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News - July 17, 2020

News Digest: Blake Shelton show, PDA accreditation & Livermore survey

by Jeremy Walsh

Blake Shelton show

Country music star Blake Shelton, joined by special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins, will star in a video-recorded concert being broadcast at outdoor theater venues across the country later this month, including the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Representing the debut concert of the new "Encore Drive-In Nights" series by production company Encore Live, the special performance will be streamed for audiences at the drive-in venues on July 25. Tickets went on sale Tuesday, but were expected to sell out quickly.

The new concert series was spurred by the success of the "Garth Brooks: A Drive-In Concert Experience" standalone show on June 27 -- which was also broadcast at the Pleasanton fairgrounds.

The Shelton performance is designed to kick off an ongoing Encore Drive-In Nights series -- additional acts have not been named yet. All venues must adhere to federal guidelines and state and local health mandates, including physical distancing between cars and personal protective equipment for workers, according to organizers.

PDA accreditation

The Pleasanton Downtown Association recently received designation as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program.

"Accredited status is Main Street America's top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach," PDA officials said.

To qualify, the PDA had to meet performance standards in categories such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Livermore survey

Livermore city officials are asking residents to share their opinion on the quality of city-owned assets by completing an online survey.

"From streets to sidewalks, trees to traffic signals, the city of Livermore manages over $3 billion worth of community-owned assets on behalf of its residents, employees and business -- and all these assets need ongoing maintenance, repair and eventual replacement to stay strong and useful," they said, adding:

"Your feedback today will help us plan for the future, create policies, and set priorities to ensure Livermore's ongoing vitality."

The survey is estimated to take five minutes to complete. Participants who share their email address at the end will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a yet-unidentified prize. Visit


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