Brentwood writers group to host open mic

Writers and poets are invited to perform the written word, including ones own poetry, short stories and nonfiction, to ring in the new year during open mic at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., downtown Brentwood.

Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. They are encouraged to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of "In Mount Diablo's Shadow, Volume 3" will be available for purchase before and after the program.

Open Mic is presented by Brentwood Writes, an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. It is hosted by Kati Short, poet laureate. For more information, call 925-634-6655 or email Short at

-- Nan Hargis


New Public Art Walls exhibit on tap

The 2014 "Public Art Walls" exhibition program hosts its first show on Jan. 6 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

The exhibit, which continues through March 21, will highlight artists and art organizations throughout Brentwood.

The Community Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A reception for the artists will take place on Friday, January 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the

The Brentwood Arts Commission hosts the event. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and it is free and open to the public.

Artists include Brian Carleton of Brentwood Oil,

Virginia Chamberland of Brentwood Pencil/Pen & Ink,

Jolynn Lacasse of Pittsburg Photography, Josh Lindsay of Brentwood Charcoal, Robin Mayoff of Brentwood Photography, John Nicolini of Bethel Island Watercolor/Oil.

For more information on how to participate in the Brentwood Community Center Public Art Walls, contact Poldina Scherff at 516-5463 or

-- Judith Prieve