The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is hosting a free celebration from noon to 4 p.m. June 18 to mark the 110th year for the world's longest burning light bulb, which is in Station 6 at 4550 East Ave. in Livermore. Now referred to as the Centennial Light Bulb, it was manufactured by the Shelby Electric Co. of Ohio and was first used by the Livermore Fire Department at its hose cart house on Second Street in 1901. It continued to burn at other fire department facilities before it was installed at Station 6 in 1976.
Its authenticity has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It-Or-Not. It is also the subject of a documentary, "A Century of Light," which will be shown at the Vine Cinema in Livermore at 7 p.m. that same Saturday.
This weekend, in an attempt to empty the animal shelters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, dogs and cats will be adopted to qualified homes free in Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon. Last year's event saved the lives of 2,000 animals.
Maddie's Fund, founded by David Duffield, has $2 million set aside to pay each shelter or rescue group $500 for every dog/cat adopted. To make sure no pet is left behind, $1,000 will be given for every adoption of a senior or treatable pet, and $1,500 for every adoption of a senior pet with a medical condition.
Stoneridge Shopping Center is hosting adoptions plus serving as command central for the Adoptathon. Other adoption locations include Valley Humane Society, shelters and rescue organizations, PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express.
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