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News Digest: Veterans Stand Down | Tails at Twilight | Special ACE Train service to Levi's

Also: Library book sales | Next Step fundraiser
Altamont Corridor Express trains will be running special weekend trains to Levi's Stadium during the next several months.

Veterans Stand Down

Alameda County District 1 Supervisor David Haubert is hosting the Veterans Stand Down event this Saturday at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Supported by a variety of public agencies, health care groups and local nonprofits, the event "will offer veterans services such as dental care, clothing, child support services, immunizations, haircuts, food, and more," according to Haubert's office.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 16) at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Building C, with entrance via Gate 8.

For more information, contact Haubert's office at

Library book sales

The Friends of Pleasanton Library is hosting its Fall Book/Media Sale next week at the city's library downtown at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

"The nearly new books, CDs and DVDs sold at this biannual event contribute to the many programs, activities and needs of the Pleasanton Library," organizers said. "These funds are used to provide programs and activities and to purchase materials and furnishings for which there are no provisions in the library budget."

The event will occur next Thursday (Sept. 21) from 2-7 p.m., Friday (Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (Sept. 23) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday (Sept. 24) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday will include the organization's popular "fill a bag" promotion for $7. Visit

A similar event is being held this weekend in neighboring Dublin, with the Friends of Dublin Library, Inc. holding its semiannual book sale this Saturday and Sunday at 200 Civic Plaza.

Tails at Twilight

Valley Humane Society is gearing up for its ninth annual Tails at Twilight fundraising gala to be held on Sept. 30 from 6-11 p.m. at the Palm Event Center (1184 Vineyard Ave.) in Pleasanton.

Themed as a sock hop shindig this year, the event includes a champagne reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to close the night.

Auction items include an authentic Warriors jersey signed by Stephen Curry, a three-night getaway to Squaw Creek, an African Safari and the popular Ambassadog program (which in addition to Pleasanton will now include another in Livermore).

"Proceeds from Tails at Twilight benefit Valley Humane Society's lifesaving animal welfare programs and life-enriching community services, such as dog and cat adoption, AniMeals pet food pantry, and Canine Comfort pet therapy, which offers therapeutic pet visitation to children with cancer, Alzheimer's patients, veterans, and more," organizers said.

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or learn more, visit or call 925-426-8656.

ACE Train service to Levi's Stadium

Altamont Corridor Express trains will be running special weekend trains to Levi's Stadium this during the next several months to accommodate riders from the Tri-Valley and San Joaquin Valley going to San Francisco 49ers home games and this Saturday's Ed Sheeran concert.

The partnership with the NFL team and the stadium is designed as "a strategic partnership to provide and promote sustainable transportation," according to the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, which operates ACE typically only for commuters between Stockton and San Jose on weekdays.

"We are very excited to have a partner like the San Francisco 49ers and Levi's Stadium that recognizes the value alternative transportation can provide," said Stacey Mortensen, executive director of the commission. "We're looking forward to many of our community members experiencing all that ACE has to offer for the first time while riding to a concert or the game."

Commission officials noted the program is part of ACE's effort expand "the usability of its service and meeting a growing need for alternative transportation options outside of peak commute times." The special service will run for the Sept. 16 concert as part of Sheeran's "The Mathematics Tour" and the 49ers games on Oct. 1, 8 and 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 10 and Jan. 7.

Learn more at

Next Step fundraiser

Next Step, a Tri-Valley nonprofit that provides free services to people facing unexpected pregnancies, is hosting its "Love & Laughter: 2023 Embrace Hope Fundraiser" next week at Del Valle Winery in Livermore.

The event will raise money to support Next Step's programs including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and a range of other support services and resources to ensure healthy and thriving pregnancy experiences for its clients.

Comedian Kerri Pomarolli will provide entertainment at the fundraiser, which also includes pre-meal appetizers, mingling and a dessert auction, a worship and welcome message, the main course and a raffle.

The event will run from 5:45-8:45 p.m. next Thursday (Sept. 21). To learn more, visit or call 925-425-0414.


About the Author: Jeremy Walsh

Jeremy, a Benicia native and American University alum, joined Embarcadero Media in November 2013. After serving as associate editor for the Pleasanton Weekly and, he was promoted to editor of the East Bay Division in February 2017.
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