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Tall ship Lady Washington is back in Antioch for tours, sailing trips through November 1st

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Lady Washington

The tall ship Lady Washington is visiting the Antioch City Marina in Antioch, again, now through Tuesday, November 1st. On Wednesday, October 26, Lady Washington invites guests for a Voyage of Explorers Sail, which is an all-ages public version of its popular three-hour educational program for 4th-7th graders.

On Saturday, October 29, the ship will welcome kids and adults in costume for special tours 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by a two-hour Halloween Sail 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Washington docked near the former Humphrey's restaurant in Antioch, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.

The Lady Washington docked near the former Humphrey’s restaurant in Antioch, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Photo by Allen Payton

October 20 Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
October 21 Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
October 22 Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation); Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($39/$47)
October 23 Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation); Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($39/$47)
October 24 Ship closed.
October 25 Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
October 26 Voyage of Explorers Sail: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($35); Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
October 27 Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
October 28 Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
October 29 Tours: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($5 donation); Halloween Sail: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ($39/$47)
October 30 Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation); Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($39/$47)
October 31 Ship closed.
November 1 Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

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Antioch Sports Legends Museum needs volunteers for Gala and more

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

SportsLegendslogoBy Tom Lamothe, Sports Legends Program Coordinator

The Antioch Sports Legends Museum is looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Inductee Volunteer breakfast, Gala and different museum needs.

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in helping in a number of different positions for our program, for short periods of time. Depending on the position, volunteer commitments can be short term or on going.

At this time we are looking for Saturday docents from 1-4 p.m. Training is simple, reliability and a love of sports are key. Three hours a week. Four volunteers needed.

We are also looking for help making the Hall of Fame displays. Simple arts and crafts skills are required. We need scanning, photo trimming and pasting. An estimated three hour commitment. Two needed.

For the 8:00 am breakfast on October 8th, three volunteers are needed for serving food and directing cars. In appreciation, breakfast will be provided. An estimated 3.5 hour commitment.

We need a volunteer to support the program coordinator at the 2016 Hall of Fame Gala on October 8. Help with communicating with new hall of fame inductees, alumni and team inductees. Other small items as well. Five hours volunteered, a Gala dinner as compensation. One position open.

Two volunteers are needed to help with remaking the year round displays at the museum. Volunteer up to three hours a month. An interest in sports and decorating is a plus.

A volunteer is needed to take the minutes at our monthly General Meeting  on the first Wednesday of the month. Two hours on average per meeting.

One volunteer is needed to sort and file items in the Antioch Sports Legends office for three hours monthly.

Another is needed to type and create Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point documents through out the year. Six hours a month. Two positions open.

Now in our 10th year we reside in one of Antioch’s most recognized landmarks on West 4th Street in Antioch. Call 925-639-2536 if you have any questions.

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The Declaration of Independence – signed 240 years ago and which we celebrate, Monday

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Declaration of Independence

A copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Following is the text of the Declaration of Independence in celebration of Independence Day, July 4th, 2016:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1


Button Gwinnett

Lyman Hall

George Walton

Column 2

North Carolina:

William Hooper

Joseph Hewes

John Penn

South Carolina:

Edward Rutledge

Thomas Heyward, Jr.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton

Column 3


John Hancock


Samuel Chase

William Paca

Thomas Stone

Charles Carroll of Carrollton


George Wythe

Richard Henry Lee

Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Harrison

Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Carter Braxton

Column 4

Robert Morris

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Franklin

John Morton

George Clymer

James Smith

George Taylor

James Wilson

George Ross

Caesar Rodney

George Read

Thomas McKean

Column 5

New York:

William Floyd

Philip Livingston

Francis Lewis

Lewis Morris

New Jersey:

Richard Stockton

John Witherspoon

Francis Hopkinson

John Hart

Abraham Clark

Column 6

New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett

William Whipple


Samuel Adams

John Adams

Robert Treat Paine

Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:

Stephen Hopkins

William Ellery

Roger Sherman

Samuel Huntington

William Williams

Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:

Matthew Thornton

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Happy Independence Day from the Antioch Herald!

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Antioch Juneteenth Celebration in downtown on Saturday

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016


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Black History Month talk on Thomas Gaines, Antioch’s first black resident, Feb. 27

Saturday, February 20th, 2016


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Black History Month celebration at Antioch’s Park Middle School, Feb. 24

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Black History 2016 - Park-2-24

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Antioch movie screening of Selma and panel discussion for Black History Month, Feb. 15th

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016


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Antioch to host Black History Month Exhibit in February in downtown

Sunday, January 24th, 2016


Antioch’s Black History Month Exhibit was created by Rua’h Community Outreach Ministries and Parent Providers Partnering for the Education of Young Children in 2009 with a desire to share the cultural history and struggles of African Americans with the children and parents attending the Rites of Passage Life Skills Training Academy being held at the Rivertown Kid’s Club in Antioch. The exhibit continued to grow and the location for the past two years is the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, located at 213 F Street, in downtown Antioch.

The 2016 exhibit showcases a timeline of African American history from Africa to the present featuring historical events, creative art, artifacts, and literature that reflect the African American experience in America, to promote dignity and pride in the African American community and provide cross cultural education for the larger community.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, February 6th, from 2-4 PM and continues from February 9th – 19th from 12-5 PM (Tuesdays – Fridays) and Saturday February 13th from 12-5 PM. The final date of the exhibit is Saturday, February 20th from 12-4 PM.

The organizers are offering students an opportunity to earn community service hours and teachers to send their students to the exhibit for extra credit. For more information contact Dr. Carrie Frazier at (925) 787-4827.

The exhibit is a community partnership between Rua’h Community Outreach Ministries, Parent Partners Providing for the Education of Young Children, JTS Art Gallery, City of Antioch and the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch.

For more information visit or call Diane Gibson-Gray, (925) 325-9897.

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