San Ramon Valley Events – April 2014

Hello everyone,

A BIG thank you to all of you for your continued support and for making this newsletter a success. Our goal is to provide you with fun new events to get out and enjoy each month. If you have an event that you would like us to include, let us know. Please also help us spread the word, forward and share this with anyone you think would enjoy it.

There is a special event coming up this month that I encourage you all to participate in. This year’s Leadership San Ramon Valley class is hosting a charity event at Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon Monday April 7th. I recently ate there with a friend, and the food was amazing. I am very particular when it comes to authentic Italian food (Love you Grandma!) and they did not disappoint. Gianni’s has agreed to host this charity event in order to raise funds for Discovery Counseling Center

Which is a community focused non-profit organization that provides a School Counseling Intervention Program to children. This is a wonderful program for kids, and is vital to the strength of our community. I will be there, along with many of my Leadership San Ramon Valley alumni. I hope that you will join us as well. It will be a fun evening with lots of great food and we get to contribute to a great cause at the same time. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you,

Mike Continillo

LSRV Fundraiser Benefiting the Discovery Counseling Center

Monday, April 7
5:00 PM
Gianni’s Italian Bistro
2605 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, CA

‘Tips for Change’ at Gianni’s Italian Bistro Benefiting Discovery Counseling Center

Members of the 2014 Leadership San Ramon Valley Class cordially invite you to attend their special ‘Tips for Change’ fundraising event on Monday, April 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Gianni’s Italian Bistro to benefit the Discovery Counseling Center.  Tips and donations collected from diners attending this event will enable Discovery to continue to provide a variety of mental health services to San Ramon Valley school students and families at no or low cost.

The 2014 Leadership SRV Class has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for this event.  Your role in helping us to achieve this goal will be to tip your server generously when the bill arrives.  All tips collected on this special night will be used to help Discovery continue to address the growing need in our community for affordable mental health counseling services.

Seating for this event is limited and will go fast.  We encourage you to make your reservations today for either 5, 6:30 or 8 p.m. through OpenTable. You may also make your reservations by calling 925-820-6969.

Robin Hood

March 28 – April 14
Front Row Theater
17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd
San Ramon CA 94582 US

Located in Dougherty Station Community Center

It’s a bull’s eye with Robin Hood and his troupe in this spirited retelling of his legend in Sherwood Forest. Full of audience participation, daring sword fights, and gallant rescues, you’ll quiver with excitement at the action and adventure in Nottingham.

Tickets for San Ramon Community Theater Productions:
Evening shows $16 adults / $13 Children & Seniors
Matinees $11 for everyone

First Friday Films: Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Friday, April 4
6:30 PM
Peace Lutheran Church, Youth Room
3201 Camino Tassajara

When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to discuss Walt Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began 20 years ago as a promise he made to his two daughters) Disney meets a prim, uncompromising woman who is not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film but who is struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers reflects on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.

Photos with the Easter Bunny

Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6

  • 11 AM to 6 PM

Friday, April 11 – Saturday, April 19

  • 11 AM to 6 PM

Blackhawk Plaza
3380 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA

Follow the bunny prints to the Bunny Garden near the Rotunda.

April in Paris Fashion Show & Tea

Saturday, April 5
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Alcosta Senior & Community Ctr
9300 Alcosta Blvd
San Ramon CA 94583

Welcome the spring season with an afternoon of fashions, food and fun for all ages. Fabulous door prizes and opportunity drawings will be included. Proceeds benefit the San Ramon Senior Foundation which supports senior programs. Please pre-register at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center by Tuesday, April 1.

Exchange Club Luncheon Speaker

Wednesday, April 9
11:30 AM
Faz Restaurant
600 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA

The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley’s April luncheon speaker is Rick Palmer, Founder Contra Costa Chapter of VOAD. His presentation is entitled,”VOAD–Volunteers Active in Disasters”. Preceeding this will be a business networking presentation by a club member.

The Exchange Club is a service club. Exchangites provide community service both locally and nationally. This is the best reason for becoming a member: the chance to do something for someone else and to know the fulfillment that comes from giving. Exchangites believe in Unity for Service. Together, we can and do make a difference everyday. For more information visit their website.

Container Gardening


Thursday, April 10
6:30 PM
San Ramon Library
100 Montgomery Street
San Ramon, CA

This talk will inspire you to 
grow your own fruits and vegetables even with limited space. It will cover building and preparing raised beds, conventional to unique containers for 
container gardening and espalier fruit trees.

weightofnation_sanramonvalleyeventsHBO “Weight of the Nation” Part 2 Screening

Thursday, April 10
6:30 PM
California HS Theater
9870 Broadmoor Drive
San Ramon

1/3 of California children and 2/3 of adults are overweight or obese.  Why?  What can we do about it?  Come watch the HBO documentary, “Weight of the Nation” part 2 for answers to these questions.  An expert panel discussion will follow.

Click here for more information.

Sponsored by the SRV Council of PTA and supported by the SR Teen Council, Kaiser Permanente, and The City of San Ramon.

inChefs Spring Cupcake Challenge

Friday, April 11
6:00 PM
Father Nature’s Restaurant
172 E Prospect Avenue
Danville, CA

Spring is almost here whether we are ready or not… find that forgotten recipe or your favorite recipe that screams SPRING to showcase it at our Spring mini cupcake Challenge. Mini cupcakes will be judged on creativity, uniqueness, taste, and presentation.

If you are participating, please bring 4 dozen cupcakes. To sign up, please say RSVP here and pay here to participate.

Setup : 6 – 6:30pm
Tasting and Judging starts at 6:30pm
Winners announced : 7:30pm

Important: Due to allergies and other dietary restrictions, please make sure to note the ingredient list. example nuts, eggs etc.

Thank You San Ramon! Walk with the City Council

Saturday, April 12
Central Park
12501 Alcosta Blvd
San Ramon CA 94583 US

Enjoy scenic Central Park as you have an opportunity to engage with San Ramon City Council members about local topics. This beginner friendly route will loop the park and part of the Iron Horse Trail. Healthy refreshments will be provided. Walkers of all ages welcome. For more information visit or contact the Parks & Rec department at or phone (925) 973-3200.

KidsReads Launch Party Blackhawk Plaza kick-off!

Saturday, April 12
1:00 – 3:00 PM
In the Rotunda
Blackhawk Plaza
3380 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA

Join Danville and the San Ramon Libraries in celebrating 2014’s KidsReads event at our Blackhawk Plaza kickoff! Join us for fun activities including a magic show by Dan Chan Presents!, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and crafts! It’s fun for the whole family. Afterward, swing by the Danville Library, the San Ramon Library, or the Dougherty Station Library and pick up your free copy of the KidsRead 2014 book, Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett.

This event is generously sponsored by Blackhawk Plaza, the Friends of the Danville Library, and the San Ramon Library Foundation.

Forest Home Farms – Fun on the Farm

Spring on the Farm
Saturday, April 12
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Forest Home Farms
19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon CA

Spring is the time for newly sprouted seeds and baby animals. Visit the farm to discover what plants are growing in the organic garden and see if the baby lambs have arrived. In the garden, explore the beds to find the new seedlings and look for helpful insects. You can also help out by watering or turning the compost, and then plant a seed to take home. If the new lambs are here, we’ll see if their moms will let us take a peek at their adorable babies. For more information visit

Pleasanton Run for Education

Sunday, April 13
7:30 AM
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton CA

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Pleasanton Run for Education on April 13, 2014.  Races include a half marathon, 5K, and Kid’s Challenge all starting and finishing at the Alameda County Fair Grounds.  Proceeds benefit Pleasanton Partners in Education programs.  Come join the fun and support your schools.  Expo with food, fitness products, and supporters plus free parking.  For more information or to register visit

NowRoz Festival – Persian/Afghan New Year and Cultural Celebration

Sunday, April 13
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Cost: $5.00 – $15.00

Come join in the fun for a traditional celebration of the New Year and Persian/Afghan cultural event! This day long celebration is one of the most important among people of Afghan & Persian decent all over the world.

The festival takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton and the event is HUGE!  It has gathered for over a decade and 15,000 attendees enjoy a day of live music, art, performances, and interesting exhibitions. There will be a fashion show, talent show, and lots of activities for children. Kids can enjoy face painting, balloon artists, carnival games and rides!

The mission is to “celebrate, preserve, promote and share our beautiful culture with our kids and others in the American & Persian Community and bring our community together by emphasizing areas of common interest rather than differences.”

For more information visit:

Golf Fund-Raiser for Catholic Charities

Monday, April 14
10:00 AM
Diablo Country Club
1700 Country Club Road
Diablo, CA

Enable & empower families in need by supporting Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s 30th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, April 14 at the beautiful & exclusive Diablo Country Club.

