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February 2012

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Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

2012 

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

See Notes on Sun / Moon
 

1
Sun:
07:11 -- 17:30
Moon:
12:04 -- 02:01

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00pm

Groundhog Day
Sun:
07:10 -- 17:32
Moon:
12:50 -- 02:55

Creatures of Impulse Improv
    Face-Off

     7:30pm

 

3
Sun:
07:09 -- 17:33
Moon:
13:41 -- 03:47

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Rincon Branch

Library Event:
  USO Dance

    7:00-9:00pm 

Creatures of Impulse Improv
    Face-Off

     7:30pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Annie

     8:00pm

 

4
Sun:
07:09 -- 17:34
Moon:
14:39 -- 04:36

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

LLNL Science on Saturday
   The Gamma-Ray Spectrometer
   at Mercury:  A Seven Year
   Journey to the Innermost Planet

     9:30 and 11:15

Library Event:
  Joy of Handbells

    10:30am

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Futures Release Party

     11:30-3:00

Roller Derby
     7:00pm

Creatures of Impulse Improv
    Face-Off

     7:30pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Annie

     8:00pm

 

5   Super Bowl Sunday
Sun:
07:08 -- 17:35
Moon:
15:41 -- 05:21

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Futures Release Party

     11:30-3:00

Tri-Valley Rep
    Annie

     2:00pm

Patsy Cline Tribute
   with Joni Morris

     2:00pm

 

6
Sun:
07:07 -- 17:36
Moon:
16:46 -- 06:01

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Pajama Time
7:00pm

 

Full Moon
Sun:
07:06 -- 17:37
Moon:
17:53 -- 06:38

Library Event:
  Baby Storytime

    11:00am

Library Event:
  Pointers for Parents

    11:30am

Library Event:
  Italian Heart of
  California Cook

    7:00pm

8
Sun:
07:05 -- 17:38
Moon:
19:01 -- 07:13

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am

Library Event:
  Valentine Crafts

    12:00-5:30pm

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00pm

Celtic Nights
     7:30pm 

9
Sun:
07:04 -- 17:39
Moon:
20:09 -- 07:46

Library Event:
  Sicily & Amalfi Coast

    1:30pm

McGrail Vineyards
   Riedel Wine Taste Seminar

     6:30-8:00

Library Event:
  Legacy of WWII in
  Bay Area

    7:00pm

Comedy @ Firehouse
     7:30pm

10
Sun:
07:03 -- 17:40
Moon:
21:19 -- 08:19

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Rincon Branch

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Swetheart Wine Special

     12:00-2:00

Led Zeppelin Experience
     8:00pm 

Ravi Coltrane - Saxophonist
   Firehouse Arts Center

     8:00pm

11
Sun:
07:02 -- 17:42
Moon:
22:28 -- 08:53

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

LLNL Science on Saturday
   Sleuthing Seismic Signals:
   Understanding Earthquake Hazard
   and Monitoring Nuclear Explosions

     9:30 and 11:15

Baby & Kidz Show
     10:00 to 6:00

Library Event:
  Sing, Ring, Listen & Paint

    10:30am

Valentine Port & Chocolate
   Charles R Vineyard

     12:00 to 4:00pm

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Swetheart Wine Special
   & Gerard'Z Honeybeesl

     12:00-4:30

Library Event:
  Movie: The Secret of
  Santa Vittoria

    12:00 noon

Livermore-Amador Symphony
   Concert

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

 

12  Lincoln's Birthday
Sun:
07:00 -- 17:43
Moon:
23:38 -- 09:30

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Ravenswood Tours
     12:00 to 4:00pm

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Swetheart Wine Special
   & Noah's Zinfandel Release

     12:00-4:30pm

McGrail Vineyards
   Chocolate & Cabernet

     12:00-4:30

Tribute to Glenn Miller
  and Tex Beneke

     2:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
   Romance on the Rails

     2:00pm

Library Event:
  Perspectives on War:
  A Veteran's View

    2:00pm

Cypress String Quartet
     3:00pm

 

13
Sun:
06:59 -- 17:44
Moon:
xx:xx -- 10:11

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Pajama Time
7:00pm

14  Moon Last Qtr
 
 
Valentine's Day
Sun:
06:58 -- 17:45
Moon:
00:47 -- 10:57

Library Event:
  Baby Storytime

    11:00am

Library Event:
  Valentine's Day Craft

  For Middle School teens
    3:30 to 5:00pm

Library Event:
  Cicily Now and Then

    7:00pm

15
Sun:
06:57 -- 17:46
Moon:
01:53 -- 11:50

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00pm

16
Sun:
06:56 -- 17:47
Moon:
02:53 -- 12:48

Library Event:
  The Swingin' Blue Stars

  of the USS Hornet
    7:00pm

The Music of ABBA
     7:30pm

 

17
Sun:
06:55 -- 17:48
Moon:
03:47 -- 13:50

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Rincon Branch

 

18
Sun:
06:53 -- 17:49
Moon:
04:34 -- 14:54

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

LLNL Science on Saturday
   Space Junk: Traffic Cops in Space

     9:30 and 11:15

Home & Garden Show
     10:00 to 6:00pm

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Barrel Tasting

     12:00-4:30pm

McGrail Vineyards
   Music in the Vines
   & New Release Wine

     12:00-4:30

Glover and Hansen - Piano Duet
   Del Valle Fine Arts
     8:00pm
 

Naresh Michael
     8:00pm

19
Sun:
06:52 -- 17:50
Moon:
05:15 -- 15:58

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Home & Garden Show
     10:00 to 6:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Barrel Tasting

     12:00-4:30pm

 

20  President's Day
Sun:
06:51 -- 17:51
Moon:
05:50 -- 17:02

Home & Garden Show
     10:00 to 5:00pm

Retzlaff Vineyards
   Barrel Tasting

     12:00-4:30pm

 

21    New Moon
   
Mardi Gras

Sun:
06:50 -- 17:52
Moon:
06:22 -- 18:03

Library Event:
  Baby Storytime

    11:00am

Library Event:
  ASL Storytime

    7:00pm

22  Ash Wednesday
  Washington's Birthday
Sun:
06:48 -- 17:53
Moon:
06:52 -- 19:03

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00pm

Paul Alan Cox
   Rae Dorough Speakers Series

     7:30pm

23
Sun:
06:47 -- 17:54
Moon:
07:20 -- 20:02

Library Event:
  Writing Club for Young
   Adults

    6:30-8:00pm

Library Event:
  Everyday Life I Resistance

  in Southern Italy, WWII
    7:00pm

Don't Fence Me In
     7:30pm 

24
Sun:
06:46 -- 17:55
Moon:
07:48 -- 20:59

Fly Fishing Show
     10:00am to 5:30pm

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Rincon Branch

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
     8:00pm 

Alice's Adventures in
   Wonderland

     7:30pm

25
Sun:
06:45 -- 17:56
Moon:
08:17 -- 21:57

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Fly Fishing Show
     9:00am to 5:30pm

Alice's Adventures in
   Wonderland

     2:00pm & 7:30pm

Pacific Chamber Symphony
   Mozart/Bach/Brahms

     8:00pm

 

26
Sun:
06:43 -- 17:57
Moon:
08:48 -- 22:53

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Fly Fishing Show
     9:00am to 4:30pm

Ravenswood Tours
     12:00 to 4:00pm

Library Event:
  Dramatic Reading from
  A Bell for Adano

     2:00pm

Salute to the Rat Pack
     2:00pm

Alice's Adventures in
   Wonderland

     2:00pm

 

27
Sun:
06:42 -- 17:58
Moon:
09:22 -- 23:49

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am
  Pajama Time
7:00pm

 

28
Sun:
06:40 -- 17:59
Moon:
10:00 -- xx:xx

 

29  Moon 1st Qtr
Sun:
06:39 -- 18:00
Moon:
10:43 -- 00:44

Library Event: Storytime
  Baby/Toddler
10:30am
  Preschool
11:00am

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00pm

 

   
Other Months
        November 2011 December 2011
January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012
July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012
Other Calendar Information
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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.

February 2012 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

 

   
Annie - Tri-Valley Repertory Theater

At the Bankhead Theater


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Jan 21, 22
Jan 27, 28, 29
Feb 3, 4, 5

Sat, Sun
Fri-Sun
Fri-Sun

 

Annie - Tri-Valley Repertory Theater
“Annie” is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and finds a new family and home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Sponsor: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Fridays & Saturday: 8:00pm.  Sunday Matinees: 2:00pm
Admission: Individual tickets: Check Tri-Valley Rep website.  Prices not available as this was written.
     Season tickets (3 shows): Adults (18-59): $97.50;  Seniors 60+: $92;  Juniors under 18 $60.  Please add $7.50 per season ticket.
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Tri-Valley Repertory TheatreeLivermore.com theater pageLivermore Valley Performing Arts Center
 
Creatures of the Impulse Improv Face-off


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 2-4
Thurs-Sat

 

 

 

Creatures of the Impulse Improv Face-off
Presented by Creatures of Impulse, Teen Improv Troupe. Come and see Creatures of Impulse in the fourth season of their most popular short-form show to date. Creatures of Impulse will share the stage with improv teams from Aragon High School and Hillsdale High School with a rematch from previous years. Join us for three nights of scenes, games and theatrical tomfoolery. You are in for three nights of pure fun with an interactive format that gives the audience a chance to win prizes! Tickets: Students: $5.00 advance/$8.00 door, General: $10.00 advance, $15.00 at the door.
Sponsor:
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  Adult: $10;  Child: $5
Admission: 7:30pm
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
LLNL Science on Saturday - Fighting Super Bugs: Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance

At the Bankhead Theater


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Feb 4
Feb 11
Feb 18
March 3

Saturday

 

 

 

LLNL Science on Saturday -

February 4:  The Gamma-Ray Spectrometer at Mercury: A Seven Year Journey to the Innermost Planet
Presenter:  Dr. Morgan Burks, LLNL physicist and Dan Burns, Log Gatos High School Physics Teacher
After traveling through the inner solar system for seven years, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft reached Mercury in March 2011 and became the first ever mission to orbit this mysterious planet. Since then MESSENGER has been making measurements with its suite of scientific instruments including gamma-ray, neutron and x-ray spectrometers, magnetometer, laser altimeter, cameras and other instruments. This data is helping to resolve many of the questions and mysteries surrounding Mercury's formation and composition. One of those instruments, the gamma-ray spectrometer, faced a unique challenge on this mission. Although it offers superb resolution for identifying radioactive materials, it only does so at an operating temperature of -300oF or below. This is quite daunting considering that Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and its surface can reach 800oF. Accomplishing this required innovative new designs to protect this instrument from the blistering heat and allow it to cool. This presentation discusses the MESSENGER mission with a focus on the gamma-ray spectrometer and the importance of gamma-ray science in helping to understand the planet. This talk also discusses the science and engineering that allowed for the spectrometer to work at cryogenic temperatures in one of the hottest places in the solar system.

February 11:  Sleuthing Seismic Signals: Understanding Earthquake Hazard and Monitoring Nuclear Explosions 
Presenter: Sean Ford, seismologist, Teacher: Ken Sedel, Tracy High School Earth Science Teacher
Did you know that probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the Greater Bay Area in the next 30 years is 63%, or about 2 out of 3? We will see what an earthquake in the Bay Area would look like and try to understand its effects. Just like an earthquake, a nuclear test can cause seismic disturbances that are recorded at monitoring stations around the world. We will learn how seismologists tell the difference between these two sources by sleuthing seismic signals.

February 18:  Space Junk: Traffic Cops in Space
Presenter: John Henderson, Teacher: Tom Shefler, Granada High School
This presentation is designed to give middle and high school students a basic understanding of what climate models are and how they function. The evolution of the resolution and complexity of climate models from the mid 1970's to the present is discussed, as are the changes in data set size. Methods for testing climate models against a variety of benchmarks such as historical climate changes or seasonal changes are explained. The presentation shows that various climate models have different strengths and weaknesses and that the average of a number of models produces the best results. Several key issues arising from global climate change are highlighted followed by suggestions for student actions that will help them limit their carbon dioxide emissions.

March 3:  Restoring Sight to the Blind: Bridging the Medical Gap with Technology
Presenters: Dr. Satinderpall Pannu, Terri Delima, Dr. Sarah Felix, Kedar Shah, Heeral Sheth, Dr. Vanessa Tolosa, Teacher: Kirk Brown, Biology teacher, Tracy High School
Millions of people worldwide suffer from ocular diseases that degrade the retina, the light-processing component of the eye, causing blindness, according to the seminar abstract. As the population continues to age, the number of Americans blinded by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP) will increase. Unfortunately, there are no therapeutic or curative options for these patients, and it has left them with little hope.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with four other national laboratories, four universities, and Second Sight® Medical Products, has developed the first long-term retinal prosthesis that can function for years inside the harsh biological environment of the eye. The device takes images from an external video camera and sends electric impulses to an array implanted in the eye. These impulses stimulate the retina and enable the brain to perceive patterns of light. In clinical trials, patients with vision loss were able to successfully identify objects, increase mobility, and detect movement using the retinal implant. Further planned developments for the device will enable reading and face recognition. In addition, the technologies used in the retinal implant, to restore sight to the blind, could be expanded to develop devices that increase the functionality of people with spinal cord injuries, deafness and other neurological disorders, the abstract states.

Sponsor: LLNL
Location:  Bankhead Theater (Livermore Performing Arts Theater)
Times:  9:30am and 11:15am
Admission: Free - seats are first come first served.
More info: LLNLScience on Saturday web page

Retzlaff Vineyards
 

 

 

 


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Feb 4-5
Sat Sun
Futures Rel

Feb 10,11,12
Fri,Sat,Sun
Sweetheart Special

Feb 11
Sat
Honey

Feb 12
Sun
Noah's Zin
 

Feb 18,19,20
Sat,Sun,Mon
Barrel Tasting

 

 

 

Retzlaff Vineyards Events
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Last Weekend for the Annual Retzlaff Futures Release Party and Sale!

