Pooh s frantic adventures at Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "Winnie-The-Pooh at the El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second St.

Sharon Redman directs the play based on the book by A.A. Millne with adaptation by Kristen Sergel.

"Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin s fat little "bear of very little brain who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something. However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 16 and 2 p.m. May 18.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, $8 for youth 17 and younger. Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Willy Wonka play comes to Antioch April 25

ANTIOCH -- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, presented by Stage Right Conservatory Theater, comes to the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

In the play, Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents. To choose who will enter the factory, Wonka devises a plan to hide five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. The search for the five golden tickets is fast and furious.

The show is directed by Bryan Anthony, produced by Kami Styles and Teresa Bittner and based on the book by Rolad Dahl.

Performances are 7 p.m. April 25, 26 and May 2 and 2 p.m. April 27 and May 4.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for ages 10 and younger. Seniors pay $5 for Sunday matinees.

For tickets and information, call Kami Stiles at 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

Big Band dinner, dance set for May 10

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Senior Citizens Club will host its "Big Band Dinner Dance at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

Dance, listen or and tap your toes to the music of the 'What s Up Band, an 18-piece dance band with vocalist.

The band will play the music of the Big Band legends Glenn Miller, Harry James, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and more.

The dance is 6 to 9 p.m. May 10; doors open at 5:30 p.m. A pasta dinner will be served along with deserts.

Admission is $20 for club members and $25 for nonmembers.

Register at the Brentwood Senior Center or at the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department, 35 Oak St.

Deadline for registration is May 7. Table bookings will be accepted upon availability.

For more information, call 925-516-5380 or 925-516-5444.

LMC Gospel Choir presents benefit

PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College Gospel Choir presents its 20th annual Gospel Celebration "Save the Children through Musical Arts.

Professor Silvester Henderson directs.

This multicultural event features the Los Medanos College Gospel Choir, gospel singers Lena Byrd-Miles and Celisse Henderson, Palm Ceia Baptist Church Mass Choir, Casey and Eric Pringle, Rusty Watson, Ric Alexander, Young Key Board Super Stars/Sons of Mr. Gospel, Juan Perez Quintet, and the LMC Chamber Chorale.

The performance is 7 p.m. May 10 at the Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Admission is $20 and $25 at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-439-2181, ext. 3249 or email mrgospl@yahoo.com.

Tribute to Patsy Cline set for April 27

ANTIOCH -- Joni Morris presents a "Tribute to Patsy Cline 3 p.m. April 27 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The performance transports listeners back to the golden years of the late 1950s and 1960s with Patsy Cline songs, including "Crazy, "Sweet Dreams, "My Happiness, and "Where the Boys Are. Morris also performs her own original music.

Admission is $27 for adults, $25 for seniors 62 and older and free for youth ages 6 through 17 with a paying adult.

Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

The music of Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Schubert

ANTIOCH -- The Contra Costa Chamber Symphony presents "Let s Get Lost performing the music of composers Vivaldi, concerto for guitar and string orchestra in D Major RV93 with special guest guitarist Julio Reyes; Mendelssohn s Overture to "A Midsummers Dream, and Schubert s Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D 220.

The orchestra is comprised of forty-five musicians ranging in ages 15 to 94, who are music teachers, accountants, students, electricians, mechanics, homemakers, lawyers, retirees, dentists, engineers and computer specialists, primarily with Contra Costa residents.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older and youth 17 and younger. Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Brentwood Public Art Walls exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- "Public Art Walls is an exhibit presented in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., highlighting artists and art organizations throughout Brentwood.

The program runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 20. The show will be divided into three different exhibits beginning with the members of the Brentwood Art Society. The exhibit runs through May 2. Exhibiting artists are: Sherry Cummings, Michael Flores, Beverly Turner, Robin Mayoff, Lee Lopez, Mary Young, Arlene Stumph, Sandra Carrigan, Diane Gwynn, and Sussana Wahl among others.

The second exhibit will feature a 2014 Student Art Show, which marks the 12th year of a partnership between the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Union School District, which co-sponsors the show. The Student Art Show will include 141 elementary and middle school students. The exhibit will run May 12 through May 29.

The final exhibit of the show will end with artwork by members of the Brentwood Art Society June 4 through June 20.

A reception for the student artists will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 12 in the Brentwood Community Center. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on how to participate in the Brentwood Community Center Public Art Walls contact Poldina Scherff at 925-516-5364 or pscherff@brentwoodca.gov.

'The Sound of Music sing-a-long is April 24

PITTSBURG -- The California Theatre presents "The Sound of Music sing-a-long 7:30 p.m. April 24.

"The Sound of Music is brought to life by Rodgers and Hammerstein s great enduring music, including "Edelweiss, "My Favorite Thing, and Do-Re-Mi.

All seats are $5. The theater is at 351 Railroad Ave.

For tickets call the box office at 925-4271-1611 or go to www.pittsburgtheatre.com.

ACFA hosts exhibit at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch hosts an exhibit at Umpqua Bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way.

The fifth exhibit for the ongoing display continues through May 30, featuring students from Antioch High School. There will be approximately 25 to 35 pieces, including some pottery and other 3D pieces of art. The students are calling their exhibit, "Antioch High s Art Attack. All artworks will be available for purchase. Participating artists: Alejandro Ruvalcaba, April Rose Regis, Aurora Eastman, Brenda Rios, Brianna Munoz-Yost, Darin Smith, David Currie, Douglas Minton, Elisa Garcia, Imani Reeves, Janelle Celestine, Jaxson Schuler, Jay Von Chatman, Jose Tabora, Julio Ramirez, Karena Melton, Kevin de La Torre, Kirti Khanna, Liliana Dearcia, Mackenzie O Brien, Makaila Brindle, Sarina Sylva, Sheryl Bowers, Shyann Arce, Sonia Martinez, and Zach Bowlen.

Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925- 325-9897.

Christie s whodunit at California Theatre

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Community Theatre present s Agatha Christie s "The Mouse Trap, the world s longest running play celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in its 60th year.

The murder-mystery begins with a group of strangers stranded in a boardinghouse during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer.

The subjects include a newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wrecks their perfect marriage.

Others are a spinster, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. The play is directed by Roberta Tibbetts.

Performances are at 8 p.m. May 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. May 10 and 11 at the newly renovated California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Admission $20 for adults; seniors, students ages 12 and older $15; children ages 2 through 11, $10.

For tickets and group rates, call 925-427-1611 or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.org.

For more information, email info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

ACFA hosts exhibit at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch hosts an exhibit at Umpqua Bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way.

The fifth exhibit for the ongoing display continues through May 30, featuring students from Antioch High School. There will be approximately 25 to 35 pieces, including some pottery and other 3D pieces of art. The students are calling their exhibit, "Antioch High s Art Attack. All artworks will be available for purchase. Participating artists: Alejandro Ruvalcaba, April Rose Regis, Aurora Eastman, Brenda Rios, Brianna Munoz-Yost, Darin Smith, David Currie, Douglas Minton, Elisa Garcia, Imani Reeves, Janelle Celestine, Jaxson Schuler, Jay Von Chatman, Jose Tabora, Julio Ramirez, Karena Melton, Kevin de La Torre, Kirti Khanna, Liliana Dearcia, Mackenzie O Brien, Makaila Brindle, Sarina Sylva, Sheryl Bowers, Shyann Arce, Sonia Martinez, and Zach Bowlen.

Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925- 325-9897.

Artists sought for upcoming open studios

Artists who live or work in East County are invited to participate in Contra Costa Open Studios, taking place the weekend of May 3 and 4.

During this popular community event artists open their studios and galleries to the public, providing demonstrations, interacting with visitors, displaying and selling their work. Artists and fine craftspeople working in all media are welcome.

There is no fee to participate and no deadline. A few shared locations may be available for those who don t have their own space. For information and registration visit www.ContraCostaOpenStudios.com.

Art4Schools exhibit set at Lynn House Gallery

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch will host the 10th annual Art4Schools exhibits through May 24 at the Lynn House Gallery.

The Art4Schools exhibits showcase Antioch Unified School District classes involved in the Arts4Schools Program, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the city of Antioch and a Keller Canyon Grant funded through the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. The Lynn House Galley will play host to Antioch, Deer Valley and Dozier Libbey high schools, April 30 through May 10, and Orchard Park K-8, May 13 though 24.

The Gallery is at 809 W. First St. in Antioch and is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, during exhibits. There is no admission fee and the exhibits are free.

For more information, visit www.Art4Antioch.org or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation at 925-325-9897 or e-mail Diane@Art4Antioch.org.

-- Nan Hargis