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jan. 11 Mardi Gras Dance Extravaganza -- 7 p.m. The Livermore School of Dance Jazz Company presents a dance performance filled with colorful and exciting dances of Mardi Gras and other festive adventures. Styles include hip hop, contemporary, musical theater, character, tap, jazz and modern. The Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $15-$26 at www.bankheadtheater.org. or call 925-373-6800.
jan. 12 Project Read -- 1-4 p.m. Share the gift of reading and writing by being a volunteer tutor. New volunteer tutor training. Project Read has the workbooks and study guides; you bring the energy and creativity. There will be help developing teaching skills and to craft curriculum and gain experience, enriching your resume all the while helping others. The students come to Pleasanton from all over the world. Most have basic English skills, and many have studied English in their home country. For more information call Penny Johnson at 925-931-3405. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.
jan. 13 Dodge's Sundodgers Concert -- 2 p.m. Dodge's Sundodgers play string band-styled updates of the best music from the ragtime 1900s through the torch songs of the 1920s and 30s, featuring great vocals and vintage instruments. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Free. 925-931-3400.
jan. 14 Anne Frank's Stepsister to Speak -- 7:30 p.m. A historic evening with Eva Schloss of London. She will share her experiences as the childhood friend and stepsister of Anne Frank, including accounts of the publishing of Anne's famed diary. The presentation is suitable for teenagers and families of all faiths. Her story is sensational and difficult to imagine, but her message reminds all that life is precious and fragile, that the creative spirit is stronger than fear, that the power of good is immeasurable. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Tickets range from $36 to $15 with student discounts, $90 VIP seats include a private reception with the speaker. Www.JewishTriValley.com.
Jan. 18 Preschool Performance -- 10 a.m. The Town of Danville is offering an inexpensive introduction to live entertainment for preschoolers and their parents. This month's performance will be "The Keith Show," which features comedy, acrobatics, juggling and daredevil tricks. Village Theatre, 430 Front. St., Danville. Tickets are $3. Parents and children must have tickets. To buy tickets visit www.villagetheatreshows.com or call 925-314-3400.
jan. 21 Interfaith Peace Convocation -- 7 p.m. Music and songs from the Freedom Movement and guest speaker Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, Rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley, and author of 11 books, including "The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country From the Religious Right." He will speak on "A Spiritual Progressive Strategy for the Next Four Years." San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd., Alamo, Free admission/refreshments. 925-837-5243.
jan. 24 'Lost Decency' -- The Untold Afghan Story. 7 p.m. In his moving memoir, Atta Arghandiwal, of Dublin, shares his own story as well as that of the people of Afghanistan in a turbulent journey to escape the war-torn country. He reveals the truth about his beloved and once peaceful nation and how it became one of the deadliest and most dangerous in the world. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave, 925-931-3400. Fellowship Breakfast -- 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Pleasanton YMCA will hold its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast at the Hilton Pleasanton, 2050 Johnson Dr. The keynote speaker will be Pleasanton police Chief Dave Spiller. Tickets are $40, proceeds benefit YMCA programs for Tri-Valley teens. Call 925-263-4444 or contact Kelly O'Lague Dulka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preschool Performance -- 10 a.m. This month's performance will be Adventure Theater with Kenn Adams. In this show, the audience makes the sound effects, creates the story and even comes on stage to play the parts. Village Theatre, 430 Front. St., Danville. Tickets are $3. Parents and children must have tickets. To buy tickets visit www.villagetheatreshows.com or call 925-314-3400.
march 8 Ragin Cajun Mardi Gras -- 6:30-11 p.m. Ragin' Cajun is the annual fundraiser for the Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, which provides cancer patients with financial assistance for complementary healing services during chemo or radiation therapy. Enjoy music, dancing, buffet dinner, beads, live auctions, and more. Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $95 and sold online at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org or call 866-862-7270.