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News - July 27, 2012

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Pooches ready to Parade

The 1st Wednesday Street Party taking place Aug. 1 will feature the popular Pooch Parade up and down Main Street. Pooches assemble at Lions Wayside Park on First Street at Neal for registration and judging of costumes beginning at 5:30 p.m. Trick judging is at 6:30 p.m.

The parade alongside the 1st Wednesday booths begins at 7 p.m.

Dogs ages 4 months or older can be entered in any or all of the seven categories at $10 per entry. Proceeds benefit the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. Go to

USF opens campus

City representatives and educators will officially open the University of San Francisco's new Pleasanton campus Tuesday at 6120 Stoneridge Mall Road. Classes are already in session, "but it's time for a special ribbon cutting ceremony," said Anne-Marie Devine, the university's senior director of Media Relations.

The campus has six completely wired classrooms, a staffed library and computer lab open during the week and on Saturdays as well as administrative and advising offices, a multipurpose room, student lounges, private faculty offices and a faculty lounge.

Classes at the USF Pleasanton campus are mostly held nights and weekends for adults who want to complete their bachelor's degree or earn a teaching credential or a master's degree. Academic programs are offered through the School of Management, School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Oh, that aching back

Four out of five people will experience lower back pain sometime in their lives. To address this problem, San Ramon Regional Medical Center is giving a free community seminar, "Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment of Back Pain," from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, on its campus at 7777 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon.

Spine surgeon Hieu Ball will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and sacroiliac joint disease. He will explain that a dull or aching back may cause numbness or "pins and needles" in the legs, calves or buttocks.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (800) 284-2878 or go to


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