Jun 05, 2023

News Digest: Don Lewis tributes at Firehouse

Don Lewis tributes

The Firehouse Arts Center is set to honor late Pleasanton resident, musician and synthesizer pioneer Don Lewis with two special events in June.

Next Thursday (June 15) at 7 p.m. will be the "Black Music Month Tribute to Don Lewis", featuring performances and discussions with musicians such as Jeff Bordes and his band, Carlos Reyes, Candace Johnson, Joseph Hebert and Jennifer Silk. The event is part of the city of Pleasanton's annual Summer Reading Program.

Then on June 28, the Firehouse will host a screening of the documentary film "Don Lewis and the Live Electronic Orchestra" followed by a panel discussion featuring John Chowning, Bryan Bell, Gary Leuenberger, Mark Vail and the documentary's producer Ned Augustenborg.

Both events are free but registration is required. Go to

CityServe Luau Mixer

CityServe of the Tri-Valley is hosting an Open House Luau Mixer for community members and service partners next Wednesday (June 14) from 4-7 p.m. in its newly renovated office space at the Pleasanton Senior Center at 5353 Sunol Blvd.

"This vibrant gathering presents an exceptional opportunity for attendees to learn more about the diverse range of direct service programs offered by CityServe to support vulnerable local seniors and their families," the nonprofit said. "The presence of community members at this event will significantly contribute to the organization's mission of providing crucial support and care to those in need.

The event will include music by DJ Dave, food, drinks, raffles and the chance to "engage with our team and network compassionate changemakers while enjoying some Hawaiian flair," according to City Serve. RSVPs are requested; call 925-222-2273 or email [email protected]

Human services needs

As part of updating the Tri-Valley Human Services Needs Assessment with the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore, the city of Dublin is recruiting residents to be part of a focus group to help inform the process and policymakers about gaps in the current system.

"The needs assessment allows the Tri-Valley region to be strategic in assisting local service providers with human service needs," Dublin officials said.

An in-person meeting of the group is set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday (June 11) at a location to be determined. Participants will receive a $50 gift card for their time, officials said. To learn more, email organizers at [email protected]