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Going to the dogs

  • NorCal's largest canine show this weekend -- The Harvest Moon Classic dog show will draw more than 3,000 dogs to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Friday through Sunday. The show is by Skyline Dog Fanciers and the Del Valle Dog Club and will include 41 specialty shows and three all-breed shows. Daily hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $8. Visit www.dvdc.org or www.infodog.com/clubs/2013255502.HTM

    Seen & Heard

    Splattering of rain can't wreck Splatter Festival

    Dublin had all the food, wine, music and entertainers ready for its second annual Splatter Festival a few weeks ago when an uninvited guest showed up for the noon start: a rain downpour.

    A mariachi band, the opening act, left without playing. Organizers kept the paint powder in the jars for the SPLATdemonium, an event for kids to splatter each other with colors. The sun came out by 4 p.m., however, and so, finally, did the crowds. Some 10,000 people showed up for the art and wine festival and the fireworks show afterward in Emerald Glen Park.

    "It turned out to be a beautiful evening," said Ann Mottola, Dublin's heritage and cultural arts manager. "We said, 'Rain or shine, the show will go on."


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    Past Times

    Oct. 20, 1965 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Adult Recreation"

    Is palmistry "just" innocent fun?" Or perhaps "another form of adult recreation?"

    A couple of the city fathers believe the reading of palms falls somewhere between touch football and turkey whist and said so at the interesting council clambake.

    Adults should be allowed to choose their own forms of entertainment." -- that from Mayor John Long.

    Councilman Charles Bubics sees palm readers as nice people who deal in good, clean fun.

    There was no mention as to what limitations, if any, these councilmen would place on "adult activities," ... but after the meeting there was talk of reviving the old opium dens and bookie joints which once wrote colorful chapters in local history. Somebody even recalled a bawdy house or two on the main drag -- not to mention that duel to the death on the steps of the old Rose Hotel.

    The possibilities are unlimited. But there's a catch, of course. Councilman Harding, who doesn't favor palm readers, not to mention the other diverse forms of "adult recreation," sounded a sour note when he told the mayor: "After all, we're elected officials ...."

    Ah, there's the rub! For who knows what evil lurks in the minds of the electorate come next April?

    The Shadow knows! But he can't get a license.

    Real Estate: Almaral Realty, Pleasanton. Pleasanton Heights, three bedroom, 2 baths, double fireplace, built-ins and patio, $23,500.

    Groceries: P&X foods. Rinso Blue Detergent king-size, 69 cents; C&H sugar, 5 pounds for 39 cents; Velveeta cheese, two-pound loaf, 79 cents.

    At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

    Answer to last week's trivia question: The tallest structure in St Louis, Missouri in 1965 was the 630-foot high Gateway Arch.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.