Brentwood accepts panel redistribution motions



The City of Brentwood is asking residents to join the redistribution effort in 2021-22. Every 10 years after the updated US Census population data is published, the boundaries for the four boroughs of Brentwood City Council must be updated.

The council has approved the establishment of a redistribution commission, composed of five volunteer parishioners, who will solicit parish contributions to design two or more sets of district boundary maps for submission to the council. The council then selects one of the recommended cards without change.

“The city is looking for representatives from all four current boroughs to establish impartiality,” said Brentwood Mayor Joel Bryant. “We hope that this process will encourage more and more citizens to take part in the city’s election process.”

Residents interested in participating in the commission can learn more and apply at The application deadline is August 2nd at 5 p.m.

– City of Brentwood

The park’s water games are open to children until 7 p.m.

The City of Brentwood has opened several of its park water play areas to children. The water features of the Spray Pad are open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until October 31st. Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by adults and pets are not allowed. To counteract drought problems, all spray pads use 100% recirculated water, according to the city. Parks that have spray pads include Rainbows End Park at 1626 Marina Way, City Park at 710 Second St., and Blue Goose Park at 1765 Adams Lane.

– Judith Prieve, staff member


Online adult education course in classical music

The California Symphony regional orchestra, under the direction of music director Donato Cabrera, will present its expanded virtual adult education course for classical music “Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed” in July. Now offered in five 90-minute sessions with a new class streamed live every Thursday in July with teacher Scott Foglesong (the Chair of Musicality and Music Theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music). The courses will remain available on demand until July 31st. Access to the course is available online at for $ 30 per household.

This is the fourth summer of the course and the third edition online, a move that has quadrupled attendance and attracted adult learners to Illinois and Ohio. Many orchestras – including the California Symphony – offer adult education through pre-concert lectures that are only accessible after someone has already decided to go to the concert and bought a ticket.

In contrast, “Fresh Look” offers educational content as access to a better understanding of classical music in order to inspire the concert attendance and to make the experience there more pleasant. The introductory course lasts five weeks and attendees can use their registration fees as vouchers for future concert tickets. Course materials are available in English and Spanish, in addition to the Spanish translation in the on-demand videos.

– California Symphony

Donate fans to help seniors fight the heat this summer

To keep our customers cool and safe, the Diablo region of Meals on Wheels is looking for portable fan donations. So the group invites you to help out by joining the MOWDR fan club.

Donate a new fan and MOWDR will deliver it to needy seniors in the area. Donations can be sent directly to Meals on Wheels Diablo Region through Target, Amazon, or any other online retailer, or in person at 1300 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


BookFest Read-a-thon through July 31 will benefit children in need

Yours Humanly launched its BookFest Read-a-thon 2021, an Amazon-sponsored summer fundraiser that encourages reading while helping children in need around the world.

Attendees reach out to their family, friends, and community and solicit one-time donations to support their reading efforts on behalf of Yours Humanly, a global nonprofit based in Walnut Creek that provides access to quality education and equitable resources to children in need . Participants choose the amount they want to donate and the reading participants honor these sponsorships by doing something they already enjoy doing – reading. In this way, participants enrich their lives through books and at the same time enrich the lives of others who need educational help and support.

Funds raised during Yours Humanly Summer Reading will be used for its global projects to create safe and productive educational experiences for underserved children in the 2021-2022 school year. Yours Humanly 2021 BookFest Read-a-thon runs until July 31st, and registration is free and open to all individuals, families and communities worldwide. For more information and to register, visit

– You human

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