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The Bright Side of LOVE!
Join the Bright Side of Love fest from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Larkspur Landing Hotel. Learn how to step into and embrace love in all of its colors. Bring your heart and be ready to play with love. Cost is $25 by Oct. 15. Go to www.meetup.com/thebrightsideoflife/events/209614922/. Larkspur Landing Hotel, Pleasanton, 5535 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

'We Can' Art Exhibit at Las Positas College
The "We Can" art exhibit will benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank by sale of the paintings and the donation of canned foods. The exhibit will run from Oct. 1-30 at the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts at Las Positas College in Livermore. Paintings can be viewed and bid on in $60 increments at www.biddingforgood.com/lpcfoundation; cash donations can also be made at this website. Food donations can be made at the college. An opening reception will be held 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1; a closing reception will be held 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. For more information contact Bill Paskewitz at 424-1265. Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.
 

Lectures/Workshops

Grief Workshop
The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Grieving people need time and space to honor their grief. There are stepping stones that are part of each grief journey and these will be explore in this eight-week series of workshops, running at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 30 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Registration required. Open to all. Contact Mary Hagerty at 846-5377. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.
 

On Stage

Creatures of Impulse Presents 'Nightmare'
The Bay Area's award-winning teen improv troupe will present their live, improvised horror show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Nov. 1. A free preview show will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. A special late-night show (costumes encouraged) for ages 14 and up only will be at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. All shows at the Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Events

Girls Night Out Networking Mixer
GNON, NuSkin and Hairlights Salon will host a networking opportunity for women at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Hairlights Salon. With raffle prizes, great food and fun. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP and prepay required by Nov. 3. Go to http://www.gnon.org/rsvp.html. Hairlights Salon, 4307 Valley Ave., Suite F, Pleasanton.
 

Holiday

Crafters Wanted for Holiday Boutique
Crafters wanted for the Holiday Boutique; the boutique will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Harvest Valley Church. For more information contact Valerie at 484-2482 ext. 121 or Valerie@Harvestvalley.org. Harvest Valley Church, 3200 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

Tri-Valley Basket Brigade
The Basket Brigade is a special kind of Thanksgiving food drive and community effort that offers participants the opportunity to donate food and much needed items to families in need. The participants may choose to deliver wrapped baskets to families in need located throughout the Bay Area. This special donation event will run now through Nov. 22 at Valley Montessori School in Livermore. Go to trivalleybasketbrigade.com. Valley Montessori School, 1273 North Livermore Ave., Livermore.
 

Volunteering

Sage Cafe at the Pleasanton Senior Center
Energetic and friendly individuals are needed to set up, serve and clean up during lunch service from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Sage Cafe in the Pleasanton Senior Center. This is a great way to meet people and impact the lives of the many participants who attend each day. For more information call 931-5365. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., 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.
 

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.
 

Clubs

Rotary 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.
 

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.
 

Clubs

Virtually 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.
 

Clubs

Tri-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.
 

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.
 

Seniors

Computer 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.
 

Seniors

Dublin 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.
 

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.