Please submit your Calendar events by 5 p.m. Dec. 4 for the Dec. 13 issue. Items must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K and 10K run/walk and Kids’ Dash. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. race. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. $40 for 5K, $45 for 10K. Benefits Compassion Outreach Programs at the Bay Church. turkeytrotconcord.org.
Giving Thanks Meal
All are welcome to a free Thanksgiving meal. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 4000 Concord Blvd., Concord. To arrange transport, call 925-864-6399 by Nov. 21. flcconcord.org.
Through Dec. 29
“Bring Beauty Into Your Life”
Paintings, jewelry, ceramics and metal sculptures for holiday gift giving. Main Street Arts, 613 Main St., Martinez. mainstreetarts.net or 925-269-8049.
Handmade gifts from jewelry and food to home goods. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek. bedfordgallery.org or 925-295-1418.
Nov. 16-Dec. 23
Holiday collection filled with gift options. Opening reception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16. Exhibit continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. valleyartgallery.org or 925-935-4311.
“The Christmas Ballet!”
Yuletide spectacular from Smuin Ballet, Lesher Center.
Hospice Tree Lighting
Honoring the lives of friends and loved ones. 5 p.m., John Muir Medical Center parking lot, East Street and Almond Avenue, Concord. Visit hospiceeastbay.org for info about other local lightings.
Gingerbread House Boutique
Featuring local artisans, hosted by the Concord Historical Society. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Concord Museum and Event Center, 1928 Clayton Road. Also, the Galindo House across the garden available for $5 tours 1-4 p.m., featuring themed Christmas trees. 925-827-3380.
Tamales & Bike Fest/Concord Tree Lighting
Bike Concord festival, with tamales, 3-7:30 p.m. Santa arrives via fire truck at 4 p.m., onstage entertainment, 5 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord.
Clayton Tree Lighting
Horse-drawn carriage rides, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; canned food donations requested. Tree lighting and carols, 6 p.m., Grove park, downtown Clayton.
Clayton Christmas Homes Tour
Featuring five homes, to benefit the Clayton Historical Society, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Buy $30 tickets by Dec. 7 at the Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St.,; R&M Gardens, 6780 Marsh Creek Road; or at claytonhistory.org. Same-day tickets $35 at the museum. Special after-party and dinner at sixth home, $35.
Uplifting songs to kick off the holiday season. Diablo Women’s Chorale. 4 p.m., Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. www.diablowomenschorale.org or 800-838-3006.
“A Christmas Carol”
The Charles Dickens’ classic, brimming with music and dance, Center REP, Lesher Center.
“(Not) A Christmas Carol”
A modern adaptation, Onstage Repertory Theatre, Campbell Theater.
“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Breakfast treats, music, fashion show and more, benefitting Solo Opera. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Macy’s in the Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord. $22, available through Eventbrite.
Dessert with Mrs. Claus
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. Free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult; donations welcome. claytoncbca.org.
Advanced Health Care Directives for Seniors
Legal clinic to prepare and notarize directives for seniors 60 and older in Contra Costa County. 9:15-11:30 a.m., Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. Free. Call for appointment at 925-671-3320.
Sundays through December
Local history, miners’ tools and mining town life are among the topics. 1-2 p.m., Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch. Meet the naturalist in the parking lot at the end of Somersville Road. ebparks.org or 888-327-2757, ext. 2750.
Three Canyons Hike
A 7.5-mile hike through Mitchell Canyon, Back Canyon and Donner Canyon, with elevation gain of 1,600 feet. Bring lunch. Rain cancels. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., meet at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton. $6 per car. email@example.com.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
“The Jazzy Side of Americana”
Concert featuring Cappell & Holt, 7:30 p.m., Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. $15 at the door. 925-672-4848 or cvpresby.org.
Through Nov 24
The popular, Tony Award winning musical, Pittsburg Community Theatre, California Theatre.
“Cinderella: A Fairytale”
West Coast debut of this family-friendly tale, Town Hall Theatre.
Through Dec. 15
“Off Menu: Contemporary Art About Food”
From Salvador Dali to Wayne Thiebaud. 12-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. bedfordgallery.org or 925-295-1418.
AT THE LIBRARY
Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. Full schedule at ccclib.org/locations/Concord.html. 925-646-5455.
Mystery Book Club, 1 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 8.
Coffee and Conversation, 2 p.m. Nov. 18.
Baby and Toddler Storytime, ages 0-3. 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays.
Forever Young: Adult Book Club, 4 p.m. Nov. 19.
Preschool Storytime, ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednedays.
Adulting 101 for Teens, 4 p.m. Nov. 20. Registration required.
Medicare Information Session, 11 a.m. Nov. 22.
Community Conversation on Homelessness, 4 p.m. Nov. 26.
Knitting and Crochet Group, 1:15 p.m. Dec. 1.
Medicare Information Session, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
Chill for Kids: Holiday Edition, 3 p.m. Dec. 5.
DIY Holiday Terrariums, for adults. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Registration required.
Holiday Crafternoon: Gingerbread Houses, 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Registration required.
Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Full schedule at ccclib.org/locations/Clayton.html. 925-673-0659.
Patty Cakes Storytime, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages 0-3.
Paws to Read, 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Registration required.
Picture Book Storytime, 11 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 3-5.
Picture Book Month Activities, 4 p.m. Nov. 21.
Clayton Knits, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 9.
North Pole Review with Fratello Marionettes, 4 p.m. Dec. 9.
Library Book Club Holiday Party, 7 p.m. Dec. 9.
1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Concord City Council
6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Concord Planning Commission
7 p.m. Council Chamber, Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Clayton City Council
7 p.m. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. ci.clayton.ca.us or 925-673-7304.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Clayton Planning Commission
7 p.m., Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. ci.clayton.ca.us or 925-673-7304.