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News - February 17, 2012

News digest

Another bone marrow drive to help two leukemia sufferers in Pleasanton is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Amador Valley High School to increase the odds for Janet Liang, who may have only months to live. This drive is sponsored by the CACC Chinese School and targets Asian Americans. Liang, a 2005 graduate of AVHS, has said that race does play a role in finding a match.

Amador Valley's SIMS (Students Interested in Medical Science) Club will hold another drive on Feb. 25 from noon to 4 p.m., also at the school. The test for a match is a self-administered cheek swab.

Two others were held earlier this month in the hope of finding a match for Liang and for Mikki Conley, a science teacher at Mohr Elementary.

Tina Razzell will speak about "Living Simply -- Improve your Life with Less Clutter" at a special meeting of the ClutterLess self-help group, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27. Razzell, author of a book by the same name, writes clutter-related articles and teaches a clutter class in Pleasanton.

The nonprofit ClutterLess group is for people who want to change their own cluttering behavior. It meets Mondays in Room 7 at the St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador, Pleasanton, with an optional donation of $2 to $5.

New people are requested to make a reservation at 200-1943 or

The 33rd annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference returns Saturday, Feb. 25, to the Diablo Valley College, San Ramon Campus, for girls in grades 6-9 to learn more about careers in math and science.

Girls will participate in hands-on workshops, a special group activity and a career fair, while parents will attend a two-and-a-half hour workshop on college planning, academic requirements and financial aid. For more information, go to or call 422-2453.

The conference is coordinated by Diablo Valley College San Ramon, Lawrence Livermore National Security, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Association of University Women.