Classes/Workshops

  • 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

  • Halloween Festival: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 19-20, Red Men Pocahontas Hall, 1403 Main St., Oakley. Games, costumes contest, crafts, food, haunted house. $1.50. 925-457-9692, 925-625-2527.

  • Free Document Shredding: Sponsored by Dow Credit Union, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20, 4041 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. East County residents can bring up to six grocery bags or three small boxes of paper for shredding. Participants must stay until their documents have been shredded. Rain or shine. 925-331-1010, www.dowcu.org.


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  • 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.

  • Black Diamond Trail Challengers: 8 a.m.-noon, Oct. 20, Round Valley Regional Preserve. Explore the natural and cultural history of our East Bay parks. Hike 5-10 miles in a different park each month. Must be 7 or older. Registration: 888-327-2757, or www.ebparks.org.

  • The Return of the Tarantula Run: Oct. 20, Kellogg Creek picnic area. The half-marathon begins 8 a.m., kid's run 10 a.m. Check out the extensive tarantula display. Come join the fun. Registration, information: 925-240-2440, www.ccwater.com.

  • 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.

  • Tri Delta Haunted Bus Tours: Fright and fun treats for ghouls and boys. No ticket is required to board the bus. Tours: 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Pittsburg Library; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27; 4 p.m. Oct. 29, Railroad Book Depot, Pittsburg; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Oakley Library. http://www.trideltatransit.com/promos/halloween.aspx.

  • 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.

  • Los Vaqueros Astronomy Night: Dusk to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. Meet at Kellogg Creek Picnic Area, about mile south of the watershed office, 100 Walnut Avenue, Byron. Join Jeff Adkins, astronomy teacher at Deer Valley High School, for a night of star gazing. 925-688-8010 weekdays, 925-240-2440 weekends, goltman@ccwater.com.

  • 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.

  • CC Café annual Halloween Lunch Party: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Costume contest, music, door prizes, lots of goodies. $2 donation; under age 60, $5. RSVP by 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30. 925-458-2662.

  • Trunk or Treat: 1- 4 p.m. Oct. 27. St. John's Lutheran Church and La Petite Academy host free Halloween activities including games, treats, and fun for the whole family. St. John's parking lot, 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. Pumpkins and foods available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. 926 755-3070, 925 779-0110.

  • Costume Parade at Farmers Market: 11 a.m. Oct. 27, Old Town Plaza Railroad Ave. Treats, pumpkins, fun. All ages welcome. First 50 kids receive free pumpkins. 925-262-6930, www.pittsburgfoundation.org.

  • Century Plaza Spooktacular: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27, Maya Cinema, 4085 Century Blvd., Pittsburg. Free movie, treats, jumpy houses, free pumpkin to first 250 kids in costume. Free. 925-432-7301.

  • Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club Train Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4, 425 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Operating HO scale model train layout. Adults $2, seniors and children 6-12 $1, younger than 6 free.

  • Halloween Bash and Pumpkin Patch: Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 28, Small World Park, 2573 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Live music, magic show, pony rides, costume parade, treats, more. Adults $4, kids 12 and younger $2 (free with canned food item). All rides free. Details, 925-252-4842.

  • Hallelujah Fest: A a safe alternative to Halloween with booths, games, food, treats, jumpers, piñatas and more. Free. Dress in your most positive character costume for a chance to win a best-dressed contest. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Word of Life Church, 4501 O'Hara Ave., Brentwood. 925-634-5433.

  • Dia de los Muertos: Opening ceremonies 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 5, Day of the Dead gallery, community altars, fresh air market with food, more. Impulse galley, 329 Rail Road Ave., Pittsburg. 925-439-2558, www.pittsburgfoundation.org.

  • St. Anthony Columbiettes Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3, St. Anthony Church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Vendors, raffles, food and lots of fun. Fran, 925-437-8425.

    Fundraisers

  • 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.

  • Black Cat Ball: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit the animals at the Antioch Animal Shelter. Dinner, dancing, music with The Malcolm Hunter and John Seppala Jazz Duo, raffles, costume contest (costumes optional), and more. General admission $65; children 13 and younger $35. Tickets: 925-431-8318, 925-754-2923.

  • Pride of the Delta Restaurant Tour: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21. Tour includes the Beer Garden, Straw Hat Pizza (Delta Fair), Foster Freeze, Starbucks (A Street), Bridgehead Cafe, more. Proceeds benefit local charities. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Delta/Antioch. $15. Tickets: Barney Parsons, 925-757-8138; Kay Power, 925-202-3519.

  • Make a Difference Day: Drop off nonperishable food items 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Oct 26, Discovery Bay Shopping Center. Items can also be dropped of at Byron, Discovery Bay and Knightsen schools Oct. 22-26. Food will be distributed by the Delta Christian Community Food Program. Sponsored by the Byron Delta Lions Club. byrondeltalions.org.

  • Antioch City Park Haunted House Fundraiser: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27, 2101 W. 10th St. Proceeds will fund rebuilding of vandalized park facilities. A terrifying haunted house, food, treats, fun and raffles. $5 per person. For information or sponsorship opportunities, call Josh Sauberman, 925-335-6076. http://www.antiochhauntedhouse.com.

  • Brentwood Hometown Halloween: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27, First and Oak streets. Free trick-or-treating, haunted house, Tri Delta haunted bus, photos. Sponsored by Sutter Delta Medical Center, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. Free. 925-634-3344, www.brentwoodchamber.com.

  • Summerset IV annual Fall Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27, Orchard View Lodge, 770 Centennial Drive, Brentwood. Baked goods, handcrafted doll houses, jewelry, aprons, dolls, more. Free admission and parking.

  • Antioch Historical Society Bunco Night: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 1500 W. Fourth St. Bring dessert or appetizer to share. Drawings, 50/50 raffle and more. Drawing tickets $1 each or $5 for seven. Admission $25. For information, call 925-989-4110, or 925-420-5775.

  • That's Amore Festa Italiana 2012: 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St, Pittsburg. Soroptimist International of Pittsburg honors Joanie and Nolan Evola with Community Lifetime Achievement Award. Dinner, dancing, raffles. Music by Nicky D & Class Act. $45; children 11 younger $10. Tickets: 925-432-7570, joansilva52@comcast.net; 925-439-3197, davigdavi@aol.com.

  • Circus Night: A free safe and sane alternative to Halloween 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Harvest Time Church, 2200 Ventura Drive, Brentwood. Treats, games, bicycle giveaway every 30 minutes. Hot dogs, popcorn, nachos for $1. 925-516-1908.

  • 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.

  • Grandparents Holiday Boutique and Luncheon: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3, St. Peter Martyr School, 425 W. Fourth St., Pittsburg. All proceeds benefit St. Peter Martyr School programs. An assortment of handmade gift items including jams, cookies, candies, knitted and crochet items, baby items, more. Lunch, pictures with Santa available for purchase. Raffle prizes including a chance to win a queen-size quilt. Music for your enjoyment. Terry Matejcek, 925-432-7292.

    Health

  • 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 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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