East Danville will be inundated with cyclists and spectators May 18, when the Amgen Tour of California Cycling Race zings through on Camino Tassajara and Blackhawk Road on the way to its first finish at the top of Mt. Diablo.

Riders are expected to pass the East Gate of Blackhawk Country Club between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m., according to an email from the Blackhawk Homeowners Association, and pass Hidden Oaks between 2:40 and 2:57 p.m., before beginning their ascent to the summit parking lot.

The start location is on Third Street at Carnegie Park in Livermore at 11:35 a.m. and includes travel on Morgan Territory Road and Patterson Pass Road. The day's course length is 93 miles. Saturday is the seventh day of the race, which begins Sunday in Escondido and ends May 19 in Santa Rosa after about 750 miles.

Top cyclists from the ranks of Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and world champions are expected to compete, including BMC Racing Team's current world road champion, Philippe Gilbert. For more information, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

HELPING TASSAJARA HILLS: With help from the community and school families, Tassajara Hills Elementary School recently raised money for music, art, technology and personnel support benefiting their students. Blackhawk resident Leigh Chronister said the fundraiser was particularly challenging because it was held during tax season, but sponsors generously contributed to the silent auction.


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"Who doesn't want to give their child the best education possible? Role models are critically important during the growth and development of our children," Leigh said in an email to me. "Mirroring attitudes and the actions of those throughout our community creates a frame of reference for our kids. Our event committee is thrilled about the generosity and participation during this event."

Participants in the fundraiser on April 14, "Son Day — Fun Day," had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with mentors such as Michael Oliphant, founder of Wave Circle and Camp Galileo and with fitness instructors from Crunch in Blackhawk Plaza. Donors of the silent auction included Anthropology, Audio Ahs!, Bollinger Nails, Draeger's, Encore Medspa, Jero'l, Love and Glow, Talking Baseball and Tucker and Associates Real Estate Services.

"Thank you for investing in our children, hence shaping the futures of ethical, business-savvy and curious entrepreneurs," Leigh said. For more information about donating to the school, email chronister.leigh@gmail.com.

AT THE GALLERY: "Visual Harmony," an exhibit featuring 25 artists from the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art, debuted last week in the Village Theatre Art Gallery, 233 Front St. in Danville, and will run through June 16. The exhibit features original art including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book and jewelry.

Several of the artists featured in the exhibit will discuss their work and involvement with the Women's Caucus for Art in an "Art Chat" from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. For details, contact Amy Miller, visual arts program coordinator, at 925-314-3460 or amiller@danville.ca.gov.

Contact Georgia Lambert at around- danville@yahoo.com.