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Make A Difference For Pleasanton programs

are designed to build Community, Health, and Wellness in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area of California.  Other communities can adapt these programs to serve their own communities. Scroll through the current Make a Difference For Pleasanton programs, but be sure to check back for new programs and updates.


World Walk to Wellness

 World Walk To Wellness promotes wellness by encouraging people to “Walk ‘n’ Talk” together. Each week we send out a FREE e-newsletter to over 700 people inviting them to join in the upcoming walk on Saturday morning.  The newsletter contains all the information needed to join in the walks as well as a schedule of upcoming walks, with dates, times and maps.  We have walked every Saturday for the last 96 months at almost every park in Pleasanton including special walks to neighboring areas including the Sunol Water Temple, Shadow Cliffs in neighboring Livermore, Art Walks discovering art brought into our community by donors and even to San Francisco to view architecture and to Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay. Our motto is “We walk rain or shine unless the rain is blowing sideways.” So far that hasn’t happened.

Not all of the people on our mailing list are local.  The newsletter goes out to people all over the nation. All are welcome to join in at any time and if you are visiting our part of the world, please join us. We would love to meet you. If you are interested in starting a walking group where you live or work, let us know.  We can help you get started.

Check out the World Walk To Wellness Website and be sure to sign up for the e-newsletter for up to date walk info.  If you need to talk to use you can contact us here!


Make A Difference For Pleasanton Festival

Make A Difference For Pleasanton  Festival brings people together at an annual festival in January to see the needs in our community and show them opportunities for volunteering that can Make A Difference in the quality of life here (and beyond). Organizations who have a need for volunteers are welcome to come and exhibit at the festival.  Here they can share with the attendees the focus of their organization and the needs that they have for volunteers. Volunteers can sign up and get information from organizations in areas that interest them and begin to Make A Difference in the lives of others in the community. If you would like more information on attending or exhibiting at this event, click on the Registration Button below.

Make A DifferenceFor Pleasanton Registration Button



Celebrating July 4th

Celebrating July 4th in Pleasanton is a family-friendly celebration that takes place each year at Lions Wayside Park in Pleasanton from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm. Community members are invited to join in what has become a tradition for celebrating the birth of our nation at a FREE concert and picnic in Lions Wayside Park. “Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution“ features a free concert by Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams. 

Event also includes: a tribute to those who have served in the military, past, and present, and their families, the Color Guard and the The Pledge of Allegiance.  Audience members provide their own chairs or blankets, and they are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue. A popular feature is “A Dog & a Drink for 2 Dollars” – the hot-dog lunch sold by the Lions Club.  Lions also provide hand-held American flags free to the first three hundred members of the audience to arrive. Several shade canopies will be in place, in addition to the shade provided by trees in the park.

Check back on this page for more updated information on this year’s CelebratingJuly4th event.  We hope to see you there.

 Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award


From 1998 until his final illness in 2005, Ed Kinney was the Master of Ceremonies for “Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution” – the all-volunteer Fourth of July event for Pleasanton, set in Lions Wayside Park. Ed was an inspiration to those of us who worked with him on this and other projects. He exemplified loyal service in the development of his community, both as an elected official (former mayor and city council member) and as an everyday citizen volunteer – a community patriot. Ed was dedicated to his family, his church, and his community. He and his wife Roberta moved here in 1969, and Ed so loved this town where they were raising their sons Scott and Brad that he changed careers rather than accepting a transfer to another state. Another way Ed showed his love of this community was through his volunteer involvement in the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society, the group that operates the Museum On Main. Ed was particularly gifted in interviewing some of the oldest members of our town as part of the museum’s oral history project. He established the museum’s popular lecture series that now bears his name. “One of the ways we wish to honor Ed’s memory in perpetuity is by annually presenting the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award to individuals who have exhibited the service behavior entitling them to be called Community Patriots,” said W. Ron Sutton, founder of the local Fourth of July celebration, adding, “Remember, it is individuals who change the world.” The annual award is presented to those whose actions inspire and motivate others to demonstrate

  • to our community.

To see all of the Community Patriots, past and present, click the button below.

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Tri-Valley Turkey Burn

Thanksgiving Morning

The Tri-Valley Turkey Burn is a free family fun event put on by the Pleasanton North Rotary and the Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation that is held every Thanksgiving morning at the Ken Mercer Sports Park.

Register online or at the event for the 5K or 10K Walk/Run.  Download your “bib”  from the website and write what you are thankful for on it.  (Bibs also available at the event)

Donation Opportunity

Donate canned food items to the Open Heart Kitchen to help feed our hungry neighbors. Or donate funds to help support Tri-Valley Youth Development Programs.  Any size donation is appreciated.

For more information or to register click the button below.

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