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News Digest: Holiday parade set in Pleasanton | 'Caffeine for a Cause' | 'Share Your Gratitude' with PUSD

Also: Grants for the arts | Sleep warning signs

Holiday parade

Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to return this Saturday evening (weather permitting), highlighted by the procession of festive floats and community groups on foot, plus musical performances and an appearance by Santa Claus.

The closure of Main Street will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday before the parade starts at 5 p.m. The tree lighting in front of the Museum on Main will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m.

This would mark the first holiday parade for downtown Pleasanton since 2018 after cancellations due to weather (2019) and the pandemic (2020).

For more information on the 2021 event, visit HometownHoliday.com.

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'Caffeine for a Cause'

Visit Tri-Valley is partnering with coffee shops, tea houses and bubble tea cafes in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Danville for a new fundraising campaign through Dec. 31, "Caffeine for a Cause".

Residents and visitors to the Tri-Valley can take part by going to any five participating locations along the Tri-Valley Caffeine Trail and submit a photo from their trip on social media or via the Visit Tri-Valley website.

For each person who completes the "Caffeine for a Cause" challenge this holiday season, Visit Tri-Valley will donate $20 to local nonprofit Culinary Angels, a volunteer- and donation-based organization that provides healthy meals to patients with cancer and other serious health conditions. Participants can also earn a limited edition mug along the way.

Use #CaffeineForACause and tag @VisitTriValley when posting on social media. To find the list of participating shops, go to www.visittrivalley.com.

'Share Your Gratitude' with PUSD

The Pleasanton Unified School District is giving community members the chance to share their gratitude toward a PUSD educator or staff member this holiday season.

"The 'Share Your Gratitude' campaign is designed to encourage the PUSD community to acknowledge those who have made a positive impact on their lives," PUSD officials said.

In an example post shared by PUSD, Fairlands parent Carley Kennedy wrote, "Ms. Green lovingly cares for her students each and every day while inspiring them to love learning. She creates a comfortable classroom environment that enables them to take risks and broaden both their knowledge and confidence. We love you, Ms. Green!"

The messages can be submitted online via pusdedu.info/gratitude.

Grants for the arts

Alameda County Arts Commission has announced its 2022 ARTSFUND Grant Program for nonprofit arts organizations, with awards of $1,000-$2,500 each. Last year the program awarded grants to 82 nonprofit groups throughout the county.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 8, and the commission is currently holding webinars to help organizations prepare their applications. The next online workshop is at 3 p.m. next Friday (Dec. 10), followed by another one at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6. The workshops are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required. To learn more, visit www.acgov.org/arts and click on "Programs." The Arts Commission staff can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 510-208-9646.

The grants support all types of arts, including dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, media arts and other art forms.

Sleep warning signs

Lauren Asarnow, a neuropsychologist at UCSF, is presenting a webinar on "Sleep in Adolescents: An Early and Potentially Modifiable Warning Sign," hosted by the Alan Hu Foundation in Pleasanton. Asarnow's research program, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Sleep Medicine, aims to reduce the burden of mental illness in youths with interventions that are youth-friendly and easily accessible.

This free webinar is recommended for adolescents ages 13 and older, their families and the general public. The presentation is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, and will include 15 minutes of Q&A following the lecture.

To receive the Zoom link, RSVP by Dec. 6 at alanhufoundation.org.

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News Digest: Holiday parade set in Pleasanton | 'Caffeine for a Cause' | 'Share Your Gratitude' with PUSD

Also: Grants for the arts | Sleep warning signs

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Uploaded: Wed, Dec 1, 2021, 9:56 pm
Updated: Thu, Dec 2, 2021, 2:36 pm

Holiday parade

Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to return this Saturday evening (weather permitting), highlighted by the procession of festive floats and community groups on foot, plus musical performances and an appearance by Santa Claus.

The closure of Main Street will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday before the parade starts at 5 p.m. The tree lighting in front of the Museum on Main will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m.

This would mark the first holiday parade for downtown Pleasanton since 2018 after cancellations due to weather (2019) and the pandemic (2020).

For more information on the 2021 event, visit HometownHoliday.com.

'Caffeine for a Cause'

Visit Tri-Valley is partnering with coffee shops, tea houses and bubble tea cafes in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Danville for a new fundraising campaign through Dec. 31, "Caffeine for a Cause".

Residents and visitors to the Tri-Valley can take part by going to any five participating locations along the Tri-Valley Caffeine Trail and submit a photo from their trip on social media or via the Visit Tri-Valley website.

For each person who completes the "Caffeine for a Cause" challenge this holiday season, Visit Tri-Valley will donate $20 to local nonprofit Culinary Angels, a volunteer- and donation-based organization that provides healthy meals to patients with cancer and other serious health conditions. Participants can also earn a limited edition mug along the way.

Use #CaffeineForACause and tag @VisitTriValley when posting on social media. To find the list of participating shops, go to www.visittrivalley.com.

'Share Your Gratitude' with PUSD

The Pleasanton Unified School District is giving community members the chance to share their gratitude toward a PUSD educator or staff member this holiday season.

"The 'Share Your Gratitude' campaign is designed to encourage the PUSD community to acknowledge those who have made a positive impact on their lives," PUSD officials said.

In an example post shared by PUSD, Fairlands parent Carley Kennedy wrote, "Ms. Green lovingly cares for her students each and every day while inspiring them to love learning. She creates a comfortable classroom environment that enables them to take risks and broaden both their knowledge and confidence. We love you, Ms. Green!"

The messages can be submitted online via pusdedu.info/gratitude.

Grants for the arts

Alameda County Arts Commission has announced its 2022 ARTSFUND Grant Program for nonprofit arts organizations, with awards of $1,000-$2,500 each. Last year the program awarded grants to 82 nonprofit groups throughout the county.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 8, and the commission is currently holding webinars to help organizations prepare their applications. The next online workshop is at 3 p.m. next Friday (Dec. 10), followed by another one at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6. The workshops are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required. To learn more, visit www.acgov.org/arts and click on "Programs." The Arts Commission staff can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 510-208-9646.

The grants support all types of arts, including dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, media arts and other art forms.

Sleep warning signs

Lauren Asarnow, a neuropsychologist at UCSF, is presenting a webinar on "Sleep in Adolescents: An Early and Potentially Modifiable Warning Sign," hosted by the Alan Hu Foundation in Pleasanton. Asarnow's research program, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Sleep Medicine, aims to reduce the burden of mental illness in youths with interventions that are youth-friendly and easily accessible.

This free webinar is recommended for adolescents ages 13 and older, their families and the general public. The presentation is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, and will include 15 minutes of Q&A following the lecture.

To receive the Zoom link, RSVP by Dec. 6 at alanhufoundation.org.

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