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Hot dog fun!

  • Pooch Parade -- 5:30 p.m. judging, 6:30 p.m. trick performing, 7 p.m. parade on Wednesday. Enter your dog in up to seven categories for a good cause. The annual event is a fundraiser for Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. Lions Wayside Park, First and Neal streets, Pleasanton. www.trivalleyguidedogs.org.

    Seen & heard

    Delicious but forbidden fruit at culinary event

    Alameda County mayors and pro chefs whipped up scrumptious meals from fresh meat and produce last Thursday in Dublin during a cook-off aimed at perking up public interest in healthy eats.

    But there was a big drawback for fans: they could look but not touch (or taste).

    Event organizers acknowledged later it was a little awkward to have to tell foodies not to sample at the healthy cooking event at the Dublin Farmers' Market.

    However, they said public health rules gave them no choice. The chefs, using portable stoves under tents in a temporary location, were not licensed to serve food to the public.

    That was a tough one to swallow.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Aug. 3, 1977 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Do As I Say, Not As I Do"

    LIVERMORE -- The City Council passed an energy conservation resolution urging residents to set their air-conditioning thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.

    They did so in a meeting room where the temperature was 67 degrees. The outside temperature was well over 90 degrees at the time.

    Mayor Helen Tirsell asked if a copy of the resolution could be mailed along with PG&E bills to local residents, as a woman in the audience tugged at her sweater to fight the room's chill.

    Elwood Bona, a PG&E representative who suggested the thermostat minimum, said, "most of these items will require some sacrifices."

    Headline: "County Eyes Paper Costs"

    Every little bit counts, so the Alameda County Board of Supervisors discussed how to save on Xerox machine copy paper.

    Supervisors said that it might be nice to limit the number of keys to the Xerox machine in the office of County Administrator Loren Enoch

    But then they learned that each key costs $20.

    That would buy a lot of paper when you multiply it by five supervisors and selective staff, said Supervisor Joseph Bort. He suggested they simply put up a sign-up sheet and someone can write, "I took 30 sheets," or whatever the amount was.

    At the Market: Lucky's. Frozen turkey, 64 cents a pound; frying chickens, 48 cents a pound; Golden Grain Rice-A-Roni, 39 cents a box; Mothers Cookies, 73 cents a package; Harvest Day bread, 16 ounces for 33 cents.

    Real Estate: MV Realty, Pleasanton. Most desirable, four-bedroom, two-bath, Barcelona model. Large family room with built-in barbecue, formal dining room and luxury carpets. $71,500.

    Trivia Question: What year did Sports Illustrated magazine start publishing?

    Answer to last week's question: On Aug. 1, 1977, San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey set a National League record with his 18th grand slam.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.