Events

  • Antioch Neighborhood Clean Up: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 7. Volunteers meet in the east parking lot of Bidwell Education Center, 800 Gary Ave. for instructions and equipment. Rain cancels. Help make a difference.

  • Oakley Christmas Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. Performances by Oakley Elementary School District and Freedom High School choirs. Refreshments, games, crafts. Santa will be on hand for photos. Tree lighting 6:15 p.m. 925-625-7044.

  • 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.

  • Brentwood American Legion Post 202 annual Crab Feed: 6-11 p.m. Dec. 7. Veterans Memorial Building, 757 First St., Brentwood. Featuring music with Tailgarorz, dancing. $40. 925-516-2141, philpezze@aol.com.

  • Discovery Bay Parade of Lights: 6 p.m. Dec. 7, Marina to Discovery Bay boulevards. Wind your way through the streets of Discovery Bay with lighted floats, dancers, marching bands and more. Free. www.paradeoflights.wordpress.com.

  • Supervisor Mary Piepho Holiday Open House: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 9, 3361 Walnut Blvd., Suite 140, Brentwood. Gather up your holiday cheer and join in for a time of celebration. Come for the holiday treats, and friendly conversation. 925-252-450, www.co.contra-costa.ca.us.


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  • Holiday Dance Around the World: 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Professional dancer Nikola Clay will introduce children to holiday celebrations across the globe. Sponsored by the Friends of Brentwood Library. For all ages. Free; no registration required. 925-516-5291, ldupont@ccclib.org.

  • Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain comes to Rio Vista: Walk-on tours 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. Dec. 10-13; and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14-15; adventure sails 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14-15. The topsail ketch specializes in hands-on living history education for young people. Spots are still available for one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs for K-12 schools, youth service groups, and home-schoolers. Programs feature learning stations focused on "Life of a Sailor," "Life of an Officer," and "Early Trade." For fee information go to http://historicalseaport.org/our-programs/education-programs. Reservations for K-12 education programs, call, 800-200-5239.

  • Brunch with Santa: Noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St., Oakley. Features photos with Santa and a brunch with eggs, pancakes, bacon, more. $7-$9. Registration required: 925-625-7044, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • 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 plus vendors, photos with Santa, yummy treats. 925-418-4079, kirby739@yahoo.com.

  • Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 8-11 a.m. Dec. 14, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Holiday music featuring the Riverview Middle School band, photos with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Bay Point Garden Club. Free for 12 and younger, $3.50 for all others. 925-458-1601.

  • Winter Water Birding: 9 a.m. Dec. 15, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, end of Mcavoy Road, Bay Point. Find out which waterfowl are stopping by for the season. Free. 888-327-2757, option 3, ext. 4596.

  • Antioch Animal Services Howl-a-Day Express: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 15, 300 L St. Arts, crafts, holiday decorations, visit with Mrs. Claus, raffles. Gingerbread Doghouse and Ugly Holiday Sweater contests. Back by popular demand is Dash verses K9 Paw Print Rescue rematch. Monetary food, treats, toys, blankets donations needed. 925-779-6989, www.facebook.com/antiochanimalservices.

  • Children's Christmas Party: Begins 11:30 with lunch, following are Christmas carols, a magic show with Gerald Joseph and Santa glides in by boat Dec. 15, Discovery Bay Yacht Club, 5871 Marina Road, Discovery Bay. Children's lunch free, adults $5. RSVP by Dec. 12. Pat Anderson, 925-216-4411, pat4411@gmail.com.

  • Contra Costa Sheriff's annual Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 21, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Santa hands out toys and will be available for photos. Free. 925-458-1601.

  • Boy Scout Troop 152 Christmas Tree Lot: 4-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 4-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; 10-8 p.m. Sundays, 3460 Main St., Oakley. For information, call 925-625-5391 or go to www.troop152treelot.com.

    Fundraisers

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7, 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Come to hear The Delta Music Teachers Association, eat some cheesecake. A portion of the days sales will benefit DMTA scholarships. Nook purchases count toward the fundraiser. Those who can't attend can make purchases Jan.-7-12 in the store or online at bncom/bookfairs.

  • 59th annual Antioch Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour: Dec. 8. House tour 4 p.m.; reception 2-5 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6335 at 815 Fulton Shipyard Road. Tour six festively decorated private homes, door prizes, drawings, light hors d'oeuvres, dessert table, champagne punch, coffee, no-host bar. $25. Details: Diane Myers, 925-754-6573; Sandy Henry, 925-754-8771.

  • 37th annual Holiday Run and Walk for Health: Registration 7:30 a.m., races begin 9 a.m. Dec. 14, Contra Loma Regional Park, 1200 Frederickson Lane. Proceeds benefit schools, youth programs, libraries. A health fair will feature screening, fitness tips, healthy food and drink sampling. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of the Delta and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, East Bay Regional Park District, city of Antioch. Registration and information: 925-757-5107, http://holidayrun.org.

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  • Coping with Holiday Grief Workshop: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10, 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • Word Basics: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, 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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