Events

  • Spring Into Oakley: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22, Civic Center Park, Main Street and Norcross, Oakley. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Kids decorate bikes, scooters and wagons for a bike parade beginning at 11: Kids zone with crafts, games, face painting, tattoos. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Free entry for bike parade; kids zone $5. No registration needed.

  • Los Vaqueros Dam Trials: 10 a.m.-noon March 29, Walnut Staging Area, North Entrance Station. Test your speed on a 3 1/4 -mile timed road bike trial to the top of the dam on paved roads. There will be overall and age-group winners. For more information, call 925-688-8175 or go to www.ccwater.com.

  • Veterans Career Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25, 329 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Sponsored by the Veterans Employment Committee and Delta Veterans Group. Employers will be on site to speak about skills and education needed to be successful at their organization. Space will be provided to do interviews on site. Light refreshments provided. Preregister at www.vecofeee.org/job-fair.

  • Antioch Police Department Neighborhood Cleanup Program: 9-11 a.m. April 5, Antioch Middle School, 1500 D St. Help keep Antioch free of trash and refuse. Volunteers to receive instructions and equipment at the cleanup site.


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  • Ninth annual Living Better After 50: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. April 5, Pittsburg Adult Education, Pittsburg Adult Education Center, Community Resource Center, 1001 Stoneman Ave. Workshops include aging well, tips for living with low vision, cooking, nutrition, and more. Dory Willer speaks on Renewing your Passion and Purpose in Life. $5, financial assistance available. Contact PAEC, 925-473-4460, www.pittsburg.k12.ca.us/Domain/21 for details and registration.

  • Vaquero Day: 10 a.m. April 5, Kellogg Creek picnic Area. Celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the Los Vaqueros Watershed through educational and interpretive activities designed to highlight the relationship between agriculture production and the stewardship of natural resources. For information, call 925-240-2440 or go to www.ccwater.com.

  • Marsh Creek Day: 10 a.m. April 5, Creekside Park, 3900 Creekside Way, Oakley. The Friends of Marsh Creek host the kickoff to the annual Oakley Science Week with a variety of hands-on activities related to the creek. For information, call 925-625-7044.

  • Earth Day Work Party: 10 a.m. April 5, Contra Loma Regional Park, 1200 Frederickson Lane. (meet in the trailhead parking lot area at sharp bend just before the park entrance). Bring your youth group, family and friends to the Sierra Club spring cleanup in celebration of Earth Day. Tim, 925-754-8801.

  • St. Anthony Columbiettes Fifth annual Spring Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, 971 O'Hara Ave, Oakley. Over 20 vendors, raffle drawings, shopping, prizes. For details email Columbiettes10414@aol.com.

  • Introduction to Beading: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning April 7, 204 Second St., Oakley. Each week is a beading project using different methods to start and finish your project. Best suited for teens and adults. Residents $40, nonresidents $50. Registration is required. Call 925-625-7041 or email tumin@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Bay Area Career Fair and Workshops: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11, Cal State East Bay, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. Career readiness workshops and employers with opportunities for veterans and professionals. Workshops: Resume Building, interview techniques, veterans resources and more. Connect with employers at the event. Free parking and shuttle from Concord BART station. For information, call 925-602-0166 or email careerfair@euccc.org.

  • 13th annual Brentwood Elementary Bazaar: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12, 200 Griffith Lane. Garage sale items, tools, fishing gear, furniture, camping gear, and much more. Free admission; vendor tables $25. brentwoodbazaar@yahoo.com or 925-513-6360.

  • A Walk on the Wild Side: 10 a.m.-noon April 12, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Take a springtime nature walk along Kellog Creek. Visit the home of the threatened red legged frog, fence lizards, coyotes and Golden Eagles. Free. Details, 925-240-2400, www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Mike "Bear Cub" Truitt Memorial Ride: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. April 19, Antioch Police Department, Community Room, 300 L St. Riders depart for Ironstone Winery 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Sacred Sons Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Inc. $25 includes Ironstone lunch. For information, call Steve Aiello, 925-956-8934. wwwsacredsonsmc.com.

  • Birds of the Spring: 8 a.m. April 19, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Take a hike near Kellog Creek as you search of great blue heron, spotted towhees and more. . Free. Details, 925-240-2400, www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Stargazing-Mars at Opposition: 8-10 p.m. April 25, Kellog Creek picnic area. Join NASA Educational Ambassador Jeff Atkins for telescopic viewing of the planet Mars just after opposition. The red planet will be larger and brighter than usual. Will also see Juniper high in the southeast and Saturn rising a little after sunset in the east. Details, 925-240-2400, www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Loma Vista Elementary Spring Fling: 5-8 p.m. April 25, 2110 San Jose Drive, Brentwood. A fun evening of free games, prizes, jumpy house. Purchase food, themed baskets made by teachers and parents, raffle tickets. Veronica Miller, 925-354-6612, veronica.wigton@gmail.com.

  • Fifth annual Keep Antioch Beautiful: 8:30-11 a.m. April 26. Join others to make a difference in your hometown. Allied Waste donated dumpsters located at various schools. Each distribution site will be where volunteers receive instruction and supplies. Free lunch for volunteers 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Contra Loma Regional Park. For details and registration go to http://www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray, 925-779-6137.

  • Mt. Diablo Recycling Earth Day Celebration: First session 10 a.m.-noon, second session 1-3 p.m. April 26, 1300 Loveridge Road, Pittsburg. The celebration includes a presentation of the 5 R's, kids' activities, a walking tour of Mt. Diablo Recycling Center and a chance to see recycling and garbage trucks. RSVP: Adriana.Medina@Garaventaent.com, 925-771-2721. Space is limited.

  • Taste of Brentwood Restaurant Tour: 1-5 p.m. May 3. Tour will include Roundtable Pizza, Dickey's BBQ, Rubio's Fresh Mexican, Subway, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and more. Visit all the restaurants for a chance to win $100. Limited space. $20, $30 for two. To register and see a full list of participating restaurants: www.brentwoodchamber.com, 925-634-3344.

    Fundraisers

  • Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch annual Tri Tip Dinner: Social hour and silent auction 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. March 29. Benefits Kiwanis Club community and youth charities. Admission $17, children younger than 10, $7.50. 925-757-5472 for tickets and information.

  • Delta Veterans Group Inaugural Poker Run: Registration 9-11 a.m. March 30, 210 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. All proceeds benefits Veterans Stand Down. Sponsored by Archie's S&Q to provide free food to as many veterans as possible through the donations of meat and facilities, from veteran organizations and businesses. Route includes Rusty Port Hole (Bethel Island), Orwood (Brentwood), Wild Idol Saloon (Byron), VFW Hall 6435 (Antioch). $20 at the door. www.deltaveteransgroup.org; 925-350-3374.

  • Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch annual Tri Tip Dinner: Social hour and silent auction 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. March 29. Benefits Kiwanis Club community and youth charities. Admission $17, children younger than 10, $7.50. 925-757-5472 for tickets and information.

  • Delta Veterans Group Inaugural Poker Run: Registration 9-11 a.m. March 30, 210 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. All proceeds benefit Veterans Stand Down. Sponsored by Archie's S&Q to provide free food to as many veterans as possible through the donations of meat and facilities, from veteran organizations and businesses. Route includes Rusty Port Hole (Bethel Island), Orwood (Brentwood), Wild Idol Saloon (Byron), VFW Hall 6435 (Antioch). $20 at the door. www.deltaveteransgroup.org; 925-350-3374.

  • Ambrose/Pittsburg Lions Club Spring Carnival: 5 p.m. April 3-4; noon April 5-6, corner of Willow Pass Road and Clearland Drive, Bay Point. Proceeds benefit community charities and scholarship programs for graduating seniors. Pre-purchase discount coupons before April 2. For discount coupons, call 925-709-0557, 925-642-7158. At the door: $1 per ride, $23 for 25, $70 for 80. One-day all-ride wristbands $25. All rides require 3-5 tickets. Information: 925-458-9666.

  • Spring Boutique: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5, Brentwood Veterans Hall, 757 First St. Benefits Girls State and school scholarships. Crafts, collectibles, baked goods, scrapbooking supplies, more. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Free admission. Tables $25, $5 for second. Information: Dolly, 925-634-3715.

  • Antioch Woman's Club Fashion Show, Luncheon: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 5, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road. Proceeds benefit students scholarships, local charities, and restoration of the historical Woman's Clubhouse. Fashions by J. Jill and Jos A. Banks, lunch, desert, entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, hat contest judged by audience and more. $35, tickets are limited. Contact Diane Myers, 925-754-6573.

  • Park Middle School Taste of Italy: 5-10 p.m. April 5, VFW, 815 Fulton Shipyard, 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.

  • Lenten Fish Fry Dinners: 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays through April 11, 3351, Saint Ignatius Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Costa Blvd. All proceeds benefit the educational center. Drive through, take-out or eat in. $13. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

  • GFWC Woman's Club of Antioch Spring Boutique: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 26, 509 G St., Antioch. Benefits local charities, high school scholarships and restoration of the historic clubhouse. Watches, vintage sterling rings, floral arrangements and handmade items. Enjoy refreshments while you shop. For information, call 925-522-8313.

  • St. Anthony Columbiettes Fifth annual Spring Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, 971 O'Hara Ave, Oakley. Over 20 vendors, raffle drawings, shopping, prizes. For details email Columbiettes10414@aol.com.

  • Rivertown Jamboree Crab feed: 6 p.m. no-host cocktails; dinner 7 p.m. April 26, St. George's Social Hall, 13th and Marie streets, Antioch. Raising funds for the 23rd Rivertown Jamboree. Dinner, raffle, silent auction, music and more. $40 in advance; $45 at the door. 925-757-0972, www.rivertownjamboree.com.

  • First VFW Post 1078 Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt: 9 a.m. April 26, breakfast, lunch, poker run and hunt, Brentwood Veterans Hall, 757 First St. Benefits Brentwood VFW helping local veterans. Raffles, door prizes. $20 includes breakfast, lunch, one poker slip, one scavenger slip. Best completed poker and scavenger slip win prizes. For details, call Margo Sandoval, 510-410-2725.

  • Travis Credit Union First Time Homebuyer's Seminar: 9 a.m.-noon May 3, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Preparation for homeownership begins long before the purchase actually takes place. This seminar covers pre-purchase issues such as budgeting, determining whether the house is affordable, saving for a down payment and other costs. You'll learn about credit reports, managing your debt-to-income ratio, the types of home loans available and the mortgage lending process. Free. Details: www.traviscu.org, 800-877-8328.

  • Project Runway Antioch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10, Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Join others for this special event honoring Mary Rocha's career in community service and Brighter Beginnings' 30th anniversary. This event will include a seated luncheon, raffle, live entertainment and fashion show showcasing family-friendly designs. The fashion show will include local luminaries as models, including Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, Antioch Chief of Police Allan Cantando, State Assemblyman Jim Frazier and others. $35; sponsors needed. 925-303-4340, www.brighter-beginnings.org.

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  • 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 at www.sutterdelta.org or in person at the volunteer desk 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch.

  • 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

  • Workshop for Family Caregivers: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, May 3, Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services, 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Family, friends, anyone who assists a senior are invited to learn new techniques, hear about available resources and share your experiences. Free, lunch provided. Free parking. Space is limited. Registration: 925-937-8311,

  • 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 available through April 10. For more information, call Sally, 925-684-3505.

  • Get Fit Now: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Drop in to 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.

  • 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 difference in the lives of seniors in need. 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, or 916-470-2938.

  • 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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