PITTSBURG

Italian group hosts cookie contest Sunday

The Pittsburg Sons of Italy Lodge will sponsor a third annual Cuccidati Contest from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pittsburg Historical Society, 515 Railroad Ave.

Visitors will have a chance to choose the best cuccidati entry. In addition to the traditional Italian cookie, a variety of cakes, pies, breads and other cookies will be available along with beverages, music and a 50-50 raffle. Admission for the taste-testing and raffle is $5. For more information, call 925-439-7501.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff

Holiday parade is Saturday in downtown

BRENTWOOD -- The 30th annual Brentwood holiday parade returns to downtown kicking off at 2:30 p.m. on First Street.

Festivities will include floats, decorated cars, nonprofit groups, bands and dancing horses followed by Santa making his grand entrance in a white horse-driven carriage. For information, call the chamber of commerce at 925 634-3344.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff

DISCOVERY BAY

Treatment of water weeds extended

The state's Department of Boating and Waterways is extending its treatment of an invasive water weed in the Delta for an additional month.


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The state will continue its herbicide treatments for water hyacinth in the Delta region, including parts of waterways in far East Contra Costa, through Nov. 30, agency spokeswoman Gloria Sandoval said this week.

The state started treating for the water hyacinth and Egeria Densa in mid-August and originally planned to stop in mid-October.

Water hyacinth, native to the Amazon region of South America, is a floating weed that can grow so densely that it covers the surface of the water, preventing boat access and clogging intake systems.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

OAKLEY

Programs offer a little bit of everything

Oakley's recreation classes this fall range from Argentine tango to zumba and plenty in between.

The city's Fall/Winter Recreation Guide is now available online at www.oakleyinfo.com as well as at City Hall, 3231 Main St.

The catalog features classes and other events that will take place through March 2013.

New classes include Baby Signs for infants through 3-year-olds, rebound basketball for grades K to 5, and a fertility/healthy pregnancy class for would-be parents.

Returning favorites include ballet, tap, aikido, karate, tennis and ballroom dancing.

In addition, another weeklong Lego Camp will take place over the fall school break.

The state Department of Fish and Game will hold a session in hunter safety next spring.

Among the online courses is driver's education and computer skills for the workplace as well as one preparing students to take the SAT and ACT tests.

For more information, call 925-625-7044 or email Coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff