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News - January 6, 2012

News digest

A midweek temperature in Pleasanton of 67 tied the record set in 1958, which was a welcome high compared to the record low of 21 degrees on Jan. 4, 1961.

The good news of warm temperatures was clouded by a report Tuesday that California's mountain snowpack was among the driest on record for Jan. 3, the California Department of Water Resources said. The mountain snow that melts into reservoirs, streams and aquifers in the spring and summer provides approximately one-third of the water for the state's households, farms and industries.

"Fortunately, we have most of winter ahead of us, and our reservoir storage is good," Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said.

Pleasanton school district Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi will be the keynote speaker at the Tri-Valley YMCA's 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast, "Living the Legacy." Her topic will be "Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education." The Garage Band Academy will provide entertainment.

The breakfast will take place from 7:30-9:30, Monday, Jan. 23, at the Hilton Pleasanton. Cost is $40 per person, $500 to sponsor a 10-seat table. For reservations, call 263-4444 or email

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Gu-Zheng soloist Linda Yu and her students will perform traditional Chinese music and dance at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The performance will showcase soloists as well as duets and quintets of traditional Chinese music. Also featured will be Dublin High School senior Cathy Yuan, a long-time student of Chinese folk dance.

Following the free family program, audience members will taste traditional Chinese New Year foods. No registration is required. For information on all library events, visit, or call 931-3400, ext. 8.

Linda Yu graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and has dedicated her life to performing and teaching the Gu-Zheng, an instrument with over 2,000 years of performance history.


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