SAN RAMON

Dig up your roots at family history days

Dig into the roots of your family tree with two free San Ramon Library events to celebrate National Family History Month in October.

Get personalized help from genealogist Richard Finn on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Finn will work with you to explore family histories by using online databases to search genealogy.

Participants should bring a flash drive and any information they have about cities or towns where ancestors lived.

Details on birth, marriage and death dates are helpful. All research is private and confidential. And history detectives can pick up some tips from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at a workshop on how to research family history. Sandra Burns, of the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society, will present her popular presentation, "Do You Know Who You Are?"

She will explain how to start genealogy research and find helpful books, print resources, websites and databases. She will also explain where to go for one-on-one research assistance.

Both events will be held in the second-floor community meeting room at the San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St. The events are offered by the library in conjunction with the Genealogical Society. For details, visit www.srvgensoc.org or call 925-973-2850.

PLEASANTON

Beers, 'boo!' on tap at Halloween Brew Crawl

Celebrate the scariest holiday of the year in style at downtown Pleasanton's third annual Halloween Brew Crawl from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26.

Adult fans of All Hallow's Eve are encouraged to get decked out in their wild and wackiest costumes while they sample a variety of local brews and tasty treats at 25 downtown locations.

Tickets bought before Oct. 21 are $30 online at www.instagift.com/pda or in person at the Pleasanton Main Street Brewery, 830 Main St.; Redcoats Pub, 336 St. Mary St.; or Studio Seven Arts, 400 Main St. Tickets the week of the event will be $35.

Only 1,100 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be redeemed Oct. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Participants will get a commemorative glass, tasting map and beer tastings at 25 sites.

Designated drivers may get tickets for just $10. The event program will include taxi information. The Pleasanton Downtown Association is sponsoring the event.

LIVERMORE

Discover your inner scribe with library's help

Would-be novelists who have a book inside them just waiting to be unleashed upon the world will get plenty of help reaching their dreams with a full month of support from the Livermore Library.

The library is offering a host of support services for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. All events are free, open to aspiring novelists and held at the Civic Center library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

Livermore will get a jump-start with a kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The event will feature published authors Carole Price, Kurt Adkins and J.L. Powers. The writers will discuss how to get started on a novel and how to weather the ups and downs of the creative writing process.

Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in November, the library will host write-ins, and informal get-togethers where wannabe novelists can gather to write with the support of other determined scribes. The write-ins will be hosted by local writer and NaNoWriMo participant Jake LeBeau.

On Monday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., participants will enjoy cake and coffee as they share writing war stories and revel in their accomplishments. Authors Staci McLaughlin, Annemarie O'Brien and Penny Warner will tell writers what to do once they have a draft, how to tell when a book is finished and how to get published. For details, call 925-373-5576 or visit www.livermorelibrary.net.

-- Zoe Francis, Correspondent