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Rock'n New Year's Eve

  • Flash Cadillac -- 8 p.m. Dec. 31. New Year's celebration with Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, with favorite 1950s and '60s tunes from "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Peggy Sue," to "I Only Have Eyes for You." Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids have played on "American Bandstand, appeared on TV's "Happy Days" and were featured in "American Graffiti." With more than 40 years of experience at keeping the party rocking, Flash Cadillac will make this is a New Year's Eve celebration to remember. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $60. Call for tickets 925-3373-6800.

    Seen & heard

    Funny, ours usually rides a bike ...

    Overheard on the police scanner, regarding a runaway canine in Danville and Animal Control in hot pursuit:

    "They're rounding the corner now ... The dog is on foot ..."

    -- Kelly Gust, Staff

    Past Times

    Dec. 29, 1971 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Pleasanton 1971 In Review"

    January: The still-existing controversy over a second hospital for the Valley was beginning to simmer.

    February: The federal government gave Pleasanton 105 acres of surplus land along Hopyard Road that became the city's new Little League complex.


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    March: Old St. Augustine's Church on Rose Street came down after 90 years of service.

    April: The right of cities to collect in-lieu park fees from developers and to spend those funds for development of recreation areas was upheld by the state Supreme Court and later by the U.S. Supreme Court, adding $175,000 to city park coffers.

    May: Pleasanton won its struggle to get gravel trucks off city streets with county approval of the new El Charro interchange with Route 580.

    June: The 1970-71 Amador Valley High School year was one to remember. Out of a possible 10 EBAL championships, the Dons captured seven and finished second in three others.

    July: The federal government announced its intention to build a youth detention center to house 175 first offenders at Camp Parks. The plan is still pending along with another federal plan for a national cemetery on the land.

    August: Shadow Cliffs Park made its public debut. The depleted gravel pit was rehabilitated by the East Bay Regional Park District.

    September: Pleasanton property owners were asked to pay the highest tax rate in the city's history ($1.50) -- still not enough to finance all municipal needs.

    October: Slow-growth advocates in Livermore with SAVE (Save All Valley Environment) launched a petition for an initiative election to stop growth until problems of water, sewers and school overcrowding can be solved.

    November: The end of an era came when residents began vacating Kottinger Village, to be razed in 1972 to make room for a senior citizens complex.

    December: Pleasanton selected the Don Juan rose as its official flower.

    Groceries: Safeway -- canned hams, $6.79 for an 8-pound tin; tom turkeys, 33 cents a pound; navel oranges, 9 pounds for 99 cents. Party ice cubes, 7 pounds for 35 cents.

    At the Movies: Dublin Cinema -- Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp."

    Answer to last week's Trivia Question: The Don Juan rose.

    Trivia Question: Which Safeway store in Contra Costa County was the first with a UPC code scanner?

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