Classes/Workshops

  • Hunter's Safety Course: 6-9 p.m. Oct 5; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6-7, 1250 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Receive a Department of Fish and Game certificate for purchase of hunting license. Must attend all sessions. $15. All ages welcome. For information and registration: Cindy, 925-625-7041, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Biddy Sports Flag Football: Non-contact football with Nerf balls and flags for youths ages 4-6. Sponsored by Ambrose Recreation and Park District. $25 includes a T-shirt, award, six weeks of play. Programs runs Saturdays beginning Oct. 13. Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Parents are invited to coach a team; training provided. For information and registration, call 925-458-1601, or email www.biddysports.com.

  • 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.


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  • 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-lead 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, http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/Antioch.

  • Free Household Waste Collection: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6. Open to all East County residents. Discard motor oil, paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, cleaners, batteries, more. No containers larger than 5 gallons. 2300 Elkins Way, Brentwood. For a full list of acceptable items, go to www.ddsd.org. 925-756-1990.

  • Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup: 9-11 a.m. Oct. 6. Meet at Prosserville Park, West Sixth and O streets. Help make life in Antioch better and brighter for you and your neighbors. Volunteers will receive instructions and equipment. Target area is within walking distance. Information or questions: 925-779-6878.

  • East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated: Meets 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11, Vic Stewart's, 2270 Balfour Road, Brentwood. $25. RSVP: 925-634-5404.

  • High Tech Underground 1870: 10-11 a.m. Oct. 6. A dark, dangerous job, coal mining has inspired some clever technology. Check it out at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve Greathouse Visitor's Center, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. Free admission. Parking $5. 510-544-2750.

  • 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, wig, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Antioch Library Book Sale: Gently used books, videos and audio books for $1 or less. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5; noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6; noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8. 501 W. 18th St. 925-757-9224, ccc.lib.

  • Antioch Riverview Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6. Annuals, perennials, succulents, herbs, crafts, garden shed items, more. Proceeds benefit club activities. Runs concurrently with the Antioch Library book sale. 501 W. 18th St., Antioch. 925-439-4483.

  • H.A.L.O. annual Golf Tournament: 11 a.m. Oct. 6, Shadow Lakes Golf Club, 401 West Country Club Drive, Brentwood. Golf, dinner, raffles, auction, prizes. $145 includes golf cart, players bags, lunch, dinner. Registration: www.eccchalo.org. Tickets: http://beanangeltoday-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1.

  • Third annual Ayden Thomas Decker Memorial Golf Tournament: Registration 10:30 a.m.; game play 12:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit the CJ Foundation, providing sudden infant death syndrome research projects, support programs, public education and awareness campaigns. Four-man scramble. Banquet to follow tournament. Dinner, awards ceremony, prizes, live auction and a raffle with a chance to win an iPad 3. $150 per person, dinner only $60. 925-513-4653, aydensgolfday@att.net. Registration: http://aydensgolfday.dojiggy.com.

  • Golfing Fore a Cause: 11 a.m. registration; 1 p.m. shotgun start Oct. 12, Delta View Golf Course, 2232 Golf Club Road, Pittsburg. Four-person scramble format. $125 per person includes golf cart, tee gift, practice balls, lunch, awards dinner, contests. All proceeds benefit The Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation and the Soroptimist International of Pittsburg. RSVP: 925-252-4986, 925-639-2981.

  • 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.

  • '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 ten 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Red Cross Blood Drives: 12:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Church of Christ, 1020 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. Use code: ANTIOCH; noon-6 p.m. Oct. 9, Red Cross bus at Sutter Delta Medical Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Use code SUTTERDELTAANT. Appointments: 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

  • Women's Health-Nurturing Ourselves: A one-day course addressing women's health issues. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 204 Second St., Oakley. Oakley residents $20; nonresidents $30. Registration: 925-625-7044, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • 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 Cargivers 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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