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News Digest: NorCal Night Market, Livermore World Series & Yellow alert at Shadow Cliffs

Also: Gem Faire returning, Go Green focus groups & Lions Club fundraiser

NorCal Night Market

The NorCal Night Market is back at the fairgrounds for the second time this year, with the popular event inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia open in Pleasanton from this Friday through Sunday.

Organized by 626 Night Market, which produces large night markets throughout the state, the NorCal market is set to bring more than 200 vendors providing Asian-themed food, merchandise and art for attendees of all ages.

The NorCal Night Market will be open from 3-11 p.m. each day. Officials say residents should be prepared for increased traffic around the fairgrounds during the event. Visit www.norcalnightmarket.com.

Livermore World Series

The Little League Intermediate (50/70) World Series is returning to Livermore for the next week, bringing some of the world's best young baseball players to the Tri-Valley.

The international tournament starts this Sunday and runs through Aug. 4 at Max Baer Park in Livermore. Both the United States Championship and the International Championship, as well as the World Series Championship game on Aug. 4, will be telecast on ESPN.

The Livermore/Granada team is competing in the World Series as the representative of host District 57. For more details, visit www.intermediateworldseries.org.

Gem Faire back

The Gem Faire is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds next weekend.

Arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the world will be onsite with a large selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and more, plus repair and cleaning services.

The Gem Faire begins next Friday (Aug. 2) from noon to 6 p.m. and continues through that weekend, with hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the fairgrounds.

For more information, visit www.gemfaire.com, call 503-252-8300 or email info@gemfaire.com.

Yellow alert at Shadow Cliffs

The lake at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton remains open for swimming but under a yellow light caution advisory due to the possible presence of parasites that could cause swimmer's itch, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

The beaches are still open, though EBRPD officials urge visitors to take precautions because the water testing results for E. coli do not meet state health standards. To track updates, go to www.ebparks.org.

Lions Club event

The Pleasanton Lions Club is signing up residents interested in playing in its fifth annual Matthew Yount Memorial Scholarship 3-Stick Golf Tournament, set for 3 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Pleasanton Golf Center.

The event will also include on-course prizes, a barbecue dinner, beverages, raffle and silent auction; cost is $85 for standard golfer, $50 for students or $40 for dinner only.

Proceeds benefit the Lions Club's annual study abroad scholarships. For more information, contact Greg Yount at yountbz@yahoo.com or call 730-3874.

Coomber surgery

Livermore City Councilman Bob Coomber recently announced that he will undergo surgery next month to prepare for peritoneal dialysis, a treatment for kidney failure until a transplant can be found.

Coomber, who is in his third year on the council, has also used a wheelchair as his form of getting around since the early '90s because of chronic leg injuries stemming from juvenile diabetes that unknowingly caused bone density issues. He has been recognized with a President's Council on Physical Fitness Community Leadership Award in 2008 and the 2017 Tri-Valley Heroes Courage Award.

Go Green sessions

The Go Green Initiative has partnered with the city of Pleasanton to create new educational materials to inform residents about recent changes in the community's recycling and composting programs.

The Pleasanton-based nonprofit has hired local high school and college students to conduct 60-minute focus groups with a wide range of local residents to collect the opinions and experiences regarding recycling, composting and general home waste management.

They are looking for community groups with five to eight people (adults 25 and older) who would be willing to answer a few questions as part of the focus group. To sign up for a focus group, visit https://tinyurl.com/pleasantonfocusgroup.

Pesticide ban

The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors last week approved of immediately banning glyphosate use in picnic areas with full elimination in all developed park areas by the end of 2020.

The subject of public concern in recent years, glyphosate has been used as part of the district's pest integration management program for fire ignition prevention and vegetation maintenance, officials said. Over the past two years, the district reduced its glyphosate use by 66% for park maintenance.

The board directed staff to develop a report on the staffing and fiscal impacts of phasing out glyphosate use, which officials said "will take substantial financial resources."

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