East County is hopping with happenings. Here are just a few:

MAINE EVENT: A fundraiser will feature karate demos, music and dance, but the focus has its serious side.

The Main Event, set from 4-6 p.m. Friday at Deer Valley High, puts at-risk babies in the spotlight.

Hosted by the Circle K Club (Kiwanis International auxiliary), the event will raise money for "mothers worldwide who are unable to receive their tetanus shots" and risk losing their babies.

According to the news release, "every nine minutes a baby dies of Maternal Neonatal Tetanus. It only costs $1.80 and a series of three shots to save their lives.

Project Eliminate of Kiwanis International and UNICEF have been working to help raise funds and awareness for this disease.

The Los Medanos College Circle K group, along with the Antioch, Brentwood and Pittsburg Kiwanis Clubs and the AMAPA-4-Kids, has organized the entertaining event.

The day features martial arts performances by Delta One Martial Arts of Antioch, East Bay Karate-Do of Pittsburg, Pallen's Martial Arts and Solistic Martial Arts (both of San Pablo) and the AMAPA all-star demo team.

Also on hand will be the Benicia Ballet Academy, local hip-hop group Born-2-Gig, Team Loopkicks' martial arts champs and music by the First Baptist Church Gospel choir.


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Tickets are $10. For more info, visit www.amapa4kids.org, call 925-753-1167 or email amapa4kids@gmail.com.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: A day of teaching and training for disasters is on hand during the sixth annual Safety and Emergency Preparedness Fair, which runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Church, 2350 JefferyWay in Antioch.

The free event features an array of providers, including several police departments, school district representatives, PG&E, the county search and rescue team, Contra Costa fire department, American Red Cross, Brentwood Rotary Club, U.S. Coast Guard, county health services and animal services.

There will also be child finger printing, earthquake safety tips, and Dutch oven cooking tips.

As a bonus, a CalStar helicopter will arrive at the site around noon. And, a barbecue lunch will be served to the first 1,500 attendees.

According to the news release, "preparedness is the key to survival in a disaster. It's not if but when." For more information, email ssfox@sbcglobal.net or call 925-757-4079.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE: A People's Equity Summit is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St. in Antioch.

Billed as an event to promote "a fair and just community and road to justice," the day will include a variety of workshops, including labor rights, school expulsion, immigration, community equity and education.

Hosted by the California LULCA Institute and Todos Unidos groups, the free summit will also include lunch.

For more information, call 925-813-2178 or 925-813-2547; email aaluevano@aol.com or aamentor2000@aol.com; or visit http://calulacinstitute.org/

KICKING IT -- ART OF THE MATTER: Umpqua Bank hosts its ongoing art exhibition and sale with featured artists Janet Ahern, Roselinda Grejsen, Diane Klein Gwynne, Kay Kirby and John Nicolini.

The event runs through Sept. 25, with an artists' reception set from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at 3700 Lone Tree Way in Antioch.

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch recently partnered with the bank to showcase the works of local artists. The exhibit will change every two months. The free exhibit runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays during the run of the show.

For more information, visit http://art4antioch.org/UmpquaBankExhibit.asp, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.

Reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.