Free Food Offer: Score a Free Burrito From Chipotle


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The bad news (for Chipotle lovers): Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has temporarily closed all 2,000 of its locations during lunchtime on Monday for a companywide food safety meeting.

The good news: Chipotle wants to make up for it with free burritos for all.

How to cash in? Simply text the word “RAINCHECK” to 888-222, and Chipotle will text you back with a coupon for a free burrito in the next few days.
Chipotle has had a rough go after several foodborne illness outbreaks last year. The company saw its first-ever quarterly sales decline as a public company and reported a 44% drop in profit from a year earlier.

Chipotle also said it was served with a subpoena on Jan. 28, widening the scope of a federal probe into an outbreak of foodborne disease disclosed in January. The new subpoena requires Chipotle to produce documents related to companywide food safety dating back to January 2013.

Chipotle restaurants closed Monday during lunch to teach employees about new food safety measures. All restaurants will reopen at 3 p.m. local time on Monday.

LISTEN LIVE – Free Online Police & Fire Scanner


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CONFIRMED: Concord DUI Checkpoint Planned – Saturday


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There will be a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, Jan 2nd in Concord! We will be releasing the times and locations of the checkpoints soon! Stay Informed!

If you would like to updated on DUI checkpoints in Contra Costa, it’s HIGHLY recommended that you joining our email list, Facebook page, twitter feed or bookmark us and check back often!  We will continue to make people of Contra Costa County aware of DUI Checkpoints, Smog Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and other travel related events. As far as we know, DiabloReporter.com is the ONLY site that gives out specific times and locations of checkpoints in the County.

Law enforcement throughout Contra Costa County will be cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend. As part of the Avoid the 25, the anti-DUI task force will deploy officers countywide to arrest drunk drivers and keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired. People making plans for weekend trips and parties are encouraged to use a designated sober driver to prevent arrests or accidents. Drive safe and be responsible.

To report a checkpoints or for more information on the legalities concerning checkpoints, please visit our DUI page.

If you happen to drive through any checkpoints, send us your pictures or videos to diabloreporter@hush.com or submit the info here and we would be happy to share them with the rest of our community!

AAA Offering Free Tipsy Tow Services Tonight


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AAA’s “Tipsy Tow” initiative will be offering New Year’s Eve partygoers a FREE ride home tonight. No membership required. The company offers this in the hope of getting people home safely on one of the biggest party nights of the year.

Anyone who has celebrated the New Year with a little too much to drink will be able to catch a free ride with Tipsy Tow rather than risking more dangerous ways to get home.

The Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone. You do not need to be an AAA Member to take advantage of this service to the community.

AAA typically offers the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on the holiday to 6 a.m. the following day in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. For specific dates and times, see the list below.

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During the period Tipsy Tow is available, drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver’s home as long is there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You cannot make a reservation.

Whatever you do, please don’t drink and drive.

AAA offers the following tips to stay safe and keep others safe on the roads:

  • Drive only while drug and alcohol-free
  • Plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before a celebration begins
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away
  • Never ride in a car with someone who is impaired
  • Plan to take a cab or stay with a friend

We hope you all have a fabulous (& safe) evening!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Free Movie Showing: White Christmas – Orinda


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The Orinda Theatre Square is hosting a free movie night! The event will be held at the Oringa Theatre on Dec 10th, at 7pm. For more information contact the California Independent Film Festival by clicking here.

 

Journey to Bethlehem Nativity Scene – Plus Petting Zoo


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Christ Community Church is hosting a walk-through live nativity with scenes from the first Christmas. The walk through takes about 15-20 minutes. The church will also be hosting a free petting zoo and holiday refreshments. The event will be Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13@ 6:00-8:00 pm. It will be held at 1650 Ashbury Drive, Concord, CA.

