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Tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain visits Antioch, this week

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Hawaiian Chieftain under sail Tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain visits Antioch, this week

The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will open its 2014-2015 tour of California ports with a seven-day stay in Antioch. The two-masted tall ship specializes in living history education experiences for K-12 students, as well as sailing excursions and walk-on tours for the public.

On September 15, Hawaiian Chieftain sailed for the Antioch Marina, where it is offeroing public tours, excursions, and K-12 educational programs. Here’s the Antioch schedule:

9/16-19: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours. $3 donation per person requested.

9/20-21: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours. $3 donation per person requested.

9/20-21: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43 all ages.

Hawaiian Chieftain rear Tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain visits Antioch, this weekTickets for all Oakland and Antioch excursions are available now. To purchase online, visit www.historicalseaport.org, or call 800-200-5239.

Space is still available for one-hour and three-hour educational programs in Antioch. Public schools with 40 percent or more of their students receiving free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for significant discounts. Educators, home-school groups, and youth group leaders interested in hands-on learning experiences for young people should contact Roxie Underwood, education programs manager, 800-200-5239, runderwood@historicalseaport.org.

Launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii, and originally designed for the cargo and passenger trade in the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian Chieftain sailed out of Sausalito for several years before she was purchased by Aberdeen, Wash.-based Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority in 2004. Over the past ten years, the ship has spent the school year visiting numerous California ports, including the Bay Area ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Sausalito, Antioch, and Redwood City. After the Antioch visit, Hawaiian Chieftain will sail to Sacramento, where she will spend nearly three months delivering her popular education programs to school children.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

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Antioch to host Delta Thunder V boat races October 4th and 5th

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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The Antioch Rivertown Jamboree, in conjunction with the Delta Boat Racing Association is excited to showcase the Delta Thunder V-Gary Agopian Memorial Powerboat races, formally held in Isleton CA.

The event is at the New Antioch Marina on the weekend of October 4th & 5th. Racing Action runs from 10am-4:00pm.

The race will be a Championship Race featuring the exciting 100 mph Cracker Box Power boats, Sport C boats, SST 45 and the fun to watch high horsepower outboard runabouts.

It will also feature a boat show with folks showing their prized boats as well as numerous water related informational booths.

Admission to this event is free, although donations, sponsorship and advertising spots in the race program guide are needed and welcomed.

Don’t miss this exciting event in historic downtown Antioch. Come out and cheer on your favorite racer.

For more information contact: Inland Marine 925-757-1714

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeltaThunderV

Website: www.inland-marine.com/DELTATHUNDER.html

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Malu Fitness celebrates Grand Opening in Antioch, gives back to community

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Owner Marcus Malu gives speech before cutting the red tape Malu Fitness celebrates Grand Opening in Antioch, gives back to community

Owner Marcus Malu, right, shared a few words before cutting the ribbon during the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness in Antioch, August 9.

 

By Luke Johnson

Nearly a hundred people gathered Saturday, August 9 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness, in Antioch.

A list of local area celebrities and dinitaries were in attendance. Cal-Berkeley’s head football coach Sonny Dykes, professional basketball player Eli Holman and Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant all made an appearance.

After cutting the big red tape, employees and gym members gave back to the community and served free food to the homeless in downtown Antioch.

I know how it is to be down on your luck. To be called a loser. To be called a ‘brokey-broke,’” owner Marcus Malu said. “The opportunity and doors that God has opened for me and the people He has put in my circle, why not take advantage of all those things? Why hold on to that hook up when you can have your hook up, hook you up, to hook everybody else up? It’s not, ‘scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ I’m scratching your back because I know your back itches.”

Malu has been a personal trainer for five years, and has produced top tier talent. He worked with former Freedom High School running back Joe Mixon, who received over 50 Division I scholarship offers. Current athletes under Malu, Freedom High senior Dominic Fredrickson, Antioch High sophomore Najee Harris and Heritage High senior Sam Hinn combine for well over a dozen offers.

Malu is not just Marcus’ last name, it’s also an acronym which stands for “Making Athletes Live Unique,” which is their slogan. One thing that makes Marcus unique is that he trains kids, whose parents cannot afford it, for free.

I grew up with nothing, but at the same time with the very little that we had, my parents taught me to always share,” Malu said. “If somebody ain’t got it, reach out and help them. It’s always been that way.” Malu Fitness is located at 8 Walter Way, off A Street. To learn more, call (925) 305-6249 or visit www.Facebook.com/malunique.

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New Evolve Aikido & Movement Center will get you moving, safe

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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Aikido is a non-violent form of martial arts.

By Allen Payton

Brandy Lucky is a rarity in martial arts, as a woman sensei (teacher, in Japanese) of her own dojo.

I really was, 30 years ago, when I started,” she laughed. “I started fresh out of college.”

Lucky is the sensei of a new studio in Antioch, known as Evolve Aikido & Movement Center.

Aikido is a Japanese, non-violent martial art, she explained. There’s no kicking, hitting or punching. It uses the force of the attacker to take them down.

The founder would say if any of those are included, it’s not Aikido,” she stated.

Lucky first learned about Aikido at a dojo in Stockton, where she developed their juniors program and women’s self-defense program, before starting her own in Santa Rosa.

That dojo still exists, today and was handed over to one of her apprentices.

Her newest location, which just opened at 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, is more than Aikido. Evolve offers instruction in Tai Chi, Jiu Jitsu, self-defense, yoga, dance and tumbling, plus cheer and gymnastics.

It’s inspired movement, which is different than going to the gym,” Lucky said. “It gives you far better results than just being on the treadmill for 30 minutes.”

Each of the instructors are well-known and high-level in their fields. The dance instructor, for example, has a Masters degree in Dance.

Lucky is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a Brown Belt in Kung Fu, as well.

I got into this because I realized I could help change people’s lives,” she shared. “That trumped everything – my college degrees, the vision of who I wanted to be.”

Seeing the results in a student who, after just a few classes, would think of themselves differently, walk and carry themselves differently makes it all worth while,” Lucky added.

The classes are affordable with an introductory price of just $5.00 each and instruction is for all ages.

She is starting an eight-week Beginners Course in Aikido in September and there is limited space. So, be sure to pre-register by calling 207-8656.

If you’re interested in starting on a new path of personal evolution, to feeling safe, healthier and more powerful, call Evolve Aikido & Movement Center, today.

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Antioch’s Paradise Skate to offer $1 Thursdays starting in July

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Paradise Skate Antiochs Paradise Skate to offer $1 Thursdays starting in July

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Antioch youth triumphs at the 2014 Pokémon Winter Regional Championships

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Omari Travis Clinches First Place and Earns Esteemed Title of Pokémon Regional Champion

Pokemon logo Antioch youth triumphs at the 2014 Pokémon Winter Regional ChampionshipsAfter a weekend of head-to-head Pokémon video game battles, Omari Travis of Antioch, earned the esteemed title of Pokémon Winter Regional Champion at the 2014 Pokémon Winter Regional Championships. Held in Long Beach, CA on January 18th and 19th, Omari is among only five Masters Division Winter Regional video game Champions from across North America to earn the esteemed title. The Winter Regional Championships is the second of three Regional tournaments taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada in the 2014 Pokémon Championship Series season including the Spring Regional Championships taking place in April 2014. Players that achieve a top Championship Points ranking after the Spring Regional Championships will earn Travel Awards to compete at the 2014 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis this summer.

Congratulations to all of the Pokémon Winter Regional Champions and a special thank you to the thousands of family, friends and Pokémon fans who attended the five events throughout North America,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “Winter Regionals brought out a strong turnout of competitive players and we look forward to what’s in store for the rest of the season, including the Pokémon TCG State Championships and Spring Regional Championships.”

Players of all ages and skills are encouraged to participate in Organized Play events. For more information on future tournaments including dates, locations, prizes, and tournament rules and regulations, visit www.pokemon.com/play.

Be sure to “Like” the official Pokémon Facebook page at Facebook.com/Pokemon and follow Pokémon on Twitter @Pokemon for the latest Pokémon news and fun!

About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.

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Hundreds participate in 37th Holiday Run and Walk for Health

Friday, December 27th, 2013
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Racers take off at the start of the 3-mile run during the annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health at Contra Loma Reservoir on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

By Allen Payton

Hundreds of people from the Bay Area and beyond participated in the Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch’s 37th Annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, around the Contra Loma Reservoir, on Saturday, December 14.

The event is a fundraiser for local causes, including the Antioch library. Co-founded and still co-sponsored by Antioch’s own Tom Torlakson, the current State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the day included 10K, 3-mile and 1-mile races, with overall winners for each race, as well as based on age categories.

While Jennifer Derego, age 34 of Brentwood won the 10K race with a time of 41 minutes 28.61 seconds, four Antioch runners placed in the top ten: J

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A happy Stephen Caufield, age 12 of Antioch, crosses the finish of the 3-mile run, in 45th place overall and 5th place in the Boys age 10-12 Division with a time of 26:35.44 or 8:49 per mile. – photo by Dr. Brandon Roberts.

arrod Aghily, age 17 placed 6th, Arkady Sanderson, age 16 placed 7th, William Pace, age 20 placed 8th and Itai Mordo, age 28, placed 10th.

The youngest runner to win in an age category was Antioch’s Isabella Laspina, age 10, finishing 20th overall, with a time of 58:30.78 in the Females 13 & Under and Ben Elies, age 13 also of Antioch, who finished 15th overall, with a time of 56:52.83 in the Male 13 & Under category.

In the 3-Mile Run and Walk, Brentwood’s Eric Morford, age 20 with a time of 16:20.40. Antioch’s William Berger, age 27 took 3rd.

The youngest winner for the Boys 9 & Under was Jaylin Cobbs, age 9 of Antioch and Girls 9 & Under was Mariela Torres, age 6 also of Antioch.

For complete results, visit www.holidayrun.org/results.

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Kiwanis Club and Tom Torlakson to hold annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, Saturday

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Holiday Run banner Kiwanis Club and Tom Torlakson to hold annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, Saturday

Race Overview and Welcome

Dear Friends, Sponsors, and Fitness Enthusiasts:

We know you will enjoy the 37th Anniversary of the Holiday Run and Walk for Health and Health Fair in Antioch, coming on December 14, 2013. We invite you to participate in this year’s run, walk & health fair. Use this event as a goal for increasing your own personal fitness and energy—and that of your family!

Three decades! This event is the longest “running” fitness event in East Contra Costa—and is one of the earliest and most steadfast events promoting fitness and clean living in Northern California. It’s been possible to carry on this tradition and spread this message due to the generous support of sponsors and the tireless energy of hundreds of volunteers. If you’d like to join our planning committee for 2014, let us know. We need your ideas and help.

We welcome your feedback. We’re always looking to improve and expand. As a result of our generous sponsors, the recent event proceeds benefited the Orin Allen Rehabilitation Center, local youth groups and service clubs, Contra Costa County Schools and Contra Costa Libraries, and Senior Centers. Those awards were given at the Annual Awards Breakfast held in February! This year we will continue to offer similar benefits to our great local organizations.

The Antioch Kiwanis Club of the Delta invites you to share this unique health awareness and fitness action event in 2013…Join in on the fun & the health of it! Click here to download a race registration form or click here to register on-line!

For more information, please visit http://holidayrun.org.

See you on Saturday!

Sincerely,

Assemblymember Tom Torlakson
Race Founder
Paul Schorr
Race Director
Antioch Kiwanis Club of the Delta
37th Holiday Run and Walk for Health

 

 

Holiday Run and Walk for Health Race History

In 1977, current California State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Torlakson, a teacher and coach at Pacific High School, and Mike Hurd, the Antioch High School Cross Country coach during the 1970s, decided to pull together a new East County event. One in which their runners could participate after the Cross Country season ended, and one that would involve their community more in running.

In the 2nd year, Torlakson approached Clark Gelhaus—a teacher as well as a swimming instructor and fitness enthusiast—and the Delta Kiwanis Club to help with the event. Both the Kiwanis and Gelhaus enthusiastically embraced the Holiday Run.

The event’s organizers have continued to expand and transform the event to make it enjoyable and meaningful for participants.

A 10K race was added by 1979. In the 1980s, the race was moved up to Raley’s Shopping Center to take advantage of the nearby Contra Costa Canal trail. In 1987, the Holiday Run’s “School Participation Challenge” was initiated as a way to get younger students involved in the race and fitness.

In 1991, the race moved to the nearby Delta Memorial Hospital, now Sutter Delta Medical Center, allowing the use of their facilities for race headquarters. The walk was added to attract parent participation, seniors, and the growing number of recreational walkers.

In 1995, Delta Kiwanis made the Byron Boys Ranch—recently renamed the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Center—a targeted beneficiary of the financial proceeds of the event. Youth groups remain major beneficiaries to this day. A health fair was added and in 1997 our name evolved once again, to the “Holiday Run and Walk for Health.”

New participation challenges were also added. A Libraries Challenge gave our wonderful local libraries the opportunity to become beneficiaries of the event. Though their participation, libraries are awarded funds to buy up-to-date materials on fitness and nutrition.

In 2006, the Holiday Run and Walk for Health moved to the Contra Loma Regional Park with the cooperation of the East Bay Regional Parks District. This spectacular location was well received by a record-number of runners in its first three years.

We have worked together to celebrate three decades of family fun and fitness! We continue to believe that the “Holiday Run and Walk for Health” has great potential to grow and bring its message of fitness and family health to hundreds of others in our community

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