So This Happened… Week of April 4 through 10, 2022

So This Happened… Week of April 4 through 10, 2022

So This Happened… Week of April 4 through 10, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Mangini Ranch preserve opens to the public. On rare occasions, you can see Northern lights from as far south as the Bay Area. Celebrate Spring and color Easter eggs at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Apr. 10, 2022) — Congressman Mark DeSaulnier will host a virtual Town Hall meeting, “Improving Commutes to Improve Lives,” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14. A panel of experts will talk about reducing traffic, updating infrastructure and promoting telecommuting.

It’s only natural: The 207-acre Mangini Ranch Educational Preserve is now available to schools and community groups by reservation. The area is home to a variety of plants, trees and animals. For an outdoor fix in the coming week, check out the current programs from the East Bay Regional Park District – including train rides at Ardenwood in Fremont and an all-about-eggs program at Alameda’s Crab Cove.

That’s entertainment: Pioneer film columnist Jeff Mellinger reviews the latest Batman movie, with Robert Pattinson in the title role and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman. Meanwhile, Don Pedro Cruz finds the humor in “Starstruck” on HBO Max.

More stories

Read more stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

In-person City Council meetings resume in Concord.

It’s rare, but Northern Lights can be seen in Bay Area.

Peas, glorious peas, now starring at the farmers market.

Concord Police report.

Walk to save lives at Animals on Broadway in Walnut Creek on May 22.

ARF stars Nani and Uli are looking for a forever home.

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
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.