BRENTWOOD

Spiral monkey stolen from Veterans Park

A spiral monkey has been stolen from Brentwood's Granville Green Park. The monkey is a piece of public art that was taken from a park bench during the week of May 20, according to city officials.

During the theft of the artwork, the bench was moderately damaged. The Brentwood Arts Commission will work with the artist to determine possible replacement or relocation to another park.

There are no suspects. Anyone with information should call Brentwood police at 925-778-2441.

-- Paula King, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Sungold Park has new interpretive signs

Local residents who want to learn more about area history and nature should check out the new interpretive signs posted at Sungold Park.

The park is located in the Carmel Estates subdivision, which is off Minnesota Avenue and south of Sand Creek Road.

The signs are located along Marsh Creek and include one on Brentwood's railroad history, a second on creek wildlife and another on the bioretention basin.

The park is a project by Meritage Homes that is being built in conjunction with its new development.

-- Paula King

BAY POINT

Workshop on aging pool set for Saturday

A workshop to gather public comments on possible improvements to Ambrose Park will be Saturday at Ambrose Park.

Late last year, plans to demolish the park's aging lap pool, which was closed in 2009 for safety reasons, and replace it with a children's pool fell through.

Ambrose Park is in Pittsburg, but the 12-acre park is owned and maintained by the Ambrose Recreation and Park District.

Saturday's meeting is the second of four workshops set by park district board members to gather comments from residents about options for making improvements at the park, which has fallen into disrepair. Options include rebidding the children's pool, renovating the existing lap pool, or spending available funds on other park improvements such as an amphitheater, a new full-court basketball area and two new tennis courts.

Those who attend Saturday's meeting, which begins at 10 a.m., will have the opportunity to get a close-up look at the existing pool and its associated buildings. Ambrose Park is at 125 Memorial Way near the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station. For more information, call 925-458-1601.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BYRON

Byron Lions Club fundraiser set for Saturday

Cowgirls and Indians are the theme of Byron Delta Lions Club's charity fundraiser on Saturday.

The festivities will be 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at DeLuna Ranch, 7540 Balfour Road, Brentwood.

Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at either the UPS store in Discovery Bay or Fancy Hoofs in Knightsen.

The evening includes a cowgirl-style "bling" fashion show, an Indian motorcycle exhibit, a Western barbecue dinner from Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a no-host bar, dancing to live music by the Gin House band, and line dancing lessons. The all-woman nonprofit service organization will use the proceeds to help the visually and hearing-impaired.

For more information, call Wendy at 925-634-5289 or go to www.byrondeltalions.org.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

OAKLEY

Contra Costa Library commissioners are sought

Those who love libraries and want to share what they offer with Oakley's increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse community are invited to apply to represent the city on the county's library commission.

The city is accepting applications until 5 p.m. June 17, and the City Council will consider them on June 25. The current appointee's term expires June 30.

The 29-member Contra Costa County Library Commission is an advisory body to the county board of supervisors and the county librarian.

The group meets every other month starting in January on the fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library's administrative offices in Pleasant Hill.

More information on the commission is available at http://guides.ccclib.org/commission. To obtain an application, call Libby Vreonis at 925-625-7013 or email vreonis@ci.oakley.ca.us.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff