Classes/Workshops

  • Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance training: 6 p.m. Fridays through March. Don't know how to do your own taxes but willing to learn? Experienced trainers will lead you through the process using the simple web interface, "My Free Taxes." For those with an income $57,000 or below. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. For information, go to www.opportunityjunction.org /taxes, or call 925-776-1133.

  • Employer Breakfast Seminar-Managing Unemployment Insurance Cost: 7:30 a.m. March 19, Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Co-sponsored by The Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council, and The California Employment Development Department. Members $35, nonmembers $50. RSVP by March 14. For membership or registration information: James Ranger, 925-602-3996 or www.cccea.com.

  • Email Basics: 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 19 and 6-9 p.m. Mondays beginning March 25, Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. This free two-week class is part of a series introducing beginners to popular computer programs. Sign up at www.opportunityjunction.org/evening, or call 925-776-1133.

  • Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Dance Class: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Fridays, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Sponsored by the Ambrose Recreation and Park District. Adults and children 6 and older learn dances from different regions in Mexico. Information and registration: Ester Torres, 925-497-4239.


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  • Spanish Pesticide Safety for Handlers class: 8-11 a.m. 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

  • East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated meet: 11:30 a.m. March 13, Discovery Bay Country Club, 1475 Clubhouse Drive, Discovery Bay. Program: Carol Hadley, president of the California Federation of Republican Women, and former Assemblywoman Lynne Lynch speak. Guests welcome. For reservations and information, call 925-266-7674.

  • Liberty Grad Night Committee meets: 6:30 p.m. March 13, Liberty High School, 820 Second St., Brentwood. Need of parent and community volunteers to help provide a safe and sober graduation for the LHS class of 2013. For information, contact Lorraine Simpkins at simpkinsnorth@aol.com or 925-513-8677.

  • Digital Tour of Contra Costa Trails: 7 p.m. March 14, REI Brentwood, 2475 Sand Creek Road. Naturalist Mike Moran will show you spring at its finest as he takes you on a digital tour of Contra Costa County's trails showcasing the green hillsides, carpets of wildflowers, brimming creeks and nesting birds. Free. 925-516-3540.

  • Nature Craft Program-Bunnies and Squirrels: 10 a.m.-noon March 16, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood. A great program for kids where they learn about the desert cottontails and California ground squirrels that live around the center lead by Naturalist Briana Moore. Make a take-home craft after the program. No reservations required. Parking fees may apply. 925-240-2440 or email goltman@ccwater.com.

  • Brentwood Bike Co. Cycling Swap Meet: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16, 7740 Brentwood Blvd. Open to anyone with a box of old bike goodies that need a new home. Road, MTB, BMX, Fixies, and anything bicycle related. Others festivities will include wine tasting and more. Free. Vendors and sellers welcome for free, but must register for a space. 925-634-5000.

  • Contra Costa Youth Summit: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16, Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Keynote Speaker Jeremy Newberry, former 49er and Antioch native, will kick off the event with a presentation reinforcing the summit's theme of "Choose To Be Cool" -- making sound decisions, self-control and chilling out. Information on finances, job preparation, athletics, college preparation, CPR training, live entertainment, K-9 demonstrations and more. Sponsored by Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. For information, call 925-427-8138 or go to, http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index.aspx? NID=2839.

  • A Cupcake for You at the End of the Rainbow: 3-5 p.m. March 17, Somersville Town Center, center court, 2556 Somersville Road, Antioch. Children are invited to decorate at St. Patrick's Day cupcake in celebration of the holiday. Free. 925-778-5055, linda.mathias@macerich.com.

  • State of Education: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 19, Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building, 1750 Harbor St. The program will provide a look at several facets of education in Pittsburg including public school options for elementary, secondary and higher education. Trade show, PHS Jazz Band performance and guest speakers. Sponsored by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. Admission free; donations appreciated for the PHS band program. Registration required: 925-432-7301 or chamber@pittsburgchamber.org.

  • TechPalooza 2013: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. March 19, Los Medanos College, music building, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Panelist from Ypcom, Microsoft, Barracuda Networks, Review Armor and more, speak on business marketing technology. Get you technology questions answered by experts. Tickets $65 at the door (includes lunch). Registration: http://www.techpalooza.com.

  • Brentwood Spring Boutique: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23, Sunset Plaza, 7710 Brentwood Blvd. Local businesses will present family friendly products and services. Also includes food, live music, bounce houses, story telling, clowns, face painting, raffles and crafts. Free. Sponsored by Everything Kids Guide. 925-848-5966, http://brentwoodfun.com.

  • 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.

  • Spring into Oakley: 9 a.m.-noon March 23, Red Men & Pocohontas Hall, 1403 Main St. Oakley. Sponsored by the Improved Order of Red Men & Degree of Pocahontas and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce. Coloring corner, photos with the Easter Bunny, more. Black Bear Diner pancakes, sausage, bacon, egg casserole, juice. Adults $10, children $5, mimosas $3. Registration: http://oakleychamber.com/events/spring-into-oakley.

  • Bay Area Orienteering Club TrailCross: Registration 8:30 a.m. March 24. Enjoy a fun 5 km, 10 km, or 10-mile romp in the scenic hills of Black Diamond Mines. Grass will be green and ground, soft. Views will be out to the Bay in several directions, and all the way to Mount Diablo, but you have to earn them Trails are quite steep in this park. Are you up to the challenge? $3-$33. For information and registration, go to http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/2013/Black_Diamond. 510-681-6181.

  • 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, www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/antioch.

    Fundraisers

  • Bethel Island Women's Club Hospice Luncheon and Bingo: Doors open noon, lunch 1 p.m. March 9. Bingo follows lunch. Lasagna and dessert $12. Proceeds benefit those in hospice care. Tickets and information, Shirley, 925-684-2278 or Helen, 925-684-0968.

  • The Delta Dawgs Baseball Club Third annual Crab Feed: 6 p.m. March 15, 2013, Brentwood Veteran's Memorial Hall, 757 First St., Brentwood. Fresh crab will be served along with pasta, salad, French bread, wine and beer. Other festivities include a silent auction with autographed sports memorabilia, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a DJ. $55. For information and tickets: 925-354-1200 or go to www.ddbaseball.com.

  • Summerset IV Eighth annual Spring Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 16, Orchard View Lodge, 770 Centennial Way Brentwood. Proceeds benefit the Garin Elementary School library. Baked goods, handmade jewelry, candles, bird and doll houses, hourly drawings, hair accessories, more. Lunch available for purchase. Free admission. For information, go to www.brentwoodholidayboutiques.info.

  • Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch annual Tri-Tip Dinner: 5 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner March 23, Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Raffles, live and silent auction, more. $15, children 10 and younger $7.50. Tickets: Romano Marchetti, 925-757-5472; Kay Power, 925-757-2151; Barney Parsons, 925-757-8138. Business sponsors, call George, 925-20-0849.

  • Royal Family Tea: 2-4 p.m. April 6, Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit the Royal Family Kids Camp serving local foster children. Special music, guest speakers, food, dessert and silent auctions. $15. Best suited for children ages 8 and older. Angela Gallegos, 925-437-3245 or angelabycreation@att.net.

  • Mike "Bear Cub" Truitt Memorial Motorcycle Ride: Registration 8:30 a.m. April 27, Antioch Police Department, Community Room, 300 L St. Motorcycle ride from Antioch to Ironstone Vineyard in Murphys with proceeds benefiting the Truitt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Riders $25, passengers $20 (lunch included). Sponsored by the Sacred Sons Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. 925-956-8934, www.facebook.com/SacredSonsMotorcycleClub?fref=ts.

    Health

  • Overeaters Anonymous HOW meets: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Antioch Kaiser, 4501 Sand Creek Road.

    For details and meeting room location, call Nori, 925-267-3697.

  • John Muir-Health Caring Hands Cargivers Program seeking volunteers: Training March 22. 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. Call Linda Groobin at 925-952-2999 or email lgroobin@johnmuirhealth.com to set up an orientation before March 22 training.

  • 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

  • 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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