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Comedy fundraiser for serious problems

Enjoy a few laughs at Tommy T's Comedy Steakhouse in late April to help alleviate the serious problems of substance abuse and domestic violence.

The two-show comedy benefit April 27 will feature headline comedian Gary Valentine with comedians Mark Eddie, Kevin Farley and Jackie Flynn. Eddie will also be the emcee for the evening.

The benefit shows start at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 for regular seats and $50 for VIP seating. All ticket sales will be donated to the Biletnikoff Foundation.

Fred Biletnikoff is a former Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Fame member whose adult daughter, Tracey, was murdered by her boyfriend in 1999. Biletnikoff and his wife, Angela, started the nonprofit group to support young women recovering from substance abuse and provide education to prevent domestic violence.

Visit tommyts.com to buy tickets online. For more information about the Biletnikoff Foundation, visit biletnikoff.net. The foundation is also hosting its 10th annual Oakland Raiders Golf Tournament on April 28 at the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton.

-- Zoe Francis, Correspondent

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Free e-waste collection on Friday and Saturday

The city will celebrate Earth Week with its annual free community e-waste collection happening Friday and Saturday.

Residents may drop off items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the city's operations service center, 3333 Busch Road. Residents should be prepared to show identification to verify residency.

Among items to be accepted for recycling are cell phones, video game consoles, computer components, digital cameras, power cables, MP3 players, keyboards, TVs, DVD and VCR players and other electronic items, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs.

Visit http://noewaste.com/calendar.php for a complete list of items that can be accepted. Among the items that will not be accepted are large appliances, kitchen appliances, and packaging for those items. For collection details, call 866-335-3373.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

PLEASANTON

Free 5-week class trains for basic emergencies

Learn basic disaster preparedness from members of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department with free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes.

The classes will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7 through June 11, at the fire training tower at the city of Pleasanton's operations service center, 3333 Busch Road.

Classes will include classroom and hands-on instruction on basic responses related to fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue and terrorism. The six-week program also covers disaster psychology. The class will end with a multicasualty drill to test the skills learned by participants.

"When a disaster such as a major earthquake strikes, the emergency responders will be focused on the most critical emergencies," Fire Chief James Miguel said in a release. "Fortunately, there are many things that residents can do to help themselves, their families and the community around them leading up to and following a disaster."

Preregistration is required. To register and for details, call 925-454-2361. Questions can also be emailed to CERT@LPfire.org.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff