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Local resident writes Old Country Cookbook By Veneta Roberts

A century ago two families migrated from Greece to G re e k t ow n i n Detroit, MI. As they settled in, mingled and grew, they maintained their culture, customs Elaine Schmitz and cooking. Memories, as well as delicious meals, were made in their kitchens every day and holiday. Family ties were nourished and bound to the old recipes that they brought from the old country. Each cook rendered “a pinch of this and a handful of that” into classic culinary masterpieces. This food is tastefully presented in Elaine Schmitz’s “Recipes & Recollections of My Greek-American Family,”


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The views and photo opportunities are amazing for those of us lucky enough to live an area near so many beautiful regional parks, like this one at the Sunol Regional Wilderness park. For a worthwhile cause and fresh air see the story below.

Beyond the 10K: Memorial ‘Hike For Hope’ By Staff Writer

Hope Hospice is hosting a new signature event; a memorial “Hike for Hope” to be held on May 1, 2010. Open to the public, Hike for Hope will engage civic leaders, healthcare workers, families of hospice patients and the general community. It is a noncompetitive hike along the trails of the beautiful Sunol Regional Wilderness when nature is vibrant with the beauty of spring. Start time begins anytime between 8:30 and 9:30 am. Hikers will participate in memory or honor of a loved one, and pledges will support the valuable services of Hope Hospice to provide comfort and compassion to patients and their families at the end of life. Pleasanton luminary and Hike for Hope chairperson Dolores Bengtson will

join San Ramon and Tri-Valley residents who are registered participants. The fee is $25, and hikers are encouraged to invite their friends and co-workers to help sponsor their hike with

pledges. Hikers can choose from the two mile roundtrip Little Yosemite trek (easy), or combine it with the Canyon View Trail for a three mile loop (moderate). Little Yosemite, a rocky and scenic gorge carved by Alameda Creek, harbors a n i n v i t i n g c re e k side community of plants, trees, squirrels, magpies, hawks, deer and as many as 40 bird species. This trail is a popular destination for families who will be hiking with big wheel strollers and children in backpacks. See hike page 5

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Tao House makes visiting easier By Staff Writer

On Saturday May 1, 2010 the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site will initiate an “Open Saturdays” format for visiting the park. Currently a reservation is needed to visit the site on Wednesday through Sunday, but starting in May no reservation will be required for touring the historic home and grounds on Saturdays. Shuttle bus transportation is still required for access to the gated community where the site is located. A bus will leave the Museum of the San Ramon Valley at 10am, 12 noon and 2 See O’Neill page 5

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in a brand-new state. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes such classics as “The Surrey With The Fringe on Top� and “People Will Say We’re in Love.� A glorious reminder of just how lifeenhancing a musical can be. Hofmann Theatre at Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call for tickets and performance times: 943-7469.

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of the legendary rock band Queen, with pianist Nathan Cheung, violinist Tyler Lewis, cellist Greg Colburn and the combined choirs of Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley high schools. Tickets: $10. Tickets at www.CCWindSymphony. org or at door. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek. April 23 The Bubble Lady – Preschool Performance Series 10am-11am. Setting the scene to arrive in Bubble Land, she introduces her family: Spirit Bubbles, Baby Bubbles, Brother & Sister Bubbles and Momma & Poppa Bubbles.With creative stories woven throughout the show, she selects volunteers to help her in creating a variety of amusing bubble sculptures. The fun never stops! When one bubble pops, there is always another close behind. The Village Theatre, 233 Front St, Danville. Information: 3143466. April 23 – 25, April 30 – May 2, May 7- 9 The Producers Fri. & Sat: 8pm. Sun: 2pm. The story of washed-up producer Max Bialystock and meek numbers-cruncher Leo Bloom, who hatch a scheme to mount an expensive stage show entitled “Springtime for Hitler� that’s sure to bomb, allowing them to abscond with the surplus budget. Songs include “Opening Night,� “I Wanna Be

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More than 150 high school students in the San Ramon Valley were recognized for their work within more than 20 different extracurricular categories. It is a competition that recognizes and rewards students for projects completed outside the normal classroom curriculum. Projects are judged by local community members who are experts in these categories. Winning projects receive a gift card, recognition by local legislators, and an invitation to be recognized at the annual awards breakfast in the spring. Erica Brown was recognized for the above photo of Montmartre, Paris, France. For a complete list of winners visit:

a Producer,� “Keep It Gay� and more. Tickets: $34.50 - $36.50. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Information: 373-6800. 
 April 23 & 24 And an Angel Came Down 6:45pm. This play tells the story of a young man who is dealing with the unsolved murder of his younger sister. And even though he claims to be at peace and has received “spiritual healing,� in reality he has not. Instead, he is masking his pain with an addiction to painkillers and hiding his troubles through other people. Tickets: $13. Knight Stage 3 Theatre at Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Information: 943-7469. April 24, 25 & 30, May 1 & 2 You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
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 Based on Charles M. Schultz’s classic comic strip, it bounces tunefully through a day in the life of the inept but ever hopeful Charlie Brown. Complete with his bossy friend Lucy, her brainy brother Linus, Beethoven super fan Schroeder and savvy beagle, Snoopy. Tickets for all shows: Adults: $19, Children: $15.
Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon. Information: 973-2787. April 30 & May 1 Footloose The heartfelt story of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. YTC performers ages 14-18 perform in this production that celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Tickets: General: $17, Senior & Child: $15. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call for performance time: 943-7469. May 1 The Swing Dolls: The Ultimate USO Tour 8-9:30pm. Featuring music by The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, and more! The Swing Dolls specialize in performing songs from girl groups spanning pop music history with a focus on the hits of the forties, fifties, sixties & seventies (with a nod to the music of ABBA a la Mamma Mia!). The Swing Dolls pay tribute to the history of the USO and, most importantly, our Armed Forces personnel & veterans. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr.,Walnut Creek. Information: 943-7469. May 6 Danville Wine and Chocolate Stroll 6-9pm. Wine and Chocolate tasting, commemorative wine glasses and live music. Tickets: $25 available at Cottage Jewel at 100 Prospect and Presence Gift Shop at 422 Hartz Ave. Also online at www. Event held in downtown Danville. May 7 & 8 10th Annual DanvilleAlamo Branch of AAUW Garden Tour 10 a m - 4 p m . S eve n delightful gardens. No children under 12 please. $30 if postmarked by April 30, $35 thereafter; $25 for seniors 65+ throughout tour. For tickets with garden locations, mail check by April 30 payable to “Danville-Alamo AAUW EF” with a business size, selfaddressed, stamped envelope to: AAUW Garden Tour, 400 Cliffside Dr., Danville, CA 94526. Tickets (cash or check only) also available starting April 1 at the East Bay Flower Company, 206 Sycamore Valley Rd. in the Danville Livery. Information: 831-1784.

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with stories that will feed you soul. Those old country cooks were her family, and the flavorful recipes and unique stories shared in Elaine’s book were theirs. Now they are yours to enjoy. The beautiful cookbook with 196 pages and 78 classic Greek recipes accompanied by color pictures of he appetizing dishes also contains over 50 family stories illustrated with charming vintage family photos. Elaine Schimitz has taken her family’s old recipe cards and turned them into easy-to-follow steps to help readers cook simple family style meals to even the most complicated phyllo pastries. Being of Greek heritage myself, her stories and photos brought me back to my childhood just as the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” did, where I felt my own family must have inspired the movie. While all

the relatives gathered around listening to Greek music, my grandmother was in the kitchen whipping up an eight course Greek dinner, not without the help of every relative in the house coming in to offer their special touch. Some of my favorites, spanakopita, dolmas, moussaka, avgolemono and kourabiedes can be found in Elaine’s cookbook. She has also added many options to the traditional ingredients to modernize cooking methods and to suggest healthier preparations—low fat, vegetarian and even glutenfree. The index provides resources to help readers find Greek specialty items and wines. Elaine Manolakas Schmitz was six when she learned how to write and to cook. She mixes both skills with many memories and timeless recipes in her book. Trained by her mother and grandmothers, Elaine has cooked classic Greek recipes and developed

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Help Blue Star Moms donate BEWARE of door-to-door solicitors By Staff Writer

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ship glass containers, so plastic or metal only please! We can’t send religious material, perishable foods or pork, fireworks, firearms, aerosol cans or pornographic material. Take your care packages to the following locations: Saturday, April 10 and May 1, 10am to 3pm at Molly’s Pup Purr-ee. Saturday, April 23, May 8 & 22, 10am to 3pm at Pleasanton WAL-MART. Saturday, May 1, 10am to 3pm at Molly’s Pup Purr-ee. For more information go to or, carepackages@bluestarmoms. org, cpdonations@, volunteer@

Blue Star Moms is a local chapter of the national organization which supports our troops. They mail care packages several times each year during their service overseas. The daughter of Blue Star Mom Rebecca Holtgren recently returned from Iraq. Captain Elizabeth Holtgren mentioned that the care packages were a morale boost for all of the troops that received them. Please consider donating items for the care packages or funds to help support the shipping. We also have dates for “drop zones.” Visit website pages/features_military#1 for a complete list of needed items. Blue Star Moms can’t

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It is unlawful for any person to engage in the business of peddler or solicitor within the city, or to go from door to door or house to house or street to street within the city, for the purpose, direct or indirect, and whether or not the same is the sole purpose, of peddling or soliciting, without first obtaining a permit. (San Ramon City Ordinance, B7145—Required). If a permit is authorized by the City, a laminated I.D. badge is issued and is valid for one year. Permissible hours of solicitation are then from “sunrise to sunset.” At present, there is only one outstanding valid solicitor permit in San Ramon. Once applicants are informed that they must post a $5,000 bond each, they usually do not pursue completing the application process. There are certain authorized exceptions to the ordinance, such as route deliveries (newspaper, bakery, ice, egg, dairy, laundry, etc.), but they must be licensed by the state or any of its agencies while specifically engaging in the activity for which the license is required and issued. Another exception is made for persons soliciting with the bonafide purpose of propagating a religious or political faith, doctrine or belief for charitable purposes (with additional and specific stipulations placed on them for conducting such activities within City limits). Such valid solicitors must register with the state and should have valid documentation on their person. Possessing this knowledge about the laws governing solicitation within our City’s limits, you are better prepared to be alert to potential burglars “casing” your neighborhood,

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What you should know about residential burglaries in San Ramon There’s been a recent increase in residential burglaries in San Ramon, with more than half of them occurring during the daytime. A common method is for suspects to learn if anyone is home by knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell, posing as a solicitor. If there’s no response, they’ll attempt entry into the home through the front door or any other door or window on the side or rear. Sometimes they’ll leave a card, only to return to the home later to see if their card or flyer is still there to determine if anyone is home before checking the side and back yards. If the inhabitant answers the door, they may pretend to have some legitimate business purpose for being in the neighborhood, such as advertising or solicitation of some service. Several residents have seen suspicious persons

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at a neighbor’s home and didn’t call police until after the suspect departed. Other times, they reported the incident while police were investigating a reported theft in the neighborhood. The police need your assistance in thwarting these criminals. As a resident, you possess unique knowledge of your neighborhood as to what looks out of place or suspicious. Many crimes have been prevented, or suspects apprehended, because residents have acted responsibly by providing timely information about the suspicious activities they’ve observed. The San Ramon Police Department conducts additional patrol as well as undercover operations in residential neighborhoods to combat this type of crime. While arrests have been made, these crimes continue to occur in and around San Ramon. For this reason we urge you to report suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood while that person or vehicle is still present. When calling the police, it would be very helpful to provide as much descriptive information as possible about the person or vehicle (e.g. clothing, vehicle make/model/ color/license plate). Tips to avoid vehicle break-in and theft: • Keep vehicle locked at all times • Keep all personal items c o m p l e t e l y o u t o f v i ew (especially valuables or bags that appear to contain valuables). • When you park your vehicle, do not get out and go to your trunk to hide personal belongings. Thieves watch for this behavior, especially in shopping malls and in health club parking lots.

The musical group PEACE, featuring Jorge Santana, performed a concert to benefit S a n Ra m o n Va l l ey H i g h School’s instrumental music program last January. The benefit concert has been an annual event

for several years. It draws outstanding talent into an intimate local venue and gives those outside the school community a glimpse of the talent that has been cultivated for almost three decades by SRVHS’s outstanding music director, Cheryl Yee Glass. As an added benefit to the students, some of the members of PEACE returned to SRVHS to conduct a master’s class with some of the students. This year, on March 24, Jorge Santana was one of the honored hosts. Sponsorships keep this program alive. To be a part of the fun, contact Peg Wilcox at

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Those wishing to explore the Sunol Wilderness further will find, on the Canyon View Trail, a scenic trek through oak savanna and grasslands. It’s a single track and a moderate climb uphill with views of Alameda Creek Valley and the highlands of Mission Peak Regional Preserve. It may be difficult for young children. Because the hike is an opportunity to remember a loved one, each hiker is encouraged to bring a photo of the loved one for whom they will be hiking to place in a lanyard (provided by Hope Hospice) and wear around the neck. Along the trail, hikers will receive a packet of flower seeds, approved by Sunol’s botanist, to scatter as they walk or to use in their own garden at home. O’neilL from page 1

pm. The museum is located at the corner of Railroad Ave. and Prospect Rd. in downtown Danville. There is no charge for transportation or touring the site. The facilities include a limited number of picnic tables, drinking water and restrooms along with a visitor center and bookstore for informational materials. Don’t Miss Attractions • During your self-guided tour through Tao House, look for Eugene and Carlotta’s influence with courtyard paths that lead to nowhere, a hidden front door, Asian antique furniture and mysterious wall recesses. • Enter the most private room in O’Neill’s home, his study, where he turned his tragic life experiences into a healing art form and revolutionary theater. • Pa y y o u r r e s p e c t s t o Silverdene Emblem O’Neill (Blemie), the O’Neill’s faithful and beloved Dalmatian who was buried behind the barn. • Enjoy the spectacular view across the San Ramon Valley toward Mt. Diablo. Eugene O’Neill is the only American playwright to win both the Nobel Prize for Literature and four Pulitzer Prizes. He knew he did not want to write melodramatic plots and overwrought oratory that was popular in American theater at the time and instead followed the realism and experimental techniques of the European dramatists Shaw, Ibsen, and especially Strindberg. O’Neill believed that the theater should be taken as serious art rather than pleasant diversion. He freely

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Other special features will surprise and delight hikers and are designed to bring moments of reflection and rejuvenation. Stan Goldberg, author of “Lessons for the Living” and a hospice volunteer, will provide musical interludes from a Japanese bamboo flute at a designated spot on the trail designed for reflection and moments of silence. Those who cannot participate on the day of the event, but would like to help raise funds to support Hope Hospice, can register as an “InSpirit Hiker.” Corporations and local businesses are invited to consider becoming sponsors. Proceeds go to help fund Hope Hospice’s Grief Support Center, which helps adults, teens and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Current sponsors include Sybase, Chevron, Heritage

Bank, Prestige Printing, Amgen, P re m i e r P h a r m a c e u t i c a l Services, Fox Channel 2, KKIQ, Diablo Magazine and Bay Area News Group newspapers. For further information, please visit the hike’s website at, or call Pattie DiLauro of Hope Hospice at 925-829-8770. This non-profit organizations team of professionals, many with hospice and palliative care certification, provide emotional and spiritual support and state-of-the-art methods of pain and symptom control to maximize quality of life. Hope Hospice serves families in Alamo, Blackhawk, Castro Valley, Diablo, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton, 3.75” X Livermore, 6” San Ramon, Sunol and the surrounding communities i n t h e E a s t B ay o f S a n Francisco.

used experimental techniques to pull in his audiences, make demands on them and commit them to the experience. From the start, O’Neill was interested in the inner drama of his characters more than their physical or social world. His innovations and revivals of ancient techniques were legion: masks and other expressionist devices, great length, the casting of black actors, taboo subject matter and serious dramatic treatment of the poor and powerless. In 1937, after already receiving much success and critical acclaim, Eugene and his wife Carlotta moved to Danville, where they designed and built a home. O’Neill’s interest in Eastern thought and Carlotta’s passion for Oriental art and decor inspired the

name Tao House. From 1937– 1944 O’Neill wrote nearly 60 plays in a career spanning three decades but it was at Tao House that he wrote his final and most significant plays: “The Iceman Cometh,” “Long Days Journey Into Night” and “A Moon For the Misbegotten.” The “Open Saturdays” program at Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site will not only make it easier to learn about the man known as the architect of the modern American theater, it will also increase access to the spectacular views, manicured courtyard and orchards of Tao House. To find out more about site history and visitation please visit euon/index.htm or call (925) 838-0249.

Danville Commissions seek members Danville residents interested in helping to shape the growth and character of their community are encouraged to apply to fill vacancies on various Town Commissions. City Clerk Marie Sunseri announced that the Town of Danville is seeking volunteers to take part in the following commissions: • Parks and Leisure Services Commission • Arts Commission • Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging • Central Contra Costa Transit Authority Accessible Services Committee. The primary requirement for all applicants is they must be a Danville resident. In the case of the Youth Commissioners of high school age. Application deadline is May 24, 2010 before 4pm. After the applications are received, the Town Council will interview applicants and announce appointments at an upcoming meeting. Applications for the various positions are available online at Commisions_and_Committees, or interested residents can contact Marie Sunseri, Danville City Clerk, at 314-3401 or

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Have you got what it takes to start a Business? By Elaine Betts

Sally was an amazing cake maker, her attention to intricate detail in the icing was a work of art, and the rich moist flavor of the cake itself just had you wanting more. But does this mean Sally could be successful as a business owner? Patti was focused on natural organic products, and had the ability to create naturally based products ranging from calming teas and facial scrubs to healing bath salts. But did she have the ability to run a successful business? Susan, on the other hand, was a mathematical genius. She could apply her accounting ability to any set of numbers and analyze the financial reports which to most people sounded like a foreign language. Surely, this person could succeed in running their own business. T h o u g h we a l l h ave

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so easy to get pulled from pillow to post, working in the business and not on the business, meaning that no time is spent on planning how to advance the business because you are continually striving

of failure. It is important to cost out everything that you do down to the last minute details, even down to the salt and pepper that is placed on the table in a restaurant, because all the small negligible items amount to be something significant. As an entrepreneur, it is

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to make sales, product or bring service. The problem is, without spending time on the business, you are not aware of how you are moving forward or developing in the right market. How do you know if you are on track, working smarter rather than harder, if you do not pay attention to the infinite workings that go

on within a business? Many people do not know where to begin when it comes to starting a business. They have an idea and plunge in with enthusiasm which soon starts to wane and become overwhelming. It is a known fact that many businesses fail in the first year. Here are a few tips that will help point you in the right direction and give you more chance to succeed.

