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News - July 5, 2013

News digest

Movies in park start Thursday

This Thursday, the city will kick off its fourth season of free movies in the park, to run for the next six weeks. The PG-rated films will be shown at dusk at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., on a 26-foot screen. Contests, games and sing-alongs are scheduled before the movie.

Seating will be blankets in the front, low-back beach chairs in the center, and higher chairs in the rear. Residents are asked not to place blankets or chairs on the lawn area before 10 a.m.

The season kicks off Thursday, July 11, with "Dr. Seuss's The Lorax," a visually spectacular adventure featuring the voices of Danny Devito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.

Band aid

The U.S. Marine Corps Band will be able to play at the Scottish Games in Pleasanton this year, thanks to freshman Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), who successfully pushed through his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment fixes a bureaucratic snag that blocked military bands from playing at community events; now it is permissable if the organization funds the band's expenses.

The Scottish Highland Gathering & Games draw roughly 35,000 people and are held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Swalwell's district on Labor Day weekend. The Caledonian Club, which runs the games, had been told that this year the Marine Corps Band would not be able to perform even though the organization promised to fund the band's expenses, as it has in previous years.

Ice skating rink for Livermore

Hockey teams and recreational ice skaters will soon have a second ice rink in the Tri-Valley. The Livermore Planning Commission voted 5-0 recently to OK plans for an indoor ice skating facility on a 8.3-acre site on Preston Avenue.

Tri-Valley Ice will have two rinks for skating, hockey, figure skating and skating lessons. It will also have skate rentals, party rooms and a snack shop that will offer beer and wine.


Two names were omitted from the list of retirees in last week's Pleasanton Weekly. The school district's list did not include the names of Santos Castro, a noon supervisor at Pleasanton Middle School, or Christina Clark, who worked in resource reading at the district office.


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