PITTSBURG

Grant writing workshop set at Los Medanos

Nonprofit organizations, community-based groups and government departments looking to find creative ways to obtain funding are encouraged to attend a grant-writing workshop next month at Los Medanos College.

The free workshop, being hosted by county Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Room 109 on the campus.

Participants must register before the event. Information is available at Glover's county page: www.cccounty.us/supervisorglover.

"In these times when money is scarce, we need to be creative to find other sources of funding," Glover said in a news release.

The workshop includes a talk by Laura Escobar on the funding requirements of the United Way of the Bay Area -- one of the state's oldest granting agencies.

A similar workshop in Hercules earlier this year drew 120 participants.

-- Paul Burgarino

OAKLEY

Sanitary district celebrates Pollution Prevention Month

Ironhouse Sanitary District will be open for a special Saturday collection of household fats, oils and grease (FOG) and to give out information on pollution prevention from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event, being held in honor of Pollution Prevention Month, is at the district offices at 450 Walnut Meadows Drive.

In the next few months, Ironhouse Sanitary District ratepayers will be hearing a lot about "Pollution Prevention" or P2. P2 means exactly what it says -- activities that reduce the amount of pollution in our environment. For ISD it means promoting the use of less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.

For example, rather than pouring kitchen grease down the drain where it can cause pipe problems or pollute the environment, the district offers a recycling service to reuse the grease as biofuel that is in turn used to provide a clean air fuel. The company Ironhouse Sanitary District uses to recycle the FOG is part of a program that replaces biofuel or biodiesel in school business.

To help get the information about the P2 program, Ironhouse Sanitary District is starting a new website. The site will feature up-to-date information on the P2 program, P2 event listings, tips and more. The new website can be found at www.ISDP2.org.

-- Judith Prieve

BRENTWOOD

Naturalist to offer digital tour of East Bay trails

East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Kevin Damstra will introduce you to the splendors of autumn on a digital tour of the East Bay trails at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at REI Brentwood.

Come experience fall colors as you "hike" the spectacular ridge tops and deep valleys of Briones Regional Park, walk the beautiful oak woodlands and chaparral of Morgan Territory, look for tarantulas in Mount Diablo State Park and Diablo Foothills Regional Park, and explore the fascinating geologic features of Vasco Caves Regional Preserve through pictures. As Damstra shows you some of his favorite hikes, he'll discuss the history of these parklands and their outlook for the future.

REI Brentwood is at 2475 Sand Creek Road in the Streets of Brentwood lifestyle center. For more information, log onto www.rei.com/brentwoodca.

-- Judith Prieve

East County

Volunteer tax preparers needed to help seniors

Volunteers are needed to help seniors and low-income people with 2012 tax preparation in East County.

Tax-Aide positions include tax counselors who are trained and certified by the IRS and client facilitators who schedule appointments and assist clients at tax sites. Training will be provided.

Orientations begin in November and classes for tax counselors start in January.

Those interested can complete an online application at www.aarp.org/taxaide or call Karen Nunez at 925-989-7482.

-- Nan Hargis