BRENTWOOD

Farmers Market returns for the season on Saturday

The Brentwood Farmers Market will return on Saturday with fresh fruits and vegetables and live music and activities weekly through Nov. 22.

The market, on First Street between Oak and Chestnut, will be open every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the opening at 9 a.m. Saturday with Mayor Robert Taylor and other city officials.

"We're looking forward to kicking off the season with a bang," Shawn Lipetzky, market manager, said. "We have a lot of great activities and events planned, and of course, a terrific selection of California produce."

Special opening day activities will include free children's arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations with the Cookin' the Market chefs, promotional giveaways, musical entertainment, and enter-to-win contests for great produce prizes.

This year several new producers have joined along with all the previous producers returning. More than two dozen California farmers and other food producers are expected to be selling their products in the market on opening day.

The market is operated by Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association and is the state's largest operator of Certified Farmers Markets, with more than 70 Certified Farmers Markets weekly in the Bay Area during the peak summer months. These markets offer only California-grown products sold directly to consumers by the farmers that grew, nurtured and harvested the crops. All PCFMA markets accept WIC FMNP (Woman Infant and Children Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons) and CalFresh EBT (the Golden State advantage food stamp cards).

For more information on the Brentwood Farmers Market, or to find another farmers market in your area, contact Lipetzky at the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association at 800-949-FARM or go to www.pcfma.com.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

Antioch

School invites community to hear about renovations

As a thank you for the those who help support the Measure B school bond last November, Antioch High Principal Louie Rocha has planned a program to share the details of the upcoming renovations to the 58-year-old school.

The community is invited to the campus from 9 a.m. to noon March 22. Held in Beede Auditorium, the program will include an hourlong presentation from HKIT Architects of the planned changes taking place over the next four years. In addition, visitors are encouraged to visit the school's innovative academies, including engineering, environmental, media and technology, leadership and public service. Teachers and students will be hand to answer questions and share completed projects.

More than a year ago, voters in the AHS part of the city approved paying an additional $50 in property tax each year for the modernization. More than 61 percent of voters supported Measure B, a $56.5 million school bond measure. Since that time, Oakland-based designing firm has met with district and campus stakeholders taking suggestions and working on plans that suit the community.

Opening speakers for the March 22 event will be Rocha and Superintendent Don Gill. For more information, call 925-779-7550.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

RIO VISTA

Chamber office moves to new location

The Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce has moved its offices to 37 N. Second St.

The Chamber of Commerce plans to fulfill the demand for a visitors' center to increase traffic not only to downtown, but throughout Rio Vista and the Delta region through events, programs and activities, according to Karen James Smith, executive director.

The Chamber's new office hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 707-374-2700.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff