PITTSBURG

Conference on teachings of Islam on Friday

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Contra Costa County will hold a conference Friday on the teachings of Islam at Los Medanos College.

The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. in Room 136 of the science building at Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg.

Imam Raqib Wali, president of the Central Valley Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and Imam Mubushar Ahmad of the Northwest Region of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, will speak at the conference and answer questions.

For more information, call Khurram Shah, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Contra Costa County, at 925-260-4764.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

ANTIOCH

High school marching band performs at A's game

The AHS Marching Band will strut its way to the Oakland A's game on Monday.

The award-winning band will perform the "Star Spangled Banner" during the game against the Houston Astros.

Principal Louie Rocha said a successful showing at the Northern California Festivals this year helped earn the group the privilege. Band director Tony Cavalleri submitted an application, which met all criteria.

Rocha plans on attending the 7:05 game, and said tickets are still available for the Jackie Robinson Day event.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

BAY POINT

Dangers of 'alcopop' presentation is set


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A presentation will be held Friday at Riverview Middle School in Bay Point on the dangers of "alcopop," which are flavored alcoholic beverages sold in brightly-colored large cans that are popular with underage drinkers.

The event takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 501 at Riverview Middle School, 205 Pacifica Ave. Those who attend the event are asked to check in first with the school office.

The event is sponsored by Contra Costa County's Friday Night Live program. For more information, call Thania Balcorta, Friday Night Live coordinator, at 925-687-8844 ext. 241.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Allan Jones to be remembered at Celebration of Life

A beloved educator and music teacher will be honored with a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. April 21.

Allan Jones, who taught at Liberty High from 1957-1984, passed away on March 20 at 83.

Fittingly, the event will be held at the Brentwood school's Allan E. Jones Performing Center, 850 Second St.

Carey Hurst, current band director, is spearheading the music portion of the day.

"The Liberty band will have a major part in the event, and we would like as many alumni to be able to participate," Hurst said.

If interested, or if you know of any former students of Jones, contact Hurst at hurstc@luhsd.net.

Following music selections and sharing, a reception will be held with light snacks and refreshment for all who attend. For more information, call 925-634-3521.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

ANTIOCH

Cancer survivors to gather for Relay for Life event

Local residents who have beaten cancer will gather downtown in celebration next weekend with their family, friends and caregivers.

The Antioch chapter of Relay for Life will hold its first ever Car and Bike Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot of City Hall, 200 H St.

Festivities will include the automobiles, raffles, special guest speakers, food and music.

The survivor celebrations the last few years have featured fashion shows and teas. This year, the Relay for Life group is trying "to bring in the male point of view," event chair Judy Dawson said.

"Males get cancer too. We thought this would be an exciting way to honor the survivors and show what the American Cancer Society does," she said. "We're very excited to get this off the ground."

Survivors will enjoy a free box lunch and other surprises, according to a news release. There will be some items available to all for a small fee.

All proceeds will go to the local Relay for Life event, which will be held June 22 at Los Medanos College.

For more information, contact Tambra Divine at 925-768-0785 or rtdivine@comcast.net.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff