PITTSBURG

California Theatre has re-opening Saturday

An opening gala is set for Saturday at the newly renovated, historic California Theatre.

The beaux-arts theater on Railroad Avenue recently underwent a $7.6 million project in Old Town to restore its former glory after years of neglect. It first opened in 1920 and served as a venue for vaudeville acts, silent films, live entertainment and Hollywood movies before closing in 1954.

To herald its reopening, there will be an opening gala with entertainment by the Junius Courtney Big Band featuring vocalist Denise Perrier, Pittsburg Community Theatre, the Black Diamond Ballet Theatre and other local entertainers. A video about the theater's history will also be shown.

Tickets are $150 a person and can be purchased at the Railroad Book Depot, Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, the Art Shack and online through the Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation's website, www.pittsburgfoundation.org.

For more information, call 925-252-6930

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

KNIGHTSEN

Former teacher to be honored at luminaria

Parents, students and former colleagues will remember a former Knightsen School teacher at an informal gathering this month.

The district will celebrate the life of Laura Filbert at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 with a luminaria and reception on the campus at 1923 Delta Road, Knightsen.


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Filbert died Jan. 2 after a long battle with cancer. She was 53.

A resident of the tiny town of Acampo just outside Stockton, Filbert joined Knightsen School District in 1997 as a substitute teacher and the following year signed on as a full-time instructor. She taught kindergarten, first and second grades at both Knightsen School and Old River Elementary School before retiring late last year.

Those wishing to attend can pick up battery-operated candles and small paper bags to decorate at the school office; the evening will begin with a walk through the luminaria followed by an informal reception in the multipurpose room.

Donations can be made to California Pacific Medical Center Fund (Cancer Clinical Trial Research Fund), P.O. Box 45902, San Francisco, CA 94154.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

PITTSBURG

Wong plans to resign from school board

For the second time within a year, there is a vacancy on the Pittsburg Unified School District.

Trustee William Wong informed his fellow school board members at a school board meeting recently that he would be resigning from the board, effective Feb. 27.

Wong is resigning because he is moving out of the district to San Mateo County, said district Superintendent Linda Rondeau.

The vacancy will be filled through an appointment process that will allow candidates to submit applications for the position.

Rondeau said she expects to meet with board President Vincent Ferrante next week to discuss the time frame for the selection process. It is hoped that a new board member will be chosen in time for the district's March 13 board meeting, she said.

Last June, former trustee Robert Belleci resigned from the board. That vacancy was filled by Joe Arenivar, who was elected to the board in November.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

East County

Service club holds free throw competition

The Knights of Columbus will hold a free-throw competition for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 at Timber Point Elementary School gymnasium, 40 Newbury Lane, Discovery Bay.

The competition will be 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30.

All contestants at the local level are recognized with a certificate for their participation. Ten winners will receive a plaque and will be eligible to advance to the district level competition. The event is open to the public, and is free.

For an entry form or information, call Dick McDonald, 925-634-0141 or email at dickiemac@yahoocom.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Brentwood kindergarten registration

It is that time of year again for kindergarten registration in the Brentwood Union School District. The 2013-2014 academic year registration will also include transitional kindergarten.

For kindergarten in Brentwood next year, eligible students must be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1. Those children who are 5 years old between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2 are eligible for transitional kindergarten.

Those children turning 5 years old between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1 are also encouraged by the district to enroll in transitional kindergarten for this upcoming academic year only. Parents of kindergartners should contact their child's future school site starting on Feb. 13 for the scheduling of registration appointments.

Registration appointments are planned for March, 5, 6 and 7. For more details, visit www.brentwood.k12.ca.us.

-- Paula King, Staff