Events

  • Arbor Day Celebration: 3 p.m. April 25, Mira Vista Park, S. Francisco and Hacienda ways, Antioch. A tree-planting event and an installation of a bench sponsored by the city of Antioch and the Antioch River View Garden Club. Public is invited. For information, call Ginny Barbee, 925-354-0688.

  • 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.

  • Lumpy's Car, Truck, Bike Show: Registration 8-10 a.m., show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, 5891 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Cash prizes for best of show, best car, best truck, best bike. Hosted by the Midnighters Nor Cal. $20 per vehicle. 925-778-5867, www.gotlumpss.com.


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  • National Drug Take Back: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, Pittsburg Police Department, 65 Civic Drive. Bring all expired and unused medications for free disposal. No liquids, needles or sharps. Anonymous, no questions asked.

  • Swing into Spring: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26, Contra Costa Fair Grounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. The event focuses on "Vintage Vogue." Come dressed in your classiest, sharpest clothes. Anything classic inspired by the '20s through the '50s. A variety of vendors, food for purchase, crafts and more. Admission is free. 925-303-8409.

  • Faux Fishing: 2-3 p.m. April 26, Big Break Regional Park, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. Throw out a line for fun and reel in some facts as you play fishing games to discover how to identify different species in the Delta. Free. No registration. 510-327-2757.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray, 925-779-6137.

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

  • Delta Informal Gardeners: 7:30 p.m. April 28, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Social Hall, 809 Second St., Brentwood. Guest speaker Carolee James discusses the uses and benefits of native plants in the garden.

  • 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.

  • Cornerstone 6th annual Golf Tournament: 1 p.m. May 3, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. $100 per player. Includes: bucket of balls, golf cart, green fees, tee prizes, raffle prizes, hole-in-one contest, lunch, dinner. For registration, call 925-779-2900.

  • Youth Summit: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3, Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Learn about bullying, abuse, harassment, peer pressure, support, how to make better choices, more. Sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover. For all Contra Costa youths. Free. For details, call Paul Adler, 925-335-8200.

  • Pride of Southeast Antioch Restaurant Tour: 1-5 p.m. May 4. Visit 11 restaurants, including Panera Bread, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mountain Mike's Pizza, Bagel Street Cafe and more. All beverages must be purchased. Benefits local charities. For tickets and information, call 925-202-3519, 925-864-4188.

  • Antioch Mayor's Prayer Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. May 5, Antioch Community Center, 4701 Lone Tree Way. In recognition of National Prayer Day. An opportunity to join together in prayer for our nation, our military, state, city, schools and their leaders. $15. Tickets: Golden Hills Community Church, 925-516-0653, ext. 105; Graceland Christian Bookstore, 925-706-8790.

  • Stargazing-National Astronomy Day: 8-10 p.m. May 10. Meet at the Kellog Creek Picnic Area in the Los Vaqueros Watershed, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Join NASA Education Ambassador Jeff Atkins as you observe Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and waxing gibbous moon and more. Free, parking $4. 925-240-2440.

  • Video Games for teens and tweens: 4-6 p.m. May 14, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Challenge your friends to a Wii games or dance to the Dance Revolution on the big screen. For youths grades 6-12. Free. Space is limited. Registration: ccclib.org/programs. 925-516-5291.

    Fundraisers

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Comedy for a Cause Comedy Night: 6 p.m. April 26, Neighborhood Church, Brentwood. Benefits a new celebration Center for preschool day care, after-school programs and a senior center. Raffles, dessert auction. $30 per person, $50 for couples, $200 for table of eight, $25 for table of 10. Tickets: 925-240-5437.

  • Zero to 50 Diablo Valley Mustang Association 16 annual Show 'N' Shine: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3, Streets of Brentwood, 2455 Sand Creek Road. Staging begins 7 a.m. Show is open to all Ford makes and models. Proceeds benefit Food Bank of Contra Costa, Solano. Bring food donation for a raffle ticket. Free T-shirts for the first 150 registrants. Goody bags, raffles prizes, D J, trophies, more. Car registration is $25, $30 at the door. Free for spectators. Trudy Ramsey, 925-383-9579 or go to shownshine@dvma.org.

  • Wine, Chocolate & Beer Festival: 5-9 p.m. May 3, Leer Vineyards, 3501 Byer Road, Byron. Benefits Special Kids Foundation. Live music, auctions, raffles, hor d'oeuvres and souvenir glass. $50 advance, $60 at the door. Tickets: www.spkids.org.

  • The Dog Days of Diabetes Run, Walk, Play 5-K: 9 a.m. May 3, Creekside Park, Brentwood. Benefits local kids to participate in diabetes camps. Grab your dog (all dogs must be leashed), put your running shoes on and bring your family and friends for a fun run. Hosted by Brentwood Lions Club. $25 per person, $100 for team of five. www.facebook.com/events/450135848449586.

  • 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.

  • Community Garage Sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17, St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. Proceeds benefit church programs. Vendor spaces available, $35-$50. Free admission. For information, call 925-642-2329.

  • Family Night Out: 5-8 p.m. May 19, Straw Hat Pizza, 6680 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood. Live entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, magic show, silent auction, more. Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152. Proceeds benefit pack and community events. For details, go to www.cubscoutpack152.com.

    Health

  • Sutter Delta Care At Home: Looking for caring individuals to volunteer for end-of-life care. Provide companionship to a veteran patient, conduct an honor ceremony at bedside, support veterans family members and caregivers. Training classes provide free of charge. For information, call Nancy Gayles, 925-363-4123, gaylesn@sutterhealth.org.

  • American Red Cross: Recruiting volunteers, for Antioch, Bethel Island, Brentwood and Discovery Bay. Team members develop and maintain external partnerships, synchronize support services, respond in times of disaster. For information and training, call 925-603-7426, shoshanna.tafesse@redcross.org.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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

  • Matching Donors: Donate your car, truck, RV, boat, real estate to help those in need of an organ transplant. Donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. All proceeds will go to saving lives. For information, call 800-385-0422 or go to matchingdonors.com.

  • Bay Point Youth Soccer League: Youths ages 6-9, 9-11 a.m.; youths ages 9-11 begin at 11 a.m., Saturdays, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road. Kids learn soccer skills at the beginning of each game and play another team during the second part of the session. $10 per person. Cost is offset by a grant from Supervisor Federal Glover and Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation. Each child receives a team shirt, weekly snack and small award at the end of the season. 925-458-1601, www.abroserec.org.

  • 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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