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Gloria Young’s five-week investigation of Pleasanton will be released in early 2008 as a documentary, entitled Ghosts of Pleasanton.

Gloria Young’s five-week investigation of Pleasanton will be released in early 2008 as a documentary, entitled Ghosts of Pleasanton.

From self-guided Ghost Walks to a lecture on spirits, October is the month for fun at the Museum on Main in downtown Pleasanton.

Starting on Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, there will be self-guided ghost walks downtown every 20 minutes. The Museum will give you a list of reported ghost sightings and you can take your time visiting some or all of them. The relaxed schedule allows you (and your family or friends) to stop for lunch or dinner along the way. Ticket prices are $10 for those under 12, $13 for all others.

For braver souls, who want more information, try our new Ghost Walk-the Ghosts Tell Their Stories on Friday and Saturday, October 17-18. These groups will be for 10-20 individuals traveling through the haunted sites with a guide telling stories from scientific information gleaned from Ghost Trackers to physic information from Irma Slage. This walk will include more sites than those on the regular Ghost Walk.

Guides will tell you about the ghosts of John Kottinger, the Chinese laborers who dug the tunnel and other Pleasanton history. Tickets: $13 for those under 12, $18 for all others.

On October 16, Teri Carlson will present a Spirits lecture at the Lynnewood Methodist Church.

Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, the Museum will provide a Haunted House – not a really scary house but one guaranteed to please the younger set. The House will be available for group tours Tuesday through Thursday, October 21-24, and on the 24-25, the Museum will include children’s parties. (Group tours will be available Tuesday through Friday, October 28-31.)

And, finally, on Friday, October 31 – yes, Halloween itself – there will be trick or treating plus a costume parade at the Museum with prizes for the most original costumes.

For more information or to sign up for the new Ghost Walk, phone the Museum on Main at 925.462.2766 or www.museumonmain.org

http://www.ghost-trackers.org/gloria.htm

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Filmed in Pleasanton 1917

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Filmed in Pleasanton 1917

Yes, you’re reading correctly. There have been a number of films made right here in Pleasanton, the Hollywood of the North. And, thanks to the Museum on Main, you may even see a film or two this September when the Museum on Main offers self-guided tours of old movie locales (think First Street, Mary Pickford, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn – well, you get the picture).

There’s even going to be a showing at the museum of an old flick plus a lecture or two about the golden days of movie lore. The schedule includes continual showing of a film from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. lemonade, ice tea and a drawing for a real tea at a local business.

Ticket – $10 for adults, $8 for those under 12, will go on sale September 1 at the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. AND, if you would like to be a movie ‘extra’ contact the Museum and we’ll find a place for you. 925.462.276.  www.museumonmain.org

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Last Years contestants

Last Year's contestants

Museum on Main’s Udderly Divine Bovine Event

Here’s an election you won’t want to miss! Come vote for what you deem are the two ‘best dressed’ – one small, one large – from a herd of 28 cows. These two-dimensional, wooden beauties ranging in size from petite, approximately 2-feet by 4-feet, to grander, 4-feet by 6-feet, await your vote on August 6, 6-9 p.m., during First Wednesdays in downtown Pleasanton. This beauty contest will be held in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main Street,  Simply drop your ballots for your two favorites into milk cartons.

Purchased and decorated by individuals, businesses and not-for-profits, these two-dimensional cows are all part and parcel of the upcoming Udderly Divine Bovine Event slated October 4th at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.  Some cows will also be part of the Running of the Cows during the Pleasanton Downtown Association Art & Heritage Celebration on September 20. More details later.

You may even bid, and hopefully win, at the auctioning of the cows during the Udderly Divine Bovine Event featuring music by Tommy & the 4Speeds and cuisine tastings from local restaurants. Reservations, $65 per person, are available at the Museum on Main, 603 Main Street.  http://www.museumonmain.org

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