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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Pleasanton Public Library celebrates the introduction of a nationwide early literacy initiative. Kids younger than kindergarten who sign up receive a special book bag and are entered in a prize raffle. Come enjoy crafts, a children's concert for all ages, and balloons from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Pleasanton Library. Call 931-3400, ext. 3. Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Clubs

Amador Valley Quilters
Velda Newman, voted one of the 30 most influential Quilt Artists, will speak on "A Painter's approach to Qulting" at the Amador Valley Quilters meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Hearst Elementary School, 5301 Case Ave. Hearst Elementary School, 5301 Case Ave., Pleasanton.

Kids & Teens

Children's Concert with Amy Wigton
Singer-songwriter Amy Wigton presents a lively, interactive children's concert as part of the Pleasanton Library's "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" kickoff celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Pleasanton Library. Free. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
 

On Stage

PCRT Presents Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'
PCRT kicks off 2016 with a dazzling production based on the Disney film, complete with all your favorite characters and songs, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 30-Feb. 14 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $18-$39. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Exhibits

Allied Artists West: California Dreaming
See this new installation featuring 21 professional South Bay artists, with urban and rural landscapes, figures, still life and more, Jan. 14-Feb. 20 at the Firehouse Arts Center. A reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. Donations appreciated. Call 931-4849 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.

Scholarships

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who lives within fifty miles of Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa Plaza or Stoneridge Shopping Center. Apply online by visiting www.syf.org/. Deadline is March 1.
 

Exhibits

Call for Submissions: 6th Annual Fresh Works Open Juried Exhibition
Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center is looking for submissions for the Fresh Works 6th Annual Open Juried Exhibit. Open to all Bay Area artists working in 2-D and 3-D media. No jewelry. Work must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited in Pleasanton. Deadline for entry form and fee is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. Applications available at www.firehousearts.org. Paper entry forms available at the Harrington Gallery, the Pleasanton Library, and the City of Pleasanton Community Services Department. Several $300 awards and the top $750 prize. Contact Gallery Director Julie Finegan at 931-4849 jfinegan@cityofpleasantonca.gov Harrington Art Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Support Groups

Grief Workshop
The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Join these bi-monthly meetings and let us accompany you on your healing journey, at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 12 and 26; Thursdays, Feb. 11 and 25; and on Thursday, March 10 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. No registration required, but if it is your first session make sure to arrive a little early. All are welcome. Call Nancy at 846-9543. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.
 

Scholarships

Tri-Valley Retired Educators Scholarship 2016
Up to five scholarships, each worth $2,500.00, are offered by the Tri-Valley Retired Educators Scholarship Foundation offered to high-school graduating seniors and college/university students. Applicants must: be planning a career in education, be residents of the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin or Sunol area, high school applicants must be seniors planning to attend a four-year college in fall, 2016, community college applicants must be qualified to transfer as juniors to a four-year institution in fall, 2016, 4-year college applicants must be sophomores who will continue as juniors in fall, 2016. Deadline is March 26, 2016. Download the application at div85.calrta.org. Contact 443-6097 or greegno@comcast.net.
 

Lectures/Workshops

Master Gardener Garden Talk
Have questions about what to do in your garden Master Gardeners are on site from 9-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the Livermore Demo Garden, 3575 Greenville Road, Livermore. Go to acmg.ucanr.edu/Demonstration_Gardens/East_County_Demonstration_Garden/. Livermore Earth Friendly Demonstration Garden, 3575 Greenville Road, Livermore.
 

Sports

Join Youth Track and Field Club
FTC track club is taking registrations for the fall season (Sept.-Dec.) and will begin practices on Sept. 8. FTC is a U.S. Track and Field (USATF) member club for kids 7-18 from any school. We compete in USATF sanctioned meets and accept athletes of other sports who want additional training. Contact Jorge Quero at 209-7520 or jquero@ftctrackclub.com. Go to www.ftctrackclub.com.
 

Miscellaneous

VFW-AL Coffee and Donuts
Every Saturday morning from 7:30-9 a.m., the VFW and American Legion host coffee and donuts for all veterans at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. All veterans are welcome. Visit www.vfwpost6298.com. Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton.
 

Support Groups

Pleasanton Military Families Support Group
Formed in 2003 this group provides support and comfort to the Pleasanton families whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has monthly meetings and other events such as "pack outs" of comfort and care items for deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where streamers are displayed with the name, rank and branch of service of Pleasanton military personnel. Learn more at www.pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org.
 

Clubs

Daughters of the American Revolution
The Jose Maria Amador Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR, meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month Sept.-May. It is a social gathering and time to explore the history of our American roots. For more information contact the chapter's regent Diane Groome at JMADAR.Registrar@gmail.com.
 

Classes

Free Counseling Job Search Skills and Resume Writing
Get a free consultation with an experienced Employment Recruiter on select Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons and Saturday afternoons for a half or full hour at the Pleasanton Library. Receive help with resume writing, employment web sites, search for a job on the web, and get help with online applications. Make a 20-minute appointment at the Reference Desk by calling 931-3400, ext. 4. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Support Groups

Overeaters Anonymous
This 12-step support group for people with eating behavior problems meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore; and at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays in the Middle School Room at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 1893 North Vasco Road, Livermore. Free with donations accepted toward room rent. No weigh-ins. Call Nora at 337-9118. St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church , 678 Enos Way, Livermore.
 

Seniors

Peddler Shoppe at the Senior Center
The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It's a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to www.pleasantonpeddlershoppe.com. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
 

Health

National Federation of the Blind
Tri-Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will be meeting from 1-3 p.m., second Saturday of each month at Valley Memorial Hospital, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Any visually impaired or blind person is urged to attend. Call Carl at 449-9362. Valley Memorial Hospital, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore.
 

Miscellaneous

Friends of the Library Online Book Sale
Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.
 

Seniors

Dublin Senior Center Dance Classes
Seniors are invited to a Beginning Latin Line Date from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays; cost is $12 for four classes per month or $15 for five classes per month. Beginning line dance from 10:25-11:25 a.m. Thursdays, cost is $1.25 per class; beginning-intermediate line dancing from 10:15-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, cost is $2 drop-in, or from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, cost is $3 drop-in; easy and intermediate line dance from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, cost is $3 per class; intermediate line dance from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Fridays, cost is $1.25 per class; advanced line dancing from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays, cost is $3 per class; or social line dance from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, cost is $2 for drop-in or $6 for four classes per month or $7.50 for five classes per month; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Seniors

Dublin Senior Center Programs
Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including "ESL" which helps seniors practice their English conversational skills, a Reading Group that meets monthly to discuss new books and a Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting. Fees vary for each activity. For a complete list of activities, contact 556-4511 or seniorctr@dublin.ca.gov. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Seniors

Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library
The Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the senior center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. The library gladly accepts donations of like-new used books published in the last five years, puzzles, magazines within three months of distribution, and videotapes. Unused books are donated to Friends of the Dublin Library. Bring donations to the office for processing. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Events

Farmers Market
Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. Downtown Pleasanton, E. Angela St., Pleasanton.
 

Miscellaneous

Veterans for Peace
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 162 East Bay, meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. All veterans are welcome. To learn more about the monthly meetings call Fred at 462-7495. Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley.