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Antioch church to host free, annual concert by Canadian academy’s orchestra and singers, Dec. 16

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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It’s that time of year again. While some may acknowledge this news with a smile and a Christmas song on their lips, scores of others will groan about the stress, the cold, the money, and the commercialization that the Christmas season brings. Whether you’re the person who strings Christmas lights in August, or the one who’s been dreading it since New Years, there is something for you to enjoy: a free Christmas concert performed live by the Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers.

Sweeping down all the way down from British Columbia, Canada this group of smiling young people is eager to help Antioch welcome the season with a dazzling Christmas repertoire of old classics and new, soon-to-be favorites. For about 15 years, Fountainview Academy has performed live concerts along the west coast as well as to a wide range of audiences, released numerous DVDs filled with uplifting music and beautiful BC scenery, and have been seen on national and international TV. Music fits neatly into the students’ lives along with work–experience training and academics. If you visit Fountainview Academy, you’re likely to hear students polishing their vocal abilities in the reverberating acoustics of the cafeteria while cleaning up the remains of a delicious vegan meal. Sometimes, you’ll even hear pre-lecture harmonies happening in the class room, or in the carrot barn as the students bag juicy, organic carrots grown on the school’s acreage.

Fountainview Academy is a private Christian high school that is dedicated to training young people to be people of character, active in service and leadership all around the world.  2017 will bring an exciting mission opportunity for these students. They have been invited to travel to the country of Mongolia to share music, work alongside their peers in helping in English classes, engage in medical mission work, and film some new music videos. During the concert you will have an opportunity to support them in continuing to bring music, service, health training, and smiles to people around the world.

Fountainview Academy is excited to share music with you and hopes to see you at our free concert being held at the Antioch SDA Church, 2200 Country Hills Dr., Antioch on Friday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this evening filled with Christmas cheer as we focus on the true reason for the season. We can’t wait to see you there!

To learn more about Fountainview Academy, visit our website www.fountainview.ca, and visit us on YouTube (search Fountainview Academy).

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Vote for your favorite 2016 Rivertown Holiday Store & Window Décor in Antioch’s historic downtown this week

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Be entered to win prizes from Rivertown merchants just for voting and turning in your ballot to a participating merchant by Saturday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. Download and print out ballots for you and a friend, by clicking here: 2016-Rivertown-holiday-store-window-decor-contest-ballot

Then head down to Rivertown, take a look around and make your choice. And do a little Christmas shopping and dining while you’re there!

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Nominations for county MLK Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year due by December 14

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

County Honors Residents Who Embody the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you know someone whose work and presence in the community exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Now is the time to submit your candidates for consideration as the Contra Costa County Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year.  The deadline to have your candidate considered has been extended.  County residents are encouraged to submit online nominations of community and student leaders no later than midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Each January, the Board of Supervisors recognizes a community member as well as a student leader whose dedication to others embodies the essence and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those selected as winners will be presented with their awards during the County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ceremony on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  The public is invited to the ceremony and commemoration, which takes place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez.  The event begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by a complimentary buffet lunch.  Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Diana Becton will be the keynote speaker, speaking on the concept of civil rights work that still needs to be done in our country.

The 2016 Humanitarian of the Year was Terri Porter, known for advocacy on behalf of underserved youth.  The student pick was Davis Bullock, then a senior at Cal High, who not only battled cancer himself, but took on the cause of helping others also fighting the disease.  We encourage you to share the stories of those in your community who have inspired you, and whose efforts embody the legacy of Dr. King.

For more information, a look back at previous celebration videos or to submit a nomination, visit the County’s website at www.ContraCosta.CA.gov.

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Nominations for county MLK Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year by December 14

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

County Honors Residents Who Embody the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you know someone whose work and presence in the community exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Now is the time to submit your candidates for consideration as the Contra Costa County Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year.  The deadline to have your candidate considered has been extended.  County residents are encouraged to submit online nominations of community and student leaders no later than midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Each January, the Board of Supervisors recognizes a community member as well as a student leader whose dedication to others embodies the essence and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those selected as winners will be presented with their awards during the County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ceremony on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  The public is invited to the ceremony and commemoration, which takes place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez.  The event begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by a complimentary buffet lunch.  Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Diana Becton will be the keynote speaker, speaking on the concept of civil rights work that still needs to be done in our country.

The 2016 Humanitarian of the Year was Terri Porter, known for advocacy on behalf of underserved youth.  The student pick was Davis Bullock, then a senior at Cal High, who not only battled cancer himself, but took on the cause of helping others also fighting the disease.  We encourage you to share the stories of those in your community who have inspired you, and whose efforts embody the legacy of Dr. King.

For more information, a look back at previous celebration videos or to submit a nomination, visit the County’s website at www.ContraCosta.CA.gov.

 

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Tickets available for Antioch Woman’s Club annual Holiday Home Tour, this Sunday, Dec. 11

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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Antioch celebrates start of Christmas season with annual Holiday DeLites festivities in Rivertown

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Santa & Mrs. Claus (aka Angelo & Sharon Pappas), make an appearance with some elves in their sleigh during Antioch's annual Holiday DeLites Parade in downtown, Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Santa & Mrs. Claus (aka Angelo & Sharon Pappas), make an appearance with some elves in their sleigh during Antioch’s annual Holiday DeLites Parade in downtown, Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Winners of the parade contest for the various categories, announced on Monday, are as followsL

1. Civic: The Antioch Historical Society with their Antique Fire Truck accompanied by Diane Burgis

2. Patriotic: East County Veterans Support Service

3. Commercial: Oddly Unique

4. Musical: Deer Valley Marching Band

5. Cultural: Los Centarios with the dancing horses

6. Dance: Melody’s Dance Studio

7. Club: Woman’s Club

8. Youth: El Campanil Children’s Theater

9. Entertainment: Dance Extreme Competition Jazz Team

The panel of judges included Antioch Unified School District Superintendent Stephanie Anello, Katie Cook and Tom LaMothe in their various period costumes.

The panel of judges included Antioch Unified School District Superintendent Stephanie Anello, Katie Cook and Tom LaMothe in their various period costumes.

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Antioch’s new Mayor-Elect Dr. Sean Wright, his wife Lani and their children participated in the parade. photo by Michael Pohl

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Kiwanis to hold 40th Annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, Saturday, Dec. 10th at Contra Loma

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Get photos of your pet with Santa at Somersville Towne Center, Saturday, Dec. 10

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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