News digestTri-Valley Community TV30 is broadcasting Pleasanton's Dec. 4 Hometown Holiday Celebration until Christmas Day, as well as the tree lightings from neighboring cities. The Pleasanton event included a parade down Main Street with floats, marching bands and community groups, followed by a tree lighting ceremony at the Museum On Main.
The Pleasanton celebration is being shown at 8 p.m. Saturday; 3:30 p.m. Sunday; 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 p.m. Friday. For all the schedules, visit the Tri-Valley TV web site at trivalleytv.org. DVDs of the events may be purchased for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling.
The American Red Cross is holding a volunteer orientation from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 13 at its Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., in JC Penney Plaza. It will include a tour of the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, and potential volunteers will learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors.
Those interested in volunteering must sign up in advance for the orientation. Call (510) 594-5165.
Sarah Nicole Williams, 17, a senior at Amador Valley High School, won the Northern California Grand Prize for the 2010 Dreamers Challenge Scholarship sponsored by the California Museum, home of the California Hall of Fame, and Comcast. High school seniors throughout the state were asked to write an essay about how their dream would leave a lasting mark on the state, nation and the world at large.
Williams' winning piece detailed the successful implementation of a program to provide California's foster care children with a bit of Christmas comfort and was entitled, "A Blanket of Their Own." She was presented with her award Tuesday afternoon at a press conference with First Lady Maria Shriver before the 2010 California Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Sacramento.