Briones Regional Park has it all

By Beverly Lane; If you’re looking for public parkland that offers peace, quiet, natural beauty, and panoramic views, you don’t have to drive great distances to find it. Search no farther than Briones Regional Park in central Contra Costa County. Although Briones is bordered by the communities of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette and Orinda, its location […]

Beat the heat at Black Diamond Mines

By Beverly Lane       As summer approaches its zenith, you can still beat the heat at the regional parks in east Contra Costa County. One good bet is Contra Loma Regional Park on Frederickson Lane in Antioch, where you can cool off in the lifeguard-tended swim lagoon. And you can relax in Delta […]

Meals on Wheels and C.C. Café

 C.C. Cafés Join us for lunch!
Enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch and socialize with friends at a C.C. Café. We serve lunch Monday through Friday. Reservations are required. Cafés are hosted by senior centers and recreational facilities. Along with lunch, you’ll usually find things to do such as bridge, yoga, crafts, or bingo. What’s for lunch? […]

Bocce Ball is coming to Alamo

By Steve Mick The Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) has recently approved the construction of the first Alamo bocce ball court at Livorna Park. The new bocce court will be in the area of the existing sand volleyball court and will consist of two lanes. The entire court area will be ADA accessible. Bocce ball […]

Hiking — Regional Parks in the rain

by Beverly Lane Seasonal rains bring green to the grasslands in the East Bay Regional Parks, with a promise of springtime wildflowers. But the rains also bring muddy trails that fill the lug soles of hard-to-clean hiking boots. There’s a lot to be said for winter season hiking. The air is fresh, cool and energizing […]

California seafloor mapping reveals wealth of data

Seafloor mapping program a coalition of multiple partners and agencies SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  Science and technology have peeled back a veil of water just offshore of California, revealing the hidden seafloor in unprecedented detail. New imagery, specialized undersea maps, and a wealth of data from along the California coast are now available. Three new products […]

Peregrine Falcon conservation and recovery

By James Hale;             Captive breeding programs have led to the falcons’ recovery The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a large cosmopolitan falcon with superior hunting skills capable of flight exceeding 240 miles per hour. The scientific name peregrinus is Latin for wandering, in reference to its worldwide range. The […]