East County Events: September 27 and Beyond


This weekend in East Contra Costa County is not as busy as its been in the past, but there are several solid events to attend starting with the Brentwood VFW Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser or for those looking for a morning workout to join the Brownstone Gardens Fit Club.

A little later in the day, Congressman Jerry McNerney will be in Antioch to host an interactive forum to encourage women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The event will take place Saturday, September 27th from 11 am to 12:30 pm, at Black Diamond Middle School, located at 4730 Sterling Hill Drive

VFW Brentwood Pancake

VFW Post 10790 Pancake Breakfast
Join the VFW in Brentwood from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for a pancake breakfast at the Brentwood Veterans Memorial Building (757 First Street). The funds raised will help the Brentwood Police Dept. “Shop With a Cop” Program. Tickets are $6 or $25 (2 adults & up to 3 children) plus a care package item. For more information, contact Margaret Sandoval (510) 410-2725 or [email protected]


Antioch: Congressman McNerney to Host Event For Women Interested in STEM Careers

Antioch, CA – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced he will host an interactive forum to encourage women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The event will take place Saturday, September 27th from 11 am to 12:30 pm, at Black Diamond Middle School, located at 4730 Sterling Hill Drive in Antioch. Attendees should arrive beginning at 10:30am to register and find seats.

Attendees will be able to learn about the different types of STEM jobs, some of the unique challenges and opportunities for women – and resources for pursuing a career in STEM-related fields.

The Congressman will be joined by prominent women from the area and around the country who pursued their passion and now work in STEM fields. Panelists include Jennifer Fraser, Senior Manager of Data Center Engineering at Twitter; Sandy Jones, an instructor at Los Mendanos College; Molly Thompson, a chemical engineer with Dow; and Dr. Windy McNerney, Neuroscientist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

The event will also feature informational tables where attendees can find out more about pursuing STEM education and STEM-related careers. Representatives will include: Contra Costa STEM Workforce Initiative; Expanding Your Horizons; Antioch Unified School District; Dow Chemical; and Los Mendanos College.

Women in STEM Panel

  • DATE: Saturday, September 27
  • TIME: 11 AM – 12:30 PM (registration begins at 10:30 AM)
  • LOCATION:  Black Diamond Middle School – 4730 Sterling Hills Drive, Antioch, CA 94531


Drug Drop Off Event

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal at the following locations. Please note that the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


  • Office of the Sheriff Muir Station, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez, CA  (Field Operations Building)
  • Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA (West County Detention Facility)
  • Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA
  • Lafayette Police Department, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 130, Lafayette, CA
  • Oakley Police Department, 3231 Main Street, Oakley, CA
  • Orinda Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey of users cited above also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The public’s enormous response to DEA’s 8 previous National Take Back Days demonstrates its recognition of the need for a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Last April Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds  (390 tons) of prescription drugs.

Since its first National Take Back Day in September of 2010, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (over 2,100 tons) of prescription drugs throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

For more information on the Take Back program, visit: www.dea.gov.


Brownstone Fitness

Brownstone Gardens Fit Club
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.  Come have fun with us!! We will be doing a 30 minute P90X workout, so bring some form of resistance with you. Can be anything from a basketball to a LIGHT weight (3-10 lbs). Brownstone Gardens is located at 91 Brownstone Road in Oakley.

For more information, visit OneREVolution Fitness at their website, or “Like” them on Facebook.

Oakley Community Garden

Oakley Community Garden Groundbreaking
The ceremony begins at 9:00 am at 1250 O’Hara Avenue in Oakley. Attendees are encouraged to wear gardening cloths and participate. For more information, visit http://oakleygardens.wix.com/community

El Campanil

El Campanil Theatre Upcoming Events

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra
Masterpieces Past and Present
Saturday, September 27, 2014  7:30 pm
Formed in the late 1970s, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra has established a presence throughout the county.   More Information / Buy Tickets

 El Campanil Children’s Theatre Presents: James and the Giant Peach
Friday October 3, 2014  7:30 pm
Sunday October 5, 2014  2:00 pm
A magical journey of fantasy and adventure!
A magical peach! An imprisoned boy!  Insect friends!  An incredible journey!  This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.
More Information / Buy Tickets

Street Corner Renaissance
Saturday October 4, 2014   8:00 pm
Not just another singing group, Street Corner Renaissance breathes new life into classic doo-wop music. These cats can flat out sing and their infectious energy is highly entertaining as they transport their audiences to another space and time. More Information/Buy Tickets

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Presented by The Vagabond Players
Saturday October 11, 2014   8:00 pm
Sunday October 12, 2014   2:00 pm
The Vagabond Players present this Tony award-winning musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin  celebrates the mania of competition as six funny, eccentric misfits compete for the Spelling Bee title in this witty Broadway hit.
More Information/Buy Tickets

Sept. 27: Friends of the Poor Walk fundraiser
Pittsburg, CA—On Saturday, September 27, St. Vincent de Paul will host an annual Friends of the Poor Walk fundraiser to benefit its Family Resource Center in Pittsburg, CA. This year, we have great participation from area youth supporting programs for the poor in our community!

Register at www.fopwalk.org and register for WALK #222, District Council Walk at St. Isidore Church at 440 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA at the Grass Field/Track, (behind the church parking lot) Everyone is welcome to participate OR to go online and make a pledge to a walker, (non-walkers can be “virtual” walkers if they cannot attend. The event is aimed  to raise awareness of the programs in Contra Costa County that support the poor

Students from across the local area are getting together to help raise funds. Students from San Ramon Christian Academy are sending 20 sponsored students and are hosting bake sales to raise funds. Volunteers from Carondelet have organized teams of walkers and volunteers for the event.

Last year’s event included 65 walkers, and we expect more this year thanks to the enthusiasm of these outstanding young people.

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Sept. 20- Oct 4: Nature’s Canvas Exhibit Opens

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present the works of artists living in and around the Delta at the Lynn House Gallery.  With the many hills and valleys, along with East Bay Regional Park properties, artists have an abundance of opportunities to capture nature and all its wonders in many art forms. The Nature’s Canvas Exhibit has many works of art in oils, acrylic, mixed media and photography.

The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 West 1st Street in downtown Antioch. The exhibit begins on Saturday, September 20th, with a free artist reception from 2-4 PM and continues through October 4th on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 PM. The artist reception and exhibit are free to the public. |

Participating artists are: Amy Schmidt, Andre’ Salvador Betty Espindola, Beverly Knight, Carla Schueler, Carol Jurczak, Christine Mikulice, Clyde Cox, Corinne Rodriguez Evans, Ellen LaVaccare, FROgard, Gloria Cannon, Jennifer Frost, Joel Summerhill, Julia Offord, Julia Starr, Ken Tomlin, Linda Fead, Lisa Salazar, Lori Azzolino, Mark Jezierny, Michele Eakin, Pamela Miller, Pat Puryear, Patricia Draper, Robin Mayoff, Saundra Lyle, Sherry Cummings and Shirley DiMercurio.

For more information visit http://www.art4antioch.org/Nature’s_Canvas.asp or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325 989

Brentwood Farmers Market

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.

Kiwanis Golf Ball Drop

 Sept. 28: Kiwanis Helicopter Golf Ball Drop
Our first Kiwanis Division 26 Helicopter Golf Ball Drop event is being held on Sunday, September 28th 2014 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in order to make a significant impact during the final year of the Eliminate Project!!! The Eliminate Project will change the world forever, ending Maternal Neonatal Tetanus in the World, one Child, one Community at a time! Become a part of this movement by purchasing your tickets!! Call Argentina Davila-Luevano, Lieutenant Governor, Kiwanis, Division 26 @ 925 813-2178.

Sept. 28: Delta Discoveries

The Big Break Visitor Center will hosts Delta Discoveries between 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a free drop-in event every Sunday through October 26 where visitors can discover the wonders of the Delta through hands on arts and craft activities. Each week they will explore different wetland wonders. The event . Located at 69 Big Break Road In Oakley.



October 4: Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup

The 55th Neighborhood Cleanup event will occur on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the neighborhoods surrounding Sycamore Drive. Volunteers should report to the Lowe’s parking lot on the Mahogany Way side.

The Antioch Police Department is excited to announce the 55th installment of the Neighborhood Cleanup Program. This is a collaborative community effort which involves active participation from The Antioch Police Department Crime Prevention Commission; Neighborhood Watch Program; Volunteers in Police Service; community volunteers and the Public Works Department.

downtown Brentwood Beer Festival

Oct. 4: Downtown Brentwood Craft Beer Festival
The Downtown Brentwood Craft Beer Festival will be hosted at the community center on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm. Pre-sale tickets will be $25 for tastings and $5 for a designated driver. Tickets at the door will be $35/$5. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/brentwoodcraftbeerfestival

Delta Thunder 

October 4-5: Delta Thunder

Antioch, CA – The Antioch Rivertown Jamboree, in conjunction with the Delta Boat Racing Association is excited to showcase the Delta Thunder V-Gary Agopian Memorial Powerboat races, formally held in Isleton CA. The event is at the New Antioch Marina on the weekend of October 4th & 5th. Racing Action runs from 10am-4:00pm.

The race will be a Championship Race featuring the exciting 100 mph Cracker Box Power boats, Sport C boats, SST 45 and the fun to watch high horsepower outboard runabouts. It will also feature a boat show with folks showing their prized boats as well as numerous water related informational booths.

Admission to this event is free, although donations, sponsorship and advertising spots in the race program guide are needed and welcomed.

For more information contact: Inland Marine 925-757-1714

 October 6: Hospice East Bay, Rossmoor Art & Wine 2014

Pleasant Hill, CA – Wine Tastings & Local Artist Exhibits at the Rossmoor Event Center: $30 general admission; $80 VIP admission. Price of general admission includes an event wine tasting glass, a stylish wine tote & hors d’oeuvres.

VIP participants may arrive at noon for a private hour of food and wine pairings, specialty appetizers, and a presentation from a vintner’s ambassador. Additionally, as a VIP you can peruse the silent auction offerings in advance of the general opening time of 1:00 pm. Proceeds to benefit Hospice of the East Bay.

Purchase tickets online:  www.HospiceEastBay.org/ArtandWine


lumpy car show

October 11: Lumpys Burger Eating Contest
Join Lumpys Diner for a car show and burger eating contest on October 11, 2014 at 581 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. First prize in the eating contest is $1,000, 2nd is $250 and 3rd is $100. Kids fest begins at 2:00 pm with a petty zoo, jumpy house and coloring contest. The car show begins at 4:00 pm and concludes at 9:00 pm.


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. http://www.losmedanos.edu/drama

 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.

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.

Future Events

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