Come on out to the vineyard this final weekend of the Annual Futures Release Party. Pick up your 2010 Future, sample the young 2011 wines directly from the barrel and enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Edwardo of Posada Catering.

Dates:  Feb 4-5 (Sat-Sun)
Times:
  11:30 - 3pm
Admission: Current Future Members are free and may bring two additional guests at no charge. Non-members are $30 each which includes lunch and the Futures tasting.
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Sweetheart Wine Special and Valentine Raffle!

Lovely wine specials plus a chance to win a basket of goodies for you and your Valentine to share. Just visit the winery Feb 10, 11 or 12, make a wine purchase and be entered in the raffle. Raffle to be held at 4pm on Sunday the 12th.

Dates:  Feb 10, 11, 12 (Fri-Sat-Sun)
Times:
   Fri: 12-2;  Sat & Sun: 12:00-4:30
Admission: Wine Purchase
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Gerard'Z Honeybees

The Honey Guy will be out at the winery with his honey ....Why don't you come and get some for your honey?

Date:  Feb 11 (Sat)
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Noah's Zinfandel Release Party
11:00 - 4:00pm

Please join us at Retzlaff Vineyards for a special Valentine's Day Party featuring Noah's latest releases - two fantastic Zinfandel wines, 2008 Dry Creek Zinfandel and a 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel.
Both wines are spectacular and will be available at a greatly discounted "Futures" price of $180 per case.
This is a one day event. If you can't make it you may call in an order on February 12th for your Valentine and receive the discount. The wine is bottled, packaged and ready to go!

We will be serving a yummy light lunch paired with both wines. Guests and kids are welcome!
$20 per person includes the tasting fee for both wines and lunch - kids 8 and under are free.

Please RSVP by Saturday the 11th- we don't want to run out of food this year!

www.noahwines.com
noah@noahwines.com

Dates:  Feb 12 (Sunday)
Times:
   12:00-4:30
Admission: $20 per person includes the tasting fee for both wines and lunch - kids 8 and under are free.
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President's Day Weekend Barrel Tasting

Enjoy barrel tasting of 2011 Retzlaff wines. Savor both the red and white estate wines. Buy your 2011 Future today. This is a fun and educational event. Tasting Fee $5.00 per person.

Dates:  Feb 18, 19, 20 (Sat-Sun-Mon)
Times:
   12:00-4:30
Admission: Tasting Fee $5.00 per person.
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Sponsor: Retzlaff Vineyards
Location:   1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore
More info: Retzlaff Vineyards  -  925 447-8941

 

2012 Roller Derby Victory Tour


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Feb 4
Sat

 

2012 Roller Derby Victory Tour
Featuring 3 - four period mini games which will be filmed for TV with the World Champion San Francisco Bay Bombers - Los Angeles FireBirds - Brooklyn Red Devils
Banked track Roller Derby training starting Jan 3rd - Feb 4th! For more info and specific times visit www.arsdbombers.com
Sponsor: American Roller Skating Derby
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  7:00pm
Admission:   Advanced:   Trackside Reserved: $20;  VIP Gold $18;  Adult Ticket $10;  Children's ticket (12 & under): $5
                      At the door: Trackside Reserved: $30;  VIP Gold $24;  Adult Ticket $20;  Children's ticket (12 & under): $10
           Parking $8.00
More info:   Bay Bombers website   or   Fairgrounds web site
 
PATSY CLINE Tribute with Joni Morris


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 5
Sun

 

 

 

PATSY CLINE Tribute with Joni Morris
Joni Morris draws inspiration from much-beloved country music legends whose names are instantly recognized. In her song portrait of Patsy Cline, who was the first woman elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Morris brings her own rich voice and mesmerizing stage presence to the Firehouse.
Sponsor:
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  2:00pm
Admission: Adult: $25/$20/$15;  Child: $12;  Senior: $20
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Celtic Nights


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 8
Wed

 

 

 

Celtic Nights
Direct from Ireland, the fi nest voices of the Celtic world are showcased against a dazzling backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. Audiences are transported through time by the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of gorgeous Celtic ballads, fi ery fi ddle playing, and traditional step dancing, expertly woven into the epic story of a proud and passionate people who dared to leave their beloved country in search of a better life in America.
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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NEW! Comedy @ Firehouse Arts with Andrew Norelli


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 9
Thurs

 

 

 

NEW! Comedy @ Firehouse Arts with Andrew Norelli
Comic Andrew Norelli headlines the first in a series of comedy shows at the Firehouse Arts Center. The series called: Comedy @ Firehouse Arts is slated for every second Thursday of the month. It will feature comics that work with adult material, that is intelligent and insightful, enjoyable and entertaining in a fresh and clean style. They bring well crafted material to the Firehouse stage in celebration of the comedic art form. First up in the series, which includes Mike Pace and Darren Carren, is Andrew Norelli. Andrew has a gift for comedy and has shared it on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Byron Allen Show, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Letting audiences in on his frustration and excitement with the world around him, Andrew brings his act to Firehouse Arts for their Thursday night comedy series. Andrew was the winner of the inaugural Las Vegas World Series of Comedy and placed second at the Boston Comedy Festival.
Sponsor:
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  7:30pm
Admission: $15.00
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
McGrail Vineyards
 

 

 

 


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Feb 9
Thurs
Riedel Wine
Tasting Seminar

Feb 12
Sun
Chocolate &
Cabernet

Feb 28
Sat
New Release Wine

 

 

 

McGrail Vineyards
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Riedel Wine Tasting Seminar

Join us to taste McGrail's premium wines and learn about the importance of your wine glass. You get to take your set of 4 Vinum XL glasses home after the presentation. Sylvie Laly of Riedel will be tasting with you and teaching you about the importance of your wine glass. Cheese and cracker reception following.

Open to 40 people max.

Dates:  Feb 9th (Thurs)
Times:
  6:30-8PM
Admission: Tickets are: $60/wine club member
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Chocolate and Cabernet with your Valentine

Join us for a delicious day of dark Belgium chocolate paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. Spend the afternoon listening to TankHalfFull while dipping delicate desserts into a chocolate fondue fountain. Buy tickets on our website: www.mcgrailvineyards.com
 

Dates:  Feb 12 (Sunday)
Times:
  12-4:30PM
Admission: $25/person,  $15/club member
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Music in the Vines and New Release Wine

Our first Release for 2012, come out to taste 2008 McGrail Vineyards Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon. Live music by Stevie Rae Stephens.

Dates:  Feb 18 (Sat)
Times:
  12-4:30PM
Admission: $10/person,  $5/club member 
*Keep your glass and enjoy light appetizers
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Sponsor: McGrail Vineyards
Location:  5000 Greenville Rd, Livermore
More info: http://www.mcgrailvineyards.com/

 

Ravi Coltrane - Saxophonist


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 10
Friday

 

 

 

Ravi Coltrane - Saxophonist
RAVI COLTRANE is a critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. Since 1991, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman with many jazz luminaries, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others, overseen important jazz reissues, and founded the prominent independent record label, RKM. Born in Long Island, New York in 1965, the second son of John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Shortly thereafter the family moved to the Los Angeles, where Ravi first began developing his own personal interest in the arts. As young man, he initially began playing clarinet and switched to saxophone in high school. He continued his studies at California Institute of the Arts. In 1991, his father's renowned drummer, Elvin Jones, saw in Ravi an emergent authentic performer, and hired Ravi to play with his band. After his tenure with Elvin, Ravi found himself working alongside a list of names that reads like the Who's Who of American Jazz and Pop, including: McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker, George Duke, Stanley Clarke Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Jacky Terrasson, Jack DeJohnnette, Rashied Ali, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen, Gerry Gibbs, Graham Haynes, and Steve Coleman for whom he appears on several albums. Indeed, Ravi's credits include recording on well over thirty recordings as a sideman. In 1997 Ravi recorded his first album as a leader, MOVING PICTURES (RCA Victor). Critical acclaim arrived with the release of his second release, FROM THE ROUND BOX (2000). Ravi's third album, MAD 6 (Columbia) gathered even more worldwide interest and recognition for now assured artist. In 2004, Ravi took a break from his own projects in order to produce his mother's return to recording after a 26-year hiatus. That album, TRANSLINEAR LIGHT (Impulse!), featured an all-star ensemble whose members included Alice, Ravi, his brother Oran, Charlie Haden, Jack Dejohnette, James Genus, and Jeff Watts. February of 2005 saw the release of Ravi's fourth album, IN FLUX (Savoy), which was voted the #3 top albums in The New York Times' prestigious 2005 year-end list. Of IN FLUX, Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times: 'Mr. Coltrane avoids tired song structures and doesn't want to bore you. He's fascinated on one hand by miniatures and on the other by the idea of longer songs that sound like collective improvisation from start to finish. It's a record that you can point to and say: This is what jazz sounds like now.' BLENDING TIMES (Savoy), Ravi's fifth release arrives January 2009 and is already earning exemplary advance reviews. Today, Ravi continues to balance family life with a variety of high profile musical projects. In 1999 he married his wife, Kathleen Hennessy. They have two sons, William and Aaron. He frequently tours the world with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, a dynamic band whose members include pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland.
Sponsor:
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: Adult: $30/$25/$20;  Student (12-18): $12
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Led Zeppelin Experience


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 10
Wed

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin Experience - Starring "Heartbreaker"
Experience the ultimate rock tribute to Led Zeppelin in this live musical performance starring Heartbreaker, the West Coast's most spectacular Led Zeppelin Tribute Show.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:  $42.50/37.50/$32.50
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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Baby & Kidz Expo


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Feb 11
Sat

 

Baby & Kidz Expo
Bay area's annual indoor family expo - The Parent, Baby, Toddler & Child Expo. Don't miss it! One day only! Feb. 11, 2012, Saturday, 10am - 6pm. Affordable family fun ($10 Adult admission at the door - purchase online and save $2, kids under 12 are free).

Knowledge is the key and when you are a parent, the more you know the better. Grab the kids and get ready for a great day filled with fun times at the annual Baby & Kidz Expo.

The Baby & Kidz Expo offers babies, toddlers and young children a fun experience filled with kid's entertainment. From bounce houses, face painting, hands-on activities and all sorts of family-oriented stage entertainment, kids are sure to have a blast. As a parent, visit the vendors and find the hottest and latest parenting products and services, info and advice on many family topics. Shop show only specials and be prepared for some great cash n carry offers on many unique items.

Time flies when you are a parent - - so make sure you know how to provide the best for your family. Come to the annual Baby & Kidz Expo and mingle with other parents and have a great family day
Sponsor: The Expo Pros
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission:    Adults: $10, Children 12 & under Free;  Seniors (65+) $5;  Parking $8.00    Discount: Save $2 online
More info:    Show Website  or Fairgrounds web site
 
Valentine Port & Chocolate Affaire at Charles R Vineyards
 

 

 

 


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Feb 11
Sat

 

 

 

Valentine Port & Chocolate Affaire at Charles R Vineyards
Come on out and bring your honey to celebrate our old-fashioned Valentine Day with Bonnie’s Port Fudge and Decadent Chocolate Cake! We’re pairing the chocolate treats with our Vino de Amor (Port), chilled and room temperature, and a Dad's special port tasting for our Club Members! Ask how to become a Club Member when visiting our tasting room.
Sponsor: Charles R Vineyards
Location:  8195 Crane Ridge Road, Livermore
Times:  Noon to 4:30pm
Admission: See above
More info: www.charlesrvineyards.com - 925 454-3040

 
Livermore-Amador Symphony Concert

At the Bankhead Theater

 

 


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Feb 11
Sat
Livermore-Amador Symphony
Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Dvořák: Wind Serenade
Davies: Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

plus solos by winners of the 2011–2012 Competition for Young Musicians

The two winners of the Symphony’s annual Competition for Young Musicians will be featured soloists on a program which provides special treats for music lovers of every persuasion. “The Moldau” of Bedřich Smetana portrays a waterway’s inspiring transformation from tiny springs to a noble river. A solo violin leads the orchestra in a nocturnal dance of death in the “Danse macabre” of Camille Saint-Saëns. The orchestra’s wind players will be highlighted in the sparkling spontaneity of the Wind Serenade of Antonin Dvořák. The popular Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, by Peter Maxwell Davies brings to life a spirited, all-night marriage celebration complete with bagpipes.
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

Niles Canyon Railway Romance on the Rails

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Feb 12
Sunday
Niles Canyon Railway
Romance on the Rails 2012 Valentine’s Day Train on the Niles Canyon Railway.  A special Valentine's Day Wine tasting event

The Golden Gate Railroad Museum is pleased to announce that our 1940's vintage Southern Pacific lounge car #2979 will be available for reserved seating on the 2012 Valentine’s Day Train on the Niles Canyon Railway.

Mark your calendars and come out to experience Romance on the Rails when GGRM and The Pacific Locomotive Association host a Valentines Day Wine Train on Sunday February 12, 2012. You'll be served a selection of wines and Hors d'oeuvres onboard this luxurious Art Deco Lounge Car

Experience the magic of this elegant Art Deco lounge, as it winds through Niles Canyon on a two-hour round-trip ride from Sunol to Fremont and return. Your trip on the Southern Pacific 2979 is aboard a vintage 1940’s parlor lounge car restored to its original layout, appearance and atmosphere. The car features plush lounge seating and a semi-circular mahogany bar framed by etched glass and mirrors.

All seating in the Valentine Lounge is reserved.

1940's attire admired, but not required

The car is climate controlled for your comfort and enjoyment. For your comfort and safety our volunteer car attendants will be aboard the car to assist in boarding, detraining or if any assistance is needed during your trip.

