PLEASANTON

Giving Tree cheers up those in holiday need

The Pleasanton Police Officers' Charitable Foundation's annual gift program gets underway Friday.

Beginning Friday, visitors may stop by the Pleasanton police department offices, 4833 Bernal Ave., to pick a gift tag off the Giving Tree.

Each tag indicates a specific item a senior or family in need has requested for Christmas.

The recipients of this year's gifts were chosen from names supplied by Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley and the Pleasanton Unified School District.

For more information, contact Betsy Jones at bjones@cityofpleasantonca.gov or 925-931-5100.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

tri-valley

Free bus rides offered for those donating food

Donate food on your transit bus and the ride is free.

All Wheels buses in the

Tri-Valley area will waive fares from Dec. 9 through 16 for passengers who donate non-perishable foods when they come aboard.

Passes for free bus trips also will be given to passengers who donate food at the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority offices at 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100, Livermore.

Food will be donated to the Tri-Valley Food Pantry and Open Heart Kitchen, which are in special need of canned fruits, meats and vegetables, and peanut butter, cereal, jelly and coffee.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

DUBLIN

Artists sought for new swim center's projects

The city is seeking artists to create public art projects for a new recreation and aquatics center -- as well as three local residents for a panel to help pick artists for the jobs.

Individual artists or teams are invited to apply for paid commissions to create public art projects for the Emerald Glen Park recreation and aquatic center, which is expected to open in late 2015.

Potential artists or art selection committee members may receive applications by e-mailing glentheguide@dublin.ca.gov or by calling 925-556-4500.

The deadline for artists to apply is 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Meanwhile, the city has set 5 p.m. Dec. 2 as the deadline for Dublin residents to apply to serve on the art selection committee.

A description of the project can be downloaded from www.ci.dublin.ca.us/.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff