Join “Howl-ooo-ween” and trick-or-treat with the animals at Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s debut event for miniature ghosts and goblins and their families. Come in costume, enjoy story time, activities, animal encounters, food truck eats, cupcakes, candy and tote bags for trick-or-treating fun.

WHERE: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 5:30 – 8 p.m.; Sliders food truck will be in the parking lot beginning at 4:30 p.m.

COST: $10/members, $12/non-members. Free parking.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged: Please call 925 627 2913 or visit

About Lindsay Wildlife Museum: Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. The museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center where wild live animals are just inches away from visitors. The museum includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S. Lindsay Wildlife Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday; general admission is $8.50/adults; $6.50/children ages 2-17; $7.50/seniors age 65 and up, free for members. Free parking.

Check for hours and directions.

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The City of Walnut Creek’s all-abilities playground opened today, and as you can tell, it was a big hit.

The playground is located at Heather Farm Park off Ygnacio Valley Rd.

Click on the picture for a much larger view.

photo: Courtesy of the City of Walnut Creek (thanks!)


In support of San Antonio-based Tesoro Corporation’s recent launch of its charitable foundation, the Tesoro Foundation, a free workshop for local non-profits is being held Wednesday, November 12 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pleasant Hill Community Center is located at 320 Civic Drive.

Billed as, “Effective Board Fundraising: It’s Not about Asking for Money”, the workshop will feature a guest presentation by renowned board development and governance expert, Chuck V. Loring. During his presentation, Loring will provide tips on creating a fundraising culture, educating board members on fundraising and preparing staff members to best support board member fundraising.

Featured speaker Jared Skok, executive director of the Tesoro Foundation, will be on-hand to discuss Tesoro’s community investment strategy, funding priorities and application process centered around STEM education (Science Technology Engineering & Math), public safety and environmental conservation and sustainability.

“The Tesoro Foundation is actively seeking funding opportunities to invest in non-profits located in and around the communities in which we operate,” said Skok. “With our new initiative focusing specifically on education, safety and the environment, Tesoro is continuing its commitment to make meaningful improvements in our neighbors’ lives.”

The event is free and includes breakfast, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP for the workshop, attendees must go to event partner John F. Kennedy University’s website at and click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page.

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More than 100 Concord High School students and teachers, supported by a team of Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employees, will be out on Halloween night to “Scare Away Hunger” on behalf of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

The students have formed teams that will trick-or-treat for food and/or donations in selected neighborhoods in the greater Concord area. The purpose is to raise much-needed funds and food for the Food Bank, which currently serves one in eight residents. Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery is supporting the event with volunteers and vehicles, and is also matching dollar-for-dollar the funds collected or pounds of food donated for both the Food Bank and Concord High School.

The event starts at Concord High School on October 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. with an event kickoff dinner for the student teams hosted by Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery. Food Bank staff will be on-hand with scales to weigh the food that is brought in by the teams or dropped off by the public. All teams must return for final weigh-in by 8:30 p.m. Concord High School teams are competing against one another to see who can raise the most funds or pounds of food.

“This is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery Manager Steve Hansen. “Watching teams of students work closely (and competitively) alongside our employees for the benefit of those in our community who are hungry – well, that’s just a win-win.”

The collection areas covered will be in close proximity to the school. Several days before the drive, students will place bags on porches and return on October 31 to collect the donations. Folks who do not receive a bag and would like to participate may bring donations of food or funds to Concord High on October 31 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Concord High is located at 4200 Concord Blvd.

Larry Sly, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, said, “People shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. Currently, 1 in 8 residents receive food from the Food Bank and what’s making a difference for us in meeting the demand is how the community comes together with innovative ways to collect food and get the message out.”

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community since 1975, providing food to more than 188,000 people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies. The Food Bank distributed approximately 20 million pounds of food last year.



The following message about Ebola is from Kaiser Permanente:

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and recent cases here in the United States are serious. We want you to know that Kaiser Permanente is monitoring the situation closely and taking direct action in response to be sure we’re ready. As always, your health and well-being are our top priorities.

Most public health experts continue to believe it’s very unlikely that Ebola will become an epidemic in the U.S. Even so, we’re committed to being prepared in the rare event the virus does spread beyond the recent cases in Texas.

What is Kaiser Permanente doing to prepare?

We’re dedicated to protecting our patients, members, physicians, nurses, and entire staff. We’ve taken a wide range of steps to be ready to safely evaluate and treat anyone who might have Ebola:

  • We’re meeting or exceeding all recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are working closely with public health officials. This includes making sure our caregivers have the right equipment and training in case they do need to treat a patient with Ebola.
  • We’ve updated our clinical procedures and training protocols based on the latest information from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the handful of cases here in the U.S.
  • We’re following national and state standards for early detection and care.
  • We have an expert team of infectious disease and emergency management specialists overseeing the process to make sure our patients and staff are protected.

What to do if you have symptoms or think you’ve been exposed Public health experts have confirmed that Ebola can only be spread through direct contact with the body fluids of someone sick with Ebola, or objects contaminated with the virus (like needles).

This means:

  • Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact.
  • Ebola can only be spread when people who have the virus are actively showing symptoms.

If you recently traveled to Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia and have a fever or are otherwise ill, or you’ve been in contact with someone who was diagnosed with Ebola, call your Doctor or Advice Nurse.

Please call us before coming to a Kaiser Permanente facility. This will help our medical staff direct you to the right location and quickly provide you with the best care possible. However, if you reasonably believe you’re experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

What are the symptoms?

The most important early symptom of Ebola in someone who’s been exposed to the virus is a fever. Patients may also have: headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, or abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anytime from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus, though 8 to 10 days is most common.

QUESTION FROM CLAYCORD: Do you think people are over-reacting when it comes to Ebola?


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The City of Walnut Creek’s new all-abilities playground at Heather Farm Park will open tomorrow, Saturday, October 25th.

The City will hold a community celebration for the new playground. Pre-event festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 10 a.m.

RELATED STORY: Under Construction: Walnut Creek’s All-Abilities Playground


A jury has convicted a homeless man of killing another transient man in a homeless encampment in Concord in 2012, according to prosecutors.

James Riley, 40, was found guilty in a Martinez courtroom this morning of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon for the December 2012 strangling death of 47-year-old Jerald Nagle, according to Deputy District Attorney Simon O’Connell.

His sentencing is scheduled on Dec. 5.

Prosecutors said Riley and Nagle got into a fight over drugs and money that ended with the defendant beating and strangling Nagle in an encampment near an Interstate Highway 680 on-ramp in Concord.

An autopsy showed Nagle’s official cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation.

According to local homeless advocates, Nagle grew up in Pacheco and had lived in homeless encampments in the Concord area off and on for nearly a decade leading up to his death.



Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord.

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The battle of the Claycord Cup goes down tonight when Clayton Valley Valley Charter High School faces Concord High School.

The varsity football game starts at 7pm at Concord High School on Concord Blvd.

Both teams are 7-0 this year, and both teams average about 50 points per game.

The game will be on Comcast Home Network, with pregame starting at 6pm.

This is the 6th year the two teams have played for the Claycord Cup. Overall, Concord High School leads 3-2 since the battle began in 2009.

Here are the results:

2009 – 1st Claycord Cup – Concord Wins 56-20
2010 – 2nd Annual Claycord Cup – Concord Wins 50-14
2011 – 3rd Annual Claycord Cup – Concord Wins 42-0
2012 – 4th Annual Claycord Cup – CVCHS Wins 49-6
2013 – 5th Annual Claycord Cup – CVCHS Wins 49-48

Good luck to both teams!



A former Concord schoolteacher who was acquitted of 21 charges of child molestation and nearly acquitted of 95 other charges will be re-tried, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has announced.

Joseph Martin, 46, of Martinez, will again go to trial on charges that he molested multiple former students at Concord’s Woodside Elementary School, prosecutors said. The decision to re-try him comes two months after a jury hung over most of the charges against Martin, acquitting him of 21
charges and tilting heavily toward acquittal on 95 additional charges.

The jury voted 9-3 to acquit Martin of charges related to 10 victims and 11-1 to acquit him of charges related to the 11th victim.

However, Deputy District Attorney Derek Butts said, [CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY....]




The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

What’s your favorite sporting event? World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals, WrestleMania, World Cup, Olympics, etc.?

Talk about it….



This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view.

This week, Concord had 21 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 17, and before that, Concord had 9 burglaries.

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above might not include burglaries that are still under investigation.



Currently, there are no reported cases of Ebola in Contra Costa County, and any rumors that a person has ebola are untrue.

Contra Costa is prepared to respond to a communicable disease outbreak, including Ebola. Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is working with local hospitals and the California Department of Public Health to ensure that clinicians and hospitals countywide are educated and prepared.

“It is unlikely that a case of Ebola virus will occur in Contra Costa, however if a suspect case should occur, there are systems in place to ensure a quick response from the department and the medical community, and to maintain public safety,” according to the Contra Costa Health Department.

RELATED STORY: EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Hospital Now Houses Fifth U.S. Containment Unit For Treatment Of Ebola, Activates Ebola Response Team





There it is, today’s partial eclipse of the sun!

It’s over now, but at about 3:30, about 40 percent of the sun was covered, which was the maximum amount that was covered during the event.


A five vehicle, injury collision has been reported on northbound I-680 near Concord Ave. in Concord, according to ConFire.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area until further notice.

UPDATE: The road is back open.