LIVERMORE

Google's driverless cars topic of Bankhead talk

If driverless vehicles are the wave of the future, software engineer Mike Montemerlo is riding the crest.

Part of a team working on Google's Self-Driving Car project, Montemerlo will discuss and demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of the technology in the third and final talk of this year's Rae Dorough Speakers Series in Livermore on Tuesday. Montemerlo is formerly of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, where he worked as the software lead for Stanley, the robot that won the 2005 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Grand Challenge.

The talk takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First St. Tickets are $30, $15 for students 21 and younger. For more information, visit www.livermoreperformingarts.org.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

LIVERMORE

Library has book clubs for 7- to 10-year-olds

The Adventure Book Club, for readers in grades two through five, will meet Friday through March 21 every first and third Friday in the Civic Center Library at 1188 South Livermore Ave.


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From 3 to 3:50 p.m., Jonathan Hamilton will lead a program of reading, book discussion and fun. The Mystery Book Club, for fourth- and fifth-graders, will also meet the first and third Friday through March 21. That club will meet from 4 to 4:50 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Registration isn't required. For details, call 925-373-5504 or visit www.livermorelibrary.net.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

PLEASANTON

Services for ex-council members this weekend

Memorial services for former Pleasanton City Council members Ken Mercer and Karin Marcia Mohr will be held on separate days this weekend at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

A celebration of life for Mercer is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Mercer, 71, a city councilman from 1976 to 1992, died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 13 at ValleyCare Medical Center.

A memorial for Karin Marcia Mohr will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the senior center. Mohr, 74, a council member from 1980 to 1996, died Nov. 11 from injuries suffered in a fall.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

LIVERMORE

Friends of the Vineyards annual meeting Jan. 30

The conservation, viticultural and agricultural group Friends of the Vineyards will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the Community Room of the Civic Center Library in Livermore.

The meeting will highlight the group's accomplishments in 2013, its goals for 2014, and features guest speaker Laura Mercier, executive director of the Tri-Valley Conservancy.

The meeting is open to the public.

The Civic Center library is 1188 S. Livermore Ave. For more information, visit www.fov.org.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

LIVERMORE

Anytime Fitness to open its sixth East Bay gym

South Livermore will soon have a new 24-hour fitness center, likely by the spring.

The Livermore Planning Commission on Jan. 7 approved a conditional-use permit for an Anytime Fitness in the Lucky shopping center, at the northwest corner of Holmes Street and Concannon Boulevard.

The family-owned, 5,300-square-foot facility will occupy existing vacant buildings and include cardio and strength machines, free weights and a multipurpose room for fitness classes, said co-owner Darren Leggett.

"We want to get to know everyone and keep it a community-based gym," Leggett said.

Livermore will be the sixth Anytime Fitness location in the East Bay, joining others in Concord, Brentwood, Alameda, Berkeley and Newark. Leggett said he plans to open another in Pleasanton at a future date.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff