Sad news out of Antioch this week. Longtime resident and former mayor Barney Parsons died on Monday of natural causes. The 82-year-old Parsons served on the Antioch City Council from 1972-1976 and was mayor in 1973. He also sat on numerous boards including the Tri-Delta Transit board for 26 years and started the Antioch Redevelopment Agency and organized what is now the Nick Rodriquez Community Center. He will be greatly missed.

On a happier holiday note, everyone loves a parade as was evidenced last weekend during Brentwood’s downtown Holiday Parade and Winter Walkabout. This Saturday it’s Knightsen’s turn to host their inaugural parade and tree lighting event. Hosted by the Knightsen Garden Club, the fun starts at 3 p.m. and will take place downtown. 

And while you’re deciding where to spend your holiday nonprofit dollars this season, consider the Alzheimer’s Association. The Order of Red Men/Pocahontas is hosting a fundraising dinner supporting the Alzheimer’s Association on Dec. 7. For reservations and additional information call Lidia Artero at 925-432-6398 by Dec. 3. 

What is it about East County residents that make them such super contestants on Family Feud? For the second time in nearly as many months, a local family has appeared on the popular game show. The Mintons from the Antioch-Pittsburg area were scheduled to appear on the show this week. Check your local listings for dates and times.