Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 11, 2011

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The 36th annual Campana Jazz Festival will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow at Amador Valley High School. It will feature 51 ensembles from 24 Bay Area schools, with four venues and six divisions, including High School Big Bands and Middle School Big Bands plus expanded high school combo and vocal divisions.

Two awards concerts, at 3:15 p.m. and 5 p.m., will feature the winning bands and choirs, and jazz bands from the Pleasanton Unified School District. Musicians will be awarded over $15,000 in summer camp music scholarships, and two $1,000 college scholarships will be presented to study music at Cal State East Bay.

The festival was named in honor of Jim Campana, Amador Valley music director from 1959-79. Admission is $10; $8 for seniors and students; and free for 5 and under.

The Pleasanton Seahawks Swim team will host the two-day Nor-Cal Superleague Championship meet this weekend at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center on Black Avenue near Santa Rita Road. The meet is expected to draw about 200 swimmers, who will begin to arrive each morning by 7 a.m., with competition beginning at 9 a.m.

The city has been working closely with the Seahawks to reduce impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the Aquatic Center. Participants have been encouraged to carpool when possible.

The Pleasanton Middle School Parent Faculty Association reports that it has been able to approve important technological purchases, thanks to the parents who contributed to its fundraiser at the beginning of the school year. At a recent PFA meeting, approval was given to fund the purchase of 34 new Mac computers for its computer lab, 23 Elmo document readers for teacher presentations, and 12 flat screen TV monitors.

"This much needed technology support allows teachers to increase their effectiveness in helping students to achieve," said Principal John Whitney.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 is hosting its third annual Valentine's Day Brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

"It is our opportunity to thank those who support us and support our work throughout the year," explained Post Commander Doug Miller.

Members are invited to bring their spouse or special someone as are those from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group.

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