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Monday, December 13, 2010

25th Annual SRV Messiah Sing-along

The 25th annual San Ramon Valley Sing-Along performance of Handel's Messiah featuring the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra will be held Sunday, December 19, at the San Ramon Presbyterian Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. The church is located at 12943 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, next to the San Ramon Post Office. The event is under the direction of Dr. Tim Smith, Music Director.

"We call it a Sing-Along because we provide the orchestra and soloists," says Dean Christman, choral director, "but the audience provides the voices for the chorus." Singers of every level participate, according to Christman. "Most sing, some hum, many come just to listen."

Featured soloists for the concert are Elizabeth Hunter, soprano; Christine Nowilski, alto; Dean Christman, tenor; and Theodore Weis, bass. Tickets are available at the door or online at Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children.

Sponsors of the event and a series of choral workshops which preceded it are the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the San Ramon Valley Music Foundation, San Ramon Valley Arts Foundation, the City of San Ramon and the Pacific Masterworks Chorus.

For additional information contact:

Dean Christman 925.997.8771
Will Doerlich 415.860.3609
Dick Vesperman 925.858.2093

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wildhorse! Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program


Wildhorse!, San Ramon, CA New Permanent Location

A free open house event at our new and permanent location,

Las Trampas Stables

18015 Bollinger Canyon Road

San Ramon, CA 94583

"as long as grass grows, water flows and wind blows"

May 22, Saturday, High Noon to Four PM!

Free hot dog lunch with free bottled water!

Country Music Sensation Dustin James and his Band!

"Men love his strength – women love him, period"

Noon entertainment by Lariat Larry,

Cowboy Storyteller & Trick Roper!

Horse rides throughout the day, safe and supervised!

Kids' activities, and a Cowgirl Beauty Station!

A goods and services auction

for horse lovers young and old!

Contact Wildhorse! at: wildhorse @

510 860 8188

Website URL

Friday, March 19, 2010

What is the "New Farm" Proposal? It's No Farm!

San Ramon/Danville Residents

What Is the “New Farm” Proposal?


  • Voters approved the Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line in 2006, putting Tassajara Valley off-limits to urban or suburban development until at least 2020, with an update of the General Plan
  • In opposition, Developers have proposed a 193-unit housing development, called “NEW FARM” on 770 acres of land in the Tassajara Valley and have submitted it to the County for approval –AGAINST THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE!
  • Calling this project “rural” is a transparent attempt to get around the law! Go to to get more information.
  • The “NEW FARM” proposal blatantly breaks the Urban Growth Boundary Line by extending water and sewage lines across this line. Rural development has always been defined as parcels using septic tanks and wells. This “New Farm” proposal is not rural, it’s urban development, and requires the construction of Public Utilities – such as water and sewage lines!
  • In San Ramon/Danville WATER AND SEWER SERVICES and FEES ARE HIGH, AND AT FULL MAXIMUM CAPACITY RIGHT NOW. San Ramon & Danville residents pay EBMUD a premium for the water they use due to the shortage of water!
  • In 2007 San Ramon filed a “Sphere of Influence Amendment” for their control of the Tassajara Valley land ultimately, leading to Annexation or development of this land by the City of San Ramon.
  • WHAT YOU CAN DO: Go to and read the article “Tassajara Valley Urban Limit Line Threat.” Write a letter to oppose the Developers’ “New Farm Proposal.”
  • Ask San Ramon (pro-growth City) & the County to uphold the Contra Costa County Voters’ decision for establishing the Urban Growth Boundary Line to stop sprawl development! Urge them to protect the Tassajara Valley Land, and San Ramon/Danville’s current water supply, and sewer systems that are already seriously impacted! Protect our quality of life and land in this area.
  • New Farm will allow massive development on prime agricultural land. Subdivide into 5-acre parcels with the developer requesting “density bonuses” for consolidating development on 40 acres!
More of what you can do:

What You Can Do

Contact Patrick Roche, lead staff on the projct for Contra Costa County, to get updates and know when the next meetings are: by email or by telephone at (925) 335-1242.

Sign up to receive email updates about the campaign – email Christina Wong.

Write a letter in defense of Tassajara Valley:

Write to San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson and Members of the Council, opposing the proposed amendment and the future annexation and development of the Tassajara Valley.
2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583
Phone: (925) 973-2530
Fax: (925) 866-0547

Write to your County Supervisor, or to the Board of Supervisors, to say that you oppose studying the New Farm proposal.

