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News - February 7, 2014

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Historic fundraiser

Historic Castlewood Country Club is joining with Museum on Main for the seventh annual Wines and Valentines museum fundraiser on Feb. 15. The event will feature special wines with a four-course gourmet dinner, and a Garre Winery representative will describe the pairings.

Live and silent auctions will feature trips to Bodega Bay, Savannah and Hawaii, and a skybox for a baseball game. Tickets, $85 per person, are available at the museum, 603 Main St., or by calling 462-2766.

Phoebe Hearst hired Julia Morgan in the 1890s to design the 50-room Spanish-Moorish hacienda above Pleasanton, where she entertained such notable guests as Thomas Edison and Crown Prince Albert of Belgium. The estate was developed into Castlewood in the 1950s; the original house burned to the ground in 1969.

'Education Zone'

Find out from the superintendents what is going on in your school district on "The Education Zone," a new show airing on Tri-Valley TV28 and TV30. Marshall Kamena, TV30 Foundation president, is the host of the hour-long program, which began airing Feb. 4.

"'The Education Zone' is aimed at the residents of the Tri-Valley including students, parents of students, and even those living beyond the Tri-Valley," Kamena said. "It's an opportunity to hear directly from the school districts' superintendents as they discuss how they work together. They will also analyze local and state issues affecting our schools."

On the first edition of the show, Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore superintendents talk about regionalism, challenges to the district, common core standards, state funding, and other surprise topics affecting schools in the Tri-Valley.

Viewers can email questions for the superintendents to For more information, visit

Marathon training

The Tri-Valley Triathlon Club is offering an eight-week training program to prepare participants for the half-marathon being held by Pleasanton Partnership in Education on April 13 to raise money for the schools. The sessions will prepare runners physically for this specific run, plus help to keep them motivated and learn about gear, pacing, nutrition and other relevant topics.

The program will take place from Feb. 12-April 13 with coached practices each Wednesday and Sunday. Cost is $79. Register online at

Find out more about the PPIE half-marathon at


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