Parks and Recreation Commissioner Joe Streng recently returned from China where he volunteered with 14 fellow eBay employees to support a Habitat for Humanity project. Streng works at eBay as a senior manager for employee communications.

"We were in rural China for about 10 days," said Streng, 45, who explained that some 70 eBay employees recently traveled to various countries to support Habitat for Humanity projects.

This was Streng's third international trip after traveling to Brazil with the nonprofit organization and to Africa in 2007 to support efforts for female education.

"These projects make a difference for people in need and build great camaraderie with fellow employees," said Streng.

A resident of Pleasanton for the past 30 years, Streng graduated from Amador Valley High School and earned his undergraduate degree in 1991 from CSU Sacramento. After graduating college, he worked as a radio reporter and then produced the 11 p.m. television newscast with Dan Ashley and Cheryl Jennings.

Streng and his wife, Liz, enjoy living in Pleasanton. As a city commissioner for more than five years now, Streng is proud to represent residents to ensure a high quality of life.

"We're lucky to have many great parks and trails in Pleasanton," he said.

And Pleasanton is lucky to have dedicated community members such as Joe Streng.


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FUNNY MAN: If your summer plans include being in town the evening of July 19, consider attending a comedy show featuring Rocky LaPorte at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

LaPorte is a very funny man from Chicago who delivers his lines in a trademark Brooklyn accent and muses about life from a streetwise perspective.

Featured in NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and the star of the Showtime special "The Godfathers of Comedy," LaPorte has opened for such acts as Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey and Tim Allen.

He traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops and appeared on the Showtime special "Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie."

Appearing one night only, LaPorte's show will open with the comedy of Vallejo native Myles Weber and host G. King.

Weber won the Bay Area All-Star Comedy Competition in 2012 and in 2013 was featured in Comedy Central's "Up Next" talent search.

King performs regularly at comedy venues throughout the Bay Area as well as nationally, and has opened for top national comedians including Tommy Davidson, Deray Davis, Tony Rock and Sinbad.

For this 8 p.m. show, the Firehouse Arts Center will transform itself into a cabaret with tables and chairs on the main floor, though balcony seats will remain theater-style. The Cellar Door, which operates concessions at the Firehouse, will offer small plates, chocolates, wine and other beverages for purchase.

Admission is $20 for cabaret seating and $15 for the balcony. Buy tickets online at www.firehousearts.org up to two hours before the show, by phone at 925-931-4848, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. Free parking is accessed on Spring Street near First Street.

Contact Jim Ott at jimott@sbcglobal.net.