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 […]

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 […]

Courtney and Brittany Force follow dad’s footsteps

By Judy Colman:                    If you spent every summer on the road with your famous, race car driving Dad, what would you want to do when you grew up? For Courtney and Brittany Force, and their older sister Ashley before them, the answer would be: Drive a […]

Tips to help prevent skin cancer

By Michael Forrest, MD; More than 7,000 Californians will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, according to the American Cancer Society. The following are life-saving tips to help prevent this and other skin cancers, the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma, although the most severe skin cancer, can have a 97% […]

How to stay cool in the parks

by Beverly Lane;              If you’re looking for places to stay cool during these hot summer days, the East Bay Regional Park District can help. One obvious option is any of the park district’s swim areas. The district operates six open-water lakefront swim beaches, three chlorinated swim lagoons and three […]

Women on Common Ground, Spring 2013

Women on Common Ground is a series of naturalist-led programs for women who love to hike, camp, or otherwise play in the out-of-doors, but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying the wonders within their own parklands. Activities celebrate natural and cultural history and are designed to help women reclaim the joys of […]