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1st Wednesday Street Parties start May 6 with more entertainment, wine garden

Local wineries to serve up award-winning varietals by the glass.

A new wine garden, more music and more involvement by local students are features of Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday Street Parties that return this year, starting on May 6.

"This year we are committed to further enhancing our popular 1st Wednesday Street Parties so that all ages can enjoy a fun and festive night in downtown Pleasanton," said Laura Olson, executive director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, which hosts the events.

"We are excited about our new partnerships with local schools and organizations and new activities like our improved and elevated Wine Garden," she added.

Along with the family friendly entertainment at the parking lot at 530 Main Street, this year adults 21 years of age and older will enjoy rocking bands inside the all new Wine Garden.

Local wineries, the majority boasting 2014 Alameda Wine Competition trophies, will serve up their best varietals by the glass.

Other highlights of the upcoming 1st Wednesday Street Party:

SCIENCE AND INNOVATION FAIR:

Only in May, students from Amador Valley and Foothill High Schools will display their science and innovation projects in the 300 block of St. Mary Street. The Foothill Jazz Ensemble and Amador Bollywood Club will provide entertainment at the fair.

FOOD TRUCK MAFIA:

Get ready to indulge in some of the best street eats of the Bay Area. Food Truck Mafia will feature five new trucks each month to meet patrons' foodie needs.

Also there will be Le Café Roule, Lobsta Truck, Grillaz Gone Wild, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Kona Ice, Out of the Cave and many more, serving their favorite cuisine on Main Street.

Downtown restaurants also will be open, with many offering curbside dining to watch the event.

ARTBLOCK:

The event will continue to host artists and artisans atthe expanded ArtBlock, located on East Angela Street. At the May 6 event, the featured artist will be longtime Pleasanton resident Debbie Wardrope. Local high school students will show their artwork at mthe 1st Wednesday event on June 3.

MUSIC, MUSIC & MUSIC:

In addition to the featured band in the Entertainment Garden, local bands, youth groups and other musicians and musical groups will be featured throughout the 1st Wednesday event.

Ruckatan Latin Tribe will turn up the heat and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Entertainment Garden on May 6. Steel Rose is bringing country hits to June 3's Street Party followed by Stereo Bounce on July 1 with tunes from 90s, 2000s and today. August 5 heats up with 80s cover band Fast Times, and Public Eye rocks out the final 1st Wednesday on Sept. 2.

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