Brentwood

Report shows last CornFest proceeds see sharp decline

Last summer's Brentwood CornFest saw a 30 percent drop in total attendance and revenue and proceeds from various sources were also in a sharp decline.

The post evaluation report, which the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce presented to the Brentwood City Council this week, compared the 2013 CornFest with the previous year's event. It drew an estimated 17,000 attendees.

Chamber officials announced last fall that the CornFest would take a hiatus in 2014. The report further revealed that sponsorship revenue dropped by nearly 10 percent and revenue from parking fees also decreased.

There was a decline in gate proceeds by 33 percent and vendor proceeds dipped by more than 18 percent.

The city of Brentwood provided more than $31,000 in contributions to the annual festival. On the other hand, the

chamber paid the city at least $39,000 for assistance from the police department, parks and recreation staff and public works officials.

-- Paula King, Staff

CONTRA, SOLANO counties

Road closures set for next two months

Contra Costa drivers making their way up toward Sacramento or Rio Vista overnight, or vice versa, will have to find another route than Highway 160 for the next two months.

For the next about 50 days, the freeway will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Wilbur Avenue in Antioch and the junction with Highway 12 east of Rio Vista, according to a Caltrans news release.


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The closure is required for a $2.98 million project to do bridge deck and control house rehabilitation work at Three Mile Slough Bridge, Caltrans said.

Additionally, motorists can expect one-way traffic controls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the bridge.

Roadside message boards will alert motorists of the closures and detours will be in place, but some commuters may be sidetracked up to 80 miles.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Veterans to get free oil changes

The Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County is offering free oil changes and vehicle inspections to veterans who use their vehicle to look for work or to maintain a job they already have.

To make an appointment, go to www.vecofccc.org.

The mission of the Pittsburg-based nonprofit is to help veterans find work and opportunities for job training and to help them maintain employment once they have a job. Donations to support the oil change and vehicle inspection program and other services such as transit passes offered by the Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County can also be made at the website address listed above.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

ANTIOCH

Blood drive is set for Matthew Ouimet

A blood drive will be held for Matthew Ouimet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Prewett Family Water Park, 4701 Lone Tree Way.

Team Matthew is hoping to break the one-day record and get 200 blood donations. Ouimet, an Antioch toddler, received a life-sustaining kidney and liver transplant last June.

Make an appointment at resdcrossblood.org in Matthew's name by using the sponsor code: matthewouimet

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

OAKLEY

City has opening for economic development director

The city is looking for a new economic development manager with the impending loss of a longtime employee.

Cecelia Nichols-Fritzler, who has worked for the city of Oakley for the past 10 years, has accepted a job as the city of Pleasant Hill's human resources manager.

Her last day is Feb. 6.

Nichols-Fritzler has served as Oakley's human resources administrator and economic development coordinator.

Until the city finds her replacement, other employees will take up some of the slack by sharing human resources duties.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Playmakers to present 'Shrek the Musical'

The Liberty High School Playmakers will present "Shrek the Musical" Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1 and 7 at the Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St., Brentwood.

There were also be a Shrek's Swamp Party from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 1 before the 2 p.m. performance. Cost is $7 for all ages for the party.

Cost of the musical is $13.50 general admission, $10.50 for seniors, $8.50 for youths, $5.50 for children. For more information, go to http://libertyunion.scoolwires.net/playmakers.

-- Judith Prieve, 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