PITTSBURG

Breast cancer conference canceled

A breast cancer conference scheduled for Saturday at Los Medanos College has been canceled due to lack of participation.

No new date for the conference has been set at this time.

However, efforts will continue to raise funds for two Rosanna D. Clark Breast Cancer Scholarships to be awarded next year to a Los Medanos College student undergoing treatment for breast cancer and another student who is a breast cancer survivor.

For more details or to apply go to www.losmedanos.edu/scholarships/list.asp. To make a scholarship donation go to www.losmedanos.edu/foundation and type in BCA in special instructions.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

OAKLEY

Tree maintenance workshop is set

Hug a tree ... or better yet, learn how to care for it.

That's the message the city of Oakley is conveying with two free presentations on tree maintenance that it's offering the public next month.

With the help of state bond funds, the city's Parks and Landscape Division is promoting the benefits of "urban greening" -- among them higher property values, cleaner air and a prettier city -- by teaching people how to keep trees healthy.

The first workshop is 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Oakley City Hall, 3231 Main St., where a professional arborist will show participants how to choose the best tree and plant it the right way in the proper spot.


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The second class will be at 7 p.m. the next day -- Nov. 7 -- at City Hall, and will provide the basics of pruning trees: When to do it, how to cut a branch the right way, and how to stake saplings correctly.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

ANTIOCH

Bank hosts its second art show

Umpqua Bank hosts its second in a series of art displays through Nov. 22 at 3700 Lone Tree Way in Antioch.

The event is a continuing partnership with the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free artist reception is set from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 17 with featured artists Sherry Cummings, Mary Lamb, Joel Summerhill, Ken Tomlin and Jeannie Wallen. For more info, visit http://art4antioch.org/UmpquaBankExhibit-Oct-Nov2013. asp.

The foundation's Diane Gibson-Gray is looking for artists for this ongoing exhibit, which changes every two months. If interested, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

BRENTWOOD

History of the rosary talk is this weekend

The Rev. Jim Sullivan will lead a celebration of the rosary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of March Church, 500 Fairview Ave.

Sullivan will cover the gradual development of the rosary, the evolution of the prayers as well as the developments of the mysteries of the rosary and a discussion of the rosary in crucial moments in history, including the story of Lady Godiva.

The event is being held on the same weekend of the Public Square Rosary Crusade in which churches will pray the rosary outdoors. In Brentwood, the event will be from11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park.

In Antioch, Holy Rosary Church has set its rosary crusade at noon Saturday on the parish lawn.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

BRENTWOOD

Scarecrows in Park event set

Halloween enthusiasts can get into the fall spirit by taking part in the city of Brentwood's Scarecrows in the Park event this month. The second annual event allows participants to creatively decorate their own scarecrows for display in downtown City Park.

The event begins with scarecrows being set up on Oct. 18. Participants can receive ribbons in the categories of nonprofessional or design professional.

The deadline to register is Friday at 5 p.m., with the cost being $15 for each creation. Judging will take place from Oct. 19-24.

The announcement of winners will happen on Oct. 25 before the Movie in the Park event.

-- Paula King, Staff

EAST COUNTY

Volunteers sought to help with tax returns

Volunteers are being recruited to help people fill out tax forms when tax season rolls around early next year.

Those who volunteer will receive training to work with the AARP Tax-Aide program, which provides free tax help to seniors and low-income residents. Once trained and certified to do tax returns, volunteers will serve one day a week between Feb, 1 and April 15 at an AARP Tax-Aide center in Antioch, Brentwood or Pittsburg.

Contact Sally Mecham at 925-684-3505 or mechamrs@pacbell.net to volunteer or for more details.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff