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port our local busine Spooktacular Halloween Events in Downtown Pleasanton Join us for a ghoulish good time! Halloween Scavenger Hunt Calling all little ghouls, witches, princesses and super heroes to downtown Pleasanton. The free annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt will take place on Saturday, October 19th  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Children 10 years old and younger are invited to come in costume and pick up instructions from the starting location outside of the  Museum on Main  located  at 603 Main Street.  Children will solve each clue in order to

find the next downtown location where they will be given a small goodie or treat. Parents will be given the clue and answer sheet to help children find the treat locations. Participation will be limited to the first 600 children to arrive.  This event is proudly sponsored by Main Street Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics  and  Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. Halloween Brew Crawl - Trick or Treating isn’t only for kids, adults can have their fun too! Stroll (or crawl) through beautiful Downtown Pleasanton on Saturday, October 26th  from 5 p.m.

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to 8 p.m. and sip on craft brews, ciders and mead while enjoying tasty bites along the way at over 30 downtown locations.  To add to the festive Halloween spirit of this event, guests are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in the costume contest.  Tickets are on sale now online and also available for cash or check only at Cellar Door  located at 4469 Railroad Ave.  A list of participating breweries and ticketing information can be found at    This event is proudly sponsored by  Alameda County Fair, Goodguys, and Hacienda.


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ick’s Picks, a popular retail store just a short walk south on Main Street, is closing soon, and Vic’s All Star Kitchen, a restaurant that has anchored the south end of Main Street for the last 26 years, is seeking a buyer. For years, Vic Malatesta’s All Star Kitchen has delivered a starry mix of American food, fast service and a bustling, cheery atmosphere. Vic has teamed his love of sports with his passion for good food to create a solid dining experience with a local sports theme. The walls of his 155-seat restaurant are adorned with photos of teams from Foothill and Amador Valley high schools for that last two decades. For 33 years, he was also part of the chain gang at Foothill home football games, one in a group tasked with staffing the first-down markers and chains along the visitors’ sideline. The menu features specials named for coaches of both schools and a banquet room is even called “The Coaches’ Room.” Vic, who comes from a family of chefs and restaurant owners, is selling his namesake restaurant “to head outside and enjoy some fresh air” while he can. Now 74, he’s endured a triple heart bypass, had both knees replaced and had back and cataract surgery. “I think I’m the real bionic man,” he said. He’s had a remarkable career. He served two years in the Navy, including in Vietnam. After college, he worked at and managed a number of restaurants, was beverage director for Holiday Inn, food service director at Chevron and a district manager for Taco Bell. In 1994, Vic bought the Town House Coffee Shop at 201 Main St.

“It’s been a love story with Pleasanton ever since,” he said. He’s been president of the Pleasanton Downtown Association three times, chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and president of the Kiwanis Club of Pleasanton. Like Vic, although younger at 58 years old, Rick Hirshberg has also decided that it’s time to take a break after nearly four decades of operating retail businesses. He closed his Rick’s Picks store on Hartz Avenue in Danville three years ago after a 12-year run. After 16 years in Pleasanton, Rick’s Picks at 719 Main St. is closing, too. A liquidation sale is now underway. Rick is originally from Boston. He began to work in retail soon after graduating from the University of Vermont, and learned about deep discount retailing working for Towle Silversmith while managing its eight factory outlet stores in the Northeast. He earned his MBA at Boston University, then his wife Rene, who is from Monterey, persuaded him to move to California in 1991. They first lived in San Francisco and Rick opened an outlet store in Vacaville called Silver and More. He added stores in Gilroy and Milpitas, but after 10 years began winding down those businesses to partake in the dot-com boom, at Rick was living in Danville when he spotted the vacant storefront on Hartz. He told Dolores Fox Ciardelli, Pleasanton Weekly’s features editor: “I always wanted to open a store like this. The timing was right. The store was available and I could always get the product.” After 36 years in retail, the time is right for Rick to retire and close his remaining store in downtown Pleasanton. Rick said luckily Rene grew up with a father in retail so she understood the long hours. But now, like him, she probably won’t miss them either. Q Editor’s note: Jeb Bing is editor emeritus for the Pleasanton Weekly. His “Around Pleasanton” columns typically run on the second and fourth Fridays of every month.

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District seeks $12M from state for career technical facilities

Power shutoffs Potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs were looming as the Weekly went to press late Tuesday afternoon, one day early for internal reasons. High-risk fire conditions were forecast for Wednesday and Thursday because of a combination of high winds and low humidity, resulting in a fire weather warning from state and federal officials. PG&E was warning residents throughout the Bay Area of possible power shutoffs to reduce the risk of wildfire, with parts of Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley on the watch list. Visit for the latest information. The PG&E website ( can also be a good source, though its availability has been up and down due to high traffic volume.

New Spirit Run The Halloween Spirit Run, the annual benefit run of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, will be held Oct. 27 on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton. The Halloween run succeeds the club’s 25-year-long Father’s Day run that has raised more than $1 million for scholarships benefiting local high school graduates. The run also funds community grants for dozens of local nonprofits as well as wheelchairs for those in need. For more information and to register, go to

Antiques Faire Downtown Pleasanton is set to play host to the Antiques & Collectibles Faire this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of dealers will fill up Main Street with a wide range of collectibles and antiques, not to mention downtown merchants also participating in the event. Some street closures will be in effect. The Antiques & Collectibles Faire is admission-free and is expected to be held rain or shine (although organizers canceled the spring fair in May due to weather concerns).

Scavenger Hunt The Pleasanton Downtown Association is calling all little ghouls, witches, princesses, superheroes and more out for its annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt, set for next Saturday (Oct. 19) from 10 a.m. to noon. Children 10 years old and younger can come in costume and pick up instructions from the starting point outside of the Museum on Main. They will then solve clues to find the downtown locations where they will be given a small goodie or treat. Participation will be limited to the first 600 children to arrive. Q

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proposal to pursue $12 million in state funding for new science classrooms and buildings at Foothill and Amador Valley high schools was considered by the Pleasanton school board at its regular meeting, which was rescheduled to Monday night to accommodate those observing the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. A presentation was heard on Pleasanton Unified School District’s Career Technical Education Master Plan, which outlines plans to build “facilities that better simulate

real-life, work-based learning environments” for students enrolled in high school bioscience and engineering classes. Since last year, PUSD has planned to secure state matching funds for construction of two new science classrooms and a new one-story building near the main entrance at Foothill and replace six portables on campus using mostly Measure I1 revenue. Glen Sparks, director of Pleasanton Adult Career and Education, told the school board Monday that he liked their odds of getting more

money again. “We’re going to give it a shot and thanks to lobbying efforts ... we’d be in good shape,” Sparks said. Staff applied for an additional $6 million from the state last year to add new, state-of-the-art career technical education (CTE) facilities for students enrolled in bioscience and engineering classes, including two computer science rooms and two biomedical science labs. Two new computer science classrooms will also be built at Amador. Public documents state that “the new facilities will be greatly

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Familiar face leads Fairlands

Sunflower Hill still on track with housing complex in Pleasanton

For new principal Deeringhoff, education is a calling


wanted to go into administration or not and decided that getting my teaching credential and teaching experience was important first,” she said. “I dabbled in that a little bit when I became the director and that’s when I went back to school to get my teaching certificate and work in the public schools.” She received both a master’s degree and teaching credential at Santa Clara University, then eventually an administrative degree at CSU East Bay several years ago. Deeringhoff joined PUSD in 1995 after moving to the area with her then-husband, who grew up in Pleasanton, starting first at Lydiksen Elementary before moving to Hearst Elementary in 2000. Over the years, she had come back to Lydiksen, spent time as an English

Tri-Valley nonprofit Sunflower Hill and affordable housing developer MidPen Housing this week announced their decision to “amicably end their partnership” to develop a residential community for adults with special needs in Livermore. Both organizations are hopeful that the project, previously dubbed Sunflower Hill Livermore, will move forward in a similar form with MidPen alone at the helm, their representatives said in a joint statement released on Monday afternoon. “Unfortunately, financing affordable housing projects in California’s current environment has become extraordinarily complex. Ultimately despite our best efforts and mutual respect for one another’s mission and vision, we have been unable to design a housing community that meets the needs and expectations of both partners,” they said in part. The Sunflower Hill’s residential project outside downtown Pleasanton, which the nonprofit is developing with a different partner, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), is unaffected and remains on track to open next year, according to Sunflower Hill officials.

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Heidi Deeringhoff has worn many hats in the realm of education: teacher, literacy coach, and now, the new principal at Fairlands Elementary School. The Board of Trustees appointed Deeringhoff in July to head Pleasanton Unified School District’s largest elementary school, where she was already vice principal for the past two years, splitting time also at Mohr Elementary. Despite being thoroughly familiar with the Fairlands community, Deeringhoff told the Weekly that she had to be “strongly encouraged” to seek her new job. “In all honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was quite ready,” Deeringhoff said during a recent interview. “I was slated to be full-time at Fairlands next year, and with the encouragement not only from staff but several parents in the community as well ... that were very encouraging, saying they thought I’d be the right person for the job, so that was nice.” Though applying for the position of principal took some nudging, Deeringhoff said she “always knew from the time of being a young girl that I wanted to be a teacher playing school”

enhanced if the district is awarded further financial assistance” in state funding from Proposition 51, which authorized $9 billion in general obligation bonds to build or modernize K-12 public school facilities including $500 million specifically for CTE facilities. A district-matching amount is required for applicants. A total of four applications would be submitted to the state Office of Public School Construction; three applications for the engineering,


New Fairlands Elementary principal Heidi Deeringhoff had a fun reunion when the school year began with Fairlands teacher Megan Soldati, whom Deeringhoff taught in kindergarten at crosstown Lydiksen Elementary in 1998. District officials recently highlighted the reunion with “then and now” photographs that proved very popular on PUSD’s social media.

with her siblings in her hometown of Walla Walla, Wash. “I’m a middle child. I think mediating between my siblings came very naturally for me, and I seem to connect well with people, all types of different people,” she said. “I love getting to know people and seeing what kinds of things they’re interested in and how I can connect with them. Especially when I became a teacher, too, that part of education is really important to me.” Deeringhoff started nurturing her interest in teaching at Whitman College before transferring to San Jose State University and then earning her bachelor’s degree in child development. Part of the foundation for Deeringhoff’s future in school administration was laid when she got her first teaching job at a Montessori School where she eventually became the director. “I was trying to decide if I

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JUUL’s ongoing role in Livermore vaping referendum unclear Company pulls out of SF campaign; Livermore vote set for March BY RYAN J. DEGAN

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The campaign to keep e-cigarettes, flavored tobacco and other vaping products in the city of Livermore may be at risk of losing its biggest supporter with the announcement that JUUL Labs has officially ended its active support of a similar initiative measure in San Francisco. JUUL, which is based in San Francisco, spearheaded the signaturegathering effort this summer for a referendum petition to challenge the Livermore City Council’s ordinance to ban flavored tobacco sales and implement other anti-vaping regulations. The petition garnered enough signatures from Livermore voters to force council members’ hand, and they opted to place the vaping referendum on a special election ballot for March 2020 rather than rescind their ordinance. But now, JUUL’s once-active role in the Livermore debate is unclear after the company pulled out of San Francisco’s Proposition C campaign last week. Regardless of the company’s participation going forward, the Livermore referendum has already been confirmed for the primary election ballot. While JUUL company has not officially stated one way or the other if it will continue seeking to overturn

the city’s attempted prohibition on the sale of vapor products within city limits, Livermore officials are unsure if the company will continue their campaign. “The referendum for Livermore is still several months away so they still have plenty of time to make their decision,” Livermore Mayor John Marchand told the Weekly. “I have spoken with a representative from ‘Flavors Hook Kids’ who suggested that the move (to withdraw from supporting Proposition C) may be a strategy by JUUL to create a monopoly in San Francisco in the event that the FDA eventually approves their vaping devices.” JUUL officials announced on Sept. 30 they would no longer be supporting Proposition C — a JUUL-sponsored initiative measure that would allow the sale and regulation of ecigarettes and other vaping products in San Francisco — but did not elaborate on why. “We must strive to work with regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders, and earn the trust of the societies in which we operate. That includes inviting an open dialogue, listening to others and being responsive to their concerns,” JUUL CEO K.C. Crosthwaite said in a statement announcing the decision. JUUL first came into conflict with

Livermore’s City Council when the Bay Area-based company supported a petition seeking to repeal the city’s prohibition of the sale of vaping products in Livermore. After the petition was validated, the city’s ordinance was put on hold until the issue can be resolved by voters. Each City Council member has publicly opposed the petition, saying not only do vaping products target young people and kids but that petition takers actively mislead or outright lied to residents while collecting signatures. “The City Council listened to many community members, parents, teachers, and students who were concerned about the growing vaping crisis. In response the council passed the ordinance based on input from the community,” Marchand summarized. “JUUL then hired an army of signature gatherers who lied to voters to get thousands of signatures in order to repeal the council’s action.” The council reluctantly certified the validity of the petition during its Sept. 9 meeting, but decided to let voters have the final say on the issue and set a special election for March 3 — which, though a primary election date in California, it is considered a special election for Livermore because its regular municipal elections occur in November. Q

Museum takes look at ‘Fears and Phobias’ Fun display designed for viewing before downtown Ghost Walks Upcoming Meetings City Council Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. • Public Hearing: Consider adoption of a resolution approving a Negative Declaration and introduction of an ordinance approving the application of Brad Hirst for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) rezoning and development plan and Conditional Use Permit to: (1) demolish the existing auto service building, Shell station canopy and 7-Eleven store; (2) construct an approximately 1,290-square-foot carwash building, an approximately 3,034-square-foot 7 Eleven convenience store, an approximately 3,311 square-foot Shell service station canopy, and related site improvements; and (3) operate a self-service fuel station with a drive-through carwash and a 7-Eleven convenience store with the sales of alcoholic IL]LYHNLZH[HUK /VW`HYK9VHKHZÄSLK under Case PUD134

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The historic Cope family portrait is used to illustrate “famophobia” or fear of family — although their expressions are probably due to the long exposures required for photographs at the time.


What scares you? Museum on Main is presenting its annual “What Are You Afraid Of? A Look at Fears and Phobias” display as a nod to Halloween, opening next Wednesday. The phobias exhibit grew out of more conventional Halloween decorations at the museum, said curator Ken MacLennan. It is being held in conjunction with the guided downtown Ghost Walk, which is hosted by the museum. “It is supposed to be fun,” MacLennan said. “It helps set the mood for the Ghost Walk — part of the point of it is to create an atmosphere. Although you can certainly enjoy the exhibit without the Ghost Walk.” The exhibit will use objects and images from the museum’s collections as well as various props to illustrate fears from the well-known (such as “acrophobia” or fear of heights) to the obscure (such as “aichmophobia” or fear of needles and other sharp objects) to the made-up-for-comic-effect (such as “acropetrophobia” or the fear of high gas prices). “Phobias” is a different type of


exhibit for Museum on Main, MacLennan noted. “You’re not going to learn a heck of a lot,” he said. “It’s just a fun approach to the season.” Museum education director Sarah Schaefer agreed the exhibit is not heavy on content but said it is enjoyable — and fun to visit before heading out on the Ghost Walk to learn about the spirits known to haunt downtown Pleasanton.

“It’s a fun way to learn something and get in the Halloween spirit,” Schaefer said. Check out “A Look at Fears and Phobias” while you can; the exhibit will only run through Oct. 27. Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit or call 462-2766. Q


All-abilities playground coming to Dublin park New amenities aim to ensure all kids can enjoy BY JEREMY WALSH

Leaders in Dublin joined to shine the spotlight on work now underway to build a new playground suitable for children of all ability levels at Dublin Sports Grounds during a groundbreaking ceremony last week. The approximately $4 million project to redesign part of the Dublin Boulevard recreation complex will also feature an all-inclusive picnic area, upgraded landscape, new parking facilities, and pathways to improve connectivity to other park amenities such as the sports fields and a new restroom compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, according to city officials. “The rehabilitation of the Dublin Sports Grounds into an all-abilities playground is a very special project,” Dublin Mayor David Haubert said. “The city saw a tremendous need for this playground, not only in Dublin, but in the greater Tri-Valley region. The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to its opening late next summer,” he added. To be called “The Imagine Playground at Dublin Sports Grounds,” the all-abilities playground was


Rendering shows design concept for new all-abilities playground amenities under construction now at Dublin Sports Grounds.

designed after a community outreach effort that confirmed the need and desire for city park amenities that can also be enjoyed by children with special needs, according to city officials. The City Council, as part of approving the project back in February, also signed off on a public art piece — “Conversations,” by artist Barbara Grygutis — that will be installed near the playground. Work had already begun on the Dublin Sports Grounds renovations

ahead of the Oct. 1 ceremonial groundbreaking, and the all-abilities playground is on track to be completed by next August, city officials said. The event also featured Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan presenting a check to the city for the $1.4 million in state funding granted to the project. Dublin Sports Grounds is located in the heart of Dublin at 6700 Dublin Blvd. Q

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health sciences, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors on behalf of Foothill, while Amador Valley would focus on just ICT. Foothill would leverage its approved Measure I1 bond money to acquire matching CTE new construction grant money — up to $3 million per pathway for a potential matching total of $9 million — and Amador would do the same for up to $3 million of approved funds, according to PUSD officials. District leadership, including Superintendent David Haglund, who was absent Monday evening, both Foothill and Amador principals and CTE staff at both campuses, have recommended that the board approve the request by the Dec. 2 application deadline. The trustees directed administration to continue pursuing the grants; the item will return to the board for approval at its Oct. 22 meeting. Construction would be expected to break ground next summer or fall.

In other business • The trustees announced Monday that the Amador Valley parking lot facing Santa Rita Road will reopen Oct. 15, after being closed since June while half a dozen solar

panel structures were built onsite. During the extended closure, which put more than 400 parking spots out of commission, workers also reconfigured the parking spaces and added crosswalks and other safety features to the lot. Board President Valerie Arkin said a public event to celebrate the lot’s completion and reopening will be held in the near future. • More than $3.8 million in purchase orders at various district sites from last month were approved on Monday. Most of the expenses were reimbursements for staff travel, classroom and office supplies and contracted services such as Wheels bus tickets for students. A separate board report was accepted that evening detailing another $5.7 million of warrant produced and amounts expended from various funds for the month of September. The items listed in that document were similar to the purchase orders and included textbooks and computer equipment, as well as interpreting services. • The board approved a resolution for Red Ribbon Week on Monday, with the goal to “encourage all students to choose to live free of drug and substance abuse.” PUSD schools have activities planned for Red Ribbon Week, which will be held Oct. 23-31. The Pleasanton Police Department is donating a $1,000 grant for the event. Q

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Taylor Family Foundation appoints new CEO Angie Carmignani to lead nonprofit into its fourth decade BY RYAN J. DEGAN




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by Elaine Taylor — founder and chair of The Taylor Family Foundation Board of Directors — during the nonprofit’s annual Day in the Park fundraiser in August, Carmignani said she is eager to continue the founders’ mission to help Angie at-risk youth Carmignani as well as those suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses. “Barry and Elaine Taylor’s core vision began with the wellness of children. And today, we will continue their dream to care for medically fragile children in northern California,” Carmignani said in a statement. “In preparation for our fourth decade, reflecting back our beginnings will be a key part of our future.” Founded with a particular focus on providing summer camp experiences for children with HIV/AIDS, today the Taylor Family Foundation provides camping experiences for more than 3,000 young people a year at no cost to their families. The foundation has also been able to expand services to children who are developmentally disabled, are grieving from the loss of a close family member or suffer from a variety of illnesses. Carmignani is a longtime member of the Taylor foundation team, having started working with the

nonprofit in 2001 as an operations director. In that capacity, she helped manage camp programs, assisted in camp construction projects, and focused on day-to-day management of camp operations. In 2009 she took over the role of executive director, where through fundraising and community outreach she helped oversee the foundation grow to 32 camp program sessions with 40 nonprofit partners. As executive director, Carmignani was able to expand the foundation’s wellness programs to include 100% organic produce at Camp Arroyo, the Barry Taylor Scholarship, urgent need funding and Sibshop — a support program for siblings of individuals with disabilities, according to foundation staff. In 2013 Carmignani also launched the foundation’s music therapy program, which through partnering with Wells Fargo and Sophie’s Choice not only provides music therapy for kids at camp but also services pediatric units at four Bay Area hospitals. Carmignani has also served as board secretary, which foundation officials say is vitally important in ensuring the board operates effectively. In other foundation news, during the nonprofit’s 29th Annual Day in the Park fundraiser event, members of the community donated more than $1 million to help fund the foundation’s camp and wellness programs. Q



Governor signs three Bauer-Kahan bills Legislation covers higher education, public works projects BY JULIA BAUM

TRYathlon The Valley Children’s Museum is holding a TRYathlon fundraiser next Sunday (Oct. 20), a family event designed to mimic an actual triathlon. The non-competitive event will allow children, along with a parent or adult chaperone, to try their best at their choice of a half-mile or one-mile running and biking course, along with a water activity. The cost is $30 per pair ($5 discount if booked by next Tuesday). The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin. Visit

Hear from Ahern Livermore Indivisible’s Immigration and Human Rights Committee is set to host “A Conversation with Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern” from 3-5 p.m. today at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way in Livermore. Organizers said discussion topics may include “ICE policies, training for interacting with mentally ill inmates, perspective on domestic terrorism, perspective toward minorities and asylum seekers, Urban Shield, deadly force standards, AB 392, immigration detainees, budget and allocation, and agency challenges and resolutions.”

Teachers of the Year The Alameda County Office of Education held its annual Teacher of the Year awards ceremony last week in Castro Valley, announcing the two teachers who will go on to represent the county in the state’s Teacher of the Year competition. This year’s Alameda County winners were Pauline Stahl from Encinal Junior & Senior High School in Alameda and Joshua Theo Wheeler from Redwood High School in Castro Valley. Pleasanton’s representative in the county competition was Theresa “Tessie” Gonsalves, a longtime science teacher at Harvest Park Middle School,

LPC journalists Las Positas College officials recently announced that, the online version of the Livermore community college’s student newspaper, The Express, has been named a finalist in the Online Pacemaker competition that recognizes the best in college journalism in the United States and Canada. was one of eight two-year college websites named as a finalist for the award, which in all highlighted 41 elite digital publications, including UCLA, Duke and Vassar. This year marks the second time that LPC Express has been a finalist in the Online Pacemaker contest. In 2013, after being named a finalist, the website earned sixth place for best in show at the ACP Convention in New Orleans. Q

Three bills authored by local Assemblywoman Rebecca BauerKahan (D-Orinda) received support from Gov. Gavin Newsom over the past month, for a total of seven new state laws from the freshman legislator’s office so far this year. Last Friday, Newsom added his signature to Assembly Bills 1344 and 807, both which received broad bipartisan support and concern accreditation standards or scholarships in higher education. AB 1344 requires all “out-ofstate higher education institutions that enroll students from California comply with all state accreditation requirements and register with the Bureau of Postsecondary Private Education (BPPE).” In a statement, Bauer-Kahan said she hopes the bill will protect

students from “predatory” institutions with “a flawed history of accreditation issues as well as a track record of misleading students and taking their money and running.” “California is stepping up to protect our nearly 100,000 students enrolled in online, for-profit and out-of-state institutions who are caught in the bull’s-eye of these harmful policies, by holding the bad actor colleges accountable for misleading and bankrupting our students,” she said. AB 807 targets equity for lowincome students who are awarded scholarships. Currently, scholarship money is counted as income when the student and their family’s CalWORKS eligibility and need is calculated. This setup discourages families from accepting scholarships and makes accessing higher education more difficult, according

to Bauer-Kahan. AB 807 makes sure that scholarships are no longer counted against students applying for CalWORKS, and Rebecca also excludes income received Bauer-Kahan for helping in the U.S. Census. In mid-September, Newsom also signed Bauer-Kahan’s Assembly Bill 1475, which allows regional transportation authorities (RTAs) to use the “construction manager/general contractor” (CM/GC) project delivery method. According to the assemblywoman, the CM/GC system “essentially allows for the collaboration of the project designers/engineers and general contractors early in

the project process to ensure that the project is carried out in the most streamlined and cost effective method.” Bauer-Kahan said she was “thrilled to see the governor’s support” of AB 1475, which authorizes RTAs to use CM/GC for transportation projects such as the plans to connect the Iron Horse Regional Trail with regional transit hubs, and that inspired the bill. “The model created was so sought after that we were happy to extend this option to other RTAs in California to help deliver projects on time and under budget, saving valuable tax dollars,” she said. Caltrans’ 2017-18 efficiency report cited savings of $44.5 million using the CM/GC delivery process. AB 1475 received wide bipartisan support and takes effect January 2020. Q

Drones and more at Livermore Library Upcoming events include comedian/author and gentle yoga BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

The Livermore Public Library continues its varied free offerings with a comedian and evening yoga, as well as drone courses for teens. Nina G, author of “Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen,” will present an afternoon of comedy, stories and insights beginning at 2 p.m. this Sunday. She will talk about her journey to becoming the world’s only female stuttering standup comedian, including growing up in an Italian-Catholic family, brushes with famous comedians and cringe-worthy interactions with people who didn’t “get” stuttering. The library also is presenting three evenings of easy yoga postures and mindfulness techniques that can help manage stress, at 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. The free gentle yoga sessions, taught by local instructor Madhavi Nadendla, will include yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. No registration is required. Evening Gentle Yoga is open to adults and teens only. All participants must fill out a waiver, and teens under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and come with an empty or light stomach. A mat will be provided to those who do not have one. For questions or more information, call Paul Sevilla at 373-5573. The Livermore Library also is hosting two Drone Obstacle Course events for teens this fall, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 and from 6-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18.

The courses will teach about drones and drone safety, and include a lesson on how to operate a small drone indoors. Teens will then have the opportunity to navigate an obstacle course.

