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Blossom time

  • Superb Gardens -- Help fund scholarships for women and enjoy garden time. The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch of the American Association of University Women's 13th annual garden tour features five Alamo and Danville homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10-11. Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors. Visit www.daw-ca.aauw.net or call 925-743-1838 or 925-586-4617.

    Seen & Heard

    Earth brownies

    Some of the most eye-catching things being given away at Danville's Earth Day celebration last week were dark, chocolate-like squares.

    They looked like brownies, but they weren't even close. They were dark rich garden compost sliced into squares for easy giveaway.

    "We've had a lot of people ask if they were brownies," confirmed a compost event volunteer outside the Danville Library.

    No one, however, did any tasting, leaving if for Mother Earth to see if how she liked the nourishment.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past times

    May 3, 1961 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Castlewood Membership Buys Famous Valley Spa, Sale Price $1.25 Million"

    Plans to purchase Castlewood Country Club by the membership were announced today by Judge Donald K. Quayle, president of its board of directors. Final negotiations to conclude the sale were launched following an overwhelming response by members to a plan calling for acquisition of the historic golf club.

    The sale price of the 300-acre spa is reported to be $1.25 million. Some 960 members have agreed to purchase all club facilities -- 45 holes of golf, swimming pool and several large dining rooms.

    From its beginning as the storied "Castle" of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Castlewood gained new stature in the early '20s when, as a private golf club designed by Luther Burbank, it was rated the fifth finest course in the nation.

    Headline: "Got Any Ideas For A New City Seal?"

    ... Anyways, Pleasanton still wants a new city seal. It all started when the old one got busted. Somebody thought it "looks too much like a copy of El Cerrito's seal anyways," what with the same rolling hills and winding-bridge-over-river.

    Pleasanton never did have any winding-bridge-over-river. It was like a previous administrator's idea of "a nice, country-type design for a seal."

    The report from El Cerrito, however, now says "we ain't got no mountains on our city seal." But Pleasanton city dads are taking no chances; they want a new design.

    The idea should be original, perhaps an airplane swooping gracefully down onto City Hall ... against the backdrop of gravel pits? Get your pencils ready, the contest should be a dilly.

    At the movies: Vine Theater Livermore. Now showing "The World of Suzie Wong," starring William Holden and Nancy Kwan.

    Groceries: Safeway. Boneless top sirloin steak, $1.39 a pound; Rock Cornish game hens, 79 cents each; strawberries four baskets for 79 cents and Brown Derby Beer, six 12-ounce cans for 79 cents.

    Trivia Question: On May 4, 1970, four students at what university were killed protesting the Cambodian war campaign?

    Previous question: What famous botanist designed Castlewood's grounds in the 1920s? Answer: Luther Burbank.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com.