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ClubsLivermore Amador Valley Garden Club
The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Alisal School's multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road. Toni Gattone, gardener, teacher and small business owner will speak on gardening for life in spite of the physical changes of aging. Call Bev at 485-7812 or go to www.lavgc.org. Alisal School, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
ClubsTri-Valley Republican Women Federated Presents Mr. Nan Su
TVRWF will present Mr. Nan Su, speaking on "Changing China: The Past and The Future" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore. Mr. Nan Su will discuss China's culture and its effect on various aspects of life in America. Tickets are $30 for members, $34 for non-members. RSVP by Oct. 5. Contact Linda Krikorian at 426-1474 or email@example.com. Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore.
ClubsPleasanton Mothers Club
The mission of the Pleasanton Mothers Club is to provide a social, supportive, and educational outlet for moms and their families in the local community. They offer a variety of activities, children's playgroups, special interest groups, and more. For information visit pleasantonmothersclub.org. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questers is an international organization of lovers of antiques, collectibles and history who encourage preservation and restoration of historical landmarks. Members learn about antiques, share and view collections, visit historic sites, and help non-profits in restoration and preservation. We are seeking new members to join our local Amador chapter. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month, Sept.-May. Contact President Rickie at 292-8123 or email@example.com.
FundraisersSleep Train's Dollar Drive for Foster Kids
Every child looks forward to activities like summer camp and swim lessons, but foster children don't always get the chance to participate in these experiences. Sleep Train is hosting its Dollar Drive now through Oct. 18. Donate online at http://bit.ly/1qGUgVW or at any Sleep Train store.
ClassesA Taste of Judaism
"A Taste of Judaism" is a free, three-session class for adults who would like to explore Reform Judaism's relevance in today's world. Participants will learn about Jewish perspectives on topics of spirituality, values and community. All are welcome. Classes are 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Oct. 8-22 at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court. Call 931-1055 or go to bethemek.org/taste. Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton.
Kids & TeensPtown Life Essay Contest
Ptownlife.org will host its 3rd Annual Essay Contest, with the theme "Someone You Look Up To and Why." There will be two categories, high school students (grades 9-12) and middle school students (grades 6-8). The contest is open to all students in the Tri-Valley. Contest ends Oct. 23. Contestants must register at ptownlife.org. Essays must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prizes range from free writing classes to gift cards from local businesses.
ExhibitsPleasanton Art League 6th Annual Members' Juried Exhibition
The Pleasanton Art League's Members' Juried Exhibition will run now through Oct. 24 at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center. Art media of all types will be represented, including watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, photography, oils, collage, and 3-D. Call 931-4849. Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
VolunteeringLooking for Drivers to Deliver Meals to Our Seniors
Pleasanton Meals On Wheels is looking for drivers to deliver meals to our seniors. Weekly and Bi-weekly schedules available. If you can donate a 2 hours every week it would be greatly appreciated. Call 931-5385. Please call Poonam @ 925.931.5385 Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton .
EventsAmerican Red Cross Blood Drive
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products. Donate from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org. Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton.
Support GroupsGrief Workshop
The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Grieving people need time and space to honor their grief. Explore your grief journey in this workshop at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 5 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. One-time donation of $15. Space is limited, registration required. Call Nancy Silva at 846-9543. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.
HolidayCrafters Wanted for Holiday Boutique
Crafters are wanted for a Holiday Boutique from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. For more information please contact Valerie Fleming at 484-2482, ext. 121 or Valerie@harvestvalley.org. Harvest Valley Church, 3200 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
ClassesFree Math Tutoring
Free high school level math help offered at the Pleasanton Library for students who cannot afford tuition. Contact 484-1073. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
VolunteeringHair Care Professionals and Massage Therapists Needed for Hope Hospice
Hospice of the East Bay provides care to terminally ill patients and their families. Many of our patients benefit greatly from a haircut/hair set or from a massage therapist. If you would be interested in volunteering a few hours a month to provide comfort to patients, call the Volunteer Department at 887-5678. License/massage certification required.
ClubsRotary Club of Pleasanton
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton since 1965 has been a leader in the community in helping make Pleasanton a great place to live. It has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m. every Thursday, at Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www.PleasantonRotary.org. Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton.