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Council OKs subdividing Old Stanley site for three new houses Also: Analyzing city’s energy-efficiency, raises for city management and re-signing Morgenroth BY JEREMY WALSH

The Pleasanton City Council approved a group of friends’ request to demolish a single-story house on Old Stanley Boulevard and subdivide their parcel for three larger houses last week. The application, filed by Saravana Chilla, calls for tearing down the 940-square-foot house and associated outbuildings at 3987 Stanley Blvd. (aka Old Stanley Boulevard), a deep, rectangular parcel on the 2017




outer edge of downtown, not far from where First Street turns into Stanley Boulevard. The original home dates back to 1914 but was not designated as an historic structure during the city’s 2015 historic resource survey, city planning manager Ellen Clark told the council during the Oct. 1 meeting. The property is zoned and designated for high-density residential. The parcel would then be subdivided into three lots, each with










a detached, two-story house, along with onsite improvements such as tree plantings, new infrastructure and a shared private driveway to connect the residential lots. The council learned at the meeting that the development plan actually comes from three friends, with each set to move into one of the new houses with their family. The Planning Commission had endorsed the small subdivision proposed in the downtown neighborhood, with a 4-0-1 vote on Aug. 28 to advance the plannedunit development (PUD) application to the council with a positive recommendation. “The Planning Commission reviewed the subject proposal and believes the proposed density, development standards, architecture, site design, lot configuration and landscaping are consistent with the zoning, Downtown Specific Plan and General Plan goals and policies including all regulations and design guidelines,” assistant city manager Brian Dolan wrote in his staff report to the council before the Oct. 1 meeting. City staff concurred with the commission’s recommendation for approval, saying the project would align with city policies and

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objectives as well as fit in well with the surrounding neighborhood. The council heard from one neighbor during the public hearing concerned about adding multiple two-story houses where one single-story home currently stands, mainly for privacy reasons. In the end, council members voted unanimously to approve the three-home subdivision while adding one condition that the six-foot wooden fence separating the property with the neighbor’s lot to the east also include a two-foot lattice so it stands eight feet overall.

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This small house is due to be torn down and replaced with a trio of two-story homes on the deep, narrow parcel (story pole with flags above property show dimensions of the new houses).

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• The council discussed the results and recommendations of the energy benchmarking analysis conducted at city facilities by high school and college interns with local nonprofit Go Green Initiative. The summer intern cohort of students with ties to Pleasanton analyzed energy usage at all cityowned buildings for the project — similar to what Go Green interns also completed with the Pleasanton Unified School District last summer. The results will help guide city decision-making on future energy-efficiency efforts going forward, officials said. Among their key findings, the interns determined the city could save nearly $275,000 in annual energy costs if each city facility operated at or below the median cost per square foot for the buildings. Their short-term recommendations included that the city conduct energy audits at the lowestperforming city facilities, develop site-specific goals for each facility, implement an energy management system and revise the city’s Climate Action Plan based on the new energy usage and benchmarking data. Long-term recommendations were that the city government publicly report on its energy use each year to increase transparency and community participation, prioritize and allocate resources through the city budget process for efficiency projects, and strive toward — and ultimately reach — 100%

dependency on renewable energy sources. • Council members presented proclamations declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month and Oct. 23 as National Unity Day. • As part of its 15-item consent calendar, the council confirmed a 3% increase to the pay schedule for city management and confidential employees — who are not represented by a union. The proposal also called for an additional city contribution of 0.5% of base wages into a deferred compensation plan. The consent calendar is a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once, unless an individual item is pulled for separate consideration. Council members did talk briefly about one consent item, a proposal to extend the city’s contract with Pleasanton-based Morgenroth Development for on-call contractor services related to city renovation projects — for a maximum of $400,000 for 2019-20. Vice Mayor Karla Brown and Councilwoman Julie Testa objected to the city re-signing with Morgenroth, as opposed to seeking another contractor for the services, “to send a message” to the firm and the community stemming from Morgenroth’s role in the demolition of a historic house on Second Street without a city permit this summer. The firm was the general contractor on that redevelopment project. The other council members endorsed the contract extension with Morgenroth for specialized services for the city, passing that item with a 3-2 vote. Other consent items included introducing an ordinance to move forward with enrolling the city in the East Bay Community Energy program, an additional $50,000 to the law firm of Jarvis, Fay & Gibson for consultation on the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone supplemental environmental study, and $120,000 annually for three years to Townsend Public Affairs for the city’s share of Tri-Valley lobbying efforts. Q


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Wings of Freedom plane involved in fatal crash B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ came to Livermore Airport annually, crashed in Connecticut while on tour BY MARK NOACK/ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE

A vintage World War II plane that frequently visited the Bay Area, including Livermore, as part of the Wings of Freedom tour was involved in a fatal crash in Connecticut last week. The plane, a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber, reportedly experienced an engine failure just minutes after taking off from Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn. on Oct. 2. The aircraft ended up crashing into an airport building, killing seven people and injuring seven others. The B-17 plane was owned by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit that maintains a large collection of World War II vintage aircraft. The organization is best known for coordinating an annual Wings of Freedom tour to showcase its historic planes at airports across the country. The Wings of Freedom tour has visited the Livermore Municipal Airport and Moffett Field each


The Pleasanton Weekly ran this photograph of the B-17 bomber from a reporter’s tour of the Wings of Freedom back in 2016.

May for more than a decade. The B-17 was one of the event’s main attractions, and it was promoted as one of the last bombers of its type that was still airworthy.

During visits to Livermore and other airports, the Wings of Freedom organizers offered visitors short rides on the B-17 and other vintage aircraft at the cost of $450

plans to retain control of the project, with the goal of creating an affordable housing development that aligns with the original vision. “MidPen Housing is committed to developing, managing, and operating the planned affordable housing community pursuant to the approved design and for the originally intended population: developmentally disabled adults,” the joint statement read. “MidPen will work with the City of Livermore to secure the financing necessary for the project to commence construction in 2020.” On their end, Sunflower Hill officials vowed that the nonprofit will continue to seek new opportunities to develop residential communities for the more than 2,000 people with special needs living in the Tri-Valley “who need safe, secure and affordable housing.” Sunflower Hill burst onto the scene as a new nonprofit in the Tri-Valley some seven years ago with the lofty goal of shifting the paradigm for residential and vocational opportunities for people with special needs. As its vocational and educational programs advanced, the Sunflower Hill Livermore project approval marked a first major victory for the nonprofit in its effort to advance a tangible residential proposal toward development reality. Almost one year later, the Pleasanton City Council approved the design plans and city financial support for the Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch concept. Located near where First Street turns into Stanley Boulevard in Pleasanton, the 1.64-acre

affordable housing complex with 31 apartments, community center and other amenities aims to create an inclusive and independent living opportunity for developmentally disabled residents — a long under-served demographic across the state and country when it comes to affordable housing options. The concept had been in the works for several years before. The developers of the unaffiliated 87-house Irby Ranch neighborhood set aside a portion of their land for the future Sunflower Hill housing project, which was backed in concept by city officials. The special-needs housing proposal serving as a key reason the Pleasanton City Council in 2017 approved the new Irby Ranch neighborhood, which is also now under construction. With the city approvals in hand in 2018, Sunflower Hill proceeded to secure the necessary funding from public and private sources to advance the $19 million project toward construction. Crews began that work earlier this year, with community leaders in Pleasanton joining Sunflower Hill officials and volunteers for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in May. Construction is progressing at a quick pace, and the project remains on track for completion by next summer, Nehls said. As an affordable housing community specifically for residents with special needs, Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch seeks to become the first of its kind in the Tri-Valley and a rarity in all of California. Q

per person. It was reportedly during one of those paid flights that the B-17 ended up crash landing at the Connecticut airfield. In a brief statement, the Collings Foundation said they were working with authorities investigating the crash. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were on that flight,” the organization wrote. “The Collings Foundation flight team is fully cooperating with officials to determine the cause of the crash of the B-17 Flying Fortress.” The Connecticut Post identified those who died as pilot Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75, of Long Beach; co-pilot Michael Foster, 71, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and passengers David Broderick, 56, of West Springfield, Mass.; Robert Riddell, 59, of East Granby, Conn.; Gary Mazzone, 66, of East Windsor, Conn.; James Roberts, 48, of Ludlow, Mass.; and Robert Rubner, 64, of Tolland, Conn. Q Editor’s note: Pleasanton Weekly editor Jeremy Walsh contributed to this story.

