Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 30, 2011

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Pleasanton's premiere event and fundraiser for Pleasanton Partnerships In Education is just a few weeks away. The annual cocktail party will feature 15 groups, each consisting of a corporate/community sponsor, a Pleasanton school principal, and a local Bay Area chef partnered to form culinary teams. Each team will be offering signature hors d'oeuvre or dessert featuring seasonal ingredients paired with fabulous wines. A cash prize will go to the chefs creating the favorite savory and the favorite sweet offering, judged by celebrity judges. In addition to fabulous food and exquisite wines, there's a martini bar, live music, and fun.

Proceeds will assist in funding programs PPIE facilitates at various school sites and to fill grants submitted by students and teachers of the Pleasanton Unified School District. Last year's event sold out, so reserve soon. Tickets are $65 per person and attendees must be 21 or older.

Two Pleasanton school projects are among the winners of annual gifts from Lawrence Livermore labs. Contributions were given to the school district's Project Lead the Way, which provides engineering curriculum and teacher training, and Village High School & Horizon Science & Math Program, which helps students with unique challenges prepare for high school graduation and college.

Other gifts were given to Tri-Valley Haven and Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry and the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation, Meals on Wheels and Head Start Food Program .

Join a Saturday morning trail hike starting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Sycamore Grove Park, at 1051 Wetmore Road in Livermore. There is a $5 parking fee, so carpooling is encouraged. The 2.5-mile trail is paved and mostly level. There are public restrooms at each end of the trail. Walk one way and ride back with volunteers to the starting point, or hike in both directions for a total of five miles. Allow at least an hour in each direction. The 742-acre park includes wooded areas and grasslands, with a variety of animals and birds to be seen.

More than 30 vendors will grace the lawns at Ravenswood, 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore, for the first annual Peddlers Faire from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 9.

Upscale handmade items will be showcased from artists, potters, photographers, jewelry makers and woodworkers. Candles, wind chimes, soaps, vases, hand painted plates, bric-a brac and knitted articles are also among items to be offered at the event.

Ravenswood is a 1890's restored Victorian on the National Register of Historic Places, is a state of California Historical Point of Interest and is a City of Livermore Historic Preservation Landmark Site.

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