BRENTWOOD

Science on Saturdays returns Saturday

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory "Science on Saturdays" event returns to Brentwood on Saturday.

Aimed at middle and high schoolers, the 9:30 a.m. event in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., will feature information on innovative research projects at the lab. Call 516-5444.

-- Paula King

OAKLEY

Harvest Festival is planned at city plaza

Speed-eating pie and pumpkin contests are among the activities featured at Oakley's Harvest Festival.

The free, city-sponsored event will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 3231 Main St.

The fun also will include games, music, and a costume parade. A separate parade will be held for dogs dressed up by their owners; canines each will get -- what else? -- a doggy bag.Those who want to enter the pumpkin contest should bring a gourd they've already carved or decorated.

Call 925-625-7044 or email Coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

-- Rowena Coetsee

PITTSBURG

Master Gardeners to offer workshop

Like the idea of getting eggs delivered fresh every morning?

Contra Costa Master Gardeners will hold a free presentation Saturday on how to start raising chickens in one's back yard ... even in suburbia.

Master gardener Kim Garner will speak from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pittsburg Community Garden, which is at the intersection of Leland Avenue and Loveridge Road, Pittsburg.

Master gardeners will be on hand following the talk to answer gardening questions until noon.

For more information, call 925-432-2200.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.

-- Rowena Coetsee

ANTIOCH

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. Saturday 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.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/TakeBackAntioch or email info@takebackantioch.com.

-- Paul Burgarino

OAKLEY

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