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August 2009

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

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

2009 

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

See Notes on Sun / Moon

Aug Averages

Ave Hi: 88.8º
Ave Lo: 54.0º
Ave Rain: 0.05"
Weather Page 

Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

   

1
Sun:
06:11 -- 20:15
Moon:
17:38 -- 02:05

Pls Farmers Market

Peter Pan

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  The Seagull

Live Roller Derby
  Bay Bombers

 

2
Sun:
06:12 -- 20:14
Moon:
18:23 -- 02:57

Niles Canyon Railroad

Peter Pan

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lvr Farmers Market

 

3
Sun:
06:13 -- 20:13
Moon:
19:02 -- 03:54

Gretchen Wilson -
   Wente Concert

 

4
Sun:
06:14 -- 20:12
Moon:
19:35 -- 04:53

Tuesday Tunes 

Full Moon
Sun:
06:14 -- 20:11
Moon:
20:04 -- 05:53

1st Wednesday
   Street Party

Lvr Library Event -
   Two Puppet Comedy

 

6
Sun:
06:15 -- 20:10
Moon:
20:30 -- 06:52

Lvr Farmers Market

Tri-Valley Fly Fishers
    Meeting

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lvr Library Event -
   The Mind has a Mind
   of its Own

 

7
Sun:
06:16 -- 20:09
Moon:
20:54 -- 07:51

Concert in the Park 

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

8
Sun:
06:17 -- 20:08
Moon:
21:18 -- 08:50

Pls Farmers Market

Taste of Downtown

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

9
Sun:
06:18 -- 20:07
Moon:
21:42 -- 09:50

Niles Canyon Railroad

Ravenswood Ice Cream
   Social

Taste of Downtown

Lvr Shakespeare Fest
  A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lvr Farmers Market

 

10
Sun:
06:19 -- 20:05
Moon:
22:08 -- 10:51

 

11
Sun:
06:20 -- 20:04
Moon:
22:37 -- 11:54

Tuesday Tunes 

Yearling Sale

12
Sun:
06:20 -- 20:03
Moon:
23:12 -- 13:00

Lvr Library Event -
   Samba Samba

Lvr Library Event -
   Amazon Animals

 

13  Moon Last Qtr
Sun:
06:21 -- 20:02
Moon:
23:54 -- 14:08

Lvr Farmers Market

Kiana Krall -
   Wente Concert

Lvr Library Event -
   Armchair Travelers:
   Sicily

 

14
Sun:
06:22 -- 20:01
Moon:
xx:xx -- 15:16

Concert in the Park 

 

15
Sun:
06:23 -- 19:59
Moon:
00:45 -- 16:21

Pls Farmers Market

EAA Young Eagles Rally

Bay Area Music Festival

Pirates of Penzance

 

16
Sun:
06:24 -- 19:58
Moon:
01:47 -- 17:20

Niles Canyon Railroad

LHG Garage Open

Lvr Farmers Market

Bay Area Music Festival

Bird Show

Lvr Library Event -
   The Crooked Jade

Pirates of Penzance

 

17
Sun:
06:25 -- 19:57
Moon:
02:58 -- 18:10

Bay Area Music Festival 

18
Sun:
06:26 -- 19:55
Moon:
04:14 -- 18:52

Tuesday Tunes 

19
Sun:
06:26 -- 19:54
Moon:
05:32 -- 19:28

Concannon Tasting
   Room Re-Dedication

LHG Forum -
   Making a Star

Elvis Costello -
   Wente Concert

20   New Moon
Sun:
06:27 -- 19:53
Moon:
06:48 -- 19:59

Lvr Farmers Market

Museum on Main Lecture
  -  Danville's "Tao House"

 

21
Sun:
06:28 -- 19:51
Moon:
08:01 -- 20:28

Concert in the Park 

23rd West Coast Nationals

 

22
Sun:
06:29 -- 19:50
Moon:
09:12 -- 20:57

Pls Farmers Market

Lark in the Park

23rd West Coast Nationals

 

23
Sun:
06:30 -- 19:49
Moon:
10:21 -- 21:26

Niles Canyon Railroad

Ravenswood Tours

Lvr Farmers Market

Lvr Library Event -
   Nafisa Haji:
   The Writing on
   My Forehead

 

24
Sun:
06:31 -- 19:47
Moon:
11:29 -- 21:58

 

25
Sun:
06:32 -- 19:46
Moon:
12:36 -- 22:34

Tuesday Tunes 

26
Sun:
06:32 -- 19:44
Moon:
13:39 -- 23:14

 

27  Moon 1st Qtr
Sun:
06:33 -- 19:43
Moon:
14:39 -- xx:xx

Lvr Farmers Market

Chris Isaak -
   Wente Concert

 

28
Sun:
06:34 -- 19:42
Moon:
15:33 -- 00:00

Concert in the Park 

 

29
Sun:
06:35 -- 19:40
Moon:
16:20 -- 00:51

Pls Farmers Market

My Fair Lady

 

30
Sun:
06:36 -- 19:39
Moon:
17:01 -- 01:47

Niles Canyon Railroad

Lvr Farmers Market

My Fair Lady

23rd West Coast Nationals

 

31
Sun:
06:37 -- 19:37
Moon:
17:36 -- 02:45

Sheryl Crow -
   Wente Concert

 

         
Other Months
January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009
July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009
Other Calendar Information
Main Calendar Page School Calendars:  2009-2010 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.

August 2009 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

 

   
Peter Pan

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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July 17-19
July 24-26
July 31,
Aug 1-2

Fri-Sun

Peter Pan
PETER PAN was produced on Broadway with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard and more recently a major hit starring Cathy Rigby, this is one of the world's most celebrated musicals. Here is all the charm of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the children Wendy, Michael and John, pirates and Indians, embellished with show-stopping songs, "Never Never Land", "I Won't Grow Up" and "I'm Flying".
Sponsor: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre (formerly Pleasanton Playhouse)
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Fridays: 8:00pm, Saturday: 8:00pm (also 2:00pm 7/25 & 8/1).  Sunday Matinees: 2:00pm
Admission: Adults: $36, Seniors (60+): $34, Juniors (under 18): $26
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre (formerly Pleasanton Playhouse),  eLivermore.com theater pageLivermore Valley Performing Arts Center
 
Live Roller Derby Action - Bay Bombers
 

 

 


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August 1
Saturday
Live Roller Derby Action - Bay Bombers
Live Professional banked track Roller Derby Action with the San Francisco Bay Bombers vs Mizz Georgia Hase's Brooklyn Red Devils
Special: The Best Banked track roller derby action in the world returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Last years sell out will be another repeat this year!
Sponsor: American Roller Staking Derby
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  8pm, doors open at 7pm
Admission: Adult VIP $20 advanced- $25 @ door; Gen adm: $10 advanced - $20 @door; Child 12 & under $5 advanced - $10 @door;  Parking: $8
More info: www.ARSDBombers.com, or Fairgrounds Web Site

 
Shakespeare's Associates - A Midsummer Night's Dream
 

 

 


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Preview:
   July 9 (Thur)
Opening:
  July 10 (Fri)

Performances
July 11,12
July 19
July 23,25
July 31
Aug 2
Aug 6,7,8,9

Family Nights:
July 12 & 19
(Sunday)

 

Shakespeare's Associates - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Love incites madness and fairy juice confuses four young lovers fleeing a tyrannical father and an unjust law. All four find themselves in an enchanted forest where fairies and sprites intervene in human affairs, local workers rehearse amateur theatricals, and the boundaries between reality and imagination blur. Hilarity, love, magic and music merge in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies.
Jim Concannon will be signing wine bottles in the tasting room at Concannon Vineyard each Friday night before the showing of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival.
Sponsor: Shakespeare's Associates
Location:  Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
Times:   7:30pm
Admission: General: $35/$30.  Discounts for seniors.
   Gala Opening with dinner: $100
   Discounts for Preview and family nights."
   Tickets go on sale April 2009.  Call 800-838-3006
More info: Shakespeare's Associates - 925-443-2273
 
Shakespeare's Associates - The Seagull
 

 

 


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Preview:
   July 16 (Thur)
Opening:
  July 17 (Fri)

Performances
July 18
July 24, 26
July 30
Aug 1

 

Shakespeare's Associates - The Seagull
After a short, but successful run at The Bankhead Theater, THE SEAGULL returns to the outdoor venue at Concannon.
"A rising star and one on her way down, a cutting edge writer and a popular novelist, a school teacher, a doctor, two housekeepers and a farm manager meet together at the shores of a majestic lake. Love is in the air, and love drives us to the ridiculous and the sublime!"
Chekov, the founder of modern realism's masterpiece of tragi-comedy.
Sponsor: Shakespeare's Associates
Location:  Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
Times:   7:30pm
Admission: General: $35/$30.  Discounts for seniors.
   Gala Opening with dinner: $100
   Discounts for Preview and family nights."
   Tickets go on sale April 2009.  Call 800-838-3006
More info: Shakespeare's Associates - 925-443-2273
 
Taste of Downtown

 

 

 


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August 8-9
Sat-Sun

 

 

 

Taste of Downtown
Livermore Downtown Inc. presents the "Taste of Downtown; Explore the More!" a food & wine stroll through downtown Livermore on August 8thh & 9th from 1PM to 5PM.

Get your official "Taste of Downtown" Passport and Wine Glass and travel downtown enjoying wine tasting in the participating stores, food sampling at participating restaurants. Over thirty Downtown stores and restaurants will serve food or local wine and more! There will also be live music at the Flag Pole Plaza, Livermore Plaza & Blacksmith Square. Also enjoy FREE horse drawn carriage rides throughout the downtown!

Pre-sale Passports Go On Sale July 1st and are available for $25.00 (if purchased by August 7th) Passports will also be available for $30.00, while supplies last, the day of the event at Lizzie Fountain on the corner of First Street and Livermore Avenue. 2009 Livermore Downtown Club Card holders receive a special Passport rate of $25.00 and only $15.00 with your Club Card & the Official 2009 Livermore Wine Country Festival wine glass, Food Tasting Only Passports are $15.00 and available day of event. Don't miss this great opportunity to discover and rediscover Downtown Livermore and show your support to your downtown businesses!
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location:  Downtown Livermore
Times:  1-5 PM
Admission: Pre-sale (thru Aug 7):  $25 for passport;  Day of:  $30 for passport (while supplies last).  Discount for Livermore Downtown Club Card holders (see above).
More info: Livermore Downtown Association (925) 373-1795

 

2009 Northern California Yearling Sale
 

 

 


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August 11
Tuesday

 

 

 

2009 Northern California Yearling Sale
Selling thoroughbred horses
Sponsor: California Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc.
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  12pm - 6pm
Admission: Free to the Public;  Parking: Free
More info: www.ctba.com or Fairgrounds Web Site

 
Pirates of Penzance

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Aug 15-16
Sat, Sun
Pirates of Penzance
"The Pirates Of Penzance" spins an hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Children in ActSmart’s Summer Theater Camp represent children from the Tri-Valley with prior experience as well as novices working their stage craft together. Each child has the opportunity to choose the part they wish and even perform multiple roles in various casts or within one show! The children range in age from 3-17. Theater by children for children!
Sponsor:
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Saturday Aug 15: 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm.  Sunday, Aug 16: 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm
Admission: Adults: $25, Seniors (60+): $15, Juniors (under 18): $8
Tickets:
  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: eLivermore.com theater pageLivermore Valley Performing Arts Center
 
Bay Area Music Festival
 

 

 


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August 15-17
Sat-Mon

 

 

 

Bay Area Music Festival

Sponsor:
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  TBD
Admission: TBD;  Parking: $8
More info: Fairgrounds Web Site

 
Bird Show
 

 

 


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August 16
Sunday

 

 

 

Bird Show

Sponsor:
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  TBD
Admission: TBD;  Parking: $8
More info: Fairgrounds Web Site

 
Concannon Historic Tasting Room Re-Dedication
Photos after the event

 

 

 


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August 19
Wednesday

 

 

 

Concannon Historic Tasting Room Re-Dedication.
After months of restoration and updates, The historic Concannon Vineyard Tasting Room re-opens to the public as part of a $30-million revitalization program and quality enhancement initiative across vineyards, winery and tasting room.

You are invited to join Jim and John Concannon, 3rd and 4th generation vintners, for a private tour of the Concannon Vineyard Tasting Room, that was designated a California historic landmark in 1958, and re-dedication ceremony followed by a picnic-style lunch. The winery was declared an historic landmark No. 641 by the California State Park Commission in 1958-- one of only a handful of historic landmark tasting rooms in the country.

