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HolidayFifth Night Initiative: A Young Family Hanukkah Celebration
Beth Emek and Beth Emek Preschool will host a Hanukkah celebration for young families from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court. Instead of receiving a gift, the focus is on giving. Families will make a fleece blanket to be donated to Tri-Valley Haven. The celebration will include menorah lighting, Hanukkah songs with Rabbi Milder, and latke dinner. Cost is $20 per family. Call 931-1055 or go to www.bethemek.org. Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton.
ClubsTri-Valley Writers Meeting
The California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch invites writers of all genres to a hands-on mini-workshop, conducted by author Lani Longshore, exploring character, setting and story arc, from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Four Points by Sheraton. Reservations required. Cost is $12 for members, $17 for nonmembers. Contact email@example.com by Dec. 17. Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
On StageThe Nutcracker Ballet
Valley Dance Theatre presents its annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," accompanied by Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 19-21; and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13-14, 20-21 at Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Tickets are $25-$38, $19 for students 17 and under. Call 243-0925 or go to http://www.valleydancetheatre.com. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
On Stage'My Son Pinocchio Jr.'
This new musical, which retells the familiar Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classics songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I’ve Got No Strings" as well as a host of new songs. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-21 at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Tickets are $6-$18. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
FundraisersDiscovery Shop Christmas Store Open
Find unique Christmas treasures at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop Holiday store now through Dec. 24 at 1987 Santa Rita Road It's a perfect venue to start your holiday decorating. Choose from decorated trees of all sizes, wonderful Santas and one of a kind gifts. Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. Go to cancer.org/discovery. American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1987 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
On StageBig Fat Comedy Show XXII
For the twenty-second consecutive year, Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters are proud to present their end-of-the-year comedy extravaganza at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 373-6800 or go to livermoreperformingarts.org. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
SportsEast Bay Marathon Training for Beginners
The USA FIT East Bay Spring 2015 Marathon/Half Marathon training program for all fitness levels is open now through Jan. 31 at www.USAFITEastBay.com. Program lasts 26 weeks and begins Jan. 24. For more information and to register, visit www.USAFITEastBay.com. New members $100 for 26 weeks. Osage Station Park, 816 Brookside Drive, Danville.
EventsExchange Student Candidates for PTSCA 2015 Delegation
The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association youth cultural exchange summer program is beginning the candidate process. Students need to be entering sophomore-senior year in high school in the fall and have completed a second year of Spanish by the end of this school year. Students can attend any meeting regardless of their school of attendance to learn about the application and selection process. Meetings are: at lunch time on Wednesday, Jan. 7 in room B27 at Foothill HS; at lunch time on Thursday, Jan. 8 in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in room C-6 at Foothill HS; 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact 209-5825 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to ptsca.org.
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 email@example.com.
MiscellaneousVFW-AL Coffee and Donuts
Every Saturday morning from 7:30-9 a.m., the VFW and American Legion host coffee and donuts for all veterans at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. All veterans are welcome. Visit www.vfwpost6298.com. Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton.
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.
Support GroupsEast Bay Essential Tremor Support Group
If you have recently been diagnosed with ET or would like to learn more about this common movement disorder in a safe and supportive environment, please join us from 10 a.m.-noon on the third Saturday of each month, in the Blackhawk A and B conference rooms at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. For more information, view their blog at www.eastbayet.com or call 487-5706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon.
ClassesFree Counseling Job Search Skills and Resume Writing
Get a free consultation with an experienced Employment Recruiter on select Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons and Saturday afternoons for a half or full hour at the Pleasanton Library. Receive help with resume writing, employment web sites, search for a job on the web, and get help with online applications. Make a 20-minute appointment at the Reference Desk by calling 931-3400, ext. 4. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
Support GroupsOvereaters Anonymous
This 12-step support group for people with eating behavior problems meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore; and at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays in the Middle School Room at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 1893 North Vasco Road, Livermore. Free with donations accepted toward room rent. No weigh-ins. Call Nora at 337-9118. St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church , 678 Enos Way, Livermore.
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.
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.