ANTIOCH

Public safety meeting set for Saturday

Police officials will host a meeting next week allowing residents to discuss public safety in a relaxed atmosphere.

The meeting -- called Coffee with the Cops -- will be held 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the police station's community room, 300 L St.

Police Chief Allan Cantando will give an update on the crime statistics in the city, followed by answering questions from residents about safety issues. Crime prevention commissioners also will be there to answer questions about the Neighborhood Watch program.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

PITTSBURG

History event set for Saturday

The Pittsburg library will sponsor a "Day of History" Saturday.

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Pittsburg Historical Society Museum at 515 Railroad Ave. and will include a tour of historical downtown Pittsburg and a hands-on activity for children.

The event is among many activities slated to take place this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Contra Costa County library.

But local history is not all that's being highlighted by the library Saturday.

At 2 p.m. there will be a book discussion of "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World" at the E.J. Phair Taproom at 300 Cumberland St.


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Carlos was one of two African-American medalists who raised their fists in a controversial human rights salute during the awards ceremony for the 200-meter event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico Center. Carlos was the keynote speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. event last month in Pittsburg and the library made 30 copies of the book available.

The discussion will be led by Pittsburg's Olympic gold medalist Eddie Hart, who was on the track team that won the 4x100 relay race at the 1972 Olympics.

For more information, call the library at 925-427-8390.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BYRON

Roadwork will cause traffic delays on Vasco

Drivers who use Vasco Road to travel from the East Contra Costa region to Alameda County and beyond may want to find another route next week.

Weather permitting, contractors will be doing road work on the busy thoroughfare from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 between Camino Diablo and Brushy Creek to replace roadway delineators, according to a Contra Costa County Public Works department news release.

Traffic will be controlled throughout the work area. Electronic signs will warn drivers of the upcoming road work to change the dividers.

Motorists should expect delays and allow for extra travel time.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

ANTIOCH

Animal rescue group seeks volunteers

An East Contra Costa animal rescue group is looking for a few kindhearted volunteers to help care for abandoned dogs and cats until they find new homes.

Homeless Animals Response Program is holding a workshop for new volunteers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at Melo's Pizza and Pasta, 6580 Lone Tree Way. Participants will learn about volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit organization.

Volunteers can choose activities that are a good match for their interests and skills such as fundraising projects, volunteer development, administrative duties, and adoption programs, according to a HARP news release.

For more information, call 925-431-8546 or email karen.kops@harp-rescue.org.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Reception to highlight art banners

A Feb. 28 reception will highlight the art banners titled "Shifting Perception on the Urban Edge."

The banners include photographs and comments from far East County farmers.

Hosted by the East Contra Costa Historical Society and the city of Brentwood, the 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. reception will be held at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street. It will take place on the second floor, where the banners are being displayed as part of the Public Art Walls exhibit.

At 7:30 p.m., there will be an introduction of the local farmers and farm families that took part in this art project. For more details, call the city's Parks and Recreation department at 925-516-5364.

-- Paula King