I HOPE YOU had a good Thanksgiving with those you love and those who love you. Now, as we slide into the Christmas season in earnest, there are those who need our help through this most joyous and trying of seasons.

The Livermore Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the Livermore Police Department will be exhibiting their sixth annual "Holiday Giving Tree."

The tree is on display in the police department lobby, 1110 S. Livermore Ave. The display will be up through Dec. 18.

As in years past, the alumni association and the police department have selected families and seniors in need of assistance.

This year, there are 22 families and 15 seniors who have been selected for the program.

Each family and individual who has been selected for the Holiday Tree program has specified their needs, so an individual or group wishing to sponsor them will know what best to provide.

The program works by having the needs specified on a tag and the tag is hung on the tree. Stop by the police station and select a tag. Purchase the items on the tag and return them, unwrapped, to the receptacle at the station. Simple.

Volunteers will gift wrap all of the gifts and donations. Just before Christmas, they will be delivered to the families by police officers and volunteers.

Times are tough, but if you want to help, this is as good of a program as any to help spread the holiday spirit. Whether you can sponsor a family or a senior, or just make a single contribution, no donation is too small nor gift too big to help.


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If you have any questions about the program or the CPAAA, you can call Sgt. John Hurd at 925-371-4900.

CLASSIC YOUTH BASKETBALL: The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District will host its third annual Holiday Classic Youth Basketball Tournament on Dec. 20 to 22 and again on Dec. 27 to 29 at the Robert Livermore Community Center gym.

The tournament is open to CYO and AAU youth sports teams that range from fourth to eighth grades. The cost is $189 per team and each team will play a minimum of three games. All teams must be signed up by Dec. 15.

For more information on the tournament, or to sign up your team, contact Michael Sa at 925-373-5733 or at msa@larpd.dst.ca.us.

LASTLY: Next Sunday is the 67th anniversary of the Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor. Please take a moment to reflect on those of the "greatest generation" whose numbers are dwindling at a rate of more than 1,500 a day.

Since 1964, the Diablo Valley Pearl Harbor Survivors Association has lit the old aircraft beacon atop Mt. Diablo every Dec. 7 in remembrance of those lost on that "day of infamy" and throughout World War II. Sunday at dusk, look to Mt. Diablo for the beacon that was turned off on Dec. 7, 1941, and not relit until the first memorial ceremony at the top of Mt. Diablo in 1964.

By always remembering their sacrifice, we will honor them. Until next time, be alert, be safe and God bless America.

Around Livermore runs every other Sunday. Reach Mark Tarte at Aroundliv@comcast.net.