News Digest: Antiques Faire, Downtown task force meeting & Bird watching


Antiques Faire

Downtown Pleasanton is set to play host to the Spring Antiques & Collectibles Faire this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of dealers will fill up Main Street with a wide range of collectibles and antiques, not to mention downtown merchants also participating in the event.

"This is the place to shop for repurposed, upcycled, rustic, antique and collectible, clothing, furniture, jewelry, toys, ephemera, home decor and more," organizers said ahead of the event.

The Antiques & Collectibles Faire is admission-free and will be held Sunday rain or shine. The event is produced by Jerry Goldman of Turn Key Show Productions. To learn more, visit

Task force meeting

The Downtown Specific Plan Update Task Force is scheduled to have its final meeting on Tuesday (May 28) at 6:30 p.m. in the council chamber at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

The task force of city leaders, downtown stakeholders and other volunteers is winding down its two-year-plus process to update the policy document that outlines city rules and objectives for commercial, residential and public properties throughout the 307-acre downtown planning area.

Task force members earlier this month received their final policy direction from the City Council on key topic areas relevant to downtown and will be working to complete a final draft of their recommended specific plan update document.

City officials encourage public attendance at the task force meeting. The final draft document is due to be re-released to the public for review ahead of public hearings before the Planning Commission (likely early summer) and City Council (late summer or fall), according to city staff.

For more information, visit

Bird watching at Shadow Cliffs

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is holding a free "Birds in Your Neighborhood" nest-viewing event at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

The event will teach attendees about the large and active nesting colony of herons, egrets and cormorants that SFBBO studies there each year.

Open to people of all ages, the event will offer a chance to see nesting birds through spotting scopes, learn how to create a nest map, see real bird data, and meet citizen scientists and hear stories from the field, according to organizers. To RSVP, visit

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