News Digest: Veteran support event, Jewish music showcase & Help the homeless


Veteran support

The Pleasanton Public Library next Thursday (Jan. 24) will host an outreach event to help connect local military veterans to services available to them.

The VA Palo Alto Rural Health Mobile Medical Outreach Team and Alameda County's veteran service officer will be on-hand to facilitate free examinations, consultations and referrals for veterans, along with other veteran benefits information.

Veterans uncertain of their benefits eligibility are encouraged to visit as requirements have changed, and VA health care may complement current medical coverage. The veteran service officer will also provide benefits counsel and process VSD 001 Forms for veterans who want to apply for the veteran designation on California driver's licenses or ID cards.

Veterans should bring an extra copy of military discharge papers (DD Form 214) and a list of current medications. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave. in downtown Pleasanton.

Jewish music showcase

Award-winning songwriter, storyteller and performer Daniel Cainer will present his Jewish-themed one-man show "Gefilte Fish and Chips" this Saturday evening to close the "World of Jewish Music" weekend showcase co-sponsored by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews.

"His stories in song are smart, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent. His deeply moving and funny tales about family are told in brilliant rhyme and witty wordplay with great musicianship and haunting tunes," organizers said.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Hayward. Admission for the concert is $20 (or included with registration for the weekend conference). For ticket information, visit

Help the homeless

Tri-Valley Haven is working to help homeless residents in the community combat cold temperatures.

The local nonprofit has started a drive to collect new or gently used items for homeless men, women and children in the Tri-Valley: coats, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, jackets, sweaters, blankets, sleeping bags and one-person tents.

Donations are being accepted at 3663 Pacific Ave. in Livermore on Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feb. 11. For any questions, contact Ralph Johnson at or 667-2702.

Fundraiser canceled

Livermore Valley Opera officials informed the Weekly on Tuesday that the organization's "Behind the Curtain" fundraiser, which was highlighted in last week's paper, has been canceled due to low ticket sales but will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date.

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