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News - February 2, 2018

News digest

by Jeremy Walsh

Holocaust survivor

Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank and a Holocaust survivor, is speaking at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. She will describe the events surrounding the diary's writing, discovery and publication, which was 70 years ago.

Schloss is a published author and for the past 35 years a decorated ambassador for global peace. The event will include a Q&A and book signing.

The Chabad of the Tri-Valley is sponsoring the evening, which will be suitable for teens and families of all faiths. General tickets are $36, seniors and students, $20, available at

Living with Dementia

Hope Hospice is holding a class next weekend as part of its Living with Dementia series entitled "Understanding Behavior as Communication," a session geared toward promoting meaningful connections between people with dementia and their care providers.

"Since dementia changes the ways individuals think, perceive and use language, it is important to understand that those with dementia frequently communicate their wants and needs through their behaviors," Hope Hospice officials said.

The Feb. 10 presentation will be led by the nonprofit's director of volunteers Jill Smith and community health educator Debbie Emerson — both certified dementia care specialists. They will demonstrate ways in which behaviors can be assessed, interpreted and responded to in a manner that can help to manage cognitive deficits and improve the quality of life for all involved.

The free event will run from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Hope Hospice headquarters at 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, in Dublin. Register online at

Remembering Ilene

Dozens turned out in Dublin on Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil and community walk to honor Ilene Misheloff, a 13-year-old Dublin girl who disappeared while walking home after school in 1989.

Tuesday marked the 29th anniversary of Misheloff's disappearance. She was a student at Wells Intermediate School, now called T.D. Wells Middle School, when she was excused early from her physical education class. She was last seen walking on San Ramon Road and Amador Valley Boulevard.

Each year, family, friends and supporters from the community gather to recreate the two-mile walk she took that ill-fated day in 1989 and keep hope alive that she will return safely. Many carried signs that read "Help Bring Ilene Home" as they walked through Dublin.


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