Pleasanton: Artist works tooth-and-nail to get job done

Winter is the creative force behind a unique piece of artwork that uses about 5,000 nails hammered into a slab of redwood to depict Pleasanton's iconic Kolln Building.  
Mike Porto, a longtime planning consultant for Dublin, earned millions overseeing Dublin's building boom by billing hours that border on impossible.  
"Love in the Wilderness" is the theme of a hike from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Sunol Regional Wilderness, led by naturalist Cat Taylor. The group will look for "amorous amphibians and rapturous raptors."  
Starting this week, the Tri-Valley Herald and Valley Journal weekly editions for Tri-Valley Times readers will be published on Fridays.  
Courtesy Dublin Unified School D
Search begins to replace Hanke after June as the system struggles with overcrowding  
With school populations rising due to rapid development and land prices sky-high, officials in Dublin want to change how much developers contribute toward new schools  
Courtesy of the Mincks Family
Their minister shared the advice that although a man may think he knows his bride, she'll change many times over the years. Earl Minck disagrees. "Ileana was a marvelous woman when I fell in love with her, and she still is marvelous. I fall in love with her every day."  
On Saturday, the nonprofit will hold its biggest annual event -- the Paws In Need Valentine Crab Feed (which is a good excuse to celebrate Valentine's Day with your date a little early). All of the proceeds go to benefit their programs and ultimately to serve Tri-Valley pets in need.  
Courtesy of Fasso family
In 2007, the Fasso family lost their beloved Max, a black German shepherd. He was 15 years old. After months of mourning, Julie Fasso began occasionally checking the local SPCA website for a new dog. "I was drawn to Zack's picture every time I saw it. He just looked so happy," Julie said.  
Through Feb. 14 "Good People" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Role Players Ensemble presents "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire about the story of Margie Walsh, who hits bottom after losing her job and facing eviction.  
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7