State and local leaders, community members and representatives of the original decree who will attend include: California State Park Commission, Livermore Chamber of Commerce, Las Positas Parlor No.96 and Native Sons of the Golden West.
Sponsor: Concannon Vineyard
Location:  4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
Times:  11am Re-Dedication Ceremony.  12-2pm Style Lunch and Tours
Admission: Free
More info: Concannon Vineyard

 

Livermore Heritage Guild History Forum - "Making A Star"
 

 

 


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Aug 19
Wednesday

 

 

 

Livermore Heritage Guild History Forum - Making a Star
"Making A Star," historical film produced by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describing the enormous machines built to produce fusion energy. Doors open at 7 p.m. Talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave. Light refreshments.
Sponsor: Livermore Heritage Guild
Location:  Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.
Times:  7:30pm.  Doors open at 7:00pm
Admission: Donations Appreciated.
More info: Livermore Heritage Guild
 
Museum on Main Lecture - Danville's Tao House
 

 

 


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August 20
Thursday

 

 

 

Museum on Main Lecture - Danville's "Tao House"
Greg Bacigalupi of the National Park Service will give a lecture on Eugene O'Neill's "Tao House" located in Danville from 7 - 8:30 p.m. p.m. on Thursday, August 20 at Lynnwood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue, Pleasanton. The lecture is part of the Ed Kinney Lecture Series of the Museum On Main Street, Pleasanton.

The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site is operated by the National Park Service.

Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, and his wife chose to live in the Tri-Valley at the climax of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home, O'Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

No reservations are necessary. Admission is $5 for museum members, $10 for non-members, $5 for teachers with valid ID and $3 for students with valid ID. Memberships will be available for purchase that night.
Sponsor: Museum on Main
Location:  Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  7:00pm
Admission: $10 donation ($5 for ALVHS members)
More info: Museum on Main

23rd West Coast Nationals
 

 

 


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August 21-23
Fri-Sun

 

 

 

23rd West Coast Nationals
The Goodguys will turn the fairgrounds into Hot Rod Heaven bringing in 3000+ hot rods, customs & classics thru 1957 vintage. Shop the 100s of vendors & exhibitors selling auto related parts & services, scour the swap meet & cars for sale corral and enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend. It’s an automotive state of excitement with fun for the whole family!
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  Fri, 8am - 5pm; Sat, 8am - 5pm; Sun, 8am - 3pm
Admission: Adult $17, Child (7-12) $6 ,Kids 6 & under free;  Parking: $8
More info: www.good-guys.com, 925-838-9876, or Fairgrounds Web Site

 
Lark in the Park - Delucchi Park
 

 

 

 


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Aug 22
Sat

 

 

 

Lark in the Park - Delucchi Park
“Lark in the Park,” led my a museum docent and sponsored by Pleasanton’s Museum On Main, takes you one Saturday each month to one of Pleasanton’s local parks and helps you explore the local history that surrounds it. Participants begin each event at the designated park where the activities will take place.

This month is a visit to Delucchi Park. All events are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An information sheet on each park will be handed out. Photos of the parks will be available for purchase, $5 for one quality photo; $1 for one photocopy. An activity related to that park’s history will be presented. Yearly membership in the Lark in the Park is $25 per person and includes passport, binder, and one photo of each park’s special history.

Donations are gratefully accepted and a portion will go toward the Museum’s Educational Scholarship Fund. The goal this year is to raise $1,000 for a competitive scholarship between the two high schools. Next year plans are to have scholarship programs for both schools.

2009 - March 28, Hansen Park; April 25, Orloff Park; May 23 Kottinger Park; June 27, Moller Park; July 25, Veteran’s Park; August 22; Delucchi Park.
Sponsor: Museum on Main
Location:  Delucchi Park
Times:  10am to 2:00pm
Admission: $25 for a full year's membership
More info: Museum on Main
 

The Lamplighter's My Fair Lady

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Aug 29, 30
Sat, Sun

 

 

 

My Fair Lady
The Lamplighters bring their signature flair to one of America’s most beloved musicals – My Fair Lady. George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion rivals the wit and sting of W.S. Gilbert in telling the story of the transformation of a cockney “guttersnipe” into an upper class lady accepted in the best of society. It’s all in the accent and the clothes. I could have danced all night.. Wouldn’t it be loverly.. On the street where you live.. I’ve grown accustomed to her face.. the hit tunes just keep coming in this Broadway classic. Special guest Geoff Hoyle appears as the incorrigible Alfred P. Doolittle.
Sponsor: Lamplighters Music Theatre Presents
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Aug 29:  2:00pm / 8:00pm;   Aug 30: 8:00pm
Admission: $43 / $37 / $33.  Youth tickets available for $21.50/18.50/16.50, Students and Sr. tickets available for $38/32/28. Groups discounts are also available.
More info: Lamplighter's Web SiteeLivermore.com theater pageLivermore Valley Performing Arts Center

 
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Livermore Library Events
Livermore Library Events

Sponsor: Livermore Library
Locations: See specific event for its location.
    Main (Civic Center) Library: 1188 S Livermore Ave.
    Rincon Branch: 725 Rincon Ave.
    Springtown Branch: 998 Bluebell Dr
Times:  See Table
Admission: Free.
More info: Livermore Library

Photo by Bill Nale
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Two Puppet Comedy Adventures August 5
Wednesday

10:30am
Springtown Branch

2:30am Rincon Branch

The Livermore Public Library will be presenting Puppet Art Theater’s zany family shows “Tale of the Dragon’s Tail” and “Tommy’s Pirate Adventure” on August 5th, as part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, “Be Creative @ Your Library.”

The award-winning Puppet Art Theater performs hundreds of live performances each year throughout California. In “Tale of the Dragon’s Tail,” Princess Penny’s reaction to the dragon scare could save the king—and his gold. In “Tommy’s Pirate Adventure,” a normal boy’s dream comes true when he—and his dog Fifi—meet real pirates.
Both performances will take place Wednesday, August 5th at the Livermore Public Library. “Tale of the Dragon’s Tail” will be presented at 10:30am at the Springtown branch, located at 998 Bluebell Drive; “Tommy’s Pirate Adventure” will be performed at 2:30pm at the Rincon branch, at 725 Rincon Avenue. The free programs will take place outside, 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.

The Livermore Public Library’s “Be Creative @ 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 registration is not required to attend events. Special programs throughout the summer are scheduled to include magic shows, puppetry, animals, and international music, performance, & stories. The Summer Reading Game begins June 12, and ends August 15, 2009. Click on the Summer Reading Game link from the Livermore Public Library’s web site http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us or call 373-5504 for more information.

"My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own"

Will Joel Friedman

August 6
Thursday
7:00pm

Main Library

Will Joel Friedman, licensed psychologist, will discuss “My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own” at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue on Thursday, August 6 at 7pm. There is no charge for this event.

This presentation will change the way you look at yourself, and addresses how the brain is not the same as the mind, taking a careful look at exactly what is the mind. Key ideas, stories, questions and behavioral experiments provide an opening to experience mindfulness for oneself in this experiential, interactive presentation.

Will Joel Friedman Ph.D., a seasoned licensed psychologist, has been practicing for 32 years. Friedman specializes in Presence-centered psychotherapy, addressing relationship issues, anxiety, depression and traumas through cognitive, systems, and mind-body approaches.

The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten this program. For additional events, check the library’s website at http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us.

Samba Samba August 12
Wednesday
10:30a

Main Library

The audience will be part of the performance on Wednesday, August 12th during the free “Samba Samba” event to be presented as part of the Livermore Public Library’s Summer Reading Game, “Be Creative @ Your Library.”

Samba Samba is an interactive educational workshop that uses music, rhythm, percussion instruments and drums as tools for capturing the imagination of the participants. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to dance, sing, and be transported around the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion.

The Samba Samba program will take place Wednesday, August 12th, at the Livermore Public Library, Civic Center, 1188 South Livermore Avenue. The free event 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 appropriate sun gear.

The Livermore Public Library’s “Be Creative @ 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 registration is not required to attend events. Special events throughout the summer are scheduled to include magic shows, puppetry, animals, and international music, performance, & stories. The Summer Reading Game begins June 12 and ends August 15, 2009. Click on the Summer Reading Game link from the Livermore Public Library’s web site http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us or call 373-5504 for more information.

Amazon Animals Swinging in to the Livermore Public Libarary August 12
Wednesday
2:30pm

Rincon Branch

A little bit of the South American rainforest will be taking over the Livermore Public Library’s Rincon branch on August 12th, as part of the library’s Summer Reading Game, “Be Creative @ Your Library.”

The animals will be presented during a free program by Wild Things, Inc., a nonprofit organization that hous¬es injured and abandoned wildlife. Animal ambassadors from Wild Things visit schools and other groups throughout Northern California, presenting a message of conservation and environmental awareness. During the “Amazing Amazon” program, real creatures from the rainforest floor all the way up into the highest canopy will be introduced.

The Amazing Amazon presentation will take place at 2:30pm on Wednesday, August 12th, at the Rincon Branch Library, 725 Rincon Avenue in Livermore. The free public program will be presented 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.

The Livermore Public Library’s “Be Creative @ 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 registration is not required to attend events. Special events throughout the summer are scheduled to include magic shows, puppetry, animals, and international music, performance, & stories. The Summer Reading Game begins June 12 and ends August 15, 2009. Click on the Summer Reading Game link from the Livermore Public Library’s web site http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us or call 373-5504 for more information.

Armchair Travelers:
Sicily
Jo Caporaso
August 13
Thursday
1:30-2:30pm

Main Library

ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS, a monthly program, will take place at the Livermore Civic Center Library on THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.. Jo Caporaso will show digital photographs of her adventures in the Trapani province of Sicily. Jo stayed in Erice, an ancient city located 750 meters above sea level atop Mt. Erice. She also visited Segesta, a major city of the Elymian people, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily, and Selinunte, an ancient Greek archaeological site featuring five temples surrounding an acropolis.
The Crooked Jades August 16
Sunday
3:00pm

Main Library

Old-time bluegrass innovators The Crooked Jades will perform at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, at 3pm on Sunday, August 16. There is no charge for this event.

The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-time bluegrass music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.

A collective of West and East Coast pickers with equal parts attitude and respect, the band performs with a thrilling energy that has audiences on their feet dancing and critics comparing them to everyone from The New Lost City Ramblers and The Pogues, to Gillian Welch, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

Started by Kazor in San Francisco from a kitchen jam in 1994, The Crooked Jades have 6 critically-acclaimed CDs, including “World’s on Fire” (on the sound track for Sean Penn’s 2007 film “Into the Wild”), two CDs co-produced by alt-country’s Richard Buckner, and “Seven Sisters” the soundtrack to an award-winning PBS documentary. Their brand new release “Shining Darkness” features the current lineup playing 19 original songs and instrumentals on harmonium, bao (Vietnamese one-string box zither) and mbira in symphony with string-band standards fiddle, banjo, guitar ukulele and arco bass.

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 http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us.

Nafisa Haji, Author of "The Writing on My Forehead" August 23
Sunday
2:00pm

Main Library

Author Nafisa Haji will speak about her book The Writing on My Forehead and her experiences that led to its creation, at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, at 2pm on Sunday, August 23. There is no charge for this event. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, calls Haji’s book “a moving meditation on the meaning of family, tradition, and the ties that bind...lyrical and touching. It is a story of mothers and daughters, and a story of a young Muslim woman at crossroads, shaped by the forces of her past, her religion, her roots, her culture, and her own determined will.”

Nafisa Haji was born and mostly raised in Los Angeles—mostly, because there were years also spent in Chicago, Karachi, Manila, and London. Her family migrated from Bombay to Karachi in 1947 during Partition, when the Indian Subcontinent was divided into two states. In the late 1960s, Nafisa’s parents came to the United States, shortly before she was born, in order for her father to study engineering at Stanford. When she was six years old, they stuck with their original plan of “going back home” and moved to Karachi. In less than a year, they knew that they had become more American than they realized and came back to Los Angeles.

Nafisa studied American history at the University of California at Berkeley, taught elementary school in downtown Los Angeles for seven years in a bilingual Spanish program (she speaks Spanish fluently), and earned a doctorate in education from the University of California at Los Angeles. With an unfinished novel left long behind, she seized upon the birth of her son—when she decided to stay home fulltime—as an excuse to go back to writing, learning to use nap times and weekends very efficiently. She started writing short stories at first, which then developed into an idea for a novel. She now lives in northern California with her husband and son and is currently working on her second novel. Nafisa maintains close ties in Pakistan, traveling there regularly to visit family.

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 http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us