Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - July 1, 2011

Of Note

'Girls' group going strong

More than 115 members of Girls Night Out Networking (GNON) celebrate the group's three-year anniversary at McGrail Vineyards in Livermore. GNON is open to any woman in the Tri-Valley who is looking for networking and camaraderie with others in fun and informal settings. They get together once a month at various businesses throughout the Tri-Valley. For further information, visit www.gnontrivalley.com or call 487-4748.

Looking good at 50

Valley View Elementary School turned 50 in style as students, parents and community members came together for the school's "We Are Valley View" celebration. The event included multicultural dances performed by students, food prepared by Valley View's ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) parent group and the unveiling of Valley View's new beautification project.

Valley View now sports five new tile walls painted by staff and students, fingerprint canvas artwork sponsored by Club 40 -- the school's group that promotes 40 essential aspects for healthy growth -- along with new trees, plants and ground cover.

In other Valley Views news, first-grade dual immersion teacher Christie Carnahan is one of five teachers in Alameda County to be awarded $25,000 by the Chevron Classroom Challenge. The grant is intended to reward projects emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).

Carnahan is using funds from the grant to develop and implement a school to home program that connects parents as partners in the education of their children.

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