Restore the Delta hosts showings of film in Brentwood
A local environmental group looking to protect the Delta is sponsoring a free screening of the movie "Over Troubled Water."
Restore the Delta, a nonprofit organization looking to return the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to health, is showing the movie at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Brentwood's Delta Cinema, 641 First St.
Group officials say the documentary was designed to educate the public about opposition the peripheral canal -- a state proposal to run tunnels underneath the Delta to divert water to Southern California -- and encourage smarter water policies.
The 45-minute film is narrated by Ed Begley Jr.
Admission is free for both showing, but is first-come, first-served.
A panel will be at the screening for a question-and-answer session following both meetings.
-- Paul Burgarino, Staff
Free art and music classes are offered
A free 10-week art and music class offered by the Fine Arts Preschool starts this Friday for East County children between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
For a child to attend, a parent must participate in the class. Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the community center classroom at Buchanan Park, 4150 Harbor St. in Pittsburg.
-- Eve Mitchell, Staff
Take Back Antioch hosts community forum
Community group Take Back Antioch is hosting a candidate forum later this month to give residents the chance to meet those running for the Antioch mayor and Antioch city council.
The "Meet the Candidates" forum will be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
Questions will be determined in advance and based on the most popular questions submitted on Take Back Antioch's Facebook page.
The forum's topics will include: crime and police staffing; blight and graffiti; volunteerism; downtown and waterfront revitalization, and economic development
Questions with the most "likes" on TBA's Facebook page will be asked by a panel of volunteers, and each candidate will be allowed to answer the questions within a preset time limit, Take Back Antioch founder Brittney Gougeon said.
If time allows, candidates will be able to answer questions directly from the public.
-- Paul Burgarino
Neighborhood cleanup slated for Saturday
A neighborhood cleanup will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday near one of the city's oldest parks.
Those interested should meet at Prosserville Park, located at Sixth and O streets. The targeted cleanup area is within walking distance.
Volunteers will receive instructions at the site and cleanup equipment if necessary, Antioch police Capt. Steve McConnell said.
Police will facilitate the event but are not assigned to help because of staffing cuts. Other groups involved include the department's crime prevention commission, Volunteers in Police Service and residents.
Neighborhood cleanups are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting.
For more information or suggestions for future cleanup areas, call 925-779-6878.
-- Paul Burgarino
Programs offer a little bit of everything
Oakley's recreation classes this fall range from Argentine tango to zumba and plenty in between.
The city's Fall/Winter Recreation Guide is now available online at www.oakleyinfo.com as well as at City Hall, 3231 Main St.
The catalog features classes and other events that will take place through March 2013.
New classes include Baby Signs for infants through 3-year-olds, rebound basketball for grades K to 5, and a fertility/healthy pregnancy class for would-be parents.
Returning favorites include ballet, tap, aikido, karate, tennis and ballroom dancing.
In addition, another weeklong Lego Camp will take place over the fall school break.
The state Department of Fish and Game will hold a session in hunter safety next spring.
Among the online courses is driver's education and computer skills for the workplace as well as one preparing students to take the SAT and ACT tests.
For more information, call 925-625-7044 or email Coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.
-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff
Science on Saturdays returns Oct. 20
The popular Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory "Science on Saturdays" event returns to Brentwood on Oct. 20.
Aimed at middle and high school students, the 9:30 a.m. event in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., will feature information on innovative research projects happening at the lab. Two scientists from Lawrence Livermore will discuss wind energy and its future.
For more information, call the city at 925-516-5444.
-- Paula King, Staff