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Donlon Elementary School students come up with winning names for turkeys to be pardoned by President Obama -- 'Honest' and 'Abe.'  
courtesy of Melissa Wright
"4-H is an amazing organization where the kids learn public speaking, leadership and record keeping; they also perform a ton of community service," said Melissa Wright, who leads the poultry project while her husband leads archery for Pleasanton's Abbie 4-H chapter.  
Eckert Estate Winery is best known for blends and lesser-known varietals. With the recent addition of a distillery, the owners have developed an avid following for their vodka and orange spice brandy.  
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Morgan Breedveld, 26, a San Francisco-based actress and Livermore native, wrapped her role as Lucy Harris in "Jekyll & Hyde" at the Bankhead Theater on Nov. 8.  
Doug Duran
The Livermore-Amador Symphony will offer a free family concert Dec. 5 just before their season opener.  
Martha Stewart makes it all sound so easy. I wish she could join us this year so she can see how much better she has made our lives. But if she shows up without RSVP-ing, brings day-old doughnuts, or complains about the cat on the table, she'll find herself at the kids' table, outside, on the driveway, with the rest of the relatives.  
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Valley Humane SocietyPrepare to be blown away by Bubbles, a friendly, 1-year-old dachshund-mix with the perfect combination of gentleness and energy. Bubbles loves going on walks and enjoys playing fetch.  
And as we gather together, let's not forget all for which we are thankful on this special American holiday, which began so many years ago when the pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate their harvest and new beginnings.  
The state Department of Managed Health Care has returned Alameda Alliance for Health back to local control. The state seized Alameda Alliance in 2014, saying it was in danger of going under.  
Jenna Bloom, Tim Chrisman, Kellie Hughes, Effie Jia, Tanya Kapur, Yoonhee Kim, Megan McCandless, Ryan Silvas and Brooke Starn are stars of the week  
Youth sports: Pleasanton Seahawks at World Cup  
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Kasey Wright of the 3 R's league had a 187 game and a 502 set, 130 pins over average. Othell Robinson of the Chevron league had a 269 game and a 716 set, 128 pins over average.  
The status quo what's extreme, not The DonaldDonald Trump's talk about illegal immigrants from Mexico seems to be upsetting even the legal immigrants from Mexico.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:DanvilleThursday, Nov. 12 BURGLARY -- 9:24 a.m. Residential breaking and entering, 400 block of Old Orchard Court.  
Residents learn that county, town are in charge of maintaining some creeks and banks but that some property owners share responsibility.  
Through Dec. 16 Studio Art Quilt Associates Exhibition -- 7 to 9 p.m. Opening free reception with artists. Featuring a variety of textile works by local artists.  
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'Certified enrollees' available to help make sense of Covered California options for obtaining health care to comply with Affordable Care Act.  
It includes 4,000-unit development that would feature an amalgam of high-density housing, office and commercial space adjacent to the projected BART station near Isabel Avenue and Interstate 580.  
If you'd like to burn off some accumulated calories, the East Bay Regional Park District stands ready to assist. Post-Thanksgiving activities, some strenuous and some not, are planned at several regional parks.  
Doug Oakley
Altamont Winds wants to swap out 569 of its old turbines with 33 new ones in the eastern Altamont Hills.  
Pleasanton police said they will not seek criminal charges against the driver whose car fatally hit Jorge Barraza, a 17-year-old Amador Valley High School student, police said Wednesday.  
Denis Cuff
Lund Ranch II decision put off until Dec. 1.  
A restaurant that says it is the nation's first U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic fast food restaurant has opened in Pleasanton, serving only organic options from California.  
City Council suspends penalties at least until March 1  
Doug Duran
Workday works in conjunction with the nonprofit Open Heart Kitchen, which last year served more than 313,000 meals to low-income families and seniors -- as well as lunchboxes for children at 18 local schools and meals for the homeless. Open Heart Executive Director Linda McKeever said turkeys and fixings are still needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  
Doug Duran
Kyler Juarez, 17, a junior at Amador Valley High School, and Frances Tang, a 16-year-old senior at Foothill High School, are assigned to promote the poetic imagination in the city's schools throughout Pleasanton.  
Dan Honda
Sabio -- the name refers to Spanish king Alfonso X, known as "El Sabio" ("The Wise One") -- specializes in small savory dishes that can be shared, like tapas, but that are not necessarily Spanish. Menus are different every day, reflecting whatever's fresh in the marketplace. In the almost two months since Sabio opened, there have already been customers who've returned several times.  
City says residents saved water so well that the charges are no longer needed.  
According to a release Sunday night, officers received word of a car-vs.-pedestrian collision near the intersection of First and Abbie streets. Responding to the scene, they found a person suffering from major injuries.  
A 17-year-old Pleasanton resident was identified as the victim of Sunday night's fatal auto-versus-pedestrian collision, the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau said