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Chelsea’s Hope By Staff Writer

Looking at the face of Chelsea Gerber, one sees a young woman of beauty. Her features are even. Her skin is smooth and clear. Her smile is sweet. Her brown hair is neatly coiffed. Her eyes are bright. But Chelsea behind her eyes, inside Chelsea’s skull, is a disease that is ravaging her brain and body. The disease is called Lafora, which slowly and steadily robs her brain of its functions until eventually it stills her heart. There is no cure ... yet. It is when Chelsea attempts to move that you realize she is spastic and uncontrolled. Drool seeps from her mouth. Her speech is indecipherable. Her head tilts. If it were not for her wheelchair, she would not be able to sit upright on her own. She is a prisoner in her body; a body that won’t respond to her


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Photo by Jeffrey S. Weil Soccer season is in full swing ... The U-14 Boys White Plus Mustang Barcelona team played the Mustang Phoenix in the San Ramon Invitational Tournament. Grant Martin #2 is in white and the boys in red jerseys from the Mustang Phoenix team are Joe Martinez (left) and Ryan Birdsall (right). Barcelona won 2-0.

The Boys of Summer are the Boys of San Ramon Valley By Bob and Kathy Moore

spotlight at AT&T Park. Outfielder We l c o m e t o t h e Winn recently beautiful San Ramon remarked that Valley…baseball spoken although there here. Nestled between have certainly two major league cities been instances boasting endless summer of brothers weather that stretches or father- son from April till October, combinations the valley is the perfect playing for place to hone athletic skills the same while imagining life in the organization, he big leagues. Summer here can’t think of is best expressed in batting another case of cages, batting coaches, San Francisco Giants team members stretch before batting two small town baseball diamonds and practice on August 29 at AT&T Park guys ending baseball dreams. up being MLB With baseball fever filling the air, it’s no wonder that so many little boys in town teammates in their own backyard. But if you grow up wanting to be major leaguers. And sometimes, they had been paying attention to either of these two guys growing up, it was inevitable. do just that! Take two of the starting outfielders for the 2009 San They are indeed baseball Giants. Francisco Giants. Reared in Danville and graduating from San Ramon Valley High School ten years apart, Randy Winn See giants page 5 (#2) and Nate Schierholtz (#12) share the Major League

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Honoring the life of Michael Shimansky By Staff Writer

Danville’s Mark Curtis speaks at the service for Michael Shimansky

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) joined the Danville community in remembering Councilmember Michael Shimansky at a service on Saturday, October 3. The memorial was held at Oak Hill Park in Danville. Congressman McNerney added the following statement to the official record of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life of the Danville Town Councilmember, who recently passed away. The text of the Congressional Record Statement follows; See Shimansky page 5

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October 23 – November 21 Center REPertory Company presents “Witness for the Prosecution� On trial for his life, Leonard Vole claims he was with his wife at the time of the murder. But is she his alibi, or a damning witness for the prosecution that will seal his doom? Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call for times and tickets: 925-943-7469.

October 2009 delightfully dark-themed Halloween adventure where wax museum characters magically come alive. The non-verbal story between the characters unfolds through the language of the body in movements. This is a no guts, no gore, no blood production that visits the classical nature of the mystery and enchantment of fantasy characters that represent Halloween. Purchase your tickets early. Advance tickets: kids-$10, seniors/adults-$15. Day of performances: $20/$25.

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Call for times and location: 925-825-8399. November 14 The Town of Danville proudly presents “Peanuts at Bat� as it celebrates the grand opening of the Village Theatre Art Gallery. 11 a m - 4 p m . E v e n t showcases some of Schulz’s most memorable baseballthemed comic strips. Fortythree digital prints from the original Schulz drawings are on display, taking the visitor through five decades of the

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Many victims go undiagnosed for a long time. It is an orphan disease, one so rare that no organization supports it. Therefore, the research to bring about a cure is very limited. Is there hope for Chelsea? Only if the teams at UCLA or in Toronto make a breakthrough in genetic engineering. To that end, Linda and Howard Gerber, Chelsea’s parents, have worked to raise money on behalf of their daughter and the small group of teens currently afflicted. After four years, the G e r b e rs a re s e e i n g t h e terrible changes taking over their daughter, and they are helpless to stop them. They are working toward educating people and finding a cure. Visit their website and to find out more about this devastating disease and its young victims at

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Both players thrived in Danville from little league through high school ball, and they are part of a rich and storied local baseball history written with passion and talent. Nate Schierholtz credits his parents with having the strongest influence on his baseball career, taking time to coach him and allowing plenty of time with his brothers to play wiffleball at Central Park, Oak Hill Park and other neighborhood fields. He credits other coaches and mentors too, but his Danville Hoots’ manager Don Johns stands out. Johns’ Danville Hoots team has mentored and coached an unprecedented number of youths who go on to star as college players or get drafted into the majors. And while the club doesn’t take credit for their success, the organization is undoubtedly proud of their players, including Schierholtz, a second round draft pick back in 2003. He’s one of the leaders of the youth movement that has electrified the Giants and their fans. His June 14th insidethe-park homerun against the cross-town rival Oakland A’s was one of the most memorable Shimansky from page 1

“Madam Speaker, today I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the life of Michael Shimansky, who passed away peacefully at age 65 on September 15, 2009. “Mike Shimansky was the longest serving member of the Danville Town Council since the town’s incorporation in 1982. He was elected in 1989 and served for 20 years with a deep rooted sense of public service and strong belief in giving back to the community in which he lived. I knew Mike on a personal basis, and he was a warm and genuine man. His passion for public service extended beyond his role as a Danville Town Council member. He was well known for officiating local soccer games, lacrosse games and track meets. I remember Mike as a fixture at events to raise money for positive causes, such as presiding over Primo’s Run for Education, and the Hats Off America Run, which raises money for the benefit of surviving families of our fallen soldiers. “Mr. Shimansky also represented the town of Danville through appointments to numerous other boards, committees and commissions. He was currently serving on the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Contra Costa Transit Authority, and San Ramon Valley Disaster Council; and as the Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference appointee on the S.F. Bay

October 2009 moments of the season. His teammate, Randy Winn, is a former All-Star who has been a San Francisco Giant since 2005. Through his consistent performance and clutch play, he’s built a loyal fan base. His graceful athleticism makes any play look routine. And due to his mature presence on and off the field, he’s known as a role model for young up-and-comers. Winn credits his dad, Dwight, with teaching him the love of the game. “He coached me in little league, always played catch with me, always pitched to me, and taught me how to hit.” His dad may have been the most influential person in his career, but longtime San Ramon Valley High baseball coach Rick Steen played a major role as well. Steen, who spent more than 30 years as head coach at San Ramon Valley taught the finer points of baseball, sportsmanship and life skills to all of his players including Winn and Schierholtz. So who’ll be next? A quick survey of the local pitching mounds and batters’ boxes might provide an answer. There you’ll find young men with big dreams fueled by the knowledge that kids from here really do

Area Air Quality Management District Board and the East Bay Regional Park District Advisory Committee and the Elections Citizen Advisory Committee. Prior to his election to the town council, Mr. Shimansky served as a member of the town’s inaugural Parks and Leisure Services Commission. “Mike was also a friend to our veterans in the San Ramon Valley. As a member of the Danville Park and Leisure Services Commission, he was instrumental in the establishment of the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park. A local veterans organization, the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley described him as ‘a truly outstanding and dedicated–beloved man of the community–in which he served and lived.’ “Michael Shimansky’s passion for public service did not stop at home. In addition to being deeply involved in the local community, he volunteered to help his fellow citizens during times of national crisis, by going to New Orleans to join the American Red Cross’ efforts in both the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and during the wildfires that devastated many homes and communities in San Diego County in 2007. “ M i ke wa s a va l u e d and respected leader who touched the lives of many and improved the quality of life in Danville for decades to come. He always worked for

