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December 2011

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

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Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

2011 

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

See Notes on Sun / Moon
 

See Our
Christmas
Events
 Page

for Tri-Valley
Holiday events

1
Sun:
07:03 -- 16:49
Moon:
11:55 -- 23:47

Library Event:
  Writing Club

    6:30-8:00pm 

2  Moon 1st Qtr
Sun:
07:04 -- 16:49
Moon:
12:23 -- xx:xx

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
    11:00am Preschool

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     8:00pm

Handel's Messiah -
   Pacific Chamber Symphony

     8:00pm

 

3
Sun:
07:05 -- 16:48
Moon:
12:49 -- 00:44

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Home for the Holidays
     12:00 to 4:00pm

Holidays in the Vineyards
     12:00 to 5:00pm

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Pls Hometown Holiday Celeb

Lvr Tree Lighting & Parade
     6:00 to 8:00

Livermore-Amador Symphony
   Concert

     7:00 (prelude talk) 8:00 (Concert)

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     8:00pm

Valley Concert Choral
     8:00pm

 

4
Sun:
07:06 -- 16:48
Moon:
13:16 -- 01:40

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     2:00pm

Library Event:
  Author Michael David Lukas

    2:00pm 

Valley Concert Choral
     3:00pm

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

 

5
Sun:
07:07 -- 16:48
Moon:
13:45 -- 02:37

Le Leche Meeting
     10:00am

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
     7:00pm Pajama Time

 

6
Sun:
07:08 -- 16:48
Moon:
14:16 -- 03:33

Library Event:
  Reading Across the Map

    7:00pm 

Don Edwards
      7:30pm 

7
Sun:
07:09 -- 16:48
Moon:
14:51 -- 04:30

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
    11:00am Preschool

Mt. Diablo Beacon lit to honor
   Pearl Harbor.

     ~4:30pm to dawn.

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

 

8
Sun:
07:10 -- 16:48
Moon:
15:31 -- 05:27

 

9
Sun:
07:10 -- 16:48
Moon:
16:17 -- 06:23

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
    11:00am Preschool

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Sing it Yourself Messiah
   7:30pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     8:00pm

 

10  Full Moon
Sun:
07:11 -- 16:48
Moon:
17:08 -- 07:15

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

The Nutcracker
     2:00pm & 7:00pm

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Cantabella Children's Chorus
   TBD 

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     8:00pm

 

11
Sun:
07:12 -- 16:49
Moon:
18:04 -- 08:05

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Ravenswood Victorian
    Yuletide

     12:00 to 4:00pm

The Nutcracker
     2:00pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     2:00pm

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

 

12
Sun:
07:13 -- 16:49
Moon:
19:05 -- 08:49

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
     7:00pm Pajama Time 

13
Sun:
07:13 -- 16:49
Moon:
20:07 -- 09:29

 

14
Sun:
07:14 -- 16:49
Moon:
21:11 -- 10:05

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
    11:00am Preschool

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Stacey Kent
     7:30pm 

15
Sun:
07:15 -- 16:50
Moon:
22:16 -- 10:38

Drive Through Nativity
     7-9pm 

16
Sun:
07:15 -- 16:50
Moon:
23:22 -- 11:10

Library Event:
  Storytime

    10:30am Toddler 
    11:00am Preschool

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

The Nutcracker
     7:00pm

Drive Through Nativity
     7-9pm 

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     8:00pm

 

17  Moon Last Qtr
Sun:
07:16 -- 16:50
Moon:
xx:xx -- 11:41

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

The Nutcracker
     2:00pm & 7:00pm

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Drive Through Nativity
     7-9pm 

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     8:00pm

 

18
Sun:
07:17 -- 16:51
Moon:
00:29 -- 12:14

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Nuncrackers

     2:00pm

The Nutcracker
     2:00pm & 7:00pm

Library Event:
  Hawaiian Holiday Celebration

    2:00pm  

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Drive Through Nativity
     7-9pm 

 

19
Sun:
07:17 -- 16:51
Moon:
01:37 -- 12:49

A Chanticleer Christmas
     7:30pm 

20
Sun:
07:18 -- 16:51
Moon:
02:48 -- 13:29

 

21  First Day of Winter
    
(Winter Solstice)
     Pacific Time)

    (Pacific Time)
Sun:
07:18 -- 16:52
Moon:
03:59 -- 14:14

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

 

22  First Day of Winter
    
(Winter Solstice)
     (Universal Time)

Sun:
07:19 -- 16:52
Moon:
05:09 -- 15:07

 

23
Sun:
07:19 -- 16:53
Moon:
06:14 -- 16:07

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

Restless Heart Christmas
     8:00pm 

24  New Moon
Sun:
07:20 -- 16:54
Moon:
07:13 -- 17:13

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

 

25  Christmas Day
Sun:
07:20 -- 16:54
Moon:
08:03 -- 18:20

 

26
Sun:
07:21 -- 16:55
Moon:
08:46 -- 19:26

 

27
Sun:
07:21 -- 16:55
Moon:
09:22 -- 20:31

 

28
Sun:
07:21 -- 16:56
Moon:
09:54 -- 21:33

Library Event:
  ventriloquist

    10:30am  

Niles Canyon Train of Lights
   4:15pm (Sunol)   7:15 (Niles)

 

29
Sun:
07:22 -- 16:57
Moon:
10:23 -- 22:32

 

30
Sun:
07:22 -- 16:57
Moon:
10:51 -- 23:30

 

31  Moon 1st Qtr
Sun:
07:22 -- 16:58
Moon:
11:18 -- xx:xx

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

New Year's Eve with
  Flash Cadillac

      8:00pm

New Year's Eve
   Labyrinth Walk
 
     8:00pm to Midnight

 

Other Months
January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011
July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2010 December 2011
January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012
Other Calendar Information
Main Calendar Page School Calendars:  2011-2012 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.

December 2011 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

 

   
Niles Canyon Train of Lights

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Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights.
Experience the magic of our brightly decorated holiday train, covered with thousands of lights, as it winds through the darkness of Niles Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride from Sunol to Niles and back, and the later train from Niles to Sunol and back.
This annual fundraising event is presented by the Pacific Locomotive Association to benefit Niles Canyon Railway projects throughout the year. We are sincerely grateful for all of our supporters who help our non-profit, tax-exempt, living history museum continue to operate and grow.
Trains run both from Sunol to Niles and back, and from Niles to Sunol and back.
Location:  Downtown Sunol
Times: Departures from 4:15 from Sunol, 7:15pm from Niles
Admission:  General seating is $25 ages 3 and up.  See the Niles Canyon Railroad.
   $15 for the first three Wednesdays.
   Reserved seating is $50.
   Private Caboose: $600 for up to 24 people.
eLivermore Photos.
More info: Niles Canyon Railroad.  Info should be on the Niles Canyon site mid to late September.  Ticket purchases around the 2nd week of October.

2011 Dates - From Sunol
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          Nov 25  4:15 Nov 26  4:15
Nov 27  4:15     Nov 30  4:15   Dec 2  4:15 Dec 3  4:15
Dec 4  4:15     Dec 7  4:15   Dec 9  4:15 Dec 10  4:15
Dec 11  4:15     Dec 14  4:15   Dec 16  4:15 Dec 17  4:15
Dec 18  4:15 Dec 19  4:15   Dec 21  4:15 Dec 22  4:15 Dec 23  4:15  
  Dec 26  4:15 Dec 27  4:15 Dec 28  4:15 Dec 29  4:15    

 

2011 Dates - From Niles
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
             
      Nov 30  7:15   Dec 2  7:15 Dec 3  7:15
Dec 4  7:15     Dec 7  7:15   Dec 9  7:15 Dec 10  7:15
Dec 11  7:15     Dec 14  7:15   Dec 16  7:15 Dec 17  7:15
Dec 18  7:15 Dec 19  7:15   Dec 21  7:15 Dec 22 7:15 Dec 23  7:15  
  Dec 26  7:15 Dec 27  7:15 Dec 28  7:15 Dec 29  7:15    

 

Nuncrackers - Tri-Valley Repertory Theater Studio Theatre
 

 


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Dec 2, 3, 4
Dec 9, 10, 11
Dec 16, 17, 18

Fri-Sun

Nuncrackers - Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre - Studio Theatre
Nuncrackers The Nunsense Christmas Musical is the first “TV Special” taped by the sisters in their convent basement studio for Cable Access. It stars the nuns you love plus Father Virgil and some of Mt. Saint Helen’s most talented students. It features all new songs including: “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ To Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us,” and “It’s Better to Give Than To Receive.” This show is filled with “Nunsense” humor, some of your favorite carols, a “Secret Santa,” and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. Nuncrackers will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to insure your holiday season is merry and bright.
Sponsor: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
Location:  Studio Theater, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton
Times:  Fridays & Saturday: 8:00pm.  Sunday Matinees: 2:00pm
Admission: Adults (18-59): $25;  Seniors 60+: $22;  Juniors under 18: $20
   Season tickets (3 shows): Adults (18-59): $70;  Seniors 60+: $62;  Juniors under 18 $56
More info: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
Pacific Chamber Symphony - Handel's Messiah


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Dec 2
Friday

 

 

 

Pacific Chamber Symphony - Handel's Messiah
The Bankhead Theatre will once again resound with the greatest of all holiday treats. The Pacific Chamber Symphony will excite us again with a special performance of Handel's Messiah. The concert will feature a chorus made up of outstanding local soloists and chorus members.

Handel's Messiah is one of the monumental works in all of musical literature. It is probably the most widely performed religious work in the world. It was an instant success when it was first performed in 1742. It was written in just 24 days.

In 1741, Handel was broke, tired, and discouraged. Two unrelated events converged to change all that. First, Handel's wealthy friend, Charles Jensen, gave Handel a libretto that he had written based on the bible and the book of common prayer, and asked him to provide a musical setting. Second, Handel received a commission from a Dublin charity to compose a work for a benefit performance. Handel combined these two commissions, and the result was The Messiah.

On August 22, he started work on the piece, never leaving his house, and barely pausing to eat or sleep. A little over three weeks later, one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music was complete.

The work was first performed at a charitable event in Dublin on April 13, 1742, with Handel himself conducting from the keyboard. It was an immediate success. It raised 400 pounds and freed 142 men from debtor's prison.

Today, The Messiah is often performed in large halls, with a large chorus and a large orchestra. The original chorus and orchestra, although large by contemporary standards, were of more moderate size. The Pacific Chamber Symphony's interpretation adheres more closely to the earlier performances, and contains many elements from the original Dublin presentation. This approach allows for more subtlety and attention to detail.

In any version, however, The Messiah is an inspired and inspiring work of art that rarely fails to elicit reverence and joy.
Sponsor: Pacific Chamber Symphony
Location:    Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $39/$34/$29.  $7.00 students
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Pacific Chamber Symphony,

Home for the Holidays


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Dec 3
Saturday

 

 

 

Home for the Holidays
Kick off the holiday shopping season downtown and enjoy free horse drawn carriage rides throughout the downtown, holiday performances at the Flag Pole Plaza and SNOW in Lizzie Fountain!
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location: Downtown Livermore
Times: noon to 4:00pm
Admission: Free
More info:    Livermore Downtown Association, (925) 373-1795
 
Holidays in the Vineyards
 

 

 


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Dec 3-4
Sat-Sun
Holidays in the Vineyards
Livermore Valley Wine Country celebrates the season with a weekend full of holiday cheer!
Holidays in the Vineyards is an annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, holiday music, special wines, and more.

Guests are encouraged to bring toys to their favorite wineries. All toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation after the event, directly benefiting children in need throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit http://www.toysfortots.org/ 

We look forward to ringing in the Holiday Season with you in Livermore Valley Wine Country.
This is not a ticketed event, however Tasting Fees may apply and vary by winery.
Sponsor:  Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
Location: Participating Valley Wineries
Times: Noon to 5pm
Admission: Free.  Tasting Fees may apply and vary by winery.
More info: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association or (925) 447-9463

Livermore Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

 


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Dec 3
Saturday
Livermore Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
The 2011 Downtown Livermore Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade will feature local marching bands, music, light displays, and of course SANTA CLAUS!!! Tree lighting to follow parade.

This year's Grand Marshall is See's Candies! See's Candies has been working with Livermore Downtown Inc. for more than 15 years, raising much needed funds for the Revitalization efforts of Downtown Livermore. Having the California tradition of See's Candies available to our community is a huge convenience allowing them to focus their holiday shopping towards retailers in their downtown. This year we are thrilled to be partnering with the Main Street Designs Christmas Store in locating our fundraiser there. This will allow our candies to be available at expanded Retail hours.

• Parade will start at 6pm and usually lasts approximately an hour.
• Parade route is First Street from M Street to McLeod St.
• Lighting of "Bruce Sprucetree" will be at the corner of First Street & South Livermore Avenue.
• Parking & Handicapped Parking are available at the FREE Livermore Valley Center Parking Garage, 2350 Railroad Avenue.
• No Dogs or Animals allowed inside the event enclosure.
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location: Downtown Livermore
Times: Parade from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Tree lighting following the parade
Admission: Free
More info:    Livermore Downtown Association or (925) 373-1795

Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
 

 

 


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Dec 3
Saturday
Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
The City of Pleasanton will once again host the Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Pleasanton. The centerpiece of this free event is a festive community-based parade followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main.

The parade always kicks off with one of Pleasanton’s award-winning high school marching bands from either Amador Valley High School or Foothill High School. The band is followed by dozens of holiday inspired entries including Pleasanton’s own Balloon Platoon, the Pleasanton City Council, hundreds of Cub Scouts and Brownies, local car clubs and dog clubs, and much more.

Main Street Closure – 3:30–7:30pm
Parade – 5:00pm
Floats, Marching Bands, Community Groups, and more

Tree Lighting Ceremony (following parade)
Approximately 6:00–6:30pm

-Special Appearance by Santa
-Mayor Lights the Tree
-Community Sing-a-long
Sponsors: Downtown Association & City of Pleasanton Parks and Community Services
Location: Main Street, Pleasanton
Times: 3:30pm to 7:30pm
More info: Pleasanton Events, Pleasanton Downtown Association.

Valley Concert Choral Christmas Concerts

 


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Dec 3-4
Sat, Sun

 

 

 

Valley Concert Choral Christmas Concerts
Our holiday choral concerts are a tradition in the Tri-Valley, and a fine way to kick off the holiday season. We will perform music in the holiday spirit, and you will get an opportunity to sing traditional carols throughout the concert. You will hear selections from Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Rutter's Dancing Day, featuring guest harpist Daniel Levitan and special guests Cantabella Children's Chorus and the Las Positas College Chamber Choir.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  Saturday:  Trinity Lutheran Church 1225 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton
      Sunday:  First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St (4th & L), Livermore
Times:  Saturday, Dec 3: 8:00pm.  Sunday, Dec 4, 3:00pm
Admission: $20.00 advance, $25 at the door. High school and college students, $10.  Children 14 and under are free.  Tickets at Valley Concert Chorale website.
More info: Valley Concert Chorale;  925 866-4003
Livermore-Amador Symphony Concert

At the Bankhead Theater

 

 


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Dec 3
Sat
Livermore-Amador Symphony
Wagner: Overture to Rienzi
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
   Danielle Naler, piano
   Pacific Masterworks Chorus
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Dr. Arthur Barnes and the orchestra open the season with three works by musical giants. Richard Wagner’s overture to Rienzi was written for an opera which celebrates a champion of the Roman people. For the Choral Fantasy of Ludwig van Beethoven, the orchestra will be joined by piano soloist Danielle Naler and the Pacific Masterworks Chorus. The Choral Fantasy is a unique mix of solo piano, orchestra, and voice which bears a striking resemblance to the “Ode to Joy” in Beethoven’s 9th symphony and speaks of “when love and strength are united.” The Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius, once called “a struggle between death and salvation” by the composer, became a symphony of liberation in the hearts of his Finnish countrymen.

Pianist Danielle Naler received her Master of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University and in 2008 was awarded the Sir Daniel Donahue Fellowship for study in the collaborative piano program at the Music Academy of the West, under the direction of Jonathan Feldman.

The Pacific Masterworks Chorus is directed by Dr. Greg Lyne and embraces a wide repertoire ranging from works of the a cappella tradition through accompanied compositions including choral masterworks.
Sponsor: Livermore Amador Symphony
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Time:
  Prelude talk from 7 to 7:30pm.  Symphony concerts begin at 8:00pm
Admission:  Adults: $28/$25/$22;  Senior (62+): $26/$23/$20;  Youth (high school & younger): $10.
     Season tickets also available.  $90/$80/$70.   Senior: $84/$74/$64   Youth (high school age & younger): $40 (all sections)
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info:
Livermore-Amador Symphony (925) 373-6824, or Bankhead Theater

Don Edwards


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Dec 6
Tues

 

 

 

Don Edwards
This Grammy nominated singer-guitarist continues to build a timeless legacy that enriches our vision of the American West. His ballads paint a sweeping landscape, keeping alive tales of the day-to-day sights, sounds and feelings of this rich American tradition. Bobby Weaver of the National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, calls him “...the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today” – praise that is merely a bonus for Edwards, who sings and shares his music out of genuine love and respect for the genre.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:   $18/$29/$40  Students (17 & under): $14
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page


