Classes/Workshops

  • Free Grant Writing Seminar: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez. Sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover. Hosted by Shell Martinez Refinery. Contra Costa County community-based organizations and government agencies get tips on how to write a grant application. Includes a light breakfast, educational material and lunch. Registration required: www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index.aspx? NID=2262, 925-335-8200.

  • Aikido class: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 14-March 21. A traditional, nonviolent Japanese martial art encouraging discipline, cooperation and self-confidence. $35 residents; $45 nonresidents. Registration: 925-625-7044 or coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Baby Signs class: A six-week course 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 19. An interactive play group designed to help parents teach useful signs, songs and games to allow infants and toddlers to communicate. Stimulates growth in motor, cognitive, language and literacy skills. Registration: 925-625-7044 or coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Spanish Pesticide Safety for Handlers class: 8-11 a.m. Feb. 21 and March 21, Diablo Valley Farm Center, Delta Road and Second Street, Knightsen. For anyone who applies, mixes, loads, flags or otherwise handles pesticides. Participants will receive a Pesticide Training Record. Free. Registration: 925-646-6540.

  • Diablo Sail & Power Squadron America's Boating Course: Registration 8:30 a.m., class 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16 and 23, Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane, Antioch. Covers boat handling, elementary seamanship, equipment, safe operation, navigation rules and aids, adverse conditions, marine radio operation and communications. $68 includes educational materials and lunch. Bring your own writing instruments. Registration: 925-377-2628, www.diablosquadron.org.

  • 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-Thursday, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays ongoing. Bay Point Career Center, Ambrose Recreation Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Suite 3, Bay Point. Free. 925-252-2331.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Free. 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

  • Bird-Watching Boat Rides: 9-11 a.m. Feb. 22. Meet at the Los Vaqueros Marina, 9990 Los Vaqueros Road, Byron. Join Naturalist John Mottashed for a two-hour pontoon boat ride on the Los Vaqueros Reservoir. While you're on the water, you'll doing some bird watching and identifying. Dress for chilly weather. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations: Call 925-688-8010, or email your name, phone number and number of people in your group to goltman@ccwater.com. Be sure to provide a phone number where you can receive a reminder call the day before the trip. $5 per person.

  • Searching for Little Apples: 10 a.m. Feb. 9, Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. Visitors travel to the lower Chaparral Trail in search of one of the early bloomers, the manzanita. Their winter blossoms grow into springtime fruit relished by both wildlife and humans. Rain cancels. Meet at the upper parking lot. 510-544-2750, or email bdvisit@ebparks.org. Registration: information-www.ebparksonline.org or, 1-888-327-2757, option 2. Parking fees apply.

  • Getting to Know Your NOOK: 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Barnes and Noble, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. An instructional class to learn how to navigate your new NOOK. Free. For more information, email crm2173@bn.com, or call 925-978-1031.

  • East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated: Meet 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14, Discovery Bay Country Club, 1475 Clubhouse Drive, Discovery Bay. Guest speaker: Bill Baker. Guests welcome. Reservations: 925-286-7674.

  • Delta Informal Gardeners Planting Workshop: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 16, Wolfe Ranch, Brentwood. All interested gardeners are welcome. Help get plants ready for the upcoming Delta Informal Gardeners plant sale in May. The purpose of DIG is to encourage interest in gardening through education and beautification of the community. For directions call 925-634-4088 or go to www.deltainformalgardeners.org.

  • The Woman's Club of Antioch Founder's Day Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Honoring past presidents. $20. Liese McCause, 925-777-1831, Kay Porter, 925-565-9120.

  • Bethel Island Chamber Crab Feed: Cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. Feb. 23, Scout Hall 3090 Ranch Lane, Bethel Island. Raffles, prizes. $35. No tickets sold at the door. Tickets: 925-684-3220.

  • Third annual Ballin' in the Bay Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament: Feb. 23, Excelsior Middle School, 14301 Byron Highway, Byron. Open to youths third grade through high school and adults. Teams play a minimum of two games. Refreshments available for purchase. $20 per player. Applications available at www.warriorelitebasketball.com, or sign up in person 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 12 at Aladino's Pizza in Discovery Bay. $20 per player. David Bohannon, 925-766-6864, www.warriorelitebasketball.com.

  • Delta Discoveries drop-in programs: Noon March 3, Big Break Visitor Center, 69 Big Break Raod, Oakley. The Delta reveals wonders to those willing to seek them. Join the others Saturdays and Sundays in March and April to discover the hidden world of Big Break through games, activities and explorations. Call 510-544-3050 Big to learn which wonders will be explored each week. No registration required. 510-544-3050.

  • Antioch Chamber Inaugural Gala: 6-9 p.m. March 8, Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Present awards and recognize Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Youth of the Year and 2013 Chamber Board. $70. No tickets sold at the door. 925-757-1800.

  • Equinox Sun-Solar Astronomy at the Delta: Noon March 23, Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. The sun fuels our lives! Through solar telescopes and explorative activities, you will discover the power, beauty, and mysteries of our very own star. No registration required. 510-544-3053.

  • 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.

    Fundraisers

  • "Business Women Giving Back to the Community" Spring Boutique: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9, Antioch Woman's Club, 509 G St. Vendors including Avon, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Mary Kay, handmade and collectible items, Valentine Day gifts and more. Enjoy music and refreshments while you shop. Vendor space $30, plus an appetizer and a donation for the opportunity drawing. Proceeds benefit community charities. For information, call Liese McCause, 925-777-1831, or Sandy Henry, 502-905-5245.

  • Heritage High Patriots Athletic Booster Club No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament: Check in 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., tournament 7 p.m., Feb. 22, Brentwood Senior Center, 139 Griffith Lane. Proceeds benefit athletic and cheer programs. Winners receive cash prizes. Admission: $75, $30 dinner only. Tickets: http://heritageathleticboosters.com/NoLimitTexasHoldEm.html.

  • Krey Elementary School Crab Feed: 6-10 p.m. Feb. 22, Shadowlakes Event Center, 401 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit school programs. $40. RSVP by Feb. 17. For reservations, call 925-323-9040 or email shans123@aol.com.

  • Sweetheart Swing Fling Dinner Dance: 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 23, Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Proceeds benefit the Heritage High School Jazz Band. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing and entertainment featuring the Summerset Big Band and Heritage High School Jazz Band. $20. RSVP by Feb. 16. Purchase tickets at Heritage High School. Information: Tracy Matosich, 925 642-3656.

  • Annual Heart to Heart Ball-Sea of Wishes: 5:30-11 p.m. Feb. 23, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit An Elderly Wish Foundation. Dinner, dancing, silent and live auction. Cocktail and black tire attire optional. $60. Seeking $1,00, $500, $300 and $150 sponsors. No tickets sold at the door. 925-978-1883, info@elderlywish.org, www.elderlywish.org.

  • California Striped Bass Association Crab and Pasta Feed: 6-11 p.m. Feb. 23, Veterans Memorial Building, 757 First St, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit the 2013 Kids Free Fishing Derby. Beer, wine, entertainment, raffle, auction. $40. Roger, 925-754-3938.

  • St. Anthony Columbiettes Casino Bus Trip: 6:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 23. Join others for a bus trip to Feather Falls and Thunder Valley casinos. Proceeds benefit Columbiette programs. Meet and return at the church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Receive $10 cash, free paly and a food coupon. $30 per person. Tickets: Tina, 925-628-3368.

  • Network of Cares 7th annual Crab Feed: Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. March 9, Contra Costa Fairgrounds, Sunset Building 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. All proceeds benefit The Network of Care feeding families of children in hospitals. $55. No tickets sold at the door. Janet Frazier, 925-584-4086, janetfraz@yahoo.com. Information on The Network of Care: http://thenetworkofcare.org.

    Health

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 16, Comfort Suites, Delta Meeting Room, 5549 Bridgehead Road, Oakley. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: COMFORTSUITES.

  • 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

  • Delta Youth Soccer League Competition Tryouts: U9-U11 boys 8:30-10 a.m., U12-U14 boys 10-11:30 a.m., U9-U11 girls 12:30-2 p.m., U12-U14 girls 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 16-17, Antioch Youth Sports Complex, Wibur Avenue. Arrive 15 minutes early for registration and warm-up. Bring cleats, shin guards and water. Players should attend at least three of the tryouts. For additional details and directions, go to http://www.deltasoccer.org.

  • Free Tax Filing Assistance: Free tax filing offered by Tax-Aide, an AARP sponsored program, available through April 15. The service targets taxpayers with low to moderate income, of any age, with special attention to seniors 60 and older. For an appointment, call Antioch Senior Center, 925-778-1158; Pittsburg-Pittsburg Senior Center, 925-252-4890. Brentwood appointments can be made on site at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane, Wednesdays only. For general information, call Sally, 925-684-3505.

  • 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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