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News - April 6, 2012

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Museum on Main is celebrating April as Earth Month by presenting California Secretary of Resources John Laird as part of its monthly Ed Kinney Lecture Series, "An Evening With...."

Laird, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in January 2011, has Pleasanton ties. After raising their family in Vallejo, his parents moved to Pleasanton, and Laird's father, Ralph Laird, served as principal at Amador Valley High.

John Laird was Santa Cruz mayor from 1983-84 and 1987-88, and represented District 27 in the California State Assembly from 2002-08. On Tuesday, he will discuss State Resource issues including California State Parks, Bay Delta Conservation efforts and the Klamath River.

The event will be held at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 members/seniors; $3 students/teachers at, by calling the museum at 462-2766, or at the door.

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley needs volunteers to drive seniors to medical appointments outside of the Tri Valley area, such as to Walnut Creek and Palo Alto. Drivers must have a valid driver's license, a registered vehicle, carry automobile liability insurance, and have a clear DMV record. For more information, contact Jennifer Cullen at 931-5387 or email

Open Heart Kitchen, which feeds the hungry every weekday and serves more than 200,000 meals annually, is seeking several board members to support the organization's efforts.

"Board directors play a very pivotal role at Open Heart Kitchen and can become integrally involved in making a big difference in the success of the program," said Board President Joan Tiefenthaler. "We are hoping to further expand the broad scope of talent on our board and encourage interested parties to apply."

Applications are available at For more information, contact Open Heart Kitchen Executive Director Linda McKeever at or call 580-1616.


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