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