October 16, 2020
Spooktacular October fun!
S'more Camp Concord
A Virtual Campout
Saturday, October 24th
starting at 5:45pm
Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy a fabulous night of camp memories along with some fundraising, dinner, wine, and S'mores as we gather virtually to benefit the Friends of Camp Concord and their mission of sending deserving kids and families to Camp!

We think this online Campout will help fill the need created when we were forced to cancel camp this year by bringing you the joys of Camp Concord while safe at home. Registration is free with an option to donate and receive one of our custom S'more boxes.

Included in a S'more box:
  • Choice of a full catered meal or charcuterie box by Fraiche catering
  • Wine by VJB Cellars, and Wellington Cellars
  • Two Camp Concord bandanas that can double as a face mask
  • and what's a campout with out of course S'mores!

Click the register below to register for S'more Camp Concord!
Halloween Workshops
Halloween Cooking Workshop
Centre Concord Kitchen
Ages: 6-13
October 29, 3:30-5:30pm
Our cauldron is primed to teach kids to cook some spooky Halloween treats: mummy mini pizzas, spaghetti and eyeballs, and witches' broomsticks. This one-day class includes a cooking demo and a ghostly Halloween story.
Spooktacular Haunted Houses
Centre Concord
Ages:  6-11
October 30, 3:00-4:30pm
This Halloween season, join Play-Well TEKnologies for a LEGO haunted house workshop! Participants will design their own custom haunted houses, complete with rickety staircases, boarded up windows, and the creepiest yard on the street.
Pumpkin Contest
The City of Concord is celebrating spooky season with a Pumpkin Contest! Community members can submit pictures of their carved or painted pumpkin to events@cityofconcord.org. Submissions will be posted to the City of Concord Facebook page, and the participants who submit the top 3 most “liked” pictures will win donated gift cards!
Celebrating Halloween
For more information on safe and encouraged ways to celebrate Halloween this year, check out this video from Contra Costa Health Services:
in your words...
We love to hear how much you enjoy our programs and facilities! Here's a note from Wendy:
I have never drawn anything other than stick figures before. The Draw and Sketch from SHAPES class is suitable for beginners (like me). My mom is on the East Coast and is actually interested in taking this class, something cool to do ‘together’ during the pandemic.   

Experience one of our virtual adult enrichment class for yourself! **keep scrolling down for in-person classes.

Gentle Yoga (Zoom)
Pilates (Zoom)
a penny for your thoughts...
Class Interest Survey
What kind of enrichment classes do you want to see? We want to know! Complete our survey so we can better serve you. 
Shape the future of Ellis Lake Park
The City of Concord is partnering with First 5 Contra Costa and Monument Impact to pursue a State of California grant that would provide funding for improvements to Ellis Lake Park, and we need your input! Designing the improvements with significant community input will encourage higher usage, better protection, and a safer environment. Click on the link below for more information on the grant and to register for virtual meetings to share your input and ideas. Future meeting dates are: October 26, November 12 and November 18.
upcoming events
Unity Day
Join the City of Concord in celebrating Unity Day this Wednesday, October 21, by wearing orange. Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, aims to bring awareness to and prevent bullying in schools and communities. Orange, a color described as warm and inviting and is associated with safety and visibility, making it the perfect color to spotlight this important and prevalent issue. The day's goal is to bring together community members to emphasize that bullying is not acceptable and that everyone deserves to be safe online and in the community. 
 
This year, we are inviting the community to visit a select park and look for one of 48 Unity Day rocks. These rocks will be orange and carry a message of kindness, acceptance, and tolerance! These orange Unity Day rocks can be found at the following parks next week: Concord Community, Meadow Holmes, Ellis Lake, Newhall, Dave Brubeck, and Todos Santos.
The City of Concord is excited to partner with Visit Concord on a virtual Oktoberfest celebration! Order a “Porch Pour Party” package and turn your backyard into a mini beer garden or revel in the comfort of your couch as you enjoy some of Concord’s best brew throughout the month of October. Partnered breweries include; Concord Tap House, E.J. Phair, Epidemic Ales and Hop Grenade.
Time change is near! Remember to set your clocks back one hour on November 1.
calling all 50+ better
Medicare Changes for 2021
Ages 50+
Monday, Nov. 9 @ 9:30am
Zoom
Get an overview of the 2021 changes affecting Medicare Prescription and Advantage Plans in Contra Costa.
If you are interested in this free class, register online or call 925-671-3320.
Home Ownership Protection Webinar
Ages 50+
Friday, Nov. 20 @ 11:00am
Zoom
Tips on how to protect the equity in your home, how to age in place, and how to navigate home ownership as you age.
get active--in person!
Who's ready to get outside (or at least out of your own house) to exercise, socialize or learn something new? We've added limited in-person classes, as permitted by the county health order. Click on each class link for details and simple online registration!

Come trek with Lindsay Wildlife Staff on a short walk in Lime Ridge Open Space developed specifically for the little ones. We'll learn about plants and animals of Lime Ridge and engage in some fun activities along the way.

Preschool Explorers: Begins Nov. 3
Come explore what being a preschooler is all about! Crafts, science, and sensory experiences, all centered around the monthly theme, will inspire creativity and learning.

Zumba and Zone: Begins Nov. 3
We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. With Latin and World rhythms we add resistance by using Zumba Toning Sticks (or light weights), helps you focus on specific muscle groups. 

Active Adult Fitness: Begins Nov. 4
Join us for body conditioning of heart pumping, fat burning and muscle toning circuit training! This slow to medium paced, full body workout will challenge individuals of all fitness levels.

Fit and Low Stretches: Begins Nov. 5
Are you an older adult seeking a total body workout? Increase flexibility, balance, joint coordination, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance with a complete series of seated standing positions.
We’ve gone digital!
Our printed Activity Guide is taking a break this Fall, with plans to return with a whole new look sometime in 2021. In the meantime, you can still view all our classes on the Activity e-Guide, located on the City website. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Stay in touch with us on Facebook!
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Stay in the know...
Check out our new page, What's Happening!, on the Parks & Recreation website. Stay on top of new recreation programs, park updates, reopening logistics, community blood drives and more can be found here.
contact us
While our facilities remain closed for rentals and regular business hours, some facilities are open for specific programs as permitted by Contra Costa Health Services (for example, pool for lap swim, Centre Concord for preschool, etc). Even with our physical doors closed, Parks & Recreation Department staff is open and available to assist you over the phone so please contact us at:

Centre Concord: (925) 671-3382
Concord Senior Center: (925) 671-3320
Willow Pass Center: (925) 671-3423
Concord Community Pool: (925) 671-3480
Concord Registration: (925) 671-3404

The Parks & Recreation Department will continually update the City web page dedicated to the COVID-19 issue as it relates to City programs, events, activities, and facilities so please check back often.