Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 3, 2010

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Labor Day wine tradition

The Harvest Wine Celebration returns to the Livermore Valley Wine Country for the 29th year this weekend, with wine, food, art and music from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. On Sunday complimentary shuttle buses will travel three routes, each serving eight to 10 wineries.

Thirty participating wineries will be pouring at their tasting room locations across Livermore Valley, and 11 more wineries will be pouring and hosting festivities at either Concannon Vineyard or Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road.

For more information, visit, call 447-WINE (447-9463), or go to the Wine Steward in Pleasanton.

Green business conference

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D., 11th) is holding a Tri-Valley Green Business Conference to provide information about federal, state, local and private resources to grow local green businesses. The conference will take place from 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Shannon Community Center, at 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin.

Remarks by Erik Stenehjem, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Industrial Partnerships Office, will be followed by panel discussions on resources available to green businesses. The panels will include Elizabeth Echols of the Small Business Administration; Bob Borchers, General Partner, Opus Capital; California Energy Commission; Tri-Valley Business Council; Workforce Incubator; Alameda County Green Business Program; and the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Livermore.

RSVP to McNerney's office at 737-0727 or email

Golfing teens headed for Pebble Beach

Two Pleasanton teens will tee off at the Home Care and Hospice First Tee Open, a Champions Tour, scheduled for Sept. 3-5 at Pebble Beach. Natalie Bodnar, a junior at Amador Valley High School, and Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, who is a senior at Foothill High, will be representing the First Tee Tri-Valley.

The tournament is a 54-hole golf event featuring 78 players from the Champions Tour, 78 junior golfers representing The First Tee Chapters, and 156 amateurs. Admission to the event is free.


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