Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 15, 2011

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Pleasanton's own festival of the Bard is scheduled for the next three weekends at Amador Valley Community Park. This year San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's Free Shakespeare in the Park will present the inventive fairytale, "Cymbeline," over three weekends beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23. Performances will take place Saturday and Sunday evenings through Aug. 7.

"Cymbeline" includes many familiar Shakespeare elements -- forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion. The Amador Valley Community Park, is located at the corner of Black Avenue and Santa Rita Road. Bring family, friends and low lawn chairs.

California State University trustees approved a 12% tuition hike Tuesday that will take effect at Cal State East Bay and other CSU campuses this fall, bringing annual tuition to $5,472.

Officials said the tuition increase is expected to help close the budget gap created by $650 million in state funding cuts. It will generate $150 million for the CSU system, with the remaining $400 million shortfall to be saved through cutbacks and an additional 10% tuition hike approved in November.

The board is also planning to reduce enrollment by roughly 10,000 students statewide. Campus budgets will be reduced by a combined $281 million, according to CSU officials.

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton has awarded a $1,000 matching grant to the ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center to update its media and model collection.

The center is used by people with illnesses and their family members, students, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals for up to date medical information. It also serves as a library resource for local schools: anatomy models and health information posters are checked out for classroom instruction; and students in ROP classes volunteer at the center. Models that were purchased offer information about the dangers of smoking and other health risks and provide anatomically correct models of organs like the lungs, brain and pancreas.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is located at ValleyCare Medical Plaza, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd.

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