Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 7, 2011

News digest

Breast Cancer Awareness

Save throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop by making a donation. Give $10 and receive a month-long 10% Discovery Shop savings certificate off regularly priced merchandize. Give $25 and receive a 25% certificate.

The Discovery Shop in Pleasanton is located in the Mission Plaza Shopping Center on Santa Rita Road.

Also San Ramon Regional Medical Center is adding Saturday appointments for screening mammograms this month. Call the Breast Center for an appointment at 275-8335; a physician order is required.

Design award for LPC

Las Positas College's Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts won a 2011 Outstanding Design Award in the American School and University Design Competition. Completed last year, the center was named to honor the founding dean of the college and current president of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees. The 55,000-square-foot building includes a 464-seat main theater, lobby, 175-seat black box theater, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, faculty offices, and an outdoor amphitheater with seating capacity of 1,500.

The building, made possible by voter approval of Measure B, a general obligation facilities bond, achieved LEED Silver certification for its environmental design. Architects are John Sergio Fisher & Associates Inc.

SonRise raises $41,000

SonRise Equestrian Foundation, a nonprofit group that teams up gentle horses with children throughout the Tri-Valley who are living with emotional or physical challenges, raised $41,000 during its Wine and Equine Festival held Sept. 16 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. The organization has found that children who take care of the horses and enjoy them through the program develop confidence and learn to be responsible.

More than 200 people attended the event. After being greeted by Blackie and Shania, two miniature horses from the SonRise Traveling Tails program, attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner, dancing, drawings and live and silent auctions.

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