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  • Shop for the Cause -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness presents its annual vendor fair from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be more than 30 booths with antiques, fine art, unique items and more. Franco Finn, the Golden State Warrior's "Hype Man," will emcee. The event is at Veterans Memorial Hall, 522 S. L Street in Livermore.

    Seen & Heard

    Art from the heart

    Many Tri-Valley residents joined the call to participate in making art at Dublin's "Splatter" wine and art festival held Sept. 22 in Emerald Glen park.

    Some made chalk drawings, others wrote poems. One of the most memorable creations, however, was a sign discovered in a trash can by city cleanup crews.

    "My heart will be splattered if you don't go to homecoming with me," read the sign in bold letters.

    OK. It's not quite up there with the love letters of Cyrano de Bergerac, but city cultural arts workers were so impressed that they hung it in their office.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Oct. 9, 1963 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Parking Poses Downtown Problem"

    The cause of it all: the Family Car. There is one heck of a lot more vehicles on local streets today than there were five years ago or even last year. And while the automobile count has steadily grown, the space to park those brutes has increased hardly at all.

    It was all brought forcibly home to the city fathers when they were informed that there just isn't enough curb space available around City Hall to park the growing family of official city cars and those owned by city employees.

    But while the immediate answer to that problem was to chip away at the park at the rear of city hall, the answers might be even harder to come by for the downtown area that is rapidly filling up from one end of Main Street to the other and spilling over onto a dozen side streets.

    Unfortunately for city employees the only side street flanking the seat of government is Division. The immediate verdict for Division: No parking on the south side from Main to Pleasanton Avenue; no parking on the north side from Main to the first driveway behind City Hall. The likely ultimate disposition: one-way traffic and no parking at all.

    The city would comply with its own edict by getting official cars off Division (they were already removed from Main Street in an earlier concession to the parking needs of patrons). They will be moved for the most part onto the "park" behind City Hall, where a few trees will be removed, a rose trellis relocated and a small green holdover from the picnic era will yield to the inroads of the automotive age.

    Real Estate: Amaral Realty in Pleasanton -- for sale: older 2-bedroom home, 3-car carport, stove and refrigerator, trees, lot 55 x 1,000, $12,700.

    Castlewood lot: view, many trees, gentle slope, high side of road, $9,999.

    Groceries: P&X foods, San Ramon, Sunol, Pleasanton, Dublin -- Armour Star, full cut round steak, 69 cents a pound; flour, 10 pounds for 79 cents; frozen foods, Simple Simon fruit pies, 49 cents each; and Sam Houston 10-year-old bourbon, $3.49.

    At the Movies: The Vine Theater, Livermore -- the true story of Lt. John F. Kennedy's incredible adventure in the South Pacific! "PT 109" with Cliff Robertson.

    -- Louise Hartman, staff