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News - December 13, 2013

News digest

Send us your Santa photos

Are your children visiting Santa Claus? If you have a photo you'd like to share, send it to us at Please write "Santa photo" in the subject line, and we ask that photos be at least 500K. Also send the names of the children in the photo, the names of the parents, where you ran into Santa, where you live, where the children attend school, and anything else you think might be interesting in the caption.

We plan to use the photos in our Dec. 20 issue. We are also interested in photos of pets with Santa and pictures from years past. Please send in the photos by midnight Dec. 15.

The candyman can

Roald Dahl's story of candy man Willy Wonka, a youngster, Charlie and the boy's grandfather comes to life this weekend at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road.

The stage adaptation of Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features all the characters and songs from the 1971 movie. It's presented by the Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company and Bay Area Children's Theatre. Shows are at 8 p.m. Dec. 13, and 20, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21, with 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Adult tickets are $12, $15, $18 and $6, $9, $12 for children and seniors. They're available at, 931-4848, or at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Victorian victory

Gerry and Kathy Machi are this years' winners of the annual Pleasanton Architectural Heritage Award for their home at 1015 Rose Avenue in the city's historic downtown district. The Machi's Queen Anne Victorian was built around 1890, reputedly by Charles Bruce.

PHA gives its Heritage Award to homeowners who preserve and restore existing heritage homes or build new homes that are true to the historic character of Pleasanton's downtown historic district.

The award will be presented at the Machi's home at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. For more about the award presentation contact John Ribovich at (510) 853-1427 or


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Nominations due by Sept. 18

Pleasanton Weekly and are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

Nomination form