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Livermore elementary kids treated to orchestral delight

The Livermore-Amador Symphony will offer a free family concert Dec. 5 just before their season opener. 
Eckert Estate Winery is best known for blends and lesser-known varietals. With the recent addition of a distillery, the owners have developed an avid following for their vodka and orange spice brandy.  
Courtesy of Robert Sholty
Morgan Breedveld, 26, a San Francisco-based actress and Livermore native, wrapped her role as Lucy Harris in "Jekyll & Hyde" at the Bankhead Theater on Nov. 8.  
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Valley Humane SocietyPrepare to be blown away by Bubbles, a friendly, 1-year-old dachshund-mix with the perfect combination of gentleness and energy. Bubbles loves going on walks and enjoys playing fetch.  
courtesy of Melissa Wright
"4-H is an amazing organization where the kids learn public speaking, leadership and record keeping; they also perform a ton of community service," said Melissa Wright, who leads the poultry project while her husband leads archery for Pleasanton's Abbie 4-H chapter.  
Martha Stewart makes it all sound so easy. I wish she could join us this year so she can see how much better she has made our lives. But if she shows up without RSVP-ing, brings day-old doughnuts, or complains about the cat on the table, she'll find herself at the kids' table, outside, on the driveway, with the rest of the relatives.  
And as we gather together, let's not forget all for which we are thankful on this special American holiday, which began so many years ago when the pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate their harvest and new beginnings.  
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Kasey Wright of the 3 R's league had a 187 game and a 502 set, 130 pins over average. Othell Robinson of the Chevron league had a 269 game and a 716 set, 128 pins over average.  
Jenna Bloom, Tim Chrisman, Kellie Hughes, Effie Jia, Tanya Kapur, Yoonhee Kim, Megan McCandless, Ryan Silvas and Brooke Starn are stars of the week  
Youth sports: Pleasanton Seahawks at World Cup  
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Alternative gifts: Tips for meaningful holiday giving

Dreading holiday gift shopping? Here are readers' ideas for gifts that are unique and meaningful. 
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Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?