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Live from El Campanil begins streaming series with Sun Kings’ Drew Harrison Oct. 3

Monday, September 14th, 2020

WHO: El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation

WHAT: “Drew Harrison: Beatles & More”, part of “Live From El Campanil: A New Streaming Concert Series”

WHERE: Virtually from El Campanil Theatre, 604 W. 2nd Street, Antioch, via www.elcampaniltheatre.com

WHEN: October 3rd, 2020 @ 7PM

HOW MUCH: $10 per household

TICKETS: Available online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or by calling Ticket Office at (925) 757-9500

ABOUT: When El Campanil Theatre decided to start streaming live events to support their ongoing fundraising efforts, the same question hovered over everyone’s heads: Who’s the first artist going to be?

“We wanted all of these artists to be friends of the organization,” says Theatre Manager Joel Roster, “so when we thought about all of the performers who have been close to us and to the community, the first name that popped in our heads was unanimous.”

Drew Harrison, frontman of the infamous Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings and a solo virtuoso in his own right, was the first choice for Roster, Executive Director Rick Carraher, and Programming Director Steven Shore.

“He’s performed here countless times,” says Carraher. “I can’t think of a more fitting way to break into this new medium than with such a respected and beloved artist.”

Harrison is honored to be the first person to be showcased in El Campanil’s new streaming series. “I am honored to be asked to be the debut performer at one of my favorite venues,” says an elated Harrison. “I enjoy the theatre and the folks that run it. The room sounds great and the experience is always top-notch for the performer and the patron. It’s always a highlight for me to return to the ECT stage.”

The concert itself, “Beatles & More”, is exactly what it sounds like—an hour-long solo concert featuring Harrison’s favorite Beatles songs, plus a few other favorites peppered within. Patrons who purchase tickets will be given a special link to watch the private concert on the company’s website.

Tickets are available right now for the “Live From El Campanil” series on the theatre’s website at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Drew Harrison

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Drew Harrison, as a solo artist, has performed in Europe, South America and the States having been invited to open for such artists as Richard Thompson, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Miller. Drew’s abilities as a multi-talented performer have earned him fans throughout the world and his critically acclaimed solo recording release, Go it Alone, has enjoyed robust success. Another of his passsion projects, The Plastic Fauxno Band, presented ‘Love Is the Answer – The Concert for John Lennon’. The two and a half hour Concert for John Lennon was presented in San Francisco on Lennon’s 70th birthday, October 9th, at Beatles Fest West. It featured songs from his entire solo career. Somewhere among all of these accomplishments, Drew has found time for stage, TV, film work, and completing a degree at UC Berkeley, adhering to a simple philosophy of living life fully, and giving back when one can.

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Bay Area rap legend from Antioch dies in car crash Monday morning

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Curtis “Young Curt” Denton. Photos from Twitter.

By Luke Johnson

East County rapper Young Curt has died at 27 years old. According to the Contra Costa County Coroner’s office and the Eastern Contra Costa Fire Protection District he was killed in a solo-car crash on Byron Highway, early Monday morning. (See ECCFPD BC MAJOR INCIDENT SUMMARY 062920)

When California Highway Patrol arrived to the scene at Clifton Court Road in Byron a little after 2 a.m., officers said they found Curtis Denton’s (Young Curt) body on the side of the road and his 2019 Dodge Charger flipped upside down.

According to CHP, Denton was speeding southbound when “he drove off the roadway and collided into the dirt shoulder causing the vehicle to roll over several times.” Officers believe Denton wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was subsequently ejected through the sunroof of his car.

“He suffered major injuries and was transported by ambulance to Kaiser Medical center in Antioch but was unfortunately pronounced deceased at the hospital by emergency personnel,” the CHP reported.

Denton was from Antioch and Pittsburg. He rose to fame with his song “It’s the Mobb” — which was released in 2008 while he was attending Deer Valley High School.

Young Curt during studio session. Screenshot of video posted on Twitter by The Yoc.

Another single from 2009 regained traction earlier this year on viral video-sharing app Tik Tok.

Many musicians and entertainers — such as Tyga, Kehlani and Iamsu! — took to social media to pay tribute to the fallen rapper.

“The era of music birthed from Curt, and the industry at that moment, created a pinnacle in not only the 925, but the entire Bay Area music scene,” said rapper Pok’Chop. “Curt played an integral part in my career. I recorded my first song in Curt’s studio back in 2006. We challenged each other to the point of success — it was healthy competition.”

The CHP report said it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, but it is being investigated. On Denton’s Instagram page Sunday night, he posted on his story of what appeared to be a video of himself holding a bottle of prescription cough syrup.

If anyone witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it, they are asked to contact Contra Costa CHP in Martinez at (925) 646-4980.

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Contra Costa Health Services evaluating COVID-19 reopening timeline

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Timeline for July and August now contains qualifier

Friday, June 26, 2020 – Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is evaluating whether the county should continue its current reopening timeline, due to recent data showing COVID-19 activity is increasing in the community. The timeline for the reopening of businesses and activities scheduled for July 1st and 15th, as well as the school reopening scheduled for July and August include an asterisk and the following qualifier: “In light of rapidly increasing case numbers and hospitilizations, anticipated re-opening dates may need to be postponed. Our community’s actions are more important than ever to stop the spread.”

CCHS is closely monitoring key data indicators that show how the virus is spreading in the county and will announce a decision about the timeline Monday.

During the past seven days, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased 42%.

The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 39 a day to 68 a day. The positivity rate of test results – the percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive – has also increased. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but indicates a true increase in community spread.

We are also seeing a shift with more young people testing positive. In June, 55% of cases were 40 years and under compared to 38% for that group in April. It’s a sign that younger people are playing a major role in driving the increase in new cases and potentially infecting vulnerable individuals. This highlights why it’s important for everyone to avoid social gatherings, observe physical distancing and wear masks or face coverings when around others.

CCHS encourages all residents to get tested. Increased testing for COVID-19 is a critical part of the community effort to slow local spread of the virus, and necessary to continue reopening in the future.

Contra Costa’s data are consistent with increases in COVID-19 activity now being experienced in communities across the state and the nation. To view the Contra Costa Health Services Coronavirus Dashboard for more statistics, click here.

There is concern that these increases may lead to a surge in very ill people that could overwhelm the local healthcare system. We realize many people are eager to resume normal activities. However, if we adjust the reopening timeline, it will be because we have a chance to prevent the pandemic from getting out of control in the county.

Any change to the timeline would immediately affect businesses and activities that are currently scheduled to resume July 1, including indoor dining, bars, gyms, hotels and some personal care services, including nail salons and tattoo parlors.

CCHS is releasing this information today to provide businesses and residents as much time as possible to prepare for a potential change to the timeline.

With the Fourth of July weekend approaching, CCHS also reminds everyone that it’s a healthy choice to observe physical distancing when outside the home – maintain six feet of space whenever possible – and to wear face coverings. Anyone who feels sick should stay home. People should also wash their hands frequently.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Contra Costa Road Ahead update: more projected reopenings – indoor dining & gyms July 1st, movie theaters July 15th

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Following are the businesses that will be allowed to reopen and the activities that will be allowed to resume based on Contra Costa County’s updated Road Ahead issued Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

July 1st – Personal services not involving the face (massage, nail salons, tattoo, body waxing, etc.) • Indoor dining • Bars (with or without food) • Indoor religious services • Gyms, fitness centers & personal training • Limited indoor leisure (arcades, billiards, bowling alleys, etc.) • Indoor museums • Hotels (for tourism & individual travel)

July 15th – • Personal services involving the face (skin care, permanent makeup, facial waxing, etc.) • Movie theaters

However, although “These openings are a direct response to your patience and observation of the health order” as is written on the new Road Ahead, and they “hope to continue opening up the county” the county health officer “may need to reconsider openings based on the course of the pandemic.”

Download a copy of the latest Road Ahead, here.

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5 Antioch friends sing encouraging song together using cell phones

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

By Justin Llamas

Hello!  My Antioch-based group is well-known for covering songs from the Broadway show Hamilton. But since the pandemic struck, we decided to change lanes and sing a song from Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen entitled You Will Be Found.  This video is done almost all on iPhone, and from the safety of our own homes. I hope you enjoy!

This video is for anyone struggling right now. This video is for you.

The five friends and their YouTube and Instagram pages are as follows:

Justin Llamas http://youtube.com/c/JustinLlamas

http://instagram.com/iamjustinllamas

Xavier Ali http://youtube.com/user/XavierAnimator

http://instagram.com/xavieranimator

Christian Abrojena http://youtube.com/c/christianabrojena

http://instagram.com/cjabrojena

Christina Jardine https://instagram.com/christina_jardine/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXaFrrxdMDSD2AUbC8UEfEQ

Jessica Montez http://instagram.com/jessica.birdd

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBAHJI11A3Ci0p4RM_-EC2w

Business inquiries: justinllamasbooking@gmail.com.

 

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Maya Cinemas in Pittsburg offers popcorn and concession zero-contact pickup program

Monday, April 13th, 2020

By Greg Heckmann, Creative Marketing Consultant, Maya Cinemas

Maya Cinemas is keeping the fresh popcorn popping while its guests are at home watching movies on the small screen. This is a way for Maya to stay connected to its movie going community. The first week of the program was incredibly well received and orders were beyond all expectations.

Maya Cinemas launched a new program on April 8th where customers can purchase a 2-gallon resealable bag of popcorn and 2 movie size candies for $12. $2 add-ons to this package are available with a full list on the website.

The program is available every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Orders can be called in between 9am and 3pm with zero-contact pickup at the theater between 2pm and 5pm. Pickups are assigned in 15-minute increments to ensure safe distancing between guests. All payments must be completed over the phone to ensure safe pickup, so no cash payments accepted.

All info including order phone numbers, candy available and more at https://www.mayacinemas.com/popcorn-pickup

Maya Cinemas in Pittsburg is located at 4085 Century Blvd.

Get your tickets now at mayacinemas.com, you can also signup for weekly email showtimes!  

Maya Cinemas was chartered in 2001 with a mission to develop, build, own and operate modern, first-run, megaplex movie theaters in underserved, family oriented, Latino-dominant communities. Maya offers first-run Hollywood movies in high-end cinemas focused on quality of design and state-of-the-art presentation technologies while keeping a keen focus on superior customer service.

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Antioch crime reports for week of March 22-28, 2020

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Screenshot of Antioch crime reports map for March 22-28, 2020.

From CityProtect.com

Latest to earliest.

SATURDAY

Breaking & Entering – 1100 Block BUCHANAN RD AND BALBOA CT

03/28/2020 7AM

Case No: 20002750 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

Assault – 3100 Block LONE TREE WY AND ROBERT ST

03/28/2020 2AM

Case No: 20002747 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

FRIDAY

Assault – 500 Block W TREGALLAS RD AND DOLORES ST

03/27/2020 11PM

Case No: 20002744 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, AGRAVATED – 245 PC

Assault – 900 Block PUTNAM ST AND CASTLEFORD DR

03/27/2020 8PM

Case No: 20002743 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Vehicle Recovery – 3300 Block BUCHANAN RD AND SOMERSVILLE RD

03/27/2020 9AM

Case No: 20002729 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: AUTO RECOVERED – STOLEN

THURSDAY

Proactive Policing – LEMONTREE WY AND PEPPERTREE WY

03/26/2020 1PM

Case No: 20002731 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: MISC OUTSIDE ASSIST

WEDNESDAY

Traffic – CONTRA LOMA BL AND HWY 4 HY – (See related article)

03/25/2020 9PM

Case No: 20002711 Agency: Antioch Police Department

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT FATAL

Breaking & Entering – 2600 Block SOMERSVILLE RD AND BUCHANAN RD

03/25/2020 6PM

Case No: 20002716 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

TUESDAY

Assault – 2400 Block MAHOGANY WY AND SPANOS ST

03/24/2020 6PM

Case No: 20002683 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Assault – 3000 Block S APPLE CT AND SEQUOIA DR

03/24/2020 3PM

Case No: 20002679 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Assault – 3000 Block S APPLE CT AND SEQUOIA DR

03/24/2020 3PM

Case No: 20002679 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Breaking & Entering

1 Block BRADLEY LN AND MARK LN

03/24/2020 2PM

Case No: 20002675 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY RESIDENCE – 459 PC

Other – JAMES DONLON BL AND TABORA DR

03/24/2020 2PM

Case No: 20002673 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: DEATH REPORT-UNKNOWN CAUSES

Other – 1100 Block JAMES DONLON BL AND CONTRA LOMA BL

03/24/2020 9AM

Case No: 20002669 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: RESTRAINING/COURT ORDER VIOLATIONS

Breaking & Entering – 3200 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND SOMERSVILLE RD

03/24/2020 6AM

Case No: 20002668 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

MONDAY

Assault – 3900 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND FAIRVIEW DR

03/23/2020 2PM

Case No: 20002656

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, AGRAVATED – 245 PC

Other – 2400 Block SEQUOIA DR AND REDWOOD DR

03/23/2020 7AM

Case No: 20002647

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: DEATH REPORT-NATURAL

SUNDAY

Breaking & Entering – 2200 Block BUCHANAN RD AND GENTRYTOWN DR

03/22/2020 11PM

Case No: 20002646

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

Property Crime – 2500 Block SOMERSVILLE RD AND BUCHANAN RD

03/22/2020 1PM

Case No: 20002682

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: VANDALISM- 594 PC

Assault

2700 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND SAN JOSE DR

03/22/2020 10AM

Case No: 20002637

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, AGRAVATED – 245 PC

Other – 3500 Block SWALLOW WY AND LOVEBIRD WY

03/22/2020 8AM

Case No: 20002634 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: RUNAWAY JUVENILE

Theft of Vehicle – 3100 Block PONDEROSA WY AND RIO GRANDE DR

03/22/2020 7AM

Case No: 20002635 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: AUTO THEFT – 10851 VC

Theft of Vehicle – 3300 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND SOMERSVILLE RD

03/22/2020 5AM

Case No: 20002638 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: AUTO THEFT – 10851 VC

 

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2020 Contra Costa County Fair canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

By Joe Brengle, CEO Contra Costa County Event Park

ANTIOCH – As a major event facility, The Contra Costa Event Park has been monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. There is no higher priority than the safety of our Fairgrounds family, patrons, vendors, promoters and sponsors at the Contra Costa Event Park. Due to this ongoing situation the Contra Costa Event Park Board of Directors met last night and unanimously voted to cancel the 2020 Contra Costa County Fair scheduled for May 14 – 17.

The Fair Board realizes that the individual’s most affected by this cancellation is the youth livestock exhibitors of our county. The Fair Board did approve to let a committee of Contra Costa County 4H and FFA parents work on a Youth Fair where these youth livestock exhibitors could show and auction their animals. The Fair Board agreed to provide support to this committee as needed. If the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Contra Costa County Health Department, or the Governor of California lengthen the current restrictions and orders, it is possible that a Youth Fair will not take place. At this time dates for Youth Fair are yet to be determined.

We thank the community for your continued support during these challenging times.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Contra Costa County Fair May 13 – 16.

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