Archive for the ‘Recreation’ Category
By Allen Payton
This summer, you can have fun while and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Antioch Water Park and conserve water, at the same time, during the drought.
How? By playing in the water at the park, instead of the sprinklers, at home.
The city-owned facility opened in 1995 and was paid for with taxpayer funds through the Mello-Roos assessment district. So, we own it and it’s run by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.
In fact, the City of Antioch has gone further in its water conservation measures at the park, by upgrading the chemical and filtration system, saving 100’s of gallons and money, each month.
The water park’s season began on May 23 and runs through Monday, September 7 and it is now open seven days a week.
They employ 150 people, mostly teenagers, each summer, and about 70 of the employees are new for this season, according to Antioch Parks & Recreation Department Director Nancy Kaiser.
“For almost all of them, it’s their first job,” she added.
The water park also offers a seven-week Junior Lifeguard Camp for kids ages 11-15, as well as Coyote Hills Summer Day Camp from June 15 to July 31.
You can create a recreation account on-line and do business with the water park and the rest of the Parks & Recreation department
Get your season pass to the Antioch Water Park, at www.activenet.active.com/antiochrecreation. Then, into the water!
Public invited to Join 215-mile tour of California watershed, with Organic Valley farmers and employees, April 19-25
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (April 8, 2015) – Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, will participate in the United Nations’ International Year of Soils by “Cycling for Sustainability” through California watersheds. From April 19-25, Organic Valley farmer-owners and employees will travel 215 miles from Auburn, California, to the Sonoma coast, learning from experts along the way about the impact of agriculture on water and soil in California.
Hailing from as far as Maine, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington state, the cyclists have diverse backgrounds and interests in the event. The public is invited to join them for any or all segments of the journey.
The events along the route are open to the public and include a meeting with the American River Parkway Foundation to learn about the coexistence of agriculture and environmental conservation along the parkway; a tour of Antioch Dunes Wildlife Refuge to understand a grazing initiative using cows to control invasive species; and an evening of food, drink and conversation at a Grass Up! event at the David Brower Center featuring guest speakers from Pesticide Action Network and Seed Matters. RSVP at ov.coop/GrassUpSOS.
The journey concludes with a visit to beautiful Ocean Breeze Dairy in Valley Ford, one of Organic Valley’s member-farms. Mark Kopecky, soil agronomist at Organic Valley, will join Ocean Breeze’s owner, Jarrid Bordessa, to share how Organic Valley farms are creating healthy soil and water systems.
“Soil is the foundation for all of agriculture,” says Kopecky, “and healthy soil is the first goal of organic agriculture. When we work with the amazing community of living beings in the soil, we can grow good crops of healthy food and feed while, at the same time, benefiting our water, air and landscape.”
View the complete Cycling for Sustainability Tour itinerary at rootstock.coop/environmental-sustainability/cycling-for-sustainability-tour-itinerary. Follow the cyclists as they blog at rootstock.coop/tag/cycling-for-sustainability.
Jake Wedeberg, a participating young farmer from Wisconsin who is a key member of Organic Valley’s On-Farm Sustainability Committee and Generation Organic Executive Committee, is specifically interested in learning from the California experts about how the cooperative can innovate and implement best practices for soil and water on member-farms across the nation.
“While we typically have ample amounts of rain in Wisconsin, past droughts have had lasting financial implications and effects on our farming practices. As young organic farmers across the country look to the future and climate change, issues involving natural resources like soil and water will be central to our challenges. Our entire generation needs to learn what we can do now to prepare for the future.”
Speaking from the point of view of an older farmer is George Siemon, Organic Valley’s CEIEIO and one of the co-op’s founding farmers, is pleased with the efforts of these farmers. “The daily, earth-healing work of Organic Valley is at the core of our mission. The continuous improvement of our business’s sustainability practices is our backbone.”
The public is invited to join the cyclists at any time during the Cycling for Sustainability Tour. View the itinerary here. They will be armed with video cameras to document their journey. Videos and images of the tour will post to Organic Valley’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and daily progress will be shared on Rootstock.coop, along with information about the cyclists and experts.
Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents approximately1,800 farmers in 36 states. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, and produce, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. For further information visit www.organicvalley.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook, www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.
What: 6 week golf league at Lone Tree Golf Course
When: Your choice of afternoon each week (ie. Monday Teachers’ League); Start generally between 4 – 5:30 PM
Cost: $120 up front per person
Includes: 9 holes of golf with cart, prize fund, after play simple appetizer
Other: Lone Tree staff will organize different format of play each week to keep fun & interesting. All levels of players welcome. Closest to the pin each week also.
·League can be customized. Number of weeks, start times, skip week if need.
·Lone Tree can create online sign up to make easy!
·Start can be consecutive tee times or Shotgun start.
·Various week nights available.
· # of total weeks 5 min, 16 max ($20 per week per person)
·Min # of players 12; Maximum: 68
·Just grab some friends and Lone Tree Golf staff will help you coordinate it.
By Allen Payton
The Antioch Planning Commission, on Wednesday, February 18, on a minimally required 4-0 vote, gave the green light for a new indoor soccer business in a building on West 10th Street that was the former location of an auto painting business.
Ruben Herrera of East Bay Indoor Soccer, requested approval of a Use Permit to establish and operate an indoor soccer facility, including soccer fields, seating area, offices, and a reception area in the 16,000 square foot building. There will be no exterior modifications to the building, other than painting and front landscaping. The project site is located at 1825 W. 10th Street, across from Hazel’s Drive-In.
Commissioners addressed a few issues. There will be no on-site preparation or sale of food, other than snacks.
For proper traffic flow into and out of the parking lot, one of the two driveways will be used as
But, the main issue was parking. The site contains 41 parking spaces.
So, although there will be two soccer fields inside, only one game will be played at a time and the games will be 45 minutes apart so there will be no overcrowding of the parking lot.
Antioch resident Karl Dietzel spoke at the meeting and suggested they do advertising through the schools. Dietzel later said that the business owner liked his idea.
The commission determined that the use fits within the business park designation for the site.
The hours of operation of the facility will be from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Evolve Aikido & Movement Center and neighboring businesses to host Grand Opening & Block Party on SundayWednesday, October 29th, 2014
Evolve Aikido & Movement Center in Antioch announces it’s Grand Opening & Block Party this on Sunday, November 2nd from 11am to 2pm. It’s a “drop-in” day with free lunch, a raffle, giveaways, music, performances, classes and jumpies, so bring the whole family. The schedule is below for your planning convenience.
Please “like” their page on Facebook if you haven’t already – https://www.facebook.com/evolvemovementcenter
GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE
11:00am – Opening, Music, Jumpy, Registration
11:10am – Yoga Mini-Class, all levels
11:30am - Dance/Tumbling/Cheer Performances
12:00 - Free Lunch to first 100 registered guests
12:10pm - Jui Jitsu demo
12:30pm - Tour of Businesses
12:45pm – Tai Chi Mini-Class, all levels
1:00pm - Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Raffle
1:30pm - Aikido Belt Promotion
2:00pm – Finish
The location is 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, between 10th & 18th Streets across from Midas. To attend the event, please contact Owner & Chief Instructor Brandy Lucky at (925) 207-8656.
If you’re on Facebook, please join their Grand Opening “event” by clicking here.
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.
Tickets 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, email@example.com.
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.