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Edi Birsan, Concord Mayor

Mark your calendar for summer fun in Concord, from concerts to fireworks

CONCORD, CA (May 20, 2024) — This summer is shaping up to be busy for our residents and visitors on ...

After 30 years Mudville is still a Clayton favorite

CLAYTON, CA (May 20, 2024) — Ed Moresi knew the staff had planned a little celebration for May 3 to ...

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 19 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (May 19, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of May 13 through 19, 2024

So This Happened…Week of May 13 through 19, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 19, 2024) — A family tradition: Former College Park wrestler Amit Elor is heading to ...

Upcoming 80’s Bingo Night to raise funds for local non-profit groups

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 19, 2024) — Diablo View Rotary and Sustainable Contra Costa invite you to throw on ...
New Wave Nightingale

Stop! The last place that Qtip should be is in your ear

(May 18, 2024) — Did you hear that? No? Perhaps that’s due to the industrious nature of your ceruminous glands ...
Open House this weekend for Peacock Creek single-story executive home

Open House this weekend for Peacock Creek single-story executive home

CLAYTON, CA (May 17, 2024) — Introducing Peacock Creek’s most desirable contemporary single-story executive home, perfectly situated on a spacious ...
Contra Costa's smallest city welcomes all to their very big Pride Parade

The 3rd Annual Clayton Pride Parade returns Sunday, June 2

CLAYTON, CA (May 17, 2024) — Clayton Pride proudly announces the return of the largest Pride parade in Contra Costa ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of May 8 through 14, 2024

CONCORD, CA (May 17, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from May 8 ...
Teachers group to rally in Contra Costa County, may strike if no deal reached

Contra Costa County Office of Education Reaches Tentative Agreement with Teachers

PLEASANT HILL, CA (May 17, 2024) — The Contra Costa County School Educators Association (CCCSEA) and the Contra Costa County ...
Former College Park High athlete Amit Elor is headed to Paris on Olympic wrestling team

Former College Park High athlete Amit Elor is headed to Paris on Olympic wrestling team

PLEASANT HILL, CA (May 17, 2024) — When she was just three or four years-old Amit Elor loved to tag ...
Divided Concord council retains eviction policy for single-family homes

Divided Concord council retains eviction policy for single-family homes

CONCORD, CA (May 16, 2024) — The City Council voted 3-2 on May 14 to keep single-family homes in the ...
Aug. 20 deadline to take Concord's online survey on Rent Stabilization, Eviction ordinances

Concord enacts new rent rules after referendum fails

New drop-in times to guide landlords through provisions. CONCORD, CA (May 16, 2024) — As the city begins implementing its ...
Teachers group to rally in Contra Costa County, may strike if no deal reached

Teachers group holds rally in Contra Costa County, may strike if no deal reached

PLEASANT HILL, CA (May 16, 2024) — Teachers with the Contra Costa County Schools Education Association (CCCSEA) hosted a rally ...
Old Fry’s building to see new life with Urban Air adventure

Old Fry’s building to see new life with Urban Air adventure

CONCORD, CA (May 16, 2024) — Urban Air Adventure Park promises an extreme experience – from 40-foot climbing walls to ...
Jim Diaz, Clayton Mayor

Interim city manager ready to lead Clayton staff

CLAYTON, CA (May 16, 2024) — At the April 16 meeting, the City Council welcomed interim city manager Adam Politzer ...
At Guitars Not Guns, the message is simple – and heart-felt

At Guitars Not Guns, the message is simple – and heart-felt

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 16, 2024) — I’ve heard of Guitars Not Guns for years, however, I’ve personally never ...
Monkeys, Bluey and Dinos star at 33rd Bay Area KidFest in Concord

Monkeys, Bluey and Dinos star at 33rd Bay Area KidFest in Concord

CONCORD, CA (May 15, 2024) — KidFest opens its door next Saturday for the 33rd version of the Bay Area’s ...
It’s so sweet finding cherries at Concord's farmers market

It’s so sweet finding cherries at Concord’s farmers market

CONCORD, CA (May 14, 2024) — We’re jumping for joy because farmers are telling us that California’s sweet cherries are ...

Two-story executive style home in Clayton’s coveted Oakhurst/Eagle Peak

CLAYTON, CA (May 14, 2024) — Introducing a two-story executive style home in Clayton's coveted Oakhurst/Eagle Peak. This property features ...
Join the Father's Day Run for Rotary, June 16 at Concord's Newhall Park

Join the Father’s Day Run for Rotary, June 16 at Concord’s Newhall Park

CONCORD, CA (May 14, 2024) — Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise Rotary Club will host the 2nd annual Father's Day Run for ...

Concord YouTuber found guilty of reckless driving, speeding, and fleeing Police

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 13, 2024) — On April 3, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office won the ...
Jennifer Leischer Design and Decor

To Sell or Not to Sell 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 13, 2024) — We love our homes.  They are cozy, organized (or perfectly unorganized) just the ...
Officials investigating downtown Concord fire

Officials investigating downtown Concord fire

CONCORD, CA (May 13, 2024) — Cleanup of a two-alarm blaze in a vacant downtown commercial building kept roads closed ...
The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 12 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 12 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (May 12, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of May 6 through 12, 2024

So This Happened…Week of May 6 through 12, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 12, 2024) — Four defendants pled no contest to charges in the 2021 murder of ...
'Music means happiness' at Mt. Diablo student music Festival

‘Music means happiness’ at Mt. Diablo student music festival

CONCORD, CA (May 12, 2024) — Students from local schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District performed a year-end ...

Lisa Chow: A rich life that put others first

By David Scholz Her husband (and Pioneer correspondent) PLEASANT HILL, CA (May 12, 2024) — For 60 years, Lisa Chow ...

Concord seeks youth members for Parks Commission

CONCORD, CA (May 10, 2024) — Concord is conducting a recruitment to fill two youth member positions on the Parks, ...

The Firebird — A magical fairytale flies into the Lesher Center next week

WALNUT CREEK, CA (May 10, 2024) — Diablo Ballet closes its 30th, 2023 – 24 Season with the world premiere ...