Night Market back this weekend
The NorCal Night Market is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the third time this year, with the popular event inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia open in Pleasanton from this Friday through Sunday.
Organized by 626 Night Market, which produces large night markets throughout the state, the NorCal market is set to bring more than 200 vendors providing Asian-themed food, merchandise and art for attendees of all ages.
The NorCal Night Market will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight each day. Officials say residents should be prepared for increased traffic around the fairgrounds during the event. Visit www.norcalnightmarket.com.
Tango from heaven
The passion of tango meets the romance of the harp in "Tango del Cielo," featuring Argentine tango, Spanish flamenco and Latin jazz, at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater at 8 p.m. this Saturday and 2 p.m. this Sunday.
The fiery show has award-winning musicians and dancers, multi-media use of film, art and effects, and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $20-$30. Go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.
One final slide
Pleasanton parks officials are urging families to come out to Mission Hills Park next Friday evening for kids to take "one last ride" on the park's popular big slide before it closes for the fall to undergo renovations.
The 30-year-old slide -- cited by many as the city's most popular park amenity -- has become difficult to maintain to an operational standard, so city officials have approved plans to replace the single slide with two slides side-by-side, an interactive climbing path and new stairs.
The community event will run from 5-7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27) at the park at 600 Junipero St. City officials will be providing cookies, water and information about the new slide, and they encourage families to bring a picnic dinner for the evening. The new slide is scheduled to open in the winter, weather permitting.
A portion of First Street in downtown Livermore was blocked for several hours last Saturday morning while firefighters gained control of (and then mopped up) a small fire on an exterior wall of the Yamato sushi restaurant.
The initial call came in midmorning Saturday that an outside wall on the building at 2041 First St. was aflame, according to deputy fire chief Aaron Lacey, of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.
The fire was quickly contained that morning, limited to only the exterior of the building, but fire crews and police had that area of First Street closed until about noon, Lacey said. No injuries occurred and there was no damage inside the restaurant. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Beer, Brats & Bingo
American Legion Post 237 is again holding its Beer, Brats & Bingo fundraiser, set for next Saturday (Sept. 28) at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton.
The event raises money for the organization's efforts to support the needs of local military veterans. Many Tri-Valley businesses have donated Bingo game prizes for the fundraiser, and beer will be provided by locally owned and operated Eight Bridges Brewing Co., organizers said.
Seating is limited to the first 200 attendees. To learn more, visit www.americanlegionpost237.org.
Register to vote
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, Organizing for Action (OFA) East Bay Central will host voter registration drives at three Tri-Valley sites next Tuesday (Sept. 24).
The local volunteers will be encouraging all U.S. citizens 18 years old and older to register to vote at Walmart in Pleasanton (4501 Rosewood Drive), Walmart in Livermore (2700 Las Positas Road) and Target in Dublin (7200 Amador Plaza Road). They'll have registration forms and primary election information.
Dublin library sale
Friends of Dublin Library will present its Fall Used Book and Media Sale at the Dublin Library next weekend.
A key fundraiser for the organization, the event will be open to Friends members from 9-11 a.m. next Saturday (Sept. 28) and then open to everyone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Saturday and 1-4 p.m. that Sunday.
Most prices are $1 or less. Funds from sales go toward purchasing library materials and supporting its programs. The Dublin Library is located at 200 Civic Plaza. Visit www.dublinfriends.org.
"Where Art & Nature Meet" is a new exhibit coming to the Bankhead Gallery, featuring more than 60 works of art that reflect the wonders of the natural world.
A free opening reception from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday will connect the art world with other senses as attendees hear live bird sounds, smell plants and flowers, touch rock surfaces, and experience a live butterfly release on the plaza. It will also have live jazz and light refreshments.
A free closing reception will be held as part of Art & Wine Intertwined from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 19, with wine tasting, live music and refreshments. The gallery at the Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore.