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al-Mart, the country’s largest retailer, is seeking a Pleasanton city permit to open one of its new “Neighborhood Market” grocery stores in the vacant 33,000-square-foot supermarket space once occupied by Nob Hill. And already opponents are out in force. Actually, nothing in the schematics submitted to city planners identifies the applicant as Wal-Mart (although one planner said a small section of the multi-page submittal once did), but it’s rather an ambiguous Roseville firm specifying changes that could take place to existing water, sewer and electrical lines and fixtures still in place. Nob Hill, a unit of Raley’s, Inc., closed its doors in February 2010 at 3112 Santa Rita Road, located in the Santa Rita Square shopping center at the southeast corner of Santa Rita and West Las Positas Boulevard. Since then, 99 Ranch, an Asian market, and British-owned Fresh & Easy have opened grocery stores in the nearby Rose Pavilion. Nob Hill was granted an operating permit in 1980. It had no pharmacy and was open 16 hours a day. Any grocer would need only a business license to reopen the store with the same operating provisions without seeking new costly, time-consuming and — in Wal-Mart’s case — likely controversial permit approvals from the Pleasanton Planning Commission or City Council. Those restrictions might meet Wal-Mart’s conditions. It has longer operating hours at its regular store about a mile away at 4501 Rosewood Drive, where it has a pharmacy. Its new Neighborhood Market concept focuses on low-cost groceries and household products, although most include a pharmacy. Bypassing the structured city approval process could help WalMart open a Neighborhood Market here. Two on the City Council — Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Councilman Matt Sullivan — have been outspoken critics of Wal-Mart’s non-union business plan and opposed the Rosewood Drive Wal-Mart’s application to enlarge its garden shop and add a storage facility. Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a member of the teachers’ union, no doubt has similar views. By simply resuming business in the former Nob Hill building with no changes requiring a review of Nob Hill’s already approved operating license, Wal-


This former Nob Hill supermarket in the Santa Rita Square shopping center is being considered by Wal-Mart for its new “Neighborhood Market,” a full service grocery store.

Mart could get started and wait to see if a more favorable political climate surfaces at City Hall. Both Hosterman and Sullivan are termed out in November 2012 (along with Councilwoman Cindy McGovern), opening three seats on the council that will be installed in December. But an outside organization has sent email messages to residents in the Santa Rita Square marketing area warning that “A Wal-Mart Store is coming...and you don’t have a say about it!” It urges the public to demand an environmental impact review (EIR) to force a public hearing on the basis that a Wal-Mart grocery could increase traffic. “Tell our council that you want a say when a big box store wants to open next to our homes!” the message continues. Using the URL, the website might just as easily carry the name “Providence,” since that is where it’s located. When the site is accessed, the link automatically goes to Citizens Speak, an email advocacy service for grassroots organizations based in Providence, R.I. It apparently is effective. Serving community and labor advocacy groups for one-time issue-oriented actions and described as “the for the rest of us,” Citizens Speak won the Webby Award in 2006 for its “vision” and “superior quality.” Introduced in 1998, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets range from about 40,000 square feet or less, which would make the Nob Hill site one of its smaller markets. By comparison, Safeway’s new Lifestyle Supermarket under construction at Bernal and Valley avenues across from the Fairgrounds will have 58,000 square feet of operating space. These smaller markets, according to Wal-Mart, are meant to attract customers with easier parking, less crowded aisles and quicker checkout. They offer a variety of products, including a full line of groceries, including a bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, meat and seafood, produce and snacks. N

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Newsfront DIGEST Shakespeare coming to the park Pleasanton’s own festival of the Bard is scheduled for the next three weekends at Amador Valley Community Park. This year San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Free Shakespeare in the Park will present the inventive fairytale, “Cymbeline,” over three weekends beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23. Performances will take place Saturday and Sunday evenings through Aug. 7. “Cymbeline” includes many familiar Shakespeare elements — forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion. The Amador Valley Community Park is located at 4301 Black Ave., at the corner of Black Avenue and Santa Rita Road. Bring family, friends and low lawn chairs.

CSU fees going up 12% California State University trustees approved a 12% tuition hike Tuesday that will take effect at Cal State East Bay and other CSU campuses this fall, bringing annual tuition to $5,472. Officials said the tuition increase is expected to help close the budget gap created by $650 million in state funding cuts. It will generate $150 million for the CSU system, with the remaining $400 million shortfall to be saved through cutbacks and an additional 10% tuition hike approved in November. The board is also planning to reduce enrollment by roughly 10,000 students statewide. Campus budgets will be reduced by a combined $281 million, according to CSU officials.

Rotary rewards Ryan’s resource center The Rotary Club of Pleasanton has awarded a $1,000 matching grant to the ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center to update its media and model collection. The center, at 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., is used by people with illnesses and their family members, students, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals for up to date medical information. It also serves as a library resource for local schools: anatomy models and health information posters are checked out for classroom instruction; and students in ROP classes volunteer at the center. Models that were purchased offer information about the dangers of smoking and other health risks and provide anatomically correct models of organs like the lungs, brain and pancreas.


Kay’s Ladies Day at the Races last Thursday attracted more than 125 women at the Alameda County Fairgrounds racetrack as the annual event organized by Kay Huff continued for its 19th year. She started assembling women interested in attending the races in 1992, calling it a fun day, entertaining and also educational. Each year, a few women join the group for the first time to try their hand on betting on a few of the horses, with most usually coming back the following year.

County Fair breaks attendance records

Men, upset that they’re not included in Kay Huff’s annual Ladies Day at the Races, sit an aisle away in their own group that numbered about 13, according to a headcount by Pleasanton attorney and organizer Mike Hosterman. But a few in the group appear to be women “borrowed” from Huff’s group, which caused a few of the flustered men to hold their Pleasanton Weekly newspapers the wrong way.

Crowds down 91,414 corn dogs, 1,500 scorpions, much more BY JEB BING

A total of 452,746 fairgoers poured through the gates of the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton during its 18-day run that ended Sunday, setting a new attendance record for the 99th year of the event. April Mitchell, manager of event sales and marketing, said attendance was up 8% over last year and was well above the record attendance of 434,919 set in 2009. The Alameda County Fair is ranked as the 41st largest fair in the country and is the largest public event in the East Bay. Record attendance also drove record-high food sales and Butler Amusements, the fair’s carnival ride operator, also had its best year. This year’s horse racing also was a success. Rick Pickering, the fair’s chief executive, said that by not racing on Wednesdays, the fair was able to provide larger fields of horses on

Thursdays through Sundays, resulting in a 9% increase in average daily wagers, “bucking the national trend of double digit decreases.” Due to a shortage of thoroughbred horses in California, the Fair strategically reduced the number of mid-week race days this summer, in an effort to have more horses available for the weekend crowds. This strategy worked for the Alameda County fair, Pickering said. Although the fair reduced its number of race

days in 2011 by 13% (13 race days in 2011, compared to 15 race days in 2010), the overall amount wagered was only 5.5% less than in 2010, at a time when racing across the country has experienced upwards of 10% decreases, Pickering added. In addition, special promotions included 99¢ Wacky Wednesdays, 99¢ Carnival Ride Day and 99¢ Bites of the World’s Largest Hamburger. See COUNTY FAIR on Page 8

Soccer teams plan fundraiser Sunday for injured teammate Eric Cavalli Tournament to help pay medical costs for uninsured Foothill High graduate Boys and girls soccer teams in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville will play in a series of tournaments on their home fields next Sunday to raise funds for Eric Cavalli, a former teammate and Foothill High School graduate who was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident last February. Cavalli, who played soccer for Foothill and the Ballistic United Soccer Club, is now a student at UC Davis. He was injured after landing on his shoulder and neck, suffering injuries to his neck, collarbone, aorta, lungs, kidneys and liver. He had

to undergo emergency heart surgery to repair the aorta and was in intensive care for several weeks following the surgery. At this time, he is unable to walk with his condition listed as “guarded.” The Tri-Valley teams agreed to host Sunday’s Eric Cavalli Soccer tournament to raise funds for their teammate with 100% of the proceeds to go directly to

his family. This tournament is not tied to any one club but backed by the clubs in the area. The medical and rehabilitation costs have been immense and Cavalli had no medical insurance coverage at the time of the accident. Now recuperating at home, he may be in need of additional surgery on his neck. At the tournament, players will be raising $150 each in the 7-10-year-old divisions, $225 for those 11-14; and $300 on the 15-19 age teams. More information can be found on the Ballistic United Soccer Club web site at —Jeb Bing Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJuly 15, 2011ÊU Page 5


Tri-Valley TV program focuses on ‘Life after High School’ Counselors, others discuss options available upon graduation BY JEB BING


Pairing pleasures Gourmet food will be paired with wine Thursday at “Taste of Terroir,” Livermore Valley’s Wine and Food Experience, being held at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. Judges will sample pairings presented by 16 of the region’s wineries and their restaurant partners before awarding Most Innovative Pairing, Judges’ Best and a new honor: Best Classic Pairing. Guests will have an opportunity to taste all of the pairings, bid on luxurious silent auction items, and cast a vote in the People’s Choice competition. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person, which includes the tastings, live music by Motel Sheets, and a decadent dessert and cheese spread sponsored by US Foodservice and paired with Livermore Valley ports. Funds raised will benefit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. Visit Above: The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards chefs prepare for last year’s winning pairing in the Best Expression of Local Ingredients category.

A new discussion program aimed at helping teenagers plan for life after high school is now being aired by Tri-Valley Community TV, the area’s public broadcast system. “Plan Now: Life after High School” is a 30-minute program that provides information about the different options available to students after high school graduation and how to successfully prepare for them. High school and college counselors from the Tri-Valley offer both students and their parents help on questions, such as: What’s the difference between applying to a private, community or state university? What makes a good fit? What vocational options are available? What classes do students need to take in high school? When do they need to start the planning process? The program features Jennifer Roush, a counselor at Foothill High School; Kathy Schults, career education specialist, Granada High School in Livermore; Cheryl LeMay, counselor, Diablo Valley Community College; Barbara Morrissey, counselor/Instructor, Las Positas College, and Deanna Gonzales, admissions director at San Jose State University. “Whether they are looking for a job or applying for college, students face a high level of competition,” said Melissa Tench-Stevens, executive director of Tri-Valley


Tri-Valley TV Executive Director Melissa Tench-Stevens interviews Jennifer Roush, a counselor at Foothill High School, on “Plan Now: Life after High School,” a 30 minute program airing on options available to students after high school.

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Former resident admits to income tax evasion Didn’t report nearly $4 million taken from former employer BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

A former Pleasanton resident has taken a plea deal on three federal charges of income tax evasion. Ranni K. Hillyer Oceana, 57, also known as Ranni K. Hillyer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of tax evasion, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Hillyer Oceana was hired by Ramsell Corp. as the chief financial officer and was appointed as the chief operating officer in 2003. During 2002, 2003 and 2004, Hillyer Oceana was a financial investment advisor for Ramsell’s CEO and was given authority to handle his personal and business banking as well as having signatory authority over his bank accounts. Between 2002 and 2004, Hillyer Oceana took nearly $3.9 million from the CEO’s bank

accounts, according to the plea agreement, which said she used the money to pay vendors who worked on her personal residence, to pay off a line of credit at Bank of America, to pay for business expenses, to buy real estate for herself and a family member, and to loan money to others. In doing so, Hillyer Oceana evaded income taxes on the millions she took by failing to report those funds on her federal income tax returns for 2002, 2003 and 2004. Federal authorities said she owes nearly $1.4 million in back taxes. Hillyer Oceana currently resides in San Diego. She was indicted on in October 2009, and is set to be sentenced Oct. 12. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of tax evasion is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution. N

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Memorial helps students who lose a parent Employees at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Berkeley branch have contributed $822 to the TriValley Community Foundation’s Tom Peters Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits high school students who have suffered through the death of one or both parents and are planning on attending college. Chris Peters, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney manager, who established the fund, presented the donation to David Rice, president of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. A graduate of Foothill High School, he said that when his father died while he was still in high school, many in Pleasanton where the family lived reached out to help. The Tri-Valley organization made it manageable, he added, and said it the organization has the right reputation to do the most good in handling the memorial fund. Chris Peters’ mother, Patti, teaches mathematics at Amador Valley High School. Every month since July 2007, the Berkeley investment branch has identified a local charity for employee donations. Donations to date total over $28,000.


Chris Peters of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Berkeley branch presents check for $822 to Dave Rice, president of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, to benefit students who have suffered through the death of parents and are planning on attending college, which happened when Chris was attending Foothill High School.

“It is always heartwarming to see people come together to support others, especially when the recipients

have experienced hardship,” Rice said in accepting the donation. —Jeb Bing


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I-GATE offers help to energy entrepreneurs BY JEB BING

I-GATE has opened its business hub in Livermore as part of a regional effort to assist entrepreneurs and businesses develop advanced clean energy and efficient transportation systems. In a launch ceremony at I-GATE’s new but unfinished center at 7693 Longard Road, near the Greenville Road-I-580 interchange in east Livermore, Rob White, the coordinator of the I-GATE project, said the hub will serve as a “unique public-private partnership” for Livermore and eight other nearby cities. He said the I-GATE “incubator” program, although managed by the city of Livermore, will provide mentoring, entrepreneurial education and assistance throughout the Tri-Valley region. By offering collaboration opportunities, access to venture capital and networking events and seminars, the hub should foster greater development of “green” businesses with high growth potential. Located just north of the Lawrence Livermore and Sandi laboratories, White said the complex will offer technical and commercialization assistance from both along with internships and innovation ties to the University of California. More than 300 supporters turned out for the opening day ceremony that featured federal, state and Tri-Valley speakers, including Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek). Mayor Marshall Kamena led the Livermore government delegation, with Mayors Karen Stepper of Danville and Abram Wilson of San Ramon and several council members from Dublin and Pleasanton representing their cities.

Local businesses, including Comcast, the event sponsor, displayed advanced transportation and other developments that came as a result of the synergy and collaboration fostered by I-GATE. White, who is Livermore’s economic development director, said business incubators at the I-GATE hub will provide support services and resources to young companies with the goal of developing them into financially viable businesses. “This process will help equip them with the tools for long-term survival and growth,” he said. He explained that the foundation of services provided by an incubator are management guidance, which includes mentoring related to business strategy, operations, marketing, legal and financial services. An unusual element of I-GATE incubator is that it is closely linked to a variety of research and development programs and state-of-theart facilities at the nearby national laboratories. Some of the research facilities at these labs, such as the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia and the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore, are far beyond what universities can offer at business incubators near them. I-GATE has been designated as one of six “innovation hubs (iHubs)” in California by the governor’s Office of Economic Development. I-GATE is a member of the National Business Incubator Association. That group estimates that in 2005, alone, business incubators supported over 27,000 start-up companies in North America, providing full-time employment to more than 100,000 workers. N

Strike up the band: Three Pleasanton students received degrees last June from the UCLA Music Department: Jake Jamieson (AVHS ’07), BA and MA in ethnomusicology; Emily Joseph (AVHS ’05), BA in music performance and music education and a K-12 teaching credential; and Nick DePinna (Foothill ’03), MA in music composition.

City employee arrested for embezzlement Recreation specialist charged BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

One of the people responsible for collecting fees from youth and adult sports activities has been charged with a felony count of embezzlement. Martin Bell, 51, of Pleasanton, a community services recreation specialist, is accused of taking $3,100 in cash, according to a police report. Bell, who oversaw programs that in-

cluded softball and basketball, collected and processed fees from leagues and tournaments and field rentals, the report said. The embezzlement came to light when his supervisor noticed discrepancies in bookkeeping and documentation, according to the report, which said the $3,100 in missing fees was discovered after an audit. Bell is no longer employed by the city. N

When in Venice: Bill and Dottie Merck read their Weekly while on a gondola ride in Venice, Italy, the final stop on a three-week cruise to the Greek Isles, Israel, Turkey, Croatia and Italy.

Police nab daytime burglar, thanks to alert resident An 18-year-old Pleasanton man was charged with burglary Tuesday after a report of suspicious activity — and a foot pursuit by police. The incident took place just before 9 a.m., when a woman in the 800 block of Concord Street called police to report a suspicious man at her neighbor’s home across the street, according to a police report. While the woman was on the phone describing the man, she watched him jump a fence into her neighbor’s back yard. Police were on the scene in two minutes and set up a perimeter around the home. As they began a search of the yard, the suspect, later identified as Brody Lewis, leaped the back fence and headed toward

Sirah Court, the report said. Lewis was arrested after short pursuit. Officers determined Lewis had gained entry into the residence through an open window and had stolen items belonging to the homeowner; a vehicle linked to Lewis was located on Riesling Drive and impounded as evidence. The investigation continues, according to the report. Meanwhile, police are commending the woman who called them. “It is because of alert citizens, like this, who report suspicious circumstances that this criminal was located and arrested before he could victimize someone else in our community,” the report said. —Glenn Wohltmann

Summer camp with Sangria: Vernie Laube, Cathy Lipman and Diana Mendenhall visit the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, after eights days teaching English to executives in an English immersion course. “This was like an adult summer camp with a waterfall of Sangria!” said Mendenhall. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJuly 15, 2011ÊU Page 7


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The Fair’s food drive resulted in more than $15,000 of food buying power and 26,230 pounds of donated food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. “We want to thank the almost half-a-million guests who came out to play at the record breaking Alameda County Fair these past three weeks,” Pickering said. “As a nonprofit organization that receives no tax support, we are pleased to provide our many communities with local affordable ‘edutainment.’ Recognizing this difficult economy, we are honored that so many people chose to invest their

time with family and friends at the fair this summer.” New attractions and events at this year’s fair included the preparation of a 777-pound hamburger with all the trimmings that Guinness is being asked to verify as the world’s largest-ever commercially available hamburger. Concerts also drew huge crowds with performances by the Charlie Daniels Band, Tower of Power, Tenth Avenue North, Blue Oyster Cult, Whispers and Tracy Lawrence filled to capacity. Other popular attractions were the Fair’s AgVenture Park, Festival Square’s themed weekends: “Spice of India,” “Made in America” and “Mexican Heritage Celebration.” Other

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highlights of the Festival Square included the Samosa Rolling Contest, Hot Dog Relay Contest, BBQ Rib Contest and the Tamale Contest. A variety of dance lessons, cooking tips, cultural music, competitive food-judging presentations and demonstrations rounded out the Fair’s potpourri of offerings. “Competitive exhibits, animals and agricultural elements of our Fair continue to be crowd favorites,” Pickering said. “We also saved the lives of more than 100 dogs by adopting them out to caring Fair families.” He said the dogs had previously been scheduled to be euthanized and were featured at the award-winning Puppy Party Palooza attraction. By the time of the Fair’s closing Sunday night, the total number of competitive exhibits stood










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at 16,938, up 1% from a year ago; exhibitors, 4,228, down slightly at 0.8%; receipts from the Junior Livestock auction, $567,231, up 12.2%; small animal sales, $29,484, up 16.8% (with a single-day sales record set on closing day July 10), and fine art sales, $8,815, up 0.8%. As for the consumption of traditional fair cuisine, corn dogs led the list with a total of 91,414 consumed; funnel cakes, 29,834; shaved ices, 14,963; turkey legs, 7,559; cinnamon rolls, 5,297; deep fried Oreos, 3,791; and scorpions, 1,546. In addition, nearly 500 pounds of alligator meat was consumed. Pickering said that in addition to being one of the Top 50 Fairs in North America, as determined by Carnival Warehouse and Venues Today, the Alameda County Fair has received more industry awards than any other fair in the U.S. and Canada consecutively over the past five years. Plans are now under way for the 100th Alameda County Fair in 2012. For more information, visit, or call 426-7600. A complete list of the competitive entry winners will be posted on the Fair’s website by month’s end. N




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Opinion Pleasanton EDITORIAL Weekly Housing plan process worked


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he City Council is expected to wrap up more than a year of community meetings, public hearings and studies Tuesday night by approving a draft Housing Element that could lead to more than 3,000 new housing units being built in Pleasanton to meet the state and court-ordered requirement for more affordable living accommodations. Tuesday’s final draft by the council-appointed Housing Element Task Force lists about 100 acres of available properties throughout the city where these high-density, mostly multi-family complexes could be placed. The plan follows the council’s approval earlier this year of a high-density complex in the Hacienda Business Park that will accommodate 840 apartments. Besides the 11-member volunteer task force, city staff and members of the city’s Housing Commission and Planning Commission have already signed off on the plan that now goes before the council. Although some tweaking of the final draft is expected, the council is likely to approve sending the plan to the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. HCD then has 60 days to comment on the plan and send it back to Pleasanton for modification and final action. To satisfy a deadline imposed by the Alameda County Superior Court and the Urban Habitat affordable housing organization, the council is expected to approve the Housing Element as part of the city’s General Plan in December, rezoning approximately 60 of the 100 acres for eventual development. The city won’t build any housing but the council’s action will make the properties available to developers interested in developing housing that has a heavy emphasis on affordability for low- to very-low- to moderate-income families. Depending on recommendations from the HCD and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), which parcels out housing requirements among local communities based on population growth and diversity, Pleasanton could be asked to add more affordable and market rate housing within the next few years. What’s especially notable about the housing plan going before the City Council on Tuesday is the civility and positive attitudes of those involved in a process that required many hours and months of nighttime meetings. Under the direction of Planning Manager Janice Stern, task force members held nine meetings, three community workshops and heard from and analyzed comments from scores of housing experts and hundreds more from the general public. Attendance on the part of task force members and city staff was remarkably consistent, not always the case when meetings — public or private — seem to go on for ever, often into the late evening hours, with much repetition as the purpose and objectives were spelled out from one community meeting to the next. Pleasanton has long promoted itself as a model of orderly, deliberative government. Both with the equally long Hacienda Task Force meetings earlier and the meetings of the Housing Element Task Force since last fall, the process worked as intended. Everyone had their say, all points, comments and emails were considered, and there were no complaints that one neighborhood or other public group was bypassed. Pleasanton leaders and volunteers who joined in this effort deserve praise for their work along every step of the way. Few liked the pressure of the court, state or outside organizations dictating to our community how much housing we must build, but with the rules in place, nevertheless, the work was done, timelines met and we proved that the public process that has always been an important and integral part of Pleasanton’s decision-making, worked. Congratulations to all who made this happen. N

LETTERS Thanks to Fourth volunteers Dear Editor, Thank you for the cover story depicting Ward Belding as “Uncle Sam” and publicizing our all-volunteer community Fourth of July celebration. We estimate that more than 800 people came to “Celebrate Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution” in Lions’ Wayside Park, their ages spanning nine decades. Thanks for sharing Lisa Lorentz’s photos both before and after the event. For 13 years, it has been our pleasure to organize (with a small team) Pleasanton’s community celebration of our nation’s birth. The midday event brings together nearly 100 volunteers, including the Pleasanton Community Con-

cert Band, Boy Scout Troop No. 908, American Legion Post No. 238, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6298, Young American Patriots’ Drum & Fife Corps, Pleasanton Lions Club members (who cooked over 800 hot dog lunches), plus teams of greeters and “tattoo artists” (who applied dozens of temporary red, white and blue tattoos). We were pleased to greet the exchange students visiting from Sister City Tulancingo, Mexico. Special thanks also to our guest speakers, Ernie Manzo, Ann Collins and Deborah Grossman, and emcee Ken McDonald. Vocalist Ward Belding portrayed “Uncle Sam.” Heritage Bank of Commerce is our generous sponsor. Before the month is out, we will begin planning for the 2012 Fourth of July. To your readers we say, “See you on the Fourth!” Jerri Long and W. Ron Sutton Co-Producers

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POLICE BULLETIN Quick clerk catches credit card con


A suspicious clerk who called police to the Hyatt Summerfield Hotel regarding an attempt to use fraudulent credit cards helped catch an identity thief, a police report said. Two men entered the hotel in the 4500 block of Chabot Drive the afternoon of July 6 and attempted to use a credit card in a different name, the report said. Although the men claimed to be checking in for someone else, the clerk became wary because the room hadn’t been reserved under their own name, according to the report; the card the two attempted to use came back “do not honor.” Police met up with the men outside the hotel. Brian Ward Rabitt, 34, was charged with possession of stolen property for possessing the credit card and statements belonging to two other people, providing false information to a police officer and identity theft, the report said. Rabitt also had an outstand-

ing warrant from San Mateo for weapons and other charges, according to the report. The second man was not arrested. In other police reports: A burglary in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road netted electonics, tools and $400 cash. The incident took place July 12 between 2:10 and 2:40 p.m. at Finn Design Group. Taken was a laptop computer valued at $429 and a $40 computer bag, a PDA worth $199, a $399 smart phone, 10 flash drives valued at $200, a $90 bluetooth headset, a $199 Swiss Army knife, a computer repair tool bag and tools worth $150, chip readers worth $100 and a $20 wallet. A credit card was also stolen in the theft; entry was gained through the front door. Computer equipment valued at $4,100 was stolen in a burglary July 11 at 6140 Stoneridge Mall Road. A $3,500 Dell laptop and $600 Sony laptop were stolen between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. Credit cards, $300 cash, keys, a purse and wallet were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at ClubSport between 4:25 and 5:25 p.m. on July 10. The wallet was valued at $230, and the purse was worth $200; a $100 PDA and $50 cell phone were also stolen.

POLICE REPORT The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available. Under the law, those charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

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Theft ■ 4:58 p.m. in the 1000 block of Hancock Court; identity theft Auto burglary ■ 9:13 p.m. in the 3900 block of Santa Rita Road Battery ■ 5:41 p.m. in the 4400 block of Black Avenue Public drunkenness ■ 8:20 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue

Theft ■ 2:33 p.m. in the first block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft, theft ■ 4:40 p.m. in the 1700 block of Santa Rita Road; petty theft Vandalism ■ 6:26 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive Public drunkenness ■ 8:48 p.m. in the 4400 block of First Street

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Theft ■ 8:57 a.m. in the 1000 block of Sunset Creek Lane; identity theft ■ 9:48 a.m. in the 4500 block of Gatetree Circle; identity theft ■ 11:48 a.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive; petty theft ■ 3:38 p.m. in the 4500 block of Chabot Drive; identity theft, possession of stolen property ■ 4:11 p.m. in the 3100 block of Santa Rita Road; embezzlement Auto burglary ■ 8:33 p.m. at the intersection of Canyon Meadows Drive and Dublin Canyon Road Alcohol violations ■ 8:29 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street; public drunkenness ■ 9:21 p.m. in the 100 block of Neal Street; public drunkenness ■ 10:37 p.m. in the 5000 block of Case Avenue; public drunkenness ■ 11:21 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Rosewood Drive; DUI

Theft ■- 10:41 a.m. in the 1200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft ■ 3:19 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft Battery ■ 11:09 p.m. in the 400 block of First Street; battery, vandalism Vandalism ■ 6:05 p.m. in the 3700 block of Vineyard Avenue ■ 7:37 p.m. in the 5500 block of Springdale Avenue Alcohol violations ■ 1:19 a.m. at the intersection of Valley Trails Drive and National Park Road; DUI, public drunkenness ■ 2:46 a.m. at the intersection of Koll Center Pkwy and Valley Ave; DUI ■ 8:27 a.m. in the 4300 block of Black Avenue; public drunkenness ■ 11:33 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Rd and Valley Ave; DUI

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July 7 Burglary ■ 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Concord Street Drug/alcohol violations ■ 7:14 p.m. in the 5800 block of Springdale Avenue; driving under the influence while on probation

7:58 p.m. in the 7500 block of Driftwood Way; under the influence of a controlled substance ■ 10:48 p.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Rd and Del Valle Pkwy; DUI

July 10 Theft ■ 5:56 p.m. in the 6700 block of Paseo Santa Cruz; petty theft ■ 8:08 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft ■ 10:38 p.m. at the intersection of Main St and St. Mary St; auto theft Burglary ■ 7:51 a.m. in the 3600 block of Andrews Drive

Auto burglary 5:29 p.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive

July 11 Theft ■ 1:59 p.m. in the 2300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft ■ 2:19 p.m. in the 4100 block of Creekwood Court; auto theft ■ 3:23 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft ■ 4:56 p.m. in the 6100 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft Burglary ■ 8:12 p.m. in the 800 block of Concord Street Vandalism ■ 11:12 a.m. at the intersection of Ray Street and First Street ■ 11:15 a.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road ■ 12:49 p.m. in the 4900 block of Middleton Place ■ 8:10 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue Prank calls ■ 8:17 a.m. in the 6200 block of Roslin Court Drug/alcohol violations ■ 2:15 a.m. in the 6400 block of Owens Drive; DUI ■ 3:53 a.m. in the 5300 block of Owens Ct; possession of a controlled substance, possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, paraphernalia possession

July 12 Theft ■ 3:50 p.m. in the 2500 block of Tapestry Way; grand theft ■ 5:56 p.m. in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road; grand theft ■ 10:39 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft Burglary ■ 8:51 a.m. in the 800 block of Concord Street ■ 11:48 a.m. in the 5700 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard Vandalism ■ 9:27 a.m. in the 8000 block of Regency Place



OBITUARIES Kelvin Jon Kruger Kelvin Jon Kruger, 60, died the evening of June 28 surrounded by his loved ones at his ranch in Sunol, after a 10-year fight against cancer. He was born April 5, 1951, in Tyler, Minn., the fourth child of Helen and John E. Kruger. He grew up on his parents’ dairy farm in Ruthton, Minn., and tended to the animals and fields at a very early age with his four brothers and two sisters. He attended Canby Tech Vocational School for auto mechanics after graduating from Ruthton High School. In 1973, he loaded up his car

and moved to Southern California where he worked with his brothers Eldon and Harlan at Brothers Auto Repair. Shortly after moving to Bellflower, Calif., he met the love of his life, Natalie Young. They married in 1975 and had three children. In 1980, the Kruger Family moved to the Fremont area and Mr. Kruger began working at Jim Moran Oldsmobile as a mechanic. In 1984, he opened the doors to his KAR Shop in Fremont for one-stop auto repair. The shop has a long list of customers who started with him 27 years ago. It also became a training ground for mechanics who moved on to start their own shops, as Mr. Kruger taught his mechanics better and more efficient ways. Natalie and all three of their daughters worked behind the desk at various times. In 2001, Mr. Kruger was diagnosed with lymphoma and multiple myeloma, and put up the fight of his life against this cancer, including a stem cell transplant,

inspiring others and amazing his doctors. He is survived by his wife Natalie Kruger; his daughters and sonsin-law Jacquelyn and John Howard, Leilani and Tom Arendell, and Marla and Justin Tipton; five grandchildren; his mother Helen Kruger; his brothers and sisters Eldon Kruger, Karen Strom, Harlan Kruger, Teresa Herd, Roger Kruger and Jon Kruger; and many muchloved sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw, nieces, nephews and countless friends and extended family. He will be remembered for his toughguy exterior but soft heart and his legacy of hard work, honesty, caring and persistence. A Celebration of Life will be held at his ranch in Sunol at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Call 456-4026 for details. Contributions can be made to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607.

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“Swimmers: Take your mark.” That’s the sound of summer at swim clubs all over Pleasanton as kids ages 4 to 18 grip their toes on the edges of pools and starting blocks, preparing mentally and physically to dive right in and give it their all. Each lane has two timers, one from each team, who click their stopwatches as the swimmer touches the edge. Some emerge from the water anxious to learn their time. Beginners are pleased just to have made it all the way. Joan Strom, coordinator for the Del Prado Stingrays for 10 years, said it’s rewarding to see the children advance in their swimming skills. “We do the time trails at the beginning and we get these little ones that have been practicing for two weeks,” she said; they often have to stop mid-swim, hang on to the lane line and catch their breath. But soon they learn correct strokes and develop stamina. “That’s very rewarding to see,” Strom said. Swim meets in the Tri-Valley Swim League are a very big deal. It has eight teams that compete against each other, with volunteer parents staffing the meets. Officials line one side of the pool, tracking times. Swimmers

begin to gather as their swim times approach, with the younger ones shepherded by parents. The Strom family has been involved with the Stingrays since they joined in 1995. “My daughter, Julianne, was 7,” recalled Strom. “We were new in the neighborhood and to the community, and I talked her into joining.” In a couple of years, Julianne was joined by her younger siblings, John and Jaclyn. Dad Jay became the meet announcer. As swimmers stand poised to begin, he calls off their first names. The season runs from mid May until the end of July, with meets Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, and practice every weekday. “It makes me feel good,” Joan Strom said. “We spend the summer as a big unit. We camp for half a day every Saturday.” “There’s a very strong family tradition at Del Prado,” she added. “So many stick with it all the way through high school.” This summer, the team has 10 graduated seniors, and most of them joined when they were little. “It’s very neat, very special to me. That’s our hope, that they’ll stick with you,” commented Strom. “It’s hard when they get to be 12, 13. If you’re not a strong swimmer it gets hard. But we hope that we recognize everyone, and that there’s something special there that

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they keep coming back.” Some swimmers choose to join Seahawks, a USS yearround competitive swim team, which makes them ineligible for recreational swimming. Many of the Stingrays swim for their high school teams, which is allowed. “My oldest daughter didn’t want to swim when she got to Foothill, but she tried it and loved it,” said Strom. “She became so much stronger. That’s my hope, that most of them have at least done it a year.” Strom remembers when the only activities competing with the swim season were girls soccer and baseball allstars. “Now there is that along with water polo, lacrosse, cheerleading, which is now like a sport,” she said. “Some go away to camp, and kids are very involved in community service and foreign languages. Some people are really squeezing a lot in.” Last Wednesday evening, the Stingrays hosted FAST, the Foothill Area Swim Team, at the Del Prado Cabana Club on Paseo Santa Cruz. Youngsters played on the grass, enjoying the warm temperatures, while older swimmers lounged around snacking and visiting while waiting for their events. Lizzy Gates and Lani Cohen, both recent Amador Valley High grads, started with Del Prado at an early age. They said they stay on the team for the social aspect. “I quit for a few years. I was teaching swimming and

didn’t want to be in the Gates, who is going to Ch She still came to watch decided this year she mig “I like how much of a Cohen, who is heading off families from Del Prado ar “It’s a really great way added. They said most of the s a recreational swim team week to accommodate the The snack bar was do warm evening. It raises fu apparel sales and the dues of the Cabana Club and Prado has 148 swimmers throughout the age grou Tuesday and Thursday e Friday mornings. “Practices are sometime fun,” Strom said. They can include a don a donut, make sure your in — or a piggyback race w ones on their backs. “That way the big ones

Chris Nestor, a recent Amador Valley High grad, is one of 10 Del Prado D year of swimming for the team.


both teams time the swimmers at a Wednesday night swim meet at Del Prado Cabana Club Prado Stingrays and the FAST (Foothill Area Swim Team) Dolphins.

e water 24 hours a day,” said hico State in the fall. h her younger sister swim so ght as well join up again. community our team is,” said f to University of Hawaii. “I see round town and they say hi.” to spend your summer,” she

seniors also have jobs but with it’s OK to miss practice once a eir schedules. oing a brisk business on this unds for the team, along with s, which are $120 for members $130 for non-members. Del s this season, who are spread ups, and it practices Monday, evenings and Wednesday and

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little ones know the big ones,” Strom explained. Del Prado has a history as a club of families who support the kids, she noted. “When they’re swimming, everyone is watching and cheering. Lots of parents are there — they don’t just drop them off,” Strom said. “I think the kids love to compete. We have fantastic coaches that the kids really like.” The League season ends with a championship meet the last weekend in July held at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center. “We can take 130 swimmers,” Strom said. “We used to have to beg people, now we want people to volunteer to not do it. If you’re a diehard swim team member, you don’t go on vacation until August.” Whichever team scores the most points is crowned the champions, and Del Prado earned the honor in 2009. Last year it was ClubSport Pleasanton. The night before the championship meet, the Del Prado “chalk fairies” hit up the homes of the swimmers 10 and younger and write encouraging messages in their driveways. “The ones that have been on the team will be waiting and expecting it,” said Strom with a laugh. “I liked it as a parent when that was done for my kids.” After the championships, Del Prado has its awards banquet. “We thank everybody for the season, with a potluck

Left: Joan Strom, Del Prado Dolphins coordinator, is involved in every aspect of running the swim team. Right: Jay Strom has been the Dolphins’ swim meet announcer almost since the family joined the team in 1995.

dinner, and the swim team provides hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks,” Strom said. “We recognize outstanding swimmers, athletically, and the ones that had great character, cheered on teammates, who had the ‘Del Prado Spirit.’” They end the evening with a slide show that starts with the first meet and follows the team through the season. Former swim coach Mark Hudson (2000-01) was at the Wednesday meet, saying he enjoys a dose of the family atmosphere once a week. He swam USS in college. Gina Juarez and her husband Tom met when they were both coaches for the Stingrays in 1992. They married in 1997. Now although they live in San Ramon they have their children Tommy, 11, and Reagan, 10, swimming for Del Prado. “The families are so welcoming,” Juarez said. “This year we have all coaches that swam for us,” Strom said. “They know the history of what we stand for.” Jaclyn Strom is heading off to college in the fall so is completing her last summer as a Del Prado Stingray, ending her parents’ involvement in the team after 17 years. “I’m a little concerned about it,” admitted Joan. “We’ve never missed a home meet.” But they know that they’ll still be welcomed back at the meets — it’s the Del Prado way. N

Lizzy Gates and Lani Cohen, who just graduated from Amador Valley, have been Dolphins since an early age. They say it’s a great way to spend the summer.

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Julie Stodel Nickels joins the cause at HopYard American Alehouse & Grill in Pleasanton on June 21. Top: Howie Kaplan briefly attends a fundraiser for his expenses at Pete’s Brass Rail in Danville on June 22.

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It has been more than two months since Howard “Howie” Kaplan, a former resident of the San Ramon Valley and bartender at HopYard American Alehouse & Grill in Pleasanton, was diagnosed with seminoma testicular cancer, and still the fundraising efforts are going strong. On April 28, Kaplan experienced strong discomfort in his chest and stomach, his wife Amanda Kaplan wrote on one of their support websites. The following day, the pain only worsened, and so on the 30th, he and his wife visited the emergency room at John Muir Medical Center, Concord. After a series of tests that netted normal results, Kaplan returned home. But with further speculation and a CT scan, doctors found a mass near Kaplan’s aorta, and on May 4, he was diagnosed with the cancer. Having lost her husband to cancer several years earlier, Kaplan’s mother, Sheila, said the news was “devastating.” “However, we were told from the beginning that he had a curable cancer because of how early they caught it and the type,” she said. “It makes a difference.” One of Kaplan’s close friends created an “I Helped Howie” Facebook page and began to organize events to raise money for the family. Amanda said she was grateful for all the efforts and helped begin a donation site using CaringBridge to keep friends and family members updated about his progress. A growing support group, both online and in the community, has been integral throughout Howie Kaplan’s chemotherapy sessions and recovery. As the medical expenses increase, friends and family members have been donating to his cause. Due to his background in the beer industry, much of the fundraising has taken place at local breweries, including those where he has worked. Sheila Kaplan also cited his popularity in the San Ramon Valley as a reason for the immense participation. “Over the years you can hardly go anywhere in San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek and he generally runs into someone that knows him ... it’s unbelievable,” she said. Just in the past month, Pleasanton’s Main Street Brewery and both the HopYard in Pleasanton and San Ramon hosted events to raise money for Kaplan. “We did 20% of takes from the day,” said Sandi McDonell, manager at HopYard Pleasanton and a former colleague of Kaplan. “Howie’s probably the sweetest person I’ve met in my entire life, so it’s easy to see how so many people showed up for him.” Amanda said the outcome from the HopYard event totaled about $2,000. Matt Billings, the owner of Main Street Brewery who has known Kaplan for over 15 years when he worked at the HopYard, called Kaplan a “great human being.” One employee, Mike, mentioned his always positive attitude. “All he does is smile ... I never saw him unhappy,” Mike said. Main Street Brewery hosted two nights of fundraising, where for each drink purchased, $1 was donated to the family. Billings said they were able to raise hundreds of dollars, which he hopes will help cover some of the medical costs. Sheila Kaplan described her son in a similar manner. “He is a wonderful son, husband, uncle and brother,” she said. “He’s genuinely a good person. The world should have a lot more Howards.” Other businesses such as the Chicago Metropolitan Deli in Pleasanton provided discounted drinks to attract donors, and Pyramid Breweries, Kaplan’s latest employer, also started sponsoring events. Amanda is immensely grateful for all the support, she said on the donation page, and can only hope for continued outreach from both the Pleasanton and San Ramon Valley communities. July 12 was to be Kaplan’s final day of chemotherapy treatment, Amanda said; doctors have scheduled a CT scan for the following week to check the development of his tumor. Sheila Kaplan says that while the past week was difficult for him, in terms of recovery “he’s doing beautifully.” Another fundraising event is being organized by Howie’s brother and information, along with updated progress reports, can be found at N


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The seven child actors who star as the von Trapp family should be a draw for a young audience to the upcoming Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre production of “The Sound of Music,” which opens Friday, July 22. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was made into a movie starring Julie Andrews in 1965.

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How do you solve a problem like Maria? Perhaps there is no solution as time and time again, audiences find themselves humming along to the 52-year-old score of the classic, “The Sound of Music.” Next Friday, the Tri Valley Repertory Theatre will debut its rendition of the much-celebrated musical under the direction of Daren A.C. Carollo, which will run for three weekends. Although this show is Carollo’s 45th production, it is the first time he is directing a musical by the renowned Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. One of the challenges he hopes to overcome is finding the balance between incorporating his own style and staying true to what the audience wants. “It’s an interesting dynamic, while you’re trying to please people, but still tell (the story) how you think it should be told,” Carollo said. A riveting tale of family, separation and love, “The Sound of Music” tells the story of Maria, whose free-spirited personality and affection for singing fail to fit the conservative principles of the convent where she is a postulant. Sent to serve instead as the governess of the seven children of widowed naval Captain von Trapp, Maria must adapt to a new lifestyle. Over time, Maria and the children form a bond, and their friendship plus her lively disposition win the heart of the captain, and the two are married. However, it is on the brink

of World War II, and the von Trapps are threatened by the Nazis, who have invaded Austria. The family is forced to sneak out of the country and seek refuge in Switzerland. Carollo focuses on the idea that with loss comes opportunity, and he hopes to convey the importance of family throughout the musical. While the loss of the children’s mother changes the relationship between them and their father, Maria’s effervescent nature and sensitivity fill the void to repair it. “My production is speaking to how you have to be true to family and the core values of love and respect and honor,” Carollo said. “In great times of loss, it’s time to step up to the plate and do more for your family.” Although the theater group expects to attract audience members who are die-heart “Sound of Music” fans and “can hum and sing every song along with the actors,” one of the goals of choosing this musical was to invite a greater number of youths to the live theater scene. More than anything, Carollo said he hopes to show them the difference between viewing a film on screen and a production on stage. “The real key for me is to get new people into the theater to understand that they are witnessing something that no other audience will witness,” he said. “Every performance is in and of itself a unique performance.” Vocal direction will be by Sean

Kana Aloise, choreography by Todd Aragon, produced by Kathleen Breedveld, musical direction by JoAnn Fosselman, costumes by Lisa Danz. The cast includes Marisa Cozart as Maria; Steve Rhyne as Captain von Trapp; Pamela Hicks-Gailey as Mother Abbess; and Zachary Thompson, Jillian Jameson, Steven Sloan, Meaghan Wottrich, Izzy Shepard, Max DeSantis, Claire Shepard, Emily Joy Kessel, Jeff Seaberg, Suzy Shepard, Jennifer Weiner, Lauren McNutt, Diella Wottrich, Alan Wiltse, Jaime Wallace, Kurt Hornbacker, Linda Davis, Brian Olkowski, John Muldoon, Steven McCloud, Martha McDowell, Martie Muldoon, DJ Richardson, Ashley Forney, Chloe Medeiros, Alaina Campbell, Emily Serdahl, Rosie Tyler, Maren Haws, Kelsey Kornhaus, Diane Ratto, Namratha Somayajula and Peggy Stratton. N

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Third time’s a charm Nine-year-old Katalina Garber of Pleasanton had 10 inches of her hair cut June 17 to donate to Locks of Love, the nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. “It’s for a good cause for kids who need it,” Katalina said. This was the third time Katalina shed her locks for the cause, and each time stylist Susana Cruz did the trim at Image Salon. Katalina, the daughter of Virginia and Jim Garber and a student at Fairlands Elementary, has inspired two other members of her Girl Scout troop to consider growing their hair for the cause, too.


