Interstate 580 is the primary freeway of Livermore, home to both the high tech Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as the beautiful rural landscape of more than 40 local vineyards. The downtown district, offers two movie theaters, great shops and restaurants and a community theater, with space for concerts. The Livermore Municipal Airport, handles small airplane traffic, and there is easy access to San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, or San Jose International Airport. Access to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is available at the Dublin-Pleasanton Station. The WHEELS bus system serves Livermore, connecting it to the neighboring cities of Pleasanton and Dublin. Livermore has two stations (Vasco Road and the downtown Livermore Transit Center) for the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), a commuter train which runs from Stockton to San Jose with four round trips per workday.
Enjoy live music at one of Livermore’s downtown nightspots, or catch a movie at the 40’s retro theater, the Vine Cinema, or at the Livermore 13-screen Cinema. The 500-seat Bankhead Theater brings in the best in local and traveling performances, including opera and symphony. Enjoy the Valley Shakespeare Festival, and the Valley Dance Theatre, a classical ballet company. Livermore also hosts the California Independent Film Festival. Since 1918 Livermore has hosted the Livermore Rodeo. The year-round Sunday Farmers Market on 2nd Street between J and K Streets, can be enjoyed 9-1pm. Thursday evenings through Spring and Summer, at Carnegie Park, 3rd and J Street, from 4-8pm, is another kind of Farmers Market, featuring music, great food, entertainment, and the freshest local produce.
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) has 11 Elementary (K-5) schools, four Middle (6-8) schools, and three High schools. In 2004 Mendenhall Middle School received the National Blue Ribbon Award, and ten schools have received the Distinguished School awards in the past decade.
Parks and Recreation
Livermore has 29 neighborhood parks, three community parks with such amenities as an equestrian center and rodeo grounds, sand-based all-weather soccer fields and soccer and ball fields, four open space parks totaling 1,360 acres, and 10 special-use parks. In March 2005 they opened a new $27 million community center at Robert Livermore Park on East Avenue at Loyola Way. The 71,000-square-foot facility includes a teen center, senior center, numerous meeting and activity rooms, a full-sized gymnasium, a 500+ seat ballroom/banquet room and two outdoor pools.