To see photos of previous years’ events visit: https://www.facebook.com/journey2bethlehem2012

Holiday Events – Thru The First Week in December


Nov 27, 2015    5 – 8PM – Danville Tree Lighting Celebrations
Come to the Lighting of the Old Oak Tree on Diablo Road, Danville. Holiday entertainment & refreshments for the whole family! For more information, email: events@danvilleareachamber.com

Nov 28, 2015  – Dec 28, 2015  – Shadeland Ranch Holiday Faire       Since 1983, the Holiday Faire has been a seasonal tradition at Shadelands. During this two-week event, dozens of vendors will offer a wide variety of hand-crafted items and gifts for sale inside the Museum. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Nov 28, 2015  10-4pm – Holiday BOWtique – Brentwoodbow

Dec 2, 2015   5 – 8:00 PM – Light up the Night Tree Lighting

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The 8th Annual Light up the Night in Downtown Pleasant Hill takes place on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Join Santa along with Mayor of Pleasant Hill in lighting our spectacular 25-foot Holiday Tree on Crescent Drive.

Event highlights are:

    • Dance performances by Studio A Dancers
    • Free horse-drawn carriage rides
    • Caroling by the College Park High School Concert Choir
    • Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair (vendor applications here)
    • Free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies
    • “Elf on the Shelf” Treasure Hunt (at participating merchants
    • Costumed characters on Crescent Drive
    • Pictures with Santa

The event will be held on Crescent Drive in downtown Pleasant Hill. For more details call (925) 671-5229 or email Martin Nelis. For more information and entertainment schedule, click here!

Dec 3, 2015  5:30PM – Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Dec 3, 2015 – Holiday Parade of Lights, Open House & Tree Lighting Music and festivity will fill Broadway Plaza, beginning with a Retailer Open House at 6pm. At 7pm, find a good spot on Broadway Plaza Street for the Parade of Lights, which will end with a very special appearance by Santa Claus himself, who will light Broadway Plaza’s magical Christmas Tree and make it snow! The event will be held at 1275 Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek.

Dec 3, 2015 11-09pm –  9th Annual Spirit of Danville
Kick-start the season at the Spirit of Danville Holiday Shopping Event.Over 80 merchants and restaurants will be open late offering free wine tastings, hot cider, cookies, and other goodies along with great deals on gifts for everyone on your list.Take the free trolley between downtown and the Livery, and be sure to eat out because participating restaurants will be giving exclusive discounts to ticket-holders.So make your list, check it twice, and get a jump on holiday shopping at this enjoyable holiday event. The event will be held downtown Danville on Hartz Ave.

Dec 4 – 6, 2015  11-7pm  – Santa’s Bag Boutique 25th Anniversarylafayette

Dec 4, 2015 05:30 – 07:30PM – Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting           What would the holidays be without our annual Tree-Lighting Holiday Celebration? Gather family and friends, come play in a snow park (with real snow!), listen to live music and watch the ceremonial lighting of our spectacular 70-foot White Fir tree. The guest of honor, of course, is Santa Claus! Be sure to bring your camera and strike a pose with jolly old St. Nick.

There will be a variety of refreshments, activities for the kids – and this year, the Rotary Club will be on hand to accept donations for One Warm Coat. Bring your family and friends, your cozy attire, and help spread the holiday spirit! The event will be held at 61111 Bolinger Canyon, in San Ramon.

Dec 4, 2015  4-9PM – Martinez Holiday Frolic and Light Parade
The 2015 Light Parade and Holiday Frolic Activities have been scheduled for December 4, 2015, in Downtown Martinez. Snow park, ice rink, light parade, crafts, games and so much more will make Downtown Martinez the place to be! Holiday Frolic list of the days activities.  Ugly Sweater Contest – presented by Martinez Recreation & Barrelista Coffee House.

Dec 5, 2015 2-6pm  – Winterfest / Holiday Tree Lighting Festival
The City of Pinole is pleased to partner with the Pinole Chamber of Commerce to host the 2015 Winterfest / Tree Lighting. The event will include youth entertainment at the Pinole Senior Center and a festive Santa’s Workshop (Inside the Old Bank) along with face painters, balloon twisters, and vendors. This event expects to receive 2000 guest who will enjoy the holiday festivities. Vendors will be located on Tennent Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and Pear Street. If you would like additional information related to this event, please contact RJohnson@ci.pinole.ca.us or 510-724-9062

Dec 5, 2015 – Parade of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony
This Christmas, take a trip to the Wild, Wild West at the Discovery Bay Parade of Lights! Anything West Goes at this year’s parade, from the Wild West of the past, to the Western icons of today.The 13th annual Discovery Bay Parade of Lights will wind it’s way through the streets of Discovery Bay on Saturday, December 5 and will be immediately followed by the Discovery Bay Lions Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the shopping center. Enter your float, vehicle, golf cart, band, dance or walking group today! The event starts at 3pm and the parade starts at 6pm.

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Dec 5, 2015   3:30PM – Joy of the Holidays – AntiochHoliday-DeLites-2015

The event will be held at downtown Antioch at 2nd St. & W L St.

Dec 5, 2015  4 – 7pm  –  It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette

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Our “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration to kick off the holiday season is scheduled for Friday, December 5, from 4pm-7pm, in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, California. Free admission. Complimentary hot chocolate and treats will be provided. Food trucks will offer dinner items for purchase.

Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long. Throughout the event, there will be activities for the kids, light refreshments and lots of photo opportunities, including posing with Santa and Old Betsy. Where else can someone take such a fun holiday photo? Plus, while they last, Santa will be giving out limited edition goodie bags provided by Whole Foods.

Dec 5, 2015 – 4PM  – Concord’s Tree-Lighting and Santa’s Arrival
Come join the city of Concord in their tree lighting ceremony! Santa will arrive at 4 p.m and followed by on-stage entertainment at 5 p.m. School choirs and community entertainment on stage with traditional tree-lighting and holiday sing-along. The event will be held at Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord.

Dec 5, 2015  4PM – Oakley Christmas Tree Lighting
Join us at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5th, starting at 4pm at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main Street.  There will be non-profit booths with games and activities, choir performances, free refreshments and more.   Santa Claus will be on hand to visit and pose for photos.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment. The 30′ Christmas tree in front of City Hall will be illuminated at approximately 6pm.  For more information, call Cindy at 625-7044 or email:  coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us

Dec 5, 2015 – Clayton’s Tree Lighting & Caroling
Horse drawn carriage rides 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tree lighting and Caroling 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The event will be located downtown Clayton.

Dec 5, 2015 – Orinda’s Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival 
Tree lighting and Santa at Orinda Theatre Square at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 5 kicks off with a performance by Lamorinda Theater Academy and then continues with a visit from Santa, horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate, an ornament workshop and the lighting of the tree. Free movie night “White Christmas” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square in Orinda.

Dec 5, 2015 – Hospice of the East Bay Tree Lighting – Orinda
Hospice of the East Bay Tree Lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 5 at the beautiful old oak tree in front of the Bank of America in the Village Square Shopping Center in Orinda. The festivities begin with school choirs performing traditional holiday music under the direction of their teachers. Following the performance, the tree will be lit to honor those we wish to remember and Santa Claus will arrive on a Moraga-Orinda Fire District engine with treats for the children.

Dec 5, 2015 5:30 – 8PM – Moraga’s Live Nativity Scene 
See the Christmas story come to life at the 11th annual viewing of the Live Nativity at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church at 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga. The MVPC courtyard will be transformed into a Bethlehem manger from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. While the Courtyard will be a reverent scene, there will be additional activities, music and snacks in the fellowship hall. The sanctuary will be open for prayer and contemplation. Free.

Dec 6, 2015   10 – 4PM – Winter Wonderland Boutique – Brentwood
Please come on out and shop till you drop. We are offering over 40 vendors. Photos with Santa and raffles and lots of fun. Hope to see you there. The event will be held at Shadow Lakes Event Center, 801 Foothill Drive, Brentwood.

Dec 6, 2015 –  5 – 7PM  –  Holiday Tree Lighting – Hercules
To help our community during the holiday season, please feel free to contribute canned food items, gently used coats, and/or unwrapped toys. Please come and join us for an enjoyable evening on Sunday. Santa will be arriving at 5:30pm.

Did you see something we missed? Let us know below! Stay tuned for next week’s events! Let the festivities begin!