Here is a look at East County events for April 17 and beyond with lots going on in Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay.
April 17: Brentwood: Spring Movie in the Park – ‘A League of Their Own’
The City of Brentwood will proudly present the spring Movie in the Park on Friday, April 17, 2015. “A League of Their Own” will be shown in beautiful City Park, located at 710 Second Street in Brentwood. This movie is rated PG and runs 128 minutes. This is a free event, so bring your lawn chair, a picnic dinner, and a blanket and enjoy this Movie in the Park!
- Friday, April 17, 2015
- 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
- City Park, 710 Second Street, Brentwood, CA, 94513
April 17: Leer Vineyards Hosts Movie Night
Join the Brentwood Knights from 7:30pm to 10:00 pm at Leer Vineyards in Byron as they host a Family Movie “Knight” under the stars featuring Robert Redford in The Natural! 50% of the ticket sales benefit the Knights Baseball Club. Click here to purchase tickets.
April 17-19: San Joaquin Asparagus Festival
The festival is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California for the BIGGEST Asparagus Festival in the West! With a fantastic lineup of events and entertainment, the festival is sure to be an enjoyable time for the entire family!
San Joaquin Asparagus Festival offers everything from food to fun. Bring your family and friends and enjoy Asparagus Alley, Health & Wellness Fair, the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival Parade, Car Show, Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion, Kids Zone with carnival rides and games, Petting Zoo and so much more!
Hours and Days of operation:
- Friday April 17th, 2015 • 2pm – 8pm
- Saturday April 18th, 2015 • 10am – 8pm
- Sunday April 19th, 2015 • 10am – 6pm
For more information, visit www.sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net
April 18: Brownstone Gardens Bridal Faire
Join Brownstone Gardens from 5-8pm on April 18 at 91 Brownstone Road in Oakley as they host their annual Bridal Faire celebrating 10 years. They will be donating a $10,000 wedding to Capres4Herores to Raffle Away at their vendor booth. For more information, visit www.brownstonegardens.com
Join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Brentwood Post 10789 on April 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at 757 1st Street in Brentwood where they will host a pancake breakfast followed by a poker run/scavenger hunt followed by lunch and raffle/door price drawings.
Single tickets are $25, Family of 5 $45. Additional Poker or Scavenger slips can be purchased individually for $5 each. Additional Breakfast and Lunch tickets can be purchased for $10 each. For more information contact: Margaret Sandoval (510) 410-2725 or email [email protected]
April 18: Grilling Demo by Brentwood Patio Store
Looking at buying a new Lynx Grills or Twin Eagles Inc. BBQ Grill? Why not come and watch us demo the unit in person. Located at 234 Oak St Brentwood, California
Join the fun and make a difference in your community on Saturday, April 18th; volunteer for 5th Annual Antioch’s Keep Antioch Beautiful event, from 8:30 – 11 AM. Following the cleanup, there will be a free volunteer lunch at East Bay Regional Contra Loma Park from 11:30AM – 1 PM.
The effort continues on Saturday, April 18th, with 12 check-in locations. Schools and students will be competing for participation prize money for their schools. There are 3 prizes, $500 for 1st Place, $300 for 2nd Place and $200 for 3rd Place, with prizes awarded to each level of high, middle and elementary schools – that’s $3,000 in participation prizes!Participation is not limited to students to count towards prizes; parents, grandparents, friends, etc. can register their efforts for an individual school. We count everyone who is working if they state a school to credit – not just students! Volunteers who check in at a school site will be cleaning up the neighborhoods surrounding their campuses as well as their campuses.
To register for the event or find out more information, visit http://www.art4antioch.org/Keep-Antioch-Beautiful.asp, email [email protected] or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.
April 11: Brentwood Farmers Market
the Brentwood Farmers’ Market on is open on Saturday from 8am to 12pm, Oak St. and First St. New this year – they have expanded around the corner onto Oak St. The season will run from March 7, 2015 to November 21, 2015.
