PLEASANTON

Road closures planned for railroad track work

Three Pleasanton streets will be temporarily closed at rail crossings in July for maintenance work on Union Pacific tracks.

In a news release, the city said the closures from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will affect vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but Altamont Commuter Express trains will go through. The affected streets will be Angela Avenue on July 22 and 23; Rose Avenue on July 24 and 25, and St. Mary Street on July 29 and 30. Concrete barriers and detour signs will be installed to block crossings.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

Pleasanton

Catch free summer movies outdoors

Residents are invited to enjoy free movies every Thursday through Aug. 15 at the fourth annual "Movies in the Park" series at Amador Valley Community Park.

"ParaNorman" will be shown at dusk Thursday, Pixar's "Brave" on July 25 and "Hotel Transylvania" on Aug. 1. "The Amazing Spider-Man," the fourth film in the Spider-Man series, is scheduled for Aug. 8. The season wraps up with "The Avengers" on Aug. 15.

All films are rated PG and will be shown at dusk at the park at 4301 Black Ave. Seating will be cordoned off in sections, with blankets in the front, low-back beach chairs in the center and higher seating in the back. The city asks that no blankets or chairs be placed before 10 a.m. For details, call 925-931-5340.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

PLEASANTON

Tri-Valley Innovation Forum set for July 25

Technology will be the topic of the day at the Livermore Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Tri-Valley Innovation Forum and luncheon on July 25 at Ruby Hill Winery.

Tech reporter Andrew Keen will moderate a panel on "Infrastructure Needed for an Innovation Hub." Panelists will include AT&T Innovation executive Maureen Stafford, Steve Rottler, the head of Sandia California National Laboratories; Bay Area Council Vice President Tracey Grose, and Alex Stankoski, of Chevron Energy Solutions.

The event kicks off with an innovation trade show and networking at 10 a.m., followed by the luncheon program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is part of the chamber's Wine Country Summer Luncheon Series and takes place at Casa Real at the Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton.

For details, or to register, visit livermorechamber.org.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

DANVILLE

Summer Nights car shows through Aug. 15

Danville's legendary Hot Summer Nights car shows are back for a 19th year,

The free shows will fill Hartz Avenue and numerous side streets downtown on Thursdays July 18 and Aug. 15. Thousands of visitors and many hundreds of cars -- from hot rods to classics -- will fill the streets from 4 to 9 p.m.

This year, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, organizers have invited members of Corvette clubs from throughout Northern California to show their Corvettes of all years. For more show information, visit www.danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

DUBLIN

Mayors to compete in healthy cook-off

Mayors from seven Alameda County cities will mix it up in a live cooking contest from 5 to 7 p.m. July 25 at the Dublin Farmers Market at Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway.

Squaring off in a contest similar to the "Iron Chef" TV show, each mayor will pair up with a local restaurant chef from his city to prepare a fresh meal out of ingredients provided to him or her by the farmers market and local grocers. The public is invited to watch the contest. Setup starts at 5 p.m. and judging at 7 p.m.

Contestants include the following mayors: Peggy Thomson, of Albany; Tim Sbranti, of Dublin; Bill Harrison, of Fremont; John Marchand, of Livermore; Jerry Thorne, of Pleasanton; Stephen Cassidy, of San Leandro; and Hayward Mayor Pro Tem Mark Salinas.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff