for
application is Friday, February 13, electronic images
via email.
The Bankhead Theater
hosts receptions for the
rotating art exhibitions in
the Lobby and Founder's
Room. These are free to
the public and allow you to
meet the artists and explore
the exhibitions at your
leisure. Proceeds from art
sales benefit the Bothwell
Arts Center.
The Bankhead Theater
Art Exhibition program is
managed by the Bothwell
Arts Center with significant help from Livermore
Valley Performing Arts
Center, Bankhead staff and
local volunteers.
Visit http://bit.
ly/1zwESn4 for a detailed
prospectus and agreement.
Contact Anne Giancola at
[email protected] with any
Trio 212 and Chen Trio.
He has also participated
in top-tier US and international music. Nan-Cheng
holds a BM and MM in
Cello Performance from
The Juilliard School.
Stephen Brookes in The
Washington Post, March
2014, wrote: “It was an
evening designed to entertain… with a wide-ranging,
anything-goes sense of fun.
Wonderfully imaginative…
smile-inducing… impres-
sive.” Perhaps Touhill
Performing Arts Center
Coordinator Terry Marshall sums up best: “Sonic
Escape is in the process
of becoming an American
Reserved seating tickets
are $15- $25, and can be
purchased online at www., by
calling 931-4848, and in
person at the Box Office,
4444 Railroad Avenue,
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Symphony Orchestra,
Metro-West Symphony,
Quincy Symphony and
Symphony Pro Musica.
Recent recital and chamber music engagements
include performances at
Carnegie Hall’s Zankel
and Weill Recital Halls,
The Juilliard School’s Paul
Hall, and WMP Concert
Hall. Nan-Cheng is the
Executive Director of the
New Asia Chamber Music
Society and a member of
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Livermore Art Association
Gallery, located in the
Carnegie Building, offers
art classes, unusual gifts,
painting rentals, art exhibits
and information pertaining
to the art field, 2155 Third
St., Livermore. The gallery
has been open since 1974
and is run as a co-op by local
artists. Hours are Wed.-Sun.
11:30-4 p.m. For information
call 449-9927.
Members of the Pleasanton
Art League Public Art
Circuit are currently exhibiting art at six businesses
in the Pleasanton - Dublin
Area. Viewing locations are:
Bank of America at 337 Main
Street, Pleasanton; Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
at 777 Peters Street, Pleasanton; Sallman, Yang, & Alameda CPA's at 4900 Hopyard
Road, Pleasanton; US Bank at
749 Main Street, Pleasanton;
Edward Jones at 6601 Dublin
Boulevard, Dublin; and The
Bagel Street Café at 6762
Bernal Avenue Pleasanton.
If interested in becoming a
member of the Pleasanton
Art League or for information regarding the Public Art
Circuit, call John Trimingham
at (510) 877-8154.
California Watercolor Association’s 45th Annual National Exhibition. Opening
January 15 in the Harrington
Gallery at the Firehouse Arts
Center in Pleasanton. 75
artists from California and
beyond have been accepted
by this year's judges Eric Weigardt (selection) and Gary
Bukovnic (awards). A wide
variety of styles and types of
water media are represented. Free opening reception
and awards ceremony will
be held Thursday, January
15, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The
public is welcome to come
preview the entire exhibit,
chat with the artists, and
enjoy light refreshments.
Painting demonstrations
most Saturdays during the
exhibition, from 11:30-2:30.
For complete listing of artists, visit www.firehousearts.
org. Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.;
Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:00
p.m. Harrington Gallery at
the Firehouse Arts Center in
Pleasanton, 4444 Railroad
Avenue. Donations always
appreciated. Exhibit dates:
January 14 through February
21, 2015.
Abstract Watercolors by Linda
Jeffery Sailors at the Nancy
Thompson PAL wall at the
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444
Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. On
view Jan. 5 to Feb. 3.
Flow, exhibition of Linda
Ryan's new abstracts and the
Wente Vineyards Small Lot
Artist Series at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, 5565
Tesla Rd., Livermore. Display
through January 25; small lot
artist series wines available
while supplies last. 456-2305
or www.wentevineyards.
com, www/lindaryanfineart.
Special Winter Exhibits:
Photo Montage and Quilt
Works exhibits, January 15
through February 21. Two
unique artists will exhibit at
the Firehouse Arts Center
in Pleasanton. Fiber and
quilting artist Franki Kohler;
PhotoMontage artist/storyteller Deborah Griffin. The
public is invited to explore
and enjoy the exhibits during Firehouse Arts Center
open hours. Both artists are
scheduled to be on hand to
chat with the public about
their works during the next
Gallery Reception, Thursday,
January 15, from 6:00-8:00
p.m. Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.;
Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:00
p.m. 4444 Railroad Avenue,
Pleasanton. Donations
always appreciated. For more
information, contact Gallery
Director: [email protected], or call the
gallery: 925-931-4849.
Livermore Art Association,
Pleasanton Art League,
meeting Mon., Jan. 12, 7:30
-p.m. Cultural Arts Building,
4455 Black Ave., Plesanton.
Program presented by Don
Petersen, watercolor. No fee
to attend. Information, www.
Show and Tell, Artists are
invited to a monthly function at the Bothwell Arts
Center, called “Show & Tell.
4th Tuesday of each month
at 7:00 p.m. at the Bothwell
Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St.,
Livermore. Artists bring finished or unfinished work to
show and if desired, receive
a critique from the group.
Refreshments are brought
by some of the artists, and a
donation of $5.00 is desired
although not mandatory. Contact for this event is
D’Anne Miller at [email protected], or Linda Ryan at
[email protected]
ACC/Art Critique & Coffee,
Discuss and share work with
Professional Artists in sketching, painting, exhibiting and
marketing your work. ACC
members currently working
on exhibiting theme works,
under the Inspiration of "The
Artist's Edge /The Edge of Art
& Chosen Pathways." Meets
and Critiques Friday mornings in Pleasanton. [email protected]
Figure Drawing Workshop,
every Friday 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Artists bring their
own materials and easels.
Open to all artists. Professional artist models (nude).
No instructor. Students
under 18 need written
parental permission to attend. Cost $20 per session.
Bothwell Arts Center, 2466
8th St., Livermore. Coffee, tea
and refreshments are available. Call or e-mail Barbara
Stanton for more info about
the workshop, 925-373-9638
- [email protected]
Preschool Art classes:
Thursday mornings 9:45
– 10:45. Children aged 3-5
are welcome to join this
class. Classes cover drawing, painting, print-making,
sculpture and ceramics. For
further information, contact
Thomasin Dewhurst at (925)
216-7231 or [email protected] or visit http://
Art Classes, For children, teens
and adults. Beginner to
advanced. Drawing, painting,
printmaking, sculpture and
ceramics taught by highly
experienced artist and art instructor, Thomasin Dewhurst.
Weekday and weekend
classes, Homeschool classes,
Special classes during school
breaks offered. (925) 2167231 or email [email protected] for further info.
Piano and keyboard lessons, For children to adult.
Beginner to early intermediate level. Half-hour private
classes or small group classes
offered. Twice-yearly recitals.
(925) 216-7231 or email
[email protected]
for further info.
PPL/Pleasanton Poetry
League, now meeting
the 1st Thursday and 3rd
Wednesday of each month
7:00 at The Corner Bakery
Cafe in Pleasanton. Join us
as we challenge ourselves to
poetically relay our thoughts,
emotions and experiences
through poetry. Become a
member & share your work
- Contact [email protected]
Mac.Com for more info on
Theme Challenges, Membership & Opportunities.
Ukulele Circle, Meetings held
the 2nd and last Saturday
from 12 noon-1 p.m. at
Galina’s Music Studio located
at 1756 First St., Livermore.
Confirm participation by
calling (925) 960-1194 or
via the website at www. Beginners are welcome. Bring
some music to share with the
group. Ukuleles are available
for purchase. Small $5 fee to
cover meeting costs.
Colored Pencil - Basics and
Beyond - Classes are for
beginners and intermediate
students. Classes start Mon.,
Jan. 5th 9:30 to noon for five
weeks and Tues., Jan. 6th,
6:30 to 9PM for five weeks.
Instructor Maryann Kot, Location, Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th St. Livermore. Sign
up, Way Up Art and Frame
MTAC Master Class, Feb. 21
2:00-4:00pm in the Black Box
Theater, Barbara F. Mertes
Center for the Arts, Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill
Dr., Livermore. Free
Las Positas Vineyards, Livermore, Sunday, January 11th,
"Sunday Funday" event taste
the newest wine & cheesecake cupcake pairing flight.
$10 for club members &
$15 for non-members. Fore
more details contact us at
925-449-9463 or email [email protected]
Fenestra Winery Souper Bowl
on Jan. 24 and 25 from noon
to 5 p.m. Guest chefs, from
local restaurants, will present
soups of assorted kinds. Eddie Papa’s Grill will be bringing back its award-winning
Artichoke & Chile soup from
last year. The public is invited
to sample the soups and
breads, taste award winning
wine, and enjoy an afternoon in the historic winery
building. Local vendors
will also be on hand selling
Molly Ringwold
their arts and crafts. The
$15.00 entry fee includes a
logo wine glass, buffet plate,
soup samples, and recipes.
Event charge for Wine Club
“Fanatics” and non-drinkers
is $5.00. 83 Vallecitos Road,
Livermore, (925) 447-5246 or
email [email protected]
Charles R Vineyards hosting
7th Annual on Sat., Jan. 31
from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"Cabstravaganza." Taste the
winery's big bold Cabernet
Sauvignons. 8195 Crane
Ridge Road in Livermore
Blacksmith Square, music
every Saturday 3 to 6 p.m.
in the courtyard, 21 South
Livermore Ave., Livermore.
Chris Bradley's Jazz Band
appears regularly at: The
Castle Rock Restaurant
in Livermore/on Portola
Avenue-- the 2nd and 4th
Tuesday each month from
7:30-9:30--Dance floor, full
bar, small cover.
Marc Cohn in Concert. SOLD
OUT. Grammy winning singer
and songwriter of the hit
“Walking in Memphis” comes
to the Firehouse Arts Center
for the first time on Friday,
January, 9, at 8:00 p.m. One
of this generation’s most
compelling singer/songwriters, Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith
with the passion of a great
“soul man.” Reserved seating
tickets are $35.00 - $45.00;
available at, 925-931-4848, or at
the center Box Office, 4444
Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.
George Winston, rural folk
piano. 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 9.
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First
St., Livermore. or 373-6800.
Larry Coryell – Guitar’s
‘Godfather of Fusion.’ Live
in concert Saturday, January
10, 8:00 p.m. at the Firehouse
Arts Center in Pleasanton.
More than 100 albums
over the past 45 years. Acclaimed session musician
with Jimmy Webb, The 5th
Dimension, Chick Corea,
John McLaughlin...a true
Renaissance musician who
excels at all musical styles,
including jazz, rock, classical.
Composer of orchestral and
chamber works. Reserved
seating tickets are $28.00
- $38.00; available at www., 925-9314848, or at the center Box
Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue,
The Kingston Trio, 8 p.m. Sat.,
Jan. 10. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
SONIC ESCAPE: “Daredevils
with Instruments.” Friday,
January 16, 8:00 p.m., one
performance only. Virtuoso
trio of elite Julliard graduates
deliver riveting performances on violin, flute, cello, plus
voice and story to reshape
the concert experience!
From classical masterpieces
to bluegrass, from popfusion to folk, plus groundbreaking original numbers.
Shawn Wyckoff, flute; Maria
Kaneko Millar, violin; NanCheng Chen, cello. Reserved
seating tickets are $15.00$25.00; available at www., 925-9314848, or at the center Box
Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue,
Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson in Concert: show added
at Firehouse Arts Center, January 17, 8:00 p.m. Reserved
seating tickets are $35.00
- $45.00; available at www., 925-9314848, or at the center Box
Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue,
Pleasanton. Hutcherson is
the most accomplished vi-
Ottmar Liebert
braphonist of his generation.
Master of melodic, harmonic
and rhythmic improvisation on both the vibes and
the marimba, Bobby has
performed or recorded with
nearly every major living jazz
Pleasanton Cultural Arts
Council Presents: ‘A Night
to Remember’ 8 p.m. Jan.
24, Amador Theater, 1155
Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
Featuring pianists Tamriko
Siprashvili and Temirzhan
Yerzhanov in concert to
benefit Arts in the Schools.
Tickets available at the
Firehouse Arts Center, www.
An Evening with Molly
Ringwold, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.,
Feb. 12. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
Ricky Nelson Remembered,
starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. 8 p.m. Fri., Feb.
13. Bankhead Theater, 2400
First St., Livermore. www. or
Three Sisters by Anton
Chekhov, Feb. 13-March 8.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre,
22311 N. Third St., Hayward.
Program and facility of the
Hayward Area Recreation
and Park District. or 510-881-6777.
Del Valle Fine Arts, Cypress
String Quartet, 8 p.m. Feb.
14. Bankhead Theater, 2400
First St., Livermore. www. or
Pacific Chamber Symphony,
2 p.m. Feb. 15, Romance in
the Valley. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
Ottmar Liebert, contemporary Flamenco, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
The Music of ABBA, 8 p.m. Fri.,
Feb. 20. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
Livermore-Amador Symphony, presents Young
Love, 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 21,
solos by winners of the 2-1415 Competition for Young
Musicians. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
Pacific Repertory
Theatre presents
Strait Country: A Tribute
to George Strait featuring Buck Ford and his Pure
Country Band, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444
Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. or
Swingle Singers Versatile A
Cappella from London, Feb.
27, 8 p.m. Firehouse Arts
Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.,
Pleasanton. or 931-4848.
19th annual Playwrights’
Theatre series, sponsored
by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, opens in
early January with one of the
“Tao House Plays” written
by O’Neill while he lived in
Danville from 1937-1944.
Two-character play, Hughie,
Saturday, January 10 at 8:00
p.m., and on Sunday, January
11 at 3:00 p.m. in a staged
reading at the Museum of
the San Ramon Valley. Reservations for Hughie at the
Museum of the San Ramon
Valley are available online
or by phone at (925) 8201818. Admission for adults
is $25. A limited number of
student tickets at $10 each
is available for high school
students. The Museum is located at 205 Railroad Avenue
in Danville.
Les Miserables, weekends
Jan. 17-31, 8 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
at the Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore.
or 373-6800.
The Golden Follies 2015, Jan.
18, 2 p.m. Firehouse Arts
Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.,
Pleasanton. or 931-4848.
Forever Plaid, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Jan. 30-Feb. 15.
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444
Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. or
The Taffetas, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Jan. 31-Feb. 14.
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444
Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. or
Faculty Showcase, Feb. 5,
7:00pm in the Main Stage
Theater, Barbara F. Mertes
Center for the Arts, Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill
Dr., Livermore. Free
Love Letters, Encore Players
presentation at Bothwell Arts
Center in Livermore, 2466
8th Street, over Valentine’s
Day weekend. February 13
and 14 performances are at
8 p.m., with a February 15
matinee at 2 p.m. General
seating tickets cost $25, and
can be purchased through
the Bankhead Box Office,
2240 First St., Livermore or
online at For more information about the Encore Players, contact Patrick Moore at
[email protected]
Creatures of Impulse Presents: Face-Off 2015, Feb.
19 and 21. Firehouse Arts
Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.,
Pleasanton. or 931-4848.
The Intergalactic Nemesis,
live-action graphic novel. 8
p.m. Sat., Feb. 28. Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. or 373-6800.
Classic Film Series, First
Thursday of each month at
7:00 p.m. through June 2015.
Pleasanton Library meeting room. The programs are
free and all are welcome
to attend. Note that some
films are mature in content
and may not be suitable for
Russian National Ballet
Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb.
2. Bankhead Theater, 2400
First St., Livermore. www. or
The Lion King, A Dance
Revue, Livermore School of
Dance, Feb. 6 and 7, 7 p.m. at
the Bankhead Theater, 2400
First St., Livermore. Includes
jazz, tap, hip hop, modern,
contemporary/lyrical, ballet
and pointe. or 373-6800.
Square dancing for all ages
8 years and up, Thursdays
from 7:00-8:30pm at Del
Valle High, 2253 5th Street,
Livermore. Families and
friends welcome. September
classes are free to new dancers. Questions? Margaret
Valley Concert Chorale
scheduling appointments
for auditions for singers who
would like to be a part of
the Chorale’s March and May
2015 performances. Auditions will be held on Mondays, January 12th and 19th.
Auditions and rehearsals are
held at the First Presbyterian
Church of Livermore, 2020
Fifth Street. The Chorale is
seeking experienced singers
with sight-reading skills who
enjoy singing exciting and
challenging music. The Chorale performs a wide variety
of music ranging from classical to contemporary, and
folk to jazz. To schedule an
appointment, call (925) 4624205. The Chorale’s 51st concert season will feature the
following performances and
events: March 2015: Requiem
by Gabriel Fauré, Luminous
Night of the Soul by Ola
Gjeilo; May 2015: Oscar Winning Songs from the movies.
More information about the
Valley Concert Chorale is
available at or by calling
the general information line
at (925) 866-4003.
Cantabella Registration,
Spring registration for Cantabella Children’s Chorus is
now open to new students.
Classes begin the week of
January 12th in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. For
more information or to register for the training choirs
or schedule an audition for
the performing choirs, visit or
call 925-292-2663. Registration ends on January 31st
for Performing choirs, and
on February 7th for Training
Youth Singers for GGIF,
International award-winning
Cantabella Children’s Chorus
is seeking strong singers in
8th-12th grades who are
interested in competing at
The Golden Gate International Children's and Youth
Choral Festival (GGIF) to
be held in Berkeley, July
13-18, 2015. Top American
and international choirs will
An Evening with
Howard Hughes
gather together under the
batons of eminent guest
conductors. Selected singers must past the audition
and register for Cantabella’s
spring semester starting in
January. They will be trained
by Cantabella’s directors
Bee chow and Eileen Chang.
For more information or to
schedule an audition contact
Bee Chow at 925-292-2663
or [email protected]
by January 7th.
Political Issues Book Club
meets the 4th Tuesday of each
month, and reads books
about issues and trends that
are driving current affairs
in both the national and
international arenas. Topics
that have been covered
include politics, governance,
economics, military affairs,
history, sociology, science,
the climate, and religion.
Contact Rich at 872-7923, for
further questions
We’re Talkin’ Books! Club is
a member-centered book
group led by a small group
of book club veterans, with
reading selections based
on member recommendations and consensus. No
homework required– share
your insights or just listen in!
Contact Susan at 337-1282
regarding the We’re Talkin’
Books! Club.
