East County Events: April 25 and Beyond

Here is a look at East County events for April 25 and beyond with lots going on in Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Pittsburg and Discovery Bay.

Brentwood-Farmers-MarketApril 25: 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.

IMG_0181April 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

Mt-Diablo-RecylingApril 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.

Jim FrazierApril 25: Brentwood – Have a Cup of Joe with Assemblymember Frazier

BRENTWOOD, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) invites constituents to join him for coffee and conversation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Willy’s Bagels and Blends, 390 W. Country Club Drive, Suite A, in Brentwood.

Frazier will be available to discuss current legislative issues and respond to questions, ideas and concerns regarding state happenings. He will also be making an announcement about an upcoming award to a District 11 constituent. Refreshments will be served.

Drop-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are encouraged and can be made online at Frazier’s website, http://asmdc.org/members/a11/district/upcoming-events, or by calling the District Office at (925) 513-0411.

DeSaulnierApril 25 – Congressman DeSaulnier Hosts Mobile District Office Hours in Pittsburg
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier will continue to meet one-on-one with constituents during mobile district office hours in Pittsburg, Saturday, April 25th from 11 am to 1 pm. Mobile District Office Hours are one part of Congressman DeSaulnier’s efforts to be accessible to constituents. He is also holding town hall meetings and listening tours across the district.

“People are busy and I want them to have easy and direct access to the information and assistance they need. That’s why, in addition to two district offices, I have instituted a plan to host mobile district office hours at locations all across Contra Costa County during my first two years in office,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Congressman DeSaulnier will be available to share thoughts and to answer questions on federal legislation, and to assist with issues related to Social Security, the Veteran’s Administration, passports, or other federal agencies.

  • What: Congressman DeSaulnier’s Mobile District Office Hours
  • When: Saturday, April 25th, from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • Where: Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Check in at the main lobby. No appointment necessary.
  • For More Information: Please email [email protected] or call (925) 933-2660.


partner-announcement-photo-placeholderApril 25 – Just Serve-Helping Hands
On April 25, Just Serve-Helping Hands service projects will be hosting volunteer opportunity events in Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg. On May 2nd, they will be hosting an event in Antioch.

The event is free and the community is invited to participate in the service project

JustServe matches faith, nonprofit, community and governmental organizations that need volunteers with volunteers willing to help. JustServe.org links you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to serve.

On Saturday, April 25th from 9:00am-12:00pm, there will be a JustServe/Helping Hands service event going on at Armstrong Way and Walnut Blvd. in Brentwood. This is an excellent opportunity to serve the community, where we will be planting trees and shrubs and adding bark to the landscape areas. Please wear hats, and bring gloves, rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows, hoses, 5-gallon buckets and a water bottle.

For questions, please contact Karen Berg at (925) 234-0510 or [email protected]. You can sign up for this service opportunity online at justserve.org.

On Saturday, April 25th from 8:30am-12:00pm, there will be a Just Serve-Helping Hands service project held at Big Break Marina in Oakley (69 Big Break Way). We will be sanding and painting fences and the outdoor amphitheater, raking, weeding, cleaning and beautifying the natural landscape areas. Please bring your own hat, gloves, rakes, brooms, weeding tools, paintbrushes, rollers and extensions, hip waders, and a bottle of water. Drinking fountains are also available. There will be a thank you luncheon at the end of the work day.

For questions, please contact Lacey Harston at (925) 303-8942 or [email protected] You can sign up for this service project online at justserve.org.

On Saturday, April 25th from 8:30am-12:00pm there will be a Just Serve-Helping Hands service event going on at Buchannan Park in Pittsburg at 4501 Harbor Blvd. We will be painting, planting, mulching, trimming and general clean-up around Kirker Creek. Please wear a hat and bring a water bottle. Tools and gloves will be provided, we just need helping hands to attend and serve this community. There will be a thank you luncheon at the end of the project.

For questions, please contact Wolf Croskey at (925) 759-2906 or [email protected]. You can sign up online for this service project at justserve.org.


April 25: Sweet Sam’s Blood Drive
Donate Blood in honor of “Sweet Sam” beginning at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Laurel Ridge Community Church. To schedule your appointment or for more information, contact 1-800-RedCross or log onto www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: LRCC. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call (866) 236-3276.


Harlem-WizardsApril 25: Harlem Wizards Visit Brentwood
Don’t miss this fun-filled, high flying & interactive community event featuring the world famous Harlem Wizards basketball team as they take on the Brentwood All-Stars, a team of superintendents teachers, and basketball players from Brentwood schools.

The game begins at 7:00 pm and will end near 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm at Heritage High School. This is a fundraiser for Krey Elementary, Adams Middle School, and Heritage HS.

General Admission for students & seniors – $10 advance / $12 at door
Adult – $12 advance / $15 at the door.

Or tickets now by contacting Shannon Miller at [email protected] or (925) 323-9040. Also available at all schools in BUSD and HHS or online at www.harlemwizards.com . Raffles throughout the game!

AmtgardApril 25: Amtgard Event
Come out Saturday at 12:00 pm at Blue Goose Park (1765 Adams Lane in Brentwood) and whack your friends with foam weapons! Get your adrenaline pumping while competing for the glory of being the best fighter!

Anyone from any walk of life is welcome to join us in this exciting combat-based activity. Try out a variety of weapon types, learn a few simple rules, and jump right on in and join the action!

If you are unsure of your physical ability to play, don’t worry and come on out anyways to hang out and learn about our other available and upcoming activities such as costuming, armorsmithing, jewelry making, leatherworking, furniture design and construction, cooking, embroidery, and so much more.

Amtgard is a set of specific rules for boffing and live action role playing (LARP). Check out our rule book online or come to this event, we always have at least 1 copy of the rule book on hand.

You must sign a waiver in order to participate in the fighting. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign their waiver. For more information: Visit their Facebook Page


you me we oakleyApril 25: Congreso Familiar (Resource Conference For Parents of Children with Special YMWO will be co‐hosting the Congreso Familiar Conference this Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at O’Hara Park Middle School from 8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. This conference will  include workshops and resources for parents that have children with special needs. An  emphasis was made to reach out to monolingual‐Spanish families, in order to provide  them the tools to become better advocates for their children. The event is being held in  partnership with the Oakley Union Elementary School District, CARE Parent Network,  and Regional Center of the East Bay

NAACPApril 25: NAACP Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet
Join the NAACP East County for their 2015 Scholarship Banquet event at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch. For Tickets, Sponsorship & Advertisement opportunities, contact (925) 439-5099

wine-and-whiskey-glass-logo-600x415April 25: Oakley Chamber of Commerce Hosts Wine & Whiskey (SOLD OUT)

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.

Earth-Day-Discovery-BayApril 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


timbuktuApril 26: El Campanil Presents Timbuktu
Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.

For tickets, visit http://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/timbuktu.html

Delta Tactical Training Group 07April 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

Celebrate-Antioch-FundraiserApril 30: Celebrate Antioch 4th of July Fundraiser

Join the Celebrate Antioch Foundation as they host a fundraiser to help raise funds for the 4th of July. The event will be held at Paradise Skate at 1201 W. 10th Street in Antioch between 6-8pm for dinner, dancing, games and skating. $20 per person Call (925) 779-0200. For more information visit www.gofundme.com/celebrateantioch

Liberty-High-Booster-LobsteMay 1: Liberty High School Athletic Booster Club Lobster Fest

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.

MLB-HRPMay 2: MLB Pitch, Hit & Run
Join Delta Baseball League as they host the free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition for area youth. The event will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Antioch Youth Sports Complex on Field 6. Boys and girls ages 7-14 are able to take the first of four steps to advance to the National Finals at the 2015 MLB All Star Game.  For more information, contact Ron Westhorpe at [email protected]

Special-Kids-FoundationMay 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.


Lumpy car ShowMay 9: Lumpy’s Car Show
More information coming soon


2015-Beer-Fest-Special-HaveMay 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.

Supervisor-Glover-Youth-SumMay 9: Contra Costa Youth Summit
PITTSBURG – This year’s Contra Costa Youth Summit will have two dynamic presentations to kick off the day long fair at Pittsburg High School on May 9.

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.

Reminder! The City of Oakley will host the Taste of Oakley event on Saturday, May 30th

from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall. This new event will feature various Oakley-based restaurants and caterers who will be serving a dish from their menu for guests to sample.


Brentwood-ChamberMay 16: Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Presents “A Taste of Brentwood”
Join the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce for a Taste of Brentwood Restraunt Tour and Scavenger hunt from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Find the specific item at each restaurant to complete the Scvenger Hunt and be entered into the drawing for over a $100 cash and prices including restaurant gift cards.

Tickets on sale now at the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Office at 8440 Brentwood Blvd or purchase online at www.brentwoodchamer.com/events (925) 634-3344

City-of-OakleyMay 30: Taste of Oakley

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy different cuisines or perhaps sample dishes that they may never think to order. Participating restaurants include:

  • Black Bear Diner
  • Los Charros
  • Grocery Outlet
  • C&C BBQ
  • 7 Mares
  • Seasoned Chefs
  • La Real de Michocoan
  • Dabarkads
  • Sabrina’s Pizzeria

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at City hall, 3231 Main Street, they must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. A limited number of tickets will be sold.

The tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at City Hall, 3231 Main Street or contact the Recreation Division at 925-625-7044 for additional payment options. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Act now, as a only a limited number of tickets will be sold.

For more information, contact Cindy at (925) 625-7044 or email: [email protected]

Hook and ladder runJune 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…