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Calendar

Please submit your Calendar events by 5 p.m. Mar. 11 for the Mar. 20 issue. Items must be submitted by email to newsandcalendar@pioneerpublishers.com.

IN CONCORD

March 1
“The Creative Spark”
As part of the Concord Historical Society Speakers Series, author Michael Shapiro will discuss how to chart our creative paths and enrich our lives. His book, “The Creative Spark,” will be available for purchase. 2 p.m., Concord Museum and Event Center, 1928 Clayton Road. Free. Galindo Home open for tours, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. 925-818-2312.

Tuesdays
Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Todos Santos Plaza. pcfma.org.

IN CLAYTON

Feb. 19
Clayton Valley Village Annual Meeting
Public welcome. Doors open 6:30 p.m., meeting 7-8 p.m., Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. claytonvalleyvillage.org.

Travis Credit Union Road Ahead

FUNDRAISERS

Feb. 23
Veterans Hall/VFW Crab Feed
Doors open 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Dr., Walnut Creek. $50. RSVP by Feb. 14; chicken available by request when making reservation. 925-389-0057.

Feb. 29
Blue Devils Crab Feed
All you can eat dinner with salad, crab, pasta, garlic bread and dessert, plus silent auction, raffle, music and dancing to benefit B and C Corps. Door opens 5 p.m., Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord. $65 or $600 for table of 10 until Feb. 16. eventbrite.com/e/bd-performing-arts-crab-feed-fundraiser-tickets-75709943479. For info, contact Teresa Saunders at teresa@bluedevils.org.

March 7
Festival Opera Gala
“Carmen” themed evening with fortune telling, dinner, concert, dancing and auction to benefit the 2020 season. 6 p.m., Scott’s Garden, 1333 N. California Blvd. Walnut Creek. festivalopera.com/gala or 925-944-9610.

Second Sundays
VFW Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale
Pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, tea, juice, 8-10:30 a.m. second Sunday of each month, Veterans Hall, 2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord. $5, $3 for kids under 12. vfwpost1525.org.

YOUTH

Feb. 23
Contra Costa Camp & School Fair
Booths for camps, schools, preschool, STEM and STEAM programs, sports, cooking, enrichment, performing arts, scouts and YMCA. Coding workshop plus tennis, abacus and arts activities. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette. Free. contracostacampfair.com.

March 6
MDUSD Gender Spectrum Alliance Forum
Free for all students of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Speakers, student-led games, facilitated discussions and pizza, plus separate facilitated discussions for adult family members and allies. 4-8 p.m., Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, Concord. 925-935-5595 or claycordPFLAG@gmail.com.

SUPPORT

Feb. 18
PFLAG of Clayton-Concord Monthly Meeting
For adult family members and allies of LGBTQ+ people of all ages. 7 p.m., Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. 925-935-5595 or claycordPFLAG@gmail.com.

Feb. 24
Alpha Kick-Off Party
Explore the big questions about life, god and faith without judgment or criticism. Alpha is open to anyone and includes food, videos and conversation. 7 p.m., St. Bonaventure Catholic Community, Large Hall, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. stbonaventure.net/alpha or gcattalini@stbonaventure.net.

VOLUNTEERS

March 7, 14
Diablo Valley Literacy Council Spring Workshop
For adults interested in helping ESL (English as a Second Language) adults in the community learn the English language. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord. Volunteers must attend both sessions and commit 1-2 hours per week after match with a student. $20. RSVP at 925-685-3881 or dvlc4esl@gmail.com.

HEALTH

Feb. 19
Breast Cancer Update
With Dr. Tiffany Svahn. 6:30-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. RSVP to sgoldberg@dvohmg.com.

April 9
Advance Health Care Directives for Seniors Clinic
Legal clinic to prepare and notarize advance health care directives for those 60 an older in Contra Costa County. 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. Free. Call for appointment at 925-671-3320.

OUTDOORS

Feb. 15
Mushroom Program
Explore the wondrous world of fungi. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Summit Museum, Mount Diablo State Park. $10 per car.

Feb. 15
Amorous Amphibians
A guided walk for ages 5 and older to some ponds in Briones Regional Park, while describing the life cycle of newts, frogs and other amphibians. 10:30 a.m.-noon, meet at the top of Briones Road off Alhambra Valley Road south of Martinez. 510-544-2750.

Feb. 16
Eagle Peak Hike
Eight-mile hike with an elevation gain of about 2,100 feet. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., meet at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton. $6 per car. jvanakkeren@comcast.net.

Feb. 23
Frog Pond/Green Ranch Hike
A 9.5-mile hike with an elevation gain of about 2,100 feet. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., meet at Curry Point on South Gate Road on Mount Diablo. $10 per car. jvanakkeren@comcast.net.

March 4
Bird Walk
Guided walk suited for beginner birders. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton. $6 per car. onesuperhiker@aol.com.

ENTERTAINMENT

Through Feb. 22
“The Devil’s Music, the Life and Blues of Bessie Smith,”
The career, loves and losses of the “Empress of the Blues,” Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. www.lesherartscenter.org. 925-943-7469.

Through March 1
“White Guy on the Bus”
Exploration of race, B8 Theatre Company, 3503 Clayton Road, Concord. www.b8theatre.org. 925-890-8877.

Through March 1
“The Road Traveled”
Tamsen Armstrong paints the Western landscape. Main Street Arts, 613 Main St., Martinez. 925-269-8049 or mainstreetarts.net.

Through March 13
“Wild Jazz 5”
With East Bay watercolorist Joel Summerhill. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Artist’s reception, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 15. valleyartgallery.org or 925-935-4311.

Through March 22
“The Great Wave: Contemporary Art About the Ocean”
Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. www.lesherartscenter.org. 925-943-7469.

Feb. 21-March 14
“Natural Shocks”
A one-woman drama with an unexpected secret, Women of Words/Onstage Repertory Theatre. Campbell Theater.

Feb. 22-March 1
“A Raisin in the Sun”
Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful drama about a struggling African-American family, Pittsburg Community Theatre. California Theatre.

Feb. 22, March 14
Concert Series
Feb. 22: Jazz with Matt Zebley. March 14: Martin Morley & David Auerbach on piano and organ. 7:30 p.m., Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. $15 at the door. Contact Lyle Swallow at 925-689-5070 or lswallow@astound.net.

Feb. 27-March 21
“The Cherry Orchard”
Anton Chekhov masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. www.townhalltheatre.com. 925-283-1557.

March 1
Folk Legacy Trio
George Grove (Kingston Trio), Rick Dougherty (Limeliters, Kingston Trio) and Jerry Siggins (the Diamonds) sing “The Great American Folksong Book.” 3 p.m., El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St., Antioch. www.elcampaniltheatre.com. 925-757-9500.

March 7
The Sun Kings
“Abbey Road” and “Let it Be” albums in their entirety. 8 p.m., El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St., Antioch. www.elcampaniltheatre.com. 925-757-9500.

March 19-April 4
“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”
The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop assemble for an audition of their new show at a Westchester estate, Clayton Theatre Company, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton.

March 20-21
“Coppélia”
Full-length storybook ballet, Diablo Ballet. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. www.lesherartscenter.org. 925-943-7469.

March 20-29
“The Real Inspector Hound”
Tom Stoppard pokes fun at theater critics and murder mysteries, Pittsburg Community Theatre. Steeltown Coffee and Tea, 695 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

AT THE LIBRARY

Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. Full schedule at ccclib.org/locations/Concord.html. 925-646-5455.

AARP Free Tax Assistance, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 12. Make appointment at 925-405-5135.
Baby & Toddler Storytime, 10:15 a.m Tuesdays. Ages 0-3.
Forever Young: Adult Book Club, 4 p.m. Feb. 18, March 17.
Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages 3-5.
Meditation: A Common Sense Approach, 6 p.m. Feb. 20.
Coffee and Conversation, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, March 16.
Adulting 101 for Teens, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
ABCs of Medicare, 4 p.m. Feb. 26.
Adventures in Coding, 4 p.m. Feb. 27. Registration required.
Monthly Movie Night for Adults: “Harriet,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27.
Concord Knitting and Crochet Group, 1:15 p.m. March 1.
Concord Mystery Book Club, 1 p.m. March 8.

Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Full schedule at ccclib.org/locations/Clayton.html. 925-673-0659.

Children’s Winter Reading, through Feb. 29. Read and get prizes.
Patty Cakes Storytime, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages 0-3.
Picture Book Storytime, 11 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 3-5.
Clayton Knits, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24, March 9.
Create Bookmarks, 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Celebrating the library’s 25th anniversary.
All Abilities Playgroup Workshop, 11 a.m. Feb. 25. Ages 0-3.
Red Red Rose Painting, 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Ages 11-18; registration required.
Celebrate Horton and Dr. Seuss Craft, 4 p.m. Feb. 27.
Library’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. March 7.
Library Book Club, “A Man Called Ove,” 7 p.m. March 9.
Leprechaun Craft, 4 p.m. March 12.

GOVERNMENT

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.