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Celebrating literacy and life
Inspiring stories about adults learning to read are on display at the Livermore Public Library this month to honor the 35th anniversary of its Literacy Program. Sunday, 4:33 PM

Livermore Arts presenting 'Pandemania Days'
From the first mandated shelter in place day on March 17, 2020, through the official lifting of restrictions on June 15, 2021, artist Elizabeth Addison publicly posted her daily artwork and writing as a new series, "Pandemania Days." Wednesday, 4:13 PM

Broadway comes to the Bankhead
Livermore Arts has two New York musical acts coming to the Bankhead Theater -- Jeremy Stolle on Jan. 21 and the Queen's Cartoonists on Jan. 26. Monday, 3:14 PM

Garden club featuring royal gardens
Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club members and guests will learn about some famous English flower shows and gardens at their Jan. 13 meeting on Zoom. Wednesday, 7:26 PM

'Jake's Women' postponed
Due to rising COVID cases, Encore Players has postponed performance dates of "Jake's Women," the Neil Simon play originally set for Jan. 14-16 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. Tuesday, 4:43 PM

Cancer battle shows Ballistic athlete's personal resolve, maturity
A diagnosis of a rare form of cancer turned 17-year-old Ballistic Soccer player Nate Morgan's life upside down. But Morgan used the struggle as an opportunity to mature and became an example of perseverance for his teammates. Monday, 8:52 PM

Smothers Brothers, Al Franken shows postponed
Out of an abundance of caution, the Smothers Brothers and comedian Al Franken have postponed their upcoming shows at the Bankhead Theater. Thursday, 5:07 PM

Guest Opinion: California redistricting won’t change Democrats’ control
Superficially, California's politics seem poised for a big upheaval in this election year, but appearances can be deceiving. Much of it will be a game of musical chairs as politicians shift from one venue to another. Wednesday, 12:15 PM

Unique sound headed for Firehouse
We Banjo 3, a quartet based in Galway, Ireland, and Nashville, is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26. Tuesday, 5:27 PM

Violins of Hope proclaim: Life is good
When master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein of Tel Aviv decided to share his collection of instruments that survived the Holocaust, to be played in concerts around the world, he named his organization Violins of Hope. Monday, 7:20 PM | 1 comments

Harrington Gallery reopens with watercolors
After being closed for the holidays, the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center will reopen Saturday, Jan. 8, with the California Watercolor Association's 52nd National Exhibition featuring works by its 85 premier painters. Friday, 12:30 PM

Tribute to the Eagles
Eagles tribute act Midnight Flyer will perform at the Firehouse Arts Center. The Bay Area band, with a repertoire of more than 100 songs, recreates the music exactly as Eagles' fans remember it. Wednesday, 7:26 PM

Elvis legacy lives on in Pleasanton
Firehouse Arts Center kicks off a new year with the return of Jim Anderson & the Rebels and their homage to Elvis Presley, 'Happy Birthday, Elvis,' on Jan. 9, the day after his 87th birthday. Tuesday, 7:51 PM

Local author McCarroll debuts first book in children's series
Growing up in Dublin and Pleasanton, Janet McCarroll was shocked and fascinated to learn that royalty existed in real life across the pond, not just fairy tales, when her mother told her about Princess Diana. Friday, 9:17 AM

Lively New Year's Eve show at Bankhead
Blues will meet stompin' bluegrass with a faint twist of classical as the energetic San Francisco-based string band Dirty Cello kicks off a festive New Year's Eve celebration at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Sunday, 5:05 PM

'Twas less a week before Christmas
Pleasanton resident Ginny Foos was more than a bit concerned when she saw several police cars and a SWAT truck outside Walmart Dec. 18. She soon learned, however, it was part of the first-ever "Shop with a Cop" event. Thursday, 8:14 AM

Valley Views: Christmases I have known
After last year's cancellation, 'The Nutcracker' is back. In 2016, we attended a performance of the ballet, and it became our special holiday tradition. With 7-1/2 decades behind me, I have experienced many types of Christmases... Sunday, 4:16 PM

Empower Empathy: Award-winning board game created by two Tri-Valley moms
To help children learn another important life skill -- empathy -- Angel Liang and her friend Tina Wong of Dublin have spent the last three years developing a board game called Empower Empathy in which the players work together. Wednesday, 1:05 PM

'Amazing' Lego creations: Pleasanton museum opens 'Brickworks' display
Museum on Main is offering unique reproductions of nearly 30 landmarks of California and the Tri-Valley in its latest display, 'Brickworks: LEGO Artists Celebrate California and the Tri-Valley.' Wednesday, 10:47 AM

50 mosaic faces in Livermore gallery
An exciting new exhibit of mosaic art from Italy, '50 Faces,' has opened at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. On display are portraits of famous people that combine traditional materials (marble and enamel) ... Thursday, 4:11 PM

Artists come out to 'Paint Pleasanton'
Artists were out in force throughout town two weeks ago for the Pleasanton Art League's fourth annual plein air competition, 'Paint Pleasanton.' The event attracted many recognized artists to paint the city's historic landmarks... Thursday, 4:06 PM

Tri-Valley author's crime and sci-fi stories make for a good read
Livermore writer John G. Bluck has released his latest short story volume, 'Florida Grand Theft & Other Tales,' with the same gutsy characters that pleased fans in his previous works. Thursday, 4:16 PM

Passion for acting: Amador grad in Los Angeles to follow his dream
The joke among theater students, Evan Hoopes noted, is the best scenario would be if they could drop out of college -- because they've landed some massive role with Marvel or Disney. But he plans to stick it out... Thursday, 4:15 PM | 1 comments

Historic charm: Pleasanton Heritage Association honors homes that add character to downtown
Each year, five to six homes are chosen for recognition by the Pleasanton Heritage Association from among the 93 that the city has designated as historic resources. Thursday, 11:15 AM

Livermore's Bankhead Theater receives $1.28M
Livermore Arts has been named a recipient of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) and its supplemental grant award in support of the Bankhead Theater for a total of $1.285 million. Thursday, 10:37 AM

Livermore Valley Opera wins The American Prize
Livermore Valley Opera has been honored as the cream of the crop among peers nationwide after winning The American Prize in the Professional Opera Division for its ambitious double-bill production on the eve of the pandemic in 2020. Saturday, 4:26 PM

'Lifetime' of inspiration: Pleasanton's Lauryn Marie releases new collection of songs
Lauryn Marie left last fall to attend college in Nashville, where she is majoring in songwriting and minoring in music business. She has just released her second EP, "Lifetime," a collection of five songs she wrote in her freshman year Thursday, 4:45 PM

Staying Healthy: Pleasanton author sees work-life harmony as a 'three-legged stool'
A study in selflessness, Reena Gupta's work has centered on helping others, and her personal life has been deeply affected by a strongly communal household and close family ties. However, Gupta does not advocate self-abdication. Saturday, 4:27 PM

Longtime Livermore Valley Opera volunteers retire from roles
Jim and Bonnie Schmidt, longtime volunteers with the nonprofit Livermore Valley Opera, recently retired from their positions as board president and production manager, respectively. Friday, 7:10 PM

Tri-Valley students reflect on Holocaust through writing, artwork
Artwork and writing by Tri-Valley youth that illustrate the importance of remembering and learning about the Holocaust is now on display at the Pleasanton Library. Thursday, 12:30 PM

California rugged: Diablo Range runs 150 miles down the state's center but is still little acknowledged
A mention of the Diablo Range in the Tri-Valley is likely to draw the response: 'What range? Do you mean Mount Diablo?' The range runs from the Carquinez Strait south through 12 counties for a total of 150 miles to the Antelope Valley. Friday, 4:07 PM

Pleasanton names new teen poet laureate
Pleasanton has named Amador Valley High School senior Nikita Jayaprakash to be the city's 2021-22 teen poet laureate after a selection process in which four candidates submitted writing samples and references, and interviewed by staff. Sunday, 12:04 PM

Becoming Bob Ross: Emmy-winning makeup artist transforms local actor into famous TV painter
When late TV artist Bob Ross suddenly appeared in a Mountain Dew commercial this spring painting one of his iconic scenes, viewers were taken aback. He's actually portrayed by (a transformed) Bryan Mazzarello, who is from Pleasanton. Wednesday, 6:41 PM

Pleasanton actress stars in new film, 'It's What's on the Inside'
'My character's inner struggle with her mental health and self-isolation is on full display in this film, and my hope is that it validates anyone going through similar struggles because they're not alone and there is hope,' she said. Friday, 2:32 PM


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