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In California, the dry weather has caused frequent wildfires and damage. This year, the area damaged by wildfires was larger than ever. Throughout 2020, fires caused severe loss of lives and property. During September, fires spread far enough to turn the sky red with smoke and ash.

 In light of the recent rash of fires, the Bankhead Theater is hosting a talk featuring experts on fire and its effects.

 “Dealing with California’s Fiery Future” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Attendees of the event will hear from a panel of experts as they discuss the recent rash of California wildfires and future solutions to this problem. The event is free for students and $10 for members of the general public. The event will be online due to the pandemic.

The speakers on the panel will be Crystal Kolden (a Phylogeographer at UC Merced and co-author of a new study of trends in wildfire activity and human impact), Steve Shackleton (Academic Coordinator at UC Merced National Parks Institute and former Chief Ranger Yosemite National Park), William McDonald (Current Alameda County Fire Chief) and panel moderator Stewart Gary (Fire management consultant and former Livermore Fire Chief).

The Bankhead Theater is coordinated by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. LVPAC operates the Bankhead and the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.. LVPAC’s ongoing goal is to provide citizens with art opportunities and experiences.

Other events are also available at Livermore Arts Bankhead and Bothwell.

 In November, there will be various events such as “The Choir of Man,” “Echo Trail,” “Best of the Bankhead 2020” and “Thanksgiving Art at the Bothwell.”

December events are “Paving the Way,” “Art History in Action,” “Building the Transcontinental Railroad” and “NT Live: Fleabag”. If you are interested in other events, check them out at the Livermore Performing Arts Center’s website.

 Learn more about the event: here or here

Ticket purchasing: here

The event is FREE for students.

For more information about the event, please contact:


Phone: 925-373-6800

Chaeeun Song is a correspondent for The Express. 

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