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Your school in song

  • "Tri-Valley High, the Musical" -- Thursday through Saturday. Creatures of Impulse, an award-winning teen improv troupe, presents its annual spring classic. Audience suggestions inspire fresh characters, stories and improvised songs each night. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are sold at www.firehousearts.org, 925-931-4848, or at the box office.

    Past times

    April 20, 1966 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Would You Believe Low-Cost Homes?

    Should Pleasanton pursue LBJ's War on Poverty, or would we be better off following the guidelines of Lucius Beebe's Virginia City?

    Just 10 days ago it was "Low-Cost Housing" that stirred our city fathers to great heights of oratory. Councilman Gerton alone opened up enough new ideas on "housing priced to please every social level" to fill a book ... or at least occupy a month of city sessions.

    But the very next Monday there was not a word about housing on the agenda ... low or high or any other cost. "Save Main Street!" was the new council cry.

    "Lets have a Disneyland!" said Councilman Gerton. Thoughts ranged to something with "a grand old Western historical flavor, like maybe Virginia City, or Columbia up in the Gold Rush belt? Someone thought maybe "Spanish architecture" would suit the image.


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    No one was quite certain how all this would be brought about. Looks like somebody's not keeping in touch ... but then there's always another Monday evening coming up, and time to talk about maybe planting ice plant all over the place to air-condition the town ... or perhaps a project to re-re-establish us as an agricultural center by re-rezoning some of the newly built subdivisions ....

    How did that old English nursery rhyme go?

    Sing a song of sixpence,

    Council full of rye.

    Four and twenty problems,

    Wait until they die.

    When the session opens

    The words begin to flow,

    "Wouldn't it be a lovely-town!

    -- if we knew which way to go?"

    Real Estate: Hacienda Realty, Pleasanton. Contemporary home with view. Three bedroom, two bath, professionally landscaped. Buy this one for just $24,000. Stately Manor. An elegant traditional home. Three bedroom, one-and-half baths and lots of extras inside and out, a third-acre view lot. Reduced to $32,500.

    At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. "My Fair Lady," winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. San Ramon Auto Movie. "Cat Ballou" with Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda.

    Groceries: Safeway. Frying chickens, 49 cents a pound; N.Y. steaks, $1.79 a pound; Crest toothpaste, 49 cents; Edwards coffee, two pounds for 99 cents; and fresh strawberries, four 12-ounce baskets for 99 cents.

    Trivia Question: What singer/actress born in 1971 in Syosset, N.Y., is known for "Frozen" (2013), "Enchanted" (2007) and "Rent"(2005), and sang "Let it Go" at the 86th Academy Awards?

    Answer to last week's question: Jack Nicklaus, age 26, earned his third Green Jacket in 1966 and became the first back-to-back champion at the Masters Tournament.

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