Classes/Workshops

  • Beginning Salsa Dancing: A six-week class beginning 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Experience all types and styles of the dance. $20. Information: 925- 458-1601.

  • 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-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.

  • Ambrose/Pittsburg Lions Breakfast: 8 a.m.- noon Nov. 3, 175 Alvarado Ave., Pittsburg. Scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Adults $6; children younger than 12, $4. 925-642-7288.

  • Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club Train Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.

  • Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup Program: 9-11 a.m. Nov. 3. Join other volunteers to help free the neighborhoods of trash. Meet at Mountaire Park, 2600 Sunset Lane. Volunteers will receive instructions and equipment. 925-779-6878.

  • 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 reservation 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.

  • Stingers, Fangs and Venom: 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 10. Learn facts about rattle snakes, 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.

  • Oakley Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Oakley Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. Keynote speaker: Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler. 925-625-7000.

  • 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.

  • Hospice of the East Bay 26th annual Tree of Lights: Residents of Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley and Pittsburg are invited 5 p.m. Nov. 11, Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. Dedicate a light in remembrance of a loved one for a minimum gift of $25. Donations are tax-deductible. The event features music, poetry, remembrances by family members and friends of Hospice, and the special moment when the tree lights up. 925-887-5678.

  • Stories Set in Stone: 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 11. Visit a quiet hillside cemetery where you will hear the recounting of the boom days of the Mount Diablo Coal Field. Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. Rain cancels. 510-544-2750, or email bdvisit@ebparks.org.

  • East County Little League sign-ups: Softball and baseball sign-ups 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17, Iron House Elementary School, 4801 Frank Hengel Way, Oakley. www.eastcountyll.org, 925-679-9747.

  • Operation Wedding Gown: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14-15, His & Hers Formal Wear, 625-First St., Brentwood. Providing complimentary wedding gowns to East County military brides. To qualify brides must be on active duty in the military, or have a fiance on active duty. For information, call 925-634-5900 or go to www.bridesacrossamerica.com.

  • Fall Fair: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. Gifts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodworking, novelties, more. Food available for purchase. Admission $3; children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free. Receive $1 off bus transportation to the event. 925-757-4400, www.contracostafair.com.

  • Brentwood Christmas Parade: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Chestnut and First streets, downtown Brentwood. Floats, cars, dance groups, Santa, more. Sponsored by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. 925-634-334.

  • Valley View Hike: 8 a.m. Nov. 17. A moderate hike in the south watershed with an excellent view of the reservoir and Livermore Valley. Bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, hat, snacks and sunscreen. Meet at the County Line Staging area next to the south watershed entrance kiosk. Free; parking fees $4-$5. 925-688-8010, goltman@ccwater.com. Directions:www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Streets of Brentwood Holiday Tree Lighting: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 24, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Join the fun with the Hipwaders concert, tap dancing Christmas trees, Santa, train rides, more. 925- 516-8500.

    Fundraisers

  • 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.

  • Woman's Club of Antioch Fall Boutique: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 509 G St. A variety of vendors with showcasing jewelry, purses, scarves, handcrafted items, handmade pet garments, hand painted wine glasses, Christmas decorations and more. Proceeds benefit club programs. Complimentary refreshments served. Free; vendor tables are $30. 925-565-9120.

    Health

  • Newborn Care: 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13, John Muir Health Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. Get information and skills you need to feel confident and prepared for your newborn's care. Learn basic diapering, feeding, and bathing techniques. Information/registration: 925-941-7900 or johnmuirhealth.com/classes.

  • HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy informational program: Noon-1 p.m. John Muir Health Outpatient Center, large conference room, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. Information: 925-308-8457, elza.harais@johnmuirhealth.com.

    n 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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