Classes/Workshops

  • Free Pet CPR Class: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15, The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch. Participants will learn how to administer CPR to a cat or dog. Be prepared to give aid to your pet when seconds count. Presented by AnimalMedics. RSVP: Dina Osakue, 925-754-7772.

  • 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, http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/Antioch.


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  • Veterans Day Parade-Spirit of Freedom: 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Second and E streets, Antioch Floats, military vehicles, veterans, bands, classic cars, motorcycles and guest speakers. Information: af-jdsquire@comcast.net.

  • Veterans Day Memorial Park: 9:45 a.m. Brentwood Veterans Memorial Park, 3000 Balfour Road, Brentwood. Heritage High School Wind Ensemble performs military music, followed by a march on of the colors, chaplain talk, and speakers Cmdr. Mike Clements, Cmdr. Steve Todd, Commandent Donald Hester and Mayor Robert Taylor. There will also be a three-cannon salute. Sponsored by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1155 and American Legion Post VFW Post 10789.

  • Stingers, Fangs and Venom: 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 10. Learn facts about rattle snakes, black widow spiders, scorpions and tarantulas. See living examples of each creature. John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Byron. Parking fee $4-$6. No registration required. 925-240-2440.

  • Oakley Veterans Day Observance: 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Civic Center Park, 3231 Main St. Ceremony includes playing of bagpipes, presentation of colors and Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler speaks. Sponsored by the city of Oakley, Patriot Sentinel Riders and East County Military Families. 925-625-7000, www.oakleyinfo.com.

  • Hospice of the East Bay 26th annual Tree of Lights: Residents of Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley and Pittsburg are invited 5 p.m. Nov. 11, Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. Dedicate a light in remembrance of a loved one for a minimum gift of $25. Donations are tax-deductible. The event features music, poetry, remembrances by family and friends of Hospice, and a tree lighting. 925-887-5678.

  • Stories Set in Stone: 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 11. Visit a quiet hillside cemetery where you will hear the recounting of the boom days of the Mount Diablo Coal Field. Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. Rain cancels. 510-544-2750, or email bdvisit@ebparks.org.

  • East County Little League sign-ups: Softball and baseball sign-ups 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17, Iron House Elementary School, 4801 Frank Hengel Way, Oakley. www.eastcountyll.org, 925-679-9747.

  • Operation Wedding Gown: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14-15, His & Hers Formal Wear, 625 First St., Brentwood. Providing complimentary wedding gowns to East County military brides. To qualify, brides must be on active duty in the military, or have a fiance on active duty. For information, call 925-634-5900 or go to www.bridesacrossamerica.com.

  • Fall Fair: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. Gifts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodworking, novelties, more. Food available for purchase. Admission $3; children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free. Receive $1 off bus transportation to the event. 925-757-4400, www.contracostafair.com.

  • Brentwood Christmas Parade: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Chestnut and First streets, downtown Brentwood. Floats, cars, dance groups, Santa, more. Sponsored by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. 925-634-334.

  • Valley View Hike: 8 a.m. Nov. 17. A moderate hike in the south watershed with an excellent view of the reservoir and Livermore Valley. Bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, hat, snacks and sunscreen. Meet at the Los Vaqueros county line staging area next to the south watershed entrance kiosk. Free; parking fees $4-$5. 925-688-8010, goltman@ccwater.com. Directions: http://www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros.

  • Streets of Brentwood Holiday Tree Lighting: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 24, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Join the fun with a Hipwaders concert, tap dancing Christmas trees, Santa, train rides, more. 925- 516-8500.

  • Antioch Covenant Church Christmas Boutique: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, 1919 Buchanan Road. Arts, crafts, vendors, Santa and more. Free admission. 925-754-3626.

  • Holiday Boutique: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Redman Pocahontas Hall of Oakley, 1403 Main St. A variety of handcrafted gift items. Free admission. Debra, 925-457-9692; Jane, 925-625-2527.

  • Discovery Bay Parade of Lights/Tree Lighting: Festivities begin 3 p.m. with a visit from Santa followed by the parade with 200 or more floats, closing with a tree lighting ceremony. Prizes awarded floats in 20 categories. For information, call Amanda Dove, 925-408-8332.

    Fundraisers

  • Woman's Club of Antioch Fall Boutique: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 509 G St. A variety of vendors with showcasing jewelry, purses, scarves, handcrafted items, handmade pet garments, hand painted wine glasses, Christmas decorations and more. Proceeds benefit club programs. Complimentary refreshments served. Free; vendor tables are $30. 925-565-9120.

  • The 19th Hole Casino & Lounge/Antioch High School Crab Feed: 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. Proceeds benefit school programs. Hosted bar, raffles, silent and live auction. $6. Tickets: Eddie Beaudin, 9250-383-4979.

  • Freedom High School Holiday Boutique: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. Santa photos, holiday treats, vendors, more. Bring your unwanted gold and silver and receive cash on the spot. Fun for the whole family. Sponsored by the Freedom High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Proceeds benefit school programs. 925-625-5900.

  • Antioch Charter Academy I and II Christmas tree Fundraiser: Buy a family Christmas tree and one for a family experiencing financial hardship through Nov. 16. Pre-order a tree or wreath for pickup on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2. Prices begin at $30. Ordering: Tamara, 925-727-7348, kypa_mays@yahoo.com or call the school, 925-755-1252.

    Health

  • John Muir Newborn Care: 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13, John Muir Health Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. Get information and skills you need to feel confident and prepared for your newborn's care. Learn basic diapering, feeding, and bathing techniques. Information/registration: 925-941-7900 or johnmuirhealth.com/classes.

  • Sutter Delta-Time to End Joint Pain: 6-7 p.m. Nov. 14, Blue Rock Center, 4053 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Find out about treatment options available to help you determine the best path for you. Discuss medication, physical therapy and minimally invasive surgery. Free. Registration: 510-204-5267.

  • John Muir-Advance Health Care Directives: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 11, John Muir Health Outpatient Center, large conference room, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. A legal statement that lets your doctor, family, and others know your medical treatment preferences should you become unable to tell them. Appoints an individual as your agent and empowers them to communicate with your doctors and other medical staff so your health care wishes can be carried out. Information/registration: 925-941-7900 or johnmuirhealth.com/classes.

  • 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.

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