BRENTWOOD

Lighted parade and walkabout set for Nov. 23

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday lighted parade is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in downtown.

The event will also include a Winter Walkabout from 3 to 7 p.m. It features activities for children and pictures with Santa. The deadline for parade applications has been extended to Nov. 20. Those who want to set up a booth of handmade items should call Kathi Tilli at 752-1378.

-- Judith Prieve

PITTSBURG

Second showing added for documentary about The Mallards

A second showing of "Thrown for a Loss: The Story of the 1963 Pittsburg Mallards" is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the California Theatre following the sold-out premiere showing of the documentary.

The extra showing was added in response to popular demand. The $5 tickets for the second event are first-come, first-served and can be only be purchased at the theater at 351 Railroad Ave.

"Tickets are only available at the door. We didn't have time to get the tickets printed and get them distributed" for the second showing, said former city councilman Bob Lewis, who is on a committee that organized the showing of the documentary.

The documentary tells the story of the 1963 Pittsburg Mallards, who were headed to play in the national championship for the 12-to-14-year age group and have a pre-game breakfast with President John F. Kennedy at the White House. The assassination, however, changed those plans and team members attended Kennedy's funeral instead before going on to win the national championship.

-- Eve Mitchell, Correspondent

Antioch

Charter Academy to host tree, wreath sale

Antioch Charter Academy I and II will once again host its annual Christmas tree and wreath fundraiser and service project. The academies are encouraging area families to buy themselves a tree and order one for a family in need.

Tree and wreath orders will be taken through Monday. Prices begin at $33 for Douglas firs, noble firs, grand firs and Nordmann firs in a variety of sizes. All trees are all freshly cut and transported from Oregon. Trees orders will be available for pickup Dec. 6 and 7 at the fairgrounds in Antioch. For an additional fee, trees can be delivered.

Local families in need are selected through local social services agencies. Donated trees (complete with lights and stands) are delivered by school volunteers. ACA I and II can provide presentations to groups regarding this project.

According to a news release, the schools are a "progressive, tuition-free public, K-8 charters designed specifically to produce lifelong learners by nurturing and guiding them in a natural learning environment."

For more info, call 925-238-1995 or email mliniguez@comcast.net.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

Antioch

Fundraiser set for Nov. 21 for Agopian

The community is rallying behind Gary Agopian, an Antioch city councilman recently diagnosed with cancer.

Spearheaded by Don Freitas, a fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at Roddy Ranch, 1 Tour Way in Antioch. Hosted by Jack and Donna Roddy, the event includes a tri-tip dinner, country western music and dancing. Tickets are $50.

A longtime Antioch resident and community advocate, Agopian has stage 4 glioplastoma, an aggressive form of inoperative brain cancer. He is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.

Organizers are asking for the community's help in volunteering and donating raffle prizes to ensure a successful event.

All proceeds benefit the Agopian family to help defray out-of-pocket medical expenses and to support the National Brain Tumor Society.

For monetary donations, mail checks to 2408 Whitetail Drive, Antioch CA 94531. For more info, to volunteer or to buy tickets, email dpfreitas@comcast.net, joymotts@comcast.net or mandjmyers@comast.net; or call 925- 628-0456, 925-813-0036 or 925-766-7780. Checks can be made to the Gary Agopian Community Fund.

ANTIOCH

HALO asks people to consider adopting black pets

A local animal rescue group is asking people to consider adopting a black cat or dog as part of a nationwide push this month to find homes for these animals.

Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization is reducing its adoption fees throughout November to encourage families to take home a black pet, which often wait longer than lighter-colored ones.

Prospective owners can see the animals from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Pet Food Express stores in Slatten Ranch, Antioch and Petsmart in Pittsburg.

Photos of the black cats needing homes are at www.eccchalo.org.

-- Rowena Coetsee