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Sept. 12, 1978 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Pleasanton to be a hub For Hindus"
Pleasanton will become the Hindu cultural center of the West Coast if Alameda County supervisors approve the plan of a Walnut Creek developer.
Mathuraman S. Iyer is planning to build a $700,000 Hindu Community and Cultural Center on Vineyard Avenue near Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, about 2,000 feet from Pleasanton city limits. The proposed 30,000-square-foot center would have a temple, community hall and auditorium, and priest dwellings with great rooms. Parking for 170 cars would be provided on the 3.75-acre site.
Iyer said the cultural center would serve about 4,000 Bay Area families who practice the centuries-old Hindu religion. Pleasanton was chosen because it is the geographic center for Bay Area Hindu families, with many residing in Danville, San Ramon and Livermore, he said.
"Most of the people come from India," which has most of the world's 400 million Hindus, Iyer said, "but there are some from Fiji and South Africa.
"Two tentative sites in Livermore were rejected because they were too close to residential areas. The Vineyard Avenue location is more remote and will provide necessary parking space" he said.
Hindus believe in one supreme being but worship other gods as steps to understanding him. Yoga is used to attain proper discipline of mind and body so each person can mature as he reincarnates through several lifetimes hoping to become one with the Supreme Being.
The center will be used to teach music, dance and language and will later host visiting Indians and artist programs. Iyer said there would be no missionary or conversion work attempted. Twenty or more Indian artists will travel here to work on intricate murals and wood carvings for the center. It will be done in authentic Indian style, Iyer said.
The first phase of the project is the temple, which would begin construction in the latter half of 1979 and take about one year to complete. There are three or four similar facilities in the United States, Iyer said, including in Pittsburgh, Newark, N.J., and one under construction in Houston.
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Groceries: Lucky's. Frozen young turkeys, 79 cents a pound; pork loin sliced quarter, $1.59 a pound; Golden Crown beer, 12-ounce cans, six for $1.09; Tree-Sweet frozen orange juice, 12-ounce cans for 89 cents; Eggo frozen waffles, 11 ounces for 59 cents; and fresh broccoli, 39 cents a bunch.
Trivia Question: Sept. 9, 1950 -- a TV laugh track was used for the first time. Name the TV show.
Answer to last week's question: Sept. 17, 1978 -- President Carter, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David Accord.
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