Pleasanton resident Kay Huff is holding her 22nd annual Ladies Day at the Races today at the racetrack at the Alameda County Fair in the Upper Grandstand, Section F. Women are invited to attend and bring their daughters, mothers, sisters, girlfriends and grandkids. The first race is at 1:15 p.m.; the annual group photo will be taken at 2:30 p.m.
Also today, Pleasanton attorney Michael Hosterman, president of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, is hosting Mike's Day at the Races, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Upper Grandstand, Section G. He hopes to offer a short course in handicapping. The theme will be Hawaiian with Hosterman providing prizes for best outfit, including hats. Both men and women are invited.
This Wednesday is 1st Wednesday
The 1st Wednesday Street Party on July 3 will be "Red, White and Blue" and feature the Department of Rock band in the beer and wine garden. In June, the Pleasanton Downtown Association for the first time welcomed a live DJ, who proved so popular he will return in August.
Other 1st Wednesday features are ArtBlock, with artists, sculptors and jewelry crafters; a farmers market near the intersection of Main and St. John; and Green Scene, a place to explore energy efficiency. These new features complement the array of vendor booths, food and live music.
Calling all songwriters
A new singer-songwriter category has been added to the second annual Acoustic Guitar Competition to be held in September as part of the fifth annual LVPAC Guitar Fest LIVE!, a weekend-long celebration of guitars and guitar music in Livermore.
In 2012, the Acoustic Guitar Competition attracted competitors from around the Bay Area as well as Southern California. Entrants must be 18 and non-professional. The top eight will perform before a panel of expert judges and a live audience on Sunday, Sept. 8. Applications for the competition are due July 31 and are available at www.guitarfestlive.com.
The June 21 story on Free Shakespeare in the Park should have said performances of "Macbeth" will take place at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, June 29-July 14, at Amador Valley Community Park.