PLEASANTON

Pray for, help survivors of Philippine typhoon

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Lynnewood United Methodist Church will host a prayer service for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The community is invited to listen to music, light candles and pray for family and friends they may know of or wish to be in solidarity with in the Philippine Islands.

There will be a collection for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, now in the Philippines bringing food and supplies to people in need. The church is at 4444 Black Ave. For more church information visit www.lynnewood.org or call 925-846-0221. To donate to Philippine relief, go to www.umcor.org.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

DUBLIN

Answer survey on what new park should have

City residents are invited to take part in an online survey about what features to install in a planned new park in the Jordan Ranch development.

The deadline to take part is 5 p.m. Friday. Visit www.ci.dublin.ca.us/ and click on the article about "designing Dublin's newest park." The 4.4-acre park off Jordan Ranch Drive is scheduled to open in early 2015.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

TRI-VALLEY

YMCA offers day camps over winter break

The Tri-Valley YMCA in Dublin will hold a day camp for youths from kindergarten through eighth grade over eight days of the winter school break.

Campers will take field trips, make crafts, throw snowballs, do sports and other activities on eight days between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. Parents can sign up their children for a single day or all eight.

High school students will be hired as nonpaid counselors in training. The camp costs $25 for half-day sessions, $40 for a full day and $130 for a week. For information, visit trivalley.ymcaeastbay.org or call 925-263-4444.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

SAN RAMON VALLEY

Fire chaplains to hold vigil for the departed

Trying to help those who have lost someone they love through the often difficult holidays, chaplains for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District will hold their third annual Holiday Vigil on Sunday.

The event will be at 7 p.m. in front of the Danville Library, 400 Front St. It will include songs, encouragement and remembrances. Those attending the free event are encouraged to bring a photo to place on a remembrance wall. The event is open to all.

"The chaplains of the San Ramon Valley, including law enforcement and the fire district, know too well the hardship people face at this time of year, having worked intimately with many of those who have lost someone they love. This simple vigil is just one meaningful way to remember, honor and include a dear one as the holidays come upon us," said Chaplain Nick Vleisides.

Coffee and hot chocolate will be served.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff