PLEASANTON

Downtown's charm, success recognized

The Pleasanton Downtown Association has received national recognition for its work in maintaining both the historic character and commercial viability of the downtown area.

The association has been named an accredited National Main Street Program by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The downtown association's performance is evaluated annually by California Main Street, which works with the National Main Street Center to identify programs that meet a variety of established standards.

The national group recognizes programs that promote commercial district revitalization through such techniques as public-private partnerships, securing operating budgets, tracking program progress and preserving historic buildings.

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is comprised of individuals and business owners who work to enhance the downtown experience through community events and activities. For details, visit www.pleasantondowntown.net or call 925-484-2199.

-- Beth Jensen, Correspondent

PLEASANTON

Wine and food tastings during annual Stroll


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Wine and food fans can enjoy both pleasures at the Pleasanton Downtown Association's annual Summer Wine Stroll, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12.

The laid-back event features a wide range of local wines and small bites to enjoy. Participants may also explore downtown businesses, meet up with friends and listen to live music along Main and Ray streets.

Pre-sale tickets are $35 and sold online at www.Pleasantondowntown.net, as well as at Studio Seven Arts, 400 Main St., and The Rose Hotel, 807 Main St. The week before the event, ticket prices will be $40. Remaining tickets will be sold for $50 (cash only) at 4:30 p.m. on the event day at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Tickets include a commemorative wine glass and event map, and must be redeemed at the Firehouse from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 12.

A limited number of designated driver tickets will be available the night of the event for $10.

Participating wineries include White Crane Winery; Elliston Vineyards; Fenestra Winery; Garre Vineyard & Winery; Boa Ventura de Caires Winery; Boisset Wine Living; Opolo Vineyards; Wente Vineyards; Crooked Vine/Stony Ridge; Ehrenberg Cellars; Chouinard Vineyards and Winery; Concannon Vineyard; Murrieta's Well; Little Valley Winery; Cellar Door; Mitchell Katz Winery and New Leaf Community Markets.

-- Beth Jensen, Correspondent

LIVERMORE

Time for school board candidates to file papers

Candidates interested in running for one of four vacant seats on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education can begin filing their papers on Monday.

Three board members will be elected for a four-year term on Nov. 4. One additional member will be elected for a two-year term.

The five trustees serve staggered four-year terms. Member responsibilities include hiring the superintendent, approving curriculum and budget, and negotiating contracts with bargaining units.

All candidate filing documents may be obtained at the Alameda County Office of the Registrar of Voters beginning Monday and must be completed by Aug. 6.

For more information, call the superintendent's office at 925-606-3281.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff