PLEASANTON

Amador Valley takes second in U.S. contest

In a three-day national competition to test their knowledge of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, a student team from Amador Valley High School took second place at the 26th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C.

Amador Valley also finished second at the national competition in 2011 and 2007 and won the title in 1995. This year's competition ended Monday and was won by a team from Grant High School in Portland, Ore.

Student teams from 45 states and the District of Columbia took part in days of simulated Congressional hearings that tested their knowledge. More than 1,900 students, teacher and judges attended the awards ceremony.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

Run to Remember race to be held Saturday

The California Peace Officers Association will host its annual Run to Remember on Saturday.

The event, held each year to honor police officers who have died in the line of duty, will be at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton, according to a news release from the San Leandro Police Department.

The event includes a 5K, a 10K and a kids run. Proceeds will benefit charities including the California chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization that helps family members of police officers who have died while on duty. For more information or to register for the race, go to www.onyourmarkevents.com.


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-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

'Hello Middle School!' orientation for girls

Tri-Valley girls about to enter middle school are invited to an orientation program on Friday, May 17 at the Harvest Park Middle School gym, 4900 Valley Ave.

Those attending must register by Monday. The cost is $5 and includes a snack, crafts and the orientation.

Planned by a group of Girl Scouts working on their Silver Award project, "Hello Middle School!" will cover subjects such as: how to use a gym lock, how to make new friends, study techniques and organizational skills, good nutrition and how to navigate the lunch line as well as dress codes, activities and clubs.

Girls must attend with a parent or guardian, who will have a chance to talk with a principal, a PTA representative and school counselors.

The program will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to all fifth-grade girls about to enter middle school in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol. A school tour will be offered afterwards for those who will be attending Harvest Park.

For information or registration, email hello.middle.school@gmail.com or call 925-462-4663.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

LIVERMORE

For video, city stands to win NorCal Emmy

The city of Livermore has been nominated for an Emmy for a special it taped on the "Every 15 Minutes" anti-teen drinking and driving program.

According to a news release from RocketSpots.tv, the company that co-produced the video. It is nominated in the public/current/community affairs category.

The video was also produced by Clear Creative Media, in conjunction with Livermore police and Livermore and Granada high schools. The winners of the annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards will be announced June 15 in San Francisco. You can view the video at http://youtu.be/q2VagFbsuQY

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

New HistoryMobile ready to roll May 25

The Livermore HistoryMobile is ready to hit the road and will be dedicated at 11 a.m. May 25 at the Livermore Railroad Depot, 22 S. "L" St.

The HistoryMobile is sponsored by the Livermore Heritage Guild and the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore. The public dedication ceremony will be attended by the mayor, and all the volunteers who have worked on the project will be honored. A children's chorus will sing the official Livermore song, and refreshments will be served. There will be tours of the HistoryMobile after the ceremony.

For 20 years, Livermore children learned about their city's colorful history from the HistoryMobile, a museum-on-wheels operated by the Heritage Guild. Third-graders usually study local history each spring, and the HistoryMobile's rumbling arrival at schools was as routine as the daffodil bloom on Boot Hill.

The old motor home was retired, but guild volunteers have been working on its replacement -- a shined up, painted and decorated donated 31-foot used RV. Volunteers gutted the vehicle and rebuilt it with new wiring, walls, ceiling, floor and display cabinets.

-- Beth Jensen, Correspondent