While the past wet weekend may have forced summer holdouts to finally pack away the hammock and get to cleaning out the gutters, pickleball lovers don’t have to part with their paddles. The City of Antioch has indoor pickleball at its community gymnasium, 4703 Lone Tree Way, on Sundays at 3 p.m., and the drop-in fee is only $5.

The sweater-worthy weather was also good for the first ‘snuggling up with a good book’ of fall. The Oakley Library is currently looking for volunteers to help homebound, book-loving residents do just that for the rest of the season. Volunteers get to introduce residents to new books by picking spines from the library based on the paired resident’s interests, delivering them to the person’s home and couriering books back after they’ve been read. For more information on the Books for the Homebound program, call 925-927-3240.

For readers in Discovery Bay, don’t forget Monday, Oct. 10, is the last day to sign up for the town’s Scarecrow Festival. Get your creative cap on and head down to the recreation department by 4 p.m. The entry fee is only $15! Your scarecrow will be displayed at the community center starting Oct. 21, and first- and second-place winners will be announced on Oct. 28, before the start of the free showing of “Beetlejuice” at the center. For more information, call 925-392-4575 or email mgallo@todb.ca.gov.

Over in Brentwood, Saturday, Oct. 8, is the Downtown Brentwood Coalition’s OktoberFEST, at the City Park, 710 2nd St., from 3 to 8 p.m. What better way to welcome October than with a celebration full of lederhosen, a wiener dog parade and beer-stein games. What’s more, admission is free. For more information on this Bavarian heritage celebration, visit https://goo.gl/egr5KU.

Lastly, while you’re out enjoying the fall fun our communities have to offer, be sure to note a new traffic signal in Brentwood. Although the hardware has been in place for well over a year, the traffic lights at the intersection of Central Boulevard and Dainty Avenue are now operational. Don’t let your brain’s autopilot fool you!

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