Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 2, 2013

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Gathering to promote peace

Tri-Valley CARES is gathering Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the gates of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for Hiroshima Day, 68 years after the United States dropped the atomic bomb, to commemorate the event and work toward banning nuclear weapons.

The group will gather at Vasco Road and Patterson Road at 7 a.m. The event will feature Daniel Ellsberg as well as a bomb survivor and other speakers and will include a procession to the Lab's West Gate.

Kosher Awareness

Today about 20 supermarkets throughout the Tri-Valley are participating in "Tri Valley Kosher Awareness Day," sponsored by Chabad of the Tri Valley, a Pleasanton-based Jewish community center.

Each supermarket is highlighting its kosher selection, having drawings for kosher cookbooks, and providing educational materials. Teen volunteers from across the country are manning the "Kosher Table," answering questions and acquainting customers with the ins and outs of kosher products.

"When I first moved to the area 21 years ago, the supermarkets had hardly heard of kosher food and holiday selections were almost non-existent," said Pleasanton resident Judie Lawrence.

New stores have also brought more kosher products to the area, said Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, Chabad director.

New season for Arts Center

Tickets are now on sale for the fourth season of the Firehouse Arts Center.

The 2013-14 season line-up includes rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, classical, folk, cabaret, holiday and retro concerts. Some of the highlights are Paula Cole, Gregg Rolie Band, Faith Prince, Bo Bice, Special Consensus, December People and Starship.

Group discounts for 10 or more are available for all shows, and many performances offer $12 youth tickets. Subscription packages are available for the season of Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, the venue's professional musical theater company in residence.

Learn more and purchase tickets at www.firehousearts.org, or in person at the Firehouse Box Office, 4444 Railroad Ave. Call 931-4848.

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