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The Pioneer's Summer 2024 calendar of events and activities, July 14 update

The Pioneer’s Summer 2024 calendar of events and activities, July 14 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (July 14, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of July 8 through 14, 2024

So This Happened…Week of July 8 through 14, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 14, 2024) — Concord police arrested seven people who they say were stealing from Ulta ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of July 3 through 9, 2024

CONCORD, CA (July 12, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from July 3-9, ...

July 11 Music & Market cancelled due to hot weather

CONCORD, CA (July 11, 2024) — Due to extreme heat, the July 11 Music and Market event in Concord has ...

Open House July 13: This 4-bedroom Bay Point home shines with natural light

BAY POINT, CA (July 11, 2024) — Welcome to this delightful 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in the San Marco subdivision, offering ...
New health permit in Contra Costa allows home kitchens to sell meals to the public

New health permit allows Contra Costa home kitchens to sell meals to the public

CONCORD, CA (July 11, 2024) — Contra Costa residents interested in selling home-cooked food to the public can now get ...
7 arrested in Concord Police anti-shoplifting operation

7 arrested in Concord Police anti-shoplifting operation

CONCORD, CA (July 11, 2024) — Concord's Financial Crimes Unit teamed up with the Traffic Unit and Patrol Officers to ...
Jennifer Leischer Design and Decor

A solid budget with ­reserves is essential to any home project

(July 11, 2024) — Construction project budgets are not for the timid. Anyone who has taken a tour through Home ...
Creating sculptures with multigenerational hands at Pleasant Hill Library

Creating sculptures with multigenerational hands at Pleasant Hill Library

PLEASANT HILL, CA (July 10, 2024) — Young and old alike braved the sweltering triple digit July heat to take ...

New executive director joins Meals on Wheels Diablo Region

WALNUT CREEK, CA (July 10, 2024) — Meals on Wheels Diablo Region has announced that David Linnell will lead the ...

Mount Diablo’s early settlers understood land management

CLAYTON, CA (July 10, 2024) — The diaries of the first Europeans to set eyes on the Mount Diablo region ...
Explore London’s ‘other’ world in fanciful ‘Neverwhere’

Explore London’s ‘other’ world in fanciful ‘Neverwhere’

(July 9, 2024) — If you’ve never read Neil Gaiman, “Neverwhere” is a fine place to start. Gaiman is that ...

Break the cycle of ­unhealthy eating

(July 9, 2024) — It is not the size or shape of your body. It is the health of your ...
Tim Grayson 15th

Variety of factors make state budget process complicated

(July 8, 2024) — Depending on whom you ask, California is either the 5th or 6th largest economy in the ...
Concord newlyweds meet after 50 years

Concord newlyweds meet after 50 years

CONCORD, CA (July 8, 2024) — Home to mostly rants about uninvited cats in backyards or slow restaurant service, the ...
The Pioneer's Summer 2024 calendar of events and activities, July 7 update

The Pioneer’s Summer 2024 calendar of events and activities, July 7 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (July 7, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of July 1 through 7, 2024

So This Happened…Week of July 1 through 7, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 7, 2024) — Yup, it was hot. A triple-digit scorcher. But everyone still managed to ...

Measure X funded youth centers implementation plan – Public input needed

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 6, 2024) — The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) and Contra Costa ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of June 26 through July 2, 2024

CONCORD, CA (July 6, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from June 26 ...

Clayton celebrates 4th of July with annual parade

CLAYTON, CA (July 4, 2024) — Clayton brought the stars, stripes and red, white and blue to its annual 4th ...
Pleasant Hill 4th of July parade snapshot of Americana

Pleasant Hill 4th of July parade snapshot of Americana

PLEASANT HILL, CA (July 4, 2024) — Young and old, and every age in between, turned out for Pleasant Hill’s ...

Hot days make for a slightly different 4th of July parade in Concord

CONCORD, CA (July 4, 2024) — This week's heat wave likely kept some folks away from this year's 4th of ...
New Wave Nightingale

Kennedy’s infection sheds light on parasitic dangers

(July 3, 2024) — When news of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr.’s bout with a parasite dropped last month, it ...

Fireworks are Illegal in Contra Costa County

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 3, 2024) — Fireworks are both dangerous and irresponsible with current fire danger. They are ...

Red Flag Warning: Briones, Black Diamond and Morgan Territory among parks closed this week

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 2, 2024) — Many East Bay Regional Parks will remain open for visitors during this ...
Concord to close open space areas due to extreme fire danger

Concord closes open space July 2-3 due to fire danger

CONCORD, CA (July 2, 2024) — Contra Costa County is under an excessive heat warning as temperatures are expected to ...

Dog-gone it. . . That ­pavement gets hot

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 2, 2024) — Many pet owners enjoy taking their dogs to warm-weather events like festivals, ...
Concord's Corner Kitchen delivers quality at a reasonable price

Concord’s Corner Kitchen delivers quality at a reasonable price

CONCORD, CA (July 2, 2024) — Despite what some politicians might tell us about the effects of inflation, dining in ...
Concord Spray Park Reopens

Concord opens cooling center during heat wave

Concord, CA (July 1, 2024) – Due to anticipated high temperatures over the next several days, the City of Concord ...
Concord 4th of July parade celebrates community spirit

Head downtown Concord for sizzlin’ summer fun

CONCORD, CA (July 1, 2024) — Summertime in downtown Concord always brings exciting and popular events for all ages. I’ll ...