Events

  • Contra Costa Sheriff's annual Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 21, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Santa hands out toys and will be available for photos. Free. 925-458-1601.

  • A Quiet Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 22. St. John's Lutheran Church, 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. A reflective service for those struggling with loss and sadness during the holiday season.

    925-757-3070.

  • Solstice in the Park: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 22. Come down to the Delta to celebrate the season with campfire, games, activities. Drop-in program. Free. Information: 510-544-3050.

  • Lakeside Stroll: 9-11:30 a.m., Contra Loma Regional Park, 1200 Frederickson Lane, Antioch. Busy during the summer, Contra Loma takes on a calmer hue this time of year. Enjoy an easy, wintry nature walk around the lake and discover a bit of Loma's "wild" side. Drop-in program. Parking $5. 510-544-2750, www.ebparks.org.

  • Fishing-Intermediate Trout: 8 a.m. Dec. 28, Contra Loma Beach Club, 1200 Frederickson Lane, Antioch. Learn intermediate skills of trout fishing including rigging, casting, ecology and fish habitat. Proper bait and gear selection as well as techniques on how to catch trout will be covered. Class includes hands-on fishing in the lake. Valid California fishing license required for ages 16 and older. Gear provided. $17-$21. Registration is required. 888-327-2757, option 2. Refer to course 4403. Space is limited.

  • Frozen Bun Run: 9 a.m. Jan. 1, Rusty Porthole, 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island. Join the daring skiers for a dip in the icy water. Everything furnished but a bathing. For details, go to www.bethelisland-chamber.com. Spectators free.

  • Explore the Antioch Sand Dunes: 10 a.m. Jan. 11, 501 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch. A chance to explore the refuge with a guided tour and one-mile walk. Wear sturdy shoes. All ages welcome. For details, call 707-769-4200, www.fws.gov/refuge/antioch_dunes.

  • Beginner Square Dancing: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15-March 5, Laurel Elementary School, 1141 Laurel Road, Oakley. All ages welcome. No special equipment is needed. An alcohol-free environment. Sponsored by the Della Squares. 925-217-2255, www.deltasquares.com.

  • Snowshoeing Basics: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 16, REI Brentwood, 2475 Sand Creek Road. A class on the basics of snowshoeing with a focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. Free. Register: www.rei.com/stores/brentwood-ca.html, 925-516-3540.

    Health

  • Anonymous HOW 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 Caregivers Program seeking volunteers: 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, 925-952-2999, or email lgroobin@johnmuirhealth.com.

  • Sutter Delta-Living Well with Diabetes: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Edna Fallman Education Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Learn about weight, exercise, diet, medication, resources and more. For dates and registration, call Wendy, 925-779-3575.

  • 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.

    Workshops/CLASSES

  • American College Testing (ACT): College readiness assessment testing: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11-Feb. 1, Deer Valley High School, 4700 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. For high school achievement and college admissions. Sponsored by Parents Connected, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting parents, communities, and schools to get kids to and through college. Space is limited.

    925-238-8053, Parentsconnected@gmail.com

  • Job Training and Placement Program: 10 a.m. Jan. 21, Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd. Antioch or Jan. 9 in Bay Point. An application session to apply for full time training designed to help those with limited work experience or skills in administrative fields. Free. For details on classes and applications sessions, call 925-776-1133, or go to www.opportunityjunction.org.

  • Get Fit Now: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Drop in the fully equipped weight room at the Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road to get in shape. Drop in $5; monthly $20. 925-485-1601, jdelorenzo@ambroserec.org.

  • 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.

    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 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 about current motorcycle laws and legislation. 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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