Celebrate Halloween with a grave walk this morning

Learn about pioneers on visit to cemetery

What secrets to the past lie buried in Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery? Join world Walk to Wellness on Halloween morning Saturday to find out.

Dolores Bengtson, former head of the city's parks and recreation department, has researched the names carved into headstones that date back to the 1800s.

"I've had a good time looking for 'fun facts' suitable for Halloween," Bengtson said about what she had dug up -- figuratively speaking -- in researching the tombstones. "So far, a murder mystery, some white collar crime, and a strong lady who took a gun to some outlaws. Quite an interesting bunch of early residents."

Meet Bengtson at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., to join in the two-hour walk. There will be an optional stop at a coffee shop on the return trip.

World Walk to Wellness, founded by W. Ron Sutton, has been meeting for group walk 'n' talks every Saturday morning for five years to help people take the 10,000 steps per day recommended for maintaining wellness. The group also offers out-of-town options to explore the greater Bay Area as well as the nooks and crannies of Pleasanton.

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