News Digest: Fundraising BBQ for ill city employees, Rogers headed to 'Ninja' nationals, I-580 overnight closure

Also: Pleasanton Library hosting VA outreach team on Thursday

Fundraising BBQ

The Pleasanton Police Officers Association and AFSCME Local 955 are joining to put on a "Bingo, Bourbon & BBQ" fundraiser next month to benefit two city of Pleasanton employees battling rare cancers.

Pleasanton PD Officer Kyle Henricksen has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer since last fall.

Ben Jacobs, a utility systems operator for the city's Operations Services Department, was diagnosed last year with myelodysplastic syndrome.

The Aug. 24 evening fundraiser at the Pleasanton Senior Center will feature music, dinner, drinks, a raffle and game prizes to support both men and their families amid rising medical treatment costs. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Visit

Headed to 'Ninja' nationals

Pleasanton native Seth Rogers earned a spot in Las Vegas for the national finals of the NBC competition show "American Ninja Warrior."

The 2018 Foothill High graduate advanced out of the Los Angeles qualifier after making it to the ninth obstacle, "Leaps of Faith" -- good for a top finish in the round broadcast on TV this week.

The 19-year-old will be among the athletes competing in Vegas for a chance at the ultimate prize; the first episode is set to air Aug. 26.

VA mobile outreach

The Pleasanton Public Library is set to host the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Mobile Medical Outreach Team and the Alameda County veterans service officer on Thursday (July 25) to facilitate free examinations, consultations and referrals for veterans, as well as provide other information about VA resources.

Veterans uncertain of their benefits eligibility are encouraged to visit as requirements have changed, and VA health care may complement current medical coverage. Veterans should bring military discharge papers (Form DD-214) and a list of current medications.

Thursday's event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library at 400 Old Bernal Ave. Contact library officials at 931-3400, ext. 4, or

I-580 closure

Caltrans is set to temporarily close eastbound Interstate 580 east of Livermore overnight on one day next week to install a new overhead sign structure for the I-580 repaving project.

All eastbound lanes from the North Flynn Road off-ramp to the Grant Line Road on-ramp near the Altamont Pass will be closed from 1-5 a.m. on Wednesday (July 24).

Detours will be in place, and Caltrans asks motorists to use caution when traveling near the construction zone.

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