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News Digest: Downtown Wine Stroll, Jail 'N Bail & Interfaith Iftar

Also: 'Marriage Night' at GraceWay, Registrar of voters presentation & Rotary supporting fire victims

Downtown Wine Stroll

Some 25 downtown locations will turn into tasting rooms this Saturday evening as the Pleasanton Downtown Association hosts its annual Wine Stroll.

The event from 5-8 p.m. will see downtown shops, eateries and other businesses offer wine and appetizer samples while musicians perform live music throughout Main Street.

Each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass, event map and tastings at all participating locations. Tickets cost $45 and should be pre-purchased online at www.pleasantondowntown.net; any leftover tickets will be sold onsite at Museum on Main for $50 (cash or check) on Saturday.

The PDA also offers a limited number of designated driver tickets the night of the event for $10 cash. Event will be held rain or shine; no refunds.

Jail 'N Bail

Tri-Valley residents are invited to the annual Jail 'N Bail fundraiser to support Agape Villages Foster Family Agency next Thursday (May 16).

At the event, volunteers will don prison stripes and attempt to get released from custody by raising enough funds to "post bail" through social media networking and texting/calling friends and associates.

All funds raised will go toward enrichment, counseling and other programs at Agape Villages, an agency that places foster children in homes throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.

The event will take place from 4-8 p.m. at SideTrack Bar and Grill, 30 W. Angela St. in Pleasanton. Anyone interested in participating can join as a "jailbird" or offer a "bribe" donation by mailing a check to Agape Villages, 3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583.

Interfaith Iftar

Monday marked the first day of fasting in Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Muslim Community Center of the East Bay, based in Pleasanton, is inviting all residents to take part this Sunday in its third annual Interfaith Iftar, a community dinner after sunset during which Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast.

The Interfaith Iftar, which will feature speakers from different local religions, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Livermore. Organizers seek to get an accurate count, so attendees should RSVP online at mcceastbay.org/interfaith-iftar.

'Marriage Night'

Best-selling authors Les and Leslie Parrott and Francis and Lisa Chan will present on how to deepen marriage relationships in a livestream event from 6-9:30 p.m. next Friday (May 17) at GraceWay Church in Pleasanton.

"Healthy marriages don't happen by accident. They require work and dedication, but with the busyness of life and the pressures of culture, it's easy to lose focus. 'Marriage Night' is designed to provide practical answers ... Speakers will share their expertise and principles for a lasting relationship," church officials said.

For more information or to register, visit www.gracewaylife.org.

Election time

Livermore Indivisible is inviting the Tri-Valley community to hear a presentation next Thursday from Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis, who will talk about the election process.

Questions on the docket will include, "When are mail-in ballots counted? What is the signature verification process? What is the process of counting provisional ballots? Why were so many ballots still being counted a week or two after the election? What changes in voting are planned for 2020 and how will that affect the vote counting process?" Livermore Indivisible reps said.

The voter engagement event costs $5 and will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Livermore Public Library. Visit LivermoreIndivisible.org.

Support fire victims

The Rotary Club of the Livermore Valley is holding a barbecue to benefit the Butte County fire victims.

All costs for the event are donated so every dollar raised will go directly to the fire victims, plus the club will match dollar for dollar for the first $10,000 raised.

The fundraiser, from 2-6 p.m. June 1 is being held at the Historic Livermore Estate, 2405 Wedgewood Way, and will include dinner, music, a silent auction, drawing and "Fund a Need" with input from first responders from Butte County.

The cost is $50 per ticket. Call 980-8143.

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