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News Digest: Swalwell town hall Saturday, City swearing-in delayed & Celtic Christmas

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Swalwell town hall

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), newly elected to a fourth term in Congress, is set to hold his final district town hall meeting of the year this Saturday in his hometown of Dublin.

Swalwell will recap highlights from 2018, discuss Congress' priorities for 2019 and answer constituents' questions. All 15th District residents are welcome to the free event.

The town hall will run from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the student union/multipurpose room of Dublin High School, 8151 Village Pkwy.

Swearing-in Dec. 11

The Pleasanton City Council will have to wait an extra week to swear in its re-elected and newly elected members.

The election outcomes are finalized, with incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilwoman Kathy Narum and challenger Julie Testa finishing well ahead at the polls, but the results weren't certified by election officials in time for the city to confirm the ceremony as part of the regular council meeting this coming Tuesday, as planned.

As a result, the oath-of-office ceremony will take place at a special council meeting on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. A special reception will precede the event at 6 p.m. in the Pleasanton Public Library.

The council will still hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, marking the final full meeting for outgoing Councilman Arne Olson.

Pet photos with Santa

Photos with Santa for pets will be from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Pet Supplies Plus, 4230 Rosewood Drive in Pleasanton. Pet-friendly Santa will be in a holiday setting where owners can take a photo with their own camera/phone, or there will be a photographer on hand. No reservations are needed. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers.

A donation of $10 per sitting is suggested. Proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Celtic Christmas

The annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering will return to the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore on Dec. 9, a spirited community celebration filled with music, food and laughter.

The event is a fundraiser for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center's Bothwell Arts Center, which has hosted the event since 2009. The family-friendly gathering and potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. with music at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 in advance; $23 at the door. Call 373-6800; or go to or the Bankhead Theater box office, 2400 First St., Livermore.

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