Note: The Valentine Lounge is not wheelchair accessible due to the narrow aisles and doorways on our antique equipment.
Departing from Sunol on Sunday February 12 at 2:00 PM, for an elegant afternoon and evening, aboard a vintage art deco lounge car, being served a variety of local wines and hors d'oevres.
Sponsor: Niles Canyon Railway
Location:  Boarding at the Niles station.
Times:  2:00pm
Admission: $75 per person.
More info: Niles Canyon Railroad
 

Tribute to Glenn Miller & Tex Beneke


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 12
Sun

 

 

 

Tribute to Glenn Miller & Tex Beneke
The Tex Beneke Orchestra returns with an all new show of beloved, chart-topping hits including In the Mood, Little Brown Jug, String of Pearls, and more great music made famous by Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke. This outstanding tribute includes special guest stars, the Four Aces, performing favorite songs such as Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing and Stranger In Paradise, plus vocalist Cassie Miller, who toured with Harry James and Tex Beneke, in a dazzling showcase of classics.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  2:00pm
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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Cypress String Quartet


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 12
Sun

 

 

 

Cypress String Quartet
The Cypress Quartet, a young though well-established San Francisco ensemble, will perform at the Firehouse. Their passion will draw you into the music while their energy will have you on the edge of your seat.
Sponsor:
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  3:00pm
Admission: Adult: $25/$20/$15;  Child: $12;  Senior: $20
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
The Music of ABBA


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 16
Thurs

 

 

 

The Music of ABBA
International sensation The Music of ABBA (Arrival from Sweden) discos back to the days of fringe, rhinestones and satin with the unforgettable music that defined a generation. The only tribute band with exclusive rights to the ABBA name, the group includes original ABBA bass player Mike Watson and plays to packed houses worldwide. With authentic costumes, energetic dance numbers and impeccable harmony on note-perfect renditions of songs like Dancing Queen and Take a Chance on Me, this show guarantees a fun and upbeat flashback to the 1970s.

Keep the night young and the music high by staying after the performance for a sparkling reception featuring wine, champagne, coff ee and desserts. This winter gala event raises funds for LVPAC’s artistic programming, educational outreach and theater operations, and helps ensure more unforgettable evenings of entertainment like this at the Bankhead.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:  $50/$59   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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Capital Showcase Home & Garden Show


At the Fairgrounds

 

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Feb 18-20
Sat-Mon

 

 

 

Capital Showcase Home & Garden Show
Homeowners can get an early start on their home and gardens at the Spring Home & Garden show.�
Bring spring indoors with natural lighting from skylights, plush carpeting, ceramic tile, and the latest in kitchen and bath renovations. Enjoy your outdoor environment with spring colors in your landscape, wood decking, pools, spas and outdoor furniture. Whether you own your home or rent - you'll find everything you need to enjoy your home & garden in one location. Shoe prices are the best prices - shop, compare and save!

Free flowering plant to the first 300 paid admissions. Sponsored by Alden Lane Nursery
Sponsor:  Capital Showcase
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  Sat: 10-6, Sun: 10-6,  Mon: 10-5.
Admission:  General: $6; Kids Under 12 Free.   Parking: $8.00
    Discounts:  $2 off coupons in newspapers, $3 discount for all valid AAA membership card holders.
More info:  www.capitalshowcase.com, 925 682-7227, or Fairgrounds web site
 

An Evening in Roma with Naresh Michael


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 18
Sat

 

 

 

An Evening in Roma with Naresh Michael
Join us for an evening of international music and song performed by celebrated musician and singer Naresh Michael. Called “The Andrea Bocelli of Tango” he sings a romantic international style of music inspired by music legends Mario Lanza and Placido Domingo and combined with the modern flavor of Josh Groban and Michael Buble’. From Bocelli’s smash hit Con Te Partiro (“Time to Say Goodbye”) to Dean Martin’s An Evening in Roma, Naresh’s show is sophisticated and uplifting and, like the Tango itself, sexy and fun!
Sponsor:
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: Adult: $25/$20/$15;  Child: $12;  Senior: $20
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Glover and Hansen - Piano Duet


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 18
Sat

 

 

 

Glover and Hansen - Piano Duet - Del Valle Fine Arts
When two of the Bay Area's leading concert pianists, Daniel Glover and Thomas Hansen, encountered each other in the Netherlands at the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht, the meeting was serendipitous, as together they have been able to explore the rich repertoire of works for four-hands piano. While continuing their careers as solo artists and teachers, they have also joined forces, performing duets (both playing a single piano) and duos (playing together on two pianos). For their appearance with Del Valle Fine Arts they will use a single piano, a performance form which is rarely heard because it is so demanding, yet which is incredibly dynamic.

A recent performance by Thomas Hansen was described by the San Mateo County Times as "fresh, scintillating, and lyrical . . . a rich, dynamic bravura performance." Daniel Glover has been described by the San Jose Mercury News as "a whirlwind . . . an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player . . . a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge."
Sponsor: Del Valle Fine Arts
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission:    $35, $29, $23
     Season Tickets (5 performances) are available for $140, $116, or $92, a 20% discount off individual concert ticket prices.
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -  eLivermore.com theater page


 

Paul Alan Cox, Jr - Rae Dorough Speaker Series

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 22
Wednesday

 

 

 

Bob Borchers - Rae Dorough Speaker Series
Paul Alan Cox, Director of the Institute for EthnoMedicine, spent three decades searching for new medicines from plants used by traditional healers in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. For these efforts TIME magazine named Cox one of the 11 "Heroes of Medicine" HIs work in preserving island rain forests was recognized with the Goldman Environmental Prize. Cox has published over 175 scientific papers and three books.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:  $30;  Students 21 and under: $14;  4 Lecture Series: $100
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page

 

Don't Fence Me In


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 23
Thurs

 

 

 

Don't Fence Me In
Few places in the world capture the imagination like the American West. From the range, ranch, and reservation, through the valley of the Rio Grande to the Bitteroot Mountains, the performances of this group of exceptional Western artists bring the region’s character to life through its unique music and oral tradition. Their authentic cowboy songs and poetry, high plains yodeling, western swing fiddle, Tex-Mex polkas, and Northern Plains drumming, demonstrate the vitality, power and ever evolving nature of the Western tradition.
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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Fly Fishing Show


At the Fairgrounds


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Feb 24-26
Fri-Sun

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Show
The Fly Fishing Show is the largest event of fly fishing west of the Mississippi. Seminars, exhibits, casting ponds, fly tiers, manufacturers, lodges, books, DVD's, and more are all part of your ticket.
Sponsor: Fly Fishing Symposium
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  10am to 5:30pm (Fri); 9am to 5:30pm (Sat); 9am to 4:30pm (Sun)
Admission: Adults $15; child under 12 - $2, child under 5 free; Parking $8.
     Discount: $25 two day pass; $35 three day pass; Active Military w/id: $10; Scouts under 16 in uniform free
More info:  814 443-3638  Fairgrounds Web SiteShow website.
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Firehouse Arts Center


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Feb 24-26
Mar 2-4

 