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“Sunflower Hill at Irby RanchPleasanton is under construction and slated for residents to move in June 2020. We are very excited,” Sunflower Hill executive director Edie Nehls told the Weekly on Monday night. “We are grateful to all who supported the vision for Sunflower Hill Livermore,” Nehls added in the earlier joint statement. “We remain committed to developing housing opportunities and continue to work closely with our local cities, neighbors and community leaders in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.” The proposed project in central Livermore, spearheaded by Sunflower Hill, received City Council approval in March 2017 for a residential community akin to senior living with 44 affordable housing units for individuals with special needs on the former Layton property on First Street. But the project has remained in the predevelopment/design phase since. With Monday’s announcement of Sunflower Hill disassociating with the Livermore project, MidPen officials said the company


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language development specialist at Valley View Elementary, and also served for a period as part-time principal at Mohr. She also took several years off from teaching to focus on raising her two daughters, who are now grown. But the campus life has always called for Deeringhoff, who said her experience running an education consulting business during her time away from PUSD partly inspired her to seek a position where she could merge her administrative experience and teaching know-how. “Working more with adults at that time through the consulting ... solidified more of feeling like administration was something where it allowed me an avenue to not only work with kids and impact children, but also support our teachers and parents and the entire community in elevating our students,” Deeringhoff said. Making connections with students is more challenging because she’s in the classroom less often, Deeringhoff said, but “that’s why being out at lunchtime with them as often as possible to make those connections and getting into classrooms as often as possible is important to me.” “My potential for impact is larger as an administrator,” she added. “I try to support teachers and listening to what their needs are to meet their student needs and helping to motivate them for selfgrowth, as well as the growth of their students.” Q

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Great tarantula migration has begun, and these arachnids are looking for love STORY AND PHOTOS BY RYAN J. DEGAN

Wild tarantulas can be found all over the Mount Diablo area in the fall as males emerge from their burrows to find a mate. Despite their subjectively scary appearance, tarantulas are misunderstood creatures and pose no threat to humans, according to the guide leading the well-attended Mitchell Canyon Tarantula Hike on Mount Diablo last Sunday. Page 12 • October 11, 2019 • Pleasanton Weekly

here are giants lurking on Mount Diablo. Eight-legged giants who, contrary to popular belief, are harmless to humans — and just looking for love. Many tarantulas populate Mount Diablo, and come the end of summer and into the beginning of the fall, these arachnids can commonly be seen scurrying around the mountain searching for a mate. “They are beautiful creatures and one thing that you learn really quickly, whether it is rattlesnakes or tarantulas or mountain lions, is that these are all really majestic creatures. If you are very respectful of this park, it can all be quite a positive experience,” said Ted Clement, executive director of local environmental conservation group

Save Mount Diablo. “I’ve run into tarantulas with my wife and my kids a number of times, and of course now is the time. You tend to see them in summer and fall but we really love them,” he added. Every year, Save Mount Diablo hosts a series of guided hikes for groups to explore the scenic splendor of Mount Diablo, as well as all of the wildlife that call the mountain home, through its Discover Diablo Series. One of these hikes — the Mitchell Canyon Tarantula Hike, held last Sunday — offered a group of residents the opportunity to explore the mountain and meet a number of these lovelorn spiders. “We live in San Francisco, and we always wanted to see the tarantula

migration or molting or whatever is happening here,” Adam Autry said during the hike. “My first experience was at a ‘Sleepy Hollow’ haunted hayride and somebody just had a tarantula, and initially I was like any other person, just scared. I didn’t have the phobia but I was scared, and the tarantula started crawling on me thanks to the person and it (turned out to be) one of the most calming therapeutic moments I’ve ever had in my life,” added Leslie Martinez, expressing her excitement. Approximately 40 residents from across the Bay Area attended the hike, and while some hikers were somewhat nervous at the prospect of meeting these spiders, Ken Lavin, a hike leader for Save Mount


Clockwise from top left: Naturalist Ken Lavin leads hikes around the Mount Diablo area and teaches residents about tarantulas — hikers should not touch wild tarantulas because they may bite when scared. Naturalist Erica Stephens teaches about tarantulas found in Sunol Regional Wilderness. Hikers can find tarantulas around the Mount Diablo area typically during the months of September and October. Young Tarantula Hike attendees see the spider up close.

Diablo, quickly worked to keep their minds at ease. “It turns out that nobody anywhere has ever been killed by a tarantula, no human ever,” Lavin, a naturalist for the Greenbelt Alliance, said right off the bat. “They have venom sacks (but) they are very tiny and not poisonous to humans at all, about enough to take down a cricket.” Lavin went on to explain that the end of summer marks the beginning of mating season for the tarantulas of Mount Diablo and the best time for hikers to spot them out in the open. “The tarantulas are here all year (but) generally you don’t see them. For one, they’re nocturnal; No. 2, they’re fossorial, which is a great word for they live underground,” Lavin added. Tarantulas will typically spend their lifetimes hiding within their burrows — which they dig using their fangs — only emerging when a tasty cricket or beetle ventures

close enough for them to leap out and grab. For males, around the time they turn 7 years old, they will leave their home for the last time in search for a mate, and will continue to search for as many mates as possible until they die of exposure or starvation, which usually takes one to two months. Tarantulas have eight eyes that look directly up, but a lifetime underground makes their sight mostly useless, Lavin said, which can make searching for a mate quite the challenge. Instead, tarantulas feel vibrations and air currents through their hair that alerts them to what is going on in the world around them. In order to detect prey, or prospective suitors, that are outside of a burrow, tarantulas place a type of silk that will vibrate, letting them know they have a visitor. In the case of a mate, when a male tarantula approaches a female’s burrow and alerts her to his presence, the female will leap out only to have

their fangs hooked by special mating hooks located on the male’s legs. Once the mating act is complete, the male tarantula will quickly scurry away in search of another partner, leaving the female to care for their young. After the male has left, female tarantulas — who have been known to live for more than two decades — will stay in her home to take care of the little ones for about one molting cycle, keeping them safe in a silk basket at the bottom of her burrow. “She’ll go down in her burrow, she’ll make a sheet of that silk, she’ll lay her eggs, and she’ll stash the sheet into a basket,” Lavin said. “(And) she’s a very good mom; she’ll take that basket up to get sun and take care of it.” After their first molt, Lavin says it is time for the offspring to go because “they’re on momma’s nerves, they are on each others nerves and they’re not above ‘sibling-cide.’” Spider babies will then head out into the world to dig their own burrows among the wilderness of the Mount Diablo area and begin the cycle all over again. Tarantulas can be found throughout the Diablo region as well as in Sunol Regional Wilderness and other areas around the East Bay and South Bay — but act fast to catch a glimpse of the migration because mating season is typically finished by the end of October as male tarantulas die off. Save Mount Diablo hosts educational events like the Tarantula Hike as one of the many ways the nonprofit advocates for land conservation in Contra Costa County, an area Clement says is in particular danger of having its wildlife and

other natural resources compromised by development. “It’s projected that the Bay Area will get about 2 million people in the next couple of decades and a study was done in 2017 looking at all of the Bay Area counties and which of the counties have the most private land at risk for development. And Contra Costa County by far was identified as the Bay Area county with the most private open space at risk of development,” Clement said. “So the bull’s-eye is drawn here, and some of those lands that don’t have conservation value are prime for development. And we don’t have a problem with that, but many of those lands are in incredible areas,” he added. Founded in 1971 — one year after the first Earth Day — to help protect these natural resources, Save Mount Diablo officials and their many volunteers work to use land acquisition, environmental stewardship advocacy and educational outreach to really protect

open space and natural resources in the area. Initially starting out with only 6,788 acres of protected land and a single park, today Save Mount Diablo has helped preserve more than 110,000 acres across over 40 parks. And the nonprofit continues to have its sights set on permanently protecting even more land around the mountain. “Land has been going through a lot of stress from climate change, increased flooding, increased fires, etc. But land (conservation) is actually one of the biggest ways to mitigate against climate change long term,” Clement added. “When we protect land in the Mount Diablo area, we are permanently locking up carbon sinks where nature can do its thing ... and that’s just critical for us to monitor the crisis that is on our hands.” To learn more about Save Mount Diablo, the Discover Diablo Series or the tarantulas that call the mountain home, visit Q

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Tri Valley Life

What’s happening around the Valley in music, theater, art, movies and more

n o H t n a a r s v a est Festival e l P r o f e m i T Fun family event features thousands of handmade arts and crafts BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Dennis and Conny Olarte sell their Essence of O soaps at events throughout Northern California, but the Harvest Festivals are their favorites. “We enjoy them all because they are all original art — you can find unique stuff that you wouldn’t normally find at a store,” Dennis Olarte said. “That’s the kind of venue we like.” “We’ve been doing the Pleasanton Harvest Festival for about 10 years,” he added. “We really enjoy that show.” The Pleasanton Harvest Festival returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds from Oct 25-27, with more than 250 artisans showcasing their creations that include original art, jewelry, ceramics, woodturnings, clothing, photography, specialty foods, toys and decor. The festival is a fun fall event with food, live music and nonstop entertainment on the outdoor stage. This year comedic duo Scotty and Trink will perform juggling routines, and the Fargo Brothers will entertain with their classic rock. Strolling entertainers will roam the fairgrounds and interact with guests as they shop, including Frankenstein on Stilts. The event includes a pumpkin patch — perfect for family photos — and a KidZone hosted by Pleasanton ceramics studio Color


The personal touch and a chance to talk to artisans about their creations is a draw of the Pleasanton Harvest Festival.

