When Jackie Barnett's neighbor could not afford a lifesaving emergency surgery for her cat, Barnett was inspired to create and sell cat toys to raise money to help pet owners in the same situation.

Barnett died in 2009, but the longtime Pleasanton resident's legacy continued with the creation of the "Jackie Barnett Just Like New" program at the Valley Humane Society. The program relies on private donations and contributions from the community to provide financial assistance for urgent veterinary medical needs to prevent unnecessary euthanasia of animals in the Tri-Valley area.

To benefit this program, the VHS invites community residents to attend its first Just Like New Valentine Crab Feed dinner, raffle and silent auction on from to 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Shannon Center, 11600 Shannon Ave. in Dublin.

Cindy Ferrin, of San Ramon, the event coordinator says the Just Like New fund exists to help cover one-time emergency costs for pets and rescued animals that are sick or injured. About $15,000 is spent each year in the program with several local veterinary hospitals providing services at discounted rates including: Bollinger Canyon Animal Hospital in San Ramon; SAGE Center for Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care, VetCare in Dublin; Alisal Pet Clinic, Feline Medical Center and Town and County Veterinary Hospital in Pleasanton; and Altamont Cat Hospital and Livermore Veterinary Hospital in Livermore.


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Tickets to the crab feed are $50 per person and include fresh cracked crab, pasta, Caesar salad, bread, dessert and coffee or tea with a no host bar of wine, beer and soft drinks in addition to many opportunities to win raffle baskets and auction items. Monetary donations can always be made to the Just Like New program at the above Tri-Valley locations or Valley Humane Society.

Purchase tickets at www.valleyhumane.org or send a check to Just Like New-VHS, P.O. Box 3436, San Ramon, CA 94583. For more information, contact Ferrin at cferrin@pacbell.net or 925-323-8517. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton, www.valleyhumane.org, and serves the Tri-Valley from Danville to Livermore.

BOCCE BALL: Enjoy great food and bocce ball at the latest event to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. Organized by the Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club grant committee, the event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the popular Campo di Bocce of Livermore, 175 E. Vineyard Ave.

The menu will include spaghetti Bolognese, house salad, assorted desserts, coffee or tea and a no-host bar. A raffle will feature gift cards and a 50/50 prize. Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds will fund the Women's Club grants awarded to 501(c)3 organizations whose works benefit the Tri Valley area. Tickets can be purchased by calling 925-828-4350.

AUDITIONS: Tryouts for the San Ramon Community Theater's production of "Cinderella," the Prince Street Players Version, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Front Row Theater at 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road. The show opens April 19 and runs for three weekends through May 5.

All characters must be strong singers, dance and move well. Characters include Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, Henrietta, Gertrude, King Darling the Third, Prince Charming, the chorus and others.

Prepare a song with sheet music and/or audio accompaniment for the audition and arrive early. For details, contact Terry Cunningham at 925-389-7529 or visit www.sanramoncommunitytheater.org.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.