A TIME TO REFLECT: All Antioch graduating seniors, guests and public are invited to attend the annual baccalaureate ceremony at 7 p.m. June 1 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1360 Tregallas Road in Antioch.

According to a news release, the interdenominational celebration, which rotates among several church facilities, originates from a "medieval European custom of presenting candidates for degree of bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) of sermonic oration."

The participating schools are Antioch High, Deer Valley, Dozier-Libbey, Bidwell, Live Oak and Prospects. Dr. Mario Howell, Antioch Church Family pastor, is the keynote speaker. Rev. Tom Bonacci of the Passionist Order will also speak, with Pastor Linda Vogelgesang of St. John's providing opening remarks. Principal remarks will be given by Louie Rocha (AHS), Ken Gardner (DV) and Nancie Castro (DLM).

"It is wonderful tradition that resonates so deeply with students and families," said Walter Ruehlig of the steering committee, along with Katherine Billeci and Annette Beckstrand. Call 925-756-7628.

HOME BASE: Encore, a free Antioch school district home schooling program, hosts an informational meeting at 9:30 a.m. May 27at the Alternative Education building, Room 206, 820 West 4th St. Any parent of a K-8 student interested in learning about enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is welcome. In addition, the program hosts its annual awards night at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Prospect High School. Call 925-779-7490, ext. 40856.

HOOP TIME: Antioch High is preparing to host its annual girls basketball camp.


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The high-energy and positive-filled week is set from 3-6:30 p.m. June 9-13 in the big gym, 700 West 18th St.

Open to girls sixth through 12th grades, cost is $75 and includes a camp T-shirt, ball and a chance a to win prizes and awards.

Led by Panthers girls basketball coach Nick Wisely and former coach and current vice principal Lindsay Wisely, the camp is in its second year.

Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and view camp, and are encouraged to see the first and last 15 minutes of each day. Checks should be made out to Antioch High School Girls Basketball, as the camp benefits the AHS girls team. Email NickWisely@Antioch.k12.ca.us

Contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. Note: Trine also does community outreach for Antioch High.