Music, music, music. And wine and food, games and camaraderie are on the menu from noon-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, in the parking lot of Alamo Plaza. It's the 29th annual Music and Wine Festival, a super-sized block party given by the Alamo Rotary Club to raise money for music programs in the schools.
"Over $40,000 was raised at last year's festival," said Festival Sponsor Chairman Don Morton. "Much of this money came from very generous local sponsors."
During the day, musical groups from the schools will perform, beginning at noon. At 8 a.m. the fabulous Cruise Tones, a perennial favorite, will play hits from the '50s to today for dancing. Another popular Bay Area band, the Detroit Disciples, will play at 4 p.m.
Other activities will include a play zone, a rock climbing wall, and the kids train from the Museum of San Ramon Valley. The Animal Rescue Foundation will bring rescued dogs that provide therapy to those who need a little tender loving care. Volunteers will provide information about ARF and its adoptable pets.
Dinner tickets will be less expensive than previous years, at $15, for food provided at the event from Alamo restaurants. Wine will be featured from Cline Cellars and the Jacuzzi Family Vineyard.
A highlight of the festival is the announcement around 7 p.m. of the Alamo Citizen of the Year. Last year the honor went to community activist Vicki Koc, who said that of all her work in the community, she is most proud of the Miranda Avenue bike project, the Primo's Run, which still raises money for the schools, her efforts to keep Alamo Elementary School open in the 1980s, and bringing Alamo incorporation before the voters in 2009.
For more information, visit www.AlamoRotary.com. And be sure to mark Sept. 10 on your calendars.