Get set as a full week of events continues downtown with the Pleasanton Downtown Association and merchants swinging into overdrive with almost non-stop public activities that are drawing thousands to the city's center.
Friday night, Murphy's Paw and Your Stage Toys sponsored the "Houserockers" rollicking band at the PDA's Friday night concert in Lions Wayside Park.
Your Toys owners Dee and Rob Nitzsche and Murphy's Paw's Melanie and Mike Sadek provided blue and green balloons for the crowd before the show got under way and then offered chances for a drawing for store gifts to those who contributed $5 or more to the PPIE fundraiser for Pleasanton schools.
In addition to the Murphy's Paw and Your Stage Toys drawings, more prizes were offered by these and other merchants to those who filled out forms found in a PDA promotion in yesterday's Pleasanton Weekly.
Saturday, it was Farmers Market, always a popular weekend event on Angela Street with several retailers offering store-front entertainment and buyers' specials.
Next, in just two days, it's First Wednesday, to be highlighted at the start by the PDA's annual Pooch Parade.
That will be followed Thursday night with the showing of "School of Rock," another in a series of free movies in Delucchi Park sponsored by the Pleasanton Parks and Community Services Department. The movie, to be shown on a giant 26-foot screen placed at the end of the park next to Angela Street, has been named one of Bravo's 100 funniest films with Dewey Finn (Jack Black), loser extraordinaire, attempting to liberate a group of talented prep school musicians.
The film will be shown at twilight (approximately 8:30 p.m.). The park will open to the public at 4 p.m. and seating will be cordoned off in sections with blanket seating in the front, low lawn chairs in the center and camp chairs and other higher positioned seating in the rear to accommodate for the best viewing.
Brenda Dronkers, owner of Thriving Ink on Angela Street, and her team will provide free popcorn to outdoor movie-goers.
Again next Friday, it's another Friday night concert, this time featuring the Cocktail Monkeys musical group, sponsored by the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Foundation.
Wrapping up the week of special events, downtown merchants will hold a street carnival from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 on Main Street and side streets, with proceeds from the sale of tickets for rides and games to be given to the PPIE school fundraiser. Booths will line the sidewalks but not block street traffic for this event, which is planned to include a dunk tank with the identity of the "dunkee" still a secret.
All this will happen during a time when Farmer Restaurant is scheduled to open in the Pleasanton Hotel and the J'aime Bridal Salon will move into retail space next to Rick's Picks on North Main Street.