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News - March 14, 2014

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Las Positas College will honor female military veterans this Thursday with a special program as part of Women's Military History Week.

Sponsored by the college's Veterans First organization, the program will feature keynote speaker Mary King, chief of staff to the president of PG&E. King is an Army veteran and a West Point graduate.

The second annual "Honoring Women Veterans" event, which includes a panel discussion, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater, Building 800 at the college in Livermore.

The event is free and open to the public, with lunch included. Parking on the Las Positas College campus costs $2.

Val Vista Community Park has become the first Pleasanton public park to be irrigated with recycled water.

The city and the Dublin San Ramon Services District announced an agreement this week under which the 15-acre park on Johnson Drive will receive recycled water to irrigate most of the parkland, including the landscaping and ball fields. Areas that won't get recycled water include the community garden, drinking fountains and restrooms.

"This project is also a great example of working together regionally to use a valuable resource, recycled water," said Daniel Smith, city operations services director.

The effort is expected to save about 18.5 million gallons of potable water annually.

Today is the last day for California residents to nominate young volunteers for 2014 Kohl's Cares Scholarships.

The program is accepting nominations for children from 6-18 years old who have made a positive impact on their communities through their philanthropic and volunteer efforts. Nominations must be submitted today.

Kohl's Department Stores sponsors the program, which will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 kids at the national, state and regional store levels.

Parents, teachers, neighbors and friends can nominate those they believe should receive the awards by visiting


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