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News Digest: Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Antiques Faire & Teachers of the Year

Also: Halloween Spirit Run, TRYathlon fundraiser, Hear from Sheriff Ahern & Las Positas journalism award

Scavenger Hunt

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is calling all little ghouls, witches, princesses, superheroes and more out for its annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt, set for next Saturday (Oct. 19) from 10 a.m. to noon.

Children 10 years old and younger can come in costume and pick up instructions from the starting point outside of the Museum on Main. They will then solve clues to find the downtown locations where they will be given a small goodie or treat. Participation will be limited to the first 600 children to arrive.

Antiques Faire

Downtown Pleasanton is set to play host to the Antiques & Collectibles Faire this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of dealers will fill up Main Street with a wide range of collectibles and antiques, not to mention downtown merchants also participating in the event. Some street closures will be in effect.

The Antiques & Collectibles Faire is admission-free and is expected to be held rain or shine (although organizers canceled the spring fair in May due to weather concerns).

New Spirit Run

The Halloween Spirit Run, the annual benefit run of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, will be held Oct. 27 on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton.

The Halloween run succeeds the club's 25-year-long Father's Day run that has raised more than $1 million for scholarships benefiting local high school graduates. The run also funds community grants for dozens of local nonprofits as well as wheelchairs for those in need.

For more information and to register, go to www.halloweenspiritrun.com.

TRYathlon

The Valley Children's Museum is holding a TRYathlon fundraiser next Sunday (Oct. 20), a family event designed to mimic an actual triathlon.

The non-competitive event will allow children, along with a parent or adult chaperone, to try their best at their choice of a half-mile or one-mile running and biking course, along with a water activity.

The cost is $30 per pair ($5 discount if booked by next Tuesday). The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin. Visit www.valleychildrensmuseum.org.

Hear from Sheriff Ahern

Livermore Indivisible's Immigration and Human Rights Committee is set to host "A Conversation with Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern" from 3-5 p.m. this Friday at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way in Livermore.

Organizers said discussion topics may include "ICE policies, training for interacting with mentally ill inmates, perspective on domestic terrorism, perspective toward minorities and asylum seekers, Urban Shield, deadly force standards, AB 392, immigration detainees, budget and allocation, and agency challenges and resolutions."

Teachers of the Year

The Alameda County Office of Education held its annual Teacher of the Year awards ceremony last week in Castro Valley, announcing the two teachers who will go on to represent the county in the state's Teacher of the Year competition.

This year's Alameda County winners were Pauline Stahl from Encinal Junior & Senior High School in Alameda and Joshua Theo Wheeler from Redwood High School in Castro Valley.

Pleasanton's representative in the county competition was Theresa "Tessie" Gonsalves, a longtime science teacher at Harvest Park Middle School,

LPC journalists

Las Positas College officials recently announced that LPCExpressNews.com, the online version of the Livermore community college's student newspaper, The Express, has been named a finalist in the Online Pacemaker competition that recognizes the best in college journalism in the United States and Canada.

LPCExpressNews.com was one of eight two-year college websites named as a finalist for the award, which in all highlighted 41 elite digital publications, including UCLA, Duke and Vassar.

This year marks the second time that LPC Express has been a finalist in the Online Pacemaker contest. In 2013, after being named a finalist, the website earned sixth place for best in show at the ACP Convention in New Orleans.

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