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Exchange Student Candidates for PTSCA 2015 Delegation
The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association youth cultural exchange summer program is beginning the candidate process. Students need to be entering sophomore-senior year in high school in the fall and have completed a second year of Spanish by the end of this school year. Students can attend any meeting regardless of their school of attendance to learn about the application and selection process. Meetings are: at lunch time on Wednesday, Jan. 7 in room B27 at Foothill HS; at lunch time on Thursday, Jan. 8 in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in room C-6 at Foothill HS; 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact 209-5825 or annangst@sbcglobal.net, or go to ptsca.org.
 

Exhibits

California Watercolor Associationís 45th Annual National Exhibition
Jan. 14-Feb. 21 in the Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center. 75 artists from California and beyond have been accepted by this year's judges. A wide variety of styles and types of water media are represented. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15. Painting demonstrations will be at 11:30 a.m. most Saturdays during the exhibition. For list of artists and more information, go to www.firehousearts.org. Harrington Art Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Volunteering

Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry
The Tri-Valley Haven food pantry is in need of volunteers to help sort, organize, and bag donated food items along with other duties. If you can help out please contact Stacey at 449-5845. All shifts available Monday-Thursday at Tri-Valley Haven food pantry, 418 Junction Ave., Livermore. Tri VAlley Haven Food Pantry, 418 Junction Ave., Livermore.
 

Fundraisers

Sleep Trainís Pajama Drive for Foster Kids
Sleep Trainís annual Pajama Drive aims to make nighttime cozier for local foster children ensuring they go to bed wearing their own pair of comfortable pajamas. Donations of new PJs in every size, infant to adult, can be dropped off at any Sleep Train store now through March 1. Sleep Train, 6050 Johnson Drive Suite C, Pleasanton.
 

Volunteering

Sunol Docent Training
Become a Sunol Regional Wilderness docent to volunteer at a variety of parks and join the East Bay Regional Park District's volunteer community. The next Sunol Docent training class will take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings, Jan. 28-March 16. Contact (510) 544-3240 or Docents.Sunol@ebparks.org. Go to www.ebparks.org/about/getinvolved/volunteer/docent. Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1895 Geary Road, Sunol.
 

Spiritual

Three Diamonds Qigong Series
"Three Diamonds Qigong" will focus on exercises that tap into and cultivate the three greatest reservoirs of energy within ourselves to create more stamina, more joy, clearer thinking, and better overall health. Classes will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; and March 3, 10, 17 at Unity of Tri-Valley's Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd. Suite 120, Dublin. Drop-in classes are $12, prepayment for entire 8-week course is $80. Contact Gayle Staehle at 200-1765 or gstaehle@comcast.net. Unity of Tri-Valley's Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd. Suite 120, Dublin.
 

Support Groups

Happiness and Better Relationships
Learn how to have more fulfilling relationships with your partner, spouse and children; how to be more effective at work; and how to replace anger with peace and confidence. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Unity of Tri-Valley Office, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd. #120, Dublin. Cost is $5. Check online schedule at www.meetup.com/Tri-Valley-Real-Love-Group/ before coming. Unity of Tri-Valley Office, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd. #120, Dublin.
 

Clubs

Pleasanton Mothers Club
The mission of the Pleasanton Mothers Club is to provide a social, supportive, and educational outlet for moms and their families in the local community. They offer a variety of activities, children's playgroups, special interest groups, and more. For information visit pleasantonmothersclub.org. Contact membership@pleasantonmothersclub.org.
 

Support Groups

Pleasanton Military Families Support Group
Formed in 2003 this group provides support and comfort to the Pleasanton families whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has monthly meetings and other events such as "pack outs" of comfort and care items for deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where streamers are displayed with the name, rank and branch of service of Pleasanton military personnel. Learn more at www.pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org.
 

Classes

Free Counseling Job Search Skills and Resume Writing
Get a free consultation with an experienced Employment Recruiter on select Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons and Saturday afternoons for a half or full hour at the Pleasanton Library. Receive help with resume writing, employment web sites, search for a job on the web, and get help with online applications. Make a 20-minute appointment at the Reference Desk by calling 931-3400, ext. 4. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Seniors

Peddler Shoppe at the Senior Center
The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It's a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to www.pleasantonpeddlershoppe.com. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.
 

Seniors

Computer Classes for Seniors
Pleasanton Public Library hosts Computer Classes for Seniors including Beginning Internet on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Beginning E-mail on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Open Practice on the third Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of every month, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
 

Miscellaneous

Friends of the Library Online Book Sale
Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.
 

Seniors

Dublin Senior Center Dance Classes
Seniors are invited to a Beginning Latin Line Date from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays; cost is $12 for four classes per month or $15 for five classes per month. Beginning line dance from 10:25-11:25 a.m. Thursdays, cost is $1.25 per class; beginning-intermediate line dancing from 10:15-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, cost is $2 drop-in, or from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, cost is $3 drop-in; easy and intermediate line dance from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, cost is $3 per class; intermediate line dance from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Fridays, cost is $1.25 per class; advanced line dancing from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays, cost is $3 per class; or social line dance from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, cost is $2 for drop-in or $6 for four classes per month or $7.50 for five classes per month; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Seniors

Dublin Senior Center Programs
Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including "ESL" which helps seniors practice their English conversational skills, a Reading Group that meets monthly to discuss new books and a Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting. Fees vary for each activity. For a complete list of activities, contact 556-4511 or seniorctr@dublin.ca.gov. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Seniors

Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library
The Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the senior center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. The library gladly accepts donations of like-new used books published in the last five years, puzzles, magazines within three months of distribution, and videotapes. Unused books are donated to Friends of the Dublin Library. Bring donations to the office for processing. Call 556-4511. Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
 

Events

Farmers Market
Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. Downtown Pleasanton, E. Angela St., Pleasanton.