Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 8, 2010

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Trial to start Nov. 1 in Castlewood slayings

A trial date for accused killer Ernest Scherer III has been set for Nov. 1 in Alameda County court. Scherer, 32, is accused of murdering his parents Charlene Abendroth and Ernest Scherer Jr. in their Castlewood home in March 2008.

Police arrested him 11 months later in Las Vegas although he had been a "person of interest" since the slayings.

Las Positas open house, Major Faire

Las Positas College invites the community to its open house and building dedication from 3-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12. The event will feature tours of the campus, student performances and presentations on facility projects made possible through the Measure B bond that voters passed in 2004. At 5:15 p.m., the college will celebrate the dedication of the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts.

The college, located at 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore, is hosting its 12th annual Major Faire the next day, Oct. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the central walkway on campus. This year's theme is "Plan to Succeed: Engage, Explore, Experience, Emerge."

Professionals and representatives from four-year colleges will join Las Positas College instructors to help students understand opportunities in different major fields of study and options for transfer to four-year colleges.

For more information and a map of the campus, visit the Las Positas College website at or call 424-1000.

'Football-friendly ministry'

Rock Bible Church is one of hundreds of new churches set to celebrate their grand openings on 10-10-10. Services will take place Sundays from 5-6 p.m. at Centerpointe Church, 3410 Cornerstone Court in Pleasanton.

"I do like to joke that we are opening as a 'football-friendly ministry,'" says Pastor Scott Berglin, long time Pleasanton resident and all around sports enthusiast. "But we are actually very excited to offer a safe and accepting atmosphere that welcomes unchurched families and singles alike. All joking aside, at Rock Bible Church you will find a Christ-centered, Bible-based, community-minded ministry."

Centerpointe Church's Children's Ministry is also open for ages birth to fifth-graders during the 5 p.m. service. To learn more, go to


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