Classes/Workshops

  • 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.

  • Word Resume Basics: 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 23 and 6-9 p.m. Mondays beginning April 29, Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. This free two-week class will teach the basics of building a professional resume in Microsoft Word. Sign up in advance 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.

  • 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 Historical Society 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 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.

  • Survivor Celebration Car and Bike Show: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13, Antioch City Hall parking lot, Third and H streets. A fun-filled day with a car and motorcycle show, raffles, guest speakers, food, and music to celebrate cancer survivors. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Antioch. For survivors, their families, friends and caregivers. Show entry fee $10. Tambra, 925-768-0785 or rtdivine@comcast.net. www.relayforlife.org/antiochca.

  • 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@comcost.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.

  • 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.

  • Volunteers needed for Ambrose Community Center Cleanup: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Light cleanup work, painting and light cleaning. Light refreshments before and after. To sign up, call Leslie Palaroan, Habitat for Humanity, 510 251-6304, ext. 324.

  • Spring Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour: 1-5 p.m. May 4. Self-guided tour sampling food at 10 Brentwood restaurants in Sand Creek Crossing and the Streets of Brentwood. $20, $30 for two. Everyone has a chance to win $100. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brentwoodchamber.com or at the chamber office, 8440 Brentwood Blvd. Ste. C. Brentwood. 925-634-3344.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Brentwood Elementary School Bazaar: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20, 200 Griffith Lane, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit school programs. Over 150 vendors with tools, fishing gear, home decor, candles, beauty products, clothing and more. Will also have a variety of gently used items. For information, call 925-516-4338 or email brentwoodbazaar@yahoo.com

  • 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, more. 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.

  • Liberty High School Grad Night "Shred This": 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 20, 850 Second St., Brentwood. Proceeds benefit Liberty High Grad Night events. Bring your unwanted documents for destruction in bankers boxes for $5 or garbage bags for $10. Limit of five boxes or bags per person. Additional prices apply for more than five containers. Call Shred This LLC, 877-653-3691, for more information.

  • Opportunity Junction 2013 Gala-Imagine Being the Inspiration: 6 p.m. April 27, Diablo Country Club, Diablo. Live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, more. To donate items for the auction, call Rebecca Riley, 925-776-1133. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities to www.opportunityjunction.org/imagine/the-2013-imagine-gala.

  • 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.

  • Meals On Wheels Champagne Cruise: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. April 27, San Joaquin Yacht Club, 550 River View Place, Bethel Island. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Enjoy a four-hour yacht cruise on the Delta with champagne and appetizers followed by dinner and dancing. RSVP by April 15: Kathy Stein 925-209-9939. www.sjyc.org/mow.

  • Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament: Registration 9:30 a.m., shotgun start 11 a.m. April 29, Discovery Bay Golf and Country Club, 1475 Clubhouse Drive. Proceeds benefit Brentwood Police Activities League and the Harvest Park Bowl Youth Scholarship program. Prizes, hole-in-one contest, raffles. $150 includes tournament shirt, green fees, golf cart, range balls, lunch, awards dinner. Dinner only $30 or $50 for two.

    Registration and information: www.HarvestParkGolfEvent.org, 925-516-1221, ext. 102, jeannine@harvestparkbowl.com.

  • Diablo Valley Mustang Association Show 'n Shine Car Show: 10 a.m. -3 p.m. May 4, Prewett Water Park, 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Proceeds benefits the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. An all Ford and Mustang show. Registration $25, $30 day of event. Spectators are free. Information, registration: www.dvma.org.

    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, http://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

  • Bay Point Youth Sports Soccer League: Soccer for youth 6-8 years begins 9:30 a.m. April 13, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Offers youth a positive experience while learning soccer skills. $10 includes T-shirt, snacks, awards. Registration: 925-458-1601, www.ambroserec.org.

  • Discovery Bay T-ball registration: Begins April 13 for 3 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 50 years of age 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 at 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-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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