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Holiday

Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner and Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the 4th night of Hanukkah and Shabbat from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court. Join for Shabbat dinner, followed by lighting menorahs and Hanukkah songs. Stay for a Family Shabbat Service. Go to http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/5cc2b6cbfde5067289f9. Call 931-1055. Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton.

Concerts

A Jazzy Christmas Sing-Along
Come tap your toes and sing holiday favorites with choirs and a lively jazz band from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Refreshments and good cheers will follow in the Pope John Paul II Activity Center. Free-will offerings welcome. Call 484-5020 or go to www.catholicsofpleasanton.org/. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.
 

Concerts

Christmas Musical
Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir and Drama Team will be presenting the Christmas musical "The Promised One" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 118 Neal St. This inspiring drama depicts the angelic announcement of the birth of Christ. Coffee and dessert afterward. Free. Go to lbceastbay.com. Lighthouse Baptist Church, 118 Neal St., Pleasanton.
 

On Stage

The 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.
 

Fundraisers

Discovery 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.
 

Seniors

Sage Cafe
The Pleasanton Senior Center is excited to introduce their new lunch program. Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Daily offerings include salad, soup, choice of sandwich or hot entree. The cost is $3. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 931-5365 to reserve a spot. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.

Sports

East 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.
 

Events

Exchange 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 annangst@sbcglobal.net, or go to ptsca.org.
 

Clubs

Pleasanton 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 membership@pleasantonmothersclub.org.

Kids & Teens

Pleasanton Fife & Drum lessons given
Pleasanton's 1776-era Colonial Fife & Drum Band is now accepting new members for a limited time. Learn to play drum or fife (flute) for only $10 per 1.5 hour small group lesson, ages 8-17, from 6:30-8:15 p.m. Fridays. Experience helpful but not required. Learn music, history and leadership. Go to www.YoungAmericanPatriots.com. Contact for details, , Pleasanton.
 

Clubs

Rotary Club of Pleasanton North
Pleasanton North Rotary invites anyone interested in making a difference. The membership includes 65 professionals, business owners, executives, managers and community leaders. The club meets from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Fridays at Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St. Call 556-2333 or visit www.pnr-rotary.org. Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St., Pleasanton.
 

Support Groups

Pleasanton 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.
 

Seniors

Brain Matters
Enjoy a morning of fun while learning how to keep your brain active and your memory sharp. The class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of every month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Word games, puzzles, challenging activities, reminiscing and more, geared to help you age-proof your mind. Cost $1.75 for resident and $2.25 for non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
 

Seniors

Peddler 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.
 

Miscellaneous

Friends 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.
 

Seniors

Dublin 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.
 

Seniors

Dublin 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 seniorctr@dublin.ca.gov. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Seniors

Dublin 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.
 

Events

Farmers Market
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.