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Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 21, 2012

News digest

Walk & Roll to School Day

Kids (and their parent escorts) are encouraged to put their feet to the pavement or the pedals during Walk & Roll to School Week on Oct. 3-5.

Walk & Roll to School celebrates health, helps the environment and boosts school spirit. A week before the event, BikeMobile will be on the Foothill High School campus from noon to 3 p.m. for a bike fix-a-thon. Students who need bike tune-ups or basic work can bring their bikes to school at that time for free repairs.

For those who live too far away to walk, the SchoolPool website can help set up a carpool for the neighborhood.

Members of the school district administration and the school board will be out to offer encouragement to the walkers.

Adoptathon saves 2,601

The third annual Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon found homes for 2,601 dogs and cats throughout Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties on June 9-10. This year, 965 of the animals adopted were seniors and/or had been treated for a medical condition.

The first adopter at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek arrived at 4:30 a.m., and by 9 a.m. 25 people were in line waiting for the doors to open.

Maddie's Fund will provide more than $1.9 million in funding to the 63 participating shelters and rescue groups for all the adoptions completed during this year's Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon. Each adoption affords the groups a mini-grant, which helps to care for more animals throughout the year.

Turn in drugs to police

Unused and expired prescription drugs can be dropped off at the lobby of the Pleasanton police station, 4833 Bernal Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, for safe and environmentally friendly disposal.

The free drug drop-off, hosted with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is to avoid substance abuse since studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet; more than 7 million American abuse prescription drugs; and approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.

For more information, call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

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