News digestCity activates Cooling Center
Pleasanton has activated its public Cooling Center for those seeking relief from high temperatures as they rise past the century mark through Saturday, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. It is scheduled to be open from noon until 8 p.m. from Thursday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 11. Visitors will enjoy air-conditioned facilities and may be served water and offered games and television viewing.
Free transportation is being provided through Pleasanton Paratransit Services for those ages 60 and older or ADA qualified. Call 931-5365 to arrange a ride.
For more information, call the Community Services Department at 931-5340 or visit www.cityofpleasanton.com.
Survey on rainwater use
Ph.D. candidate Neeraja Havaligi is asking Pleasanton residents to take an online survey for her to use with her thesis on rainwater harvesting and re-use. Havaligi, who has master's degrees in agriculture, specializing in agronomy, and in plant physiology, is earning her doctorate online with Akamai University in Hilo, Hawaii. She will present her thesis at the third International conference of Urban Biodiversity and Design on Oct. 8-12 in Mumbai, India.
Havaligi, who moved to Pleasanton in 2002 with her husband, formerly worked in New York as a freelancer for the United Nations on biodiversity and climate adaptation.
Those who take the survey can remain anonymous unless they want to be entered into a drawing for $50, which Havaligi offers as an incentive. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PleasantonCity.
Special women's run, health fest
Fleet Feet is celebrating active women who challenge themselves to be fit with a Women's 5K Run/Walk on Sunday at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. Registration and check-in begin at 6:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $35 for preregistration or $40 on race day, which includes a T-shirt, post race refreshments, free massage from Massage Envy, and one entry into a drawing.
The day continues with a Health and Fitness Festival with organic foods and beverages, running shoe and clothing companies, running gear, vitamins and supplements, cookies, cupcakes and more, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fleet Feet, 234 Main St., Pleasanton.