Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 19, 2011

News digest

The district has some pointers for students and parents, old and new, as schools starts this Tuesday, Aug. 23.

People are asked to remember that traffic is always at its worst at the start of the year as parents walk their children to their first days of school or try to figure out where to drop off students, and as student drivers jockey for parking spaces. Leave home early and be cautious of students walking and riding bikes.

A new California law has changed the requirements about student immunization against pertussis. For the 2011-12 school year, students entering grades 7-12 will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. This requirement applies to students at all public and private schools.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, will launch the Grand Opening celebration for Domus, the kitchen and home accessories store at 652 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton. Officials from the city, the Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasanton Downtown Association will participate with owner Margaret Smith in the ribbon-cutting.

The free event will also feature product and cooking demonstrations, drawings for prizes every 15 minutes, ice cream and cupcakes, and face painting for kids, until 2 p.m.

Domus returned to Pleasanton this summer after closing its Los Gatos store. Call 485-0501.

The Museum On Main, 603 Main St., has increased its hours to six days a week, adding Tuesday, plus now opens an hour earlier.

"Over the past year our visitation has increased by 69% and the additional hours will help assist those people who wish to visit earlier in the week and earlier in the day," Executive Director Jim DeMersman said. "We are also looking at adding some evening hours to accommodate the evening foot traffic in downtown."

The new hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Call 462-2766.

Shepherd's Gate, which provides Christ-centered services and housing for battered and homeless women and children in Livermore and Brentwood, is holding "24 in Your Car" the weekend of Oct. 8-9 at the Fairgrounds to raise money and publicize this fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Participants will join discussion groups, hear testimonies, and experience eating convenience store meals and sleeping in their cars, after gathering $24 pledges from family and friends.

To publicize the program, Jennifer Harp, Shepherd's Gate's director of marketing, spent five days living in her car this week. During this time, she sought resources available to the "mobile homeless" and talked to those who have had to live in their cars. Learn more at www.24inyourcar.com.

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