PLEASANTON

About 800 swimmers floating in for contest

Some 800 competitive swimmers will converge March 28-30 on the Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center on Black Avenue for the Pacific Masters Short Course Championships.

Competition all three days will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until around 4:30 p.m. Competing swimmers range in age from 18 to 90. The city has worked with the Tri-Valley Masters to minimize traffic and parking problems in surrounding neighborhoods. Overflow parking has been reserved for March 29-30 at Gingerbread Preschool, Alisal Elementary School and Amador Valley High School.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

LIVERMORE

Park district honored by state organization

The California Park and Recreation Society, the largest organization of park and recreation professionals in the United States, recently recognized the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District with two awards.

The society honored LARPD's Summer 2013 Parks & Play Activity Guide with the statewide CREAM Award of Excellence for Marketing and Communications for a print publication or materials for districts with populations of 50,001 to 125,000.

LARPD was also recognized by the society's District 3, which includes Alameda and Contra Costa counties, for its partnership with Livermore-based Masonic Lodge Mosaic 218 with the Outstanding Nonprofit Organization Partner in Parks and Recreation award.


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-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

PLEASANTON

City looks for members on five different panels

The city is accepting applications for five advisory commissions and a committee.

Applicants must be city residents to serve on the five commissions: planning, civic arts, library, youth and housing. Members of the economic vitality committee must work in Pleasanton.

Applications are available online at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov or at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 123 Main St. Planning Commission applications are due 5 p.m. April 3, All other applications are due by 5 p.m. March 24.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff