Events

  • Holiday Gift Boutique: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9, International Christian Ministries, 605 W. Madill St., Antioch. Gifts, vendors, holiday gift wrapping provided by Daisy Troop 33390. Proceeds benefit church programs. Free admission.

  • Mrs. Jane is Rocking the House: 10 a.m. Nov. 11, Barnes & Noble, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Mrs. Jane will be rocking the house with music, stories, singing, dancing and more. 925-978-1031.

  • East County Hospice Tree of Lights: 5 p.m. Nov. 15, Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. Commemorative ceremonies with music, poetry, remembrances by family members and Hospice staff, and the special moment when the tree lights up. For light decorations, donations, sponsorships and event information, call 925-887-5678, www.hospiceeastbay.org. Memorial lights $25.

  • Fil-Am Holiday Crafts Boutique and Bazaar: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16-17, Fil-American Cultural Center, 345 Central Ave., Pittsburg. Hand crafted items, jewelry, bath and body items, baked goods, a variety of vendors, more. Benefits the Fil-Am building restoration fund. 925-432-6050.

  • Scout Hike and Craft: 10 a.m. Nov. 16, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Bring your Cub Scout out for an adventure hike followed by a craft. Can count toward Scout Advancement and elective completion. Parking $4-$6. Information: 925-688-8010, www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.


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  • St. Anthony Fifth Annual Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Shop with over 20 vendors. Admission is free. columbiette10414@aol.com.

  • Kayaking Big Break: 8:30-11 am; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. Come ply the waters of the Delta on a kayak excursion. For 8 and older; all skills welcome. $30, nonresidents $35. Registration required: 888-327-2757. Refer to course 4054 and 4055.

  • Full Moon Kayak: 3-6 p.m. Nov. 17, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. The rising full moon illuminates the mysteries of the Delta as the nocturnal world comes alive. For 14 and older. $35, nonresidents $39. Registration required: 888-327-2757. Refer to course 4050.

  • Fall Faire: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17, Contra Costa County Fair Grounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. Do all of your holiday shopping in one place with commercial vendors, arts and crafts and other unique businesses. Adults $3, children 12 and younger, free. Free parking. www.contracostafair.com.

  • Holiday Vendor Boutique: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 20, Ron Nunn Elementary School, 1755 Central Blvd., Brentwood. Holiday shopping with a variety of local vendors. jnsmcconnell@hotmail.com.

  • Brentwood Winter Walkabout and Holiday Parade: 3-7 p.m.; lighted parade begins 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23, downtown Brentwood. Activities for kids, Taste of Downtown Brentwood Restaurant Tour, pictures with Santa and more. Parade entries must be submitted by Nov. 15. For information, call 925-634-3344, or go to www.brentwoodchamber.com.

  • Eagle Ridge Hike: 8 a.m. Nov. 23. Meet at Kellog Creek Picnic area. Discover how the Bent Blue Oak grew horizontally on this three-hour strenuous hike. Bring a snack and water. Parking $4-$6. For directions and information, call 925-240-2440 or go to www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Black Diamond Mine Open House: Noon-4:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Sommersville Road, Antioch. Free, self-guided tours exploring the undergrounds workings of the restored 1930s-era silica sand mine. For 7 and older; special area for younger children. Parking $5. No registration. 510-544-2750.

  • Holiday Gift Boutique: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7, Antioch Covenant Church, 1919 Buchanan Road, Antioch. Enjoy the season with some holiday shopping with a variety of vendors, food, more. Free admission. www.antiochcovenant.org.

  • 59th annual Christmas House "Home for the Holidays" Tour: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Tour six private homes festively decorated for the Christmas holiday. Reception 2-5 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6335, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Sponsored by the GFWC Woman's Club of Antioch. Door prizes, drawings, light hors d'oeuvres, dessert table, champagne punch, coffee, no host bar. $25. For tickets and information, call 925-754-6573 or 925-754-8771.

  • Freedom High School PTSA Holiday Boutique: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14, Freedom High School, multipurpose room, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. Holiday shopping with 50 vendors, photos with Santa, yummy treats. 925-418-4079, kirby739@yahoo.com.

    Fundraisers

  • Antioch Woman's Club Fall Boutique: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9, 509 G St., Antioch. Christmas decorations, Tupperware, jewelry, handmade crafts, purses, skin care, more. Benefits local charities, scholarships, restoration of historic clubhouse. Information: sandy@theprintclub.com.

  • Fall Craft Fair: 3-8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. Vendors including Tupperware, Avon, Gourmet Desserts, more. Vendor spaces available; $35 covers both days. Benefits church projects. valeriefp@yahoo.com.

  • A Night of Elegant Fun: 6:30 Nov. 8, St. Anne Parish, 2800 Camino Diablo Road, Byron. No host bar, dinner and comedy show featuring Bob Sarlatte, Johnny Steele and Dan St. Paul. Proceeds support St. Anne community outreach programs, ministries. $50; 495 for couples. 925-634-6625.

  • Trash to Treasures Parking Lot Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9, 301 W. 10th St., Antioch. Proceeds benefit the Antioch Rivertown Jamboree. Spaces available; $25. 925-757-0972.

  • Bunco at the Museum: 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Antioch Historical Society Museum, 1500 W. Fourth St. Benefits museum programs. A light snack and drinks, 50/50 raffle prize will be awarded. $15 prepaid only. Liz, 925-420-5775, 925989-4110.

    Health

  • Coping with Holiday Grief Workshop: 2-4 p.m. Nov. 12, 80 Eagle Rock Way, Suite A, Brentwood. Hospice of the East Bay offers a workshop for those coping with the loss of a loved-one and find the holiday season to be sad and stressful. Free. Registration, information: 925-887-5681.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m. Nov. 22, Resurrection Ministries, 1275 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767. Use sponsor code: BRENTWOOD.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 25, John Muir Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767.

  • Overeaters Anonymous HOW meets: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Antioch Kaiser, 4501 Sand Creek Road. For details and meeting room location, call Nori, 925-267-3697.

  • John Muir-Health Caring Hands Caregivers Program seeking volunteers: Help the elderly and persons with disabilities to get to a doctor's appointment, go to the grocery store, get hair cuts and other daily needs. Call Linda Groobin, 925-952-2999, or email lgroobin@johnmuirhealth.com.

  • Sutter Delta-Living Well with Diabetes: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Edna Fallman Education Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Learn about weight, exercise, diet, medication, resources and more. For dates and registration, call Wendy, 925-779-3575.

  • Sutter Delta-Breast Cancer support group: A breast cancer support group sponsored by the American Cancer Society meets 2-3:30 p.m. second Wednesday, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Edna Fallman Education Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. 925-779-3570. No registration required.

    Workshops/CLASSES

  • Get Fit Now: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Drop in the fully equipped weight room at the Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road to get in shape. Drop in $5; monthly $20. 925-485-1601, jdelorenzo@ambroserec.org.

  • Email Basics: 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. A two-week class introducing beginners to popular computer programs. Free. Must be 18 and older. 925-776-1133, www.oportunityjunction.org/evening.

  • Word Basics in Spanish: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14, 21, 28, Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. A three-week class taught in Spanish introducing beginners to popular computer programs. Free. Must be 18 and older. 925-776-1133, www.oportunityjunction.org/evening.

  • Email Basics: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. A two-week class introducing beginners to popular computer programs. Free. Must be 18 and older. 925-776-1133, www.oportunityjunction.org/evening.

  • Free Internet Access: Opportunity Junction offers free Internet access for job searches, finding community resources and language learning 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays ongoing. Bay Point Career Center, Ambrose Recreation Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Suite 3, Bay Point. Free. 925-252-2331.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Free. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

    Miscellaneous

  • Meals on Wheels: Seeking volunteer drivers for meal delivery routes in Pittsburg and Antioch. Commit two hours once a week between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Help make a tremendous difference in the lives of seniors in need. Sharon Fitzgerald, 925-937-8607.

  • Modified Motorcycle Association meets: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays ongoing, Red Caboose, 210 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Learn what the MMA is about, keep informed about current motorcycle laws and legislation. Michael Bruno, 925-383-6900, or 916-470-2938.

  • Forty's Plus Singles meet -- 7 p.m. Wednesdays ongoing. Plan and participate in house parties, day trips, camp outings, cruises and more. Riverview Lodge Restaurant, foot of I Street, Antioch. Dennis, 925-432-0804, or Mary, 925-783-9692.

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