Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 18, 2010

News digest

'Friends' goes online

The Friends of the Pleasanton Library is going green and will send out future newsletters in email form. It is requesting people to send their email addresses for the September newsletter to

The $14,000 from the group's fall book sale was spent on the following:

* $3,400 -- seven book trucks

* $350 -- table in the circulation area

* $1,200 - new projector in the meeting room

* $6,000 -- Sunday music/concert series

* $1,000 -- enhancement for adult summer reading program

* $250 -- neon "Movies" sign for DVD area

* $2,500 -- newspaper digitizing project

The group has donated $151,793 since 2005.

Lab helps sea lions

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center are working together to diagnose several diseases that have struck California sea lions and harbor seals. In recent months, about 17 percent of the adult sea lions that have died at the Marine Mammal Center have succumbed due to cancer, and others have become ill because of the bacterial disease leptospirosis.

The team is attempting to determine how well the Lab's Microbial Detection Array can perform pathogen discovery of as-yet-unsequenced viruses or bacteria.

"The reason the work on marine mammals is so important is that this gives us excellent training for what we will need to do when the next unknown human pathogen outbreak hits," said team leader Tom Slezak, the head of the Lab's Pathogen Bioinfomatics Group.

Tri-Valley Haven teams up with Raiders

Tri-Valley Haven, which provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence, has been selected by the Oakland Raiders to sell tickets to all of its home games and keep a portion of the proceeds.

"People can support their favorite team and us in our mission because what we do benefits from the purchase of those tickets," said Jennifer Dow, director of Community Education and Development for Tri-Valley Haven.

Tri-Valley Haven Days with the Oakland Raiders are Aug. 28, preseason, when they play the San Francisco 49ers and Oct. 10 against the San Diego Chargers. On those days Tri-Valley Haven is hoping to have a lot of representation. Go to [ Tri-Valley Haven] for an order form.


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