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News - May 4, 2012

News digest

The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will play tomorrow morning at the Farmers Market, which takes place downtown from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday year-round on West Angela Street between Main and First.

Also downtown tomorrow, the city of Pleasanton and its Energy and Environment Committee will host a free workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., with gardening experts who will provide information on how to design a garden and what to plant. Linda Wyner from Pans on Fire will give a cooking demonstration using fresh food from the garden.

Hacienda Business Park is a sponsor of the San Francisco Bay Area's 18th annual Bike to Work Day that will take place Thursday, May 10, just one day of events during May, which is National Bike Month.

Hacienda is sponsoring an Energizer Station at the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, from 6:30-9 a.m. just outside the turnstiles, in conjunction with the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin, Alameda County Public Works, Dublin Cyclery and BART.

The first 350 cyclists to stop by the station will receive a free canvas tote bag filled with cycling gear and more. Cyclists registering will be eligible for prizes; sign up at

A new BART bicycle plan defines strategies over the next 10 years to double the number of passengers who access stations by bike. Approximately 4%, or about 14,000 passengers, currently reach BART each weekday by bicycle. The BART Bicycle Plan aims to double this rate by 2022.

The plan focuses on improving circulation for bikers; world-class bicycle parking; better access beyond BART boundaries; optimizing bike accommodations aboard trains; and support programs.

The draft plan is available at through May 12.

The story "PUSD near districtwide mandates to improve minority test scores" in the April 27 issue should have stated the cost for teachers on special assignment as $90,000 apiece; also, the district hopes to buy $300 notebooks with Internet access for students, but the purchase has not been finalized.