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News Digest: First Weekends on Main | Back to school in Pleasanton | EBRPD programs Saturday

This week's roundup of Tri-Valley news briefs features details about downtown Pleasanton street closures this weekend, Pleasanton students' return to school next week and outdoor recreation events planned for Saturday
Sunrise over the Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, California. (Stock photo)

First Weekends on Main

The Pleasanton Downtown Association's monthly First Weekends on Main program returns this Friday through Sunday and includes the closure of Main Street to vehicular traffic for the weekend.

"Every first weekend of the month, come downtown and enjoy street closures for roaming our historical downtown, events and outdoor dining," PDA officials said.

The downtown street closures will extend from the Main Street bridge to south of Bernal Avenue every first weekend of the month, starting Friday at 4 p.m. and ending Sunday (Aug. 7) at 9 p.m.

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Back to school in Pleasanton

This marks the final weekend on summer break for families and employees before classes begin for the Pleasanton Unified School District.

The first day of school is scheduled for next Wednesday (Aug. 10), when students at all grade levels will be returning to campuses across Pleasanton. To view PUSD's full 2022-23 academic year calendar, visit

EBRPD programs

East Bay Regional Park District facilities in the Tri-Valley have another busy summer Saturday ahead this weekend.

Naturalist Kristina Parkison will lead a group tour looking for migratory birds and bird habitat within Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton from 9-10:30 a.m.

A bird-watching program led by naturalist Erica Stephens will also run at the same time at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, focusing on information about birds of prey that live in the San Ramon park.

In the evening, the Tri-Valley Stargazers club will be supporting naturalist Alex Collins for a viewing at the Arroyo Road staging area of Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore. The club will be providing telescopes to help visitors see star clusters, nebulae, constellations and more in the night sky from 8-9:30 p.m.

Attendees should bring flashlights and dress in layers.

For more information about these and other programs, go to