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you ride the times when you are emotionally drained and discouraged? Are your family members on board with the venture, especially if you have children to consider? 4. Know thyself. How are your people skills? Are you an introvert or extrovert? Are you an organized person? These things along with many more all matter. 5. Know when to delegate or outsource and let other experts do what they do best. More hours are lost by business owners thinking they are saving valuable dollars when in reality it is costing them dearly. A business owner requested the services of a computer expert to do a certain job for a fixed price. The computer person did the job in less than 30 minutes. The business owner claimed that the job took so short a time for the task to be completed and challenged the computer expert, “Did you really charge me all that money to do such a quick job.” “No, I charged you for all the thousands of hours of

training it has taken me to learn how to do the job in such a short time. How long do you think it would have taken you to do the same task?” asked the computer person. The point was made. Let the experts do what they are good at. 6. Do you have the financial resources to stay in business initially and have the capability to buy the right equipment and materials necessary to begin? It is important to be financially sound. I’m painting a scary picture, but the fact is, it is better to know what you are up against rather than end up disillusioned later on. When all is said and done, when you love what you do and are passionate about it, then time and commitment are a given. I have never felt that my business is like work. I love what I do and if you love what you do, then running your own business will energize you daily, even on the rough days, and there will be rough days. If you are truly enthusiastic about what you do it will help

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you really have to have an internet presence. 4. Get a business license from your local town council office. 5. Open a separate bank account. It’s really important not to mix personal finances with business finances. It may also lead to complicated implications with the IRS later on if you do not have a separate bank account.

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Congratulations to the Gale Ranch Middle School Science Bowl Team, winners of the Middle School Science Bowl Regionals held in San Jose on March 6, 2010. The team members are left to right: Augustine Chemparathy, Jason Kim, Rishi Krishnan, Saranesh Prembabu and Ayush Rath.

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New Online Adventure Series with Local Wheelchair Hiker pleasant place to enjoy nature and the outdoors. As an added bonus, Bob will also highlight a “challenge” hike of greater length and ability. Adventures with 4WheelBob can be found on the East Bay Regional Park District’s website under a photo box on the right side of the page or by typing www.ebparks. org/bobcoomber. Additional hikes will be updated monthly on the website. Bob is well known in the East Bay as an active hiker, writer and speaker. He became disabled after a long struggle with diabetes caused severe and irreversible osteoporosis. A lifelong hiker, Bob soon began experimenting with easy outdoors excursions and has become a staple of local newspaper and television shows – that guy in a wheelchair who won’t believe in limits. He’s also been featured in national news on the CBS “Early Show”, ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” and the Hallmark Channel. O n Au g u s t 2 4 , 2 0 07 Bob became the first person in a wheelchair to summit California’s third highest peak, 14,246-foot White Mountain. He is also the first in a wheelchair to summit two local favorites, Mt. Diablo’s North Peak, and Mission Peak in Fremont. He has been very involved with the East Bay Regional Park District serving as a volunteer ambassador and as an appointed member of

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Members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will swing golf clubs instead of baseball bats to help the Lazarex Cancer Foundation of Danville raise money to continue its mission of providing hope and time to patients who have been told that conventional medicine can no longer help them. The May 16 dinner and May 17 golf tournament will be held at the Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield. The Sunday evening festivities begin with a hosted wine reception and silent auction of sports memorabilia at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served immediately thereafter. Registration for the

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considerate and patient. Call Marianne in San Ramon at 925-858-4758. Babysitting – Brenda Bueno’s Babysitting. Need a sitter with reputable references, likely from someone you already know? I am a long time Danville resident, mature (40 years old), extremely reliable, available last minute for one time only or for long term. Please give me a call, Brenda Bueno, 705-0342. REAL ESTATE READY FOR CHANGE? Need to Supplement Your Income? Licensed Real Estate Agents for Danville or Concord Locations Personal Training, Great Commissions BETTER HOMES REALTY Call SYLVIA : 925-285-1801. We have homes for investors, please call today 925-890-4482 RELIGION Tr a d i t i o n a l R o m a n Catholic, Latin Mass (PreVat.II). Sunday Mass at 9:30am in Walnut Creek. Private Chapel. All Catholics welcome. Call Father Gregory L. Foley at 9353610 RENTALS Vacation Rental KAILUAKONA, HAWAII. Beautiful and newly remodeled Condo, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Sleeps 4 adults. Gorgeous ocean views, pool, private lanai, close to shopping, beaches/snorkeling. 925743-1794.

