Events

  • Playing For Change Foundation's Scholastic Book Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10, 329 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Children's books, bestsellers, hit series, adult fiction, new releases, cookbooks, reference books school supplies and more. Hundreds of items for $2 or less. For information, call 925-252-6981, or go to www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/warehouse to register and receive a fast pass and discount coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase or $25 for a 100 purchase. If your school is tax-exempt bring a valid tax-exempt certificate. Payments: Credit cards, checks, purchase order, Scholastic Dollars, and Title I and grants.

  • Delta Informal Gardeners Plant Sale: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 10, Wolfe Ranch, 700 Creek Road, Brentwood. Annuals, perennials, succulents, specialty items and more. Bring a cart or wagon. $1.50-$5.50. For information and directions, go to www.deltainformalgardeners.org.

  • Stargazing-National Astronomy Day: 8-10 p.m. May 10. Meet at the Kellogg 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.


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  • 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 youth grades 6-12. Free. Space is limited. Registration: ccclib.org/programs. 925-516-5291.

  • Pittsburg High School Career Fair/State of Education: 7:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Pittsburg Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., Pittsburg. A free lunch will be 12:30-1:45 p.m. May 21, Pittsburg High School Library, 250 School St. The event is hosted by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsburg Unified School District. Working to partner students and families with local businesses to help shape students' understanding and preparation for life after high school.

  • East Contra Costa Career Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22, Pittsburg Elks Lodge, 200 Marina Blvd., Pittsburg. Bring copies of your resume Learn about employee opportunities, career counseling and resume review, veterans services, on-the-job training and educational resources. Businesses attend to learn about job posting and recruitment events; training and hiring, advising and hiring incentives and more. Job seekers who register in advance will be given priority entrance; arrive at 9:45. Free. Job seekers with questions, call 925-602-3996. For registration, go to eventbrite.com and search with city and event name.

  • Oakley Memorial Day Observance Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. May 24, Oakley Civic Center Park, 3231 Main St., Oakley. Presentation of colors, performance by Freedom High School Choir, MIA/POW table, two-bell ceremony, presentation of wreath, taps and three volley salute. 925-625-7000.

  • United Veterans Council, Inc. Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. May 26, Pittsburg Veterans Memorial, Harbor Street. Presented by the Disabled American Veterans Council Chapter 154, American Legion Post 151, and the Veterans Of Foreign Was Post 1858. Ben Johnson, Pittsburg City Council Manger is master of ceremonies. Guest speakers will speak on meritorious service, honoring current and deceased veterans for their commendable service. RSVP: 925-432f-9252, wjs17@comcast.net or 925-759-3444, johnben31@comcast.net.

  • Movie in the Plaza: 9 p.m. May 31, Oakley City Plaza, 3231 Main St., Oakley. Bring the family to watch the Disney film "Planes." Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this family movie under the stars. Free. Snacks available for purchase. Sponsored by Black Bear Diner. For information, call 925-625-7044.

  • Antioch Mayor's Golf Tournament: 1 p.m. shotgun start June 1, Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Road. Entry fee $125 and includes golf, tee prizes, cart, lunch, dinner, soft drinks and awards. Sign up online by May 21 at www.lonetreegolfcourse.com. Benefits Antioch Jr. Golf Scholarship; The First Tee of Contra Costa; Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame; Antioch PAL; and Antioch Senior Citizens Club. For more information, call 925-706-4220 or email ronparish@lonetreegolfcourse.com or rarmstrong@lonetreegolfcourse.com

  • "An Evening of Inspiration" dinner: 6 p.m. June 13, Shadow Lakes Golf Course Event Center, Brentwood. Dinner, guest speakers and live music provided by Big Fat Swing Company. Tickets: $50 each, or sponsor a table of eight for $400. All proceeds will benefit students and families in East Contra Costa County who are served through Village Community Resource Center and its programs. To purchase tickets or receive additional information, call 925-626-7892 or go to www.vcrcbrentwoodca.org

  • "9s over Deuces Poker Run": Backroad motorcycle ride starts 9 a.m. July 12, Antioch American Legion Hall, 403 W. Sixth St., Antioch and ends at Brentwood Veterans Hall for a barbecue lunch. Tickets: $25 per motorcycle or $35 two-up, includes poker hand, coffee/doughnut breakfast, door prize and barbecue lunch. Raffle tickets also available. All proceeds go to ALR programs helping local veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Rolling.9s or contact Tony Fettig at 925-759-1586 or sf-jdsquire@comcast.net

    Fundraisers

  • Inaugural Give Cancer the Boot Cookout: 2-7 p.m. May 10, Providence Bar & Eatery, 2085 Main St., Oakley. Bring the family to support Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society. Raffles, music barbecue, dancing, games. Free. 925-625-0292, www.relayforlife.org.

  • 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, 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.

  • Walk for a Warrior Walkathon: 9 a.m. May 17, 1023 W. Second and L streets. Collect pledges and sign up to walk to support the military. For more information, call 925-206-4113 or visit www.eastcountyveterans.org.

  • Beer Fest: Noon-4 p.m. May 17, Schooner's Grille & Brewery, 4250 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Proceeds benefit Special Haven Multi Sensory Room, serving those with special needs. Beer, raffles, vendors, 50/50 raffle, and more. Food available for purchase. $20. For registration and tickets, email David Chuey at davidc@specialhaven.org or go to http://specialhaven.org/Beerfest_2014.html.

  • Ambrose-Pittsburg Lions Club Champagne Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17, Lions Center, 175 Alvarado Ave., Pittsburg. Proceeds benefit the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired. Omelettes, waffles, sausage, raffle, two complimentary glasses of champagne and more. Additional champagne is available for a donation. $25. Tickets: 925-876-6519 or 925-458-9666.

  • 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. For details go to www.cubscoutpack152.com.

  • 25th annual Antioch Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament: 11 a.m. check in and putting practice; 1 p.m. shotgun start; 5:30 p.m. dinner May 21, Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Benefits youth and nonprofit organizations. $125 per player includes tee prizes, cart, lunch, dinner, nonalcoholic beverages, awards, contests. Dinner only $30. RSVP by May 21. Call 925-706-4220.

    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

  • Senior Rockin' World Dance: 10-11 a.m. Thursdays May 15-June 19, City Annex, 204 Second St., Oakley. For ages 50 and older. Dance around the world and move to international beats. The class is gentle on the joints; everyone can move at their own pace. Oakley residents $40, nonresidents $50. Registration required. For information, call 925-625-7041 or email tumin@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • 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 High School, class of 1964: Planning a reunion 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Looking for classmates. For information, call 925-757-6203, or email mizmiche@aol.com.

  • 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 800-3850422 or to matchingdonors.com.

  • Bay Point Youth Soccer League: Youths ages 6-9, 9-11 a.m.; youths ages 9-11 a.m. begin at 11 a.m., 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. Teams play on Saturdays. 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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