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League of American Bicyclists recognizes city for efforts to add trails, improve safety  
 
The all-volunteer organization aims to lift spirits and make the holiday season just a little jollier for thousands of poor and often neglected area residents.  
 
PLEASANTON -- The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual community service awards for individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups.  
 
Find out how many gallons of water have been treated to irrigate lawns and gardens.  
 
An agreement to build a Portola Avenue park near Isabel Road was also approved.  
 
City Council vote allows for more detailed study on options to develop large vacant area  
 
A 24-year-old man died Wednesday when he darted out in front of a car and was hit, police said.  
 
Police on Wednesday said they had safely located an at-risk 81-year-old Pleasanton man who went missing the day before.  
 
accomplishmentSPromising young musical talent awarded. The Stoneridge Creek retirement community in Pleasanton has awarded 10 area high school musicians with $500 scholarships.  
 
Anonymous Santa's Secret Service has been helping needy for 55 years  
 
The Dubai Open will play a role in determining the Masters field  
 
Misled protests over the top in their absurdityThoughts that trouble me some: if the physical and scientific evidence are not in dispute, if the stories of "hands up, don't shoot" have been recanted, if 12 people (with pressure to convict) decided a police officer followed the rules, if the  
 
Wolves, Grizzlies girls shine in Alameda The balanced San Ramon Valley High girls basketball team took second place in the Lady Hornet Invitational on Dec.  
 
Youth sports results from Tri-Valley Sliders, Tri-Valley Karate, Pleasanton Seahawks  
 
Doug Duran/Staff archivesTri-Valley Classic soccer this weekendThe girls soccer season heats up with the Tri-Valley Classic, which starts Thursday and finishes on Saturday.  
 
Bowlers of the Week: Anthony Braga (Black Oak Trios) starts the Holidays with a HUGE 788 series, with a 290 game, followed by Alex Stuber, 721 series, and a 274 game!  
 
Good stuffNativity scenes done drive-through-style The Christmas Story -- 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18. The Trinity Church presents a dramatization of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in a "drive-through" format comprising six scenes with live actors and animals.  
 
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:alamoSaturday, dec. 6 THEFT -- 11:50 a.m. A grand theft pickpocket was reported, 3100 block of Roundhill Road.  
 
Valley Humane SocietyPrudence is a dear! Come greet this 2-year-old Oriental shorthair mix next time the sun is up. She's a gorgeous gray, but you'll have nothing but blue skies with Prudence!  
 
eventsthrough dec. 21 Santa's Arrival -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Santa and friends will make their way from the North Pole to the Danville Livery on weekends until Christmas!  
 
The hiring of Scott Kenison, most recently chief operating officer for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., comes at a time of transition. The center recently finalized an agreement with the City of Livermore, Alameda County and the Bank of New York Mellon to retire the $22 million debt on the 500-seat downtown Bankhead Theater.  
 
The City Council has approved a $3.45 million contract with Pacific-Mountain Contractors to build Fire Station No. 9 in South Livermore.  
 
Menorah-adorned vehicles will cruise downtown Dec. 21.  
 
The city will accept nominations until Jan. 16 for the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Organization of the Year.  
 
Menorah-adorned vehicles will cruise streets of Pleasanton on Dec. 21.  
 
For years we were told fat was the culprit that was making America overweight and obese, but now we know sugar is the real demon that's causing a host of diseases.  
 
Denise Truscello
"America's Got Talent' winners are all set to take the stage.  
 
Fundraising is being done to construct Pioneer Cemetery monument.  
 
The highly regarded composer mixes modern and Old World styles.  
 
The day after Black Friday, I was invited to hang out at READ Booksellers, local independent bookstore, to help promote and celebrate Small Business Saturday.