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Celebrating Halloween, the black and orange reaching the World Series, and greatness of Brian Wilson, the amazing Giants closer. Submitted by GO GIANTS! on Oct 28, 2010

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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

Dr. Seuss' godson weighs in on the 'culture wars' uproar over decision to stop publishing several books
In an interview with our sister paper The Almanac, Michael Thompson reflects on the recent decision to halt publication of Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran the Zoo," a book dedicated to him, and shares memories of the famous children's author. Monday, 9:55 PM

Valley Views: Gotta be ghosts at O'Neill home
If you have never been to playwright Eugene O'Neill's home in the west hills of Danville, it should be at the top of your list of things to do after the pandemic. Meanwhile, its newest online offering is 'The Ghosts of Tao House.' Sunday, 5:49 PM

Poetry provides cathartic expression at all stages of pandemic
Much has been lost this last year, although some things have continued. As nationally renowned Tri-Valley poet Connie Post puts it in 'COVID 19 Shelter in Place'... Thursday, 10:26 AM

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

Livermore: Teens tested in 'Traitor in the Realm'
Two teenage foster siblings find themselves trapped in a treacherous magical world in "Traitor in the Realm," a young adult fantasy novel by Patricia J. Boyle that was released last month. Monday, 4:03 PM

Pleasanton: NASA retiree shares life lessons
Donald G. James, a longtime Pleasanton resident who retired from NASA after more than three decades, says manners are more than being polite -- they are "a way to walk in the world with integrity, respect, mindfulness, and compassion." Thursday, 10:08 AM

Tri-Valley theater venues grappling with shutdowns
Entertainment venues have been sadly empty for nine months, Firehouse Arts Center and Bankhead Theater devoid of live performances and patrons. Wednesday, 9:37 PM

New Deal Theater for our new times
When the pandemic struck, Scott Kenison -- recently retired executive director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center -- wanted to do something to support artists. So he looked for a play to produce virtually... Monday, 4:41 PM

Little Miss Everything: New book series spotlights Black role models for kids
Former San Ramon resident and entrepreneur Vona Hill recently launched "Little Miss Everything," the first installment of her new children's book series by the same name. Sunday, 3:39 PM

Tri-Valley brothers win for their design in 'Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge'
Two Pleasanton brothers are making a name for themselves in the Big Apple, part of a trio recently announced as winners in the young adult category of "Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge." Monday, 3:25 PM

From a 'desperate' to 'respectable' town; Pleasanton's mythologized Wild West history
Before it was home to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Safeway headquarters and more than 80,000 Bay Area residents, the city of Pleasanton was a Gold Rush stopover rife with bandits and cattle, set amongst a grove of sycamore trees. Monday, 10:33 PM

'Death Blood 4': Pleasanton stars in campy horror film
The newly released film "Death Blood 4" is ultra-camp, and it's fun as well as being bloody. But strikingly, the sci-fi B-movie pays homage to Pleasanton, filmed almost entirely here and including highlights of downtown favorites. Monday, 3:59 PM

'The Ballad of Don Lewis' -- pulling out all the stops
After more than a decade of filming, friendship and hard work, "The Ballad of Don Lewis: The Untold Story of a Synthesizer Pioneer" has been released. Sunday, 4:19 PM

'Death in the Holler' -- Livermore author's new whodunit
Looking for change of scenery? Consider a trip to Kentucky to solve the "Death in the Holler" along with Game Warden Luke Ryder & Sheriff Jim Pike. The mystery novel, written by John G. Bluck of Livermore, was released on Monday. Monday, 1:31 PM


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