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September 2013

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

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1
Sun:
06:38 -- 19:36
Moon:
03:07 -- 17:15

Harvest Wine Celebration
     12:00 to 5:00pm

Scottish Games
     9:00 to 6:00

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

 

Labor Day
Sun:
06:38 -- 19:34
Moon:
04:03 -- 17:50

Harvest Wine Celebration
     12:00 to 5:00pm

 

3
Sun:
06:39 -- 19:33
Moon:
05:00 -- 18:23

Tuesday Tunes
   Stone Groove

     6:30-8:00pm 

4
Sun:
06:40 -- 19:31
Moon:
05:58 -- 18:55

1st Wednesday Street Party
     6:00 to 9:00pm 

5  New Moon
Sun:
06:41 -- 19:30
Moon:
06:57 -- 19:26

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

All-4-One
     7:30pm 

6
Sun:
06:42 -- 19:28
Moon:
07:57 -- 19:58

Friday Night Live
   LVPAC Guitar Fest Live!

     6:30-8:00pm 

7
Sun:
06:43 -- 19:27
Moon:
08:59 -- 20:32

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Live More, Save More
   Utility Savings Kiosk

    2:30 to 4:40pm 

Mike Amaral's California
   Beach Boys

     8:00pm

Rick Derringer
     8:00pm

Grandparent's Day
Sun:
06:43 -- 19:25
Moon:
10:02 -- 21:09

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Pleasanton Bird Mart
     9:30 to 3:00

Ravenswood Tours
     12:00 to 4:00pm

Applefest 2013
     1:00 to 3:00pm

Admission Day (CA)
Sun:
06:44 -- 19:24
Moon:
11:05 -- 21:50

 

10
Sun:
06:45 -- 19:22
Moon:
12:09 -- 22:36

Tuesday Tunes
   Michael McNevin & the Spokes

     6:30-8:00pm 

55+ Ice Cream Social
     2-4PM

An Evening with P.T. Barnum
     7:00pm

11
Sun:
06:46 -- 19:21
Moon:
13:12 -- 23:28

 

12  Moon 1st Qtr
Sun:
06:47 -- 19:19
Moon:
14:12 -- xx:xx

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

Concert at Wente
   REO Speedwagon

     8:15pm

13
Sun:
06:48 -- 19:17
Moon:
15:07 -- 00:27

Friday Night Live
   Frankie Bones & Fire Hazard

     6:30-8:00pm 

Paul Thorn
     8:00pm

14
Sun:
06:48 -- 19:16
Moon:
15:58 -- 01:30

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Toy Havoc & Comic Chaos Show
     9:00 to 4:00

Children's Fair - LARPD
     10:00 to 5:00

Brothels, Bar Rooms & Bandits
   Museum on Main

     6:00 to 10:00pm

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
     8:00pm 

David Lanz
     8:00pm

15
Sun:
06:49 -- 19:14
Moon:
16:43 -- 02:37

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

 

16
Sun:
06:50 -- 19:13
Moon:
17:23 -- 03:45

Live More, Save More
   Utility Savings Kiosk

    4:00 to 6:00pm 

17
Sun:
06:51 -- 19:11
Moon:
18:01 -- 04:54

 

18
Sun:
06:52 -- 19:10
Moon:
18:37 -- 06:02

The Bronx Wanderers
     7:30pm 

19  Full Moon
Sun:
06:53 -- 19:08
Moon:
19:12 -- 07:08

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

Hungarian State Folk Dancers
     7:30pm

20
Sun:
06:53 -- 19:07
Moon:
19:47 -- 08:13

Maria Muldaur
     8:00pm 

Harvest Festival
   Original Art & Craft Show

     10:00 to 6:00

21
Sun:
06:54 -- 19:05
Moon:
20:23 -- 09:16

Yard Sale - Livermore Heritage Guild
     8:30 to 3:00

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Harvest Festival
   Original Art & Craft Show

     10:00 to 6:00

Gregg Rolie Band
     8:00pm 

22     First Day of Autum
    
(Autumnal Equinox)
Sun:
06:55 -- 19:03
Moon:
21:02 -- 10:17

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Harvest Festival
   Original Art & Craft Show

     10:00 to 5:00

Ravenswood Tours
     12:00 to 4:00pm

Ramana Vieira and
   Ensemble Fado Concert

    2:00pm 

 

23
Sun:
06:56 -- 19:02
Moon:
21:43 -- 11:15

 

24
Sun:
06:57 -- 19:00
Moon:
22:28 -- 12:11

 

25
Sun:
06:58 -- 18:59
Moon:
23:15 -- 13:02

Cash Mob - Lvr DwnTwn
     6:00pm 

26  Moon Last Qtr
Sun:
06:59 -- 18:57
Moon:
xx:xx -- 13:49

Pleasanton Quilt, Craft
   & Sewing Festival

     10:00 to 5:00

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

27
Sun:
06:59 -- 18:56
Moon:
00:06 -- 14:32

Pleasanton Quilt, Craft
   & Sewing Festival

     10:00 to 5:00 

28
Sun:
07:00 -- 18:54
Moon:
00:58 -- 15:11

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Doll & Teddy Bear Show 
     10:00 to 3:30

Great Native American
   Artifact & Art Show

     10:00 to 5:00

Pleasanton Quilt, Craft
   & Sewing Festival

     10:00 to 5:00 

Tomato Battle
     12:00 to 6:00

Carmen Opening Gala
     4:00pm

Livermore Heritage Guild
   Annual General Meeting

     5:30pm

Pirates of Emerson
     7:00-11:00pm

Carmen
     8:00pm

 

29
Sun:
07:01 -- 18:53
Moon:
01:53 -- 15:47

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Nostalgia Day Car Show
    9:00am to 4:00pm

Great Native American
   Artifact & Art Show

     10:00 to 5:00

Carmen
     2:00pm

 

30
Sun:
07:02 -- 18:51
Moon:
02:49 -- 16:21

 

Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

2013 

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

See Notes on Sun / Moon
     
Other Months
January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013
July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013
Other Calendar Information
Main Calendar Page School Calendars:  2013-2014 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.

September 2013 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 Ravenswood Docent Tours
Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Amateur Radio Klub Meeting

 

   
Scottish Games

At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Aug 31-Sept 1
Sat-Sun

 

Scottish Games
One of the world's largest Celtic Festivals. 30 pipe bands. World Championship Heavy Events + Amateur, Woman's & Maters Invitational. Western Highland Dancing Championships.
Living History - MaryQueen of Scots, Highland Warriors, Roman Legion & Invading Vikings. Gathering of Clans. Celtec Heritage - Fiddling, Harping & Singing. 6 stages continuous entertainment - traditional to Celtic Rock. Childrens Glen, Scottish Country Dancing. Irish Step dancing. Birds of Prey. Sheep Dog Trials. Clydesdale Horse Team. Five-A-Side Soccer, Rugby & Shinty Tournament. Whisky Tasting. British food & drink. 5 buildings with 100 + Vendors.
Sponsor: Caledonian Club
Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:   8:30am to 6pm.
Admission:   1 day $20, 2 day $27; Child (12 - 17) $12; Seniors (65+) $12; 11 & under FREE Parking: $8
Discount: $5 Adults/$2 Seniors until August 15 Military (with active duty ID) FREE, 11 & under FREE
    Check web sites below for any updates.
More info: Caledonian Club or Fairgrounds web site
Harvest Wine Celebration

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Sept 1-2
Sunday to  Monday

 

Harvest Wine Celebration
See Our Harvest Wine Celebration page

Showcasing over 40 wineries in Livermore Valley Wine Country, during the peak of harvest season Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend! More information will be available August 2013!

Ticket Includes:
• Entrance into the participating wineries
• Complimentary wine tasting at over 40 wineries
• Shuttle bus service between wineries (Sunday Only)
• Special activities all weekend long!
• Wine discounts
• Commemorative Livermore Valley Wine Country glass
• Program
 

Sunday September 1st , 2013

Wineries pouring from their tasting room:
AuburnJames, Bent Creek Winery, Big White House Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Dante Robere Vineyards, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, el Sol Winery, Ehrenberg Cellars, Fenestra Winery, Garre' Vineyard & Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Longevity Wines, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Rios-Lovell, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Stony Ridge Winery, Tamás Estates, Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room, White Crane Winery, Wood Family Vineyards

Wineries pouring at Concannon Vineyard:
Bodegas Aguirre, Concannon Vineyard, Page Mill Winery, Rodrigue Molyneaux, Thomas Coyne Winery, Westover Vineyards

Wineries pouring at Wente Estates Vineyards:
Elliston Vineyards, Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, Little Valley Winery, Murrieta's Well, Tamás Estates, Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room

Monday September 2nd , 2013

Wineries pouring from their tasting room:
AuburnJames, Bent Creek Winery, Big White House Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Dante Robere Vineyards, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, el Sol Winery, Ehrenberg Cellars, Fenestra Winery, Garre' Vineyard & Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, Longevity Wines, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery, Page Mill Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Rios-Lovell, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Stony Ridge Winery, Tamás Estates, Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room, Westover Vineyards, White Crane Winery, Wood Family Vineyards

Wineries pouring at Concannon Vineyard:
Concannon Vineyard, Rodrigue Molyneaux,

Wineries pouring at Wente Estates Vineyards:
Elliston Vineyards, Little Valley Winery, Murrieta's Well, Tamás Estates, Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room

Wineries closed on Monday:
Bodegas Aguirre, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Thomas Coyne Winery

Location:  Local Wineries
Times: noon to 5pm
Admission:
2-Day Ticket $55 advance/ $65 day of event (good for both days)

Non-Drinking Ticket $10 (good for both days) This is an adult event. Children are discouraged to attend. Pets are not allowed.

Tickets are available at: Participating wineries, www.LVwine.org,
First Street Wine Company in Livermore, The Wine Steward in Pleasanton, Bay Area Safeway Stores

More info: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association or Call 925-447-WINE (9463) for more information.

Tuesday Tunes

 

 

 


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June 4,11,18,25

July 2,9,16,23,30

Aug 6,13,20,27

Sept 3,10

 

 

 

Tuesday Tunes
On Tuesday evening, June 4, 2013, the hot Latin jazz and salsa rhythms of El Desayuno will mark the return of an expanded popular summertime series of free outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown Livermore. “Tuesday Tunes” and “Friday Nights LIVE!” sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will welcome 22 musical groups playing 30 concerts on the Shea Homes stage in front of the Bankhead Theater, featuring everything from acoustic folk and Americana, to soul, jazz, and classic rock and roll. Free to the public, the concerts run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday evening beginning in June and continuing through mid-September.

Following the return of El Desayuno for the re-launch of “Tuesday Tunes”, “Friday Nights LIVE!” opens on June 7th with the high-energy country rock sound of The Fred McCarty Band. Their appearance coincides with the 95th Annual Livermore Rodeo and kicks off a weekend of country western music inside the Bankhead that includes the sweet harmonies and fiery fiddles of the Quebe Sisters Band, as well as the return of famed cowboy troubadour Don Edwards
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Shea Homes Stage, in front of the Bankhead Theater
Times:  6:30 to 8:00pm
Admission: Free
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
 

2013 Date Band Type of Music
June 4 El Desayuno Latin jazz with salsa and soul
June 11 Audio Illusion Favorite classic rock, pop and blues
June 18 Bones-Quigley Acoustic rock and soul
June 25 Rock on Tap Serving up classic rock and roll
July 2 Volker Strifler Blues roots with rock, jazz and Latin rhythms
July 9 The Hurricane Band Collage of classic rock, blues and country
July 16 The Hummingbirdz Fiery, passionate, soulful blues
July 23 Slippery Road Classic and contemporary rock and blues
July 30 Blind Dog Contemporary acoustic folk rock
Aug 6 Toucan Jam Eclectic tunes from the 50s to 2000s
Aug 13 David Correa & Cascada Latin guitar world music
Aug 20 Lunafish Psychedelic rock of the 60s and 70s
Aug 27 Max Cruise Band Classic to current: music to keep you dancing
Sept 3 Stone Groove Classic rock with an edge
Sept 10 Michael McNevin & the Spokes  Original Americana, folk-rock, alt-country

 

1st Wednesday Street Party (Pleasanton)

 

 

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Wednesday


 

1st Wednesday Street Party
Summer and our Street Parties are coming to an end and what better way to say "so long!" than to celebrate our wonderful City and our very special Downtown. September's featured band is PUBLIC EYE (located in the beer and wine garden)! 1st Wednesday is sponsored by Hacienda Business Park.

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.

In conjunction with the City of Pleasanton and Hacienda Business Park, the September 1st Wed Street Party will host "Green Scene" this month - a green expo which will be stationed along Division and Railroad. Check out green vendors, learn about energy savings rebates and MORE!

Don't forget to check out Market on Main, our Wed night farmers' market at the 800 block of Main St., and ArtBlock, a live art and music experience on Angela St.

Stop in at our Beer and Wine Garden where you'll be able to enjoy tasty refreshments and live music!

To participate as a vendor, please complete and submit the application from the Information & Forms section of our website.

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

2013 Dates Theme Band
May 1 Cinco de Mayo Celebration Caravanserai
June 5 Jump into Summer DJ Joe
July 3 Red, White & Blues The Department of Rock
August 7 Dog Days of Summer DJ Joe
September 4 Celebrate Pleasanton Public Eye

 

All-4-One


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Sept 5
Thurs

 

 

 

All-4-One
The sleek elegant harmonies of All-4-One soared to the top of the charts in the 1990s with the Grammy Award-winning single “I Swear,” establishing them forever as a voice for love and romance. Anchored by four distinctly different voices that range from true bass to high tenor, All-4-One’s unique sound blends classic street corner doo wop harmonies with a Motown vibe and a fresh contemporary R&B feel. From quiet ballads to uptempo songs, All-4-One’s exceptional vocals set them apart from other groups but bring them ever closer to their fans. “All-4-One still has what it takes to create a romantic mood with the rhythm in their voices.” / PHILIPPINE STAR
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission: $55/$45/$37    Students (17 & under): $15
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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Friday Nights Live

 

 

 


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June 7,14,21,28

July 5,12,19,26

Aug 2,9,16,23,30

Sept 6,13

 

 

 

Tuesday Tunes
On Tuesday evening, June 4, 2013, the hot Latin jazz and salsa rhythms of El Desayuno will mark the return of an expanded popular summertime series of free outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown Livermore. “Tuesday Tunes” and “Friday Nights LIVE!” sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will welcome 22 musical groups playing 30 concerts on the Shea Homes stage in front of the Bankhead Theater, featuring everything from acoustic folk and Americana, to soul, jazz, and classic rock and roll. Free to the public, the concerts run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday evening beginning in June and continuing through mid-September.

Following the return of El Desayuno for the re-launch of “Tuesday Tunes”, “Friday Nights LIVE!” opens on June 7th with the high-energy country rock sound of The Fred McCarty Band. Their appearance coincides with the 95th Annual Livermore Rodeo and kicks off a weekend of country western music inside the Bankhead that includes the sweet harmonies and fiery fiddles of the Quebe Sisters Band, as well as the return of famed cowboy troubadour Don Edwards
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Shea Homes Stage, in front of the Bankhead Theater
Times:  6:30 to 8:00pm
Admission: Free
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

2013 Date Band Type of Music
June 7 Fred McCarty Band  High-energy country, cowboy, Cajun, classic rock
June 14 2Endeavor  Alternative rock with melodic vocal harmonies
June 21 Gabe Duffin Band  Classic rock from the 60s to the 90s
June 28 Blind Dog  Contemporary acoustic folk rock
July 5 KNR  Eclectic mix of pop, rock, country & blues
July 12 Evan Thomas & Papa’s Garage  Funky soulful blues    
July 19 Stone Groove  Classic rock with an edge
July 26 Audio Illusion  Favorite classic rock, pop and blues
Aug 2 Volker Strifler  Blues roots with rock, jazz and Latin rhythms
Aug 9 The Hummingbirdz  Fiery, passionate, soulful blues
Aug 16 Rock on Tap  Serving up classic rock and roll
Aug 23 The Hurricane Band  Collage of classic rock, blues and country
Aug 30 El Desayuno  Latin jazz with salsa and soul
Sept 6 LVPAC Guitar Fest LIVE!  Opening a weekend celebrating all things guitar
Sept 13 Frankie Bones & Fire Hazard  Acoustic folk rock with a splash of ukulele


 

Rick Derringer


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Sept 7
Sat

 

 

 

Rick Derringer
From his time as a member of The McCoys when they knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts with their hit Hang On Sloopy, Rick Derringer has been rockin’ listeners with his outstanding guitar prowess. His early rock and roll antics in the 1960s, when he topped the charts with Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo and joined Edgar Winter on Free Ride, evolved into an exploration of gospel rock, smooth jazz, and blues. Through it all, Derringer has never lost his hard rock edge, technical intensity, or out-and-out enthusiasm for entertaining a crowd. “His stinging, hyperkinetic blues workouts ably showcase his considerable skills.”  Los Angeles Times
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission:  $55/$45/$36   Students (17 & under): $15
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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Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys


Firehouse Arts Center


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Sept 7
Saturday

 

 

 

Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys
Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys is the number one international Beach Boys Tribute Band. They have played from Canada to Arizona, and everywhere else in between. They are known for their attention to detail...Period outfits, perfect harmonies and music that will give you those Good Vibrations and a whole lot of Fun,Fun,Fun!
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: Adult: $25;  Senior (62+): $22;  Child (12 & under) $12
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Pleasanton Bird Mart


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Sept 8
Sunday

 

Pleasanton Bird Mart
See birds do tricks and give kisses. Buy bird seed, cages, toys, perches & suppies. See Finches, Canaries and more... Don't miss it. Bring the whole family.
Wholesale Prices! Best Deals!
BIRDS - SEED - CAGES - MANZANITA - PERCHES - SUPPLIES
CANARIES - FINCHES - COCKATIELS - PARAKEETS - CONURES
CHICKENS - PIGEONS - DOVES - QUAIL
Roudy Bush - Zupreme - AviVita - Tropican - Tropimix
Bird Vitamins, Nutrients, and Much More!
Sponsor: Pleasanton Bird Mart
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  9:30am to 3:00pm  VIP entry 9:00am
Admission:  $9.  Kids 6-12: $6.  Kids 1-5 Free.  Scouts in uniform: Free with paid parent.  Anyone in Wheelchairs Free.    Parking $8.00
   Discount tickets available online.
More info:  Pleasanton Bird Mart website    or Fairgrounds web site
 
Applefest 2013 - LARPD
 

 

 

 


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Sept 8
Sunday

 

 

 

Applefest 2013 - LARPD
• Old-time Games
• Orchard & Building Tours
• Make Cider • Taste & Sample various Apples
• $2 donation appreciated to support park programming
Sponsor: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD)
Location:  Ravenswood Historic Estate, 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore
Times:  1:00-3:00pm
Admission: $2 donation appreciated to support park programming.
More info: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD)

 
55+ Ice Cream Social
 

 

 


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Sept 10
Tuesday

 

 

 

55+ Ice Cream Social
Free Ice Cream, Trivia, and Door Prizes.
Sponsor: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD)
Location:  Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave, Livermore
Times:  2-4pm
Admission: Free.  Please call to reserve your place
More info: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD) - 925 373-5760
 
An Evening with P.T. Barnum - Museum on Main
 

 

 

 


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Sept 10
Tuesday

 

 

 

An Evening with P.T. Barnum - Museum on Main
Credited for coining the phrase, "There is a sucker born every minute," Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, bus inessman, scam artist, entertainer and is credited for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum is portrayed by Doug Mishler author of A History of the Ringling Brothers Circus and Ph.D. in American cultural history.
Sponsor: Museum on Main Street
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  7:00pm
Admission: members and seniors, $5; non-members, $10; and students and teachers $3 with school ID.
More info:  Museum on Main Street at (925) 462-2766

 
Concerts at Wente
 

 

 

 


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June 26

July 10,16,17, 31

Aug 5,19

Sept 12

 

 

 

Wente Concert Series
Wente Vineyards sponsors a series of concerts each summer at the Visitor's Center on Arroyo road.
Sponsor: Wente Vineyards
Location:  5565 Tesla Road, Livermore
Times: Gates open at 6:00pm.  Performances begin at 8:15pm  See Wente site for more details.
More info: Wente Vineyards Concerts

 
2013
Date
Day

Performer

Terrace Orchestra Mezzanine
Outdoor
Dining
Premium
Outdoor
Dining
Restaurant
Dining
Front Row
Dining
June 26 Wed Martina McBride $99 $149 $179 $229 $279 $299
July 10 Wed Under the Sun Tour 2013 $89 $139 $169 $219 $269 $289
July 16 Tues Huey Lewis & the News $89 $139 $169 $219 $269 $289
July 17 Wed Counting Crows with The Wall Flowers $99 $149 $179 $229 $279 $299
July 31 Wed An Evening with Styx $79 $129 $169 $209 $249

$269

Aug 5 Mon An Evening with Chicago $90 $140 $170 $220 $270 $290
Aug 19 Mon Chris Botti $79 $129 $169 $209 $249 $269
Sept 12 Thurs REO Speedwagon $79 $129 $169 $209 $249 $269

 

Paul Thorn


Firehouse Arts Center


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Sept 13
Friday

 

 

 

Paul Thorn
Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds and topping charts for years with his muscular brand of roots music-bluesy,rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet speaking universal truths like nobody's business. A frequent opener for Bonnie Raitt, this Mississippi native makes some of the most emotionally restless yet accessible music of our time. Hold onto your hearts!
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $35/$30/$25
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Toy Havoc and Comic Chaos Show


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Sept 14
Saturday

 

Toy Havoc and Comic Chaos Show
This is one of the only shows in the East Bay promoting Toys, Comics and related Pop-culture items. General admission hours will be 9 AM - 4 PM, admission is $5 and children under 12 years of age Free. Onsite parking for this event is Free at thee fairgrounds.

There will be many vendors selling comic books (Golden Age - Modern), toys, legos and other pop-culture related collectible items that can complete or start your collection. Making a first time appearance, Action Lab Comics as well as Jon Provost “Timmy” from Lassie.
Sponsor: Toy Havoc
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  9:00am to 4:00pm
Admission:   $5 adults.  12 and under Free   Parking is free
More info:  Toy Havoc Website    or Fairgrounds web site
 

Children's Fair - LARPD
 

 

 

 


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Sept 14
Saturday

 

 

 

Children's Fair - LARPD
• Petting Zoo & Pony Ride (fee charged)
• LPD K-9 Demo
• Local Performances
• Livermore Police Car Seat Checks (10am-Noon)
• Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Depts Safety Trailer & Fire Truck
• FREE Make-it Take-it Crafts
• Inflatable Activity Center (fee charged) in the Gym
• Pool open
• Train Rides
Sponsor: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD)
Location:  Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave, Livermore
Times:  10am to 5pm
Admission: Free Admission.  Some activities charge.
More info: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD)  373-5700

 
Brothels, Bar Rooms & Bandits - Museum on Main
 

 

 

 


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Sept 14
Saturday

 

 

 

Brothels, Bar Rooms, & Bandits - Museum on Main
Gamblers and bandits and wild women! Oh my! Step back in time to the wild west at Museum on Main’s 5th annual fundraiser Brothels, Bar Rooms & Bandits on Saturday, September 14th from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Pleasanton Senior Center. The event features a return to Pleasanton of the 1890s when it was one of the most desperate towns in the west.

Guests will rub shoulders with characters from yesteryear such as the well-known Senator George Hearst, Phoebe Hearst, Wyatt Earp, and Leland Stanford. A BBQ dinner, live entertainment, and beverage sipping will delight. Gaming tables (sponsored by the Pleasanton Lion’s Club), live and silent auctions are also on tap. Western attire encouraged, but not the law!

Live auction items include: a stay at the Rose Hotel, Dinner for 8 at the home of Roz & Dave Wright, a sailboat excursion with lunch on the Bay, a Meadowlark Dairy Fair package, a Disneyland package and the very popular Wheelbarrow of Wine and more! Click here for more details.

This year our silent auction will include various themed baskets put together by members of our Special Events Committee and Board members of the Museum on Main. Some of the themes are: BBQ, French, Italian, Coffee, Wine, Wild West, etc.

Tickets will go on sale July 1; $45. This year we will offer the opportunity to purchase a table of 8 for $360, which will include an extra $200 in "gambling" chips or a Concierge table for $410 that includes your own 'working girl" to wait on you and your guests, an extra $200 in "gambling" chips and wine for the evening. Once tickets are available, you can purchase by phone at 925.462.2766, online or mosey on down to 603 Main Street and do it in person. Cash, credit cards, checks and gold nuggets are accepted.
Sponsor: Museum on Main Street
Location:  Pleasanton Senior Center
Times:  6:00 to 10:00pm
Admission: $45.  Table of 8 for $360.
More info:  Museum on Main Street at (925) 462-2766

 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Sept 14
Sat

 

 

 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
The powerful, dynamic works of LINES Ballet combine diverse cultural traditions with the ethereal beauty of classical ballet. Alonzo King’s mesmerizing choreography expresses the very essence of the human spirit, from vulnerability and tenderness, to furious abandon and exhilarating freedom. Known for his visionary artistic collaborations, King’s most recent work with Grammy Award winning composer Edgar Meyer was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “remarkable” and “extraordinary”— the pinnacle of the company’s 30th anniversary season. “An appealing combination: balletic enough to reassure, strange enough to let audiences feel they are venturing onto new terrain.” / NEW YORK TIMES
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $55/$45/$36    Students (17 & under): $15
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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David Lanz


Firehouse Arts Center


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Sept 14
Saturday

 

 

 

David Lanz
Grammy nominated pianist David Lanz has enthralled music lovers around the world for decades with his engaging playing style and original compositions. He is a contemporary instrumental legend, whose deeply-felt compositions helped forge the New Age music movement over 20 years ago. Countless fans around the world have embraced his music, which is infused with a passion and tranquility much sought after in today's world. An evening of transcendent music with the Maestro!
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: Adult: $27/$22/$18;  Senior (62+): $22/$22/$18;  Child (12 & under): $12
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
The Bronx Wanderers


