Classes/Workshops

  • Antioch Spring Break Art Camp: 1-4 p.m. April 2-4, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way. For ages 6-12. A three-day camp exploring drawing, painting, collage and sculpture with a wide variety of media and themes. Each day includes projects, activities. Bring own snacks and drinks. $87-$97 plus $20 material fee. 925-776-3050, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

  • Prepare for U.S. Citizenship class: 9-1 a.m. Wednesdays, April 3-May 8. Learn U.S. history and government in preparation for the U.S. citizenship test. Students must be high to intermediate in ESL level to enroll. $45. Liberty Adult Education, 929 Second St., Brentwood. 925-634-2565, wwwlibertyadulted.org.

  • Biddy Soccer: An eight-week class introducing children ages 3-5 to organized team sports. They learn the basic fundamentals of soccer and develop social skills in a fun, safe, and family-oriented environment. For one hour each week, children will participate in a fun group warm-up, practice with their team and play a game. Parents can get involved too by volunteering to coach their child's team. Registration is through March 27 and classes begin on April 6. All game will be played at Bristow Middle School field. Registration: 925-516-5444, www.brentwoodca.gov.


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  • Baby-sitting Safety and Certification: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13, Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. For ages 12 years and up. Learn CPR, choking, water hazards, fun activities to entertain children, infant and child feeding, diapering procedures, providing emergency care, basic first aid care, more. Class includes a certification card and book. $54-$64. Bring a bag lunch. 925-776-3050, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

  • Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance training: 6 p.m. Fridays through March. Don't know how to do your own taxes, but willing to learn? Experienced trainers will lead you through the process using the simple web interface, "My Free Taxes." For those with an income $57,000 or below. Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. For information, go to www.opportunityjunction.org /taxes, or call 925-776-1133.

  • Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Dance Class: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Fridays, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Sponsored by the Ambrose Recreation and Park District. Adults and children 6 and older learn dances from different regions in Mexico. Information and registration: Ester Torres, 925-497-4239.

  • 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

  • Brentwood Spring Boutique: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23, Sunset Plaza, 7710 Brentwood Blvd. Local businesses will present family friendly products and services. Also includes food, live music, bounce houses, story telling, clowns, face painting, raffles and crafts. Free. Sponsored by Everything Kids Guide. 925-848-5966, http://brentwoodfun.com.

  • Lunch with Bunny: 11:30 a.m. March 23, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. For children ages 3-10 and parents. Features spring-themed activities, a yummy lunch, and special guests including the Easter bunny. Bring a camera for photo opportunities. Dress up in your Easter best. $8 per person. Registration required. 925-516-5444.

  • Spring Los Vaqueros Bike & Hike to the Top of the Dam: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23. Meet at Kellogg Creek Picnic Area at Los Vaqueros Watershed. Hike, run, or ride your bike to the top of the expanded Los Vaqueros Dam. Music, bandannas, snacks, guides, new maps to the watershed, discount coupons, and more when you reach the top of the dam. Free. 925-688-8175, http://www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros/bikenhike.asp.

  • Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog: 11 a.m. March 23, Barnes and Noble, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Children hear a story and take pictures with everyone's favorite dog. Bring a picture of your favorite pet to share with Clifford. Free. 925-978-1031, crm2173@bn.com.

  • Somersville Rocks: 9:30-noon March 23, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch. Visit a town that survived on its rocks -- the geologic fortune that allowed it to flourish in the 19th century. You will check out rocks and fossils on the surface and underground in the Hazel-Atlas Mine. Best suited for 7 and older. Admission $5. Parking $5. Registration required: 510-544-2750, www.ebparks.org.

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

  • Spring into Oakley: 9 a.m.-noon March 23, Red Men & Pocohontas Hall, 1403 Main St. Oakley. Sponsored by the Improved Order of Red Men & Degree of Pocahontas and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce. Coloring corner, photos with the Easter Bunny, more. Black Bear Diner pancakes, sausage, bacon, egg casserole, juice. Adults $10, children $5, mimosas $3. Registration: http://oakleychamber.com/events/spring-into-oakley.

  • Bay Area Orienteering Club TrailCross: Registration 8:30 a.m. March 24. Enjoy a fun 5 km, 10 km, or 10-mile romp in the scenic hills of Black Diamond Mines. Grass will be green and ground, soft. Views will be out to the Bay in several directions, and all the way to Mount Diablo, but you have to earn them Trails are quite steep in this park. Are you up to the challenge? $3-$33. For information and registration, go to http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/2013/Black_Diamond. 510-681-6181.

  • Over Troubled Waters-The Fate of California is in Your Hands: 7 p.m. March 25, Antioch Historical Society, 1500 W. Fourth St. A screening of the story of the battle being fought by the people of the Delta to protect the region and encourage saner, sustainable water policies for all the people of California. Free. www.overtroubledwaters.org.

  • East County Military Families and Friends e-waste event: 8 a.m.-noon March 30, 708 W. Second St., Antioch. Proceeds benefit East County Military Families and Friends. Bring your unwanted TVs, computers, monitors, car batteries, printers, cell phones and more. For a full list of acceptable items, call 925-206-4113.

