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Get Moooving to enter an exhibit in the 2016 Contra Costa County Fair – deadline this week

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

County Fair 2016Imagine the thrill of winning a blue ribbon at the Fair for a special talent. Think you own the best pig, bake the most delicious apple pie, made a beautiful quilt, or have an uncanny knack for making crafts? Want to see who’s the best in all of Contra Costa County? Then be sure to enter the Contra Costa County Fair’s competitive exhibits. There’s something for everyone. Download our Exhibitor Handbook and find the best division for your special talent.

All entries must be entered online or postmarked by April 30th.  Walk in entries must be received by April 29th by 4pm at the fair office.

Check our website for entries instructions and more information on entry requirements.
Don’t wait, enter early, and often……..

http://contracostafair.com/become-an-exhibitor-today/

This year’s fair will be held Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. For further information, please visit:

www.contracostafair.com

 

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Play in the annual Antioch Rotary Golf Tournament, support local, community projects

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Rotary Golf Tourney

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Enjoy A’s Family Nights in May and support Antioch High PTSA Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

A's Family Night

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Former President of Nigeria to speak at Antioch church, Saturday

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Former Nigerian Pres in Antioch 4-23

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Learn about free job training, career counseling and college programs at Opportunity Junction’s Open House in Antioch, Tues, May 3rd

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Learn more about Opportunity Junction and the free job training, career counseling and college assistance programs it offers by attending an Open House on Tuesday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at 3102 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch. Anyone interested in the programs — including neighbors, donors, friends and job seekers — can drop by to meet the staff, tour the facilities and enjoy light refreshments.

Job seekers who bring a resume will receive a free review and expert advice on ways to sharpen it, and those who sign up in advance will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Go to http://rsvpojopenhouse.eventbrite.com or call Eva at (925) 776-1133 to sign up in advance for the resume review or the Open House.

This event coincides with East Bay Gives Day, which is a regional day of charitable giving.

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Sen. Glazer says BART union agreement is “positive step forward”

Friday, April 15th, 2016

State Senator Steve Glazer released the following statement, this week, about the agreement the BART has entered with its labor unions:

“About 60 days ago, 40 state and local elected leaders joined me in sending a letter to the BART Board and their unions calling on them to take steps to restore the public’s trust in the financial management of the BART system.

Specifically, we asked that BART negotiate an extension to its labor contract that would ensure that the trains would keep running without a work stoppage for the next five years and to do so in a financially responsible way.

Given what we know today, this proposed agreement takes a positive step forward in delivering on those requirements. If approved by the unions and the BART Board, we can be confident that there will be continuous train operations for the next five years without debilitating strikes.

The BART unions and management should be commended for doing this.

Strikes are too debilitating for BART riders and commuters. That is why transit strikes are banned in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston and San Francisco.

There is still much more that BART should do to raise the level of confidence in the financial and operational management of the system. And I encourage them to continue the momentum with these confidence-building steps.

They are:

1.  Do not apply these cost of living raises to highly-paid managers. Their pay should be based on merit, not a “Me Too” clause.

2.  Commit to undertaking a salary study before the expiration of the next contract so that that we can closely examine each position’s compensation with the marketplace.

3.   Set up a capital depreciation fund so that savings for repair and replacement is funded every year rather than in a balloon payment through new bond proposals.

4.  Present clear projections of retirement costs and how they will be funded.

5.  Support legislation banning future BART strikes.

6.  Explore ways to train replacement managers to operate the system in the case of future work stoppages.

The financial elements of this proposed deal are not what I would have negotiated. BART workers are highly paid and system financial needs are great. However, I respect the collective bargaining process, and even if I disagree with some of the financial terms, I appreciate that compromise is required to bring all parties together.

This proposed contract represents the start of a turnaround for BART. We were going down the tracks, these past few years, in a very negative direction. The actions today have stopped that negative train and we are now heading in a positive direction. Let’s keep that momentum going with the confidence building steps that I have outlined.”

Glazer represents most of Contra Costa County in the California State Senate.

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Frazier co-sponsors seminar for non-profit, faith-based and other tax-exempt organizations Tues., April 19

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) is among the sponsors of a special seminar for those who operate nonprofit, faith-based and other tax-exempt organizations in Contra Costa County.  The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street. It will feature speakers from State Board of Equalization, the

California Employment Development Department, the Franchise Tax Board and the California Association of Nonprofits.

“I know how confusing it can be to start or step into a nonprofit organization, especially if you are a volunteer,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “My hope is that this seminar will provide useful guidance for those whose main purpose is to help other people.”

Topics to be discussed include tax rules for fundraising and events; advocacy rules for nonprofits; funding sources; philanthropic foundations; property tax exemptions, and employment taxes.

Other sponsors of the free seminar include Fiona Ma and George Runner of the State Board of Equalization; State Sen. Steven M. Glazer; the City of Brentwood; the California Association of Nonprofits; and the East Bay Community Foundation.

Drop-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged and can be done online at www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/nonprofitsched.htm.

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Enter raffle to have a character named after you in a new book by Antioch author

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Antioch author Sarah Sundin

Antioch author Sarah Sundin

Have you ever read a book where a character had your name? This is your chance to make that happen and help support the El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation at the same time.

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm (coming May 2016). Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in Antioch, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday School. www.sarahsundin.com

Sarah has offered to include five characters’ names in the first book of her Brothers of Liberation series, contracted to be published in spring 2018​.

To accomplish this as a fundraiser for El Campanil Theatre we will raffle 5 character’s names.

Each chance is $10.

You can either “win” the opportunity to use your own name, the name of a loved one (perhaps to honor a relative who served in WWII), or to create a name for a character.

In addition, each of the 5 winners will receive a signed copy of the book.

“I will need to retain some artistic control, which I would negotiate with the winners,” Sundin said. “For example, if the name is super-modern and wouldn’t fit in the 1940s or if the name is too similar to the hero’s name and would cause reader confusion we could discuss a solution.”

Proceeds from this raffle will be used to support the El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation facility management projects.

Raffle Tickets now on sale and available through April 30, 2016

$10 per chance. Donate $50 and receive 5 chances.

Chances may be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at (925) 757-9500 or online:  CLICK HERE. There are no convenience fees.

For more information visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com/sarahsundin.html.

Thank you for your support of El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation.

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