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Mt. Diablo Beacon is lit in honor of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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Dec 7
Wednesday

 

 

 

Mt. Diablo Beacon is lit in honor of the Pearl Harbor attack.
The beacon on the top of Mt. Diablo had been used until December 7, 1941.  With the attack on Pearl Harbor, the beacon was turned off so as to not guide Japanese planes on night missions.  After the war, there was no longer a need for the beacon, so it has not been used since.
In 1964 the beacon was repaired, and it has been lit once a year, on the evening of December 7th, in honor those who were at Pearl Harbor that day.  The beacon is turned off in the morning on the 8th.   There is a short ceremony in the summit building with several survivors talking about their experience.  Note that space is very limited for the ceremony, and generally only family and press are able to fit in the room.
eLivermore.com attended that ceremony in 2010.  I plan to do so again this year.
Sponsor: Mt. Diablo chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
Location:  Summit at Mt Diablo.  Beacon can easily be seen in the Livermore Valley.
Times:  Ceremony starts around 3:30pm.  Beacon is lit around 4:30pm.  (Times based on actuals for 2010).
More info:

 
Sing it Yourself Messiah - Valley Concert Choral

 


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Dec 9
Friday

 

 

 

Sing it Yourself Messiah - Valley Concert Choral
This event has been a holiday tradition since 2006; and you can be a part of this tradition! Sing Part I of Handel's Messiah as well as the popular Hallelujah Chorus. Singers and music lovers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in experiencing Handel's spectacular choral masterpiece. Sing, or just come to enjoy. Bring a score or borrow one for the evening. We will be accompanied by VCC's concert pianist Daniel Glover, plus four outstanding soloists. Admission is $10.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St (4th & L), Livermore
Times:  7:30pm
Admission: $10.00  Tickets at Valley Concert Chorale website.
More info: Valley Concert Chorale
Cantabella Children's Chorus - A Ceremony of Carols
 

 

 

 


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Dec 10
Sat

 

 

Cantabella Children's Chorus - A Ceremony of Carols
20th Anniversary Winter Concert.  Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols
Sponsor: Cantabella Children's Chorus
Location:  First Presbyterian Church, 2020 5th St.
Times:  2:00pm Performing Choirs Only.
    4:14pm Training and Performing Choirs
Admission: Advanced Sales:  $12 Adults, $8 Children (10 & under).   At the door: $15 Adults, $10 Children (10 & under)
More info: Cantabella Children's Chorus or Bankhead Theater

 

The Nutcracker

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Dec 10-11
Sat-Sun

Dec 16, 17, 18
Fri, Sat, Sun

The Nutcracker
Enchant your senses. Thrill to a stage filled with one magical nutcracker, a swirl of lovely snowflakes, adorable mice, dancing soldiers, and a glittering sugar plum fairy. Bring your holiday dreams to life at Valley Dance Theatre's annual production of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic The Nutcracker. Accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony pit orchestra, it is guaranteed to provide more than enough enchantment for the entire family.
Sponsors:  Valley Dance Theatre with the Livermore Amador Symphony
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:
Sat, Dec 10:  2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sun Dec 11:  2:00pm
Fri, Dec 16:  7:00pm
Sat Dec 17:  2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sun Dec 18:  2:00pm & 7:00pm
Admission: $33/$27/$24
More info:
Livermore-Amador Symphony
   or Valley Dance Theatre or (925) 243-0927
Stacey Kent


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Dec 14
Wed

 

 

 

Stacey Kent
With her light and elegant vocal styling, Stacey Kent has a seemingly eff ortless ability to capture an emotion – a mood – hone it and share it like a secret with her audience, welcoming them into her own musical journey. Six bestselling albums fi lled with songs from classic to contemporary have earned her acclaim from the British Jazz Award to a Grammy Award nomination. The sensuous, lyrical melodies in her latest album, Raconte-Moi (Tell Me) resonates with the joy Kent fi nds in her music – a joy that has enchanted listeners around the world.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:   $29/$40/$51  Students (17 & under): $14
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page


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Drive Through Nativity
Outdoor live nativity scenes that you can drive through in your car, while hearing the Christmas story on your car radio.
Sponsor: Trinity Baptist Church
Location:  557 Olivina Ave
Times:  7-9pm
Admission: Free
More info: Trinity Baptist Church  447-1848
 
A Chanticleer Christmas


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Mon

 

