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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - August 30, 2013

Tri-Valley sizzles while Bay Bridge closed

The bridge is closed but that shouldn't stop those of us who live on this side of the Bay from enjoying a long Labor Day weekend that's absolutely packed with a variety of events. It starts tonight with a concert in the Lions Wayside Park featuring the rock & roll band High Energy. Sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, Safeway Corp. and the Pleasanton Weekly, the music starts at 7 p.m. although many get there much earlier with blankets and evening refreshments.

Also in downtown Pleasanton tomorrow is another Sizzling Saturday when merchants stay open from 6-9 p.m. to offer special values along with free live music up and down Main Street. Participating businesses are Acadia Health, Little Gallery, Cupid's Candy Shop, Lanvie Apparel, Redcoats, Rick's Picks, Sincerely Yours Cards and Gifts, Studio Seven Arts, Savvy Seconds, Clover Creek, Therapy and Towne Center Books.

Also tomorrow, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents its Scottish Highland Gathering & Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The annual two-day event draws more than 30,000 people. Attendance was up 23% last year and the good weather and temperatures, along with the Bay Bridge closing, could hike that figure even higher. County Fairgrounds gates open 8 a.m. both tomorrow and Sunday with athletic events starting at 8:30. Opening ceremonies: in front of the main grandstands begin at 12:30 p.m. both days.

On Sunday and Monday, wine aficionados can enjoy the 32nd Annual Harvest Wine Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. The event showcases more than 40 wineries in Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley during the peak of the harvest season. Tickets are $65 with special $10 "Designated Driver" (non-tasting) tickets also available for purchase at participating wineries and at Robertson Park in Livermore.

Wineries pouring from their tasting room are AuburnJames, Bent Creek Winery, Big White House Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Dante Robere Vineyards, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, el Sol Winery, Ehrenberg Cellars, Fenestra Winery, Garre' Vineyard & Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Longevity Wines, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Rios-Lovell, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Stony Ridge Winery, Tamas Estates, Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room, White Crane Winery, and Wood Family Vineyards.

Just when you thought the three days of festivities are over and Pleasanton is quieting down, here comes another (and final for 2013) First Wednesday Street Party. The Sept. 4 Street Party will host "Green Scene" this month, a green expo which will be stationed along Division Street and Railroad Avenue. Check out the "green" vendors and learn about energy savings rebates. Also check out ArtBlock on Main Street with its live art and music experience. The First Wednesday Street Party starts at 6 p.m., wrapping up at 9 p.m.

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