CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 19, 2022) — The sights, sounds – and smells – of summer are everywhere, from concerts in local parks and Concord’s “art jam” to the upcoming Rib Cook-off in Clayton and Blues & Brews in Pleasant Hill.
The Concord mural program features murals downtown and at the Veranda Shopping Center. The weeklong celebration concludes with the Head West Marketplace on June 25. For details about more events in Concord, read this month’s column from Mayor Dominic Aliano.
Meanwhile, the Rib Cook-off returns with an expanded festival July 9-10 in downtown Clayton – which will also be the site for the city’s first Pride Parade on June 25. Then the action moves to Pleasant Hill for the Blues & Brews Festival July 15-16.
Piling up more trophies: De La Salle High School won the CIF Northern California baseball championship. The Spartans defeated No. 1 ranked St. Francis of Mountain View, giving the Concord team 23 playoff wins in a row. In another proud moment for the school, the golf team earned its first CIF State championship since 2006.
Righting a wrong: Nearly two dozen family members received Mt. Diablo High School diplomas on behalf of Japanese-American parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins interred during WWII. “It’s never too late for restorative justice,” Kimiyo Tahira Dowell said of the effort to honors those from the Class of 1942.
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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.