News digestDowntown will be the scene of holiday merriment tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m. with the "Earlier Than the Bird" launch of the shopping season.
"This popular event is designed to launch the holiday shopping season in a festive and entertaining way, and provide amazing deals at our unique downtown stores before Black Friday," according to the Pleasanton Downtown Association, which is partnering with Livermore Downtown Inc.
Participating downtown shops will open at 7 a.m. with special offers and refreshments. Shoppers who arrive wearing pajamas will receive a free "Downtown Livermore/Downtown Pleasanton" winter scarf. KKIQ will have its team downtown from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to promote the event, which lasts until noon.
Then tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m., downtown Pleasanton will host its annual holiday kick-off, "Magical Holiday Evening," with live entertainment and children's activities. Shops, restaurants and businesses will feature decorations, lights, special window displays and holiday treats. Santa and his helpers will be at the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., for photos, and elves will roam the street giving out candy canes.
With Christmas approaching fast, the Pleasanton Police Officers Association Charitable Foundation is beginning its annual Giving Tree Program, collecting gifts for families in need and seniors.
The foundation already has the names of those it's hoping to help out this year; now, it's looking for people to step forward to donate. Gift tags listing what to buy can be picked up in the lobby of the Police Department beginning Nov. 29.
It's the third year the foundation has been collecting gifts through its giving tree. To learn more, call Officer Ryan Dawson or foundation President Kurt Schlehuber at 931-5100.
The story in the Nov. 11 issue headlined "Man captured with local girl in critical condition after jailhouse jump" should have stated: "McFate was wanted on an Alameda County warrant on prior charges that included unlawful intercourse with a minor and lewd acts with a child under 14."