The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued Spare the Air alerts last Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures were predicted to be in the triple digits. These were the second and third Spare the Air days this year.
The district issues the alerts when the forecast indicates ozone pollution will reach unhealthy levels. To avoid creating more pollution, Bay Area residents are encouraged to bike, take transit or carpool to work instead of driving alone. Officials also advise residents to avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.
For more information, call (800) HELPAIR (435-7247) or visit www.sparetheair.org.
The 15th annual Pooch Parade in Pleasanton will take place Aug. 1 beginning at Lions Wayside Park, corner of First and Neal streets, in conjunction with the First Wednesday Street Party sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.
Registration and judging begin at 5:30 p.m. with dog tricks performing at 6:30 p.m. and the parade up and down Main Street at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m.
Pooches of any size, 4 months or older, may be entered for prizes in any or all of the seven categories, with an entry free of $10 per category. Categories include pooches in and out of costume, best team outfit, and best trick.
Proceeds benefit the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For registration forms, go to www.trivalleyguidedogs.org
The city of Pleasanton has more than 40 publicly and privately owned pieces of public art, which can now be viewed online at www.publicartarchive.org/pleasanton. The website includes information about each piece including its name, how it was acquired, and its exact location.
Check out the new website from a mobile phone and it will notify you of nearby public art pieces. New pieces are added to the collection on a regular basis, so check back frequently.
For more information about Pleasanton's public art collection, or to learn how to become a sponsor of a future piece of artwork, call the Civic Arts Manager at 931-5347.