Events

  • Nature's Painted Pictures: 10 a.m. March 8, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Learn how to make a paintbrush with sustainable harvested yucca leaves. Each brush will create a unique picture. Suited for children 6 and older. Free; Parking fees apply. 925-240-2440.

  • Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's disease: 10 a.m.-noon March 15, St. John's Lutheran Church, 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. A free workshop open to those who have a desire to learn more about this disease and how to relate to those suffering from it. Complementary refreshments served. 925-757-3070, www.stjohnsantioch.org.

  • Colors of Spring: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 15, Los Vaqueros Marina south entrance to the watershed accessible from Vasco Road at the Alameda-Contra Costa County line near Livermore. Take a stroll along the south shoreline of the reservoir and enjoy early spring wildflowers and scouring trees. Wear weather appropriate clothing, shoes. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, camera. Information: 925-240-2440.

  • Black Diamond Lines Model Rail Road Club Train Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29-30 and April 5-6, 425 Fulton Shipyard Road. Operating HO scale model train layout. 925-779-1964, www.blackdiamondlines.com.

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  • Park Middle School Taste of Italy: 5-10 p.m. April 5, VFW, 815 Fulton Shipyard Wilbur, Antioch, Raffle prizes, a silent auction, sports memorabilia, live music and a no-host bar. All proceeds will benefit school programs. $30. For information or donations, call 925-779-7420.

    Health

  • Sutter Delta Seeing Volunteers: For those with extra time on their hands, volunteer to drive the parking lot shuttle. You must submit a DMV report to be eligible. Apply on line at www.sutterdelta.org or in person at the volunteer desk 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch.

  • Anonymous HOW meets: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Antioch Kaiser, 4501 Sand Creek Road. For details and meeting room location, call Nori, 925-267-3697.

  • John Muir-Health Caring Hands Caregivers Program seeking volunteers: Help the elderly and persons with disabilities to get to a doctor's appointment, go to the grocery store, get hair cuts and other daily needs. Call Linda Groobin, 925-952-2999, or email lgroobin@johnmuirhealth.com.
  • Sutter Delta-Living Well with Diabetes: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Edna Fallman Education Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Learn about weight, exercise, diet, medication, resources and more. For dates and registration, call Wendy, 925-779-3575.

  • Sutter Delta-Breast Cancer support group: A breast cancer support group sponsored by the American Cancer Society meets 2-3:30 p.m. second Wednesday, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Edna Fallman Education Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. 925-779-3570. No registration required.

    Workshops/CLASSES

  • Free Tax Filing Assistance: Tax-Aide, an AARP sponsored program. Appointments: Antioch Senior Center, 925-778-1158; Pittsburg Senior Center, 925-252-4890; Brentwood Senior Center appointments made on site on Wednesdays only, 193 Griffith Lane. Filing assistance will be from Feb. 5 through April 10. Call Sally, 925-684-3505.

  • Get Fit Now: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Drop in the fully equipped weight room at the Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road to get in shape. Drop in $5; monthly $20. 925-485-1601, jdelorenzo@ambroserec.org.

  • Free Internet Access: Opportunity Junction offers free Internet access for job searches, finding community resources and language learning 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays ongoing. Bay Point Career Center, Ambrose Recreation Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Suite 3, Bay Point. Free. 925-252-2331.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Free. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

    Miscellaneous

  • Antioch Bocce Federation has openings for four teams: Games are held at 6:30 p.m. either Tuesdays or Thursdays at Chichibu Park at Longview Road and Acorn Drive in Antioch. The new season starts April 29 and runs through August, with playoffs starting in early September. Teams consist of 6-10 players and of all ages. Team entry fee is $210. For those who don't have a full team, you may be placed on an existing team. Information: 925-754-0916.

  • Pittsburg Bocce Ball League sign-ups: For seniors 55 and older and adults. Deadline for sign-ups is April 7; captains' meeting set for April 22. Cost for seniors is $190 per team and $220 for adult teams. Limited space so sign-up now. For information email Ginny Nelson vnelson1947@juno.com.

  • Meals on Wheels: Seeking volunteer drivers for meal delivery routes in Pittsburg and Antioch. Commit two hours once a week between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Help make a tremendous difference in the lives of seniors. Sharon Fitzgerald, 925-937-8607.

  • Modified Motorcycle Association meets: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays ongoing, Red Caboose, 210 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Learn what the MMA is about, keep informed about current motorcycle laws and legislation. Michael Bruno, 925-383-6900.

  • Forty's Plus Singles meet -- 7 p.m. Wednesdays ongoing. Plan and participate in house parties, day trips, camp outings, cruises and more. Riverview Lodge Restaurant, foot of I Street, Antioch. Dennis, 925-432-0804, or Mary, 925-783-9692.

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