News Digest: Run to Remember, Adobe docent tours & Home improvement workshop


Run to Remember

Police supporters are set to come in droves to Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton this weekend to honor and support those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The California Peace Officers Association is holding its annual Run to Remember on Sunday morning, with all proceeds from the event supporting the California chapter of the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), a nonprofit that assists with rebuilding the lives of surviving family members and affected coworkers of police killed on-duty.

The fundraiser features a 10K run and 5K run/walk (with entry at $45), plus a one-mile kids' run for $25 per child. To register for the 11th annual Run to Remember, call 209-795-7832 or visit

Adobe docent tours

Learn the rich history of the Amador Valley encapsulated at Alviso Adobe Community Park in docent-led tours taking place in May and in June.

The site is historically significant for three eras: its Native American beginnings, the days of Spanish Ranchos and the mid-20th century when it was a popular dairy. Today is another era as it gains popularity as a community park.

The free tours, from 12-3 p.m. this weekend (May 18-19) and June 15-16, will point out artifacts from each of the three historic eras. Exhibits include the milking barn visitor center; the restored adobe, built in 1854; and a re-created bunkhouse, which provides a view of the living space of the workers at Meadowlark Dairy.

To reserve a time slot, call 931-3479 or email

Home improvements

Tri-Valley homeowners thinking about renovating their properties can learn more about how to start their home improvement project during a free workshop on Saturday at Inklings featuring a property appraiser and representatives from the Contractors State License Board and city Planning Division.

Topics covered will include: Is a permit required? How to select a handyman or contractor. What improvements add value? Do-it-yourself versus contracting out -- what to consider. There will also be time for Q&A.

"Don't let your home become a money pit. Having the right information before you start will save both time and money, whether it's a simple project or a rebuild," workshop organizers said.

The session will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Inklings, 530 Main St. Advance registration is requested. Visit

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