So This Happened...July 25 through 31, 2022

So This Happened…July 25 through 31, 2022

So This Happened...July 25 through 31, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Orinda made the list of Best Places to Retire on the West Coast. Jinx Jones will be among the performers at Concord’s Jazz Festival in August. American Ninja Warrior Sean Bryan of Concord has qualified for the finals which will air this month.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 31, 2022) — Guitar virtuoso Jinx Jones opens this year’s Concord Jazz Festival with a free performance at the Veranda shopping center on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The event includes other free concerts and concludes with a performance by Stratify and KJ Focus at the Concord Museum on Aug. 7. For the full schedule, check out the Pioneer’s online calendar.

Working his way to the top: Tune in to “American Ninja Warriors” in August to see Sean Bryan of Concord compete in the season 14 finals from Las Vegas. A veteran of the show’s athletic obstacle course, Bryan first competed during Season 8.

Where the livin’ is easy: Several Bay Area cities, including Walnut Creek, Orinda and Alamo, are among the top places to retire on the West Coast, according to Niche’s rankings. The caveat: The American Dream won’t come cheap.

Tips for small businesses: Simply Business has some advice for those thinking of launching their own companies. High on the list is joining a local Chamber of Commerce. “It is a great way to create both a professional and personal community where you can work together and surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can help propel your business,” notes Melissa Rea of the Concord chamber.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

Help your dog stay safe while enjoying East Bay parks this summer.

Concord releases report on Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and Repetitive Loss Properties.

White Pony Express looking for volunteer drivers to become food rescue heroes

Concord Police arrest report.

If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.