East County Events: October 18 and Beyond


Here is a look at this weekends events in East Contra Costa County where the City of Oakley will be hosting its annual Harvest Festival event from 12:00-4:00 pm. There will also be a costume exchange event at Antioch Animal Services from 11:00 to 5:00 pm

On Sunday, the El Campanil Theatre will be hosting a Tribute to The Music of John Denver by Jim Curry while St. Ignatius of Antioch is hosting a free Fall Festival & Carnival from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm which 

Here is a rundown of October events.


IMG_8786October 18: Oakley Harvest Festival

The City of Oakley will host the Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza. Admission and parking are FREE.

Wear your funniest, scariest or most creative Halloween costume to march in our parade. Don’t forget your canine friends who will have a costume parade of their own and receive a “doggie bag” for participation.

Back by popular demand – satisfy your sweet-tooth at the pie eating contest. Showcase your creativity – bring a pre-carved or decorated pumpkin to enter in our Pumpkin Contest. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest and most creative entries.

As if that weren’t enough, there will also be a variety of vendors on hand, delicious food, make-n-take crafts for the kids, and a new “Magic Show” in the amphitheater.

For more information, call Cindy at 625-7044 or email: [email protected]


Fall Fest 2014October 18: Fall Fest Boutique
Join the Soroptimist International of Antioch, a non-profit organization that helps women and girls in the community and throughout the world. All proceeds go towards local programs and scholarships. The event is being held from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at VFW Hall, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch.

cancer fund copyOct. 18: Car Wash Fundraiser to Fight Lung Cancer
You are invited to help raise money for Joe Santino’s cancer fund from 10:00-2:00 pm. Joe was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer, which means it has spread to the lymph nodes. Insurance will pay for some, but not everything and to win this battle, help is needed. The event will be held at 3373 Main Street in Oakley—on the corner of Norcross & Main Street next to City Hall.

Brentwood Farmers MarketBrentwood 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.



Fish Tales Delta Science CenterOctober 18: Fishtales Fundraiser

The Delta Science Center will once again be hosting “FishTales ~ Stories of the California Delta” on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event feature a series of storytellers who explore the depth of the Delta’s history, be it triumphs and adventures of the region’s pioneers, ferry boat captains, levee builders, island dwellers or the stories that built the Delta we know today.

The fundraiser takes place at Big Break Regional Shoreline Park, which opened the Big Break Visitor Center in 2012, with the addition of a permanent display area featuring Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta exhibits, complete with a science room for student learning. The benefit will take place in the amphitheater in the Delta Discovery Area looking out on the Delta shoreline right at sunset.

“FishTales ~ Stories of the California Delta”, will benefit the Delta Science Center’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Educational Resource Guide Calendar and Teacher Education Guide. This fifth grade education program is donated free to 7,500 students and 152 teachers from Martinez to Discovery Bay and Rio Vista to Clarksburg.

Providing the weather holds out the Delta Science Center plans to light a campfire in the amphitheater fire pit to add to the storytelling obeisance.

The event, which takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., will feature storytelling, music, art, silent auction, Delta wines and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advanced. Tickets are available on the Delta Science Center website at http://www.deltasciencecenter.org, through Paypal, or by emailing the Center at mailto:[email protected]. Event happens rain or shine.

Tarantula Run

October 18: Brazen Racing to Manage Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run

There are some changes in store for the 2014 Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run, set for Saturday, Oct. 18. The eighth annual Tarantula Run will be managed by Brazen Racing, which has been producing popular trail events in the Bay Area since 2009.

The Contra Costa Water District is very pleased that Brazen has chosen to add the Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run to its 2014 event lineup, and is looking forward to seeing the run thrive in the future.   Brazen will to offer the same race distances as in the past — 5K, 10K and half-marathon — all out of the Kellogg Creek Picnic Area.

Brazen is in the process of redesigning the courses for the run. They will all be different than in the past. The half-marathon will be a true half-marathon distance. We will post links to maps as soon as the courses are complete.

Race Times:

  • Half Marathon: 8:00 am
  • 10K: 8:15 am
  • 5K: 8:30 am
  • Kids Spider Scramble: 7:35 am

Look here for more information on the Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run.



