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Kiwanis Club’s 41st Annual Holiday Run and Walk for Health benefits Antioch community

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Cadets in the Contra Costa County  Police and Sheriff’s Academy participate as a group in the 2017 Holiday Run & Walk For Health.

Race co-founder and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson participated, again this year.

On Saturday, December 9th, the Kiwanis Club of the Delta, Antioch held its 41st Annual Holiday Run and Walk for Health at Contra Loma Regional Park. Four hundred and fifty runners and walkers participated in a 1-mile, 3-mile or 10K run, and schools of all grade levels sent teams to participate in the School Challenge. First through fifth place finishers were awarded medals and each participant received a ribbon. Top male and female finishers in each race category received a handsome trophy for their strong efforts. Ages of participants ranged from three to over seventy, and children ages 3-7 could run with Santa in the Kid’s Dashes.

Long-time coordinator, Paul Schorr, presided over the event and California State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson served as the starter for the races and ran in the 3-mile event. Tom was one of the originators of the first Holiday Run forty-one years ago.

Proceeds from the Holiday Run are committed to youth services and youth organizations within the community, and include high school Key Clubs, Aktion Club and Builders Club. In addition, monetary contributions are made to local libraries. The School Challenge recognizes the top three elementary, middle and high schools with the most represented participants. The top three winning schools in each category are presented monetary awards as well as a trophy at the Awards Breakfast which will be held at Lone Tree Golf Course on January 16.

The 2017 Holiday Run sponsors included: Beswick Family Fund and East Bay Community Foundation; East Bay Regional Park District; City of Antioch; SUNPOWER; Starbucks; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and Republic Services. Many thanks to our sponsors and to all of the Kiwanians and friends who volunteered to make this community event so successful. 

Winners of the 3-mile race.

Following are the top finishers in the School Challenge.  Each school will receive a monetary award as well as a trophy.  Presentations will occur at the Kiwanis Holiday Run Awards Breakfast, beginning at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

1st Place:    DVHS

2nd Place:  Antioch H S

3rd Place:   Liberty H S

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

1st Place:    Dallas Ranch M S

2nd Place:  Park M S

3rd Place:   Antioch M S

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIV.

1st Place:    Marsh

2nd Place:   Belshaw

3rd Place:   Kimball

LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

Contra Costa County Police & Sheriff’s Academy

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Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Paradise Skate Sunday, Dec. 17

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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Winter Camp is the cure for cabin fever in Antioch, Jan. 3-5

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Snowman Avalanche brings three days of winter-themed activities to this year’s winter break day camp offered by the Antioch Recreation Department. It’s the perfect cure for cabin fever. Winter camp will feature glacier games – a take on the coming Winter Olympics, marshmallow pie tournaments, and oversized snowman relays. Campers will also get to create hot cocoa bar creations – so much fun the kids will never want to return to school. Camp will run January 3-5, 2018 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm at the Antioch Community Center. Parents can sign up kids for half day also, morning or afternoon.

Registration is open online at activenet.active.com/antiochrecreation, or in person at the Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Let Antioch’s outstanding camp staff entertain, engage, and excite your kids during winter break this year.  For additional help please call the Recreation Department at (925)-776-3050, ext. 0.

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Kiwanis Club’s annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health at Contra Loma, this Saturday, Dec. 9

Monday, December 4th, 2017

To download the entry form, click here: holiday_run_2017_registration_entry_form

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Lighted Holiday Parades and more in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown today!

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Download a parade application here: 2017 Lighted Holiday Parade Application 2-1

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Visit and get photos with Santa at Somersville Towne Center in Antioch beginning today, Friday, Nov 24

Friday, November 24th, 2017

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Forget shopping, Opt Outside on Black Friday with free entry to East Bay parks

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Entrance to the East Bay Regional Park District will be free on Black Friday (Nov. 24) to encourage people to visit parks, not malls.

The Park District will be waiving fees for parking, dogs, horses, boat launching and fishing permits at all 65 parks in the District. Entrance fees at Ardenwood Historic Farm will also be waived. This is the third year the Park District has been free on Black Friday.

“Getting out into nature the day after Thanksgiving is a great way to spend time with the family,” said General Manager Robert Doyle. “The East Bay Regional Park District is pleased to be part of the annual ‘Opt Outside’ event that encourages people nationally to connect with nature by visiting a park or going for a hike on Black Friday.”

Fee waiver does not apply to state fees, including fishing licenses and watercraft inspections, and does not apply to District concessions such as the Tilden Merry-Go-Round and train.

Opt Outside started in 2015 when REI closed it doors on Black Friday and encouraged its employees and the public to explore the outdoors instead of shopping. More than 1.4 million people and 170 organizations participate in Opt Outside each year.

To find a park or activity visit www.ebparks.org.

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Tall ship Lady Washington returns to Antioch Tuesday, Oct. 31

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Historic vessel will dock at Antioch City Marina through Nov. 6

Few are familiar with the term “tall ship”, but the Washington-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is on a mission to change that. Their historic sailing ships, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, travel the west coast year-round introducing the public to maritime history.

“Some people imagine a modern ship, or a Navy cutter,” says Executive Director Brandi Bednarik. “’Pirate ship’ comes pretty close, but it leaves out the truth of why ships like these sailed-mostly for trade, exploration, and in military action. Our mission is to share this history with the American public.”

From October 31st to November 6th, the Lady Washington will dock in Antioch City Marina (5 Marina Plaza, foot of L Street, Antioch). Dockside visitors can expect to tour the vessel and talk with the crew, while sailing passengers will experience the crew in action and the ship under wind power. The vessel’s public program schedule is as follows:

October 31 (Tuesday)

ARRIVAL in Antioch

November 1 (Wednesday)

Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 2 (Thursday)

Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 3 (Friday)

Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 4 (Saturday)

Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)

Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 5 (Sunday)

Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)

Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 6 (Monday)

Passage: Antioch to Monterey

Est. Trip Time: 26 hours

Aside from the rare opportunity to see a historic sailing vessel in action, a point of interest is often the crew themselves. The Lady Washington typically has a crew of 10-14, from paid officers to volunteer deckhands to participants in our two-week maritime training program. Some sail for the fun of it, others to learn the job skills of the maritime industry. The nonprofit recently announced a new job skills training program, Sea School, which will launch in 2018.

Launched in 1989 as part of Washington State’s centennial, the wooden-hulled Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and TV shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and Once Upon A Time.

If you’re ready to run away to sea, a full schedule of events, tickets, and volunteering information can be found on the organization’s website, www.historicalseaport.org. For the seasickness-prone but curious, free walk-aboard tours never leave the dock.

The vessel will be docked at Antioch City Marina, 5 Marina Plaza at the foot of L Street in Antioch.

Please call (800) 200-5239 for directions. For tickets visit: http://www.historicalseaport.org/public-tours-sails/sailing-schedule/antioch-california/

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