Friday, September 03, 2010

Falling into Good Hands

A program by the name, "Paws for Tales", has recently been getting much acclaim. Especially at the Brisbane Library. Paws for Tales is a monthly program geared towards children who have a difficult time reading, or are nervous about making mistakes when reading in front of people. But dogs? They offer unconditional love, are often referred to as "Man's Best Friend", and have been found to make the perfect reading companion. Later this month, the world will be catching wind of this. The Oprah Show crew was in town last Sunday filming a segment that will being airing in late September (broadcast date to come).

Jonny Justice has come a long way. He, along with 50 other pit bulls were seized from Michael Vick's kennel. You can read about Jonny's story in Parade by clicking here. Now a therapy dog with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA's "Paws for Tales" program, Jonny is making his rounds at libraries around the Peninsula. Click here to see the 2010 Paws for Tales schedule. So if you have a child (age 5 and up) who loves dogs and may benefit from this program, visit the Brisbane library every fourth Wednesday of the month between 6:30pm - may just catch Jonny!

Pets can do a lot to ease the stress of the day, but there is something to be said of the human touch, as well. With veterans returning home everyday, it's important they receive the special support and care many of them need. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided a grant to the Department of Veterans' Affairs which supports the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Lifelife. Click here for more information and check out the video below, featuring Gary Sinise (aka Lieutenant Dan from "Forrest Gump").

Dancing is a great way to get energized, and what better way than doing so tonight in Brisbane, with Big Bang Beat leading the charge? Join us for the final Concerts in the Park, which starts at 6:30pm tonight. The picture below is from a Concerts in the Park a couple years ago when Big Bang Beat was last in don't miss them as they make a pit-stop here tonight!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend. City Hall will be closed on Monday Sept. 6th, in honor of the day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Click here to view a video from the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, and to read about the history and significance behind Labor Day.

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