PITTSBURG

Counicl approves baseball field improvements

The City Council on Monday approved a resolution that calls for making $350,000 improvements to a baseball field at City Park in anticipation of bringing a minor league baseball team to Pittsburg.

The funds would come from a reserve account of the of Pittsburg Power Co., a city-owned entity that uses revenues from energy projects it develops to promote economic develop.

The action was taken in anticipation of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs' proposal to add a Pittsburg team to its Bay Area roster, which includes teams in Sonoma, San Rafael and Vallejo.

The team's name is the Pittsburg Mettle, a name that pays homage to both the city's being an industrial town and its ambitious future as seen in the way the downtown has been rebuilt, accroding to former Major League pitcher Wayne Franklin, who along with his wife, Cris, and business partner Tom Macari make up the Backwards K Group, the team's owners.

The council also approved a sublease agreement with a new tenant to operate a sports-theme restaurant, which will serve Caribbean food -- at the site of the closed Momo's Japanese restaurant on Railroad Avenue.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Flute choir, handbell concert is Saturday

Brentwood's Beautiful Flute Choir will hold its first solo concert on Saturday, sharing the program with the bell choir from Byron Methodist Church. The free concert is at 2 p.m. at the church.

The idea behind the concert is to hear a selection of pieces written and arranged specifically for piccolo, flute and alto flute, and the community-based group has been working on the music since last summer, led by conductor Carey Hurst, who also is co-conductor of the Brentwood Concert Band, band director at Liberty High School and choir director at Heritage High School.

Sharing the concert will be the Celebration Ringers, a handbell choir founded

in 2008 by Rose Marie Forment. The eight ringers include Julie Aumock,

Jan Hewitt, Bonnie Larrabee, Cyndy Lemyre, Stephanie Lemyre, Lolly Miller-

Branda, Sandy Ring, and Dort Strauch, who use Malmark handballs created in

Pennsylvania. Each bell is a different size, resulting in a different note

and the bells are tuned chromatically, from one to six octaves or more, depending on the size.

-- Marta Yamamoto, Correspondent

ANTIOCH

Palm Sunday, Easter services set at St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius Church will host a series of Lent and Easter-related events and Masses starting this Sunday at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd.

Palm Sunday services include a blessing and distribution of palms and procession

at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday.

On Holy Thursday, April 17, there will be an 8 a.m. Sung Morning Prayer, followed by an Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30 p.m. and presentation of the holy oils, washing of feet, candlelight procession, and adoration at the Altar of Repose until 10 p.m.

On Good Friday, April 18, there will be a Sung Morning Prayer at 8 a.m., an

Ecumenical Good Friday Service, "The Seven Last Words," at noon.

It will be the largest, ecumenical service in the county, featuring clergy

from 14 different churches and an ecumenical choir.

A Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion and Death will be at 3 p.m. followed by Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion and a Sung Evening Prayer and Veneration of the Cross at 7:30 p.m.

On Holy Saturday, April 19, there will be a Sung Morning Prayer at 8 a.m., The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30 p.m., along with sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).

On Easter Day, April 20, the Festive Choral Eucharist will be at 8 and 10 a.m.

with The Parish Choir and Brass performing.

For more information, go to www.stignatiusofantioch.com.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

OAKLEY

Science Week activities continue this weekend

The city is offering its annual kids' menu of activities demonstrating the cool factor of science.

Science Week, which began with on Monday, is open to all ages, although the weekday workshops are geared for children ages 5 to 11.

No registration is required and non-Oakley residents are welcome. Parents must remain with their child because many of the activities are interactive and youngsters might need their help to participate. Limit is three children per adult.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday "Python Ron" is back with live reptiles and insects including iguanas, skinks, a monitor lizard, corn snakes, boa constrictors and yes, a 15-foot yellow python. Vintage Parkway School, 1000 Vintage Parkway.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is a program on live raptors -- owls, hawks, falcons and perhaps even an eagle -- which will be on hand to teach children and their families the importance of these birds in the ecosystem. Ironhouse Sanitary District will offer hay rides to tour its wastewater facility. Several stations will be set up for testing and other experiments. Ironhouse Sanitary District is at 450 Walnut Meadows Drive.

-- Reach Rowena Coetsee

PITTSBURG

Earth-friendly gardening talk is April 21

Those interested in learning how to garden in an earth-friendly way are invited to get the lowdown from a horticultural consultant.

Shawna Anderson will give a talk at 6 p.m. April 21 in the Family Life Center at Faith Worship Center Ministries, 2170 Harbor St., Pittsburg.

Cost is $10, which goes to the church's building fund.

Anderson will explain how people can grow their own vegetables organically, make compost, water efficiently, and use plants that attract beneficial insects.

In addition to light refreshments there will be a raffle for organic vegetable starts and tools.

To reserve a seat, call 925-457-5422 or email Shawnasgarden@aol.com.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff