ANTIOCH

Chamber hosts free business expo Nov. 2

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is hoping to shine a spotlight on local businesses, and the improvements made at a shopping mall here.

The chamber, along with Macerich Co., hosting a free expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2. at Somersville Towne Center, 2556 Somersville Road.

The goal of the inaugural Antioch Expo is threefold: to bring exposure to how Macerich has spruced up the shopping mall, and bring community members together and to help businesses get themselves out in front of the public and increase their visibility said Sean Wright, the chamber's chief executive officer.

"There's no place in Antioch right now for businesses to have exposure. This will allow people to come by, and stop and ask questions," he said.

The event will include a car show, ballet and karate demonstrations and live music, Wright said.

Fees for chamber businesses to reserve a space is $150, nonmembers are $250. For more information, call 925-757-1800 or visit www.antiochchamber.com.

PITTSBURG

Sassy Sweets holds grand opening event

Sassy Sweets & Eats, a bakery-cafe that specializes in gourmet cupcakes, will hold its grand opening at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event at 755 Railroad Ave. will feature a 16-foot-tall viewing screen that will show an episode of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" in which Sassy Sweets will be competing against other cupcake bakers.

The bakery on Railroad Avenue is the third location opened by owner Monique Cortes, a Pittsburg native who opened the first Sassy Sweets in 2009 in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento, and a second location in Folsom in 2012.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Costumed teens to collect food donations

Heritage High's theater group will join the Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat program.

The Brentwood students will dress in costumes to collect food donations during the event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The donations will benefit Shepherd's Gate in Brentwood.

The national community service program calls for student thespians to collect for area food banks and local charities. According to the news release, "thousands of pounds of food will be collected in one night across the state."

Heritage's goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food. Last year, the group gathered nearly 1,300 pounds.

For more info, call 925-634-0037.

PITTSBURG

LMC holds College Night for potential students

Students who are thinking about enrolling in college or transferring to a four-year school can check out the 23rd annual East County College Night on Monday at Los Medanos College.

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities from California and other states will be on hand to answers question about their schools. The free event is open to both prospective students and their parents.

It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Parking is recommended in lots A and B. Parking permits are not required for those attend.

For more information go to www.losmedanos.edu/collegenight.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Mormon church hosts Scout open house, displays

The Antioch Stake of the LDS Church will host an open house and displays of 100 years of Boy Scouting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 2350 Jeffery Way.

In commemoration of the church's 100-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, it will broadcast the program "A Century of Honor" at 7:30 p.m. The program, which was staged in Salt Lake City's 21,000-seat Conference Center, features Scout choirs, historical vignettes, videos highlighting important events, service, and achievements from the past century.

With a cast of hundreds of Scouts, the 85-minute performance will feature inspiring original music and media, historical re-enactments and more.

For more information, call 925-321-0532.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Liberty Playmakers host haunted house

Liberty High School's Playmakers drama club will host a Haunted House from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 805 Second St.

Tickets are $7, $5 if you bring two canned goods. The canned goods will be donated to a local food bank. The event is one of Playmakers' several fundraisers for the year.

For more information, call 925-634-3521, ext. 5489.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Prescription drug take-back in October

A prescription drug take-back event is being planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the city of Brentwood and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Participants can bring expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the Brentwood Police Department, 9100 Brentwood Blvd., for safe disposal with no questions asked. The service is both free and anonymous.

More details on this event can be obtained by contacting Brentwood police Lt. Doug Silva at 925-809-7712.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff