So This Happened…June 20 through June 26, 2022

So This Happened...June 20 through June 26, 2022
Clockwise from left: Clayton’s first ever Gay Pride Parade. Student Athletes of the year awards. Local Fire and Police warn against the extreme danger of fireworks.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 26, 2022) — Though it was a clear and sunny day, June 25 brought out “All the Colors of the Rainbow” as Clayton celebrated its first Pride Parade.

“All in all, it was a great event, a peaceful event and an historic event,” said Clayton City Councilmember CW Wolfe, who was master of ceremonies at the downtown festivities.

For Pioneer columnist Rich Eber, the parade brought back memories of his time spent with San Francisco’s gay community during the sweeping AIDS crisis.

Meanwhile, an Alhambra High student recently gave an impassioned plea to the Martinez Unified School District board – calling for more support for LGBTQI+ youth. “I hadn’t spoken about my experiences like that in front of people except for people close to me, but it was freeing to get out there and express myself,” Quinn said.

Beating the heat: Due to “an explosion of interest,” the Garden Girl offers tips for removing lawns and installing drought-tolerant plants and trees. But as you soak up the rays of summer, you’ll have to wait a little longer to head over to Clayton’s newest ice cream shop – the grand opening has been delayed. If you’re craving something sweet in the meantime, check out the Concord Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Thursday for the best of summer’s berries. Also, look to the Pioneer for safety tips in scorching temps.

More stories

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

Fire season updates: Officials urge caution for extreme fire danger from fireworks. CalFire hits peak staffing for wildfires this summer. Major Pittsburg grass fire caused by fireworks. Kirker Pass Road closed due to fire; 50% contained.

In sports: Concord-area high schools honor athletes of the year. And, spring athletes end two-year drought, earn all-league honors.

COVID-19 vaccines approved for kids under age 5 in Contra Costa.

Pleasant Hill gearing up for full day of patriotic events.

Concord Chamber strives to help businesses – and community – thrive.

Greenbelts, swim team add to Dana Hills’ charm.

MDUSD Adult Ed program offers English language instruction and early childhood ed training.

Calling all restaurants and caterers: White Pony Express needs your help.

Groveside Bistro in Clayton has special events planned.

All Abilities Day among this week’s East Bay parks programs.

Concord seeks applicants for Planning Commission.

Upgrading to Windows 11 may be complicated.

Revised “Invisible Man” strikes a haunting note.

“Clock Dance” an emotional journey through the ages.

Obituary for Carolyn F. Gregg.

Concord Police arrest report.

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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.