PITTSBURG

Services set for community activist

A funeral service will be held Saturday for Darnell Turner, a community activist and past president of the East County Chapter of the NAACP.

Turner, who was also board member of the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, was a Pittsburg resident who died at the age of 52 earlier this month.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark at Bethel Baptist Church, 360 Central Ave. in Pittsburg. On Friday, a viewing will take place from 3 to 6: 30 p.m. followed by a wake from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dan Scales Funeral Services, 107 W. Eighth St. in Pittsburg.

-- Eve Mitchell

BRENTWOOD

Groundbreaking planned for playground

Construction will begin on Veterans Park's future Universal Abilities Playground after the planned groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The playground is designed for use by children of all abilities.

Veterans Park is at 3841 Balfour Road. Light refreshments will be served at the event. For more details, call the Brentwood Parks & Recreation department at 925-516-5444.

-- Paula King

BRENTWOOD

Foundation needs support to get grant


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Liberty Union High School District ED Foundation, a nonprofit working to enhance and enrich the educational programs for the LUHSD, is competing with charities nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 from the Chase Community Giving program.

The community can help by voting for Liberty Business Education Alliance (aka Liberty Union High School District ED Foundation) through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.

You can help Liberty Business Education Alliance receive up to $250,000 by voting on Facebook at http://oak.ctx.ly/r/gsj. Chase customers can also vote at www.chasegiving.com.

For information about LUHSD ED Foundation, go to www.EducationWins.org.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Portion of Deer Valley Road to close temporarily

A portion of Deer Valley Road south of Antioch will be closed for a week later this month as Contra Costa public works officials add safety improvements to a curve south of Chadbourne Road.

The two-lane rural road that juts through the hills will be closed from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23, between Balfour Road west of Brentwood and Marsh Creek Road near Byron, according to a county news release.

The existing curve is being lengthened and realigned in hopes of preventing accidents on the stretch of road, said Slava Gospodchikov, a county senior civil engineer.

Deer Valley was not designed to accommodate the speed of travel that exists today, and vehicles traveling at high speeds are likely to cross the center divider or veer off the road, he said.

Collision data from the state found the existing road condition was studied by the county before going forward with the project.

Local residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed access. Signs and electronic messages board will provide detours.

-- Paul Burgarino

PITTSBURG

Grant writing workshop set at Los Medanos College

Nonprofit organizations, community-based groups and government departments looking to find creative ways to obtain funding are encouraged to attend a grant-writing workshop next month at Los Medanos College.

The free workshop, being hosted by county Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Room 109 on the campus.

Participants must register before the event. Information is available at Glover's county page: www.cccounty.us/supervisorglover.

"In these times when money is scarce, we need to be creative to find other sources of funding," Glover said in a news release.

The workshop includes a talk by Laura Escobar on the funding requirements of the United Way of the Bay Area -- one of the state's oldest granting agencies.

A similar workshop in Hercules earlier this year drew 120 participants.

-- Paul Burgarino

East County

Volunteer tax preparers needed to help seniors

Volunteers are needed to help seniors and low-income people with 2012 tax preparation in East County.

Tax-Aide positions include tax counselors who are trained and certified by the IRS and client facilitators who schedule appointments and assist clients at tax sites. Training will be provided.

Orientations begin in November and classes for tax counselors start in January.

Those interested can complete an online application at http://www.aarp.org/taxaide or call Karen Nunez at 925-989-7482.

-- Nan Hargis