News digestEnjoy downtown, the summer weather and wine on Thursday, June 28, at Pleasanton Downtown Association's 12th annual Summer Wine Stroll from 6-9 p.m. More than 25 wineries from Livermore Valley and the East Bay will showcase their wines at locations throughout downtown. Each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass and event map.
Tickets are $30 until June 27 online or for cash or check at Berry Patch, Studio Seven Arts, Town Center Books, Clover Creek and the Rose Hotel on Main Street. If the 1,000 tickets are not sold out, they will be available the night of the event for $35 at the starting location, the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St.
For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.PleasantonDowntown.net.
The Livermore Homeless Refuge, which has been serving people from Pleasanton and Livermore for two years, is collecting clothing and personal items such as shampoo the weekend of June 30-July1 in the vestibules of St. Augustine and St. Elizabeth Seton churches.
Refuge volunteers make contact with the homeless in their cars, under freeway overpasses or along creeks. Some churches offer overnight accommodations when the temperature is under 40 degrees or it is raining; a summer program offers showers-plus underwear, socks, gently used summer clothing and personal supplies such as toothpaste.
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman accepted honorable mention for Pleasanton at the 2012 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards luncheon, which was held at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Orlando, Fla., last week.
The awards program recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The awards are sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.
The winners, for cities over and under 100,000 population, were Grand Rapids, Mich., and Beaverton, Ore. Mayor Jean Quan also accepted an honorable mention award for Oakland.
Last week's sports story on the Del Valle Open Water Festival should have included Kevin McLaughlin from Pleasanton Seahawks as a top finisher of the 5K race.