News digestThe Pleasanton Community Concert Band's Holiday Concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. This year's concert is called "December -- Remember?" and will feature "Remember Pearl Harbor," "Chanukah Is Here," "The Sounds of Christmas" in addition to more traditional selections of music from the holiday season.
The concert is free, though donations are appreciated. Doors will open at 1:40 p.m. To learn more about the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, visit www.pleasantonband.org or call 846-5897.
Pleasanton is planning extensive renovations to the city's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center in 2012 to upgrade the pool filtrations system and to replace pool decking that has become cracked and irregular.
During renovations, the 50-meter pool used for lap swimming, water aerobics and competitions will remain open, according to the city, but the smaller 25-meter pool, the diving pool and the activity pool with the waterslide will be affected. The city will finalize a schedule for the work after the design is completed and a contractor selected.
The aquatic center, 4455 Black Ave., had more than 3,500 children and adults participate in swim classes in 2010, and another 117 enrolled in classes for Red Cross certification to become lifeguards and water safety instructors.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Geochemist Tom Guilderson has been named a winner of the Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced earlier this week. Guilderson is being honored for ground-breaking radiocarbon measurements of corals, advancements in understanding the paleo-history of ocean currents and ocean processes revealing past climate variability, and the explanation of how physical and biogeochemical oceanic processes affect the global carbon cycle.
Guilderson's climate research has centered around documenting and understanding natural climate variability with a focus on tropical-extra-tropical connections in the oceanic and terrestrial realm. He is the 28th current or former LLNL employee to receive an E.O. Lawrence Award.
The story "On stage for the Holidays" in the Nov. 25 issue should have said that Valley Dance Theatre is presenting "The Nutcracker" for the fourth decade.