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May 2012

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

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

2012 

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

See Notes on Sun / Moon

1
Sun:
06:11 -- 19:58
Moon:
15:12 -- 03:05

Shelby Lynn
     7:30pm 

2
Sun:
06:10 -- 19:59
Moon:
16:21 -- 03:38

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

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00 & 7:35pm

 

3
Sun:
06:09 -- 20:00
Moon:
17:32 -- 04:13

 

4
Sun:
06:08 -- 20:01
Moon:
18:46 -- 04:50

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

Tails of a Fourth Grade Nothing
   Firehouse Arts Center

     7:30pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Shout

     8:00pm

 

Full Moon
 
  Cinco De Mayo
Sun:
06:06 -- 20:02
Moon:
20:00 -- 05:33

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Lvr Wine Country Fest
     10:00am to 6:00pm

Tails of a Fourth Grade Nothing
   Firehouse Arts Center

     2:00pm & 7:30pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Shout

     8:00pm

Almost Elton John
     8:00pm

 

6
Sun:
06:05 -- 20:02
Moon:
21:12 -- 06:21

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Lvr Wine Country Fest
     10:00am to 6:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

Tri-Valley Rep
    Shout

     2:00pm

Tails of a Fourth Grade Nothing
   Firehouse Arts Center

     2:00pm

Beatles Concert Experience
     2:00pm

 

7
Sun:
06:04 -- 20:03
Moon:
22:19 -- 07:17

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

 

8  National Teachers Day
Sun:
06:03 -- 20:04
Moon:
23:18 -- 08:19

The Capitol Steps
     7:30pm 

9
Sun:
06:02 -- 20:05
Moon:
xx:xx -- 09:25

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00 & 7:35pm 

10
Sun:
06:01 -- 20:06
Moon:
00:08 -- 10:32

 

11
Sun:
06:01 -- 20:07
Moon:
00:51 -- 11:38

 

12  Moon Last Qtr
Sun:
06:00 -- 20:08
Moon:
01:27 -- 12:41

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Library Event: Storytime
  Livermore Top Teen
  Poet Contest

  1:00-2:30pm

Of Springtime Sounds, Bugs, and All
  Valley Concert Chorale

     7:00pm

Livermore-Amador Symphony
   Concert

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

13  Mother's Day
Sun:
05:59 -- 20:09
Moon:
01:59 -- 13:42

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

 

14
Sun:
05:58 -- 20:09
Moon:
02:28 -- 14:41

 

15
Sun:
05:57 -- 20:10
Moon:
02:57 -- 15:39

Tour of California
  Stage 3 Ends in Livermore

    

Library Event:
  ASL Storytime

    7:00pm  

16
Sun:
05:56 -- 20:11
Moon:
03:25 -- 16:35

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00 & 7:35pm

Bob Borchers, Jr
   Rae Dorough Speakers Series

     7:30pm

 

17
Sun:
05:55 -- 20:12
Moon:
03:54 -- 17:32

Lvr Farmers Market
     4:00pm to 8:00pm

Pure Prairie League
     7:30pm

18
Sun:
05:55 -- 20:13
Moon:
04:25 -- 18:28

 

19
Sun:
05:54 -- 20:14
Moon:
04:59 -- 19:24

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Livermore Compost Giveaway
     9:00am to 12:00pm

Zydeco at the Bothwell
     6:00 to 8:00pm

Robert Gruca - Guitar
   Del Valle Fine Arts
     8:00pm

 

20  New Moon
Sun:
05:53 -- 20:15
Moon:
05:37 -- 20:18

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

Chanticleer "Love Story"
     2:00pm

A Passionate Afternoon of
     Opera - Livermore Valley Opera

     2:00 to 4:00pm

 

21
Sun:
05:53 -- 20:15
Moon:
06:20 -- 21:10

 

22
Sun:
05:52 -- 20:16
Moon:
07:08 -- 21:58

 

23
Sun:
05:51 -- 20:17
Moon:
07:59 -- 22:43

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00 & 7:35pm

 

24
Sun:
05:51 -- 20:18
Moon:
08:55 -- 23:23

Lvr Farmers Market
     4:00pm to 8:00pm

25
Sun:
05:50 -- 20:18
Moon:
09:54 -- 23:59

 

26
Sun:
05:50 -- 20:19
Moon:
10:54 -- xx:xx

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

American Legion flags 

27
Sun:
05:49 -- 20:20
Moon:
11:56 -- 00:33

American Legion Ceremony

World Bocce Championship

B17 , B24 Bombers

Spring Antique Faire
     8:00am to 4:00pm

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

Ravenswood Tours
     12:00 to 4:00pm

Swingin' Blue Start
   Firehouse Arts Center

     2:00pm

 

28  Moon 1st Qtr   
 Memorial Day
Sun:
05:49 -- 20:21
Moon:
12:59 -- 01:05

B17 , B24 Bombers

 

29
Sun:
05:48 -- 20:21
Moon:
14:04 -- 01:37

B17 , B24 Bombers

 

30
Sun:
05:48 -- 20:22
Moon:
15:11 -- 02:09

Library Event:
  Paws to Read

    7:00 & 7:35pm

 

31
Sun:
05:47 -- 20:23
Moon:
16:22 -- 02:44

Lvr Farmers Market
     4:00pm to 8:00pm

Josh Gracin
   Firehouse Arts Center

     8:00pm

   
Other Months
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
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.

May 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

 

   
Shelby Lynne


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 1
Tuesday
 

 

 

 

Shelby Lynn
With a powerful voice and a gift for unflinchingly honest, soul-baring lyrics, singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne brings audiences into her personal circle and takes them on the full tour of her heart. Although her career has taken her far from her early days in Nashville, she has never left behind the musical traditions of her Southern roots. The sounds of country, blues and soul weave through her most recent album, Revelation Road, and provide the fabric behind this deeply personal reflection on her life and the rewards of understanding and acceptance.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:  $51/$40/$29   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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1st Wednesday Street Party (Pleasanton)

 

 

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May 2
Wednesday


 

1st Wednesday Street Party
The 2012 event season kicks off with our annual Cinco de Mayo-themed Street Party! May's featured band is RUCKATAN (located in the beer and wine garden)!

Shop, dine and stroll your way through downtown Pleasanton. Visit our unique shops and restaurants and hit the middle of Main Street and the additional wide variety of businesses and community organizations who will have booths set up market their products and services as well as provide information.

Stop in at our Beer and Wine Garden where you'll be able to enjoy beer and wines from our local Livermore Valley Wine Country.

Main Street will be closed from Del Valle Parkway to Bernal Avenue from 4:30 to 10 p.m.
Location: Round Table Pizza Parking Lot, 530 Main Street, Pleasanton.
Times: 6-9PM
Admission: Free
More info: Pleasanton Downtown Association

2012 Dates Theme Band
May 2 Cinco de Mayo Ruckatan
June 6 Jump Into Summer Finding Stella
July 11   Public Eye
Aug 1    
Sept 5   Blind Nurse

 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing


Firehouse Arts Center


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May 4-6
May 11-13
Fri-Sun

 

 

 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter Hatcher has a problem – his little brother Fudge is ruining his life! Even worse, everyone except Peter seems to think he’s adorable. Can Peter learn to love Fudge even when he does terrible things? Judy Blume’s understanding of what it’s really like to be a kid has made this story a modern classic. Funny, poignant, and amazingly true to life.
Sponsor: Civic Arts Stage Company
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  Friday: 7:30pm;  Saturday: 2:00 & 7:30pm;  Sunday 2:00pm
Admission: $18/$15/$10 Adult;  $12/$9/$6 Child (12 and under) or Senior (62 and over)
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Livermore Wine Country Festival
  May 5-6
Sat - Sun


Click for photos

See also on eLivermore.com:

Local Winery Page

Local Olive Oil Page

Harvest fest photos

Livermore Wine Country Festival
Join us for the 21st ANNUAL WINE COUNTRY FESTIVAL!!
Featuring Premium Wines from 30 local wineries and beer from local micro breweries, shopping & dining, entertainment, arts & crafts, family fun and MORE!
Livermore Valley wine tasting in three locations; beer booths; Fine Arts and Crafts; food courts; a Children’s area with activities and games and much, much, more.
Please, no Outside Alcohol, No Dogs, No Animals, No Skateboards, No Bicycles.
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location:
  Downtown Livermore, 1st street from P Street to Maple Street.  2nd Street from N to K streets.  Also at Blacksmith Square.
Admission: Free Admission. 
    This info from 2011:
   Wine Package is $30.00 ($25 advance sale) and includes glass and 1 oz. tastes at all wine booths.
   Beer Package is $30.00 ($25 advance sale) and includes beer sampler glass and tasting  and 3oz. tastes at all beer booths.
   May be purchased online at Livermore Downtown Association
Times: Sat: 10-6, Sun: 10-5
More info: Livermore Downtown Association - Wine Festival Web Page
  or 373-1795
Almost Elton John


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 5
Sat

 

 

 

Almost Elton John
Multi-talented musician and Broadway performer Craig A. Meyer delivers a one-of-a-kind tribute to the living legend Sir Elton John in a spectacular musical journey through the years. His strong vocals, striking resemblance, and amazing talent on the piano brings back the magic of such chart-topping hits as Crocodile Rock, Benny and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Candle in the Wind. A celebration of the character, costumes and charisma of the famous Sir Elton John, this show will have everyone remembering when rock was young!

Don’t let the sun go down on the celebration! Stay after the show for a lively gala reception in the theater lobby with complimentary champagne and fine wine, dessert buff et, and coffee or tea. As LVPAC’s spring fundraising event, the gala supports artistic programming, educational outreach and theater operations, and is a delicious way to end the night before heading down that yellow brick road...
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission:  $50/$59
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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Beatles Concert Experience


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 6
Sun

 

 

 

Beatles Concert Experience
Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience Never before has there been a tribute to the Fab Four quite like 'Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience.'

In this live musical performance 'Come Together' recreates the look, sound and history of the Beatles, taking you back into time to witness the Beatles phenomenal rise to pop stardom. Through authentic costumes, superbly intricate live performances and soaring vocal harmonies, 'Come Together' takes audiences on a musical journey from the early years of the Beatles's British Invasion through their legendary 60's and 70's recordings with highlights of the Sgt. Pepper era, as well as their solo careers. There is even a special salute to John Lennon! All your favorite Beatles songs are here, including "She Loves You" "All My Lovin" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" "I Saw Her Standing There" and many more. Over thirty five Beatles hits are included in this exciting touring stage show, performed in historic detail by the world's most celebrated and authentic Beatles tribute artists in a spectacular new show that has dazzled audiences worldwide. Experience The Beatles. Live.
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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The Capitol Steps


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 8
Tue

 

 

 

The Capitol Steps
Capitol Steps returns for their fourth annual evening of hilarious political satire. The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than Congress, members include former Congressional staff ers from both sides of the aisle, ready to poke fun at the very people that once employed them. Over 30 years, Capitol Steps’ razor-sharp take on modern day politics has won them a huge, bipartisan group of fans. This consistently sold-out event proves that no matter who is in offi ce, there is never a shortage of material!
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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Of Springtime Sounds, Bugs, and All - Valley Concert Choral

 


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May 12

 

 

 

Valley Concert Choral
Songs of spring and all that comes with the season: bugs, love, toasts of cheer, and crazy weather. Featuring Hoag's unique Cicada Songs with clarinet and marimba, and Barber's Heavenly Banquet, plus madrigals, drinking songs, and even a weather report.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  Saturday:  First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St (4th & L), Livermore
      Sunday:  Trinity Lutheran Church 1225 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton
Times:  7:00pm
Admission: $20.00 advance, $25 at the door. Tickets at Valley Concert Chorale website.
More info: Valley Concert Chorale
Livermore-Amador Symphony Concert

At the Bankhead Theater

 

 


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May 12
Sat
Livermore-Amador Symphony Concert
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
De Falla: El Sombrero de Tres Picos
   (Three-Cornered Hat)
Franck: Symphony in D Minor
Lara Webber, guest conductor

Maestro Lara Webber, former associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony and current Livermore resident, is guest conductor for an evening of contrasting and distinctive musical styles. The program opens with the work Ludwig van Beethoven called his “Grande Simphonie”. Its surprising opening and allegro molto e vivace sprint to the finish launched a musical revolution. Selections from Manuel De Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos (Three-Cornered Hat) will whisk the audience away to a village in Spain. César Franck’s symphony in D minor provides the dual pleasures of a cyclical construction which fascinates musical theorists and a melodic richness; it will bring the evening to a close with one of the most ear-catching tunes of the symphonic repertoire.

Lara Webber, as assistant and associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, programmed and conducted over 80 concerts annually, including classical subscription, educational, pops, and community programs. She previously was associate conductor of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra and music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, a post previously held by André Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas. Webber has guest-conducted the orchestras of Annapolis, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, and Louisville; and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Also experienced in opera, Ms. Webber was assistant conductor at Glimmerglass Opera and conductor of the Baltimore Opera Studio’s production of Don Giovanni.
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

Shout - Tri-Valley Repertory Theater Studio Theatre
 

 


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Apr 13, 14, 15
Apr 20, 21, 22
Apr 27, 28, 29

May 4, 5, 6

Fri-Sun

Shout - Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre - Studio Theatre
Join this non-stop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of stars like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu. SHOUT! uses letters to an advice columnist, true confessions, quizzes and advertisements as a frame for terrific new arrangements of such chart-topping hits as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.” With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances from the 60’s, this fun-filled musical will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!
Sponsor: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
Location:  Studio Theater, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton
Times:  Fridays & Saturday: 8:00pm.  Sunday Matinees: 2:00pm
Admission: Price TBD as of this writing.
   Season tickets (3 shows): TBD
More info: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
Tour of California Stage 3 Ends in Livermore

Click here for 2009, 2010, & 2011 photos in Livermore


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May 15
Wednesday

 

 

 

Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Ends in Livermore
This year Livermore will have the End of a stage.
The stage begins in San Jose and will end in downtown Livermore after having passed through Livermore on the way to Mt. Diablo.

The race begins in San Jose at 11:15am.  The riders are expected to pass through Livermore (Vallecitos to Holmes to 1st St to Livermore Ave) slightly after 12:00 noon.  They will travel north on Livermore Ave. and head to Mt. Diablo.

The riders will return to Livermore for the finish (Cross Road to Tesla Rd to Livermore Ave to 1st Street.  They will finish in the 3:45 to 4:30 timeframe.

See the Livermore Downtown Association website for information on street closures, etc.

eLivermore.com will be there to catch all of the action.

Click here for a volunteer brochure and the stage map.
Sponsor: Amgen
Location:  Downtown Livermore
Times:  TBD
Admission: Free to watch.
More info: Tour home page Livermore Downtown Association


2010 Stage 4 through Livermore.  This year Stage 3 Ends in Livermore


 

Bob Borchers, Jr - Rae Dorough Speaker Series

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 16
Wednesday

 

 

 

Bob Borchers - Rae Dorough Speaker Series
Fairchild Semiconductor is widley recognized for developing mass-produced silicon transistors, but its greatest legacy is creating the venture capital industry. Brochers, entrepreneur, inventor, venture captialist, and Livermore native, will look back at the last five decades of venture capital and discuss the opportunities and challenges for the future.
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

 

Pure Prairie League

At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 17
Thursday

 

 

 

Pure Prairie League
Pure Prairie League continues to embellish the rich 42-year history of one of Country-Rock’s pioneering forces. Their multi-platinum album Bustin’ Out featured the classic Amie, along with other gems of the genre. As crisp and clean as spring water and as comfortable as a well-worn cowboy shirt, Pure Prairie League still brings it all back home.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:  $40/$34/$28;  Students: $14
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -    -  eLivermore.com theater page

 

Livermore Community Compost Giveaway
 

 

 

 


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May 19
Saturday

 

 

 

