BRENTWOOD

New operation hours for Skate/BMX Park

New days of operation for different users have officially started at the Brentwood Skate/BMX Park. This change was prompted by a decline in usage of the park by BMX bikers.

The odd- and even-day user assignments have been replaced with BMX bikers using the facility on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, while skateboarders will be welcomed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The hours through August are weekdays from 3-8 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 2-8 p.m. The park is at Balfour Road and Griffith Lane next to the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex.

For more information, contact the city's Parks and Recreation Department at 925-516-5444.

-- Paula King, staff

BRENTWOOD

City will be part of Blood Challenge 2014

The city of Brentwood recently announced that it will participate in City Blood Challenge 2014, which is through the American Red Cross.

The competitive summer blood drive will have Brentwood challenging other Northern California cities. Brentwood's blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., and it is open to the general public.


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A typical appointment that day will take about an hour. Special appointments are available for double red cell donations, where a machine allows donors to safely give two units of red blood cells during one donation while plasma and platelets are returned to them. This appointment lasts longer and has different donor criteria.

To make an appointment, check out www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

-- Paula King, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Free dance classes for kids in East County

The East County Performing Arts Center offers free dance classes on Saturday for any East County child who wants to experience what dance has to offer.

"We love our community and we are passionate about giving kids an opportunity to dance, even if it is only for a day," said Nina Koch, owner of the performing arts center.

The center has studios at 3901 Walnut Blvd., Suites A-1, in Brentwood and at 5865 Lone Tree Way, Suite N, Antioch.

To sign up for free dance classes, call 925-240-5556 or go to www.brentwooddance.com.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff