Entries are due by 6 a.m. Thursday for the Pleasanton Weekly's annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest. First-place prize is a $100 gift certificate for Gene's Fine Foods in Pleasanton; second-place prize is a $50 gift certificate to Strizzi's restaurant in Pleasanton.
Send digital photos only to firstname.lastname@example.org, attached to an email in JPG format. Include the names of the mother and daughter(s) and the ages of children in the email. Photos entered in previous contests are not eligible.
The staff at the Weekly will choose the finalists, which will be posted at www.pleasantonweekly.com for readers to vote online for which mother and daughter in Pleasanton look most alike.
Photos of the winners will be published in the May 10 print edition of the Pleasanton Weekly.
A sting operation looking for stores that sell cigarettes to minors was a painless event, with every one of the 38 locations visited refusing to sell to underage decoys.
Pleasanton has 43 stores that sell tobacco, but five weren't open during the sting, which used minors as decoys, accompanied by plainclothes officers.
Officers also checked for mandatory signs about the prohibition of tobacco sales to juveniles and made sure the stores had valid tobacco retail licenses.
The undercover operation was held April 5, with officers from the Pleasanton Police Department working with the Alameda County Public Health Department.
California law prohibits the sale of cigarettes to minors. Violators can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a fine; a first offense runs about $200.
The Alameda County Fair needs you
Volunteers are needed to help at this year's Alameda County Fair, which runs June 19-July 7 and draws a half million visitors. Individuals, companies and organizations are welcome. Interested volunteers can email Jamie Osborn at email@example.com.
It's also time to think about showing off your talents at the Fair, entering categories such as quilting, gardening, painting, canning, etc. If you can "Make it, Take it, Grow it or Show it" you can enter it. Go to www.ACFairExhibits.com.