The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association has again started the process of finding and approving high school students to participate in the summer exchange program. Students from Tulancingo will be hosted here for four weeks by the Pleasanton students chosen, and then the students will head to Mexico to spend four weeks there. Families with students interested should call Rita Galvin at 249-1885 for information and application forms. Forms are due March 3. For details, visit www.ptscaexchange.org.
The Special Olympics is back with its Polar Plunge, a fundraiser that has more than 200 people jumping in the San Francisco Bay in the middle of winter to raise money for a good cause. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Crissy Field, and is followed by a costume parade at noon. To learn more visit www.sonc.org/polarplunge or call 944-0594 ext. 232.
Operation Blanket is an effort from Sears to support homeless veterans. Through Feb. 18, they encourage donations of gently used blankets at all locations, including the on at Stoneridge Shopping Center. In return, donors will receive a coupon for each blanket given.
Tri-Valley residents are invited to submit literary materials and artwork for publication in the Las Posias College Literary Anthology. Fiction stories up to 5,000 words or poetry submissions up to 10 poems per person will be accepted until Feb. 15. Artwork and photography, limited to 10 submissions per person, will be accepted through March 1. All submissions should include the author or artist's name and contact information. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Richard Dry at email@example.com.