Livermore Community Compost Giveaway
On May 19, 2012, the City of Livermore Public Works Environmental Services Division and Livermore Sanitation will be hosting a Community Compost Giveaway. When Livermore residents put food scraps, grass clippings, and leaves in their Organics cart, the contents are processed into a rich soil called compost. This healthy compost will be made available to Livermore residents. The event will be held in the Maintenance Service Center parking lot at 3500 Robertson Park Road, from 9:00am to 12:00pm or until the supply of bagged compost has been depleted. Limit two bags per Livermore household, ID required. Information on home composting and obtaining home composting bins will also be made available at the event.
Sponsor: City of Livermore and Livermore Sanitation
Location:  Maintenance Service Center (3500 Robertson Park Road)
Times:  9:00am to 12:00pm
More info: www.cityoflivermore.net

 
Zydeco at the Bothwell
 

 

 

 


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March 31
May 19

Saturday

 

 

 

Zydeco at the Bothwell
Zydeco, the high-energy music of southern Louisiana's creole of color heritage, stomps its way into the Livermore with upcoming Zydeco Dances, featuring live music and a gumbo, wine & beer bar! And, in the tradition of Zydeco dances, admission includes free group Zydeco dance lessons with Livermore's own professional Zydeco dance instructor, Ted Sherrod, starting at 6pm and again when the band takes a break. Doors open at 5:30 pm; tickets purchased at the door and Zydeco at the Bothwell runs from 6-10pm. Beer, Wine & Gumbo bar on site for additional purchase. The Bothwell Arts Center is located at 2466 8th Street, Livermore, CA 94550. See www.bothwellartscenter.org for information about the event and Bothwell Arts Center.

March 31st features live music from Motordude Zydeco: Formed in 1989, Motordude Zydeco creates a distinctive yet roots-oriented music blending traditional zydeco with original songs and rhythm and blues, and won the "Best Zydeco Band" award in 2005 by the Bay Area Blues Society.

Then, mark your calendars for May 19th for the Mark St. Mary and the Delta Blues & Zydeco Band! Awarded the "Best Zydeco Band" in 2007 by Bay Area Blues Society and crowned "The Delta King" at the Isleton Crawfish Festival, Mark's been playing his traditional style of Zydeco music since the age of 12. Mark knows what it means to "Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
For both events, enjoy free dance lessons with professional dance instructor, “Zydeco Ted Sherrod” at 6pm and around 8pm. Ted travels extensively to Texas/Louisiana; teaches Zydeco dance in New Orleans and teaches throughout California. He has a smooth Creole style.

Zydeco ("snap beans") is a form of American roots or folk music that evolved from the French speaking Creoles of color of south and southwest Louisiana. Usually fast-tempo, and dominated by the button or piano accordion and a washboard known as a rub-board or frottoir, zydeco music was originally created at house dances where people gathered for socializing. For over 70 years, the San Francisco Bay area has welcomed the migration of so many Creole and Cajun people that it can now proudly say that we have the largest population outside of Louisiana itself. Zydeco dances create a chance for all to gather, mingle and socialize (as well as dance!) and engage newcomers in the fun of a creole house dance. All are welcome.
Sponsor: Bothwell Arts Center
Location:  Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St.  Livermore.
Times:  6:00pm to 10:00pm  Doors open at 5:30pm
Admission: $15
More info: http://www.bothwellartscenter.org

 

Robert Gruca - Guitar


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 19
Sat

 

 

 

Robert Gruca - Guitar - Del Valle Fine Arts
Robert Gruca is a dynamic young classical guitarist with an impressive repertoire. He has performed solo recitals throughout much of the United States and has also performed concertos with several leading symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, his many awards include first prize in the Columbus State Guitar Festival Competition, the Appalachian State Guitar Festival Competition, and the East Carolina University Guitar Festival. He received a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Jason Vieaux, who performed for Del Valle Fine Arts in 2004.