End Tables 2 piece Oak: $50. King Headboard metal Cr/taupe: $50. Corner Curio Cabinet Walnut: $60. Roomba Vacumnn used twice: $60. Comforter Set King 7 Piece Sage/pk flowers: $35. All very good condition. Call: 837-0444. Tickets to U.S. Open. Pebble Beach Links, June 14-20. 4 Season Trophy Club Tickets which includes 3 practice rounds (Mon.Wed.), 4 tournament rounds (Thurs.-Sun.), and entrance to the Trophy Club, a private club with upgraded bar, food & big screen TV. Also available, 4 general admission tickets for Friday or Saturday. If interested leave your name and phone number at 925-837-9367. Tw i n C r e e k s S c h o o l Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 1 from 7am2pm. Clothing, books, toys, electronics, housewares, holiday decor & more. 2785 Marsh Drive, San Ramon. Center Console, 14 foot fishing boat. Epoxy coated wood – Custom Built 2002, Galvanized trailer, 25 HP Mercury 4 Cycle. $3900. 925-829-2453 Cherry Dining Room Table - double drop-leaf, small and elegant, takes up little space but opens to banquet size, excellent condition. $450. 925-934-9121 in Walnut Creek. Fur Jacket – Size 1012, Ranch Mink faux fur, Lilli Ann designer, made in England, elegant and warm. $65. 925-934-9121 in Walnut Creek. After Christmas Sale – Small stocking stuffer gift

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Pittsburg Senior High 60s Decade Reunion Committee Looking for Classmates Pittsburg Senior High is trying to find classmates for their “Oh What a Night” reunion being held Sat-Aug 21. If you were at Pittsburg High grad, classes of ‘60 through ‘69, call 432-0879 for Information or visit

Now – May 7 Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America A traveling learning station exhibit being displayed across the country over the next two years. An original photograph, of Lincoln and his son will be on display. Museum will also be highlighting stories of what took place during this same period in the San Ramon Valley. The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville. Information: 837-3750 Now – May 15 Make your reservation The Alamo Women’s Club is now taking reservations until May 15 for it’s semi-annual “Community Garage & Craft Sale.” Anyone can rent a spot! Event is May 22 .You keep the profits! More information: 837-1242. April 17 Earth Day at Forest Home Farms Historic Park 9am-12pm. Free. A volunteer event. Help to spruce up Forest Home Farms Historic Park for spring. Bring your gloves and garden tools. Refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Register for activity #64658 at Forest Home Farms Historic Park,19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Information: 973-3284. April 17 Composting Workshop 9am-10:30am. Interested residents are urged to make reservations for the workshops by calling 906-1801. Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way, Danville. April 18 Operation Welcome Home Ceremony & Reception for Vietnam Veterans 2-4pm. The Town of Danville will be honoring Danville residents who are veterans of the Vietnam War. Refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to attend. Valley Oak Room at Danville’s Community Center, 420 Front St., Danville. Information: 314-3328. April 18, 24 & 25 Babysitting Certification Class for Beginners 9am-2:30pm. Learn essential skills needed to be a successful babysitter. Topics covered include; child development, mealtime, bedtime, infant care, age appropriate games and toys, basic first aid, and of course, safety. To register, go to www.danvillerecguide. com. Oak Hill Park Building, 420 Front St., Danville. April 19 & May 5 Storytime with the Farmer 10-11am. April 19: “All About Sheep”. May 5: “Happy Mother’s Day.” Ages 3-5 only. Hear stories, sing songs, create a craft and enjoy some refreshments! Children must be accompanied by an adult. To pre-register call 973-3200. Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Information: 973-3284. April 20 Free seminar on Osteoarthritis Treatment 7:30-8:30pm. Osteoarthritis can hinder physical activities. Even the simple act of walking down the street can be painful. San Ramon Regional Medical Center, South Conference Room in the South Building, 7777 Norris Canyon Road in San Ramon. Reservations are recommended. Call 800-284-2878. April 21, 24 & May 1 Help An Adult Learn To Read Apr. 21: 6:30-8:30pm. Apr. 24 & May 1: 9am-3pm. Volunteer with Project Second Chance, the Contra Costa County Library’s adult literacy program. All dates listed above are required. Project Second Chance, 75 Santa Barbara Rd., Pleasant Hill. Information: 927-3250. April 22 The Commonwealth Club presents Dr. Louann Brizendine, M.D 5:30pm. Why “Y” Matters, with Dr. Louann Brizendine, founder of Women’s Mood & Hormone Clinic, UCSF. Author of “The Female Brain and The Male Brain.” General seating: $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall Building, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Information: 415-597-6712. April 23 5th Grade Happening for starting Middle School 7-9pm. San Ramon is hosting an event for incoming 6th graders and their parents. Food, activities and the opportunity to meet their new middle school classmates. Parents are free, fee is for student only. $6 pre-register/$7 at the door. Dougherty Station Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon.



April 24 Civil War Living History Day 10am-4pm. Learn about the daily life of soldiers, women and children of the American Civil War and Victorian era. BBQ and kettle corn will be available for purchase. Adults: $7; Children 3-12: $5. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd.,San Ramon. Information: 973-3284. April 24 Lend a Hand Day 7am-6pm. Lend a hand in the community by helping older adults in need of yard cleanup and minor home repairs. To either be in need of assistance or to volunteer to help, contact Senior Services Coordinator, Jenn Overmoe at 314-3491. Danville Community Center, 420 Front Street, Danville. April 24
 Northern California Doll and Teddy Bear Show
 10am - 3:30pm. Show and sale featuring over 130 tables of lovable dolls and teddy bears in all sizes. Many dealers are willing to answer questions or give appraisals. Adults: $5, child (6-14): $2.
 Parking: $8. Information: 947-1572. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. April 24 - 25
 California Classic Alpaca Show Sat, 8:30am - 5pm; Sun, 8:30am - 5pm. Alpaca Halter and Performance show. See hundreds of alpacas in all colors! Performance show Sat. & Sun. Halter show all day Sat. & Sun. Knitting/Spinning/ Weaving demonstrations. 
Free event and parking. Information: 261-9711. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton.

April 25 American Girl Fashion Show 10am, 1pm, 4pm. (3 shows) Experience a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions, enjoy tea party refreshments and enter to win door prizes. $35 for adults, $25 for children. For tickets & information: San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon. May 1 Twin Creeks School Rummage Sale 7am-2pm. Clothing, books, toys, electronics, housewares, holiday decor & more. 2785 Marsh Drive, San Ramon. May 2 Sheep Shearing Day 11am-3pm. Watch the sheep get their annual haircuts. Live music and demonstrations of old-time traditions and sheepdog demonstrations. Food available for purchase. Ages 13+: $7, Ages 3-12: $5. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. May 2 Devil Mountain Run 8am-11:30am. Competitive runners, walking enthusiasts, families, and local businesses strut their stuff for a good cause. Two flat and fast courses, 5K or 10K, and a Kid’s Fun Run. 100% of the entry fees will go directly to the Children's Hospital & Research Center. Information & registration, visit, or call 415-759-2690.

BUSINESS Alamo Chamber of Commerce April 28: Alamo Chamber Mixer 5:30pm. Don Jose’s Restaurant, 3168 Danville Blvd., Alamo. Danville Chamber of Commerce April 20: 11:30am - Business By Referral - Partners For Success April 26: 11:30am - Business By Referral - Business Connection April 28: 7:30am - Business By Referral - Sunrise Alliance May 4: 11:30am - Business By Referral - Partners For Success May 10: 11:30am - Business By Referral - Business Connection San Ramon Chamber of Commerce April 23: 12pm - Bag Lunch, The Seven Levers of Profit Growth, with Andy McClure - Sherpa Business Development April 27: 11am - New & Prospective Member Orientation May 4: 6pm - The Valley PULSE Meeting. Forty or younger and driven to build your business? May 11: 11:30am - Monthly Networking Lunch - Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville.

CLUBS April 17 Parkinson’s Network of Mt. Diablo 10am-12pm. After a time of general information and a question and answer period, Allan Hansell and Justin Hill will give a demonstration of therapeutic uses of the Wii. All are welcome. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Information: 284-2189.