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grow up to do the statistically improbable – they make it to the “Show.” Thirteen year old Matt Smithwick of Danville is working hard at making that dream his reality. The eighth grader, who’s earned a spot on the elite traveling EJ Sports Titans, is inspired by the success of his favorite Giant, Nate Schierholtz. He closely follows both Winn and Schierholtz and finds it “amazing that the two people from the same town in the majors are both on the same team.” He’s a true fan who loves to watch baseball as much as he loves to play. So, too, is Greenbrook student Nick Henderson. Although he’s only eight, he’s already excited at the prospect of following their path to SRVHS and beyond. SRVUSD Assistant Superintendent Margie Brown knows why. “Randy and Nate are not just local guys; they are great role models for the youth in this valley. When local kids learn that their Giants heroes played right here, it excites them and keeps them motivated.” An effusive fan, Brown couldn’t resist adding one more comment about Schierholtz. “I love the way he wears his socks! Old school is

the common good and led by example. In the words of one of his fellow council members, ‘People loved him for his work ethic. Every decision he made, he had the people of Danville in mind.’ “Michael Shimansky’s efforts as a volunteer and unwavering dedication to public service leave a legacy that will continue to benefit the people of Danville, the State of California and our great nation for generations to come. It is for these reasons that I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the memory of Michael Shimansky in sending our thoughts and prayers to his beloved family and friends.”

power and enchantment. American actress Tallulah Bankhead, an avid Giants’ fan back in the day when they were known as the New York Giants, once gushed, “There have been only two geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare.” Fans of the San Francisco franchise might amend that to say, “And there have been only two Wolves who became Giants, Randy Winn and Nate Schierholtz, the pride of San Ramon Valley.”

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U.S. Kung-Fu Team garners gold and six world championships East West Kung Fu Schools in By Staff Writer

Seven of the 17 people comprising the U.S. Kuoshu (Kung-Fu) team competing last week in the World Kuoshu

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L-r front row (in T-shirts): Allen Parco, Morgan Newman, Collin Lee; L-r back row: Michelle Brown, Angie Dominguez, and Meghan Mannion. In team jackets: far left, U.S. team coach, Master John Buckley; far right, Grandmaster Richard Lee, owner East West School.

competition, an individual performs somewhat like a gymnastic floor routine, demonstrating overall skill and understanding of the martial arts. Securing their world titles for the third time were Allen Parco of Martinez, Angie Dominguez of Lafayette and Morgan Newman of Danville. Meghan Mannion of

Concord, Michelle Brown of Alamo and Kaylee Baker of Livermore won their first world championship. Master John Buckley coached the 2009 U.S. team. The event is held every three years in different countries. For more information, visit www. or the World KuoShu Federation at

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in America, such as San Ramon Valley High For Kayla Holderbein, School, with schools in a senior at San Ramon Uganda to raise money Valley High School, and for the development of Sunee Washom, a junior, Uganda’s schools. the time is now. It is the The club’s first event year to make a change, of the year is on Saturday, and these revolutionaries October 17 from 6-8pm. have created a club to It will also host a do just that. Named screening event to show “Generation4Change,” the most recent Invisible Sunee Washom and Kayla Holderbein this club will promote Children’s documentaries. various projects during the Representatives from the year both at school and Schools,” an organization organization will be on hand throughout the community. working to end the longest for questions and answers and The club is partnering with running war in Africa. For 23 will have their merchandise for non-profit organizations to years, a rebel leader by the sale. The free screening will raise money and awareness name of Joseph Kony has been be held at San Ramon Valley for different injustices around abducting children to fight High School’s Performing Art’s the world. as child soldiers in his war. Center, 501 Danville Blvd., From October through The children live in constant Danville. December Generation4Change fear, and Invisible Children is For more information email will be partnering with an dedicated to bringing peace. Kayla Holderbein or Sunee organization called “Invisible Invisible Children’s Schools for Washom at generation4change@ C h i l d r e n – S c h o o l s f o r Schools campaign pairs schools

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Every year, Monte Vista High School’s Science Alliance mentors hundreds of local fifth graders in the annual school science fair. An organization headed by Patti Carothers and a full administrative studentstaff, the program is a wonderful opportunity for fifth graders to explore science on a more complex scale. Experiments last spring included projects on rocketry, goldfish memory and antimicrobial properties, among many other creative ventures. Upon joining, all fifth

graders are paired up with one or two student-mentors who will help navigate their assigned buddy through the task of creating an interesting science fair project from scratch. Mentors and fifth grade buddies are expected to work with utmost efficiency throughout the year as Science Alliance is a fast-paced program; deadlines are expected to be met. Despite the strict scheduling of Science Alliance, the program is filled with opportunities to socialize and simply have fun with themed meetings such as pizza parties and ice cream socials. Science Alliance believes that promoting a general

enthusiasm in science is important, especially to the upand-coming generations. The program allows fifth graders to not only work on their own personal project with a mentor, but also work in a competitive, stimulating environment in which they are surrounded by people with similar interests. Help your child rediscover his or her passion for learning! Fo r a l l t h a t a re interested in this program, please contact Advisor Patti Carothers at p.carothers@ For those at elementary schools B a l d w i n , M o n t a i r, a n d Greenbrook, please contact Advisor Robin Groch (San Ramon) at

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Mind & Body Awareness The Whole Human: Mind, Body, Spirit Connection More Than New Age Cliché By Lisa T. Wood

What exactly is the mind, body, and spirit connection? “Oh,” you say, “Here we go again.” We’ve heard this idea so much we are a bit blasé about it. Perhaps we conjure a vision of someone, not us of course, abandoning modern life to contemplate his or her navel. However, recent findings do suggest it’s time to reconsider our human experience, bridging traditional wisdom with modern discoveries. Why now? In many ways, outdated beliefs keep each of us at arm’s length from a wealth of contemporary, life-enhancing ideas and practices. Many of us think we already tune into ourselves. However, we tend to focus on the externals more than the internals. We know where that new wrinkle is and we wish lifting weights did more for our triceps. We fret about that smidge of a belly or wanting to reconnect with our recliner during football season. But, to benefit from new wisdom emerging over recent decades about our human selves, it’s going to take more than ordering salad dressing on the side. To find the whole human we can take a bold step forward together, starting right now. But first, we travel back in time. Body of Evidence One of the most enduring and inaccurate concepts about the human is that mind and body are separate. In most industrialized societies, the body is viewed as a machine, separate from the mind. But where did this originate? Re n e D e s c a r t e s, a 1 5 t h century mathematician and philosopher, claimed the body, made of matter, works exactly like a machine, obeying the laws of physics and motion like a contraption of levers and pulleys. Sir Isaac Newton also viewed the universe’s matter as a machine separate from the less physical stuff of mind. Both these thinkers popularized a philosophy separating mind and matter, claiming that something as non-material as the ethereal mind could not influence the body. A line was drawn between head and body, establishing the philosophical lens through which academic disciplines viewed our world.

H oweve r, n e a r l y 10 0 years ago quantum physics shockingly redefined the relationship between matter and the immaterial world. These findings showed undreamed of relationships and unity existing right inside our bodies and universe. The implication is that mind and body are not separate, but interdependent and wholly related, and in fact, inseparable. Since then, quantum science has revealed in new light what ancient traditions always knew – all life is interconnected. It is time to finally grow beyond the “body as machine” idea. Freed of its stereotype, the body can be respected for what it really is – a wise sage, guiding us daily, with our best interests in mind. The Mind/Body Partnership Beyond telling us to eat or sleep, our bodies constantly convey what is best for us. We now know the body manifests emotions in a twoway relationship with the mind. Molecules related to emotions were discovered in the 1970s. Scientists then found receptors for these “molecules

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making? A valuable technique is to acknowledge both—think with the head and with the gut or heart. After considering a decision thoroughly, focus your attention to see how it aligns with the body. This is our built-in reality check. How does the decision feel? Sometimes in frustration we ask ourselves “What is going on with me!” There’s a good chance your body knows. However, many of us are out of practice, literally out of touch with ourselves. It’s like developing any new relationship – be patient and diligent – this is a relationship

The Spiritual Connection This relationship asks one more thing of us – to acknowledge our spiritual nature. According to the 2006 General Social Survey conducted by The National Opinion Research Center, 92.6 percent of us believe in God or a higher power. Supporting our spiritual side brings our three strongest allies together – mind, body and spirit, the all star team of big hitters. Spirit, soul, goddess, divine essence, whatever name you use, this aspect of being human is just as essential to our vitality. Without nurturing our spirituality we inadvertently reject this intrinsic part of ourselves, innocently denying the whole human. Thankfully there are many

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ways to awaken spiritually. We can spend time in nature, read spiritual texts, connect with art and beauty, contact dear friends, join a spiritual community, value dreams and cherish each other. Turning off the TV, taking the Bluetooth out of our ears and giving the iPod a rest also increases our human connection, allowing us instead to tune into others and ourselves. Our Seasonal Rhythms The timing is perfect to invigorate our new awareness of the mind, body, and spirit trinity. The changing seasons

provide a great opportunity to practice living as a whole human, taking our cue from nature where the rate, rhythm and volume of life fluctuates seasonally. As the days grow shorter now in fall, our mood, health, activity and interests change. According to traditional Chinese medicine, specific organs and emotions go through a seasonal rebuilding process as well. Emotionally, fall is a time to harvest knowledge from the busy seasons of spring and summer as we slow down, becoming more introspective about the past few months in

preparation for winter. This is a good time to address cues from our body that we’ve been too busy to inquire about. Winter brings us into a time for potential spiritual renewal, drawing our attention both inward toward home and the heart. Reaching out to family and friends keeps the winter blues at bay, as does indulging in a new book or project. We are beginning to acknowledge the innate power unleashed when mind, body and spirit ignite. In one example, according to Harold Koenig, MD, Co-Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University, “The field of spirituality and health has been growing at an extraordinary rate and can now point to the completion of some 3,000 studies. There has been more research in the last 7 or 8 years than in the previous 150.” It is time to shake free from beliefs we’ve outgrown, consciously integrating upto-date discoveries to enliven our potential. This is key to successfully navigate life, realizing more of who we truly are—a whole human. Feedback: lisa1wood@yahoo. com.

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Mind & Body Awareness What do you want from your Health Club? By Staff Writer

Area health clubs are all different from one another, leading to the discussion of what exactly does one look for in shopping for a place to get in shape. Some clubs offer deluxe spa treatments, diet counseling and private training tailored to each client. Some have swimming pools in addition to machines, and classes in hot yoga, Pilates, spinning and more. They can be personal only at the training level and as impersonal as a busy schedule demands. Some people go to their health club and enjoy being among other people, and making friends with those who have the same workout schedule. Some women are uncomfortable in a coed environment, while others love to step up and compete with their male counterparts.

So the club one chooses needs to be carefully chosen. When asked about the kind of place Kathy’s Health Club in San Ramon is, owner Ka t hy B a r n ey d e s c r i b e d the club as a place where women can go to be in a nonintimidating environment, where other women know them by name. A place where they feel that they matter, a sanctuary for women. She went on to tell of a member who was facing a number of personal tragedies and was able to climb out of a deep depression by committing to a regular workout schedule and finding a network of support at the club. “Three years ago”, she said, “Vivian began her devastating stretch of a long and difficult divorce and then last July Vivian lost her oldest daughter, Felecia, to Sickle cell anemia. Vivian’s other daughter, Jonette, also lives

with this debilitating disease.” Kathy said that Vivian found caring, comfort, and friendship at the gym. There are many reasons that people join a health and fitness club. Good intentions, stressful schedules, changes in our bodies due to aging or general de-conditioning. It takes careful consideration to choose the right environment. Visit clubs, interview instructors, ask for a demo, look for good parking and convenience, and above all, ask yourself what you want from your health club.


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Now - October 25 Raider Nation Cat Celebration 2009 The Oakland Raiders have kicked off the football season with their wonderful support of ARF through a special Raider Nation Cat Celebration promotion. All adult ARF cats (six months and older) are available free of adoption fees, thanks to the generosity of the Oakland Raiders! Take a field trip to ARF to see all the cats available for adoption - who knows, you might find a new member to add to your own home team. While standard adoption criteria still apply, this special Raider Nation Cat Celebration will run through Sunday, October 25.Adoptions take place Thursday through Sunday at ARF’s Walnut Creek headquarters. Fans can get some pre-game action, however, by viewing all the adoptable animals at Now – November 20 Indian Life Tues-Fri: 1-4pm, Sat: 10am-1pm. Artifacts, baskets, pictures and information about the Indians who once lived in the San Ramon Valley. San Ramon Museum, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville. Information: 925-837-3750. November 16-23 Operation Christmas Child is Collecting Gift-Filled Shoe Boxes in the Bay Area Operation Christmas Child is a kids-helping-kids project that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know that they are loved, and not forgotten. Kids and families wrap and pack empty shoe boxes with items most people take for granted, including toothpaste, toys and school supplies. The shoe boxes are then hand-delivered to children around the world in over 90 countries using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels, elephants, even dog sleds. For many of these children, the simple shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received. To track the journey of your box and for step-by-step packing instructions, visit www. You can drop your shoe box off in Alamo at the Creekside Community Church, 1350 Danville Blvd, Alamo. October 16-18 Friends of the Danville Library Gigantic Fall Book Sale October 16th, 10am-5pm (Open to public), October 17th, 10am4pm, October 18th, noon-4pm (bag sale day). Huge selection of books, all proceed benefit the Danville Library, 400 Front Street, Danville. October 17 Danville-San Ramon Joint CityRead 7pm. CityRead concludes with a special presentation featuring the author of Assassination Vacation. Reserve your seat at 925-973-2787 or Tickets are free, but must be reserved prior to the event. Two tickets per person and you must arrive at least 10 minutes before to ensure seating. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon. October 17 & 18] World of Orchids - Show and Sale October 17: 9am-5pm. October 18: 10am-4pm. Presented by the Diablo View Orchid Society, there will be orchid displays, orchid sales, raffles and a plant doctor. Potting & culture demonstrations daily at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Adults - $2.00, Children – Free. Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill. Information: 925-648-7667. October 17 Arroyo Viejo Creek Work Day 10am-1pm. Work with the Arroyo Viejo Creek Keepers to restore the beautiful span of the Arroyo Viejo Creek that runs through the Oakland Zoo. We will observing wildlife while helping the local habitat. Gloves and tools provided. Ages 4 and up welcome! The Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Information: 510-632-9525, ext 122. October 20 Reception Hosted by Hospice of the East Bay 5:30-7:30pm. The public is invited to a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to introduce their new Medical Director, Dr. Kempe Ames. Hospice of the East Bay is a not-for-profit agency that helps people cope with life-limiting illnesses by providing medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support for patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. R.S.V.P. by October 19th by calling: 925-887-5678. Held at Bruns Inpatient Hospice House, 2849 Miranda Avenue, Alamo. October 23 Children’s Fall Fest 3:30-5pm or 5:30-7pm. Join in for a ghoulish evening. Festivities include arts and crafts, face painting, games, trick-or-treating and more. Pre-registration required, no walk ins. Choose one time to attend. $5 – residents, $6 – non-residents. Danville Community Center, 402 Front St., Danville. Information: 925-314-3400.



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Professional appraisers will evaluate antiques/objects such as stamps and coins, jewelry, clocks and watches, toys and trains, art objects and household contents. The public is welcome. The cost for entry and appraisal of each item is $10 or $25 for 3 or more items. All proceeds benefit the San Ramon Senior Foundation. Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon. Information: 925-973-2787.

October 24 Kidz in Power Child Safety Community Event 1-3pm. The TriValley Black Belt Academy in Danville is holding an open house in connection with the AMBER Alert and the ATA Martial Arts worldwide initiative to help minimize the risk of child abduction through education. Age appropriate instruction, awareness of warning signs and ID activities help to reduce the risk of abduction. Free to ages 4-17. Parents should attend with child. Held at Danville Women’s Club, 242 W. Linda Mesa Ave, Danville. Information and registration: 925-200-5236. October 28 Conservation Speaker Series: Joyce Poole of Elephant Voices 6:30pm. Elephant Voices' Mission is to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants and to secure a kinder future for them through research and the sharing of knowledge. $12-$20 Sliding Scale. Students: $5. The Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Information: 510-632-9525, ext 122. October 30 Jazz at San Ramon Library - The Dennis Edwards Duet Pianist Dennis Edwards and Bassist Steve Webber narrate the lives and play the music of America’s greatest “pop” composers including George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Henry Mancini. Desserts and coffee will be provided. San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St., San Ramon. Call for time: 925-973-2850. November 3 Election for City Council Notice is here by given that the following persons have been nominated for the offices herein mentioned to be filled at the Consolidated Election to be held in the City of San Ramon on the 3rd day of November 2009:
1. Mayor
Name of Nominees in alpha random listed by Secretary of State (E.C. 12110)
H. Abram Wilson. 2. Council Members
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David E. Hudson - Jim Livingstone
- Jim Brady
- Doug Burr. November 3 Saluting Our 2009 Community Heroes 8am. The American Red Cross joins with Contra Costa County civic leaders to recognize those in our community who have shown courage, dedication and character through acts of heroism and kindness. Join us in saluting our 2009 community heroes, on November 3rd at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danvillle. Those being honored are: Act of Courage Hero - Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III. Life Saving Hero- Sara Broski. Act of Kindness and Philanthropy Hero - Corporal Larry Lewis. Community Service Hero, Individual - Lori Cohee. Community Service Hero, Organization- Monument Crisis Center. Animal Rescue Hero - Lindsay Wildlife Museum. You may purchase tickets at or by calling (415) 427-8086 for $40 each. Proceeds benefit disaster preparedness and relief efforts throughout the Bay Area. November 5 Danville-Alamo Branch of AAUW presents Tricia Grame, Ph.D. on “Women’s Art, Symbols and Spirituality” Tricia Grame is one of the Town of Danville’s Art Commissioners. She will share with us her passion for the sculpted symbol which took her to Italy and the islands of Malta. Her research combines archaeology, religion and history. To attend, send a check for $28/ person (payable to Danville-Alamo AAUW) by Friday, October 23 to Danville-Alamo Branch of AAUW, Attn. Loretta Altshuler, P.O. Box 996, Alamo. Event held at Pascal Restaurant, 155-B Railroad Ave., Danville. November 17 & 18 Holideay Boutique 10am - 3pm. A variety of items for the holidays and gift giving, including hand made baby sweaters and baby blankets. Gifts for all age groups. The San Ramon Alcosta Senior and Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd. San Ramon. Information: 925-973-3250. November 21 Great Parenting Academy to Hold a Unique Educational Event to Help A special, live, educational event designed to show parents how to succeed at raising great kids. Will feature advice from top experts, amazing resources and helpful tools that any parent can use to transform their child into a virtual superstar. Attendees will gain access to an array of resources that can help them maximize their child’s academic performance, interpersonal skills, self-esteem,



health and hidden talents. Register at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. Information: 925-394-4988.

BUSINESS October 16, 23 & 30 San Ramon Chamber Mixers October 16: "Intro to LinkedIn and Tricks of the Trade," Presented by Bill Clarkson- Golden Hills Brokers. October 23: "Retirement Planning," presented by Felicia Robertson- Meriwest Credit Union. October 30: "Refining Your Elevator Speech," presented by Elaine Betts- Go Far Consulting. October 28 Alamo Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer 5:30-7pm. World of Sound and Vision, Absolute Chiropractic and The Peasant Courtyard, 3195 Danville Blvd., Alamo. Information: 925-788-5057. Wednesdays: LeTip Danville 7:15pm. Meets every Wednesday at Denny’s, 807 Camino Ramon, Danville. For information, call 510-409-2144.

CLUBS November 19 The San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club 11:30 – 2pm. New & established residents are invited to attend the monthly luncheon on at Blackhawk Grill. The speaker will be Chuck Barney from the San Ramon Valley Times newspaper. Lunch: $19. Call Myrna, 925-560-0656, for info & reservations. Moms Club of San Ramon/Dublin West Meets weekly. The day of the week varies, depending upon what events are scheduled for that particular week. Interested parties may email the club to receive a schedule of upcoming events along with the event dates and times. Email:Momsclubsanramon@ Thursdays: Alamo-Danville Newcomers Club 10am. Meets the 4th Thursday of each month for coffee. For ladies new to the area or long-time residents who are interested in making new friends and getting involved in fun and worthwhile activities. Information: 925-775-3233. Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 75, San Ramon Valley 7pm. Meets every second Thursday of the month. For more information contact Post Commander Tony Carnemolla at 925932-4042. Mail to: VFW Post, 75 San Ramon Valley, P.O. Box 1092, Danville, CA 94526. Find out more about the VFW on the Internet at Meetings at the Danville Veterans Hall at 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville. Mondays: Danville Rotary 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Monday. Brass Door Restaurant, San Ramon. Info: 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: Alamo Rotary Noon. Meets every Wednesday at Round Hill Country Club, Alamo. Info: Mark Kahn, 925-837-3262. 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. Info: 925-838-9110. Soroptimist International of the San Ramon Valley 12pm. Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls. Crow Canyon Country Club. Info and reservations: 925-355-2442. Danville Lions 7pm. Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Join us and learn about the good work Lions do around the world. Brass Door, San Ramon. Info: 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 Info: Hermann Welm, 925-838-8261.

Please email or fax your Calendar Events to the Sentinel by 5 p.m. Friday, October 28 for the November issue. Fax No. 925-820-6048 or Inclusion in the calendar pages is at the sole discretion of Sentinel Newspapers, Inc.

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Senior Events

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The Town of Danville provides activities for all activity levels and interests. Most importantly, it allows time for people to interact with each other and share similar interests and talents on a regular basis. The Silver Screen Theater takes place every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of the month). Enjoy a recent or classic film at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall lounge. Preregistration is required due to a limited number of seats available, so please sign up early! Movies start promptly at 2:30 p.m. and admission is FREE! A light refreshment will be served. October 21 South Pacific - Performance at Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco 11am-6pm . Set on a tropical island during World War II, this classic musical

tells the sweeping, romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Cost: $80 resident; $96 non-resident (nonrefundable). Price includes transportation, tour. Please bring money for lunch. October 28 Senior Services Sub-committee 4pm. Do you have an idea for a new activity, or an improved procedure? Then attend the meeting to be heard by the decision makers. Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville. Information: 925-314-3400.

San Ramon San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., S a n R a m o n . Fo r m o r e information, call 925-973-3250. The Senior Center offers over 30 hours of exercise each week and a variety of dance classes. There is a selection of fine art and craft classes, language classes, music and senior issue lectures.
The Computer Lab has computer classes including introductory and intermediate level

Seniors in the Second Half of Life Ask the questions you have always wanted to!! Panel Discussion & Luncheon – Professional care providers will lead discussions on Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Home Care and Elder Services. Tuesday, October 20, 11:30am to 1pm. 50 seats available, RSVP by 10/16 at 925-838-7729 Suggested Donation $5.00 (includes lunch) Rolling Hills Community Church, Fellowship Hall 1565 Green Valley Road Danville, CA 94526 Program of RHCC Senior GPS Program (God’s Plan for Significance)

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October 2009 Casual setting, couples or singles, dancers of all levels welcome. Alcosta Senior & Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Information: 925-973-3290.

Dublin October 22 Journal Writing & Memoir Writing, Capturing Life Stories 1:30 p.m. Explore various kinds of journaling to discover the positives of aging. Receive guidance in reflecting on your life story. Free. No reservation is required. Refreshments provided by the Friends of

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Picture Yourself HEALTHY! Call for your FIRST or ANNUAL mammogram appointment today at OUR NEW

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With early detection you have a much greater chance of surviving breast cancer. If you’re age 40 or older, regular mammogram screening every year can help find breast cancer at an early stage, increasing your chance of survival.

New Breast Center The Breast Center offers one convenient location for your imaging services located on the San Ramon Regional Medical Center campus. It offers a restful, comfortable setting with advanced medical technology, and specialized physicians and staff. Our comprehensive outpatient imaging services include: UÊ Two HOLOGIC Digital Mammography units with enhanced accuracy UÊ Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) designed to improve detection and interpretation of

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