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Tweens Takeover for Summer Fun and Success -- 7-9 p.m., Join other students at the Danville Library for an evening of live music, a scavenger hunt, interactive gaming on the big screen, treats, prizes and informative speakers to engage and empower tweens (grades 4-8). Danville Library, 400 Front St. Advance registration is required and can be done at the library or call 925-837-4889. For details, visit ccclib.org.
Concerts in the Park -- 7-8:30 p.m. The Pleasanton Downtown Association presents Northern Static playing rock hits of the 80s and 90s. Lions Wayside Park at First and Neal streets, Pleasanton. Free.
"Koch Brothers Exposed -- The 1% At Its Worst." 6:30 meet, greet and potluck 7 p.m., film begins, June 16. Robert Greenwald, renowned filmmaker latest film about the Koch Brothers. Koch industries have
an annual revenue of over $100 billion dollars, are on the world's worst polluters lists, they fund think tanks successfully altering public opinion, sink serious money into elections funding candidates who are puppets for the one percent, and more. The list of what these two brothers do is endlessly destructive to our democracy. A short discussion follows the film. IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. This is a public event, free (although a $3.00 donation helps keep things humming), and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 925-462-3459.
The First Sip Celebration at Ravenswood -- noon-3 p.m., June 16. The public is invited to a wine tasting event to sample the inaugural wines from the Corvino Bosco — a translated version of "Ravenswood" in Italian — Vineyards. Hosting the event along with Michael Princevalle and Bryan Rahn of Coastal Viticultural Consultants, who oversee vineyard operations at Ravenswood. The event will include tastings of Grenache/Mourvedre and Zinfandel wines made from the vineyards, a delectable assortment of gourmet appetizers that accentuate the wines and music. Tours through the vineyards will also be available to educate attendees on the history of the vines, the wines and the venue. Participants can meet enologist (winemaker) Chad Alexander, who will be able to answer questions about the wines. Ravenswood, historic site in scenic 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore. Tickets are $20 and are limited, so early purchase is recommended. For more information, call 925-443-0238.
June 16 & 17
Bonsai Show -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Valley Bonsai Society's annual show. A bonsai expert will be on hand to demonstrate the complete styling of a young tree from start to finish. Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore. Free. 925-980-3438.
Danville Fine Arts Faire -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One-of-a-kind sculpture, glass, paintings, jewelry, ceramics and photography and entertainment, including folk-rock guitarist Brian Bergeron, contemporary tunes with Vic Moraga and a performance by piano prodigy Jeffrey Michael. Children's activities include a train and face painting. Also, artists will create sidewalk chalk masterpieces with this year's theme focusing on food. Metal sculptors Phillip and Chad Glashoff will create a bicycle sculpture on Hartz Avenue. Fine wines, microbrews and gourmet food for sale. Downtown Danville. Free. 925-837-4400.
Film Screening of Autumn Sonata -- 7 p.m. Rosario Tronnolone, actor, director and curator of a major radio station in Italy, will present a viewing of "Autumn Sonata" (1978) in honor of Ingrid Bergman. After the film, Tronnolone will discuss and host a question and answer period on the rich and complex career of this Hollywood legend. Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville. Tickets are $7 and can be bought at www.villagetheatreshows.com or call 925-314-3400.
Concerts in the Park -- 7-8:30 p.m., June 22. The Pleasanton Downtown Association presents their concerts that feature an eclectic mix of music from rock, blues and country to '50s and '60s oldies, soul, and Latin rock. Guests are allowed to put out blankets and chairs (at their own risk) in the park, but they are asked to wait until the morning of the concert to do so. The use of rocks to hold down blankets is prohibited, as large rocks can damage lawn-mowing equipment. Also, the use of plastic tarps, which can burn the grass, is not allowed. This weeks performers will be The Crisis, Eclectic Rock. Lions Wayside Park on the corner of First and Neal Streets, Pleasanton. Free.
Ballets to Remember -- 2 and 7 p.m., June 23. The Valley Dance Theatre presents its 2012 summer repertoire production of Ballets to Remember including Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Ravel's Bolero and Aaron Copeland's Rodeo accompanied by The Livermore-Amador Symphony. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 for students 17 years and younger. Call the box office at 925-373-6800.
Memorial Dedication -- 10 a.m., ceremony, June 23. Join in the dedication of the Danville Fallen Hero Memorial at the renovated Danville Veteran's Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Avenue. A Mariachi Processional will proceed to the community celebration at the Danville Community Center, 420 Front Street. There will be food, live music and family activities and a program presentation. Free.
Snakes -- 2 p.m., June 23. Join Ranger Dawn Soles to learn about snakes, who are under appreciated for the role they play in nature. There will be live snakes to see and enjoy. Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road or 5211 Arroyo Road, Livermore. There is a $5 per vehicle parking fee at either entrance to Sycamore Grove Park, and a $2 donation is requested to help support the programs unless other fees are specified. Participants may call 925-960-2400 for more information.
June 23 & 24
2012 Relay For Life of San Ramon -- 10 a.m., June 23 to 10 a.m., June 24. One day. One night. One community. One Fight. Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people- to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against a disease that takes too much. California High School, 9870 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon. For more information and To join visit www.relayforlife.org/sanramonca.
Bocce Tournament -- 11 a.m., June 24. You are invited to play in the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley/Diabetic Youth Foundation Bocce Ball Tournament. Net proceeds will go to the Diabetic Youth Foundation to sponsor children with diabetes to attend Camp Arroyo located in Livermore. Proceeds will also support the Rotary Grant Program which gives monetary assistance to Livermore nonprofit organizations. Campo di Bocce, 175 East Vineyard Ave., Livermore. Cost is $100 per person. First place Bocci Team winners will receive dinner for eight at Campo di Bocce. Register at www.livermorevalleyrotary.org.
African Drumming Program -- 2 p.m., July 24. Join Cheza Nami and see what African drumming and dance are all about with a presentation by members of the Tri-pulse Drumming Ensemble. Try out some African drumming during the facilitated drum circle. Explore African dance moves as demonstrated by Cheza Nami artists. This fun, inclusive, educational and interactive program is open to all ages. For more information, see the website, www.chezanami.org. Pleasanton Public Library, meeting room, 400 Old Bernal Avenue. Free. 925-931-3405. No registration required.
Concerts in the Park -- 7-8:30 p.m., June 27. The Pleasanton Downtown Association presents their concerts that feature an eclectic mix of music from rock, blues and country to '50s and '60s oldies, soul, and Latin rock. Guests are allowed to put out blankets and chairs (at their own risk) in the park, but they are asked to wait until the morning of the concert to do so. The use of rocks to hold down blankets is prohibited, as large rocks can damage lawn-mowing equipment. Also, the use of plastic tarps, which can burn the grass, is not allowed. This weeks performers will be Pladdohg, Celtic Folk Rock. Lions Wayside Park on the corner of First and Neal Streets, Pleasanton. Free.