  • Ambrose Lions Club Spring Carnival: 4 p.m. April 4; noon April 5-7, corner of Willow Pass Road and Clearland Drive, Bay Point. Rides, midway games, food. Proceeds benefit high school scholarships and community programs. Unlimited ride coupons $20 by April 3, $25 at the door. Other tickets options are: $1 per ticket, 24 for $23, 80 for $70 at the door. All rides require 3-5 tickets. To purchase coupons, call 925-709-0557 or 925-642-7158.

  • 71st annual Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan-Corregidor: Noon April 6, Filipino-American Cultural Center, 345 Cental Ave., Pittsburg. Exhibits, lunch, more. Adults $15, children $8 (includes lunch). Information: 925-301-6107.

  • Relay for Life Trivia Night: 5:30 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. games April 6, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Trivia games, no-host bar, desserts, prizes, more. $25 by April 1. No tickets sold at the door. Best suited for adults. 925-550-1182, 925-584-8708.

  • East Contra Costa Historical Society opens: 2-4 p.m. April 6, 3890 Sellers Ave., Brentwood. Museum tours, car show, special kid's events, more. Free admission. 925-679-1024, http://ecchs.net.

  • Black Diamond Mines Model Railroad Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6-7 and 13-14, 425 Fultonshipuard Road, Antioch. Operating HO scale layout. Adults $2, seniors 60 and older and children 6-12, $1, children younger than 6 free. 925-779-1964, www.blackdiamondlines.com.

  • Family Earth Day Celebration and Tour: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. April 20, 1300 Loveridge Road, Pittsburg. Mt. Diablo Recycling Facility hosts "Reuse and then Recycle" tours featuring a look at the colossal recycling machine "Big Blue." Get a free mini recycling container and information on residential recycling. Free. RSVP by April 12. Nicole Impagliazzo, 925-692-2224, nicole@garaventaent.com.

  • Its Rodeo Roundup Time: 4 p.m. April 26, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Mosey on down for a rootin,' tootin' good time as Cowgirl Jessie delights her preschool partners with stories and magic. Miss Jessie will be available for some meet and greet photo time. Best suited for ages toddler to 5. Free. 925-516-5444.

  • Movies in the Park: 8 p.m. April 26, City park, 710 Second St., Brentwood. Bring the whole family for a night of fun watching "The Sandlot." Bring lawn chairs, picnic dinner and a blanket. 925-516-5444.

  • 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

  • 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. Business sponsors, call George, 925-20-0849.

  • Antioch Library Book Sale: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5; noon-5 p.m. April 6; noon-3 p.m. April 8, 501 W. 18th St. Gently used books, audio boos and more for $1 or less. 925-757-9224.

  • Royal Family Tea: 2-4 p.m. April 6, Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood. Proceeds benefit the Royal Family Kids Camp serving local foster children. Special music, guest speakers, food, dessert and silent auctions. $15. Best suited for children ages 8 and older. Angela Gallegos, 925-437-3245 or angelabycreation@att.net.

  • Mike "Bear Cub" Truitt Memorial Motorcycle Ride: Registration 8:30 a.m. April 27, Antioch Police Department, Community Room, 300 L St. Motorcycle ride from Antioch to Ironstone Vineyard in Murphys with proceeds benefiting the Truitt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Riders $25, passengers $20 (lunch included). Sponsored by the Sacred Sons Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. 925-956-8934, www.facebook.com/SacredSonsMotorcycleClub?fref=ts.

    Health

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: 12:30-6:30 p.m. March 25, Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 1020 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. For appointments, call 800-733-2767) or go to redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code: Code: ANTIOCH.

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes: 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch. Free. Registration: Dina Osakue, 925-754-7772.

  • Overeaters Anonymous H. O.W meets: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Antioch Kaiser, 4501 Sand Creek Road. For details and meeting room location, call Nori, 925-267-3697.

  • John Muir-Health Caring Hands Cargivers Program seeking volunteers: Training March 22. 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. Call Linda Groobin at 925-952-2999 or email lgroobin@johnmuirhealth.com to set up an orientation before March 22 training.

  • Living Better After 50: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. April 13, Pittsburg Adult Education Center, Community Resource Building, 1001 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg. Motivational speaker and workshops including financial protection, nutrition, health, relaxation, gardening and more. Sponsored by Area Agency on Aging, East County Senior Coalition and PAEC. $5 includes light breakfast, lunch, raffle. Registration: 925-473-4460, http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=3440.

  • 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

  • Weekend Warrior Flag Football League: Begins March 24, Summer Lake Park. Five-on five-warrior adult flag football for ages 18 and older. $425 for a team of 10 or $75 per person. For details, contact the Oakley Recreation Division at 925-625-7041.

  • Discovery Bay T-ball registration: Begins April 13. For 3 children 3-6. $95 includes jersey, cap, equipment, insurance, trophy, end-of-season party, more. For details, call 925-408-8332, dovemedia@aol.com.

  • Pittsburg Bocce Ball League Sign-ups: Pittsburg Summer Bocce League April 30 through September. Open Night Division $220 per team and $190 for the Senior Division, open to adults 50 years of age and older. Open Night Games are played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Senior Division games are played on Tuesday evenings. Information and registration: Ginny Nelson, 925-229-3312 or t VNelson1947@juno.com.

  • 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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