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.

  • Biddy Sports Flag Football: Non-contact football with Nerf balls and flags for youths ages 4-6. Sponsored by Ambrose Recreation and Park District. $25 includes a T-shirt, award, six weeks of play. Programs runs Saturdays beginning Oct. 13. Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Parents are invited to coach a team; training provided. For information and registration, call 925-458-1601, or email www.biddysports.com.


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  • Reverse Mortgages-How They Work: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 19, Liberty Adult Education, 929 Second St., Brentwood. $15. 925-634-6525.

  • 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, http://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.

  • Family Fall Nature Wander: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 29, Los Vaqueros Watershed, meet at the John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Naturalist Briana Moore will lead a leisurely stroll down to Kellogg Creek and back. Children will have a chance to make plaster casts of animal tracks after the hike. Bring a picnic lunch. Free, parking $4. Information: 925-688-8010 weekday; 925-240-2440 weekends. www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • 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.

  • Healing Day in the Park: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29, Buchanan Park, 4150 Harbor St., Pittsburg. For cancer survivors, caregivers and families living with and beyond breast and other cancers. Fun, food, games, prizes, music, entertainment, vendors, raffles. Free 925-765-6460.

  • 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.

  • Harvest Festival: Noon- 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Oakley Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. Oakley. Pre-carved or decorated pumpkin contest, treats, pie eating contest, face painting, games, crafts, vendors, and entertainment with Step to This and the East County Performing Arts dancers. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume for a costume parade contest. Canine costume parade; participants register at the HALO booth beginning at 2 p.m.--all participants will receive a doggie bag. Sponsored by the city of Oakley. Admission and activities are free. 925-625-7044, coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Annual Free Kids Fishing Derby: 9 a.m.-noon (must register by 10:45 a.m.) Oct. 20, Contra Loma Regional Park, 1200, Frederickson Lane, Antioch. For kids ages 3-12. Free lunch for kids, prizes, more. Adult lunches available for purchase. Free bait. Rods and reels available for use. Sponsored by the California Striped Bass Association. Information: derby@yahoo.com.

  • Halloween Masquerade Ball: Rattle your bones to the music of the Noteworth 3, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26, Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Dinner and costume contest with prizes awarded for best, most scariest and most original. $25. RSVP by Oct. 19. For tickets go the senior center or Brentwood Parks and Recreation, 35, Oak St. 925-516-5380, 925-516-5444.

  • Movie In the Park: The whole family will enjoy "Casper the Friendly Ghost," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinner. Free. Sponsored by the city of Brentwood. 925-516-5444.

    Fundraisers

  • Parish Rummage Sale: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2-3; 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Oct. 4. Clothing, shoes, linens, jewelry, workable small appliances, toys, books, housewares, more. Proceeds support parish programs. Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. Oct. 4 $4 bag day. 925 458-4718.

  • 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.

  • Antioch Riverview Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6. Annuals, perennials, succulents, herbs, crafts, garden shed items, more. Proceeds benefit club activities. Runs concurrently with the Antioch Library book sale. 501 W. 18th St., Antioch. 925-439-4483.

  • HALO 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 ten 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.

  • Rotary of Brentwood 37th annual Trade Club Dinner and Comedy Night: Proceeds benefit Rotary Club community outreach programs. Entertainment, family-friendly comedy, dinner, drinks, silent and live auction, raffle prizes, more. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 20, Veterans Hall, 757 First St., Brentwood. $35 per person. For sponsorship information or tickets, call David Wahl, 925-634-1812.

  • 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

  • Antioch Riverview Garden Club meets: 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Antioch Library, 501. W. 18th St. Angela Lowery, public information officer of Delta Diablo Sanitation District, speaks on safeguarding and enhancing the environment. Bob Kelly, 925-439-4483.

  • 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.

  • Antioch High School, class of 1982: Planning a reunion 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. No-host bar, dinner, dancing. $85. RSVP: www.facebook.com/groups/30reunionahs82.

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