So This Happened...Week of March 6 through 12, 2023

So This Happened…Week of March 6 through 12, 2023

Clockwise from left: Learn more about Concord’s preschool program. East Bay Parks looking to hire lifeguards for this summer. Will Avatar, the Way of Water win the Best Picture Oscar?

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 12, 2023) — So maybe your favorite movie isn’t a hit with the Oscar crowd – or maybe it wasn’t even up for a prize. Pioneer movie columnist Jeff Mellinger offers his perspective on the Academy Award-nominated movies, plus some others that would have been on his list.

In fact, this coming week might be a good time to hunker down with a streaming movie, as more winter storms and flooding are expected. To that end, PG&E has some tips for staying safe.

But let’s hope warmer days are ahead, so residents can bask in the sun at Todos Santos Plaza for the Brew Fest on March 25 and the Singer Songwriter Showcase on April 2. Meanwhile, the popular Off the Grid food truck event returns to Pleasant Hill April 5. For our calendar update, click here.

Those with young children might want to learn more about the city of Concord’s preschool, which is offering tours and enrolling new students. “Our play-based program allows each child to explore their own interests and build confidence,” says program coordinator Angela Freitag.

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Students can just be themselves at Pride Prom in Concord.

Contra Costa County COVID vaccination sites closing March 31.

Welcome spring at East Bay parks, plus the district is hiring lifeguards.

From a mini fridge to a large cellar, find your full-bodied wine storage.

Obituary: Merry Lou Pelletier of Clayton.

Concord police 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.