 

 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Join the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and all of Carroll’s other creations in Alice’s outrageous adventures in Wonderland! This new version of the imaginative and outrageous classic is adapted directly from the novel and features original music created just for Civic Arts Stage Company. Using puppetry, creative movement, masks, and theatre magic, a cast of local actors of all ages brings Wonderland to life in the Firehouse Arts Center. Don’t miss this extraordinary production!
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  Fri: 7:30;  Sat: 2:00 & 7:30;  Sun 2:00
Admission: Adult: $18/$15/$10;  Child: $12/$9/$6;  Senior: $12/$9/$6
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 24
Fri

 

 

 

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is an American original, one of the defining figures in American roots music. Hicks carves his way through a number of genres, from Tin Pan Alley jazz to western swing and country blues, to create the appealing sound he calls “folk jazz.” His lyrics range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch. Hick’s irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit turns those who hear him into fans for life.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
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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Pacific Chamber Symphony - Mozart/Bach/Brahms


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 25
Sat

 

 

 

Pacific Chamber Symphony - Mozart/Bach/Brahms
Note: this program has NO violins! Mozart Serenade #12 for Winds Bach Brandenburg Concerto #6 Brahms Serenade #2
Sponsor: Pacific Chamber Symphony
Location:    Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $39/$34/$29
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Pacific Chamber Symphony  - LVPAC web site
 
Salute to the Rat Pack


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Feb 26
Sun

 

 

 

Salute to the Rat Pack
Experience the fun and excitement of the music of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack in this special one-performance only-celebration featuring a salute to the great legends of Las Vegas.
Nobody delivered a song like Frank Sinatra, and Las Vegas-style entertainer Jonathan Poretz delivers them all with pizazz and style backed by a smoking hot live Jazz Ensemble! This show features all the great hits of Frank Sinatra and a salute to the legendary singers of Las Vegas with select interpretations from the Great American Songbook.

This is not an impersonator or lookalike show, but a swingin' and affectionate salute to the great Vegas entertainers - and a romantic look back at a time when class and style ruled and Frank and his Rat Pack were King!
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  2:00pm
Admission:  $42.50 / $37.50 / $32.50   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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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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Livermore Public Library Invites Community to Join “Livermore Reads Together 2012”

Throughout
February

The Livermore Public Library is pleased to announce the sixth annual Livermore Reads Together community-wide reading program, featuring John Hersey’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to read A Bell for Adano, and join their neighbors by participating in free events related to World War II, Italian culture, music, and the legacy of John Hersey during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules will be available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Book discussion clubs are invited to select A Bell for Adano as their book choice for February. Book club kits are available for check out, and include copies of the book, discussion questions and tips for leading book discussions.

John Hersey described his type of fiction as “the novel of contemporary history.” It is an apt description for A Bell for Adano because it took Hersey just three weeks in September of 1943 to transform a Life magazine article he had written into his debut novel. Each person mentioned in the article became a character in the novel, and each incident he reported became a plot point. Hersey added a character based on General Patton, changed the name of the town, and created the central motif of the village bell. A Bell for Adano was published on February 7, 1944.

A Bell for Adano tells the story of Major Victor Joppolo, the leader of the American military government in the Sicilian village of Adano after World War II. Upon arriving in Adano, Joppolo learns that the townspeople miss the bell from their belltower perhaps more than they miss basic provisions and a reliable infrastructure. The fascists removed the bell and melted it down to make rifle barrels during the war. Major Joppolo promises to replace it and solve the town’s other problems, but his approach conflicts with the military objectives of his superior, General Marvin. In his depiction of the clash between Joppolo’s humanistic intentions and Marvin’s bureaucratic methods, Hersey examines cross-cultural conflict and considers the challenges and ultimate goals of nation building.

Livermore Reads Together 2012 is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Storytimes Jan 9 through
Feb
March
April
May 7
Visit the Livermore Public Library for Spring storytimes, beginning Monday, January 9, and continuing through the week of May 7th 2012. 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.
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 consult the website: www.livermorelibrary.net.
Paws to Read Jan 18
Jan 25

Feb 1
Feb 8
Feb 15
Feb 22
Feb 29
Mar 7
Wednesdays

7:00pm

Main Library

Is your child experiencing difficulties reading or simply needs some encouragement to enjoy reading? If so, the Paws to Read program, sponsored by the Livermore Public Library and the Valley Humane Society, at no charge, might be the solution.

The Paws to Read program matches elementary-aged beginner readers with trained and certified dogs in a non-judgmental environment. For 25 minutes, your child will read to their furry friend with the dog’s owner quietly looking on to help with any tricky words. Programs of this type have been successful across the country, and testimonials from Livermore parents have been extremely positive.

The Spring program for 2012 will start with a series at the Civic Center Library, as follows:
• Wednesdays, January 18-March 7, 7 p.m. (two sessions, 7-7:25 and 7:35-8 p.m.). Registration for this series begins Monday, January 9th.
Children may register for up to three sessions during the Spring series, as space allows. Drop-ins may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating children should not be fearful of dogs or have allergies to pets.

For more information about the Civic Center series or to register, please call the Livermore Public Library’s Children’s Desk at 925-373-5504.

USO Dance: Music of the 1940s Feb 3
Friday

7-9pm

The Barn
3131 Pacific Ave

The Livermore Public Library will present USO Dance: Music of the 1940s on Friday, February 3 from 7-9pm as part of Livermore Reads Together 2012. Please note that this special program will be held at The Barn, 3131 Pacific Avenue in Livermore. There is no charge for this event.
Don Neeley and The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra will authentically recapture the excitement and fascination of the USO Dance era. Enjoy the music of the 1940s and join us on the dance floor as award-winning swing dance instructors Jean Ma & Bromley Palamountain turn us all into ‘smooth rug cutters’ (good dancers)!

Drawing inspiration from the great bands, performers and composers of the "Jazz Age" and "Swing Era," Don Neely and the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra affectionately and authentically recapture the excitement and fascination of that musical heyday. One of the many things that set this eleven-member ensemble apart is their genuine understanding of the music they perform. By going back and carefully studying the original musical ideas of the period, they have been able to achieve their remarkably authentic sound. The band's entertaining and talented soloists are creatively spotlighted in their exciting and varied show, providing many delightful surprises.

Jean Ma and Bromley Palamountain are award-winning swing dance instructors, choreographers, and performers specializing in the dance patterns of the Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston. Jean and Bromley first teamed up in August of 2004. Jean taught performance swing dancing to UC Berkeley students as part of The [M]ovement and is also well-versed in hip hop, having danced in the professional hip hop troupe Culture Shock. Bromley’s expertise lies in his gymnastics foundation. He trained under Olympic Gold medalist Tim Daggett and was able to pave his way through college as a competitive gymnast for UC Berkeley’s men’s gymnastics team. Together they are known for their explosive aerials, high energy, and passion for the dance.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

The Joy of Handbells Feb 4
Saturday

10:30am

Main Library

The Alleluia Ringers of Our Savior Lutheran Ministries will be performing The Joy of Handbells – A Family Program at 10:30am on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

The Alleluia Ringers will play a number of handbell pieces, explain how handbells are made and played, and share a little of their history. This program is aimed for children ages 4 and older and their families.

