Education Foundation Follow-Up

By: Adelena Vera

The Pleasanton Education Foundation hosted a fundraiser last month. The Education Foundation supports students through scholarship opportunities, encourages and supports the future of education, providing funds to improve innovative practices around the school district.

During this fundraiser, about 150 students participated and helped raise about $600. On the Saturday of the fundraiser, the community also helped out and donated $1510, making a total of $2120, just sort of meeting the goal of $3,000.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the fundraiser and helped raise the money! And a very special thank you to the Education Foundation for all you do to support our staff and students. 

Horoscopes

By: Adelena Vera 

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)- Are you looking forward to improved communication and fewer technological glitches as Mercury goes into retrograde on November 3? If this backwards transit has negatively affected one or more of the relationships in your life in the last few weeks, you can look forward to them getting back on track soon. The mighty planet Mars, also goes direct while in your fiery sign on the thirteenth, giving you the strength and stamina to not only compete with the best but to win! Your courage and confidence are at all-time high levels, ensuring that no matter what you try, you can basically will yourself not to fail. The brilliant sun enters fun-loving fellow fire sign Sagittarius on the twenty-first, lighting up your world with the excitement you’ve been trying to capture in unhealthy ways lately. You still might be in the mood for risky behavior, but the Archer helps you opt more for adrenaline-producing activities like cliff diving rather than eating or drinking to excess.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)- Your lovely home planet Venus squares Jupiter, the planet of destiny on the sixteenth, which could make you question whether something (or someone) was truly meant to be. The more you second-guess yourself, Taurus, the more the magic fades. Logic has less of a place here than sheer belief. Positive thinking makes all the difference. Love gets complicated when Venus is paired with Scorpio, also starting on the twenty-first. Venus isn’t always comfortable in Scorpio’s secretive world, which could cause you to cover up things you’re usually much more open about. A financial situation could worsen if you aren’t willing to share the details, which could lead to money or legal problems down the line. The sun partners with the exciting fire sign Sagittarius for a month starting on November 21, at which point you might turn into an adrenaline junkie. For a typical Taurus who usually likes to play it safe, this will be a huge departure. Don’t blame loved ones who question your actions now. They only have your best interests at heart.

Gemini (May 21-Jun. 20)- you can’t wait for mercury to come out of retrograde and start communicating again. It’s nice to say everything that’s on your mind. Mercury then forms a quick square to serious Saturn in Capricorn on the sixth, bringing harsh opinions and rigid thinking that you aren’t used to dealing with. You’re one of the zodiac’s best communicators, and while you’ll try to keep your debates as open-minded as possible, you can expect to bump up against some pretty narrow-minded people now. The thirtieth brings a special full moon and lunar eclipse in your sign that can put into sharp focus issues surrounding your siblings (or those you consider brothers and sisters). This can be a time of healing if you’re willing to keep the lines of communication wide open.

Cancer (Jun. 21-Jul. 22)- Can travel, technology, and communication finally get back to normal when Mercury leaves its dreaded retrograde cycle on November 3? That’s the hope, Cancer. And because it’s paired with relationship-focused Libra now, you can expect all those romantic misunderstandings to start to fade with the shift in momentum. On the tenth, Mercury reenters Scorpio, where it was for most of its retrograde cycle, and it’s time to keep things on the down low. Although your curiosity will be off the charts, you’ll be hesitant to share any information you learn. If you share any gossip now, it will only be with your BFF, not on social media. The sun enters Sagittarius on the twenty-first, welcoming in a month of adventure. Embrace this opportunity to explore your wild side as you let go of inhibitions and start to take more risks. Resist the urge to plan. Spontaneity leads to the experience of a lifetime.

Leo (Jul. 23- Aug. 22)- You, Leo, are looking forward to Mercury coming out of retrograde on November 3rd just like everyone else. This will allow your communication to slowly get back on track and it will immediately start repairing a personal relationship that’s gone off the tracks these last few weeks. November 19th brings a Venus-Saturn square that’s accompanied by more than its share of angst and disappointment. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try, you can’t make things turn out the way you want them to. Patience is not your strongest trait, but this is the time you need plenty of patience. Venus enters mysterious and magnetic Scorpio on November 21, at the same time the sun enters adventurous Sagittarius. During this time, you might be attracted to all the wrong types of people now, and vice versa. It’s hard to ignore intense chemistry, but sometimes it pulls you in the wrong direction.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)- During the time of the retrograde, you can find yourself looking forward to your life heading in a more positive route. Whatever has been going wrong, it will all start going right again with Mercury’s forward motion. The Mercury-Saturn square, on the 6th, will make it hard to focus on the detail of a certain professional situation, but you will pride yourself on getting the job done. This could be a disappointing time, so keep focused on the future, not the moment. The sun enters the fire sign Sagittarius on the twenty-first, welcoming in a month of dares and risks, but you will test your waters slowly. You are willing to embrace exciting moments, but you most likely will not totally lose yourself in them.

