News Digest: LPC honoring female veterans, Gem Faire next weekend & Valley Trails tot lot input


LPC honoring women veterans

Las Positas College and its Veterans First Program are presenting their annual free event "Honoring Women Veterans" next Thursday (March 7) at the campus in Livermore.

Held in conjunction with Women's History Month, this year's event will feature keynote speakers for U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Rachel Ballew and former U.S. Air Force Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, who will reflect on their decorated careers and experiences as women in the military.

Lindsey Sin, the California Department of Veterans Affairs deputy secretary for women veterans affairs, will serve as emcee for the LPC event.

Following the keynote speeches, there will be a Q&A panel discussion including female student veterans who have served in various military branches to illustrate the lifestyle, expectations and achievements of women veterans.

The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parking is available for $3 and lunch will be provided to those in attendance. For more information, visit

Gem Faire

The Gem Faire is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton next weekend.

Arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the world will be onsite with a large selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and more.

Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring-sizing service will be available as well. Attendees can also enter for a chance to win free door prizes, with drawings every hour throughout the weekend.

The Gem Faire begins next Friday (March 8) from noon to 6 p.m. and continues through that weekend, with hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 at the fairgrounds on Pleasanton Avenue.

Admission costs $7, valid for the entire weekend. For more information, visit, call 503-252-8300 or email

Tot lot input

Pleasanton city parks officials are seeking public feedback related to the new tot lot proposed for the Valley Trails community as part of the Sycamore housing development on the former church property at 6900 Valley Trails Drive.

City staff will hold a public outreach session this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the proposed park's location, at 3400 National Park Road. Residents are encouraged to bring ideas and comments to the meeting, or email

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