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El Campanil Theatre thanks those who supported Air Force Band performance

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

By Gary Arftsen, Board Member

On June 26th, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, led by Captain Dustin M. Doyle, performed at El Campanil Theatre to deliver a heartfelt performance with the likes of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, “Yankee Doodle”, and many more. If you haven’t experienced the talent of the U.S. Air Force Band, please do yourself a huge favor, and look for their next return concert.

El Campanil Theatre is a nonprofit organization that depends solely on volunteers and contributions, so I must give two businesses a big thank you for giving without hesitation.  Brentwood Reprographics donated the programs for the event, detailing the history as well the background of their talented conductor, (who never stood still dancing to the direction of the band). Ken Turnage of K2GC Construction pleased the 45 band members by having lunch delivered.

It is imperative for the success of any nonprofit to have such valuable contributors to remain viable to the community. The Board of Directors of El Campanil would like to wholeheartedly express our gratitude for their willingness to assist us in making this event a wonderful day to a packed house.  The concert was free to all 600 people in attendance.

Brentwood Reprographics, Ken Turnage Construction along with the U.S Air Force Band are the true heroes of that day.

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Food “rescue” group has urgent need for volunteers to aid delivery of free food and clothing

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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White Pony Express (WPE), a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County, is calling for volunteers to help keep up with itsrapid growth.WPE delivers fresh, top-quality food and high quality clothing, toys, and children’s books, all free of charge, from its Pleasant Hill distribution centers to about 60,000 county residents in need.

How WPE Rescues Food

Seven days a week, WPE Food Rescue volunteers take trucks to supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets where they pick up surplus food – high quality, nourishing food – that would ordinarily be thrown away.  In Antioch, food donors include Costco. After sorting the food, WPE volunteers deliver it to Antioch nonprofit groups that feed the hungry, including Agape International Ministry, Don Brown Shelter, Fellowship Church Greater Bay Area, Golden Hills Community Outreach Center, Light Outreach Ministry, the Salvation Army, and STAND! Kinship Center. All of this food is given free of charge.

In two and a half years, WPE has delivered more than 3,000,000 pounds of meat, dairy, eggs, produce, deli, and baked goods (equivalent to 2,500,000 meals) that would otherwise have gone to waste and that the hungry would have gone without.

 

An elated young guest leaves a Boutique taking home armloads of toys and clothes.

An elated young guest leaves a Boutique taking home armloads of toys and clothes.

WPE Stages Innovative “Mobile Boutiques”

WPE’s Free General Store has hosted 36 unique “Mobile Boutiques” in various parts of the county.  Residents in need can“shop”at these boutiques for new or like-new clothing, shoes, toys, games, and books and then take them home – all free of charge.  In Antioch, WPE has hosted delightful boutiques for the Community Baby Shower for African American Women at the Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, Antioch Shares and Cares, Victory Outreach, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  In addition, through its “Direct Distribution” program, the Free General Store partners with service groups around our county who help those less fortunate. These groups identify the kinds and sizing of clothing needed by those they help; then they let us know and we deliver it directly to their program.  Through its Mobile Boutique and Direct Distribution programs, WPE has delivered more than 250,000 items to underserved parts of the county.

Founded Solely to Serve Others

Carol Weyland Conner, PhD, spiritual director of Sufism Reoriented, founded WPE in September 2013 when she was troubled that in a county of such abundance, scores of thousands were going hungry, while at the same time food retailers were throwing out huge quantities of healthy, fresh food.  Dr. Conner developed WPE’s Food Rescue and the Free General Store, both of which are free community service programs, to enable those who have more than they need to easily give to those with less, so that all can share in the happiness and abundance of life.  In 2014, WPE became a separate public benefit nonprofit.  Dr. Conner, who continues to be a sponsor of WPE, wanted service for WPE to spring from the heart, so today WPE is staffed entirely by volunteers who want to help, purely in the spirit of service.

More Volunteers Needed

“Our success has only been possible because of the selfless service of 400 volunteers who find great satisfaction and joy in being so helpful to others,” says Gary Conner, Executive Coordinator. “Going forward, our ability to help our neighbors is limited only by the number of people who join with us. We welcome more volunteers! We have many roles available with flexible schedules. Just give us a call!”

Interested volunteers should contact Mandy Nakaya at 925-818-6361 or email her at mandy@whiteponyexpress.org.  For moreon WPE, go to www.whiteponyexpress.org.

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Antioch Mayor Wade Harper calls for prayer vigil, Sunday night

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Who: Mayor Wade Harper; various members of the clergy

What: Prayer Vigil and moment of silence

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: In front of the Antioch Community Center, Prewett Park, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in various cities nationwide involving police and young African American males. I am also concerned and outraged about the killing of police officers in Dallas Texas and other U.S. cities,” said Harper in a press release. “Violence is not the answer. I grieve for the nation. America is in crisis.”

Harper in conjunction with various local faith groups will be hosting a prayer vigil, Sunday July 10, 2016 in front of the Antioch Community Center at 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to join in a moment of silence, prayer and reflection in light of tragic loss of life in Dallas Texas, Falcon Heights Minnesota, and Baton Rouge Louisiana to name a few.

Mayor Harper is calling for residents to pray as a community with a spirit of unity, respect and tolerance.

Let those who are in attendance stand together against hate and violence.

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Thousands turn out to celebrate America’s 240th Independence Day and Antioch’s 144th birthday, Monday

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
The Veterans Color Guard leads off the parade.

The Veterans Color Guard leads off the parade down West Second Street.

By Allen Payton

Thousands of Antioch and East County residents watched the annual July 4th Parade on West Second Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown Monday morning, to begin the city’s celebration of America’s 240th Independence Day and the 144th birthday of the naming of Antioch in 1872. Thousands more enjoyed the car show, music and fireworks show at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds later in the day and evening.

Following are the winners of the parade competition:

Scouts

1st Place – Boy Scout Troop 450

2nd Place – Boy Scout Troop 153

Civic

1st Place – Antioch Rivertown Jamboree

2nd Place – Antioch Historical Society

Patriotic

1st Place – Marine Corps League 1155

2nd Place – Veterans Color Guard

Commercial

1st Place – Paradise Skate

2nd Place – Oddly Unique

Entertainment

1st Place – Los Centurians

2nd Place – Undead Betty’s

Clubs

1st Place – Celebrate Antioch Foundation

2nd Place – Ashphalt Outlaws

Youth

1s Place – Antioch High Spirit Squad

2nd Place – Deer Valley High Cheerleaders

Dance

1st Place – Keep In Time Dance Academy

2nd Place – Melody’s Dance Studio

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Tim Forrester opens in prayer and sings the National Anthem.

Tim Forrester opened in prayer and then sang the National Anthem.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation President Wayne Harrison, aka Uncle Sam.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation President Wayne Harrison, aka Uncle Sam.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation, the organizers of the day's events.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation, the organizers of the day’s events.

Boy Scouts Troop 450

Boy Scouts Troop 450

American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls

Oddly Unique

Oddly Unique

 

Antioch Lapidary Club

Antioch Lapidary Clu

Deer Valley Cheerleaders 1

Deer Valley Cheerleaders

Deer Valley Cheerleaders

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Melody's Dance Studio girls perform before the judges' stand.

Melody’s Dance Studio girls perform before the judges’ stand.

Candidate for Antioch School Board Joy Motts

Candidate for Antioch School Board Joy Motts

Check back later for more photos…

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Antioch to celebrate America’s 240th Independence Day on Monday with Parade, Celebration, Fireworks

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Antioch 4th of July 2016 (1)

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Next monthly Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, July 2nd

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Cleanup LogoThe Antioch Police Department is excited to announce the 72nd installment of the Neighborhood Cleanup Program. This is a collaborative community effort which involves active participation from The Antioch Police Department Crime Prevention Commission, Neighborhood Watch Program, Volunteers In Police Service, community volunteers and the Public Works Department.

Collectively, “We”, everyone who works and lives in the City Antioch, can make a difference and improve the quality of life. It’s our community and it’s our chance to make a difference.

The City of Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup program is not just for residential neighborhoods. It is a program that will change venues on a monthly basis and it will include business and commercial areas as well. Neighborhoods that are free of trash and refuse are inviting, and a clean community instills a sense of community pride.

The 72nd Neighborhood Cleanup event will occur on Saturday, July 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Volunteers should meet/check in at the Antioch Police Department at 8:30 a.m. The areas that we will be concentrating on are W. 4th, 5th and 6th Streets encompassing the 1100 through 1400 blocks, including Prosserville Park. (See map below)

Volunteers will receive trail maps, instructions, and the equipment necessary to accomplish the goal. The targeted area is within walking distance. Excluding inclement weather, future Neighborhood Cleanup events are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month and the locations will be announced in advance.

Remember, cleaning up your neighborhood can make life better for your family, your neighbors and your community.

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Antioch July 4th Parade will be downtown Monday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

July 4th Parade

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Assemblyman Frazier honored by Special Olympics Northern California as Volunteer of the Year

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Assemblymember Jim Frazier 2016On Friday, June 24, 2016, Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D–Oakley) received the Volunteer of the Year award from Special Olympics Northern California.

“I am honored to receive this award from such an inspiring organization. As a volunteer at the summer games, each year I witness the confidence, self-esteem and dignity instilled in the athletes who have the opportunity to shine and showcase their talents,” stated Frazier. “Knowing how much they look forward to this event and seeing the smiles on their faces is reward enough for me. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Special Olympics Northern California to expand possibilities for the athletes of the future.”

Frazier has volunteered at the summer games for the past 12 years. This year he is carrying legislation, AB 2371, to help maximize opportunities for people to make donations supporting the Special Olympics. Frazier also worked to secure $1,000,000 in the budget to expand the Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools.

“Volunteers are essential to the success of Special Olympics Northern California. This year we chose to honor Assemblymember Jim Frazier as Special Olympics Northern California’s Volunteer of the Year. The time and dedication Assemblymember Frazier and his staff, have shown year-after-year as volunteers at Summer Games is extraordinary,” said David Solo, President and CEO of Special Olympics Northern California. “We thank Assemblymember Frazier for believing in the abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities and the importance that Special Olympics can have on their lives.”

Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There are 19,940 athletes who compete in 198 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports.

Included in that figure are 9,385 special education student-athletes who have Special Olympics in the classroom through our Schools Partnership Program. Special Olympics requires the extraordinary support and time of 20,000 volunteers and volunteer coaches.

Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.SONC.org.

Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

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