OAKLEY

Police plan talk about Internet to help parents protect children

Police here will be giving a presentation for parents who want to know how to protect their child from the dark side of the Internet.

Brentwood Police Department will hold the meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the theater at Heritage High School, 101 American Ave., Brentwood.

Detective Mike Thompson will discuss how to use social media safely given the inherent dangers of being online such as cyberbullying, sexting, and sexual predators using the Internet to target youth.

Attendees will learn how to recognize red flags when their child is online, the effect of digital media on young people, and what state law has to say about parents' responsibility for how their children use smart phones and computers. The meeting is open to parents and guardians only.

For more information, contact Michele Keady at 925-809-7780 or email mkeady@brentwoodca.gov.

-- Rowena Coetsee

DISCOVERY BAY

Chamber lists nominees for annual awards event

The town's chamber of commerce has announced the contenders for its annual recognition of outstanding commercial success or civic service.

Nominees for Discovery Bay's 2013 Business of the Year are: Boardwalk Grill, Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures, Discovery Bay Locks, Elite Home Inspection, Kaleidoscope, Marples and Associates, Pierce Chiropractic and Rita Caruso, RPM Mortgage.

Discovery Bay residents in the running for the distinction of 2013 Citizen of the Year are: Darla Cavallaro, Amanda Dove, Brittany Koehne, Robert Lyman, Cathie Marples, Jan McCleery, Jan Page and Ed and Jean Stewart.

The two winners will be honored later this month at a formal dinner hosted by Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce. The event will be Jan. 18 at Discovery Bay Country Club, 1475 Clubhouse Drive.

The cocktail reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person or $550 for a table of 10.

For reservations, go to http://discoverybaychamber.com/sot.htm.

Participants are encouraged to dress according to the event's 1920s-era "Gatsby" theme in silver and blue.

The event also will feature live and silent auctions of local businesses' services and products as well as recognition of Byron Unified School District's Teacher of the Year.

In addition, town officials and county representatives will discuss the community's current status and future.

-- Rowena Coetse

BRENTWOOD

New Public Art Walls exhibit on tap

The 2014 "Public Art Walls" exhibition program hosts its first show of the new year 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, from 6-7:30 p.m. 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 pscherff@brentwoodca.gov.

-- Judith Prieve

BRENTWOOD

Eagle Scout collects donations for Koret House

Donations of toiletries, clothing, baby items and food are being accepted through Jan. 15 as part of a local Eagle Scout project.

Brentwood Eagle Scout candidate Scott Galbraith wants to help cancer patients and their families through this community project. The Liberty High School senior and Troop 927 Scout was inspired to complete this project because his sister, Carmen Galbraith, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor six years ago.

During his sister's treatment at UCSF, she stayed at the Koret Family House in San Francisco, which provides housing to adolescents with serious illnesses and their families. Among the items that he is collecting are shampoo, soap, dental floss, mouth wash, toilet paper, diapers and underwear.

According to Galbraith, he wants to provide comfort and relief to families that have endured situations like the one that his family has been through. The deadline for donations is mid-January.To donate, contact him at jsgalbraith17@gmail.com.

-- Paula King, staff