For many, a wine and chocolate festival would be a dream.
Well, wake up because the event is real. And, the real dreamy component of it is that it helps children in our community.
The sixth annual event doubles as a fundraiser for the Special Kids Program.
Set from 5 to 9 p.m. May 12 at Brentwood's Hannah Nicole Vineyards & Winery, it will feature a live band, raffles, wine, beer and, of course, chocolate tastings.
"It is an amazing event for an incredible cause doing so much good for so many families in our community," said Lisa McBride, who heads it all up.
Last year about $15,000 was raised.
"We are working very hard to provide our second round of iPads for children with communication disorders. And, we are super focused on the Universal Abilities Playground." That Brentwood park is due to break ground this summer.
In addition to all the goods on hand at the festival, there will also be appetizers and some of Brentwood's finest olive oils. And, for lucky participants, there will be a wide variety of gift baskets up on the auction block.
McBride is hoping at least 300 folks join the fun.
"I love watching the people of our community come together and work so hard for the kids who deserve so much," she said. "It is a huge undertaking, and people are so amazingly generous. It is heartwarming and incredibly fun." According to the group's website, the mission of Special Kids is "to promote the
HIT THE TRAIL: The Contra Costa Spare the Air Resource team hosts a May 19 workshop for organizations interested in learning to plan outdoor trips by using a new online planner.
It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Concord library, 2900 Salvio St.
Julie Haas-Wajdowicz, Antioch's environmental resource coordinator, said "the goal is to get community groups to take public transit to their local hiking, biking and camping spots." The workshop's goal is to "train the trainer" and allow all to easily use http://transitandtrails.org.
To help entice folks to plan hiking or camping trips via public transit, the Spare the Air team will give out free passes. To qualify, group reps must attend the workshop. Sign up by May 7 for the Transit & Trails program at www.surveymonkey.com/s/transittrailsrsvp.
PAINT IT PURPLE: Through Sunday, the cities of Antioch, Pittsburg and Brentwood will be awash in purple, thanks to efforts of volunteers from the American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life," a community campout against cancer. Throughout the state, schools and businesses will "paint our town purple" to celebrate cancer survivorship and bring attention to the upcoming walks. Locally the Relay for Life is June 23-24 at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and June 16-17 at Liberty High School in Brentwood.
For more information, contact Antioch/Pittsburg chair Judy Dawson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 787-9021, or Michele Littlefield at email@example.com, 813-5274, or Brentwood chair Lynn Gursky at firstname.lastname@example.org, 634-4913, or Ron Yarolimek at email@example.com 925-550-1182 or visit www.relayforlife.org 1-800-227-2345.
Contact Trine Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org.