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News - July 8, 2011

News digest

The Foundation for Axis Community Health invites everyone to an afternoon of Horsing Around tomorrow with a catered buffet lunch, a "Best Hat" contest, drawing prizes and silent auction, and a no-host bar, in addition to the full schedule of horse races.

Horsing Around takes place noon-6 p.m. July 9 at the Trackside Terrace. Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the Fair; they may be purchased at or by calling 201-6017. It benefits Axis Community Health as the need rises for its medical care, mental health services and substance abuse counseling.

Local deputy sheriffs will compete tonight in a first-ever "Sheriffs Bartending Showdown" at TGI Friday's in Pleasanton to raise money and awareness for CALICO (Child Abuse Listening, Interviewing and Coordination) Center. The cocktails made during the competition will be auctioned to the highest bidder, and drink donations will go directly to CALICO.

All day the restaurant, 3999 Santa Rita Road, is donating 20% of its food sales to CALICO, plus patrons can buy drawing tickets with profits going directly to CALICO; prizes include Disneyland passes.

For several weeks, sheriff deputies have been volunteering their off-duty time, training with professional bartenders to master the art of bottle flipping, tossing and mixing known as flairing, highlighted in the 1988 Tom Cruise film, "Cocktail." Tonight's contest will run from 5 p.m. until midnight.

For the second year in a row, the entire Tri-Valley community is invited to join Congregation Beth Emek this evening as it moves its weekly Shabbat observance to Harvest Park at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Del Valle Parkway.

The community dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with everyone bringing blankets, lawn chairs and picnic food to share. "In the spirit of Jewish tradition, we encourage you to follow kosher style principles with your meal," said volunteer Scott Summerfield in an email.

Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. will include guitarists and singers with a light and friendly tone. At 8:15 p.m., host families will provide samplings of desserts and cold beverages.