RecreationThursday Morning Bike Ride
Join our every Thursday morning bike ride as we tour the trails and vineyards of the Tri-Valley area. We will ride 20-30 miles at a "social" rate of speed with a coffee stop along the way. You will need a bike, a helmet and a sunny disposition. Call 426-1290 or go to www.meetup.com/Pleasanton-Pedalers/. Pleasanton Pedalers, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton, .
SportsJoin Youth Track and Field Club
FTC track club is taking registrations for the fall season (Sept.-Dec.) and will begin practices on Sept. 8. FTC is a U.S. Track and Field (USATF) member club for kids 7-18 from any school. We compete in USATF sanctioned meets and accept athletes of other sports who want additional training. Contact Jorge Quero at 209-7520 or email@example.com. Go to www.ftctrackclub.com.
Support GroupsPleasanton Military Families Support Group
Formed in 2003 this group provides support and comfort to the Pleasanton families whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has monthly meetings and other events such as "pack outs" of comfort and care items for deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where streamers are displayed with the name, rank and branch of service of Pleasanton military personnel. Learn more at www.pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org.
ClubsVirtually Speaking Toastmasters
Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon-1 p.m. every Thursday at Electrical Reliability Services, 6900 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 415. Everyone is welcome to come see what a positive change Toastmasters can make in their confidence. Call 580-8660. Electrical Reliability Services, 6900 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 415, Pleasanton.
Civic MeetingsParks & Recreation Commission
The Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
Support GroupsMothers With a Purpose
Mothers With a Purpose meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Foothill High School Library. Mothers with a Purpose was formed by local moms to offer support to families affected by addiction. Visit www.motherswithapurpose.org. Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Road, Pleasanton.
ClubsTri-Valley Evening Rotary
Tri-Valley Evening Rotary has been supporting the community veterans, children and seniors for the past 12 years. We are the only Rotary club in the valley that meets in the evening. If you want to give back with a fun loving group please visit one of our meetings, from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at Castlewood Country Club. Cost is $5 plus dinner. Go to trivalleyrotary.org. Castlewood Country Club Grill, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton.
ClubsSenior Mens Social Club
Sons In Retirement (SIR) is a social club for senior men. In addition to friendships, members can participate in interest groups like golf, bridge, travel, photography, etc. We meet for lunch first Thursday of the month at San Ramon Golf Club. Open to retirees in the Tri-Valley. Contact Rich Osborne at 785-3549 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to branch34.sirinc2.org. San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Road, San Ramon.
SeniorsPeddler Shoppe at the Senior Center
The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It's a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to www.pleasantonpeddlershoppe.com. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
SeniorsComputer Classes for Seniors
Pleasanton Public Library hosts Computer Classes for Seniors including Beginning Internet on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Beginning E-mail on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Open Practice on the third Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of every month, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
SeniorsDublin Senior Center Offers Music Classes
Dublin Senior Center offers two music classes including Sing-a-longs with Judy Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays; and Ukulele Beginning Instruction with Judy Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, both at the Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Cost is $1.25 for each class. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
MiscellaneousFriends of the Library Online Book Sale
Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.
SeniorsDublin Senior Center Dance Classes
Seniors are invited to a Beginning Latin Line Date from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays; cost is $12 for four classes per month or $15 for five classes per month. Beginning line dance from 10:25-11:25 a.m. Thursdays, cost is $1.25 per class; beginning-intermediate line dancing from 10:15-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, cost is $2 drop-in, or from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, cost is $3 drop-in; easy and intermediate line dance from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, cost is $3 per class; intermediate line dance from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Fridays, cost is $1.25 per class; advanced line dancing from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays, cost is $3 per class; or social line dance from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, cost is $2 for drop-in or $6 for four classes per month or $7.50 for five classes per month; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
SeniorsDublin Senior Center Programs
Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including "ESL" which helps seniors practice their English conversational skills, a Reading Group that meets monthly to discuss new books and a Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting. Fees vary for each activity. For a complete list of activities, contact 556-4511 or email@example.com. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
SeniorsDublin Senior Center Mini-Library
The Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the senior center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. The library gladly accepts donations of like-new used books published in the last five years, puzzles, magazines within three months of distribution, and videotapes. Unused books are donated to Friends of the Dublin Library. Bring donations to the office for processing. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. Downtown Pleasanton, E. Angela St., Pleasanton.