Fool day of fun
Evening at the symphony
Seen & Heard
Celtic rockers fire it up
A Celtic rock and bagpiping band fired up the crowd at the Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Festival with high-energy music and real fire. Yep -- real flames.
A mohawk-wearing musician with Celtica-Pipes Rock shot flames from the end of his guitar, getting a roar from the audience at the Dublin Civic Center on Saturday. A woman in the band also did her own fire show, stepping down from the stage to swing flaming batons while a drummer pounded out a stirring rhythm.
Celtica blended loud rock, punk, folk and other styles in performing their own tunes and those written by others, including "What Do you Do With a Drunken Sailor?"
While Celtica was just one of its many attractions, the Dublin festival was a hot draw overall, attracting a record 73,000 people over its two days, city officials estimated.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
March 31, 1971 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "The Day They Said Goodbye To Old St. Augustine's Church"
It had stood for 90 years, serving four generations of Pleasantonites ... a place where life began and ended for thousands who claimed the Amador Valley as their home.
Even those who did not share the teachings of St. Augustine or the precepts of the Catholic Church had come to love the white-framed structure that borrowed his name.
"We've been neighbors to St. Augustine's church since 1913," Lillie Fiorio recalled. She remembered when they "lived above the grocery store" which still now stands as a final reminder of a busier era for Rose Avenue.
There was the time also when Pleasanton Grammar School burned down, and the tiny meeting hall alongside the church served as the seventh-grade classroom.
Others stopped to view the scene and watch the huge bulldozer claw away at the remains of the old church. There, old memories seem to rise up out of the dust, looking back to a wedding, baptisms for a firstborn or a Requiem Mass when a loved one was returned to God.
In a few moments it was all gone, the gothic spires, The white-framed touch borrowed from New England. It was never in architectural splendor. But it was always "our church," and for some, that would never change.
Groceries: Safeway. Beef oxtails, 36 cents a pound; La Reina corn tortillas, 10 ounces for 10 cents; Dubuque canned ham, five-pound tin for $4.69.
At the Movies: Amador Valley Theater, Pleasanton. "The Priest's Wife" with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
Answer to March 21 question: William Calley was sentenced to life for the My Lai Massacre. He served 31/2 years under house arrest.
Trivia Question: On April 10, 1957, what canal was reopened for all traffic?
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