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VOLUME L, NUMBER 32Your Local News Source Since 1963 SERVING DUBLIN • LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013Report Calls for Changes inHow DOE Labs Are ManagedFind Out What'sHappeningCheck Out Section ASection A is filled withinformation about arts,people, entertainment andspecial events. There areeducation stories, a varietyof features, and the arts andentertainment and bulletinboard.As the pace of innovationhas accelerated and thecomplexity of national challengeshas increased, the nationallaboratory system hasnot kept stride. Significantreforms are required to bettercatalyze innovation andpromote the 21st centuryeconomy, according to a reportpublished in mid-June."The federal governmentmust reform the labs fromtheir 20th century atomicenergyroots to create 21stcentury engines of innovation."Three think tanks, theInformation Technologyand Innovation Foundation(ITIF), the Heritage Foundation,and the Center forAmerican Progress (CAP),prepared the report. "Turningthe Page: Re-imaginingthe National Labs in the21st Century InnovationEconomy" makes a seriesof nonpartisan recommendationsthat "if enacted are projectedto increase researchflexibility, allow for greatercooperation between thelabs and the private sector,and promote a more cohesiveand efficient researchprogram within the Departmentof Energy (DOE).""The labs have beenlargely running on autopilotfor too long. A jolt to thesystem is needed now morethan ever. The goal is forthis report to spur a debateon lab reform but, moreimportantly, that it instigatetangible and constructivechanges from Congress, theadministration, the Departmentof Energy, and thelabs themselves," notes thereport.The national laboratoriessystem was created inthe 1940s to develop theatomic bomb. Today, thereare seventeen laboratoriesconducting research in a varietyof areas. Los Alamos,(See DOE LABS, page 5)Dublin Siteof StartupWeekendThe Tri-Valley’s first everStartup Weekend event willbe held in Dublin, September20-22, 2013.Organized by the i-GATEInnovation Hub and copresentedby InnovationTri-Valley, Startgrid, andthe City of Dublin, StartupWeekend Tri-Valley willprovide a forum for the technicaltalent located withinthe region to connect andcoalesce around productideas.Startup Weekends are54-hour events where developers,designers, marketers,product managers andstartup enthusiasts cometogether to share ideas, formteams, build products, andlaunch startups.Beginning with open micpitches on Friday, attendeesbring their best ideas andattempt to inspire others tojoin their team. Over Saturdayand Sunday, teamsfocus on customer development,validating their ideas,practicing LEAN StartupMethodologies and buildinga minimal viable product.On Sunday evening, teamsdemo their prototypes andreceive feedback from apanel of experts.(LEAN favors experimentationover elaborateplanning, customer feedbackover intuition, and iterativedesign over traditional “bigdesign up front” development.)Featured speakers,coaches, and judges at theDublin Startup Weekendinclude:• Bob Borchers, GeneralPartner, Opus Capital• Peter Gardner, Founderand CEO, Startgrid• Kevin F. Adler, Founderand CEO, inthis• Rob Herb, Venture Partner,Scale Venture Partners• Heidi Spirgi, Co-founder,(See START UP, page 2)BUNNIES AT PETSMARTLillian is a playful, curiousand sweet Mini Lop baby.She's easy to handle, andfun. Meet Lillian and 20+bunnies this Saturdayfrom 12-3 pm at the DublinPetSmart, 6960 AmadorPlaza Rd. For more info,call 925-519-1723, or to see morepet profiles. Adopt thismonth and receive a freeRabbits for Dummies book.Photo - Doug JorgensenThe Izumisano Little League team from Osaka, Japan, celebrated winning the inaugural Intermediate Little LeagueWorld Series title. For more photos, go to page 7; for a story, go to page 2.Long Known For Its Wines, LivermoreHas Become A Center For Craft BeerBy Jeff GarbersonSince the 1880s, whenJames Concannon and CarlWente established their pioneeringvineyards, Livermorehas been known for itswines. Today, it is becomingknown for helping tolead another movement thatcombines taste and culture:the craft beer movement.From a nationally rankedA cost-benefit study ofthe Bay Delta ConservationPlan (BDCP) shows a $5billion net gain for Californiaover a 50-year period,if Gov. Jerry Brown's Deltatwin tunnels proposal werebuilt.That estimate was discussedAug. 5 at a newsconference held by the stateBy Carol GrahamVisit Tri-Valley, formerlyTri-Valley Convention andVisitors Bureau, hosted its18th Annual PartnershipLuncheon on August 1st atthe Crow Canyon CountryClub. With a theme of“Brand New Day,” the luncheonwas held to highlightpast accomplishments andSECTION AArt & Entertainment........... 8Bulletin Board...................10Milestones ......................12MAIN SECTIONClassifieds........................11.Insidebeer store to its popularrestaurants, wine bars, pubsand two new breweries,Livermore has become oneof Northern California’sbeehives of activity in thenational craft beer renaissance.A third brewery – EightBridges – has signed a leaseon Earhart Way near LivermoreAirport and is saidVisit Tri-Valley to ExpandEfforts Beyond Bay Arealay out the organization’svision moving forward.“Our mission is verysimple and straightforward:to increase economic impactto the Tri-Valley by bringingovernight visitors tothe region,” said PresidentBarbara Steinfeld, who tookthe helm in April. “Everythingwe do, every way weEditorial..............................4Mailbox...............................4Roundup...............................3Short Notes.......................8Sports..................................6Obituaries........................9to be waiting for brewingequipment to begin production.A fourth brewery is rumoredto be in the planningstages, hoping to move in tothe same part of town.Livermore today is ridingthe crest of a nationwidesearch in interest in craftbeers. It is a trend in tastethat has altered the viewthat many Americans holdAnalysis Says Delta TunnelsWould Give $5 Billion Net BenefitNatural Resources Agencyin Sacramento.The agency has beenreleasing reports incrementallyabout sections of theplan's EIR. The economicanalysis was scheduled to bethe last one published. Publichearings on the draft EIRare expected late this fall.David Sunding, a UCBerkeley economics professorwho helped write thereport, said that the studyrecognizes the cost of changesthat would come about inthe DeltaDelta-dwelling critics ofthe Brown administration'splan have said that it willdamage agriculture there(See WATER, page 4)use our resources - our time,our money, our people - is toattract overnight visitors tothe Tri-Valley.”The luncheon was attendedby 140 area businesspeople,city governmentofficials and communityleaders.With its tagline “Tri-it!(See TOURISTS, page 2)of a beverage that most knewonly from the light-flavoredbeers produced by industrialgiants.With some 90 percentof U.S. beer sales, the massproducers like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors stilldominate the American market.But the market is shifting.Sales of these industrial(See CRAFT BEER, page 5)Michael Harris has beenselected as Livermore's PoliceChief. He was selectedfrom a competitive pool ofnearly forty candidates.He replaces Chief SteveSweeney, who retired earlierthis year.Harris, a Captain in theModesto Police Department,most recently served as theOperations Division Commander.Chief Harris beganhis law enforcement careerin 1990 with the OakdalePolice Department, and soontransferred to the ModestoPolice Department. Therehe rose through the ranksfrom Police Officer to Captain,and accepted specializedassignments includingthe SWAT Team, CrimesAgainst Children and InternalAffairs. Chief Harrisearned a B.A. in CriminalJustice from California StateUniversity, Stanislaus and aMaster’s Degree in EmergencyServices Administra-LivermoreScientistContributesTo PowerfulClimateWarningBy Jeff GarbersonA statement issued thisweek by a major scientificsociety warns strongly thatthere is clear evidence thathumans are contributing toa dangerous warming of theglobe.Impacts “harmful to society”have already begunand are expected to increase,according to the statement,issued by the AmericanGeophysical Union.Those impacts include“extremes of heat, precipitationand coastal high water,”the statement said.“Rapid societal response”is required to ease futurenegative consequences, butit is too late to prevent thementirely.Natural influences likevariations in the sun’s outputcannot explain the warming,it cautioned.The American GeophysicalUnion, or AGU, is thenation’s largest professionalorganization of earth andspace scientists. It issues astatement about the currentstatus of climate researchperiodically to account fornew findings and conclu-(See CLIMATE, page 4)New Livermore PoliceChief Comes from ModestoMichael Harristion from California StateUniversity, Long Beach.Chief Harris is also agraduate of the FBI NationalAcademy as well as theInternational Association ofChiefs of Police “Leadershipin Police Organizations”program.“It is an honor to havebeen selected to serve as thePolice Chief for the City ofLivermore,” stated ChiefHarris. “I take this responsibilityvery seriously andwill always strive to earn and(See CHIEF, page 2)PET OF THE WEEKRide the waves with Starfish! This adorable 3-month-oldorange tabby cat will make a splash in any home. Surfdown to VHS and let Starfish’s affection crash over you!For a short time only, adopt any kitten 6 months old oryounger and take home a second free of charge. VHSis open Tues. through Sat. from 10 am – 4 pm and Sun.from noon – 4 pm. 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PAGE 2 - The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013TOURISTS(continued from page one)You’ll love it,” Visit Tri-Valley is a sales and marketingorganization promotingLivermore, Pleasanton,Dublin, San Ramon andCHIEF(continued from page one)maintain the trust of both themembers of the departmentand the community.”Chief Harris, born andraised in Modesto, is marriedwith five children – twoof them still living at home.He enjoys baseball, reading,fishing and spending timewith his family.Livermore City ManagerMarc Roberts stated, “I amvery pleased that Chief Harriswill be joining us. Heis a strong leader and willmake a great addition to thedepartment.”Harris was selected forhis collaborative approach tocommunity policing coupledwith extensive experiencein public safety that willhelp continue Livermore’shigh-level, quality policeservices. He will begin hisduties on August 19, 2013.START UP(continued from page one)Knowledge Infusion• Jay Galvin, Principal,digiAssist• Mike Smart, ManagingPrincipal, Egress Solutions• Doug Ross, Principal,VyvDStartup Weekend Tri-Valley will take place at theDublin Corporate Center,4160 Dublin Blvd, Dublin.Registration covers the costof instruction, mentorship,meals for the weekend, and aStartup Weekend Tri-ValleyT-shirt. Early bird and studentdiscounts are available.The cost ranges from $49-$99 for the full weekend.Participants must registerby August 15th to receivethe early bird discount: as a preferred destinationfor visitors, meetingsand events.“It’s beneficial to bepromoted as one tourismregion,” said Steinfeld.“We’ve been focused on theBay Area to bring in tourists,but now we’re puttingour reach farther out. Thefarther out we go, the harderit is to drive home at the endof the day.”The Tri-Valley ended the2012-13 fiscal year with anincrease in hotel occupancyof 6.3% overall, accordingto the STAR Report whichmonitors hotel occupancyrates.“Visit Tri-Valley has adynamic staff and dedicatedboard of directorswhose goal it is to increasethe economic impact bybringing overnight visitorsto the region,” said ChrisChandler, executive directorof the Livermore ValleyWinegrowers Association.“Travel dollars spent goright back into the localeconomy.”The organization ispumping up its social mediapromotions through Facebook,Pinterest, You Tube,Twitter and Instagram, alongwith a new, streamlinedwebsite that launched earlierthis year.Chandler added that thewinegrowers associationand Visit Tri-Valley partnerexceptionally well together.“We have a number of assets- being one of California’soldest wine regions, havingcharming downtowns, golfcourses, shopping, hikingand biking trails - that makethis region a destination.It’s an easy partnership,marketing the destination,when you live and work surroundedby all the things youwant to share with others.”At the luncheon, twosurprise awards were givento partners who have goneabove and beyond in helpingVisit Tri-Valley’s effortsto promote the region. Onewas presented to NottinghamCellars and the otherto Catherine Cheda, generalmanager of Livermore’sHawthorn Suites.“We cannot do this jobwithout partners. Everythingwe do, we need youto be working with us,” saidSteinfeld.Dave Ackerman, Directorof Marketing and BusinessDevelopment for the LivermorePremium Outlets, said,“Livermore Premium Outletsis a wonderful destinationdraw for both domesticand international visitors.We offer a compelling componentthat enhances andadds to what Visit Tri-ValleyWine country is just one of the tourist attractions in the promoting.“I hope attendees have abetter understanding of thevalue of the professionaldestination marketing organizationthat is drawinginterest and driving trafficand dollars to our region,”added Ackerman, who alsoserves as Chair for VisitTri-Valley’s Board of Directors.“We have skilledprofessionals promotingour area utilizing state ofthe art tools and employingexcellent metrics to measureand assess their success, andhone their efforts.”Coming up for VisitTri-Valley, said Steinfeld,is, “Designing an entirelynew look and feel for theupcoming visitors’ guide;producing new, smaller collateralpieces on meetings,weddings, sports, and traveland tourism; and being seenaround all five towns atevents, attractions and inleadership positions.”Ackerman declared, “Weare all an integral part of ourregion’s success as a destination.I hope everyone feelsempowered and compelledto offer ideas, suggestionsand criticism, and that peopleget involved in any waythey can.”For more information,visit Closure At Del VallePublic access to the east side of Lake Del Valle has beensuspended due to a water main break, which left the populararea without safe drinking water, according to East BayRegional Park District.The east side of the lake has swimming, hiking and picnicareas, as well as boat docks. None of these were accessibleMonday or Tuesday. As the Independent went to press, thePark District hoped to reopen the area by Wednesday.The water main break was discovered Saturday night.It was apparently caused by the failure of an old pipe, accordingto a Park District spokesperson.Updates on the closure and the opening of the east sideare available at the Park District website,,or by phoning toll-free, 1-888-327-2757Little League WorldSeries Drew Big CrowdsThe inaugural Intermediate Little League World Seriesat Max Baer Park in Livermore was declared to be a bigsuccess. local Little League officials are hopeful that theevent went so well that Livermore will be an ongoing sitefor the event.Derek Perez, communications representative for theTri-Valley's Little League teams, said that the 19 games ofthe World Series tournament drew roughly 36,000 people.With volunteer labor and private sponsorship of the tournament,the games were free, so there were no tickets, whichmakes it difficult to come up with an exact attendance figure.Perez estimated that the crowd at the championship gamewas 6600. There are not many seats at Max Baer Park. Manyspectators stood, and others spread blankets on a grassyslope in a scene that resembled a park concert, said Perez.A team from Japan won the title. The hometown representative,from Pleasanton National Little League, made itto the final single-elimination rounds on the weekend, butlost to the Southwestern Region champions on Saturday.The Pleasanton team, though, had the thrill of seeingits pitcher, Evan Wolfe, throw a no-hitter in the team's firstgame. Six U.S. teams and four international clubs participatedin the tournament.It was the first World Series for the new Little Leaguedivision known as 50-70. The name is taken from the 50 feetfrom the pitching mound to home plate and the 70 feet alongthe base paths. The new division is for 12 and 13 year olds .The long established Little League World Series is inWilliamsport, Pa., where the play is on diamonds withshorter distances.The players said they enjoyed the visit to Livermore, andwere impressed with the crowds, said Perez.Little League officials here and the national brass thatvisited Livermore were "really happy and excited with theway the tournament came out," said Perez."When compared to Williamsport, everything is minor.The way the community was behind it, and the way kidswere enjoying it," it was a success, said Perez.There was a kind, local touch in one thoughtful gesture,said Perez. The manager of the champion Japanese teamtold him that a local Japanese family brought the team bowlsof rice one day. 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CRAFT BEER(continued from page one)giants are growing at a rateof less than 1 percent peryear, according to industryfigures, while the once-tinycraft beer industry is growing15 percent annually.Several hundred newcraft breweries open in theU.S. every year, accordingto the Brewers Association,a trade group.Bill Owens, a pioneer ofthe craft beer movement inthe Bay Area, believes craftbeer popularity is growingbecause Americans like“things that we make withour own two hands.”Others credit the abilityof craft beer brewers, whichare typically small, to tailortheir product to local andregional preferences ratherthan aiming for a singletaste to please a nationalmarket. This is the view ofTim Bryan, co-owner of Tap25, a Blacksmith Square pubthat emphasizes Americancraft beers.Owens, the Bay Areacraft beer pioneer and aformer photographer for theIndependent, founded one ofCalifornia’s first brew pubs,Buffalo Bill’s, in Hayward in1982. Buffalo Bill’s brewswere imaginative for theirtime – an amber, a lager anda dark ale, with pumpkin andbitter ales in later years.Today’s craft beer customerhas a vastly greaterrange of choices, comparablein some respects tothe choices available in awine store.In Livermore, the beerand liquor store with therichest craft beer inventoryis undoubtedly Perry’s,on Railroad Avenue. It isranked 32nd among top retailbeer stores in the worldby, an online ratingorganization. Its websitelists beers from more than100 breweries, most producingseveral different stylesof beer.Perry’s was a standardliquor, wine and beer storeuntil the owner’s son, GranadaHigh School graduateHarpreet Singh, went towork there in 2008. Hebecame fascinated with topratedbeers after hearing acustomer ask for a hard-togetRussian River Breweryproduct called Pliny theElder.From the Internet, heprinted out lists of the top100 beers as judged by twodifferent reviewers and startedphoning the breweriesthat made them. He calledthe breweries every week,visited them when he couldand soon became so wellknown that the brewerieswould call him when theyhad new releases. In theyears since then, he hasdriven thousands of milesvisiting and evaluating theproducts of breweries fromSan Diego to the Canadianborder.Singh also bought a bar,the once-dilapidated LivermoreSaloon, and beganto spruce it up as funds allowed.He served Americancraft beers from the brewerieshe visited but also thebeer of innovative brewersabroad, especially from Belgium.He is making plans toopen 30 taps.A similar approach tocraft beer sales is foundat Tap 25, in BlacksmithSquare. Tap 25 sells 25 rotatingbeers, ranging this weekfrom the low alcohol (3.5percent) Cerveza Espumosafrom Livermore’s AltamontBeer Works to India paleales like Sierra Nevada’sHoptimum, stronger thansome table wines at 10.4percent alcohol.Tap 25 was opened nearly2 years ago by Tim andCarrie Bryan, who had beenoperating a gourmet barbecueretail shop in BlacksmithSquare. They heard customersdiscussing craft beers.Beer lovers themselves, theywondered whether therewas a business opportunityfor them.When the tasting roomfor the Thomas Coyne wineryclosed, they jumped atthe opportunity to acquire it,and Tap 25 was born.Neither Livermore Saloonnor Tap 25 generates itsown meals, although LivermoreSaloon can serve themfrom nearby restaurants andis making plans to open asmall kitchen.By contrast, First StreetAle House is a burger-andsandwichrestaurant thatserves craft beer. Businesshas increased steadily sincethe Ale House opened andthen expanded into a neighboringstorefront, accordingto co-owner Ron Witherspoon.Last year’s growthwas a solid 7 percent.Livermore’s two breweriesare Altamont BeerWorks, on Research Drive,and Working Man Brewery,on Brisa Street. Altamontopened a year ago, WorkingMan more recently. Both canserve visitors, sell two-quart“growlers” or send kegs tobars and restaurants.Altamont, being older, isalready solidly established.Its growth in the past yearhas been phenomenal, pushingthe brewery to plan todouble its capacity to 3000gallons per week. Altamontbeers, particularly its Indiapale ales, are best sellers inseveral outlets, includingFirst Street Ale House.The owners of both breweriesfeel that Livermoreis fertile ground for craftbrewing. They cite the historyof winemaking andproliferation of vineyards asevidence that local residentstend to have sophisticatedtastes and are willing to trynew and complex beverages.At Tap 25, owner TimBryan suggests an intellectualconnection as well. Hesees his Livermore customersas an “academic, philosophicalcrowd,” likely toexamine a variety of beersand argue over their meritsand demerits.All of the Livermorebrewery, pub and restaurantowners interviewed for thisarticle get customers fromout of town, sometimesattracted by interest in thewide range of beers soldand produced in Livermore,sometimes by interest in localwines.All of the owners speakof camaraderie within thecraft beer industry despitethe business competition.