News digestPleasanton Realtors Deb and Bob Cilk are conducting their 13th annual Coat & Blanket Drive to benefit "neighbors in need." Donations of new and "gently used" coats, blankets, socks and warm clothing can be dropped at the Cilks' Northern California Brokers office, 349 Main St., Suite 202, located on the second floor above Tully's coffee shop. Items are distributed directly to families and individuals in need of a helping hand. The collection campaign will continue through the end of February. For more information, call (925) 487-8735.
A resume writing class will be given at the Veterans Memorial building in Pleasanton from 9:30- 11 a.m. Jan. 21 at no cost to veterans. This class was developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has been approved to be given to veterans who are looking for employment or who want to improve their job searching skills. The Veterans building is located at 301 Main St.
The 37th annual Campana Jazz Festival will be held at Amador Valley High School on Feb. 11.
The daylong festival will feature 50 ensembles from 24 Bay Area schools, including High School Big Bands, Middle School Big Bands, and a Combo Division. The day will top off with an awards concert featuring the winning bands and a jazz ensemble.
This year, gourmet food trucks will be on hand to offer meals and snacks for concertgoers.
Outstanding musicians will be awarded more than $12,000 in summer camp music scholarships, and two $1000 college scholarships will be presented to study music at Cal State East Bay. Admission is $10; $8 for seniors and students; and free for those 5 and under.
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has openings in his district offices for interns.
College and post-graduate students are encouraged to apply, and high school students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The internships are designed to provide students with educational and professional experience and are unpaid although the Congressman's office will partner with institutions that offer academic credit.
To apply for a position, students can mail or fax a cover letter and resume to the Internship Coordinator, 5776 Stoneridge Mall Blvd., Suite 175, Pleasanton, 94588; fax is 737-0734. Post offices throughout the Bay Area are announcing shortened hours set to begin next month. Most changes will be to open 30 minutes to an hour later, while 10 post offices will close a half hour to an hour earlier. New hours will be posted on the post office doors and will be updated at www.usps.com on Feb. 20, when the new hours will take effect.
"At least 30% to 35% of all our business transactions are taking place online," U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz said.
Marketing studies showed that most Bay Area customers don't arrive until after 9 a.m., with the biggest rush of activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ruiz said the new hours won't result in job losses but that workers will simply shift their schedules.