All About Living in Contra Costa County

Neighbors met some of the finest law enforcement and first responders as part of National Night Out at the Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm on Tuesday, August 1.

Neighborhood Watch organizers, Pete Sabine, Michael Moore and Lori O’Brien, are partnering with their neighbors and local law enforcement for National Night Out.

“I like it because it’s a real community involvement event. It’s an opportunity to talk in a relaxed atmosphere with local law enforcement and emergency first responders,” Alhambra Valley resident and NNO event sponsor Pete Sabine said. “It’s a time to get to know your neighbors, get to know your police force, just a great time for interaction. A chance to see the police in a different light. It’s one of the nights that I enjoy more than most.”

The event was hosted at the Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm at 2647 Reliez Valley Road, Martinez, from 6 pm to 9 pm. The event was free, and all were welcome.
This year, the Food Bank of Contra Costa – Solano benefitted from a fundraising food drive at the event. Attendees who bring a food donation received a free raffle ticket to the main event prize raffle.

Several first responders will be at the event, including Martinez Police Department, Contra Costa Fire Protection District, American Medical Response, East Bay Parks Regional Police, the California Highway Patrol, and the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. A BBQ food truck, face painting for the kids, ice cream sandwiches (sold by a local Boy Scout pack) and free bicycle safety information for parents.

There was dancing to the live music by Jinx Jones and Mitch Polzak, Steel Smokin’ BBQ food truck, ice cream treats from local Boy Scouts, safety demonstrations from local law enforcement agencies, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) disaster preparedness information, child ID program information, displays from local fire department and other emergency first-responders, face painting fun, and an animal petting zoo.

National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the U.S., held the first Tuesday of August. The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The “Night” is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
Over 500 community residents attended this National Night Out event. For more information call Pete Sabine (925) 297-5335.

National Night Out Alhambra Valley was made possible by…

Event sponsors
Music Sponsor - Pete Sabine, Michael Moore & Lori O’Brien – Pacific Union Real Estate
Children’s Entertainment – Lara DeLaney – Martinez City Council
Prize Wheel – Golden Gate Petroleum
Photo Booth – Noralea Gipner – Martinez City Council
Event Sponsor – ADT Security

Event Entertainment
Live music featuring- Jinx Jones, Mitch Polzak & the All Star Band
Kid’s fairy tale fun – Andrea Gaspari
Animal petting zoo & pony ride – Sheli Cordova
Face painting & balloons – Happily Ever Laughter
Taekwondo demo – Master Schrieber’s ATA
Boy Scout skills demo – Troop 1351

Event Planning Committee and volunteer staff
Kristina Gilbert
Lori O'Brien
Paul Abelson
Lesley Stiles
Mark & Bea Scheberies
Michael Moore
Petal Turner
Pete Sabine
Stephen Maris
Forest & Jim Rosenquist
Clifford Chan
Klaus Berkner
Laura Lawrence
Shelley Owens
Zaki Wood
Harry Wood
Beth Rainsford
Judi Clark
Michael Hardy
Brian Lindbloom

Bill’s Ace Hardware – Bill & Denise Wygal
Ring Camera – John Inman
Bay Alarm Company
Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm – Mark & Bea Scheberies
Republic Services – Anne Baker
Bay Area Barricades - Craig Songster
Flagstar Bank – Cathy Gromacki
Oasis Veterinary Clinic
Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District
Karen Bellesi
Petal Turner
Stephen Maris
Busby Construction
GLT Sign Solutions – Martinez
Studio One - Marie Arata
Helen Fischer
Nancy Hobert
James & Marilyn Thelen

Support by our local law enforcement and first responders

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Contra Costa County’s pleasant lifestyle combines Mediterranean climate and scenic
surroundings with excellent schools, abundant recreational facilities, a variety of cultural
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Contra Costa County’s pleasant lifestyle combines Mediterranean climate and scenic
surroundings with excellent schools, abundant recreational facilities, a variety of cultural
programs and highly developed shopping centers. California’s relaxed living style is enjoyed to
its utmost in Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa County has a variety of attractive residential areas offering different lifestyles.
There is a wide choice of planned unit developments, condominiums, apartments, country
homes and suburban tracts and custom homes of all styles and sizes. Most residential
communities provide nearby amenities such as swimming pools, stables, tennis courts and
golf courses. Cities are increasingly well planned with ample areas designated for open space.
They are well governed by their respective city councils.

Contra Costa County has a place of worship for almost any religious affiliation. With twelve
major hospitals, numerous “urgent care” centers, and an extensive paramedic program, the
county health care is excellent.

Recreation facilities are abundant in Contra Costa County with nearly 50,000 acres of land
dedicated to Regional Parks. Boating, fishing, water sports, trail riding and camping are
offered by the 15 large recreational areas. Skiing and mountain recreation are available within
an easy three hour drive to the Sierra Nevada Range.

Neighborhood Parks and community associations offer hundreds of activities, classes and
programs for all ages. Golfing and horseback riding facilities are excellent and abundant.

Contra Costa’s public school system has an excellent reputation. Educational programs are
geared to individual needs. There has been continued growth of educational options open to
parents and children, such as the Academics Plus program stressing highly structured course
work and the flexible Open Education Program. Contra Costa is noted for its excellent special
education programs.

The Contra Costa Community College District is comprised of three colleges: Contra Costa in
San Pablo, Diablo Valley in Pleasant Hill, Los Medanos in Pittsburg. In addition to tuition-free
courses, the tax supported Colleges offer an array of cultural activities, entertainment, business
services and facilities.

Excellent technical and vocational schools are found throughout the county. Four-year college
students have a choice of several fine institutions of higher learning in the area. Among these
are Stanford University in Palo Alto, The University of California at Berkeley, California State
University of Hayward, Mills College in Oakland and St. Mary’s College in Moraga. John G.
Kennedy University in Orinda offers advanced degrees in law and business, and is especially
designed for the working adult.


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