Classes/Workshops

  • Free Grant Writing Workshop: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Open to individuals, government agencies and community-based organizations. Information on how to write grant applications. Registration: www.ccccounty.us/supervisorglover.

  • Dance/ Performance Classes: Urban Rhythm dance with an emphasis on performing. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 for ages 8-12; 6 p.m. Oct. 3 for ages 13-17. Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane. $40. Keeva, 925-325-3019. Sponsored by the city of Pittsburg. 925-427-8138.

  • Hunter's Safety Course: 6-9 p.m. Oct 5; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6-7, 1250 O'Hara Ave, Oakley. Receive a Department of Fish and Game certificate for purchase of hunting license. Must attend all sessions. $15. All ages welcome. For information and registration: Cindy, 925-625-7041, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Diablo Sail & Power Squadron-America's Boating Course: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 13, Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane, Antioch. Designed for all boaters. Learn boat handling, regulations, equipment, safe operations, navigations rules, radio operation and more. $70 includes fee and lunch for both classes. Information and registration: 925-377-2628 or www.diablosquadron.org.


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  • Free ELS classes: Learn the English language at free classes offered 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays ongoing, Golden Hills Community Church, Antioch Campus, 1800 Woodland Drive. No registration required.

  • Free Internet Access: Opportunity Junction offers free Internet access for job searches, finding community resources and language learning 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursdays. Also offers English as a Second Language classes 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • Liberty Adult School classes: Offers morning and evening General Educational Development (GED) preparation and English as Second Language (ELS) classes. Ongoing open enrollment. 929 Second St., Brentwood. www.libertyadulted.org, 925-634-6525 for more information.

    Events

  • Antioch Dunes National Refuge tours: A docent-lead one-hour tour 10 a.m. second Saturdays ongoing. The refuge provides protection for three endangered species: Lange's Metalmark butterfly, Antioch Dunes evening primrose and Contra Costa wallflower. Free. 707-769-4200, www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/antioch.

  • Hazel-Atlas Mine tours: First-come, first-served tours noon and 3 p.m. weekends. A 950-foot walk into the mine to see mine workings, ore chutes, the shifter's office (mine boss), and ancient geological features. Black Diamond Regional Preserve, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. $5 per person. For 7 years and older. Tickets can be purchased at the Sidney Flat Visitor Center. For advance-reservation tours, call 1-888-327-2757, option 2. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/black_diamond.

  • Diablo Shores ProAm Waterskiing Competition: Sept. 21-23, Diablo Shores, 1038 Petite Sirah Lane, Brentwood. The top men and women pro and amateur skiers from around the world will be competing head-to-head for cash and prizes. Competition starts at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the finals will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Vendors, food available for purchase, raffles, more. Sponsored by Dublin Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen. Details and directions: www.diabloshores.com.

  • The Splendors of Autumn: 7 p.m. Sept. 27, REI Brentwood, 2475 Sand Creek Road. Join East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Kevin Damstra as he introduces you to the splendors of autumn. Take a digital tour of the East Bay trails. Experience fall colors, both subtle and bold, as you hike Briones Regional Park, walk Morgan Territory, look for tarantulas in Mount Diablo State Park and Diablo Foothills Regional Park, and explore Vasco Caves Regional Preserve. Free. Information: www.rei.com/brentwoodca.

  • National Public Lands Day-Restore Habitat At Kirker Creek: 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 29. Volunteers help to restore native habitat along Kirker Creek in Pittsburg, near the entrance to historic Nortonville Canyon. Work includes removal of debris and nonnative plants from the creek and shoreline to help improve water quality and habitat for endangered species. Morning refreshments and lunch provided. For information, call 925-825-9400.

  • International Day of Peace Community Celebration: 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2200 Country Hills Drive, Antioch. A Peace Pole will be dedicated followed by performances by the Meher School Children's Chorus; Sikh representatives, Jaspreet Rasia and ensemble, playing Indian classical music; the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints youth choir from Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg; the We Mime from Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch; the four East County Idol trophy winners, Idara Akpakpa, Andie Paredes, Raina Viscarra and Nicholas Crossen; the Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Hilltop Christian School Treble Choir and Hand Bell Ringers; and the Divine Voices from Deer Valley High. Walter Ruehlig, 925-756-7628, walter.ruehlig@gmail.com.

  • Dow Walk for Water: Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 30, Dow Wetlands Preserve, Antioch. A 6K walk to raise awareness for the need of safe drinking water and to educate the community on water issues. Boat rides, live animals, kids activities, more. First 500 visitors receive free drawstring backpacks. Free. http://www.dow.com/pittsburg/events/index.htm.

  • Meet the Antioch City Council candidates: 7 p.m. Oct. 2, The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch. Candidates present brief presentation on election platform. Question and answer session to follow. Dina, 925-754-7772, dosakue@commonsatdallasranch.com.

  • Free Household Waste Collection: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6. Open to all East County residents. Discard motor oil, paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, cleaners, batteries, more. No containers larger than 5 gallons. 2300 Elkins Way, Brentwood. For a full list of acceptable items, go to www.ddsd.org. 925-756-1990.

    Fundraisers

  • Rummage Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 22, 2505 W. 10th St., Antioch. Proceeds benefit Commercial Support Services, employing adults with disabilities. Information: Tracy, 925-755-4925.

  • Ragin' Cajun: Authentic Cajun Zydeco with the The Bayou Boys, barbecue, best costume contest, 50/50 raffle, more. Costumes are optional. Sponsored by the Byron Delta Lions Club. Proceeds support preschool eye screening, Canine Companions, Lions Center for the Visually Impaired and Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 22, DeLuna Ranch, 7540 Balfour Road, Brentwood. $30. Ginny, 925-634-6045.

  • Antioch Library Book Sale: Gently used books, videos and audio books for $1 or less. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5; noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6; noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8. 501 W. 18th St. 925-757-9224, ccc.lib.

  • H.A.L.O. annual Golf Tournament: 11 a.m. Oct. 6, Shadow Lakes Golf Club, 401 West Country Club Drive, Brentwood. Golf, dinner, raffles, auction, prizes. $145 includes golf cart, players bags, lunch, dinner. Registration: www.eccchalo.org. Tickets: http://beanangeltoday-es2.eventbrite.com/? rank=1.

  • Third annual Ayden Thomas Decker Memorial Golf Tournament: Registration 10:30 a.m.; game play 12:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit the CJ Foundation, providing sudden infant death syndrome research projects, support programs, public education and awareness campaigns. Four-man scramble. Banquet to follow tournament. Dinner, awards ceremony, prizes, live auction and a raffle with a chance to win an iPad 3. $150 per person, dinner only $60. 925-513-4653, aydensgolfday@att.net. Registration: http://aydensgolfday.dojiggy.com.

  • 'First Ever' Team Trivia Night: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Proceeds benefit El Campanil Preservation Foundation. Get your group of 10 players together for a night of fun. Wine, beer, soda, light desserts, prizes. $250 for table of 10 ($25 per person). Registration: 925-757-9500, www.elcampaniltheatre.com. Must be 18.

  • Special Kids Foundation Oktoberfest: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Ignatius Church of Antioch, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. Proceeds benefit the foundation. Beer, food, raffles and fun. $40.; $50 at the door. Registration: www.spkids.org. 925-516-9690.

  • Third annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3, Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Art, handcrafted items, decorations, clothing, Christmas tree ornaments, more. Proceeds benefit the center. Kay, 925-516-8387, brentwoodcraftfair@yahoo.com.

    Health

  • Women's Health-Nurturing Ourselves: A one-day course addressing women's health issues. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 204 Second St., Oakley. Oakley residents $20; nonresidents $30. Registration: 925-625-7044, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Hospice of East Bay-Adults Who Have Lost a Parent support group: 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, through Oct. 30. Information: 925-887-5681.

  • Hospice of East Bay-Widow and Widowers' support group: 4-6 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 29, 80 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite A, Brentwood. Information: 925-887-5681.

  • John Muir Health Caring Hands Cargivers Program: Is seeking volunteers to 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. Training is provided. For information, call Linda Groobin, 925-952-2999 or www.johnmuirhealth.com/caringhands.

  • 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.

  • Sutter Delta Stop Smoking-No more excuses: Sutter Delta Medical Center offers free smoking cessation classes 6-8 p.m. Mondays, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. For information and registration, call Michelle Keller or email kellerm1@sutterhealth.org.

    Miscellaneous

  • 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 tremendous difference in the lives of our 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 of current motorcycle laws and legislation, more. 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.

    Reunions

  • Antioch High School, class of 1962: Planning a reunion Oct. 6, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. For information, call Barbara Clemmons, 925 516 2736, or sigariba@yahoo.com.

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