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Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 1, 2013

News digest

Swalwell to host meeting

Congressman Eric Swalwell, who was elected in November, will host his first town hall meeting in Pleasanton from 10-11:30 a.m. tomorrow morning at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave., for residents of the 15th Congressional District.

The meeting will let Swalwell hear from his constituents and discuss the services his office provides and the issues impacting the East Bay, from creating jobs and growing the economy to reforming immigration. Swalwell will take questions from the audience and also answer those asked via Twitter and Facebook.

'Pretty in Purple'

The 27th annual Purple and Gold Gala will be held Saturday, March 9, at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery to raise money for Amador Valley High's 23 athletic programs. The theme is Pretty in Purple and back-to-the-80s.

The gala raises from $100,000 to $200,000, said organizers, although it's averaged around $120,000 the last few years. Funds have helped finance renovations to fields and provided equipment as well as paid for coaches and trainer salaries and scholarships for graduating seniors. The money also helps cut out-of-pocket costs for families, and allows all students to participate in sports, regardless of their ability to pay.

Gala tickets are $125 for singles and $240 for couples. Tickets are still available, and the event is open to all. Purchase tickets online at amadorsports.olinesports.com or call 413-7606.

Benefits planning workshop

East Bay Innovations (EBI) Affinity Employment Network will host an informational session for people receiving SSI or SSDI and interested in returning to work, from 2-5 p.m., Monday, March 11, at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

The workshop is for Pleasanton and Livermore residents, 18-64, who are receiving SSI or SSDI and would like to work but are concerned about the impact on benefits. Space is limited; RSVP by March 4 to Edi Nelson of Affinity Employment Network at enelson@aenonline.org or call 407-5080. A light lunch will be provided.

EBI, an Alameda County-based agency, has received grants from the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore to expand its Ticket to Work program in the Tri-Valley.

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