$25 Spay/Neuter for Pits & Chihuahuas


ARF has opened its clinic’s doors owners of Pit Bulls & Pit mixes as well as Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes.  They are offering spay or neuter appointments for these breeds for only $25! This service is available to all Bay Area residents.

If your interested in this program there’s a few things you should know first! ARF is a non-profit made up of volunteers. With that being said they do the very best they can but they have a limit so it may take up to a week to get a call back from them.  Appointments for this service fill up fast! So don’t be surprised if they schedule your appointment a few weeks out.  Also pain medication ($3.25) and recovery cone collars ($10) are optional and are available for an extra fee. They are worth the wait and an offer an incredibly low price! You will not find it cheaper anywhere else.

To schedule an appointment, please call 925.296.3125 and leave a message. One of our scheduling volunteers will call you back to set up an appointment.

Appointment Hours 
Wednesdays & Fridays
Drop-off: 7:30 – 8 a.m.; Pick-up the same day: 4 – 5 p.m.

All services are provided by appointment only – NO DROP IN SERVICE AVAILABLE

Animal Eligibility Requirements

  • Healthy dogs and cats between the ages of 17 weeks and 6 years old and weighing at least two pounds.
  • Dogs or cats must not have any signs of disease.
  • Dogs and cats must have a current rabies vaccination.
  • Dogs and cats must have a current distemper combo vaccination within one year.
  • The clinic veterinarian may disqualify any animal if, in his/her opinion, the animal is not medically sound for surgery.

For more information on ARF’s spay and neuter programs, please visit their website.

Partial Solar Eclipse – Happening Right Now


We are in the midst of a partial solar eclipse and there will not be one seen like this again until 2023.

What you see above is a simulation of the October 23, 2014 solar eclipse – at greatest eclipse (5:44 p.m. EDT) – from the vantage point of Canada’s Nunavut Territory near Prince of Wales Island. Notice that it is a partial eclipse. At greatest eclipse, from this prime location, the solar disk is 75% covered over by the moon. Everyplace else within the eclipse viewing area sees a shallower partial solar eclipse on October 23.

If you want to watch the eclipse directly, eye safety is of the utmost importance. That said, North America has a ringside seat to the partial eclipse of the sun on October 23. This eclipse is almost exclusively visible on land from North America.


Permanent eye damage can result from looking at the disk of the Sun directly, or through a camera viewfinder, or with binoculars or a telescope even when only a thin crescent of the Sun or Baily’s Beads remain. The 1 percent of the Sun’s surface still visible is about 10,000 times brighter than the full moon. Staring at the Sun under such circumstances is like using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto tinder. The retina is delicate and irreplaceable. There is little or nothing a retinal surgeon will be able to do to help you. Never look at the Sun outside of the total phase of an eclipse unless you have adequate eye protection.

One safe way of enjoying the Sun during a partial eclipse–or anytime–is a “pinhole camera,” which allows you to view a projectedimage of the Sun. There are fancy pinhole cameras you can make out of cardboard boxes, but a perfectly adequate (and portable) version can be made out of two thin but stiff pieces of white cardboard. Punch a small clean pinhole in one piece of cardboard and let the sunlight fall through that hole onto the second piece of cardboard, which serves as a screen, held below it. An inverted image of the Sun is formed. To make the image larger, move the screen farther from the pinhole. To make the image brighter, move the screen closer to the pinhole. Do not make the pinhole wide or you will only have a shaft of sunlight rather than an image of the crescent Sun. Remember, this instrument is used with your back to the Sun. The sunlight passes over your shoulder, through the pinhole, and forms an image on the cardboard screen beneath it. Do not look through the pinhole at the Sun.

Did you see it? Have you seen one before?

Free Haunted House Tour & Tastings – Jelly Belly

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A fun, family-friendly, tour addition!
Jelly Belly sets up its annual haunted house!
Part of the free daily tour! Daily through Halloween, October 31st.
Mon Oct 20 – Fri Oct 31, 2014

Step into our factory and smell the aroma of chocolate, peach, cinnamon, pineapple, or whatever is being cooked up that day and take a tour of Jelly Belly’s candy making factory in Fairfield.

During the 40-minute walking tour, Jelly Belly tour guides will show you a real working factory where we cook up over 150 different sweet treats. Learn the secrets to how we create the legendary Jelly Belly jelly bean and discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean.

FREE candy and guided candy factory tours operate daily from 9am to 4pm, except for New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. No reservation required.