On Saturday April 18, a local law enforcement motorcycle club will host the annual Mike “Bear Cub” Truitt Memorial Ride. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Mike Truitt Memorial Scholarship Fund at Los Medanos College. This is a scholarship for students who wish to go into law enforcement to attend the academy at Los Medanos College.
The ride is open to all types of motorcycles and cars and this is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to the scholarship.
The Sacred Sons Motorcycle Club will be meeting at 8:30 am in front of the Antioch Police Department at 300 L Street when registration begins and at 10:00 am they will head to Ironstone Winery in Murphy’s. The event is $25.00 per person which includes lunch at Ironstone.
Truitt was an Antioch Police Officer for 25-years and died of cancer in December 2005. For more information on the event contact Mike Schneider (925) 972-6461.
April 18: You Me We = Oakley Monument Unveiling
The Council and public are invited to the unveiling of the YMWO bronze monument! A short program will take place on Saturday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. at the Downtown Plaza. Join Project Committee Members ( Board‐ representatives from the partner institutions‐ IIBA, OUSD, Freedom High/LUHSD, St. Anthonys, Oakley P.D. ) and
volunteer Ambassadors as we unveil the sculpture and student artwork ( now converted to ceramic tiles). The children whose are will adorn the plaza, complimenting the monument will be recognized.
At 6:00 p.m. folks are invited to walk across the street to the “Roads of Oakley” Art Exhibit opening reception. The reception will commence with a brief program recognizing the top pieces.
In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Slapstick goofiness, scrambled Shakespeare, and good-natured laughs make Leading Ladies an irresistible treat. Buy Tickets
Sunday, April 19th: Delta Science in Action
The Delta Science Center and the East Bay Regional Park District are hosting this exciting workshop that will include a variety of hands-on activities for children to learn about the waters and the wildlife that make the Delta their home. The program will run from 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at the Big Break Visitor Center patio, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley
Monday, April 20th: Mad Science
The fun staff from Mad Science of Mt. Diablo will be on hand to assist children in a variety of science experiments. Children will learn how magnets work and learn about sonic sounds. The “Science of Toys” will teach children how to relate to science through toys. This workshop will start at 3:30p.m. at Laurel Elementary School, 1141 Laurel Road, Oakley. The program runs 45 – 50 minutes so participants who arrive late may not have a chance to stop by each activity.
Tuesday, April 21st: Lego Engineering
Lego Engineering is one of the most popular activities during Science Week. The skilled staff at Bricks 4 Kids will have a variety of items for children to build while learning about the fundamentals of engineering. The program begins at 3:30p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Iron House Elementary School, 4801 Frank Hengel Way, Oakley. This program runs 45 – 50 minutes so participants who arrive late will not have a chance to build every item.
Wednesday, April 22nd: Do You Sense It?
The Oakley Youth Advisory Council is hosting this new workshop to teach children about the 5 senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. This will be a fun workshop with a variety of activities. The program will begin at 4:00p.m. at the Oakley Recreation Buildings, 1250 O’Hara Avenue, Oakley.
Thursday, April 23rd: Poopology
East Bay Regional Park District staff will lead this program to teach children how to identify the scat (poop) from a wide variety of wildlife that make Northern California their home. This program will begin at 3:30p.m. at the Big Break Visitor Center, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. This program runs 45 – 55 minutes so participants who arrive late may not have an opportunity to experience all the activities.
Friday, April 24th: Reptile Kingdom
Python Ron is back for another fascinating seminar about a wide variety of reptiles. He’ll have about 20 different species of snakes, lizards, turtles and even some insects on hand. The program will begin at 3:30p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main Street.
Saturday, April 25: Extreme Delta, Celebrating the Earth and Clean Water
Join us on the last day of Science Week for this enlightening program. The Delta Science Center, Ironhouse Sanitary District and the Diablo Water District will host this workshop with several hands-on activities and giveaways for the children. Free hayrides will be offered. This program will take place at Ironhouse Sanitary District, 450 Walnut Meadows Drive in Oakley from 10:00a.m. – 2:00p
April 24: Heritage High School 2nd Annual Guest Jazz Artist Concert
Join the Heritage High School for a special concert on Friday April 24 where proceeds will be donated to the Villalpando Family in support of Peter Villalpando and his courageous fight against cancer.
The guest artist will be Richard Conway, PhD – Trumpet Player—and the concert will begin at 7:00 pm at the HHS Theater. General admission is just $10 and $5 for students. Tickets are sold at the door.
April 25: Mt. Diablo Recycling Hosts 3rd Annual Funtastic Family Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day is not just a once a year holiday for Mt. Diablo Recycling (MDR), a division of recycling and resource recovery company Garaventa Enterprises, though it does highlight a reason to celebrate with the Contra Costa County community. MDR’s 3rd Annual Funtastic Family Earth Day Celebration on April 25 offers free family fun!
The Funtastic Family Earth Day Celebration includes a choice between two separate two-hour sessions (10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) taking place, for free, at the MDR facility located at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg, Calif. Each session includes a tour of MDR’s 90,000-square-foot recycling facility where participants will learn about the “Big Blue” and “Big Wall-e” recycling machines, an interactive education lesson about the 5 R’s (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Respect-Recover), recycling games, and a take home pile of compost. Families can also take pictures with the Recycling Guy and with recycling trucks.
To reserve a space today, in either session, contact Adriana Medina at 925-771-2721 or at [email protected]. Space is limited to 50 people per session.
“There is no better time than Earth Day to share our passion for recycling and recovery with the entire community,” said Joseph Garaventa, MDR’s Chief Executive Officer.
The event is held at the beautiful La Grande event center and features a romantic and rustic setting. This years theme is Country Glam so grab your boots and put on your favorite spring dress and come on out!
Seating is limited to 150 ticket holders so purchase your tickets today. Check out the ticket sales page for pricing and additional information. For tickets, http://oakleywinewhiskey.webs.com/apps/webstore/
April 25: GFWC Women’s Club of Antioch Spring Boutique
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM509 G Street, Antioch
Gifts for yourself, Mother’s Day, Graduations, Weddings
Handmade Hats, Scarves, Purses, Crafts, Novelties, Stampin’ Up, Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Flirt-A-Bling, Gourmet Granola, Damsel in Defense, Photo Note Cards and much, much more!
Refreshments and Opportunity Drawings. A fundraiser for High School Scholarships, Local Charities and restoration of our historic clubhouse. For information contact Sandy Henry 925 754-8771.
April 25: Discovery Bay Earth Day Celebration
The Town of Discovery Bay presents the 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration at the Discovery Bay Community Center located at 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. The event will include a kids zone, free concert, food truck and vendors.
10:30 am – Volunteer Registration
11:00 am – Noon: Volunteer Project – Dog Park
Noon to 4:00 pm – Free Concert, by Blind to Reason, Kids Zone and Swimming pool $5, Vendor Booths, Food Truck.
For more information, email [email protected] or call (925) 634-1733
April 26: Delta Tactical Training Group Basic Civilian Handgun Safety Training
Class Cost: $120.00 + $10.00 range fee
Class Time: 8 hours, 9 AM to 1 PM/Range Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
Class Location: 2504 Verne Roberts Circle, Suite #103, Antioch, CA 94509
Materials Needed: 50 rounds of ammunition and eye/ear protection
Contact: (925) 775-4777
If you have little to no experience with handguns, this is the class for you. You will learn about the basic safety and responsibilities that come with owning and operating a handgun. This class teaches general safety rules, range rules, basic gun laws and transportation and storage of a firearm.
Upcoming Training Dates:
- April 26th
- May 3rd (Women’s Class)
- May 17th
- May 31st (Women’s Class)
- June 6th
The Contra Costa County Economic Opperunity Council is hosting a public hearing as they develop the 2016-17 Community Action Plan. This hearing will solicit feedback from residents, advocates, and community agencies to identify priority areas that would be funded through money received from the state via the Community Services Block Grant.
If you go: April 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Los Medanos College – The Library Community Room (L109) at 2700 E. Leland Rd, Pittsburg.
In an effort to raise funds, the Liberty High Booster Club will be hosting its 1st Annual Liberty Booster Club Lobster Fest Fundraiser Dinner on May 1, 2015.
The event will be held at Brownstone Gardens in Oakley, located at 91 Brownstone Dr. The event is limited to 300 tickets which are $80 per person. The dinner includes a whole Maine Lobster with all the fixings in a southern broil family style dinner.
The event will begin at 6:00 pm with no host cocktails (coaches are bartenders) followed by dinner and dancing. The event will conclude around 11:00 pm.
For tickets, contact (925) 679-5513. All proceeds from this event will benefit the athletes and athletics programs for Liberty High School.
May 2: Special Kids Foundation: Wine, Chocolate & Beer Festival
The Special Kids Foundation will be hosting their 9th Annual Wine, Chocolate, and Beer Festival at Leer Vineyards on Saturday May 2, 2015. The event will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will feature a variety of wines and brews from the region and an opportunity to socialize with guests. Chocolatiers from throughout the Bay Area will be on hand to provide tastes of their specialties, and light hors d’oeuvres are available, as well.
Attendees can enjoy dancing to a live band, placing tickets to earn one of a number of raffle prizes, or bidding on our selection of silent and live auction items. Money raised at this event goes to support local programs that directly benefit special needs children and families in East Contra Costa County.
Tickets are $45 through April 1 or $50 after. If tickets are available on the day of the event, they are $60 at the door.
Leer Vineyards is located at 3501 Byer Road in Byron, CA 94514. For more information on tickets, sponsorship or event information, email CiCi Migay at [email protected]. You may visit the Special Kids Foundation online at: www.spkids.org.
May 9: Special Haven Beerfest
Come and enjoy food for purchase and music and featuring wonderful beer from E.J. Phair Brewing, Schooner’s, Sierra Nevada, Lost Coast Brewing, Highwater Brewing, Working Man Brewing, Linden Street Brewery, Thirsty Bear, Heretic Brewing, Schubros Brewing, Black Diamond Brewing, and Pacific Coast Brewing. Your purchase helps Special Haven. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Tickets include 10 tasting tickets. There will raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle Tickets are available online via the link below or by emailing David Chuey at [email protected] For more information, click here.
Shaun Derik, who was able to fully engage the young people at last year’s Youth Summit, will be back to deliver his message of overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s dreams.
New to the yearly event is Jeffrey Vinokaur, a 24-year old scientist who somehow has been able to combine his science with hip-hop. He has had guest appearances on the Today Show, The View and America’s Got Talent, and the Discovery Channel among others.
The 2015 Youth Summit is free and is aimed at students from 5th grade to 12th grade. It will be held on May 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pittsburg High School, Harbor and School streets, Pittsburg
A light breakfast and a healthy lunch will be provided by the Pittsburg Unified School District. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at www.d5youthsummit.com.
June 7: Hook & Ladder Run
The Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation has announced that registration is now open for the 7th Annual Hook and Ladder Run, Sunday June 7st at Wente Vineyards.
Register before April 30th to receive the lowest pricing and all registration will be closed by May 29th. Like last year, we will offering the ability for all participants to fundraise or donate additional money when you sign up. Just like your registration fee, 100% of the money raised/donated goes directly to helping others. Last year we were able to distribute over $25,000 dollars to:
- Injured and fallen firefighters, police officers and ems workers
- Burn victims and the burn foundation
- Local Charities in the Tri Valley
So mark your calendars and get registered. We are looking forward to race day and it is right around the corner. Register Online at http://www.active.com/…/distance-running-races/7th-annual-h…
Link for printable Registration form http://www.onyourmarkevents.com/Appli…/2015HookAndLadder.pdf
Map of the 5K and 10K http://www.onyourmarkevents.com/Maps/HookandLadder2015.pdf
Visit us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hook-Ladder-Run/114504791909002