September 16, 2014

Shape Up Fitness Challenge

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Tuff Girl Fitness exist to empower people to define and reach their personal goals by living healthier, more productive lifestyles. We achieve this through coaching of  health, wellness, weight loss, and the most effective and efficient exercises to reach their goals. With that said, we came up with a BRAND NEW CHALLENGE- the Shape Up Fitness Challenge!

Tuff Girl is the most innovative and creative gym in the Tri-Valley! Our Shape Up Fitness Challenge is designed to transform people in the spirit of cooperation, camaraderie, friendship and accountability. We want to help YOU anyway we can!

Accept this challenge if you want to:

•        Learn new exercises to build muscle and lose fat

•        Be challenged past your comfort zone

•        Get out of your exercise rut

•         Be a weekend warrior

•        Experience a fun workout with your friends- no mud involved J

•        Workout with Livermore’s TUFFest Trainer

•        Get freebies and win prizes

 

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS CHALLENGE?!

Challenge Dates:

Saturday, September 20th  7am- 12pm

Sunday, October 5th 7am- 12pm

Sunday, October 26th  7am- 12pm

 

Shape Up Challenge Classes:

7:00am-7:30am    Total Body Blast Boot Camp

7:45am – 8:15am   Butts and Guts

8:30am-9:00am      Ultimate Conditioning

9:15am- 9:45am     The After Burn

10:00am- 10:30am  Kettlebell Fit

10:45am-11:15am  Power Circuit

11:30am-12:00pm  Nutrition 101

 

Class Descriptions:

Total Body Blast Boot Camp: Transform your shape and go from not to HOT with our 30-minute workout designed to shape, tone, and tighten and help create an overall epic body transformation.

Butts and Guts: Combining exercises to tone and shape your butt and abs/core

Ultimate Conditioning: It’s the next level of training. Your muscular strength and endurance will be tested when combined with cardiovascular movement. Weights, bars, box jumps, and wall balls will be used. A total body workout that is challenging and feels like you’re training one-on-one with a private trainer. Great for all levels of fitness!

The After Burn:  H.I.I.T- High intensity interval training class where you’ll perform a series of H.I.I.T  techniques combined with brief recovery periods to provide a total body workout with maximum results and fantastic “after-burn” effect where you’ll burn calories up to 36 hours after

Kettlebell Fit: Kettlebells create a more efficient and effective workout than many other forms of training out there. You’ll be using dumbbells and kettlebells in this class to build muscular strength and endurance and core strength.

Power Circuit: Hit every muscle group and work your core as you burn calories transitioning through stations of different fitness equipment including BOSU® , TRX,  Lebert Equalizers, Wall Balls, Body Bars, Kettlebells, Slam Balls, and MUCH MORE!

Nutrition 101:  Here is what we’ll talk about during the class:
How many calories to consume
Protein, Carbs and Fat
Keys to Daily Meal Success
How to Increase Your Metabolism
Meal and Snack ideas
Triggers: Mindless Eating, Emotional Eating and Bad Habits
Sugar Intake and what sugars to stay away from
The importance of  Food and Exercise Records

PRICING:

Each challenge date is $25 for 7 classes- what a deal! There will be snacks and beverages provided during the challenge. You can attend all 7 classes or only some of the classes- it’s up to you!  Each challenge date will have different workouts so come to 1 challenge for $25 or all 3 for $75. But, if you bring 2 friends with you then you will get your registration for FREE! AND if you attend all 3 dates you will be put into a drawing to win 6 months of classes for FREE!

EACH challenge date will have a raffle to win a free month of classes for all who attend.

In addition, each attendee will receive a FREE goody bag with local discounts and freebies from local businesses.

These challenge are co-ed so bring your significant others as well!

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THIS CHALLENGE? There are a limited number of spots per date so sign up TODAY!

 

Saturday, September 20th    7am- 12pm

Sign Up Here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E3G2TQB74NR7Y

Sunday, October 5th     7am- 12pm

Sign Up Here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YV3PEYFR93FXE

Sunday, October 26th   7am- 12pm

Sign Up Here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5UTNUXA6L4VC4

 

SIGN UP FOR ALL 3 HERE:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BXZTQMN535FPE

Coach Erica

 I believe that everyone has the right to live a happy and healthy life

 

Erica Martin, CPT, CF-L1
Tuff Girl Fitness/Tuff Girl Boot Camp
Personal Training/Small Group Training
1108 E. Stanley Blvd. Livermore, Ca 94551-3122
(925)518-4114
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http://tufffit.myshaklee.com

Assistance League Sponsors Book Drive

assistance league amador valley

 

Assistance League Sponsors Book Drive

 

Assistance League® of Amador Valley is holding a children’s book drive in support of Make a Difference Day, October 25, a national day of community service.

