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News - November 22, 2013

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Code kids

Some middle school students are getting a jump start on programming with help from a team of high school students.

The same team that held a series of fun science sessions over the summer has moved into classrooms at Pleasanton and Harvest Park middle schools and into the library, teaching kids to write software code.

The group meets Wednesdays at the library, Tuesdays at PMS and Mondays at Harvest Park. It also has a website:, that offers online lessons at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The courses at the library are open to any age group.

Fair friends

The Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association has named three new board members. Craig Smith of Pleasanton, Timothy Weaver of Livermore and George Pacheco Jr. of Castro Valley will join 23 other board members as they gear up for the 2014 fair.

Smith is chief operating officer for Dorhmann Insurance, with experience in business and livestock. He's been raising and showing livestock at the Fair since he was 9.

Weaver, president of Weaver & McCartney Accountancy Corp., has over 40 years experience as a CPA working with nonprofit organizations and hopes to work on long-range planning. Pacheco, president of Pacheco Brothers Gardening, offers expertise in business, horticulture and construction.

Fall gleaning

Students from Foothill High School and local realtor Pam Silliman are organizing a harvest of neighborhood fruit trees.

Foothill students will be hitting neighborhoods to pass out fliers, pick up fruit and harvest for those who can't. Fruit will be distributed to families in need through Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven. They're hoping to harvest the fruit before the first hard frost.

People with orange, grapefruit or lemon trees who would like to donate the fruit are asked to contact Silliman at 998-1522 or at


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