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Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 9, 2013

Firehouse Arts Center looking for volunteers

Orientation taking place Aug. 19

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

If you enjoy the arts, consider donating your time at the Firehouse Arts Center. A Volunteer Program Orientation is being held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, just in time for the 2013-14 season, its fourth.

"Volunteers serve because they love the arts, and want to give their time to the theater and the gallery," said volunteer program coordinator Jennifer Koch.

Volunteer positions include theater usher, ticket taker, greeter and art gallery attendant. Theater volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and gallery volunteers, 21.

Experience is not required, but volunteers must attend the orientation. For more information, or to RSVP, call Koch at 931-4846 or email jkoch@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

The arts center includes a 227-seat theater; the 2,000-square-foot Harrington Gallery; and classrooms and rehearsal spaces. Its grand atrium lobby, upper mezzanine and the interior glass bridge also are used for receptions as is the back patio.

Theater supervisor Rob Vogt said the shows planned for the new season are possibly the most dynamic and eclectic to date, with rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, classical, folk, cabaret, holiday and retro concerts. Headliners include Paula Cole, Gregg Rolie Band, Bo Bice, David Lanz, December People and Starship.

Volunteers often like to usher because they can see the shows, Koch said, but noted that they don't usually get to enjoy the entire performance.

"An added plus is getting to see parts of some fantastic programs, but if they want to see the first and last 15 minutes, they probably should buy a ticket," she said. "Folks understand that they are serving the public."

The Harrington Gallery, run by visual arts coordinator Julie Finegan, will have a variety of media, style, topics and moods in its upcoming rotating exhibits. Volunteers are needed not only for the gallery desk during visiting hours and performances, but also to assist with gallery receptions and related events.

At the close of each season, qualifying volunteers are recognized at the national level for their dedication to the arts through their time given to the Firehouse Arts Center. To date, 24 volunteers have received the award, which included an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin.

The orientation will be held in the Firehouse Theater, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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