New books for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are being collected now through October at Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street in Pleasanton. They will be presented in conjunction with its signature program, Operation School Bell® whereby students in need in the Tri-Valley area are provided school clothing and shoes.

This national endeavor is an extension of each of the 120 chapters’ daily work to help the less fortunate with nearly 250,000 students receiving support towards improved literacy just last year.

While this one day in October is Make a Difference Day, the real story is that Assistance League makes a difference every day in communities across the country.

For more information, go to www.amadorvalley.assistanceleague.org., www.assistanceleague.org. and www.handsonnetwork.org/MakeADifferenceDay.

 

 

Heritage Estates Presents $8,000 to Hope Hospice

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Heritage Estates Presents $8,000 to Hope Hospice

 

WHAT

Heritage Estates will present Hope Hospice a big check for over $8,000. Heritage Estates bet on helping Hope Hospice at their annual charity Casino Night and they won big! This year’s event raised more than twice what they have raised in the past. Following the check presentation there will be a champagne toast to celebrate their joint accomplishment.

WHEN 

Friday, August 29th at 3:00 PM

WHERE 

Heritage Estates                                              On-site contact:

900 E Stanley Blvd                                         Heidi Hall

Livermore, CA 94550

 

VISUALS

Media are invited to see the check presentation to Hope Hospice. Residents of Heritage Estates and employees of Hope Hospice will be in attendance. Victoria Emmons, the CEO of Hope Hospice will accept the check on behalf of Hope Hospice.

BACKGROUND: 

  • Heritage Estates, a Leisure Care Community located on Stanley Blvd. in Livermore, CA., is a luxury senior apartments and assisted living retirement campus.
  • Hope Hospice, a not-for-profit, community-based agency, serves the Tri-Valley community providing a comprehensive program designed to achieve the best quality of life for everyone involved—patients in the last stages of their illness, their families and caregivers.
  • Hope Hospice provides a special kind of healthcare offering a circle of support that focuses on physical emotional and spiritual needs of their patients and enables them to make the most of each day.
  • This year’s Casino Night fundraiser raised nearly double what the event has raised in the past.
  • 100% of the proceeds from the entry donations, raffle tickets, and silent auction items went directly to Hope Hospice.
  • Heritage Estates and Hope Hospice naturally align because of their holistic values. Hospice’s mission statement resonates compassion—a key component in the business model of Leisure Care.

 

Contact: 

Heidi Hall – hhall@leisurecare.com – 925-373-3636 X 208

LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERS FREE ONLINE DRIVING PERMIT PRACTICE TESTS

NEWS RELEASE

 July 28, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Monica Cromarty

Telephone: 925-373-5554

E-mail: mmcromarty@livermore.lib.ca.us

 

LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERS FREE ONLINE DRIVING PERMIT PRACTICE TESTS

 

In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Livermore Public Library is proud to offer a variety of FREE, interactive California Driver Permit practice tests.  Available 24/7 online, the practice tests cover both the automobile and motorcycle driving exams.  The high-quality online driver education site also provides access to the current California DMV Drivers Manual, study and reference guides, immediate feedback on practice tests, and no registration is required.

The site is an amazing resource for students or anyone preparing to take their written driving test. The practice tests can help them achieve this milestone more quickly. The site also enables the Library to continue its objective to provide relevant information for the public. Find it on the Livermore Public Virtual Library under Test Preparation or on the library website under Online Resources in the Teen Space. The direct link to start practicing is: http://livermorepl.driving-tests.org/california/. For additional information or other eResources, see the library’s website at www.livermorelibrary.net.

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LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY CHOOSES PETER MAYLE’S NOVEL “A GOOD YEAR”

July 28, 2014 

             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                

Contact: Paul Sevilla

E-mail: prsevilla@livermore.lib.ca.us

 

Livermore Public LIbrary chooses Peter Mayle’s novel “A good year” for Livermore Reads Together 2015

 

The votes are counted and the choice has been made!  Peter Mayle’s A Good Year is the Livermore Reads Together selection for 2015.

The Livermore community was asked to help choose the book for next year’s community reading program, Livermore Reads Together, by voting for one of four books.  After a fierce voting competition Mayle’s novel, about the business and pleasure of wine, won the day.  Livermore Reads Together takes place throughout the month of February 2015, and the library will host a series of events for children and adults based on the topics and themes found in A Good Year.

Peter Mayle’s breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel and ninth book follows 30-something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the Provençal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France.  Max has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and

—-more—-

two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill.

Why then are so many people interested in it?  Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does–and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.   Sit back with a nice glass of wine and enjoy this lighthearted and fun book.

Livermore Reads Together is the Livermore Public Library’s community reading program.  All events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Livermore Public Library.    For additional information check the library’s website at www.livermorelibrary.net.

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Believing in the Possible – Innovation Tri-Valley’s Forum Examines the Tri-Valley’s Wealth of Innovators

 

Believing in the Possible – Innovation Tri-Valley’s Sixth Annual Innovation Forum Examines the Tri-Valley’s Wealth of innovators

http://www.prweb.com/releases/tri-valley/medical-innovation/prweb12012929.htm

The Medical Innovation Forum will feature two panel discussions with distinguished experts in many fields, as well as a Forum Expo. The day will conclude with a wine reception for all attendees.

Livermore, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

“Medical devices, tests, and treatments are critical to each and every one of us. The Tri-Valley is a star when it comes to innovations in the medical field. Companies based in the region are working on amazing products and ideas that are our future, and are changing the face of medicine,” according to Dale Kaye CEO of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.

To showcase some of the brilliant minds and businesses that are leading society into a more effective, high quality medical care, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group is presenting “How Medical Innovation is Changing Your World,” on Wednesday, July 23 from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton.

“Those leading the way into medical advancements will gather to share the latest news plus answer your questions,” said Brian Chase, Chair of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Elizabeth Cantwell, a committee member for the forum said “What you will see at this forum are models for innovation partnerships between public and private entities, where you will be able to learn about groundbreaking applications and ideas. The network of ideas from these partnerships is instrumental to the success of these advancements and is not limited to medical research. Many types of businesses can contribute to and leverage the innovation frameworks that exist in the Tri Valley to enhance their own success.”

Believing in the Possible

Moderated by noted press figures, the day will feature two panels of experts. The closing speaker is Faz K. Bashi, Chair, Life Science Syndication – Angel Capital Association. His theme, “Technology and Venture Capitalism – Believing in the Possible” will shed some light on how these ideas, inventions, and innovations become funded.

How Partnerships Create Innovation

The first panel will focus on “Medical Technology – How Partnerships Create Innovation and How That Impacts You.” Did you know 3D imaging is being used extensively in creating new devices that will change the way the medical world works? This panel will include Rich Stump, co-founder of FATHOM, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest 3D printing production center. Joining him will be Lawrence Livermore Lab Director for Economic Development Elizabeth Cantwell, Malin Young, the Director of Bioscience and Material Science at Sandia National Lab, and Don Bitting, Program Director, Research Business Development at IBM. They will showcase how partnerships between the National Labs and private enterprise are critical to the success of innovation in, not only the medical world, but in all areas of research and development. Rounding out the panel is Ted Tarasow, Vice President of Product Development for Healthtell, a fast growing life sciences company based here in the Tri-Valley that has developed OneTest™—a powerful new technology for the early detection and monitoring of progressive diseases such as cancer.

Paving the Way to High Quality Medical and Wellness Care

The second panel of the afternoon will be “Paving the Path to High Quality Medical and Wellness Care.” Scott Gregerson, CEO of ValleyCare Health System, will be joined by Rahul Parikh, MD with Permanente Regional Technology, where he helps to lead technology projects that connect Kaiser Permanente members to their physicians and health system. Jason Paragas, Deputy Program Director of Biosecurity for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory serves as the focal point for the Biological Application for Advanced Strategic Computing initiative that will enable predictive biology for national and global security through multi-scale simulation. He’ll explain exactly what that means. Completing this panel will be a representative from SAP sharing its game-changing developments, and Lynn Fischer, CEO of Title 21 Software, an innovative tech firm delivering highly configurable, integrated solutions to help health care and life science companies gain regulatory compliance, reduce costs, improve quality and achieve a paperless environment. Her strategic initiatives have resulted in Title21 Software becoming the “go-to” solution in blood banking for process improvement and quality management.

Throughout the day, guests are invited to visit the many exhibit booths at the Forum Expo. Networking and sharing ideas are critical to the success of every business and this day will be a perfect opportunity to make those connections you need, plus learn how the ideas of science fiction we thought were so far in the future are right around the corner.

This event is sponsored by AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, and the City of Pleasanton, along with Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot now by going to http://www.livermorechamber.org to register on-line, or call the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce at 925-447-1606. Tickets for the Forum, including lunch and the Expo, are $65 for ITVLG and Livermore Valley Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Exhibit space is still available for $300. This includes an 8′ table, 2 chairs, and 2 tickets to the Forum (including lunch). Please call 925-447-1606 for information on your business exhibiting at the Expo.

INNOVATION FORUM invite ITV

 

 

Hayward Lands Two Medical Technology Companies at The Sandoval Business Center

Hayward Lands Two Medical Technology Companies at The Sandoval Business Center

 

June 23, Hayward, CA – Dan Bergen of Colliers International, represented, The Sandoval Business Center, Leasing nearly 15,000 SF to two advanced medical instrument technology companies this month. A newly funded group, CogENT Therapeutics of Palo Alto has leased 5,880 SF at 717 Sandoval Way, for $10.20/SF/Year NNN. Austin Barrett with T3 Advisors, represented CogENT in this long term lease. The other lease was an in-house 8,640 SF renewal to Hantel Technolgies at 703 Sandoval Way, Hayward.

CogENT Therapeutics was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between medical industry veterans and innovative ENT surgeons. A privately held medical device company, CogENT will utilize this space for their headquarters and Scientific R&D for ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) disorders. For more information about CogENT please visit, www.cogent-tx.com

Hantel Technologies is a one-stop resource for your medical device and biotech product design, engineering, and manufacturing needs. Like CogENT, Hantel headquarters their full line of R&D and manufacturing at this centralized location. For more information about Hantel please visit, www.hanteltech.com.

These newsworthy deals confirm the recent trend of companies moving to the East Bay. The two med tech deals have reduced the available space of the Huntwood area’s premier R&D health-tech project. a 12,000 SF and a 6,000 SF space remain available for lease. “There is a trend of medical and health-tech entities considering and moving to the East Bay due to lack of available space in the West Bay and/or the “triple rent factor”, states Dan Bergen, with Colliers International. Please call Dan for space alternatives, at 1/3 the price of the Peninsula.

About Colliers International

Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 15,800 professionals operating out of more than 485 offices in 63 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world.

For the latest news from Colliers International, visit colliers.com/us/news or follow us on Twitter: @ColliersIntl

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Livermore Valley Joint School District Announces Candidacy Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 20, 2014

 

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

685 East Jack London Boulevard, Livermore, CA 94551

CONTACT: Kelly Bowers, kbowers@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Announces Candidacy Information

 

LIVERMORE, CA, June 20, 2014 —- The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) has announced it has information available for citizens interested in running for one of four vacant seats on the Board of Education. Three members of the Livermore School Board of Education will be elected for a four-year term on November 4, 2014.  One additional member will be elected for a two-year term. The Board of Education is the policy making body of the Livermore School District.  Its responsibilities include hiring the superintendent, approving curriculum and the budget, and negotiating contracts with the bargaining units in the District. The five trustees serve staggered four-year terms.

 

All candidate filing documents may be obtained at the Alameda County Office of the Registrar of Voters beginning July 7, 2014 and must be completed by August 6, 2014.

 

One of the most meaningful contributions a person can make to his/her community is serving on the local board of education. In an effort to provide accurate information for citizens to reference while considering candidacy, the District will hold a workshop covering roles and responsibilities of public service as a Board member, as well as the election process. The informal session will be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the Board Room at 685 E. Jack London Boulevard.  Topics will include duties of trustees, meeting calendar, time lines for candidates, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission rules.  Anyone interested in the process is invited to attend, listen, and ask questions.

 

Being a Trustee of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District does not require a degree in education or a background in politics. However, it does require a sincere interest and strong investment in the community, its children, and their education.

 

For further information or to receive written materials from the Candidate Information Night, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 925-606-3281.

 

 

Additional Contact Information:

School Board President Kate Runyon, krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1339

A Picnic and Opera in a Vineyard

Livermore Valley Opera

NEWS RELEASE 

Media Contact:
Heidi Massie
LVO Publicist

hrmassie@yahoo.com
(925) 519-5158

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014

 

A Picnic and Opera in a Vineyard

A Relaxed Summer Evening of Music and Wine to Benefit Opera

 

LIVERMORE, CALIF.  – What better way to enjoy a summer evening than picnicking in a vineyard, sipping wine and listening to opera?  It is an evening of classic opera in a relaxed, casual setting nestled among the vines of Retzlaff Vineyards for Livermore Valley Opera’s 22nd annual Opera in the Vineyard.   Details are as follows:

 

Opera in the Vineyard

Sunday, July 20, 2014; 5pm- 8pm

Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore

$35 in advance through July 8; $45 after July 8.

 

“The annual Opera in the Vineyard has become a popular community event,” says Raquel Holt, LVO founder and this year’s event co-chairperson.  “Our supporters and many come each time, enjoy the high quality of the talented opera singers, the wonderful program, and the lovely vineyard setting.”

 

This benefit event for LVO offers a chance for the community to enjoy arias from classic operas performed by professional singers in an informal setting.  It is a “bring-your-own-picnic dinner” event where guests can purchase the organically-made wines of Retzlaff Vineyards while enjoying performances by professional opera singers.

 

“It is always wonderful to see our supporters enjoy themselves in an informal, casual event as they listen to beautiful arias being performed by LVO’s talented principal singers,” adds Holt.  “From their picnic baskets, our guests take out a spread of delectable culinary delights to share, and to hear the clinking of wine glasses as they happily make a toast to each other is a delight to see. Of course, the scenic Retzlaff Vineyards is the perfect venue!”

 

Arias a la carte

Once again, LVO will offer the extremely popular “Arias a la carte” portion of the program when guests have the opportunity to purchase songs from a “menu of arias” for the singers to perform at the purchaser’s table or seating area.  This year’s singers are soprano Marie Plette (Mimi in LVO’s La bohème), tenor Christopher Bengochea (Don Jose in LVO’s Carmen) and baritone Krassen Karagiozov (Shaunard in LVO’s La bohème).  Accompanying the singers is pianist Chun Mei Wilson.

 

Reservations and Early Bird Savings – Sell out expected

Early bird reservations for $35 through July 8 can be made online at www.livermorevalleyopera.com, or by calling the information line at (925) 960-9210.  After July 8, the cost is $45 if space is still available as this event is expected to sell-out.  Reservations for tables of eight can be reserved in a company or family name.

 

Raffle, silent auction and additional information

Adding to the festivities will be a raffle drawing and silent auction, including spectacular desserts for guests to enjoy after their picnic.

 

While Retzlaff wine will be available for purchase, no outside wine is permitted.  Guests are encouraged to carpool.

 

Visit LVO’s website www.livermorevalleyopera.com for more event information.

 

About the Performers

 

Marie Plette

American soprano Marie Plette is acclaimed in the major opera houses of North America and Europe for her compelling portrayals from Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly to Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Her recent performances of Madama Butterfly prompted the New York Times to remark, “The opera did partake of the other great unifying factor here: a star turn, by Marie Plette in the title role.” Immediately after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1992, Marie Plette was invited to make her Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She has performed frequently with the company since then in roles including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, and Kristina in The Makropoulos Case. Most recently, she appeared singing five roles in the Berkeley West Edge Opera production, Legend of the Ring.

 

Christopher Bengochea is a prize winning international opera tenor who has been heralded as having “power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of ‘natural sound.’ He performed the title role in Idomeneo to enormous success. Jason Victor Serinus of Opera News says: “Tenor Christopher Bengochea’s dark-hued (voice)…conquered virtually every vocal hurdle Mozart set out for Idomeneo … Bengochea’s performance was exceptional.” Other engagements included Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine for Opera Orchestra of New York and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème.  Christopher had been a Resident Artist of Opera San José, 2005-2008, where he performed Rodolfo in La bohème, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role of Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, Tigulio Festival Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara.

 

Krassen Karagiozov

Baritone Krassen Karagiozov was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. He participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia. In addition to concert work as a collaborative pianist in Bulgaria, Turkey, and USA he appeared as baritone soloist for a recital and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. During the 2008 – 2009 season, he made his debut as a member of Opera San José’s resident principal artists, appearing in the title role of Eugene Onegin, Sgt. Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Escamillo (Carmen). Roles performed recently by Mr. Karagiozov include Henry in The Gift of the Magi for Hidden Valley, Silvio in I Paggliacci, Gianni Schicchi for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Marcello in La Boheme, Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Lescaut in Manon for OSJ.

 

Chun Mei Wilson, pianist/accompanist,hascollaborative projects that range from recitals with double-bass to marimba to coloratura soprano. Ms. Wilson apprenticed as a prompter at San Francisco Opera and for many seasons has accompanied for Festival Opera, North Bay Opera, and Martinez Opera.  Ms. Wilson had the privilege of coaching Frederica Von Stade from 1997 until the mezzo’s Carnegie Hall farewell recital in 2010.

About LVO

Livermore Valley Opera was founded in 1992, and presents fully-staged operas in the spring and fall at the Bankhead Theater. The theater is located in Livermore in the Tri-Valley area, just 45 miles east of San Francisco. The Bankhead Theatre features excellent lines of sight and acoustics, helping the Opera to attract talented singers and stage directors.

LVO combines the talents of professional musicians, stage directors, principal singers, and designers with the dedication and practical abilities of volunteers filling such critical roles as board members, chorus, stage crew, and set builders to reach its artistic goals.

The mission of Livermore Valley Opera is to enrich the community by producing the world’s best operas, and to foster the careers of talented opera singers. LVO encourages a wider appreciation of opera and the associated arts.

Livermore Valley Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.

 

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Heidi Massie
Communications Consultant

Shrek The Musical Here in Livermore!

[TVRT is a non-profit organization.]
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre Presents:

Shrek The Musical
July 19 – August 3
Rated PG
Performances are 8pm Fri/Sat and 2pm Sun
at the Bankhead Theater.*
No Friday Performance Opening Weekend.
Directed by Carol W. Hovey,
Choreography by Kevin Hammond, Vocal Direction/Accompanist by Sierra Dee, Musical Director: Jo Anne Fosselman,
General Manager/Producer: Kathleen Breedveld
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Book & Lyrics by: David Lindsay-Abaire

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar® winning Dream-Works film, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got a big mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.
Used with Permission from MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL

Shrek Cast:
Shrek: Dane Lentz, Princess Fiona: Catherine Williamson, Donkey: Aaron Porchia, Lord Farquaad: Chris Olson, Pinocchio: Burton Thomas, Gingy/Featured Dancer: Dominic Dagdagan, Dragon/Shoemakers Elf/3 Blind Mice: Danielle Pierce, Teen Fiona/Humpty Dumpty: Christine Curulla, Teen Fiona/Ugly Duckling: Claire Shepard, Young Fiona/mice: Emily Joy Kessel, Young Fiona/mice: Juliana Morrow, 3 Blind Mice/Dragonette/Queen Lillian/Rat: Katherine Stein, 3 Blind Mice, Dragonette/Rat: Tosca Maltzman, Dragonette/Wicked Witch & Mama Ogre: Nicole Squires, Straw/King Harold: Ron Pickett, Sticks/Knight: Jeremy LaClair, Bricks/Knight/Rat: Matthew Busbee, Papa Bear/Papa Ogre/Knight: Mark Flores, Mama Bear: Chelsea Ashton, Sugar Plum Fairy/Bluebird: Suzie Shepard, Fairy Godmother/Rat: Amanda Ross, Peter Pan/Deer: Eric Gateno, Big Bad Wolf/Rat: Brian Olkowski, Little Red Riding Hood/Rat: Izzy Shepard, Baby Bear/Grumpy, mice: J.D. Cerruti, Captain/Bishop/Villager/Rat: John Holst, Young Shrek/Mice: Dylan Cazin, Thelonius/Guard/Knight: Jeffrey Warner, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Heidi Amstrup, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Meghan Hornbacker, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Kelly Lotz, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Max DeSantis, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Michelle Roque

For tickets – visit the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA or call 925-373-6800, Tuesday thru Friday, noon to 6pm, Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., closes 30 minutes after curtain or visit online: www.mylvpac.com/.
Visit www.tri-valleyrep.com for more information.
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