Frazier Fishing Derby2October 18 – Kids Free Fishing Derby
This event will be held on Saturday, October 18th at Contra Loma Reservoir in Antioch from 8:00 am to noon for kids ages 3-12. Lunch and raffle to follow. The event is being put on by the California Striped Bass Association–West Delta Chapter. For more information, contact Roger Lund at 754-3939


Delta TacticalOctober 18: Basic Handgun Class
Delta Tactical Training Group is now offering Basic Handgun class on Saturday 10/18/2014 from 9 AM to 4PM. Also DTTG is officer BSIS handgun re-qualification on the same day from 4PM to 6 PM at Concord police range. Students must bring handgun and ammo (50 rounds). Any questions please call 925-775-4777.


Oct. 18: Halloween Costume Exchange & Giveaway

You are invited to exchange old kids Halloween costumes on October 18th at the Halloween Costume Exchange and Giveaway in Antioch.

The event will be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at 300 L Street in Antioch at Antioch Animal Services.


October 18: Child Health and Safety Faith
Join the Moms Club of Antioch for their annual Child Health & Safety fair from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Williamson Ranch Park. The event will feature vendors, arts, crafts and goodies.

To learn more about the Moms of Club of Antioch visit their website.


Antioch ArtsUMPQUA October/November Exhibit
9 AM to 5 PM (excluding bank holidays)
Umpqua Bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch’s continues their partnership with Antioch’s Umpqua Bank and features six artists in their upcoming exhibit. The bank is a perfect venue for local artists to showcase their work, which changes every two months.

Featured artists are: Shirley DiMercurio, Carol Jurczak, Daniel Kennedy, Allen Kidwell, Lorraine Lawson, and Paul Schorr.

There is a free artist reception on Thursday, October 9th, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Please attend the reception to show your support for these outstanding artists. Umpqua Bank is located at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, excluding bank holidays.

For more information visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.


4594026_origOctober 19: A Tribute to The Music of John Denver
Starring Jim Curry
Sunday October 19, 2014    3:00 pm matinee
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. More Information/Buy Tickets


Fall FestivalOctober 19: Fall Festival & Carnival at St. Ignatius of Antioch
Sunday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch 94509
Free admission and plenty of free parking

Savor international food from our food court, take photos at the photo booth, and enjoy some excellent company! Carnival games and face painting for the kids (& for those who are kids at heart)! BINGO starting at 12:30 p.m.

Also, don’t miss out on our grand raffle. This year’s prize is $7,500 (plus $1,000 spending money) for a trip anywhere in the world! Drawing is at 3 p.m. and you need not be present to win. Proceeds support the church and its ministries.

This is a fun, safe, and low-cost event for children. Ask about our $5 carnival wristbands for 7 games, face painting, and a snack – a great deal for parents!


Los Medanos College Drama Dept: Man of the Flesh
by Octavio Solis, directed by Hugo Carbajal.

Where: Los Medanos College Theatre – 2700 E. Leland Rd. Pittsburg, CA.

After recently co-directing Ripple Effect for The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Hugo E. Carbajal has joined the award winning Drama Department at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, and is directing Man of the Flesh. The play, written by Octavio Solis, “reimagines the DON Juan legend in terms of contemporary Chicano culture.”

Performances of Man of the Flesh will take place October 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. There is a Wednesday matinee October 22 at 11 a.m. The theatre is located on the campus of Los Medanos College 2700 E. Leland Rd. in Pittsburg, CA. Tickets $7 – $15. Box office: 925-439-2181 ext. 805.



Oakley ChamberOct 21: Oakley Chamber of Commerce to Host Candidate Forum
Join the Oakley Chamber of Commerce from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Redman Pocahontas Hall (1403 Main St.). All five city council candidates have been invited

Brentwood Police
October 23: Social Media, Cyberbullying & Predators- Is Your Child Safe
The Brentwood Police Department and the Freedom P.T.S.A will be hosting an informative presentation on the do’s and don’ts of social media. The event will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Liberty High School – Theater located at 850 Second Street in Brentwood.

