BYRON

EC Historical Society plans annual barbecue

Shoeing horses, spinning yarn -- it's all part of an annual community barbecue to support the preservation of East County's history.

The East Contra Costa Historical Society will host the fun starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at its museum, 3890 Sellers Ave., Brentwood.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters under 6 are free.

Following the opening ceremony, there will be music and, at 3:45 p.m., the dedication of the 19th-century Eden Plain School, which volunteers have restored.

A tri-tip barbecue starts at 4 p.m., which also features locally grown corn, tomatoes, beans, rolls and dessert.

To purchase tickets, make a check payable to ECCHS and send it to: ECCHS, P.O. Box 202, Brentwood CA 94513.

For more information, call Mary Lou at 925-516-7484 or Shirley at 925-634-4049.

-- Rowena Coetsee

KNIGHTSEN

Sezar to hold hot rod shop open house

Hot rod shop owner Jerry Sezar will hold his annual open house this weekend featuring a car show and tours of this business.

The free event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satruday at 3060 Knightsen Ave., Knightsen.

Automotive enthusiasts including car and motorcycle clubs are invited to bring their wheels to show off; vehicles that Sezar and his clients have worked on also will be on display. Highlights of the show include a 1939 Ford hardtop race car that will be showcased later this year at Sacramento's California Automobile Museum as well as a 1949 Cadillac.

A live band will provide rock 'n' roll and country music and there will be a free barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers.

For more information, call 926-625-1073.

-- Rowena Coetsee

BRENTWOOD

DIG to give gardening talk on preparing for the seasons

A local gardening group will give a talk on how to prepare a garden for fall and winter.

John Case, a member of Delta Informal Gardeners, will speak 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., Brentwood.

Case will discuss weeding, planting and other topics.

-- Rowena Coetsee

PITTSBURG

Master gardener to speak at LMC

How to save seeds for future planting projects is the topic of the next presentation by a member of Contra Costa Master Gardeners.

Master gardener Trish Clifford will give the free presentation 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Los Medanos Community Garden at East Leland and Loveridge roads, Pittsburg.

For more information, call 925-754-3156.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

OAKLEY

Freedom High group looks for donations

A Freedom High School group is asking individuals and businesses for donations that can help the school's art students.

Freedom Art Boosters is holding its third online auction in October to raise money for the Visual and Performing Arts department and needs items such as new electronics equipment, baked treats, gift baskets, sports memorabilia and collectibles for others to bid on.

Goods can be dropped off at the high school's office at 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. The deadline is Oct. 1.

For more information, contact Lori Butler at butlerl@luhsd.net or Fely Fajardo at freedomartsbooster@gmail.com.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff