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info P l e a s a n t o n From shows at the Amador Theater to art galleries along Main Street to poetry readings organized by the city’s own Poet Laureate, Pleasanton arts is a town with many opportunities to experience art. And it’s not short on entertainment, either. With live music performances at many locations downtown, a concert series and nearby movie theaters, there’s never a reason to be bored. n live music n museums and collections n movies n bookstores and readings n lectures n art associations Livermore Art Association PO Box 216, Livermore 94551. The Livermore Art Association (LAA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes public interest and appreciation in fine arts and crafts and encourages the artistic progress and development of its members. LAA welcomes new members. Members help judge local artwork, teach art in the schools and demonstrate arts and crafts to requesting organizations. In partnership with the Pleasanton Art League, LAA holds general monthly meetings that feature demonstrations by renowned artists. LAA supports the LAA Gallery in the Carnegie Building, 2155 Third St., Livermore. The public is invited to visit the Gallery, Wed-Sun, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 449-9927. Pleasanton Art League PO Box 23, Pleasanton 94566. In partnership with the Livermore Art Association, the Pleasanton Art League holds monthly meetings featuring demonstrations by nationally recognized artists. The PAL Circuit provides a showcase for members’ work at various public buildings. Workshops by well known artists give participants an opportunity to work with top instructors in many media. Annual scholarships are awarded to art students at Las Positas College. Call Pat Smith, 846-4138. E-mail: Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council PO Box 1298, Pleasanton 94566. Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) is dedicated to the understanding and enrichment of the arts in our community and cultivating an environment that supports visual, literary, musical and theater arts. It presents quality concerts, plays, art shows and festivals and supports community events, such as the Arts in the Schools program and the Poetry, Prose and c o n c e r t s e ri e s Civic Arts Presents Sponsored by the city of Pleasanton, “Civic Arts Presents” is a series of professional performances that take place throughout the year, including music, dance, comedy, family entertainment and holiday specials. The Civic Arts box office is located at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., and is staffed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MonFri and two hours prior to showtimes. Call Info-line: 931-5361. Box office: 931-3444. Concerts in the Park Sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association and the Pleasanton Weekly, this summer concert series takes place Friday evenings from June to Sept at Lions Wayside Park at First and Neal streets. Musical styles range from blues to rock, disco to reggae and also includes Latin, Big Band swing and 1950s era rock ‘n’ roll. Visit the website for schedule of performances. Call 484-2199. Wente Concerts at the Vineyard 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore 94550. This concert series features big-name acts. There are several ticket package options and can include terrace seating, dinner and golf for the JuneSept concert series. Tickets can be purchased online at Call 4562424. dance Diablo Ballet PO Box 4700, Walnut Creek 94596. Founded in 1993, this professional ballet company comprises 10 principal dancers from around the world. The troupe tours throughout California and the Western states, with many local performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Call 943-1775. Fax 943-1115. www.diabloballet. org. E-mail: l e c t u re s Ed Kinney Lecture Series 603 Main St., Pleasanton 94566. The Museum On Main offers a historical lecture series on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, formerly the Pleasanton Playhouse, presents several shows throughout the year, including musicals like “A Chorus Line.” Ave. Admission is $10; $5 for members of the Amador Valley Historical Society; $5 for teachers with ID and $3 for students with ID. Call 462-2766. E-mail: Science on Saturday Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offers this annual fiveweek series for students sixth grade through high school on diverse science topics. No registration is required, but seating is very limited and on a first come basis. The lectures are held in Feb at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Admission is free. The website provides lecture topics, dates and an opportunity to sign up for notifications of various education programs. Call 422-5059. E-mail: literary activities Barnes & Noble Book Clubs 4972 Dublin Blvd., Dublin 94568. Several book clubs meet at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, including the Tri-Valley Writers at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and a mothers book club at 7:30 p.m. Mondays. The store also hosts author appearances and children’s storytimes. Calendars for these events are available at the store. Bookstore is open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Call 560-1495. Borders Book Clubs 4575 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton 94588. Book clubs and events are scheduled throughout the year. Call for current literary events schedule. Bookstore is open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon-Thu, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Call 227-1412. Great Books Great Books of Pleasanton, a local chapter of the San Francisco Great Books Council, meets on the fourth Mon of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., to read and discuss outstanding works of literature. Call Sadie Skinner, 846-1658. Online Book Clubs The Pleasanton Public Library offers online book clubs for various genres. Members read the first few chapters of a book via email to decide if they would then like to check the book out from the library. The service is free and can be joined by visiting the library website. Call 931-3400. Pleasanton Public Library 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton 94566. The library offers a variety of reading programs for children and teens, including Paws to Read (a reading program for grades 1-5), Friday Storytime, Toddler Laptime, Spanish Storytime, Bookleggers, book clubs for children and young adults, and the Teen Advisory Group. The library also offers a Mature Adults Program (M.A.P.) for seniors, a book club for adults, Internet classes for seniors and Friends of the Library. It hosts a summer reading program for all ages and sponsors an annual book writing award program. Hours: Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon- entertainment Bernal Ave., Pleasanton 94566. Civic Arts offers a wide range of classes in many forms of artistic expression for all age groups. Arts experiences for young people include youth theater and dance, the Children’s Arts Festival, the Youth Music Festival and the Civic Arts School Concert Series. Civic Arts sponsors Pleasanton’s Poet Laureate, Civic Arts Presents performances, Civic Arts Stage Company and Public Arts programs as well as Free Shakespeare in the Park by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Call Civic Arts Info-line, 931-5361. & City of Pleasanton Civic Arts 200 Old Arts Festival. PCAC advocates for arts and art facilities on behalf of the entire Pleasanton community. Call 461-4864. 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