Topics will include:
• What to look for
• Bullying online and Sexting
• Access/Passwords
• The impact of digital media on kids
• What is a digital reputation
• California State Law
• How to help your child be safe, smart and responsible online

Due to the sensitive nature of the material, parents and guardians only please.


campus for kidsOctober 24: Hawaiian Get Away
Join the Worldwide Campus for Kids who invite you for a Hawaiian Get Away on Friday October 24 for the 15th Annual Dinner Dance & Silent Auction. The event will feature a no host bar from 6:00 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person / $60 per couple. For tickets, contact Denise Mendoza (925) 642-8614 or Amanda Wilkenson (925) 354-8353


Charleen Early Comedy NightOctober 24: Delta Living Magazine presents Comedy Night


October 25: Hometown Halloween
Hometown Halloween Sponsored by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Sutter Delta Medical Center, City of Brentwood – October 26, 2013.  Trick or Treat in Downtown Brentwood on First and Oak Streets from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. . Merchants can set up a booth at this event. This event draws over 5000 families.  Safe way for the kids to Trick or Treat

halloween 2014 digital copyOctober 26: Streets of Brentwood Halloween Celebration & Adoption Event
The event will be held from 11:00-2pm at 2455 Sand Creek Rd.

  • Trick or Treat with participating retail stores
  • Win a family and pet costume contest like best pet costume, best look-a-like (family and pet themed groups) and best trick.
  • Visit animal rescue groups booths to find your next furry friend
  • Stop by the pet related services and product booths
  • Have fun in the Tumble Time Bus
  • Give blood with Blood Centers from 11-3
  • Visiting the variety shops and dinning too.


_1404416770October 25: House of Floyd
The Music of Pink Floyd
Saturday October 25, 2014   8:00 pm
House of Floyd is San Francisco’s premiere Pink Floyd tribute band. More Information/Buy Tickets

Antioch Animal Services Halloween

October 25: The Howl-O-Weenie Mutt Strut
The 2nd Annual Howl-O-Weenie Mutt Strut is coming back to Antioch Animal Services [300 L Street, Antioch, CA] on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

The Costume Parade will start at 10:30am! Prizes will be awarded for Most Unique Pet Costume. Best Family Costume, Look-a-Like Pet/Owner Costume, Best Green Costume, Cutest Dressed Costume and Scariest Costume!

  • All dogs MUST be on a leash to participate! Cats and other pets are welcomed as well.
  • Be sure to decorate a pumpkin at home and bring it to the Decorated Pumpkin Contest!
  • The first 50 participants at this year’s Mutt Strut will receive a goodie bag!
  • There will also be special rates on adoptions!
  • Be sure to bring an umbrella in case it rains!
  • As always, this event is FREE and open to the public!

Special guests in attendance will be Fido Alert – East Contra Costa County, Hairy Hounds, Memoirs of a Dog, Pit Stop pet services, Colorful Face Painting and Furry Friends Food Relief Program!

IMG_7333October 25: Free Car Seat Safety Inspection

Join Assemblyman Jim Frazier, the California Highway Patrol and the Brentwood Police Officers Association for a free Car Seat Safety Inspection Event at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center located at 193 Griffifth Lane, Brentwood from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Help protect your children and ensure they are properly restrained in your automobile by having
a certified NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Technician inspect your car seat and teach you about
the proper installation of these devices.

Free child fingerprinting and public safety tips will also be provided by the Brentwood Police
Officers Association.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, please visit my website, http://asmdc.org/members/a11/, or call my district office at (925) 778-5790.


Brentwood Science on Saturday

October 25: Science on Saturday – Computer Simulation, Exploring Nature With a Computer
This free event is being sponsored by the City of Brentwood and will be held on October 25 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Brentwood Community Center (35 Oak St.)

Computers are becoming an increasingly cheaper, more powerful tool that cannot be ignored by professionals. Computer simulation reproduces the behavior of natural and man-made systems to help us understand, predict, and communicate. This lecture will explore how LLNL scientists use computer simulation on the world’s fastest computers. We will also show you how you can get started doing your own computer simulations with free, open-source tools for class projects or just for fun! Students, teachers and parents are invited to attend Science on Saturday (SOS). SOS provides science talks with demonstrations highlighting cutting edge science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

For more info contact: Dr. Joanna Albala, Science Education Program Mgr. at: [email protected] or 925-422-6803

Delta Association of Realtors RocktoberfestOctober 25: 7th Annual Rocktoberfest
Join the Delta Association of Realtors as they look to raise funds for East County High School Scholarships and East County Food Banks during their 7th Annual Rocktoberfest event. The event will be held at Cedar Creek Stables in Brentwood and will feature music, beer, wine and tacos. For tickets, visit www.deltaaor.com


Discover Bay StudiosOctober 26: Brownstone Garden Free Community Open Garden Photo Day
Our FINAL free community Open Garden Photo Shoot Day is October 26th 2014 from 10am – 4pm. Please mark this on your calendars because this will be the last one for 2014. Guests are allowed to come anytime between 10am – 4pm with their photographer or self photographers are welcome. Bring your own props. NO FOOD PROPS allowed.

Photographers feel free to comment below if you have open spots and will be here. We will not announce our next one until March for next Spring. Fore more information about Brownstone Gardens, visit them at www.brownstonegardens.com or on Facebook.


Street SmartsOctober 28: CHP Smart Start Driving Safety Program
Tuesday   7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Freedom High School

Start Smart is a two-hour driver safety education class given by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The class targets new and future licensed teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. For more information about the program, visit www.chp.ca.gov or contact the CHP offices at 925-646-4980.

Street Smarts Diablo is a traffic safety program that educates pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in Central and East Contra Costa County.  For more information, contact Street Smarts Diablo at 925-969-1083 or [email protected].


10723523_10202799549846671_1210253677_nBattle of the Badges Blood Drive
Oct. 31: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Nov. 1: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

To schedule your appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org . Use Sponsor Code MATTHEWOUIMET

the Broadway DivasNovember 2: The Broadway Divas (3pm)

For tickets, visit the El Campanil Theatre


Nov. 9: Celebrate the Joy of Remembrance at Hospice of the East Bay’s  East County Tree of Lights
Hospice of the East Bay invites the public to participate in the 28th annual Tree of Lights ceremony for residents of East County on: Sunday, November 9, 5:00 pm, at Brentwood City Park, 710 2nd Street at Oak. This year’s tree lighting is dedicated to the memory of Gary Agopian.

The ceremony will provide a way to honor the lives of their friends and loved ones in East County. Everyone is invited to participate in the events which include music, poetry, remembrances by family members and hospice staff, and the special moment when the tree lights up.

By dedicating a Memorial Light for a minimum gift of $25, you can honor someone you love while directly supporting end-of-life patient care. Memorial donors of $100 and higher will have the option to have their names listed in the lighting ceremony program of their choice. Funds raised allow Hospice of the East Bay to provide essential programs and services such as the Vigil Program which ensures no one has to die alone and Bruns House, our inpatient hospice facility in Alamo.

For light dedications, donations, sponsorships and event questions, call: (925) 887-5678 or visit www.hospiceeastbay.org.


Oakley veterans Day 2014November 11: Oakley Veterans Day Observance Ceremony and Veterans Memorial Ribbon Cutting
The City of Oakley will be hosting its 3rd Annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony and Veterans Memorial Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Civic Center Park beginning at 11:00am. 

The program includes music, the Presentation of Colors, an opening invocation, student essays, 3-volley salute, taps, a closing benediction and most importantly the much anticipated unveiling and ribbon cutting of the Veterans Memorial which is on track to be completed on this special day.
The event’s keynote will be delivered by former Marine Corps Sgt Nathan D. Johnson, who served in Pakistan and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is now a Service Officer for the Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office. 
For more information contact Nancy Marquez-Suarez at [email protected].


Dec 4 Seafood banquetDecember. 4: Fundraiser for Antioch High School
The Seafood Banquet is in it’s 22nd year. It is put on by the 19th Hole in Antioch as a fundraiser for the Antioch High School Football program and Antioch High School Music Masters. It is on Thursday, December 4th at 6pm. There are still tickets available but space is limited. They are $65 each. If people are interested in purchasing they can stop in or call the 19th Hole. (925-757-6545)

The students involved in Music Masters and the Football programs at Antioch High are selling raffle tickets for $2.00 apiece. The prizes include a

55″ Vizio HD TV donated by Best Buy in Brentwood, 3 Month Single Membership to In~Shape of Antioch, $150.00 Gift Card to Best Buy donated  by ICR Electric, $100.00 in California Lottery Tickets donated by The 19th Hole, and Dinner for Four at Mac’s Old House. If people wish to purchase tickets they can feel free to contact me, Kathleen Rogneby, at 925-550-8489.

We are also looking for businesses to donate items that can be auctioned off at the Banquet. All donations are tax deductible. A Tax ID number will  be provided once the donation has been received. Anyone interested in donating can contact me at the same number provided above.

Future Events

For future events to be included, contact [email protected]