PLEASANTON

Get tickets for library's 25th birthday bash

The Pleasanton Library is inviting the public to a fundraising gala next month to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The gala is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 and will include dinner, dessert, drinks, prizes, a silent auction, a wine raffle and entertainment provided by a swing band. It will be held in the Pleasanton Library, at 400 Old Bernal Avenue between Main and Augustine streets.

All proceeds will benefit the library and go toward buying books in the children's section. Tickets cost $65 each, and can be bought at the library or Towne Center Books, at 555 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton. For more information, call the library at 925-931-3400.

-- Chris DeBenedetti, Staff

DUBLIN

Schaefer Ranch, city's new park, set to open

The city will open a new, 6.3-acre park called Schaefer Ranch in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park, 9595 Dublin Blvd.

The public is invited to the grand opening, at which refreshments will be served and commemorative mementos will be given to the first 500 attendees.

Schaefer Ranch park includes a tot lot for youngsters, play equipment for older children, a covered picnic area, a tennis court, a basketball court and game tables for checkers or chess. A walking path encircles the park.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff


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DUBLIN

Monitor home energy use and help the library

The city is challenging local residents to monitor and reduce home energy use while helping the Dublin library.

From now until Jan. 31, Dublin residents can sign up online for the free Home Energy Analyzer to assess their current energy use and ways to reduce it. Visit HomeEnergyAnalyzer.org to sign up.

If enough people sign up, $1,000 will be donated to Friends of the Dublin Library. Residents who sign up will also be entered in drawings for $25 hardware store gift cards. Dublin is teaming up with Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County to sponsor the voluntary energy conservation initiative. For details, visit Dublin.ca.gov/EnergyChallenge.

"The Home Energy Analyzer is a simple way to track energy usage and find potential energy leaks," said Judi Ettlinger of StopWaste, an agency helping carry out the energy savings program in Alameda County.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff