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News - January 25, 2013

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Youth Literature Contest, Pleasanton's Youth & Family website, is sponsoring its first Youth Literature Contest with entrants writing their personal stories about growing up, their childhood, or what it means to be a kid.

Pleasanton youths in grades 3-12 are eligible to submit an original story, and prizes will be awarded to the top stories in each of three age groups. The top five overall stories will be featured on Ptownlife.

Visit for Official Contest Rules and how to submit an entry. Or call 931-3430. was created to connect youth and families to the numerous services, programs and activities in Pleasanton.

Hawks and owls

Share in a close-up encounter with live hawks and owls tomorrow, as Jenny Papka of Native Bird Connection and Jay Sheets of Hawk Talk bring several species of owls and hawks to the library. The handlers will speak about the personal lives of each bird and involve the audience through stories and conversation.

This program, for kindergarten age and older, will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Free tickets will be distributed in the children's area beginning at 1 p.m.

This talk is sponsored by Friends of the Swainson's Hawk, an advocate for wildlife that educates the public about the importance of rare wildlife to our region's future.

For more information, call 931-3400, ext. 8, or visit

Be a Sunol Wilderness docent

Volunteer training to be a docent at Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness is taking place Friday mornings, March through May, and East Bay Regional Park District is accepting applications. Sunol docents assist with educational programs, special events and resource conservation projects. Anyone with a passion for nature and cultural history is encouraged to apply.

Applications can be found at For more information, contact volunteer coordinator and naturalist Katie Colbert at or call (510) 544-3243.


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