Category Archives: Things to do

The San Ramon Summer Concert features VDaze on Sunday

The San Ramon Summer Concert Series features VDaze on Sunday, August 1 at 5:30pm in the Central Park Amphitheatre. Join friends and family for an evening of the most loved Bollywood Music. Bring a blanket or a low-back lawn chair and be ready to stand up and dance the night away! Food from Crazy Empanadas and Golden Gate Gyro, wine, beer, soda, and water will be available for purchase. FREE Admission! For more information, visit Please be considerate and set up shade tents and umbrellas at the top of the hill to avoid impeding the view of others.

Entrepreneurship & Tech camp for 8th-12th graders

I am working for a non-profit, Shooting Stars Foundation [], that is helping provide higher education for underprivileged kids in many developing countries. They conduct camps for various ages. I am coordinating a session starting on July 21st. If you are interested contact me at mahimanatarajanss…@g…com.
Here is a little bit more about the program. The Nebula Entrepreneurship Experience is a 4 week virtual camp guiding 8th-12th graders through the process of building their own tech startup. The camp consists of mentor sessions with industry-leading professionals learning about essential skills including ideation, product design, marketing, finance, and investor pitching. The participants will also have the chance for one-on-one time with mentors to help build their app. The camp concludes with a Shark Tank style pitch in front of professional judges.

60 Minute “Writing Reboot” Webinar for 8-12 Year Olds

Hello All!
My name is Urvi, I am currently a Mechanical Engineering major in college and am hosting a live writing webinar for 8-12 year olds!
In this 60 minute webinar, we will do interactive activities and drills to boost writing skills and to get those creative juices flowing! Activities range from speed-writing drills to story writing and drafting to using interesting vocabulary words to make puns.
Charges: $20 per attendee, and parents are more than welcome to sit in and watch or even join in on the fun!
Webinars are on:
July 5th: 1pm-2pm PST, and
July 12th: 1pm-2pm PST
Register at this link:
and I will email you a Paypal link and the Zoom link!
Just bring paper, a pencil, and yourself – hope to see you all there ūüôā
I also do one on one and one on two tutoring for writing, reading, and math for grade levels Pre-K-12th, feel free to contact me at theurvisharm…@g…com for more info.
*If you are unable to attend this webinar but are interested, shoot me an email and we can figure something out!*

Free Movie Screening – National Geographic “Science Fair”

Meet the young geeks upon whom your future depends: Kashfia is one of the only Muslim students at an enormous school in South Dakota, and takes an inventive approach to studying the human brain; Myllena and Gabriel are two teens from an impoverished region of Brazil, whose research can help stop the spread of the Zika virus; and Robbie is a passionate teen from West Virginia who is obsessed with number theory, Kanye West, and artificial intelligence. These are some of the nine students featured in the National Geographic film “Science Fair”, ¬†which won audience awards at SXSW and the Sundance Film Festival.
Castro Valley Science, in conjunction with the Castro Valley Educational Foundation, invites the East Bay and community to a very special screening of this quirky and inspiring film. It will be shown at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 10.  Attendance is free but registration is required at

Become an Alameda County Master Gardener

The UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County is seeking new applicants who reside in Alameda County to receive training during our 2019 New Volunteer Training Class;  a 16-week program that will run from January through April 2019.  Classes are taught by University advisors, local horticultural educators, and certified Master Gardeners on topics that range from the basics of horticulture, to integrated pest management and problem diagnosis, to growing and caring for edible and landscape plants. Gardening experience is not required.
Alameda County Master Gardeners support various including: Demonstration gardens in Albany, Fremont, Livermore and Oakland, various school garden programs,  garden problem solving and support  provided by phone and email from the Help Desk, and  through workshops
UC Master Gardeners volunteers are part of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), an outreach and public service unit of the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
To apply for the training class, you must attend one of our September orientation sessions. visit our website:

Selling Raised Garden Beds – For Vegetables & Flowers

I have two varieties of Raised Garden Beds for SALE. (Brand New) (San Ramon) Call/Text on 650-822-3712

1. ¬†4’x8′ Two tier – Cedar Wood Bed ($ 75 per kit)
This bed is two tired. First 4ftx4ft height 10.5 inches, second 4ftx4ft height 7 inches.
Visit the website for details and photos:
Normally retails at 93$ + Taxes. Yours for 75$
The price is for one kit. Got 4 kits to sell, if you want to make multiple beds.

2.Patio Raised Garden Bed Kit with Watering System and Castors ($22 per kit)
The self-contained watering system automatically waters your plants and has drainage holes to help prevent over watering. The mulch cover helps prevent weed growth and the aeration screen helps provide a sufficient amount of air to the plant roots.Please review the manual and instructions here
Assembled dimension: 24.25 in. W x 20.25 in. D x 9.5 in. H
Casters allow for easy movement
Tera Cota color. Normally retails for 48$ on Amazon, Yours for 22$

Art Class in Windemere starting from 1/11/16

Welcome all! Hope everyone had a great winter break! Happy New Year!
I would be taking art classes this new year! I have been teaching for 2 years now and I have been taught art and painting. I consider art as an expression of our personality. It helps us to be who we are and defines us.
Slots are now AVAILABLE:
Monday: 7:00- 7:30 pm, 7:30- 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 4:00- 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 7:00-7:30 pm, 7:30- 8:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00-4:30 pm
Friday: 4:00-4:30 pm, 4:30-5:00 pm, 5:00-5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30-10:00 am and 10:00 am- 10:30 am
Sunday: 9:30- 10:00 am and 10:00 am- 10:30 am

Charging per class: $10

5-8 yrs.- structure drawing, introducing shapes,mosaics, circle projects, abstract painting, graffiti style, self portraits and A LOT MORE!
8-11 yrs. – face book, lichtenstein pop art, 2-D structures, perspective, patterns, introducing art history, watercolor and A LOT MORE!
12-15 yrs. – 3-D structures, portraits, pattern paintings, acrylic paintings, illustrations and A LOT MORE!
*the entire curriculum is based on California standards for art
Get an Appointment! Seats are almost full!
email: rajni.debnat…@g…com

Exciting Summer Camps in Dublin

Glitter Kids is offering exciting full day summer camps in 2015. Here are the program details.summer camp flyer

  • Different theme every week (Lego Robotics, Engineering, Drama, Video Production, Painting, Bollywood Dance, Mad Science, Arts & Crafts).
  • Daily Outdoor Play Time
  • Next Grade Academic Work (Math, Reading, Writing)
  • Speech and Debate
  • Public Speaking
  • Weekly field trips
  • Foreign Language (Hindi)
  • Morning & Evening Extended Care Available
  • Morning and Evening Snacks
  • Lunch Available

We are currently accepting enrollment for Summer Camps and offering early bird discounts. Please check out our website at for more details and to download registration forms.

Spring Break Fun Tennis Camp for Kids

Spring Break Fun Tennis Camp for Kids M-F 9am to 12 noon March 30 to April 3 and April 6 to April 10, 2015 at Stoneridge tennis court in Pleasanton on Stoneridge Mall Rd.
$160 per week per child
Sibling discount of $10 off each week for each sibling
sign up at:
to get $30 Off ¬†enter Tri-Valley Desi in the “How did you hear about us?” section

Free Bombay Jam Classes for the month of August! – Pleasanton

FREE BOMBAY JAM CLASSES for the month of AUGUST! in Pleasanton
Classes Held at Jamie’s Dance Company¬†3688 Washington St., Ste. E¬†Pleasanton, CA 94566 (next to Big-O Tires off Stanley blvd.) Every Thursday at 6:30-7:30 pm Come join the fun!
1796420_404768919666504_674232565_n Powered by the explosively fun, globally appealing Bollywood culture, Bombay Jam¬ģ¬†is the ultimate dance fitness total body workout that is effective, safe, easy to follow and packed with authentic Bollywood flavor!
The program has a serious focus on integrating fun & fitness! Bombay Jam¬ģ¬†incorporates cardio and toning routines into one action packed total body workout, and routines are set to custom music mixes created by Bombay’s hottest DJs. The music is a blend of Bollywood and mainstream Top 40 tracks, resulting in one-of-a-kind mixes that are refreshing, energizing and universally appealing. The cardio routines incorporate basic, easy to follow dance fitness moves full of Bollywood flare, and the toning segment focuses on sculpting long, lean muscle. In just an hour-long class, you can burn hundreds of calories!

