News digestAt least 20 local businesses and organizations, including the Pleasanton Weekly, will participate in Consumer Showcase at Stoneridge Shopping Center Sunday, showcasing their products and services between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the grand court area near Macy's Men's store. Representatives will be on hand to talk about their businesses and to field questions. The public also can enter a $1,000 shopping spree drawing. The event is being sponsored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
Three new finalists for president of Las Positas College were scheduled to be introduced Thursday afternoon at a candidates' forum open to the public. Las Positas has been without a president since DeRionne Pollard resigned a year ago to become the president and CEO of Montgomery College in Maryland.
The three new finalists are Kindred Murillo, who now serves as the vice chancellor of Administrative Services for the Contra Costa Community College District; Barry Russell, vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's office; and Kevin Glen Walthers, vice chancellor for Administration of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
These presentations by the three new candidates came a few months after a similar forum with four earlier candidates chosen as finalists by a search committee. One of those was hired by another college district, and the college district board chose to seek a new slate of candidates.
The Pleasanton Public Library is recruiting students entering grades 6 through 9 to become Kid Power volunteers this summer. These volunteers primarily register children and explain the annual summer reading game, distribute prizes and facilitate the library scavenger hunt.
A Summer Reading Odyssey, the 2011 summer reading game, begins June 11 and runs for eight weeks through Aug. 6, providing plenty of opportunities for volunteers to contribute hours.
Kid Power volunteers also have an opportunity to oversee weekly crafts projects and assist during the program's Game Days. Volunteer hours are flexible and students may work around their vacation and summer schedules. Attendance at one 90-minute training orientation is mandatory. Call 931-3400, ext. 8.