December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Watch DUI Trial at Heritage High School on Sunday, December 15 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, December 29 at 10 a.m.
A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation presents Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
A New Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Patients’ Views About Buprenorphine and Recovery
Dr. Kenneth Saffier discusses with patients, the challenges of recovery and a new treatment option using Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Available resources for those seeking help are listed.
Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m.
AC5’s Fine Arts Series
The Fine Arts Series is presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and features video programs on artists all over the world.
Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays 7 p.m.
AC5’s Poetry Out Loud
The Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) recently held its third annual Poetry Out Loud countywide competition for high school students. Tune in to see who won.
Sunday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, December 6 at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 at 10 a.m., Friday, December 13 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Advisory Board Training
The Board of Supervisors has established many boards, committees, and commissions to which it appoints Contra Costa residents to serve, on a volunteer basis, to advise the Board on the myriad of programs and issues under the Board's jurisdiction. Contra Costa residents are encouraged to participate in their County government, and to put their expert knowledge and experience to work in their communities by applying to serve on a Board advisory body.
Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 4 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 at 5 p.m., Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 25 at 5 p.m.
Affordable Health Care Act and Your Small Business
Should I keep my employee benefits? What's involved in making this decision?
Wednesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony
Live reindeer and snow play area for kids are a few of the activities planned for this year’s Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony in San Ramon.
Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
This series explores California’s water resources and the complex system of natural and man-made features that has allowed growing communities, businesses, productive farms and ecosystems to co-exist in a state that receives little or no rain for months at a time. It introduces viewers to California’s water system and highlights key aspects of water management today, from water storage and water recycling to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Colorado River.
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Celebration of Wetlands Month and McNabney Marsh
Join members of the Peyton Slough Wetlands Advisory Committee for a public open house event to celebrate American Wetlands Month, the enhancement projects in McNabney Marsh, the opening of a new bird observation platform and interpretive panels, the memorial plaque in honor of Dr. Teng-Chung Wu (widely regarded as the "Grandfather of Pollution Prevention" in the Golden State), and Mt. View Sanitary District's 85th anniversary.
Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m.
CHP Start Smart Driving Safety Program
Street Smarts will be hosting the California Highway Patrol’s “Start Smart” Program. “Start Smart” is a two-hour driver safety education class that targets new and future licensed teenage drivers aged 15 to 20 and their parents or legal guardians. As part of the program, CHP officers discuss collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, and driver/parent responsibilities. Officers also show images of collision scenes and share stories of families who have lost loved ones.
Friday, December 20 at 9 p.m., Saturday, December 21 at 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 31 at 9 p.m. and Thursday, January 2 at 10 p.m.
Contra Costa Council: Luncheon with Susan Bonilla
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla provided a brief update on activities in Sacramento, but reserved most of the lunch hour conversation for a panel discussion providing Contra Costa Council audience members with an update on the world of STEM, as in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Panelists included Bruce Simon, associate director, Gateways East Bay STEM Network; Chris Roe, CEO, California STEM Learning Network; Karen Latuner, director, school engagement, California Project Lead the Way leadership team; and Don Gill, superintendent, Antioch Unified School District.
Monday, December 9 at 4 p.m. and Monday, December 23 at 3 p.m.
Contra Costa Council: Senator Mark DeSaulnier
Senator Mark DeSaulnier will give a Sacramento update.
Tuesday, December 24 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, December 31 at 9 a.m.
Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury
The Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury is commissioned annually to investigate city and county governments, special districts and certain non-profit corporations to ensure functions are performed in a lawful, economical and efficient manner.
Sundays at 5 p.m.
Contra Costa Health Plan 40th Celebration
Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP) has a long history of serving Contra Costa residents and was the first county sponsored health plan in the nation to receive federal qualification and to offer Medicare.
Monday, December 9 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, December 12 at 4 p.m.
DUI Trial at Heritage High School
This is not a mock court, but rather an actual criminal trial. Conducting a real DUI trial in a high school setting is an innovative strategy to help reduce community alcohol problems, including motor vehicle crashes. Students will witness the legal consequences of drinking and driving, and learn about the defendant's arrest, jailing, public trial and, if convicted, the imposed fines and penalties. A jury of 12 students will deliberate the case, just like a real jury, and make a recommendation to the judge as to the defendant's guilt or innocence. The judge will then make an official ruling to determine the outcome of the trial.
Sunday, December 15 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, December 29 at 10 a.m.
The Green Screen is Earth Team’s newest teen adventure into the world of television production and career education as local teens, grades 7 – 12, produce an environmental education show for their peers in the Bay Area. Each half hour episode will highlight various Earth Team projects, with the goal of inspiring Bay Area teens by documenting the environmental activities of other teens.
Wednesdays at noon
East Bay Leadership Council Philanthropy Awards
The 3rd Annual East Bay Leadership Council Philanthropy Awards is a celebration of the outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support made by the many wonderful businesses, individuals (families), and nonprofit organizations in Contra Costa County. The East Bay Leadership Council seeks to acknowledge our “Local Heroes” and to encourage the notion of philanthropy among others in our community.
Monday, December 9 at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 17 at 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 18 at 1 p.m. and Thursday, December 19 at 11 a.m.
East Bay Small Business Symposium
Learn, grow and move your business to the next level. Featured Speaker: Alan Olsen, GROCO, “Living Out Your Dreams.” Check www.ebsmallbusiness.com to connect with additional resources.
Monday December 23 at 10 p.m.
Ethics Orientation for County Officials
Cities, counties and special districts in California are required to provide ethics training for their local officials. This video was developed by the Attorney General’s Office and the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 3 p.m., Monday, December 16 at 6 p.m., Saturday, December 28 at 3 p.m. and Monday, December 30 at 6 p.m.
For Our Children – Learning to Work Together
Children need the love and support of both parents to have the best possible chance to succeed. In this program, children from four families describe how fighting and tension between their parents hurt them, while their parents share tips, which improved all of their lives when the children’s needs came first.
Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
Future of Transportation in California: Challenges & Opportunities
State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, hosted a town hall meeting in Orinda on the Future of Transportation in California. The panel of speakers include representatives from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, UC Berkeley's California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology, and Google Inc.
Tuesday, December 3 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 4 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, December 5 at 4 p.m.
This series is taped at the new Walnut Creek Library. Peter Crooks, Senior Editor at Diablo Magazine talked to local authors about the writing process, being published and their use of public libraries.
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Get Ready, Get Healthy
This 30-minute program provides residents with access to health information from local experts who will help raise awareness and inform families about available resources. Get Ready, Get Healthy was created to provide professional quality programming in an upbeat, comprehensive manner with the community in mind.
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Giving the Natives a Chance
The Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is partnering with Restoration Trust in a project that is the first of its kind as they endeavor to plant 16,000 native plants. This grand experiment will determine whether, when given a fighting chance, native species can out-compete the non-native plants that dominate our channels. They will be planting plugs of various densities on the slopes of the Clayton Valley Drain. The native plants are field sedge (Carex praegracilis), Santa Barbara sedge (Carex barbarae), and creeping wild rye (Leymus triticoides).
Monday, December 16 at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, December 18 at 10 a.m.
Hit the Restart Button and Refresh Your Business Outlook
A panel of leading experts will assist businesses with new ideas about marketing, finance and hiring post-recession.
Thursday, December 5 at 11 a.m. and Friday, December 27 at 1 p.m.
Industrial Safety Ordinance Overview
Contra Costa County is one of the most heavily industrialized counties in the Western United States. The main purpose of the Industrial Safety Ordinance is to ensure that refineries and other petroleum and chemical facilities in the county are operating in a manner that reduces the risk of accidental releases of hazardous chemicals into nearby communities.
Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 4 p.m.
Job Resources Fair: Best Careers for the Future: Top Growth Industries in the Bay Area and Beyond
Speaker: Liz Baker, Manager, S.F. Bay Region, Labor Market Information Division, California Employment Development Department.
Monday, December 16 at 3 p.m. and Monday, December 30 at 3 p.m.
Live! From the Library "Candor and Pearls: An Evening of Social Satire from the Comics Pages" with Stephan Pastis & Darrin Bell
Fans of the comics pages were entertained by Stephan Patis, "Pearls Before Swine," and Darrin Bell, "Candorville," two nationally syndicated cartoonists who discussed their work and inspiration with Lisa Wrenn, Features Editor for the Contra Costa Times at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek.
Monday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 23 at 10 a.m. and Monday, December 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Live! From the Library: KQED's Michael Krasny
KQED Host Michael Krasny is the inaugural Live! From the Library speaker at the new Walnut Creek Library. Krasny’s second book, “Spiritual Envy, An Agnostic’s Quest,” that will be released this fall. Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune Features Editor Lisa Wrenn will ask Krasny the age-old questions about — or feeling the lack — of faith.
Monday, December 16 at 1 p.m. and Monday, December 30 at 1 p.m.
Opportunity Junction Graduation
Join us for the most recent Opportunity Junction graduation ceremony. Opportunity Junction's mission is to provide low-income Contra Costa residents with the technology, literacy and life skills that will enable them to become economically self-sufficient. Find out more at www.opportunityjunction.org.
Monday, December 2 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 4 at 1 p.m., Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 19 at 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 25 at 1 p.m., Friday, December 27 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 28 at 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Pacheco Creekside Park Ribbon Cutting
Join us for a community celebration for the completion of the landscaping at the Pacheco Creekside Park and the Pacheco Community Center.
Monday, December 2 at 1 p.m.
Peyton Slough Wetlands: The Crown Jewel of Contra Costa County
This video was produced by the Public Affairs staff at the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District. The subject is the restoration of the Peyton Slough and its marshes. Once on the Bay Area's list of 10 toxic hotspots, it has been restored over the last 20 years to achieve ecological success. Learn about the extensive involvement with the project from a wide variety of agencies and community groups by watching this informative video.
Friday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Preventing Bullying and Reconnecting Our Youth
Building Healthy Families, Safe Schools, and an Inclusive Community
Wednesday, December 11 at 3 p.m.
Rebuilding Lives Luncheon
We invite you to join hundreds of civic, business, and government leaders along with staff, volunteers and donors as we celebrate the triumph of survivors and honor the tragedy of victims of domestic violence. The keynote speaker is college football Hall-of-Famer, Don McPherson. The luncheon will also feature a former STAND! client who will share how she overcame a violent relationship. Join us for her inspiring story.
Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Safe Medicine Disposal Forum
Discussion on the need for safe and convenient disposal locations for unwanted medicines, local government collection efforts in Contra Costa County and the extended producer responsibility (EPR) approach being required in Alameda County and considered for statewide implementation by California’s legislature.
Tuesday, December 24 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 25 at 10 a.m., Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Santa is Coming to Buchanan Field Airport
Santa will be dropping in on Buchanan Field Airport for a very special visit. The event is free, but Santa and his helpers would appreciate it if everyone wanting a picture would bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Tuesday, December 17 at 8 p.m.
Social Media Workshop: Meet the Local Experts
Workshop highlights include a local merchant and business owner panel with social and online media success stories, sharing "how to" tips and advice on how they use social media for marketing, special events, promotions and creating fans. Also learn ten tips for a successful online holiday marketing campaign.
Friday, December 13 at 10 a.m. and Friday, December 27 at 10 a.m.
SRVUSD Student Recognition Project Awards Breakfast
The event is the culmination of the Student Recognition Project, a program that recognizes hundreds of high school students in our community each year for projects submitted in 26 different categories. More than 10,000 students have participated in the program since its inception.
Monday, December 16 at 10 a.m. and Monday, December 30 at 10 a.m.
Street Smarts: It Happens Media Kick-Off Event
In 2004, local agencies, businesses and the community joined forces to launch Street Smarts, a regional public education campaign in the San Ramon Valley. The goal of the Street Smarts campaign is to educate drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on issues related to traffic safety. Since its inception, Street Smarts has been effectively providing traffic safety education in the valley, through programs such as the Annual Street Smarts Storybook-Poster Contest, "Be Reel!" Video Contest, "It Happens" teen driving program, and other initiatives.
Monday, December 2 at 3 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 24 at 7 p.m.
Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest Awards
Each year, hundreds of elementary school students in the San Ramon Valley draw illustrations on traffic safety themes and compete to have their artwork be part of a traffic safety storybook. The Street Smarts traffic safety storybook showcases the artistic talent that exists in the San Ramon Valley while fostering the learning of traffic safety principles. The storybook is written by local author Dana Mentink.
Monday, December 9 at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Monday, December 23 at 5 p.m.
Street Smarts Video Contest
The 2011-12 Street Smarts video contest aims to raise awareness about traffic safety issues for both the students participating in the contest and those who see their work. This video contest is one component of the San Ramon Valley-wide Street Smarts Program, a regional public education campaign on traffic safety. Danville initiated this program in 2004, shortly after a tragic accident took the lives of two young Danville children.
Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, December 27 at 8:35 p.m. and Saturday, December 28 at 12:05 p.m. and 8:35 p.m.
Supervisor Federal Glover's Breakfast Club
Ruben Rosalez, a Pittsburg resident who was recently named the new regional administrator for the wage and hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor's Western Region, will be the featured speaker at a Breakfast Club event sponsored by Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.
Wednesday, December 11 at 2 p.m.
Sustainable Contra Costa Sustainability Awards Gala
The annual Leadership in Sustainability Awards pay tribute to local businesses, government programs, community groups, nonprofits and individuals who implement sustainable practices, educate the public and inspire change.
Monday, December 16 at 8 p.m., Monday, December 30 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, December 31 at 10 a.m.
Teachers of the Year Awards Dinner
In Contra Costa County there are more than 8,400 teachers educating over 164,000 public school students. To recognize their efforts, the school districts in the county each name a Teacher of the Year. All 20 of these teachers will be recognized, culminating in the naming of the County Teacher of the Year.
Tuesday, December 10 at 9 p.m.
Tell It Like It Is: An Evening of Memoir and Mayhem
Cheryl Dumesnil and Marilyn Abildskov will present an evening of boundary-bending stories – poignant and hilarious – as they share and expand upon their adventures and misadventures as told in their memoirs, Dumesnil’s “Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood,” and Abildskov’s “The Men in My Country.”
Tuesday, December 24 at 10 a.m.
The Best Is Yet To Be
Five speakers will describe elements of positive aging. Sponsored by the Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging. More info www.dv-fa.org.
Friday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, December 21 at 12:30 p.m.
The Brown Act and Better Government Ordinance
The Brown Act, officially known as the Ralph M. Brown Act, is an act of the California State Legislature, authored by Assemblymember Ralph M. Brown that guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.
Saturday, December 7 at 3 p.m., Monday, December 9 at 6 p.m., Saturday, December 21 at 3 p.m. and Monday, December 23 at 6 p.m.
The Remarkable Return of Ambrose Bierce
As part of its year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation presents a discussion and reading by the playwright and lead actor of a new play, “The Remarkable Return of Ambrose Bierce.” Bay Area playwright Bart Schneider and veteran actor Felix Justice collaborate in a tribute to one of America’s greatest 19th century satirists and storywriters.
Friday, December 20 at 3 p.m.
The Road to Recovery
This program is produced and sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 29 at 2 p.m.
Tool Box for Doing Business in Today's Economy
This seminar brings strong economic research and analysis of the region’s potential, a report on new programs and funding for small businesses and the newest updates in the world of social media.
Friday, December 13 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Town of Danville 9/11 Ceremony
The ceremony was held at Oak Hill Park. It features an honor guard made up of area police and fire officials, scouts from many area troops, guest speakers and a flight of doves. The event is presented by the Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley. The keynote speaker is Larry W. Seaton, a member of the Tomb Guard Society and a former Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Sunday, December 8 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 2 at 8 p.m.
Veterans History Project of Rossmoor
Local war veterans tell about their military experience during World War II and Korea. The veterans were interviewed by the Rossmoor Video Club. The interviews were archived by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Vida Sana En Vivo
In collaboration with Contra Costa Television, Contra Costa Health Services is proud to present Vida Sana En Vivo. Vida Sana En Vivo is our award winning, Spanish language, health education program for residents of Contra Costa County. Its goal is to improve communication to our Spanish-speaking community.
Fridays at 5 p.m.
What is an Exchange and Why Should I Care as an Employer?
The Health Task Force addresses complex issues of health care policy and the effects of legislation on both businesses and residents of Contra Costa County. The task force plays both educational and advocacy roles, bringing together business and community leaders to explore and debate health-related issues, and advocating for policies and programs that support business interests while also enhancing our quality of life.
Friday, December 6 at 1 p.m. and Thursday, January 2 at 6 p.m.
Workforce Pipeline of the Future
Learn what changes our local Educational Institutions are making to prepare the youth of today for the jobs and much needed workforce of tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 4 at 3 p.m., Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m., Monday, December 23 at 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 24 at noon, Wednesday, December 25 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, December 31noon
Young Children's Issues Forum
This event is a forum for open dialogue and conversation between state legislators, local elected officials and the community regarding current children's issues. It is an opportunity to strengthen and publicly recognize the importance of "collaboration" during times of uncertainty and is a prelude to future conversations amongst county and state officials that December lead to the improvement of quality of life for children in Contra Costa County.
Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m.
Your Role as a Disaster Service Worker: Public Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves
This is a 12-minute video for public employees, including public health staff, county and city workers, police, fire and school personnel that are required by law to report for duty as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency or disaster. Produced by Contra Costa Health Services and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Office of Disaster Medical Services.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
This year's Youth Summit will focus on the topic of bullying and the role in which the victim, aggressor and bystander play when confronted.
Friday, December 20 at 10 a.m.
CCTV is Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. Programming subject to change.