So This Happened... Week of June 14 to 20

So This Happened… Week of June 14 to 20

So This Happened... Week of June 14 to 20

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (June 20, 2021) — As the city of Clayton welcomes back the Concerts in the Grove series with a Santana tribute band on July 17, the Clayton Business & Community Association announced that it has canceled its next three major events.

Because the CBCA relies on volunteers and months of planning, the group has decided not to host the BBQ Cook Off, Art & Wine Festival and Oktoberfest this year.

Over in Concord, Mayor Tim McGallian reports that more events are being scheduled in the city – thanks to a successful vaccination effort.

“It finally feels like life is starting to return to pre-pandemic normal. And that means summer fun,” he wrote in his Pioneer column.

Building a community: Residents of a Morgan Territory trailer park gathered together to turn an old cinder block structure into the tiny Curry Canyon Library. The restoration effort helped draw many residents out of isolation. Read the full story.

A hot topic: Edi Birsan’s latest Pulse of Concord poll on issues surrounding the homeless garnered lots of survey results – as well as heavy traffic on the Pioneer website. Questions include whether homeless encampments should be allowed in public parks and whether the city should provide garbage service for homeless encampments. Read the full story.

Sports gaining steam: Thirty seniors from four local high schools have signed Letters of Intent to play at colleges across the country in 14 different sports. Meanwhile, Pioneer sports writer Jay Bedecarré examines the state of the high school sports scene.

For more on local sports, check out these articles: Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Northgate High’s George Zeigler; student writer Lexi moves on; and three local gymnasts help Region I team to championship in Iowa.

More stories

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

Concord EBRPD park naming honors civil rights pioneer Thurgood Marshall.

Where to go to cool off in Concord.

Artists interpret Concord scenes with whimsy and joy.

For these business owners and veterans, giving back to community is high priority.

Advocates say additional rent relief still not enough.

Concord PD investigates drone program.

We all can Progress our Pride

Newhall Community Park an oasis for ducks and dogs.

Performing arts community bids sad farewell to one of its own.

Queen Bees’ showcases elder actors.

High school journalists honored with writing awards.

Clayton’s Odyssey of the Mind achievers ‘persevered’ and kept it fun all the way.

Clayton planning commissioner says civic club gets inside info in exchange for ‘donations’ to city.

The beginner’s guide to hacking passwords for fun and profit.

Tracking the science of weather – from Galileo to Morse.

Surviving and thriving during the great migration of 2021.

Skipping home inspection could lead to big problems.

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.