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Concerts

The Ray Charles Project
In a tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a sextet of outstanding musicians offers their take on highlights from Ray's songbook at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. The band unites elite jazz and blues musicians, including Grammy Award-winning Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay, Bay Area guitarist Chris Cain, and Glenn Walters on vocals. Tickets are $25-$39, $16 for students. Call 373-6800 or go to livermoreperformingarts.org/. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
 

Events

Firehouse Arts Center 5th Anniversary Celebration
The Firehouse Arts Center 5th Anniversary Celebration will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Eden Taiko Drummers will kick-off the festivities, followed by "Made to Order Fairy Tales," the folk music band Extended Roots, face-painting, preview mini-performances of "Tales of Olympus Jr," mariachi, art demonstrations and projects, improv shows, and free cake, ice cream and balloons. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Concerts

Darlingside
Darlingside will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Enjoy songs from their new album "Birds Say," their Indie, folk, and retro-pop sensibilities, four-part barbershop harmonies, and classical strings paired with bluegrass, folk, and rock. Tickets are $20-$30. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Exhibits

Special Art Exhibits: William Rushton and Victoria Veedell
Enjoy two unique exhibits, the dense oils of William Rushton and the atmospheric landscapes of Victoria Veedell. Rushton's pieces will be on display now-Aug. 26 in the Grand Atrium Lobby, and Veedell's will be on display now-Sept. 5 in the main floor gallery. A reception with the artists will be from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, refreshments will be served. Contact the Gallery Director at 931-4849 or JFinegan@cityofpleasantonca.gov. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

Online Furniture and Sports Memorabilia: Tri-Valley Haven
Bid on or instantly purchase brand new furniture, specialty mattress toppers, pillows, beds and unique collectable sports items to support Tri-Valley Haven, now through Sept. 8. All shipping of items is free within the continental U.S. Go to www.trivalleyhaven.org.
 

Exhibits

Inside and Out: Plein Air and Studio Works
See "Inside and Out," featuring works by seven Bay Area artists who paint together for inspiration and challenge, from Aug. 5-Sept. 12 at the Harrington Art Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center. Pieces are begun outdoors and completed in studio. An opening reception with the artists will be from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Light refreshments will be served. A Young @ Art event, "Art in the Park" will be from 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 for ages 5-11l register at pleasantonfun.com code 60160. Call 931-4849. Harrington Art Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

New Day for Children
New Day for Children is based in Alamo and serving girls throughout the US. Their mission is to rescue children caught in the despair of child sex trafficking. They will hold a dinner and silent auction on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, and share news about two new projects in Napa Valley, a new boarding school for younger girls and a transitional life skills center for their graduates. New Day is seeking donations or auction items. Donations can be in any form. To show appreciation for your support, your company's name will be announced as a sponsor at the event, and listed in their newsletter, social media and website. All proceeds from this event will go toward underwriting New Day for Children's restorative care programs and services for American girls who were once victims of child sex trafficking. Contact (408) 634-9768 or laurav@newdayforchildren.com. Blackhawk Auto Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville.
 

Clubs

Dublin 4-H Club
Dublin 4-H Club is accepting registration of new members ages 5-19 years old. Learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The first 4-H meeting of the year will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Dublin San Ramon Services District Office, 7051 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. Contact Sharon at 462-4518 or sharonlclay@comcast.net. Go to www.dublin4h.com. Dublin San Ramon Services District Office, 7051 Dublin Blvd., Dublin.
 

Volunteering

2015 Teen Leadership-in-Training Program
The City of Pleasanton's Community Services Department will launch its Leadership-in-Training (LIT) program for teens this fall. This program provides teens with the opportunity to develop job skills and prepare for future employment through training, hands-on experience, and evaluation. For students entering grades 9-12. A volunteer placement interview will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 10. Contact David Weisgerber at 931-3474 or dweisgerber@cityofpleasantonca.gov. Register at pleasantonfun.com, course 60858.
 

Sports

CCOP Boys and Girls Basketball Registration
Online registration for CCOP boys and girls basketball in now open at www.ccopcyo.org. Registration is available to all boys and girls who live in Pleasanton and Sunol and will be entering grades 3-8 this fall. More details can be found on the website. Sign up by Sept. 31.
 

Volunteering

Tri Valley Haven Food Pantry Volunteers Needed !
Dedicated volunteers to help at Livermore Food Pantry are needed to fill daily shifts. Duties include pickups, food sorting, making food bags, assisting clients and other duties as assigned by the pantry coordinator. Please call Stacey at 667-2711. Tri-Valley Haven, 3663 Pacific Ave., Livermore.
 

Events

Call For Artists: ArtWalk Livermore
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Calling for Artists for ArtWalk Livermore 2015, which will be from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 in downtown Livermore. Apply at http://www.livermoreperformingarts.org/bothwell-arts-center/art-walk.html. Livermore Downtown, 2400 First St., Livermore.
 

Clubs

Pleasanton Mothers Club
The mission of the Pleasanton Mothers Club is to provide a social, supportive, and educational outlet for moms and their families in the local community. They offer a variety of activities, children's playgroups, special interest groups, and more. For information visit pleasantonmothersclub.org. Contact membership@pleasantonmothersclub.org.
 

Clubs

Questers
Questers is an international organization of lovers of antiques, collectibles and history who encourage preservation and restoration of historical landmarks. Members learn about antiques, share and view collections, visit historic sites, and help non-profits in restoration and preservation. We are seeking new members to join our local Amador chapter. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month, Sept.-May. Contact President Rickie at 292-8123 or rjfgiono@comcast.net.

Fundraisers

Sleep Train's Dollar Drive for Foster Kids
Every child looks forward to activities like summer camp and swim lessons, but foster children don't always get the chance to participate in these experiences. Sleep Train is hosting its Dollar Drive now through Oct. 18. Donate online at http://bit.ly/1qGUgVW or at any Sleep Train store.
 

Spiritual

ECKANKAR: Community HU Chant
Join the Community HU Chant, a non-denominational prayer activity, at noon every Saturday at The Parkview, 100 Valley Ave. HU is a love song to God that can help you. For more information go to http://eck-ca.org/. The Parkview, 100 Valley Ave., Pleasanton.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Clubs

Senior Mens Social Club
Sons In Retirement (SIR) is a social club for senior men. In addition to friendships, members can participate in interest groups like golf, bridge, travel, photography, etc. We meet for lunch first Thursday of the month at San Ramon Golf Club. Open to retirees in the Tri-Valley. Contact Rich Osborne at 785-3549 or trivalleysir@gmail.com. Go to branch34.sirinc2.org. San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Road, San Ramon.
 

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.
 

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.