"Robert Gruca's performance for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society was outstanding in every way. Brilliant technique, incomparable musicianship, and an informed sense of style all served Mr. Gruca's artful interpretations." [Eric Mann, Society Director]
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


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A Passionate Afternoon of Opera


Firehouse Arts Center


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May 20
Sunday

 

 

 

A Passionate Afternoon of Opera at the Firehouse Arts Center
Livermore Valley Opera will present an unforgettable afternoon of passion-stirring music by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Donizetti, performed by internationally acclaimed opera singers tenor Eleazar Rodriguez, soprano Rebecca Davis and bass-baritone Phillip Skinner (Tosca's Scarpia). Davis, Rodriquez and Skinner are all extremely moving artists who are guaranteed to leave the audience as breathless and heartbroken as the characters they portray.

Artists' reception Immediately following performance, the audience is invited to a reception where they will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Opera
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission: $20
More info: www.firehousearts.org   -  Livermore Valley Opera
 

Chanticleer "Love Story"


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 20
Sunday

 

 

 

Chanticleer "Love Story"
In Love Story Chanticleer explores the inexhaustible story of love – that enchanting and disturbing emotion which has evoked more poetry and music over the centuries than any other. With impeccable musicianship and remarkable beauty of sound, Chanticleer brings to life works by deVictoria, Vivanco, R. Strauss, Tavener, and Ellington, as well as their recently commissioned work, The Lotus Lovers by composer Stephen Paulus. Love Story celebrates the magnificent complexity of love as manifested in music both sensitive and sublime.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  2:00pm
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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Flag Placements
 

 


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Flag placements
Livermore Post 47 of the American Legion and Boy Scout Troop 931 will place American flags on the graves of all known veterans in the three (3) Livermore cemeteries; Roselawn, St. Michael's and Memory Gardens (Odd Fellows) Cemeteries. Flags will also be placed at each of the flagpole areas in the cemeteries.
B17, B24, & P51 at the Livermore Airport

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May 27-29
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B17 & B24 Bombers plus P51 Mustang fighter at the Livermore Airport
Vintage B17 and B24 bombers once again visit the Livermore airport.  This year a P51 joins them.  You can take pictures, walk through the bombers, and talk to the crew.  Flights are also available in the B17 and B24 for a $425 donation.
In recent years a number of other vintage aircraft, many from WWII, have also been on display.
  • Flight Experiences Donations are $425 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.
  • The B-25 is available at select locations for flight experiences. Flight experiences on the B-25 are $400 for forward fuselage seats, and $325 for waist gun seats
  • Flight training in the TP-51C "Betty Jane" will be at most locations on the Wings of Freedom Tour. Flight training in the P-51 is $2200 for a half hour flight, and $3200 for a full hour. All participants will get the chance to feel what it was like to fly one of the most legendary fighters of WWII.
  • Walk through tours of the aircraft are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under for access to all of the aircraft. WWII Veterans get into the ground tours at no charge.

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Sponsor: The Collins Foundation
Location:  Livermore Airport
Times:  Walk Through Tour times:  Sunday: 12-4; Monday, 10-4, Tuesday, 10-4
   Flight Experiences take place before and after the tours.
Admission: Walk Through Tour: Adults: $12.00; Children 12 & under: $6;  Rides: $425 for 30 minute flight on B-17 or B-24.  See above for TP-51C flight training.
More info: The Collings Foundation.  For Rides Call - 978-562-9182

Spring Antiques & Collectibles Street Faire
 

 

 

 


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May 27
Sunday

 

 

 

Spring Antiques & Collectibles Street Faire
The Antique Faire is returning to Downtown Pleasanton. Over 400 dealers. Genuine Antiques & Collectibles Only.

This is the place to shop for vintage, retro and antique home decorations, clothing furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books and collectibles. All collectibles will be 20 years or older.

With over 400 dealers filling up Main Street, this event is an antiques and collectibles lover's dream with items that will entice and excite you as you stroll through downtown Pleasanton. The event runs Sunday only from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. No admission fee.
Sponsor: Turn Key Show Productions
Location:  Downtown Pleasanton
Times:  8am to 4pm
Admission: Free
More info: Pleasanton Downtown Association, Pleasanton Antique Fair web site,  (650) 242-1294, jerry@turnkeyprod.com

 

Swingin' Blue Stars


Firehouse Arts Center


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May 27
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Swingin' Blue Stars

Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  2:00pm
Admission: $25/$20/$15 Adult:  $12 Child (12 and under);  $20 Senior (62 and over)
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Memorial Day Flag Raising

 


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Memorial Day Flag Raising
Livermore Post 47 of the American Legion will raise the American flag and place at half staff at 9:00am, Roselawn Cemetery, at the GAR flagpole at the west end of the cemetery. At 12:00 noon the flag will be raised to full staff. At 4:30pm the flag will be retired.
Josh Gracin


Firehouse Arts Center


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May 31
Thurs

 

 

 

Josh Gracin
Born and raised in Westland, Mich., about 30 minutes west of Detroit, Josh Gracin grew up listening to his parents' favorites -- Elvis, the Beatles and the vintage rock and pop on a favorite local station. Then, when he was 11, the station's format changed to country, and he started getting into artists such as Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie, George Strait and Randy Travis. His first public appearance was at an eighth grade talent competition where he sang Brooks' 1993 hit 'Standing Outside the Fire' and managed to win over an audience full of dance music-loving peers. Growing up as the only boy among four sisters, Gracin found his parents unwilling to sign a release for him to play sports, so he took up saxophone instead. He also had experience singing everything from opera (as a member of his school choir) to Motown (as the only male singer in a review called the Fairlane Youth Pop Orchestra). While still in school, he was part of a talent competition that took him to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines and a few years later got married. About two years into his four-year term of the Marines, he saw the first American Idol show. Though he hadn't sung in a couple of years, he auditioned and was chosen as a finalist in the second year of the series, ultimately placing fourth. Well after he became part of the show, the U.S. invaded Iraq and the military's world changed. Although he had no control over his deployment or that of his unit in Camp Pendleton, he did some soul-searching nonetheless. 'The toughest moment through all of this was when we were doing the show, and I was staying up until four or five in the morning just watching the news and trying to keep track of how the Marines were doing over there. I felt guilty because I was singing on this show, and there were fellow Marines over there in foxholes.' Gracin's transition from reality show contestant to recording star began when he sang Rascal Flatts' 'I'm Movin' On' on one episode. The guys in Rascal Flatts happened to be watching the show on their tour bus that night. Bass player Jay DeMarcus, impressed with Gracin's talent, called and put him in touch with Marty Williams, who had co-produced both the band's breakthrough album and its successful follow-up. That set in motion a series of events that led to a record deal with Lyric Street, the same label that signed Rascal Flatts. Gracin's self-titled debut album, featuring the first single 'I Want to Live,' was released in 2004. Its second single, 'Nothin' to Lose,' reached No. 1 at country radio.
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $30/$25/$20
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
     

 

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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Event Date / Time / Location Description
Paws to Read April 11, 18, 25
May 2,9,16,23,30
Wednesday

7-7:25pm &
7:35-8:00pm

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, might be the solution.

The Paws to Read program is a free program that 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 last series for Spring, 2012, will start in April at the Civic Center Library as follows:  Wednesdays, April 11-May 30, 7 p.m. (two sessions, 7-7:25 and 7:35-8 p.m.). Registration for this series begins Monday, April 2nd.

Children may register for up to three sessions during the 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.

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.
       May 7: Mothers, Fathers, Cousins, and Others
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.
Livermore's Top Teen Poet Contest May 12
Saturday

1:00-2:30pm

Main Library

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Livermore Public Library will present “Livermore’s Top Teen Poet Contest”. Charan Sue Wollard, Livermore’s Poet Laureate, and Connie Post, Livermore’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, will host this event. The contest will take place from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the Community Room of the Livermore Public Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore. All Livermore teens, ages 12 to 18, are invited to submit poems to perform. Poetry submissions will be accepted at each Livermore Public Library branch from April 1, 2012 through May 10, 2012. Approved poems will be performed before an audience and judged based on the age of the poet. A select panel of judges will determine the winners of each age division. Winners will be chosen based on poem content and performance. Contest winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the conclusion of the program. Family and friends are invited to attend this free event.

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

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.

 

 

 

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