The Pioneer Calendar of activities and events for November 2021

The Pioneer Calendar of activities and events for November 2021

The Pioneer Calendar of activities and events for November 2021
Clockwise from Left: Meet the animals at Tilden’s Little Farm in Berkeley; Dawn “Dusty” Napier speaks on Veterans Day; Black Diamond Ballet’s Nutcracker; Death Trap at Pittsburg Community Theatre; and Pleasant Hill lights up the lake for its diamond anniversary.

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Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Todos Santos Plaza.


Animals at the Little Farm. Little children can take care of the little animals, 10:30-11 a.m. Nov. 7. Meet at the rabbit hutch at the Little Farm on the north end of Tilden Park’s Central Park Drive, Berkeley. Free; no registration necessary. Masks required. 510-544-2233.

All About Snakes. See a tame local snake and learn about the snakes that live in the regional parks, 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 7, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch. Meet naturalist Kevin Dixon in the park’s upper parking lot. No registration required; $5 parking fee. 510-544-2750.


Bay Area native Alexi Kenney returns in person to perform Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons.

“Everybody,” Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ riff on the 15th century morality play “Everyman.” Presented by the St. Mary’s College Performing Arts Department. Nov. 3-7, outdoors in the Redwood Grove on Gael Way, Moraga. Pre-recorded streaming on Nov. 14. $8-$15. 925-631-4670 or

“Four Seasons,” with the California Symphony featuring Bay Area virtuoso Alexi Kenney. Nov. 6-7, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $20-$74. or 925-943-7469.

“All Together Now,” with songs by classic and contemporary Broadway composers and lyricists performed by Pinole Community Players and Pittsburg Community Theatre performers. 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 4 p.m. Nov. 13, Steeltown Coffee & Tea, 695 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. 925-439-PLAY or

“Deathtrap,” mayhem and murder by Pittsburg Community Theatre. Nov. 13-21, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. $20-$24. or 925-439-PLAY.

“The Nutcracker Suite,” a new full-length production by Diablo Ballet. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Meet the dancers at a post-performance reception at Massimo’s. A virtual option will be available for streaming Dec. 3-12. Early bird pricing through Oct. 13. 925-943-SHOW, or

“Nutcracker,” a holiday classic by Black Diamond Ballet. Dec. 10-12, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St., Antioch. $20-$35. 925-757-9500.


Hospice East Bay Tree of Lights ceremony returns for 35th year
Hospice East Bay Tree of Lights

Hospice Tree of Lights. Honor the memory of loved ones by dedicating a light. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Gregory Lane near Cleaveland Road, Pleasant Hill. 5 p.m. Nov. 29, John Muir Medical Center parking lot, East Street and Almond Avenue, Concord.

Downtown Pleasant Hill Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration, in the plaza at the shopping center. Free selfies with Santa, plus holiday-themed entertainment, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17. For details, visit

Tree Lighting & Mayor’s Sing-Along, sponsored by the city of Concord and Visit Concord. Includes pictures with Santa, carriage rides and crafts, 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord.

Clayton Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, weather permitting. Clayton Community Church will serve hot cider and doughnut holes, and Santa will be available for pictures at the church.

Gift and Craft Fair, sponsored by the Concord Parks & Recreation Department. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4, Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. Free admission. $25 for vendor tables. Details at


Dawn “Dusty” Napier

Veterans Day Ceremony, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525 and the city of Concord. Keynote speaker will be Dawn “Dusty” Napier, commander for the VFW Department of California. Napier, a retired Navy Senior Chief, is California’s second female and first Native American state commander in the 100-year history of the VFW. 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 11, the bandstand in Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord. Please bring your own chair.

Mt. Diablo Branch California Writers Club, featuring Ally Machate discussing “Polishing Your Work for Publication.” 11 a.m. Nov. 13, Zio Fraedo’s restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. $25 members; $35 guests. Or via Zoom for $10 members; $15 guests. Register at

Light up the Lake, in celebration of the city of Pleasant Hill’s 60th anniversary. Entertainment includes the Studio A Dancers, library manager Patrick Remer and the College Park High School Concert Choir. Then Mayor Sue Noack will launch the first of 600 luminaries on the lake. 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 14, City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Workshop on the Pine Hollow Road Complete Streets Feasibility Study, hosted by the cities of Concord and Clayton. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Webinar ID: 996 2305 9146. Details at