Chamber cancels CornFest for next year
The Chamber of Commerce's annual CornFest has been canceled.
The three-day festival, which has been a mainstay of summertime in Brentwood since 1991, will not take place in mid-July because not enough people attended the event to cover expenses since it moved from downtown in 2011.
While the 2014 event is canceled, what lies ahead is uncertain, said Ken Seamann, president of the chamber's board of directors.
"We need to step back," he said. "What's in the future is to be decided later."
The event used be held downtown near the current City Hall and in the former City Park, but improvements made in the area and building of the new City Hall required it to relocate in 2011 to the Sciortino Ranch site at Brentwood Boulevard and Sand Creek Road. For the past two years, it has been held nearby at a 20-acre site at Technology Way and Sand Creek Road.
In 2012, attendance was off 40 percent from the year before. The 2013 event resulted in a loss of about $35,000 to $40,000 to the chamber, Seamann said.
While the CornFest is off for next year, the fireworks display could still take place with the help of a grant from the city, Seamann said.
-- Eve Mitchell, Staff
Music Teachers host recital, fundraiser
The Delta Branch of the Music Teachers Association will host a recital and fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Barnes and Noble, 5709 Lone Tree Way.
Teachers and students will perform throughout the day and a percent of the purchases at the store from Dec. 7-12 will count toward the group's fundraiser if customers use the ID code: 11179967. Or one can make purchase online at bn.com/bookfairs. Money will go toward the Music Teachers Scholarship Fund.
-- Judith Prieve
Christmas tree lighting set for Saturday
Lights, cameras ... Christmas!
The city of Oakley will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities next month, which will include an appreciate by the Jolly Man himself.
The fun starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 3231 Main St., where elementary and high school choirs will kick off the event in song.
Children can participate in arts and crafts projects, and there will be free edible treats for all.
The city will illuminate its 26-foot Christmas tree (31 feet if you include the 5-foot star, and bedecked with about 1,500 ornaments) at about 6:15 p.m., and, of course, Santa Claus will pause from drawing up his lists of the naughty and nice to make an appearance (Hint: Bring your cameras, parents).
-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff
Lighted parade is set for Saturday
An annual holiday lighted parade is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown.
The event will also include a tree lighting at 8 p.m. "A Miracle on Discovery Bay Boulevard" is sponsored by the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce, Delta Sun Times, Lions Club International and others. Glenn Sparks and Erin Pellaton will emcee the event.
-- Judith Prieve