Storied Nights: An Evening of
Spoken Word. 2nd Thursday
of each month. Features local
authors reading their work
7:30 to 9 p.m. at Peet's Coffee
and Tea, 152 So. Livermore
Ave., Livermore. Sponsored
by LVPAC and Peet's. Information go to
The Museum on Main 2015
Ed Kinney Speaker Series
An Evening With… at the
Firehouse Arts Center: An
Evening with Howard
Hughes, Tuesday, January 13th, 7pm: The aviator
is portrayed by director,
playwright, and theatre
director Brian Kral. Firehouse
Arts Center, 4444 Railroad
Avenue, Pleasanton. Tickets
may be purchased online at,
at Museum on Main during
regular operating hours or
by phoning the museum at
(925) 462-2766. For more
information about the Ed
Kinney Speakers Series visit or
phone Museum on Main at
(925) 462-2766.
Patrick Hunt: Getting to
Know the Iceman: New
Science on an Old Mummy.
Hunt describes new research
on the oldest mummy ever
discovered. 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29.
Rae Dorough Speaker Series,
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First
St., Livermore., 373-6800.
New Orleans Bash at the
Bothwell Arts Center, 8th
and H Streets, Livermore.
Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Tickets are $15 in advance
and can be purchased now
through the Bankhead Theater ticket office or for $20 at
the door.
Museum on Main 2015 Ed
Kinney Speaker Series, An
Evening with Pleasanton
Historian Ken MacLennan,
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2177 Las Positas Ct, Ste. K, Livermore CA 94551
(925) 454-1974
Sam Miller, Branch Director
(continued from page 9)
Tuesday, February 10th,
7pm: A new look at an old
story with Ken MacLennan, Pleasanton historian
and author of Pleasanton,
California: A Brief History
by History Press. Books will
be available for purchase at
the event and MacLennan
will sign copies following the talk. Firehouse
Arts Center, 4444 Railroad
Avenue, Pleasanton. Tickets
may be purchased online at,
at Museum on Main during
regular operating hours or
by phoning the museum at
(925) 462-2766. For more
information about the Ed
Kinney Speakers Series visit
or phone Museum on Main
at (925) 462-2766.
Loving Livermore Heritage,
February 15 and February
21 - Carnegie Park in downtown Livermore. Noon to
3:00 p.m. Activities will
include city walking tours,
the History Mobile, visits
with Robert and Josepha
Livermore, children’s crafts,
and food vendors. Livermore Heritage Guild
“Murder at the Duarte
Garage” February 21,
from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Livermore Heritage Guild
will present “Murder at the
Duarte Garage” Murder
Mystery Dessert and Wine
Event. Dessert buffet and
drinks while you try to
solve a murder. Purchase
raffle tickets for an original
watercolor or print by local
Livermore artists Carolyn
Ramsey, Tilli Calhoun, and
Don Larsen as well as other
great raffle prizes. Tickets
for are $20.00 and can be
purchased at The Carnegie
Building, 3rd Street, Livermore or at the door the day
of the event.
“Murder at the
Duarte Garage”
(Organizations wishing to
run notices in Bulletin Board,
send information to PO Box 1198,
Livermore, CA 94551, in care of
Bulletin Board or email information to [email protected]
com. Include name of organization,
meeting date, time, place and
theme or subject. Phone number
and contact person should also be
included. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.)
Livermore Amador Valley
Garden Club will meet on Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:00pm at
Alisal School's multipurpose room,
1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
Mary Garcia and Ben Amstutz, of
Swallowtail Garden Seeds, an online seed company located in Santa
Rosa, will speak on how seeds are
produced (both hybrids and heirlooms) and the new seeds for 2015.
They will also discuss propagation
of plants from seeds. Visitors are
welcome. For more information call
Bev at 925 485 7812 or visit www.
Tri-Valley Chapter of the
National Federation of the Blind
monthly meeting on Saturday,
January 10, from 1 to 2:45 pm. in
Cafeteria Room 2 at Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore, 1111
East Stanley Blvd. Any visually
impaired or interested person is
urged to attend. Call, Carl, 4499362 for more information.
Campana Jazz Festival 40th
Anniversary "After Party" Celebration.All former Amador Valley
Band HS members are invited after
the Festival to to Dinner, Music,
and more in celebration of 40
years of the Campana Jazz Festival.
Saturday February 14th, 2015 from
7:00pm to 11:30pm at Castlewood
Country Club, Pleasanton Tickets:
$50 in advance, $60 at the door.
Students, directors, alumni, community supporters, and anyone
who loves Jazz is invited to attend
the Dinner at themed Food Stations, no-host bar, and of course
live Jazz music throughout the
night. Tickets available at www.
Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister
City Association youth cultural
exchange summer program is
beginning the candidate process.
To participate in the program,
a student needs to be entering
his or her sophomore –senior
year in high school in the fall and
have completed a second year of
Spanish by the end of this school
year. Students can attend any informational meeting regardless of
their school of attendance to learn
about the application and selection process: January 14 at 7-8 PM
at Foothill HS, parents and students
meeting room C-6; January 15 at
7-8 PM at Amador HS, parents and
students meeting Q201; January
21 at 7-8 PM at Chamber of Commerce 777 Peters Ave; February 18
7-8 PM at Chamber of Commerce
777 Peters Ave. More information
about the exchange program can
be found on Pleasanton Tulancingo
Sister City Association's website
at Questions or would
to recommend a student, email
[email protected] or call at
925 209-5825.
CoveredCA and MediCal
Health Insurance assistance in
Spanish, Cantonese and English
is available at Dublin Library (200
Civic Plaza). Walk in welcome on
Jan 12 & 26, Feb 2 & 9 between
1 and 4PM. Both enrollment
and information available. Open
Enrollment will end Feb 15, 2015.
Do not wait till the last minute. For
more information email [email protected]
How to Make Your Own
Deodorant, Join New Leaf team
member Kyle Johnson for a demonstration and learn how to make
paraben-free, preservative-free,
vegan coconut oil based deodorant made with real essential oils.
Wed., Jan. 14, 6 pm-7 pm. Free.
New Leaf Community Market, Vintage Hills Shopping Center, 3550
Bernal Ave, Pleasanton. Preregister
Livermore - Pleasanton Elks
Lodge annual crab feed Sat., Jan.
17, Cocktails 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m.,
dancing 8 p.m.., live entertainment
by Richard Dorffi Trio. Adults $45
per person, purchase table for
12 adults and one is free, $495.
Call Lodge office for tickets at
455-8829. Advance sale only. 940
Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Menu:
crab, clam chowder, pasta, salad,
FRench bread and dessert.
Tea Dance featuring The
Mellotones Combo Jazz Band,
presented by Veterans of Foreign
Wars Pleasant Post 6298, 1 to 3
p.m. Veterans Hall, 301 Main St.,
Pleasanton. Dates in 2015 include
Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20,
June 17, Sept. 16, and Oct. 21. Music from the American songbook
played for listening and dancing in
a variety of ballroom experiences.
Cover charge is $8 and includes
refreshments. Proceeds benefit
needy veterans and their families.
Information [email protected] or
Valley Spokesmen Bicycle
Touring Club, Sat., Jan. 10, 42 mile
loop from San Ramon Central Park
to Livermore, meet 9:30 a.m. for
celebration of Alberto's birthday,
Gail Blanco and Alberto Lanzas,
872-1001. Anyone planning to take
part in the ride is asked to contact
the leader for details on where to
meet and what to bring.
Tri-Valley Triathlon Club, 2015
Kick Off! January 13 at 6Fifteen
Cyclery in Danville, 7 p.m. Jan. 13,
3430 Camino Tassajara. Snacks and
drinks. Overview of programs and
events for 2015. RSVP to [email protected] Information at
Del Arroyo 4-H Club meets
on the third Wednesday of each
month at Arroyo Seco School, 5280
Irene Way, Livermore. The next
club meeting will be January 21 at
6:00pm. Those interested in joining
4-H are invited to come to the
meeting. Anyone 9 to 19 years old
can join 4-H. For more information
call Margaret Miller at (925)-4476980 or email [email protected]
Tri-Valley Communities
Against a Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley CAREs) monitors
nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout
the US nuclear weapons complex,
with a special focus on Livermore
Lab and the surrounding communities. All are welcome at the
monthly meeting at the Livermore
Civic Center Library Thursday,
January 15th from 7:30pm to 9pm.
For more information call Tri-Valley
CAREs at (925) 443-7148 or visit our
website at
Widowed Men and Women
of Northern CA, Jan. 15, 5 p.m.
happy hour in Pleasanton, RSVP by
Jan. 13 to Ruby, 462-9636. Feb. 17,
1 p.m. friendly bridge in Pleasanton, RSVP by Jan. 10 to Barbara,
426-8876. Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m., lunch
in Dublin, RSVP by Jan. 15 to Bette,
510-357-7873. Jan. 22, 2 p.m. Les
Mis matinee, Bankhead Theater,
Livermore, RSVP by Jan. 22 to Marsha, 830-8483 for optional lunch at
Uncle Yu's. Jan. 29, 1 p.m. lunch in
Fremont, RSVP by Jan. 27 to Ginny,
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society will present
Janice M. Sellers speaking on “Vital
Records and the Calendar change
of 1852. The talk will introduce a
wealth of information found in Vital
Records of the U.S. Government,
federal, state, county and towns.
She will also introduce some unusual places to look for these and
how the Calendar changes affected
genealogical research. The meeting
is on Monday, January 12, 7:30 pm
at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400
Nevada Ct. in Pleasanton. All are
welcome and there is no charge.
For further information contact:
[email protected]”
2015 Business Expo and Flavor of Dublin is set for Thursday,
Feb. 26. Co-hosted by the Dublin
Chamber of Commerce and City
of Dublin, will take place from 4 to
7 p.m. at the Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave.,
Dublin. Businesses are invited
to sign up to participate. Exhibit
space is 8 x 8 and includes a 6 foot
table, skirting and two chairs. The
fee is $175 for chamber members
and $275 for nonmembers. Booth
participants are encouraged to
donate a raffle prize for a general
drawing, rather than individual
booth drawings. Businesses donating a prize will be recognized at
the time of drawing. Booth spaces
are limited. For information, go to
org or call (925) 828-6200.
Dress a Girl Around the
World, an invitation to make
simple dresses for girls in third
world countries. Next Sew-Fest
is Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Hall,
Pleasanton. Help is needed sewing, ironing, cutting. Bring sewing
machine or serger, iron, ironing
board, scissors, along with helping
hands. (Those planning to stay
all day should bring a bag lunch.)
Always accepting cheerful cotton
fabric donations. Those who can’t
make the Sew-Fest but would like
to sew, arrange for kits that can be
sews at home. Questions? Suzanne
Beck, 925-352-8447 or [email protected]
Rotarian Foundation of
Livermore encourages Tri-Valley
residents to purchase gift tickets to
the Bella Rosa Ball on February, 14,
2015 from 6 – 10:30 pm at the new
event center at the Garre Winery at
7986 Tesla Road in Livermore. The
Ball, which is a Foundation fundraiser for Axis Community Health
programs, features a divine threecourse gourmet meal with choice
of entree, a glass of champagne
and wine, dessert, and an evening
of dancing to the Cool Tones Big
Band. Tickets are only $125 per
person. For more details and an
online registration link, just visit To
learn more about Axis Community
Health, visit
Silent Auction donations,
Kings of Columbus, Michael J.
Costello Council of Pleasanton
hosting 46th annual Crab Feed and
raffle/silent auction Sat., Jan. 17 at
St. Augustine Hall in Pleasanton.
Donations are needed for the raffle
and silent auction. All proceeds
benefit nonprofit charities and
ministries. All participating firms
will be included in a donors' list. For
information, contact Lou Sanero at
[email protected]
Livermore Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., only
national organization committed
to fostering the mother-daughter
relationship through philanthropic,
leadership and cultural activities together and in peer groups,
meeting Wed., Jan. 21, 2015,
6:30 p.m. Livermore Civic Center
Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave. To
be eligible for membership in the
new NCL Chapter, daughters must
reside or go to school in Livermore
and currently be in 6th-11th grade.
For more information and to be
added to the email list, contact
Kirsten Sprott at [email protected] or (925) 667-6608
Fertile Groundworks offers
opportunities to volunteer in a
community educational garden
each Tuesday and Wednesday
from 10:00-noon and Fridays from
3:00-6:00. Additional volunteer
opportunities are available the
1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the
month from 9:00-noon. The organization provides organically grown
produce to local food programs for
those in need, as well as serving as
a teaching garden. Those interested
to visit www.fertilegroundworks.
org and like us on our Facebook
page ( to sign-up for volunteer opportunities. 4743 East Ave.,
Livermore (directly behind Asbury
United Methodist Church).
