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Classes/Workshops

  • Word Resume Basics: 6-9 p.m. Jan. 14. This free two-week class will teach the basics of building a professional resume in Microsoft Word. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Registration: www.opportunityjunction.org/evening or 925-776-1133.

  • Excel Basics: 6-9 p.m. Mondays. This free five-week class is part of a series introducing beginners to popular computer programs. Bay Point Career Center, Ambrose Recreation Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Suite 3, Bay Point. Registration: www.opportunityjunction.org/programs/bay-point-workshops-sign-up or 925-252-2331.

  • Biddy Sports Basketball Class: Children 4-6 learn the fundamentals of basketball, develop social skills in a fun, safe environment and are introduced to team sports. The class provides noncompetitive basketball where children can participate at their own level and ability without keeping score. Classes begin Jan. 26 and will meet at Adams Middle School gymnasium. $81.90 for Brentwood residents; 156.90 for nonresidents. Register by Jan. 16. 925-516-5444, www.brentwoodca.gov.

  • Biddy Sports Indoor Soccer: Begins Feb. 3-March 10, Sundays. The Ambrose Recreation and Park District is offering a noncompetitive six-week soccer program for kids ages 3-6 year. $25. Each child receives a T-shirt and award Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Sign-ups are now open. Space is limited. Parent volunteer coaches needed; training provided. For information and registration, call Julie Mason, 925-522-9284 or go to www.biddysports.com.

  • 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-Thursday, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays ongoing. Bay Point Career Center, Ambrose Recreation Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Suite 3, Bay Point. Free. 925-252-2331.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Free. 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

  • Holiday on Ice: 12:30-10:30 p.m. through Jan. 21, Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Ice skating for the whole family. $12 weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays. For group rates and information, got to www.brentwoodholidayonice.

  • Antioch Little League sign-ups: 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12; 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16, Straw Hat Pizza, 3001 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. www.antiochlittleleague.com.

  • Opportunity Junction Job Training Application Sessions: 10 a.m. Jan. 14 and 22, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Offers 12 weeks of training in computer skills and career development, followed by paid work experience and assistance in finding permanent employment in the field of administrative. Registration: 925-776-1133, www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • In the Shadow of History: 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 12. The clouds of coal smoke and the clatter of ore cars are gone now but we'll recall the booming days of Somersville, a nineteenth century coal mining town. Rain cancels. Best suited for 7 and older. 510-544-2750, bdvisit@ebparks.org, www.ebparks.org.

  • Delta Wordweavers Story Swap: 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St. An adult storytelling swap group featuring guest story teller Susy Flory, co-author of "Thunder Dog." Flory will share the riveting tale of Michael Hingson, who with his Seeing Eye dog Roselle, descended 78 floors of North Tower on Sept. 11. Hear how his own determination and the calmness of his dog assisted others descending the stairs that day (some dogs in training will be present). Following will be open mic for audience members to tell up to a seven-minute story in any genre appropriate for a general audience. No abusive or offensive language. Free to the public. Marian, 925-437-1360.

  • Carrington College California Open House: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 15, 2157 Country Hills Drive, Antioch. Visitors explore a variety of careers, including multiple health care fields. Students and faculty will be on site to provide in-depth tours of interactive classrooms and explain the career potential of programs, which include dental assisting, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, vocational nursing and more. Attendees can also meet with enrollment service representatives to discuss career opportunities and learn more about financing higher education with the student financing department. Interested students will be given the opportunity to "crash a class," where they will sit in on a class of their choosing in order to better understand their potential career path. For information, call Tiffany Clingshoff, 925-522-7741.

  • Opportunity Junction Volunteer Orientation: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 17, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. Learn about Opportunity Junction's programs and services and how you can help fight poverty through volunteer service. Advance registration is preferred, but not required. Registration: vanessa@opportunityjunction.org, or ccbernal@opportunityjunction.org or 925-776-1133.

  • Happy Birthday, Ronda!: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 19. Celebrate with Ronda, Black Diamond's long-lived rattlesnake. Found on Chaparral Loop in January, 1991, she has given an entire generation of park visitors an up close view of her species. Best suited for 8 and older. 510-544-2750, bdvisit@ebparks.org, www.ebparks.org.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration & Scholarship Presentation: 1 p.m. Jan. 21, Deer Valley High School, theater, 4700 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Program: Keynote speaker Professor Silvester Henderson, entertainment featuring gospel recording artist Alfreda Lyons-Campbell, comedian Lenard Jackson and other student performances. Information: http://art4antioch.org/MLK-Program. asp.

  • 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.

    Fundraisers

  • A Night with the Knights: 7 p.m. Dec. 31, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 500 Fairview Ave. Brentwood. Features music and dancing with the Summerset Big Band, dinner, no host bar. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 7467. Proceeds benefit charitable activities. $75. Reservations: 925-437-8082 or 925-634-7438.

  • 50 Shades of Grey Bunco Fundraiser: 7-11 p.m. Jan. 18, Oakley Raiders Cheer Facility, 415 Beatrice Court Suite D, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit cheer programs. Have fun with friends and an opportunity to make new friends in the Brentwood and Oakley area. Door prizes and gift baskets will be awarded to winners. $25. Tickets: 925-338-3644, wifewag@yahoo.com.

  • East County Boys & Girls Club Feather Falls Casino Fundraiser: Bus departs 7:45 a.m., returns 7 p.m., 2000 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg, Jan. 26. Coffee, drinks and Bingo on the bus. $35 donation includes $12 cash back at Feather Falls, $3 food coupon, $1 driver gratuity. Reservations: Nicole Ferrante, 925-518-8583.

  • Deer Valley High School Marching Band Fundraiser: 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. Dinner, no-host bar, dancing, auctions, prize drawings, more. Music featuring the Deer Valley jazz ensemble. The grand prize is Monterey getaway, which includes aquarium tickets, wine tasting and a $100 restaurant voucher. $45; $10 for the grand-prize drawing. No tickets sold a the door. Make checks payable and mail to: DV Band Boosters, 2465 Inez Way, Antioch, CA 94531. Information: 925-755-2724.

  • "Business Women Giving Back to the Community" Spring Boutique: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9, Antioch Woman's Club, 509 G St. Vendors including Avon, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Mary Kay, handmade and collectible items, Valentine Day gifts and more. Enjoy music and refreshments while you shop. Vendor space $30, plus an appetizer and a donation for the opportunity drawing. Proceeds benefit community charities. For information, call Liese McCause, 925-777-1831, or Sandy Henry, 502-905-5245.

    Health

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 2-7 p.m. Jan. 15, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: ANTIOCHROTARY.

  • Antioch-Brentwood Chapter of the Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group: Meets 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Antioch Kaiser Permanente, Conference Room D, 4501 Sand Creek Road. Bev Anderson, president of the Pacific Chapter of the Neuropathy Association, discusses "Anatomy of Neuropathy." L.D. Wright, 925-684-7548.

  • Memory Screening-What's Your Memory Fitness?: 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 15 and 1-4 p.m. Jan. 16, John Muir Health Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. If you're 65 or older, have concerns about your memory, take advantage of this free screening that will provide you with information to discuss with your physician. Promote early identification of Alzheimer's/dementia to enable planning and treatment. Appointments: 925-947-3300.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21, John Muir Health, 2400 Balfour Road, Brentwood. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: JMBRENTWOOD.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m. Jan. 23, St. Anne Church, 2800 Camino Diablo, Byron. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: KNIGHTS13899.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 12:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Church of Christ, fellowship hall, 1020 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: ANTIOCH.

  • 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

  • Free Tax Filing Assistance: Free tax filing offered by Tax-Aide, an AARP-sponsored program, available from Feb. 1-April 15. The service targets taxpayers with low to moderate income, of any age, with special attention to seniors 60 and older. For an appointment, call Antioch Senior Center, 925-778-1158; Pittsburg-Pittsburg Senior Center, 925-252-4890. Brentwood appointments can be made on site at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane, Wednesdays only beginning Feb. 6. For general information, call Sally, 925-684-3505.

  • 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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