DANVILLE

Showcase to offer taste of San Ramon Valley

Visitors can get a taste of all the Danville area has to offer April 4 at the 22nd annual Danville Area Business and Culinary Showcase.

The events runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive. It's sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and features "all you can sample" small bites, wine and craft brews, all made locally. Participants will get the chance to meet local business owners, chefs and community leaders.

Banks, insurance companies, wineries, restaurants and chocolatiers will be represented at the event. Raffle prizes include two iPads and donations from local businesses. Prepaid tickets are $35; prices go to $50 after April 1. To buy, call 925-837-4400, or visit www.danvilleareachamber.com and click on the "Store" tab.

-- Jason Sweeney, Staff

DUBLIN

Free practice SAT test open to all March 30

Students who want to practice their SAT test-taking skills can take a free mock test from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 30 at the Dublin public library, 200 Civic Plaza.


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For registration information, visit www.kaptest.com/enroll/SAT/94568/events and use event code SKKJ3254 when signing up. The test is open to all; takers don't have to be Dublin residents.

Kaplan Test Prep will administer the practice test, which simulates actual SAT test conditions and results in a score being given. Test-takers are advised to bring two No. 2 pencils and a calculator.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

PLEASANTON

Chalk artists wanted for 'Big Draw' in May

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is seeking artists for a citywide arts celebration May 11, when chalk will be the medium for art in the streets.

The council is accepting applications from artists now through April 15. Each entrant will receive a 4-by-4-foot street painting square on Division between Railroad and Main streets, and a 12-pack of chalk. The cost is $125 per square. Applications are available at http://www.the-big-draw.com.

"The Big Draw" will be the finale of a week of art events, including a line of uniquely painted pianos on Main Street for passers-by to play the week of May 5. Other May 11 events include performances of dance troupes and improv comedy, the Elephants for the Arts Tag Sale, Authors Row at Towne Center Books and more. Proceeds will benefit the Arts in the Schools Grant program.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff