• • • • •. REVOLVING DOORS: It’s tough not to emit a continuous “oh no” around town these days, what with fliers announcing the closure of so many local favorites fluttering in the breeze. In just one week, TOT saw such notices for The French Wine Cellar, Yarndogs and Posh Bagel, with Hobee’s following just a day or two later. After 16 years, French Wine Cellar proprietors Jay and Sallie Druian have transitioned from their brick-and-mortar shop on E. Main Street to an exclusively online sales model, which will give the couple ample time to enjoy their apartment in Paris, their house in Mexico and their Santa Cruz Mountains digs whenever they’re stateside. You can still order your French favorites by the case by emailing jay@thefrench cellar.com; the full selection of vintages can be found at thefrenchcellar.com.
A layoff from KICU-TV in 1999 prompted Dini to get his teaching credentials and start teaching full time at Pioneer, “It’s been a quarter-century of fun,” he said, Dini said he had to work dance ballet slippers - machine embroidery design a lot harder to get students on stage back then, including his own son, “who I had to pay $10 a show to get him to do it.”, That certainly won’t be the case this year, The cast of “Les Miz” consists of more than 70 students plus a stage crew of seven, It is one of Dini’s largest and most diverse casts ever, made up partly of cheerleaders, athletes, dance team members and special education students..
Rivera will blend technical pyrotechnics and smoldering intensity in Piano Concerto No. 5 (the “Emperor”). Selections from the ballet “Creatures of Prometheus” and Symphony No. 3 (the “Eroica”) span vast soulful depths and soaring spiritual heights, to complete this memorable journey. The orchestra has established a presence throughout the county and is comprised of 45 musicians ranging in age from 15 to 94 who are music teachers, accountants, students, electricians, mechanics, homemakers, lawyers, retirees, dentists, engineers and computer specialists. Primarily Contra Costa residents, their only remuneration is the stimulation and satisfaction of rehearsing and performing together. In addition to the five-concert season at the Lesher Center, the orchestra also nurtures its dedication to the community by providing affordable performances to the residents of East Contra Costa County at El Campanil Theatre.
Dortort’s book will be for sale at the event, and he will be available to sign it, The event is $25 for members of the Ruth Bancroft Garden and the Garden Conservancy members, and $30 for general admission, To register, call 925-944-9352 or go to dance ballet slippers - machine embroidery design www.ruthbancroftgarden.org, Artistic director Dr, Martin Benvenuto, conductors Laryssa Sadoway and Julie Fischer and the chorus will celebrate new beginnings and reflect on seasons past, The young singers will perform an eclectic Mass, with each movement set by a different European composer, selections from Randall Thompson’s “The Place of the Blest,” the awe-inspiring Pentatonic Alleluia, and an exuberantly rhythmical Bonse Alba from Zambia, In fulfilling one of Benvenuto’s visions for the chorus, a newly formed Honor’s Men’s Ensemble will debut at this winter concert..
St. Mary’s School held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new, two-story junior high school building. Construction continued throughout the year, with each grade creating time capsules that were buried in the building’s walls in mid-November. The building should be completed by spring 2014. Los Gatos Morning Rotary member Doug McNeil traveled to Washington, D.C., where he received a presidential “Champions of Change” award. McNeil was a founder of the “Lighting for Literacy” program that brings low-cost, solar-powered lighting systems to underserved communities in Mexico, Australia and India.
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