District I (El Cerrito, Richmond, & San Pablo):
Honorable John Gioia
Supervisor, District I
11780 San Pablo Ave. Suite D
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 374-3231

District II (Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Martinez, Orinda, Pinole, Walnut Creek):
Honorable Gayle B. Uilkema
Supervisor, District II
651 Pine Street, Room 108A
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-1046

District III (Alamo, Brentwood, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Byron, Discovery Bay, Blackhawk, Knightson):
Honorable Marry N. Piepho
Supervisor, District III
309 Diablo Road
Danville, CA 94526
(925) 820-8683

District IV (Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill. Walnut Creek):
Honorable Susan Bonilla
Supervisor, District IV
2151 Salvio Street, Suite R
Concord, CA 94521
(925) 521-7100

District V (Pitsburg, Antioch. Oakley, Bay Point, Bethel Island):
Honorable Federal D. Glover
Supervisor, District V
315 E. Leland Rd.
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 634-5915

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Save Tassajara Valley Hike by Save Mount Diablo

Save Mount Diablo Hike, Sunday February 21, 2010 9:30 a.m.

Some of the Best Views You’ve Never Seen!

Brand New Hidden Valley Open Space & the Threatened Tassajara Valley.

Troy Bristol, Land Conservation Associate for Save Mount Diablo, is leading a hike in the new Hidden Valley Open Space in San Ramon, this Sunday February 21, 2010 9:30 am.

All participants have the option of 1 mile (350’ gain/loss), 3.5 mile (650’ gain/loss), or 4.5 mile full loop (800’ gain/loss). Time: 1-3 hours depending on which option is chosen.

The hike is both about informing the public about this incredible new preserve, and also about threats to the Tassajara Valley, which are visible from the trail. The hike begins at the hiker gate on Longleaf Circle in San Ramon. Bring water, layers and sunscreen. Heavy rain postpones.

For more info, call George Phillips at 925 947-3535 or e-mail: .

More info about the issue and hikes at:

SMD is leading two more hikes in Hidden Valley Open Space:

Sunday March 21, 2010, 9:30 am. Led by Troy Bristol, SMD’s Land Conservation Associate.

Sunday April 11, 2010, 9:30 am. Led by Seth Adams, SMD’s Director of Land Programs.

All hikes begin at hiker gate on Longleaf Circle in San Ramon. Bring water, layers and sunscreen. Heavy rain postpones.

Or you can take a hike by yourself, using this self-guiding map and description:

Friday, January 22, 2010

Good Citizen Awards: DAR Chapter Honors San Ramon Students

The Mount Diablo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the 2009 Good Citizen Awards to six San Ramon area students at the Awards Recognition Luncheon in December.

This award is given by the Chapter to honor high school seniors who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.

DAR Good Citizens
Pictured left to right Kendra Buie (w headband), Andrew Dala, Ryan Hammill, Sebastian DeLuca, Ashley Jensen, Taylor King

The San Ramon area honorees were Kristiana Meyer, Athenian High School; Taylor King, Venture High School; Andrew Dala, Dougherty Valley High School; Ashley Jensen, California High School, Sebastian DeLuca, Monte Vista High School; and Ryan Hammill, San Ramon High School. Ashley Jensen, California High School, won the Essay Contest and received a $100 prize.

The winners of this award are eligible for the chance to compete beyond the chapter level for a cash award of at least $250 and a special state DAR good citizen’s pin and the national winner will be invited to Washington D.C. to attend DAR Continental Congress and be awarded a $3000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl, and certificate. The second and third place winners will receive $1000 and $750 respectively.

Pictured below from left to right is Ashley Jensen and Sue Economos.

DAR ScholarshipThe National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. DAR members have traced their lineage back to soldiers of the American Revolution.

The Mt. Diablo Chapter, which was organized January 10, 1961, meets on the second Tuesday of the month October through June. Prospective members are welcome to attend. The meetings begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Vista Room of the Hillside Clubhouse at Rossmoor.

Anyone who has an ancestor who fought in or rendered aid in the American Revolution may be eligible for membership in DAR. For information, contact Regent Gay Scott at 925-820-5720.

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