PITTSBURG

Sullenberger pool will reopen on Saturday

The Sullenberger Swim Center at Buchanan Park will open this Saturday for the 2013 swim season.

From May 4 through June 9, the outdoor pool will be open on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

From June 12 through Aug, 25, the pool will extend its days of operation from Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The daily rate to use the pool is $5 for adults and $3 for youth 17 years and under.

Buchanan Park is located at Buchanan Road and Harbor Street. For more information, call 925-252-4842.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

ANTIOCH

Deer Valley Grad Night fundraiser is Friday

Deer Valley High hosts the last of its fundraisers for this year's big Grad Night event.

The first is set from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 8 at Schooner's, 4250 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. From 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 15 is a money-maker at Dad's BBQ, 785 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg.

A portion from each event will benefit the fun-filled night for graduating seniors from the Antioch school.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

Pittsburg

Olympians offer youths training on Saturday


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Olympic gold medalist Eddie Hart will be among five Olympic champions offering training to youth at the eighth annual Eddie Hart All-In-One Foundation track and field clinic that takes place Saturday at Pittsburg High School.

Hart, a Pittsburg resident, anchored the U.S. 4x100 meter relay team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and is the founder of the All-In-One nonprofit, which provides athletic, educational and social activities for local youth.

Some of the other gold medalists participating the clinic are pole vaulter Don Bragg, the 1960 gold medalist in Rome; Edith McGuire, who won gold in the 200 meter in 1964 in Tokyo; long jumper Randy Williams, who won gold in 1972 in Munich; and Millard Hampton, a member of the 4x100-meter relay team in 1976 in Montreal.

Saturday's clinic, which is free and includes lunch, starts at 8 a.m. in the Pirate Stadium.

The Olympians participating in the clinic will also attend an Olympian Recognition Dinner that takes place at Pittsburg Yacht Club at 7 p.m. Saturday. Reserved tickets are $50 and are available by calling 925-518-9983.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

OAKLEY

Immigrants can get help on citizenship papers

Immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens can get help completing the paperwork at a free event next month.

St. Anthony Catholic Church will host its second citizenship drive starting at 9 a.m. May 4 at 971 O'Hara Ave, Oakley.

Participants must schedule an appointment by calling 925-237-8581, ext. 11. Appointments are available until 2 p.m.

Individuals also must be legal permanent residents. Those married to a U.S. citizen must have held that status for three years; others must have obtained legal residency at least five years ago.

Applicants also must pay a $680 fee. Certificated immigration attorneys will review the applications before they're sent to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

This event also will offer free legal advice for those who came to the U.S. illegally as a youngster and now want to postpone deportation under the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Law students and attorneys will be on hand to discuss the eligibility requirements and answer other questions.

Those attending the workshop should bring their eligibility supporting documents. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Call 925-237-8581, ext. 11.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

Pittsburg

Farmers market will open for the season

The farmers market returns on Saturday for its 10th season in the city.

The market will operate every other Saturday starting May 4 and continuing through Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Town Plaza.

The Pittsburg farmers market is operated by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, which brings fresh produce to more than 60 cities in the Bay Area.

Saturday's opening day for the Pittsburg market will feature free carrot cake, cooking demonstrations, promotional giveaways, and arts and craft activities for children in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association.

For more information, call 925-825-9090 or 1-800-949-FARM or go to www.pcfma.com.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

EAST COUNTY

News cartoonist wins top state award

The News picked up a top award and several blue ribbons for its work over the past year in the recent California Newspaper Publishers Association contest.

Cartoonist Annette Balesteri of Antioch won first place for her "On the Fence" election cartoon on Oct. 26, 2012. Reporter Rowena Coetsee also won a blue ribbon for being in the top 10 percent in the Best Writing category for her feature story about an Oakley man with a passion for daffodils, which ran March 16, 2012. Other blue ribbon winners included Carol Gardner for best layout and design, and Gardner and editor Judith Prieve for Best Front Page on Sept. 14, 2012.

-- Staff

BYRON

Fundraiser set for town's former library building

Some Byron residents are planning a fundraiser this month so they can make improvements to the town's former library building.

Byron Community Library Club will hold a chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. May 19 at the Wild Idol Saloon's park on Main Street, which adjoins the library building.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for a child's hot dog dinner.

Rod Linn and the Hillbilly Dawgs will provide country music, and there will be a raffle for prizes, including a wine tasting, movie passes and dinner gift certificates.

Although the building that once housed the books closed years ago, the library club has continued to care for it.

Members now want to build a patio behind the structure and do some major plumbing repairs.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff