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How Six Figure Income Families Get Thousands of Dollars in Free Money for College

Local man teaches free workshops to help parents save thousands in process

Pleasanton/Danville---Tri-Valley parents that are planning on sending a child to college in the next few years, but aren’t quite sure how to pay for it can now rest a little easier.

Richard D. Patrick of California College Planners has been educating families in the community for over 15 years.

‘It’s really sad, but most parents that we talk to have done real well financially, but never found the time to save for college, and now they’re facing a bill of $18,000-$45,000 a year, and they don’t know who to turn to,’ he says. ‘Further, most of the time, all they hear is to not even bother applying for any aid because they make too much money. However, most of the time, that is simply not true…even if they make a six-figure income.’

Richard would know, because his group has worked with over 1400 families in the last 10 years ranging from single moms to corporate CEO’s, and they say they can help anyone get through the process and save a bundle….no matter how good of a student they have or how much money they make.

‘I got started in this because I was a very good student, but no one told us anything about how to access money for college, or even how to pick a career…so I didn’t go right away. But, I vowed that I would learn the process and devote my time to helping families not fall into the same trap that we did. ‘Simply put, we show parents the truth that they aren’t hearing anywhere else about how the college process really works and save thousands of dollars in the process.”

Tri-Valley parents will have a couple opportunities to hear Richard speak. He is teaching his class ‘How to Give Your Kid a 4-Year College Education Without Going Broke!’ on October 30th at the Pleasanton Library at 400 Old Bernal in Pleasanton, November 5th at the Round Table Pizza located at 3203 Crow Canyon Place. All classes are 7:15pm – 8:45pm.

‘We’ll discuss everything from the greatest myths about the college process, to how to send your student to a fancy private school for less than the cost of a junior college…it’ll be like learning how to get a brand new Lexus for the price of a used pick up truck,’ he grins.

Topics will also include why private scholarships and 529 plans are a waste of time, how to double or even triple the amount of free money you receive from each school, and how to avoid the one mistake that will kill your chances of getting any money at all that almost every other parent will make this coming January, and much, much more.

‘They will learn a ton, and I do my best to make the class fun,’ he says. ‘It’s like I’m giving them a super bright flash light to navigate a pitch black cave, while all the other parents continue to stumble around blindly!

‘Don’t forget: the class is totally free, but seats are limited. Also, I’m not sure when I’ll be teaching these classes in the Tri Valley again since my November calendar is already filling up, so come on out and see me.’ You can reserve a seat by calling our 24 hour reservation line at (800) 676-0496 ext. 502 or online at www.cacollegeplanners.com/valley

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Axis, which provides medical, mental health, substance abuse coun- seling and health education services to the uninsured and underinsured in the Tri-Valley, recently started a pro- gram called Bundles of Joy. Through this program, participants in the pre- natal program are given baskets of baby items and newborn clothes.

Patricia (second from left) receives a “bundle of joy” from Axis CPSP Provider Brenda Cortez (left) and Helen Thayer and Heidi Stark from Lynnewood United Methodist Church (right).

“With limited means, these fami- lies struggle to provide everything they need to care for a new baby,” said Heidi Stark, a Bundles of Joy co-leader at Lynnewood. “The arrival of a newborn should be a joyful occa- sion, not a new hardship. Our goal is to welcome each of these babies into the world and to say we care.”

month, and the Lynnewood congre- gation has help the group get started and hopes the community would as well. In order to fill the baskets, they need donations of items such as baby bottles, diapers, pacifiers, etc. Donations can be dropped of at the church office, 4444 Black Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Call the church at 846-0221 for more information. Items may also be dropped off atAsbury United Methodist Church located at 4743 East Ave. in Livermore, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

To learn more about Axis, visit www.axishealth.org.

The goal is to give 10 baskets a

—Emily West

Bundles for babies

Church asks community to help families

Times are tough for many fami- lies in the Tri-Valley, especially when it comes to caring for infants. In order to help these new moth- ers and fathers, Lynnewood United Methodist Church is teaming up with Axis Community Health and encouraging the community to join in as well.

Political Notes

Kiwanis Club plans debate on Measures PP, QQ

Voters in Pleasanton who have questions about the differenc- es between the Measure PP and Measure QQ initiatives will have a chance to hear presentations by both sides at a luncheon planned by the Kiwanis Club of Pleasanton at noon next Friday, Oct. 24.

Steve Brozosky, who is also a candidate for mayor in the Nov. 4 municipal election, will talk about the advantages of Measure PP, which he is sup- porting. Speaking for Measure QQ, a competing initiative will be former Councilwoman Becky Dennis and retired Parks and Community Services Director

Dolores Bengtson. Those attend- ing will also have a chance to ask questions about each measure.

The cost of the luncheon, to be held at Vic’s All-Star Kitchen, is $10 pre-paid or $15 at the door. Because of a limited seating, res- ervations are required and must be made by Wednesday by calling Chuck McGraw at 294-9981.

Tree time

Workers began unraveling more than 20,000 Christmas lights Tuesday, spiraling them around the branches of five large trees in Civic Park downtown.

The lights are hung in mid-October in an attempt to beat the first rains of the season, according to city spokes- woman Joanne Hall. This year, the trees are being decorated with a new decor package that includes 20,000 warm, white lights, Hall said. When lit later this fall, the trees will be white instead of last year’s blue. The larg- est in the grove of trees will be lit in a special ceremony with Lights of the Valley on Nov. 19, Hall said, while the rest of the trees will be lit on Dec. 1.

The city will host the annual Hometown Holidays Celebration on Dec. 6 along Main Street. A parade will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum On Main. This year’s theme is “Sights and Sounds of the Season” and all parade entries are encouraged to decorate floats and marching units. Entry applications are available online and the deadline to register is Nov. 26. To enter, visit www. hometownholiday.com. A parade float building guide is available upon request by calling 931-3432.

Janet Pelletier

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