Me Mine featuring Halloweenthemed, make-and-take arts and crafts projects. The festival is also partnering with local nonprofit partners Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven, providing them with half of the proceeds from all shopping bag sales. A food drive will give $2 off any adult or senior admission for those who bring in a nonperishable food donation. But the artists and artisans’ products are the main draw. “What makes our event so unique is all the incredible artists who exhibit with us,” said show owner Nancy Glenn. “We have hundreds of talented, creative individuals who produce things

that you will never see in any mall or big box.” The Harvest Festivals began 47 years ago in San Francisco as a destination for artists and craftspeople to gather and have a forum to sell their handmade products. Today, the shows take place at nine venues in California and Nevada and still only features handmade arts and crafts made in the United States. Exhibitors go through a rigid jury process to be selected, which results in high quality and diversity of products. “When we started the Harvest Festivals, there were nine or 10 selling soap,” Dennis Olarte said. “Now they are down to one or two.”


The Pleasanton Harvest Festival has unique offerings, such as succulents nesting in California-shaped planters. Page 14 • October 11, 2019 • Pleasanton Weekly


Conny Olarte and her husband Dennis sell their full range of handmade soaps each year at the Pleasanton Harvest Festival.

The Olartes first became acquainted with high quality, handmade soap when a family member in Kansas sent them a bar of glycerin lemon grass soap. “We were sad when the soap was gone,” recalled Olarte. “Then in Half Moon Bay, we found something kind of like it. When it was gone we were going to return to Half Moon Bay, then my wife said, ‘Why don’t I make my own soap?’” She began to attend soap-making classes, buying books on the subject and experimenting in their Union City home and giving it to friends to test. “After about 2-1/2 years, she said she was ready to go into business,” Olarte said. A customer alerted them to the Harvest Festivals and they were accepted. “We built up a lot of inventory to do the first show and were pleasantly surprised,” Olarte remembered. “Customers really took to our product.” They also sell a lot of their soaps on their website and at the Discovery store at San Jose International Airport, which promotes handmade products from the Bay Area. “This is my wife’s career, she hand-makes all the soap,” Olarte said. “I design computer chips in Sunnyvale.” At the Harvest Festivals, Dennis talks to the customers, while Conny works in the background,

Shopping and more What: Pleasanton Harvest Festival When:10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26; 10 a.m.5 p.m. Oct. 27 Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds Tickets: Adults — $9; seniors, military — $7; youths 13-17 — $4; 12 and under free. Tickets valid for re-entry. Information: or call 392-7300

cutting the logs of soap into bars and wrapping them. “We make our soap in logs, and each log has 12 bars,” he explained, “Sometimes customers request the entire log.” They offer their soap at the best price at shows, he added, with individual bars selling for $6, and prices lower as more bars are purchased. Twenty bars cost $80. They travel to about 16 shows each year from May to mid-December, including four Harvest Festivals. One draw of the Pleasanton Harvest Festival is the chance to directly interact with the artists, watch crafting demonstrations, and the chance to get many gifts personalized. “When you visit the Harvest Festival, you know you are really supporting small, independent crafters,” Glenn noted. Q


Shows continue in October Pleasanton hosting author interview, country singing duo, improv troupe BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Pleasanton and the Firehouse Arts Center continue like a house afire to present lively and stimulating entertainment. October highlights include bestselling author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) interviewing New York Times top-ranked fiction writer Nic Stone at 8 p.m. next Friday (Oct. 18) at the Amador Theater on Santa Rita Road. The talk, audience Q&A, and book-signing event is part of the city’s “In Conversation” series, presented with Towne Center Books. Stone, author of “Dear Martin” and “Odd One Out,” talks about writing and her third novel “Jackpot,” a life-affirming story about the humanity in people, “no matter how little or how much is in their bank account.” Handler has written five novels including his newest, “Bottle Grove.” Under the infamous pseudonym “Lemony Snicket,” he has written the bestselling series “All the Wrong Questions” and “A Series of

Unfortunate Events.” Admission is $10, or $20 with purchase of the book. Musical duo Maybe April will perform at the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 19), part of the national tour for their 2019 album, “The Other Side.” The self-described “country/ Americana” twosome is Katy DuBois from Jonesboro, Ark., and Alaina Stacey from Chicago. After meeting at a music industry camp in Nashville, they wrote a song together that took them on to play at a Los Angeles Grammy Awards event alongside Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw and other country music stars. They went on to play at the Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Maybe April is recognized for its harmonies, the women’s strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and the way each adds something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound, a blend

of Americana, folk, bluegrass and country. Tickets are $18-$28. Opening Oct. 24 at the Firehouse is teen improv troupe Creatures of Impulse kicking off its 10th season with “Nightmares,” the popular Halloween-inspired fall classic. Audience suggestions drive the characters and stories for this un-scripted theatrical scare-fest. “Come and see your very own ‘dark and stormy night’ come to life,” said coach and director Mark Duncanson, also a city recreation supervisor. “Every show is different, and we get lots of fans who come to two or more performances.” The improv team rehearses storytelling techniques and studies how to create characters that the audience can identify with and care about. Audience input inspires the creation of characters and storylines, and the cast then develops a fully improvised performance each night. “We hope to give audiences another perspective on improv with our long-form narrative performances


Maybe April will perform their country/Americana music at the Firehouse Arts Center on Oct. 19.

like ‘Nightmares,’” Duncanson said. “Improv isn’t just one-liners designed to go for laughs. We hope to create compelling stories and characters with audience suggestions, and then take them along for the journey.” He said he loves it when Creatures of Impulse performers make the audience wince and cover their eyes. “We don’t use props, sets, costumes or makeup — just the imagination. One year, two audience members had to leave the theater

because they said, ‘ got too intense!’” Duncanson recalled. “They eventually went back in, but I consider that a huge compliment for improvised horror.” “Nightmare” will have four shows: • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. • 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $5 students, $10 adults. For tickets to each of these events, go to, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave. Q

‘Luna Mexicana’ coming to Bankhead

Oakland Ballet’s “Luna Mexicana” will colorfully celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Oct. 17 at the Bankhead Theater and on Oct. 25 at the Amador Theater.

Oakland Ballet production commemorates Day of the Dead BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — will be celebrated at the Bankhead Theater next week by Oakland Ballet in “Luna Mexicana” with spirited dances, lively music and colorful costumes. The show, created by artistic director Graham Lustig, highlights the festive cultural traditions of Mexico where families come together Nov. 1 and 2 to welcome the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion. The program includes “Viva la Vida,” a collaboration between Lustig and Martin Romero, artistic

director of Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza. The piece’s striking visual energy honors Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her love of animals and bright colors. The day before the public performance of “Luna Mexicana,” two abbreviated performances will be presented to students in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. To encourage whole families to attend the performance at the Bankhead, a special student price of $10 per ticket is being offered. Prior to the event, mariachi music will set the mood, and food made by the Granada High School Latinx

‘Viva MOMIX’


Innovative dance illusionists MOMIX return to the Bankhead Theater next weekend with their trademark style — illusion, beauty, magic, fun and inventiveness. Moses Pendleton, who founded the troupe in 1980, calls it “visual theater,” saying he sets an image first then adds choreography, props, lighting and music for an astonishing visual experience. “Viva MOMIX” begins at 8 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 19). Tickets are $20-$95; students and military, $20. Call 373-6800, visit, or go to the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Club will be sold. An “ofrenda” set up by the Hispanic Heritage Center will be in the lobby, in keeping with traditional altars done for the holiday to honor ancestors with food and photographs. Oakland Ballet’s “Luna Mexicana” begins at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 17) at the Bankhead Theater. Call 373-6800 or visit for ticket information. The ballet will also bring “Luna Mexicana” to Pleasanton the following week, with a performance at the Amador Theater at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. For tickets, visit or call 931-4848. Q


Livermore Pride to shine First event will celebrate diversity in community BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Live more, love more, Livermore. These words sum up a family friendly Livermore Pride event being held to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Livermore and honor the diversity of the community. Performances will take place from noon to 4 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Bankhead Theater Plaza. “Likely somebody is going to emcee the event,” said Kathy Woofter, who is leading the logistics for Livermore Pride 2019. She and others have been meeting since March at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church to plan this first event

after finding interested people via social networking on Nextdoor. “We kind of got tired of going to San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley — and people are becoming more open-minded every day,” Woofter said. “We need a community in our backyard.” Instead of a pride parade, they decided to hold their first event in one location. “We got a little bit of flack from people who don’t like our cause,” Woofter noted. “But everyone I spoke to was very much supportive.” The event will include children’s activities, a comedian, possibly the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus and Cheer San Francisco. There will

also be a drag queen story-time, live music, a community art project and LGBTQ historical trivia. “Everybody is welcome — come one, come all and help us celebrate our first Livermore Pride,” Woofter said. “Then, after the first of the year, we will begin to plan for next year.” More information is at www., which will post details of the event as they are finalized. “Our young people still need to see that they aren’t alone in discovering and understanding their identities,” the site states. “We strive to have all LGBTQ+ people feel seen and heard as valued members of our community.” Q

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POLICE REPORT The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available.