For more information (800) 953-5592 or visit www.JellyBelly.com


Martinez Harvest Festival Tomorrow – Live Music


Looking for something fun to do Saturday? Come to the 1st Annual Harvest Festival A&Z Community Garden Saturday Oct 18, from 12-6pm! Donations of $15/adult and $7/child under 12 (age 4 and under free!) are kindly requested.


Enjoy live music by Snallywhackers (12-1pm), GarageLand Ro-Duo with Jay Olson (2:30-3:30pm) and Gigantis from 4-5:30pm.

There will be beer for those 21 and up from Ale Industries. Other activities include baby chick watching, kids crafts, a bounce house, the Briones 4H club with their animal friends, and a pumpkin dessert contest – bring your dessert for Chef Zach the Supertaster to judge!


The pumpkins are available and ready for you at their local pumpkin patch for no more than a $6 donation. They also have over 200 FREE pumpkins to donate to low income families with children. The pumpkins are grown in the Bay Area and proceeds support the garden!

Fresh produce grown from their community garden will be available! There will also be food from Sliders Truck and IzzyA’s Frozen Custard.  Face painting, glitter tattoos, henna tattoos by will be offered by Face Paint Events. Plus vendors like Backyard Mini Farming‘s Francelle Lusetti’s chalboard gifts, PolkaDotKreations, Bay Area Bee Company, Joanna’s Jewelry at D4D Creative, Relic Body Shop, El Gray Woodworking, and many more!

The A & Z Community Garden is located at 1761 Franklin Canyon Rd, Martinez, Ca 94553. For more information about A & Z Garden visit their Facebook page.

Beautiful Concord Sunset Tonight

Hope everyone enjoys this gorgeous sunset tonight!

Clayton Oktoberfest & Carnival – 50% Off Ride Tickets


Clayton Business & Community Association invites you to experience Oktoberfest “Munich Style” in picturesque Clayton, CA. Set under beautiful Mt. Diablo, it evokes a feeling of Bavaria. Clayton’s Annual Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th 2013. The Carnival rides open on Friday, October 4th from 6-10pm, one day before the Oktoberfest festivities.

Clayton Oktoberfest 2014 activities include a parade, tapping of the Keg ceremony, international music, bavarian dancers, street performers and a full carnival of fun! Also available is arts, wines, crafts, vendors, live music and tons of dancing!

The parade will be held 12 p.m. and the Tapping of the Keg Ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Biergarten on Saturday. Street performers will be performing randomly throughout the event. Of course there will be beer, lots and lots of beer so bring your stein.

Music by the Internationals
Saturday 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Bavarian Dancers
Saturday (times to be announced)

Friday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 am. – 6 p.m.

octfestVisit the Clayton merchants below to score some discount carnival ride tickets! These pre-sale ticketsare priced at $10 for 20 tickets. Get yours today before they sell out!To purchase your 50% off discount carnvial ride tickets simply visit one of the Clayton merchants listed below:

  • Ed’s Mudville Grill   673-0333
  • Skipolini’s Pizza   680-6888
  • Hairs The Place 672-6180
  • The Royal Rooster 672-2025

* It’s a good idea to call ahead and confirm tickets are still available!

For more information about the event visit: www.claytonoktoberfest.com.

FREE 2 YR CPR & AED Certification Card

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UPDATE: Due to registered participants not showing up; Sports Basement now charges $15 for the CPR & AED. This change is effective today, Oct 2 @ 2pm.

The Diablo Reporter is now CPR & AED Certified!!! We got our FREE 2 year certification card for successfully completing Sports Basement’s CPR & AED Course. This course teaches lay rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including sudden cardiac arrest, rescue position and choking for adult, child, and infant victims. Students also learn how to perform CPR using a barrier device and how to effectively use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) through hands-on training and classroom lecture. ashi The American Safety and Healthy Institute CPR/AED certification card for adult, child, and infant is issued after all class requirements are met. Check out the American Safety and Health Institute website here: www.ASHInstitute.org.


The Certification card is valid for 2 years depending on your skill level for the home and workplace. This class does not cover First-Aid and is not adequate for Heathcare Professionals. You must be 14 and older to receive a certification card (due to test comprehension and hands-on evaluation). Children under 14 are encouraged to take this course to learn the important skills but will not receive a certification card.

Class runs from 6pm-9pm. Please show up 10-15 minutes early as there is paperwork you need to fill out ahead of time. Class starts promptly at 6pm (if you are late you may be turned away for already missing vital information in order to receive a certification card). Please bring some kind of picture identification with you to class.  You only need to attend one class to become certified.

Please dress appropriately! You will actually perform CPR with dummies! This means, ladies, please no dress/skirts and crewneck shirts are better than blousy tops! There will be no breaks during this 3 hour time period (snacks/drinks are okay as long as they are not distracting).

Remember that this is a “Community CPR” class. If you’re in the medical/health field, this will not be sufficient enough for your needs. TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES –  CLICK HERE! NOTE: This class fills up fast and only allows 10 participants. If registration is FULL and you STILL WISH TO ATTEND THE CLASS and are sure you can make it; send us your full name and email address (for communication purposes only) and we will reply you with instructions on how to get into the class. Email us at DiabloReporter@Hush.com and add “CPR Class” in the subject line for quick admission.


Extreme Heat Advisory In Effect – Til Sunday


A blistering, potentially historic and record-breaking heat wave is beginning today in the West, and is forecast to last at least through the weekend. “An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if precautions are not taken,” the weather service warns.

Infants and children, the elderly, as well as those with chronic medical conditions such as chronic kidney disease, asthma, hypertension and diabetes are at increased risk for heat-related illness, according to Robert Glatter, emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He says to prevent the adverse effects of heat-related illness, stay in a cool air-conditioned environment with access to plenty of cool fluids, mainly water. The cause of the heat wave is a “massive and unusually strong high-pressure system” over the region, the weather service reports.


Check out this video on how to survive the blistering heat!

Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illnesses

Heat stroke—which occurs when the body can’t control its temperature—may result in disability or death if emergency treatment is not given. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses a large amount of water and salt contained in sweat.
Warning signs of heat stroke vary, but may include:
  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit, orally)
  • Unconsciousness
  • Dizziness, nausea and confusion
  • Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Paleness, tiredness, dizziness
If you see any of these signs for heat stroke or heat exhaustion, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency and should do the following:
  • Have someone call 911 while you begin cooling the victim.
  • Get the victim to a shady area.
  • Cool the victim rapidly with a cool bath or shower, or by sponging with cool water, until body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit, orally.
  • If emergency medical staff are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
  • Again, get medical assistance as soon as possible.

If a victim’s muscles twitch uncontrollably as a result of heat stroke, keep the victim from injuring him/herself, but do not place any object in the mouth and do not give fluids. If there is vomiting, make sure the airway remains open by turning the victim on his/her side.

Don’t Forget the Pets

Animals, particularly those that spend time outdoors, are vulnerable to the heat as well. Check out the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals websitefor important tips on keeping your pets protected from heat and other emergencies!   Hope everyone stays cool during this massive heat wave! Remember cooling centers such as libraries, community centers, and Sunvalley Mall are always a good alternative to maxing out your energy bill!

Zombie Apocalypse Course – Are you Ready?


This class is back by popular demand!!!! This course received OVER 12K page views and has been on our Top Post & Pages list since this time last year! As far as our search terms “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” is number 1 all time top search term and  “Zombie Preparedness” is number 2!


Imagine a viral outbreak has occurred wiping out a large majority of the local population and other major cities throughout the globe. The fatal virus is considered highly contagious and dangerous. Nicknamed the “Zombie Disease,” because those killed by the disease seem to be returning to life and prey upon the living. We are now facing a full-fledged attack. Those of us left alive must now ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here? How will we survive and support the existence of the human race?” 

Zombie Apocalypse is often used as metaphor for any major disaster or event. If you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, chances are you are ready for anything!

REI would like to invite you to attend the Zombie Preparedness Class, where you will learn valuable survival techniques that could save your life. These same techniques could be invaluable in any natural disaster in an urban environment. The survival of humanity may depend on you. Be prepared!


Zombie Preparedness Class will be held Wednesday Oct, 22, 2013 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Concord REI store.

The class is FREE and size is limited. There’s only 24 spots left! So if your interested, you may want to register early! For more information on class and register, click here.

Just for fun here are some interesting zombie flyers:

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*Note: These flyers are for entertainment purposes only & is not professional advice.

Could you survive a week-long natural disaster? Is there any zombie hunters out there that are up to the challenge? What do you think about the zombie attraction sweeping the nation? Are you ready for new episodes of The Walking Dead? Zombies – Love em or hate em?

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FREE Comedy Show – Big Headliner Tonight


Every First Wednesday of the Month, Mires like Fires brings an amazingly hilarious FREE Comedy Showcase to the Lounge in Clayton Valley Bowl.

This months headliner is Sammy Obeid. He’s has been featured on CONAN & America’s Got Talent and holds the world record for most consecutive days performing comedy with 1,001 nights in a row!

Show starts at 8pm in the Lounge of Clayton Valley Bowl. No tickets necessary just show up and take a seat!!