Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 16, 2011

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>Prepare for earthquakes

An Earthquake Awareness and Emergency Fair is being held from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Amador Valley Community Park, 4455 Black Ave., as one-stop shopping to learn about preparedness and to purchase kits and supplies for homes and businesses.

The Emergency Expo is the Gold Award project for Girl Scout Swethaa Manickam, a senior at Amador Valley High. She said she chose the project after the Japanese tsunami and the Haiti earthquake. Also she said she interviewed residents at the Pleasanton Farmers Market and found that many were not prepared for an earthquake or other disaster.

Manickam has started a club at Amador called Partners In Health that focuses on providing necessities to those in developing countries.

"I really want to show students how they can reach out and make a difference not only in their communities but also the world," she explained.

Firehouse turns 1

The city of Pleasanton is hosting a free celebration from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow for the first anniversary of the Firehouse Arts Center, at 4444 Railroad Ave., with musical performances, art projects for the entire family, face painting, improv workshops, artist demonstrations, a reception and cupcakes.

In its first year of operation, the Firehouse Arts Center has had more than 20,000 visitors for jazz performances, theater shows and musicals, literary events and speakers, a film series, art classes, art gallery viewings and more. Visit

Assessing human services

The cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton are holding community meetings to hear how to improve human services such as access to medical care, homelessness, transportation issues, substance abuse, children and senior needs, the needs of those with disabilities and more.

The meetings will be held 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Livermore Library; Sept. 28 at the Dublin Library; and Sept. 29 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. For more information, call (510) 488-4345, ext. 113, or email


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