This past Saturday in Pleasanton marked the second in a series of art walks hosted by the World Walk to Wellness organization, guided by art enthusiasts Nancy and Gary Harrington.

Participants were treated to a tour of public art in downtown Pleasanton, which included a visit to newly-installed "Wind Song," a colorful sculpture adjacent to the Senior Center.

"We're excited to see residents join in these walks," said Ron Sutton, founder of World Walk to Wellness. Sutton is the CEO and founder of ACCUSPLIT, a Pleasanton firm that makes certified accurate pedometers and stopwatches and sponsors World Walk to Wellness events.

Hikers were treated on Saturday to more than just close up visits to public artwork, since the Harringtons over the years have generously donated sculptures and art pieces to enhance public spaces in Pleasanton.

"The Harringtons have wonderful stories to share about the artists, the individual works of art, and the process by which they have been added to our landscape," Sutton said. "I learn something new on each tour."

For readers who wished they had known about the art walk, it's not too late, because the same tour will be repeated on Dec. 8. Participants are invited to gather at 9 a.m. in the parking lot next to the public library and adjacent to City Hall at 200 Old Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton.

In addition, for hikers who prefer to walk more briskly, the Harringtons will combine the two art walk routes this coming Saturday, Oct. 20, also beginning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot noted above.

Walkers should wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Some hikers bring water, though access to drinking fountains and restrooms is available along the route. Hats or visors are also encouraged. The hikes follow paved sidewalks and take about 90 minutes for the tour, which includes frequent stops.

Along with the art walk series, World Walk to Wellness participants get together for other hikes every Saturday morning. Some hikes include trail walks, and venues usually include local parks.

"We started World Walk to Wellness to encourage people to move more, knowing that an hour zips by when you have a group to walk and talk together," Sutton said. "At first, our walks were annual, but now we've hosted free, fun walks on 93 consecutive Saturday mornings." To sign up for e-mail notification of where weekend walks are taking place, go to info@worldwalktowellness.org. All World Walk to Wellness events are free of charge and require no reservations.

To support public art in Pleasanton, participants and readers are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation payable to the "City of Pleasanton" with the words "Another HAPPY" in the memo line. HAPPY stands for "Harrington Art Partnership Project for You." Checks may be mailed to the City of Pleasanton, Attention: Susan Andrade-Wax, P. O. Box 520, Pleasanton, CA 94566-0802.

Contact Jim Ott at jimott@sbcglobal.net.

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