Oct. 4 Burglary Q 8:35 a.m. on the 100 block of Ray Street Drug violation Q 3:03 p.m. on the 1700 block of Santa Rita Road Q 8:13 p.m. on the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Q 8:24 p.m. on the 4200 block of First Street

Oct. 3 Theft Q 4:05 p.m. on the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road Q 7:06 p.m. on the 5600 block of Owens Drive Alcohol violation Q 6:54 p.m. on the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Domestic battery Q 3:31 p.m. on Ballantyne Drive Vandalism Q 11:29 a.m. on the 5800 block of Parkside Drive

Oct. 2 Theft from auto Q 6:59 p.m. on the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Fraud Q 3:04 p.m. on the 400 block of Mission Drive Domestic battery Q 12:43 p.m. on Peters Avenue

Oct. 1 Theft from auto Q 7:24 p.m. on the 4000 block of Santa Rita Road Robbery Q 1:22 p.m. on the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Sept. 30 Shoplifting Q 2:31 p.m. on the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive Q 6:12 p.m. on the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Burglary Q 5:44 p.m. on the 5500 block of Calico Lane Vandalism Q 12:04 a.m. on the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road DUI Q 2:42 a.m. at Franklin and Stoneridge drives

Sept. 29 Burglary Q 11:21 p.m. on the 3900 block of Payne Road Drug violation Q 8:17 p.m. on the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Assault/battery Q 1:25 a.m. on the 6200 block of Gibson Court

Sept. 28 Robbery Q 11:13 a.m. on the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue Fraud Q 8:49 a.m. on the 7600 block of Canyon Meadows Circle Q 5:31 p.m. on the 4700 block of Willow Road Q 6:08 p.m. on the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue Theft Q 7:59 a.m., 5100 block of Monaco Drive; auto theft Q 8:58 a.m., 7600 block of Canyon Meadows Circle; theft from auto Q 2:20 p.m. on the 6000 block of Johnson Drive Q 4:37 p.m., 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Q 4:54 p.m. on the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Pleasanton police, BART open joint substation on west side The Pleasanton Police Department and BART Police Department marked the opening of their Joint Police Services Center at the West DublinPleasanton BART Station last week, a move to support increased police presence that officials from both agencies hope will enhance public safety throughout that part of town. The new center, located in the BART parking garage on the Pleasanton side of the BART station, represents Pleasanton PD’s first substation within the city. Financed by Workday and constructed by its contractor, the Joint Police Services Center is prominently located in a front corner of the garage, across the street from Stoneridge Shopping Center and not far from businesses, office buildings and homes located near the I-580/I-680 freeway interchange. “This new joint services center is a big win for Pleasanton and BART to increase public safety in this area,” City Manager Nelson Fialho said in a statement after the substation opened Sept. 30. “This public-private partnership with Workday further demonstrates their commitment to maintaining and improving Pleasanton’s quality of life through their recent investments in the Joint Police Services Center and new library,” he added. The new facility will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., “providing full police services along with new services that


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Pleasanton city and police leaders gather to celebrate the opening of the new Joint Police Services Center at the West Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station.

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In other news • A 24-year-old man suspected of breaking into a home late Thursday night and sexually assaulting a woman was found the next day in a local park and arrested, Dublin police said Saturday. Jatonio Simmons, described by police as a transient, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and residential burglary after allegedly breaking into a house in the 7900 block of Tamarack Drive near Interstate 680. Police were called about 11:50 p.m. Thursday by a woman who said she was sleeping when a man woke her up as he touched her. The woman screamed, police said, and the man fled the house. Police said the man likely entered the house through an unlocked rear door. Officers searched the neighborhood, but did not find the culprit immediately. Officers found Simmons the next day at Mape Memorial Park about a mile from where the attack occurred, police said. He was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. • A 66-year-old inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who was suffering

from a terminal illness died at a hospital a short time after he was found unresponsive at a jail medical facility last week, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said. The inmate, a homeless man from Oakland who had been arrested on a parole violation by Oakland police on Sept. 29, was assigned to Santa Rita’s Outpatient Housing Unit, where he was being monitored for his condition, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly. The inmate was transported to the hospital, where he died a short time later. Kelly said Oakland police arrested the man because he had violated his parole on a kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic violence case. The inmate also was out of compliance with his mandatory sex registration. Authorities aren’t releasing the man’s name at this time because his next of kin haven’t yet been notified of his death. Kelly said no foul play or suspicious activity is suspected in the inmate’s death. Kelly said that per Alameda County protocol, sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene and the Alameda County District Attorney and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors were notified. He said the California Department of Justice also will also be notified of the inmate’s death. Q —Jeremy Walsh and Bay City News Service

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Volleyball: Foothill wins EBAL matches, split week for Amador Also: Falcons take second at water polo tournament The Foothill girls volleyball team cruised through a pair of East Bay Athletic League matches last week to stay one game out of first place with six matches left. The Falcons opened the week shutting out Livermore with a 3-0 win. Emilie Clark (13 service points, 5 aces), Grayce Olson (12 digs, 8 kills) and Ellie McElroy (10 assists) led the way. The week ended with a straightset win over Dougherty Valley. Olson (17 kills, 16 digs), Ishana Ram (28 assists, 7 service points) and Emma Collins (9 service points) paced the Falcons to the win. Across town, the Amador Valley girls split a pair of matches last week, dropping a tough 3-2 final to Carondelet, then sweeping Livermore. In the win over Livermore, the Dons were led on offense by junior Colette Wogsland with nine kills, 23 assists and four service aces. Seniors Sophia Moore (.381 hitting percentage) and Phoebe Monette (.364 hitting percentage) also paced the team with 11 kills apiece. Junior Jillian Wittenauer contributed four service aces. Wittenauer and freshman Sam Riter led the Dons’ defense with 20 and nine digs, respectively.

Foothill water polo The Foothill boys varsity team had another busy week away from home. They matched up against Monte Vista for their fourth league game of the season. The Mustangs, a heavy favorite, went on to win the game 15-3. Scoring for the Falcons were Sanjay Menon with two goals and Ian Jones with a goal of his own. Moises Ambriz was in the cage and made 10 saves, adding five steals. Menon, Jones, Daniel Kim and Eugene Kruger all had steals contributing to the Falcon defense. The Falcons then went ahead to take second place at the Aptos Tournament. In the first game, against James Logan, Foothill came out on top 9-6. Menon, Jesse Goodman, Kim and Kruger all had two goals each. Darragh Kennedy also scored a goal on a power play. In the second game, against Harbor, the Falcons were dominant on offense en route to winning the game 13-8. Menon and Kim led the offense with five goals each. Jones added to the Falcons’ lead with a goal of his own. Kruger played


a great defensive game with four steals and three forced turnovers. The finals saw Foothill fall in overtime to Willow Glen. Kruger led the team into overtime with four goals. Kim put two goals of his own on the board, along with Kennedy’s goal off a timeout play. Although it was a tough way to end the weekend, the Falcons came out playing a great weekend of water polo.


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Foothill cross-country The Falcons cross-country team competed at the annual Scott Bauhs Invitational on Sept. 28. The freshmen boys finished fifth, led by Colin Wong, Joshua Joseph and Sean Flanigan. The varsity boys were led by Arju Subramanian and Prithu Kachare, and also placed fifth overall. The junior boys came in seventh, paced by Chad Linke and Ruairi Dwyer. In sixth place was the 9th/10th/JV boys unlimited, led by Kelvin Zhang, and the 9th/10th/ JV girls unlimited came in fourth, paced by Michaela Hoyman. Pablo Angel had a personal best in his first three-mile race of the season.

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CREATURES OF IMPULSE: NIGHTMARES Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Troupe presents a live, improvised horror show, opening Oct. 24 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. General admission tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and are available at the box office, by visiting, calling 931-4848, or at the Special cash-only Preview Show at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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Music DRUM AND FLUTE (FIFE) WEEKLY LESSONS, PLEASANTON KIDS COLONIAL MARCHING BAND Pleasanton’s awardwinning children’s fife and drum 1776-era marching band offers lesson to kids ages 8 thru 16 for $14 per week. Small group setting, expert local percussion and fife teachers, no experience needed. We meet in Pleasanton each Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Band Headquarters, on Dennis Drive. $14 for each 90 minute, weekly small group music lesson. MAYBE APRIL Country/Americana duo in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater, 4444 Railroad Ave. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 to $28.00 and are available at, by calling 931-4848, or at the center box office.

Food and Drink HALLOWEEN BREW CRAWL From 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, The Pleasanton Downtown Association is excited to announce the 9th Annual Halloween Brew Crawl coming to Downtown Pleasanton from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Stroll through Downtown Pleasanton and sip on craft brews and cider all while enjoying tasty bites and live music along the way at over 25 downtown locations. TRI-VALLEY CONSERVANCY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT JEANS & JEWELS At 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Casa Real Event Center, to celebrate 25 years of preserving the Tri-Valley together, we invite you to sponsor (or attend) our signature Jeans & Jewels event. Call 449-8706 for more information.

Festivals & Fairs ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES FAIRE From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13, The Fall Antique & Collectibles Faire is returning to Downtown Pleasanton. There will be up to 400 dealers selling Antiques and Collectibles only. This is a rain or shine event. No admission fee. If you need dealer or show information, please contact Jerry at Turn Key Show Productions, (510)

972-0613 email jerry@turnkeyprod. com, or visit pleasantonantiquefaire. com. HARVEST FESTIVAL AT THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS The Pleasanton Harvest Festival returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, from Oct. 25-27, showcasing thousands of arts and crafts, delicious food, and non-stop live entertainment. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation to the event will receive $2 off any adult or senior admission. Hours will be on Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 392-7300 for more information.

Talks & Lectures HACIENDA PARK TOASTMASTERS CLUB Improve your public speaking, confidence and leadership skills. Come join us at 12 p.m., on the first, third and fifth Thursday of the month, and the second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a one hour meeting held at 100-200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. Contact 3983257. TOASTMASTERS: CHAMBER CHATTERS Need to practice public speaking? Want to improve your communication and leadership skills? Experience Toastmasters. Chamber Chatters is a local Toastmasters Club. We meet from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave. Visit for more information.

Fundraisers PPIE NIGHT OF THE STARS 2019 At 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, join us for an evening of fine wine, live and silent auctions, a delicious dinner and a celebration of our students and schools. Enjoy free wine pours by school principals and PUSD leadership, bid on auction items, and support our mission of enhancing educational opportunities for all Pleasanton students. JEWELRY DONATIONS NEEDED The American Cancer Society Discovery

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Family VALLEY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TRYATHALON From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway, Dublin, join a fun, family event that playfully mimics a real tri-athalon. Teams are made up of child/adult pairs who challenge themselves in three events, running, wheels course and water activity. The cost is $30 per pair; $10 for extra member and there is a $5 discount before Oct. 15. HALLOWEEN SPIRIT RUN At 8 a.m. in Downtown Pleasanton, the 26th Annual Halloween Spirit Run will take place. There will be a 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk and a Kids’ Challenge for ages 2 thru 8. Proceeds support scholarships for Pleasanton students and projects of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

Health & Wellness MEDI-CAL AND COVERED CALIFORNIA INFORMATIONAL TABLE From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, every second Monday of the month, Axis Community Health is at the library to give you some answers on your Medicare questions. You may be eligible for financial assistance to cover the cost of a health plan.

CALENDAR SEMINAR: MEDICARE BASICS AND MEDICARE OPTIONS From 10 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 22 at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave., we will hold a seminar on Medicare. Our number one goal is to guide you through this process in a simple, clear, and personalized way. RSVP directly to Kathleen at

TAKE US ALONG 995 Fictitious Name Statement Allied Brokers Real Estate Services FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563456 The following person doing business as: Allied Brokers Real Estate Services, 665 Palomino Drive, Unit D, Pleasanton, CA 94566, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Tyler Bernard Smith, 665 Palomino Drive, Unit D, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by Tyler Bernard Smith, an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein January 10, 2010. Signature of Registrant: Tyler Bernard Smith, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Sept. 13, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 2019).

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) TRI-VALLEY FAMILY/CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP (PLEASANTON) From 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, at 5674 Stoneridge Drive, #114, families network, encourage, and support each other. Resources and information are provided as well. There is no cost.

Outdoors HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT Calling all little ghouls, witches, princesses and super heroes to downtown Pleasanton. The Annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, while supplies last. Please note treats will be limited to the first 600 children. Email events@pleasantondowntown. net for more information. HARVEST MOON DOG SHOW Public hours for the Harvest Moon Classic Dog Show are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 thru Oct. 20 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Admission is free. Parking is $10.00. Please do not bring un-entered dogs, only dogs entered in the show will be permitted on the grounds. GHOST WALKS At 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 and 25, Saturday, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, meet the ghosts of Pleasanton’s past in this uniquely spooky annual event held by the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Ghost Walk is a two hour guided walking tour of Pleasanton’s most haunted sites along Main Street in the downtown area and you never know what spirits you might encounter along the way. Visit for more information.

Teens SPECIAL SCREENING OF “ANGST” RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY “Angst” is being presented at venues in the Tri-Valley. The showings will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at The Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore, and on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts and Education, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin. Registration is requested. RSVP at by searching for “Angst.”

Education PARENT WORKSHOP From 12 to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., this free 1-hour workshop, will cover the road map to SAT and ACT success. This workshop is intended for parents. Students may attend with their parents. Visit for more information.

Mother-daughter birthday trip: Pleasanton residents Morgan and Susan Wacek celebrated Morgan’s birthday in Paris. The City of Lights is their favorite city. Their trip included placing a lock on the famous Pont des Arts Bridge on the River Seine. To submit your “Take Us Along” entry, email your photograph to editor@ Be sure to identify who is in the photo (names listed from left to right), the location, the date and any relevant details about where you took your Weekly.

Government Meetings PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING The City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m., in the Council Chamber at 200 Old Bernal Ave. Council meetings are open to the public, and your comments are always welcome. Contact the City Council at 931-5001 or citycouncil@ for more information.

Seniors LINE DANCING From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on Fridays the Pleasanton Senior Center has beginner’s line dancing groups. From 3 to 4:15 p.m., at the Center, there is an intermediate line dancing group. Come join us and have a lot of fun learning to line dance. Pre-register for these classes.

Volunteers FREE RESTRAINING ORDER CLINIC From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month, at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza Dublin, get help in getting a domestic violence restraining order. No appointments necessary, just drop-in. This a free, confidential service. For more information about the services provided, please call Tri-Valley Haven at 449-5847 ext. 2606. BECOME A LITERACY TUTOR Pleasanton Library’s Adult Literacy Program needs volunteers to help adults gain English reading, writing, and conversation skills. All books, materials, training and ongoing support are provided. The next training event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. For more information visit, contact the Adult Literacy Team at literacy@ or call 9313405.

Marketplace The Pleasanton Weekly offers advertising for Home Services, Business Services and Employment. If you wish to learn more about these advertising options, please call 650.223.6582 or email

Freelap USA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563352 The following person doing business as: Freelap USA, 3336 Medallion Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: SimpliFaster, Inc., 3336 Medallion Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is conducted by SimpliFaster, Inc., a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein February 19, 2012. Signature of Registrant: Christopher Glaeser, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Sept. 11, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Sept. 27. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 2019). Peregrine Beta Solutions FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563164 The following person doing business as: Peregrine Beta Solutions, 5985 Corte Arboles Pleasanton, CA 94566, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Zheng Zheng, 5985 Corte Arboles, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by Zheng Zheng, an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Zheng Zheng, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on September 6, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019), Quantum Light Connections; Skypointe Communications FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563890-563891 The following person doing business as: Quantum Light Connections; Skypointe Communications, 4847 Hopyard Road, Suite 4-422, Pleasanton, CA 94588, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Guy Burnett, 2424 Burlwood Drive, Modesto, CA 95355. This business is conducted by Guy Burnett, an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business names listed herein Sept. 15, 1996. Signature of Registrant: Guy Burnett, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Sept. 26, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019). Qualitas Dental Lab FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563924 The following person doing business as: Qualitas Dental Lab, 3322 Arcadian Drive, Castro Valley, CA 94546, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Accurate Dental Lab Inc., 3322 Arcadian Drive, Castro Valley,

CA 94546. This business is conducted by Accurate Dental Lab Inc., a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein June 1, 2009. Signature of Registrant: Roger Mogel, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Sept. 27, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019). Clean Town FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563982 The following person doing business as: Clean Town, 27832 Coronado Way, Hayward, CA 94545, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Alejandra Yanez, 27832 Coronado Way, Hayward, CA 94545. This business is conducted by Alejandra Yanez, an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Alejandra Yanez, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on September 30, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019). Blooming Beauty FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563934 The following person doing business as: Blooming Beauty, 1670 Stoneridge Mall Road, #167, Pleasanton, CA 94588, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Nohea Cosmetics LLC, 33527 11th St., Union City, CA 94587. This business is conducted by Nohea Cosmetics LLC, A Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein Sept. 27, 2019. Signature of Registrant: Renee Aminyar, Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Sept. 27, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2029). Power on Solar FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 563809 The following person doing business as: Power On Solar, 5729 Sonoma Drive, Suite G, Pleasanton, CA 94566, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Brian Rinna/ Rikety Ventures LLC, 5025 Athens Drive, San Ramon, CA 94582. This business is conducted by Brian Rinna/ Rikety Ventures LLC, a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Brian Rinna, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on September 25, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 2019). Ivleta Spunde’s Bay Area Dental Practice FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 564101 The following person doing business as: Ivleta Spunde’s Bay Area Dental Practice, 3300 Webster St. #907, Oakland, CA 94609, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Ivleta Spunde DDS, 270 Summerford Circle, San Ramon, CA 94583. This business is conducted by Ivleta Spunde DDS, an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein Sept. 2, 2014. Signature of Registrant: Ivleta Spunde, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Oct. 3, 2019.(Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 2019).

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