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News - August 31, 2012

News digest

Parade to kick off soccer season

About 1,200 young soccer players will walk down Main Street in costume next Saturday for the 44th annual BUSC/RAGE Opening Day Parade.

The athletes, ages 5-12, are encouraged to be creative and bring a little Mardi Gras to the downtown. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume in each age group, U5-U10, with one overall prize for the best team costume.

The parade has been a Pleasanton tradition since 1969 to kick off the youth soccer season. This year's event begins at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8. People are asked to arrive early and be prepared for heavy traffic. For more information, including a map, visit

Students ride free

Wheels is offering middle and high school students free unlimited rides from Sept. 4-17, including weekends, to encourage them to take a bus to school, work, the mall and anywhere they want to go.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is offering the Wheels Try Transit to School promotion on all of its regularly scheduled bus routes so students can see the convenience of riding the buses around town, which helps to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion.

"And it also helps to develop future transit users," said LAVTA Chairman Don Biddle.

New schedules and maps are available online and in the new Wheels Bus Book. Call 455-7500 or visit

Website for families

The city of Pleasanton has unveiled a new website,, for teens and families with children of all ages, to let them know about activities, services and resources, jobs and volunteer opportunities. Teens guided the site's design and content, and now students report on new and interesting things happening in the community, take photos, and write articles to post. partners are featured with a profile page with contacts, a website link, program details, services and products offered. Organizations can also add special events to the calendar, and post job opportunities for teens. For more information, visit or call Nicole Thomas at 931-3474. is a direct outcome of the Pleasanton Youth Master Plan.


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