Walnut Creek Library Group to host writer Howzell Hall



“Live! from the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. From the Library” will feature award-winning mystery writer Rachel Howzell Hall, a prolific author of mystery novels that includes a series featuring Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton, an African-American homicide detective, and Howzell’s latest thriller. Hall, “These Toxic Things.”

Mystery writer and animator David Corbett will engage Howzell Hall in a conversation about his writings and experiences as a mystery writer in the Los Angeles area. Free and open to the public, this event will be held on Zoom from 7-8 p.m. on February 8. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link and can be made online at wclibrary.org/live or by phone at 925-935-5395.

A native of Los Angeles, Howzell Hall graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English and American Literature. In 2002, her first novel, “A Quiet Storm”, was chosen as a “Gilmore Book Club” selection. Corbett is the author of six novels, including “The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday,” nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery.

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation (WCLF) raises funds to support Walnut Creek libraries and enrich the community through free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs. Previous “Live! Library programs can be viewed online. For more information about library programs and how to support WCLF, visit wclibrary.org online.



The City reminds that dogs over 4 months old must be registered

It’s a new year, so is it also time for a new dog tag? All dogs over the age of 4 months must be vaccinated against rabies and have a dog license from the city of Antioch, which must be purchased within 30 days of a new residence in Antioch or upon return from a new one. dog at home.

To purchase a license online, go to petdata.com/cs/ant. To purchase one by mail, send a current rabies vaccination certificate, sterilization certificate, and check for the correct amount to Antioch Animal Services, 300 L St., Antioch, CA 94509. To purchase a license in person , call 925-779-6989 to schedule one of the available appointments from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Bring a rabies vaccination certificate and sterilization certificate when you visit, and face masks are required.

City staff know it’s been difficult to get a vet appointment for a rabies vaccination during the pandemic, so they’ve waived the $34 late fee for not renewing on time and will continue to do so until July 1.

— Antioch City Manager’s Office


Contra Costa Con 3 postponed due to COVID concerns

Contra Costa Con 3 organizers have announced that the show has been rescheduled for April 10 at the Hilton Concord hotel.

“Due to the increase in omicron cases over the past few weeks, we felt it was in the best interests of our exhibitors and fans to bring our event forward by three months when the forecast is more favourable. for events,” said show producers Jay Bedecarre of Bay Area Festivals and Mike Mundy of American Brick Builders.

C. Andrew Nelson, who has portrayed Darth Vader in Star Wars for the past 25 years and was the first actor to officially portray Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, along with Alan Fernandes (Tusken Raider), will be at the April 10 event . plus other guest stars to be announced.

Toys, artwork, comics, LEGOs, cartoons, collectibles, games, clothing and more will be featured at this family show. Contra Costa Con 3 will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 10 with free parking at the Hilton. Contra Costa Con’s two inaugural shows at Concord were a big hit with attendees, many of whom came dressed in their favorite costumes.

The producers also announced that due to prior commitments on April 10, previously scheduled TV icons Jerry Mathers (Beaver Cleaver) of “Leave it to Beaver”, Jon Provost (Timmy) of “Lassie” and Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) from “Little House on the Prairie” will not appear again until July 17 at Contra Costa Con 4, also at the Hilton Concord. All health and safety protocols in place on April 10 will be required of anyone attending Contra Costa Con 3.

Featured guests can meet and chat with attendees, but the ticket admission price does not include photo, autograph or audio with featured guests. A free, family-friendly cosplay costume contest for participants will award cash prizes in different age groups. Registration for the contest will be taken during the day with a contest judging at 2:30 p.m.

New items and collectibles from Disney, Transformers, Funko Pop, LEGO, Pokémon, GI Joe, Marvel, DC, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, Hot Wheels and more will be available from the wide variety of exhibitors from the living room. Posters, cartoons, artwork, prints, t-shirts, hats, books, buttons, classic video games, jewelry and cards will also be featured. The Hilton Concord hotel is located at 1970 Diamond Blvd., two blocks from Interstate 680 in Concord. For more information, visit ContraCostaCon.com.

— Bay Area Festivals


Schools accepting intradistrict transfer requests in February

To balance enrollment among the Liberty Union School District’s comprehensive school sites, attendance zones for Liberty, Freedom, and Heritage High Schools were established.

Students who live within the district but would prefer to attend a school not designated for their area must apply for an intradistrict transfer. The open enrollment period is in February for students and parents to complete intradistrict transfer applications for the 2022-23 school year. Decisions on these requests will be made by May 13.

Intra-district transfer request forms will be available online at luhsd.net or can be picked up at the district office at 20 Oak St. in Brentwood from February 1. For any questions, contact Valerie Noble at 925-634-2166, ext. 2021.

—Liberty Union High School District

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