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Pleasanton: Artist works tooth-and-nail to get job done

Winter is the creative force behind a unique piece of artwork that uses about 5,000 nails hammered into a slab of redwood to depict Pleasanton's iconic Kolln Building.  
"Love in the Wilderness" is the theme of a hike from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Sunol Regional Wilderness, led by naturalist Cat Taylor. The group will look for "amorous amphibians and rapturous raptors."  
 
WCYAA -- Registration for T-ball and baseball league for boys and girls, ages 4-8, at Heather Farm Park. $225. 925-933-4884, wacyysports@yahoo.com Clayton Valley Little League -- Tryouts by appointment for boys 13U competitive league.  
 
Connor Aiello, Nick Bossert, Ross Gruen, Eddy Ionescu, Angel Lease-Marney, Cole Penick and Macy Woodworth are stars of the week  
 
Starting this week, the Tri-Valley Herald and Valley Journal weekly editions for Tri-Valley Times readers will be published on Fridays.  
 
There are 15 chapters nationwide of Boys Team Charity, which helps foster a sense in boys to become socially responsible and build self-esteem, while strengthening family relationships. The boys also learn how to develop leadership skills and create new friendships.  
 
Courtesy of the Mincks Family
Their minister shared the advice that although a man may think he knows his bride, she'll change many times over the years. Earl Minck disagrees. "Ileana was a marvelous woman when I fell in love with her, and she still is marvelous. I fall in love with her every day."  
 
Courtesy of Fasso family
In 2007, the Fasso family lost their beloved Max, a black German shepherd. He was 15 years old. After months of mourning, Julie Fasso began occasionally checking the local SPCA website for a new dog. "I was drawn to Zack's picture every time I saw it. He just looked so happy," Julie said.  
 
Tyler Boye/Jensen Artists
Although Del Valle Fine Arts staff are particularly fond of discovering young talent, established performers like Jason Vieaux, snared for the season just one week before he won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his 2014 album "Play," cause equal delight.  
 
On Saturday, the nonprofit will hold its biggest annual event -- the Paws In Need Valentine Crab Feed (which is a good excuse to celebrate Valentine's Day with your date a little early). All of the proceeds go to benefit their programs and ultimately to serve Tri-Valley pets in need.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7