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May 2014

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

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Continuous Events
Lvr History Center
Pls Museum

2014 

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

See Notes on Sun / Moon
   

1
Sun:
06:11 -- 19:57
Moon:
08:04 -- 22:34

 

2
Sun:
06:10 -- 19:58
Moon:
08:53 -- 23:24

The Music Man
     8:00 

3
Sun:
06:09 -- 19:59
Moon:
09:44 -- xx:xx

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

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

Bay Area Motorcycle Superfest
    

Paula Poundstone
     8:00pm

The Music Man
     8:00 

 

4
Sun:
06:08 -- 20:00
Moon:
10:37 -- 00:08

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Lvr Wine Country Fest
     10:00am to 5:00pm 

Bay Area Motorcycle Superfest
 

Lvr Library Event:
   Whistleblower, author

     2:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

The Music Man
     2:00 

 

5    Cinco De Mayo
Sun:
06:07 -- 20:01
Moon:
11:31 -- 00:49

6  Moon 1st Qtr
  National Teachers Day
Sun:
06:06 -- 20:02
Moon:
12:26 -- 01:26

Capitol Steps
     7:30pm 

7
Sun:
06:05 -- 20:03
Moon:
13:21 -- 01:59

 

8
Sun:
06:04 -- 20:04
Moon:
14:16 -- 02:31

Lvr Library Event:
   Mt. Diablo Tour

     1:30 to 2:30pm

Diavolo
     7:30pm 

9
Sun:
06:03 -- 20:05
Moon:
15:13 -- 03:02

Diavolo
     8:00pm  

The Music Man
     8:00 

10
Sun:
06:02 -- 20:06
Moon:
16:11 -- 03:33

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

May Day Festival
     9:00 to 6:00

Living with the Drought
     2:00pm

The Beatles Concert Experience
     7:30pm

The Music Man
     8:00  

11  Mother's Day
Sun:
06:01 -- 20:06
Moon:
17:11 -- 04:05

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

May Day Festival
     9:00 to 6:00

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

The Music Man
     2:00 

Pacific Chamber Symphony
   Totally Beethoven

     2:00pm

 

12
Sun:
06:00 -- 20:07
Moon:
18:13 -- 04:40

 

13
Sun:
05:59 -- 20:08
Moon:
19:16 -- 05:17

 

14  Full Moon
Sun:
05:58 -- 20:09
Moon:
20:20 -- 06:00

Movie: Shing Night: A portrait of
   composer Morten Lauridsen

     7:00pm

 

15
Sun:
05:57 -- 20:10
Moon:
21:23 -- 06:49

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

 

16
Sun:
05:57 -- 20:11
Moon:
22:23 -- 07:44

The Music Man
     8:00  

17
Sun:
05:56 -- 20:12
Moon:
23:18 -- 08:44

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00


Civic Center Library turns 10 party

     2:00pm

Livemore-Amador Symphony
   Five Dedicated Decades

     8:00pm (talk at 7:00) 

The Music Man
     8:00  

Valley Concert Chorale
   Morten Lauridsen Concert

     8:00pm

18
Sun:
05:55 -- 20:12
Moon:
xx:xx -- 09:49

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

The Music Man
     2:00 

Lvr Library Event:
   Margaret Zhao

     2:00pm

Sex, Swagger, & Swing!
     3:00p

Valley Concert Chorale
   Morten Lauridsen Concert

     7:30pm

 

19
Sun:
05:54 -- 20:13
Moon:
00:07 -- 10:56

 

20
Sun:
05:54 -- 20:14
Moon:
00:51 -- 12:03

 

21  Moon Last Qtr
Sun:
05:53 -- 20:15
Moon:
01:31 -- 13:10

 

22
Sun:
05:52 -- 20:16
Moon:
02:08 -- 14:16

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

 

23
Sun:
05:52 -- 20:17
Moon:
02:43 -- 15:21

 

24
Sun:
05:51 -- 20:17
Moon:
03:18 -- 16:25

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race
     9:00 to 5:00

How to Remove Your Lawn
     10:00 to 3:00

Reptile Expo
     10:00 to 6:00

LHG Auction
     5:00pm Preview   Dinner 6:00pm
     7:00pm Auction.

 

25
Sun:
05:50 -- 20:18
Moon:
03:55 -- 17:28

Lvr Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00pm

Reptile Expo
     10:00 to 5:00

Niles Canyon Railroad
     10:30 to 3:00pm

Ravenswood Tours
     12:00 to 4:00pm

B17 , B24 Bombers
   @Lvr Airport

    12:00-4:00

Swingin' Blues Start of
   the USS Hornet

     2:00pm

 

26 Memorial Day
Sun:
05:50 -- 20:19
Moon:
04:33 -- 18:29

B17 , B24 Bombers
   @Lvr Airport

    10:00-4:00 

27
Sun:
05:49 -- 20:20
Moon:
05:13 -- 19:28

B17 , B24 Bombers
   @Lvr Airport

    10:00-4:00 

28  New Moon
Sun:
05:49 -- 20:20
Moon:
05:57 -- 20:24

 

29
Sun:
05:48 -- 20:21
Moon:
06:45 -- 21:16

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

 

30
Sun:
05:48 -- 20:22
Moon:
07:35 -- 22:03

Livermorium Day Celebration
     9:30am,  4:00pm

31
Sun:
05:48 -- 20:22
Moon:
08:28 -- 22:46

GoodGuys Summer
   
Get-Together
     8:00am to 5:00pm

Pls Farmers Market
     9:00 to 1:00

Valley Dance Theatre Spring Rep
     7:00pm

Star Ship featuring
   Mickey Thomas

     8:00pm 

Other Months
January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014
July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014
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.

May 2014 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

 

   
The Music Man - Pacific Coast Theater


Firehouse Arts Center


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May 2, 3, 4
May 9, 10, 11
May 16, 17, 18
Fri-Sun

 

 

 

The Music Man - Pacific Coast Theater
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Wilson's The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. You won't want to miss Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre's professional and creative take on this show!
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  Fri & Sat: 8:00pm;  Sun: 2:00pm
Admission: Adult: $38/$32/$22;  Senior (62+): $34/$28/$22;  Child (12 & under): $28/$24/$17
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Livermore Wine Country Festival
  May 3-4
Sat - Sun


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See also on eLivermore.com:

Local Winery Page

Local Olive Oil Page

Harvest fest photos

Livermore Wine Country Festival
Join us for the 23st ANNUAL WINE COUNTRY FESTIVAL!!
Featuring Premium Wines and Craft Beer tasting, shopping & dining, entertainment, arts & crafts, family fun and MORE!
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location:
  Downtown Livermore, 1st street from O Street to Maple Street.  2nd Street from M to J streets.  Also at Blacksmith Square.
Admission: Free Admission. 
   Wine and Beer tasting packages for sale.
   Beer tasting package: $25.  Wine Tasting Package: $40.
Times: Sat: 10-6 (Wine & Beer pouring: 11am-5pm), Sun: 10-5 (Wine & Beer pouring: 11am-4pm)
More info: Livermore Downtown Association - Wine Festival Web Page
  or 373-1795
Bay Area Motorcycle Superfest


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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May 3-4
Sat-Sun

 

Bay Area Motorcycle Superfest
Welcoming All Motorcycles
American, Metric and European Show Bike Classes
Full Custom, Semi Custom, Vintage Custom, Vintage Stock, Antique, Competition, Touring, Street Cruiser, Street Performance
Event Features
  • Huge hall of custom bikes and vendors
  • Swap meet of all brands motorcycle parts
  • Sell your bike in our 'Two Wheelers Garage'
  • Lifestyle & performance parts accessories
  • Sell Your Motorcycle in our Two Wheelers Corral
  • Skills riding contest, cash prize
  • Tattoo contest, tattoo on site
  • Ladies poll dancing contest 18+
  • Food & fun for all motorcycle lovers
  • Live Music Too

Sponsor: Quicksilver Expos, LLC
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times: 
Admission:   Adults $20; Child Under 16 Free; Active Military Free;   Parking $8.00;  Motorcycle: $6
More info:   http://bayareamotorcyclesuperfest.com/    or Fairgrounds web site
 

Paula Poundstone


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 3
Sat

 

 

 

Paula Poundstone
It is impossible to attend a Paula Poundstone performance without marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with the crowd. Her wry observations spark impromptu dialogue and guarantee riotous laughter. Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, her ability to create on-the-spot humor has become the stuff of legend. With a casual air, impeccable timing and razor-sharp wit, Poundstone can find a hilarious angle to almost any subject, from the absurdity of the political world to the deviousness of housecats. “It’s a rare night that people in the audience, regardless of age or gender, don’t leave absolutely smitten with her.” / 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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Capitol Steps


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 6
Tues

 

 

 

Capitol Steps
Returning for their sixth annual evening of side-splitting political satire, the members of Capitol Steps combine experience on the Hill with musical, acting, improv and sheer comedic talent in an equal opportunity skewering of modern day politics. The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than Congress, Capitol Steps mines humor from the latest headlines, scandals, mis-steps and mis-speaks. From Senate races to Supreme Court cases, a Capitol Steps show may be the only thing on Capitol Hill capable of winning bipartisan support. “When it comes to satire, you haven’t seen the real thing until you have been to the Capitol Steps.” / WASHINGTON POST
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission:   $65/$55/$45  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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Diavolo


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 8-9
Thurs-Fri

 

 

 

Diavolo
Internationally-renowned Diavolo Dance Theater reinvents dance, reimagines theater, and redefines thrills. Led by founding director and choreographer Jacques Helm, Diavolo’s dancers, gymnasts and actors have built a reputation for their risk-defying, dramatic movements using larger than-life props and immense architectural elements that play an intrinsic role as each work unfolds. Taking expressive movement, athletics, and daring to the extreme, Diavolo explores the human experience through surreal, abstract and visually arresting performances. “World Class: exacting choreography… Elegance, power, beauty with the thrill of danger, a special way of dancing…” / HANNOVERSCHE ALLGEMEINE
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm (Thurs); 8:00pm (Fri)
Admission:   $65/$55/$45  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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May Day Festival


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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May 10-11
Sat-Sun

 

May Day Festival
May Day Festival and Mother's Day too! Admission includes all day entertainment on two stages, vendors with opportunity to shop (for Mom) and enjoy local foods from our food booths. Jumphouses for the Kids. For further information, please visit our website.
Sponsor: Kuma Hula Association of Northern California
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 9am - 6pm
Admission:   Adults $10, 5 & under free, Seniors $8;   Parking $8.00
More info:   www.kumuhulaassociation.com   or Fairgrounds web site
 
The Beatles Concert Experience


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 10
Sat

 

 

 

The Beatles Concert Experience
Back at the Bankhead By Popular Demand!
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.
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  7:30pm
Admission: $43/$38/$33
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 - Totally Beethoven


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 11
Sun

 

 

 

Pacific Chamber Symphony - Totally Beethoven
The contrast of the wonderfully primordial Creatures of Prometheus and the expression of love of nature in the Symphony No. 6 F major, Op. 68 (Pastoral Symphony) offer fresh perspectives into Beethoven’s revolutionary approach. The Creatures of Prometheus is a fiery ballet, now lost, based on the myth of the God who brought fire to earth. Symphony No. 6 is "more the expression of feeling than painting", underlined with movement titles such as the first: "Awakening of cheerful feelings...” And yet Beethoven based parts of Eroica Symphony and Eroica piano variation of the theme of the Ballet’s last movement!
Sponsor: Pacific Chamber Symphony
Location:    Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  2:00pm
Admission: $50/$45/$35/$25.  Students $10 (17 and under)
Tickets:  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info: Pacific Chamber Symphony  - LVPAC web site
 
Valley Concert Choral - Showing of Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

 


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May 14
Wed

 

 

 

Valley Concert Choral Showing of Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
'Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen' celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'.

