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  • Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament -- 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The Dougherty Valley High School boys basketball program will host its annual tournament fundraiser. Buy-in is $45 and includes food and two drink tickets. Nonplayers pay $25. There will be unlimited re-buys at $20. Money prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. Dougherty Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. First deal at 6:45 p.m., no late arrivals will be allowed to play. Buy tickets at www.dvhigh.net/athleticboosters.

    Seen & heard

    Conservation etiquette

    As the Zone 7 Water Agency board recently discussed how to cope with water shortages, one board member wondered aloud if he was supposed to stop taking showers.

    This question appeared to be rhetorical. But board president Bill Steven couldn't resist the opportunity to spell out when it would be unacceptable to skip showers.

    "Not before board meetings," he quipped.

    Past Times

    Feb. 13, 1953 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Fairground Here Is Eyed As Perpetual Fairyland"


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    A second Coney Island seems to be the latest progress project for Pleasanton after a special investigating committee report to the board of supervisors that advocates development of the Alameda County Fairgrounds at Pleasanton as a recreation mecca for the public.

    Charles Davis, Berkeley's recreation director, was the chairman of the committee and told supervisors they should take the initiative in carrying out the proposal to meet statewide criticism, that "enormous investments" are made in "beautiful buildings and spacious grounds" which lie idle 11 months after county fairs.

    A twofold plan, one to be put into effect immediately, and the other for a long-range program, was outlined and included everything from picnic areas, play fields, children's playgrounds, horseshoe courts and a multiple-use recreation building.

    The long range program calls for those items in addition to: a hardtop-macadam area for roller skating, dancing, hop scotch and painted line games; a swimming pool, a diving pool and wading pool, surrounded with turf for sunbathing, dormitories, shuffleboard courts, outdoor amphitheater and tennis courts.

    The dormitories would be similar to those at Asilomar providing housing for three- and four-day conferences and quarters for fair personnel during the season.

    One estimate on the start of the program was fixed at $60,000, but Supervisor Harry Bartell, chairman of the supervisors fair committee said "it can't be done for that; it would be more like $100,000."

    Groceries: Hagstrom's. Pork loin, 45 cents a pound; whole chicken, $1.35; All Pure Milk om special gold-lined tall tins, three for 35 cents; and bananas, two pounds for 29 cents.

    At the Movies: Roxy Theater, Pleasanton. "Apache War Smoke" starring Gilbert Roland, plus cofeature "South Pacific Trail," with Slim Pickens and the Rhythm Riders.

    Trivia question: On Feb. 8, 1963 the AFL's Dallas Texans changed their team name, what are they called now?

    Answer to last week's question: Feb. 3, 1953 -- J. Fred Muggs, a chimp, became a TV regular on NBC's "Today Show."

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