The Friends of the Oakley Library had a wonderful day at Big Break in Oakley on April 12 as more than 200 people showed up to run or walk the trail heading out from the Delta Science Center.

The run was the first big fundraising effort by the Friends, with the goal of raising seed money to start a foundation. That foundation, in turn, will exist to raise funds for a new library in Oakley. The mastermind of the event was avid runner and library supporter Ron Perry, who got the project off the ground and organized all of the details. Other run organizers included Linda Pennock, Julie Perry, Nancy Huffaker, Cindy Tumin and John Dodson.

Volunteers came out in scores at 6 a.m. that morning to help out, including Boy Scout Troup 152, Corey Bitterman, Jay Busby, Fred Lemire, Barry and Kathy Young, Craige and Tracy Nielsen, Wayne and Suzie Morris, Isabelle and Emily Perry, folks from Diablo Vista Dental, the Oakley Community Garden, Oakley Chiropractic, Liberty Mutual Brentwood, Adventure Sports Oakley, Solle Naturals, Ironhouse Sanitary District and Oak Tree Screen Printing.

A huge thank you to all of the event's sponsors: Air Liquide, Shea Homes, California Fitness 24/7, Clif Bar, Sports Authority, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Trader Joe's and IBEW Local 302.


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Thanks to the East Bay Regional Park District for working with us on the event, and to Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre for providing some entertainment. Last but not least, thanks to Assemblyman Jim Frazier for attending and offering some pre-race inspirational words to the participants, and Kevin Romick for kicking off the kids run. A great community event, and one that will be repeated next hear we hope!

Upcoming Events: The Delta Conservancy is partnering with the Brentwood Library to offer Delta nonprofits training on how to use the library's Foundation Directory Online from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the Brentwood Library. This workshop will walk you through the steps to use this online tool to identify funding sources, create customized searches, and explore Power Search.

Instructor Susan Roberts is a grant writer for the conservancy, and she will guide you through the grant search process. She formerly taught this workshop at the Nonprofit Resource Center in Sacramento. Registration for this workshop is required, and space is limited.

Register online at http://ccclib.org/programs, or by calling the library at 925-516-5290.

  • African Dance with Nana-Dictta at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Antioch Library. You asked, and we responded. Nana-Dictta is returning with her popular and high-energy African dance class. Class is limited to 20 people, so come early to guarantee a spot.

  • Wii Gaming for Teens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Brentwood Community Center. Are you a Wii master? Show off your skills, or just relax and enjoy some snacks. Register online at http://ccclib.org/programs/ or call 925-516-5290 to attend.

  • Zombie Apocalypse Prep for Teens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Brentwood Community Center. It's Zombie Awareness Month! Hone your survival skills, create a mini-weapon, and learn to stay one step ahead of your enemy.

  • Daniel DaVinci's Comedy Circus Show at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at the Antioch Library.

    Liz Fuller is the Senior Community Library Manager at the Brentwood Library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294.

    or lfuller@ccclib.org.

  • Friends of the Brentwood Library Book Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Brentwood Library. Mark your calendar now for our blowout book sale! If you simply can't wait, visit our ongoing book sale inside the library. Proceeds from the sale will support the new Brentwood Library Foundation. Books will sell for 25 cents, 50 cents and $1. Join the Friends of the Library an receive a free book bag.

    Liz Fuller is the Senior Community Library Manager at the Brentwood Library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@ccclib.org.