  • If you love Bollywood music and love to move, this incredibly fun, effective & safe workout is for you!
  • Bring a yoga mat, water and wear comfortable shoes and workout clothes.
  • 7% of profits are donated to Asha for Education Foundation
  • Contact [email protected] for more information or visit and feel free to check-out our youtube channel:

Art CLasses & Summer Art Labs

Weekly Classes – 1 hour of Art explorations. All materials provided.
Classes taught by Architect & Certified Art Educator in studio environment. Walk in to check out other student’s artworks, ongoing art projects & studio.
Summer Labs starting July 15th. -from sketching to watercolor to mixed media.
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Details On
Studio at: 6743 Dublin Blvd, Ste #34. Dublin-CA.   (near Taal dance studio)
Also, traditional Indian Art Lab -from Varli to miniature to Tanjore .. various styles, curious discussions of rich heritage of each style… (I love it & it just is so wonderful when young generation gets enthusiastic about traditional Indian Art)

Technology Summer Camps for kids at NextGen Tech Learning

NextGen Tech Learning is offering Technology Summer Camps for kids for different grade level.
Camp details are available @
Summer Camps for 3rd to 5th graders:
– Introduction to Programming and Scratch Programming
– Fundamentals of Robot Building & Programming using LEGO Mindstorms EV3
– Advanced Scratch Programming
– Fundamentals of Electronics and Electronics
– Introduction to Sensors and Programming using Arduino
– Introduction to Game Design using Minecraft Redstone
– Building Minecraft Adventure Maps with MCEdit
– Introduction to Digital Art and Web Designing
Summer Camps for 6th to 10th graders:
– Introduction to Arduino and Electronic circuits
– Advanced Electronics and Programming with Arduino
– Advanced Robotics Programming for LEGO Mindstorms EV3
– Minecraft: 3D Game Design with Minecraft
– Minecraft Mod Building using Java
– Mobile App Development for Android Platform
– Introduction to Java programming language

NextGen Tech Learning
NextGen Tech Learning

Please contact @ 925-659-8000

Karate Lessons Offered in Gale Ranch

KAJUKENBO KARATE LESSONS – My name is Yaju and I am a 16 year old black belt in Kajukenbo karate. I am interested in teaching classes on Sunday mornings from 9am- 10am. (During the summer, additional classes and timings will be offered.)

What is Kajukenbo? Kajukenbo is a highly effective fusion of four different martial arts: Korean Karate, Ju-jitsu, Kenpo, and Kung Fu. Practical applications of Kajukenbo show that this karate is successful in blocking and taking down attackers. The self-defense is strong, linear punches and strikes mixed with the ingenuity of kung fu- a lethal mix.

Why Kajukenbo? Kajukenbo spurred my passion for the martial art. I want to keep doing Kajukenbo forever, because it’s not just defense against another person; its defense against the factors in life that will bring you down.

After every class, I felt less stressed and more confident in other aspects of my life as well. I found my grades rising and my social life becoming happier. Kajukenbo allowed me to take charge of my life and pursue a martial art with passion. As a girl, I learnt to defend myself and use size and body weight to my advantage. Now, I realize that Kajukenbo is the art that drives me and has given me the confidence and assurance I need in other areas of life.

Why Me? Since first grade, I have been doing karate in Briones Kajukenbo Karate Studio. After five and a half years of hard work and persistence, I achieved my black belt in sixth grade. As part of the test, I wrote my black belt book; a detailed written breakdown of the techniques. I then stayed on for two years, learning how to break down my techniques so that I would be able to explain what I was doing and how I was doing it. I have 1.5 years of Kajukenbo teaching experience total, including with young children as small as 6 years.

My Teaching Philosophy: Kajukenbo is not something that you learn and forget in a couple of years. It is a lifestyle that stays on forever. I want to teach in a memorable manner while instilling love for the art in my students. I want them to walk away from the class feeling just as complete and at peace as I did.

Cost & Contact Details: Classes are one hour each on Sunday mornings from 9-10 am in my garage in the Gale Ranch area of San Ramon. Cost is $8 per class. For more information on class details, location, Kajukenbo, or my experiences with it, email me at [email protected] or call me at (510) 792 5622.

ZARA bachke f0r Indian men in Tri valley

It’s a thought that we are privileged to be living in this region of the country with all the presence of desi community, public amenities, the landscape, and all the aspirations that we carry around even with a nostalgic feeling of social dynamism back in our country.
Now, as BOYS & MEN, lets come together to explore many things the area has to offer and we as MEN can take. Some activities could include:

  • running & biking on trails
  • hiking
  • sports (badminton, volleyball, kayaking)
  • playground converge along with kids (Dads with kids)
  • just meet and chat no matter where and when (on a drink-dinner)
  • watch sports

At this moment this is for MEN only please. You can propagate the idea, if you wish, and please record your email in your response so that we can create a common stage.

Diwali 2013 at Supper Club with DJ Nawed

BombayLove Diwali DJ Nawed SupperClub SF Desi Party
BOMBAY LOVE Presents – Diwali, one of the biggest festivals of India. We are excited to celebrate it in a special way with¬†India’s most respected and well known DJ all the way from Mumbai. Catch DJ Nawed spinning live on his Winter 2013 US Tour along with Supperclub’s mesmerizing Dance Visuals and¬†performances by Aerial Artists. Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at Supper Club, San Francisco.
‚ėÖ Diwali theme decorated venue
‚ėÖ Dance Visuals
‚ėÖ Henna Designs(Limited)
‚ėÖ Diwali Sweets (sponsored by NewDelhi Restaurant, SF’s Finest Restaurant)
Dress Code: Ethnic wear is encouraged !

SanGaMa- theTrivalley Malayali (Kerala) group!

Due to our growth over the years, we have folks from all over tri-valley and hence¬†we¬†recently renamed our group to “SanGaMa” to mean gathering of Malayali community in the trivalley area. Check out our new website at¬†. If you have roots in¬†Kerala and¬†are living in Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville or planning to move here, you will find the group helpful.

We recently celebrated Onam with much fanfare and are getting started with planning our  Christmas get-together. Check out the site for more details or join our facebook page. Check out the videos and pics at the website!


What is SanGaMa ?
Started in late 2009, this a¬† friendly group started for the¬† benefit of Malayalis living in San Francisco East Bay locations like¬†¬† San Ramon, Dublin, Danville and Pleasanton … We celebrate¬† festivals¬†¬†of Kerala like Onam,Vishu, Christmas/New Year¬† etc…This also functions as a forum for networking with other Malayali¬† (Kerala) families in the area. ¬† ¬†We have periodic¬† get-togethers for our main events or we go for short-trips in the bay area or we just hang out with one another occasionally! If you know of¬† other¬†families with roots in Kerala¬†in the neighborhood who might be interested, please spread the word.

People living in San Ramon, Dublin, Danville & Pleasanton areas  would find this group useful. It includes major communities like  Windemere and Gale Ranch in San Ramon.
We are a friendly feel free to join !

Contact us at : [email protected]


Art of Living Course Jan 24


Art Of Living

Course Benefits
Breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension
Skills for improving relationships at home and at work
Tools to handle your mind & negative emotions

Learn Sudarshana Kriya
An Immensely powerful technique that incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level

Course Details & Contacts
Jan 24th – Jan 27th
Weekdays 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Weekends 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.


Art Of Living ‚Äď Tri Valley Center
6690 Amador Plaza Road, Suit 215
Dublin, CA ‚Äď 94568

Madhavi : Ph (408) 368-1998 email:¬†[email protected]

Lavaanya : Ph (650) 740-0218 email:¬†[email protected]

To register for Art of Living Course please click flyer or visit:


Biking on East Bay trails

Are you interested in biking with us to form a South Asian Heart Center -East Bay group on a regular basis? We would be biking on only paved trails in the Bay Area. The start time will be at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings (weather permitting).

If you are interested in joining, please email us back at [email protected] so that we can keep you informed of the locations. Please inform anyone you know who might be interested!

Dandiya in Pleasanton 2012

Much like previous years, this year again you can do your share of Dandiya in Pleasanton on Saturday, OCT 20 2012, starting at 7:00PM.

Location – Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Admission is $15.00. Free for kids under 5, and a separate area for kids. Free parking.

For tickets, – this event usually sells out; so it serves better to buy in advance.

Wanna be Indian extras for a bollywood/tollywood film shoot – livermore?

Hi friends, on Oct 5,6,7 (fri/sat/sun) , we are looking for Indian “extras” in our bollywood/tollywood movie for a puja scene shoot in a livermore picturesque house.

If you are interested to come on any one or all days with (without) your families, email to [email protected] for more details. .

Food and film credit will be provided. No pay. Any age more than 10 yrs old will work. It will be a fun event.

Fall Bollywood Dance Classes

Now that kids are back to school and days become regular, are you planning for some kids activities? How about some fun and learning with Bollywood Dance?

Friends, after successfully running summer dance camp, now I am going to start Bollywood Dance Classes again for all active kids with age 5-8 years (in Dublin).

This Dance program will help them improve their motor skill with some cool dance moves. It is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get social with their age group beyond class room and learn synchronization and coordination as a team. On top of that they will be more disciplined by listening and following dance directions.

Classes will start from September 28th to December 16th 2012 (10 Weeks) ‚Äď Friday/Sunday and timings are:
‚ÄĘ Friday 6:30 PM ‚Äď 7:30 PM ‚Äď Bhangra
‚ÄĘ Sunday 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Bollywood Dance
‚ÄĘ Sunday 11:30 AM -12:30 PM ‚Äď Hip-Hop with Bollywood Style

Each above class will run for 10 weeks for a nominal $120 only.
Hurry up and sign up soon; kids will sure have FUN and love these dance classes.
Just confirm on this post, and don’t forget to send it across to your other friends.
You can always reach me @408-625-7237 or [email protected] to get more information.

See you all soon…

Any place desi parents (visiting from india) meet up/walk in evenings?

Hello, I live in pleasanton and have parents visiting from India;  but they are bored in the evenings. Is there a place desi parents (visiting from India) meet up/walk  in evenings? Similar to lake Elizabeth area in Fremont?

Preferably closer to pleasanton/dublin (as opposed to Windermere) – that is too far from where I live.

Know Breath Know life – May 17th – 20th 2012

Learn to relax and live life to the fullest.
This Art of  Living Course includes yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, practical wisdom and interactive processes.
To register:
Contact Phone: 5109672380
Contact Email: [email protected]

‚ÄúThe Art of living is to gain this ability in life-it’s very simple, just a skill-the ability to free your mind of the past, to free your mind of the future fears, and to be able to play with every situation that is in front of you, to be able to take every situation that is in front of you.‚ÄĚ
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Traditions engaged dance festival in San Francisco, Oct 1-3

Chitresh Das Dance Company & Chhandam School of Kathak invite you to the historic unprecedented festival РTraditions Engaged: An International Festival of Classical Indian Dance & Music.

Experience a weekend of dynamic dance & percussion, and dramatic storytelling by the world’s foremost masters, Gurus, and artists of the many diverse classical Indian dance forms: Kathak, Bharath Natyam, Odissi, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Gauriya Nritya.

See for details.

Cherry or fruit picking near Tri Valley

Brentwood Рwhich is about 30 miles away is quite a farmland with many a farms for Cherry or fruit picking.  We decided to try it out as well.

From Livermore Costco, its about 30 minutes away, going up north on Vosco. A friend has visited Nunn Better farms for Cherry picking last week, so decided to try out the same.

One interesting thing was that there are no good websites for specific farms – the most useful is a Trail Map here:

Some Yelp reviews made the place sound like very farm-ish. You’ll get dirty, there’s too much sun, etc. – though it didn’t turn out to be exactly like that. ¬†Anyhow, we went there a little late in the evening (though the best time is to go early morning). ¬†The drive was interesting, with the mostly single lane Vasco Road meandering around a load of Windmills of all varieties. ¬†The Nunn Better Farms is about 3-4 miles ‘inside’ Brentwood – so as you pass some other farms, you’re are like this one better be good. They have posted ample signs directing you to the farm, so that also raised expectations.¬†Over all, it was an OK experience. Not sure if its normal, but a good majority of the Cherries had that line that tends to divide the cherry into two lobes. Not many actually had two lobes.
At USD2.50 a pound, it seemed a little expensive in this cherry season. The cost at the local grocery or Costco is same – with better quality. But well, then, its also some cherry picking experience with the kids (that gets you there to begin with).
They stopped people from coming in at around 4:15 PM – and most of the other farms close at 4:00 PM for U-pick. For the Picked fruit, there are stalls outside most farms where you can buy already picked fresh fruit, but the prices are again no better than the local stores. You’d also find local olive oil, in addition to fruits on the sale. We picked up some white pear and peaches and blackberries – mostly pretty good.

So cherry/berry picking is surely something to do in Summers if you live in Tri Valley.