America's most frequently performed choral composer, Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient who spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.

Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, 'Shining Night' reveals the composer through the lens of his love for the natural world together with his passion for music and literature, woven with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers, and friends.

Filmed between 2010-2011 in California, Scotland, Germany and Waldron Island, Washington, the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer's life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks- Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Nocturnes (Sa Nuit D'Ete, Soneto de la Noche, and Sure On This Shining Night), Dirait-On and Madrigali.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  Vine Cinema, Livermore
Times:  7:00pm
Admission: $10 ($11.34 with service fee)
More info: Valley Concert Chorale
Livermore-Amador Symphony Concert - Five Dedicated Decades

At the Bankhead Theater

 

 


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May 17
Sat
Livermore-Amador Symphony  - Five Dedicated Decades
Barnes: Dallas Fanfare
Barnes: California Golden Suite
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Like Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony presents the listener with an emotional challenge: Receive a minor-mode meditation on life in this mortal coil, and resolve it into the major mode of transfiguration and rebirth. Tchaikovsky said of this symphony that it is “a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate.” And yet his optimism is evident throughout the delightful thematic material that has made his Fifth a world favorite. Dr. Arthur Barnes, in the closing concert of his golden season as conductor of the Symphony, skillfully weaves this marvelous work together with two of his own. One has its premiere at this concert: The “California Golden Suite” was composed especially for this occasion. Join luminaries from throughout the region for a night not to be missed, as the orchestra celebrates Barnes’ triumphal achievement as the elder statesman of Bay Area symphonic music!
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:  $29 / $26 / $23.  Youth (high school & younger): $10  Season tickets (Dec, Feb, April, May concerts): $94/$84/$74;  Youth $40
Tickets:
  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info:
Livermore-Amador Symphony (925) 373-6824, or Bankhead Theater

Valley Concert Choral - Concert - Morten Lauridsen Festival

 


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May 17, 18

Sat, Sun
 

 

 

 

Valley Concert Choral - Concert - Morten Lauridsen Festival
The Valley Concert Chorale, in collaboration with local high school and college singing groups, will present two performances of all- Lauridsen compositions. Mr. Lauridsen himself will present workshops for the participating groups and participate in the concert performances.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  Saturday:  Mission Dolores, San Francisco
      Sunday:  Amador Theater, Pleasanton
Times:  Sat: 8:00pm;  Sun 7:30pm
Admission: $20 ($21.69 with service Fee) Student: $10 ($11.34 with service fee). Tickets at Valley Concert Chorale website.
More info: Valley Concert Chorale
Sex, Swagger & Swing!


At the Bankhead Theater

 


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May 18
Sun

 

 

 

Sex, Swagger, & Swing!
Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin in the Concert That Never Was
Starring Jonathan Poretz and his Mini Basie-Style Big Band
Relive the music that put Las Vegas on the map and the term 'Wild Cool and Swingin' back into the hip world of Retro-Swing!
The fans of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin are as faithful and diehard as they come - you're either with or against one or the other. Though the two never shared a stage, "Rat Pack is Back" star Jonathan Poretz does the impossible, bringing these two musical giants together, in concert for the first time.
Regardless of whose camp you're in, prepare yourself for an exhilarating musical evening as Poretz and his Mini Basie-Style Big Band pit Sinatra and Darin classics against each other in a true Clash of the Titans!
Among the song battles that will be played out are: "I've Got You Under My Skin" vs. "Mack The Knife", "Goody Goody" vs. "As Long As I'm Singing", "Old McDonald vs. Clementine", "New York, New York" vs. "Sunday In New York", "Fly Me To The Moon" vs. "Charade", "My Way" vs. "The Curtain Falls" and many more.
Whether you are a Sinatra/Bobby Darin fan or simply love the cool smooth sounds of crooner stylists such as Michael Buble, don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the excitement of Old-World Las Vegas in a swinging hip new show that brings back the magic and memories of the coolest music ever recorded - the show that puts you inside the sounds that made the legends of Sin City famous!
Sponsor: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  3:00pm
Admission:  $43/$38/$33
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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Mow No Mo' or How to remove your lawn.
 

 

 

 


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May 24
Sat.

 

 

 

Mow No Mo' or How to remove your lawn.
Are you tired of mowing and edging your lawn, or for paying to have that done for you? Wouldn’t it be great to save money on your water bill? Wish you could quit with the herbicides? Would you like to have a beautiful, water-conserving garden that attracts wildlife? If so, “Mow no Mo!” is the workshop for you.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll get information on how to remove your lawn, select native plants, and design a water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife. Most importantly, you’ll have the hands-on experience of sheet-mulching a lawn, and you’ll depart confident that you can do this at home.

We’ll meet at a Livermore garden that currently has a lawn, but won’t when we are through with it! If you have them, bring a labeled long-handled shovel and rake, and gardening gloves, as we will be sheet mulching—cutting back turf, shoveling compost, laying cardboard, and spreading woodchips. We’ll work here until everyone has had a chance to try everything.

Bring a lunch to enjoy while you get your sheet-mulching questions answered. We’ll talk about how to select native plants and where to purchase them, provide you with a list of sheet-mulching resources, and let you know how you can get rebates from your local water district for removing your lawn. You’ll leave this workshop ready to sheet-mulch your own lawn away!
Sponsor:
Location:  A TBD yard in Livermore
Times:  10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission: $30.  Limited to 30 people
More info: http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/select-tours

 

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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May 24

 

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race
Looking for your next adventure? How about a day filled with epic obstacles, rockin' music and plenty of beer? Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race has you covered! Here's how it works: Sign up for the race and you'll get a chance to run our 5k course filled with 25+ obstacles designed to push you to your limits! While you're waiting for your turn on the course, you'll get to hang out with thousands of other maniacs in the festival area where you can ride mechanical bulls, pretend to be a kid in our adult bounce houses, or just rock out to the latest tunes while enjoying some tasty food or beverages. Not only that, but each runner gets a high-quality t-shirt, free professional race photos and a beer (if 21 or over) with their registration!
Sponsor: Rugged Races
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  9am to 5pm
Admission:   Adults $68, Ages 14-17 get $18 off. Spectators are free    Parking $8.00
More info:  413-768-0366 or www.ruggedmaniac.com   or Fairgrounds web site
 
Reptile Expo


At the Fairgrounds

 

 


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May 24-25
Sat-Sun

 

Reptile Expo
Are you are an advanced herp keeper? A beginner just starting out in the hobby, and looking for your first pet reptile? Or you are just looking for fun way to spend the day with your family? No matter who you are and your skill level, this is the event for you! You will have the opportunity to meet with dozens of local breeders and other industry experts, to learn first hand about proper care and see some amazing specimens. With thousands of reptiles & amphibians on display and offered for sale, you are sure to find your perfect match. Large suppliers will be on hand to give you a great deal on all of your habitat needs. Local reptile shops will also be in attendance, so once you go home you know where to go to keep your reptiles well fed and healthy. Above all, make sure you remember to have fun!
Sponsor: Reptile Realms
Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  Saturday - May 24 - 10am to 6pm, Sunday - May 25 - 10am to 5pm
Admission:   Adult (Ages 13+) $10, Chil (6 - 12) $5.00, Child (5 & under) Free    Parking $8.00
More info:   408-692-HERP, or www.reptilerealms.com   or Fairgrounds web site
 
Livermore Heritage Guild Auction
 

 

 

 


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May 24
Sat

 

 

 

Livermore Heritage Guild Auction
Come and enjoy an evening of old fashioned fun, food, and bidding wars at the Guild's annual auction. It all takes place at the Duarte Garage located on the old Lincoln Highways at the corner of Portola and L Streets in Livermore.

