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Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Committee seeks adults, high school students wanting to travel to Japan this summer

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Applications due April 15

Chichibu, Japan is Antioch’s Sister City. The Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Committe is looking for adults and high school students who are good representatives of our community and would like to travel there for two weeks this summer, July 14 – 28.

The delegation members will stay with host families and their only cost is plane fare.

Attached are both adult and student applications, which are due April 15.

Please call Patty Chan at 925 683-3972 if any questions.

2015 Application Adult 2015 Application-Student

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Recent Grandma’s Tea event benefits REadingADvantage

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Grandmas Tea 1024x408 Recent Grandmas Tea event benefits REadingADvantageBy Shirley Kalinowski

REadingADvantage, Inc.(READ), hosted a lovely Grandma’s Tea on March 21, 2015 in the community building at Buchanan Park in Pittsburg. We want to publicly thank the generous sponsors who were instrumental in contributing to this event: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Dow CAP, CostCo, and Stewart Memorial CME Church. Our Grandma’s Tea was attended by over 50 local grandmothers and was centered around a workshop put on by READ entitled (Grand) “Parent Power! Learn the ABCs of Early Literacy.”

One grandma with the gift basket she won 300x274 Recent Grandmas Tea event benefits REadingADvantageOver warm tea, cookies, candies, and pizza, our grandmothers learned about the many benefits of reading daily with their grandchildren. On the surface our workshop message to our grandmothers was simple: read to your grandchild every day for 20 minutes and we’ll give you several free books for your daily reading. Beneath our message lay a multitude of benefits that daily reading can bring to a grandchild, including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, language development, grandparent-child bonding, early identification of potential health issues, grandparent-child conversational techniques, and, even, help with a grandparent’s own difficulty in reading. We also suggested easy ways grandmothers could use books as a relationship-building tool even when not physically present in her grandchild’s life. We provided our Grandma’s Tea message in both English and Spanish.

At the conclusion of our Grandma’s Tea, Karen Tedford, Senior Staff Assistant to Assemblymember Jim Frazier, presented California Legislature Assembly Certificates of Recognition to Delbra Gibbs, Deborah Polk, and Lorraine Manly, our Grandma’s Tea Planning Committee

“For your outstanding service and unwavering dedication to provide children of Contra Costa County with books that educate and entertain. On behalf of the 11th Assembly District of California, I commend and thank you for your inspired work and dedication to the joy of reading and lifelong learning,” the certificates read.

Incorporated in 2014, REadingADvantage, Inc. is a relatively new nonprofit in Contra Costa County. Over the last 18 months we have given our workshop to over 800 parents and have given out over 7,000 free children’s books and dictionaries.

For more information visit www.reading-advantage.org.

Kalinowski is President of the Brentwood-based ReadingADvantage, Inc.

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Sixth Annual Keep Antioch Beautiful – Volunteer Opportunity

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

2015 KAB LOGO Sixth Annual Keep Antioch Beautiful – Volunteer OpportunityJoin the fun and make a difference in your community on Saturday, April 18th; volunteer for 6th Annual Antioch’s Keep Antioch Beautiful event, from 8:30 – 11 AM. Following the cleanup, there will be a free volunteer lunch at East Bay Regional Contra Loma Park from 11:30AM – 1 PM.

Hundreds of volunteers will be out in mass on the fifth anniversary of Keep Antioch Beautiful. During the city’s economic downturn and as a result of the reduction of the hours of public services employees the city was in need of a good cleaning. The Keep Antioch Beautiful event was created to encourage residents to help clean up litter and garbage in their neighborhoods. In 2010, over 900 volunteers turned out for the first all-volunteer event. Over 11,740 pounds of trash was collected and deposited in Republic Services dumpsters, located at Antioch schools. Over 600 volunteers attended lunch provided by Honeywell. Sponsors, such as PG&E, Walmart, Target and others, provided funding so that city resources were fully funded.

The effort continues on Saturday, April 18th, with 12 check-in locations. Schools and students will be competing for participation prize money for their schools. There are 3 prizes, $500 for 1st Place, $300 for 2nd Place and $200 for 3rd Place, with prizes awarded to each level of high, middle and elementary schools – that’s $3,000 in participation prizes! Participation is not limited to students to count towards prizes; parents, grandparents, friends, etc. can register their efforts for an individual school. We count everyone who is working if they state a school to credit – not just students! Volunteers who check in at a school site will be cleaning up the neighborhoods surrounding their campuses as well as their campuses.

To register for the event or find out more information, visit www.art4antioch.org/Keep-Antioch-Beautiful.asp, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.

