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News - August 30, 2013

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A night of Southern rock and blues

Paul Thorn is headed to the Firehouse Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 13, promising a night of Southern-influenced, rootsy rock and blues music.

Thorn's music has been praised by some great American performers including Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson and Huey Lewis. His concerts have been described as "like taking a 6-pack to church."

Born in Tupelo, MS -- Elvis Presley's birthplace -- Thorn is son of a Pentecostal minister and nephew of a former pimp. He's wandered back roads, jumped out of airplanes, worked in a furniture factory and was a professional boxer who made headlines when he battled four-time world champion Roberto Duran.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available online at, by calling 931-4848 and in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.

Hire a hero

Veterans and employers looking to hire them will have an opportunity to come together later this month at a job and resource fair held at Las Positas College.

The event is sponsored by the California Employment Development Department and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the college, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.

The free Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet job fairs assist military personnel, including National Guard members and reservists returning from active duty, with finding a job.

Government agencies and community organizations also will be on hand to provide information on employment, benefits, training, education, apprenticeships and other veteran services.

For more information, contact Barry Duffy at 510-622-4344.

Get Bach

Prize-winning pianist and Amador Valley High School graduate Connie Chen will present a concert featuring some of the works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev, including the prelude and fugue from Bach's popular "Well-Tempered Clavier."

The performance will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore.

Chen has won top prizes and given performances in California, Florida and Austria; this summer she was inducted into the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California.

For more information, contact Anne Coll at 443-2514 or email


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