LIVERMORE

Free Citizens Police Academy starts Feb. 5

Livermore residents interested in getting an inside look at their local police department can sign up for the 26th Citizens' Police Academy, which starts Feb. 5.

The 17-week academy is free. Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Livermore Police Department headquarters.

Participants will learn about patrol operations, communications, evidence collection, hiring and recruitment, traffic, animal control, search and seizure, use of force, investigations, and other topics. Sessions include a tour of the police facility, ride-a-longs with officers, sit-a-longs with dispatchers, and a Range/SWAT day.

Applicants must be at least 18, live or work in Livermore, they may not have any felony convictions or have had any misdemeanor convictions within the prior three years.

Applications are available in the police station lobby at 1110 S. Livermore Ave., by calling Lesli Prado at 925-371-4936, or at www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/police/academy.asp.

All applications must be submitted via email to lprado@cityoflivermore.net by Jan. 31 for consideration.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

DANVILLE

In just one evening, take a trip across pond

The town invites adults 21 and older to "travel across the Atlantic Ocean in one evening" via its new "Taste and Toast" series. The programs allow participants to experience different regions around the world.

Its kickoff event, "Taste and Toast of France," will be held Jan. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Danville Senior Center, 115 East Prospect Ave. It will feature French wines and cheese, as well as a cooking demonstration, scarf-tying by a Nordstrom's representative, an exhibit of fine French items and a collection of Rakestraw Books' favorite French books.

Admission is $5 for residents, $6 for nonresidents and $8 at the door. For details or to register, call the Danville Senior Center at 925-314-3490.

The series' second event will be Taste and Toast of Ireland on March 13.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff