First Wednesday street parties start at 6 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton

Cinco de Mayo theme of summer-long event

The opening First Wednesday street party of the year starts at 6 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton.

The monthly Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) event during the spring, summer and fall features vendor booths, live entertainment, food trucks, a kid zone, a wine garden and more.

The kick-off event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. on Main Street, will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. The initial First Wednesday ushers in summer-long public festivities designed to enhance the city's downtown shopping, dining and socializing opportunities.

For the second year in a row, the PDA is partnering with the school district to showcase student talents. Hundreds of Pleasanton students will be on hand Wednesday from groups such as the Amador Ukelele Club, Foothill Jazz Band and the Amador Robotics Club. Student-led interactive booths are set to also feature dancing tutorials, robotics, engineering demonstrations and vibrant art galleries.

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Posted by no thanks
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Ah yes, dog poop Wednesdays where every idiot dog owner thinks the world should enjoy the benefits of their little dog walking among several thousand people on the hot pavement. Cruel to the dogs and not necessary to the humans. These events to be followed shortly by drunken Fridays in the park. Where people bring dogs, booze and food to the park for the concert. They leave dog poop, beer and wine bottles and garbage throughout the park and the neighborhoods. If only some of these Pleasanton people had manners it would be a really nice place to live.

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Posted by AlamedaCountyNative
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Ah, no thanks, you have my deepest sympathy. If only everyone were as perfect as you, the world would be a more civilized place to live.

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Posted by Frank
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Say what you want about no thanks' post...but it is 100% right on!

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Posted by Good times
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm

1st Wednesday's are a great time to see friends and support local businesses. I have never seen dog poop anywhere down town during events. No thanks, you must really be searching for it. I see many piles of dog crap in the parks we frequent every day. We look forward to bringing our dogs out and spending our dollars locally. The event is not too hot for dogs. And plenty of vendors have water for the pups. Thanks for your "concern." We are also looking forward to concert in the park! And bringing the dogs. We sit with many friends, community members and enjoy the music, company, food, which we purchase from local restaurants, and BOOZE!! Again, I have never seen dog poop at this event. It's my business if I drink and bring my dogs. Not yours. We clean up after ourselves. Lighten up. @ no thanks and Frank, the events are fun, if you leave your judgements at home.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Country Fair
on May 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

Tell me why in the world you people think your dogs enjoy these events?

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Posted by Harsh my mellow
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 4, 2016 at 10:12 am

People that don't like dogs, booze or music should stay home. Lots of good content on TV these days and you won't have to worry about others breathing around you. Or worse, dogs pooping. It's disgusting that they actually poop in public. Baby's poop in public, that's gross too. Maybe we shouldn't bring babies outside? What if someone gets irritated when my child cries or screams? There's something called Netflix too - its on the interweb - check it out! I would have never brought my dog or kids before these post but after reading this it seems like a good environment for the whole family. I'm in!

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

Nice thread. Nothing happier than a well-fed troll.

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Posted by Joyce & Adam
a resident of Country Fair
on May 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

I'm trying to be positive...REALLY trying to be positive here but the comments of "No Thanks/Franks" really do marsh my mellow too.

Our girls aren't home from college yet but as we have for the past 10+ years we all enjoyed the 1st Wednesday's with (& without) our Dogs AND poopbags of course. As we have enjoyed Concerts in the Park (my husband, not so much as he gets up at 4:30am to put our blanket out!) and yes...we have imbibed ourselves in a few glasses of wine, then walked home. The overly critical nature of some of the citizenry doesn't surprise me anymore and in reality, Trolls are gonna Troll.

Hey, at least nobody has come out and blamed Obama/Bush/Trump for all this happening...yet.

Stay safe & have FUN P-Town!

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Posted by Another view
a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Without regard to the dog poop issue, the concerts have become a nightmare for anyone living in or near downtown. People come early and start drinking (the police say that alcohol is allowed ONLY during the concert, 7-8:30, period) then they stay in the park until well after the concert is over. They block driveways with their cars, they leave their trash throughout the neighborhood and they continue their drunken evening well past the end of the concert and the required closing of the park.

These inconsiderate jerks are risking the loss of the concerts for everyone. Have some common courtesy. Park legally, not blocking driveways or in red zones. Pick up your trash and take it home, don't just leave it or pile it on top of trash bins. Never throw it into surrounding yards (yeah, that is a huge problem, walk down first street on any Saturday morning after a concert). When 10 pm rolls around -- leave! Your a presence in the park after that time, whether or not you are drinking, is against the law.

Show a little class, consider the people who live downtown and maybe the concerts will continue.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Wasn't there an environmental impact study?

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Posted by Relax and enjoy
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

I went to the Wednesday night event yesterday and bumped into people I hadn't seen in years and it was great. I would like to see more vendors selling items rather than pitching their services, like windows, massages, Ace hardware like seriously. Doesn't seem like they had enough food trucks because the lines were crazy so not worth waiting for. Otherwise it was fun to just enjoy our downtown area for a night.

Concerts in the park are fun, relaxing and free! As a resident this is awesome that we have a venue like this that we can enjoy with friends. For the people who live in the area I know it may be a hassle but you should be happy to have such a great place to live in. If you don't think it that way i'm so sorry for you, unfortunately I would have to say the majority of people who go are responsible families from the area no matter where you go there may be a few people who get out of hand just roll with it, its not worth getting stressed over.

And who posted the comment about how do we know if our dogs enjoy going to these events... well if you were a dog owner you would know that dogs just love to be with their owners regardless of where they are.

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Posted by Another view
a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

@R and E, want vendors to sell their items? Then open your wallet and buy something. People pay good money for those booths and the people attending expect simply to be entertained for free. It is not worth the money for a vendor who makes no sales.

The concert attendees who will ruin it are in the minority but the insane things they do are simply hard to comprehend.

Park in driveways because "we'll only be a minute"
Block driveways from being used by the homeowner, see excuse above.
Throw trash in yards on their way out of the park because the garbage cans are full so this person's yard will work just fine.
Park their stuff in someone's front yard because "the park is so crowded"
Let their dog poop in someone's yard before walking it to the park.
Knock on a door expecting to have you let their kid use your bathroom because "the public restrooms are dirty"
Stay in the park with their screaming kids, getting even more drunk, until well past the end of the concert. GO HOME, the park is closed at 10 and the drinking is supposed to stop at 8:30.

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