LIVERMORE

Marylin Avenue school honored for programs

Marylin Avenue Elementary School has been honored by state and federal officials for carrying out programs that provide healthy lunchtime meals to school kids while encouraging them to take part in physical exercise.

It is one of 697 schools in California and 6,545 schools nationwide that have met the certification requirements of the Healthier U.S. School Challenge awards. In the Bay Area, 12 schools in Oakland, 11 in Pittsburg and five in the West Contra Costa district have also been honored with the award.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

LIVERMORE

Guitar Fest LIVE winners won the hearts of fans

A standing-room-only crowd cheered the winners of the annual acoustic guitar competition during the closing of this year's Guitar Fest LIVE event.

Rory Glenn, of Saugus, won the top prize for acoustic guitar performance and Chris LeBel of Livermore won the singer-songwriter competition. The winners were chosen from a field of eight finalists and a range of competitors from as far away as Kansas.

Winners took home prize packages that included acoustic guitars, recording sessions and performance opportunities. The Sept. 8 awards capped a weekend of music and song in downtown Livermore that included a concert by rock 'n' roll guitarist Rick Derringer, free outdoor shows and guitar workshops. Competition results and videos of all performances can be seen at www.guitarfestlive.com/page:competition.


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-- Kelly Gust, Staff

DANVILLE

Race up Mt. Diablo to help a good cause

Seasoned and novice cyclists alike are invited to compete for prizes and raise money for land conservation efforts by signing up for Save Mt. Diablo's 42nd Annual Mt. Diablo Challenge to be held this year on Oct. 6.

About 1,000 cycling enthusiasts are expected to enter either the 11.2-mile timed ride -- which climbs 3,249 feet to Mt. Diablo's summit -- or the shorter 6.5-mile ride with a 1,578 foot elevation gain. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Athenian School, 2100 Alameda Diablo in Danville, and will be followed by a family-friendly party at the mountain's summit. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Save Mt. Diablo.

The cost to run the full course is $75 before Sept. 16 and $90 after. Prices for the half-course are $45 before Sept. 16 and $60 after. Registration ends Oct. 3. To register, visit www.savemountdiablo.org.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

PLEASANTON

Free resume-writing, job-hunt advice offered

The Pleasanton Library offers free counseling for job seekers with an experienced job-placmeent recruiter.

Help is offered with resume writing, finding employment websites and how to get help with online applications. Twenty-minute appointments are available on select Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Those interested may sign up at the Reference Desk, or by calling 925-931-3400, ext. 4. The library is at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff