Classes/Workshops

  • Reverse Mortgages-How They Work: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 19, Liberty Adult Education, 929 Second St., Brentwood. For fees, information: 925-634-6525.

  • Free ELS classes: Learn the English language at free classes offered 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays ongoing, Golden Hills Community Church, Antioch Campus, 1800 Woodland Drive. No registration required.

  • Free Internet Access: Opportunity Junction offers free Internet access for job searches, finding community resources and language learning 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursdays. Also offers English as a Second Language classes 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • Liberty Adult School classes: Offers morning and evening General Educational Development (GED) preparation and English as Second Language (ELS) classes. Ongoing open enrollment. 929 Second St., Brentwood. www.libertyadulted.org, 925-634-6525 for more information.

    Events

  • Antioch Dunes National Refuge tours: A docent-led one-hour tour 10 a.m. second Saturdays ongoing. The refuge provides protection for three endangered species: Lange's Metalmark butterfly, Antioch Dunes evening primrose and Contra Costa wallflower. Free. 707-769-4200, www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/antioch.


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  • Los Vaqueros Fun Day: Fall Bird Hike, 8 a.m.; Arachnophobia 10 a.m.-noon; The Incredible Edible Acorn 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13. A day full of fun and learning activities for the whole family. John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Free. Parking $4-$6. 925-688-8010, www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Antioch Sixth annual Costume Exchange: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16, Prewett Family Park, multipurpose room, 4701 Lone Tree Way. Turn in costumes or accessories and props such as masks, wigs, etc. for tickets to purchase other costumes and props. Free costumes at 8:30 p.m. Information: 925-779-6137.

  • Harvest Festival: Noon- 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Oakley Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. Oakley. Pre-carved or decorated pumpkin contest, treats, pie-eating contest, face-painting, games, crafts, vendors, and entertainment with Step to This and the East County Performing Arts dancers. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume for a costume parade contest. Canine costume parade; participants register at the HALO booth beginning at 2 p.m.--all participants will receive a doggie bag. Sponsored by the city of Oakley. Admission and activities are free. 925-625-7044, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Black Diamond Trail Challengers: 8 a.m.-noon, Oct. 20, Round Valley Regional Preserve. Explore the natural and cultural history of our East Bay parks. Hike 5-10 miles in a different park each month. Must be 7 or older. Registration: 888-327-2757, or www.ebparks.org.

  • The Return of the Tarantula Run: Oct. 20, Kellogg Creek picnic area. The half-marathon begins 8 a.m., kids run 10 a.m. Check out the extensive tarantula display. Registration, information: 925-240-2440, www.ccwater.com.

  • Annual Free Kids Fishing Derby: 9 a.m.-noon (must register by 10:45 a.m.) Oct. 20, Contra Loma Regional Park, 1200, Frederickson Lane, Antioch. For kids ages 3-12. Free lunch for kids, prizes, more. Adult lunches available for purchase. Free bait. Rods and reels available for use. Sponsored by the California Striped Bass Association. Information: derby@yahoo.com.

  • Halloween Masquerade Ball: Rattle your bones to the music of the Noteworth 3, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26, Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Dinner and costume contest with prizes awarded for best, most scariest and most original. $25. RSVP by Oct. 19. For tickets go the senior center or Brentwood Parks and Recreation, 35 Oak St. 925-516-5380, 925-516-5444.

  • Los Vaqueros Astronomy Night: Dusk to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. Meet at Kellogg Creek Picnic Area, about one-half mile south of the watershed office, 100 Walnut Avenue, Byron. Join Jeff Adkins, astronomy teacher at Deer Valley High School, for a night of star gazing. 925-688-8010 weekdays, 925-240-2440 weekends, goltman@ccwater.com.

  • Movie In the Park: The whole family will enjoy "Casper the Friendly Ghost," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinner. Free. Sponsored by the city of Brentwood. 925-516-5444.

  • Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club Train Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4, 425 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Operating HO scale model train layout. Adults $2, seniors and children 6-12 $1, younger than 6 free.

  • Tri Delta Haunted Bus Tours: Fright and fun treats for ghouls and boys. No ticket is required to board the bus. Tours: 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Brentwood Community Center; 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Pittsburg Library; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27; 4 p.m. Oct. 29, Railroad Book Depot, Pittsburg; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Oakley Library. www.trideltatransit.com/promos/halloween.aspx.

  • St. Anthony Columbiettes Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3, St. Anthony Church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Vendors, raffles, food and lots of fun. Fran, 925-437-8425.

    Fundraisers

  • Deer Valley High School Grad Night fundraisers: Uno Chicago Grille, 4827 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, donates a portion of proceeds on Oct. 13-14 to DVHS Grad Night activities. Present flier found at Deer Valley High School Grad Night Facebook page. Carwash 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14, Les Schwab Tires, 6361 Lone Tree Way. $10 donation. 925-706-5555.

  • 'First Ever' Team Trivia Night: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Proceeds benefit El Campanil Preservation Foundation. Get your group of 10 players together for a night of fun. Wine, beer, soda, light desserts, prizes. $250 for table of 10 ($25 per person). Registration: 925-757-9500, www.elcampaniltheatre.com. Must be 18.

  • Rotary of Brentwood 37th annual Trade Club Dinner and Comedy Night: Proceeds benefit Rotary Club community outreach programs. Entertainment, family-friendly comedy, dinner, drinks, silent and live auction, raffle prizes, more. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 20, Veterans Hall, 757 First St., Brentwood. $35 per person. For sponsorship information or tickets, call David Wahl, 925 634-1812.

  • Special Kids Foundation Oktoberfest: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Ignatius Church of Antioch, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. Proceeds benefit the foundation. Beer, food, raffles and fun. $40; $50 at the door. Registration: www.spkids.org. 925-516-9690.

  • Black Cat Ball: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit the animals at the Antioch Animal Shelter. Dinner, dancing, music with The Malcolm Hunter and John Seppala Jazz Duo, raffles, costume contest (costumes optional), and more. General admission $65; children 13 and younger $35. Tickets: 925-431-8318, 925-754-2923.

  • Pride of the Delta Restaurant Tour: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21. Tour includes the Beer Garden, Straw Hat Pizza (Delta Fair), Foster Freeze, Starbucks (A Street), Bridgehead Cafe, more. Proceeds benefit local charities. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Delta/Antioch. $15. Tickets: Barney Parsons, 925-757-8138; Kay Power, 925-202-3519.

  • Antioch City Park Haunted House Fundraiser: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27, 2101 W. 10th St. Proceeds will fund rebuilding of vandalized park facilities. A terrifying haunted house, food, treats, fun and raffles. $5 per person. For information or sponsorship opportunities, call Josh Sauberman, 925-335-6076. www.antiochhauntedhouse.com.

  • Brentwood Hometown Halloween: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27, First and Oak streets. Free trick-or-treating, haunted house, Tri Delta haunted bus, photos. Sponsored by Sutter Delta Medical Center, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. Free. 925-634-3344, www.brentwoodchamber.com.

  • Summerset IV annual Fall Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27, Orchard View Lodge, 770 Centennial Drive, Brentwood. Baked goods, handcrafted doll houses, jewelry, aprons, dolls, more. Free admission and parking.

    Antioch Historical Society Bunco Night: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 1500 W. Fourth St. Bring dessert or appetizer to share. Drawings, 50/50 raffle and more. Drawing tickets $1 each or $5 for seven. Admission $25. For information, call 925-989-4110, or 925-420-5775.

  • That's Amore Festa Italiana 2012: 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St, Pittsburg. Soroptimist International of Pittsburg honors Joanie and Nolan Evola with Community Lifetime Achievement Award. Dinner, dancing, raffles. Music by Nicky D & Class Act. $45; children 11 younger $10. Tickets: 925-432-7570, joansilva52@comcast.net; 925-439-3197, davigdavi@aol.com.

  • Circus Night: A free safe and sane alternative to Halloween 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Harvest Time Church, 2200 Ventura Drive, Brentwood. Treats, games, bicycle giveaway every 30 minutes. Hot dogs, popcorn, nachos for $1. 925-516-1908.

  • Third annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3, Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Art, handcrafted items, decorations, clothing, Christmas tree ornaments, more. Proceeds benefit the center. Kay, 925-516-8387, brentwoodcraftfair@yahoo.com.

  • Grandparents Holiday Boutique and Luncheon: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3, St. Peter Martyr School, 425 W. Fourth St., Pittsburg. All proceeds benefit St. Peter Martyr School programs. An assortment of handmade gift items including jams, cookies, candies, knitted and crochet items, baby items, more. Lunch, pictures with Santa available for purchase. Raffle prizes including a chance to win a queen-size quilt. Music for your enjoyment. Terry Matejcek, 925-432-7292.

    Health

  • The Antioch-Brentwood Neuropathy Support Group meets: 2 p.m. Oct. 17, Kaiser Antioch, Conference Room D, 4501 Sand Creek Road. Topic discussion: Lot's About Neuropathy by Bev Anderson, president of The Pacific Chapter of The Neuropathy Association. 877-622-6298.

  • Hospice of East Bay-Adults Who Have Lost a Parent support group: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 30. Information: 925-887-5681.

  • Hospice of East Bay-Widow and Widowers' support group: 4-6 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 29, 80 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite A, Brentwood. Information: 925-887-5681.

  • John Muir Health Caring Hands Caregivers Program: Is seeking volunteers to help the elderly and persons with disabilities to get to a doctor's appointment, go to the grocery store, get hair cuts and other daily needs. Training is provided. For information, call Linda Groobin, 925-952-2999 or www.johnmuirhealth.com/caringhands.

  • Sutter Delta Breast Cancer support group: A breast cancer support group sponsored by the American Cancer Society meets 2-3:30 p.m. second Wednesday, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Edna Fallman Education Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. 925-779-3570. No registration required.

  • Sutter Delta Stop Smoking-No more excuses: Sutter Delta Medical Center offers free smoking-cessation classes 6-8 p.m. Mondays, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. For information and registration, call Michelle Keller or email kellerm1@sutterhealth.org.

    Miscellaneous

  • Meals on Wheels: Seeking volunteer drivers for meal-delivery routes in Pittsburg and Antioch. Commit two hours once a week between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Help make a tremendous difference in the lives of our seniors in need. Sharon Fitzgerald, 925-937-8607.

  • Modified Motorcycle Association meets: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays ongoing, Red Caboose, 210 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Learn what the MMA is about, keep informed of current motorcycle laws and legislation, more. Michael Bruno, 925-383-6900, or 916-470-2938.

  • Forty's Plus Singles meet -- 7 p.m. Wednesdays ongoing. Plan and participate in house parties, day trips, camp outings, cruises and more. Riverview Lodge Restaurant, foot of I Street, Antioch. Dennis, 925-432-0804, or Mary, 925-783-9692.

    Reunions

  • Antioch High School, class of 1962: Planning a reunion Oct. 6, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. For information, call Barbara Clemmons, 925 516 2736, or sigariba@yahoo.com.

  • Antioch High School, class of 1982: Planning a reunion 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. No-host bar, dinner, dancing. $85. RSVP: www.facebook.com/groups/30reunionahs82.

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