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Fun at the Firehouse

Pleasanton’s arts center celebrates first anniversary with free performances this weekend.

Supporters of the arts and cupcake lovers are in for a treat, as the Firehouse Arts Center celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. On Saturday, the public is invited to join in on the free festivities and commemorate the comprehensive art center in downtown Pleasanton.

The event will include a reception in the art gallery, as well as musical performances and demonstrations by local artists, improv workshops, art projects for the entire family, and face painting.

In its first year, the Firehouse Arts Center has hosted more than 20,000 visitors who congregated to partake in theater shows and musicals, literary events, youth programming, visual art exhibits, and a film series.

The center will launch its second season on September 18, with a performance by Lisa Vroman, a soloist who has performed on Broadway and in the San Francisco show of Phantom of the Opera. Other upcoming performances include renowned jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer, the Latin Fiesta of the Americas, and the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The Firehouse Arts Center was formerly a historic fire station that was built in 1929 with bricks from a local foundry. Now, the high-tech center features a 227-seat studio theater and 2,000-square-foot gallery, two large art classrooms, and a grand lobby for receptions and events.

September 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 931-4850, firehousearts.org.