So This Happened... Week of June 28 to July 4

So This Happened… Week of June 28 to July 4

So This Happened... Week of June 28 to July 4
Clockwise from left: Clayton 4th of July, Teeter totter world record attempt, and Soul Boxes make a statement.

CLAYTON, CA (July 4, 2021) — As we mark an Independence Day that brings us some of the way back to normal, we can celebrate the return of Concord’s Music & Market series next week.

The Farmers Market opens at 4 p.m., with music starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The Zydeco Flames kick off the series on July 15.

Meanwhile in Clayton,  although the official parade was cancelled again this year, an impromptu parade of kids on bikes came together as folks gathered for a pancake breakfast near The Grove Park. And for a bit of nostalgia, check out the Pioneer’s photos of Clayton’s 4th of July parade from years past.

What goes up must come down: Through July 10, you’ll find Chuck Walker and Mike Hartshorn on the teeter totter in Todos Santos Plaza – trying to break a world record that Walker set 50 years ago. His original escaped even inspired an episode of “The Brady Bunch.” Read the full story.

Getting to the soul of the story: A new exhibit at the aRt Cottage in Concord pays homage to victims of gun violence in America. Each item in the Soul Box Project carries the name of a victim and/or a message of hope or protest.

“When people come face to face with thousands and thousands of handmade Soul Boxes, maybe they’ll understand the enormity of the problem and take action,” says Portland artist Leslie Lee, who launched the project after the Las Vegas mass shooting. Read the full story.

More stories

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

Northbound State Route 242 in Concord to close for two July weekends.

Shop Concord relaunches local gift card initiative.

Obituary: Edward R. Combs

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.