DANVILLE

Museum marks 80 years of area's parks district

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is opening a new exhibit to showcase the 80th anniversary of the East Bay Regional Park District. It will run from May 10 to June 8.

The exhibit traces the history of the park district in the East Bay, focusing on the Iron Horse Regional Trail and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Preserve. A video, maps, brochures and artifacts will be displayed, and the museum will host a speakers series at 11 a.m. on three consecutive Saturdays in May.

In 1934, during the Great Depression, voters in Alameda County created a special district to acquire and manage parks for the public. It was an unusual decision for its time, supported by cities, UC Berkeley, legislative leaders and many others.

Fifty years ago, Contra Costa County voters joined the park district, and today, 65 parks covering 115,000 acres encompass the East Bay. Museum admission is free to members; $5 for families; $3 for adults; $2 for students and $1 for children. For more information, go to museumsrv.org.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

DANVILLE

Enjoy chocolate, wine and film in downtown

Calling all chocolate lovers and film buffs: the Village Theatre will be screening the film "Chocolat," to accompany this year's Danville Spring Wine and Chocolate Stroll on May 8.


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Because the film has some mature themes and language, parental guidance is recommended. The film will start at 8 p.m. at the theater, located at 233 Front St. The stroll takes place on the same day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Danville.

The Stroll will feature an evening of jazz music, wine tasting, decadent chocolates and shopping, organizers say. A number of businesses will stay open late to pour tastings of the area's wines and offer gourmet chocolate samples, compliments of Danville Chocolates.

Film tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.villagetheatreshows.com or by calling 925-314-3400. Tickets for the stroll are $25, but can be redeemed for wine glasses, which are sold for $30, at the corner of Hartz and Prospect Avenues from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the night of the event.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff