The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 25 update

The Pioneer Fall 2022 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 25 update

The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 25 update
Clockwise from Left: Dancers Jackie McConnell and Olivia Powell in Julia Adam’s The Nutcracker Suite at the Lesher Center Nov. 11-12. (Photo by Rosselyn Ramirez.). Soprano Hope Briggs will make a special appearance at Festival Opera’s Masquerade Ball, Oct. 22. An Evening with Project Censored, featuring Nolan Higdon and Micky Huff, presented by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Freedom Center, Sept. 29.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Sept. 25, 2022) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole family.

We update the Pioneer Calendar page every week so check back often to find out what’s going on near you.

If you’d like to submit your event to the Pioneer Calendar page, please send email to us at

In the Community

An Evening with Project Censored: The News that Didn’t Make the News. The Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center hosts Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff discussing their book, “Let’s Agree to Disagree,” 7 p.m. Sept. 29, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Register at

Oktoberfest. Sponsored by the Clayton Business & Community Association (CBCA), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 2 on Clayton’s Main Street. Plus, a carnival 5-10 p.m. Sept. 30, noon-10 p.m. Oct. 1 and noon-8 p.m. Oct. 2. For details, visit

“Page to Stage: Public Speaking Skills Every Writer Needs.” The Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club presents Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Register at

Addressing Racism Reading/Discussion Group. Hosted by the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Register at

Eco Fest. Part of Walnut Creek’s Sustainability Week, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 22, Civic Park, 1375 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Ticket sales support ongoing local climate change action. For details, visit

Festival Opera’s Masquerade Ball. Wear elaborate masks and hats, or dress as your favorite opera character. Includes multi-course meal, cocktails, live/silent auctions, entertainment and dancing, 6 p.m. Oct. 22, Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. For tickets, visit

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays year-round and 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord.

Election 2022

Concord Chamber Candidate Forum. With the candidates for Concord City Council and city treasurer, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28, Concord Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr.

Voter Forum on State Propositions/Clayton City Council: Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, American Association of University Women and the Clayton Community Library Foundation, 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Hoyer Hall, Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road. For more information, visit

For Your Health

“End-of-Life Legal and Financial Issues.” Sponsored by Hope Hospice, 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Free, via Zoom. Register at Call 925-829-8770 for more information.

Community Concerts

Veranda Unplugged Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26, Pavilion Fountain Park, 2001 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Sept. 28: Rene’s Latin Band. Oct 5: Namorados Da Lua. Oct. 12: Ariel Marin Quarter. Oct. 19: Kolohe. Oct. 26: Big Blue Soul Quartet. For details, visit

Music & Market. Final concert with the Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord.

The Arts

“Wait Until Dark.” Lots of thrills and chills by Plotline Theater Company, sponsored by Onstage Repertory Theater, through Oct. 2, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. For tickets, go to

“Focal Points. A new juried art collection, Oct. 1-Nov. 12, Valley Art Gallery, 661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Meet the artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1. For details, visit

“Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits.” New takes on popular songs from Clayton Theatre Company, Oct. 14-29, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. For more information, visit

Eden Espinosa. The “Wicked” star live on stage, Oct. 16, Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square. For tickets, go to

“The Nutcracker Suite.” Extended full-length production by Diablo Ballet, Nov. 11-12, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Virtual streaming Nov. 18-27. Early-bird pricing for both options through Oct. 19. Call 925-943-SHOW or visit or

Diablo Women’s Chorale “Bells and Noels.” Ring in the holidays, Dec. 10-11, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave. For tickets, visit

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.