Auctioneer Big Frank at the microphone, gaveling away wine, antiques and great collectibles

The money we raise helps fund Guild projects in our community.
Auction Preview May 17, 1-4pm at the Duarte Garage.
Sponsor: Livermore Heritage Guild,
Location:  Duarte Garage, corner of Portola and L St., Livermore
Times:  Preview items at 5 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the auction to follow at 7 p.m.
Admission:
Free to attend auction.  Dinner: $25.00, Children $10..
More info: LHG web site, or Call 925 449-9927 for more information.
 

Swingin' Blues Stats of the USS Hornet


Firehouse Arts Center


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May 25
Sun

 

 

 

Swingin' Blues Stats of the USS Hornet
Back for their annual visit to the Firehouse and sure to be sold out again! Their saucy and sweet swing music will remind you of the 1940's music that filled the USO's during World War II. Go back in time with their memory-rousing renditions of music made popular by grops such as the Andrews Sister - In the Mood, The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B and more!
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Firehouse Arts Center - 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
Times:  2:00pm
Admission: Adult: $25/$20/$15;  Senior (62+): $22/$20/$15;  Child (12 & under): $12
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
B17, B24, & P51 at the Livermore Airport

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May 25-27
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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 $450 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.
  • 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: $450 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

Livermorium Day

 


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May 30
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Livermoreium Day
On May 30th, the City of Livermore, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District will be hosting a day of events – both online and downtown- to celebrate the first anniversary of Livermorium Day. Mayor John Marchand proclaimed May 30th Livermorium Day to recognize the discovery of chemical element 116 on the periodic table, which was named in honor of the City and the researchers who discovered it. Livermore is one of only six cities around the world for which an element has been named.

An interactive Google Hangout will be held from 9:30am-10:30am with Mayor Marchand, LLNL scientists, members of the community, and students from Granada High School and Christensen Middle School. The public can also watch “Livermorium Day: Celebrating Scientific Discovery” live on Google+ and contribute to the conversation on Twitter by using the #Livermorium hashtag.

The Livermore Civic Center Library will be projecting the Google Hangout conversation in the Library’s Community Room, preceded by a brief introduction to Twitter at 9:00am. Community members interested in participating in the Twitter tutorial at the Library should bring a laptop or mobile device capable of connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi and arrive no later than 9:00am. Those who wish to join the Hangout remotely can find more information at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Google Plus page at plus.google.com/+LivermoreLab

In the evening from 4:00pm-5pm, community members are invited to a celebration in Livermorium Plaza at Mills Square Park. Following Mayor John Marchand’s opening remarks, the event will proceed with guest speakers and the unveiling of three Livermorium conceptual works of art. Awards will be presented to the winners of the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair.
Sponsor: City of Livermore, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Location:  Downtown Livermore, Livermore Library
Times:  9:30 to 10:30am Google Hangout.  4:00-5:00pm Livermorium Plaza at Mills Square Park.
Admission: Free
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Spring Rep. - Valley Dance Theater


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May 31 to June 1
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Spring Rep. - Valley Dance Theater
In a display of both sheer elegance and vibrant energy, Valley Dance Theatre’s “Spring Rep” showcases the joy of dance through excerpts from the grand ballets together with other short works. For more than three decades, Valley Dance Theatre performances have entertained audiences of all ages with their stunning choreography, beautiful costumes and live music. This May, thrill to the flamboyant Spanish style of Don Quixote, the pure lyricism of Romeo and Juliet, the Broadway-style drama of Slaughter on 10th Avenue, and several newly-premiering works in an uplifting and exciting production.
Sponsor: Valley Dance Theater
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Sat: 7:00pm;  Sun: 2:00pm
Admission: $25;  Student 17 & under: $12
More info: Valley Dance Theater or Bankhead Theater
 
Star Ship featuring Mickey Thomas


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Star Ship featuring Mickey Thomas
The iconic band plays at the Amador Theater for one night only. Lead singer Mickkey Thomas is the soaring voice that propelled Jefferson Starship through the 80's and 90's with such hits as Jane, No Way Out, We Built This City, and Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now, to name just a few. This rare live performance features Jeff Adams on bass, Mark Abrahamian on guitar, Phil Bennett on keyboards, Darrell Verdusco on drums, and Stephanie Calvert on vocals.
Sponsor: City of Pleasanton
Location:  Amador Theater, Amador High School, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton
Times:  8:00pm
Admission: $55/$50/$45
More info: www.firehousearts.org
 
Goodguys Summer Get Together

At the Fairgrounds

 

 

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May 31 to June 1
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Goodguys All-American Get Together
Kick start your summer fun at the Goodguys 21st Summer Get-Together at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA! The festive weekend includes a giant Show & Shine with American made & powered cars and trucks of all years, makes & models as well as special Indoor specialty exhibits! See over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks sprawled throughout the entire fairgrounds, a giant Swap Meet & AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral, vendor exhibits, Goodguys AutoCross, Hot Rodder's of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, model car show, FREE kids entertainment and so much more! Visit www.good-guys.com for complete event details!
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.
Location:   Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Sat.); 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Sun.).
Admission: $18 adults; $6 youth ages 7-12; children 6 and under free; $8 parking.
More info:
Fairgrounds Web Site, www.good-guys.com, http://www.summergettogether.com/   925-838-9876.
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May 31
June 1
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Valley Dance Theater
Dancers will perform excerpts from legendary ballets that include the flamboyant Spanish style of Don Quixote, the pure lyricism of Romeo and Juliet, and the Broadway-style drama of Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, along with several newly premiering works. 

About Valley Dance Theatre:

Valley Dance Theatre brings full-length and repertory classical ballet and contemporary dance productions to the San Francisco East Bay.  Founded in Livermore, Calif. in 1980, Valley Dance Theatre is a licensed, nonprofit arts organization which also operates an affiliated school of dance, offering ballet classes for ages 3 years through adult and boys' classes.
Sponsor: Valley Dance Theater
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
Times:  Sat: 7:00pm; Sun: 2:00pm
Admission: Adults $25; Students 17 years and younger $12
More info: Valley Dance Theater or Bankhead Theater

 

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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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Whistleblower and author May 4
Sunday

2:00pm

Main Library

Join us for a riveting and thought-provoking talk by Amy Block Joy, whistleblower and author of Retaliation, on May 4, 2014 at 2pm, at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

Retaliation is a nail-biting, first person account about the danger of speaking out in the workplace. Amy Block Joy, a faculty member at a major public university and director of a federal program, knew what she had to do when she discovered apparent fraud at her university. Following university policy, she reported her suspicions to her supervisor. When her report was ignored, she blew the whistle, asking the university to take action. Her allegations of misuse of government funds were investigated and eventually substantiated by campus authorities.

Eleven months later, when the fraud findings were about to be released, Joy became the target of an elaborate smear campaign and a number of terrifying activities. Refusing to give in to intimidation and fear, she fought back and won. Retaliation chronicles how far some people and institutions will go to silence the truth, and how to overcome those efforts.

Amy Block Joy, Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, was born in New York and educated at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked for the University of California for more than thirty years. She currently teaches a UC Davis freshman class called “Eating Green.”

Joy has published numerous papers on a wide range of topics as well as developed educational materials on publishing, public policy and education. She has presented numerous public lectures and is an associate editor for a popular California journal. For more information, visit www.AmyBlockJoy.com.

Armchair Tour of Mount Diablo May 8
Thurs

1:30-2:30

Main Library

ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS, a monthly program, will take place at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center on THURSDAY, MAY 8TH, 2014 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join us for an armchair tour of Mount Diablo presented by Ken Lavin of the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association. Is Mount Diablo a volcano? What are those fossil sea shells doing high up on the mountain? Get answers to these questions and more in this geological presentation about Mount Diablo. See evidence of recent (in geological terms) volcanic activity at the base of North Peak, as well as photos of last summer’s big fire.

This presentation will also take us on a journey through the history of Mount Diablo including anecdotes about the adventures (and misadventures) of Diablo’s famous geologists. Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA) is a non-profit volunteer organization that assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mount Diablo State Park.

Adults are invited to this free program on the second Thursday of each month in the Community Meeting Rooms of the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore. For additional information please call 925 373-5500.

Living with the Drought May 10
Saturday

2:00pm

Main Library

Learn about the state of Livermore’s water supplies and ways to conserve this precious resource. The City’s two water retailers, City of Livermore Municipal Water and California Water Service Company, will give a free presentation at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S Livermore Ave. at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Darren Greenwood, City of Livermore Assistant Public Works Director, and Jade Williams, Conservation Coordinator at California Water Service, will present this informative hour-long presentation and will provide answers to any questions asked. They will provide an update on the status of our local water resources and information about the City of Livermore’s water conservation measures. This presentation will also discuss efforts by the City to conserve water and information on how Livermore residents can do their part. Outreach materials will be provided to all those who attend.

Civic Center Library turns 10 May 17
Saturday

2:00pm

Main Library

Livermore Public Library’s Civic Center Library will be ten years old in May. On May 17, 2004, the new Civic Center Library first opened to the public and to celebrate, library staff will be serving birthday cake at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the Civic Center Library gallery.

The Civic Center Library was a welcome improvement over the old library and has been enthusiastically embraced by the Livermore community. The new 53,000 square foot facility replaced what was then a 35 year old, 15,500 square foot main library located on the opposite end of the Civic Center campus. At the new library, the children's section alone was equivalent to the entire public space in the old library. The additional space in the new Civic Center Library enabled a large expansion of the books and other materials available for checkout and the new community rooms allowed the library to offer more programs for children and adults. In addition to adding space, the new library brought many new amenities for the Livermore community, including study rooms, an art gallery, a café, numerous public use computers, and the Friends of the Livermore Library bookstore.

In the ten years since opening, the Civic Center Library has become a community hub and has made a positive contribution to the quality of life for Livermore residents and other patrons who work in the Livermore community. Over 350,000 people visit the Civic Center Library each year to check out a book, DVD, or magazine; to study or research a topic; to attend a program or class; or to use a computer or the free wireless internet access. Library staff also receives frequent comments from patrons saying that they make sure to take their out-of-town visitors to see the beautiful Civic Center Library. The Civic Center Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about programs and services, call 925-373-5500 or visit the library’s website at www.livermorelibrary.net.

Margaret Zhao May 18
Sunday

2:00pm

Main Library

Margaret Zhao will talk about her award-winning memoir Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny, Courage, and Comedy, on May 18, 2014 at 2pm, at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event, and books will be available for sale and signing.
Winner of Best Biography/Memoir 2012 from Sharp Writ Book Awards, this astonishing, intimate memoir by Margaret Zhao with Kathleen Martens, charts one young woman’s daunting struggle for survival, freedom and forbidden love, while exposing the shocking lives of the Enemies of the State under the tumultuous rule of Chairman Mao. Set against the backdrop of a China in chaos, Really Enough is a relatable and touching celebration of rising up against all odds.

Born into a disenfranchised family in rural China in the 1950’s and branded an Enemy of the State, Margaret Zhao quickly learned her abject lot in life. With Chairman Mao Zedong’s new Communist Party policies—virtually hidden from the world’s eyes— innocent, affluent families like the Zhaos were punished as evil capitalists and remnants of the feudal past. Empowered by her determined mother in a world of burning books, this passionate daughter of a long line of ancient scholars secretly set out to carry on her illustrious family legacy.

Clinging to the power of humor in humorless times when the pursuit of learning from the past was a crime against the state, Margaret used her wits to capture unimaginable dreams. When a forbidden love with a “foreign devil” raised the stakes even further, what emerges is a testament to the human imperative to be free and to the redemptive, rallying strength of women and the oppressed everywhere.

Readers interested in true-life accounts of survival, freedom, strong mothers, immigrants rising and interracial romance will be enthralled by this story of determination and hope. With heart, humor, conviction and the uplifting power of learning, Margaret’s personal triumph will embolden you. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be inspired. Really Enough will write itself onto your heart. See the website at www.reallyenough.com.