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A thick layer of smoke from the Mt. Diablo wildfire covers the hills of Blackhawk creating a sensational sunset. Submitted by Perry Lentine on Aug 25, 2010

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Staying Healthy: Tri-Valley author sees work-life harmony as a 'three-legged stool'
A study in selflessness, Reena Gupta's work has centered on helping others, and her personal life has been deeply affected by a strongly communal household and close family ties. However, Gupta does not advocate self-abdication. Sunday, 11:58 AM

Officials announce concert lineup for Alameda County Fair in October
Pleasanton is gearing up for the return of the Alameda County Fair from Oct. 22-31, after nearly a year and a half of COVID-19-related closures, and fair organizers have now announced the outdoor concert lineup. Sunday, 11:59 AM

Eugene O'Neill Festival returns to Danville this month
The Eugene O'Neill Festival makes its return, with virtual presentations as well as live events, to celebrate the renowned playwright who penned some of his masterpieces while living at the Tao House he built in the Danville hills. Friday, 2:40 PM | 1 comments

'Lifetime' of inspiration: Pleasanton's Lauryn Marie releases new collection of songs
Lauryn Marie left last fall to attend college in Nashville, where she is majoring in songwriting and minoring in music business. She has just released her second EP, "Lifetime," a collection of five songs she wrote in her freshman year Thursday, 4:23 PM

California rugged: Diablo Range runs 150 miles down the state's center but is still little acknowledged
A mention of the Diablo Range in the Tri-Valley is likely to draw the response: 'What range? Do you mean Mount Diablo?' The range runs from the Carquinez Strait south through 12 counties for a total of 150 miles to the Antelope Valley. Sunday, 4:15 PM

Seniors Series: Film icons come to life for 2022 calendar
Cossette Sun, 83, had long been a fan of Audrey Hepburn, so when the call went out to Stoneridge Creek residents to portray Hollywood icons for a 2022 calendar, she was game. Friday, 1:44 PM

Valley Views: Movie theaters, where wrinkles loom large
I found it invigorating to see actresses I had watched for decades advancing into their mature lives alongside me. But the wrinkles! I've been enjoying movies on small screens at home so to see those lovely faces magnified was a shock. Sunday, 10:53 AM

Becoming Bob Ross: Emmy-winning makeup artist transforms local actor into famous TV painter
When late TV artist Bob Ross suddenly appeared in a Mountain Dew commercial this spring painting one of his iconic scenes, viewers were taken aback. He's actually portrayed by (a transformed) Bryan Mazzarello, who is from Pleasanton. Thursday, 2:14 PM

Seniors Series: Finding community, well-being with water exercise
The water exercise program at Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center offers a range of personal benefits for the senior participants who make up a majority of the classes. Monday, 2:46 PM

Valley Views: Alamo, prehistory to now
I poured over a new book, 'Historic Tales of Alamo, California' by Beverly Lane with Sharon Burke, which answered questions I'd had since buying a house off Livorna Road in 1981. For instance, where did the name Livorna Road come from? Sunday, 6:56 PM

Staying Healthy: Biking on Mount Diablo
Whether it's road cycling or mountain biking, Mount Diablo serves as a premier destination for bike riders both locally and throughout the Bay Area -- particularly among residents seeking outdoor refuge during the coronavirus pandemic. Friday, 2:33 PM

Danville students take second and third in DeSaulnier's Congressional Art Competition
Danville high school students Menglin Cai and Kaitlyn Yasumura received runner-up and second runner-up honors, respectively, in the Congressional Art Competition of California's 11th District. Sunday, 12:49 PM

Amador sophomore wins Swalwell's Congressional Art Competition
The winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for the 15th District is Anica Xie, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School, for her work, 'Black Lives Matter.' Sunday, 2:33 PM

Student filmmakers recognized at 'Be Reel!' video awards
A collection of aspiring young filmmakers from the San Ramon Valley were honored during the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts virtual “Be Reel!" video contest awards ceremony last week. Sunday, 2:37 PM

Eugene O'Neill Foundation announces 2021 Travis Bogard Fellows
Five artists have used the turbulent times to find inspiration and hone their crafts, efforts that have been rewarded by being selected for the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's prestigious Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program. Friday, 10:51 AM

Pleasanton actress stars in new film, 'It's What's on the Inside'
'My character's inner struggle with her mental health and self-isolation is on full display in this film, and my hope is that it validates anyone going through similar struggles because they're not alone and there is hope,' she said. Sunday, 6:33 PM

Actor from Pleasanton stars in spooky TV reboot
'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Nickelodeon has kicked off its new season, and the first episode begins with Connor, played by Parker Queenan, looking terrified as he steals into the local magic shop. Queenan, 19, hails from Pleasanton. Thursday, 4:42 PM

Dublin's new city historian urges preserving 'today'
Photos and artifacts from today should be set aside for future historians, points out Dublin's newly named city historian, Steve Minniear. At this time, the most requested photographs are those from around 1918, the last pandemic. Sunday, 12:44 PM


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