EAST COUNTY

Library patrons asked to fill out survey

Ever want to make your branch of the Contra Costa County's library more suited to your needs? Would you like to see more mystery books, children events or computers when you make a visit.? Then take a three-minute online survey by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CT77JWT by July 31 and make your voice heard.

It's all part of long-range planning process to make the library more valuable and useful to all county residents.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

PITTSBURG

Summer grants awarded to local agencies

Los Medanos Community Healthcare District has awarded summer grants to 10 local agencies to help accomplish health-related goals that include reducing childhood obesity and promoting vitality in East County areas served by the district.

The grant recipients include All Star Cheer Reaction, Sports & Fitness for Kids, city of Pittsburg, Souljahs, APT Sports and adult education services provided through the Pittsburg Unified School District.

The district also announced that 10 young adults will participate in its 2013 summer internship program that will focus on environmental issues. The interns will do research on companies that have been identified as environmental polluters and then present their findings to community groups.

The district, which is funded by a 1 percent property tax, distributes community grants to support health and wellness programs that serve residents of Pittsburg, Bay Point, Clyde, Clayton and unincorporated Antioch.

"The Healthcare District's mission is to cultivate a community in which good health may flourish for all District residents. Our community and its residents rely on us to uphold this mission through diverse programs and resources," Bobbi Palmer, the district's chief executive officer said in a statement.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

PITTSBURG

Informational meetings set for college academy

Los Medanos College will hold two informational sessions next week on its Fundamental Business Skills Career Academy that will be offered during the upcoming fall semester.

The informational sessions for the Career Academy program will take place July 22 and July 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the college's library community room, L109, 2700 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg.

The Career Academy will teach skills required for a business career such as Microsoft Office and basic math and English for business and professional business communications.

To obtain more information or reserve a space for the July 22 and July 24 informational sessions, go to www.losmedanos.edu/careeradvancement. You can also contact Melina Rodriguez at 925-439-2181, ext. 3276, or mrodriguez@losmedanos.edu for more information.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BAY POINT

Free basketball camps are offered

Free basketball camps for kids are being offered at Ambrose Community Center.

Openings are available in three week-long camps, which will take place weekdays from Aug. 5-9, Aug, 12-16 and Aug. 19-23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The first week of camp, July 29-Aug. 2, is already full.

The camps are open to children between the ages of 8 and 10 years. Each child who participates will receive a T-shirt and basketball. On the last day, participants will play a five-on-five basketball game. Snacks and isotonic drinks will be provided each day.

The camp is free, thanks to grant funding provided by the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District and a nonprofit collaboration between the Ambrose Recreation & Park District and Sports & Fitness for Kids.

Registration is under way at the Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road in Bay Point. For more information, go to www.ambroserec.org or call 925-458-1601.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff