Launch of a new Antioch program to encourage local purchases


Bludot and the City of Antioch have partnered to launch Open Rewards, a citywide rewards program to incentivize consumers to shop local in Antioch. A consumer application can be downloaded online from the Apple Store at or from Google Play on

In the program, when consumers shop at participating Antioch small businesses, they earn 5% credit rewards. They can then spend their accrued rewards at any participating Antioch businesses listed by the app. Over 45 companies are now participating. New businesses wishing to participate can find details of doing so online at

— city of Antioch


More than 100 groups expected to participate in the July 4 parade

The Town of Danville and the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Club are preparing for the return of the 4th of July Kiwanis Parade to downtown Danville. The parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the north end of Hartz Avenue near San Ramon Valley High School. To improve logistics management, the parade route was changed to end at Town and Country Drive.

More than 100 groups are expected to participate in the parade, which takes around 2-3 hours to walk the entire route. For more information on the parade and route, visit the Kiwanis of the San Ramon Valley webpage at or contact Lianna Adauto at 925-314-3309 or

— town of Danville


The free summer festival Made in the Shade will take place on June 26

The Shadelands Business and Lifestyle Center in Walnut Creek is hosting the community-wide Made in the Shade Summer Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 at the Shadelands SportsMall, 2640 Shadelands Drive in Walnut Creek.

Free and family-friendly, Made in the Shade will feature live music, food trucks, craft beer, vendor booths, sports activities, demonstrations and giveaways. Local taprooms Calicraft Brewing Company and Mike Hess Brewing will release their best microbrews. Made in the Shade branded sunglasses will be given away to the first 1,000 festival-goers.

Held in association with the grand opening of the Shadelands SportsMall, Made in the Shade will offer free shopping center tours and sports activities for young and old including rock climbing, volleyball, football, basketball ball, yoga, taekwondo and batting cages.

In addition to the summer festival fun, Made in the Shade will honor the role public service plays in the health and well-being of our communities with a special Tribute to Public Service presentation. For more information about the festival, visit

—Linda Rimac Colberg


4th of July fireworks, illegal celebratory shootings, police recall

As the 4th of July approaches, the Brentwood Police Department reminds townspeople of the dangers associated with fireworks and the use of firearms during the Independence Day celebration of our country.

Contra Costa County and the City of Brentwood are “fireworks-free zones”, so the possession or use of fireworks of any type and size (including fireworks “safe and sound”) are banned in the county and city. Possession of dangerous fireworks that leave the ground or explode can be a felony and result in fines of up to $5,000 and jail time.

Also, firing guns into the air is against the law. Bullets fired in the air return at some point and descend at around 300 to 400 feet per second, which poses a high danger as they can penetrate roofs and cause damage to property and unwary residents. Statistics show that celebratory fireworks and shootings seriously injure thousands of people every year. The Brentwood Police Department will take a zero tolerance approach to these violations.

The police department is encouraging people to consider free 4th of July fireworks in nearby towns. For more information on and locations of these displays, go online to If you witness a violation, please contact the department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 925-809-7911.

— town of Brentwood


A parade, a concert and more are planned for the 4th of July

Celebrate our country’s Independence Day with the annual Orinda Parade, sponsored by the Orinda Association. It’s a full day of events culminating with a concert in the park.

It begins with the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary pancake breakfast at 7:30 am, followed by the raising of our country’s flag at 7:55 am in front of the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. At 8 am it’s Fun Run for a Reason, a 2 or 5 mile walk/run (

The parade begins at 10 a.m. in the Orinda Theater District and continues under the freeway to the Orinda Village neighborhood, culminating at the Orinda Community Center. A concert in the Community Center Park featuring the classic rock, funk and Motown sounds of the 3-day weekend takes place at 11:30 a.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy.

All families, schools, clubs and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the parade. Full information and an application is available online at The deadline for entries for the parade is June 27.

—Sally Hogarty

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