News digestPleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday Celebration will be held from 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, along Main Street starting with the festive community parade followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum On Main. Either Amador Valley High School or Foothill High School marching band will lead the parade, followed by dozens of holiday inspired entries.
Main Street will close to traffic at 4 p.m. that day. Parade viewers are encouraged to shop and dine in historic Downtown Pleasanton after staking out their viewing turf. In the event of rain, call the hotline, which will be updated each hour after 2:30 p.m. on parade day: 931-5352.
Members of major Tri-Valley nonprofit organizations will be treated this year to a free performance of Valley Dance Theatre's annual full-length production of the Tchaikovsky's classic "The Nutcracker." The special Community Performance, made possible by corporate, family and individual sponsors, will take place Dec. 15 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore.
"It is a worthwhile cause," says Karin Bunnell, board president of the Valley Dance Theatre. "It is part of our tradition."
Cantabella Children's Chorus and Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus will add vocal artistry to selected performances. For information, visit www.valleydancetheatre.com.
Two grant application workshops will be held for nonprofit organizations to apply for 2011-12 Pleasanton Housing and Human Services and Community grants, Dublin Community Development Block grants, and Livermore Housing and Human Services grants. Staff will discuss the application processes and distribute application packets at the workshops. Attendance is mandatory to apply for Livermore funding and strongly encouraged for Dublin and Pleasanton.
The first workshop is slated for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Livermore City Council Chamber, 3575 Pacific Ave. The second workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 8 at the Pleasanton City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. They are identical in content. RSVP to Sheryl Jenkins at 960-4434.