Classes/Workshops

  • Information Session for Business Planning Workshops: 10:30-noon Feb. 20, Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Receive information about two, 10-week business planning workshops in March focusing on the development of new strategies, markets, products for your business plan. Free. Reservations required: 925-602-6806, www.contracostasbdc.com.

  • Free Grant Writing Seminar: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez. Sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover. Hosted by Shell Martinez Refinery. Contra Costa County community-based organizations and government agencies get tips on how to write a grant application. Includes a light breakfast, educational material and lunch. Registration required: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index.aspx? NID=2262, 925-335-8200.

  • Aikido class: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 14-March 21. A traditional, nonviolent Japanese martial art encouraging discipline, cooperation and self-confidence. $35 residents; $45 nonresidents. Registration: 925-625-7044 or coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Baby Signs class: A six-week course 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 19. An interactive play group designed to help parents teach useful signs, songs and games to allow infants and toddlers to communicate. Stimulates growth in motor, cognitive, language and literacy skills. Registration: 925-625-7044 or coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

  • Spanish Pesticide Safety for Handlers class: 8-11 a.m. Feb. 21 and March 21, Diablo Valley Farm Center, Delta Road and Second Street, Knightsen. For anyone who applies, mixes, loads, flags or otherwise handles pesticides. Participants will receive a Pesticide Training Record. Free. Registration: 925-646-6540.

  • Diablo Sail & Power Squadron America's Boating Course: Registration 8:30 a.m., class 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16 and 23, Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane, Antioch. Covers boat handling, elementary seamanship, equipment, safe operation, navigation rules and aids, adverse conditions, marine radio operation and communications. $68 includes educational materials and lunch. Bring your own writing instruments. Registration: 925-377-2628, http://www.diablosquadron.org.

  • 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

  • Black History Month Celebration: 3 p.m. Feb. 16, Antioch Church Family, 55 East 18th St. Program: "A Generation Moving Forward: Look How Fare We've Come." Refreshments served. Free. Sponsored by the NAACP. Velma Wilson, 916-281-1254.

  • Bird-Watching Boat Rides: 9-11 a.m. Feb. 22. Meet at the Los Vaqueros Marina, 9990 Los Vaqueros Road, Byron. Join Naturalist John Mottashed for a two-hour pontoon boat ride on the Los Vaqueros Reservoir. While you're on the water, you'll doing some bird watching and identifying. Dress for chilly weather. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations: Call 925-688-8010, or email your name, phone number and number of people in your group to goltman@ccwater.com. Be sure to provide a phone number where you can receive a reminder call the day before the trip. $5 per person.

  • Amphibian Amore: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 16, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood. Celebrate a belated Valentine's Day by joining Naturalist Briana Moore on a hike to our very own "newtist" colony at a pond along the Mariposa Canyon Trail. You might see the romantic antics of salamanders and frogs at this special "love pond." Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. Suitable for all ages. For information, call 925-240-2440 or email goltman@ccwater.com.

  • Delta Informal Gardeners Planting Workshop: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 16, Wolfe Ranch, Brentwood. All interested gardeners are welcome. Help get plants ready for the upcoming Delta Informal Gardeners plant sale in May. The purpose of DIG is to encourage interest in gardening through education and beautification of the community. For directions call 925-634-4088 or go to http://www.deltainformalgardeners.org.

  • The Woman's Club of Antioch Founder's Day Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Honoring past presidents. $20. Liese McCause, 925-777-1831, Kay Porter, 925-565-9120.

  • Meet the Amphibians of Los Vaqueros: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 23, John Muir Interpretive Center, 100 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood. Meet frogs, toads, salamanders, more and find out what they eat, how they survive the heat and more. For information, call 925-240-2440 or email goltman@ccwater.com.

  • Bethel Island Chamber Crab Feed: Cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. Feb. 23, Scout Hall 3090 Ranch Lane, Bethel Island. Raffles, prizes. $35. No tickets sold at the door. Tickets: 925-684-3220.

  • Third annual Ballin' in the Bay Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament: Feb. 23, Excelsior Middle School, 14301 Byron Highway, Byron. Open to youths third grade through high school and adults. Teams play a minimum of two games. Refreshments available for purchase. $20 per player. Applications available at www.warriorelitebasketball.com, or sign up in person 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 12 at Aladino's Pizza in Discovery Bay. $20 per player. David Bohannon, 925-766-6864, www.warriorelitebasketball.com.

  • Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3, All Star Ford, 3800 Century Way, Pittsburg. Meet local fire and police personnel, get a free child safety kit with digital fingerprints and photograph to provide to law enforcement, get help setting up a family safety action plan. Free. 925-432-9717.