The Alleluia Ringers consist of fifth through eighth graders from Our Savior Lutheran School and Our Savior Lutheran Church, who have from one to four years of ringing experience. They meet weekly for an after-school rehearsal and typically play for several worship services throughout the year. In addition, they perform for two concerts at Our Savior each year. Ringing is a great way to learn some music basics, to develop teamwork and to make beautiful music together!

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Baby Storytimes Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 31

Feb 7
Feb 14
Feb 21
Tuesdays

11:00am

Main Library

Livermore Public Library presents special story times for “pre-walkers”. These 20-minute programs are for you and your baby to bond through books, songs, and gentle tickles. Be sure to stay after the storytimes and visit with other moms/dads and babies.

These babies-only programs will take place every Tuesday, at 11 a.m., from January 17 through February 21, 2012.

All programs will take place in the Children’s Storytime Room of the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, and are free of charge. For further information, please contact Youth Services at (925) 373-5504

Pointers for Parents Feb 7
Tuesday

11:30am

Main Library

Throughout the winter and spring, the Livermore Public Library will host speakers on a variety of parenting topics. The first speaker to be featured will be Ann Laye, a speech therapist retired from the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, who worked extensively with preschool populations. Ms. Laye will speak with parents about speech issues and encouraging language and speech development as your child grows from infancy to two years old. This presentation will take place in the Storytime Room of the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. (immediately following the Babies-Only Storytime). The session will last approximately 30 minutes, with time for questions and answers.

This free program is recommended for parents of children from birth to age 2. Contact Youth Services at (925) 373-5504 for more information

The Italian Heart of a California Cook Feb 7
Tuesday

7:00pm

Main Library

Cooking instructor and food expert Viola Buitoni will present her program The Italian Heart of a California Cook at 7pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

Viola Buitoni, a descendant of the well known pasta dynasty and an Italian food educator in San Francisco, will talk about her family history, how her heritage shaped her love for cooking, and how to best marry the bounty of California to a classic Italian pantry to create delicious, healthy seasonal food.

Viola Buitoni hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. Viola came to the United States in 1985 to pursue a business degree, but soon after graduation found herself inevitably drawn back into the genetic passion of all things food.

After a few years spent garnering professional experience, she started an Italian catering business in New York with a friend from Milano. The home-based effort was wildly successful and soon morphed into Buitoni & Garretti located in the heart of the upscale Madison Avenue shopping district. In 2001, the shop was sold and, after a couple of years as a freelance caterer, Viola moved to San Francisco to start a family. In 2004 her son Ernesto was born and for a few years work was a part-time affair.

Today Viola is reconnecting to the world of Italian food with a series of educational initiatives, including lectures and cooking classes in collaboration with the San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate, as well as an ongoing series of food articles and cooking videos with her son, realized by MissionLocal.org, a UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism blog based in San Francisco’s Mission District where Viola lives. Throughout her more than 25 years in the United States, Viola has never stopped traveling back to her beloved country of Italy, where her family of origin still resides.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Valentine Crafts Feb 8
Wednesday

12:00-5:30pm

Main Library

Create a cute Valentine craft to give to that special someone or to decorate your home! Craft assistants will be on hand to help you at various times throughout the craft time.

Join us at the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, anytime between 12 noon and 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 to for this drop-in craft.

All ages are welcome to this free library program. Contact Youth Services at (925) 373-5504, or visit our website, www.livermorelibrary.net, for more information.

Armchair Travelers: Sicily and the Amalfi Coast Feb 9
Thursday

1:30pm

Main Library

A special Armchair Travelers program, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast will be presented by Dale Schauer on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:30pm at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

Experience the highlights of Sicily, a land that has been shaped by the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs from nearby Africa before the Normans drove out the Arabs and formed the kingdom of Sicily. Then move on to the scenic Amalfi coast south of Naples and visit ruins of the Greek and Roman civilization.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

The Legacy of WWII in the Bay Area Feb 9
Thursday

7:00pm

Main Library

The Legacy of WWII in the Bay Area will be presented at 7pm on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

Not only did the Bay Area make a huge contribution to the war effort, it may well have the nation's finest surviving collection of historic sites, ships and landscapes from the era for us to visit today. Join National Park historian Stephen Haller for a discussion of the Bay Area during World War II and a virtual tour of great places to visit that will bring you back in time and evoke the history and feeling of the period.

Stephen A. Haller is the Park Historian and Branch Chief for Cultural Resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Formerly the Curator of Historic Documents for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, he has also been an interpreter at a number of historic sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Alcatraz, Fort Point and the Maritime Museum. His academic background is in nineteenth century American history and he has specialized in the study of shipwrecks, naval and military history. He is the author of Post and Park, an illustrated history of the Presidio of San Francisco, The Last Word in Airfields, a special history study of Crissy Army Airfield (at the Presidio), co-author of The Last Missile Site: An Operational and Physical History of Nike Site SF-88 at Fort Barry, California, and Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate and was editor of the Sea Letter, the journal of the National Maritime Museum Association. He has been principal investigator for World War II oral history projects at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial National Historic Site in Hawaii and at the War in the Pacific National Historic Site on Guam. His recent work assignments include project-managing and co-authoring the Seacoast Fortification Preservation Manual for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which received the California Preservation Foundation’s 2000 Design Award, managing the three-year project that resulted in the administrative history of Golden Gate National Recreation Area—The Park That Makes Its Own Weather, and managing the preservation of the most extensive network of seacoast fortifications in the National Park System.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Sing, Ring, Listen and Paint - A Children's Program Feb 11
Saturday

10:30am

Main Library

Come join a storytime about bells, sing about bells, and ring bells—and before you leave, help paint large bells provided by Café Art which will be placed on display in the Library! Bells and take-home crafts provided courtesy of Amelia Escutia and Café Art.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Movie: The Secret of Santa Vittoria Feb 11
Sat

12:00 noon

Vine Cinema

Livermore’s Vine Cinema, 1722 First Street in Livermore, will present a special showing of the movie The Secret of Santa Vittoria as part of the Livermore Public Library’s Livermore Reads Together series at noon on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Admission for this event is free.
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards and winner of a Golden Globe for comedy, The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969) is classic comedy starring Anthony Quinn as the mayor of Santa Vittoria. The movie, shot in Italy, was produced by Stanley Kramer, and is based on a book by Robert Crichton.

Set during World War II in Italy, The Secret of Santa Vittoria tells the story of Italo Bombolini, the mayor of the winemaking hill town of Santa Vittoria, as he learns that the German occupation forces want to take all of Santa Vittoria's wine with them. The townspeople frantically hide a million bottles before the arrival of a German army commander and his detachment. The Germans are given a few thousand bottles, but know there is a lot more. The two very different men engage in a battle of wits.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Perspectives on War: A Veteran's View Feb 12
Sunday

2:00pm

Main Library

Veterans of different wars will share their own perspectives on war as well as their unique stories. Moderated by Jim Ott from Las Positas College, this presentation will highlight differences and similarities in wartime experience. The panelists are John Shirley, a veteran of WWII, John Sarboraria from the Korean war, Vietnam veteran Doug Bell, and Joe Cook, a veteran from Iraq/Afghanistan.

John Shirley is the author of I Remember: Stories of A Combat Infantryman in World War II, and served with the US Army’s Third Infantry Division in Sicily, France and Germany. John is a Livermore resident, retired veterinarian, and past mayor of Livermore from 1963-1965.
Moderator Jim Ott is a professor of English at Las Positas College and writes a popular column published in newspapers associated with the Bay Area News Group. He is the founder and host of a television show on TV30 about books and authors, called “In A Word.” As a writer and poet, Jim was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and on KQED FM radio. Along with a 30-year career as a banking executive, Jim has promoted the value of education in his community. He served as an elected trustee for the Pleasanton Unified School District from May 2006 to December 2010. He is a charter member of the Pleasanton North Rotary Club and a founding board member of the Las Positas College Foundation.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

Valentine's Day Craft for Middle School teens Feb 14
Tuesday

3:30-5:00pm

Main Library

Got duct tape? The Livermore Public Library invites all middle school teens to “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” a Valentine’s Day duct tape craft program on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, in Community Room A of the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore.

Learn how to make a duct tape friendship bracelet or other exciting duct tape items for yourself, your Valentine, or your best friends. The library will supply all the duct tape, crafting supplies, gift wrap and instruction. Bring a friend! There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.
To register for this event, please call 925-373-5504 or 925-373-5505. For questions or more information, please visit Teen Space on the Livermore Public Library’s website at www.livermorelibrary.net or contact Sandy at 925-373-5500 extension 5583.

Sicily Now ant Then: A Traveler's Journey Feb 14
Tuesday

7:00pm

Main library

Join Jo and George Caporaso as they share their impressions of Sicily’s towns and World War II sites. Travel to Gela, Palermo, and Licata, the town that Adano was based on in John Hersey’s A Bell for Adano.

Jo Caporaso is a Librarian at the Livermore Public Library, and George Caporaso is a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. George’s work took them to Tuscany in 2007 and to Sicily in 2009. They hope to return someday to visit the hometowns of their grandparents – the southern Italian towns of Gragnano, Vico Equesne, and Lioni.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet Feb 16
Thursday

7:00pm

Main Library

The Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet is a group comprised of 5 talented singers from the San Francisco East Bay area. They perform close harmony, swing style music made popular by 1940s female vocal groups such as The Andrews Sisters. Singing and dancing to people-pleasing music, The Swingin’ Blue Stars mix saucy and romantic WWII tunes that appeal to young and old alike.
The group was founded in 2002 by Cynthia Shon, when the original members had sons and daughters serving in the military and were part of the East Bay Blue Star Moms. They initially began singing together to relieve the stress of having loved ones in a combat theater, as well as to have something positive to do for aging veterans. As they gained confidence in their harmony and style, they formed the Singing Blue Star Moms to share their love of music with the public.

Within a few years, they gained a solid following in many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Public demand expanded well beyond the initial Blue Star Mom “support our troops” mission, with performance requests by veteran’s organizations, community service groups, city parades, retirement homes, and quite often, the USS Hornet Museum. In May 2007 they established a relationship with the famous WWII aircraft carrier museum in Alameda, and in January of 2011, they became The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet.

In 2006, The Swingin’ Blue Stars gave over 40 performances with audiences ranging in size from 20 to over 1,000. On New Year’s Eve of that year, the Hornet invited them to be the opening act for the Glenn Miller Orchestra in front of 1,400 enthusiastic big-band listeners and swing dancers. They have participated in the San Francisco Veterans’ Day Parade, 4th of July parades, the Wings of Freedom tour of vintage airplanes, the Martinez VA Hospital USO Show, the Alameda County Fair, the Concord Summer Music Series and many more.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

ASL (American Sign Language) Storytimes for Deaf Children Jan 17
Feb 21
March 20
April 17
May 15
Tuesday

7:00pm

Main Library

The Livermore Public Library is offering a new program for the New Year – ASL storytimes for deaf children! Melinda Harrison Jones, a Livermore resident and teacher from the California School for the Deaf, will be presenting these special storytimes. The ASL storytimes will be held at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month, January through May, 2012. Specific dates are: January 17, February 21, March 20, April 17, and May 15, 2012.

All ages are welcome to these free library programs. Contact Youth Services at (925) 373-5504 for more information, or visit the website at www.livermorelibrary.net.

Writing Club for Young Adults Jan 26
Feb 23
Mar 29
April 26
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, January 26, February 23, March 29, and April 26, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, for a fun-filled evening of writing with author J.L. Powers! This free event will take place in the Storytime Room of the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore.

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.

Everyday Life and Everyday Resistance in Southern Italy during WWII Feb 23
Thursday

7:00pm

Main Library

What was life was like for civilians in Southern Italy during World War II? Dr. Laura Ruberto, Humanities Professor from Berkeley City College, will explore Italy’s role during World War II focusing on acts of resistance and everyday wartime experiences of Southern Italians, as well as the ways in which the sometimes challenging relationship between Italy and the US was lived daily. This program takes place at 7pm on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue in Livermore. There is no charge for this event.

Laura E. Ruberto is Humanities professor and co-chair of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Berkeley City College. Her research and scholarship is on Italian and Italian American Studies. She has authored Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S. and is currently the co-editor for the book series “Critical Studies in Italian America” at Fordham University Press, and the Film and Digital Media Review Editor for the Italian American Review. She has published numerous journal and book chapter publications, including research on Italian women’s involvement in the Resistance Movement of the Second World War. In 2006 she was Affiliated Faculty member at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II as a Fulbright Faculty Junior Scholar Research Grantee and she was an NEH Summer Institute Scholar at the Bard Graduate Center in July of 2011. Her current projects include research on the cultural practices of Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War as well as a long-term study on the ways Italy has been imagined within California’s cultural landscapes.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

A Dramatic Reading from A Bell for Adano Feb 26
Sunday

2:00pm

Main Library

The Shakespeare’s Associates will present a dramatic reading from A Bell for Adano by John Hersey at 2pm on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

A cast of volunteer readers from Shakespeare’s Associates will bring John Hersey’s A Bell for Adano to life with a dramatic reading, transporting us to Adano, Italy during the Allied occupation in 1943. Meet “Mister Major” Joppolo, an idealistic officer, and a host of colorful characters – from Italian civilians to military generals.

Shakespeare’s Associates, Inc. are the producers of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, among other theatrical endeavors. Inspired by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Associates are committed to producing professional theater in the Tri-Valley community.

This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring John Hersey’s book A Bell for Adano, which takes place in Italy during World War II. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults during the month of February 2012. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.

 

 

 

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