American Legion Post 47 in
Livermore is looking for veterans
in the Livermore area who are
interested in performing community service for young people
and promoting veterans affairs.
Interested veterans will meet with
other likeminded veterans for camaraderie and support of veteran’s
causes. The American Legion is the
largest federally chartered veteran’s
organization that is the veterans
lobby and voice to congress. The
Livermore American Legion Post
47 meets the second and fourth
Monday of each month at 6:30 PM
at the Veterans Memorial Building,
522 South L Street, Livermore. Enter
the building from the ramp on the
5th Street side. For more information go to http://www.calegion.
org/ or contact Bill Bergmann at
[email protected] or
(925) 443-2330 or Roy Warner at
Crab Feed, Sat., Jan. 31, Shrine
Event Center, 170 Lindberg Ave.,
Livermore, 6 p.m. to midnight. St.
Michael's/St. Charles CYO basketball fund-raiser. Includes dinner
and dancing as well as raffle prizes.
All you can eat crab or chicken,
pasta, bread and salad. Adults only
please, $45 per person. Purchase
online drink and raffle tickets Additional information [email protected] or
Crab Feed, sponsored by the
Livermore High School Alumni
Assoc. on Friday, March 20, 2015.
Event supports programs, students,
& faculty at Livermore High School.
More info to come. Want tickets?
Want to help? Contact [email protected] or Ray at
Writing club for young adults,
Whether a seasoned writer or
just starting out, join published
Young Adult author J.L. Powers at
Livermore Public Library for the
Writing Club for Young Adults, ages
13 through 21 will meet from 6:30
to 8:00 pm on the third Thursday
of the month. The meetings will
be held at the Civic Center Library,
1188 South Livermore Avenue,
Livermore. The club is free and no
registration is required. For more information, please visit TEEN SPACE
on the library’s website:, or contact Jennifer
at 925-373-5576.
Assistance League® of Amador Valley invites all visitors to join
this dedicated group of volunteers,
reaching out to those in need in
the Tri-Valley and having fun doing
it. Regular meetings are held on
the third Thursday of the month
at 7 p.m. at the Parkview, 100
Valley Ave., Pleasanton. For more
information, see our website, www.
org, e-mail assistanceleagueama-
[email protected], or call (925)
Sons in Retirement (SIR) is a
social group of retired men who
join together to better enjoy their
leisure time. Activities include
golf, bridge, photography, travel,
fishing, biking, wine tasting, and
technology. The Tri-Valley Branch
serves men living in Pleasanton,
Dublin, Livermore, and San Ramon.
The group meets for lunch on the
first Thursday of each month at the
San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest
Lane, San Ramon. Please read more
about the Tri-Valley SIR at http:// and the Statewide SIR
at For information
or to attend a meeting, call Rich
Osborne 925-785-3549.
Navy, Marine Corp & Coast
Guard Active Duty and Veterans.
Meet with other like minded
veterans for camaraderie and support of veterans causes. The Fleet
Reserve Association is a chartered
organization that provides a voice
in Congress. Young veterans are
highly encouraged to get involved
in promoting the concerns of your
generation. The local branch of the
FRA meets the first Friday of each
month at 6:30 PM at the Veterans
Memorial Building, 522 South L St.,
Livermore. For more information
go to or contact Roy
Warner at 925-449-6048 or Loraine
Maese at 454-1582.
Operation: SAM “Supporting All Military” is a 501(c)3 non
profit military support organization
based in Livermore. S.A.M. has
been in operation since January
2004. It is dedicated to the continued morale support of deployed
troops. For information or donations, visit,
email [email protected]
or call 925-443-7620.
ClutterLess (CL), This is a
nonprofit, peer-based, self-help,
support group for people with
difficulty discarding unwanted
possessions. Meetings room 7 at 7
p.m. every Monday at the St. Mary
& St. John Coptic Orthodox Church.
Room 7, 4300 Mirador Drive,
Pleasanton. Just come or call our
925-525-3992 or 925-922-1467 or
go to
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Pleasanton,
meets Wednesdays 7:15 to 8:45
p.m. St. Clare's Episcopal Church,
3350 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton
(not affiliated with the church.
Information at www.dbsalliance.
org/pleasanton or contact chapter
leader, Al Pereira, 462-6415.
Pleasanton Newcomers Club,
open to new and established residents of the Tri-Valley. Activities include a coffee the first Wednesday
of the month, a luncheon on the
second Wednesday of the month,
Bunco, Mah Jongg, walking/hiking groups, family activities, and
monthly adult socials. Information,
call 925-215-8405 or visit www.
Community Resources for
Independent Living (CRIL)
offers services to help people
with disabilities and supports
them to live independently and
participate in their community
for as long as they are willing
and able to do so. CRIL maintains
offices in Hayward, Fremont and
Livermore to provide information and referrals and provide
community education at senior
centers and affordable housing complexes to residents of
Southern Alameda County. The
Tri-Valley office is located at
3311 Pacific Avenue, Livermore
94550 and can be reached by
phone at (925) 371-1531, by FAX
at (925) 373-5034 or by e-mail at
[email protected] All
services are free.
Livermore Peripheral
Neuropathy Support Group
meets every fourth Tuesday of
the month at 10 a.m. in the third
floor movie room at Heritage
Estates Retirement Community.
The address is 900 E. Stanley
Blvd., Livermore All are welcome.
Contacts are: Sandra Grafrath
443-6655 or Lee Parlett 2929280.
NAMI (National Alliance on
Mental Illness), Tri-Valley Parent
Resource and Support Group is
a twice-a-month parent support
group for parents with children
to age 18 diagnosed with or
suspected of having bipolar or
other mood disorders. It meets
First and third Tuesdays of each
month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00
p.m at Pathways To Wellness,
5674 Stoneridge Dr., Suite #114,
Pleasanton. The group is drop-in,
no registration required and is
free. Suzi Glorioso by phone:
(925) 443-1797 or by e-mail:
[email protected]
DBE Daughters of the
British Empire, John McLaren’s
Roses of Britain Chapter in the
Tri-Valley meets at 11:00 a.m. on
the 3rd Thursday of every month
at Castlewood Country Club. DBE
was founded in 1909 and is a
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
made up of women of British or
British Commonwealth heritage
and ancestry with a focus on
charity and fellowship. Those
interested in helping with “the
cause," enjoying social activities,
and forming long-lasting friendships, contact Edith Caponigro
at 925-998-3500 or Jenny
Whitehouse at 925-484-1273 for
additional information.
Livermore Lioness Club
welcomes new members at their
regular monthly meeting on
the first Tuesday of each month,
at 6:30 pm. Participating in the
many activities of the group is a
great way to meet local people.
The Lioness is a service club,
sponsored by the Livermore
Lions Club, that helps many
worthy causes in our community.
Lioness’s main focus are women,
children and family issues, in
addition to helping the blind. For
information, call 925-443-4543.
First Presbyterian Church,
2020 Fifth Street, Livermore. 8:30
a.m. Contemplative Service in the
Chapel and 10:00 a.m. Traditional
Service in the Sanctuary and children’s program For more information or 925-447-2078.
Tri-Valley Bible Church, 2346
Walnut St., Livermore, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with Sunday
school for all ages at 9 a.m. Children's classes during adult worship
service. AWANA children's program
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 449-4403 or
Unitarian Universalist, 1893
N. Vasco Rd., Livermore. 10:30 a.m.
Sunday service. Information 4478747 or
Congregation Beth Emek,
Center for Reform, Jewish Learning, Prayer and Community in the
Tri-Valley. 3400 Nevada Court,
Pleasanton. Information 931-1055.
Rabbi Dr. Lawrence Milder, www.
Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, affiliated with the Congress of Secular
Jewish Organizations (
Information, Rabbi Judith Seid,
Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, 485-1049
First Church of Christ,
Scientist, Livermore, services 10
a.m. every Sunday. Sunday School
for students (ages 3-20) is held at
10 a.m. every Sunday. The church
and reading room are located at
Third and N Streets. The Reading
Room, which is open to the public,
features books, CDs and magazines
for sale. For information, call (925)
Sunset Community Church,
2200 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. Sunday
worship service at 9:30 a.m. Hispanic service starts at 2 p.m. Nursery and children's church provided.
A "Night of Worship" first Sunday of
each month at 6 p.m. Wednesday
night program for all ages at 7 p.m.
Information, call 447-6282.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Sunday Service 9:30 a.m. 1020
Mocho St., Livermore. Information,
Our Savior Lutheran Ministries, 1385 S. Livermore Avenue,
Livermore. 9 a.m. worship (semiformal); 10:30 a.m. adult Bible study/
Sunday school. For information, call
Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue,
Livermore. 9 a.m. Sunday worship.
Information 447-1950.
Calvary Chapel Livermore,
meetings Sundays at 10 a.m. Robert Livermore Community Center,
4444 East Ave., Livermore. (925)
447-4357 - www.calvarylivermore.
United Christian Church,, a gay-welcoming
congregation offering community
and spiritual encouragement for
questioners, seekers and risk-takers. Worships on Sunday morning
at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. 1886
College Ave. at M St,, Livermore;
call 449-6820 for more information.
Granada Baptist Church, 945
Concannon Boulevard, Livermore.
Services: Sunday school – 9:45 a.m.;
worship service – 11 a.m. All are
welcome. 1-888-805-7151.
Seventh-day Adventist
Church, 243 Scott Street, Livermore. 925-447-5462, services on
Saturday: Sabbath school 9:30 a.m.,
worship 11 a.m. www.livermoresda.
org/ All are welcome.
Faith Chapel Assembly of
God, 6656 Alisal St., Pleasanton,
Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship
10:30 a.m., Children’s Church 11:15
a.m. Women's Bible study Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Intercessory prayer
1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Senior
adult ministries meet every other
month. Call the office at 846-8650
for more information.
Trinity Church, 557 Olivina
Ave. Livermore.Sunday worship at
8:30 and 11:00 a.m., and Sunday
School and Bible study for all ages
at 9:45 a.m. Awana is Sunday at
3:30 p.m. Wednesday night there is
adult Bible study, youth activities
and children's choir at 6:30 p.m.
Child care during all events. 4471848,
St. Charles Borromeo, 1315
Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Meditation groups following the John
Main tradition, every Monday 5:30
p.m. and 7 p.m. For details, contact
Claire La Scola at 447-9800.
St. Innocent Orthodox
Church, 5860 Las Positas Rd., Livermore. Sunday Liturgy at 10 a.m.
For details, go to www.stinnocent.
net or call Fr. John Karcher at (831)
St. Clare’s Episcopal Church,
3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
Services on Sunday, 8:00 a.m.
and 10:15 a.m. Children’s Sunday
School & Chapel at 10:15 a.m. All
are most welcome to come and
worship with us and to enjoy our
hospitality. 925-462-4802.
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal
Church , 678 Enos Way, Livermore,
(925) 447-3289. Church: Service
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. Contemplative
Eucharist; 9:15 a.m. Adult Bible
Study (check web-site): 10:25
Sunday School (Godly Play); 10:30:
Sung Eucharist with choir, child
care provided. 1:00 p.m. Youth
Group. www.saintbartslivermore.
Tri-Valley Church of Christ
at 4481 East Avenue, Livermore,
worship service 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Sundays, all are welcome. 925-4474333 ( a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Little Brown Church, United
Church of Christ 141 Kilkare Road,
Sunol. 10:30 a.m. worship. All are
welcome here. 925-862-2580
Pathway Community Church,
6533 Sierra Lane, Dublin. Contemporary Worship Service, Sunday
10:30 am. Children, youth, adult
programs. Biblically based practical
messages, nondenominational. All
are welcomed. (925) 829-4793.
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church, 486 S. J Street, Livermore.
9:00 a.m. worship service. Bible
Study/Sunday School 10:20. Bible
Basics Class, which explores the
main teachings of the Bible, meets
at 7:00 Sunday night. Call 371-6200
or email [email protected]
for more info.
Tri-Valley Church of Christ,
4481 East Avenue, Livermore;
Update on classes for The Story 9 to
10:00 a.m.. Worship Service 10:15
to 11:30 a.m.
Bethel Family Christian Center, 501 North P Street, Livermore,
Pastors are Don & Debra Qualls.
Weekly ministries: Sunday 10 a.m.
- Teaching Sessions; Sunday 10:25
a.m. - Holy Grounds Fellowship;
Sunday Worship Service 10:45
a.m. - Elementary aged children go
to Kid’s Church following worship,
nursery available; Wednesday 7
p.m. - Back to the Point Bible Study;
all ages; Friday 7 p.m. - Celebrate
Recovery; in the dining hall; 925449-4848.
Centerpointe Church, 3410
Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton.
Services 9 a.m. blended with choir
and band. Childcare for infants
through age 6 and children start
in the worship service with their
parents. 10:30 contemporary worship led by a band. Sunday school
for children and middle-schoolers. (925)
Valley Bible Church, Pleasanton, 7106 Johnson Drive, Services
at 9:00 and 11:00. Interpretation
for the deaf at 9:00. 925-227-1301.
Valley Bible Church,
Livermore, Meeting at Altamont
Creek Elementary School, 6500
Garraventa Ranch Road, Livermore.
Services at 10:00 a.m.
Cedar Grove Community
Church, 2021 College Ave., Livermore. Worship Services 9 a.m. and
10:45 a.m. or
call 447-2351.
St. Francis of Assisi Anglican
Church (1928 Book of Common
Prayer), 193 Contractors Avenue,
Livermore. Sunday services:
8:45 am (Low Mass) and 10 am
(High Mass with Sunday School).
Other Holy Days as announced.
For information, call msg. center at
Chabad of the Tri-Valley, 784
Palomino Dr., Pleasanton. 8460700.
Rabbi Raleigh Resnick.
Well Community Outreach
Center ministry provides meats,
canned and dry goods, toiletries,
and school supplies (only available
prior to the start of the school
year). Those with an immediate
need or who would like to donate
nonperishable food items, call the
office at (925) 479-1414 to begin
the process. Wednesday and Friday
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Thursday 4
p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Pick up by appointment only. The Outreach Center
will be open every 4th Saturday
to distribute bags from Fresh and
Easy Market and Sprouts. This will
be on a first come first serve basis
between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 2333
Nissen Drive, Livermore.
Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. offers
a friendly congregation where
all are welcome. Worship at 9 or
10:30 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday
school for youth and adults at
10:30 a.m. and childcare at both
services. Children are welcome in
all services. Contact Rev. Heather
Hammer at 846-0221, send an
email to [email protected] or
visit website at www.lynnewood.
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: 9050 Mocho
St., Livermore. 3rd ward 9 a.m.,
2nd ward 11 a.m., Mocho branch
(Spanish) 2:10 p.m. 1501 Hillcrest
Ave., Livermore: 1st ward, 9 a.m.;
4th ward 11 a.m., Springtown ward,
1 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints: Pleasanton 1st
Ward: Sunday at 1 p.m., 6100 Paseo
Santa Cruz. Pleasanton 2nd Ward:
Sunday 1 p.m. at 3574 Vineyard
Ave. Pleasanton 3rd Ward: Sunday
9:30 a.m., 3574 Vineyard Ave.
Pleasanton 4th Ward: Sunday 9:30
a.m., 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz. Dublin
1st Ward: Sunday 9:30 a.m., 8203
Village Parkway.
John Knox Presbyterian
Church, 7421 Amarillo Rd., Dublin.
Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday school for ages 3-18 during
worship. Adult education Sundays
at 11:00 a.m. Jr. High youth group
Sundays 4:00-6:10 p.m. High school
youth group Sundays 5:50-8:00
p.m. (925)8281846.
Livermore Quakers: Unprogrammed worship on 2nd and 4th
Mondays each month at 7pm, 1893
N. Vasco Rd. (UU Church). More
information: [email protected] or (925) 315-7170.
Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., Suite 108, Dublin.
10:00 Sunday service; children’s
program available. All are welcome.
Ongoing classes, groups, and
activities. Rev. Karen Epps, minister.
Grief Workshop, Bi-monthly
workshop to help with healing. St.
Elizabeth Church, 4001 Stoneridge
Dr. Pleasanton. Second and fourth
Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. January 8th & 22nd, February 12th &
26th , March 12th & 26th 2015. No
per-registration is necessary. These
sessions are open to all, regardless
of religious affiliation. Please call
Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377 for
more information.
The outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate
students at the University of Tennessee at Martin have been honored with publication of the Fall 2014 Chancellor’s Honor Rolls
for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; College of
Business and Global Affairs; College of Education, Health, and
Behavioral Sciences; College of Engineering and Natural Sciences;
and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Jackson D. Zarubin,
Pleasanton, received High Honors.
Army Pfc. Ryan C. Mcintosh has graduated from basic combat
training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army
mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and
received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military
weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice
system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Mcintosh is the son of Heather Mcintosh of Tracy, , and
grandson of Joan Mcintosh of Livermore. He is a 2009 graduate
of Modesto Christian High School in Modesto.
Nagisa Smalheiser (center), a sophomore at Amador High School, Pleasanton, is the 2015 winner of the Pleasanton
North Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest. She is shown with second place winner Laura Klein (left), a Foothill
High junior and Rotary International exchange student from Germany, and third place finalist Kimberly Szeto,
a Foothill High sophomore. Club officials Dave Cherry (left) and Kevin Greenlee (right) presented the awards.
Pleasanton North Rotary Annouces Speech Contest Winner
Amador High’s Nagisa Smalheiser Wins Rotary Speech
Nagisa Smalheiser, a sophomore at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley High School, has won Pleasanton North Rotary
Club’s Youth Speech Contest.
Smalheiser’s five-minute speech was judged the best of
three presentations Jan. 2 at the Rotary chapter’s weekly
meeting at Handles GastroPub, Pleasanton.
The speeches addressed “Light Up Rotary,” the theme
selected by Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang
to guide his administration. They also included references to
the principles of the Rotary International Four-Way Test that
guide the organization’ community service commitment.
Smalheiser used the Four-Way Test to identify shortcomings in the truth, fairness, goodwill and benefits derived from
the mistreatment of animals, and she described projects she
recently organized to act on her concerns.
“It is important to take the initiative to make a difference,” she said. “Everyone should try to light a candle to
light up the world.”
Smalheiser was awarded $100 and qualified to compete
in area finals of the Rotary District 5170’s Richard D. King
Annual Youth Speech contest in Livermore. Regional and
district competition will follow.
Laura Klein, a Foothill junior and Rotary International
exchange student from Germany, and Foothill sophomore
Kimberly Szeto were awarded $50 and $25, respectively,
for their second and third place finishes.
Kevin Greenlee, Pleasanton North Rotary Club’s youth
services coordinator, chaired the local competition. Jim
Brice, principal consultant with Tri-Valley Public Relations,
Susan Dupree, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Dublin, and
Lara Golden, global community director with Callidus
Cloud, Pleasanton, judged the competition.