China Lounge

成都味道   ( The Taste of Chengdu, a famous city in Sichuan whose spy food is famous all over the world.) This Chinese restaurant got their grand opening recently in Pleasanton,  which is closer than some Chinese restaurants in Dublin West. It’s address is

4220 Rosewood Dr. Suite A PleasantonCA 94588
But don’t trust Google maps and directions for now, as they will mislead you to a far location. Please refer to this map or simply search for Simply Greek restaurant which is just next door:
It’s in the same plaza with DollarTree and Fresh & Easy, across the street from 99 Ranch (大華超市)

How far away Google maps currently mislead you? The following is wrong!

Wrong Location!


Entertainment Tonight


We got the great movie theater at

Regal Hacienda Crossings 21 & IMAX

5000 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA – (925) 560-9600
Check out this complete list of what is on.
Specifically the 2013 Oscar Winner:
Life of Pi 3D‎  2hr 6min‎‎ – Rated PG‎‎ – Drama/Action/Adventure‎ – Trailer – IMDb

1:00‎  ‎4:05‎  ‎7:25‎  ‎10:40pm‎   ( from today 2/28 to  Sunday 3/3/2013)

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Our phone number: (925) 322-1682  Contact: Paul H.

Thank you for your contribution by visiting us and spending time and making efforts!

Christmas Lights for Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore!

Widmer-World 2012 is now open!  It is getting better!

See us at

3671 Chelsea Court
Pleasanton, CA
We have opened for the holiday season!  The Scavenger Hunt will be available on Friday December 7th.  The rain set us back a little in getting everything done.   Craig has worked long hours getting the front electronic display perfected.  Kim, Kris and Sue Stowe put in many hours getting all the displays just right and Grandma Susan has kept us all fed and supplied with parts.   The grandkids Joe, Jill and Micaela plus Jeff Stowe also contributed in the work to bring you a great holiday experience.  
It’s free! Including the photo print! But they need donation and support by voting for them!

Livermore Valley Premium Outlets

What?!  Another outlet mall?  No, the Paragon Outlets in Livermore, CA will be renamed Livermore Valley Premium Outlets after Simon Property Group, Inc. completed the acquisition of Paragon Outlets in Livermore, CA and Grand Prairie, TX.

This outlet mall has become the shopping hot spot for San Francisco Bay Area, leaving the Guilroy Outlet Mall in the dust.
For more details, please check out the Dublin Guide at

This 512 thousand square foot shopping center is not Dublin business may give some hint to the city of Dublin. The residents in East Dublin may find it more closer and more convenient to shop here than in West Dublin as it takes only 5 minutes to cross the highway 580 to get to the mall. Yes, the heavy traffic affects Dublin residents, but the tax income has nothing to do with the city of Dublin. People in Dublin once voted against iKea. Some saw this as “being short-sighted”. You may air your opinions by signing up here and leave your comments.

In a report by Karen Stepper at, you find: “Given a green light by the Dublin City Council more than a year ago to build a store at the Hacienda Drive interchange with Interstate 580, Ikea officials initially hoped to open a 317,000-square-foot store by fall 2006. ”  Do you want to find out what happened later?  You may want to check it out with the city council if you do care.

Residents in Dublin love to shop locally to support local businesses. However,  they also care about their own pocket and the environment and their time schedules.  To shop for Asian food, people in East Dublin won’t go all the way to 99 Ranch in Dublin, but go to 99 Ranch in Pleasanton instead.  They won’t go to refuel at West Dublin gas stations but those in Pleasanton.

Residents in East Dublin are sticking out their necks waiting for more local business centers, gas stations to be built soon in the East.  When can we see them appear more often in the city council meeting agenda?  Hopefully soon! City development planning is an art, and it is expected to be better in the 21st century in this most developed country in the world. Is Dublin included?

Paragon Outlets Livermore

Great news for Bay Area shoppers!  Close to Nice Dublin, we have the biggest outlet mall in San Francisco Bay Area — the Paragon Outlets Livermore. It is grand opening today on Thur., Nov. 8th, 2012!

Address: 2774 Paragon Outlets Drive, Livermore, CA 94551.

This is so new that even Google Maps does not mark it, but it is easy to find:
Go 580 East Bound, pass Santa Rita Rd,
next exit Fallon Rd/El Charro Rd,
turn right/South onto El Charro Rd,
and the outlet will be on your left.

Dublin’s Target is on the other side 580

Among all the brands, My and Helen’s favorites are:

Coach Factory, Carter’s, Gymboree Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Gap (Kids) Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Jones New York, Guess Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Skechers, Johnston & Murphy, the PUMA store …
Or click to Detailed Paragon Outlets store names.

Photos and videos will follow, please stay tuned.

Store Hours have been changed after its grand openings.

(updated on 2/28/2013. Paragon Outlets has been renamed Livermore Premium Outlets),
please check out for updated

Livermore Premium Outlets Store Hours

Regular Hours
Mon – Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm

Sale/Holiday Hours:

Easter: Sun, Mar 31

Memorial Day Weekend Sale: Fri – Mon, May 24 – 27
Fri, May 24: 10am-9pm
Sat, May 25: 10am-9pm
Sun, May 26: 10am-9pm
Mon, May 27: 10am-9pm

July 4th Summer Sale: Thu, July 4 – Sun, July 7
Thu, July 4: 10am-9pm
Fri, July 5: 10am-9pm
Sat, July 6: 10am-9pm
Sun, July 7: 10am-7pm

Labor Day Weekend Sale, Fri, Aug 30 – Mon, Sept 2
Fri, Aug 30: 10am-9pm
Sat, Aug 31: 10am-9pm
Sun, Sept 1: 10am-9pm
Mon, Sept 2: 10am-9pm

Columbus Day Weekend Sale: Fri – Mon, Oct 11 – 14
Fri, Oct 11: 10am-9pm
Sat, Oct 12: 10am-9pm
Sun, Oct 13: 10am-7pm
Mon, Oct 14: 10am-9pm

Thanksgiving Eve: Wed, Nov 27

Thanksgiving Day: Thu, Nov 28

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
featuring Midnight Madness: Fri – Sun: Nov 29 – Dec 1
Fri, Nov 29: Midnight-10pm
Sat, Nov 30: 8am-10pm
Sun, Dec 1: 9am-8pm

Holiday Hours
Mon, Dec 2 – Mon, Dec 23
Mon – Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm

Christmas Eve: Tues, Dec 24

Christmas Day: Wed, Dec 25

After-Holiday Sales: Thu, Dec 26 – Mon, Dec 30
Thu, Dec 26: 7am-9pm
Fri, Dec 27: 9am-9pm
Sat, Dec 28: 9am-9pm
Sun, Dec 29: 10am-7pm
Mon, Dec 30: 9am-9pm

New Year’s Eve: Tues, Dec 31

New Year’s Day: Wed, Jan 1

Kolb, New School, High API

The teachers and students at Harold William Kolb Elementary are so glad to see their API soar to 920 this year.

The California Department of Education does not publish the official rank until several months after the release of each year’s test results in August.   API is not everything, but it does reflect the efforts of the school staff and parents along with the students.

Kolb Elementary is a pretty new school (stared in Aug, 2011) located in East Dublin, where news houses have been built and sold very fast.

Please visit the following Web page for more
information:  Here’s the report generated on Kolb: 2012kolbsqsreport

Kolb’s API score is higher than Frederiksen Elementary (whose 2012 Growth API 894. 2011-12 Growth from Prior Year 48 : )2012Frederiksensqsreport

Of course, Kolb still needs to work hard to catch up with the neighboring school John Green Elementary ( whose API score is 961 this year, that is 9 points higher than 2011): 2012johngreenqsreport

Dublin Elementary’s API  is also a bit higher than Kolb’s: ( 2012 Growth API 928.   2011-12 Growth from Prior Year 50) 2012dublinsqsreport

James Dougherty Elementary dropped 1 point from last year (2012 Growth API 948. 2011-12 Growth from Prior Year -1 ) 2012JamesDoughertyElementarysqsreport

The Independent

In our mailbox recently, we are pleased to notice that The Independent, a local newspaper has been delivered to Dublin people since some time ago (the latest issue is Volume XLIX, Number 42! I see “Your Local News Source Since 1963”, older than me!).

If you want to have it in your mailbox continuously, you may go to or call (925)447-8700. Or just go there to check out its latest issue online.

This paper covers Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol.(Although the website does not mention Dublin in their header, Dublin seems to have been included recently). Well, from the very beginning, I believe that these cities should be combined or working closely with each other to improve the local people’s live.  We love Dublin also because of the good things we can share in Pleasanton, Livermore, and Sunol.  We Dublin people love shopping at Costco in Livermore, Stoneridge Shopping Center, Walmart and 99Ranch Chinese Super Market (even though we also have one in Dublin ) in Pleasanton, while people from these cities also enjoy the convenience of Barns and Nobles, BestBuy , iMax, Targets in Dublin!

As we can find that there are not enough reports about Dublin, we hope that our warm response will encourage this local newspaper to increase Dublin coverage.  Dublin, nice Dublin, is really expanding at an pleasantly unexpected speed into a bright future.




Please support SIPD   Soroptimist International PleasantonDublin and Career Women

     Wednesday, October 24th      5:30pm – 7:30pm
     Special Guest:  Melissa Tosetti
     Speaker, Author, Living the Savvy Life
     Girasole Restaurant, 3180 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton 

     5:30pm – 6:30pm  Networking/Social – NO HOST Bar
    6:30pm – 8:30pm  Dinner/Guest Speaker
    Tickets:  $40.00 INCLUDES Dinner
This event is A Benefit for the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign.

     ATTIRE:  Wear or accessorize in pink and bring your checkbook (prizes)!
     Click here for tickets (payable via check, PayPal or credit card)
     Tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE, no exceptions…thanks.