News digestSanta Rita Road between West Las Positas Boulevard and Stoneridge Drive will undergo roadway construction in late February and early March that may alter regular traffic patterns in Pleasanton. The work is scheduled Feb. 28, 29, and March 1, and will result in the closure of the two left lanes heading southbound toward downtown from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The scheduled work includes improvements on the roadway leading to the Arroyo Mocho bridge. Pleasanton's Traffic Engineering Department will monitor traffic closely to minimize disruptions.
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D., Pleasanton) is seeking local high school art for the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition, showcasing the artistic talents and abilities of students all across the country.
"I am always surprised by the talent and passion of the young artists from our region," McNerney said.
Winning artwork from each district is displayed in a corridor that leading to the U.S. Capitol, which is used by members of Congress and visitors. The winner from McNerney's district will be flown with a guest to Washington, D.C., to attend an awards ceremony in June.
The second-, third- and fourth-place winners will have their work displayed in one of McNerney's three offices, in Washington, D.C., Pleasanton and Stockton.
Interested students and teachers should contact Cheri Clasen in McNerney's Pleasanton office at 737-0727.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is hosting a free community seminar, "Welcome to Medicare," from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3. Diane Whaley from HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program), a program of the Department of Aging in Contra Costa County, will present the seminar, which is designed for those new to Medicare and who are considering replacing their current Medicare insurance plans.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 800-284-2878 or visit Find an Event at www.OurSanRamonHospital.com to register.
In the story "Dozens protest reading cuts at PUSD meeting" in last week's issue, a quote by Sandy Piderit should have said she supports the idea of phasing out post-employment health benefits for retirees from the Pleasanton Unified School District.