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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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What a Week: Remembering Don Lewis
The Pleasanton community -- and the music world at large -- is mourning the loss of performer, composer and synthesizer pioneer Don Lewis, who died on Sunday surrounded by family following a brief illness. He was 81. Thursday, November 10, 9:38 PM

Ceremony marks start of work on Dublin Cultural Arts Center
Dublin's former police headquarters is set to be repurposed as a cultural, artistic and educational hub for residents and community members. Recently, city leaders met to declare a milestone for the project... Wednesday, November 16, 10:13 PM

Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Rink returning to City Center in San Ramon
Alamo resident and famed figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is set to join city and venue officials at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon for the opening of the outdoor seasonal ice rink bearing her name at the shopping center. Wednesday, November 9, 8:56 PM

Growing up in Pleasanton in the 1950s: 'Cruising Down Memory Lane' interviewees share importance of documenting their history
Imagine walking down Santa Rita Road after school just ended and seeing kids riding their horses to the pool rather than their cars. Or seeing 13-year-olds driving their moms to the grocery store. That was life on a daily basis for... Thursday, October 20, 5:29 PM

My experience taking the new Livermore Wine Trolley dinner tour
For years I had spied the green and red Livermore Wine Trolley at local wineries. But the new 'Taste of the Tri-Valley Food Tour' spurred me to hop on. The three-hour adventure at three restaurants ... Monday, November 7, 12:12 AM

What a Week: Impacting the arts in the Tri-Valley
Two local artists with deep connections to their creative communities -- including some common ties themselves -- were honored by Alameda County officials last week as part of the 2022 Arts Leadership Award program. Thursday, October 13, 11:15 PM

'Live and Local' -- Focus on Bay Area performers for new season at the Firehouse
The theater doors have opened at the Firehouse Arts Center for a new season that promises to be 'the most diverse and unique set of performances and shows to date.' It will also be its most Bay Area-centric lineup to date... Sunday, October 9, 4:54 PM

Portraits for Patriots: How one Tri-Valley photographer supports veterans entering civilian workforce
Gillespie recalled the positive impact the photoshoot had on his outlook and career change. Once he began using the photos taken by Pomeroy, he noticed his connections and credibility improve, giving him an overall boost in confidence. Tuesday, September 6, 8:14 PM

Staying Healthy: 75 years of Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
For the past 75 years, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District has provided the community with activities, programs, facilities and services to help all residents enjoy open space and remain active. Monday, September 26, 8:59 PM

'Dream Big' -- Astronaut mural aims to inspire youth
Livermore is starting to become known for its public art installations throughout the city, particularly the large murals dispersed throughout downtown on various building walls. The newest one also sends a message -- to 'Dream Big'. Thursday, October 6, 4:55 AM

What a Week: My latest documentary watch, 'Dublin: The Making of a City'
There's a new documentary just released by the city of Dublin chronicling the community's incorporation 40 years ago and evolution since. Of course I was drawn to watch it, as a fan of local history and film... Friday, August 12, 4:19 AM

Seniors Series: The aviation experience of a lifetime
It may have taken until retirement, but Pleasanton's T.J. McGrath finally knocked a longstanding item off his bucket list. He joined his college dorm-mate to attend the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, fulfilling a promise they made 50 yrs ago. Friday, August 12, 5:18 AM

Hiking from Fremont to Livermore: What two sisters discovered on three-day, 28-mile trek along Ohlone Trail
'Next time I invite you to go backpacking with me, please remind me of this moment and why we hate backpacking,' I groggily told my sister, Molly, during our three-day hike in the Ohlone Regional Wilderness Preserve. Friday, July 22, 12:16 AM

Young San Ramon bassoonist wants to increase instrument's popularity
Most probably aren't aware of what Dougherty Valley High School student Donovan Tong has come to learn is a worldwide issue -- a lack of young bassoonists rising to the forefront to replace longtime experts on the instrument. Wednesday, August 3, 4:33 PM

San Ramon: 'MasterChef Junior' contestant reflects on growth since filming show
At the end of the ninth episode of this season of "MasterChef Junior," then-10-year-old Abir Bhatia of San Ramon stood among his three other somber-faced teammates who placed in the bottom during that episode's baking challenge... Saturday, June 11, 5:46 PM

Monte Vista sophomore Cai wins local Congressional Art Competition
A Danville high school student has been named as the first-place winner in her local Congressional Art Competition, on behalf of Mark DeSaulnier's District 11. Saturday, June 11, 5:35 PM

San Ramon Valley teacher reflects on 'Jeopardy!' appearance
Charlotte Wood Middle School history teacher Steve Knapp showed off his range of trivia knowledge for the whole country to see, appearing on an episode of 'Jeopardy!' that aired late last month. Saturday, June 11, 5:37 PM

Staying Healthy: Walking across America
Pleasanton resident Patricia Vicary has accomplished a true feat of endurance: she has not only completed at least one half-marathon in every state and Washington, D.C., but she has written a book about her experience. Monday, June 6, 9:07 PM

Live Chalk Art Sundays in San Ramon
Sundays this spring and summer will be a little more colorful for visitors of San Ramon's City Center Bishop Ranch as the venue hosts live chalk art demonstrations beginning this weekend. Tuesday, May 10, 9:17 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, June 20, 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, June 11, 2:33 PM


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