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Sept 18
Wed

 

 

 

The Bronx Wanderers
With superlative vocals and a genuine love for the music, The Bronx Wanderers recreate the magic of the 50s and 60s, building an energetic bond with their audience that guarantees an evening of toe-tapping, hand-clapping and dancing in the aisles. Through the stories they tell and the music they play, The Bronx Wanderers turn back time to when doo wop and rock & roll ruled the Bronx. Melodies filled with heart, soul and purity, and harmonies that echo the sounds of home, they capture the essence of the era as no one else possibly can. "The hottest tribute band to hit the oldies scene." /GOLDEN OLDIES FOREVER
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission: $45/$36/$25   Students (17 & under): $15
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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Hungarian State Folk Dancers


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Sept 19
Thurs

 

 

 

Hungarian State Folk Dancers
A traditional rhapsody is known for its tumultuous rhythms, strong emotion, and passionate freedom of expression. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s Hungarian Rhapsody incorporates all the hallmarks of the genre, while taking inspiration from traditional folk music and dance to create a unique and dramatic art form. Presented as a journey through time from the past to the present and back again, the acrobatic dances of the men, lyrical movements of the women, and precision of the couples make for an exhilarating showcase of Hungarian culture. “It’s forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression…” / WASHINGTON POST
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:  $55/$45/$36    Students (17 & under): $15
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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Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Sept 20-22
Fri-Sun
 

 

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
Shop 24,000 handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over three fun-packed days. You will find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics and more.
Enjoy three fun-packed days of shopping, stage and strolling entertainment, and festival food all for the price of one ticket. Remember to get your hand stamped to return as many times as you want without paying again.

Sponsor: Western Exhibitors, Inc.
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 10am - 5pm
Admission:  Adults $9, Child $4 (13 - 17), Seniors $7 (62+), Child 12 & under FREE    Parking $8.00
  Discount: $2 off with food donatioin
More info:  Harvest Festival website    or Fairgrounds web site
 
Maria Muldaur


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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Sept 20
Fri

 

 

 

Maria Muldaur
Maria Muldaur hits the stage with her Red Hot Bluesiana Band for a night of intoxicating rhythms, immersing audiences in her unique style of American roots music. Best known for her sultry 1970s pop single Midnight at the Oasis Muldaur has spent her career traveling across musical genres to experiment with everything from gospel, bluegrass, folk and country, to rock, jazz, R&B and the music she calls “swamp funk.” Regardless of the style, her sassy flair and sensual voice make her music instantly accessible and universally appealing. “… emotionally charged blues delivered by a vocal powerhouse whose phrasing was always impeccable, but whose instrument has only improved with time.” / MUSIC
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  8:00pm
Admission:  $45/$36/$25   Students (17 & under): $15
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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Yard Sale - Livermore Heritage Guild
 

 

 


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Sept 21
Sat

 

 

 

Yard Sale - Livermore Heritage Guild
We are clearing the place out by making great deals, so come by this Saturday, Sept 21. We start at 8:30.
Address is 588 Tyler Ave. in Livermore. Use Google, or go to East Ave. and Jefferson Ave. and follow our green signs.

Furniture, quilts, artwork, housewares, art supplies, and a couple of nice workbenches. Come take a look!
Sponsor: Livermore Heritage Guild
Location:  588 Tyler Ave, Livermore
Times:  8:30am to 3:00pm
Admission: Items for sale.
More info: Livermore Heritage Guild
 

Gregg Rolie Band


Firehouse Arts Center


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Sept 21
Saturday

 

 

 

Gregg Rolie Band

Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $34/$40/$35
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Cash Mob - Livermore Downtown

 


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Sept 25
Wednesday

4th Wed of each month

 

Cash Mob - Livermore Downtown
Join us the 4th Wednesday of every month for our Livermore Downtown Cash Mobs!

Meet at the Livermore Downtown Association our office, 22 S. L Street, in the Historic Railroad Depot building, by 6:00PM. We draw the name of the lucky shopping location at that time and then we descend upon them and SHOP!!

Come prepared to spend at least $20.00 to show our appreciation for our businesses bringing their talents to our downtown. It's fun seeing how this National Movement makes a difference in strengthening locally owned, independent businesses!
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location:  Downtown Livermore
Times:  6:00pm
More info: Livermore Downtown Association (925) 373-1795

 

Pleasanton Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Sept 26-28
Thurs-Sat
 

 

Pleasanton Quilt, Craft, & Sewing Festival
The very best creative supply show for all of your quilting, sewing, needle art & crafting needs. See, try and buy all of the latest and greatest tools, gadgets, fabrics & machines at this wonderful event. Its FREE... don't miss it!
Sponsor: Rusty Barn
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission:   Free admission.   Parking $8.00
More info:      or Fairgrounds web site
 
Great Native American Artifact & Art Show


At the Fairgrounds

 


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Sept 28-29
Sat-Sun

 

Great Native American Artifact & Art Show
Native American Baskets, Totem Poles from Pacific North West, Hopi Kachinas, Pueblo Pots, Native Art and much much more!
Sponsor: Todos Santos Trading Post
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm
Admission:   Adults $8, Child (1 - 12) FREE, Seniors (55) $6, Military $6   Parking $8.00
More info:    Fairgrounds web site
 
Tomato Battle


At the Fairgrounds

 


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Sept 28
Saturday

 

Tomato Battle
Tomato Battle is a full day of Bands, Beer and a huge tomato fight! The feeling of tomato bits on your neck will rhyme with the sensation flinging a slushy tomato into the air while you laugh so hard it makes you snort. This is going to be the food fight of a life time so come down and make some new friend in the ketchup rain.
Sponsor: Tomato Battle LLC
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  12:00-6:00pm
Admission:   $50.00   Parking $8.00
More info:  Fairgrounds web site
 
Northern California Doll & Teddy Bear Show


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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Sept 28
Saturday

 

Northern California Doll & Teddy Bear Show
The show and sale features over 120 tables of lovable dolls and teddy bears in all sizes. There will be a variety of antique to modern dolls, including Barbies, as well as hand-crafted and manufactured teddies and supplies, books and magazines.

Many dealers are willing to answer questions or give appraisals. Doll repair dealers will be at the show to discuss your needs. Many teddy bear artists will be on hand to chat with, including some that make bears from recycled fur coats.
Sponsor: Larry & Betty Herman
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  10am to 3:30pm
Admission:   Adult $5; Children 6 - 14 $2;   Discount: $1 off adult admission coupon available on website   Parking $8.00
More info:    Show Website  or Fairgrounds web site
 

Livermore Heritage Guild Annual General Meeting
 

 

 


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Sept 28
Saturday

 

 

 

Livermore Heritage Guild Annual General Meeting
The Livermore Heritage Guild will commemorate its 40th anniversary at its Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) on Saturday, September 28th.

We will show exclusive video clips of early LHG members talking about the founding days of the Guild. President Jeff Kaskey will make a presentation of the Guild's many accomplishments over the past four decades since its formation in 1973. If you have photographs of LHG events over the years that you wish to share, please contact the History Center or send digital images directly to lhg40th@gmail.com. Guild official business at the A.G.M. will include election of the 2nd Vice President (Membership Chair) and Secretary.

Tickets are available at the History Center for $15 each. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:00 pm. Please contact the History Center if you wish to volunteer.
Sponsor: Livermore Heritage Guild
Location:  Duarte Garage - L St. and Portola
Times:  5:30 Doors open, 6:00 Dinner, 7:00 Event
Admission: Dinner tickets are $15.
More info: Livermore Heritage Guild
 

Livermore Valley Opera - Carmen


At the Bankhead Theater


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Sept 28, 29
Oct 5, 6
Sat, Sun

Livermore Valley Opera - Carmen
Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera. Set in sultry Spain, Bizet's Carmen tells the story of a beguiling gypsy, who sets her sights on a naïve but passionate young corporal, tracing a thrilling tale of seduction, obsession, and deadly betrayal. Carmen is full of sizzling opera hits, including the famous "Habanera" and the irresistible Toreador's song. Opening in Paris in 1875 Carmen was a main driver of the new Verismo style of opera—passionate but realistic singing and stage action. Fully staged with elaborate set, chorus, excellent orchestra, and award-winning singers. Directed by Bay Area favorite Eugene Brancoveanu, who also sings the dashing toreador, Escamillo. Sung in French with English projections. Separate Gala dinner ticket.

Sept 28 Opening Gala:
The always popular Gala Dinner on Opening Night, underwritten by Northwestern Mutual, begins at 4pm this year. The festive event starts with a private meet-and-greet party on the charming patio of Uncle Yu's restaurant. Then follows a sumptuous three course dinner paired with wines selected by Sommelier and opera lover Nick Laing. LVO's Artistic Director Alexander Katsman and Stage Director Eugene Brancoveanu will share their insights about Carmen. The Gala ends with a stroll across the street where dessert and wine will be served in the lobby of the Bankhead. Order tickets early for this usually sold-out event. Separate ticket required for the opera.

Sponsor: Livermore Valley Opera
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Sat: 8:00pm.  Sun: 2:00pm
   Sept 28 Opening Gala: 4:00pm
Admission: $74/$64/$54/$39;  Student: $64/$54/$44/$29
   Sept 28 Opening Gala: $85
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center  -  Livermore Valley Opera  -  eLivermore.com theater page

 

Pirates of Emerson - Haunted Themed Park
 

 

 

 


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Sept 28-Nov 2
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Pirates of Emerson - Haunted Themed Park
The award winning Pirates Of Emerson are bringing chills, thrills a cut throat terror to the Bay Area for the 21th year. Consuming over 4 acres including 6 haunted.
Attractions: Bumpkin Patch, Carnevil, Bone Ball, Fields Family Corn Maze, Misfortune Teller and more!

Special Features: An event not to be missed for any true adventurist! Featured on the Discovery Channel as one of the 7 scariest haunted housed in the country, The Pirates of Emerson is a very intense atmosphere, with extensive use of smoke, strobe lights, animatronics and scores of freaky costumed characters. Not recommended for children under 13.

Doing our best to make Pleasanton UN-Pleasant!

Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  See below
Admission:
General Admission $25.00   -  This ticket will allow you entrance into all 4 Haunted Houses, both Mazes and the Bumpkin Patch!
Speed Pass $40.00   -  Tired of waiting in lines? A Speed Pass will allow you to bypass the normal lines and use a special entrance into the Haunted Houses. The only other people in these lines are other Speed Pass holders. With your General Admission ticket, it will allow you priority entrance into all 4 Haunted Houses, both Mazes and the Bumpkin Patch!
Combo Ticket add $5   - This option will give you 10 Monions for $5.00 (a $5 savings). Monions are the coin of the realm. They can be used for re-entry into haunts, games and other activities.
V.I.P. Ticket $75.00   -  This super Speed Pass ticket allows you UNLIMITED access into absolutely EVERTHING we offer! (except items for sale)
Group Sales available for 20 or more tickets.  Generally 20% off.


More info: Pirates of Emerson website - 510-657-2121 - Alameda County Fairgrounds,

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Nostalgia Day Car Show

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September 29
Sunday
Nostalgia Day Car Show
For twenty three years the club has held its Nostalgia Day Car Show on the streets of downtown Livermore, where the show has grown to display 700+ muscle cars, street rods, custom and classic cars and draws over 10,000 spectators annually. Our motto has always been "Cruisers Against Drugs", and our annual Nostalgia Day Car Show has allowed us to prove that we mean it. To date, this fundraiser has enabled us to donate over $330,000 for local organizations that promote the Tri-Valley youth, help strengthen their families and help keep kids off drugs.

Some participants have asked us how we pick our award winners. Several years ago, we did away with trying to have specific "classes". Today, we try to keep it simple. Judges select their favorite vehicle on the basis of "I would like to take this one home", rather than judging with strict guidelines.

See photos from the 2003 show.
Sponsors: Livermore Downtown and Altamont Cruisers
Location: Downtown Livermore, around the Carnegie Building
Times:  9:00am to 4:00pm
Admission:  Free
More info: Altamont Cruisers Car Club

     

 

 

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

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

 

 

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Event Date / Time / Location Description
Live More, Save More 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month
4:00-6:00pm
Civic Center & Rincon

1st Saturday of each month
2:30-4:40pm
Civic Center Library

Live More, Save More!

Energy Consultation Kiosk will be available at the times listed for a consultation on energy usage.

Join your neighbors in using less energy and save up to 20% on utility bills

  • Receive a free consultation over the phone or in-person at the Civic Center or Rincon Library
  • Use personalized recommendations and online resources to save energy
  • Start saving and receiving rewards for your progress

Appointment Required. Please contact email or phone number to schedule a consultation.

Live More, Save More will reward you for energy savings! Every 5% will earn you an entry into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card to participating Livermore Downtown businesses.

We provide resources in Spanish (Recursos in Español) 

Visit livermore.wattzon.com or call 800-314-5597 or email: livemoresavemore@wattzon.com

Ramana Vieira & Ensemble Fado Concert Sept 22
Sunday

2:00pm

Civic Center Library

The Livermore Public Library is pleased to offer this rare opportunity to hear traditional Portuguese Fado music performed by one of the country’s premiere ensembles. Ramana Vieira and Ensemble will perform at 2pm on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

Ramana Vieira sings with such a wide range of emotions one cannot help but be mesmerized by images of old world Portugal that emerge from the depths of her soul. Her extraordinary gift of bringing this 15th century style into modern times is her unique trademark. Often referred to as the New Voice of Portuguese World Music, this powerful vocalist is making her mark as one of the premier contemporary Fado artists.

According to the Portuguese, Fado is a melancholy and often-mournful music similar to the American blues as it tells stories of heartache and disappointment. The essence of the poetry is the quality of saudade, a word that is difficult to translate as it expresses a myriad of feelings.

Ramana’s personal relationship to Fado music lies deep in her family history, as her grandfather was a famous musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. Born in San Leandro, California to Portuguese immigrants, Ramana was fortunate to be exposed to the voices of Portugal’s past at a young age.

Her passion for music continued as she matured, and eventually she attended The American Conservatory Theatre where she did her vocal training with Faith Winthrop, San Francisco's grande dame of song and one of the most respected singers and vocal coaches on the scene today. Along with singing, Ramana studied drama and dance, as well as performing in many theatrical productions. Although she had dreams of a Broadway career her direction shifted abruptly when a famous music producer inspired her to embrace her Portuguese roots. Shortly after that she found herself on an unexpected journey to Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform with the local Fado singers and musicians, bringing the house to its feet with her authentic, yet individual style.

Called a “rising star in World Music” by the San Francisco Examiner, Ramana has solidified her place as an artist who understands the tradition of Fado singing and continues to creatively construct a path into the future by combining new musical textures and original compositions.
Some of the highlights of Ramana's performance career include: opening for Grammy nominated fadista Mariza; performing her original song “Unido Para Amar” for the 2006 Winter Olympics video montage; making her international debut with RPT TV Portuguese network, and chosen to sing for the Grammy’s 50th Awards special Music Cares benefit to honor Aretha Franklin. Her two prior recordings, “Despi A Alma (I Undressed My Soul)” and “Sem Ti” helped her to gain recognition, win awards, and appear on the cover of “Mundo Portuguese” Magazine. However, Ramana’s truly magical spirit comes alive in her newest release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, “Lágrimas De Rainha (Tears Of A Queen).”

Ramana sincerely believes that her progressive and unconventional style of juxtaposing different instrumental layers and nuances, will open new doors for Fado music while continuing to maintain the integrity of a time-honored tradition. With her incredible artistry and devotion for Fado music there is no doubt Ramana will accomplish her dream.

     
     

 

 

 

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