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Updated: July 23, 2014 4:36:19 PM PDT
A local table tennis club has a loyal fan base that reflects trends in other U.S. areas.  
 
An Oakland woman was arrested after she left her young children inside a car while she gambled at a nearby casino, authorities said.  
 
National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 3-9.We're celebrating farmers coming together to share a harvest that's feeding local families. Farmers markets bolster local economies, improve community health, and bring diverse groups of people together.  
 
ARFBig Ben is a 3-year-old social guy who loves attention, and also enjoys playtime with a cat wand toy! He is an all-around great tuxedo cat, suitable for a first-time cat guardian.  
 
SoccerBoys U17-Division IThe World Cup may be over, but the U17 Mustang soccer team is preparing for its chance in the national spotlight. The Mustang Inter squad qualified for the July 18 National Cup Finals in Greensboro, North Carolina.  
 
Courtesy of San Antonio MissionsCal High grad Buschini producing for MissionsAdam Buschini, who attended California High and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, is a second baseman for the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate for the San Diego Padres.  
 
Through July 20Hitter Team League Class AVG. HR RBIAnthony Aliotti (SMC/DLS) Sacramento (A's) Pacific Coast AAA .248 1 12Adam Buschini (Cal Poly/Cal HS) San Antonio (Padres) Texas AA .  
 
At Lawrence Livermore Lab's Center for Bioengineering, Sat Pannu and a team of researchers are creating tiny implantable devices capable of sending electrical impulses to neurons to alter the brain's signals. The technology could someday create better treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury.  
 
Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) is awarding $100,000 through its Community Gift Program to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties. The deadline to apply is Aug. 8.  
 
The Tri-Valley Haven Thrift Store, formerly known as the Buenas Vidas Thrift Store, will celebrate the re-opening of its recently refurbished shop on Aug. 2  
 
The Livermore Financial Center will be demolished to make way for the Catalina Crossing development of 31 townhomes.  
 
I have tried many different activities around Livermore to entertain my 4-year-old daughter this summer. Here is a rundown of some of the best so far.The May Nissen Swim Center, at 685 Rincon Ave.  
 
Good stuffOgle the ogre "Shrek, the Musical" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 3. "Shrek, The Musical," based on the film, brings the story of everyone's favorite ogre to life.  
 
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories are bringing home seven R&D 100 awards for 2014, recognizing the world's top 100 industrial inventions.  
 
Most of my father and uncle's time was spent in vaudeville theaters, movies and other live entertainments that punctuated San Francisco like commas in a legal document.  
 
There's good news at Tilden Nature Area on Berkeley's border. A sewer upgrade project that limited access to Tilden's Environmental Education Center and Little Farm has been completed, and Central Park Drive has reopened.  
 
eventsjuly 17 Movies in the Park -- At dusk. Enjoy an outdoor showing of "Despicable Me 2" on a 26-foot screen.Fun activities such as contests, games, and sing-alongs are scheduled during the waiting period just prior to the film showing.  
 
PLEASANTONWorkshop to offer hot summer survival tipsSurviving one of the worst droughts in California history and one of the state's most stringent water-saving restrictions requires adapting to dry conditions.  
 
A minimum wage increase the right thingTo discredit the proposed minimum wage of $13 ("Another Minimum Wage Hike," June 29) Rocco Biale criticizes this increase as 'unearned.  
 
Area high school students work for a week at the famed writer's Tao House.  
 
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:DUBLINThursday, July 3 ARREST -- 2:13 p.m. After a domestic disturbance call, an arrest was made for a felony probation violation, 6900 block of South Mariposa Road.  
 
Valley Humane SocietyIt's no contest with 4-year-old Julius. This friendly orange tabby is a savvy politician who will easily convince you that a belly rub or some extra catnip is in both your best interests.  
 
valleycare medical centerRebecca Lynn and Matthew Dierking, Livermore, June 8, boy.Jennifer and Derek Fieber, Danville, June 18, girl.Rabia Julka and Abhishek Verma, San Ramon, June 18, boy.  
 
Pleasanton Girls Softball League12U DivisionThe Pleasanton Phantom 12C team went undefeated to win San Jose's Twister Classic, rallying for an 11-10 triumph in the championship game against Almaden Lightning.  
 
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Bowling Scores Bowlers of the Week: Pam Honda of the Nisei Invitational league shot games of 188-154-469 for a 511 set; 139 pins over her average.  
 
To submit an item to the What's Happening calendar, email ccnsports@bayareanewsgroup.com to request a form. Put "What's Happening" in the subject line.  
 
Larry Boldrini, one of the founders of Ballistic United Soccer Club and a member of both the California Youth Soccer Association and Tri-Valley Sports halls of fame, died July 7 at age 90  
 
Uncle Sam led a singalong on this most patriotic of all days, and the city's annual Independence Day tradition again filled up Lions Wayside Park for a picnic, concert, tributes and more.  
 
A former supervisor at the Livermore Valley Charter School arrested last month on suspicion of abusing a 14-year-old student has now been charged with molesting another student.  
 
Defense Department agency DARPA awards Lawrence Livermore scientists $2.5 million to help develop an implantable device aimed at bridging memory gaps in the brain.