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Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 1, 2008

First Wednesday party canine, bovine-themed

Stroll down Main, visit booths, listen to music, pick a favorite cow

Kicking off the First Wednesday Street Party this month, the Pleasanton Downtown Association will feature a canine and bovine-themed celebration.

Called "Dog Days of Summer," the party will get started at 6 p.m. Wednesday, featuring a performance by rock and soul group the Houserockers in the parking lot next to Round Table Pizza downtown.

Main Street will be on the route for the annual Pooch Parade, presented by the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, and residents are encouraged to pretty up their pup, large or small. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Entry fee is $10 per dog per category. All proceeds benefit Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. The first 150 entries will receive goody bags.

While downtown, event-goers can also vote for a favorite cow on the front lawn of the Museum on Main Street, 603 Main St. The wooden cutouts of cows are part of the "Udderly Divine Bovine" event. A total of 26 two-dimensional art cows were sponsored by businesses and nonprofits in Pleasanton, including one by the Pleasanton Weekly, and decorated.

The cows will be displayed around Pleasanton until Sept. 20, when the whimsical "Running of the Cows" race and art display kicks up, as part of the Pleasanton Art and Heritage Festival. The cows will ultimately be auctioned off at the Udderly Divine Bovine event, slated for Oct. 4 at the Pleasanton Senior Center. The event is a benefit for the Museum on Main and the new Alviso Adobe Community Park, which is scheduled to open in October. For information and tickets for the Udder event, call 462-4312.

Where the Houserockers will perform will be a beer garden, featuring local microbrews on tap and Livermore Valley wines. People can also visit vendor booths set up by a wide variety of businesses to market and sell their products and services. Musician Jeff Reed will play guitar on the corner of Main and St. John streets. Main will be closed from St. John to Old Bernal Avenue from 5 to 10 p.m. that evening. Parking is available off Main Street.

For information on First Wednesday, visit www.pleasantondowntown.net or call Nicki Hoppe at 484-2199, ext. 4.

--Janet Pelletier

Comments

Posted by former resident, a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2008 at 10:03 am

When our family lived in Pleasanton we loved dining downtown, often on the sidewalk, watching the people walk by. We returned recently for a visit and were stunned to see dogs everywhere, including inside the restaurants! My son is severely allergic to dog and cat dander and I do not enjoy the addition of dog hair to my food. A quick check with the health department confirmed that NO animals, other than licensed and certified assistance animals, are allowed to EVER be inside a restaurant. That includes your little pocket and purse dogs. Come on Pleasanton, enough with the obsession over dogs. If you want your house covered in fleas, pet hair and whatever the dog rolled in please keep it in your house and not where I am eating. Interestingly enough I could be cited and even arrested for smoking in public but you can contaminate my food with your dog's hair at will. No wonder the restaurants and merchants in downtown were complaining about lack of business.


Posted by ambulance torres, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2008 at 11:43 am

Get over it and stop being a stick in the mud you weenie dog. You have millions and millions of dust mites hanging out on your eyelids, nose, ears, sheets and everybody else does to. Have you ever given them a bath?

Your attitude about pets is to b%$#%&*( chy.

my siren just went off, it must be an emergency.

Cholo will be back in the US soon.


Posted by ambulance torres, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Choice, what kind of pooch are you? It was Cholo's idea for me to ask you if you're a pooch or just a person folks need to understand?


Posted by ambulance torres, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2008 at 6:27 pm

One more thing, Cholo wants to know if you're some kind of bovine?

I don't like to ask personal questions but Cholo insisted that I ask and not be so laid back. Otherwise, he said he didn't want me to represent him while he is on vacation.