The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 14 update

The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 14 update

The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 14 update
Clockwise from Left: Mark DeSaulnier hosts Town Hall on women’s reproductive rights Aug 17. Gerald Moon’s murder-mystery “Corpse!” at the Martinez Campbell Theater through Aug. 21. “Mindful Reflections” by Lisa Rigge now showing at Valley Arts Gallery through Sept. 16.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (August 14, 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

Clayton Pride logoClayton Pride Town Hall. All are welcome to help shape the future of Clayton Pride to better fit the needs of the local LGBTQQIA+ community, 6 p.m. Aug. 17, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. For more information, visit

Monument Impact Gala. With the theme “Stronger Together,” the keynote speaker is Diana Otero, senior director of special projects for the Latino Community Foundation, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8, Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Purchase tickets at

ESL Tutor Training. Learn how to become an English as a Second Language tutor through the Diablo Valley Literacy Council, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 17 via Zoom and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord. $20. Register at

Concord Park Cleanups. With Councilmember Carlyn Obringer, 8-11 a.m. Sept. 17 at Hillcrest Park and 8-11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Willow Pass Park. Register by Sept. 7 at

Hope 100 Golf Marathon. A fundraise for Hope Hospice, Sept. 19, Castlewood Country Club, 700 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton. For details, visit or call Marc Rovetti at 925-829-8770.

Pleasant Hill Community Service Day. Help “Build a Better Pleasant Hill” with a variety of service projects on Sept. 24. Meet 7:30-9 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane, for free breakfast. Register at

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.

For Your Health

Town Hall on the Fight to Protect Reproductive Freedom. U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier hosts a virtual panel on protecting abortion access, 6 p.m. Aug. 17. RSVP or submit a question at

Caregiver Classes: Sponsored by Hope Hospice, free via Zoom. “Dementia Basics,” 10 a.m. Sept. 8. “End-of-Life Legal and Financial Issues,” 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Register at Call 925-829-8770 for more information.

Live Strong Health Expo. Health and human services vendors plus free health screenings and presentations, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 9, Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. To reserve a booth, visit For more on the expo, visit

Community Concerts

Veranda Unplugged Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26, Pavilion Fountain Park, 2001 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Aug. 17: Jim Funk. Aug. 24: Sweet Tooth. For details, visit

Music & Market. Music along with the Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Aug. 18: Matchbox Twenty Too. Aug. 25: Zepparella. Sept 1: Local Bands Night. Sept. 8: Fast Times. Sept. 15: Steve Snyder’s Big Band. Sept. 22: Midnight Sun. Sept. 29: House of Floyd. For music details, visit

Summer Concert Series. Concerts 7-9 p.m. in the plaza at the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center, 105 Crescent Dr. Aug. 18: Andre Thierry. Sept. 15: Fleetwood Mask. For details, visit

Sunset by the Lake Concerts. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday at the lake by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. Aug. 21: The Landbirds. Sept. 4: The Big Jangle. For details, visit and click on “Festivals and Events.”

Concerts in The Grove. 6-8:30 p.m. every other Saturday through Sept. 10, downtown Clayton. Reserve a spot with chairs or blankets starting at 4 p.m. Free but donations welcome. Aug. 27: the Sun Kings. Sept. 10: East Bay Mudd. Visit for more information.

The Arts

“Corpse!” A murder-mystery by Onstage Theatre, through Aug. 21, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. Call 925-350-9770 or go to for tickets.

“Mindful Reflections” by Lisa Rigge.

Valley Art Gallery. Featuring hand-colored photographs by Lisa Rigge, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Sept. 16, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Meet the artist, 2-5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 28. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

Diablo Women’s Chorale Auditions. Open to all female voice parts, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 15. To make an appointment, contact Nancy Hickman at 925-899-5050 or For more on the group, visit

“The Re-Education of Fernando Morales.” A family sends away a young man to “fix him” from being gay, 8 p.m. Aug. 20, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. Includes a talkback with the cast and creative team. Call 925-283-1557 or go to

Family Day at the Lesher Center. Includes family activities, free entry to the Bedford Gallery and performances of “Wizard of Oz,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For more information, call 925-943-SHOW or go to

“Steel Magnolias.” This heartwarming yet bittersweet play is part of Pittsburg Theatre Company’s Black Box Series, Sept. 16-25, Steeltown Coffee & Tea, 695 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. For tickets, call 925-439-PLAY or visit