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News - March 16, 2012

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The Tri-Valley Conservancy is looking for wine entries for its third annual "Livermore Valley Uncorked," which will be held April 29 to showcase the quality of local wines to top buyers. The competition accepts only wines grown and produced in the Livermore Valley and available for purchase.

The deadline for entry is April 20; all entries must be delivered to the Tri-Valley Conservancy office, 1736 Holmes St., Building B, Livermore. Judging, by a 16-person panel of qualified wine judges including local wine buyers and winemakers, will be held April 29 at The Wine Steward on Main Street in Pleasanton.

For complete rules, contact the Tri-Valley Conservancy at 449-8706 or

The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will perform "La Primavera -- Springtime in Italy," from 2-3:15 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton. The free program will include music by Rossini and Verdi along with themes from great Italian movies.

BART has added meetings at five more locations to receive input from residents about fare increases being planned for July. New locations include a meeting from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza. Others will be held in Antioch, San Francisco Richmond District, Fremont and Hayward.

The increase will help to replace aging trains, a long-range project expected to total $3 billion. Most of the funding will come from local, regional, state and federal governments, with BART contributing about 25%.

The meeting will also explain the Clipper card system of paying for fares and discuss whether such cards are convenient to purchase. Also BART is seeking input on its draft Environmental Justice Policy, which aims to address the needs of low-income populations in transportation decisions.

Tri-Valley Community Television is enrolling TV30 "Lucky Fans" to receive free tickets to entertainment venues such as the Vine Cinema and Firehouse Theater as well as restaurants and more. Go to to register; there is no charge. Winners will be picked randomly at various times from the "Lucky Fan" registrations.


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