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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 26, 2013

ArtBlock returns to 1st Wednesday

Street fairs kick off with booths, music, farmers market

As thousands of folks converge on Main Street for the 1st Wednesday Street Parties this season starting next week, ArtBlock will also return. This spot on Angela Street at Main gives artists a venue to display their works, and it gives art enthusiasts a place to find paintings, hand-blown glass, carved wood, unique jewelry and more.

"ArtBlock represents the best and most creative work of artists from the Bay Area and especially the Tri-Valley, giving the 1st Wednesday Street Party a very special local flair," said Laura Olson, executive director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, which sponsors the street parties.

The area will include artists doing live demonstrations and available to discuss their pieces, and Pleasanton Art League and Livermore Art Association will have booths with their artists.

Each 1st Wednesday will feature a different artist as follows:

* May 1: Courtney Jacobs

* June 5: Debbie Wardrobe

* July 3: Sue Evans

* Aug. 7: Debbie Jensen

* Sept. 4: Sylvia Thompson

ArtBlock is sponsored by the PDA and Studio Seven Arts, which is at the same location. Angela Street will be closed to traffic from 4:30-10 p.m., with a large area reserved for both kids and adults to create their own chalk art.

1st Wednesday Street Parties include more than 200 booths of local businesses and nonprofit groups, plus food booths and a beer and wine garden with live music. This month Caravanserai -- The Santana Tribute will play the hits of Carlos Santana in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

"We're thrilled to welcome Caravanserai to our beer and wine garden this month," Olson said.

A farmers market, Market on Main, will be located near the intersection of Main and St. John streets, with about a dozen local growers selling fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

This year premiers a new feature called Green Scene, a collaboration with the city of Pleasanton and Hacienda Business Park. At the September street party, which has been dubbed "Celebrate Green," the downtown will welcome vendors involved in energy efficient technology, waste reduction, water conservation and recycling. Organizations will be on hand to describe the money-saving rebates available with home energy efficient upgrades.

"Every year the PDA looks for new ways to make the our events fresh and engaging for the community, so I'm very excited about the return of ArtBlock and Market on Main, and the addition of Green Scene to our 1st Wednesday Street Parties," Olson said. "I think the 1st Wednesday crowd will love these exciting aspects of an already popular event."

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