Libra (Sep. 23- Oct. 22)- Your communication issues will get right back on track, faster than some other signs, during retrograde. Your home planet Venus squares expansive Jupiter on the sixteenth, bringing good luck that won’t last long. You’re more than ready to have fun, and if you have work waiting for you, it might get shoved aside in favor of a good time. It probably can wait, but you might have an unpleasant surprise waiting for you when you finally get back to it. November 21 will bring exciting energy into your life and your need for knowledge won’t be filled. You’ll want to learn more about other people and their life experiences. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, and you’re ready to embrace it head-on. The full moon and lunar eclipse in intellectual Gemini on November 30 pique your curiosity, but you might not get all the answers you desire. An inability to focus on just one thing or listen completely now keeps you restless and somewhat disappointed in the kind of people you meet.

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 21)- When you want to get to the bottom of something, you can’t be stopped, and right now you’ve got your sights on a fascinating topic or person that you can’t quit obsessing about. Your gaze is intense as you stare into the unknown. When desire meets effort, you’re virtually unstoppable. If there’s an obstacle in your way, it’s about to get decimated. A new moon in your sign on November 14 helps you explore your shadowy side, which could spell trouble for other people. When you fully embrace the dark parts of yourself, you might get in touch with some raw, otherworldly forces that can’t be stopped. Luckily, you know your personal limits very well.Venus pairs up with your intense sign on the twenty-first, but this isn’t an ideal partnership. Your control issues are too much for someone now, and your incessant need to be right comes off as elitist and egotistical. Yes, your confidence is a turn-on to some, but at what price?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22- Dec. 21)- The sun enters your outgoing sign on the twenty-first, giving you a whole month of adventure and growth to look forward to. You love to expand your world by traveling and meeting people from different cultures, but if that isn’t possible, take a different path home from the store or try a new cuisine. New learning opportunities are everywhere, even close to home. As loving Venus squares Jupiter on November 16, you have a very brief but potent window to take advantage of the extremely good fortune that comes your way. Take a chance and see where it leads, Sag. You love to take risks, and they can pay off big now.

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19)- You’re all business when it comes to stating your opinions and beliefs, and you have little patience for anyone who wants to challenge you. There will be times this month when you’re open to what others have to say, but this isn’t one of those times. Loving Venus enters sexy Scorpio on November 21, at the same time the sun pairs up with fiery Sagittarius. There is a lot of electricity in the air now, and you should be feeling yourself. Make a move that takes others by surprise. You don’t like to show off very often, but your moves are too good not to show them off now! When Neptune goes direct while in Pisces, the sign it rules, on the twenty-eighth, some realities will be exposed that you can’t ignore. You know that safe little dream world you’ve been floating along in? It’s about to be shattered, Capricorn. Luckily, you can handle the truth.

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 18)-It’s been some time since communication issues have been on track, and the ending of this retrograde cycle is a time of relief. With Mercury in fellow friendly air sign Libra, you can make new friends easily now. You’ve been able to elude the truth for a long time now, but you can’t do it anymore. Your fantasies and daydreams are still a good distraction, but they aren’t a substitute for seeing things as they really are. The full moon and lunar eclipse are in fellow air sign Gemini on the thirtieth, illuminating areas that affect travel, communication, technology, and siblings. Make necessary changes that will aid advancement in these areas, Aquarius. This lunation is the perfect time to tie up loose ends as you anticipate the future. Getting closure matters.

Pisces (Feb. 19- Mar. 20)- You open up more easily when Mercury goes into retrograde. You can sense that there’s less of a chance of being misunderstood now, which is one of your biggest fears. Try to make up for your lack of communication for the last few weeks now that talkative Mercury is working for—not against—you. Romantic Venus pairs up with Mars-ruled Scorpio on November 21, so you’ll be feeling extremely physical. There’s nothing wrong with expressing your feelings through touch, but some people might misinterpret it. Make sure you make very clear the line between platonic and romantic feelings. Your home planet is in your indecisive sign when it finally goes direct on the twenty-eighth, and you can use this progressive energy to confront an idea or opinion that has seemed out of place lately. No matter what age you are, you can always make a change. Face the truth head-on, and make your next choice based on reality, not fantasy or daydreams.

Stick-in Around for This Treat

The classic caramel apple

By: Adelena Vera

Are you looking for a sweet autumn treat? Try this simple recipe that is loved even by culinary artists. Caramel apples are a delicious and quick dessert that almost anyone can do.

Ingredients: 

  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 wooden sticks
  • 14 ounces of unwrapped caramel
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Nuts or sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prepare a pan with parchment paper, then wash your apples 
  2. Stick the wooden sticks ¾ of the way into the stem end of each apple and place aside 
  3. Combine the caramel and water into a saucepan and heat over low, stir often until the caramel is melted 
  4. Stir in vanilla extract
  5. Dip each apple in the caramel 
  6. Sprinkle the desired toppings on the apple while the caramel is still hot, then place the prepared pan.
  7. Let cool, then enjoy!