News Digest: Women's March, Workouts for Ofc. Henricksen & Cultural celebration


Women's March

Women's rights advocates are set to participate in a Women's March in Pleasanton next weekend, joining hundreds of other similar events across the nation.

The march Jan. 19 will begin and end at the Amador Valley High School football field, starting with a rally at 1 p.m. with new Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and other speakers, followed by the march through downtown at 2 p.m. and a women's expo afterward until 4 p.m.

"On Jan. 19, people from around the country will unite to make their voices heard," said Kathy Ellis, a spokesperson for the Tri-Valley Women's March Action Group. "We've been organizing locally to advocate for the policies that matter to us, and impact women's lives, and we're flooding the streets in solidarity with our sisters in DC to remind the country that the Tri-Valley resists."

"The 2017 Women's March galvanized this country and birthed a new wave of the women's rights movement," Ellis said. "That wave is taking to the streets, here in Pleasanton and nationwide, and we're coming with an agenda."

The event is being organized by the Tri-Valley Women's March Action Group, a group of civic-minded local women, in collaboration with Livermore Indivisible, Students for Social Change and OFA East Bay Central. To learn more, visit

Workouts for Henricksen

The Pleasanton Police Officers Association is partnering with Omni Fight Club to host fundraiser workouts at the Omni gyms locations in Pleasanton, Livermore and Walnut Creek this Sunday (Jan. 13) to support Pleasanton police Ofc. Kyle Henricksen, who is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The workouts begin at 9 a.m., with $10 fee benefiting Henricksen, as will proceeds of food and beverage purchases that morning and the first month's dues from anyone who signs up for a Henricksen Heroes Membership at Omni.

Pleasanton celebrates

The Pleasanton Public Library is holding its third annual New Year Celebration with Traditions of Many Cultures this Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at the Amador Theater.

Offered with free admission, the event aims to celebrate Pleasanton's vibrant and growing diversity and highlight the library's commitment to offering books and materials in multiple languages, at a family-friendly event with cultural songs and dances performed along with library displays and activities, according to organizers.

PUSD meets Tuesday

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees is meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 15), a regular meeting scheduled on an off-week because of the winter holiday break (as the school board normally meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month).

The open-session meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the boardrooms at PUSD headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.

The City Council will also meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday -- a regular meeting on its normal night -- in the council chamber at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

Dublin city awards

The nomination period for the city of Dublin's 2018 Citizen, Young Citizen and Organization of the Year Awards ends next Friday (Jan. 18) at 5 p.m. Nomination forms can be completed on the city's website.

All nominees will be recognized at the Volunteer Recognition Event to be held at the Shannon Community Center on Feb. 20, where the winners will be announced.

Offer nomination suggestions online at or by calling the Dublin city manager's office at 833-6650.

According to city officials, nominations for the awards are based on five established criteria: the Dublin Integrity in Action's 10 characteristics (i.e. Responsibility, Respectfulness, Caring, Giving, Positive Attitude, Trustworthiness, Cooperation, Doing One's Best, Honesty, and Self-Discipline); originality and uniqueness of the activity/project; overall relevance and importance to the Dublin community; time and effort spent; and challenge(s) in accomplishing the activity/project.

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Nominations due by Sept. 16

Pleasanton Weekly and are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

Nomination form