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News - January 27, 2012

Four more Art Walks planned for Pleasanton

Tomorrow's jaunt will end at unveiling of new art piece

Despite icy, foggy weather last month, the first-ever Art Walk lead by philanthropists Nancy and Gary Harrington on Dec. 17 attracted a record crowd for World Walk to Wellness, with 70 people showing up to have a narrated tour of some of Pleasanton's public art pieces. That has inspired the Harringtons to offer four more Art Walks, the third Saturdays of January through April, with varied routes and sights. Each of these free tours will begin at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of City Hall, 200 Old Bernal Ave., next to the library.

"Since purchasing public art for Pleasanton has brought such pride, enjoyment and excitement to our lives, we invite other individuals, businesses corporations and organizations to join us in this effort," said Gary Harrington, adding, "All donations are acceptable."

To donate, make checks payable to City of Pleasanton, with "Another HAPPY" in the memo section. Mail to City of Pleasanton, Attention: Susan Andrade-Wax, P.O. Box 520, Pleasanton 94566-0802.

World Walk to Wellness was founded by Pleasanton resident W. Ron Sutton, who is the CEO of ACCUSPLIT, makers of pedometers and stopwatches. He believes that individuals can "Change 1 Thing" toward a healthier lifestyle and that using the buddy system to walk with a friend or a group could be that one thing.

Every Saturday, World Walk to Wellness hosts either a one-hour walk or a two- to three-hour hike, visiting local city parks and trails, plus parks in Sunol and Livermore. To receive free e-mail notification of walk locations, send a request to No reservations are required for participation.

"Most of the outdoor art in Pleasanton is best appreciated and absorbed while walking," said Sutton. "Riding by in a car does not do the art justice -- it goes by in a blur. Join the Harringtons and your neighbors on the World Walk to Wellness art walks. You not only will see some wonderful works of art, but you also will hear the good stories that go along with them."

Participants on any of the Saturday walks are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and bring along water.


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