Consider playing, attending that evening’s dinner, volunteering or donating. Sponsorship opportunities also available.

Contact Info: Michael Bauman @ 510-768-3161 or Also visit for more information, or to register.

Night at the Improv

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Showtime: 8:00pm
Front Row Theater
17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd
San Ramon, CA

Join San Ramon Improv U Players and our resident troupe Twisted Gray Matter for an interactive evening of improvisational comedy. The show is created on the spot with the help of audience participation and suggestions. Not suitable for children under the age of 18.

Tickets: $10 per show.

Xiaopei Chinese Dance, Inc.

5th Anniversary Celebration Showcase
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Showtime: 7:00pm
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd
San Ramon, CA

Xiaopei Chinese Dance was the first Chinese dance school and company based in the Tri-Valley. This year, we will celebrate our 5th anniversary with 26 colorful dances, including Chinese classic and folk, ballet, Latin, and modern dances. Our celebration performance, joined by famed soprano Manhua Gao 高 曼 华, and violinist Xiaoli Chen 陈 晓 荔, will be a showcase to display and promote the beauty of Chinese arts and culture, and will serve as an artistic bridge in our local community. $1 of this ticket supports the San Ramon Cultural Growth Fund

Buy Tickets:

  • Adult: $20
  • Students $10
  • Senior: $10
  • Children: $10
  • Group of 10 or more: $10

Special Needs Summer Resource Programs Fair

Wednesday, April 23
7:00 PM
12601 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA

Presented by: SRVUSD Special Needs 
Community Advisory Committee & SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee

Looking for something to do 
with your child this summer? Come meet local providers of camps and services for children with special needs. Please feel free 
to ask questions, learn about their programs, and take home some brochures. We 
hope this will be a very informative evening.

vendors represented including:  Special 
Olympics, Aspen Network, Horses Healing Hearts, Able Closet, KS Speech Therapy, Quest Camp, Trails to Success, Today for Tomorrow: Behavior Intervention 
Services, Skill Builders, Care Parent Network, City of Walnut Creek, Via 
Services, The Speech Pathology Group, Tutor Doctor, The Learning Fountain, Camping 
Unlimited, Goals for Autism, School of Imagination & MORE!

This program is geared towards
parents of school-aged children with special needs.

More information can be found at:

Sheep Shearing Day

Saturday, April 26
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Forest Home Farms
19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, CA

Celebrate spring and see the sheep get their annual haircuts! Watch demonstrations of old time traditions such as blacksmithing, lace making, wood carving, and quilting as well as sheepdog demonstrations. Children will be entertained with 4-H animals, crafts, games, and tractor rides. Enjoy live music, take a tour of the property, and visit the Gift Shoppe. Food available for purchase. Pre-register to save money!

Admission at the gate:
Adults (13+) $7
Child (3-12) $5
Children 2 and under FREE

Pre-registration pricing:
Adults (13+) $5
Child (3-12) $3
Children 2 and under FREE

Pre-register via PayPal at

See website for discounted admission pricing for members of the San Ramon Historic Foundation.

More Info:

Parks Make life Better Clean-Up Days

Saturday, April 26
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hidden Valley Park
10907 Albion Rd
San Ramon CA

The City of San Ramon is home to 54 beautiful parks that San Ramon residents are proud of, and that thousands of people enjoy each week. Join our professional park maintenance staff for a cleanup event to assist the city in maintaining neighborhood parks. Tasks may include planting, pruning, applying mulch, replacing sand box materials, painting and general clean up. The event is open to all ages however, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and will need to register in advance. Register for this event online at For more information contact Bonnie Mertz at or call 925-973-2608.

Shredding Event

Saturday, April 26
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
3180 Crow Canyon Place
San Ramon, CA

After yet another tax season are your file cabinets at home bulging with old documents, but you don’t know what you should keep and for how long? Once you know what you don’t need, join us for a Mobile Shredding Event. We will be located in the parking lot.

Storytime with the Farmer

Wednesday, April 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Forest Home Farms
19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, CA

Calling all little farmers — come to the farm for a morning that is ALL ABOUT SHEEP! Visit Forest Home Farms Historic Park to hear stories, sing songs, create a special springtime craft and visit the sheep. Children must be accompanied by an adult but only children need to register.