BRENTWOOD

Public hearing Friday on high-density housing

Neighbors near a proposed Balfour Road and Griffith Lane high-density residential project have filed an appeal against the project due its concerns over additional noise, traffic and the density of the planned 160 lots on 42 acres.

A special public hearing for the Ferro-Ronconi project will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. A public hearing that was planned for the June 11 Brentwood City Council meeting was continued so the developer and neighbors could meet and discuss the concerns of residents.

The developer has requested that some of the project's amenities be removed to make the project economically feasible. Area neighbors are arguing that these conditions are in place to ensure the safety and quality of life of the neighborhood and they are demanding a new sound wall and improvements to McClarren Park, which is the city's second oldest park and has been vandalized.

-- Paula King, Staff

DISCOVERY BAY

Campout is Saturday at Cornell Park

Hundreds of town residents are planning to spend Saturday night sleeping under the stars.

The town's third annual Great American Campout event will take place Saturday at Cornell Park. The event will include activities from the National Wildlife Foundation, Ranger Rick and a visitor from the NBC Today Show.

Though hundreds of communities participate in the program, event organizers say Discovery Bay's group was the nation's largest.

Activities include a sky lantern release, flashlight scavenger hunt, wall climbing walls, games, camping classes, geocaching, stargazing, celebrity wildlife show and pizza-eating contest.

Camping gear, including tents bedrolls and sleeping bags, can be borrowed for free from REI.

For more information or to register, visit the Discovery Bay Community Campout Facebook page or www.backyardcampout.org.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

OAKLEY

Science Center needs volunteers Saturday

The Delta Science Center is looking for volunteers Saturday to help transplant rice from its learning lab nursery to its main fields on Jersey Island.

The transplanting project is part of the Center's AFRI Rice Culture Mitigation Grant project that is testing whether it would be beneficial for the environment to add rice fields to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta islands. The program is part of a USDA grant involving UC Davis, UC Berkeley, The Delta Science Center and Freedom High School.

Once the transplanting of the rice fields is completed, Freedom High School students will be able to beginning testing air for carbon emissions, soil and water testing.

For more information see www.deltasciencecenter.blogspot.com, email info@deltasciencecenter.org or call 925-289-5711.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

PITTSBURG

Red Cross offers disaster training

The Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross holds a free training workshop to help local businesses and nonprofits develop a plan for emergencies and recover from disasters by creating an organizational resilience plan. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Faith Worship Center Ministries, 2170 Harbor Way in Pittsburg. To register, contact Irene Saunders at 510-595-4448 or irene.saunders@redcross.org

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

PITTSBURG

Swim lessons set for Sullenberger center

The Sullenberger Swim Center is offering swim lessons for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

Upcoming sessions will take place July 8-18, July 22-Aug 1. and Aug. 5-15. Sign-ups are at the Pittsburg Senior Center at 300 Presidio Lane. The fee is $40 per person for eight lessons. Scholarships are available for low-income residents of Pittsburg and Bay Point. For more information, call recreation coordinator Lollie Gutierrez at 925-252-4842.

--Eve Mitchell, Staff