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News Digest: We the People fundraiser, Holocaust bravery & Transit Fair


We the People

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell is set to be the keynote speaker at a joint fundraiser next Sunday (March 17) for Amador Valley and Foothill high schools' We The People competitive civics teams.

Both teams head next month to Washington, D.C., for the national finals, where they will face off yet again against each other and the best teams from across the country. The fundraiser provides key financial support to help offset travel costs.

The event will feature a buffet dinner, Swalwell's remarks, a live demonstration by both teams and a raffle.

Entry is free for We the People students; otherwise tickets cost $20 for other students or younger siblings and $50 for all other attendees. The event will run 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Amador Valley multipurpose room.

For more information, visit The teams are also accepting other donations, outside of the special fundraiser.

Holocaust bravery

The Chabad of the Tri-Valley is hosting a special presentation on Monday (March 11) highlighting one woman's bravery during the Holocaust.

Themed "One Person Can Make a Difference," the event will feature Jeannie Opdyke Smith sharing the story of her mother, Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic woman who risked her life to save Jews during the Holocaust. Her bravery won her honors from Poland and Israel.

Opdyke's story, filled with horror and hate, also carries a message that faith, love and hope can triumph over evil, Rabbi Raleigh Resnick said. Opdyke, who died in 2003, wrote her own account "In My Hands," which was later retold in the Broadway production "Irina's Vow."

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door for the event at the Chabad Center on Hopyard Road. Visit

Transit Fair

The city is hosting its annual Transit Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Friday (March 15) at the Pleasanton Senior Center, located at 5353 Sunol Blvd. The event is open to the public and will include door prizes.

Representatives from various local agencies (such as Wheels, Pleasanton Paratransit, DMV, Senior Support, Pleasanton PD and ACE Train) will be on-hand to provide the latest transit information and transportation options.

Contact Gloria Lewis at 931-5376 or

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