ANTIOCH

MLK event set at Deer Valley on Monday

The city of Antioch and the Antioch Unified School District will co-host the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration and scholarship presentation on Monday at Deer Valley High School, 4700 Lone Tree Way.

The event, from 1 to 3 p.m., will include a keynote Speaker Maggie Anderson, a well-known author, and student performances.

This celebration began in 2009 with Antioch City Council member Reggie Moore's desire to celebrate Dr. King's historical contributions, along with creating a scholarship program for high school and middle school students. Antioch's Mayor Wade Harper and the Antioch Unified School Board president have continued the celebration with the support of business and community leaders.

For more information, call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897 or email Diane@art4antioch.org.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

Pittsburg

'Tribute to our Elders' MLK rally in Monday

A "Tribute to our Elders" Martin Luther King celebration starts with an 11 a.m. rally Monday at Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Ave.

Following the event, at around 11:30 a.m., participants will march to Pittsburg High School's Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., for a free "Oh Happy Day" program featuring Edwin Hawkins and the Love Center Choir, West African Dance Troupe, Praise Dancers, BSU Steppers and more.

-- Eve Mitchell, staff

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, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Volunteers needed for Caring Hands service

John Muir Health needs volunteers to help seniors stay in their own homes as long as possible.

The Walnut Creek-based health service operates a service called Caring Hands, whose volunteers help elderly, isolated clients in variety of practical ways such as driving them to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store or simply taking them for a walk in the park.

Prospective volunteers must undergo a background screening and interview, after which they will receive training on how to be as effective as possible.

The next training session will be 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at John Muir Outpatient Center in Brentwood.

To apply or for more information, call 925-952-2999 by Jan. 20 or watch a video and download the application on John Muir Health's website at johnmuirhealth.com/caringhands.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff