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A new smartphone app highlights public art in Pleasanton. 
At the historic farm, staff will celebrate the new year with a series of monarch butterfly programs. The butterflies gather at Ardenwood annually as part of their multigenerational life cycle, clustering in shingle-like arrays in the park's eucalyptus groves  
 
A local teen is running the resettlement effort that needs just a bit more funding.  
 
Courtesy Pleasanton Library
Ding Hong Wu captured images of life in Shanghai before big changes started in the 1980s.  
 
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  
 
Council ignores public's wishes in recent movesIn three recent controversial actions, despite petitions, letters and oral arguments, the Pleasanton City Council chose to ignore pleas of residents and parents.  
 
I recently received a copy of a letter sent from an Orinda resident, commenting about people taking reusable materials from the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority's Reuse and Cleanup Days program.  
 
eventsdec. 27 Olate Dogs -- 7 p.m. The extraordinary and irresistible Olate Dogs have stolen the hearts of audiences across the nation. Led by Richard and Nicholas Olate, these adorable rescue dogs perform amazing tricks, from balancing on wheels and riding scooters, to jumping rope and even doing  
 
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:alamoFriday, dec. 12 ROBBERY -- 4:05 a.m. Armed robbery was reported, 3100 block of Danville Boulevard.  
 
Good stuffEnjoy New Year's Eve roots music with Hicks "Dan Hicks, an American Original" -- 8 p.m. Wednesday. Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is one of the defining figures in American roots music.