So This Happened...Week of May 29 through June 4, 2023

So This Happened…Week of May 29 through June 4, 2023

So This Happened...Week of May 29 through June 4, 2023
Clockwise from left: Councilmember Holly Tillman and family at Clayton’s 2023 Pride Parade. CVCHS graduates await their diplomas. Ygnacio Valley High graduate Giselle Villas all smiles at this week’s ceremony.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 4, 2023) — Downtown Clayton was the center of activity on Sunday, June 4, for the second annual Pride Parade. The Pioneer staff was among the many who came out to celebrate.

Meanwhile, the cities of Clayton, Concord and Pleasant Hill joined others across the nation in raising the Pride flag. For a newcomer’s perspective on the importance of a small town recognizing Pride Month, see the letter to the editor from Clayton resident Jonathan Lee.

Other local Pride Month activities include Concord’s Pride in the Plaza on June 17 and the Clayton Library’s Pride Month Treasure Hunt. Check out the Pioneer’s calendar for these and other local events, including two marking Juneteenth – the day the last remaining enslaved Black people were freed in the United States. Pleasant Hill’s June 18 festivities will feature music by the West African Highlife Band, and Concord’s June 25 event has the theme “Honoring the Past; Inspiring the Future.” See the Pioneer Calendar update for June 4 for more.

High school graduations were also on the list of celebrations for many families this past week. Look for photos from those ceremonies here.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

From the police: Concord police seek witnesses for hit and run on Willow Pass Road. And, the Concord and Clayton police reports.

In the schools: Clayton business group awards $35,000 in scholarships to local students. Two Diablo View Middle school students chosen for Braden Fahey Memorial Award. Winning student artwork heading to U.S. Capitol. And, Contra Costa County Board of Education accepting applications for student member.

Coast Guard Auxiliary working to prevent child drownings.

Pearl Harbor survivor, Gold Star Moms share experiences at Clayton’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Congressman DeSaulnier recognized for outstanding constituent service.

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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.