PLEASANTON

Father's Day Spirit Run to race through Sunday

The 20th annual Pleasanton Rotary Fathers Day Spirit Run will be held Sunday.

The race and walk event will support college scholarships for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and local students. The event includes a 10K run that begins at 8 a.m. and a 5K run/walk that begins at 8:20 a.m. There are also three kids-challenge races for ages 2 through 8 that begin at 9:30 a.m. Races start at the Pleasanton arch, downtown on Main Street.

Preregistration is $10 for the kids challenge ($15 on race day); 5K and 10K registration is $22 for grades K-8 ($30 on race day), $32 for high school students and adults ($40, race day), and $22 each for families of four or more ($30, race day).

Check-in and race-day registration open at 6:30 a.m. For registration or details, call 209-795-7832.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

Rail crossing to close next week for upkeep

Santa Rita Road will be closed at the railroad tracks south of Amador Valley High School on Monday and Tuesday due to routine maintenance by Union Pacific.

All foot and vehicle traffic will be diverted away from the rail crossing from 6 a.m. Monday to around 5 p.m. Tuesday. During the closure, the crossing will be removed and completely rebuilt, the city announced.


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Traffic on Santa Rita Road will be detoured via Valley Avenue to Stanley Boulevard and back to Santa Rita Road/Main Street. Access to Santa Rita past Valley Avenue will be allowed for southbound drivers who don't need to cross the tracks to reach their destinations. The ACE train schedule will not be affected. For details, call city engineer Steve Kirkpatrick at 925-931"'5676.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

Learn Excel programs for free in library class

Free classes in Microsoft Excel 7 are being taught at beginner and intermediate levels at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

A beginners class will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the intermediate class at the same time Thursday. Registration is required. Ask at the Reference Desk or call 925-931-3400, ext. 4.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

LIVERMORE

Trash rates set to go up

Most Livermore residents will pay a little more for their trash pickup starting July 1.

Sanitation rates will go up by 0.8 percent for the next fiscal year, applying to smaller size 20-gallon and 32-gallon containers. For customers with 20-gallon bins, the change equates to an 85 cent increase in their total monthly bills to $17.61, which is still among the lowest rates in the East Bay, according to city Public Works Director Dan McIntyre. Bills for 32-gallon containers will go up 55 cents to $27.51 per month, about the median price for East Bay cities.

The fee change, part of an annual review process, will affect about 85 percent of residential customers, McIntyre said, and offsets revenue shortages and inflationary increases to service and employee costs for Livermore Sanitation, Inc. The city council was scheduled to give final approval to the new rate schedule at its June 10 meeting.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff