‘Family Fair’ highlights summer events

School is out and summer fun is in full swing.

Mark the date on your calendar: Saturday June 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s time for a “Clayton Family Fair & Picnic” in The Grove Park. Bring the whole family and a picnic dinner or grab take-out from one of our local restaurants and join us for an evening of fun. There will be live local musicians in the gazebo, and all games and activities are free, including balloon animals, face painting, craft booths and a show by the fabulous Clayton Bikes Stunt team from 6 to 7 p.m.

Clayton CERT Clayton CERT will present safety information including how to perform hands-only CPR. The Clayton Historical Society Museum will be open for the event with its railroad exhibit, including information about the extensive railroad system that was once here in our area.

The vent is the brainchild of Clayton resident Emma Hall, age 15. She is a member of the Diablo Shadows Girl Scout Service Unit and planned and organized the event as her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Emma wanted a family activity to replace the “Clayton Counts Down” New Year’s Eve event, which was cancelled due to declining attendance. Members of that organizing committee served as advisors to Emma as she arranged this new event for our community.

That’s just one of the activities happening around town this month. This weekend, the Clayton Theatre Company is presenting a comedy show as a fundraiser at Endeavor Hall to raise money for their fall production. Details are in the “About Town” section of this paper.

Next weekend, on Saturday, June 22, the ever-popular Diamond Dave will be back for our Concert in The Grove. The park will be packed, but please remember to wait until 4 p.m. to place your chairs in the park.

Unattended chairs and blankets left before that time are subject to removal.

Summer safety

Many folks will be in and out of town over the next few months. Secure your home before leaving, have a neighbor keep an eye out for mail, parcel deliveries and newspapers, and contact our Police Department for its free vacation home checks. If you are taking an RV or boat, or having company visit in theirs, please remember that all on-site storage of RVs is restricted. On-street parking of RVs is also prohibited unless you get a RV parking permit from the Clayton Police Department. It’s easy to get a permit – just call the police department at 925-673-7350 for more info.

Volunteers needed

The Clayton Historical Society is looking for beautifully decorated homes in the Clayton area for their annual Christmas Homes Tour. They are also accepting nominations for next spring’s Clayton Gardens Tour. Let me know if you have or know of homes for these great events.

The Fourth of July Parade applications are on the city website: www.ci.clayton.ca.us. Register your group for the parade by June 24. The committee is still looking for volunteers to help with the parade on that day. It’s great fun and you still get to watch the parade with your family. Let me know if you can help.

As always, you can contact me by email at JPierce@ci.clayton.ca.us. Let me know what you think!