Who can say no to dinner and a murder mystery show? Tickets are $50, and proceeds will help build Brentwood a new library. Organized by Brentwood Library Foundation, the game will be afoot at Shadow Lakes Event Center at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

Make checks out to Friends of the Brentwood Library, and mail them to the Brentwood library at 104 Oak St. For more information, call the library at 925 516-5290.

Summer Reading Festival Continues: There's still time for readers of all ages to finish our "Paws to Read" summer reading program. Read and win prizes if finished by Aug. 23. Contact your local library for details. There are still plenty of animal-themed programs at libraries in East County, so why not stop by and enjoy one of them?

Dogs Lending An Ear: Children can read aloud to a dog and improve their skills at the same time from 10:30-11:45 a.m., Aug. 2 at the Oakley library. The animal rescue organization H.A.L.O. will provide non-judgmental, good listeners from its Angel Ears Therapy Dogs group.

Call or visit the library to sign up for a 10- to 15-minute session. Registration is encouraged. For children 6 to 13 years old.

Paws And Claws: Lindsay Wildlife Museum will be at the Bay Point library from 4-5 p.m., Aug. 5. Museum volunteers will enlighten and entertain children of all ages with pawed and clawed friends in the animal kingdom.


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Busy Bee Dogs: Pooches will be doing tricks 1-1:45 p.m., Aug. 9 at the Pittsburg library. You'll believe a dog can fly! These incredible rescue canines defy gravity with a whirlwind of impressive stunts. Have the time of your life while learning about pet adoption and responsibilities.

Paws To Help: 4-5 p.m., Aug. 20 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Help a pet at this "grrr-iffic" event! Scoop kibble into baggies and decorate "purr-fect" treat bags for families who need a little help feeding their furry friends.

ARF Dog Training Tips: 1-1:45 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Pittsburg library. Does Chester like to chew? Is Toby a terror? A trainer from Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation demonstrates effective behavior techniques, including clicker training and constructing toys for idle paws. No registration required. (No animals please -- ARF will provide the "students").

Teen Monthly Movie Night: 6-7:45 p.m., Aug. 12 at the Antioch library. The film is about a young boy who befriends an alien robot spaceship trying to escape the government so he can return home. As always, popcorn and drinks will be provided free of charge.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament: 3-4:45 p.m., Aug. 28 at the Antioch library. Register for your spot in our 16-player Yu-Gi-Oh tournament. Because of time restrictions, the event will be a single-bracket tournament. Once you lose, you are out. Rules and prizes will be announced soon.

Mastering Your Mind to Get What You Really Want in Life: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 12 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Tom Pearson, life success coach, will lead a workshop that helps you gain clarity on what you want, how to set your goals, the importance of passion, developing action plans, and creating a success-oriented mindset.

Brentwood Open Mic: 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. August is the month that participants may rant in literary form as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. Read your own work or share a special poem, short story or excerpt. For more information, email Kati at shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

Liz Fuller, senior library manager at Brentwood library, can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@cclib.org.

Grant Research 101: 8:30-10 a.m., Aug. 26 at the Brentwood library. Looking for grants to fund your nonprofit projects? Learn the basics of Foundation Directory Online, a free library database that browses funding agencies. Register in the library or at ccclib.org/programs.

Liz Fuller is the senior community library manager at the Brentwood library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@ccclib.org.

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