Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 14, 2011

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College financial aid

Las Positas College will offer financial aid workshops for high school students and their parents to cover the basic topics about financial aid and to teach attendees how to maximize their opportunities.

Workshop topics will include types of aid available, deadlines, qualifications, "independent" vs. "dependent" definitions, application process, resources for scholarships, important hints for completing a FAFSA, and hints to minimize expected family contribution. There will also be time for questions and answers.

The workshop schedule is:

* 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Granada High School in Livermore;

* 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Dublin High School; and

* 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Livermore High School.

For more information, email the Las Positas College Financial Aid Office at

PDA office relocating

The office of the Pleasanton Downtown Association is moving next week to 4725 First St., Suite 200, from its location in the 800 block of Main Street.

In 1984, the City Council created the association, recognizing that the downtown, which is home to more than 575 businesses, is a special area. The group organizes First Wednesday street fairs, summer Concerts in the Park and other events throughout the year. Next on its agenda is the Wine Stroll scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Feb. 3, a chance for people to sip, nibble, shop and stroll downtown Pleasanton.

Fashion show benefit

The Charity Fashion Show on Thursday, presented by Esteem Productions, will benefit the Taylor Family Foundation, which provides summer camps and other activities for severely ill children.

"We are so grateful that Esteem Production's compassion is reaching out to TTFF. This generosity will go forward and reach so many children within all of our communities," said founder Elaine Taylor.

The event is from 7-10 p.m. at the Sapphire Restaurant and Lounge, 2300 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The price of admission includes a drawing ticket and a complimentary glass of champagne. Besides a "Catwalk Fashion Show" that will showcase local boutiques, the event will include a silent auction. Music will be provided by Amos Productions.

Buy tickets at To learn more about the Taylor Family Foundation, visit


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