  • Delta Discoveries drop-in programs: Noon March 3, Big Break Visitor Center, 69 Big Break Raod, Oakley. The Delta reveals wonders to those willing to seek them. Join the others Saturdays and Sundays in March and April to discover the hidden world of Big Break through games, activities and explorations. Call 510-544-3050 Big to learn which wonders will be explored each week. No registration required. 510-544-3050.

  • Antioch Chamber Inaugural Gala: 6-9 p.m. March 8, Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Present awards and recognize Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Youth of the Year and 2013 Chamber Board. $70. No tickets sold at the door. 925-757-1800.

  • Equinox Sun-Solar Astronomy at the Delta: Noon March 23, Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. The sun fuels our lives! Through solar telescopes and explorative activities, you will discover the power, beauty, and mysteries of our very own star. No registration required. 510-544-3053.

  • 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

  • Soroptimist of East Contra Costa County Bunco Party: 2-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Cortona Park, 150 Cortona Ave., Brentwood. Prizes for bunco wins, raffles, light refreshments. $15. Proceeds benefit women causes. 925 753-3211, 925 240-1706.

  • Heritage High Patriots Athletic Booster Club No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament: Check in 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., tournament 7 p.m., Feb. 22, Brentwood Senior Center, 139 Griffith Lane. Proceeds benefit athletic and cheer programs. Winners receive cash prizes. Admission: $75, $30 dinner only. Tickets: http://heritageathleticboosters.com/NoLimitTexasHoldEm.html.

  • Krey Elementary School Crab Feed: 6-10 p.m. Feb. 22, Shadowlakes Event Center, 401 W. Country Club Drive, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit school programs. $40. RSVP by Feb. 17. For reservations, call 925-323-9040 or email shans123@aol.com.

  • Discovery Bay Lions Crab Feed: 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner Feb. 23, St. Anne Catholic Church, 2800 Camino Diablo Road, Byron. Proceeds benefit programs at the Lions Center for The Visually impaired and local charities. Raffles, door prizes, contest for best decorated table. $50. Tickets: Jim Mattison, 925-698-1590. No tickets sold at the door.

  • Sweetheart Swing Fling Dinner Dance: 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 23, Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Proceeds benefit the Heritage High School Jazz Band. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing and entertainment featuring the Summerset Big Band and Heritage High School Jazz Band. $20. RSVP by Feb. 16. Purchase tickets at Heritage High School. Information: Tracy Matosich, 925 642-3656.

  • Annual Heart to Heart Ball-Sea of Wishes: 5:30-11 p.m. Feb. 23, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch. Proceeds benefit An Elderly Wish Foundation. Dinner, dancing, silent and live auction. Cocktail and black tire attire optional. $60. Seeking $1,00, $500, $300 and $150 sponsors. No tickets sold at the door. 925-978-1883, info@elderlywish.org, www.elderlywish.org.

  • California Striped Bass Association Crab and Pasta Feed: 6-11 p.m. Feb. 23, Veterans Memorial Building, 757 First St, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit the 2013 Kids Free Fishing Derby. Beer, wine, entertainment, raffle, auction. $40. Roger, 925-754-3938.

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center Auxiliary Crab Feed: 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Door prize, raffle, more. Proceeds will help fund the purchase of new hospital equipment. $40. Tickets: 925-756-1160. No tickets sold at the door.

  • St. Anthony Columbiettes Casino Bus Trip: 6:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 23. Join others for a bus trip to Feather Falls and Thunder Valley casinos. Proceeds benefit Columbiette programs. Meet and return at the church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Receive $10 cash, free play and a food coupon. $30 per person. Tickets: Tina, 925-628-3368.

  • Network of Cares 7th annual Crab Feed: Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. March 9, Contra Costa Fairgrounds, Sunset Building 1201 West 10th St., Antioch. All proceeds benefit The Network of Care feeding families of children in hospitals. $55. No tickets sold at the door. Janet Frazier, 925-584-4086, janetfraz@yahoo.com. Information on The Network of Care: http://thenetworkofcare.org.

  • Summerset IV Eighth annual Spring Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 16, Orchard View Lodge, 770 Centennial Way Brentwood. Proceeds benefit the Garin Elementary School library. Baked goods, handmade jewelry, candles, bird and doll houses, hourly drawings, hair accessories, more. Lunch available for purchase. Free admission. For information, go to www.brentwoodholidayboutiques.info.

  • Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch annual Tri-Tip Dinner: 5 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner March 23, Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Raffles, live and silent auction, more. $15, children 10 and younger $7.50. Tickets: Romano Marchetti, 925-757-5472; Kay Power, 925-757-2151; Barney Parsons, 925-757-8138.

    Health

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 16, Comfort Suites, Delta Meeting Room, 5549 Bridgehead Road, Oakley. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: COMFORTSUITES.

  • 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 through 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. 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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