News digestTri-Valley Community TV will air the 2011 Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings from Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon on Christmas Day on Comcast TV Channel 30 as well as streaming them at www.trivalleytv.org.
The schedule is as follows:
* Pleasanton parade: noon-2 p.m.; 8:30-10:30 p.m.
* San Ramon tree lighting: 8-9:30 a.m.; 2-3:30 p.m.; 6-7:30 p.m.
* Livermore parade: 9:30-11 a.m.; 3:30-5 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.-midnight
* Dublin tree lighting: 11 a.m.-noon; 5-6 p.m.; 7:30-8:30 p.m.
BART is helping patrons ring in 2012 by staying open until 3 a.m., three hours later than normal, with trains running every hour based on a station's regular time.
Also, beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, trains will stop at only Embarcadero or Montgomery Street station in downtown San Francisco, not both, to ease overcrowding at Embarcadero by better distributing people between the two stations. After the fireworks, BART will add more trains to enhance its normal 20-minute service to carry riders home.
Dublin/Pleasanton trains will stop at Embarcadero Station, and after the fireworks, riders will need to return to the Embarcadero Station to board a train bound for Dublin/Pleasanton.
Since July 4 will land on the first Wednesday of the month in 2012, July's First Wednesday street party in downtown Pleasanton will take place the second Wednesday of that month, July 11, announced the Pleasanton Downtown Association, which sponsors the popular monthly evening events on Main Street from May through September.
"Our staff and board agreed that moving our First Wednesday to the second Wednesday in July was the best way to proceed," said Laura Olson, executive director of the association. "We didn't want to cancel an event that is so beloved by our community. We're trying to get the word out as early as possible so the residents are aware of this change."