Classes/Workshops

  • Opportunity Junctions Job Training and Placement application sessions: 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Register for 12 weeks of free training including computer skills, career development, followed by a paid work experience and help finding employment in an administrative field. Registration: 925-776-1133, http://opportunityjunction.org/jtpp.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brentwood Universal Abilities Playground groundbreaking: 4 p.m. Sept. 18, Veterans Park, 3841 Balfour Road. Light refreshments served. For information, call Tammy, 925-516-5362.

  • Proposition Pros and Cons: Representatives of the League of Women Voters will present information on the pros and cons of the propositions on the November ballot. 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Brentwood Community United Methodist Church, 809 Second St. Betty Gaughan, 925-513-3863.

  • Marsh Creek Cleanup: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 15, Marsh Creek Watershed, Creekside Way, Oakley. Join hundreds of your friends, neighbors and classmates as we cleanup Marsh Creek on California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year over 400 volunteers removed over 4 tons of trash from 14 miles of creek. Registration: http://marshcreekcleanup2012.eventbrite.com.

  • The California Coastal Cleanup Day: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 15. Volunteers meet at the marina, Prewett park and Fulton Shipyard in Antioch. Lunch follows at noon-1:30 p.m., Higgins Chapel Salvation Army fundraiser on 1310 A St. To sign up or for more information, go to http://art4antioch.org/Coastal-Cleanup.asp or call 925-779-6137.

  • Delta Group of the Sierra Club cleanup: 10 a.m.-noon. Sept. 15, Contra Loma Reservoir shoreline. Meet in shoreline parking area. All are welcome to help tidy up the trail and shoreline. Tim Donahue, 925-754-8801.

  • The Delta Dawgs Baseball Club: Hosts tryouts for the 12-and-under team. The team will represent East Contra Costa County in Cooperstown, N.Y. in July of 2013. Tryouts 10 a.m. Sept. 16, Balfour Park, Brentwood. 925-354-1200, www.ddbaseball.com/tryouts.

  • Delta Group of the Sierra Club Program: 7:15 p.m. Sept. 18, Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St. Program: Update on water projects in the East County Delta with Greg Gartrell and Emily Corwin, Contra Costa Water District. 925-458-0860.

  • 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.

  • Everything Kids Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22, Sand Creek Crossing, 2400 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood. Tumble Time Bus, bounce house, petting zoo, raffles, face painting, live performances and more. Swag bags for the first 300 attendees. Free. http://everythingkidsguide.com.

  • 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.

    Fundraisers

  • Salvation Army Classic Car Show, Car Wash, Craft Boutique: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 15, Higgins Chapel, 1310 A St., Antioch. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army afterschool programs.

  • 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.

  • Ladies Pampering Party Extravaganza: Total transformation make overs 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Intuitive Healing Center, 213 G St., Antioch. Deserts, wine, coffee. Massage, vendors, samples, raffle prizes, discounts for services and more. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $5 donation. For information, 925-777-9995, www.intuitivehealingcenter.com.

  • 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.

    Health

  • Hospice of East Bay-Adults Who Have Lost a Parent support group: 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30. Information: 925-887-5681.

  • Hospice of East Bay-Widow and Widowers' support group: 4-6 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 17-Oct. 29, 80 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite A, Brentwood. Information: 925-887-5681.

  • Memory Screening-What's Your Memory Fitness: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 18 and 1-4 p.m. Sept. 19, John Muir Health Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. If you're 65 or older and have concerns about your memory, take advantage of a seven-minute screening that will provide you with information to discuss with your physician. Registration: 925-947-3300 or visit johnmuirhealth.com/classes.

  • John Muir Health Free Seminar: 6-7 p.m. Sept. 19, Club Los Meganos at The Trilogy, 1700 Trilogy Parkway, Brentwood. Topic: Pain management. Information, registration: elza.harais@johnmuirhealth.com, 925-308-8457.

  • 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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