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Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 11, 2012

News digest

The 72nd annual Pleasanton Rose Show will be held Saturday at the Senior Center.

Pleasanton rose-growers will bring the best from their gardens to a community rose show to be enjoyed and judged.

The show dates back to the 1930s when banker Harry Harding gave his customers rose bushes in appreciation for their business, and customers would bring back blooms in the springtime for him.

That inspired Harding to start the Pleasanton Rose Show, which eventually outgrew the bank and moved to other venues including the Century House on Santa Rita. The show was in limbo for a few years until a trio of women, who call themselves the Rosettes, decided to bring it back six years ago.

The women, Leslie Faught, Marti Gilbert and Joyce Jones, are Alain Pinel Realtors, and that firm also sponsors the show. This year the city of Pleasanton has joined in.

Village High School kids will turn the school's multipurpose room into an Italian restaurant on May 24 for the fourth annual pasta feed.

Village usually sells advance tickets for the meal, which includes lasagna, salad, garlic bread, cookies and lemonade. This year, meals will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, although takeout will be available for people who want to eat at home.

In the past, the pasta feed has featured entertainment, but that hasn't been confirmed for this year.

The money goes to support Village activities and student incentives and rewards.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for students, seniors and kids. Village also does a special delivery to senior citizens through the Pleasanton Senior Center. The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the school, 4645 Bernal Avenue.

The Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center (TVHOC) will provide information on free housing services available to employees of area businesses at a seminar from 9 to 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday in the Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center.

The HOC has invited businesses and human resources professionals throughout the Tri-Valley to participate. The meeting is open to the public as well.

"We are very pleased to have an opportunity to provide this important information to businesses," said Randi DeHollander, chairwoman of the TVHOC board of directors. "The mortgage crisis has impacted many people who make up our workforce."

The TVHOC was established in 2005 as an outgrowth of more than a decade of collaboration on workforce and affordable housing issues by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and the Town of Danville.

For more information, contact Milly Seibel, executive director, at to info@tvhoc.org.

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