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News - May 25, 2012

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July 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 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

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, or call 424-1467.


Posted by Livermore Fireworks, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Got July 4th tickets?
Only a couple of days left for free shipping. $20 per vehicle. $25 the day of the event at the gate.
Web Link

Posted by Jane, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

$25 is a silly amount to pay to watch 15 minutes of fireworks. I do not believe many people will go, big mistake.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Coolest City - one of the articles in this news piece is a game about which city can reduce their carbon footprint the most. Of course it is sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, a group of unelected officials paid to come up with policies that will drive the USA to eventually be another third world country.

How about when the populace actually saves water, energy, and limits trash output, we actually see our efforts rewarded in cash. Instead the water utilities claim they are not delivering as much water so they have to charge more. The power companies claim they are not delivering as much electricity or gas so they need to charge more. The garbage companies claim that people are recycling too much and they are losing money so they need to charge more.

How about giving the people who are conserving resources a monetary break instead of rewarding utility company executives with unbelievable pay raises, PG&E rewarded their top 5 executives with 94% pay increases. And they want us to save in order to pay more? No wonder Midwesterners think that Californians are nothing but a bunch of suckers!!!!

Posted by steven, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Wheres all the liberal socialist terroists who want to claim that fireworks are a silly display of patrioticism and that the money should be spent instead on students and other entittlement groups?

Posted by Livermore Fireworks Committee, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hello Jane,

Just to let you know. Besides the 20 minute fireworks display. There was live music and close up parking for the $25. If people had purchased on line the price for advanced parking tickets was $20.
$20 was the price that had been charged by LARPD for years before the event was canceled in 2011.

Here is a link to our Website and poster describing what was happening at the event.
Web Link_ _July_4th.html
It was publicized on TV,radio and hard and online media as well.

Posted by Livermore Fireworks Committee, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

The Livermore Fireworks Event was sold out.

Posted by Livermore Fireworks Committee, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

For some reason this Website chopped up the URL to our Website.
I will post the URL again.

Web Link

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