Apollo 11 Splashdown on the USS Hornet

“Eyewitness to History: Splashdown through the eyes of the Hornet Crew” A Celebration of the 46th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splashdown on the USS Hornet Museum’s Living Ship Series Commemorates Recovery of Apollo 11 and 12 Lunar Missions ALAMEDA, CA — Celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splashdown and relive the heyday of […]

Keep cool at Black Diamond Mines

If the summer heat is starting to get to you, relief might be just a short drive away at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. There, inside the Hazel-Atlas Mine, the temperature hovers around 57 degrees all year round. In fact, naturalists even suggest bringing a coat. The 1920s-era silica sand mine is usually closed […]

Visit EBRP’s Big Break for Fun

Big Break’s May Programs Highlight Delta Ecology, Wildlife, Crafts and Fun                  By Beverly Lane;                     Back in 1928 a levee gave way that was holding back the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, flooding an asparagus farm […]

Regional Parks Offer Riot of Spring Flowers

by Beverly Lane Spring starts officially with the vernal equinox, which comes on March 20 this year. It’s the date when day and night are of equal length, after which the days grow longer. And with spring comes spring wildflowers. It’s always hard to predict how profuse the flower displays will be, because so many […]

CCCFPD Distributes First SAVE card

Contra Costa Fire Restoring Providing Immediate Financial Assistance to Fire The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD), in conjunction with the California Fire Foundation and United Professional Firefighters Local #1230, has launched the Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program by distributing direct assistance to fire victims at a fire scene. On March 3rd, 2015, […]

Toxic Pesticides In Two County Creeks

Contra Costa — Grayson Creek and Dry Creek contain toxic amounts of pyrethroid pesticides, according to a new water-monitoring study by the Contra Costa Clean Water Program. The Contra Costa Clean Water Program conducted Stressor/Source Identification Studies (SSID) in 2014 to determine the causes of toxicity in the two local creeks. The study found that […]

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 […]

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 […]