TRI-VALLEY

Pet pinups sought for photo contest

The Valley Humane Society is accepting photos for its 2013 pet photo contest. The top three winners will receive special prize packages.

Entering a photo is free, but votes cost $1 each -- the minimum donation is five votes for $5. The contest benefits the rehabilitation and care of abandoned pets. Photos will be accepted until noon Oct. 23. Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 30. For more information, visit http://valleyhumane.org/how-to-help/donate/2013-pet-photo-contest/ or call 925-426-8656.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

DUBLIN

Drop off prescriptions -- 'no questions asked'

The public can drop off expired or unwanted prescription drugs during the city's "take-back initiative" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Dublin Civic Center parking lot, 100 Civic Plaza.

Dublin police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the free event to collect and destroy unwanted prescription drugs. Dublin police officers will collect drug tablets, capsules and other solid prescription medications -- no questions asked. They will not accept intravenous solutions, injectibles or syringes. For details, call the Dublin police crime prevention unit at 925-833-6670.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff


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DUBLIN

Time for old-fashioned fun at Harvest Faire

The public can do old-fashioned harvest activities such as making butter and ice cream by hand, riding on a hay wagon, and weaving cloth at Dublin's Harvest Faire from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

The annual event will be at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, 6600 Donlon Way.

Admission is free, but a $5 passport fee is charged to take part in activities such as making and eating food and riding on the wagon. Life bluegrass music will be played.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

LIVERMORE

Library can help unleash your inner author, voice

Would-be novelists who have a book inside them just waiting to be unleashed upon the world will get plenty of help reaching their dreams with a full month of support from the Livermore Library.

The library is offering a host of support services for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, starting at midnight Nov. 1. All events are free. They will be held at the Civic Center library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

The city will get a jump-start on NaNoWriMo with a kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The event will feature published authors Carole Price, Kurt Adkins and J.L. Powers. The writers will discuss how to get started on a novel and how to weather the ups and downs of the creative writing process.

At 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday in November, the library will host write-ins, and informal get-togethers where writers can meet for support from other scribes. The write-ins will be hosted by local writer Jake LeBeau.

Celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Participants will enjoy cake and coffee as they share writing war stories and revel in their accomplishments. Authors Staci McLaughlin, Annemarie O'Brien and Penny Warner will tell writers what to do once they have a draft, how to tell when a book is finished and how to get published.

For details, call 925-373-5576 or visit www.livermorelibrary.net.

-- Zoe Francis, Correspondent