Meet PUSD leaders
The Pleasanton Unified School District is hosting its first community meeting of the 2019-20 school year next Thursday (Sept. 19) at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Walnut Grove Elementary School, 1999 Harvest Road.
Open to all Pleasanton families and community members, the event will feature a brief introduction to PUSD's executive cabinet and Board of Trustees, as well as an update on Measure I1 and other facilities projects, according to district officials.
The district leadership team will also engage in some informal Q&A and take time to connect individually with attendees, officials said.
Tour Senior Center
The Pleasanton Senior Center is holding an open house on Tuesday morning (Sept. 17) in recognition of National Senior Center Month.
Free and open to all, the event will include the opportunity to tour the center, learn about programs and services offered, sample refreshments and door prizes.
"This year, we're celebrating how senior centers are the key to aging well by highlighting how the Pleasanton Senior Center empowers older adults to continue growing, learning, giving and connecting," city officials said.
The open house is set to run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. To learn more, contact recreation coordinator Shawn Harris at 931-5366.
Women's right to vote
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) -- Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin branch -- invites the public to a luncheon to celebrate 100th anniversary of U.S. women earning the right to vote, from 12-2 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 21), at the Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave.
The program will feature nine seventh-grade girls who were supported by AAUW so that they could attend the Camp Curie Tech Trek at Stanford University this summer. Also, three young women graduates of Las Positas College who are the scholarship winners of the 2019 AAUW Foundation grants will be sharing their success stories. All three are now attending four-year universities.
The luncheon will be a chance for guests to celebrate 100 years of women's voting rights with AAUW members, learn about branch committees and interest groups, and enjoy camaraderie and a light lunch of tea sandwiches and cookies.
The event is free and no reservations are needed.
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is presenting its third annual Forkful event, a culinary tour of downtown restaurants and dessert spots, this Saturday evening.
Attendees will take their commemorative fork to savory and sweet stops across downtown, tasting food while sipping on complementary adult beverages handed out along the way to accentuate the forkful.
A sparkling wine reception will usher in the event at check-in at the Museum on Main. Forkful tastings run from 4-7 p.m., with attendees able to sample at their leisure and determine their preferred route using the program as a guide.
Participants must be 21 years old or older. Visit www.PleasantonDowntown.net for tickets and other information.
Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll
Alameda County and regional agency officials are working together next weekend to once again open a portion of Niles Canyon Road to full access by hikers, runners and bicyclists only.
The Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll event will see a 6.4-mile stretch between Old Canyon Road in Fremont and Main Street in Sunol closed to all automobile traffic next Sunday (Sept. 22) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- including open 7-8 a.m. for cyclists only. It's the third time in four years agencies have partnered for such an event on Niles Canyon.
County officials said they hope that giving pedestrians and cyclists full access to the scenic roadway will help raise public awareness about a proposal to build a new recreational trail through the canyon.
Public parking will be available at 11600 Pleasanton-Sunol Road in Sunol and at the Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area at 2100 Isherwood Way in Fremont. Officials urge participants to use public transportation, and free shuttle service will be offered to and from the Fremont BART station.
Hosts for the event include Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggerty and Richard Valle, East Bay Regional Park District Caltrans and other stakeholders in the trail consideration process.
For more information, call 510-272-6692 or visit www.84strollroll.com
Taste of Downtown
Livermore Downtown Inc. is presenting Taste of Downtown from 12-5 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 15).
The event offers a chance to sample from a bounty of wines, beer and culinary treats, live music and more while exploring downtown Livermore. The official tasting pass, accompanied by a commemorative wine glass, provides access to wine and beer tastings, along with food sampling at participating shops and restaurants.
The organization is hosting another special event, Talent to Table, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 22, featuring some of the best Livermore Valley chefs preparing meals for attendees.
For tickets to either event, visit www.livermoredowntown.com or call 373-1795.
BART platform signs
BART riders are seeing additional features on digital platform signs.
The new systemwide signs will help riders know whether an approaching train is a legacy train with two doors or a Fleet of the Future train with three doors.
On BART's new Fleet of the Future cars, the wheelchair area is located near the middle door.
In addition, details on scheduled trains that are canceled or removed from service will also be announced on platform signs.
Previously, BART Trip Planner showed canceled trips but the platform signs didn't. The train would disappear from the signs and public service announcements would be made at the station.
The new feature will help those riders who may be deciding whether to wait for a less crowded train.
BART staff is also working to add "delayed" notices to the platform signs, for trains that are holding down the line.
-- Bay City News Service
Tails at Twilight
The East Bay SPCA is hosting its inaugural Tails at Twilight fundraising event at its Dublin Adoption Center on Gleason Drive next Saturday evening (Sept. 21).
The event, which directly supports East Bay SPCA's services for animals in need and educational programs for children in local schools, will include a sampling of craft beer, wine and food along with an array of silent auction items.
Visit eastbayspca.org for more information.
The city of Dublin and StopWaste are hosting a free home energy workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 18) at the Dublin Library.
Attendees will learn about energy-efficiency rebate programs and how to zero out their energy bill. East Bay Community Energy, Home Energy Score, Home + Rebates, and SunShares will be offering information, and guests can learn which local contractors participate in government rebate programs.
A light dinner will be provided, and one lucky attendee will receive a free portable induction cooktop, city officials said.