Oakley

17 Jun 19
East Bay Times
[cq comment=”SUMMER IS HERE “]Astronomically at least, the solstice is the first day of summer. It’s the longest day of the year, when the sun reaches its highest elevation in the northern hemisphere. This year it’s on [cq comment=”Friday, “]June 21. The naturalists at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley will celebrate it with a sunset walk from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. It’s a chance to enjoy an evening exploration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, with lots of wildlife sightings possible. Meet at the Big Break visitor center at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley’s Main Street. For information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 3050. Antioch: Summer’s wildflowers are the theme of a hike from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. [cq comment=”on Saturday, “]June 22 at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, led by naturalist Kevin Dixon. There aren’t as many wildflowers in summer, but they are hearty and beautiful. The hike is likely to be steep; it’s for ages 10 and older, and registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2, and refer to program 25070. Black Diamond Mines is at the end of Somersville Road, 3½ miles south of Highway 4. Kevin’s hike is free; the park has a parking fee of $5 per vehicle when the kiosk is attended. And if snakes are your thing, join East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Eddie Willis in a program from 11 a.m. to noon June 23 at Black Diamond Mines. Eddie will show two live snakes, and talk about how to share the trails with snakes in the wild. Meet Eddie near the parking lot at the end of Somersville Road. For general information about Black Diamond Mines, call 888-327-2757, ext. 2750. Richmond: The Over-the-Hills Gang is an informal group of hikers ages 55 and older interested in nature study, history, fitness and fun. Everyone is welcome. Naturalist “Trail Gail” Broesder will lead the gang on a hike from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25 at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Besides its unusual history, Point Pinole is a beautiful refuge from summer heat, located on the shores of San Pablo Bay. Meet Gail in the parking lot at the end of Atlas Road in Richmond. For information, call 510-544-2233. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]July Fourth: Looking further ahead on the calendar, the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year. Two of the regional parks plan to celebrate it in style. You can join the interpretive staff at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda and participate in the town’s Fourth of July parade from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Swim” along the parade route with the park’s Mobile Visitor Center, or just enjoy the show from the sidewalk. Then from 2 to 5 p.m. July 4, Crab Cove will host open house at the center, which is at the end of McKay Avenue off Alameda’s Central Avenue. There will be family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. For information on the parade and open house, call 510-544-3187. Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont always stages an elaborate Independence Day celebration, and this year is no exception. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July Fourth, park staff plan an early-1900s-style community festival with patriotic music on the lawn, fiddle music in the farmyard and games, contests and races. Try your hand at nail driving, egg tossing, watermelon seed spitting, the bucket brigade and tug-of-war. Bring a picnic and spend the day. Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., just off Highway 84. The fee for the Independence Day event is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62 and older, $5 for children 4 through 17 and free for kids 3 and younger. Parking is free. For information, call 510-544-2797. Independence Day tips: Here are some helpful hints for celebrating the Fourth of July: no fireworks are allowed in any of the regional parks, as fire danger is extreme. On the Fourth, picnic tables are available first-come-first-served; arrive early to assure a seat, especially in parks with swim beaches. Blanket picnicking is fine in lawn areas; portable barbecues are OK on lawns but not in tall dry grass. Dispose of coals only in the concrete bins designed for that purpose. If you hike, be sure to take lots of water for yourself and your dog. At the swim areas, stay within your skill level. Children must be supervised at all times. And please comply with any instructions from lifeguards, rangers, firefighters or police, especially in the event of an emergency. Online: Have a happy holiday! And for a full listing of upcoming activities in the regional parks, visit the park district’s website at ebparks.org. Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at nedmackay@comcast.net.
17 Jun 19
East Bay Times
It has been a long road for the Oakley Seniors, but the group is finally getting the opportunity to host the grand opening of the Oakley Senior Center. Several years ago, the city of Oakley offered use of the old fire station on Second Street in downtown to be used by the seniors. The group had a lot of fixing up to do, but finally the improvements have been made and the new center will officially be open as soon as this week. “We’ve made so many changes from everything to new floors, remodeled bathrooms and (Americans with Disabilities Act) ADA-compliant parking,” said Tim Lear, the senior center president. Lear has been instrumental in getting the center up and running, but he credits many local supporters for doing all the heavy lifting. For example, the Oakley-Delta Lions helped with the remodeling of the center’s bathrooms. To become a member of the senior center is simple. Those age 50 or older can join for a nominal fee of $15 per year. For those age 90 years or older, joining is free. “We’ll even take those who are younger than 50 if they want to join,” Lear said. The Oakley Senior Center offers resources for seniors who need referrals and help with everything from insurance to legal services. They also host a free food line on Fridays, which offers vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, eggs and a lot of different canned food. All of the food is donated from the Contra Costa Food Bank. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”6186197,6167988,6156507,6139588″]The center will also offer activities for seniors including arts-and-crafts classes, card games and more. Some of the center’s current programs include a fiber arts class, a sewing class of Fridays, an iPhone class and an Android class. They also host several trips to casinos each year. In the future the center will work with Meals on Wheels and offer the CoCo Café with meals five days a week. The Oakley Senior Center is at 215 Second St. in downtown Oakley. For more information call 925-626-7223. Local man pens book: Out of the imagination of a retired East County history teacher comes a new book called “A River in Time”. For years James E. Sanford Jr. taught middle and high school history in Pittsburg, Antioch and Brentwood, as well for the California Department of Corrections, on subjects that related to local history, so it was a natural for him to write his latest book about local American Indians. “The book incorporates several of the indigenous tribes that existed here, including the Maidu, Patwin, Machoopda,” Sanford said. While the local history plays a part in his book, this fiction book features a little bit of everything, including time travel that takes a new twist. In the story the lead character, Robert Crismore, is jogging in a pristine regional park in California when he is struck in the head by a falling tree branch. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself 500 years in the past. The story follows Crismore’s experiences interacting with the Native Americans of California before the time of Columbus. In a twist the story parallels Crismore’s wife, Linda, and how they are telepathically connected and what is happening in the present. Sanford said that he came up with the idea for this book when he was working at the county jail in Richmond. “At lunchtime, I would jog at the Point Pinole Regional Park behind the jail facility,” he said. “Many times, I heard falling limbs from the eucalyptus trees. It made me think about getting hit in the head. That was the genesis for the story.” “A River in Time” is available at all the local bookstores, including, Barnes and Noble and The Railroad Depot Bookstore in Pittsburg as well as on Amazon. Sanford will host a book signing in Pittsburg sometime in July. Roni Gehlke can be reached at oakleynow@comcast.net.
17 Jun 19
In The Know Cycling

The Flak 2. 0 Prizm Sunglasses take Oakley performance engineering to the next level, and bring plenty of style along for the ride. Prizm technology and XYZ Optics ensure premium vision whether you’re riding, running, or hitting the links, and these shades have a lightweight and comfortable…

17 Jun 19
In The Know Cycling

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17 Jun 19
Oakley Ramblers

The next walk is a 7 mile day walk from Fordingbridge to Ringwood. (Note: Although this forms part of the Avon Valley Path you don’t need to have done any of the other sections! Just pack up your picnic and come along and enjoy the day) Date of walk  Saturday 6 July 2019 School Lay-by […]

17 Jun 19
Research Report Insights

The global sunglasses market size is expected to reach USD 17.0 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., expanding at a CAGR of 2.3% over the forecast period. The market is expected to witness significant growth due to rising consumer preference for luxury and premium sunglasses, along with increasing disposable income. […]

17 Jun 19
Oakley Ramblers

Further to last week’s post asking for feedback ( Ref: Avon Valley Walk ) the consensus is that we will do the Fordingbridge to Ringwood section on Saturday 6th July and arrange the last sections later in the year. Thank you to those who took time to send their feedback.

17 Jun 19
News Directory

AWARDS Twins Kaylie and Haylie Tipton are recently honored graduates of Arkansas High School. Miss Junior and Kim Tipton from Texarkana, Ark, and Aubrey's granddaughter and Sharon Cummings of Texarkana, Texas and the Late A.L. and Catherine Tipton. Kaylie is a graduate of Summa Cum Laude and AP Student. She has been a member of […]

17 Jun 19
Newsy Today

Lija Greenseid prepares to draw insulin at her house in St. Paul, Minn. Greenseid, which has Type 1 diabetes by her daughter, is organizing a group trip to Canada to buy insulin at a tenth of the US cost. (Jenn Ackerman for The Washington Post) As her minivan rolled north, they felt that her nerves […]

17 Jun 19
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17 Jun 19
Steven's Blog

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17 Jun 19
ACCESSIBLY LIVE OFF-LINE

For those that aren’t living in a tech-savvy universe, one of the many terms that was created thanks to antics done through the ‘net that’s been kicking around in recent years is the moniker “FOMO”. That just means “fear of missing out”, created through the usage of social media portals where one would post a […]