ANTIOCH

Nonprofit, college team up for job workshops

Job seekers needing more education to get their foot in the door are invited to several presentations this month explaining how they can do it.

Opportunity Junction is working with Los Medanos College to provide individualized help for students taking short-term schooling to earn certificates in technical fields.

A nonprofit that helps low-income adults become self-sufficient, Opportunity Junction will offer career guidance as well as information about financial aid and help enrolling at LMC; after students complete the program, the organization also will work with them to find a job.

Those who apply for these services must be available to start classes at LMC in January 2015.

There will be three sessions providing more information:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26

  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27

    All meetings are at Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch.

    Food will be provided. For more information, call Natasha at 925-776-1133 or email natasha@opportunityjunction.org

    -- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

    BRENTWOOD

    'Bark in Park' parade on Saturday

    The Bark in the Park Dog Parade is back on Saturday in Brentwood's City Park.

    Local dogs are encouraged to wear costumes for the upcoming parade.


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    Bark in the Park is a free, family-oriented event. Dogs who are registered by their owners for the event must be tagged, vaccinated and licensed properly to take part in the festivities. They must also be leashed.

    The annual event is hosted by the Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee. For more information, call 925-516-5444.

    -- Paula King, Staff

    ANTIOCH

    Meals on Wheels hols orientation Friday

    A nonprofit that delivers meals to seniors is holding an orientation to enlist the help of other agencies in spreading the word that it needs volunteers.

    Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services will give the presentation 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch.

    A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.

    Groups that attend will learn what the organization does -- delivering about 725 meals per day to those who are homebound is just one of its services.

    They also will find out how they can help Meals on Wheels by providing volunteers, publicizing it in church bulletins and community newsletters, or inviting one of its representatives to give a talk about the ways in which it makes life more enjoyable for older adults who need a little help maintaining their independence.

    To register or volunteer, contact Carol Louisell at clouisell@mowsos.org or 925-954-8736.

    -- Rowena Coetsee

    BRENTWOOD

    Grants offered for downtown merchants

    Downtown Brentwood merchants can improve the appearance of their storefronts by taking part in a new Downtown Facade Improvement Program funded by the city's Economic Development Grant Program.

    Grants through the program can fund a portion of the costs for new signs, exterior painting, awnings or other storefront beautification projects. According to city officials, funding will be very limited for this first introductory year and grants will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The future grants can cover the entire cost of the first $2,500 of a facade project and two-thirds of the cost of projects that are more expensive. To obtain more details about the project, call 925-516-5187 or send an e-mail to ptrudell@brentwoodca.gov.

    -- Paula King, Staff

    BRENTWOOD

    City produces video highlighting its lifestyle

    To market Brentwood to potential developers and businesses, the city and a major local developer have teamed up to produce a three-minute video highlighting the city's lifestyle and quality of life.

    Trilogy at the Vineyards and the city created the video through a public-private partnership. The city funded about 20 percent or $10,000 of the cost of the video through its Economic Development Grant Program.

    The video will be used by both the city and Trilogy for marketing purposes, according to city officials. It can be viewed on the economic development page of the city's website at www.brentwoodca.gov.

    -- Paula King, Staff

    BRENTWOOD

    New pediatric medical practice to open

    A major pediatric medical practice will soon locate in Brentwood. Packard Children's Health Alliance has acquired a leased 3,500-square-foot space at 100 Cortona Way off Balfour Road.

    Packard is affiliated with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and the Stanford School of Medicine. City leaders say that this is a sign of Brentwood's continued increase in business activity, especially in the health care sector.

    "This deal is huge for Brentwood," Brentwood Economic Development Manager Alex Greenwood said. "It is yet another sign of the booming health care business taking place in Brentwood."

    Greenwood noted that Brentwood already houses state-of-the-art medical facilities, including John Muir Health Outpatient Center on Balfour.

    "We welcome the addition of Packard, which brings a nationally recognized expertise in pediatric care and strong affiliation with the Stanford School of Medicine and other partners," he said.

    -- Paula King, Staff

    BRENTWOOD

    Library hosts training session for nonprofits

    The Brentwood Library is offering East County nonprofits training on how to use the library's Foundation Directory Online from 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the library. This workshop will teach participants how to use this online tool to identify funding sources, create customized searches, and explore Power Search. Registration for this workshop is required and space is limited. Register is online at http://ccclib.org/programs/, or by calling the library at 925-516-5290.

    Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 100,000 foundations and corporate donors and more than half a million key decision makers, is now available at seven of the Brentwood Library's computer workstations. Foundation Directory Online was developed by the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization founded more than 50 years ago to help open philanthropy to public view.

    The Brentwood Library is at 104 Oak St., across from the Brentwood Park. For more information, call 925-516-5290.

    -- Judith Prieve, Staff