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Muralist chooses Antioch for only American flag painting in California

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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Local military veterans join American Legion State Commander Janet Wilson, front row in red, and muralist Scott LoBaido, front kneeling, for a photo in front of the new mural at the Antioch Veterans Memorial Building, on Friday, April 3, 2015.

This is my way of thanking America for my freedom.”

By Allen Payton

A new mural was revealed in Antioch, Friday afternoon, of the American flag. Located on the back wall of the Antioch Veteran’s Memorial Building on West 6th Street, the mural was painted by Scott LoBaido of Staten Island, as part of his “Painting Flags Across America” 50-state tour.

I’m doing one veterans post in each state,” LoBaido said.

He contacted American Legion State Commander Janet Wilson, the first female in that position in the organization’s 96-year history, and whose home post is in Antioch. She told him they had a wall, here.

I’ve been trying for 10 years, but couldn’t get someone to donate their services,” Wilson said. “So when this opened up I said ‘we want it.’”

So, Antioch was chosen as the one place in California for one of LoBaido’s American flag mural.

He started Wednesday about Noon, finished it up, yesterday and did some touch up, today, LoBaido shared.

I don’t charge for this. It’s a gift,” he stated. “This is my way of thanking America for my freedom.”

The mural can be viewed from either the 7th Street side or E Street.

LoBaido’s tour is sponsored by The Home Depot, Behr Paint, City Quiet Windows and Stephen Stiller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

For more information about the muralist or to follow his tour, visit www.scottlobaido.com. For more information about the American Legion Harding-Noia, CA Post 161 in Antioch, call 925-754-8381 or email post161@aol.com.

See more photos on the Antioch Herald Facebook page, here.

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Child Safety Fair and Easter Egg Hunt in Antioch, this Saturday

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt FREE event Child Safety Fair and Easter Egg Hunt in Antioch, this Saturday

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Antioch Rotary Club expands annual project to give a dictionary to every third grader in town

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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Antioch Rotarians Gloria Martin and Christine O’Brien present dictionaries to third graders at Kimball Elementary, last October. Photos by Minh Nguyen

By Milanka Schneiderman

Every year, the Antioch Rotary Club has had a goal of providing every third grader in Antioch public schools with their own personal dictionary. This year, the club achieved their goal and every third grader will receive a hardbound dictionary that they may keep and use as their own personal reference book throughout their educational years.

Most children today do not own a personal dictionary and some do not have access to one in their home,” said Bernie Szalej, President of the Antioch Rotary Club. “The Antioch Rotary wants to reach out to these children in this small way to enrich their learning.”

Dr. Stacey Duckett and Club President Bernie Szalaj 300x199 Antioch Rotary Club expands annual project to give a dictionary to every third grader in town

Dr. Stacey Duckett and Club President Bernie Szalaj prepare the dictionaries for distribution on March 19.

The Dictionary Project encourages children to use dictionaries so that they will be able to use the English language effectively during their school years and lifetime.

Last year, the club’s Annual Golf Tournament and its sponsors were a huge part of the success of this year’s Dictionary Project along with recent contributions by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Higgins Chapel.

Serving the Antioch community since 1947, the Antioch Rotary Club, one of 33,000 clubs throughtout the world is a non-profit service organization. The club has a reputation for excellence in community projects, from its free dictionaries for third-graders, coats for kids, to providing scholarships for our local high school graduates. The club also offers programs for high school students such as Interact and International Youth Exchange.

This year, the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament will be on May 1st at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center.

Without our Annual Golf Tournament, we wouldn’t be able provide our programs and scholarships for youths in the Antioch schools; our children are our future and the Rotary couldn’t do these projects without the community support of our tournament,” Szalej stated. “We greatly appreciate the community support for our golf tournament. These sponsors along with Rotarians make our Dictionary Project and other projects and programs throughout the year, possible.”

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Club member and Antioch School Board Trustee Barbara Cowan delivers boxes of dictionaries to an Antioch elementary school on March 19.

Entry fee is $140.00 per golfer which includes a golf windbreaker, balls, green fees, cart, tee prizes and lunch.

The Antioch Rotary Club is looking for sponsors for this event, as well as donations of raffle prizes. Sponsorship levels range from: a Platinum membership of $1,500 for your company name on a billboard with 8 golfers, a Gold sponsorship level for $1,000 for your company name on a billboard along with 4 golfers, a Silver sponsorship level for $750 for your company name on a billboard along with 2 golfers and a Bronze sponsorship level for $500 for your company name on a billboard along with 1 golfer and a Copper sponsorship level for $250 for your company name on a billboard. Bernie Szalej, President, Antioch Rotary says that “I am hoping our business community will reach out and give back to our local community by supporting our golf tournament while advertising their business and having a fun day with others.”

