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Kids & Teens

2nd Annual Holiday Youth Music Festival
Enjoy a fun holiday-themed show for the whole family with performers ages 10-16 presenting a show set to a storyline inspired by the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge, from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Call 931-4848 or go to http://www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

December People and OHK Holiday Food Drive
See December People and help a Holiday Food Drive benefiting Open Heart Kitchen at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. This high-powered quintet of some of the finest musicians from some of the world's biggest rock'n'roll bands will perform holiday hits in rock'n'roll styles. The band will be joined for two numbers by the Cantabella Children's Chorus. Tickets are $25-$35. Guests are encouraged to bring as many food donations as they can. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
 

Volunteering

Volunteer for the Hometown Holiday Celebration
The City of Pleasanton will host its Hometown Holiday Celebration from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 in downtown Pleasanton. Volunteers are needed to serve as support with hospitality, stage decoration, parade events, and volunteer check-in. Youth volunteers ages 13-17 can participate with adult supervision. Youth groups are also welcome to apply with a designated number of adult supervisors. Contact 931-3423 or hometownholiday@cityofpleasantonca.gov. Go to www.hometownholiday.com. Downtown Pleasanton, Main St., Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

Tri Valley Haven's Gingerbread Cookie Project
Gingerbread Cookie Sales are now under way. Order your delicious personalized boys and girls or a dozen gingerbread babies for only $7.50 each. Submit your orders by Thursday, Dec. 4. Proceeds benefit the Tri Valley Haven. To download an order form visit www.trivalleyhaven.org or call 449-5845 for more information.
 

Fundraisers

Foothill High School Competition Cheer Fundraiser
Come spend the morning with the Foothill High School Competition Cheer team from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Foothill High School. Your child will earn the latest moves, fun dance and all the cool cheers. K-6 grade. $50 fee includes camp, lunch and a t-shirt. Parent performance at 1 p.m. Space limited, register early. Contact Danette Ondi at 699-4856 or danette.o@comcast.net. Download registration form at http://www.foothillfalcons.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?type=d&uREC_ID=188125&pREC_ID=443516. Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Road, Pleasanton.
 

Exhibits

Interplay: Texture and Luminosity, A Mosaic Art Exhibit
Interplay will be on display Nov. 7-Dec. 13 at the Harrington Art Gallery in Firehouse Arts Center. 17 artists present a wide variety of styles and types of mosaic artwork, from traditional to contemporary. A reception with the artists will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6. A public mural project will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. Harrington Art Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.

Fundraisers

Sleep Train's Toy Drive for Foster Kids
For California's nearly 60,000 foster children, the holiday season can be difficult as many of them may be entering a new, unfamiliar home during this time. To help, Sleep Train will host its Secret Santa Toy Drive to ensure every foster child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning. Donate toys at any Sleep Train location. Go to www.sleeptrainfosterkids.org. Sleep Train, 6050 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton.

Holiday

Fifth Night Initiative: A Young Family Hanukkah Celebration
Beth Emek and Beth Emek Preschool will host a Hanukkah celebration for young families from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court. Instead of receiving a gift, the focus is on giving. Families will make a fleece blanket to be donated to Tri-Valley Haven. The celebration will include menorah lighting, Hanukkah songs with Rabbi Milder, and latke dinner. Cost is $20 per family. Call 931-1055 or go to www.bethemek.org. Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

Discovery Shop Christmas Store Open
Find unique Christmas treasures at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop Holiday store now through Dec. 24 at 1987 Santa Rita Road It's a perfect venue to start your holiday decorating. Choose from decorated trees of all sizes, wonderful Santas and one of a kind gifts. Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. Go to cancer.org/discovery. American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1987 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
 

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.
 

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 and Saturday afternoons 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.
 

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.