DANVILLE

New website keeps all abreast of new projects

With many new improvement projects happening downtown this year, the town has launched a website to keep residents and business owners informed.

The site, www.DanvilleImprovements.com, will be the central site for information on upcoming private and public projects that include: water line replacement by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, beautification of North Hartz Avenue, Railroad Avenue improvements and the private redevelopment projects of the Danville Hotel site and the Austin Root House.

For more information, contact Community Development Director Tai Williams at 925-314-3313 or twilliams@danville.ca.gov.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

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.


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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

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