News digestJuly 4th fireworks
Independence Day Fireworks are returning to Livermore this year, to take place at Las Positas College. The Livermore Fireworks Community Committee, working with the city of Livermore and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park district, has raised enough private funding for the community event, with FloraTech Landscape and Management as a presenting sponsor.
The gates will open at 4 p.m. with family games, food trucks and live music. Entrance fee is $20 per carload in advance or $25 at the gate. Walk-in entry is $5 per person. Pets and outside alcohol are not allowed but beer and wine will be for sale.
To volunteer for the event, register by June 8 at www.LivermoreFireworks.org or call 290-8295. Volunteers receive free parking at the campus and discounted entry for a limited number of family members. Las Positas College is located at 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.
The 'coolest' city
Pleasanton is in the Top Ten cities of the CoolCalifornia Challenge, a competition among cities to reduce their carbon footprints.
Hosted by the California Air Resources Board, the year-long program began April 1 and includes Chula Vista, Citrus Heights, Davis, Gonzales, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Tracy. By the end of June, the three cities with the highest points will be named finalists, and the "Coolest City in California" will be crowned later in the year.
Residents will be recognized for efforts to make Pleasanton more sustainable; each household earns points for signing up, filling out an online survey, uploading a photo, and inviting friends to join. Visit www.coolcalifornia.org/community-challenge.
Summer classes at Las Positas
Registration is under way for Summer Community Education Classes at Las Positas classes. Kids programs include football camp, volleyball, fencing, filmmaking, stop motion animation and comic drawing. Teens can enhance their essay writing skills and learn SAT test preparation techniques.
Popular returning classes are in photography, Olivina Estate olive oil tasting and food pairing, and backyard farming in partnership with Alden Lane Nursery. Visit the Community Education website at www.laspositascollege.edu/communityed/index.php, or call 424-1467.