“It’s a small fraternity, andwe are all different enoughthat competition doesn’t getin the way,” said Tap 25’sBryan.Joel Pelote, one of theowners of Working Manbrewery, says that he advisescustomers to visit AltamontBeer Works, and he getscustomers who have beenrecommended by Altamont.Ron Witherspoon of FirstStreet Ale House thinks thepopularity of Tap 25 hashelped spur craft beer at hisrestaurant and throughoutthe town.Perhaps the most tellingdemonstration of cooperationwithin the craft beerfraternity occurred when thedaughter of some Ale Houseemployees contracted a seriousillness that threatenedher family with unaffordablemedical expenses.Restaurant, brewery andpub owners joined withcustomers and local officialsin a charity event thatraised $17,000 for the needyfamily.DOE LABS(continued from page one)Lawrence Livermore andSandia national laboratoriesstill are dealing with nuclearissues and maintaining thestockpile. Oversight for thenuclear labs is provided bythe National Nuclear SecurityAdministration (NNSA).Savannah River is overseenby the Department of EnvironmentalManagement(EM).The report deals with allseventeen Department ofEnergy laboratories. However,it makes slightly differentrecommendations for thosemanaged by NNSA and EM.The proposal is to mergethe existing oversight undersecretaries of science andenergy into a new Officeof Science and Technology.The new, single undersecretary would have bothbudgeting and stewardshipauthority for all of the labsexcept for those currentlymanaged by the NNSA.The report suggests thatthe DOE, together with thenew Office of Science andTechnology Policy, shouldlead a top-to-bottom reviewof the lab-stewardship systemwith the goal of identifyingand reducing redundantbureaucratic processes, reformingthe relationshipsbetween the labs and thecontractors who managethem, and developing bettertechnology-transfer metrics.This report should be submittedto Congress withinone year.Authors of the reportnote that given the nuancesof nuclear security and theunique history of the semiautonomousNNSA, determininghow the NNSAlabs are co-managed withthe rest of the labs under anew secretary of science andtechnology was determinedto be beyond the scope ofthis report. "It is likely thatCongress will continue toview these labs independentlyfrom their science andenergy counterparts."However, the reportpoints out, these labs alsoconduct a broad portfolio ofresearch in technical areaswith implications and applicationsbeyond nuclearsecurity and clean-up. Thepolicy reforms proposedin this report, even in theabsence of including themin the proposed Office ofScience and technology,are relevant to the NNSAand EM labs, particularly inregard to their non-nationalsecurity research programs.The reforms outlined canbe adopted independentlyat the NNSA and EM labsto boost innovation andcreate a more efficient andrationalized lab system. Inpractice, this means that theunder secretary for nuclearsecurity should be taskedwith implementing the samepolicy reforms and in coordinatinglab stewardshipprocesses closely with theother DOE labs.According to the report,the federal government hasplayed an important complementaryrole in the freeenterprise system. Datingback to the founding of theSmithsonian Institute in1846 and the land-grant collegesystem in 1862, federalfunding for understandingand harnessing science andnature has played a criticalrole in advancing the scientificknowledge that hasdriven much of America’seconomic growth.Since then, according tothe report, public supportfor science, technology,and engineering has beenfundamental in developingmuch of the basic functionalitythat underpins a widenumber of the industries andproducts we rely on everyday, including smart phones,the Internet, microchips,parallel processing, GPS,computing, and genetic analysis,to name just a few. Innone of these cases was thegovernment’s objective tocreate something commerciallyviable; rather, it was todevelop a specific capabilityor to meet a national interestthat was not available in theprivate sector. In each case,private entrepreneurs wereable to spin successful enterprisesor products out ofgovernment research.While the labs haveserved the public well inthe past, the status quo isill adapted for the needs ofthe 21st century. It wastesprecious taxpayer dollarsand denies society the benefitof scientific advances.The report states that thequestion is not whether thenation is getting value fromits labs, but how it can getmore value.A press release issuedby the three organizationnotes that while efforts toreform the lab system havebecome highly politicized,ITIF, Heritage, and CAPhave been able to agreeon common sense reformsfor basic, good governanceof the labs. As stated inthe report, "These recommendationsare as relevantto a large, highly-fundedresearch agenda as they areto a much more limited one.""After more than a yearof research and engagementwith the labs, DOE,industry, and academia, aswell as countless hours ofdiscussion, this workinggroup does agree on the following":• Federally funded researchresults in scientificdiscovery that can play apositive role in America’seconomic future• Federally funded researchat the labs should notreplace or crowd out privatesectorand university-basedresearch• Research should bedriven by science and nationalneeds, not specialinterest politics• Washington shouldoversee the labs, not micromanagethem• Barriers preventing themovement of research fromthe lab to the market shouldbe minimized• Taxpayer resourcesshould be used as efficientlyand effectively as possible• Market forces can helpbring efficiency and rationalityto the lab system• The current systemneeds substantial reformAmong the proposed solutionsare the following:• Transition to a performance-basedcontractoraccountabilitymodel. DOEshould cede decision-makingresponsibility to labmanagers instead of micromanagingthe labs fromWashington. This wouldfree lab managers to operatemore nimbly with regardto infrastructure spending,operations, human-capitalmanagement, and externalpartnerships.www.kbartholomewteam.com2300 First Street Suite 216 in Downtown Livermore!The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013 - PAGE 5Home Loans Made Easy.It’s that Simple.* Valued by Trusted Realtors* Rated Best Local Lending Services* Over 10 years of Excellence“Karen Bartholomew is the ultimate professional. 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PAGE 6 - The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013The Pleasanton Foothill Little League 11 year old allstars(a.k.a. Bernal Bombers) had a perfect summerof tournament baseball going 14-0. The team won allthree tournaments they entered: Granada LL, DublinLL, and Danville LL. The group of eleven boys pitched,played defense, swung the bat and played with inspiringenergy all summer. They outscored their opponents byover 100 runs, 140 to 39. 2013 will be remembered asthe perfect summer. Pictured are (back row, from left)Trevor Jackson, Jason Dormann, Coach Mike Ogolin,Manager Tony Battilega, Coach Jason Davis, DylanOgolin, Cory Steinhauer, Brett Davis; (front row) PatrickGallagher, Max Masajlo, Connor Currie, Joey Battilega,Demetre Aaron, and Putty Basseer; not pictured CoachJohn Dormann.Fusion U17 Boys Gold soccer team traveled to SanLuis Obispo August 3 and 4 for the 2013 SLO SummerClassic Tournament. They returned Champions for theU17 Boys Gold group earning first place with 33 points;a 10 point lead over the next placed team. The team wentundefeated with a record of 3-0-1; scoring 9 goals with3 goals against. Pictured are (from left to right, backrow) Mike Carlson (Team Manager), Connor Salazar,Dominic Carlson, Dylan Edwards, Austin Roeder, ErikMartin, Llewelyn Slone, James Horgan, Corey Dickson,Coach Frank Vitale; (front row) Sergio Zambrano,Brian Codington, Blake Richards, Manny Ramos, ErickSalgado, Matthew Dremalas, Osiris Chavez, and JTBrisco; not pictured Tylor Silva, and Danny Santacruz.Livermore’s U10 Fusion SC Girls Gold team includesGianna Ceccanti, Camilla Juarez, Kayla Nuti, ClaireMcGinnis, Sashee Piper, Madison Braswell, BryannaLeary, Lexie Oddson, Avery Bingham, Kyra Nishimotoand Bella Lopez; new Coach Isaac Robeldo.Pictured are Pleasanton Seahawks girls 11-12 relayparticipants (from left) Claire Suen, Paulina Umansky,Fallon Brown, Nawoo Kim, Miranda Heckman, and NjaZuniga.West Coast U17 Karma took second place in the RenoTahoe Soccer Festival this past weekend. Karma startedout with a 1-1 tie against u18 Impact (Brentwood).Impact started out strong with quick passing andaggressive field play, leading to a goal. Karma foughtback to tie the game with Daesha Brown hitting EliMendoza on the run who slid the ball by Impact’s divingkeeper. Tania Torres, Karma goalkeeper, kept Karma inthe game making 9 saves during the game. Karma’ssecond game was an 8-1 victory over Delta. Early inthe game, Shayla Bannert sent a corner kick over thebox to Michelle Hagelston who knocked it into the goal.A few minutes later Hunter Wells dribbled the ball pastnumerous defenders to score the second goal. Thescoring continued with Taylor McGuire scoring off ofan assist by Carleigh Thurman. Eli Mendoza scored 2goals with assists by Wells and Brown. Karma added 3more goals in the second half. Daesha Brown put in 2goals with assists by Hagelston and Rachel Esser andShayla Bannert added one with an assist by Brown. Thethird game was a 4-0 victory over Damonte Mustangs.The scoring began with a free kick by Shayla Bannertwho placed the ball just out of the goalie’s reach.Mendoza (assist Brown), Brown (assist McGuire) andCarly Thurman (assist Bannert) each scored anothergoal. Karma earned a spot in the Championship Gamewhere they lost 2-0. Karma defends their title in the Bythe Bay Tournament next weekend.Swim LeagueChampionships1. Pleasanton Meadows Sharks(PMST), 2,243.502. Del Prado Stingrays (DP, 2,2393. Dublin Green Gators (DUB), 958.504. Ruby Hill Killer Whales (RH),726.505. Club Sport Pleasanton Tidal Waves(CSP),681.506. DBAC Swim Team Pirahnas(DBAC), 572.507. Briarhill Barracudas (BH), 4468. Fast Dolphins (FAST), 273.50On Saturday, Aug 3rd, the Tri-Valley Swim League held its championshipmeet at the Dolores BengstonAquatic Center in Pleasanton. At theend of a long and exciting day, thePleasanton Meadows Sharks nippedthe Del Prado Stingrays by a mere 4.5points, in one of the closest championshipfinishes in the League's history.Two new League records were setin the 9-10 age group by Emily Harrisfrom Ruby Hill, with a time of 16.52,in the Girls 9-10 25 Yard Backstroke,and Connor Witt, from FAST, witha time of 16.66, in the Boys 9-10 25Yard Backstroke.The top 20 swimmers for thegirls were Meghan Hogue,13 (DP),Jenna Brown,12 (RH), Emily Harris,10(RH), Samantha Bianco,6 (DUB), IslaGriston,10 (DP), Brittney Achziger,16(BH), Kyra Black,11 (CSP), MadelineDamian,10 (CSP), Clarice Lai,6(DUB), Grace Toney,8 (DUB), IsabellaSantos,13 (DUB), Talia Florio,14(PMST), Kirsty Brown,13 (RH),Avery Knapp,6 (CSP), Sofia Gluck,12(DUB), Shelby Hicks,10 (DP), LauraWhiteland,11 (PMST), Alexis Carino,17(BH), Nikki White,14 (DP),and Kristin Horrillo,17 (BH).The top 20 swimmers for theboys were Landon Kenney,5 (FAST),Joey Grywczynski,12 (BH), AndrewGoard,17 (DP), Sean Coakley,14(DUB), Zachary Corbishley,14(PMST), Luke Scanlon,10, (PMST),Jason Hua,16 (FAST), David Azuma,12(PMST), John Lester,10 (DP),Andrew Yeung,14 (RH), TristanLaLonde,9 (CSP), Tyler Dishman,8(BH), Wilmer Lin,12 (DBAC), KevinYan,17 (PMST), Cameron Kurotori,17(DP), Samuel Rettig,12 (DUB),Frankie Fitzpatrick,11 (DUB), NickTucker, 15 (PMST), Colin Westcott,8(CSP), and Tyler Rhoads,14 (PMST).Results:6 & under: Girls 100 yd. medleyrelay Ruby Hill Killer Whales-TV 'A'(Sarah Deplitch 6, Alexa O'Rourke 5,Ella Jeon 6, Charlotte Kelly 6), 1:58.62.Mixed 100 yd. medley relay BriarhillSwim Team-TV 'A' (Micah Davis M6,Alexander White M5, Lucas CoburnM5, Ryan Burdusis M5), 2:06.95. Girls25 yd. free Samantha Bianco, DubGreen Gators-CC, 20.90. Boys 25 Landon Kenney, FAST-PC, 19.15.Girls 25 yd. fly Samantha Bianco, DubGreen Gators-CC, 28.68. Boys 25 Landon Kenney, FAST-PC, 25.18.Girls 25 yd. breaststroke Clarice Lai,Dub Green Gators-CC, 31.32. Boys25 yd. breaststroke Jake Fleming, DubGreen Gators-CC, 28.94. Girls 25 yd.back Avery Knapp, CSP-CC, 25.02.Boys 25 yd. back Landon Kenney,FAST-PC, 26.12. Girls 100 yd. freerelay Ruby Hill Killer Whales-TV'A' (Sarah Deplitch 6, Brooke Sanders6, Hailey Hamilton 6, CharlotteKelly 6), 1:38.90. Mixed 100 yd. freerelay Fast Dolphins-PC 'A' (EvanShackelford M6, Aaron Boswell M6,CT Harper M6, Kevin Franck M6),1:39.50.7-8: Girls 100 yd. medley relayRuby Hill Killer Whales-TV 'A' (TeahWoods 8, Lauren Deplitch 8, EvelynMcLaughlin 8, Erin Brown 8), 1:25.18.Mixed 100 yd. medley relay BriarhillSwim Team-TV 'A' (Gabe Tapia M8,Cole Deviney M8, Tyler Dishman M8,Matteo Naderi M7), 1:30.08. Girls 25yd. free Lauren Reilly, DBAC, 16.81.Boys 25 yd. free Caden Drain, DPStingrays-CC, 16.65. Girls 25 yd. flyLilli Chau, FAST-PC, 18.87. Boys25 yd. fly Tyler Dishman, BH-TV,18.77. Girls 25 yd. breaststroke LaurenDeplitch, RHST-TV, 23.29. Boys 25yd. breaststroke Michael Hubbard,DBAC, 23.05. Girls 25 yd. back GraceToney, Dub Green Gators-CC, 20.72.Boys 25 yd. back Owen Fitzpatrick,Dub Green Gators-CC, 20.93. Girls100 yd. free relay Ruby Hill KillerWhales-TV 'A' (Kate Harris 8, TessaJennings 7, Erin Brown 8, EvelynMcLaughlin 8), 1:12.33. Mixed 100yd. free relay Del Prado Stingrays-CC'A' (Jake Loeffler M8, Nathan JetterM7, Andrew McMasters M8, CadenDrain M8), 1:14.63.9-10: Girls 100 yd. medley relayClubsport Tidalwaves-CC 'A' (MadelineDamian 10, Saige Aronson 10,Olivia Joung 9, Eva Von Sichart 10),1:13.22. Mixed 100 yd. medley relayClubsport Tidalwaves-CC 'A' (BlakeHawthorne M9, Darren Turgul M10,Tristan LaLonde M9, Trevor LindM10), 1:13.65. Girls 50 yd. free IslaPictured are Livermore Fusion SC U10 Maroon girlssoccer team of Jayden Thomas, Jordan Knight, AthenaLewis, Laney Lawrence, Emma Shingler, GracieContreras, Cassidy Castro, Maci McCormick, EmilyJohnson, Peyton McGrail, Sophia Piper, and OliviaHardesty; Coach Matt Fitchett.Griston, DP Stingrays-CC, 31.61. Boys50 yd. free John Lester, DP Stingrays-CC, 30.88. Girls 25 yd. fly Isla Griston,DP Stingrays-CC, 15.68. Boys 25 Tristan LaLonde, CSP-CC, 15.75.Girls 25 yd. breaststroke MadelineDamian, CSP-CC, 18.64. Boys 25 yd.breaststroke Max McGee, FAST-PC,18.89. Girls 100 yd. IM Emily Harris,RHST-TV, 1:20.62. Boys 100 yd. IMLuke Scanlon, SHRK-CC, 1:20.38.Girls 25 yd. back Emily Harris, RHST-TV, 16.52. Boys 25 yd. back ConnorWitt, FAST-PC, 16.66. Girls 200 relay Del Prado Stingrays-CC'A' (Shelby Hicks 10, Amy Heath 9,Lauren Graham 10, Isla Griston 10),2:13.87. Mixed 200 yd. free relayPleasanton Meadows Sharks-CC'A' (Luke Neely M10, Jack DuBosM9, Michael Corbishley M10, LukeScanlon M10), 2:17.13.11-12: Girls 200 yd. medley relayRuby Hill Killer Whales-TV 'A'(Jenna Brown 12, Alicia Vasquez 12,Taylor Sowers 12, Lauren Farrauto12), 2:19.41. Mixed 200 yd. medleyrelay Dublin Green Gators-CC 'A'(Brenden Warren M1 Isaiah Cruz M1Samuel Rettig M12, Frankie FitzpatrickM11), 2:18.56. Girls 50 Jenna Brown, RHST-TV, 27.28.Boys 50 yd. free Joey Grywczynski,BH-TV, 27.53. Girls 50 yd. fly KyraBlack, CSP-CC, 31.27. Boys 50 Joey Grywczynski, BH-TV, 30.19.Girls 50 yd. breaststroke Sofia Gluck,Dub Green Gators-CC, 37.15. Boys50 yd. breaststroke Isaiah Cruz, DubGreen Gators-CC, 40.20. Girls 100 yd.IM Jenna Brown, RHST-TV, 1:10.07.Boys 100 yd. IM Joey Grywczynski,BH-TV, 1:12.42. Girls 50 yd. backJenna Brown, RHST-TV, 31.83. Boys50 yd. back David Azuma, SHRK-CC,33.14. Girls 200 yd. free relay DublinGreen Gators-CC 'A' (Sofia Gluck 12,Eugenia Gavrilova 12, Katelyn Haly 1Chloe Kanoho 11), 2:01.27. Mixed 200yd. free relay Del Prado Stingrays-CC'A' (Steven Reimer M12, Jack Bell M1Michael McMasters M1 Jack BessiereM12), 2:03.80.13-14: Girls 200 yd. medleyrelay Del Prado Stingrays-CC 'A'(Cameron Huber 14, Kelly Renton 14,Nikki White 14, Alyssa Bardakos 13),2:09.68. Mixed 200 yd. medley relayDel Prado Stingrays-CC 'A' (JacobBanke M14, Tommy Juarez M13, TaylorSmith M14, Sean Sullivan M14),2:02.49. Girls 50 yd. free MeghanHogue, DP Stingrays-CC, 26.93. Boys50 yd. free Sean Coakley, Dub GreenGators-CC, 25.54. Girls 50 yd. fly TaliaFlorio, SHRK-CC, 29.08. Boys 50 Sean Coakley, Dub Green Gators-CC, 28.38. Girls 50 yd. breaststrokeMeghan Hogue, DP Stingrays-CC,34.68. Boys 50 yd. breaststrokeAndrew Yeung, RHST-TV, 32.83.Girls 100 yd. IM Meghan Hogue, DPStingrays-CC, 1:07.87. Boys 50 yd.IM Zachary Corbishley, SHRK-CC,1:03.25. Girls 50 yd. back IsabellaSantos, Dub Green Gators-CC, 30.48.Boys 50 yd. back Zachary Corbishley,SHRK-CC, 29.46. Girls 200 yd. freerelay Del Prado Stingrays-CC 'A'(Kelly Renton 14, Heather Waldear 14,Alyssa Bardakos 13, Meghan Hogue13), 1:52.40. Mixed 200 yd. free relayPleasanton Meadows Sharks-CC 'A'(Jack Miller M14, Noah GushurstM14, Tyler Rhoads M14, ZacharyCorbishley M14), 1:45.79.15-18: Girls 200 yd. medley relayBriarhill Swim Team-TV 'A' (KristinHorrillo 17, Alexis Carino 17, BrittneyAchziger 16, Meghan Butler 15),2:01.66. Mixed 200 yd. medley relayPleasanton Meadows Sharks-CC 'A'(Nick Tucker M15, Jack Geasa M15,Kevin Yan M17, Perry Cheney M16),1:51.47. Girls 50 yd. free BrittneyAchziger, BH-TV, 26.33. Boys 50yd. free Brett Melloch, BH-TV, 22.64.Girls 50 yd. fly Brittney Achziger,BH-TV, 28.64. Boys 50 yd. fly BrettMelloch, BH-TV, 24.81. Girls 50 yd.breaststroke Alexis Carino, BH-TV,32.01. Boys 50 yd. breaststroke AndrewGoard, DP Stingrays-CC, 30.46.Girls 100 yd. IM Olivia Larsen, FAST-PC, 1:04.49. Boys 100 yd. IM AndrewGoard, DP Stingrays-CC, 58.62. Girls50 yd. back Alanna Goodman, DBAC,31.67. Boys 50 yd. back Jason Hua,FAST-PC, 27.52. Girls 200 yd. free relayDel Prado Stingrays-CC 'A' (LauraKlein 18, Lucy Bell 15, Megan Doi 15,Elaina Gates 18), 1:47.46. Mixed 200yd. free relay Del Prado Stingrays-CC'A' (Andrew Goard M17, Joshua ColeM16, Ryan Hogue M16, CameronKurotori M17), 1:35.40.FusionUnder-10 SoccerUNDER-10 MAROON: Thispast weekend, the oldest tournamentin the Bay Area was held, the 43rdJuventus Tournament of Championsin Redwood City. Livermore’s FusionSC U10 Maroon girls team came outon top in their age group taking themto the championship round. Fridaymorning game 1 against Juventus Soleblack, proved to be the beginning of asuccessful weekend start, with a 3-1win. Game 2 on Friday was followedup by team Ajax with another boost tothe girls confidence with a 4-1 win.On Saturday afternoon, Livermorecame away with a 2-0 victory overJuventus White. Three wins in a rowtook the girls to the final round onSunday, for the overall championshipround. Juventus Sole Black was backand ready to take over with a full onmorning battle ending with a 1-1 tie.Championship rules added two 5minute rounds of overtime, no scorewas added!. Championship rules thenadded a shootout. The shootout allowingthe 5 shots on goal for each teamproved Livermore the winner after fourshots successful on goal, it was overfor team Juventus. The U10 MaroonGirls ran for hugs and praises winningthe shootout in the end.UNDER-10 GOLD: This pastweekend, the 12th year of the BreakersCup was held in sunny SantaCruz where Livermore’s U10 FusionSC Girls Gold team participated andcame in near the top of their age group.Saturday morning game 1 took the girlsto a new level of beginning confidencewith a shutout win for Livermore 8-0against SCC FC Revolution SantaCruz. Game 2 Saturday was playedwith fast footed battle against CastroValley’s United Yellow Team withLivermore taking over in the end fora 2-0 win. Sunday morning game 1,the girls played a hard core battle tothe end with a 0-0 score until the lastminute of the game, team Santa RosaUnited Tornados scored a goal off ofa corner kick ending the game in a0-1 loss for Livermore. Due to theloss by one goal, the U10 Girls Goldteam headed into the consolation roundwith their heads held high and proudof a huge accomplishment. Game 2Sunday was a great game, physicalbut fair, played hard but ended equalat the end with a 1-1 tie against teamMustang Thunder. The game remainedscoreless during overtime, leading upto a shootout. Livermore’s U10 GirlsGold won the shootout and wereawarded a celebratory medal to showfor their efforts.Pleasanton SeahawksThe Pleasanton Seahawks swimteam had a terrific showing at thePacific Swimming Summer JuniorOlympics Championships, hosted bythe Terrapins July 12-14, 2013. PLSswimmers broke records and achievedmany new best times.10 & UN Girls: Sydney Lu swam astrong 50 fly. Duhita Gondhalekar had100% best times. Olivia Kim had 2new best times. Nicole Stiles had manynew best times and was the runner-upfor the 10 and under girls high pointaward. The 9-10 girls medley relayof Nicole Stiles, Sydney Lu, OliviaKim and Lauren Jhong placed 4thwith a time of 2:37.04 and set a newteam recordThe Livermore Aquacowboys seniors swam at a meetheld in Clovis. Pictured are Katie Kulp, Andrew Hayes,Alex Wang, Nathan Boas, Haley Hamza, Jenna Chew andStephen Makanic; front Celine Nguyen. The LivermoreAquacowboys train at the Livermore Valley Tennis Clubunder the direction of Coach Alex Silver, Coach LisaWhite, Coach Leslie Dabney and Coach Teresa Davis.The swimmers traveled to Fresno for this meet.10 & UN Boys: Jordan Lee – Besttime 50 FR and Anchored boys 10&Urelay for a second place finish. LleytonPlattel finished his 10 and under careerin the best possible way breakingseveral team records and winning the10 and under boys high point award.Jaewoo Kim - many new best timesincluding a PRT in the 200 free. AlexRen - many new best times, made finalsin all of his events. Andrew Wang had100% best times!11-12 Girls: Lizzie Balacantaraced well in her first 11-12 JO meet.Bella Hernandez swam in her first 1500and had a best time in the 200 back.Mackenzie Lee raced well in her first11-12 JO meet. Fallon Brown - 50FR New FW, 200/400 FR New PRT.Miranda Heckman – First 2 Sectionalcuts in 400 FR and 200 Back. ChristyNeufeld – 100/200 BRST New PRT,Claire Suen - 200 FR New PRT, 50 BKNew FW. Paulina Umansky - 200 FRNew JO, 200 BR New FW. EmmaValentine - 800 FR New FW, 1500FR New PRT. Nja Zuniga - 50 FLYNew PRT.Girls 400 Free Relay of MirandaHeckman, Claire Suen, Fallon Brown,Nawoo Kim - New PLS Record4:23.65. 200 Medley Relay of MirandaHeckman Paulina Umansky,Nja Zuniga, Claire Suen - New PLSRecord 2:14.68. 200 Free Relay ofClaire Suen, Miranda Heckman, NjaZuniga, Fallon Brown - New PLSRecord 1:58.30.11-12 Boys: Kyle Kenny had 2new best times. Joe Louderback swamin his first final in the 50 fly. MatthewNeufled swam in his first JO meet ever.Nick Skinner – Best times 50 breast and100 fly. Nick Wonosaputra -100% besttimes and swam in his first final ever!Tim Yao won 11-12 Male High PointAward. Jack Wilkerson – 50/100/400FR New FW.Boys 200 Medley Relay 2 nd PLS2:11.65 - Jack Wilkerson, Tim Yao,Joseph Louderback, Kyle Kenny. 200Free Relay 4 th PLS 1:57.83 - Tim Yao,Joseph Louderback, Jack Wilkerson,Kyle Kenny.13-14 Girls: Jennifer Lee - 50 FRNew JO. Vera Umansky - 100 BKNew FW.200 Medley Relay 3 rd PLS 2:13.38- Vera Umansky, Amber Fornoles, SamanthaHowell, Alexandra Hernandez.200 Free Relay 4 th PLS 1:58.70 - VeraUmansky, Jennifer Lee, Alex Hernandez,Samantha Howell.13-14 Boys: Chris Jhong achievedhis first Sectional cut in the 400 IM.Niko Cory - 200 BR New FW. DrewKobayashi - 50 FR New FW, 100 FRNew JO. Wolf Lachance - 200 BKNew FW. Michael Martin - 1500 FRNew JO, 200 BK New FW.400 Free Relay 3 rd PLS 4:00.10 -Jonah Cooper, Chris Jhong ,JonathonMui, Nate Sproul. 200 Free Relay 3 rdPLS 1:45.57 - Jonah Cooper, DrewKobayashi, Chris Jhong, Michael Yao.200 Medlay Relay 2 nd PLS 1:58.83 -Jonah Cooper, Jonathon Mui, Tyler Lu,Audrik Antonio. 200 Medley Relay BTeam, 3 rd PLS 2:03.72 - Chris Jhong,Nikolas Cory, Nate Sproul, DrewKobayashi.Pleasanton PhantomThe Pleasanton Mighty Phantom12B finished up the summer travelprogram last weekend in Pleasant Hill.It was a small tournament with onlyfive teams in the 12B division. Phantomwon all three games in pool playwith a combined 26 runs scored andonly 11 runs allowed. They defeatedthe Pleasant Hill Panthers on Fridaynight (6-4), the Castro Valley Synergy(8-3) and Union City Fury (12-4) onSaturday.On Sunday, Phantom took on thePleasant Hill Panthers. Kaitlyn Jonesheld the Panthers to only 3 runs witha strong pitching effort, while theoffense came alive. Not only didKaitlyn pitch, but she hit 3 singles inthe game. Other singles came fromHope Alley (2 singles, 2 RBI), AbbyCurlett (single, RBI), Lauren Hermes(single, RBI), Ellen Ebbers (2 singles,RBI), Malia Konig (single, RBI) andBrooke Promes with a single and adouble. Final score was 6-3 Phantom.In the championship game, Phantomfaced the San Ramon Stompersfor the first time this season. RachelPettey led the way with strong, accuratepitching. In the first two innings,Phantom came out to take a 5 run lead.Singles by Kaitlyn Jones (2) Hope Alley(2), Michaela Cabral, Malia Konig,and Rachel Pettey accompanied by adouble from Abby Curlett and a hugetriple from Lauren Hermes scored the5 runs. Strong defense, with keys playsby 2nd base player, Jessica Shockley,helped to hold the Stompers to only2 runs. In the third inning, LaurenHermes and Malia Konig both singled,but Phantom was unable to score. Bothteams came alive in the fourth inningwith each team scoring 3 more runs.Singles from Libby Schag (RBI, stolehome), Kaitlyn Jones, and Hope Alleyset up Michaela Cabral for a 2 RBIsingle. In the fifth inning the Stompersbattled, but were only able to scoreone due to accurate defensive playsby Phantom. The score was now 6-8Phantom. The 6th inning would be thefinal inning. Thirteen players come upto the plate, scoring 9 more runs, fora 7-17 final score. A series of singles(Michaela Cabral, Lauren Hermes,Ellen Ebbers, Rachel Pettey, KaitlynJones, Brooke Promes) accompaniedby big doubles ( Aliya Lubrin, LibbySchlag, Hope Alley, Michaela Cabral)set the stage for the win.The Mighty Phantom played in 7tournaments throughout the summer,taking first in four and second placein one. Head coach Pete Schlag andassistant coach Shannon Giusti guidedthe successful summer.The Phantom 12B traveled toLake Tahoe on July 13 and 14 for asuccessful tournament. The first gamewas against Livermore Smoke. Bothcoaches, Pete Schlag and ShannonGiusti were prepared and positive.Libby Schlag shut out the Smoke fora 9-0 win. Libby Schlag and HopeAlley both hit doubles with 2 RBI'seach. Aliya Lubrin had a huge triplethat scored 2 more runs. Other singlesand RBI's came from Jessica Shockley(2 singles, RBI), Brooke Promes(2 singles), Malia Konig (2 singles,RBI), Ellen Ebbers (single, RBI), and

The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013 - PAGE 7Michaela Cabral (single).In the next game, the PleasantHill Panthers came out strong scoring3 runs in the first inning. Phantomanswered back with one run by LibbySchlag brought in by the aggressivebase running of Hope Alley causinga distraction as Libby scored. PitcherRachel Pettey allowed no runs in the2nd inning. Phantom added another runon a single by Ellen Ebbers bringingAliya Lubrin (single) home. AbbyCurlett (double) and Libby Schlag(single)were left on base at the endof the second. The Panthers scoredthree more in the 3rd inning bringingthe score to 6-2 Panthers. Phantombattled back in the bottom of the 3rdscoring 4 more runs to tie the game ona total of six singles (Lauren Hermes,Brooke Promes, Aliya Lubrin, EllenEbbers, Michaela Cabral and HopeAlley). The Panthers were standingtough and scored 2 more runs in thetop of the 4th giving them an 8-6 lead.The bottom of the 4th was Phantom'slast chance as time had expired. BrookePromes started off with a double, thenstole third. A single by Aliya Lubrin,followed by a triple from EllenEbbers tied the game. With two outs,Michaela Cabral came to bat and hit asingle, scoring Ellen Ebbers for a 9-8Phantom win.The final pool play game wasagainst Roseville Thunder. RachelPetty was warmed up and ready toroll. Both sides were pitching andhitting well. Singles from AbbyCurlett, Hope Alley (2), MichaelaCabral, Jessica Shockley and BrookePromes combined with doubles fromEllen Ebbers and Lauren Hermes gavePhantom a 5-3 lead by the bottom ofthe 3rd. Roseville battled back in thetop of the 4th and scored 2 more to tiethe game, 5-5. In the bottom of the 4thPhantom was faced with two outs andno runners on base. Kaitlyn Jones cameup to bat and hit a triple. Ellen Ebbersfollowed with a big single, scoringKaitlyn and ending the game with a6-5 Phantom victory.For bracket play Phantom was thenumber one seed. In the first game,they took on the Roseville Thunderagain. Pitcher Libby Schlag recorded ashutout (run rule), for a 10-0 Phantomwin. Abby Curlett: 2 singles, HopeAlley: walk, triple, Michaela Cabral2 singles, double, Lauren Hermes:single, Aliya Lubrin: 2 walks, BrookePromes: 2 singles, double, MaliaKonig: single,double, Libby Schlag: 2singles accounted for the runs. The girlsalso executed an awesome double playin the second inning involving HopeAlley (Catcher), Michaela Cabral (1st),and Aliya Lubrin (3rd).In the semifinals, the Reno All-Stars were the opponent. PitcherRachel Pettey struck out nine. Duringthe first two innings, Phantom did notscore, while Reno scored one run on awild pitch. In the third inning Phantomtook over, scoring 7 runs on singles byRachel Pettey, Hope Alley, and AliyaLubrin, doubles by Ellen Ebbers, andLauren Hermes, and a big triple fromMalia Konig who also stole home.Final score was 7-1 with Phantomadvancing to the champioinship game.Almaden Lightning was the oppponent.Rachel Pettey pitched for thePhantom holding the Lightning to noruns through the first two innings whilePhantom was able to score 6. Rightout the gate, in the first inning, AbbyCurlett, Hope Alley and MichaelaCabral all hit doubles for 2 runs. Inthe second inning, Aliya Lubrin andLibby Schlag hit singles while thedoubles came again from Hope Alley,Michaela Cabral, and Lauren Hermes.The Lightning scored two runs in the3rd, but Phantom answered back withtwo runs with the help of Kaitlyn Jones(single), Abby Curlett (walk), HopeAlley (single), and Michaela Cabral(single).The score was now 2-8 Phantom.In the 4th inning, Rachel Petteycontinued to pitch with accuracy. Thecombination of Malia Konig (single)and Kaitlyn Jones (double) scored onemore run for a 9-2 lead going into the5th. Lightning came alive, gettingrunners on base and hitting a homerun to score 3 more, but the MightyPhantoms held on, closing out thegame for a 9-5 win.Submitted by Renee CabralWomen's 5KFleet Feet Sports Pleasanton isbringing bring back for a second yearits Fleet Feet Sports Women's 5kRun/Walk, on Sunday, August 18, atShadow Cliffs Regional Park. Thisrace was created to celebrate beingactive, no matter a woman's athleticability. A portion of the profits willgo to Girls on the Run, a non-profitprevention program that encouragespreteen girls to develop self-respectand healthy lifestyles through runningand the Sandra J Wing Foundation, aTri-Valley organization that providescancer patients with financial assistancefor complementary healing.“We believe in women,” reportsDebbie Falls, Fleet Feet owner. “Webelieve in active women. We believein active women who challenge themselvesevery day to be fit and achievenew goals. Most importantly, webelieve in celebrating these women,and the lives they live.”The race is a 5K (3.1 miles) atShadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. The courseis on a gravel and dirt fire road withinthe park. There will be one aid stationproviding water along the way.Well-behaved dogs on leashes arewelcome; strollers would be difficultdue to the gravel.Pre-deadline registration fee is$35, and post-deadline registrationis $40. Mail-in applications mustbe postmarked no later than August9. Online registration deadline ismidnight, August 14. In-store registrationwill also be available Fridayand Saturday, by check or cash only.In addition, these two dates will alsofeature Fleet Feet’s annual Women’sFitness Festival.All participants receive a raceT-shirt, raffle entry, chip timing, awesomegoody bag, delicious food providedby Corner Bakery, free massagefrom Massage Envy, and so much fun.A team from Japan capturedthe inaugural IntermediateLittle League WorldSeries held over the pastweek in Livermore.Games were played atMax Baer Park.A fourth-inning rallysparked a 10 to 1 blowoutwin for the Internationalchampion, Izumisano LittleLeague team from Osaka,Japan. They defeatedthe American title winnerCollier Township/CartiersValley Little League fromPennsylvania.Japan scored seven runsin the decisive fourth inningto take an 8 to 0 lead. TheyAll finishers will also receive a customcommemorative medal.Participants can pick up their racepacket at Fleet Feet Sports Pleasanton,located at 234-A Main Street, eitherFriday, August 16, 1:00-7:00 p.m.,or Saturday, August 17 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Race-day registration and checkin will begin at 7:00 a.m., followedby an 8:00 a.m. start.CYO Cross CountrySt. Michael CYO cross countryteam will begin practices for the fallseason on Monday, August 19. Meetsbegin September 20. The team isopen to all children from kindergartenthrough eighth grade who livein Livermore or attend St. Michael.For more information, contact TracyVogler at or925-980-2159.Bocce Kits for RentThe Livermore Area Recreationand Park District is making bocce ballkits available for rent to the public.Bocce ball kits can be checked outfor a week at a time from the RobertLivermore Community Center. Thekits are available at the front counterfrom 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday.Rental for one week is $20, plusa $40 refundable deposit by creditcard or cash – a total of $60. The $40deposit is refundable if equipment isreturned in good condition. Kits areadded two more runs beforePennsylvania managed toavoid a shutout with a runin the bottom of the ninth.Japanese pitcher TaiseiShimabe struck out six battersin a complete gameeffort. He gave up only fivehits.After their victory, theJapanese players receivedcertificates and a banner.The celebrated by tossingeach other in the air on thepitcher's mound.The team from Japanreached the finals by winningthree preliminary game,out scoring its opponents51 to 3.rented on a first-come, first-servedbasis; reservations are not availablein advance. Rental of a bocce ball kitdoes not guarantee a bocce ball courtwill be available.The Robert Livermore CommunityCenter is located at 4444 East Ave.,Livermore. Bothwell Park is locatedat 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. Formore information, call 925-373-5700.Veterans Victory VeloSerious cyclists and recreationalriders alike are invited to help severelywounded veterans by joining “V3”, thesecond annual Veterans Victory Velobike ride set for Saturday, October 12,2013 in San Ramon.Riders can choose from threeroutes: 30 miles, 60 miles or the morechallenging 100 mile Devil MountainCentury to raise funds for the Sentinelsof Freedom Scholarship Foundation(, aSan Ramon based non-profit whichhas been helping wounded veteransregain their self-sufficiency and independencesince its inception in 2003.Registration is now open at Registrationfees increase after September 1st. AllV3 rides will begin and end in theparking lot of the Foundation officeslocated at 2678 Bishop Drive in SanRamon. Riders from the novice to theexperienced are welcome.100-mile Devil Mountain CenturyRide begins at 7 a.m.; 60-mile ridebegins at 9 a.m.; 30-mile ride beginsPhotos - Doug JorgensenThe team from Japancelebrated its 10 to 1victory over the U.S. EastRegion Champion. Thewin earned the Japanesethe championship in theinaugural IntermediateLittle League WorldSeries. The action tookpace at Max Baer Park inLivermore.Japan Puts Together a BigInning to Win the World SeriesThe all-star team fromPennsylvania lost its firstgame to Texas, then battledback to win three gamesto reach the championshipfinale on Monday by beatingthe team from Houston, 5-4on Sunday.Collier Township beathost team Pleasanton NationalLittle League in thethird round of the series.Pleasanton National, theDistrict 57 representative,finished 2-2 for the tournamentafter opening the serieswith a 12-0 win over Michigan.Evan Wolfe pitched aperfect game in the win.The championshipat 10 a.m.The 30 mile ride is an out-and-backalong San Ramon and Foothill Blvdsto the picturesque and historic town ofSunol. The 60 mile ride loops throughthe Tri-Valley area, extending eastfrom Danville to the lush vineyardsof Livermore and the rolling hills ofPleasanton before returning throughDublin and San Ramon. The 100-mileDevil Mountain Century Ride takescyclists to the ranger station on Mt.Diablo, down through Clayton andup and over Morgan Territory landsbefore descending into the Livermore/Pleasanton/Sunol region on the return.Participants who register byAugust 1st will receive a free comprehensivesafety clinic and follow-onfree training rides included in theirregistration. The 3-hour evening classwill be taught by a League of AmericanBicyclists certified instructor; thegroup training rides will be held onSaturday mornings until race day. Allregistrants may join the training ridesregardless of registration date.Following the V3 bike rides, therewill be a family-friendly celebrationincluding a barbecue lunch provided bysponsors Carl’s Jr. ( was broadcast liveon ESPN2. Commentatorsobserved, "They couldn'thave picked a better place.This is a great venue. Thecommunity has shown greatsupport all week."The winner of Monday'sand Rubio’s ( as wellas live music provided by AKA of KenCooper Music (, additional food tents, wine andbeer tastings, free massages for riders,static displays from local military organizations,and other fun events. Thefestival is scheduled for 1 - 5 p.m. andis open to the public. Radio sponsor101.7 KKIQ ( willbe broadcasting live at various timesthroughout the day from the BishopRanch start and finish line.A new custom bike jersey is availablefor purchase online now throughride day to commemorate the V3 event.The Club Cut, red, white and blue bikejersey, $65, is a little longer and looserthan a Race Cut jersey. Cycling bibsand shorts with the V3 logo may alsobe purchased at corporate sponsorshipopportunities are still available forthis event.Anyone interested in more informationabout race details and registration,jersey purchase, or the Sentinelsof Freedom organization should goto www.veteransvictoryvelo.comor email took home the trophyfor Little League's IntermediateDivision, a newclassification for playersages 11-13. Play features anexpanded 50-foot pitchingdistance and 70-foot SOF staff can be reached at925-380-6342.CYO BasketballRegistration for the 2013/14 SM/SC CYO Basketball season is open.This season the availability of trainingand on court opportunities havebeen increased.Coaches are needed. Each year,the league looks for men and womento lead the players by exemplifyingChristian values and teaching the gameof basketball. Interested individuals areinvited to register as a coach.Please visit formore information.Fall Water PoloLARPD offers a USA Water Poloteam (USWP), the LAZERS, whichencourages high standards of play andgood sportsmanship. As a USWP clubteam, all practices and competitions aresanctioned, requiring all participantsto be registered with USWP. All experiencelevels are welcome, however(continued on page 8)

PAGE 8 - The Independent, AUGUST 8, 201310K runnersSign Ups Begin forRace to the FlagpoleThe Livermore-GranadaBoosters will host the4th Annual “Race to theFlagpole” on Veterans Dayweekend, Saturday, November9, 2013.The event offers severaldistances that include a 5Krun/walk, 10K run, halfmarathon and one-mile funrun. All events start atIndependence Park and gothrough Livermore’s scenicSycamore Grove Park.The half marathon goesthrough Holdener Park inthe rolling wine countryand continues through SycamoreGrove. These eventsare open to all ages andabilities. They encourageawareness and appreciationfor fitness, as well as communitypride. This year theopening ceremonies willinclude the VFW ColorGuard, National anthem andnew flagpole dedication.All race proceeds supportthe Livermore-GranadaBoosters' scholarship program.For 65 years, theBoosters have honored varsityscholar athletes fromboth high schools at theirannual May awards banquet.Substantial scholarshipsare awarded to youngmen and young women whoexemplify athletic excellenceand high academicachievement.The Boosters believestudents who excel in academics,athletics, and communityservice become(continued from page 7)athletes must be able to swim two laps(50 yards) without stopping. Registerfor the LAZERS team and play theworld's most exciting aquatic game.Registration opens on August 8 forfall & winter programs. To register,call LARPD at 925-373-5700, or For more informationabout the LARPD LAZERS,visit ore-mail lazerswp@gmail.comThe 14 & Under Level I & II Co-EdLAZERS Water Polo Team practicesSept 9, through November 15, 2013 onMondays, Wednesdays, and Fridaysfrom 4:00 to 5:30pm. No practice willbe held on Nov. 11.Tri for FunOn Saturday, August 17, a field ofmore than 800 first-timer, few-timer,and many-timer triathletes will beon hand for On Your Mark Events’Tri For Fun Triathlon #3 of its 26thannual triathlon Series (four triathlonevents), at Shadow Cliffs RegionalPark in Pleasanton, Calif.Utilizing the lake and rolling hillsof Shadow Cliff Park and the flat pavedroads running through Pleasanton andLivermore, the Tri For Fun featuresa course distance of 400-yard Swim(warm, clean lake); 11-mile bike (loopcourse, flat streets); 3.1-mile run (rollingfire trail). The course is perfect forthe newcomer as well as the seasonedtriathlete. Along with the shorter (thanusual tri distance) course and thesafe, friendly, and non-competitiveatmosphere, the Tri For Fun makesan excellent event for the numerousfirst-time triathletes. It’s not unusualto see a 9-year old running along sidewith a 78-year old.After the novice athletes masterthe first three Tri For Funs, they canmeet the challenge of the final event– the Tri For Real. The final event ofthe series is held at the same location,but the distances have been increasedto 700-yard swim, 20-mile bike, andComedy UncorkedFriday, August 16thBenefiting Open Heart KitchenCheck details online at:www.retzlaffwinery.com1356 S. Livermore Ave.Hours: Tue-Fri 12-2pm,Sat-Sun 12-4:30pm,Mon-Closed(925) 447-8941exemplary civic leaders.Since 1958, the Boostershave awarded more than$223,000 in scholarships.Race-day registrationbegins at 7 a.m. at IndependencePark, 2798 HolmesStreet in Livermore. The halfmarathon starts at 8:30am,5K and 10K at 9:00 am.The one-mile fun runbegins at 11:00 am. Preregistrationentry fees forthe 5K and 10K are $30 perrunner and $25 for each runnerin a group/family of four.Half marathon entry fees are$40 per runner and $35 foreach runner in a group/familyof four.The one-mile fun runentry fee is $10. On raceday, all registration entryfees will be an additional $5.Each race will be dividedinto age divisions.Every race participantreceives a commemorativeT-shirt, medal, and post racerefreshments. The awardsceremony honors the topfinishers in each race, schoolparticipation, and a tribute toour veterans. All schools inLivermore may compete forthe top participation award.The school with the mostparticipants receives a $250cash donation. For moreinformation, for sponsorshipopportunities, or to register,visit contactMike Nagel, Race Director,at 925-667-6535 or run. The Tri For Real is alsoprofessionally timed, giving our officialresults.The 2013 On Your Mark Tri ForFun Series dates are June 15, July 20,and August 17. The Tri-For-Real willbe held on September 15. All races willstart at 7:00 a.m., at Shadow CliffsRegional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd.,Pleasanton. There is a 1,000-participantmaximum for each triathlon. Thetriathlons do sell out.For the past 25 years, the Tri ForFun triathlons have been non-timedand non-competitive. A clock wasprovided at finish line for participantsto view their personal time. Triathletescan still choose to participate thatway, but now they have a choice to beofficially timed or not timed. Shouldparticipants choose to be timed, theirresults will be recorded and posted onthe On Your Mark Events’ website'sresults page.Entry fee for the three Tri ForFuns is $65 (non-timed) and $73 (chiptimed) in advance, $10 will be added torace-day registrants. Preregistered entryfor relay teams is $180 (non-timed)and $188 (chip timed), $10 will beadded to race-day registrants. Participantswill receive a commemorativeT-shirt, refreshments, snacks, and entryinto the always-exciting raffle (mustbe present to win). For September’sTri For Real, all participants are chiptimed ($75.00 advance, and $85.00race-day). Preregistered entry for relayteams is $210, $10 will be added torace-day registrants. The Tri For Realincludes the same goodies as the TriFor Funs, with addition of trophies andmedals. Multiple-triathlon discountsare available.For each race, check-in and registrationwill begin at 5:00 a.m., with thefirst wave hitting the water at 7:00 a.m.To register or to receive moreinformation about the Tri For FunTriathlon Series, contact On Your MarkEvents at 209-795-7832 or visit theirwebsite. Online registration is alsoavailable on - Doug JorgensenA Taste of Downtown was held in downtown Livermore last Saturday. The eventincluded horse drawn wagon rides down First Street (top photo) and samples offood and wines. The lower photo was taken at First Street Wine Company. Hostingthe event was Livermore Downtown, Inc.PPIE Awards Over$35,000 in GrantsPleasanton Partnerships inEducation (PPIE) Foundationhas announced the PPIE EducationGrant awards for 2013.Fifteen Pleasanton UnifiedSchool District teachers’ / facultyapplications and the FoothillHigh School BiomedicalProject Lead the Way Programhave been selected to receive atotal of $35,308.73 in fundingfor Education Grant projects(see list below). The donationincludes a grant of $30,000from Oracle, earmarked tosupport projects / needs fallingwithin the Science, Math, andTechnology categories.PPIE Foundation offersEducation Grants for PleasantonUnified School Districtemployees to fund projectsthat are student-focused, thatpromote creativity and innovativethinking, and that offerexpanded learning opportunitiesto students. Grant requestsare accepted in amounts up to$2,500.00, to supplement, notreplace, district funding.The foundation also offersStudent Grants annually,designed to support positivelearning experiences for bothco-curricular and extra-curricularactivities and projects insideand outside the classroom.Now in its 25 th year, the PPIEFoundation Grant Program hasawarded over $800,000.00 ingrants that directly impactlearning throughout the PleasantonUnified School District.Pleasanton Partnerships inEducation Foundation hasworked to enhance learningexperiences for students ofthe Pleasanton Unified SchoolDistrict through a partnershipof businesses, schools and thecommunity since 1987.PPIE Foundation EducationGrants 2013:Google Chromebooks atLydiksen: $1372.05 – JacobBerg, Lydiksen ElementarySchool; Funds to provide Five(5) Google Chromebooks foruse in an elementary classroom.Technology: $2,369.74– Amy Bull, Vintage HillsElementary School; Funds topurchase laptop, printer, digitalcamera, and headphones for a1 st grade class.Literacy Center for FirstGraders: $1,481.72 – LindaBury, Walnut Grove ElementarySchool; Funds for two listeningcenters and read-alongsets for a 1 st grade class.Smart Students at Horizon:$2,500.00 – Christine Capitani,Horizon High School;Provides 85% funding for aSmart Board for a math/scienceclassroom at HorizonHigh School.Digital Storytelling; CreatingBook Trailers: $1,500.00 –Lynn Crawford, Vintage HillsElementary School; Funds toprovide an iPad, video camera,microphone, green screen andother supplies to produce videobook trailers in a 5 th grade class.Elementary Science Dissections:$480.00 – JanetDobbs, Valley View ElementarySchool; Funds to provideowl pellets, squid and lambhearts for dissection projectsin grades 3 – 5.Keep Kids Movin’!: $421.69 – Jen Guerin, LydiksenElementary School; Fundingto provide jump ropes and astorage rack for elementaryPhysical Education activities.LabQuest for Biology:$2,215.00 - Eugenia Kawashima,Amador Valley HighSchool; Funds to provide Six(6) LabQuest interfaces to usewith Vernier probes in Biology,Anatomy/Physiology andBiotechnology classes.Technology in the Classroom:$2,187.64 –Kerry King,Vintage Hills ElementarySchool; Funds to purchaseFour (4) iPads for a 3 rd gradeclassroom.E-Gels and pH Meters:$2,500.00 – Lata Mistry,Amador Valley High School;Funding to provide E-Gels andpH meters for biotechnologyclasses.Bring Anatomy to Lifethrough Hands-On Dissection:$1,722.00 – Renee Ogle, AmadorValley High School; Fundsto purchase cats for dissectionin high school anatomy classes.Fire Away!: $ 756.35 – JanetReimer, Alisal ElementarySchool; Funds to purchaseThree (3) Kindle Fire tabletsto support reading instructionin a 3 rd grade class.AVHS Challenge SuccessConference, Coaching andSurvey: $2,500.00 – NicoleWest, Amador Valley HighSchool; Funds to support theChallenge Success program atAmador Valley High School.iPad Minis for Three 1stGrade Classrooms: $2,391.54 –Lisa Willis, Alisal ElementarySchool; Funds to provide Six(6) iPad Minis and covers forthree first grade classrooms.Social Thinking ThroughPlay and Stories: $ 905.00 –Eileen Cristobal-Rodriguez,Harvest Park Pre-School;Funds to purchase books andmusic to support social thinkingexperiences at the HarvestPark Pre-School.Biomedical Project Leadthe Way Program: $10,006,Foothill High School; Fundsto support the BiomedicalProject Lead the Way Programat Foothill High School.Blood DriveRoller derby girls havebeen known to shed a littleblood in the name of athleticcompetition, but now they’replanning to give blood for acompletely different reason – tohelp save lives.The Undead Bettys rollerderby team from Antioch, MelosPizza & Pasta in Livermore,Brown Paper Tickets and theAmerican Red Cross are joiningforces with the LivermoreCommunity Blood Drive forthe “Make ’em Bleed” BloodDrive – in concert with a seriesof one-day blood drives heldthroughout the first coupleweeks of August.The blood drive will featureroller derby girls greetingand thanking blood donors andeven donating blood themselves.All presenting donorsat the “Make ’em Bleed” blooddrives will receive an officialevent T-shirt, and miscellaneousroller derby-themedgiveaways from promotionalsponsor Brown Paper Tickets.The Not-Just-For-Profitticketing company also willdonate cookies in the shape ofits official roller derby icon fordonors at the blood drives. *“With strong commitmentsto building communitiesthrough events, roller derbyand Brown Paper Tickets area match made in heaven,” saidJerry Seltzer, who is the sonof the inventor of the sport ofroller derby and an outreachrepresentative for BrownPaper Tickets.Melo’s Pizza & Pasta willdonate pizza and pasta forthose who come to donateblood. Each donor will receivea coupon good at the popularLivermore restaurant.Blood drive details: UndeadBettys Roller DerbyTeam Aug. 16 from 1 7 p.m. at Asbury UnitedMethodist Church (4743 EastAve., Livermore). Donors cansign up online at and use AS-BURY925 as the sponsor codeor call 1-800-RED CROSS(1-800-733-2767).Inside DublinEver wondered how theCity of Dublin provides municipalservices? Interested inLand for Sale151 Acres Secluded LandDel Puerto CanyonSanta Clara CountyContact: Kevin H. Donlon, Broker(209) 892-8543www.donlonrealty.comLivermore Cinemaslearning more about the community?Would you like to prepareto take a more active role incommunity activities?If so, apply to be part ofthe 2013 Inside Dublin. Thegoal of Inside Dublin, which issponsored by the City of Dublin,is to inform the program’sparticipants about City services,the issues (present and future)facing the community, and toencourage community involvementat all levels. The programwill include presentations ontopics such as public safety, localgovernment, and communityservices.Inside Dublin is a 7-weekprogram (six Thursday eveningsfrom 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM andone Saturday field trip) beginningon Saturday, September28, 2013. Class size will belimited to the first 20 candidates(applicants must live or workin Dublin).For an application, pleasecontact Chris Foss, AssistantCity Manager at 925-833-6650or download an applicationfrom the City’s website at Up for Clean-upVolunteer opportunities areavailable to help clean trashand debris from four Livermorecreek sites on Tri-Valley Creeksto Bay Clean-up Day scheduledSaturday, September 14,2013, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.This event is part of CoastalCleanup Day, a statewide andinternational effort to clean trashand debris from beaches, bays,creeks, rivers, and lakes.Removing trash and debris(continued on page 12)Elysium (r) DLP-CC 11:50 2:20 5:00 7:25 10:00Elysium (r) DLP 1:20 3:50 6:15 8:40planes (PG) DLP 12:05 1:00 2:30 3:10 4:45 7:10 9:30percy jackson: sea of monsters (PG) DLP 1:30 4:25 5:20 7:00 8:00percy jackson: sea of monsters 3d (PG) DLP 9:35we’re the millers (r) DLP-CC 11:40 2:15 4:40 7:20 9:55we’re the millers (r) DLP 12:45 3:20 6:10 8:452 guns (r) DLP d-box 1:00 4:10 6:45 9:15the smurfs 2 (PG) DLP 1:15 4:00 6:40 9:20wolVErinE (PG13) DLP 12:30 3:30 6:55 9:50thE CONJURING (R) DLP 1:10 4:05 6:55 9:55turBO (PG) DLP 11:45 2:10 4:30RED 2 (PG13) DLP 7:05 9:45DEspicaBLE ME 2 (PG) DLP 12:00 2:25 4:45 7:10 9:30Opens, thursday August 15jobs (PG13) DLP9:00pmparanoia (PG13)10:00pmkick-ass 2 (r)8:00pm

The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013 - PAGE 9Loretta D. VoelkerOct. 16, 1944 - July 25, 2013Resident of Livermore, CALoretta D. Voelker passedaway peacefully at the ageof 68. She was born andraisedin Baltimore,MD, toparentsWilliamand AnnaJones.Shemarriedher lifelongloveGene Voelker in 1967. Theylived together in Chicago,IL, and Washington, D.C.,until moving out to Livermore,CA, in 1970 wherethey lived and raised threesons. She was a dedicatedwife, mother and homemaker,and enjoyed cookingand gardening to the delightof her family.She is survived by herhusband, L. Eugene Voelker,Sr.; her three sons L. E.Voelker, Jr., Geoffrey M.Voelker, and Gregory J.Voelker; and her brother,William G. Jones, Jr.A Funeral Service washeld on July 30, 2013. FuneralMass was held on July31 st at St. Michael’s Church,burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery.Her family wishesthat donations be made inher name to the AmericanCancer Society.Zoe Ann MurrayOn March 8, 2013, ZoeAnn Murray (nee Hill),former long time residentof Livermore, California,passedawaypeacefullyinAlamo,California,fromcomplicationsofAlzheimer’s. She leavesbehind her extended lovingfamily of three children,Cindy (Howard) Robbins,Sally Hill and David Hill(Laurie Rabens); two stepsons,Rick (Kathy) and RodMurray; seven grandchildren;two great grandchildren;brother John (Lucy)Townley and sister-in-lawHazel Gould; former spouseIan Murray; and companionMalcolm Tucker.Born on July 28,1928 inDetroit, Michigan, Zoe Annresided with her parentsHarold Louis and MinnieTownley in Oakland, California,attending CastlewoodHigh School andthen, on scholarship, MillsCollege as a chemistry majorand math/physics minor.After moving to Livermorein 1952 with her husband,Milton Hill, a nuclear physicistat Lawrence RadiationLaboratory, she continuedher education while raisingtheir three children. Severalyears after Milton’s passingin 1964, Zoe Ann met andmarried Ian Murray, withwhom she spent 33 years.In 1958, Zoe Ann graduatedfrom San Jose StateUniversity with an educationdegree and becamea California CertifiedTeacher. For the next thirtyyears, Zoe Ann passionatelyworked as an educator in theLivermore Unified SchoolDistrict, teaching 7 th and8 th grade math and scienceat Junction Avenue Schooland 3 rd grade at Sonoma AvenueSchool. In addition tomentoring and supervisingnew teachers, she workedtirelessly producing morethan four class plays eachyear, even directing a Bicentennial2 nd -6 th grade musical.Zoe Ann developed anddirected programs for mathK-12 and for Mentally Talentedand Gifted Students.Outside of the classroom,she also represented andserved on the Board of theschool district and, for fouryears, served as President ofthe Livermore Teachers Association.In 1978, Zoe Annwas nominated by the LivermoreEducation Associationto receive the CaliforniaTeachers Association GoldAward as the outstandingteacher and teacher advocateof the year. A year earlier,Zoe Ann had received theTheodore Bass MemorialTeacher-in-Politic Award foroutstanding contribution inthe field of political action.Zoe Ann’s numerousyears of volunteer and communityservice began in highschool as a page at age 17at the 1945 United NationsConference on InternationalOrganization in San Francisco.The list of just someof her lifetime service andcontribution include: AlamedaCounty Grand Juror for2 years; California TeachersAssociation State Councilfor 13 years; Moderator oftelevised League of WomenVoters Candidates Nightsand Forums for 12 years;Greater Bay Area InsuranceChairperson for CRTAfor 2 years; Political AdvisoryCouncil member fornonprofit California SeniorAdvocates League; AlamedaCounty Area Agencyon Aging; various positionsheld in AARP for 8 years;Delegate Democratic StateConvention; numerous state,district and local committees;AAUW; Phi DeltaKappa; Valley Historical Society;Livermore SymphonyGuild; U.S. Navy League.Zoe Ann loved to travelwith her family/husband/companion, discoveringand learning about othercultures, ways of life anddiverse perspectives. Evenin the midst of her continuingselfless service afterretirement in 1988, ZoeAnn found time to takeeach of her granddaughterson Elderhostel and cruiseadventures in Europe andthe Pacific. And she had aball doing that even as shedanced the night away onboard ship in one of hermany sheek, sleek gownsthat she had so carefullyselected and packed for thetrip.In a January 1998 interviewfrom the Livermorenewspaper The Independent, Zoe Ann Murray said, inregard to her community service,“I’ve always enjoyedbeing a do-fer, dump-fer,and go-fer. I like helpingpeople make informed decisionsabout important issuesand [to] solve problems….I believe in the AARP’smotto, ‘to serve and not to beserved; to be a dynamic presencein every community’…and we are doing it, one tinystep at a time.”And, Zoe Ann, you didit… you are still and shall alwaysbe a dynamic presencein our hearts and minds…Juleann “Jo” ManeyResident of LivermoreJo was born on October4, 1935 in Pittsburgh, PAand passedaway onThursday,July 31,2013 inPleasanton,CA.Jo was 77years old.S h emoved toLivermoreEarl AnthonyThompsonEarl Anthony Thompson,age 79, of Livermore,CA, passed away SaturdayAugust3, 2013at EdenHospital.He issurvivedby hislovingwife of60 years,Dorothy; his children, EarlMartin of Redmond, OR,Barbara Breen of Livermore,CA, and Susan Meyer ofBrentwood, CA; his threegranddaughters: HeatherBreen, and Courtney andLindsay Meyer; one brother,Thomas Thompson, and hiswife, Joyce, of Grand Rapids,MI; and several niecesand nephews.Born in Grand Rapids,Michigan in 1933, Earl graduatedfrom Central HighSchool and received a degreein Mechanical Engiin1976. She is a memberof St. Michael’s CatholicChurch. Jo enjoyed playingBingo and loved spendingtime with her grandchildren.She was a collector of Snowmenand Dickens Villagecollectibles.Jo is survived by herhusband of 56 years, Richard;her daughters Sharon(Randy) Forshey of Dublinand Barbara Maney of SanDiego; her niece Judy Leinbachof Dublin, CA, fourgrandchildren and elevengreat grandchildren.A visitation was heldAugust 6. Graveside Servicefollowed at Memory GardensCemetery, 3873 EastAve., Livermore, CA.Arrangements by CallaghanMortuary.PleasantonPsychologistWill Joel Friedman(1950-2013)William Joel Friedmanwas born April 28, 1950 inLos Angeles to Selma BellaHimovitz and Martin DavidFriedman.Hegrew upin WestLos Angelesuntil thefamilymoved toShermanOaks in1965. He graduated fromUlysses S. Grant HighSchool in Van Nuys.Will studied briefly atLos Angeles Valley Collegeand graduated from theUniversity of California atIrvine with a Bachelor ofArts in Philosophy in 1971.He completed a teachingcredential at California StateUniversity, Northridge in1973, and after teaching fora few years, earned a Masterof Science Degree in Psychologyat California StateUniversity, Los Angeles in1979.Will was awarded aDoctorate of Philosophyin Psychology from ClaremontGraduate Universityin 1986. While in school andthroughout his professionallife, he attended countlessseminars, refining his artand broadening his scope ina wide range of specialties,always seeking passionatelyfor the most effective waysto help people deal withlife’s difficulties and transformunworkable behaviors.While living in Claremont,Will met his wife,harpist Dominique Piana,in the fall of 1984. An inveteratemusic lover, he hadpicked up her first album, acassette tape entitled Fancy,at a local health food storecalled Natural High. Hecalled to ask her to performat a seminar he was givingin Fullerton (ExperienceYour Power To Succeed InAll Relationships [!]). Theydrove together to the event inher car, with the harp loadedin the back, and the rest ishistory: they were marriedon May 26, 1985.In the spring of 1986,Will and Dominique movedto Redlands, where theybought their first house, andwhere their son Gregory wasborn. Already a seasonedpractitioner and attractedto integrative settings, Willworked, among other places,at a multidisciplinary CommunityClinic in San Bernardinofocusing on PainManagement, was on staffat various clinics, and startedhis private practice, first inshared quarters, then goingsolo in his Loma Linda officefrom 1990 onward.It was in his private clinicalpractice that Dr. Willfound his stride. He becamea Diplomate in numeroussubspecialties, also servingas a psychological consultantto individuals and companies,publishing a slewof professional and popularpapers, writing reports andlecturing at professionalconferences.In 2001, the Friedmansmoved to the San FranciscoBay Area, first settling inPleasanton, where Dr. Willalso opened his new privatepractice, then moving toLivermore in 2008. Aroundthat time, his quest culminatedin the concept ofpresence-centered psychotherapy,and he began buildinghis own website ( intoa resource center where, inessence, he gave away theworld of psychology to all,to encourage psychologicalliteracy in our presentculture. His family plans tokeep it online indefinitely.Mr. Positive (one of hiswife’s affectionate nicknamesfor him) sadly suffereda devastating illness,a malignant melanoma thatrapidly metastasized andtook his life on July 26.Besides his wife and son,Dr. Will leaves behind siblingsMichael (Janet), Susan(Ray) Seaman and Jeffrey(Aileen) and their children,as well as many book andessay manuscripts that willbe examined for possiblepublication. Curiously, orappropriately, his last bookis titled The End of Suffering.A memorial service, opento the public, is set for August11 at 3pm at the UnitarianUniversalist Churchlocated at 1893 North VascoRoad in Livermore. In lieuof flowers, the family requestsdonations be madeto: Hope Hospice Inc., 6377Clark Avenue Suite 100,Dublin, CA 94568-3024,(925) 829-8770, from Michigan StateUniversity in East Lansing,Michigan. Earl served fouryears in the Navy, eventuallymoving to Livermore,California with his wifeand young family to take ajob at Lawrence LivermoreNational Laboratory, wherehe worked for 30 years.Earl was an avid builderof model airplanes, a passionhe developed when recoveringfrom Polio in his youth.As an adult, Earl continuedto build and fly model airplanes,competing in severalnational and internationalcompetitions sponsored bythe Association of ModelAviation (AMA). He wasalso a founding member ofthe “Livermore Flying Electrons,”a flying model clubbased in Livermore.Earl was preceded indeath by his parents, Haroldand Martha Thompson ofGrand Rapids, MI.Sky WirthOct. 3, 1944-July 31, 2013Sky Wirth passed awayat the age of 68. He andhis wife Sue lived in Livermorefor18 years.Sky andSue haveb e e nhappilymarriedfor 49years.Sky issurvivedby hisson Scott Wirth of Fair Oaks,CA, his son Steve Wirth,age 45 and daughter-in-lawLeslie Wirth of Livermore,CA and three grandchildrenTaylor, age 17, Bailey, age15 and Lauren, age 12; hismother Carolyn Wirth ofLivermore, a sister CharleneMilota of Tracy, brotherMichael Wirth of Redding,CA and Judy Roughton ofLa Canada, CASky spent his childhoodin Rockford, Illinois andGlendale, Calif. As a boy,Sky enjoyed school andlearning. He also enjoyedplaying sports includingbasketball, baseball andtennis. After high school heattended Biola University.He met his wife at summercamp.Sky dedicated his lifeto working hard and providingfor his family. Hebegan his own business inNorthern California in salesand service of combustionequipment. He was theowner and president of hiscompany called Heat TransferSystems here in Livermore.Service and personalrelations were at the core ofhis business practices. Skybalanced work and family.He enjoyed spending timewith his wife Sue especiallytaking trips together. Heenjoyed coaching his sonin baseball and activelyparticipating in his boys’activities. His church wasvery important to him andhis strong faith was evidentin all areas of his life.In 1996, Sky becamea grandfather for the firsttime and dearly loved being“Papa” to those threespecial children. When thegrandchildren were smallhe enjoyed taking them onnature walks, playing atObituary/ Memoriam PoliciesObituaries are published in The Independent at no charge.There is a small charge for photographs in the obituaries.the park, swimming andvacationing. As the childrengrew, he enjoyed watchingthem play sports. He wasalways a role model in eachof their lives.The past 7 months, Skyhas been battling leukemia.Every day he was a fighterand loved everyone whosupported and/or cared forhim. Sky passed away athome, from heart failure,on Wednesday, July 31.He came home from thehospital that day, enjoyed ahome-cooked meal Sue hadprepared for him and theyhad five wonderful hourstogether before he unexpectedlywent into cardiac arrest.His life will be celebratedat a memorial service onWednesday, August 14, 2013at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar GroveCommunity Church at 2021College Ave., Livermore. Areception will follow afterthe service on the churchgrounds and all are invited.Arrangements by CallaghanMortuary.Virginia EricksonVir -giniaEricksondiedpeacefullyin hersleep onAugust2, 2013.Daughterof CurtisMay and Mabel Porter, Virginiawas born in San Diego,CA in 1922. During the war,her cousin brought a youngman named LeRoy Ericksonhome to rent a roomfrom her family. Virginialater married him and for57 years they had a lovingand supportive relationship.She is survived by her 3children, Mark Erickson,Janet Malcolm, and LynnBijl, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.Virginia graduated fromSan Diego High School in1940 and attended San DiegoState University untilWWII when she became ashopkeeper at Convair tosupport the war effort. Afterthe war, she was a full-timehomemaker and caretaker ofher children and grandchildren.She lived in Livermorefor 59 years and alwaysloved the community.She participated in numerouspolitical and civicactivities. An active memberof the League of Womenvoters, she studied the originalCalifornia Water Project.She was a social liberal,caring and compassionate,steadfastly supporting organizationsthat aimed tomake a positive contributionto society. She was a fundraiserand avid participantin the Livermore SymphonyGuild.Virginia also had an activesocial life. She enjoyedbridge and played with thesame bridge group for 40years. She painted for manyyears and was active in theLivermore Art Association.Later in life, as an avidgardener, her front yard reflectedher love of gardeningand her artistic sensibility.She will be dearly missed byher family and friends.At Virginia’s request,there will be no funeral.Memoriam ads can also be placed in The Independent when familieswant to honor the memories of their loved ones. There is a chargefor memoriam ads, based on the size of the ad.Please send an email to on page 10)

PAGE 10 - The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013Marla LynnNelson HallenResident of LivermoreSept. 15, 1948 – July 31, 2013Marla passed awaypeacefully after a long battlewith health complications.Marla spent her life inserviceof others.Shewas bornin Oakland,CA. toG o r -don andArleneNelson. She was raised torespect the outdoors, learnedto hunt and fish and was anexcellent marksman. Marlaloved animals, she wasknown to save many animalsin need. Marla attendedhigh school in Livermoreat Granada High, graduatedclass of 1966. Over the yearsMarla worked many jobs includingthe Livermore V.A.,Lawrence Livermore Laband the Alameda CountyFairgrounds.Marla met and marriedthe love of her life Bill Hal-len in 1976. They were ateam. Marla and Bill wereinseparable. Each dedicatedto one another more thanthemselves. They sharedthey’re life with an abundanceof family and friends.Marla loved Bill more thanher own life.Marla had a dark andexcellent sense of humor. Itwas her humor that helpedher and many others copein times of pain and sorrow.She enjoyed softball,bowling, gardening, musicand casinos. Anyone whogambled with Mar knew shehad “her machines."Marla was loved by allwho knew her and willbe missed greatly. She issurvived by her husbandBill Hallen, son James anddaughters Bobbi, Kelly, Judieand Chere’, brother GaryNelson, six grandchildren,nieces and nephews. Marlawas a friend and mentor toa cast of thousands, alwayswilling to give away whatwas freely given to her.A celebration of Marla’slife will be scheduled at alater date.Arrangements by CallaghanMortuary.Theodore JamesSchumacher Jr.Aug. 22, 1955 - July 28, 2013Affectionatelyknownas “Tedor UncleTed," hewas bornand raisedin Illinois.Heis survivedby his wife, CathyOribello Schumacher, hisson Theodore “T” SchumacherIII, and his nieceswho he raised, Elicia andMariah Oribello; his sisterKaren Kableris (Scott) anda nephew, Derek, and hisbrother, Mike Schumacher(Karen) and a nephew, Keithand a niece, Allison.He is preceded in deathby his father, TheodoreSchumacher, his mother,Patricia “Pat” Schumacher.Ted was a loving anddedicated family man. Hedid everything he could tolive a comfortable life. Heserved in the U.S. Navy andis a Vietnam Veteran. Heworked a long time for JohnsonControl and went on towork for Intelligrated, wherehe was a hard worker andwell respected.Ted loved his family tripsto Disneyland, where he hada tradition of going on the“Pirates of Caribbean” ride,because it was not too fast ortoo slow, and it cooled youoff just right.He also liked to watchhockey and football. He wasa die hard fan of the GreenBay Packers and liked gettingupdates on his nephewshigh school games, when hecouldn’t attend. He enjoyedlistening to Black Sabbath,George Thorogood, andother rock, metal, and bluesmusicians.Ted entered into rest aftera short illness and will begreatly missed by his familyand friends.Arrangements by CallaghanMortuary.EnjoyLocalSlideShows!Go toindependentnews.comSelect theslide showyou want to see inthe lowerleft handcorner of theweb pageand enjoy.Extra! Extra! Read All About It...Sign up for free delivery * ofIf you are not yet a subscriber, pleasetake the time to sign up now!Respond back today!VOLUME XLIX, NUMBER 52Find Out What'sHappeningCheck Out Section ASection A is filled withinformation about arts,people, entertainment andspecial events. There areeducation stories, a varietyof features, and the arts andentertainment and bulletinboard.County FairManager WillLead State FairRick Pickering, whohas managed the AlamedaCounty Fair in Pleasantonfor the past 14 years, willhave a new job on Dec. 28-- manager of the CaliforniaState Fair.Pickering said that he islooking forward to the challengeof helping the statefair, known as Cal Expo, riseagain in attendance.The state fair reportedmore than 1 million in attendanceat a peak about 10years ago, said Pickering.That number has declinedsteadily to 736,000 in 2011,according to Venues Today,a publication devoted tocoverage of the sports andentertainment industry's livelocations.Cal Expo attendance declinedbecause of toughereconomic times in the Sacramentoarea.Pickering will replaceNorb Bartosik, who is retiring.He will face a newset of circumstances at CalExpo. The county fair is anon-profit, and has paid itsown way for many years,including the capital improvementsto facilities. Thefair is run by directors fromthroughout the county, whohire the general manager.Cal Expo is owned bythe state, so state money isused, although the objectiveis for the fair to be self-supporting,said Pickering. Thegovernor appoints the boardof directors.Pickering said that hisproudest achievements atthe county fair have been"so many things we havedone so very well to becomethe fastest growing fair inNorth America in the pastfour years."Pickering credited hisstaff, the 26-member fairboard, and the support he hasreceived from other officialsand the community for thesuccess."There are more than3000 fairs in North America.We are ranked 33rd, whichputs us in the top 1 percent,"said Pickering.In addition to being a locationfor the fair in summer,and the stabling of horsesyear-round, the fairgroundsin Pleasanton play host tocommunity events and commercialshows more than300 days each year.Success is "all about thepeople that surround you.There is not much greatnesswithout them," saidPickering. The fair employees82 full-time staffmembers, and 400 part-timeworkers, such as parkingattendants and groundskeepers.During fair time, 1000volunteers are added, and2000 business partners. Heis aware of the numbers,because "each day, theyare looking for somethingto eat. We become a cityovernight."Pickering many fair managementhonors include thepresidency of the WesternFairs Association, and upcominginduction into itsHall of Fame.Pickering is proud thatYour Local News Source Since 1963 SERVING DUBLIN • LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012Dublin Sees Vineyard Potential, MajorOpen Space in OK for Moller RanchThe Dublin City Councilapproved a revised plan forthe Moller Ranch subdivision,reducing its density,and giving the green lightto two important open spaceareas.The council voted unanimouslyfor the change at itsDec. 18 meeting. Includedin the vote were an alterationin the East Dublin planand the General Plan, andapproval of a supplementalenvironmental impact reportInsideSECTION AArt & Entertainment........... 8Bulletin Board................... 11Milestones ...................... 12Short Notes...................... 7MAIN SECTIONClassifieds........................ 10Editorial..............................4Roundup...............................3Sports.................................6Obituaries......................... 9Photo - Doug JorgensenFriends and family gathered to welcome home Marine Lance Corporal Anthony Fernandes (AJ) of Livermore.He is returning from deployment in Afghanistan. AJ serves with the HMLA-469 Helicopter Squadron, Marine AirGroup 39, 3rd Marine Air Wing. The ceremony was hosted by the Livermore Military Families organization. Hewas met at a downtown business, then escorted to his home.during his tenure, the countyfair began many green policies.The site's green waste -- grass clippings and leaves -- is made into ground mulch,(See PICKERING, page 6)(EIR).The Moller subdivisionwas approved five yearsago. The new plan reducesmaximum allowed densityfrom a maximum of 684 to478 homes.Developer Braddock andLogan's plan comes in wellbelow that cap, with 370single family homes proposedfor 79.6 acres, for anaverage density of 4.6 unitsper acre.The total Moller RanchCalifornia utilities willuse the advanced technologiesand expertise of LawrenceLivermore NationalLaboratory to improve theefficiency, security andsafety of the state’s utilitysystems under an agreementapproved last Thursday bythe California Public UtilitiesCommission (CPUC).The agreement will provideup to $150 million in fundingover five years.For new subscription:parcel is 236 acres. It is comprisedof 7.6 acres in creeksidetrail open space, 1 acreneighborhood park, and 136acres of rural residential/agriculturalopen space.The 136 acres is notzoned for dedicated openspace, but given the agriculturalzoning in hopes thatit would attract vineyardoperators. That would addto the Valley industry andnicely complement the agriculturalhistorical theme ofThe CPUC approvedfunding for a five-year researchand developmentagreement between PacificGas and Electric Company,Southern California EdisonCompany, San DiegoGas and Electric Company,and Lawrence Livermore(LLNL). The grant willprovide the utilities withaccess to LLNL technologicalcapabilities, such assupercomputing, and relatedthe whole development, saidcity officials.POTENTIAL FOR 1650ACRES FOR E.B.R.P.D.The most significant openspace connected to MollerRanch is 1650 acres northand east of the development,just outside the city.That land is projectedto go to East Bay RegionalPark District (EBRPD), andserve as an open space bufferfor northeast Dublin.The land would link toCalifornia Utilities Partner with LawrenceLivermore to Improve State’s Energy GridCastlewood AppealsRuling on LockoutCastlewood Country Clubwill appeal a National LaborRelations Board (NLRB)ruling that declared its lockoutof union employees tobe illegal.Unite Here Local 2850president Wei-Ling Hubertold The Independent thatshe received a courtesy callfrom Castlewood managerJerry Olson notifying her ofthe filing.The appeal was turned inDec. 21, the last day that itcould be.At issue in the appeal iswhether or not the manage-During the first sixmonths of 2012, Pleasantonrezoned properties for highdensity affordable housing,meeting the requirementsof a lawsuit settlement withUrban Habitat and the StateAttorney General's office.domain expertise in engineeringand applied science.The collaborative projectwill tap LLNL expertiseto develop new tools andtechniques to address challengesCalifornia faces as itimplements its clean energypolicy agenda.Called California EnergySystems for the 21st Century(CES-21), the initiative isexpected to yield benefitsincluding: creation of theother EBRD holdings inadjacent Contra Costa County,forming an even largerholding that would providerecreational activities for theTri-Valley.Ayn Wieskamp, the Valley'srepresentative on theEBRPD board, told the Independent,"We don't havethe land yet. There has beena lot of discussion at the citycouncil. The council wants itto happen. There has to be an(See DUBLIN, page 4)AxisGrowingto MeetThe Needtools needed by Californiato achieve aggressive renewableenergy and greenhousegas goals; application of thecountry’s most sophisticatedcyber security technologyto the state’s energy grid,which relies increasingly ondigital systems; planning forwidespread deployment ofelectric transportation; andhelping to build a smarterenergy system that will ac-(See ENERGY GRID, page 4)PET OF THE WEEK2012 was a significantyear at Axis CommunityHealth, with more peopleusing services than ever before.Axis provided 38,000medical visits; 7,000 mentalhealth visits for children,adults and families; 4,800teen drug and alcohol visits;22,000 adult drug and alcoholvisits; and 36,000 WICnutrition visits.“Each month, 300 newmedical patients came toAxis,” said Sue Compton,Axis CEO. “To meet thisneed, we expanded eveningand weekend hours. Infact, the need for affordableprimary medical care is soacute, particularly for lowincomeand uninsured Tri-Valley residents, that we’vebegun planning for an additionalclinic set to open in2014, which will double ourservice capacity.”Axis purchased a buildingat 5925 W. Las PositasBlvd. in Hacienda BusinessPark. When renovated itwill include 28 exam rooms,8 mental health counselingrooms, a pharmacy andother services. The overallproject cost is $9 million.The new facility will significantlyimpact healthcare inthe Tri-Valley. More peoplewill be able to access primaryand preventive care,resulting in better healthoutcomes. When people(See AXIS, page 12)8 Online: Visit Phone: Call us at (925) 243-8014.ment lockout during contractnegotiations in 2010 waslegal or not. An NLRB judgeruled that it was illegal.Castlewood disputes thatfinding.If the illegality of thelockout stands, Castlewoodwould have to pay the lockedout employees the wagesthey would have earned beforethey came back to workOct. 16, some 25 monthsafter the lockout began.Some of the 61 employeeswent on to other jobsat some point during the Photo - Doug Jorgensen(See LOCKOUT, page 4)Dawn softened the colors of the hills as seen from May Nissen Road.First Half of 2012 Pleasanton Rezoned Land; Livermore Focused on Creating JobsAlso in Pleasanton, candidatesbegan filing for vacantseats on the city council andfor mayor.Livermore continued itsfocus on developing hightech jobs through cooperationwith the nationallaboratories. In answering asurvey, residents found thecity to be a great place to liveand raise a family. The cityagain served as a host for theAmgen Tour of Californiabicycle race.Dublin launched a newevent that included wine,food, and fun.JANUARY 2012The Alameda CountyTransportation Commission(ACTC) held a workshopon December 16 to developa final draft for the TransportationExpenditure Plan(TEP), which would determinehow monies collectedthrough Measure B1 wouldbe spent over the next 30*Subscription is free to residents of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton & Sunol.(See 2012, page 3)Shallow (pictured) and Makita were recently surrenderedto us after their family could no longer care for them. Theyare four year old boxers who know all simple commandssuch as sit, stay, and shake. They both love to be withpeople and enjoy spending time with each other. If you arelooking for a well-trained dog who will be your best friend,look no further. For more information, call 925-426-8656or go online to or to see other adoptable dogs andcats. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada Streetin Pleasanton. Photo by Melissa Bonnel

The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013 - PAGE 11LEGAL NOTICESFOR INFORMATIONPLACING LEGALNOTICESCall 925-243-8000FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENTFILE NO. 480194-195The following person(s) doingbusiness as: (1)CheckersCatering (2)Checkers Cateringand Special Events, 83Wright Brothers Avenue,Livermore, CA 94551, ishereby registered by thefollowing owner(s):Checkers Grill, 83 WrightBrothers Avenue, Livermore,CA 94551This business is conductedby a CorporationThe registrant began totransact business under thefictitious business name(s)listed above on July 11, 2003.Signature of Registrants:s/: Denise Slavitt, PresidentThis statement was filedwith the County Clerk ofAlameda on July 3, 2013.Expires July 3, 2018.The Independent LegalNo. 3495. Published July18, 25, August 1, 8, 2013.FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENTFILE NO. 479599The following person(s) doingbusiness as: GOCAST,6175 Water Lily Common#225, Livermore, CA 94551,is hereby registered by thefollowing owner(s):Bryan Fagundes, 6175 WaterLily Common #225, Livermore,CA 94551This business is conductedby an IndividualThe registrant began totransact business under thefictitious business name(s)listed above on 6/17/2013.Signature of Registrants:s/: Bryan FagundesThis statement was filedwith the County Clerk ofAlameda on June 17, 2013.Expires June 17, 2018.The Independent Legal No.3497. Published July 18,25, August 1, 8, 2013.FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENTFILE NO. 480633The following person(s) doingbusiness as: LivermoreToyota and Livermore Scion,6200 Northfront Road, Livermore,CA 94551, is herebyregistered by the followingowner(s):John L. Sullivan EnterprisesInc, 700 Automall Drive,Roseville, CA 95661This business is conductedby a CorporationThe registrant began totransact business under thefictitious business name(s)listed above on N/A.Signature of Registrants:s/: Steven A. Ruckels, SEC/CFOThis statement was filedwith the County Clerk ofAlameda on July 17, 2013.Expires July 17, 2018.The Independent Legal No.3498. Published July 25,August 1, 8, 15, 2013.FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENTFILE NO. 480098The following person(s) doingbusiness as: The InkGallery Tattoo Lounge, 1515N. Vasco Rd., Livermore, CA94551, is hereby registeredby the following owner(s):(1)OC Junior Thomas IV,2099 Brennan Ln., Manteca,CA 95337 (2)Sean MitchellRivera, 1225 Zinfandel Pl.,Manteca, CA 95336This business is conductedby Co-partnersThe registrant began totransact business under thefictitious business name(s)listed above on 6/21/2013.Signature of Registrants:s/: OC Thomas, Co-OwnerThis statement was filedwith the County Clerk ofAlameda on June 28, 2013.Expires June 28, 2018.The Independent Legal No.3499. Published July 25,August 1, 8, 15, 2013.NOTICE of INVITING BIDSNotice is hereby given thatsealed competitive bids willbe accepted in the office ofthe GSA-Purchasing Department,County of Alameda,1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite907, Oakland, CA 94612NETWORKING BIDDERSCONFERENCES for RFP#901078 Workers’ Compensationand DisabilityProgram Investigation ServicesPanel South County– Monday, August 12, 2013,10:00 AM, Castro ValleyLibrary, Chabot Room, 3600Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley,CA and North County– Tuesday, August 13, 2013,2:00 PM, General ServicesAgency, Room 1107, 11 thFloor, 1401 Lakeside Drive,Oakland, CA Response Dueby 2:00 pm on September12, 2013 County Contact:Michael Lu (510) 208-9649or via email: Attendance atNetworking Conference isNon-mandatory. Specificationsregarding the abovemay be obtained at the AlamedaCounty GSA CurrentContracting OpportunitiesInternet website at INDEPENDENT LegalNo. 3502FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENTFILE NO. 481161The following person(s) doingbusiness as: Divine SpiritualHealing and Gifts, 1617 2ndStreet, Livermore, CA 94550,is hereby registered by thefollowing owner(s):Divine Spiritual Healing Inc,186 South K Street, Livermore,CA 94550This business is conductedby a CorporationThe registrant began totransact business under thefictitious business name(s)listed above on N/A.Signature of Registrants:s/: Kay French, SecretaryThis statement was filedwith the County Clerk ofAlameda on July 31, 2013.Expires July 31, 2018.The Independent Legal No.3503. Published August 8,15, 22, 29, 2013.ANIMALS2) CATS/ DOGSADOPT A DOG OR CAT, foradoption information contactValley Humane Society at(925)426-8656.Adopt a new best friend:TVAR, the Tri-Valley AnimalRescue, offers animals foradoption every Saturdayand Sunday, excluding mostholidays. On Saturdays from9:30 am to 1:00 pm, dogs areavailable at the PleasantonFarmers Market at W. Angelaand First Streets. Twolocations will showcase catsonly: Petsmart in Dublin from12:00 to 4:00 and the PetExtreme in Livermore from12:00 to 4:00. On Sundays,cats are available at Petsmartin Dublin from 1:00 to 4:00,and Pet Extreme in Livermorefrom 12:00 to 4:00. For moreinformation, call Terry at(925)487-7279 or visit ourwebsite at www.tvar.orgFERAL CAT FOUNDATIONCat & kitten adoptions nowat the new Livermore Petcoon Saturdays from 10:00AMto 2:30PM. 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PAGE 12 - The Independent, AUGUST 8, 2013Into the Woods Jr.Production WillHave Unique LookInto the Woods Jr. opensthis coming weekend at theDougherty Performing ArtsCenter in San Ramon.Show dates and timesare August 10 and 11 at 2and 6 p.m.Produced by SmART-Sunlimited in Livermore,this show features studentsfrom SmARTSunlimited’sannual summer main stagetheater camp performingas leads in all roles.The Brothers Grimm“go Broadway” as Sondheimand Lapine offerup a cockeyed fairy talewhere favorite characters—Cinderella,LittleRed Riding Hood, Jack(and his beanstalk) and TheWitch—meet and interacton their journeys. Theshow is directed by TraceyGarber, with vocal directionby Danelle Johnson,and choreography byLindsay Garber.Some unique features ofthe show include the sets,which are being designedand painted by CarolynLord. The sets are createdspecifically for the SanRamon Performing ArtsCenter. The jagged andangular mono-set piecesare inspired by the workof Berkeley artist EdwardHagedorn (1902-1982).Each of the main characterswill have a set piecerepresenting his or herhome: Italianate Baroquefor Cinderella; half-timberedmud walls for Jack;William Morris wallpaperfor Grandmother. CarolynLord is a Signaturemember of the CaliforniaArt Club. Her paintings arerepresented by galleriesin Northern and SouthernCalifornia, and Utah. Herwork has been publishedin Plein Air, and SouthwestArt magazines, and byRizzoli.This is the 13 th seasonof main stage summershows for SmARTSunlimited.Past main stageproductions include Aladdin,Beauty and the Beast,Alice in Wonderland, WillyWonka, The Magic Flute,Hansel and Gretel to namea few. SmARTSunlimitedalso offers preschooltraining in acting which isperformed in their BlackBox Theater. SmARTSunlimitedhas been establishedin the East Bay for16 years and offers highquality, year round classesin piano, voice, percussion,violin, brass and reedinstruments, theater andfilm courses for childrenages 3-17. Staff membersbelong to the MusicTeachers Association ofCalifornia and the RoyalConservatory, and includea winner of numerous filmawards. SmARTSunlimitedis located off of 580E atthe Isabelle Exit. To learnmore about SmARTSunlimitedvisit their websiteat SmARTSunlimited.comor call 925-245-0283.The Dougherty PerformingArts Center islocated at 10550 AlbionRd, San Ramon. Ticketscan be purchased online24 hours a day by, by calling Tuesday-Friday from 12PM-5PMby calling 925.973.3343 orin person at the DoughertyValley Performing ArtsCenter, 10550 Albion RoadSan Ramon, Tuesday-Fridayfrom 12PM-5PM.(continued from page 8)from local waterways not onlyimproves the aesthetic beautyof neighborhoods, it also helpsto improve water quality andaquatic habitat in the creeks.Please pre-register, space islimited.Choose one of the followingcleanup sites, and contactthe Site Coordinator to sign upand obtain the required waiverform(s).1. Arroyo Mocho at RobertsonPark – Site Coordinator,Patti Cole at (925) 960-24002. Arroyo Las Positas atNorthfront Road (near NorthfrontTrailhead Park) – SiteCoordinator, Lynna Allen at(925) 960-81433. Altamont Creek and ArroyoLas Positas at BluebellDrive (near Springtown GolfCourse) – Site Coordinator,Lynna Allen at (925) 960-81434. Arroyo Las Positas atHeather Lane (near SpringtownGolf Course) – Site Coordinator,Lynna Allen at (925)960-8143Volunteers under 18 yearsof age must have waiver formssigned by a parent or guardian.Volunteers under 13 years ofage must be accompanied andsupervised by an adult, and maynot volunteer at the RobertsonPark site. For more details,visit contact Lynna Allen at (925)960-8143.Ladies Auxiliary to POST 6298 needs talentedartisans and crafters to sell their hand-made jewelry,quilting, knitting, glassware, pottery, woodwork, orsewing crafts at our annual holiday boutique!Holiday Boutique • October 18-20thVFW Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton(Selling Hours: Fri 3-6; Sat 9-6; Sun 10-5)Vendor applications are due August 30th, selection based on jury process.For application: Nance Johnsen (925) 292-7257 or njbmermaid@yahoo.comHope Hospice Adds Three Board MembersThree community membershave been elected tothe Hope Hospice Boardof Directors. They jointhe 15-member board ofdirectors, each of whom iselected to a two-year term,up to three consecutive twoyearterms. They are CraigEicher, Mary Schwind, andJames R. Wark.Pleasanton resident CraigEicher, Captain of the OperationsDivision of the Cityof Pleasanton Police Departmentbrings 25 years of lawenforcement experienceand community involvementto the Board. In hisrole with the Police Department,Eicher is responsiblefor Patrol, Traffic, SpecialEnforcement Unit, SWAT,Animal Services, Permitting,Special Events andDepartment Policy.“Craig has built relationshipswith community membersand leaders throughouthis long career,” says DavidKarlsson, CPA, Hope HospiceBoard president. “Hebrings a valuable understandingof the communityto our organization. We welcomeCraig to the Board andthe Hope Hospice family.”Eicher holds a bachelor’sdegree in Administrationof Justice from CaliforniaState University, Hayward;and a master’s degree inPublic Sector Leadershipfrom Saint Mary’s Collegein Moraga, CA.Pleasanton resident MarySchwind, MS, RN, has hada long career in the nursingView MeteorsAn Evening with the PerseidMeteors is the topic of theMon., Aug. 12 nature programplanned by the Livermore AreaRecreation and Park Districtranger staff . Meet Ranger GlenFlorey at 9 p.m. at SycamoreGrove Park, 1051 WetmoreRoad.As darkness descends onthe Livermore Valley, meetat the entrance to SycamoreGrove Park to watch for lightsstreaking across the sky. Theprogram will include a halfmilewalk into the park toescape the city lights. Bring ablanket so you can lie down andwatch the skies. Participantscan stay as late as midnight orleave earlier.There is a $5 per vehicleparking fee at either entranceto Sycamore Grove Park. A$2donation is requested to helpsupport the programs unlessother fees are specified. Participantsmay call 925-960-2400for more information.Docent TrainingAnyone with an interestin local history, gardening,canning, or how people livedin Victorian times is invited toattend an informational meetingon Wednesday, August28, 2013 from 6:00-7:00 learn about the volunteeropportunities at Forest HomeFarms Historic Park.This orientation will introducethose in attendanceseveral programs at the farm.Those who decide to volunteerwill be provided in the followingareas:• Farm Life Field TripDocents introduce 3rd gradestudents to the agricultural historyof the San Ramon Valley.There are four different areasto choose from: Grandpa andGrandma- lead tours and activities,Gardener- leads gardeningchores in the organic garden,and Canner- presents a canningdemonstration.• Farm Tour Docents lead“All About the Farm” tourswhen Forest Home Farms HistoricPark is open to the publicthe 2nd Saturday of each monthfor “Fun on the Farm” andpresent after school programsfor community groups such asdaycare centers and Scouts onweekday afternoons.• Glass House MuseumDocents are trained to lead avariety of tours, provide educationalprograms and participatein historic preservation at thisfully restored, Italianate styleVictorian home which wascompleted in 1877.For more information or tofield. She recently retiredfrom Kindred Healthcarewhere she served as chiefclinical officer from 2006to 2013. Kindred Healthcareis the largest provider ofpost-acute care in the nation.Prior to that, Schwind wasa principal consultant withSiemens Healthcare Divisionfrom 2003 to 2005.“We are excited to haveMary join the Hope Hospicefamily,” says Karlsson.“Hope Hospice will benefitfrom Mary’s knowledge inhealthcare, her experiencein healthcare administrationand knowledge of the community,”he adds.Schwind earned her masterof science degree inHealth Services Administrationfrom St. Mary’s Collegein Moraga. She is a graduatefrom Our Lady of LourdesSchool of Nursing, Camden,New Jersey.Pleasanton residentJames R. Wark is a retiredbusiness consultant whomost recently worked for 18years at J and J Consulting.Prior to that, he worked fora total of 16 years with California-NevadaMethodistHomes, a non-profit corporationthat operates nursingand retirement homes. Warkserved as president and CEOfor 11 of those years beforeretiring from the company.“Jim has had a longand distinguished careerin business administrationand finance in the healthcare,education and seniorresidential services fields,”RSVP for this meeting pleasecontact Sharon Peterson at(925) 973-3282 or Forest HomeFarms Historic Park is located at19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd.,just south of Pine Valley Roadin San Ramon.Senior LivingLivermore Valley SeniorLiving, an assisted living community,is open in Livermore.Amenities include: assistancewith activities of dailyliving such as bathing, dressing,grooming, toileting; well-balanced,nutritous meals preparedby an in-house chef; nurses onstaff and can provide 24 hourcare ; beautiful scenic gardens;environmentally friendly.Tours are available, 3356East Ave., Livermore, 447-5483.It’s scheduled maintenance made easy.• Oil Change• Tire Rotation• Brake Inspection• Vehicle Check-Up• Fluid Top-Off• Battery Test• Filter Check• Belts and Hoses CheckUp to five quarts of Motorcraft ® Synthetic Blend oil and Motorcraft oil filter. 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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013THE INDEPENDENT • SECTION AFireman's Muster Part of Firefighting CelebrationPleasanton Volunteer Fire Department in parade, Livermore, July 4, 1902. For the story on events celebrating firefighters in Pleasanton, go to page 5.

Livermore Valley OperaAnnounces its 2013-2014 Season“Carmen” and “Cinderella” featured performancesThe Livermore ValleyOpera has announced its22nd performance seasonat the Bankhead Theater.The season features one ofopera’s most dramatic storiesand a favorite fairytale: Bizet’sCarmen and Rossini’sadaptation of Cinderella.Carmen will be performedSept. 28 and Oct. 5at 8 p.m. and Sept. 29 andOct. 6 at 2 p.m.Cinderella will be stagedMarch 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.and March 16 and 23 at 2p.m.The opening night galacelebration dinner for eachproduction will be held atUncle Yu’s at the Vineyard,4:30pm. (Separate ticketpurchase required.)“Again this season, wehave incredible singers, artistsand musicians who willtake our audiences on twooperatic journeys,” saysAlexander Katsman, LVO’sArtistic and Music Director.“We can boast some of theBay Area’s best talent.”Returning to LVO todirect Carmen is baritoneEugene Brancoveanu, whowill also sing the role ofEscamillo. Brancoveanudirected last season’s Labohème and is also a favoriteof LVO audiences sincehis thrilling and dramaticperformance in the title roleof Don Giovanni (October,2010). The captivating Carmenis one of the most vividcharacters in all of opera.Set in sultry Spain, Bizet’sCarmen tells the story of abeguiling gypsy who sets hersights on a naïve but passionateyoung corporal, tracing atale of seduction, obsession,and deadly betrayal. Carmenis full of sizzling opera hits,including the famous “Habanera”and the irresistibleToreador song.Rossini’s adaptation ofCinderella, (La Cenerentola),directed by internationallyacclaimed BruceDonnell, brings a childlikewonder and master comedyto a beloved fairytale classicwith a handsome prince,a nasty stepfather, wickedstepsisters, a beautiful heroineand sheer magic in themusic. It’s a perfect operafor the entire family.“With opulent sets, elaboratecostumes and outstandingtalent, LVO’s productionsare no longer a hiddentreasure, but recognized asquality, professional experiences,”adds Katsman.Special Events:Opening night gala ticketincludes dinner at UncleYu's at the Vineyard, followedby a dessert receptionin the Bankhead Theater.The welcome reception beginsat 4:30pm and seatingat 5:00 pm at Uncle Yu's,conveniently located onehalfblock from the theater.Guests will have a chance tomeet the Stage Director andLVO’s Alexander Katsman.Gala Tickets are $85, and areavailable through BankheadTheater box office.Pre-opera talkIncluded in the ticketprice are pre-opera talksheld one hour prior to curtaintime. LVO’s traditional artist’sreception is held in thelobby immediately followingeach performance.Tickets are adults $39-$74; students 18 years andyounger $10 off on all days,all seating sections. StudentID required.The Bankhead Theater islocated at 2400 First Street inLivermore. Tickets may bepurchased at the box office,online at www.bankheadtheater.orgor by phone at373-6800.Additional LVO 2013-2014 Season events• Neiman Marcus WalnutCreek and Livermore ValleyOpera host an informal fashionpresentation featuringdressing for all of fall’s specialoccasions. Enjoy lightbites and bubbly. Thursday,October 17; 6:00pm. NeimanMarcus, Level Two,1000 South Main Street,Walnut Creek. Reservations$40 per person at of ticket salesgoes to Livermore ValleyOpera• Join LVO in celebratingits 22nd Anniversary seasonin an optional Black Tieevent that includes a concertfeaturing three exceptionalguest opera artists accompaniedby LVO’s Alex Katsman.A sumptuous dinner isfollowed by an entertainingauction. Saturday, January25, 2014, 5:00PM. RubyHill Golf Club, Pleasanton.Ticket and reservation• Soirée Series: Exclusiveintimate events throughoutthe performance season featuringthe perfect combinationof opera, wine, andfood. These limited attendanceevents are set in someof the Tri-Valley area’s mostbeautiful homes. Visit theLVO website at www.livermorevalleyopera.comfordates and ticket information.• Firehouse Arts Center:An intimate musical performanceof beloved ariassung by professional operasingers at the Firehouse Arts(See OPERA, page 7)THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 32012SEASON2013CALL925.373.6800PreservationHall JazzBandA Fiery Blast ofPure New Orleans JoyFRI AUG 9 8pmKeiko MatsuiA Free Spiritin Contemporary JazzSAT AUG 17 8pmGILBERT & SULLIVAN’SIolantheLamplighters Music TheatreSAT AUG 24 8pmSUN AUG 25 2pmOttmarLiebertContemporary Flamencowith International FlairTHU AUG 29 7:30pmKaren Marguth& EspacioCalifornia’s Own InternationallyAcclaimed Jazz EnsembleFRI AUG 30 8pmseLVPACPRESENTSeaassoon13/14All-4-OneThe Dukes of R&Bbring back “I Swear”THU SEP 5 7:30pmGUITAR FEST LIVE’SRick DerringerHard Rock Guitar HeroSAT SEP 7 8pmAlonzo KingLINES BalletDiverse and VisionaryContemporary DanceSAT SEP 14 8pmCLICKbankheadtheater.orgCOME BY2400 First Street • Downtown Livermore

4 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts CenterFirehouse Arts Center 2013-2014 Volunteer OrientationAward-winning Program Open to New VolunteersVolunteers pictured are Vic Villar and Desiree ShahoianThe Firehouse Arts Centeris holding its annual preseasonVolunteer ProgramOrientation on Monday,August 19, at 7:00 p.m. Thevenue is currently gearingup for its 2013-2014 seasonwhich kicks-off in Septemberwith a wide varietyof theater, concert, youth,and gallery programming.Positions covered in thisorientation include theaterusher, ticket taker, greeter,and gallery attendant. Theorientation will be heldin the Firehouse Theater,4444 Railroad Avenue inPleasanton.This will be the 4th seasonfor the venue, whichopened its doors in thefall of 2010. The centeris comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the2000 square foot HarringtonGallery, classrooms andrehearsal spaces, the grandatrium lobby and uppermezzanine, and the famousinterior glass bridge. Thecomplex incorporates theoriginal Pleasanton FirehouseNo. 1 built in 1928-29, which was preservedand now houses part ofthe Harrington Gallery andoffices. The new constructionincludes the theater,lobby, and art and rehearsalclassrooms. The facility isalso home to a number ofimportant commissioned artinstallations, some of whichare part of the building itself,including the “city-side” and“park-side” glass marquees,and the original, hand-craftedmetal signage abovethe entryways and inside.Volunteers are encouragedto become informed aboutthese and all the other permanentart pieces in andaround the Firehouse.According to theater supervisorRob Vogt, the showschedules are possibly themost dynamic and eclecticto date. Three theater companiesand various concertseries anchor the offerings,with rock, country, bluegrass,jazz, blues, classical,folk, cabaret, holiday,and retro concerts included.We have to mention standoutheadliners Paula Cole,Gregg Rolie Band, Bo Bice,David Lanz, December Peopleand Starship. To benoted, volunteers wishingto see entire shows shouldpurchase a ticket, says volunteerprogram coordinatorJennifer Koch, who runs thelarge organization. “Volunteersserve because they lovethe arts, and want to givetheir time to the theater andthe gallery. Folks understandthat they are servingthe public. An added plus isgetting to see parts of somefantastic programs, but ifthey want to see the first andlast 15 minutes, they probablyshould buy a ticket,”she stated.The Harrington Gallery,helmed by visual arts coordinatorJulie Finegan, has anambitious series of showsset for the season, with awide variety of media, style,topics, and moods on theschedule. Unique shows arealso scheduled for the GrandAtrium Lobby and UpperMezzanine art installationareas. Exhibits rotate on aregular basis, and volunteersare needed not only to manthe gallery desk during visitinghours and performances,but also to assist with galleryreceptions and relatedevents.The Firehouse Arts CenterVolunteer Program is aregistered certifying orga-(See VOLUNTEERS, page 7)

THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 5Pleasanton Firefighting Heritage Celebrated withFireman's Muster, Speakers Panel and ExhibitionThe Livermore-PleasantonFire Department willbe celebrated in Augustthrough a series of events,including a Fireman’sMuster on Main Street indowntown Pleasanton,An Evening with PleasantonFirefighters at theFirehouse Arts Center,and Courage Under Fire,an exhibit at Museum onMain.The Courage UnderFire exhibit will beon display at Museumon Main from July 31through October 13. Theexhibit features historicphotographs and artifactsfrom the founding of theall-volunteer PleasantonFire Department in 1888through the incorporationof the joint Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Departmentand into the presentday. The museum islocated at 603 Main Street.It is open to the publicTuesday through Saturdayfrom 10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Sunday from 1:00to 4:00 p.m. There is nofee for this special exhibition.On Tuesday, August 13,An Evening with PleasantonFirefighters will bepresented at the FirehouseArts Center in downtownPleasanton. At 7 p.m.firefighters from past andpresent, will share theirexperiences and memoriesthrough the years. Speakersinclude retired FireChief George Withers, FireMarshall Scott Deaver andFire Chief Jim Miguel.Historic fires, such asCastlewood Country Cluband Ruby Hill Winery,will be discussed alongwith various memorable,and sometimes humorous,emergency incidents fromthe past. A reception onthe outdoor patio will takeplace immediately followingthe talk. Informationon how to purchase ticketsfor this event can be foundat firefighting themedevents culminate with theFireman’s Muster on Saturday,August 17 as antiqueand modern fire apparatusand equipment roll ontoMain Street in DowntownPleasanton for a fun day ofdemonstrations, contests,and food.The Livermore-PleasantonFire Departmentand the LPFD Firefighter'sFoundation are sponsoringthe muster.Firefighting rigs andapparatus from across thestate will be on displayat the muster, including a1928 Ahrens Fox Rig thatwas shipped to Californiain November 1963 throughthe Panama Canal fromOcean City, New Jersey.Attendees will also be ableto see a 1975 Miller-MeyerAmbulance from Oakland.Free activities will takeplace throughout the dayon Main Street, includingmusic by Tommy and the4 Speeds, a bucket-brigadecompetition, motorizedand hand-operated apparatusdemonstrations, andchildren’s activities. Thebucket brigade competitioninvolves fightfightersand fans who will have thechance to move water fromone location to another bypassing buckets of waterfrom person to person.The Pleasanton CityCouncil will field a teamto take part in one of thecompetitions.Admission to the musteris free.For those who comehungry to the Fireman’sMuster, a pancake breakfast,prepared by theLivermore-Pleasanton FireDepartment’s Foundation,kicks off the day on August17 at 8 a.m. at the Museumon Main. DonationsFireman’s Muster took place on Main Street, Pleasanton, in 1974.for the pancake breakfastare appreciated. Later inthe day, attendees maypurchase $10 tickets foran afternoon BBQ takingplace at Museum on Mainfrom noon through 4:30p.m. Lunch includes atri-tip sandwich, chips, anddrink.The Pleasanton Fireman’sMuster was firstheld in 1969, as part of thecelebration for 75 years ofPleasanton’s Incorporation(1894). Much of thecreditfor the Muster goes toJon Frudden, serving asPleasanton’s Fire Chief in1969, as well as a memberof the Founding Board ofthe California Fireman’sMuster Association. TheMuster was an annualevent in Downtown Pleasantonfor several years,until it eventually became atwo day event, requiring itto be moved to the AlamedaCounty Fairgrounds. Asa two day event, the musterwas less popular. The lastmuster was held in 1975.More information on allexhibits and events can befound at Ice Cream Social Salted at RavenswoodStep back in time for an Ice Cream Social at Ravenswood Historic Site in Livermore on Sunday, August 11.There will be games, music, historic demonstrations and more from noon to 4 p.m.Ice cream and hot dogs will be available for purchase.The festivities include music by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and Valley Banjos.For the younger set, Tickle Me Pony Parties will bring a baby petting zoo and pony rides.The Livermore Heritage Guild's new Historymoble will be open for tours. The historic 1890s home will beopen. Visitors will be greeted by volunteers dressed in Victorian-era clothing.Hosting the event will be the Ravenswood Progress League and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.The Ice Cream Social will take place from noon-4 p.m. Ravenswood is located at 2647 Arroyo Road inLivermore. For information, call 443-0238.

6 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013Annual Eugene O'Neill Festival OffersTwo Views of Playwright's WorkOrganizers have announcedplans and eventsfor the annual SeptemberFestival that honors EugeneO’Neill — America’s mostnoted playwright.The Eugene O’NeillFoundation, Tao House, incooperation with the NationalPark Service, and theparticipation of Danville’sRole Players Ensemble,will present two major theatreproductions. O’Neill’sAnna Christie (1921) willopen September 6, and continuethrough September21 at the Village Theatre indowntown Danville, producedby RPE.The Eugene O’NeillFoundation will presentO’Neill’s Chris Christophersen(1920) for fourperformances, September26-29 in the Old Barn atTao House, located at theEugene O’Neill NationalHistoric Site in the Danvillehills.With an overall theme of“O’Neill versus O’Neill,”the two plays follow a similarstory line, but representtwo very different worlds.In the 1920’s, playwrightO’Neill moved from theromantic and melodramaticstyle of the 19 th century toa more realistic and physiologicalstyle developing inthe 20 th century.“Audiences attendingboth productions will havea rare opportunity to viewthis juxtaposition of dramaticstyles,” says EricFraisher Hayes, artisticdirector for Role PlayersEnsemble, as well as directorof programs for theO’Neill Foundation. “Tomake it more interesting,the two productions willutilize the same companyof actors. It’s two plays,one story, one company ofactors and two starkly differentworlds,” says Hayes.Tao House - O'Neill's home in Danville.Several other events arescheduled during the monthlongFestival which honorsthe only American playwrightto be awarded theNobel Prize in Literature,and to receive four PulitzerPrizes for his works.A corps of distinguishedarea playwrights and directorswill discuss the transitionfrom drama of the pastto modern drama and thechallenges of keeping classicplays fresh for modernaudiences at a special paneldiscussion on Sunday, September22 at 2:00 p.m. inthe Old Barn at Tao House.KQED’s Michael Krasnywill moderate the panel withJasson Minadakis (artisticdirector of Marin TheatreCo.), Joy Carlin (long-timeBay area actress/director),Trevor Allen (playwright/director of San Francisco’sBlack Box Theatre Company),and Rob Melrose(artistic director and cofounderof San Francisco’sCutting Ball Theatre).This year marks the125 th anniversary of EugeneO’Neill’s birth (1888– 1953). A gala reception/birthday party is plannedat Tao House prior to theChris Christophersen performanceson September 28and September 29.A screening of the 1930MGM classic film of AnnaChristie with Greta Garboand Marie Dressler willbe presented at the VillageTheatre by Role Ensembleon Thursday, September 12at 7:00 p.m.An all-inclusive FestivalPackage ticket is availablefor all Festival events fromEugene O’Neill Foundationat, or(925) 820-1818.Information and ticketsfor Anna Christie is availableat www.Role,or (925)314-3400. Information andtickets for Chris Christophersenand other Festivalevents (including the playwright/directorpanel andgala) is available from theO’Neill Foundation at or (925)820-1818.Schedule of EugeneO’Neill Festival Events —2013:Aug. 27: “A Peak atO’Neill vs. O’Neill,” withEric Fraisher Hayes discussingthe Festival plays.Danville Library, 420 FrontStreet, 7:00 p.m. (NoCharge)Sept. 6-21: O’Neill’sAnna Christie presentedby Role Players Ensemble.Eight performance of theO’Neill play directed byGeorge Maguire. Eveningsat 8:00 p.m., Sunday Matineesat 2:00 p.m. Tickets:www. RolePlayerEensemble.comor Village Theatreticket office, 223 FrontStreet, Danville. (925) 314-3466.Sept. 12: Classic 1930MGM film of Anna Christiewith Greta Garbo and MarieDressler. Village Theatre,7:00 p.m. Tickets: $5.00 donationat the door or www.RolePlayersEnsemble.comSept. 22: “Modern Audiences/ClassicPlays” — aspecial playwright/director’spanel discussion centeringon the two Festival plays,moderated by KQED’s MichaelKrasny in the Old Barnat Eugene O’Neill NationalHistoric Site, 2:00 p.m. Panelistsinclude Jasson Minadakis(Marin Theatre Co.),Joy Carlin (Aurora Theatre),Trevor Allen (Black BoxTheatre) and Rob Melrose(Cutting Ball Theatre). $10donation; NPS shuttlesfrom the Museum of the SanRamon Valley beginning at1:00 p.m.Sept. 26-29: O’Neill’sChris Christophersen presentedby Eugene O’NeillFoundation. Four performancesof this 1920 dramain the Old Barn at TaoHouse. Directed by EricFraisher Hayes. Evenings at8:00 p.m., Sunday matineeat 3:00 p.m. NPS shuttlesfrom Museum of the San RamonValley. Tickets: or (925)820-1818Sept. 27-28: Gala Champagne/Dessertreceptioncelebrating O’Neill’s 125 thBirthday. In the Courtyard atTao House. Reservation requiredwith ticket purchaseat shuttles from Museumof the San Ramon Valleybegin at 6:30 p.m.Speakers Seriesat BankheadTheater OffersThree ProgramsThe Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center(LVPAC) is launching the sixth season of the Rae DoroughSpeakers Series.All talks are followed by a question period and areception in the Bankhead Theater lobby for speaker andaudience.Amy Stewart will open the series at 7:30 p.m. onTues., Oct. 8 speaking on "The Perils and Pleasures ofthe Natural World: A New and Entertaining Perspective."Stewart will provide a look at plants and insects in away audience members may have never before experienced.She is an award-winning author of six books onthe topic, including four New York Times bestsellers,The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, andFlowers Confidential. Featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning,Good Morning America, and the PBS documentaryThe Botany of Desire, Amy is also a recipient of a NationalEndowment for the Arts fellowship, the AmericanHorticultural Society’s Book Award, and a CaliforniaHorticultural Society’s Writer’s Award.Tony La Russa is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov.6. One of baseball’s top managers, Tony led the St. LouisCardinals to victory in the 2011 World Series. It washis second Cardinals championship, and the third in hismanagerial career. La Russa’s honors also include fiveManager of the Year awards, eight N.L. Central Divisiontitles, three N.L. pennants, five A.L. Western Divisiontitles, and three A.L. pennants. In 2012, the Cardinalsretired Tony’s number 10 uniform. Tony retired 2011,and is currently on special assignment to Major LeagueBaseball. He and his wife, Elaine, co-founded the AnimalRescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California, where heis Chairman of the Board.Mike Montemerlo concludes the series on Tues., Jan.28 at 7:30 p.m. with the topic, "Google Self-Driving CarProject - A Glimpse of the Future."Self-driving vehicles hold the promise of savinglives and reshaping our relationship with the automobile.The Google Self-Driving Car project was createdto rapidly advance this technology. Montemerlo, a StaffSoftware Engineer at Google, works on self-driving cars.He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical/ComputerEngineering and PhD in Robotics from Carnegie MellonUniversity. He worked at the Stanford Artificial IntelligenceLab as the software lead for Stanley, the robotthat won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. He will talkabout the adventures that Google has had as he demonstratesthe capabilities (and limitations) of these vehicles.Tickets for all three lectures are $75; individual lecturesare $30 each, $15 for students 21 and under.The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First Streetin downtown Livermore. Tickets are available at the boxoffice, online at or by calling373-6800.

Einstein so Far by Erika Richert, created during PaintOutArt Happens Tonight, August 8,in downtown LivermoreHot Summer Arts PartII is the theme of tonight'sThurs., Aug. 8 Art Happensin downtown Livermorefrom 6 to 9 p.m.Artists will display workcreated during the PaintOutNight. The Downtown ArtStudios, 62 South L Street,will show the work from6:30 to 8 p.m.Other activities includea live performance at ABCMusic Store, an exhibitionby Engela Olivier-Wilson'sart students at Panama RedCoffee House, art exhibitsand a workshop at FigureheadArt Gallery; open micpoetry at Winemaker's PourHouse; the art of brewingpresented at Artistic Edge atBlacksmith Square; rotatingart by Trish Fenton, comedyand karaoke at SanctuaryUltra Lounge, and the SpokenWord Storied Nights atPeet's Coffee & Tea.There is no admissioncharge to attend. Informationcan be found at event is presentedby the Livermore ValleyPerforming Arts Center andBothwell Arts Center on thesecond Thursday of eachmonth.The events provided byeach business are staggeredthrough the evening from6-9pm. See www.bothwellartscenter.orgfor addresses,and times, check it out onthe Bothwell Arts Center’sfacebook or pick up a mapbrochure at the DowntownArt Studios, 62 South LStreet.The Livermore ValleyPerforming Arts Centerand Peet’s Coffee and Teasponsor Storied Nights: AnEvening of Spoken Word.The fun and eclectic literaryseries is co-produced byLivermore residents CynthiaPatton and Marilyn Kamelgarnas part of Art Happens.This month StoriedNights celebrates relationshipsand summer heat withspoken word performancesby James Bonacci, Jim Carcioppolo,John Hutchinson,and Cynthia Patton. Theywill read from their ownwork as well as other literarydelights.OPERA(continued from page 3)Center in downtown Pleasanton.Visit the LVO websiteat dates andticket information.• OperaLIVE! Free, onehourpublic events at local librariesfeaturing professionalopera singers performingarias from the season’s productionsof Carmen and Cinderellaas well as those fromother well-known operas.OperaLIVE! is a LVO communityoutreach program.Visit the LVO website for event dates.VOLUNTEERS(continued from page 4)nization for the President’sVolunteer Service Award.At the close of each seasonqualifying volunteers arerecognized at the nationallevel for their dedication tothe arts through their timegiven in volunteer serviceto the Firehouse Arts Center.To date, 24 volunteers havereceived the award, whichincluded an official President’sVolunteer ServiceAward lapel pin which theyproudly wear when serving,a personalized certificate ofachievement, and a signedThe event will take placeon Thursday, August 8,2013, from 7:30 to 9:00 Peet’s Coffee and Tea, 152South Livermore Ave, indowntown Livermore. Theoriginal work of three writers—JamesBonacci, JimCarcioppolo, and CynthiaPatton—will be featured.They will be joined by localactor and crowd favoriteJohn Hutchinson.James A. Bonacci is acreative writer and fine artistwith an MFA in spatialarts and sculpture. His art isprimarily mixed media, witha focus on the interaction ofcolor, shape, and writtenOpera in the Vineyard:This ever-popular benefitfor LVO offers a chancefor the community to enjoyarias from classic operasperformed by professionalsingers in an informal setting.It is a “bring-yourown-picnicdinner” eventset in a Livermore vineyardand winery. Visit the LVOwebsite in 2014 for datesand ticket information.Visit the LVO website for more informationabout a variety of eventsthroughout the season.congratulatory letter fromthe president of the UnitedStates.Previous experience isnot required, but attendanceat the orientation session ismandatory prior to serving.Theater volunteers must beat least 16 years old, andgallery volunteers at least21. RSVP is requestedto plan for materials. Formore information, or toRSVP, please contact JenniferKoch, 925-931-4846, He has shown in numerousgalleries around theBay Area and is currentlyworking on two poetry collections.Jim Carcioppolo wasdischarged from the Armyin 1970, and since then, artand poetry have served as animportant means of self-expression.An accomplishedpainter, he’s exhibited hiswork at the Livermore FigurativeShow at the BothwellArt Center. His poetry collection,The Lost Sonnets ofCyrano de Bergerac, wasrecently published and isavailable on Amazon.THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 7Men of Worth perform at 7 p.m. on Tues., August 13 atthe Livermore Library. The Folk music duo performsmusic from Ireland and Scotland. Playing a wide varietyof instruments, James Keigher and Donnie Macdonaldentertain with a unique combination of humor, excitingtunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads. The program ispart of Livermore Public Library's Friends Authors andArts Series. There is no admission charge. The libraryis located at 1188 South Livermore Ave. For information,call 373-5500.The Livermore PublicLibrary will present theAlex Ramon Magic Showon Wednesday, August 14,2013, at 10:30am, at theCivic Center Library, locatedat 1188 South LivermoreAvenue, Livermore.The Alex Ramon MagicShow is one of many varietyperformances duringthe library’s 2013 SummerStoried Nights Spoken Word Performance Part of Art HappensMagic at the LibraryCynthia J. Patton is apublic interest attorney andfounder of the nonprofit,Autism A to Z. Her awardwinningnonfiction and poetryhave appeared in elevenanthologies, plus numerousprint and online publications.In 2012, her story,Elliott Comes to Play, wasperformed on stage.She is completing amemoir.Storied Nights will continueon the second Thursdayof each month and featureslocal authors readingtheir work. For more informationcall 925-890-6045.Reading Program, “Readingis So Delicious!”Alex’s magic is approachableand familyfriendly. Children, parentsand grandparents can watchand be mesmerized together.As a child, Alex Ramonlearned about the art ofmagic through reading—andby his teens, he was a professionalmagician! He’straveled with Mickey Mouseas a professional illusionistwith “Disney Live,” he wasmagical ringmaster in theRingling Brothers circus andnow he is finally appearingat the Livermore Library.This free performance,sponsored by the Ross Mc-Donald Company, will beheld outside, with the audienceto be seated on tarps.Attendees are encouraged toarrive early for best parkingand viewing opportunitiesand to bring appropriatesun gear.Summer Reading Programsare geared towardchildren ages 4 and older.For further information,please call 925-373-5504,or visit the library’s

THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 9Paul Thorn, country/blues, Sept. 13,8 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. or 931-4848.David Lanz, Cristofori's Dream pianist,Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center,4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. or 931-4848.David Lanz, Grammy nominee, contemporarypiano legend, performs 8 p.m.Sat., Sept. 14, Firehouse Arts Center,4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. or 931-4848.The Bronx Wanderers, Lightning Bolt ofPure Rock n’ Roll. Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 FirstSt., Livermore. or 373-6800.Maria Muldaur, First Lady of Bluesiana.Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater,2400 First St., Livermore. or 373-6800.Gregg Rolie Band, Journey and Santanaco-founder, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. FirehouseArts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.,Pleasanton. or931-4848.ON THE STAGEFirehouse Arts Center Season 4:Tickets now on sale both online andat the box office. The Firehouse ArtsCenter in Pleasanton has announcedtheir 2013-2014 season line-up.Three theater companies and variousconcert series anchor the offerings,with rock, country, bluegrass,jazz, blues, classical, folk, cabaret,holiday, and retro concerts included.Highlights: Paula Cole, Gregg RolieBand, Faith Prince, Bo Bice, SpecialConsensus, December People andStarship (yes, that Starship). Groupdiscounts for 10 or more are availablefor all shows, and many performancesoffer $12 youth tickets. Subscriptionpackages are available for the PacificCoast Repertory Theatre’s season,the venue’s professional musicaltheater company in residence. Viewshow info and purchase tickets now Tickets mayalso be purchased in person at theFirehouse Box Office: 4444 RailroadAvenue, Pleasanton, or 925-931-4848. Hours: Wednesday - Friday12:00 noon-6:00pm and Saturdays10:00am-4:00pm, and 2 hours prior toperformances.Sleepy Hollow, the Musical, opens Sept.27 and runs for three weekends. FrontRow Theater at the Dougherty StationCommunity Center, 17011 BollingerCanyon Rd, San Ramon. PerformanceDays: September 27th, 28th, 29th.October 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, and13th. www.sanramoncommunitytheater.orgor 925-389-7529. San RamonCommunity Theater is a volunteertheater group and is part of the SanRamon Arts Foundation.COMEDYComedy Uncorked 2013, 7:30 p.m.Aug. 16 and Sat., Sept. 28, RetzlaffVineyards, Livermore. An evening ofgreat wine, great laughs and a greatcause on the lawn at beautiful RetzlaffVineyards, Livermore. Benefits OpenHeart Kitchen, feeding the hungryof the Tri-Valley. Advance purchasetickets save $5 off the price at thedoor. 1-888-412-5055.Schedule of Eugene O’NeillFestival Events:Aug. 27: “A Peak at O’Neill vs. O’Neill,”with Eric Fraisher Hayes discussingthe Festival plays. Danville Library,420 Front Street, 7:00 p.m. (NoCharge)Sept. 6-21: O’Neill’s Anna Christiepresented by Role Players Ensemble.Eight performance of the O’Neill playdirected by George Maguire. Eveningsat 8:00 p.m., Sunday Matinees at 2:00p.m. Village Theatre, Danville. Tickets:www. orVillage Theatre ticket office, 223 FrontStreet, Danville. (925) 314-3466.Sept. 12: Classic 1930 MGM film of AnnaChristie with Greta Garbo and MarieDressler. Village Theatre, Danville,7:00 p.m. Tickets: $5.00 donationat the door or www.RolePlayersEnsemble.comSept. 22: “Modern Audiences/ClassicPlays” — a special playwright/director’spanel discussion centering onthe two Festival plays, moderated byKQED’s Michael Krasny in the Old Barnat Eugene O’Neill National HistoricSite, Danville, 2:00 p.m. Panelistsinclude Jasson Minadakis (Marin TheatreCo.), Joy Carlin (Aurora Theatre),Trevor Allen (Black Box Theatre) andRob Melrose (Cutting Ball Theatre).$10 donation; NPS shuttles from theMuseum of the San Ramon Valleybeginning at 1:00 p.m.Sept. 26-29: O’Neill’s Chris Christophersenpresented by Eugene O’NeillFoundation. Four performances ofthis 1920 drama in the Old Barn atTao House, Danville. Directed by EricFraisher Hayes. Evenings at 8:00 p.m.,Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. NPSshuttles from Museum of the San RamonValley. Tickets: or (925) 820-1818Sept. 27-28: Gala Champagne/Dessertreception celebrating O’Neill’s125th Birthday. In the Courtyard atTao House, Danville. Reservationrequired with ticket purchase at NPS shuttles fromMuseum of the San Ramon Valleybegin at 6:30 p.m.MOVIESThe Cinema at Wente Vineyards, Allmovies are complimentary and start attwilight. Wines available by the bottleor glass. August 8 Wreck-It Ralph.Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & TastingRoom, 5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore.456-2305.Movies outdoors, compliments of theCity of Pleasanton. All films will beshown on a giant screen that measures26 feet diagonally. The movieswill begin at dusk at Amador ValleyCommunity Park, located at 4301Black Avenue. Aug. 8, The AmazingSpiderman; Aug. 15, The Avengers.For more information about the filmseries, please call the Parks and CommunityServices Department at (925)931-5340.Picnic Flix, movies begin at dusk,approx. 8:30 p.m. Emerald Glen Park,Dublin. Aug. 23, Beverly Hills Chihuahua3. No pets please. 556-4500 formore information.Movies on the Lawn, DoughertyStation Community Center, 17011Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon.Free admission, free popcorn. Aug.9: Ghostbusters; Aug. 16: Goonies.Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanketor low lawn chairs. Call (925) 973-3200 for more information. Movies onthe Lawn are sponsored by the Cityof San Ramon and the San RamonLibrary Foundation.DANCEAlonzo King LINES Ballet, Diverse andVisionary Contemporary Dance. Sat.,Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater,2400 First St., Livermore. or 373-6800.Hungarian State Folk Dancers, GypsyRomance. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.orgor 373-6800.Friday Evening Group Dance! Learnhow to dance with great instructorsfrom It's All About Dancing, new danceevery week from Salsa, Tango, Swingand more. Group lesson starts at 7:30,followed by open dance until 9:45 inour new location at the Bothwell ArtsCenter, 2466 8th St., Livermore; 925-449-9292. $15.AUDITIONS/COMPETITIONSLivermore-Amador Symphony Association's41st annual Competitionfor Young Musicians, open to instrumentalistsand vocalists who reside inor attend school in Livermore, Sunol,Pleasanton, Dublin, or San Ramon.Students are eligible through grade12. If not enrolled in high school, themaximum age is 17. All instrumentswill be considered. Completed applicationsmust be accompanied by an $8application fee and a CD or cassettetape fro preliminary screening. Additionalinformation may be obtainedfrom or bycontacting the competition chairpersonat 447-1947. The application deadlineis Oct. 6, 2013.VOLUNTEERFirehouse Arts Center Season 2013-2014 Volunteer Orientation: TheFirehouse Arts Center is gearing upfor a dynamic 4th Season of theater,concerts, gallery shows and specialevents kicking off in September.Volunteer organization is holding itsannual pre-season Volunteer ProgramOrientation on Monday, August 19, at7:00 p.m. in the Firehouse Theater,4444 Railroad Avenue in Pleasanton.Positions include theater usher, tickettaker, greeter, and gallery attendant.Attending orientation is mandatoryprior to serving. Must be age 16 orolder. For more information andto pre-register, contact programcoordinator Jennifer Koch, or 925-931-4846. RSVP appreciated.OPERACarmen by Georges Bizet, LivermoreValley Opera production, Sept. 28 and29 and Oct. 5 and 6. Bankhead Theater,2400 First St., Livermore. wwwbankheadtheater.orgor 474-6800.MISCELLANEOUSTeens Only Program, Aug. 8, 6:30 to8:30 p.m. Amador Recreation Centerat 4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton.Activities designed for ages 13 to 18.The fee is $5 for one Thursday, or$15 to attend all five Thursday nightevents. Pre-registration is required For more information,please call Rachel Mariscalat (925) 931-3434.Political Issues Book Club meets the4 th Tuesday of each month, and readsbooks about issues and trends thatare driving current affairs in both thenational and international arenas.Topics that have been covered includepolitics, governance, economics, militaryaffairs, history, sociology, science,the climate, and religion. Contact Richat 872-7923, for further questionsWe’re Talkin’ Books! Club is a membercenteredbook group led by a smallgroup of book club veterans, withreading selections based on memberrecommendations and consensus.No homework required– share yourinsights or just listen in! ContactSusan at 337-1282 regarding theWe’re Talkin’ Books! Club.A Celebration of the Arts, LivermoreLibrary, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. LivermoreCultural Arts Council, showcaseof local art groups in the area. DisplayAug. 2-30. Opening event features liveperformances.A Starry Night in the Caribbean, fundraiserhosted by Pleasanton NorthRotary, Sun., Sept. 21, 4:30 to 10 Barone's Restaurant, 475 St. John'sPlace, Pleasanton. Includes no hostcocktail reception with appetizers,live steel drum music, silent auction,buffet dinner live auction and raffledrawing, music and dancing and MikeDarby's cigar bar. $100 per personuntil Sept. 1. Dress is resort formal.Now taking reservations for full tablesand Cabanas (for corporate sponsors)at Contact EventChair Tina Case 925-519-0669 for information.Ice Cream Social, Aug. 11, RavenswoodHistoric Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd.,Livermore. Ice Cream, cookies, andhot dogs are for sale. Demonstrations,Music, and more. Tours and Gift Shop.Operated by Livermore Area Recreationand Park District. Evening with Pleasanton Firefighters,Tues., Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Museumon Main Ed Kinney Lecture series, Joinpast and present firefighters as theyshare their experiences and memoriesthrough the years. Firehouse Arts Center,4444 Railroad Ave.,’s Muster “Reunion,” August17, return to the Pleasanton Mustersof the 1970s. Sponsored by theLivermore-Pleasanton Fire Departmentand LPFD Firefighters’ Foundation. Activitiesbegin at 8 a.m. with a pancakebreakfast, events begin at 9 a.m. Themuster benefits the Museum on Mainin Pleasanton. www.museumonmain.org2013 Wine Country Summer LuncheonSeries, Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m.Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Rd.,Livermore. Speaker to be announced.Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce.Reservations, 447-1606.Cat Show, the Golden Gate Cat Clubis having its annual show at RobertLivermore Community Center, 4444East Ave., Livermore, on Aug. 31, 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Young cat lovers will beinvited to bring their favorite stuffedor toy kitty from home. The toy kittieswill be judged in a special ring forribbons. Rescue cats available foradoption. 934-3471 for information.148th Scottish Gathering & Games,presented by the Caledonian Club ofSan Francisco. August 31 and Sept. 1at the Alameda County Fairgrounds inPleasanton. Gates open at 8 a.m. eachday. Dance, music, athletic contests,entertainment, food and fun for allages. www.thescottishgames.comHarvest Wine Celebration, Sept. 1 and2, area wineries offer wine tasting,food, art and entertainment. LivermoreValley Winegrowers Association. Wednesday Street Party, CelebrateGreen, Sept. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., downtownPleasanton, Pleasanton DowntownAssociation, (925) 484-2199, www.pleasantondowntown.netSave Mount Diablo’s 42nd anniversarycelebration at Mount Diablo’s ChinaWall, Sept. 7, from 4pm to 10pm. Eveningincludes elegant dinner, live andsilent auctions and live music. Pleaseclick here to reserve your tickets nowor call (925) 947-3535. Tickets are$250 per person. Tables seat 10.www.savemountdiablo.orgAn Evening with P. T. Barnum, Tues.,Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Museum on MainEd Kinney Lecture series, Barnum isportrayed by Doug Mishler author of AHistory of the Ringling Brothers Circus.Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 RailroadAve., Pleasanton.’s Faire, Sat., Sept. 14, 10 5 p.m. Robert Livermore CommunityCenter, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. Entertainment,information booths, kidsmake it and take it booths, displaysand more. No admission charge. 373-5700 or Annual LVPAC Lobster Clambake,Sat., Sept. 14, 5 p.m. Wente Vineyards,Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.orgor 373-6800.A Wild West Evening Brothels, BarRooms & Bandits, Sept. 14, 6 to 10p.m. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353Sunol Blvd. Gaming tables, live andsilent auctions. Benefit for the Museumon Main. For tickets phone themuseum at 925.462.2766 or mosey ondown to 603 Main Street.Pleasanton Harvest Festival, September20-22 at the Alameda CountyFairgrounds in Pleasanton. Largest indoorarts and crafts show on the WestCoast, offering over 24,000 handmadegifts. Items include original art,jewelry, blown glass, textiles, specialtyfoods, home decor and much more.Throughout the weekend there is liveentertainment, strolling performers,artist demonstrations and a hands-onKidZone offering arts and craftsactivities. Partnered with the AlamedaCounty Community Food Bank to offer$2 off admission to anyone who bringsa non-perishable food donation. Callor visit or800-346-12122013 Wine Country Summer LuncheonSeries, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m. WenteVineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore.Speaker to be announced. LivermoreValley Chamber of Commerce. Reservations,447-1606.Splatter, Sept. 21, Emerald Glen Park,Dublin. Food, wine, art and fun for allages. Annual “Nostalgia Day Car Show”sponsored by the Altamont Cruisers,Downtown Livermore. 8 a.m. to 4p.m. Sept. 29. Over classic 700 cars,continues music, prizes, parade ofaward winning vehicles down First St.Benefit for Tri-Valley Youth Programs.925-461-2020, or

