News Digest: Zone 7 water rates, Starry Night, Jewelry fundraiser, Shepherd's Gate benefit


Water rates

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to take its final vote on proposed water rate increases next Wednesday at the board's regular meeting, after much discussion at a series of public community meetings held since August.

The open-session meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the agency administration building in Livermore, at 100 N. Canyons Pkwy. The agenda, which was not released before press time, will be available at

Starry Night

Pleasanton North Rotary is hosting its annual fundraising gala, "A Black & White Masquerade Starry Night," with an evening of dining, dancing, entertainment and charitable-giving Oct. 20 at Castlewood Country Club.

Proceeds support North Rotary's efforts in the community and Tri-Valley nonprofits such as Sunflower Hill and Agape Villages Foster Family Agency.

Tickets are still available to this black-tie optional, masked ball. To register, go to

Jewelry fundraiser

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop on Santa Rita Road is holding its semiannual jewelry event Oct. 19-21, and representatives are encouraging residents to attend to support the fight against cancer. They are also looking for donations of jewelry to sell during the event, including necklaces, bracelets, rings and watches.

Donations are accepted at the shop during open hours at the shop, located at 1989-E Santa Rita Road. Contact Kelley Meno at 462-7374 for more information.

Shepherd's Gate

Shepherd's Gate is throwing a barbecue with bluegrass music next Saturday (Oct. 20) at the Garré Vineyard and Winery's Bella Rosa Event Center in Livermore, the nonprofit's major fundraiser of the year.

The evening features a barbecue dinner and wine plus inspiring testimonies of women who have triumphed over homelessness, domestic violence and addiction at Shepherd's Gate's campuses in Livermore and Brentwood, officials said. During its 30-plus years of serving women and their children, more than 10,000 women have benefited from the faith-based program.

Tickets are $65 and can be reserved online at for the fundraiser, which runs from 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

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