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New veterans Second Chance Family Store now open in Antioch’s downtown Rivertown

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The new Second Chance Family store offers clothes, housewares, décor, art and more.

Features rare war images available for purchase; benefits local non-profit

Some of the photos from the Warrior Images art show available for purchase at the store.

By Allen Payton

The East County Veterans have opened a new store, today, Monday, August 14, 2017 in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown. It’s named the Second Chance Family Store and their first customer was Mike Gilmore, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army.

Located at 520 W. 2nd Street, the store offers clothes, shoes, military hats, housewares, home décor, artwork for sale to support the organization’s efforts serving veterans in Antioch and East County.

Josie Monaghan, the director of the organization and manager of both the new store and their Thrift Store next door, was excited to have the store open.

Before the store opened it hosted the first annual Iraq and Afghanistan Photo Art Gallery Sale, entitled “Warrior Images”, presented by Joey Garcia, a local combat veteran Marine and Monaghan’s son, on Sunday August 6.

Josie Monaghan thanks the store’s first customer Mike Gilmore, a Vietnam War Army Veteran.

The rare photos and images, taken by Garcia and many other veterans from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, were and are for sale. All proceeds benefit East County Veterans Support Services, which is a local non-profit organization run by Josie Monaghan, who has been helping veterans for years.

The idea behind the art show was not only to raise money with veterans in need, but to inspire people with images captured overseas. Images like yours and mine that have been hidden away for years in my garage collecting dust.

“The photos serve many purposes, including to remind us of loved ones living or gone, who also served in previous conflicts of war, to enjoy as art in your home or to remind us of the voices of those veterans who sacrificed all, and are no longer with us,” said Garcia.

The event was catered by Big Don’s BBQ and featured a live performance by Antioch’s own Ben Benkert, plus music by DJ Christina Amato of CC entertainment.

Stop in the store today to see the photos and the many other items available for purchase. East County Veterans Support Services is a tax exempt non-profit 501c3 organization. For more information call (925) 206-4976 or email warmemories@yahoo.com. You can also “Like” them on Facebook.

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August at El Campanil Theatre: Tributes to Elvis and Johnny Cash, plus the Vagabond Players

Monday, August 14th, 2017

James Clark and the Jailhouse Rockers

California’s Premiere Elvis Tribute Band

Carrying on the Legacy of the King

Saturday, August 19 8:00 pm

James Clark is a Nationally Acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artist, rated top 10 in Las Vegas King of Kings. He has performed with Elvis’ legendary Jordanaires, Laughlin, Nevada. Presently Headlining Casino’s. The Band has had the privilege to open for such acts as Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Steppen Wolf, The Drifters, Juice Newton and Jerry Lee Lewis.

James Clark & The Jail House Rockers, is California’s premiere Elvis tribute band.

Certain to bring back your Fondest Memories of Elvis. This is a high energy show, lasting two full hours with spectacular suits, and award-winning vocals performed by James Clark from 1968 to the late 1970’s. A Very Classy portrayal of Elvis Presley and his band.

All Ages. Reserved Seating ~ Tickets:

https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/james-clark.html

Adults: $27   Seniors (62 & Over): $25   Youth: (under 18): $10

The Vagabond Players present – A Bench In The Sun

Sunday August 27, 2017  2:00 pm

A Bench In The Sun by Ron Clarke

Two old fogies spend their days bickering on a bench in the courtyard of their retirement home. Burt is a sloppy, crusty former accountant; Harold is a dapper dandy with failed marriages and businesses. They suddenly have something new to argue about when faded Hollywood starlet—who the men admired in their younger days—takes up residency. Her flirtatious antics begin a competition between the friends as they vie for her attention. Hilarious antics abound.

MEET THE CAST: Rita Hamlin, Barry Hunau & Ron  Craven

All Ages

Tickets:  Adults: $15   Seniors (62& Over): $13  Youth (17 & Under): $10

https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/Bench-in-the-sun.html

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash with the Tennessee Three

Saturday September 9, 2017  8:00 pm

For the past 10 years, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s biggest hits with stunning accuracy in this not-to-be-missed musical event. From a special concert airing on PBS to shows at Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, it’s easy to see why this is the premier tribute to the “Man in Black.” The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash’s life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three.

