PLEASANTON

Free parent education series to start at library

The city will begin a free parent education series with a talk Wednesday on tensions over student grades and homework and the culture of competition.

Gina Morris from Challenge Success at Stanford University will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

Other talks in the series also will be held there at 7 on Wednesdays nights on Feb. 26 (raising resilient kids), March 26 a balanced approach to youth sports), April 23 (middle school transition) and May 28 (communicating with children).

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

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Festival offers chance to Make a Difference

The community is invited to the city's Make A Difference festival to be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

The community service expo will give visitors a chance to sign up for local volunteer opportunities for adults, teens, and families.

"The Make A Difference Festival will take place on the Day of Service that precedes Martin Luther King Jr. Day," noted W. Ron Sutton, CEO of Accusplit, a co- sponsor of the event. "We have formerly tied the event in with National Make A Difference Day in October, but we wanted to emphasize that doing good deeds should not be limited to only one day per year," Sutton said in a release.

Participating organizations include Alviso Adobe Community Park, Assistance League of Amador Valley, Hope Hospice, National Charity league, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Military Families, Senior Support of the Tri-Valley plus many service clubs and nonprofits. For details, email PleasantonCommunityOfCharacter@gmail.com.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff