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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 2, 2012

It's 'Springtime in the Garden'

Newcomers Club hosting speaker from nursery

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

It must be spring, right? Not until March 20, but Pleasanton Newcomers Club is anticipating the season with a gardening expert from Alden Lane Nursery at its next luncheon to present new ideas for spring gardening and to encourage everyone to delve into their gardens.

"In the past we've done a number of things in the spring, like fashion shows," said Trish Sullivan, who plans the monthly luncheon programs along with Kathy Lee and Sharon Tietgens. "We decided this year to do something with gardening in the springtime. We'll have a gardening expert and will enjoy a nice luncheon."

Members and businesses also have donated items for drawings, with part of the proceeds going to Tri-Valley Haven.

Not all the monthly luncheons have speakers, Sullivan said.

"Some are really casual," she said. "Most people just want to get together. And sometimes their time is precious -- if people have kids they may have to go to school to pick them up, or they may have to get back to work."

The spring gardening luncheon is not just for members of Newcomers, Sullivan said; prospective members can come to a couple of events before they need to join. And you don't have to be new to Pleasanton or the area either.

"Although the title is 'Newcomers,' sometimes people join who've lived here their whole lives," she explained.

Sullivan joined when she moved here five years ago. Her children were grown so it was a good way to meet people and explore the area. She's moved around a lot, she said, and always joined newcomers' groups although some have their members join an "encore" group after a few years.

Pleasanton Newcomers Club members are women, she noted, although activities often include spouses and friends. On Sunday evening, the Newcomers took over Vine Cinema in Livermore for an Oscar Night with the Academy Awards viewed on the big screen.

"It was sold out," Sullivan said. "We dressed up as if we were on the red carpet."

Pleasanton Newcomers have groups for many interests -- such as reading, bridge, bunko, poker, walking and hiking -- plus host monthly coffees.

"It's good to go to the monthly coffee if you want to know more about the group," Sullivan said. "They are held the first Wednesday of each month."

They also have regular outings to explore the area. For instance, a group visited Orchard Nursery in Lafayette at the beginning of the holiday season to see its extensive Christmas decorations, then had lunch in Lafayette.

For more information on the club, visit www.PleasantonNewcomers.com or call 215-8405.

"You have to leave a message but someone will get right back to you," Sullivan said.

Or attend the March luncheon to learn more about the Newcomers -- and about gardening in the springtime.

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