BRENTWOOD

Meet author Margarita Engle Saturday

Margarita Engle, bestselling and award-winning author of young people's novels, "The Wild Book" and the "Surrender Tree," which received the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino, will share her experiences working with search-and-rescue dogs at a 60-minute free program to be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brentwood Library, 104 Oak St.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff

Engle will also demonstrat some of the techniques used to train dogs to locate people in the wilderness. The program is appropriate for school-age children.

The Friends of the Brentwood Library hosts. For information, call 925-516-5291.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff

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.


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"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.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

Oakley

City to hold meeting about BMX track

OAKLEY -- Heads up, BMXers -- this is your chance to weigh in.

The city of Oakley's parks division is inviting the public to a meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 to discuss ideas for renovations to the BMX track at Creekside Park.

The meeting will be at City Hall, 3231 Main St.

-- Rowena Coetsee