So This Happened... May 16 through 22, 2022

So This Happened… May 16 through 22, 2022

So This Happened... May 16 through 22, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Young Falcons Fly for free; Mt. Diablo High School to award diplomas to its Japanese-American students who were forced to leave school during WWII; Summer concerts coming back.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 22, 2022) — Old-fashioned family fun will be on tap at a variety of upcoming local events.

In Concord, the Music & Market series launches June 2 with Gator Nation, while Tuesday Night Blues returns July 5. And, the popular KidFest runs Memorial Day weekend at Mt. Diablo High.

Clayton’s Concerts in The Grove continue June 4 with Brickhouse. Over in Pleasant Hill, the Unauthorized Rolling Stones kick off the Summer Concerts by the Lake on May 29. Read more.

Young Falcons take flight: Buchanan Field was the place where dreams came true as volunteer pilots helped kids enjoy their first flights. “Being a pilot and flying is a gift,” said Stephen Tucker, who is now passing that gift on to the younger generation.

Being water-wise: On July 1, Contra Costa Water District will impose a 15 percent reduction in water use for residential customers. The board will also vote next month on a drought surcharge. As the state faces yet another year of low rainfall, the Pioneer’s Garden Girl provides suggestions for drought-tolerant plantings.

Honoring interred students: Mt. Diablo High School will grant retroactive diplomas to Japanese-American students forced into relocation centers during WWII. The May 24 ceremony is a credit to 1958 alumna Kimiyo Tahira Dowell and ethnic studies teacher Laura Valdez and her students.

More stories

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

Contra Costa firefighters halt forward progress of brush fire near Highway 4.

Clayton survey shows November parcel tax would likely fail.

Illicit discharge in Walnut Creek removed, investigation continues.

High drama in county sheriff, assessor races.

Clayton’s inaugural Pride Parade set for June 25

Contra Costa County has 10th highest COVID-19 infection rate in California.

Medals move out of the shadows and into a place of distinction.

Tobacco targets marginalized communities.

Concord’s Housing Element update draft to be released; feedback sought.

Spicy Joi brings Lao street food to Concord.

Two Clayton keepers at water polo’s big dance.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Ashleigh Christy of CVCHS and YV’s Lauren Dang.

Camp Concord a community-minded place for fun in the sun.

Hiking Grand Canyon’s South Rim an awe-inspiring adventure.

Romeo y Juliet” adaptation features English and Spanish lines, plus a gender twist.

Northman” a historically accurate epic.

At 18, she found a pot of hot dogs at the end of the rainbow.

Letter to the Editor: Renters need relief from harassment.

Upgraded renter’s tax credit would bring relief to many.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened.” 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.