Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 16, 2010

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East Bay shelter overwhelmed

Budget cuts lead to the closure of the animal shelter in San Leandro at the end of June, meaning about 13 dogs, 17 cats and five other animals were moved to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin. In order to alleviate some of the overcrowding, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) is sponsoring an adoption fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the facility at 4595 Gleason Drive.

Adopters of dogs will receive three training sessions, a bed, leash, collar and food. Cat adopters will receive a bed, food and toys, as well.

TVAR also needs volunteers to help socialize the dogs and cats or to provide a foster home. Call 803-7043 or by email contact@tvar.org.

Dance lessons at library

Have you ever wanted to dance at a library? Social ballroom instructor Christopher Li is giving free ballroom dancing lessons from 1-3 p.m. three Monday afternoons at the Pleasanton Public Library.

Different dances will be featured each week: July 26, tango and rumba; Aug. 9, foxtrot and swing; and Aug. 16, dance party including the hustle. The lessons are open to teens through seniors and no registration is required. Li was a bronze finalist at the 2010 USA Dance National Championships.

Breast cancer benefit

A fundraiser for the past three years organized by Paul Strohl and Frank New has split proceeds between sponsor Fernando's restaurant and the merchants who donated prizes. However the benefit changed when Strohl and his wife, Denise Rhys, had a close friend diagnosed with breast cancer recently, after Rhys' sister died from the disease 20 years ago.

On Sunday, after a round of golf at the Pleasanton Fairways Golf Course, everyone will meet as usual at Fernando's at 5 p.m. for the annual barbecue and drawings. But this year 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. About 20 merchants have donated prizes. Cost is $20. Drawing tickets are four for $20. The event is open to the public.

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