10 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013Photo - Doug JorgensenLe Tableau Magnifique, premier ballet company with Livermore School of Dance,presented excerpts from the 2013 production “Vintage Tales, Modern Tributes”at Shea Stage in front of the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Shown are dancersperforming “Silent Movie," a homage to black and white film.Comedy Uncorked Benefit forOpen Heart KitchenComedians will entertainduring Comedy Uncorkedon Friday, August16 at Retzlaff Vineyardsin Livermore.The show begins at7:30 p.m. (grounds openat 6:00 p.m.).Proceeds benefit OpenHeart Kitchen.Performing will beMichael Slack, NickHoffmann and NormGlodblat.Regarded as one of thesharpest wits in the business,Michael Slack headlinescomedy festivalsfrom Florida to Hawaii,features with some ofthe biggest names in thebusiness, and has takentop honors in numerouscompetitions.Nick Hoffmann, winnerof the title of "Eugene'sFunniest Person,"this Eugene, Oregon transplantperforms throughoutthe Bay Area. As a familyman and part time collegeinstructor, comedicinspiration is easy to comeby for this very funnyentertainer.Norm Glodblat'shumor touches on technology,science and thehuman condition. He haswritten for Jay Leno, hisquips were often quotedby the late great HerbCaen and you can spot his'wisdom' in several currentnews columns includingLeah Garchik's and BruceBellingham'sRetzlaff Vineyards islocated at 1356 SouthLivermore Ave, LivermoreTickets are $25 advance/$30at door. Theycan be purchased on-lineat Heart Kitchenhas been providing fresh,hot meals to anyone inneed since 1995. Mealsare served in Dublin,Livermore and Pleasantonon a rotating basis. All arewelcome. For more information,go to wishing to run noticesin Bulletin Board, send informationto PO Box 1198, Livermore, CA 94551,in care of Bulletin Board or email informationto name of organization, meetingdate, time, place and theme or subject.Phone number and contact personshould also be included. Deadline is 5p.m. Friday.)Interested in joining Girl Scouts?There will be an informational meetingon Sunday, August 18 at 4pm at the GirlScout Cabin, 2800 Ladd Ave., Livermore.All parents and girls interestedin joining a troop or forming a new girlscout troop are encouraged to attendthis meeting. Registration packets willbe available, as well as troop information.For information, please contact theLivermore GS membership coordinator,Abigail Plemmons at or 972-849-1155.Pleasanton-Tulancingo BBQ, ThePleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City'sannual BBQ fund-raiser 5:30 to 11p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Alameda CountyFairgrounds, Pleasanton. Social hourand silent auction, dinner at 7 p.m. followedby live auction and dancing underthe stars. Reservations are required.$30 for adults in advance, children age6 to 12, $10. Credit card reservations,call 846-6463. For more information,call 413-8863.Dublin program, Interested inlearning more about the community?The City of Dublin is taking applicationsfor the 2013 Inside Dublin program.This informative 7-week program beginson Saturday, September 28, 2013.Applications are on the City's fund-raiser on August10, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm at St. Bartholomew'sEpiscopal Church, 678 EnosWay in Livermore. Free pickup is available,call 925-447-3289 to schedulea pick up. Remember, if it plugs in - itcan be recycled. For more informationcheck out Arts Center Season2013-2014 Volunteer Orientation: TheFirehouse Arts Center is gearing up fora dynamic 4th Season of theater, concerts,gallery shows and special eventskicking off in September. Volunteerorganization is holding its annual preseasonVolunteer Program Orientationon Monday, August 19, at 7:00 p.m. inthe Firehouse Theater, 4444 RailroadAvenue in Pleasanton. Positions includetheater usher, ticket taker, greeter, andgallery attendant. Attending orientationis mandatory prior to serving. Must beage 16 or older. For more informationand to pre-register, contact programcoordinator Jennifer Koch, or 925-931-4846. RSVP appreciated.Creek Cleanup Day, The City ofDublin's Environmental Services Divisioninvites participation in its Annual CreekCleanup Day, on Saturday, September14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thisyear, four creeks will be cleaned up -Tassajara Creek (At Emerald Glen Park),Alamo Canal (by the Civic Center),Alamo Creek (by Alamo Creek Park) andSouth San Ramon Creek (behind DublinHigh School). Meet at Emerald Glen Parkat the group picnic area at 9:00 a.m.A continental breakfast and light pizzalunch will be provided. Please to sign up, or call(925) 833-6650.Back to School Extravaganza,Livermore-Pleasanton Elks Lodge#2117. 1 to 7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14, 940Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Free schoolsupplies. 455-8829.Livermore-Amador GenealogicalSociety, will meet on Tuesday, August13, 7:30 pm at Congregation Beth Emek,3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Thepresentation by Ralph Severson willbe on “Navigating the Family SearchWebsite." Ralph has been an avid genealogistfor 40 years. Currently he is theDirector of the Oakland Family SearchLibrary. He will give us background aboutthe website. He willexplain the various features – what isleast important, worthwhile and of thegreatest value. Ralph will explain how touse the records as well as how to useresearch Wiki, research courses and howto use Family Tree. Ralph's specialtiesare Portuguese, French, Southern Statesand recently an interest in Australia.Come learn how you can maximize youruse of the Family website foryour brick walls. For question contactPat Notham Program Chairperson Visitors welcome,no charge.Hawaiian Luau, Sat., Aug. 17, 4p.m. Livermore-Pleasanton Elks Lodge#2117, 940 Larkspur Dr., Livermore.$25, children eat free. Reservations, call455-8829.Valley Spokesmen Bicycle TouringClub, Sat., Aug. 10, 98 miles ShannonCenter out to Foothill Rd. to Sunol,Niles Canyon, over Dumbarton Bridgeto Palo, meet 7 a.m. Ken Hernandez,510-329-9481. Sun., Aug. 11, 30 milesShannon Center to Sunol, meet 8 a.m.,Alaine Nadeau, 216-0801. Wed., Aug.14, 25-40 miles, San Ramon CentralPark around Mt. Diablo/San Ramon area,meet 9:30 a.m. Jim Conger, 876-4949.Anyone planning to go on a ride is askedto contact the leader for details on whereto meet and what to bring.Arroyo del Valle Creek Clean-Up,Sat., Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Studentsages 6 to 12 are invited to becomea steward of the land and take partin a creek clean-up. Join staff fromthe Pleasanton Community ServicesDepartment and students from the EarthClub at Foothill High School and AmadorValley High School to clean the creekthat runs through downtown. There is nocost for this event. For more information,please call (925) 931-3479.Pleasanton Library’s ProjectRead needs volunteer tutors to helpadults with English skills. Project Readprovides the workbooks and studyguides as well as teaching volunteershow to develop teaching skills, craft curriculum,and gain experience. Volunteersshould be at least 18 years old, andfluent in American English and be able todevote a consistent hour or two weeklyto a student for a semester. For moreinformation, email, or call PennyJohnson, 925/931-3405.Castlemont Reunion Picnic, Allclasses, no host picnic 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sat., Sept. 7 at the Alameda CountyFairgrounds, Country Plaza, Pleasanton.Enter through gate 12. BBQ pits andtables will be provided. Bring owncharcoal, food and drinks (no glass,please). $5 entrance fee on site includesparking. Free to current members ofthe Castlemont Alumni Assoc. Details,contact Greg Hickey (56) at 461-1381 Mothers' Network of theTri-Valley, offering support, understandingand compassion to mothers whohave suffered the loss (past or present)of a precious child. Safe, confidential,non-judgmental environment. Monthlymeeting held at 7 P.M. on the first Tuesdayof the month. Livermore Civic CenterLibrary in Community Room "B." Smallvoluntary donations to help with meetingand outreach costs are appreciated. Forfurther information reach Katie Strube Newcomers Club,open to new and established residentsof the Tri-Valley. Activities include acoffee the first Wednesday of the month,a luncheon on the second Wednesday ofthe month, Bunco, Mah Jongg, walking/hiking groups, family activities, andmonthly adult socials. Information, call925-215-8405 or visit www.Pleasanton-Newcomers.comTri-Valley Democratic ClubSummer BBQ & Pot Luck, 11:30 a.m. to2:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 25, Emerald GlenPark, Dublin. Speakers, lots of food,fun crowd, invite your friends & family.www.TriValleyDems.comA Starry Night in the Caribbean,fund-raiser hosted by Pleasanton NorthRotary, Sun., Sept. 21, 4:30 to 10 Barone's Restaurant, 475 St. John'sPlace, Pleasanton. Includes no hostcocktail reception with appetizers, livesteel drum music, silent auction, buffetdinner live auction and raffle drawing,music and dancing and Mike Darby'scigar bar. $100 per person until Sept. 1.Dress is resort formal. Now taking reservationsfor full tables and Cabanas (forcorporate sponsors) at Event Chair Tina Case925-519-0669 or Tina@coenow.comfor information.LHS Reunion, Did you graduatein 1982 or 1983 from Livermore HighSchool? A combined 30 year reunion isplanned for this August 10th, 7 p.m. tomidnight at the Robert Livermore CommunityCenter. lhsclassof82and83@yahoo.comVolunteer visitors, Senior SupportProgram of the Tri-Valley is looking forVolunteers for their Friendly Visitor Program.The Friendly Visitor Program aimsto decrease the isolation of a homeboundsenior by matching volunteerswith seniors who share similar interests.Volunteers may also provide occasionaltransportation to errands. Please contactMary or Lorie at 931-5388 on howto become a Friendly Visitor.Alameda County Master Gardenersare on hand on the 2nd Saturday ofevery month to give advice and guidedtours of the Earth-Friendly DemonstrationGarden. Talks start at 10:00. Topicsare: Aug. 10, getting a garden throughthe summer heat; Sept. 14, autumnblooming perennials/planting for fallcolor, inviting birds for autumn - seeproduction trees they love; Oct. 12, best

THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013 11drought resistant secret - bulbs; andNov. 9, composting ABCs. Talks beginat 10 a.m.; topics may be subject tochange. The Demonstration Garden islocated at the Martinelli Event Center,3575 Greenville Road in Livermore.Information, 930-1130.Widowed Men and Women ofNorthern CA., Lunch in Fremont,Aug. 14, 1 p.m. RSVP by Aug. 12 toVickie, 510-656-1166. Happy hour inPleasanton, Aug. 15, 5 p.m. RSVP byAug. 13 to Marge, 828-5124. Friendlybridge, Aug. 17, 1 p.m. RSVP by Aug. 10to Athene; Friendly Dinner at ColomboClub in Oakland, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.RSVP to Gino asap, 243-1282. Lunchin San Ramon, Aug. 22, noon, RSVP byAug. 19 to Marsha, 830-8483. Brunch inPleasanton, Aug. 25, noon, RSVP by Aug.22 to Ruby, 462-9636Community Resources forIndependent Living (CRIL) offersservices to help people with disabilitiesand supports them to live independentlyand participate in their community foras long as they are willing and able to doso. CRIL maintains offices in Hayward,Fremont and Livermore to provideinformation and referrals and providecommunity education at senior centersand affordable housing complexes toresidents of Southern Alameda County.The Tri-Valley office is located at 3311Pacific Avenue, Livermore 94550 andcan be reached by phone at (925) 371-1531, by FAX at (925) 373-5034 or bye-mail at services are free.Livermore Peripheral NeuropathySupport Group meets every fourthTuesday of the month at 10 a.m. inthe second floor conference room atHeritage Estates Retirement Community.The address is 900 E. Stanley Blvd.,Livermore All are welcome. Contactsare: Sandra Grafrath 443-6655 or LeeParlett 292-9280.NAMI (National Alliance on MentalIllness), Tri-Valley Parent Resourceand Support Group is a twice-a-monthparent support group for parents withchildren to age 18 diagnosed with orsuspected of having bipolar or othermood disorders. It meets First and thirdTuesdays of each month from 7:00 9:00 p.m at Pathways To Wellness,5674 Stoneridge Dr., Suite #114,Pleasanton. The group is drop-in, noregistration required and is free. SuziGlorioso by phone: (925) 443-1797 orby e-mail: glorios4@comcast.netOperation: S.A.M. "Supporting AllMilitary" is a 501(c)3 non profit militarysupport organization based in Livermore.S.A.M. has been in operation sinceJanuary 2004. It is dedicated to thecontinued support of deployed troops.Preparation of comfort packages takesplace every other week - all year long.Providing morale support for thosedeployed. All information providedis confidential and is not shared forsecurity purposes. To submit a nameand address, inquire about donations orhelping, please visit, email operationsam@comcast.netor call 925 443-7620 for more informationand the calendar of events.RELIGIONFirst Presbyterian Church, 2020Fifth Street, Livermore. 9:00 a.m. ContemplativeService in the Chapel, 10:30Traditional Service in the Sanctuary andchildren’s program. For more or 925-447-2078.Tri-Valley Bible Church, 2346Walnut St., Livermore, holds Sundayworship at 10 a.m. with Sunday schoolfor all ages at 9 a.m. Children's classesduring adult worship service. AWANAchildren's program Wednesdays at 6p.m. 449-4403 or Universalist, 1893N. Vasco Rd., Livermore. 10:30 a.m.Sunday service. Information 447-8747or www.uucil.orgCongregation Beth Emek, 3400Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Information931-1055.Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, affiliatedwith the Congress of Secular JewishOrganizations ( Information,Rabbi Judith Seid, Tri-Valley CulturalJews, 485-1049 or Church of Christ, Scientist,Livermore, services 10 a.m. everySunday. Sunday School for students(ages 3-20) is held at 10 a.m. everySunday. The church and reading roomare located at Third and N Streets.The Reading Room, which is open tothe public, features books, CDs andmagazines for sale. For information, call(925) 447-2946.Sunset Community Church, 2200Arroyo Rd., Livermore. Sunday worshipservice at 10:30 a.m. Nursery andchildren's church provided. A "Night ofWorship" first Sunday of each monthat 6 p.m. Wednesday night programfor all ages at 7 p.m. Information, call447-6282.Holy Cross Lutheran ChurchSunday Service 9:30 a.m. 1020 MochoSt., Livermore. Information, 447-8840.Our Savior Lutheran Ministries,1385 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore. 9a.m. worship (semiformal); 10:30 Bible study/Sunday school; 11a.m. worship (informal). For information,call 925-447-1246.Asbury United Methodist Church,4743 East Avenue, Livermore. 9 a.m.Sunday worship. Information 447-1950.Calvary Chapel Livermore,Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. 545 No.L Street Livermore. (925) 447-4357 Matthew's Baptist Church,1239 North Livermore Ave., Livermore.Services on Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11a.m. Adult Sunday school 9:30 a.m.,Children's Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.Prayer each Wednesday at 7 p.m.followed by Bible study at 7:30 p.m.449-3824.United Christian Church,celebrating 50 years in the Tri-Valley.1886 College Ave. at M St., Livermore;worships on Sunday morning at 10:30a.m. Children’s program on Sundaymorning and first Fridays. The communityis welcome. United CC is an Openand Affirming ministry. Call 449-6820for more information.Granada Baptist Church, 945Concannon Boulevard, Livermore.Services: Sunday school – 9:45 a.m.;worship service – 11 a.m. All arewelcome. 1-888-805-7151.Seventh-day Adventist Church,243 Scott Street, Livermore. 925-447-5462, services on Saturday: Sabbathschool 9:30 a.m., worship 11 a.m. All are welcome.The deaf community is invited toworship at First Presbyterian Church inLivermore, where ASL translation willbe provided every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.The church is located on the corner of4th and L streets.Faith Chapel Assembly of God,6656 Alisal St., Pleasanton, SundaySchool for all ages 9:15 a.m., Worship10:30 a.m., Children’s Church 11:15a.m. Women's Bible study Wednesdaysat 10 a.m. Intercessory prayer 1st and3rd Wednesdays. Please call office at846-8650 for weekly programs.Trinity, 557 Olivina Ave., Livermore.Sunday worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and6 p.m. Sunday school or Bible study forall ages at 9:45 a.m. Awana is Sundayat 3:30 p.m. Wednesday nights there isadult Bible study at 6:45 and NRG andRe.Gen for youth, and children's choir forkids. Child care during all events. 447-1848, Charles Borromeo, 1315Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Meditationgroups following the John Main tradition,every Monday 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.For details, contact Claire La Scola at447-9800.St. Innocent Orthodox Church,5860 Las Positas Rd., Livermore. SundayLiturgy at 10 a.m. For details pleasesee or call Fr. JohnKarcher at (831) 278-1916.St. Clare’s Episcopal Church,3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, Serviceson Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 10:15a.m. Children’s Sunday School & Chapelat 10:15 a.m. All are most welcome tocome and worship with us and to enjoyour hospitality. For more information callthe church office 925-462-4802.St. Bartholomew’s EpiscopalChurch 678 Enos Way, Livermore. SummerSunday services with Rev. JoyceParry-Moore, Rector: 9:30 am Eucharistwith music (child care for children 5and under provided). The two serviceschedule, Godly Play and Youth Groupprograms will resume on September 8.Tri-Valley Church of Christ at4481 East Avenue, Livermore, worshipservice 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sundays, allare welcome. 925-447-4333 ( a.m. to12:00 p.m.)Little Brown Church, UnitedChurch of Christ 141 Kilkare Road, Sunol.10:30 a.m. worship. All are welcomehere. www.littlebrownchurchofsunol.org925-862-2580Pathway Community Church,6533 Sierra Lane, Dublin. ContemporaryWorship Service, Sunday 10:30am. Children, youth, adult programs.Biblically based practical messages,nondenominational. All are 829-4793.Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,486 S. J Street, Livermore. 9:00 a.m.worship service. Bible Study/SundaySchool 10:20. Bible Basics Class, whichexplores the main teachings of the Bible,meets at 7:00 Sunday night. Call 371-6200 or email pmjrmueller@gmail.comfor more info.Tri-Valley Church of Christ, 4481East Avenue, Livermore; Update onclasses for The Story 9 to 10:00 a.m..Worship Service 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.Unity of Tri-Valley Church, Sundayservices are at 10:00 a.m.; all arewelcome. Ongoing small groups, weeklyactivities, choir, classes, and Children'schurch. 9875 Dublin Canyon Rd., CastroValley (2 miles west of Stoneridge Mall).(925) 829-2733, www.trivalleyunity.comRev. Karen Epps.Bethel Family Christian Center,501 North P Street, Livermore, Pastorsare Don & Debra Qualls. Weeklyministries: Sunday 10 a.m. - TeachingSessions; Sunday 10:25 a.m. - HolyGrounds Fellowship; Sunday WorshipService 10:45 a.m. - Elementary agedchildren go to Kid’s Church followingworship, nursery available; Wednesday 7p.m. - Back to the Point Bible Study; allages; Friday 7 p.m. - Celebrate Recovery;in the dining hall; 925-449-4848.Lynnewood United MethodistChurch, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton.Summer Sunday worship at 9:30 amwith childcare and Sunday school. Rev.Heather Leslie Hammer, minister. Allare welcome., 925846-0221.Centerpointe Church, 3410Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton. Services:9 a.m. blended with choir and band.Childcare offered for infants throughage 6 and children start in the worshipservice. 10:40 a.m. contemporary worshipled by a band. Sunday school forchildren and middle-schoolers. 925-846-4436.Valley Bible Church, Pleasanton,7106 Johnson Drive, Services at 9:00and 11:00. Interpretation for the deaf at9:00. 925-227-1301. www.thecrossing.orgValley Bible Church, Livermore,Meeting at Altamont Creek ElementarySchool, 6500 Garraventa Ranch Road,Livermore. Services at 10:00 a.m.Cedar Grove Community Church,2021 College Ave., Livermore. WorshipServices 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. or call 447-2351.St. Francis of Assisi AnglicanChurch (1928 Book of Common Prayer),193 Contractors Avenue, Livermore.Sunday services: 8:45 am (Low Mass)and 10 am (High Mass with SundaySchool). Other Holy Days as announced.For information, call msg. center at925/906-9561.Grief Workshop, St. ElizabethSeton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr.Pleasanton. Second and fourth Thursdayevening at 7:30pm. August 8th & 22nd.No preregistration is necessary. Thesesessions are open to all, regardless ofreligious affiliation. Please call MaryHagerty at 925-846-5377 for moreinformation.Summer Light workshops,Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm. Ledby Rev. Karen Epps, 7567 Amador ValleyBlvd., #120, Dublin. Love offering basis.More information: (925) 829-2733, press 1. See for a complete list ofall the Summer Light workshops underServices and Classes.Chabad of the Tri-Valley, 784Palomino Dr., Pleasanton. Rabbi RaleighResnickCommunity Bible Study (CBS)Women’s class of Pleasanton will studythe book of Romans this fall. The CBSprogram is a non-denominational Christianministry consisting of individual Biblestudy, small group discussions, a talkgiven by a trained Teaching Director, andmonthly fellowship activities. Childrenbetween birth and 10 are invited to attendwith their mother or grandmother. Classstarts on Sept. 12 and continues eachweek on Thursdays at 9:30-11:30amuntil May 15, 2014. A coffee will be heldat Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Dr.,Pleasanton, on Aug. 22 at 10:00am toprovide more information. Contact Sherriat 925-399-5074 or email for more information or toregister to attend.

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