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Antioch to celebrate International Women’s Day at El Campanil Theatre, Sunday, March 8

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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The Fil-Am Cultural Society of Antioch will perform a medley of Filipino songs at the International Women’s Day celebration on March 8, 2015 at 3:00 at the El Campanil Theatre in downtown Antioch. This free event is sponsored by the Interfaith Peace Project and the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and funded in part by a grant from the San Francisco Foundation.

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Delta Young Life to hold annual fundraising dinner March 8

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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Los Medanos College to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Community Open House and ribbon-cutting for new Student Services Center

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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Join Los Medanos College (LMC) in celebrating 40 years of serving the communities of East Contra Costa County. The College will be hosting an open house for all ages on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will include the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the College’s new Student Services Center, tours of the campus; music, dance and dramatic arts performances; workshops on college and career success, and the College’s support programs; the opportunity to see inside many of LMC’s academic departments; planetarium shows; arts and crafts activities; and an opportunity to meet representatives of student clubs and organizations. All ages are welcome to this free community event.

The event is free and a parking permit is not required. The campus is located at 2700 East Leland Road in Pittsburg.

Activities include:

- campus tours

- workshops on how to get started in college, career pathways,

- opportunities to learn about LMC’s academic programs and athletics

- planetarium shows

- theater performances: scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

- welders in action

- chemistry experiments including gummy bear explosions and making “elephant toothpaste”

- the LMC fire truck used to train firefighters

- Mexican bark paintings and other crafts (especially for kids)

- a mock archeology dig

- dance team performances

- music performances by the faculty, the college’s jazz band, and other music students

- ceramics demonstrations

- blood pressure checks by nursing students

- a chance to make DNA bracelets

- hands-on biology activities

- physics experiments and demos

- information about the college’s Brentwood Center

- American Sign Language (ASL) demonstrations

- open labs for computer science, appliance service technology, math, graphic arts/photography, journalism, English, emergency medical services

The campus will open at 10:00 with activity booths, the library and art gallery. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Services Center will take place at 10:30 a.m. Workshops, demonstrations and open departments will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Food will be available for purchase. Two food trucks will offer a wide variety of entrees, the college’s cafeteria will be open, and student clubs will be offering snacks and beverages.

LMC’s new Student Services Building was completed in January 2015 and is home to the many services that students need to facilitate and support their success at the college. This includes services such as Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Career Services, Counseling, Equal Opportunity Programs & Services, CARE and CalWORKS, along with the college’s leadership and instructional administration.

Los Medanos College opened its doors in 1974 on a 120-acre site near the boundary between the cities of Pittsburg and Antioch. For 40 years, the college has served the communities of East Contra Costa County, and students from Antioch, Liberty, Mt. Diablo, and Pittsburg Unified School Districts, as well as adults of all ages. Tens of thousands of students have attended Los Medanos College during its many years of service to the community.

The name of the college derives from the 8,000-acre Rancho Los Medanos, which was one of the last land grants made by the Mexican government when California was still a territory of Mexico. Rancho Los Medanos covered almost all of Pittsburg and Antioch, including the current site of the college. Translated into English, the name of the college refers to inland sand dunes or sand hills, which may be a reference to the sandy terrain that characterizes eastern Contra Costa County with its long history of sand mining.

Today Los Medanos College, as one of 112 community colleges with the California Community College System, is a thriving center of higher education activity. The college offers courses leading to transfer credit at senior colleges and universities, general education and major coursework leading to associate degrees, and courses leading to certificates of achievement.

LMC’s educational programs provide cutting-edge, rigorous workforce and advanced education preparation. The College’s efforts are strengthened by regional business and industry support as well as collaboration with K-12, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. As the leading force in the economic development of eastern Contra Costa County, Los Medanos College offers high-quality instruction supported by the latest technology while still maintaining the personal touch and family orientation for which the college is known. To further meet the needs of local residents and businesses in Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Oakley, the College provides an educational center in Brentwood.

More information about the college’s history and open house can be found at www.losmedanos.edu/openhouse.

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Have you reserved your tickets for the 2015 Antioch Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala & Awards Dinner?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Antioch Chamber Gala 2015 Have you reserved your tickets for the 2015 Antioch Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala & Awards Dinner?

The 2015 Inaugural Gala is fast approaching.

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is hosting our Annual Inaugural Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center. During our evening, we award and recognize our Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Youth of the Year and inaugurate our 2015 Chamber Board.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015

Time: 6pm Social Hour, 7pm Dinner

Where: Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch

Purchase your ticket or table and secure your spot at the event!

We invite you to join us in this celebration and enjoy the festivities as we recognize those that have made an impact in our community. Tickets are now on sale at $75 per person and $575 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased securely online at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.

No tickets will be sold at the door. Enjoy a premier event with a red carpet and local dignitaries recognizing the best of our community.

 

No tickets will be sold at the door. Enjoy a premier event with a red carpet and local dignitaries recognizing the best of our community.

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Antioch 2015 Relay for Life kicks off Thursday night at Deer Valley High

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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Tickets still available for RUAH Community Outreach fundraiser in Antioch Feb. 28

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

RUAH Tickets still available for RUAH Community Outreach fundraiser in Antioch Feb. 28

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Much to see, read and learn at Antioch’s Black History month exhibit, today and Saturday

Monday, February 16th, 2015
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Janet Sams explains the display to her friend’s daughter, Elise Sanders, at the Black History Month Exhibit in Antioch on Wednesday afternoon, February 11, 2015.

The Black History Month Exhibit at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center will feature a time line of historical events featuring traditional art, artifacts, literature, and creative arts that reflect the African American experience in America. The exhibit also features a time line of African American history from Africa to the present and provides an opportunity to taste traditional beverages and desserts. The goals are to promote dignity and pride in the African American community and provide cross cultural education for the larger community.

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Janet Thompson and Beverly Bruce of Ruah Community Outreach, Inc. with one of the displays

It provides a great educational experience for families and elementary and high school student groups.

The exhibit continues, today (Monday, February 16) and Saturday, February 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM. It is sponsored by a collaboration of community partners:  Ruah Community Outreach, Inc., Parent Partners Providing for the Education of Young Children, the JTS Art Gallery, the City of Antioch, and the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch.  The Nick Rodriguez Community Center is located at 213 F Street in Antioch.

For more information visit the exhibit website, http://art4antioch.org/Black-History-Exhibit.asp, or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or Carrie Frazier (925) 787-4827.

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Antioch students participate in Delta Sigma Theta’s Inaugural Debutante Cotillion

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

 Antioch students participate in Delta Sigma Thetas Inaugural Debutante CotillionBy John Crowder

On January 10, 2015, the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., held its Inaugural Debutante Cotillion at the San Ramon Marriott.

A dozen young ladies from throughout the East Bay participated in the event, which marked the culmination of an almost year-long program that each of them were involved with, entitled Pearls of Perfection. The twelve debutantes celebrated the evening with their escorts, ladies-in-waiting, family, and friends.

The evening began with a greeting extended to all the guests by Crystal McClendon-Gourdine, Ph.D., Chairperson of the 2014-2015 Pearls of Perfection Debutante Program. Following a full-course dinner and entertainment, the young ladies were presented to society by Monica Cherie Scott, Co-Chairperson, and LaConnie Taylor-Jones, Program Workshop Manager. The debutantes participated in a confirmation waltz with their escorts, and were then welcomed to society. The evening ended with a salute to the debutantes, acknowledgments, and a sweetheart song.

The journey to the cotillion began for the young ladies a year earlier, when each had made application to the program. Then, in February, a welcome reception was held, first in a series of fifteen events that would culminate in the cotillion.

Over the course of the next eleven months, the girls attended workshops teaching etiquette, manners and dressing for success, a discussion on self-esteem, and learned to waltz. Other events included a talent showcase and fashion exhibit, a community service project, a cultural event, and both father-daughter and mother-daughter outings.

One unique aspect of the debutante program is the focus on academic excellence and preparation for college. According to Taylor-Jones, “We put a great emphasis on, and have a high standard for academic excellence.” Two of the events the young ladies participate in are a six-hour symposium on education and a college tour.

The parents of the three Antioch students involved in the program all spoke positively about the experience for their children.

Felicia Branch noted that, “The program has given my son, Jarrett (JT), an Antioch High School senior who participated as an escort this year, the opportunity to learn etiquette and how to waltz.” She was also happy to see that her son had the opportunity to make friends with young men and women who shared the same goals of attending college and pursuing professional careers. Taylor-Jones said, “The experience was very exciting for my daughter, Caryn,” who is a junior in the law academy at Deer Valley High School. She went on to say that her daughter was looking forward to participating next year as a debutante. Deborah Hicks, referencing the cotillion said, “The excellent work done by Delta Sigma Theta Inc. made this an outstanding evening for all. I am thrilled at the possibility of my son, Devon, (currently a junior at Cornerstone Christian School) being involved with the program as an escort again next year.”

The sorority is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 debutante program. Those interested in learning about the program, or in participating, can find more information at www.ccacdebutante.com.

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