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Brunch in Livermore
The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite you to brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, 2801 Constitution Drive, Livermore. Cost is your menu choice. RSVP to Hilda at 398-8808 or hskoog@comcast.net by Friday, Dec. 19. Hilton Garden Inn, 2801 Constitution Drive, Livermore.
 

Holiday

Community Holiday 'Posada' Celebration
The Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister City Association will present the traditional Christmas celebration "Posada" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Veterans Memorial Building. Music, carols, and refreshments. For more information, contact Sylvia or Jorge Victoria at 462-6723 or jvictoria45@comcast.net Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton.
 

Spiritual

ECKANKAR, ECK Worship Service
ECKANKAR, "The Spiritual Exercises of ECK: Keys to Secret Worlds" will be the theme of the ECK Worship Service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Four Points Sheridan, 5115 Hopyard Road. Go to eck-ca.org/. Four Poinrs Sheridan, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton .
 

Holiday

Christmas Season Services
Join Lynnewood United Methodist Church for Sunday morning worship at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., with lessons and carols on Dec. 14 and Christmas Orchestra on Dec. 21. Childcare is provided at both services. Call 846-0221 or go to www.lynnewood.org. Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Concerts

Christmas Musical
Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir and Drama Team will be presenting the Christmas musical "The Promised One" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 118 Neal St. This inspiring drama depicts the angelic announcement of the birth of Christ. Coffee and dessert afterward. Free. Go to lbceastbay.com. Lighthouse Baptist Church, 118 Neal St., Pleasanton.
 

On Stage

The Nutcracker Ballet
Valley Dance Theatre presents its annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," accompanied by Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 19-21; and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13-14, 20-21 at Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Tickets are $25-$38, $19 for students 17 and under. Call 243-0925 or go to http://www.valleydancetheatre.com. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
 

On Stage

'My Son Pinocchio Jr.'
This new musical, which retells the familiar Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classics songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I’ve Got No Strings" as well as a host of new songs. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-21 at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Tickets are $6-$18. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, 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.

On Stage

Big Fat Comedy Show XXII
For the twenty-second consecutive year, Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters are proud to present their end-of-the-year comedy extravaganza at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 373-6800 or go to livermoreperformingarts.org. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
 

Spiritual

Progressive Christian Worship
Lynnewood United Methodist Church offers a friendly congregation where all are welcome. Worship at 9 or 10:30 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday school for youth and adults at 10:30 a.m. and childcare at both services. Contact Reverend Heather Hammer at 846-0221, send an email to office@lynnewood.org, or go to www.lynnewood.org. Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton.

Sports

East Bay Marathon Training for Beginners
The USA FIT East Bay Spring 2015 Marathon/Half Marathon training program for all fitness levels is open now through Jan. 31 at www.USAFITEastBay.com. Program lasts 26 weeks and begins Jan. 24. For more information and to register, visit www.USAFITEastBay.com. New members $100 for 26 weeks. Osage Station Park, 816 Brookside Drive, Danville.
 

Events

Exchange Student Candidates for PTSCA 2015 Delegation
The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association youth cultural exchange summer program is beginning the candidate process. Students need to be entering sophomore-senior year in high school in the fall and have completed a second year of Spanish by the end of this school year. Students can attend any meeting regardless of their school of attendance to learn about the application and selection process. Meetings are: at lunch time on Wednesday, Jan. 7 in room B27 at Foothill HS; at lunch time on Thursday, Jan. 8 in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in room C-6 at Foothill HS; 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact 209-5825 or annangst@sbcglobal.net, or go to ptsca.org.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Spiritual

Sunday Services at Unity of Tri-Valley
Join the Sunday service with Reverend Karen Epps at 10 a.m. every week at Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., Suite 108, Dublin. Children's program available. All are welcome. Ongoing classes, groups, and activities. Call 829-2733 or go to http://www.unityoftrivalley.org/. Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., Suite 108, Dublin.
 

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.