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Book Clubs GREAT BOOKS OF PLEASANTON The Great Books of Pleasanton book club meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday monthly at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call Sadie at 846-1658.


Downtown Association at 4842199 or email

Circus comes to town Circus Vargas is performing in Dublin through July 18, an event that take the audience on an artistic journey encompassing the cultures of the world in a series of vignettes depicting the experiences, memories and visions of a traveling circus performer. Thirty minutes before show time, fans will get an exciting pre-show peek into the world of Circus Vargas, hosted by reality TV personality from the CBS show The Amazing Race, Mr. Jon Weiss. Prior to every show, Weiss will be front and center welcoming the audience and inviting children to take a “center stage” look at life under the Big Top. Ticket prices range from $15 to $60, and seating varies from bleachers to the VIP’s ringside. Visit or call 877-GOTFUN1.

TOWNE CENTER BOOKCLUB The club meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday the month at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call 846-8826 or visit for the current selection.

Civic Meetings CITY COUNCIL The Pleasanton City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. HOUSING COMMISSION The Pleasanton Housing Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION The Human Services Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION The Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. SCHOOL BOARD The Pleasanton Unified School District Board meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday monthly during the school year in the district office board room, 4665 Bernal Ave. YOUTH COMMISSION The Pleasanton Youth Commission meets 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

Class Reunions AMADOR VALLEY 1981 CLASS REUNION Class of 1981’s 30-year reunion will be July 29-31. To be on the mailing list or get more details about the reunion weekend, follow them on Facebook at Amador Valley 1981. Go Dons!

Classes MEDITATION Whether you are already meditating or feel it’s time for you to begin, join this free interactive workshop series. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your meditations so that any difficulties or obstacles you are encountering can be overcome, allowing you to have a deeper, more rewarding meditation. Classes are at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. For more information, contact Mary Langevin at 830-2975. SKETCHBOOK BASICS II This class teaches topics such as mixed media techniques, selecting a subject and creating a travel kit. It meets from 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through July 23 at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.

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The first meeting is at the Senior Center then it will be at other locations. Cost $17 for residents and $21 for non-residents. Call 5564511 or visit YOGA BASICS COMMUNITY CLASS Beth Fox, certified yoga instructor, teaches Yoga Basics, a yoga class that is open to the public and meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Supplies are available for class. Cost is $12. Call 200-4060.

Clubs BOOST YOUR CAREER AT TOASTMASTERS Grow professionally at Chamber Chatters, a Toastmasters club that meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Visit www.chamberchatters. DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jose Maria Amador Chapter meets the first Saturday of the month. It is a social gathering and time to explore the history of our American roots. For meeting time and location, call Ann at 510-507-5509 or email EAST BAY EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION The East Bay Executives Association is a non-profit organization for helping businesses network with other businesses. It meets at 7:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays monthly at Shari’s, 3360 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Call 600-7342. GNON (GIRLS NIGHT OUT NETWORKING) The group meets once a month after work at various locations throughout the Tri-Valley. The networking event runs from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit for upcoming dates and locations or call 487-4748. KIWANIS CLUB The Kiwanis Club meets at 11:45 a.m. Fridays at Vic’s All Star Kitchen, 201 A Main St. For information, call 1-800Kiwanis. PLEASANTON NEWCOMERS CLUB This club is a great way for new and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee

on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. Visit or call Ruby M. at 462-6404. ROTARY CLUB OF PLEASANTON The Rotary Club of Pleasanton since 1965 has been a leader in the community in helping make Pleasanton a great place to live. It has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap’s Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www. ROTARY CLUB OF PLEASANTON NORTH Pleasanton North Rotary invites anyone interested in making a difference. The membership includes 65 professionals, business owners, executives, managers and community leaders. The club meets from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hilton Hotel, 7050 Johnson Dr. Call 580-7947 or visit SOCRATES CAFE The Socrates Cafe discusses modern philosophical questions using the Socratic method, on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at Peets Coffee, corner of Valley Ave. and Hopyard Rd. No politics involved. Call 2491865 or visit SocratesCafePleasanton.html. TRI-VALLEY EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION Established in 1984, the Tri-Valley Executives’ Association helps business owners and managers develop resourceful relationships in a fun and progressive format. The club meets from 7-8:30 a.m. every Thursday at Vic’s All Star Kitchen, 201-A Main St. Membership is open to businesses that are not in competition with a current member of the association. Call 736-4522 or visit VIRTUALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTERS Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon-1 p.m. every Thursday at Electrical Reliability Services, 6900 Koll Center Pkwy., Suite 415. Everyone is welcome to come see what a positive change Toastmasters can make in their confidence. Call 580-8660.

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Community Concert Band presents its Art Under the Oaks Concert from 2:30-4 p.m., Sunday, July 24, at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Ln., Livermore. This concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 846-5897 or visit

Events ‘BE A HERO’ Pleasanton Public Library will host “Be a Hero,” its adult summer reading program for library patrons ages 18 years and up, from June 11-July 30. Read or listen to three books or attend three library programs, or any combination of the two, and enter a weekly drawing for prizes. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3400 or visit www. adultsummerreading.wordpress. com.

PARIS PORTRAITS Meet Harriet Lane Levy and let her guide you into the world of Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, and others! Featuring actress Laura Sheppard in the role of Harriet Lane Levy. The performance is at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. There will be no late seating for this free 40-minute dramatic performance. Call 931-3405. PEACEFUL WAR PROTEST Plesantonians 4 Peace has an ongoing peaceful war protest from 5 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month, at First and Neal streets. Contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at; or Visit www. PLEASANTONIANS 4 PEACE Pleasantonians 4 Peace sponsors a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. The group reflects on the human and monetary costs of the war, honors veterans who have sacrificed, and visualizes ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. They plan to continue this monthly event as long as necessary. Contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at; or visit www.

ALVISO ADOBE TOURS Learn about what happened in the past on the site that is now Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Rd., from 3-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28. You’ll also hear about opportunities to be part of the volunteer team. Call 931-3485 or visit www. CALIFORNIA GLOBAL VILLAGE International Culture Exchange Group will host a new summer family event, California Global Village, from 2-11 p.m., TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 14, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The village is a one-of-a-kind event with one-part Disneyland, onepart Olympics opening ceremony and one-part multi-cultural fair. Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors; $6 for youth ages 5-12; and children under 4 are free. Parking is $8. FARMERS MARKET Island Earth’s farmers market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays in the parking lot between Macy’s and Sears at Stoneridge Shopping Center. It features organic produce, artisan wares, fresh flowers and more. Call 510-769-1525 or visit FIRST WEDNESDAY’S STREET FAIR: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER First Wednesday will take place from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, in downtown Pleasanton. Public eye will be performing at the Beer & Wine Garden Stage; The Crisis will be at the North Stage. For more information, contact the Pleasanton



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Exhibits ‘THE OUTSIDERS’ PLEIN AIR PAINTING Displaying the works of Nikki Basch-Davis, Ray Jackson, Judy Molyneux, William Rushton, Randal Sexton, Jerry Turner and the late Pam Glover. The exhibit will be on display from noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays from July 20 through Aug. 27 at the Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Suggested donation $2. Call 931-4849 or visit

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Melissa Manchester: From Carnegie Hall to the Firehouse Arts Center The Firehouse Arts Center will host Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester in an intimate midsummer evening show at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Soon after taking Paul Simon’s songwriting class at New York University, Manchester joined the Greenwich Village club scene where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. She became a backup singer for Midler and launched a career that has included Grammy Awards, Academy Awards and Top Ten Hits. Her debut releases “Home to Myself” and “Bright Eyes” were followed by hit singles “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Through the Eyes of Love” and many more. The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton. Tickets for the Melissa Manchester show are $35, $40 and $45; call 931-4848, purchase online at, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office.

Film ‘FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO’ This award winning, incredibly powerful documentary confronts, with whimsy and hellfire, the clash between religion and homosexuality, prescribing how religions can redefine and accept it. Event is open to everyone, potluck meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m., while a discussion follows the film. The event is from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Suggested donation $3. Call 462-3459 or email MOVIES IN THE PARK SUMMER SERIES Residents are invited to enjoy free movies during six Thursday evenings this summer at the Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., compliments of the city of Pleasanton. All films will be shown at dusk. The movie featured on July 21 will be “How to Train Your Dragon”; the story line for this PG-rated movie finds the son of a Viking chief seeking to capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. Seating will be cordoned off in sections with blanket seating in the front, low-back beach chairs in the center, and camp chairs and other higher positioned seating in the rear to accommodate for the best viewing. Do not place blankets or chairs on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m.

Fundraisers CHARITY DOG WASH Dogtopia of Tri-Valley will take part in the franchise’s national dog wash day to give back to dogs who work yearround. Through dog washes taking place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 16, Dogtopia has set out to raise $25,000 for working canines across the United States. Owners can bring their dogs in for a bath, and both can enjoy food and games. A $15 per dog wash donation is requested. Dogtopia of TriValley is located at 7132 Johnson Dr. Suite D. Visit www.dogdaycare. com/trivalley/. PLEASANTON/TULANCINGO SISTER CITY BBQ Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister City Association will host its annual Summer Barbecue from 5:30-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at Ivy Glenn at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. There will be a full tri-tip dinner with all the trimmings, a no-host bar, live and silent auctions featuring fantastic items, music and dancing. Cost $30. For reservations

and information, contact (credit cards accepted). TRI-VALLEY ANIMAL RESCUE ‘THAT’S AMORE’ This year’s fundraiser theme is “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” as TVAR hopes to find homes for the many deserving animals needing forever homes. The fundraiser is from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle. Enjoy dinner, cocktails and a live auction. Tickets are $75. Call 220-7760. VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY CALENDAR CONTEST Make your pet a superstar through the Valley Humane Society 2012 Calendar Contest, which is happening now. Cost is $15. Contest runs through July 22. Call 426-8656, ext. 16, or visit

Health YOGA Stretch, relax and rejuvenate every Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. at Art of Living Center, 6690 Amador Plaza Road, Suite 13, Dublin. Yoga and meditation. Become one with your mind, body and spirit. Class is free. Visit www.

Kids & Teens CALICO CRITTER TEA PARTY It’s Tea Time for girls who love Calico Critters from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Golden Apple Learning Store, 4807 Hopyard Rd. Win prizes, play bingo, make a tiara and fan. Photos with Mrs. Cat. Don’t worry if you have to bring your brother... there’s the build-a-rama corner for citi-blocks. Prize drawing for Town House. Camper Caravan, too. This is a free event. Call 460-5163 or visit HIDDEN WORLDS Come out and visit the little seen worlds, the macroscopic and the microscopic universes, from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. After this program, your world may never look the same again. Cost $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Ages 5 and up. Call 931-3485. M.O.M.’S READING TIME Preschoolers and their parents are invited to meet from 10-11 a.m. the second Wednesday of

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the month at Museum On Main, 603 Main St. Let Museum On Main introduce your preschooler to books and activities about the unique people, places, and events in our community. Call 462-2766 or visit PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Story time will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings now through July 27 at Golden Apple Learning Store, 4807 Hopyard Rd. John dazzles you with his story reading style. Then you all play a learning game with Miss Susan. Lots of laughter and learning for kids and moms. No reservations required and the event is free. Call 460-5163 or visit

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ONLINE BOOK SALE Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368. VETERANS FOR PEACE The new East Bay Chapter, No. 162, of Veterans for Peace meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. All veterans are welcome. To learn more about the monthly meetings, call Fred at 462-7495.

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‘ABCS OF NORTH INDIAN CLASSICAL VOCAL MUSIC’ A historical overview of the North Indian classical vocal style with an introduction to taals, swars and other musical elements, instrumental demonstrations of the tabla, tanpura and more, plus a live vocal performance by Sushma Mathur. The performance is at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3405.

FROM HIROSHIMA TO FUKUSHIMA TO LIVERMORE Tri-Valley Cares is presenting “Confronting the TwoHeaded Dragon of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power” at its next meeting, from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at William Payne Park, Vasco and Patterson Pass roads in Livermore. Guest speakers, music, food and live video with atomic bomb survivors in Japan. Call 443-7148 or visit www.

NEELY’S RHYTHM ACES Dan Neely, vocalist Carla Normand, and Neely’s Rhythm Aces, the sextet from the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco and renowned for its Hot Syncopated 1920s jazz, 1930s and 1940s swing blues, Dixieland, vintage jazz and traditional jazz, will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 24, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The concert is free. Call 931-3405.

Miscellaneous ‘LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY’ Members of the Alameda County Bar Association visit the Pleasanton Public Library on the third Tuesday of each month to give free 15 to 20 minute consultations, in a program co-sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association. Appointments are by lottery. Register from 5:30-5:45 p.m.; names will be selected at 5:50 p.m. and people must be present when names are drawn. Appointments begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Call 931-3400, ext. 7.

Seniors BRAIN MATTERS Enjoy a morning of fun while learning how to keep your brain active and your memory sharp. The class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of every month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Word games, puzzles, challenging activities, reminiscing and more, geared to help you age-proof your mind. Cost $1.75 for resident and $2.25 for non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www. CANE-DO WORKSHOP An introduction to a specialized self-defense and exercise class that incorporates the use of a cane. Learn how to hold, twirl, strike, poke, jab and block all while exercising with your cane. The free class is from 1-2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Call 931-5365 or visit COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIORS Pleasanton Public Library hosts

Computer Classes for Seniors including Beginning Internet on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Beginning E-mail on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Open Practice on the third Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of every month, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER MINILIBRARY The Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the senior center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. The library gladly accepts donations of like-new used books published in the last five years, puzzles, magazines within three months of distribution, and videotapes. Unused books are donated to Friends of the Dublin Library. Bring donations to the office for processing. Call 556-4511. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER OFFERS MUSIC CLASSES Dublin Senior Center offers two music classes including Sing-a-longs with Judy Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 10:30 a.m., Thursdays; and Ukulele Beginning Instruction with Judy Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 1 p.m., Tuesdays, both at the Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Cost is $1.25 for each class. Call 556-4511. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER PROGRAMS Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including “Tattle Tales” which helps seniors write their life story from 12:30-3 p.m., on the first and third Monday of every month; a Reading Group that discusses new books every month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month; and the Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting from 1-4 p.m. every Monday; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Cost is $1.25 for each activity. Call 556-4511. FLEXERCISE PLUS Exercise with the least amount of stress on the joints and body. Class is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays through July 25 at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Bring a thin towel. Cost $6 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Call 5564511 or visit FREE MEMORY SCREENING FOR SENIORS Caring Solutions is sponsoring free memory assessment on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 5564511 for a 30-minute appointment. Preregister by the Monday prior to reserve an appointment. Informational materials are available at the Senior Center. LUNCH PROGRAM The lunch program sponsored by Spectrum Community Services is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Lunch is served at noon. Suggested donation: $3.25. Reservations required a day in advance by 1 p.m. Call 931-5385.

ON THE TOWN ● CALENDAR ORAL HEALTH CARE: HOW AGING IMPACTS ORAL HYGIENE Aging puts many seniors at risk for a number of oral health problems, such as gingivitis, root decay and tooth loss. This educational seminar will share tips on maintaining good oral health, hygiene and denture care to prevent diseases. The seminar is from 10:3011:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Also, learn about low cost dental services available. Cost $1.75 for resident or $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit PEDDLER SHOPPE AT THE SENIOR CENTER The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It’s a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings; and 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday monthly. TRANSCRIBING FOR YOU Transcribing for You has volunteers that will transcribe and print your letters to be sent. The service is located at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $1.50. Call 556-4511 for an appointment or email seniorctr@

Spiritual MEDITATION STUDY GROUP Practice new meditation methods, based on teachings of Shinzen Young, using audio, video and handouts at 7:15-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Study group will meet at Tri-Valley Unity’s Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. 7:15-8:30 p.m. NEW CHURCH ROCK BIBLE CHURCH Been meaning to find a casual, compelling, community church but Sundays are your day to sleep in? Pastor Scott Berglin and his wife Julie, longtime Pleasanton residents, are offering service from 5-6 p.m. at Centerpointe Church, 3410 Cornerstone Ct. He has 20 years ministry experience committed to scripture. Call 519-3169 or visit REIKI GROUP The Japanese systems of Reiki is a spiritual practice which uses meditation, chanting, visualizations, and hands-on energy group work so that you can connect to their true nature. No prior Reiki experience is necessary. Classes are from 10-11:45 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month at Tri Valley Unity’s Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. Contact Gayle at SUNDAY SCHOOL Faith Chapel Assembly of God, 6656 Alisal St., offers Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 a.m.; Worship at 10:30 a.m.; and Children’s Church at 11:15 a.m. Women’s Bible study takes place 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call 846-8650 for weekly programs. WEEKLY LDS BIBLE STUDY Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a weekly bible study from


the Clubhouse, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. It hosts special speakers like doctors or specialists. For more information, call JoAnne at 875-0960.

Stompy Jones to present ‘Rompin’, Retro-Style Jazz’ The Firehouse Arts Center will set the stage for the high-powered musical entertainment of San Francisco-based sextet Stompy Jones at 2 p.m. Sunday. Stompy Jones is renowned for its rhythm, improvisations, charm, retro style, and explosive stage show. Whether appearing at a supper club, concert hall, festival or tavern, the group is committed to delivering the romping, joyous style of jazz that came to be known as Rock and Roll. Stompy Jones came into existence in 1998 at the Hi Ball Lounge in San Francisco, when the owner agreed to host a swing jam session on Tuesday nights. After a month of Tuesdays, the six-piece jump band was formed that could recreate the unique blues sound of Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five. Tickets are adults: $12, $16, $22; children, $12; seniors: $16, and can be purchased online at, by phone at 931-4848, or in person at the Box Office. The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton. 7:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the church, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz. Refreshments served. For information, call 305-9468.

Sports MORNING GROUP RIDE - CYCLING A group ride starts at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday from Cycle Pros Bike Shop, 728 Main St., meeting in the parking lot. The ride breaks into groups based on skill and distance. The regular ride usually covers 25-40 miles at speeds of 14-18 mph. The long ride covers 35-60 miles at a brisker pace. Routes vary each week. On Sundays mornings, there is a group ride for everyone, same time, same place, broken down into levels based on ability and distance. Call 400-4336 or visit

Support Groups BEYOND TREATMENT BREAST CANCER This group provides a safe place to express and share thoughts, concerns and experiences of living with the uncertainty, the physical effects and problems related to intimacy, marriage, reproduction and employment. The group meets from 6-8 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at ValleyCare Health Library & Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd, Suite #270. The group is facilitated by Mary Prishtina, RN, and Estee Goren, MFT. Call 399-1177. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support group meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at LifeStyleRx, 1111 East Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 833-2784 or visit 7:30-9 p.m. Free CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caring for a loved one is challenging physically and emotionally. Join this support group to explore resources and generate problem-solving ideas from 1-3 p.m., on the second Monday of every month, and from 7-9 p.m. at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get

the support you deserve at the Senior Support Program of the TriValley. Call 931-5389. CLUTTERLESS SELF HELP GROUP Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending this support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Rm. 7. Call 200-1943 or visit DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, DBSA, is a support group for people who live with depression, bipolar and other disabilities. They can help each other navigate the ups and downs of life! A place where you can be yourself and feel safe. The group meets from 7:15-8:45 p.m. every Wednesday, at St. Claire’s Episcopal Church, Classroom 1, 3350 Hopyard Rd., although it is not affiliated with the church. No charge for meetings. Call 462-6415 or visit www.dbsalliance. org/pleasanton. EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP If you have recently been diagnosed with ET or would like to learn more about this common movement disorder in a safe and supportive environment, please join us from 10 a.m.noon on the third Saturday of each month, in the Blackhawk A and B conference rooms at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Rd. Call 487-5706 or e-mail HOPE HOSPICE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Hope Hospice offers ongoing grief support services for adults, teens and children including a Transitions Support Group; Tragic Loss Support Group; individualized grief support; caregiver support; on-site support for schools; youth organizations and the workplace; community support services; a resource library; and more. For more information or to register, call 829-8770. INTEGRATED MIND AND BODY GRIEF SUPPORT This comprehensive set of grief support services is offered at the Hope Hospice Grief Support Center from 5-7 p.m. on the first

and third Tuesday of each month at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Ste. 100., Dublin. Services include various forms of gentle touch as well as guided imagery, meditation and stress management. Restore the energy depleted by grief. No charge. Call 829-8770 or visit www. NEWLY DIAGNOSED BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP For women who are in or just starting treatment for breast cancer, this support group offers a safe place to express and share, get information of what to expect, and learn coping skills to assist with the side effects. The group is facilitated by Mary Prishtina, RN, and Estee Goren, MFT Intern and meets from 10 a.m.-noon the second Thursday of the month at ValleyCare Health Library & Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Suite #270. Call 3991177 or email PLEASANTON MILITARY FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP Formed in 2003 this group provides support and comfort to the Pleasanton families whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has monthly meetings and other events such as “pack outs” of comfort and care items for deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where streamers are displayed with the name, rank and branch of service of Pleasanton military personnel. Learn more at www. STEPPING STONES ON YOUR GRIEF JOURNEY The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is offering bi-monthly meetings to help grieving people deal with their loss. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays now through Aug. 25 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. Call Mary at 8465377. TRI VALLEY SUPPORT GROUP FOR FIBROMYALGIA, LUPUS AND ALL FORMS OF ARTHRITIS This group meets from 6:30-8 p.m., on the fourth Monday of every month, at the Groves at Dublin Ranch in

WIDOWS/WIDOWERS GRIEF RECOVERY GROUPS Have you or someone you know experienced the death of a spouse recently or within the last few years? Sharing your experiences during the 10-week class is extremely helpful to the healing process. Find hope, support and successful ways to process this significant life event. Course is open to all widows and widowers. Enrollments are now being accepted and can start up to the third week. Preregistration required. The class meets from 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays, July 13-Sept. 14, at the Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. Cost $10 for the workbook. Call Linda Husted at 833-9013 or email lihusted@

Volunteering AMERICAN RED CROSS PUBLIC BLOOD DRIVE At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 30, at 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to (Sponsor Code: INTERFAITHCOMMUNITY) to schedule an appointment. BARTON READING PROGRAM Tutor training begins in September. No experience needed, they will train you, all materials provided, ongoing support. For more information contact Christina Clark at 5960292 or email christina.clark2@ GARDEN CHORES AT ALVISO ADOBE Be a steward of the land as you plant, water and weed the garden at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, now through Aug. 27. Ages 5 and up. No charge. Call 931-3485 or visit Native plants help native animals find food and shelter; stop by and sift the soil through your fingers TRI VALLEY SUPPORT GROUP FOR FIBROMYALGIA, LUPUS & ALL FORMS OF ARTHRITIS Tri Valley Support Group for Fibromyalgia, Lupus and all forms of Arthritis meets from 6:30-8 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Tri Valley Support, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. They are in need of volunteers to help. Call 875-0960. VOLUNTEER AT THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER Join a fantastic team of volunteers for an inspiring experience in the arts! Positions include Theater Usher, Will Call Window and Gallery Desk. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (theater) or 21 years old (gallery). Interested volunteers must attend an orientation scheduled from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Call 931-4844 or visit

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Comic Books, Toys, Sports 1970 and Before. Entire collections wanted. I travel to you and Buy EVERYTHING you have. Call Brian at 1-800-617-3551

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Computer Work Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to $1,500 Part Time to $7,500/mo. Full Time. Training provided. www. (Cal-SCAN)

210 Garage/Estate Sales

245 Miscellaneous

Orange Tabby still missing Hellion, my 4 year old orange tabby male is still missing from 4/9/11. He has short hair, a long thin tail and lean long body.He is neutered and is not wearing a collar. He is microchipped. Last seen in the Santa Rita Road Stoneridge Drive near the Arroyo. His brother and I desperately miss him. Any information please call Melissa at 510381-3261. A reward is offered.

World Guitar Show 100’s Buy, Sell, Trade. Marin Civic/San Rafael, July 23-24. Pomona Fairplex, July 30-31. Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 10-4. Clip this ad! (Cal-SCAN)

FOR SALE 201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts



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Landscaping 10 yrs. Experience in Lawn Care FREE ESTIMATES

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825 Homes/Condos for Sale Pleasanton - $759,950

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares Vacation Properties Advertise Your Vacation Property in 240 California newspapers for one low cost of $550. Your 25 word classified ad reaches over 6 million+ Californians. Free brochure call Maria Rodrigues (916)288-6010. (Cal-SCAN)

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage Arizona: Log Cabin Deep Discount. On 8+ acres, $99,900. Owner must sell, beautiful whole log cabin on 8+ acres at Windsor Valley Ranch. Additional acreage available at cool 7,000 feet elevation outside Show Low, AZ. Financing and ADWR available. Call AZLR (866) 552-5687. (Cal-SCAN) Nevada: Lender Ordered Sale Nevada’s 3rd largest lake 1.5 hours south of Lake Tahoe. 8 Lake View parcels - all $19,900. 2 Lake Fronts - both $89,800. Lender ordered short sale. Buy at less than bank owned. Buy at less than 50% of replacement cost. Special financing as low as 2.75% Fixed. Final liquidation. Only 10 parcels. Call (888) 705-3808, or visit NVLR. com. (Cal-SCAN) Prescott, AZ: 101 Acres Rare opportunity foreclosure. 101 acres - $89,900. Great opportunity at Ruger Ranch located near Kirkland. On maintained road. Build now or buy & hold. First come basis. Special lender financing. Call AZLR 1-888-258-8576. ADWR available. (Cal-SCAN)

PET OF THE WEEK Want to talk? Claire is a friendly young adult who loves to “chat” with you; if you’re looking for a cat who will greet you at the door and ask about your day, then Claire just might be perfect for you! She adjusts easily to new situations, and we’ve discovered that she has a particular fondTERRI DUNCAN ness for catnip. If you spoil her with the purchase of a new catnip-filled pillow, then the truly silly side of her will soon emerge! Claire is spayed, microchipped, fully vaccinated (including rabies), negative for FeLV and FIV, and treated to prevent worms and fleas. She is currently being shown by Tri-Valley Animal Rescue at the Dublin Petsmart, where she’s waiting to meet you. As the Pet of the Week, her adoption fee is being paid by her sponsor, and she’ll go home with a new litter box, bed, food, bowls, toys, treats and a three month supply of Frontline. If you would like to know more about Claire, contact Terri at 487-7279.

Real Estate



Pending sales climb in May First year-over-year increase in 18 months BY JEB BING

in the second half of 2011 should be higher compared with the second half of 2010, and as a result, annual sales for all of 2011 should match or exceed last year’s annual pace.� Distressed housing market data: ■The total share of all distressed property types sold statewide was unchanged in May from April’s 48%, but up from 46% in May 2010. ■ Non-distressed sales made up the remaining share at 52% in May, unchanged from April but down from 54% in May 2010. ■ Of the distressed properties sold statewide, the total share of REO (real estate-owned) sales was 28% in May, unchanged from April, but up from 26% in May 2010. At 19%, the statewide share of short sales also was unchanged in May, but down from 20% in May 2010. N

California pending home sales rose in May, posting the first year-over-year increase in 18 months, the California Association of Realtors has reported. CAR said its Pending Home Sales Index was 118.3 in May, up 1.6% from April’s revised index of 116.4, based on contracts signed in May. The index also was up 12% from May 2010. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market. “May marked the first year-over-year increase in pending sales since November 2009 and the largest annual increase since August 2009,� said CAR President Beth L. Peerce. “May’s increase in pending sales is consistent with our expectation that home sales

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6 BEDROOMS 1311 Laverock Lane $3,199,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Michael Hatfield Broker 984-1339

Blackhawk 3 BEDROOMS 85 Oakridge Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Realty

4 BEDROOMS 292 Love Lane Sun 1:30-4 Keller Williams Realty

$1,299,000 855-8333

5 BEDROOMS 1250 Country Lane Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,599,950 847-2200


5 BEDROOMS 2421 Livorno Ct Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley

$599,950 397-4200 $560,000 463-9500 $585,000 251-1111 $589,000 463-9500 $750,000 251-1111

4 BEDROOMS $779,000 855-8333


3 BEDROOMS 2188 Mclean Place Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

3681 Virgin Islands Ct Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley 219 Birch Creek Dr Sun 1-4 Bhg Tri-valley Realty 6432 Inglewood Dr Sun 2-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 3679 Reflections Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Bhg Tri-valley Realty 3858 Mohr Ave Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team

$1,200,000 667-2100

$969,950 397-4200


3983 Fairlands Drive Sun 1-4 Pat Fracisco 4432 First Street Sun 1-4 Mike Carey 653 St John Sun 1-4 Mike Carey 3650 Platt Ct S Sat 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley 5988 Knoll Woods Ct Sun 1-4 Bhg Tri-valley Realty 6329 Corte Esperanza Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 2020 Martin Ave Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team 387 Ewing Dr Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 3623 Cameron Ave Sun 1:30-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 3229 Curtis Circle Sat/Sun 1-4 Fabulous Properties

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2 BEDROOMS 5748 Belleza Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Bhg Tri-valley Realty

$425,000 463-9500

3 BEDROOMS 6026 Acadia Ct Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley

$588,000 397-4200

862 E. Angela Sun 1-4 Mike Carey 3616 Nicole Ave Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team 335 Del Sol Avenue Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,019,950 963-0569 $1,825,000 251-1111 $939,500 251-1111

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WEINER / MCDOWELL (925) 251.2585

WEINER / MCDOWELL (925) 251.2585


$1,049,950 t 5 Bd t 3 Ba t 3,315+/- sq.ft. Absolutely gorgeous, remodeled in the heart of Pleasanton! Every detail and amenity is top quality. No rear neighbors! Backs to beautiful park.

$2,188,888 t 5 Bd t 6 Ba t 5,330+/- sq.ft. Country Estate, w/ main house & separate guest quarters. Theater & Gourmet Kitchen. Heritage Oak Trees & private Driveway on 0.91 acres.

$3,998,000 t5 Bd t5(3) Ba t +/- sq.ft. Private Mediterranean Estate. Porte Cachere, grand entry, gourmet kitchen, theater. Guest house, pool, BBQ & “Wailua” gazebo & more.

$3,999,000 t6 Bd t7(2) Ba t +/- sq.ft. Prepare for what lies beyond the gorgeous entry of this Italian Villa. Unrivaled setting among olive trees & lush landscaping, views of vineyards...







(925) 360.8758



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(925) 648.5454


(925) 360.8758



$1,249,000 t3,675+/- sq.ft., 0.50+/- Acres Carriage Gardens, single level! Great floorplan w/ oversized rooms, 3 fireplaces, master w/retreat. Salt solar pool, spa & cabana w/bath, tree house.


(925) 360.8758



(925) 360.8758



(925) 251.2556

$2,999,000 t6 Bd t5(3) Ba t8,330+/- sq.ft. Gated custom westside French Chateau w/ stunning grounds, elevator, private tennis court, indoor pool, casino/theater and much more!

3 Bd 2(1) Ba t2,523+/- sq.ft., 0.16+/- Acres

Move-In Condtion. Popular detached single-story Plan 2 in Golden Eagle. Security Gate. Private patio/yard area.

$3,299,000 t5 Bd t5(3) Ba t8,299+/- sq.ft. Mediterranean Villa on Premium Lot with Panoramic Views of Mt. Diablo, Overlooking Creek, Majestic Oaks and 15th Fairway.

$2,899,000 t6 Bd t6.5 Ba t7,100+/- sq.ft. Mediterranean Estate w/ Impressive Dual WroughtIron Staircase Grand Entry Foyer Staircase, open Kitchen/Nook/Family Room Area & more!

7 Bd 7(2) Ba t7,163+/- sq.ft., 1.15+/- Acres










Gorgeous custom home created w/ attention to detail in every aspect, representing craftsmanship at its finest.



JOE FRAZZANO TEAM (925) 735.7653




$1,349,000 t4 Bd t3.5 Ba t +/- sq.ft. Highly upgraded Laguna Oaks single level home! Crown molding, travertine tile, shutters, custom built ins. Gourmet kitchen & more!

$429,900 t3 Bd t2.5 Ba t1,614+/- sq.ft. This beautiful townhouse located right across from STONERIDGE MALL, close to parks. REO/Bank Owned.

$1,200,000 t3 Bd t4.5 Ba t4,062+/- sq.ft. Stunning one of a kind, custom home in the heart of Livermore Wine Country. Every detail of this home has been carefully considered. Pool.

$1,150,000 t4 Bd t 2.5 Ba t3,513+/- sq.ft. Single story custom. HUGE gourmet kitchen recently done w/slab granite, decor 6 burner gas stove. Huge pool w/electric cover.

$664,000 t 4 Bd t 3 Ba t 2,872+/- sq.ft. Updated Kitchen & Appliances. 1 Bed/ Bath Dwnstrs & Large Master Upstrs. Gorgeous backyard w/ Sideyard Access & 3 Car Gar! Walk park.








(925) 251.5555

$2,299,000 t5 Bd t4.5 Ba t5,780+/- sq.ft. European Estate on PRIVATE GATED COURT located among majestic oaks. Flat lot w/ new solar salt water pool. 6 car garage/ RV parking.

Blackhawk East


(925) 251.2580


(925) 525.0116

Call for Price t4 Bd t2 Ba t +/- sq.ft. This classic Ranch style home on 1 acre of land with 6 horse stalls, is uniquely located near the heart of Livermore.

Blackhawk West Danville

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(925) 980.5648

$1,175,000 t4,428+/- sq.ft., 0.34+/- Acres Largest model in Arroyo Crossings Estates w/ 5 BRs, LOFT, OFFICE, MUD ROOM, 4.5 ba., walk to downtown & school, large private backyard.


15 Railroad Ave. 3799 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Danville, CA 94526 Lafayette, CA 94549 925.855.4000 925.385.2330


(925) 583.2168


(925) 580.5107

$1,095,000 t4 Bd t4 Ba t3,824+/- sq.ft. Pebble sheen pool. prem lot, 4 car garage, office, bonus rm, cust blt-ins, crown mouldings, close to hike trails, top-rated schools. 300k in upgrades!


(925) 583.2173


KRISTY & COMPANY (925) 251.2536 4 Bd 3 Ba t 3,027+/- sq.ft., 19.89+/- Acres Magnificent Location, This home is only 2 years new w/ views, Single story, all located next to Pleasanton Ridge Park, Great Castle Brook Horse Barn.


Montclair/ Piedmont Pleasanton


1983 Second St. Livermore, CA 94550 925.667.2100

6116 La Salle Ave., Ste. 200 5075 Hopyard Rd Ste. 110 Oakland, CA 94611 Pleasanton, CA 94588 510.339.4800 925.251.2500

89 Davis Rd., 1700 N. Main St. Orinda, CA 94563 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925.253.7000 925.280.8500

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2505 ARLOTTA PLACE, PLEASANTON Best location in Laguna Oaks! Desirable Newport model on premium .40 acre lot. Quiet premium court location. Four bedrooms, bonus room, plus formal ofďŹ ce. Private guest/in law/ au pair quarters (4th). Three and a half bathrooms. Approximately 3,830 square feet. Large gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, custom backsplash, tile ďŹ&#x201A;ooring and large eating area. Spacious master suite with views of Pleasanton Ridge, and large walk in closet. Beautifully landscaped rear yard with ultimate privacy. Expansive lawn areas (pool site). A short walk to the community pool, park, and tennis courts. OFFERED AT $1,319,000





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335 DEL SOL AVENUE, PLEASANTON Location, location, location. Desirable downtown quiet court location! Beautiful upgraded home, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with 2350 square feet. Remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash and stainless appliances. Newer upgraded hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, plantation shutters, dual pane windows, newer brushed nickel hardware and ďŹ xtures. Lots of upgrades including 30 year roof. Elevated lot with private secluded tranquil grounds includes TimberTech deck, mature trees. Walk around the corner at Neal and in one minute you are at the Farmers Market and can also enjoy all the other downtown amenities! Award winning schools! OFFERED AT $939,500


819 OAK MANOR COURT, PLEASANTON As soon as you enter you will be impressed with the unique elegance. Gorgeous custom home on private .62 acre lot. Approximately 4,541 square feet, four bedrooms (two master suites) plus ofďŹ ce/wine room and bonus loft area and 5.5 bathrooms. Quality, high end equipment and ďŹ nishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen with granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors. Oversized four car garage. Beautifully landscaped Tahoe-like grounds with mature trees. Two minutes to Castlewood Country Club. OFFERED AT $1,649,000


933 LAGUNA CREEK LANE, PLEASANTON Beautiful Pheasant Ridge home on professionally landscaped .30 acre lot. Panoramic views of Pleasanton Ridge. This semi-custom built by Greenbriar in 2007 has a total square footage of 5,096. Six bedrooms plus bonus (media prepped) (7th), six bathrooms. Upgraded gourmet kitchen with granite and stainless appliances, three car garage, beautiful grounds include built-in BBQ, outdoor fountain, large lawn area & slate meditation area. Walk to neighborhood park, convenient to downtown and award winning Pleasanton schools. OFFERED AT $1,439,000






Beautiful single level in quiet court location. Excellent condition. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1766 square feet. Remodeled gourmet kitchen with new cabinetry and stainless appliances. Wood ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, fully cased windows, new light ďŹ xtures, new hardware, upgraded bathrooms. Private premium .26 acre lot with large park-like rear grounds. Pebble tech free form pool, brick patio, covered patio area, wood deck and spacious lawn area. Walk to great neighborhood Parks. Convenient to downtown. Award winning Pleasanton schools. OFFERED AT $739,500

Beautiful single story on private premium .35 acre lot. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, approximately 2,150 square feet. Completely remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash, custom cabinetry and high end European appliances. Hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, French doors, vaulted ceilings, newer windows, newer tile roof. Master suite includes custom built-in closet/dresser area, French doors to rear grounds, private bathroom with dual sinks. Very private professionally landscaped rear grounds, with no rear neighbors. Recently re-plastered and tiled pool/ spa with new equipment. Built-in kitchen/BBQ island with refrigerator. Mature trees, patios and lawn areas. OFFERED AT $949,000

Highly upgraded four bedroom, plus bonus/teen room, three bathrooms. Approximately 2,541 square feet. Completely remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash, custom cabinets & stainless steel appliances. Brazilian cherry hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, upgraded carpet & remodeled master bath. Newer interior paint. Three car garage. Completely re-landscaped private rear grounds with built-in BBQ/kitchen, custom ďŹ re pit/sitting area, slate patio, garden and play areas. Tile roof. Convenient to downtown, neighborhood park and award-winning schools! OFFERED AT $899,500

Wow! Private premium 20,180 sq ft estate lot. Panoramic views of Pleasanton Ridge, the valley and Mount Diablo. Large rear grounds with expansive lawn area and patio. Backs to open space. Five bedrooms, plus den, bonus room option (5th), ďŹ ve and a half bathrooms. Approximately 5,000 sq ft. Large gourmet kitchen with granite slab countertops and stainless steel appliances. Crown molding throughout, new custom ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, extensive upgraded light ďŹ xtures, new interior paint throughout. Close to downtown, Castlewood Country Club, Oak Hills Shopping Center, and Mission Hills Park. Award winning schools! SOLD FOR $1,490,000

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PLEASANTON $1,825,000 Grand elegance awaits! Brazilian cherry wood floors, master & additional bedroom on main level. Indoor laundry, craft room/office, & storage. Huge .75+/acre private backyard with pool & large patio. 3616 NICOLE AVE

PLEASANTON $1,779,000 Fabulous country 5bd + office & retreat, 4 full ba/2 half ba, hw floors, gourmet granite/stainless kitchen, master suite on 1st flr w/retreat, large pvt .62+/-acre lot w/ pebble tech pool, spa & outdoor kitchen! 1194 VIA DI SALERNO

PLEASANTON $1,595,000 Home offers a 1,100+/-sf guest home, 26,9632+/-sf lot. Updated kitchen, expansive pvt rear yard w/ pool & bocci court. Guest home offers a kitchenette & bedroom. 2020 MARTIN AVE

PLEASANTON $1,579,000 4391+/-sf estate situated in a court, 334k+/- in upgrades and VIEWS! Quality, charm & designer touches embrace this 4bd, 4.5ba luxury home near downtown! 3372 SAGEWOOD CT

PLEASANTON $1,450,000 5bd/4ba on .50+/-acre lot. South side of Pleasanton. Gorgeous carriage house with full kitchen,bath and laundry. Must see! 727 VINEYARD TERRACE








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LIVERMORE $1,120,000 Exquisite S. Livermore overlooking vineyards! Gourmet kitchen w/granite counters, cherry cabinets, Thermador appl, built in refrigerator, hand scraped maple floors and so much more! Far too much to list. 1219 HANSEN RD

PLEASANTON $1,074,950 Rarely available 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, original Country Fair home situated on a huge lot! 1 bd/1ba downstairs. The ultimate family neighborhood, quiet street, near parks and schools. 2691 CALLE ALEGRE

PLEASANTON $949,000 Beautiful 4 bedroom home in a great neighborhood. Huge downstairs bonus/ playroom. Spacious master suite with retreat and custom closets. Gourmet kitchen, many designer details. 387 EWING DR

PLEASANTON $779,000 Absolutely “turnkey”, remodeled throughout, eat-in granite kitchen, SS appliances, travertine marble master bath, hw floors, plantation shutters, finished garage/attic storage and more! 4483 SHEARWATER CT

PLEASANTON $750,000 Highly updated single level home with open floor plan. Private, nicely landscaped backyard. Move in ready and within walking distance to Mohr Elementary School and the Iron Horse Trail. 3858 MOHR AVE








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DISCOVERY BAY $749,950 Beautiful single story home located on deep water. Features include granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, new carpet, 2 fireplaces, 3 car garage and much more! 3909 LIGHTHOUSE PL

PLEASANTON $749,000 4 bd, 3 ba (1 bd/ba downstairs), updated kitchen/baths, & solar panels for energy efficiency. Located end of the cul-desac, backing to greenbelt w/playground, community pool, tennis courts, and more! 3298 MONMOUTH COURT

PLEASANTON $649,500 Charming completely upgraded 1 story in prime location! 3bd/2ba, wide plank hw flooring, gourmet kitchen w/ granite/stainless & Bosch appliances, stone FP, large pvt yard w/side access. 7791 DESERTWOOD LN

PLEASANTON $620,000 Updated home throughout. Granite counters & open feel in the kitchen. Large master bathroom w/ tub, dual sink granite counter on cherry wood cabinets. Private backyard great for entertaining. 1522 POPPYBANK CT

LIVERMORE $589,950 Sharp Murietta Meadows home, freshly painted and new carpeting. Tile flooring throughout lower level. Full bedroom and bath downstairs. Formal living and dining rooms. Spa with gazebo. 63 SPARROW ST






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PLEASANTON $585,000 Super clean, upgraded kitchen, huge beautiful backyard, new windows, great location, very well maintained by owners. 6432 INGLEWOOD DR

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PLEASANTON $525,000 Charming “WillowWest” home, quiet court, new roof, paint, carpet & updated master bath. finished garage w/insulated garage door, separate HVAC, carpet, can lights, cabinets, attic storage & more! 4649 KLAMATH CT


PLEASANTON $459,950 Amazing 1900+/-sf Stoneridge townhome tucked in amoung acres of mature trees. 3/2.5 w/formal dining, master + retreat, 2 f/p, 2 car garage, lg. patio/yard, 3 pools, tennis courts and clubhouse. 7509 ROSEDALE CT

PLEASANTON | 900 Main St 925.251.1111


PLEASANTON $439,950 Wow! 3bd/2.5ba, 2 car garage, prime Stoneridge location townhome. Kitchen updated, vaulted ceilings, laminate flooring, F/P, inside laundry, A/C, cozy enclosed front patio. Community pool & greenbelt. 7337 STONEDALE DR


PLEASANTON $329,950 Beautiful single story duet upgraded to perfection. Features include granite, stainless steel appliances, new carpet, tile flooring, fresh paint, & 2 car garage. This is a must see!! 3662 VINE ST

LIVERMORE | 2300 First St, Suite 316 925.583.1111

Pleasanton Weekly 07.15.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the July 15, 2011 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 07.15.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the July 15, 2011 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly