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Classes/Workshops

  • Growth Funding for Your Small Business: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Pittsburg Civic Center, council chambers, 65 Civic Ave. Successful business owners have strong relationships with their lenders, understand the cost of capital and how to best leverage their operations for growth. Learn more about how to navigate the commercial lending process. Free. Reservations required: 925-602-6805, www.contracostasbdc.com.

  • Welcome to Medicare: 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Liberty Adult Education Center, 929 Second St., Brentwood. A free class presented by the Contra Costa County Health Insurance Counsel and Advocacy Program covering Medicare benefits, prescription medication coverage, Medicare advantage plans (HMOs), and private Medicare supplemental insurance. Will also discuss how Medicare coordinates with employee retiree, veterans, union benefits and more. 925-634-2565, libertyadulted.org, www.cchicap.org.

  • Antioch Sports Legends Alumni Baseball Clinic: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 29, Antioch Historical Society Museum, 1500 W. Fourth St. An all-star collection of college and high school coaches and professional players will demonstrate and discuss successful techniques and strategies for high school, travel and Babe Ruth/Pony baseball. $20 includes information packet, lunch, beverages and snacks. RSVP by Dec. 15 and receive a gift card. $25 at the door. Registration and information: 925-437-8803, sandmanone@comcast.net.

  • Biddy Sports Indoor Soccer: Begins Feb. 3-March 10, Sundays. The Ambrose Recreation and Park District is offering a noncompetitive six-week soccer program for kids ages 3-6 year. $25. Each child receives a T-shirt and award Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Sign-ups are now open. Space is limited. Parent volunteer coaches needed; training provided. For information and registration, call Julie Mason, 925-522-9284 or go to www.biddysports.com.

  • 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.

  • Holiday on Ice: 12:30-10:30 p.m. through Jan. 21, Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Ice skating for the whole family. $12 weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays. For group rates and information, got to www.brentwoodholidayonice.

  • Author Book Signing: Antioch author Kay Lynne Virgin will be available to sign copies of her book "Ember the Dragon: Hero of the Day," 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 2530 Old Sand Creek Road, Brentwood. Information: Chris Coffey, 888-361-9473 or ccoffey@tatepublishing.com.

  • Primitive Skills and Natural History of Los Vaqueros: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 15. Learn the history of the native people who lived in the Los Vaqueros area many years ago. Discover the skills they used every day including the making of cordage, grinding acorns, drilling beads and more. Meet at the John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Parking fees of $4-$6 apply. 925-240-2440, www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Antioch Strolling Strings "Holiday Pops" concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Antioch Senior Center, 415 W. Second St. General admission $5; $15 per family. Tickets will be sold at the door. 925-757-2682.

  • Opportunity Junction Job Training Application Sessions: 10 a.m. Jan. 7, 14 and 22, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch and 10 a.m. Jan. 10, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Offers 12 weeks of training in computer skills and career development, followed by paid work experience and assistance in finding permanent employment in the field of administrative. Registration: 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

    Fundraisers

  • Freedom High Cheerleaders Breakfast with Santa: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 15, Freedom High School, multipurpose room, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. Proceeds benefit the Freedom High School cheer program. Pancakes, sausage, beverages, free children's crafts, photos with Santa. Adults $10, children 10 and younger $7. Santa photos $5. Purchase tickets at the door.

  • Breakfast with Santa: 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 15, Masonic Hall, 521 W. Second St., Antioch. Sponsored by Diablo Valley Assembly 84 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Proceeds will benefit the organization's programs. Adults $8; children 12 and younger $5. Santa photos $5. Tickets: 925-625-0747 or email creativecropbiz@yahoo.com.

    Health

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 2-7 p.m. Dec. 17, Sponsored by the Delta/Antioch Rotary Club at Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, meeting room, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: ANTIOCHROTARY.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m. Dec. 28, Resurrection Ministries, 1275 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: BRENTWOOD.

  • 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.

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