News DigestYouth from all over the Tri-Valley and beyond will be collecting food for the needy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6. Participants can place bags with donations in a visible location outside of their home by 9 a.m. About 1,200 youth volunteers will go to more than 32,000 homes Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, Sunol, San Ramon, Alamo, Danville, Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga, Orinda, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill. Non-perishable items they will be collecting include canned food, dry food in boxes, items in glass containers, rice, nuts beans, flour and more. To participate, pick up a bag at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz, off of Valley Avenue; or at Valley Bible Church, at 7106 Johnson Drive. For details, call David Bahr at 998-6513 or visit www.youthservicecouncil.com.
Get ready to groove as the Pleasanton Public Library, at 400 Old Bernal Ave., hosts Round Midnight at 2 p.m. Sunday. The group will play some well-known jazz tunes as well as blues and bossa nova. Open to the public, the free event will be held in the library's meeting room. For more information, call Penny Johnson at 931-3405.
The Peddler Shoppe, located in the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., is looking for volunteers to help sell crafts. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and the second Saturday of the month. Also needed are senior crafters, age 50 or older, who live in Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin or Livermore to sell handmade creations. Items should be brought to the shop between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month for review by the committee. To learn more about the Peddler Shoppe, call JoAnn Duncan at 640-1546.
The Rose Hotel, located at 807 Main St., is starting a new program March 1 called "United Nations -- Wave Your Flag." The goal is to celebrate the diverse heritages of hotel guests by honoring a different nationality each month through United Nations Day in October. Ireland will be the first flag to be raised, followed by Canada in April and Japan in May. To learn more about the program, visit www.rosehotel.net.