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News - February 3, 2012

News digest

Pleasanton's teen improvisation troupe, Creatures of Impulse, has been invited to perform in the Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago in May. Twelve of the 20-member troupe will attend the festival, which takes place May 12 at the Athenaeum Theatre. In addition to performing its improvised teen musical, "Tri-Valley High: The Musical," Creatures of Impulse will attend performances and workshops with professionals in stand-up comedy, theatrical improvisation and sketch comedy.

Several benefit performances and workshops are being held to raise more than $15,000 to help fund the trip. Checks can be sent to Creatures of Impulse, Firehouse Arts Center, P.O. Box 520, Pleasanton 94566.

For cookie sales starting Feb. 13, local Girl Scouts are launching a program to accept debit/credit cards on cookie purchases. This will not only make it easier for cookie buyers, but it shows that Girl Scout programs embrace technology and teach real-world skills, noted Girl Scouts NorCal CEO Marina Park.

This year's cookies come in eight types, including the new Savannah Smiles, a crisp lemon wedge centennial specialty named in honor of the birthplace of Girl Scouts USA in Savannah, Ga., in 1912. All of the cookies have 0 grams trans fat per serving. A new Girl Scout cookie locator mobile app provides nutritional details on each cookie as well as sales locations. Learn more at

The Pleasanton Unified School District, working with Project Lead The Way, will begin offering PLTW's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses starting this fall, funded through Career Technical Education grants. The Gateway to Engineering curriculum will be merged into existing classes at Pleasanton and Harvest Park middle schools and the Pathways to Engineering curriculum will be offered at Amador Valley High.

Project Lead The Way is a not-for-profit organization and the nation's leading provider of middle and high school STEM education programs in everything from energy and the environment to biotechnology, engineering design and development and biomedical innovation and more.