LIVERMORE

Join the police force for 17 weeks as citizen

The Livermore Police Department is accepting applications for its 23rd Citizens' Police Academy, a course designed to give community members an inside look at the department and law enforcement.

The 17-week academy begins Feb. 6. Classes are held Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the police department. A graduation ceremony will take place May 31. The program is free, and there are no physical requirements for most activities.

Applications are available in the police station lobby at 1110 S. Livermore Ave. Participants can also call supervising public safety dispatcher Lesli Prado at 925-371-4936, email lprado@cityoflivermore.net or download the application from www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/police/academy.asp.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

Furry pals are ready to help students read

Elementary school children struggling with reading will be able to practice with some furry friends during the upcoming "Paws to Read" series at the Livermore Library.

The free program, sponsored by the library and Valley Humane Society, encourages beginning readers by pairing them with trained and certified dogs. The children read to their canine pals for 25 minutes in a nonjudgmental environment while the dog owners stay nearby to help with difficult words.

The 2013 series runs Wednesdays from Jan. 16 through March 6, with evening sessions at 7 and 7:35 p.m. Children may register for up to three sessions, depending on space. Drop-ins may be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating children should not be fearful of dogs or have pet allergies.

Registrations are now being taken. For details, call 925-373-5504.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

At no-cost classes, get to know your e-reader

Did you receive an e-reader over the holidays, but you aren't sure how to get started?

The Livermore Library is asking the public to bring in their Kindles, Nooks and other devices to a series of workshops to learn how to find, check out and download eBooks from the library. All classes take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nook users can receive help on Jan. 16, and Kindle owners may drop in on Jan. 23. The last session takes place Jan. 30, for those with any type of e-reader, tablet or smartphone.

Workshops will be held at the Livermore Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave. Attendees should bring their Apple, Barnes & Noble or Amazon account information.

For details, call 925-373-5505.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

Learn Internet skills at free computer class

Community members can start off the new year by learning basic Internet skills at the Livermore Library's upcoming free computer training classes.

The library's "Internet for Beginners" class will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 22, continuing the following week with "Searching the Internet," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29.

Classes are hands-on and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. They take place in Community Meeting Room B at the library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

For details, call 925-373-5505.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

PLEASANTON

Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast

The Pleasanton YMCA is honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with its 13th Annual Fellowship Breakfast fundraiser Jan. 28.

The event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, 7050 Johnson Drive. This year's keynote speaker will be Pleasanton police Chief Dave Spiller.

The cost is $40. Proceeds benefit leadership development programs for Tri-Valley teens. Sponsorships are available for individuals or businesses.

For details, contact Kelly O'Lague Dulka at kdulka@ymcaeastbay.org or call 925-263-4444.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff