As the city of Antioch enters its 2022-2023 fiscal year, the fiscal and budgetary demands on city resources have increased exponentially.
With the cost of food and gasoline skyrocketing, families and city governments are finding it more difficult to keep our heads above water. This is especially true for the average family still financially suffering from the adverse effects of COVID-19 restrictions. With every fiscal challenge comes an opportunity for us in government to explore innovative and progressive ways to make ends meet. One such method is searching for outside funding to support our city services to our residents.
One source of funding is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), also called COVID-19 relief funding. To balance our books, the city of Antioch has received $21,550,900 in funds from the ARPA. The city received its first allotment of $10,775,450 in May 2021, with the remaining balance of $10,775,450 to be received later this year.
On March 22, the Antioch City Council reviewed potential programs and projects on which to spend ARPA funds and agreed on 13 of them. These programs and projects are designed to enhance the quality of life and create interim bridge housing for our homeless residents.
Funding was also allocated for the design of a one-of-a-kind bicycle garden project and renovation of the existing Rivertown Resources Center, which is designated as the location for the newly established Public Safety and Community Resources Department. Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) are also necessary to fund. The ARPA funds will be used to improve our city parks, add Wi-Fi in our downtown area, refurbish our Aquatic Center and provide much-needed support to our small business partners.
— Antioch city manager’s office
Arts Around August continues throughout the month
Downtown Walnut Creek is the place to be in August with dozens of fun events celebrating the arts as part of the second annual Arts Around August program. Every Thursday evening, dance the night away during free summer concerts at Broadway Plaza, and on Fridays enjoy pop-up opera performances downtown.
On Wednesdays, get your ticket for the popular Moveable Feast and enjoy a unique gourmet food and art tour. Families can enjoy a Family Mural Walk, a special Family Day at the Lesher Center, a scavenger hunt or Wizard of Oz performances. The month’s events will end Aug. 26 with Opera After Dark and an open house Aug. 28 at Valley Art Gallery with a drawing for a $300 gift certificate. Visit walnutcreekdowntown.com for more information.
— Kara Navolio
Young woman’s wisdom teeth will be extracted for free
Carly Behrens, 18, of Pleasant Hill, is the recipient of the 2022 Wisdom For Wisdom program at Muir Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery in Walnut Creek. She will have her wisdom teeth extracted for free at a time when her family’s financial focus is on her education.
Behrens is a recent high school graduate who plans to attend Paris Beauty College. In her application for the program, she wrote about how her family has struggled because of COVID-19 restrictions, which slowed down her father’s ability to work. She says having this procedure at no cost will help her family continue to save money for her and her sibling’s education expenses.
After the surgery, Behrens will have the opportunity to bank the stem cells from her wisdom teeth at no charge with San Francisco-based Stemodontics. Researchers say banked dental pulp stem cells from extracted wisdom teeth can potentially be useful in the treatment of diseases and conditions that may affect young adults in the future.
— Bob Diehl, Nuvolum
Rotary Club’s ‘Night in Havana’ fundraiser set for Sept. 9
“Dancing with the Cars” is back! The Rotary Club of Orinda will present “A Night in Havana,” the club’s major annual fundraiser and kick-off to the Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend, at the Orinda Library’s upper-level plaza from 6 to 8:30 pm Sept. 9.
This party is Orinda’s largest community-wide fundraiser and benefits Orinda schools, seniors, youth programs, the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, the arts and other local programs as well as emergency relief projects. This festive evening will feature a generous Cuban-inspired buffet, mojitos, live Latin music, cars on display and all your friends. Silent and live auctions will offer wonderful dinner parties, gift certificates, outings and other treats.
Many thanks go to Todd Trimble, the director of Orinda’s Parks and Recreation Department, and to all of the event’s sponsors and donors, including gold-level sponsors Davidon Homes, Mechanics Bank and Park Place Wealth Advisors; silver-level sponsors Old Republic Title Co. and Realtor Rodney Lal; and event sponsors Casa Orinda, Engeo Inc. and Future Hyundai of Concord.
This event is the perfect chance to trot out your best guayabera, Havana party attire and Panama hats. Tickets are $90 per person through Aug. 20, $105 per person afterwards and can be purchased online at orindarotary.org or by emailing [email protected]
— Rotary Club of Orinda
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Acalanes high schools to serve free breakfasts and lunches
The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) has announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program for the 2022-23 school year. All enrolled students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge at the following sites:
- Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette;
- Campolindo High School, 300 Moraga Road in Moraga;
- Las Lomas High School, 1460 S. Main St. in Walnut Creek;
- Miramonte High School, 750 Moraga Way in Orinda;
- and Del Valle Campus, 1963 Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek.
DeSaulnier to host town hall, hike at newly named park
US Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, has announced that he will host an in-person town hall from 10 am until noon Aug. 13 in Concord that will include a Congressional update followed by a short hike at Thurgood Marshall Regional Park — Home of the Port Chicago 50 (formerly part of the Concord Naval Weapons Station until June 2021).
This will be DeSaulnier’s 171st town hall and mobile district office hour since coming to Congress in January 2015. This event is open to the public but space is limited and all attendees must RSVP to [email protected]
— US Rep. DeSaulnier’s office
English volunteer tutors sought for weekly commitment
The Diablo Valley Literacy Council (DVLC) welcomes volunteers to tutor adults in English in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Pacheco, Walnut Creek and Lafayette. We need tutors who can commit to one or two hours of tutoring per week on a regular basis.
We provide training, match you to a student and help start your one-on-one tutoring. English need not be your first language, and no teaching experience is required. Come and help ESL (English as a Second Language) adults in your neighborhood to read, write and speak the English language. Working one-to-one, you will help adults gain confidence and skills that can lead to better jobs, citizenship, reading books to their children — the possibilities are endless.
The next Saturday workshops will be held online and in-person from 9 am to 1 pm Sept. 17 and 24 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 4000 Clayton Road in Concord. Volunteers must attend both sessions. A $20 fee covers training, material costs, light food and refreshments, annual membership dues and ongoing support.
Adult volunteers typically give one or two hours per week. Register online at dvlc4esl.org. For more details, email [email protected] or call 925-685-3881.
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