Classes/Workshops

  • Antioch Spring Break Art Camp: 1-4 p.m. April 2-4, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way. For ages 6-12. A three-day camp exploring drawing, painting, collage and sculpture with a variety of media and themes. Creative self-expression is highly encouraged! Each day includes projects, activities. Bring own snacks and drinks. $87-$97 plus $20 material fee. 925-776-3050, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

  • Prepare for U. S. Citizenship class: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3-May 8. Learn U.S. history and government in preparation for the U.S. citizenship test. Students must be high-to-intermediate in ESL level to enroll. $45. Liberty Adult Education, 929 Second St., Brentwood. 925-634-2565, wwwlibertyadulted.org.

  • Baby-sitting Safety and Certification: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. For ages 12 years and up. Learn CPR, choking, water hazards, fun activities to entertain children, infant and child feeding, diapering procedures, providing emergency care, basic first aid care, more. Class includes a certification card and book. $54-$64. Bring a bag lunch. 925-776-3050, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

  • Mickaboo Companion Basic Bird Class: 5-8 p.m. April 16, Shadow Lakes Golf Course Events Center, 401 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood. Learn how to care for a companion bird. Adopt, foster or volunteer at the Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. Meet some of these feathered friends. Free. 925-550-8380, www.mickaboo.org/classes.html.


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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Bay Point Spring Easter Egg Hunt and Holiday Celebration: 8:30 a.m.-noon March 30, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Egg hunts, face painting, carnival games, more. 925-458-1601, www.ambroserec.org.

  • Bay Point Town Hall Meeting: 6-7 p.m. April 2, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road. Residents discuss issues and concerns with county staff. Staff will also discuss Northern Waterfront Development Initiative. 925-335-8200.

  • Riverview Garden Club meets: 7 p.m. April 2, Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St. Guest speaker Andrew Pierce, Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District, will discuss mosquitoes and the West Nile virus. Guests and new members welcome. Information: 925-439-4483.

  • Ambrose Lions Club Spring Carnival: 4 p.m. April 4; noon April 5-7, corner of Willow Pass Road and Clearland Drive, Bay Point. Rides, midway games, food. Proceeds benefit high school scholarships and community programs. Unlimited ride coupons $20 by April 3, $25 at the door. Other tickets options are: $1 per ticket, 24 for $23, 80 for $70 at the door. All rides require 3-5 tickets. To purchase coupons, call 925-709-0557 or 925-642-7158.

  • 71st annual Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan-Corregidor: Noon April 6, Filipino-American Cultural Center, 345 Central Ave., Pittsburg. Exhibits, lunch, more. Adults $15, children $8 (includes lunch). Information: 925-301-6107.

  • Relay for Life Trivia Night: 5:30 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. games April 6, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Trivia games, no-host bar, desserts, prizes, more. $25 by April 1. No tickets sold at the door. Best suited for adults. 925-550-1182, 925-584-8708.

  • East Contra Costa Historical Society Museum opens: 2-4 p.m. April 6, 3890 Sellers Ave., Brentwood. Museum tours, car show, special kid's events, more. Free admission. 925-679-1024, http://ecchs.net.

  • Black Diamond Mines Model Railroad Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6-7 and 13-14, 425 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Operating HO scale layout. Adults $2; seniors 60 and older and children 6-12, $1; children younger than 6 free. 925-779-1964, www.blackdiamondlines.com.

  • East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated Meeting: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 11, Cap's Oak Street Bar & Grill, 144 Oak St., Brentwood. Speaker Tom Vaillancourt discusses Obamacare. Guests welcome. 925-286-7674, mksnell444@hotmail.com.

  • Survivor Ice Cream Social: 2-4 p.m. April 14, Club Meganos, Trilogy at the Vineyards, 1700 Trilogy Parkway, Brentwood. Oakley and Brentwood Relay for Life come together to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers. Win prizes, meet survivors, eat ice cream, get information of how to join Relay for Life. Free for survivors, $5 donation for caregivers and guests. RSVP: Wendy, 925-679-9915, wendyrobertson@comcast.net; Linda, 925-963-4466, upcastle@comcast.net.

  • Homeschool Informational Meeting: 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 15, Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St. Learn about the E.N.C.O.R.E., the Independent Study Program through the Antioch Unified School District. For information, call 925-706-5366.

  • Ambrose Community Center Improvement Day: 9 a.m.- noon April 20, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Join other volunteers to help paint, repair and restore some luster to the Ambrose Community Center. To sign up or for information, call 925-458-1601, www.ambroserec.org.

  • Family Earth Day Celebration and Tour: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. April 20, 1300 Loveridge Road, Pittsburg. Mt. Diablo Recycling Facility hosts "Reuse and then Recycle" tours featuring a look at the colossal recycling machine "Big Blue." Get a free mini recycling container and information on residential recycling. Free. RSVP by April 12. Nicole Impagliazzo, 925-692-2224, nicole@garaventaent.com.

  • It's Rodeo Roundup Time: 4 p.m. April 26, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Mosey on down for a rootin,' tootin' good time as Cowgirl Jessie delights her preschool partners with stories and magic. Miss Jessie will be available for some meet and greet photo time. Best suited for ages toddler to 5. Free. 925-516-5444.

  • Movies in the Park: 8 p.m. April 26, City Park, 710 Second St., Brentwood. Bring the whole family for a night of fun watching "The Sandlot." Bring lawn chairs, picnic dinner and a blanket. 925-516-5444.

  • Antioch Dunes National Refuge tours: A docent-led 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

  • East County Military Families and Friends e-waste event: 8 a.m.-noon March 30, 708 W. Second St., Antioch. Proceeds benefit East County Military Families and Friends. Bring your unwanted TVs, computers, monitors, car batteries, printers, cell phones and more. For a full list of acceptable items, call 925-206-4113.

  • Special Haven BeerFest: Noon-4 p.m. April 6, Schooner's Grille & Brewery, 4250 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Proceeds benefit Special Haven. Beer sampling, silent auction with San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers autographed items. Food for purchase. First 200 participants receive a souvenir beer glass. $20. For tickets, email davechuey@yahoo.com, http://specialhavenbeerfest2013.eventbrite.com. Information: www.specialhaven.org.

  • 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.

  • Texas Hold 'Em Tournament-Help Feed the Hungry Fundraiser: Dinner 5:30 p.m.; play 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 13, VFW, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit Loaves and Fishes feeding those in need in Antioch. Dinner served by Antioch Lions Club, no-host bar, poker, cash prizes. $65. Register by April 1 and receive $200 in extra chips. Tickets: 925-687-6760, www.loavesfishescc.org or send check to Loaves and Fishes, 1985 Bonifacio St., Suite 100, Concord 94520.

  • East County Veterans Center Arts & Craft Boutique: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20, 1023 Second St., Antioch. Arts, crafts, vendors, more. Come out and support our veterans. Vendors and craft tables $25. Benefits East County Veterans Resource Center. Josie, 925-206-4113.

  • Boy Scout Troop 195 Spaghetti Dinner and Auction: 5 p.m. April 20, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2201 Golf Course Road, Pittsburg. Proceeds will be used for camps, adventure activities, equipment, more. Dinner, silent, live and dessert auctions. Admission $25, children $5. Tickets: http://pittsburgtroop195-zvents.eventbrite.com.

  • Lions Club Hawaiian Luau: 5 p.m. April 20, 175 Alvarado Ave., Pittsburg. Proceeds benefit the visually impaired. Wear your Hawaiian shirt or muumuu while you join others for a Mai Tai during a fun-filled evening. $35. Tickets: 925 432-3013.

  • 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

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 27, Delta Community Presbyterian Church, 1900 Willow Lake Road, Discovery Bay. For appointments, call 800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: DISCOBAY.

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes: 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch. Free. Registration: Dina Osakue, 925-754-7772.

  • Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W. 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 Caregivers 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.

  • Living Better After 50: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. April 13, Pittsburg Adult Education Center, Community Resource Building, 1001 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg. Motivational speaker and workshops including financial protection, nutrition, health, relaxation, gardening and more. Sponsored by Area Agency on Aging, East County Senior Coalition and PAEC. $5 includes light breakfast, lunch, raffle. Registration: 925-473-4460, www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index.aspx? NID=3440.

  • 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

  • Discovery Bay T-ball registration: Begins April 13 for children 3-6. $95 includes jersey, cap, equipment, insurance, trophy, end-of-season party, more. For details, call 925-408-8332, dovemedia@aol.com.

  • Pittsburg Bocce Ball League Sign-ups: Pittsburg Summer Bocce League April 30 through September. Open Night Division $220 per team and $190 for the Senior Division, open to adults age 50 years and older. Open Night Games are played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Senior Division games are played on Tuesday evenings. Information and registration: Ginny Nelson, 925-229-3312 or to VNelson1947@juno.com.

  • 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 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 difference in the lives of 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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