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Cultural events, community hike highlight weekend activities in San Ramon

Oktoberfest, Durga Puja festival to be held this weekend

Residents in San Ramon looking to take advantage of the last gasps of warmth and sunshine before the impending winter smothers the Tri-Valley are in luck because this city is hosting or sponsoring a number of events this weekend for the whole family.

Weekend events include the traditional Hindu Festival Durga Puja, the San Ramon Trail Walk in Las Trampas and the return of the popular Oktoberfest celebration.

Kicking off the festivities on Friday is the Durga Puja festival, a traditional Hindu festival celebrating the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura, where participants can join in religious offerings, witness cultural performance by local talent and enjoy delicious ethnic food.

The event is hosted by Agomoni, a Bay Area based organization dedicated to celebrating Indian culture, and will include dancing, a fashion show, music and more.

Durga Puja will be held at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Note, some events are reserved for Agomoni members only, residents are encouraged to check availability online at www.agomoni.org.

Next, on Saturday morning residents are invited to join Open Space Committee Chair Krista Keller on the San Ramon Trail Walk Las Trampas which this month will travel along the Bollinger Creek Trail Loop.

Participants will embark for this partially shaded, moderate 3.5-mile hike at 9 a.m. from the Las Trampas staging area in San Ramon. The entire trail is dirt so appropriate footwear is required, and dogs are allowed but they must be on a leash at all times.

The walk is free however pre-registration is required at www.SanRamonRecGuide.com using ACT #4699.

After getting some healthy exercise in on the trail, residents are also welcome to attend the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebration presented by the San Ramon Historic Foundation, for a day of beer, bratwurst and polka dancing.

This year four breweries will be supplying drinkers with the regions finest German and Bavarian styled brews, in addition to performances by the Olympia Fields Brass Band and the Golden Gate Bavarian Dancers.

The afternoon will also feature a delicious German themed lunch and the return of the popular Dachshund Races, which for those not in the know, features a grand race where the fastest wiener dogs in the San Ramon Valley compete to see who is the “top dog.”

Festivities begin Saturday and will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

Tickets for adults 21 and over are $30 and include a Bavarian-themed lunch, a beer stein and either one beer or a taste from each brewery. Tickets for 13 to 20-year-olds are $15 and include lunch and a root beer. Kids aged 6 to 12 can enter for $10 and receive lunch and a root beer. Kids six and under can enter for free.

Tickets are available online through PayPal.

Ryan J. Degan is a staff reporter at the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com. Reach him at rdegan@embarcaderopublishing.com or 925-600-0840, ext. 121.

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