Religious groups promote peace at event

ANTIOCH -- The Interfaith Peace Project, an Pittsburg-based nonprofit group, and the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa will hold an three-day celebration promoting mutual respect and tolerance.

The event begins with an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 with interfaith reflection and prayer at 4740 Matterhorn Way, Antioch. The group will also hold evening prayer at 5 p.m. followed by a dedication to the peace pole at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at The Islamic Center of the East Bay, 314 W. 19th St. in Antioch. The pole spreads the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth.

An Interfaith Youth Peace Concert dedicated to the children and teachers of Sandy Hook and all children who suffer and continue to suffer is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3200 Country Hills Drive in Antioch. Young people will raise up their voices in song giving a voice to the voiceless.

The International Day of Peace was adopted by the United Nations in 1981, while Antioch brought it to life in 2003. For more information, call 925-303-9879.

Pinocchio auditions set in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre will hold auditions for the children s classic tale Pinocchio at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Auditions are open to children ages 8 to 18 with 12 male and 12 female roles.

Once again the beloved wooden puppet come to life in the colorful musical version of Carlo Collodi s classic. No participation fee is required.

Rehearsals begin Oct. 7 with performances in November. For information go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com or email Director Sharon Redman at sundownca@aol.com.

Lynn House looks for artists for exhibit

ANTIOCH -- The Lynn House Gallery is calling artists for the exhibit "Natures Canvas, with works depicting nature in the Delta, the hills and valleys in the area, along with East Bay Regional Park properties.

The exhibit runs Oct. 5 through Oct. 26 at the Lynn House Gallery, 809 W. First St. with a free reception 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

There is no entry fee; each artist may enter two pieces of work. Submit art work at the gallery from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Art will be available to purchase.

For submission details, call 925-325-9897, email diane@art4antioch.org, or go to www. art4antioch.org.

The Bronx Wanderers coming to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Theatre presents The Bronx Wanderers at 8 p.m. Sept 21, 602 W. Second St.

A vibrant mix of authenticity and youthful originality, The Bronx Wanderers take the biggest hits of the 1950s and 1960s to a whole new level. The five-person group recreates the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Dion and the Belmonts to bring back the ballads and pop classics that you know and love.

Adults $25; seniors $23; youth ages 6-17 free with a paying adult.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Auditions set for 'Night of the Living Dead

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Night of The Living Dead Sept. 16 and 17 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

Directed by Bryan Anthony, this thrilling horror story is based on the George Romero and John Russo 1986 original film. Written by Lori Allen Ohm, the cast features many roles, including the undead zombies. The show tells the story of seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held by ravenous ghouls.

Auditions are open to actors ages 12 through 18; no previous acting experience is necessary. Performances will be Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. To receive an audition time, register online at wwwsrctgrp.org. If cast, there be a $75 participation fee. For information, call 925-216-4613.

'Charlotte s Web set at Antioch s El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "Charlotte s Web.

The story is written by E.B. White and adapted by Joseph Robinette. Sharon Redman directs.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The Children s Literature Association named this "the best American children s book of the past two hundred years, and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, created a story about friendships and relationships that make the show.

Admission is adults $12, seniors (62 &and over) $10, children 17 and younger $8.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Delta Blues Festival offers music, art, food

ANTIOCH -- The Delta Blues Festival is set for noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in downtown Antioch between Second and I streets.

The alcohol-free event will feature music, art, crafts and food vendors. The musical lineup includes Rick Estrin & The Night Cats, Greg Wright, Ricky Earl featuring Cherise, Zydeco Flames, Tia Carroll, and The Kyle Jester Blues Show.

Admission and parking are free, but bring along lawn chairs. No pets are allowed. For more information, go to deltabluesfestival.net or call, 925-698-8024.

Islamic art exhibit at Antioch Library

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Library is hosting a multimedia art exhibit, "Message of Quran; Benevolence. The exhibit is assembled by Islamic Art Exhibit, a nonprofit organization promoting Islamic art.

The exhibit includes 24 pieces and is open noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, 501 W. 18th St. For information, call 925-757-9224, or go to ccc.lib.org.

Nonfiction anthology looking for submissions

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood and Kati Short, poet laureate, are requesting poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction for the anthology "In Mt. Diablo s Shadow.

Works can be submitted through Sept. 16.

Writings from adults from Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Bethel Island, participants of Brentwood Writes as well as juniors and seniors in the Liberty High School District will be considered.

For submission details, call, 925-634-6655, or email, katishort@yahoo.com.

Local artists show works at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is partnering with Antioch Umpqua Bank for a bimonthly art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work. Featured artists this month are Janet Ahern, Rosalinda Grejsen, Diane Klein Gwynne, Kay Kirby and John Nicolini.

The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 25, 3700 Lone Tree Way. They are currently seeking artists for October/November exhibit.

For information, call 925-325 9897 or go to http://art4antioch.org.

-- Nan Hargis