All Ages

Tickets: ​Adults: $27    Seniors: (62 & Over):  $25   Youth: (under 18): $10

https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/cash-tribute-show.html

El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W. 2nd Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

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Free annual Brentwood Art, Wine & Jazz Festival Fri-Sun., Aug. 25-27

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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East County Veterans to host “Warrior Images” art exhibit in Rivertown, Sun., Aug. 6

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Movie to film in Antioch next week may still need extras

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Director Anthony Ferrante and crew shooting Forgotten Evil outside El Campanil Theatre in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown in August, 2016. Herald file photo by Allen Payton

The crew filming another Lifetime movie in Antioch, next week has selected some of their extras. But, they may need more.

Those interested are asked to email Kris Wynn at wynne.kristopher@gmail.com and Lindsay Rappaport at lindsayrappaport1@gmail.com  Please include what days and times would be best for your schedule. For those under 18 years of age need to include a work permit.

WARDROBE: Please bring several clothing options. No black, white, stripes or logos. Please dress appropriately if you are one of the students or parents in the school scenes, versus the patrons in the bar and movie scenes.

MONDAY 7/24 

10-15 student types (18-25 years old) 7:45 AM

10-15 adults 1:30 PM

TUESDAY 7/25  

10-15 student types (ages 18-25) 7:45 AM

10-15 adults 3:45 PM

WEDNESDAY 7/26 

20 people over 21 years old – 3:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 7/26 

10-15 people of all ages at 8:30 PM

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Hear four time Grammy nominee Michael Henderson, live at The Southern Cafe in Antioch, Aug. 12

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Southern Cafe in Antioch proudly presents Michael Henderson, live in concert, Saturday, August 12. Henderson is an American bass guitarist and vocalist best known for his bass playing with Miles Davis in the early 1970s, on early fusion albums, as well as a series of R&B/soul hits.

He will be singing and performing classic songs like “You are My Starship,” “At The Concert,” “Take Me, I’m Yours,” “Be My Girl,” “Valentine Love” and so many more. You don’t want to miss this show in such a very intimate setting.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 / Two Shows: 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm

The Southern Cafe is located at 400 G Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

Tickets: $30.00, Preferred seating $40.00 & VIP Seating $60.00

Two item minimum per person (drinks or drink and food).

PURCHASE TICKETS: southerncafemichaelhenderson.eventbrite.com, (510) 708-2013 or email prbellsoutherncafe@gmail.com.

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Another Lifetime movie to be filmed in Antioch needs extras

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Family and friends of the crew, as well as other local residents served as extras for the audience scene for Forgotten Evil inside the El Campanil Theatre during filming in August, 2016. Herald file photo.

By Allen Payton

If you missed being an extra in last year’s movie filmed in Antioch, Forgotten Evil, you have a second chance to be in a movie. The crew is asking for local folks to serve as extras. (See related article, here.)

This year’s movie will also be for the Lifetime channel, with the working title Brisbane, and shoots July 23-26. While it’s not being directed by Antioch’s own Anthony Ferrante, like last year’s, it is being coordinated by the some of the same crew, including Kris Wynne, Supervising Producer for Quasi-Cultured LLC.

Following are the dates and locations for filming:

July 23rd at Antioch High – Looking for adults and school aged kids and or people who look under 18 but are legally over 18. Anyone under 18 would need a parents signature.

24th at Antioch High – Looking for adults and school aged kids and or people who look under 18 but are legally over 18. Anyone under 18 would need a parents signature.

25th at Antioch High – Looking for adults and school aged kids and or people who look under 18 but are legally over 18. Anyone under 18 would need a parents signature.

26th – Adults only – at Plates or Riverview (TBD) and El Campanil Theatre.

For those interested please contact needcrew12@gmail.com and just maybe we’ll see your face on the small screen.

 

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The Tale of Basim the Blacksmith and his Battle of Wits with the Shah of Isfahan play in Antioch, begins Friday

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

It is a classic Persian tale of a Blacksmith who wants to live life on his own terms, but unknown to him – the Shah is watching. By putting obstacles in Basim’s way he will see just how much those plans can be derailed !

This show is going to be a big & colorful Summer Production ! On stage there will be music, laughter, dancing and feasting – lots for you to enjoy as you watch the battle of wits unfold.

There is a Free admission showing on 7/16 for Seniors 55+, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Performances :

7/14, 7/15, 7/21, 7/22  at 7:30 pm

7/15, 7/16   at 1:30 pm

Nick Rodriguez Theatre     213   F  st ,  Antioch

Box Office opens 1/2 hr before showtime,   Credit/ATM  & Cash accepted

More information (925) 695-4123  or http://www.dramafactory.org

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