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Be Well and Lend a Helping Hand

“Make a Difference” Festival and Spirit Run both take place this weekend!

Saturday and Sunday will each bring a unique opportunity for you to get more involved in the community and improve your own health while supporting local education and other good causes.

Make a Difference FestivalSaturday, October 27, 10:00AM – 2:30PM, Pleasanton Senior Center, Grand Hall.

Are you ready to make a positive change in your life? Corresponding with National “Make a Difference Day”, this festival will provide ideas and avenues to do just that. Exhibits and information booths on getting healthier, learning how to live more safely and giving back to your community are the focal points of this event.

Prior to the exhibition, civic-minded folks are encouraged to participate in the Hearst and Pleasanton Middle School clean-ups (8:30AM) or the World Walk to Wellness beginning at Centennial Park (9:00AM). Walkers should plan to “think green” and have gloves and plastic bags to scoop up litter on the way to the Senior Center. Finally, a fundraising barbecue lunch for the Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship fund will benefit graduates of Amador, Foothill and Village high schools. More information about the festival can be found here.

Pleasanton Rotary Spirit Run – Sunday, October 28, 9:00AM, Archway sign, downtown Pleasanton

The Spirit Run, which enters its 19th year and began as part of Pleasanton’s Heritage Days, embarks on another great round the next morning. As you can see from the pictures, our children benefit in more ways than one. This is a popular family event that, because of the totally volunteer staff (all Rotarians are expected to be involved in the planning and execution of the event), virtually all the money collected goes to support causes like the Wheelchair Foundation. Through this organization, the club has distributed over 3,500 wheelchairs to the poor in Mexico, Central and South America. Some of these families, without the chairs, are forced to carry their kids around well into and beyond their teens. Pleasanton families walking and running to raise funds for these individuals and families of those who cannot walk seems like a beautiful way to show compassion and gratitude for all we enjoy. Details are here.

Tri Valley Trainer is proud to be a participating sponsor for both events.

We hope to see you there.

Dan is a nationally certified personal fitness trainer and former continuing education faculty member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. He is the owner and head trainer at Tri Valley Trainer in Pleasanton, which provides personal and small group fitness training and nutrition guidance. He can be reached at Dan@TriValleyTrainer.com.

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