Here is a look at some of the local events within East Contra Costa County this weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day. The Cities of Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley will host observance Ceremony beginning Saturday and will continue through Monday.
Here is a look at this weekend’s events along with other upcoming events
The City of Oakley will host its Memorial Day Observance Ceremony Saturday May 24 at 10:30 AM at Oakley Civic Center located at 3231 Main Street.
10:30 am Presentation of Colors………………American Legion 161
10:33 am Star Spangled Banner…….…Freedom High School Choir
10:35 am Pledge of Allegiance…Diablo Sunrise Boy Scouts of America
10:40 am Student Remembrance Wreath
10:45 am Opening Prayer………..Worship Pastor Eric Schumacher (Laurel Ridge Community Church)
10:50 am Vice Mayor’s Welcome & Introduction of Special Guests
- Congressman Mc Nerney
- Justin Barker, Office of State Senator De Saulnier
- Erica Rodriguez‐Langley, Office of State Assembly Member Frazier
- Jennifer Quallick, Office of Supervisor Mary Piepho
10:55 am Memorial Day Address……………Nancy Weidenbacher (U.S.A.F. Vietnam Era Veteran)
11:00 am Presentation of Wreath by Surviving Family Members of
WWI & WWII Veterans
- Robert Cook‐Harold Underwood– U.S. Army, WWII
- Mathew Berry‐Kenneth Kramer– U.S. Army, WWII
- Dona Fontes ‐Newton W. Armstrong– U.S. Army WWI, WWII, & Korea
11:05 am Volley Salute……Marine Corps League Detachment 1155
11:10 am Taps……………..Marine Corps League Detachment 1155
11:15 am America the Beautiful………..Freedom High School Choir
11:20 am Closing Benediction………….…………Pastor Jim Snyder
(Renewed Life Church)
Antioch Memorial Day Celebration (Monday)
Monday May 26 – 10:00 am in Oak View Memorial Park located at 2500 E. 18th St. The day will include a military display, honor guards, and a dove release
Brentwood Memorial Day Celebration (Monday)
Monday May 26 – 10:00 am at Brentwood Union Cemetary located at 11545 Brentwood Blvd and will include firing of cannons, a Marine Corps rifle salute, guest speakers, and Liberty High School Band.
Brownstone Gardens Bridal Boot Camp
Open to the public, this free event begins workouts on Saturdays from 8:00 to 9:00 am throughout the summer and into the fall. The series will be led by Mary and Brandon Collins, independent Beachbody Coaches. Participants need to bring a Yoga mat, towel, and water bottle. Brownstone Gardens is located at 91 Brownstone Road in Oakley.
Brentwood Farmers Market
The farmers market will run on Saturdays between March 15 through November 22 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm located at First Street between Oak and Chestnut.
Bay Area Kids Fest 2014
Bay Area Festivals, Inc. is pleased to present Bay Area KidFest, a 3-day weekend of quality live entertainment, activities and sports for children to stimulate learning and exploration while presenting parents with new ideas and opportunities from arts & crafts and other exhibitors. KidFest also showcases community groups dedicated to families and children while celebrating the value and importance of families as a key part of a healthy community.
All entertainment, attractions and free art activities are included in the low price of admission.
Additionally, there are over 20 rides (Zip line, Ferris wheel, pony rides, EuroBungy trampoline, Bobble Lagoon, Hamster Balls, petting zoo, giant slide and much more) and delicious food court for additional charges.
We’re a place where kids and community come together in an alcohol-free, smokeless environment on a beautiful California weekend.
KidFest admission is only $6 per person with a can of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Or $7 without a canned food donation. Babies under 24 months and Seniors 65+ are FREE.
Tesoro will donate $1 to the Food Bank for every can collected at KidFest!
For more infromation on the event, visit their website at www.kidfestconcord.com
Candle Light Vigil – Awareness for Veterans Suicide
My name is Mark carter, Proud Parent of; SSGT. Ty. M Carter – Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, COP Keating, Afghanistan – 10.03.09. My son; SSgt. Ty carter has made it his mission to advocate and educate the world about PTS. During the years following his incident and also after the height of this award, I began to receive numerous calls and was asked to join several organizations. I wasn’t sure on how to react or whom to trust, that’s when I met Dwayne jones, we clicked right away, I knew his passion and his personal experience with PTS was authentic and we could form a true partnership to create an alliance with veterans in our community. Operation: Wounded Minds was created. Dwayne Jones and I are co-founders.
Operation: Wounded Minds – Our mission is to remove the shame and stigma from Post – Traumatic Stress so our Warriors can begin to seek treatment while educating our society on how we can become supportive.
This week as we prepare to honor and memorialize our Fallen Veterans and First Responders, we, at Operation: Wounded Minds will host a candle light vigil “Project 22” – on May 24th, Saturday at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Bart. We will gather at 6:30.
I personally invite you and your families to stand with me and other Veterans and their families in our community to hold and light a candle for the 22 a day that we are losing to suicide. Our Warriors need us to carry on their legacy and be the voice for them. Operation: Wounded Minds will create awareness, education, facilitate resources by building coalitions among providers who assist our Veterans and their families suffering with PTS around the country, 22 lives lost to suicide is too many. I thank you for your service to our country, I truly understand what it is like to send a loved one to war. I will do anything for my family and you
are now my family having served with your band of brothers and sisters. Please feel free to contact me, I am available via email: [email protected].
Please join me on Saturday, May 24th. Thank you.
Mark Carter, Proud Parent of
SSGT. Ty M. Carter – MOH Recipient
Healing the Hidden Wounds of PTS
One Hero at a Time
El Campanil Theatre: Like Father – Like Son (Japan) – International Film Showcase
Sunday May 25, 2014 1:00 pm & 4 pm
Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own son.
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Oakley to Host Movie in the Plaza
Our Movie in the Plaza series will begin Saturday, May 31st at the Civic Center Plaza. The first movie featured is Planes. Mark your calendars that you may join us in the heart of Downtown Oakley, to enjoy a movie under the stars. Admission is Free and movies begin at dusk. Bring your lawn chair and blankets. For more information call 625‐704
A Little Further Out
Boats are wanted for Saturday May 31 from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm for the C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
According to Bill Samuels, Department of Water Resources coordinator and Brannan Island event coordinator, the event to be a success they need boats to be volunteered.
For volunteers, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt and can write it off as an “in kind donation” and depending on one’s financial situation, they may be able to deduct gas, mileage, bridge toll and time.
The event is being sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier.
To register as a volunteer, sign up online at www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/brannan-island-rec-area. Make sure to register as a “Boat Captain” so organizers know they’ll have another boat for the evnet.
Streets of Brentwood 4th of July Parade
The Streets of Brentwood will be hosting a 4th of July Kids Parade on July 4 beginning at 8:00 am and will end around 11:00 am. The event will feature:
- Parade of beautifully decorated strollers and wagons
- Contest in multiple categories for the decorated strollers and wagons
- Face Painting
- Balloon Twisting
- …and much more!
Note: if you wish to participate in the parade, you must RSVP. All information regarding the parade can be found on the Streets of Brentwood Website
For future events to be included, contact [email protected]