LIVERMORE

Lab taking applications for grants to benefit area

Lawrence Livermore National Security, a private consortium that manages the Lawrence Livermore Lab, is kicking off its annual Community Gift Program, awarding $100,000 to local nonprofits for 2013.

The program issues grants from $1,000 to $20,000 to organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, community service and philanthropic needs in communities with large populations of Livermore lab employees.

California nonprofit educational institutions, 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties are eligible to apply. All interested parties must submit an application to Lawrence Livermore National Security by Aug. 29. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposals by Oct. 31. For details on the program, visit www.llnsllc.com. Online applications are available at www.llnsllc.com/communityGiving/llnsgift.asp.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

TRI-VALLEY

Fourth of July events: Parade to fireworks

From Danville to Livermore, Tri-Valley cities will party on Independence Day.

The Danville Kiwanis Fourth of July parade begins at 9: 30 a.m. at Hartz and Railroad avenues, travels down Hartz to San Ramon Valley Boulevard and ends at San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road.

In Dublin, visitors can picnic and fire off safe-and-sane fireworks at Alamo Creek Park, 7601 Shady Creek Road; Dublin Sports Grounds, 6700 Dublin Blvd.; or Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway.

In Pleasanton, celebrate freedom with a picnic, free Pleasanton Community Concert Band concert and patriotic entertainment, noon to 1:30 p.m. Lions Wayside Park, Neal and First streets, Pleasanton. Lions will sell a hot dog and a drink for a dollar, free ice cream for kids. Also in Pleasanton, take in the Red, White & Blues Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alameda County Fair. 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Free with fair admission. No fireworks.

San Ramon will celebrate the Fourth and 30 years of incorporation with a free party that begins at 4 p.m. at Central Park with a San Ramon Symphonic Band concert, followed by The Cheeseballs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. No fireworks. 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

And the Livermore 4th Family Fun Fireworks Celebration will be from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive. The cost is $20 per vehicle, $5 per walk-in. Arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors, fireworks show. For details, visit http://bit.ly/11IyBVk.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

LIVERMORE

New category added for guitar competition

In September, when the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center holds its second annual acoustic guitar competition, aspiring guitarists will be able to enter a new category: singer-songwriter.

The competition will mark the end of LVPAC's Guitar Fest LIVE!, a three-day celebration Sept. 6-8 that will feature performances by world-class guitarists inside the Bankhead Theater -- headlining this year is rocker Rick Derringer. There will also be free outdoor concerts, guitar clinics, and a showcase of guitar equipment.

The acoustic guitar competition is open to nonprofessional guitarists 18 and older, and this year contestants can enter as instrumental guitarists or singer-songwriters. Applications must be submitted by July 31, along with a $25 entrance fee.

The top eight finalists will be invited to perform before a live audience and a panel of judges Sept. 8 at Blacksmith Square on South Livermore Avenue. Winners will receive prize packages, including media exposure and performance opportunities.

For applications or more information, visit www.guitarfestlive.com.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff