Indulge in a decadent evening of Old Hollywood glamour at the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation's 15th annual Fall Gala. A red carpet makeover will transform the Castlewood Country Club venue for a "Night of the Stars," a retro Hollywood-themed fundraiser benefiting Pleasanton public schools on Oct 11.
"This is the one night each year community members gather to celebrate and support all 15 schools," organizers said in a statement.
This past year, PPIE raised more than $711,000 that helped fund competition grants for the district's nationally ranked DECA and We the People high school civic programs, innovative education grants for 3-D imaging, robotics, physics and other hi-tech STEAM projects, and both traditional and STEAM preschool at Harvest Park Middle School.
Besides additional support counselors and academic intervention specialists, proceeds have also been used to build a new "student-centered program to address the real issue of stress and anxiety" at all grade levels, as well as keep school libraries open all day to students by hiring more librarians, library assistants and technology specialists.
Other services that have been paid for by PPIE's fundraising efforts include extra support to Village High School and bus transportation for elementary school outdoor education.
Guests will enjoy a reception with school administrators and free wine pours before a sitdown dinner. During that time, student greeters and presenters will discuss the impact of PPIE fundraising at their schools, and student musicians also will entertain the crowd.
Live and silent auction items like tickets to see "Hamilton" on Broadway in New York City, VIP tickets to "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," live tapings of "The Voice" and Golden State Warriors tickets complete the showbiz theme (some vacation homes will also be on the auction block that evening).
The Fall Gala is Oct. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle. Tickets are $90 each or guests may fill a table of 10 for $750. Cocktail attire is suggested for the Old Hollywood theme. To purchase tickets, visit ppie.org.
The athletic pools at both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools have been inhibited by equipment problems in recent weeks -- failed aging pool pumps to be precise.
The Amador pool repairs are on track to be completed by the end of the week, but the Foothill pool is awaiting the arrival of a custom-made replacement pump, expected in next week, according to district spokesman Patrick Gannon.
With the water polo season in full swing for both schools, they are due to co-host the annual Amador-Foothill Tournament this weekend. Gannon said the tourney is still scheduled to come to Amador if the pump is fixed -- and if not, The Wave in Dublin or Acalanes High School in Lafayette have been identified as alternate game sites.
"Tri-Valley Muslims want their neighbors to know: Please don't fear us."
That's the message behind open house at the Muslim Community Center-East Bay in Pleasanton this Sunday, as organizers offer residents the chance to step inside a mosque and to clear up misconceptions about the faith.
As part bridging the understanding gap, the mosque will host Steve Slocum, peace activist, founder of SalaamUSA.org and author of the new book, "Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World."
"Because of what is going on around the world and what we see on the media, people might view Islam as a fringe, a political religion," said Munir Safi, one of the event organizers.
Safi added, "It is not that. To me, Islam is about prayer, fasting, charity, doing pilgrimage, doing good deeds. And that is what it is about for the vast majority of Muslims. I feel it doesn't just make us better humans, but better Americans -- and that is the message Mr. Slocum is trying to convey."
After his presentation, the Pleasanton mosque will have a mosque tour and invite attendees to taste ethnic food and get their name written in Arabic calligraphy.
"We want folks to come who are questioning, curious, doubtful, fearful -- all of those emotions," Safi said.
The event will take place at 2-3:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Pleasanton mosque, 5724 W. Las Positas Blvd., No. 300. For more information, visit https://mcceastbay.org/event/islamophobia.
Children's Pow Wow
A Native American Day Celebration will be held from 12-5 p.m. this Saturday on the Bankhead Plaza for the fourth year.
Organized by Mary Putoff of the American Indian Center, the Children's Pow Wow in Livermore will feature a dance contest for boys and girls up to age 18. Visitors can explore a 20-foot Lakota tipi as well as visit a craft station for students, and vendors will offer Native American crafts and food for sale.
This is the first of seven free community events held each season to honor diverse cultural traditions. Bankhead Plaza is located at 2400 First St., Livermore.
Record-setting run on 'Ninja'
Foothill High School alumnus Seth Rogers' quest to become the next "American Ninja Warrior" came to a close last week, when he fell off of the course during the final stage of the NBC athletic competition show.
During his run in the game show, not only did the 19-year-old Rogers make it the farthest out of any rookie in the show's history, but he also became the youngest ninja to ever make it to the show's third and final round.
Alamo Creek work
The Zone 7 Water Agency is beginning work to repair banks along Alamo Creek in Dublin between Willow Creek Drive and Crossridge Road, according to Dublin city officials.
The trail will be closed in that area for approximately three weeks while the work is being completed, city officials said. For more information, visit www.zone7water.com.
Junk and quilts
The Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton will be host this weekend to events for clientele interested in either vintage items or quilting materials.
First, the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival will offer a variety of sewing, quilting, needle art, craft supplies and more Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission inside the festival is free. Visit www.quiltcraftsew.com/pleasanton.
Then from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the inaugural Rebel Junk Vintage Market is coming to the fairgrounds. The traveling flea market-type event offers an array of vintage, antique, farmhouse, rustic and "funky junk" home decor items. Entry costs $10 for adults; $5 for teens (children 12 and younger are free). Visit www.rebeljunk.com.
As usual, parking at the fairgrounds will be $10.