Classes/Workshops

  • East Contra Costa SparkPoint Career Services Orientation: 10-11 a.m. Oct. 30. A free one-hour informational session on services and assistance offered to job seekers. Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Room 7, Bay Point. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • Opportunity Junction Volunteer Orientation: 6-7 p.m. Nov, 1, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Learn about Opportunity Junction's programs and services and how you can help fight poverty through volunteer service. Advance registration is preferred, but not required. Vanessa Cofresi, vanessa@opportunityjunction.org; Catherine Bernal, cbernal@opportunityjunction.org; or 925-776-1133.

  • 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.

  • Los Vaqueros Astronomy Night: Dusk to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. Meet at Kellogg Creek Picnic Area, about 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.

  • Mining Myths and Legends Flashlight Tour: 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 31. What was that? Is the dark playing tricks on your mind? Throughout history, miners around the world have striven to answer these questions. Come to the Black Diamond Mines and find out. 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. $8-$15. Registration: 888-327-2757.

  • 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.

  • Town Hall Candidate Forum: 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 31 Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Meet Brentwood candidates Mayor Robert Taylor, Steve Barr, Erick Stonebarger, Robert Brockman, Chris Becnel and Gene Clare. Question-and-answer session. Refreshments served. 925-516-5380.

  • Fashion Show and Luncheon: Noon Nov. 3, Degree of Pocahontas of Oakley, 1403 Main St. Fashions provided by Cold Water Creek, Streets of Brentwood. $15, children $5. Sponsored by the Wi Cha Ka Council. 925-457-9692, 925-625-2727.

  • The Lady Washington comes to Antioch: Nov. 3-4. Walk-on tours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No reservations required, $3 donation requested; Adventure Sail 2 p.m. A three-hour family-oriented sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $39. Tickets: www.historicalseaport.org.

  • 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.

  • Antioch Riverview Garden Club: Meets 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St. Bill Richards, founder of Honeybee Specialties, speaks on beekeeping and removal of problem hives. Bob, 925-439-4483.

  • Antioch Veterans Day Parade-Spirit of Freedom: 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Second and E streets. Floats, military vehicles, veterans, bands, classic cars, motorcycles and guest speakers. Information: af-jdsquire@comcast.net.

  • Stingers, Fangs and Venom: 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 10. Learn facts about rattlesnakes, black widow spider, scorpions and tarantulas. See living examples of each creature. John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Parking fee $4-$6. No registration required. 925-240-2440.

    Fundraisers

  • Antioch City Park Haunted House Fundraiser: 5-10 p.m. through Oct. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 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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