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July 2008

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Colors:  Livermore - Pleasanton - Dublin - Bankhead Theater - Other or multiple

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

2008

Key:
Sun: rise -- set
Moon: rise -- set

See Notes on Sun / Moon

1
Sun:
05:49 -- 20:33
Moon:
03:55 -- 19:44

Tuesday Tunes

Alameda County Fair
 

2
Sun:
05:50 -- 20:32
Moon:
05:03 -- 20:43

Alameda County Fair

1st Wednesday
   Street Party

Lvr Library event:
  Animal Puppet Trainer

 

3  New Moon
Sun:
05:50 -- 20:32
Moon:
06:18 -- 21:31

Alameda County Fair

Lvr Farmers Market
 

4  Independence Day
Sun:
05:51 -- 20:32
Moon:
07:35 -- 22:09

Livermore Old Fashioned
     4th of July

Pleasanton 4th of July
     Concert & Celebration

Alameda County Fair

Concert in the Park 
 

5
Sun:
05:52 -- 20:32
Moon:
08:49 -- 22:41

Alameda County Fair

Pls Farmers Market
 

6
Sun:
05:52 -- 20:32
Moon:
09:59 -- 23:08

Alameda County Fair

Niles Canyon Railroad
 

7
Sun:
05:53 -- 20:31
Moon:
11:05 -- 23:32
 

8
Sun:
05:53 -- 20:31
Moon:
12:08 -- 23:56

Tuesday Tunes
 

9
Sun:
05:54 -- 20:31
Moon:
13:09 -- xx:xx

Lvr Libarry Event:
  Wild Things

 

10  Moon 1st Qtr
Sun:
05:54 -- 20:30
Moon:
14:10 -- 00:20

Lvr Farmers Market

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Complete Works Preview

Lvr Libarry Event:
  Mt. Kilimanjaro

 

11
Sun:
05:55 -- 20:30
Moon:
15:11 -- 00:47

Concert in the Park 

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Complete Works Gala

 

12
Sun:
05:56 -- 20:29
Moon:
16:12 -- 01:16

Pls Farmers Market

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Complete Works

Lvr Libarry Event:
  Happy Birds

Art Under the Oaks
 

13
Sun:
05:56 -- 20:29
Moon:
17:11 -- 01:50

Niles Canyon Railroad

Ravenswood Tours

Art Under the Oaks
 

14
Sun:
05:57 -- 20:29
Moon:
18:08 -- 02:30
 

15
Sun:
05:58 -- 20:28
Moon:
19:00 -- 03:16

Tuesday Tunes
 

16
Sun:
05:59 -- 20:27
Moon:
19:46 -- 04:10

LHG History Forum
  How to Research
  Your Old House -
  Loretta Kaskey

 

17
Sun:
05:59 -- 20:27
Moon:
20:25 -- 05:09

Lvr Farmers Market

Wine Stroll

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night Preview

 

18  Full Moon
Sun:
06:00 -- 20:26
Moon:
20:59 -- 06:11

Pleasanton Playhouse
   Beauty and the Beast

Concert in the Park 

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night

 

19
Sun:
06:01 -- 20:26
Moon:
21:28 -- 07:15

Pls Farmers Market

Pleasanton Playhouse
   Beauty and the Beast

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night

 

20
Sun:
06:02 -- 20:25
Moon:
21:55 -- 08:19

Niles Canyon Railroad

Pleasanton Playhouse
   Beauty and the Beast

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night Family Nite

 

21
Sun:
06:02 -- 20:24
Moon:
22:19 -- 09:22
 

22
Sun:
06:03 -- 20:24
Moon:
22:44 -- 10:26

Tuesday Tunes
 

23
Sun:
06:04 -- 20:23
Moon:
23:09 -- 11:32

Lvr Libarry Event:
  A Man and His Dragon

 

24
Sun:
06:05 -- 20:22
Moon:
23:38 -- 12:39

Lvr Farmers Market

Taste of Terroir

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Complete Works

 

25  Moon Last Qtr
Sun:
06:05 -- 20:21
Moon:
xx:xx -- 13:49

Pleasanton Playhouse
   Beauty and the Beast

Christmas in July

Concert in the Park 

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night

 

26
Sun:
06:06 -- 20:20
Moon:
00:11 -- 15:03

Pls Farmers Market

Pleasanton Playhouse
   Beauty and the Beast

Christmas in July

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Complete Works

 

27
Sun:
06:07 -- 20:20
Moon:
00:51 -- 16:16

Niles Canyon Railroad

Niles Canyon Wine
   Tasting Train

Ravenswood Tours

Pleasanton Playhouse
   Beauty and the Beast

Christmas in July

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night

 

28
Sun:
06:08 -- 20:19
Moon:
01:42 -- 17:27
 

29
Sun:
06:09 -- 20:18
Moon:
02:43 -- 18:29

Tuesday Tunes
 

30
Sun:
06:10 -- 20:17
Moon:
03:53 -- 19:21
 

31
Sun:
06:10 -- 20:16
Moon:
05:09 -- 20:03

Lvr Farmers Market

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  Twelfth Night

 

July Averages

Ave Hi: 89.4º
Ave Lo: 54.2º
Ave Rain: 0.02"
Weather Page

Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

Other Months
January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008
July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008
Other Calendar Information
Main Calendar Page School Calendars:  2008-2009 Holiday Dates & Descriptions
Add or Correct Event Yearly Calendars List of Recurring Events

The information on this calendar was obtained from many sources, and many organizations.  Every attempt is made to provide accurate information.  Organizations sometimes make changes, and I am not always informed.  Please follow the "More Info" links to check for updates from the sponsoring organization.  If you find errors, please email webservant@eLivermore.com.

July 2008 Details

The details for the following reoccurring events are on a separate page, common to all calendar months.  This saves download time.  Click the item for the details.
   
Livermore History Center Highway Garage Open
Museum on Main St  
Pleasanton Farmer's Market  
Niles Canyon Railway Ravenswood Docent Tours
  Livermore Amateur Radio Klub Meeting

 

   
Alameda County Fair
 

 


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June 20 to July 6
Friday to Sunday,
2 weeks, 3 weekends
93rd Annual Alameda County Fair
This Year's theme for 2008 is: "Celebrating 150 Years of Horse Racing".
Location: Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
More info: Alameda County Fairgrounds
Livermore Old Fashioned Fourth of July


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July 4
Friday
25th annual Livermore Old Fashioned Fourth of July
Spectacular Fireworks, Family Games, Carnival, Hat Parade, Food & Beverages.  Special Musical Guests: The Classic Rock All Stars and Heartbreaker.
Please Take Notice:  No cans, bottles, fireworks, barbecues, alcohol, or pets will be allowed in the park.  Cooler & bags will be checked.  Bicycle parking area (bring your own lock).  No bicycles will be allowed on the grass area.  Stay safe and have fun!.
$3 Per Walk In.  Pedestrian gates will close at 9:30pm  Pedestrians may enter from the bike path at Arroyo Road and Chateau Way
$15 per car.  Parking lots close at 8:30pm unless lots fill early.  Enter from Concannon Blvd or Arroyo Road.  Come early to guarantee parking!
Location: Robertson Park
Times:  Gates open at 4:00pm.  Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Admission: $15 per car load, or $3 per walk-in
More info: (925) 373-5700
Pleasanton Fourth of July Concert & Celebration
 

 

 

 


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July 4
Friday

 

 

 

Pleasanton Fourth of July Concert & Celebration
A concert and old-fashioned family picnic will take place right here in Pleasanton, at Lions’ Wayside Park.
This will celebrate 10 years that a group of volunteers has organized the local celebration for their friends and neighbors. The event was created by W. Ron Sutton, local resident and president of ACCUSPLIT, who believes that our nation’s birthday should be honored by more than just barbecues and fireworks. Pleasanton Community Concert Band will perform, under the direction of Bob Williams.
Sponsor: Pleasanton Downtown Association
Location:  Lions Wayside Park, corner of First and Neal Streets, Pleasanton
Times:  1:00 to 2:30pm
Admission: Free
More info: Pleasanton Downtown Association

 
Shakespeare's Associates - The Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)
 

 

 


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July 10 (preview)
Thursday

July 11 (Gala)
Friday

July 12
Saturday

July 24, 25, 26
Thurs-Sat

August 1
Friday

 

Shakespeare's Associates - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
"A Hilarious spoof" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield.  Directed by Leslie Martinson
Experience all 37 of Shakespeare's Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, THE COMPLEAT WORKS... was London's longest-running comedy. Praised by the Los Angeles Times as "wildly funny" and by the Montreal Gazette as "the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime." Celebrate the inauguration of the new outdoor theater at the renowned Concannon Vineyard, just east of downtown Livermore. Assigned seating on the gently sloping lawn (chairs are provided) faces a sweeping tiered stage in front of an historic Victorian home; two levels of graceful porches and a classic cupola echo the multilevel playing areas of Shakespeare's theaters.
No-one uder 6 years old will be admitted.
Preview  – Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 7:30 PM; $30.
Opening Night Gala – Friday, July 11th, 2008 at 7:30PM; $50.
Regular Performances: Thursday, July 24, Saturday, July 26, Friday, Aug 1 at 7:30PM, $30
Sponsor: Shakespeare's Associates
Location:  Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
Times:   7:30.  Grounds open for picnicking at 6:00pm
Admission:
 
Performance Time General Seniors
65 up
Full Time
Teachers
Students 18 & under
Preview (Thursday, July 12). 7:30pm $20 $20 $20 $15 (free w/paying adult)
Opening Night Gala (July 13). 7:30pm $50 $45 $45 $40
Regular Performances (July 24, 26, August 1) 7:30pm $30 $25 $25 $20

More info: Shakespeare's Associates - 925-443-2273
 

Art Under the Oaks

Alden Lane Photos

 


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July 12 & 13
Saturday and
Sunday

 

 

 

Art Under the Oaks
The Livermore Art Association and Alden Lane Nursery present the 22nd annual Art Under the Oaks celebration, Saturday and Sunday July 12 & 13. The event combines art, food and live music under the beautiful oak canopy of Alden Lane. Over 40 local artists will display art for sale, offering an array of paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, baskets, fiber arts and photography. This year features a special memorial to the nursery's iconic 400 year old oak tree, which was toppled by a strong storm earlier this year. Dozens of artists have taken pieces of its wood and transformed them into a unique collection of artwork, which will be on display. Other activities include fruit tasting and face painting for children. There will be wines from local vineyards, food by Sweet & Savory, and door prizes.

The show is open from 11:00 am - 4:00 both days, with free admission. Alden Lane Nursery is located at the corner of Holmes and Alden Lane in Livermore. Overflow parking will be available at Sunset Plaza, at the corner of Concannon & Holmes. There is a free shuttle to the nursery. For more information go to aldenlane.com or call 925-449-9927
Sponsor: Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore Art Association
Location:  Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore.
Times:  11:00AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: Free
More info: Livermore Art Association  Alden Lane Nursery, or call 447-0280

Livermore Heritage Guild History Forum - How to Research Your Old House - Loretta Kaskey
 

 



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July 16
Wednesday
How to Research Your Old House, by Loretta Kaskey
Loretta Kaskey will speak at the Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Talk at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments. $2.00 donation appreciated.
Sponsor:
The Livermore Heritage Guild
Location:  Livermore main library, community room.
Times:  Talk begins at 7:30pm  Doors open at 7:00
Admission: Suggested donation:  $2.00. 
More info: LHG web site
Shakespeare's Associates - Twelfth Night and The Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)
 

 

 


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July 17 (preview)
Thursday

July 18, 19
Fri/Sat

July 20 (Family)
Sunday

July 25, 27
Fri, Sun

July 31, Aug 2
Thurs, Sat

Shakespeare's Associates - Twelfth Night
Directed by Lisa A. Tromovitch
Love, Song and Laughter heal all wounds in TWELFTH NIGHT, as heroines Viola and Olivia traverse Cupid's landscape. Though each mourns the loss of a brother, they tumble head-over-heels in love. Twins complicate the plot and some who were thought to be dead are returned. Clowns' high-jinx entertain, and musicians' songs console, as we tumble towards a reuniting of loves. Celebrate the inauguration of the new outdoor theater at the renowned Concannon Vineyard, just east of downtown Livermore. Assigned seating on the gently sloping lawn (chairs are provided) faces a sweeping tiered stage in front of an historic Victorian home. Two levels of graceful porches and a classic cupola echo the multilevel playing areas of Shakespeare's theaters. Scenic and costume designs for Twelfth Night will have a late Victorian/early Edwardian flair, enhanced by original music composed for the occasion.
No-one uder 6 years old will be admitted.
Preview – Thursday, July 17th, 2007 at 7:30 PM; $30.
Regular Performances: Fri/Sat July 18, 19.  Fri July 25, Sun July 25, Thurs July 31; Sat Aug 2 all at 7:30PM; $30
Family Night: Sunday Aug 20;  $30
Sponsor: Shakespeare's Associates
Location:  Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
Times:  7:30.
Admission:
 
Performance Time General Seniors
65 up
Full Time
Teachers
Students 18 & under
Preview (Thursday July 17). 7:30pm $20 $20 $20 $15
Regular Performances (July 18, 19, 25, 27, 31, Aug 2) 7:30pm $30 $25 $25 $20
Family Night: July 20 7:30pm $30 $25 $25 $15 (Free with paying adult)

More info: Shakespeare's Associates - 925-443-2273
 

Wine Stroll - Pleasanton Downtown
 

 

 

 


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July 17
Thursday

 

 

 

The Pleasanton Downtown Association’s Seventh Annual Downtown Summer Wine Stroll
This event is our opportunity to showcase in a unique way the diverse businesses and services we have to offer here in downtown Pleasanton. Sip a variety of delicious local Livermore wines in a variety of downtown locations.
Over 25 members of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (Click here to visit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association website.) will showcase their wines throughout the Downtown in a variety of locations.
Sponsor: Pleasanton Downtown Association
Location: Downtown Pleasanton
Times: 6pm to 9pm
Admission: $25 advanced, $30 the day of the event (if tickets remain).  Includes a commemorative wine glass and event map.
More info: Pleasanton Downtown Association, or Nickie Hoppe at (925) 484-2199

 
Pleasanton Playhouse - Beauty and the Beast

At the Bankhead Theater


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July 18-20
July 25-27
Aug 1-3
Aug 8-10
Fri-Sun

 

 

Pleasanton Playhouse - Beauty and the Beast
 
Sponsor: Pleasanton Playhouse
Location:  Bankhead Theater
Times:  Fridays & Saturday: 8:00pm.  Sunday Matinees: 2:00pm
Admission: $31.00. 
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office, or the link below.
More info: Pleasanton Playhouse
 
Livermore Valley's Wine & Food Experience: "A Taste of Terroir"
 

 

 

 


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July 24
Thursday

 

 

 

Livermore Valley's Wine & Food Experience: "A Taste of Terroir"
Do you love food and wine? Join us in celebrating the magic of our region as we showcase all that our “terroir” has to offer - unique food, wine, people, and good times! This event highlights the art of winemaking and the fresh flavors that come from our home soils right here in Livermore Valley. 18 of our local wineries partner with 18 local chefs & restaurants to create innovative and delectable food pairings for guests to enjoy. Well known media judges select winning pairings for awards and guests vote for The People's Choice Award. In addition, there is a fantastic dessert room where our Livermore Valley Wineries showcase their fabulous ports.

Agricultural parking - Please carpool! Must be 21 to attend.
Sponsor: Tri-Valley Conservancy & Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
Location:  Palm Event Center, 1188 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  6 to 9pm
Admission: $65 per person (Based on 2007 information)
More info: Livermore Valley Wine Country  925-447-WINE (9463) or Tri Valley Conservancy

 

Christmas in July
 

 

 

 


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July 25-27
Fri-Sun

 

Christmas in July
Enjoy Ice Skating, Holiday Treats, Holiday Music, Pre-Holiday Shopping, appearances by Santa & other special guests, Holiday Crafts, Personalized Ornaments, Prizes & Giveaways.

Summer Skating Rink will be located on J Street between First Street & Second Street. Fee is $5 for 1/2 hr of skating or $10 for full hour of skating. Skates included in the price and are available at the rink (or you can bring your own!)
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location:  J Street between 1st and 2nd.
Times:  3pm to 9pm
Admission: Free, except for Summer Skating Rink (See above)
More info: Livermore Downtown Association (925) 373-1795

 

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Livermore Library Events
Livermore Library Events

Sponsor: Livermore Library
Location: 1188 S Livermore Ave.
Times:  See Table
Admission: Free.
More info: Livermore Library

Photo by Bill Nale
This photo also appears on Google Earth.

 

 

 

Event Date / Time / Location Description
Storytime Beginning June 16

See Description for times.

Mondays  10:30am  Civic Center Library  -  Preschool & School age Storytimes
Mondays  6:30pm   Springtown Branch  -  Family Storytime
Tuesdays  10:30am  Rincon Branch -  Preschool & School age Storytimes
Tuesdays  7:00pm  Civic Center Library  -  Family Storytime
Thursdays  10:30am  Springtown Branch -  Preschool & School age Storytimes
Thursdays  6:30pm  Riccon Brancy  -  Family Storytime

With the onset of summer vacation, the Livermore Public Library’s three locations will be offering a variety of programs for all ages, including a total of nine storytimes each week.

On Monday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings, while infants, preschoolers and their parents enjoy an indoor program of stories, music & fingerplays, schoolagers will gather outside for their own fun event with stories, games & jokes. In the evening, Family Storytimes offer a diverse program for the whole family. Programs last approximately 45 minutes.

Storytimes are part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library”--a free program in which children can earn prizes for reading books and attending storytimes, crafts, & special events. Participation is free, and registration is not required to attend events. The Summer Reading Game begins Friday, June 13 and ends Saturday, August 16.

Photography Exhibit
"Our Best Shot"
July

Main Library Artist's Gallery

'Our Best Shot' is the theme of the July art exhibit at the Livermore Library. Over twenty local photographers have gathered together a bright collection of their favorite pictures, which will display from July 1-31. Photographs range from color digital, black and white, to hand-painted. They depict nature, travels, people and abstracts. Our Best Shot is showing at the Livermore Main Library Artist’s Gallery at 1188 S. Livermore Ave. It is open during normal library hours.
Teens! Join "Books to Movies 2008" July 1 to 31 Would your favorite book make a good movie? Middle and high school students are invited to join Livermore Public Library’s summer teen reading program “Books to Movies.” Read books and rate them according to their appeal and movie adaptation potential. Reading and evaluating two books earns you a personal copy of Homer Hickam’s October Sky.

In addition to the reading game, teens are invited to discover the fascinating world of model rocketry through a presentation by Lunar.org, Livermore’s own model rocketry organization on Thursday, July 24, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Storytime/Craft Room of the Civic Center Library.

Register to play the teen reading game at any Livermore Public Library Information Desk beginning Tuesday, July 1. The program concludes Thursday, July 31 with “Snack and Movie Night” including a prize raffle and a screening of the 1999 motion picture “October Sky.” For more information, please contact the library at 925-373-5505 or visit TEEN SPACE on the library’s website at www.livermore.lib.ca.us

"Animal Puppet Trainer" July 2
Wednesday
10:30am

Main Library

Ventriloquist Jungle Joe and his furry puppet friends will be returning to the Livermore

Public Library’s Civic Center location July 2 as part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, entitled “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library.”

Jungle Joe and the California Puppets perform internationally in live and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. In “The Animal Puppet Trainer,” Jungle Joe’s attempts to share facts about animals in the wild are interrupted when his funny furry friends instead train Joe—and the audience—to do animal tricks and voices.

The “Animal Puppet Trainer” event will take place on Wednesday, July 2 at the Livermore Public Library’s Civic Center location, 1188 South Livermore Avenue. The free public program will begin at 10:30am, and will take place outside the library, with the audience to be seated on tarps. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and viewing opportunities, and to bring protective sun gear.

Dementia: Communication Skills for Caregivers July 2
Wednesday

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Main Library

Dementia: Communication Skills for Caregivers will take place at the Livermore Public Library - Civic Center Library on WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Theresa Cleaver, Community Educator from the ValleyCare Health Systems Legends program, will present techniques for effectively and compassionately communicating with a person with dementia. The Legends program aims to enhance senior health and promote greater awareness of the aging process. Adults are invited to this free program in the Livermore Public Library Community Rooms, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore. For additional information please call (925) 373-5500.
Animals of the World program July 9
Wednesday

Main Library
10:30am

Rincon
2:30pm

Wild Things from around the globe will be paying a visit to the Livermore Public Library Civic Center and Rincon locations on July 9 as part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library.”

Wild Things, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that houses injured and abandoned wildlife. Animal ambassadors travel all over Northern California, teaching about conservation and environmental awareness. During the “Animals of the World” program, a variety of birds, mammals & reptiles from around the world, including an alligator and a kangaroo, will be introduced.

The Animals of the World presentation will take place twice on Wednesday, July 9. The 10:30am program will be at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center located at 1188 South Livermore Avenue. At 2:30pm, the program will be repeated at the Rincon Branch Library, 725 Rincon Avenue. The free public programs will take place outside the library and the audience will be seated on tarps. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and viewing opportunities, and to bring protective sun gear.

The Livermore Public Library’s “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library” Summer Reading Game is a free program for all young people and their families. Children earn a variety of prizes for reading books, as well as attending storytimes, crafts, and special events at Livermore’s three library locations. Participation is free and no registration is required to attend events. Special events throughout the summer are scheduled to include magic shows, puppets, animals, and international music, performance, and stories.

Mt. Kilimanjaro July 10
Thurs
1:30-2:30pm

Main Library

ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS, a monthly program, will take place at the Livermore Civic Center Library on THURSDAY, JULY 10TH, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ronald White will show photographs of his adventures on Mt. Kilimanjaro, an inactive volcano in Tanzania and the highest peak in Africa.

Adults are invited to this free program on the second Thursday of each month in the Community Meeting Rooms of the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore

Happy Birds July 12
11:00am

Springtown Branch

The Livermore Public Library will be presenting the performing parrot show “Happy Birds” on July 12th as part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library.”

The Happy Birds are a team of performing parrots that, along with their trainers Ed & Julie Cardoza, have been entertaining audiences since 1989. The birds’ feats include bike riding, roller skating, singing opera, playing basketball and doing animal impressions. The Happy Birds have appeared on television on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Animal Planet.

The Happy Birds will perform Saturday, July 12th at the Livermore Public Library’s Springtown branch, located at 998 Bluebell Drive. This free performance will begin at 11am, and will take place outside the library, with the audience to be seated on tarps. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and viewing opportunities, and to bring appropriate sun gear. Happy Birds is sponsored by the Ross McDonald Company.

A Man and His Dragon July 23
2:30pm

Rincon
Branch

The Livermore Public Library will be presenting ventriloquism & silly stories with Randel McGee & Groark the Dragon July 23 as part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library.”

Randel McGee is a seasoned storytelling performer who entertains children and adults alike with his lively tales, quick sense of humor, and thoughtful insights. McGee’s partner in fun is Groark, a loveable, mischievous, guitar-playing dragon. The internationally-renowned comedy duo have been performing together for over 27 years, and have been immortalized on CD, DVD and of course, You Tube.

Randel McGee & Groark will appear Wednesday, July 23 at the Livermore Public Library’s Rincon branch, 725 Rincon Avenue. The free performance will begin at 2:30pm, and will take place outside the library, with the audience to be seated on tarps. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and viewing opportunities, and to bring appropriate sun gear.

“Jazz in July 2008” – A Month-Long Series of Events at the Livermore Public Library   The sounds, sights and words of jazz will be featured during the month of July, as the Livermore Public Library presents Jazz in July, a series of free events around this lively genre of music.

The series kicks off on Sunday, July 6 at 2pm with Jazz Talk Quartet with Guido Fazio. Saxophonist Guido Fazio and his quartet perform contemporary and traditional jazz, as well as original compositions. Guido is a San Francisco Bay Area native and has played professionally since 1968. Along with composing and arranging for big band, he has backed celebrities such as Mel Torme, Steve Allen, Wayne Newton, Phil Woods, and Poncho Sanchez. He has co-authored a book on jazz improvisation technique with the late jazz guitarist Warren Nunes.

On Sunday, July 13 at 2pm enjoy an afternoon of historic classic jazz performances on film presented by master archivist Mark Cantor at Mark Cantor’s Giants of Jazz on Film. A well-known authority on the subject of jazz on film and professional educator, Mr. Cantor has served as a consultant in the production of many documentaries and feature film presentations, as well as books and magazine articles related to music on film, and has been seen in dozens of presentations including the Academy Award-nominated “A Great Day in Harlem” and Ken Burns’s documentary “Jazz.”

Continuing on July 20 at 2pm, the Jazz in July series next features Mary Fettig’s Brazilian Footprints cooking up some hot Brazilian jazz. Mary Fettig’s storied career as a saxophonist and flutist began when she was asked by Stan Kenton to be the first woman instrumentalist in his ground-breaking big band. She has continued a diverse recording and touring career, including stints with NPR’s Marian McPartland, latin legend Tito Puente, and Brazilian icons Flora Purim and Airto Moreira.

Concluding the month of events will be Secrets of Jazz Improvisation. Las Positas instructors Cindy Browne Rosefield, Frederic Zimmerman and Tim Devine will unlock the mystery of improvisation and show us “live” just how this artistic interpretation is achieved.

All events take place at the Livermore Public Library - Civic Center at 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten this program as part of the Friends Authors and Arts Series. For additional events, check the library’s website at: www.livermore.lib.ca.us. For more information, please contact Joyce Nevins at (925) 373-5500 extension 5577.