( Doug Duran )
Livermore Town Center, needing new anchor tenant, gets no love

It's a puzzle to merchants and residents why the center, located in a residential neighborhood at the gateway to the city's thriving wine country, has fallen into disrepair with faded peeling paint, cracked asphalt and empty storefronts. 
Circles for Change is part of a nonprofit, community-based network of programs throughout the United States. The new Livermore chapter will operate under the auspices of Asbury United Methodist Church for now, although the organization is not faith-based.  
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.  
"When I was a kid, I resented working in my dad's deli, but now I'm so glad I did," Joe Giacomini says. "It taught me so much about food. But it wasn't until I was about 28 that something sparked in me, and I realized I really loved to cook, and running a restaurant like this was what I wanted to do."  
Dan Honda
Jaclyn Thach will play with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in their winter concert Feb. 21 at the San Leandro High School Performing Arts Center.  
A. Stear/Valley Humane Society
Valley Humane SocietyRedefine your notion of a lap cat with Coretta, an adorable 3-year-old gray-flecked feline. Given the chance, she will be more than happy to make your lap her permanent home!  
The Pleasanton Library is taking part in the national early literacy campaign "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten," which encourages parents to read that number of books to their children in advance of their first school year.  
To submit an item to the What's Happening calendar, email ccnsports@bayareanewsgroup.com to request a form. Put "What's Happening" in the subject line.  
Some developmentally disabled adults in Alameda County stranded on buses, picked up hours late after a new company took over a month earlier than expected.  
The district will poll voters to see if the Nov. 8 ballot is worth a fresh attempt. The last school bond measure approved in Pleasanton was the $70 million Measure B approved in 1997. Two Pleasanton school parcel tax measures -- in 2009 and 2011 -- lost at the polls.  
( 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 
( JP Yim )
Kanye West's super strict rules for Yeezy show models

Kanye West had some pretty strict rules for how models at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion extravaganza should display his clothes.