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Concerts

Pianist Stanislav Kristenko
Cleveland International Piano Competition's 2014 gold medal winner Stanislav Khristenko, of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform Russian ballet favorites, including Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" and more from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Tickets are $28-$42. Call 373-6800 or go to www.bankheadtheater.org. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
 

Events

Livermore Half Marathon
The Second Annual Livermore Half Marathon will be March 28. We already have over 30 States represented and a total of 3200+ registered. Volunteers needed for the Friday registration, March 27, and race day. For details and online registration, go to www.runliv.com.

Film

'Vessel'
This film follows Dr. Rebecca Gomberts on her maiden voyage in international waters providing safe early abortions to women living in countries where abortion is illegal. A potluck supper will be precede the film at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion following the film, on Saturday, March 28 at IBEW Hall in Dublin. Free. $3 donations accepted. Contact 548-7323 or flickknight@gmail.com. IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin.
 

Events

An Evening of Poetry
Join an evening of poetry from 6-p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., featuring Bonnie Nish, Daniela Elza, Jabez W. Churchill and Clara Hsu. Fred Norman, author of "A Hill of Poems," will emcee the event. Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton.
 

Concerts

Bostyx
See the Hits of Boston and Styx, featuring former Boston vocalist/guitarist David Victor, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 at the Firehouse Arts Center. With hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Mr. Roboto," "Peace of Mind," and "Come Sail Away." Tickets are $30-$40. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.

Events

Goodguys 33rd All American Get-Together
Over 3,000 American made and powered vehicles will be on display, plus exhibits, the Goodguys Autocross racing competition, a huge swap meet and cars for sale area, kids activities, awards and more. Come from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Cost is $20. Call 838-98786 or go to www.good-guys.com. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

Donations Needed for American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is requesting donations of necklaces, bracelets rings and watches as well as women's accessories for its event "Glitter and Glamour" April 17-19. Donations are accepted 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays at the shop, 1989-E Santa Rita Road. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's programs. Contact Kelley Meno at 462-7374 for more info. American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1989-E Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.
 

Exhibits

Firefighter Homage and Mt. Diablo 2014 Vistas
Oil painter Vincent Liu exhibits a series of works depicting firefighters. Concurrently, watercolor artist Robin Purcell of Danville exhibits a collection of paintings featuring Mt. Diablo after the 2014 wildfires. Exhibit runs Feb. 25-April 4 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Contact the gallery director at 931-4849 or JFinegan@cityofpleasantonca.gov. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Sports

Soccer Training for Women
This fun class is designed to build your skill set and increase overall fitness. Classes are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Fridays at Ken Mercer Sports Park, beginning April 10. Call 931-3437 or go to www.pleasantonfun.com. Ken Mercer Sports Park, 5800 Parkside Drive, Pleasanton.
 

Volunteering

On-Call Volunteers Needed
The Pleasanton Senior Center is seeking on-call volunteers to work the Center's Front Receptionist Desk and VIP Travel Desk. Duties include answering phones, scheduling appointments, fielding information and referral questions. Shifts and times vary. For more information, call 931-5369. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
 

Seniors

Dessert Dance
Dance the night away from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Enjoy dancing or listening to all of your ballroom favorites. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $7 for residents, $8 for non-residents. Register at the Senior Center Front Desk or pay at the door. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
 

Exhibits

'Order and Chaos'
The group of 7 South Bay artists known as "The Abstract 7" joins sculptural artist Melissa Woodburn in an interesting new exhibition with a wide variety of media, open March 7-April 11 at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center. A free opening reception with the artists will be 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. Call 931-4855. Harrington Art Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Fundraisers

Sleep Train's Shoe Drive for Foster Kids
Sleep Train is hosting its Shoe Drive to ensure foster kids have properly fitting, comfortable shoes and to support foster parents, now through April 26. Foster kids often arrive in new homes with just the clothes on their backs, and while foster families receive funding, it may not be enough. Call (800) 378-2337 or go to http://www.sleeptrain.com/. Sleep Train Mattress Centers, 6050 Johnson Drive, Ste C, Pleasanton.

Exhibits

Pleasanton Art League Imagination Expressed
The Pleasanton Art League's exhibit "Imagination Expressed 2015" runs now-May 3 at Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Come and see the latest creations from the vibrant art community of Pleasanton and the Valley. Contact education@museumonmain.org. Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton.
 

Exhibits

Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi Exhibit
"Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi" explores the lives and environmental roles of fungi featuring photographs by John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell, and will be at Alviso Adobe Community Park from March 22-May 17. This exhibit focuses on the ecology of mushroom-producing fungi. Call 931-3479 or go to www.pleasantonadobe.com. Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill 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, 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.