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February 18, 2016 - garden totes

Lane sealed for tree pruning on Sunday

Residents should design delays on Clayton Road nearby Chestnut Avenue in Concord from 6 a.m. to noon Feb. 21, for pruning of a vast eucalyptus tree in front of El Monte Shopping Center.

Arborists and specialized operators will shear a tree regulating a derrick and other complicated equipment, call a proxy closure of a western entrance and exit and several parking stalls in a selling center.

Traffic will be reduced to one inbound and one outbound line on Clayton Road.

Last year, a maestro arborist reviewed a health and condition of a tree, final that it is fast though recommending assuage pruning to revoke a tallness of a tree, and obtuse pruning to revoke a length of some plane limbs, that are many failure-prone.

For some-more information, hit a Public Works Department during 925-671-3448 or revisit

County clerk speaks

to Sons in Retirement

Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder Joe Canciamilla will be a guest orator during a subsequent luncheon assembly of SIRS Contra Costa Branch 146 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, during a Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord.

Canciamilla will pronounce about a roles of a Clerk Recorder and what is going on with elections. Men who are semi- or entirely late are invited to attend.

The cost is $26. Call 925-825-5772 for compulsory reservations during slightest 6 days before luncheon. For information, revisit

Free grant-writing convention in Martinez Mar 2

County Supervisor Federal Glover’s subsequent convention for minute successful extend applications will be reason from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mar 2 during a Shell Clubhouse, 1636 Pacheco Blvd. in Martinez.

The extend minute convention offers a ubiquitous overview of American philanthropy, an of a several forms of foundations and grant-giving agencies and a ubiquitous beliefs that beam giving those grants. Also discussed will be a investigate routine and simple skills essential for minute winning proposals.

This is a 10th year Glover, of Pittsburg, has charity a free, twice-annual seminars for Contra Costa County residents, nonprofit agencies and internal governments.

“Thousands of dollars have been awarded to county groups since they took this one-day workshop,” he said.

A light breakfast and lunch will be charity to participants. Seating is limited, and preregistration is compulsory during a supervisor’s website,

Free portrayal workshops designed for veterans

Veterans are invited to a giveaway two-day convention to paint a self-portrait as a approach to self-understanding and self-expression.

The workshops are by a Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, and will be reason during ARTU4iA, during 725 Ward St #C, in Martinez. They are led by artist John Kleber, who will be assisted by maestro and artist Geoffrey Meredith, and are open to all county veterans.

Workshops are 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28. Register during

Apply now for Concord Citizen Police Academy

The Concord Police Department is usurpation applications for a open eventuality of a Citizen Police Academy, that provides village members with an inside demeanour during internal law enforcement, giving an overview of a military department’s duty and operations.

Participants contingency be during slightest 16 years old, live or work in a Concord area, have no transgression convictions, and no misconduct philosophy within one year of application.

The 10-week academy curriculum embraces genuine examples of military work. However, weekly sessions not designed to sight participants as military officers.

Participants will be introduced to a accumulation of topics and training taught by military executives and maestro military officers, and will have a eventuality to accommodate with a arch of military and staff members.

This year’s eventuality starts Mar 3. Classes are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, during a Concord Police Headquarters, 1350 Galindo St.

For information and an application, revisit, or in chairman during a front run during a military station.

For some-more information, call 925-671-3184.

Healthy lifestyle expo

in Concord on Feb. 26

The Age Strong, Live Long Healthy Lifestyle Expo will be reason from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26, during a Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle.

The giveaway event, hosted by a Concord Commission on Aging and a Senior Center, promotes good health recognition and provides information about services, resources and products that advantage comparison adults, their families and caregivers.

A giveaway receptacle bag will be distributed to a initial 500 participants.

There are presentations on diet, diabetes, and medication, and a Mobile Vet Center will advise how they use veterans who need assistance transitioning to municipal life.

Health screenings and services embody cholesterol blood pressure, memory, heel scans and massage. For some-more information, call a Concord Senior Center during 925-671-3320, and press 1, or revisit

Martinez opposed to be ‘Coolest California City

Martinez residents can attend in a “Cool California Challenge,” a approach for cities to foster appetite potency and win a apportionment of $150,000 to go toward internal sustainability projects.

And Mayor Rob Schroder is rallying residents by a new video during

The plea is on a points-based complement for holding certain sustainability actions, and slicing CO emissions. There are points awarded for many things, including, though not singular to, replacing light bulbs, completing a “MyEnergy Plan,” uploading a print of changes we made, pity on amicable media, and more.

The plea ends Mar 30. For information and a how-to guide, go to

Mt. Diablo Alternative Ed fundraiser set for March

The Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation is hosting a annual fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Mar 6, in a Garden Room during Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, in Walnut Creek.

The thesis for this year’s eventuality is “Jazz in a Afternoon,” featuring a Foothill Middle School Jazz Band, comprised of 24 seventh- and eighth-grade students underneath a instruction of Kirk Wetterholm. The organisation has achieved during a Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival and a Folsom Jazz Festival.

There will be refreshments, including a giveaway booze tasting, wordless auction, games and raffle prizes. Funds lifted will advantage high propagandize students in choice credentials programs in a Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The substructure has distributed scarcely $100,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors, in mini-grants for clergyman projects, and responding to propagandize needs.

Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets are accessible during

Call for submissions from LGBT artists

Diablo Fine Art Gallery will reason a one-day muster of work by LGBT artists from Contra Costa County from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, during 1535 Palos Verdes Mall, in Walnut Creek.

Local artists are invited to contention adult to 10 images or strange work to be deliberate for a show. There is no theme, and all forms of art will be considered.

The cost to contention is $20, and all fees will be donated to a Rainbow Community Center and a gallery’s account for art in school.

Hanging pieces contingency have handle (no hooks, sawtooth clips, eye loops, etc.) and all contingency be labeled for identification. The artist is obliged for delivering to a gallery by Thursday, Feb. 25, and retrieving by Feb. 28. Do not move pieces to a gallery before being supposed for a show.

For information, call 925-933-4278 from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday by Sunday. Register during

Martinez Memories videos, convention set

The Contra Costa Historical Society will reason a array of video programs followed by a convention highlighting internal history.

Video programs are during 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 23, and Mar 1, with a convention set for Mar 8, during that investigate equipment accessible for use during a Contra Costa County Historical Center will be provided.

A deputy from a Martinez Historical Society will be on palm to answer questions and lead a series. Topics include:

  • Feb. 23: Martinez Oral History Project: John Walsh and Jenny Jane Aiello Samuels

  • Mar 1: Martinez Oral History Project: Seth Adams

    The array is upheld by a Friends of a Martinez Library.

    For some-more information, call Lynne Carvalho or Ruth Boyer during 925-646-9900 or revisit a library website during

    Concord retirement core holding reservations

    Oakmont of Concord, a retirement core that is scheduled to open for proprietor move-in by late summer, is open and holding reservations.

    The 85,000-square-foot trickery during 1401 Civic Court facilities assisted vital and memory caring apartments, on-site nursing and 24-hour staff care, dining room, library, museum and practice room, on- and off-site recreational and amicable activities, housekeeping services and more.

    For some-more information, call 925-0301-9179 or revisit

    Register now for locals garden debate in May

    Registration is open for this year’s Bringing Back a Natives Garden Tour.

    The self-guided debate will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1, and facilities Contra Costa and Alameda County gardens that showcase pesticide-free, water-conserving gardens that yield medium for wildlife, and enclose 60 percent or some-more local plants.

    More than 40 garden talks will be scheduled via a day.

    Volunteers are indispensable to spend a morning or afternoon nod debate participants and responding questions about natives.

    For some-more information about a tour, volunteering, and open workshops, revisit

    Literacy tutors sought to work with adults

    The Diablo Valley Literacy Council is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with adults to assistance them read, write and pronounce English good adequate to duty in society.

    English need not be a initial denunciation of tutors, and no training knowledge is required. Adult volunteers typically dedicate to one or dual hours per week.

    Training workshops will be reason from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 27 and Mar 5, during Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road in Concord.

    Volunteers contingency attend both sessions. There is a $15 nonrefundable price to cover a training and materials costs.

    For information, go to To register, leave a summary during 925-685-3881 or email

    Election Division hosts print contest

    The Contra Costa Elections bureau is holding a print competition for residents to contention their best cinema of what a area has to offer for a cover of a Voter Information Guides in Jun and November.

    Applicants contingency contention a black-and-white design in a jpeg format, along with a 50-100 word outline about a photo. Applicants might contention dual photos, though contingency heed that entrance is for Jun and that is for November.

    First-, second- and third-place winners for any choosing will have their cinema posted in a Elections Division bureau run and on a website, and accept a special choosing pin for their participation.

    The first-place leader will have their design on a Voter Guide that goes to some-more than 500,000 voters, and as a backdrop of a website.

    Photos will be supposed by Feb. 29. Submissions can be sent to: and embody “photo contest” on a theme line. Participants contingency also pointer a recover form giving accede to use a photograph.

    For some-more information and to finish entrance forms, go to

    Calling teen artists, writers, performers

    The California State Summer School for a Arts is seeking teen artists, writers and performers to attend a 30th session. The deadline for finished applications is Feb. 29.

    The four-week module will be reason Jul 9-Aug. 5. Financial assist is available.

    For additional information and to apply, go to

    Free camp, propagandize satisfactory earnings in February

    The fourth annual Contra Costa Camp School Fair earnings Feb. 21, with a accumulation of activities, booths and exhibits charity information on camps, schools, preschool, day care, STEM and STEAM programs, sports, martial arts, gymnastics, behaving arts, Scouts and family vacations.

    The initial 200 families will accept a goody bag. There will also be a giveaway raffle sketch for camps, and KidFest tickets for anyone bringing a can of food for a Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

    The giveaway eventuality will be reason from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, in Lafayette.

    For information, go to

    Sandbags are accessible for Concord residents

    Concord has a 24-hour self-serve sandbag hire outward a gates of a Corporation Yard, during 1455 Gasoline Alley, for residents to make their possess sandbags.

    Filled sandbags are accessible for a aged or infirm by pursuit 925-671-3448 during unchanging business hours.

    Residents can also move bags and shovels to a dual satellite stations during Lime Ridge and Hillcrest Park to collect adult sand.

    For a sandbag hire map, revisit For information, hit Public Works staff during 925-671-3448.

    Lindsay’s eagle returns, furious valentines planned

    Topaz, a proprietor womanlike golden eagle will make her debut, once again, as a Lindsay Wildlife Experience vaunt gymnasium animal envoy during 3:30 p.m. Thursdays in February.

    Visitors have not seen Topaz for some-more than a year after repeated feet problems and a change in her personal animal keepers kept Topaz out of Lindsay’s vaunt hall.

    She has been retrained and now Lindsay’s largest bird is nod and will assistance teach visitors.

    Also in February, a Wild Valentines jubilee includes love-life contribution about furious animals, and a qualification for kids.

    Family accessible Feb events from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13, embody assembly wildlife, creation a valentine craft, examination a raptor presentation, petting a live rat, hamster, guinea pig or rabbit, saying animal ambassadors being fed, and nod an owl.

    For some-more information, call 925-935-1978 or revisit

    Host families indispensable

    for sell students

    Cultural Homestay International is seeking proffer horde families for general high propagandize boys and girls. Students are 15- to 18-years-old and are entrance to this area for a arriving high propagandize year or semester.

    Exchange students pronounce English and will arrive shortly before propagandize starts and lapse during a finish of a propagandize year or semester.

    Each CHI tyro is entirely insured, brings his or her possess personal spending income and expects to minister to his or her share of domicile responsibilities, as good as being enclosed in normal family activities and lifestyles.

    The students are screened and competent by CHI. Families can select their students from a far-reaching accumulation of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.

    For some-more information about apropos a horde family, call 209-502-7567 or go to

    Pleasant Hill launches Ask Phill mobile app

    Pleasant Hill has launched a new Ask Phill mobile app. The giveaway app is accessible for download on iPhone and android mobile devices.

    In a Appstore or Google Play store, hunt for Ask Phill or Pleasanthill (all one word).

    After downloading and opening a app, residents should emanate a form or use their Facebook login (if they have one).

    There will be prompts to capacitate a user’s geographic location, so when they news potholes or tripping hazards, for example, a app identifies a plcae and sends information to city staff.

    Users can contention use requests to city departments, and a app has links to pursuit postings, news announcements, meetings, and activities.

    Contact Martin Nelis during

    Concord’s dog parks sealed for maintenance

    Concord’s dual dog parks are alternately sealed for maintenance.

    Baldwin Dog Park, during 2700 Parkside Circle, is sealed and is off-limits to open use, until presumably early March.

    Newhall Dog Park, during 1351 Newhall Parkway, will be sealed commencement Feb. 29, for adult to 10 weeks.

    Maintenance includes aerating a turf, seeding and fertilizing.

    For some-more information, call a city’s Park Maintenance Division during 925-671-3444.

    Credit Union offers grant program

    Travis Credit Union will endowment $1,500 scholarships to 20 college-bound students.

    Applicants contingency be a high propagandize comparison with a smallest GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, firm for a two- or four-year college or university, and a member of Travis Credit Union in good standing.

    Students who live in Travis Credit Union’s 12-county use segment and are not nonetheless members might join a credit kinship and request for a grant during a same time.

    Other mandate include: a 250-word essay, a approved high propagandize transcript, and a minute of recommendation from a teacher.

    Completed applications contingency be perceived no after than a tighten of business Monday, Mar 7.

    The grant module was determined in 2004 and named in respect of Mary Keith Duff, a longtime house member.

    Applications are accessible during any bend plcae or during

    Free taxation prep accessible commencement in February

    Free taxation credentials for a 2016 taxation deteriorate will be accessible starting in Feb from AARP’s Tax-Aide and United Way’s Earn It, Keep It, Save It (EKS) programs.

    All taxation preparers are lerned and approved by a IRS. While both programs offer taxpayers of any age, Tax-Aide does not have an income extent for whom they can serve, though EKS can usually offer people whose incomes do not surpass $50,000.

    To finish your taxation return, Tax-Aide will need:

  • Social Security Card or IT IN minute for all people to be listed on a return

  • Photo I.D. for yourself and spouse

  • Copies of all W-2s

  • 1098s and 1099s

  • Other income and deductions

  • Your 2014 taxation return

  • Proof of medical word if we are not on Medicare.

    For information or to make an appointment for a Tax-Aide sites portion Contra Costa County, call 925-726-3199. For information on a EKS sites, call 2-1-1 or revisit


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