Online registration is available for golfers at www.LoneTreeGolfCourse.com under “Upcoming Events.” Businesses or individuals interested in Antioch Rotary or sponsorship in the tournament can contact Milanka Schneiderman at Milanka13@msn.com for more information or visit www.AntiochRotaryClub.com or their Facebook page, under the name Rotary Club of Antioch, California.

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Delta Baseball and Softball League donates over $10,000 to local schools

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

By Rick Hilton, Administrative VP, Delta Baseball & Softball League

Local youth sports organization, The Delta Baseball & Softball League (DBSL), announced recently, its donation of over $3,150 to East Contra Costa County schools.  The donations will be made through a special DBSL program called, “Delta Goes to Bat for Schools” and this isn’t the first time this youth sports league has donated money to local schools.

Starting in 2012, the program has provided much-needed donations that give schools and their PTAs/PTOs additional resources.  With the latest announcement, Delta Goes to Bat for Schools reached a significant milestone – over $10,000 in donations to local schools.

The Delta Goes to Bat for Schools program began at a late night board meeting in the Spring of 2012.  Due to an unanticipated influx of new sponsorship dollars and an enrollment 5% higher than budgeted for, DBSL found itself with a slight budget surplus.

Several alternatives were batted around, but the league eventually settled on their local schools as the place where a few hundred dollars might have the greatest impact, both practically and symbolically for the kids in the league.  

From this initial budget overage, they developed the Delta Goes to Bat for Schools program, making it a part of the league’s priorities.  Now a percentage of the fees families pay to play in the Delta Baseball & Softball League are donated back to the school that the players attend, bringing tangible benefits to students beyond the DBSL.  Board member David Chuey explains the nexus between youth sports and schools, “sports in general and team sports specifically teach kids things like communication, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and responsibility – all qualities that aid in their overall physical and educational development”.  

The success of the program has inspired DBSL to go beyond donations.  In addition to over $10,000 in direct cash contributions, DBSL partners with local schools to assist with carnivals and fairs, field day activities, and a wide variety of fundraising events, all focused on increasing the opportunities for local students to grow and develop their mind and bodies through better access to athletic programs. 

This year’s donation of $3,150 will go to public, charter, and private schools in Antioch, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and Pittsburg.  Representatives from five schools – Sutter Elementary, John Mir Elementary, Lone Tree Elementary, Orchard Park K-8 School, and Holy Rosary Catholic School – have been invited to the league’s Opening Day at Freedom High School on March 21, 2015 as honored guests.  The league will present checks to each of the represented schools as a part of their opening day ceremony.

Matthew Wright, the League President in the inaugural year of Delta Goes to Bat stated “As an idea that was kind of stumbled upon towards the end of a long night of league meetings, Delta Goes to Bat ended up being one of the best things we did as a board of directors that year.  It’s great to see that the leadership of the Delta Baseball & Softball League continues to make it a priority to support our local schools through this program.”

League President Mark Foley does indeed continue the commitment started by 2012 Board of Directors.  “The Delta Goes to Bat program has become fundamental to DBSL and is high on my list of priorities for the league,” Foley said.  “This program, along with our C.H.A.M.P. Buddies Program, exemplifies the spirit of community service and involvement we hope as a league to instill in our young players.”

The Delta Baseball and Softball League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1984 as the Delta Peanut League by a group of like-minded parents seeking an alternative to the high pressure, high intensity youth sports leagues available at the time.  Starting with 6-8 year old players the league has grown to include children from age 4 to 13, and today continues the non-competitive legacy and vision of the league founders, and competitive divisions playing under the banner of Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball.  In 2007, the league added a division for differently-abled children, the C.H.A.M.P. division (formerly FREEDOM division) where physically or mentally challenged children learn and play baseball free of charge alongside all of the other children in the league.

To learn more about the Delta Baseball & Softball League please visit www.deltabaseballleague.com or www.facebook.com/DeltaBaseballandSoftballLeague.

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Help send a foster kid to camp this summer, attend the Royal Family Tea, or contribute an auction item

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

royal family tea2015 web Help send a foster kid to camp this summer, attend the Royal Family Tea, or contribute an auction item

For more information about Royal Family Kids in East County, please visit www.brentwood.royalfamilykids.org.

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