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News - October 28, 2011

News digest

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its first-ever Halloween Spirit Run starting at 9 a.m. Sunday on Main Street. Patterned after the club's popular Father's Day Spirit Run, it will include a 5k road race as well as several races for children. Because of its Halloween theme, participants are encouraged to come in costume

Registration will start at 7: 30 a.m. in the parking lot on Main Street shared by Domus and Round Table Pizza. The 5K race will kick off at 9 a.m. under the Pleasanton Arch, with a 50-yard and 200-yard races for children scheduled at 10 and 10:30 a.m.

More information can be found on the Rotary Club's website at

The city of Pleasanton will host a free workshop to provide residents with an overview of solar technology for residential use. The Solar Expo is scheduled for noon, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the city's Operations Service Center, 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton.

The presentation will include an overview about residential solar energy -- how it works, average costs, how to determine if a home is situated for its use, and how the state and federal incentives work. For a limited time, Pleasanton will also offer an incentive for solar installation.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation, and solar installers will be available to answer questions in an informal setting.

Those attending the expo are asked to register at For more information, call 931-5506, or visit

The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, which was formerly located in the state of Washington, is opening at Camp Parks in Dublin. It is one of three academies across the country and is the only one in the Western region.

Congressman Jerry McNerney (11th) will speak at the Uncasing of the Colors Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. this morning in the Parks Chapel Building 501 at Camp Parks.

The Animal Lover's Boutique will hold a Holiday Sale next Saturday to benefit Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund, a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets. The sale will have animal-themed items for the holidays, such as planters, garden art, holiday ornaments, home decor, brass gifts, decorative pillows and purses, as well as cat and dog toys, dishes and accessories.

The Just Like New Fund was founded in 1995 by Pleasanton animal advocate Jackie Barnett, who died in 2009; it provides financial assistance for those who cannot afford lifesaving veterinary care for their pets and has helped save the lives of more than 400 animals.

The Holiday Sale will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in the lobby of the Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.