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Parade inspires unity

Parade inspires unity

By Denis Perez, Assistant Photo Editor
September 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

EL SOBRANTE —  Community members, performers, schools, advocacy groups, religious congregations and vendors shut down the heart of San Pablo Dam Road for the 23rd Annual El Sobrante Stroll street festival and parade, hosted by the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. Contra Costa County Di...

Stroll builds community network

Stroll builds community network

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
September 16, 2016
Filed under Multimedia, Showcase, Spotlight

ALBANY — Families and vendors alike enjoyed the sunny day at the 42nd annual Solano Stroll on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., along a two-mile stretch on Solano Avenue in here. With rides at the beginning and end of Solano and vendors spread throughout the middle, it offered something for everyone....

Kickboxing course improves cardio, gets ‘heart pumping’

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
September 16, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

Most people have a passion for one sport that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. It will always be a part of them, and people find a way to share that passion. Physical education adjunct professor Alena Sumner teaches a very unique class that gets the heart and lungs going without t...

Mexican icon’s music, untimely death ‘crossed boarders’

Mexican icon’s music, untimely death ‘crossed boarders’

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
September 16, 2016
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

Iconic Mexican singer and producer Juan Gabriel (Alberto Aguilera Valdez) died of a heart attack on Aug. 28 in Santa Monica, California. He passed away while on his “MeXXIco Es Todo” tour in the U.S. Immediately after his death, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto offered The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico C...

Bay area ‘Poutine’ lacks tang, open late

Bay area ‘Poutine’  lacks tang, open late

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
September 1, 2016
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

Most restaurants are good because they have such a wide variety of items on the menu but there is always that one restaurant that specializes in just one thing, or different variations of one dish. And at that is the case at “Smoke’s Poutinerie” on Durant Ave. in Berkeley, near Telegraph. If...

Musical variety fills fall schedule

Musical variety fills fall schedule

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
September 1, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, Spotlight

The music department at Contra Costa College is preparing for big events and trips for the 2016 fall semester and 2017 spring semester. Music department Chairperson Stephanie Austin said she is “very excited” for all the events coming up. Her excitement peaked when she mentioned recent auditions. ...

Coaching hire revives program

Coaching hire revives program

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
September 1, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spotlight

After an abysmal showing in its previous two seasons, netting just one win in 2014 and forfeiting the entire season after one game in 2015, the women’s soccer team has plotted a fresh course starting with newly hired coach Brittany Castillo. After former coach Amanda Beckenhauer walked away from her co...

Change of scenery inspires fresh ideas, offers communal experience

Change of scenery inspires fresh ideas, offers communal experience

By Roxana Amparo, Editor-in-Chief
September 1, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Spotlight

Three years ago, the middle of Contra Costa College’s campus was an enclosed space that only construction workers could walk through. “And then it felt like it happened overnight. We are in these new buildings,” Buildings and Grounds Manager Bruce King said. “It just feels like wow, we are o...

Aqua Terra brings modern dining experience

By Denis Perez, Assistant Photo Editor
September 1, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Spotlight

The culinary arts department is working to establish Aqua Terra Grill as a legitimate dining experience, and a training kitchen that gives students a strong culinary education.  Culinary arts department instructor Claire Legas said people sometimes forget that Aqua Terra Grill is a training kitchen...

Richmond Grasps Rosie Record

Richmond Grasps Rosie Record

By Cody Casares, Photo Editor
August 25, 2016
Filed under Multimedia, Showcase, Spotlight

The Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park, along with other sponsors, hosted 2,275 attendees in Rosie the Riveter costumes, setting a new world record, at the annual Home Front Festival at the Craneway Pavilion on Aug. 13. The previous record was 2,096, set on Oct. 24, 2015 in Willow...

Mural represents communal growth, individual success

Mural represents communal growth, individual success

By Denis Perez, Assistant Photo Editor
August 20, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

RICHMOND — The Re-Entry Success Center unveiled its “Freedom’s Expression” mural located in its lobby on Aug. 15 to inspire the formerly incarcerated and bring the community together. Located on 912 Macdonald Avenue, the center provides resources and opportunities for the formerly incarcerate...

Mentor establishes legacy

Mentor establishes legacy

By Cody Casares, Photo Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Showcase, Spotlight

Automotive technology professor and former department Chairperson Peter Lock is retiring this year, leaving behind a legacy of mentoring and compassion. Lock is responsible for facilitating the careers of countless Contra Costa College collision repair graduates, who are now working in the industry. ...

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