April 19 Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Hosts Discussion 7pm. Overcoming behavior problems and raising a child that thrives. Free. Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Avenue, Pleasanton. Information: April 26 Contra Costa Rose Society 7pm. “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” by Joan Thisius. Free event open to public. Information: 408-1256. Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. May 1 Mel and Ila Writing Workshop - Poetry Prose Translations 1:30pm-2:30pm. Hear a panel of authors from the Mel and Ila Writing Workshop read selections of their work. Meets on the second Friday of every month and is open to any author. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek. Information: 938-1481 or Mondays: Walnut Creek Garden Club 9:30am. Meets on the second Monday of each month. April meeting: Bruce Hall, master of floral arranging. Public welcomed. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Information: 932-1080. Danville Rotary 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Monday. Brass Door Restaurant, San Ramon. Information: Victor, (925) 838-8721. Tuesdays: Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary 7am. Join us at the Crow Canyon Country Club every Tuesday morning for a good breakfast and great company. Info: Scott Sampson, (925) 743-8449. Wednesdays: Women in Consulting 11:30am-1:30pm. East Bay Satellite, an educational and networking group for professional women, meets on the 2nd Wednesday each month. $30 pre-registration or $35 at the door includes lunch. Pyramid Alehouse, Diablo Room, 1410 Locust St., Walnut Creek. Information: Alamo Rotary Noon. Meets every Wednesday at Round Hill Country Club, Alamo. Information: Mark Kahn, (925) 837-3262. Wednesdays: San Ramon Valley Rotary Club 7pm. Guests welcome. Join us at the Crow Canyon Country Club every Wednesday for dinner. A great way to make new friends. Information: (925) 838-9110. Danville Lions 7pm. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Join us and learn about the good work Lions do around the world. Brass Door, San Ramon. Information: Ted, (925) 227-6617. Thursdays: Rotary Club of San Ramon 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Thursday at the Crow Canyon Country Club, San Ramon. Information: Hermann Welm, (925) 838-8261.

Needed: Community Help for Wounded Veterans Local Danville resident, Jim Mossop, and his son Julian are doing what they can to help injured veterans at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. The Mossop family is not new to lending a helping hand. A few years ago they collected books, CDs and DVD’s to donate to the Poly Trauma unit at the VA Palo Alto. They got an excellent response and are hoping to accomplish the same for the David Grant Medical Center and be able to make the donation by the end of May. The books, CD’s and DVD’s will be used on the wards and available to families who stay at the Fischer House adjacent to the hospital. The Fischer house is where families of injured veterans stay while the soldiers are recuperating. The Blue Star Moms will also appreciate any paperback books to be sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Mossop family needs your help. Any music CDs, novels and movie DVDs are really appreciated by the patients and their families. Individuals just need to call the Mossop family at 925-831-1978, and they will gladly pick up your donation.

Please email or fax your Calendar Events to the Sentinel by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 for the May issue. Fax No. 925-820-6048, or go to to enter your event online. Inclusion in the calendar pages is at the sole discretion of Sentinel Newspapers, Inc.

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May 8 Mature Driving Course 8:30am-12:30pm. The AARP Driver Safety Program has been modified to benefit those students who have already completed the standard 8-hour class. This is an accelerated 4-hour class for renewing students only. Each student completing the class will receive a Certificate of Completion, which entitles one to an automobile insurance discount. Fees for each class will remain at $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. For the trips listed below, call 973-3250 for meeting place. Casino Trips May 10: Cache Creek Casino. $29/person, $5 Cash Creek Tokens; $5 match play; $2 food credit Long Distance Trips Information about upcoming trips can be found at the Travel Desk in the Senior Center. May 20-28 Rockies Highlights by Train Lunch Bunch Trips Sign up for the lunch bunch trips at the front desk. May 5, Wednesday Casa Orozco, Livermore (Cinco Di Mayo) May 15, Saturday Angel Island (Tiburon) Lunch at Sam’s May 19, Wednesday Sonoma Town Square

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2010 BMW 135i COUPE By David and Judy Colman

This car is made to order for “bimmerphiles” who think the current 3 Series has grown too big, too complex and too expensive. Buy a 1 — not just any one, mind you, but the 135i which brings 300 turbocharged horses to BMW’s smallest coupe. The base buy-in here is just $36,050, which has to be one of the performance bargains of the year. You’ll definitely want to equip your 1 with the bargain $1,300 “M sport package” which upgrades the wheels to 18 inch alloys, brings you really grippy 245/35R18 Bridgestone Potenza tires, a pair of really effective sports seats and a very fat-rimmed leather steering wheel. The package also includes handsome gray poplar wood interior trim, anthracite headliner and Shadowline exterior trim. The cosmetics make a nice statement, but the big selling point is the wheel/tire upgrade. The

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seat access for passengers, or even parcels, a constant annoyance. Because the rear seats both fold flat, you can leave them down and use the trunk to store bulky items. Our test car was devoid of iDrive, making it ever so much easier to control everything from climate to radio. In many ways, the 135i represents everything the 3 Series used to be before BMW “improved” it to its current superluxe status. The 135i is the most sportive BMW offered today, a car that harks back to

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