 

 

A Chanticleer Christmas
A Chanticleer Christmas continues a beloved local tradition as this Grammy Award-winning group of 12 crystalline voices returns to the Bankhead Theater for the fourth year with their glorious holiday program of music, from Gregorian chant to modern works and classic carols. Opening with a candlelit chant that sets a magical tone for the whole evening, Chanticleer’s unique and sumptuous blend of voices will ring in the holiday season with a delightful evening of profound, peaceful and joyous music.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:   $39/$51/$62  Students (17 & under): $14
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page


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Restless Heart Christmas


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Dec 23
Fri

 

 

 

Restless Heart Christmas
Legendary country music band Restless Heart became instantly recognizable in the 1980s for their intertwining five-part harmony and contemporary country sound. One of that decade’s most popular country bands, their many number one hits included, I’ll Still be Loving You, Why Does it Have to be (Wrong or Right)? and The Bluest Eyes in Texas. With heartfelt vocals and flawless harmony, this special Christmas show will include songs of the season intertwined with classic Restless Heart hits to create a wonderful holiday evening to remember.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission:   $38/$44/$51  Students (17 & under): $14
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page


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New Year's Eve with Flash Cadillac


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Dec 31
Sat

 

 

 

New Year's Eve with Flash Cadillac
The Bankhead’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration starts the minute Flash Cadillac hits the stage with everyone’s favorite tunes from the 1950s and 1960s. Their energy lights up the night with Shake, Rattle and Roll, Peggy Sue, At the Hop, and I Only Have Eyes for You. Originally called Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, they played on American Bandstand, appeared on the television show Happy Days, and were featured in American Graffiti. These guys have been entertaining capacity crowds for more than 40 years...they know how to get the party going!

Even when the music stops, the night’s not over. Our New Year’s Eve celebration continues immediately after the show with a complimentary wine, champagne and fabulous dessert reception in the theater lobby – everyone will be rockin’ around the clock!
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission:  $55/$65
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page


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New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk


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New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk
Come join us on Saturday, December 31st, for our 7th annual New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk. The labyrinths will be available between 8:00 pm and midnight. You’re invited to walk the courtyard labyrinth by the light of the Christmas Eve luminaries. Our canvas labyrinth will also be available in the sanctuary, illuminated by dozens of candles and surrounded with beautiful music.

Over 100 people have walked on New Year’s Eve each of the last six years and it’s becoming a family tradition for members of the congregation and community alike. This is an opportunity to say good-bye to the old year and welcome the New Year with peace and intention.

So bundle up and come by on your way to a party, before you settle in for the evening, or be there to see in the New Year itself.
Sponsor: First Presbyterian Church, Livermore
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 4th & L Streets, Livermore
Times:  8:00pm to midnight
Admission: Free
More info: First Presbyterian Church, Livermore,  For more information, contact Judy Hughes, labyrinth facilitator, 925-449-8100 or the church office, 925-447-2078.
 

     
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, 925 373-5500

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Writing Club for Young Adults Sept 1
Oct 6
Nov 3
Dec 1
Thursdays

6:30-8:00pm

Main Library

Have you ever written--or wanted to write--a story, novel, song, poem, or play? Young Adults, ages 12- 21, are invited to join The Writing Club at the Livermore Public Library, Civic Center. The Writing Club will meet once a month on Thursdays, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, for a fun- filled evening of writing with author J.L. Powers! There is no charge to join.

Take your writing a step further as you learn about publishing your works and how to expand your writing horizons. Write and edit each other’s work while making friends and having fun!

For more information, please visit TEEN SPACE on the library’s website: www.livermorelibrary.net, or contact Sandy at 925-373-5500 extension 5583.

New "Reading Across the Map" book Discussion Sept 20
Nov 1
Dec 6
Tuesdays

7:00pm

Min Library

If you enjoy reading and conversation, plan on attending the Livermore Public Library’s newest book discussion group – Reading Across the Map Book Club – Cultural Differences in Fiction.

Most people feel at home in their own culture, but what about when one is exposed to another culture and another set of beliefs? How do contemporary Western novelists deal with issues of cultural difference? In this book club, we will look at novels that feature encounters with non-Western cultures, and the consequences that can range from encouraging to disastrous, however are almost always transformative.

The first meeting of the year will feature Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonsen. Please join us on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7 pm in the Storytime/Craft Room at the Livermore Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. In a book that has been compared to the work of Jane Austen, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is the story of a retired British Army major whose life is changed when his brother dies and he begins a friendship with a Pakistani shopkeeper in his small and very traditional village. “Funny, barbed, delightfully winsome storytelling…It’s about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone…” raves the New York Times.

The second book meeting will feature The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, and will be on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm. Narrated by the wife and four daughters of a fundamentalist missionary who takes his family to the Congo in the 1960s, The Poisonwood Bible is a haunting story of the tragic undoing of a family against the backdrop of the political upheaval of postcolonial independence. Newsweek called this novel “fully realized, richly embroidered, triumphant.”

The third meeting will feature Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, by Paul Torday and will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. A novel written entirely through letters, memos, diary entries, and interviews, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the quirky story of a British bureaucrat who is called upon to perform the impossible – introduce the sport of salmon fishing to the Yemen. Through this process his view of his life and his world is completely transformed. Booklist praises it - "a wacky plot, vivid characters, and a knowing sense of politics and bureaucracy. A remarkably assured first novel, this one is a pure delight." This book will be produced as a major motion picture in 2012 starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

The book choices and meeting dates for 2012 will be made available at a later time. The book group will be led by Carol Bloodworth, a local resident. For more information on this book club, please contact Carol at 449-7860.

The Livermore Public Library sponsors two additional book clubs. The Political Issues Book Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, and reads books about issues and trends that are driving current affairs in both the national and international arenas. Topics that have been covered include politics, governance, economics, military affairs, history, sociology, science, the climate, and religion. The We’re Talkin’ Books! Club is a member-centered book group led by a small group of book club veterans, with reading selections based on member recommendations and consensus. No homework required– share your insights or just listen in! Contact Rich at 872-7923, for further questions about the Political Issues Book Club, and Susan at 337-1282 regarding the We’re Talkin’ Books! Club.

 

Fall Storytimes Sept 12 to Dec 12
Multiple days
Visit the Livermore Public Library for fall storytimes, beginning Monday, September 12, 2011 and continuing through the week of December 12. A variety of storytimes will be held at the Civic Center Library and Rincon Branch Library:
Civic Center Library –
• Baby/Toddler: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
• Preschool: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
• “Pajama-time” Family Storytimes: Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Rincon Branch Library (Hora del Cuento Bilingüe) –
• Baby/Toddler: Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
• Preschool: Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Pajama-Time Family Storytimes Sept 12 - Dec 12
Mondays

7:00pm

Main Library

Come join us for “Pajama-Time” Family Storytimes at the Civic Center Library—every Monday night through December 12, 2011at 7 p.m. Here are themes for Family Storytimes from September through October:
  • Monday, September 12: STORYTIME GOES BACK TO SCHOOL--The older kids are going back to school, but family members of all ages can get in on the action with an evening of fun classroom stories.
  • Monday, September 19: STORYTIME STAYS UP PAST BEDTIME--Get in your pajamas and head to bed by way of the library—we’ll read you a few stories and sing some songs, and get you a good start off to dreamland!
  • Monday, September 26: AN EVENING WITH ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE--Mo Willem’s comic pair makes us laugh while showing us what best friends are all about. We invite you to bring your friends and family to the library as we share some of our favorite moments with Elephant and Piggie.
  • Monday, October 3: STORYTIME SWIMS WITH THE FISHES--It’s an under-the-sea Family Storytime, as we share whale tales, and shark tales and other fishy fun. We know you’ll be hooked!
  • Monday, October 10: KNIGHTS, PRINCESSES AND DRAGONS--Armor is unnecessary, however pajamas are a great idea for a royal adventure of a Family Storytime. Be sure to bring the princes and princesses in your life!
    Monday, October 17: A NEW PET--What animals will the characters in tonight’s stories attempt to bring home? Let’s find out if they get to keep them! Leave your own pets at home—but stuffed animals are welcome.
  • Monday, October 24: IT’S MAGIC!--Make yourself appear at the library for some stories of sleight of hand and trickery—and maybe even a silly illusion or two from our storyteller!
  • Monday, October 31: STORYTIME IN DISGUISE--A wolf may be in sheep’s clothing—this will be a night for characters pretending to be something they’re not! You can wear a costume if you like, however pajamas are always welcome.


These programs will be held in the Storytime/Craft Room of the Civic Center Library. All ages are welcome to these free library programs. Contact Youth Services at (925) 373-5504 for more information, pick up a storytime schedule at any one of the Livermore Public Libraries, or visit the website at www.livermorelibrary.net .

Michael David Lukas Dec 4
Sunday

2:00pm

Main Library

Author Michael David Lukas will discuss his novel The Oracle of Stamboul at 2pm on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event. Books will be available for sale and signing.

In his captivating debut novel The Oracle of Stamboul, Michael David Lukas deftly paints an atmospheric portrait of the mighty Ottoman Empire in its twilight, as seen through the perceptive eyes of a remarkable young girl. Only eight when she arrives in the bustling city at the center of the empire, Eleonora Cohen is a savant whose keen understanding of circumstances well beyond her years will place her in a vortex of political intrigue. When her preternatural abilities are brought to the attention of the Sultan, and she becomes the confidante to this most powerful of men, Eleonora discovers she may hold the key to changing the course of history.

Kirkus Reviews calls The Oracle of Stamboul, “A lyrical debut….A passionate novel that beautifully conveys the flavor of Turkish culture.” “An enchanting, gorgeous read,” says Siobhan Fallon, author of You Known When the Men are Gone. “Lukas captures the scents and sound, the vivid beauty, the subtle intrigue, and simultaneous naivety, of the Ottoman Empire unaware of its imminent demise.” A compelling story, elegantly told, The Oracle of Stamboul introduces a gifted writer with a wholly original vision and voice.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a late-shift proof reader in Tel Aviv, and a Rotary Scholar in Tunisia. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, his writing has been published in VQR (Virginia Quarterly Review), Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He has received scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. He currently lives in Oakland, California, less than a mile from where he was born. When he isn’t writing, he teaches creative writing to third and fourth graders.

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.livermorelibrary.net.

A Hawaiian Holiday Celebration with Patrick Landeza Dec 18
Sunday

2:00pm

Main Library

Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza returns to perform his music at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, at 2pm on Sunday, December 18, 2011. There is no charge for this event.

Back by popular demand, the balmy sounds of aloha melt the winter chill wind when award winning Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist Patrick Landeza kicks off the holiday season with a Hawaiian Holiday Celebration. The Hawaiian holiday show blends heartwarming stories of aloha, traditional Hawaiian holiday songs and holiday standards.

Patrick Landeza is the youngest recipient to date of the Kapalakiko Aloha Spirit Award, created by longtime Bay Area Hawaiian cultural leader Saichi Kawahara. Like many second-generation mainland residents, Patrick got much of his Hawaiiana directly from his family. Instead of rebelling against it when he became a teenager, he willingly, on his own, eagerly sought out more of this local culture that was not local to him. At age 15 he was introduced to slack key by two uncles Clarence and Francis Ahyee. By age 19, Patrick started playing solo opening Bay Area concerts for Hawaiian artists like Israel "Bruddah Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole, Cecilio & Kapono, Keali'i Reichel and HAPA. He also religiously attended the many slack key performances sponsored by Dancing Cat in and around the area.

In 2004 Patrick established the Institute of Hawaiian Music and Culture. "It was a traveling workshop or mini camp where you would learn Hawaiian language, culture, slack key and `ukulele," Patrick says. "The instructors included Cyril Pahinui, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Keoki Kahumoku, Herb Ohta, Junior and me for the music and Kalae Miles on leo ki`eki`e (falsetto singing) and Hawaiian language."

Patrick is also making appearances as an instructor at various workshops around the nation such as the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina and the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. In addition, his lessons will be published in Acoustic Guitar Magazine as a guest clinician. Recently, he began teaching weekly at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, where he first met his first teacher, Raymond Kane. Their new state of the art venue also has classroom space.

"I am so grateful for the privilege of learning ki ho'alu from the masters and being able to entertain so many people with that gift," said Patrick. "Now it's time for me to share the mana'o, or knowledge and understanding, with others."

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.

Winter Break Program Dec 28
Wednesday

10:30am

Main Library

Internationally known ventriloquist Randel McGee and his pal Groark the Dragon will be entertaining you at the Livermore Public Library on Wednesday, December 28th! Families love Randel and his buddy Groark—their hilarious blend of music and stories will have children and adults alike cheering for more and will have you talking about the show and singing for days! This is don’t-miss entertainment—especially if you’ve never before seen a dragon play the guitar!

This event will take place on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., in the Storytime Room of the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 South Livermore Avenue. This event is open to the public and free of charge. The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten this program.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Desk at (925) 373-5504.

     
     
     

 

 

 

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