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 […]

The time to have end-of-life discussions is now

Consider the Conversation The greatest gift you can give your family is to have open and honest conversations surrounding your wishes about medical treatments as your health declines.  Although many people avoid end-of-life discussions, taking proactive steps can help keep you and your loved ones from being blindsided when a medical emergency may occur. The […]

Boost your fun factor: It’s good for you!

by Lisa T. Wood:            Buttoned-up blouses and sensible shoes bumped next to tattooed biceps and mini skirts. Live music screamed from speakers as the crowd pulsated together in the dark—smiles beaming, heads jiving and fists pumping in enthusiasm. Friday night dancing at a Walnut Creek pub seemed to bring out […]

Prostate Cancer Testing — Yes or No?

by Amanpreet Buttar, MD: Prostate cancer screening involves checking Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in blood and a digital rectal examination in men.Screening refers to the use of simple tests across a healthy population in order to identify individuals who have disease, but do not yet have symptoms. PSA is produced by the normal glandular cells […]

Contra Costa County Library launches enki Library!

An eBook platform developed by libraries, for libraries.             Contra Costa County Library and the Califa Library Group are pleased to announce the beta launch of enki Library (enkilbrary.org), a library-driven and library-developed open source eBook platform which expands the Douglas County (CO) model to serve multiple libraries in California.  Frustrated […]

Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans on USS Hornet

The USS Hornet Museum will recognize veterans during a special Memorial Day ceremony onboard the aircraft carrier on Monday, May 27. The special ceremony and parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda. The service will include a special invocation by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Chaplain John […]

The Ruth Bancroft Garden Sculpture exhibit

The Ruth Bancroft Garden Month-long Exhibit and Sale: June 14 – July 13 What: For one month every year, The Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery. The Garden’s world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works. Follow the meandering pathways to discover art that ranges from classical […]

New History of Sonoma available June 1

A delightful account of one of America’s most picturesque towns Sonoma, one of Northern California’s most desirable places to live and a popular tourist destination, combines small-town charm, a colorful past, and wonderful food and wine. Generously illustrated with period photographs, A Short History of Sonoma traces Sonoma’s story from the early Native American inhabitants […]

County Library hosts Memories of a Lifetime

New Facebook page includes Interactive local history:                   Contra Costa County Library recently launched a new Facebook page called Memories of a Lifetime in Contra Costa County. The page allows residents and anyone interested in the history of Contra Costa County to contribute to a fun and interactive local history initiative […]

Visual Harmony exhibit in Danville through June 16

The Town of Danville presents Visual Harmony: Connecting Women through Art during the upcoming art exhibition that features twenty-five artists from the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA). The exhibit, which runs from May 3 through June 16, 2013 in the Village Theatre Art Gallery located at 233 Front Street, focuses on the unity […]