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"Hello, Rudolph!"

  • Holidays on the Farm -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Two of Santa's reindeer will visit, and tours of the holiday-decorated Glass House Museum (for a fee) will be featured along with visits with a Victorian Santa and ornament making. Play old-fashioned games, enjoy tractor rides and sheepdog demonstrations. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Free admission. 925-973-3284.

    Seen & Heard

    Name that tune, Officer

    Overheard on the police scanner: "The caller reports a man playing his trumpet while driving ...."

    -- Kelly Gust, Staff

    Past Times

    Dec. 18, 1957 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "The Santa Rita Story

    The Santa Rita Story is truly an interesting one. It began some 10 years ago, sparked by the imagination and careful planning of Alameda County Sheriff H.P. Gleason and a group of associates.

    But it actually began long before this, back in 1770 when the name "Santa Rita" was first applied to this area in honor of Saint Rita, the sweet saint of the impossible and patroness of the area's first settlers.

    On Nov. 6, 1947, the officers and inmate personnel were transferred from their outdated existing facilities in Oakland to the new Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center here. Rehabilitation is the primary mission of the center. The program is twofold, involving first the physical and mental rehabilitation of a prisoner, with, secondly, a minimum cost to the taxpayers.

    Inmates of the Santa Rita institution include men and women, people from all walks of life, oldsters and young adults. Activities offered at the center, such as farming, office training, sheet metal and machine work for the men and sewing and laundry work for the women, provide opportunities to regain lost skills and a chance for new ones.

    A major part of Alameda County's rehabilitation program is farming and ranching that takes up about 450 acres at Camp Parks. The crops include grain, tomatoes, sugar beets and squash. Inmates also raise pigs and sheep.

    All of the county's women prisoners are housed at Santa Rita. A vocational and occupational therapy program has been set up for them. One of the primary duties of the women inmates is manufacture and upkeep of all inmate clothing. They make and repair work clothes, jackets and aprons and their own uniforms. The also make pillowcases, table cloths and curtains, saving the county more than $5,000 per year.

    Also, they make dresses and repair hundreds of dolls each year for Christmas distribution to children of needy families, while male inmates repair the more complex mechanical toys.

    Groceries: Hagstrom's. Turkeys, 35 cents a pound; cranberry sauce, three cans for 49 cents; and Libby's No. 2 half-tins of pumpkin, two for 29 cents.

    At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter and Edward G. Robinson. Admission is $1.25, children younger than 12, 50 cents.

    Trivia question: In what year did Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot," premier in New York City?

    Answer to last week's question: On Dec. 20, 1957, Elvis Presley received an Army draft notice.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayareanews group.com or follow her on Twitter at Newsie1195.