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Council ceremony to kick off Pleasanton's summer of 125th anniversary celebrations

City was officially incorporated June 18, 1894

Pleasanton is spending the summer celebrating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation, and the City Council is set to get the party started next Tuesday with a special recognition event during its regular meeting.

The two months of festivities will feature a series of programs, camps and events throughout the summer break period, culminating in a "125th Anniversary Celebration" downtown on the afternoon and evening of Aug. 2.

"Our celebration of 125 years as a city is great opportunity for residents of all ages to reflect on our history and heritage," City Manager Nelson Fialho told the Weekly via email.

"Anyone who has attended a summer concert or downtown parade in Pleasanton knows we have a lot of hometown spirit, and I encourage everyone to share that spirit by participating in the events and activities planned for the summer. This is a milestone truly worth celebrating," he added.

The City Council ceremony will launch the celebration season next week, on the actual anniversary of the city's date of incorporation -- June 18, 1894.

Tuesday's event will begin with a community reception with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. ahead of the regular council meeting at 7 p.m., in the council chamber at the Pleasanton Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave.

The beginning of the meeting will include a recognition of the city's history, a review of the very first council meeting minutes and a performance of an original song by Pleasanton teen Lauyrn Hedges. City officials hope as many residents as possible attend the reception and ceremony.

The city's Firehouse Arts Center will hold "Coffee with the Curator" on June 25, an art demonstration with Heather Martin on July 10 and "Play Date Art Exhibition" opening on Aug. 1, all in recognition of the 125th anniversary.

The Museum on Main will host a special morning walking tour on July 13 themed, "A Storied Past: Exploring Buildings in Downtown Pleasanton."

The downtown museum's permanent history gallery space will be renovated starting next week ahead of the Aug. 2 opening of the new permanent exhibit, "Growing Pleasanton." A special exhibit will also open that day, "Pleasanton at 125."

The Pleasanton Senior Center will present a special anniversary social with games and refreshments from 12:30-2 p.m. on Aug. 2.

And that evening, the Pleasanton Downtown Association will showcase the "125th Anniversary Celebration" from 3-9 p.m. downtown, including entertainment, food, activities, anniversary cake-cutting and that evening's Concert in the Park, featuring high-energy rock group Public Eye.

For more information on the anniversary events, visit the city website at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov and click on the "Hot Topics" tab.

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