CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (July 10, 2022) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole family.
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In the community
Blues & Brews Festival. Family-friendly pre-party with music, food, drinks and a free Kidzone, 6-9 p.m. July 15. Main festival with music, beer tasting, food and craft show, 3-9 p.m. July 16. Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. For details and to purchase VIP tickets, go to www.bluesandbrewsfestival.com.
Contra Costa Con 4. Meet stars from TV’s Golden Age: Jerry Mathers of “Leave it to Beaver,” Jon Provost of “Lassie” and Charlotte Stewart from “Little House on the Prairie.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 17, Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/contra-costa-con-4-tickets-244622280827.
Pleasant Hill Library Grand Opening. Includes ribbon-cutting, crafts, creek tours, music and storytime. 10 a.m.-noon July 30, 2 Monticello Ave., Pleasant Hill.
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. pcfma.org.
For Your Health
Dance for Parkinson’s/Power of Dance Classes. Diablo Ballet School offers patients and caregivers music and movement targeting Parkinson’s concerns such as coordination, balance, flexibility and isolation, 1:15 p.m. Sundays, July 17-31, 1948 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Also available virtually. Register at https://diabloballet.org/school/adaptiveclasses.
Adaptive Dance Class. Diablo Ballet School provides an inclusive learning experience for those of all ages with special needs and/or developmental disabilities. Noon Sundays, July 17-31, 1948 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Also available virtually. Register at https://diabloballet.org/school/adaptiveclasses.
Caregiver Classes: Sponsored by Hope Hospice, free via Zoom. “Signs of Dementia Vs. Normal Aging,” 10 a.m. Aug. 11. “Dementia Basics,” 10 a.m. Sept. 8. “End-of-Life Legal and Financial Issues,” 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Register at Hopehospice.com/family. Call 925-829-8770 for more information.
Tuesday Night Blues. Family-friendly lineup plus food vendors, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays in July, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. July 12: Maria Muldaur. July 19: Terry Hanck. July 26: Annie Sampson. For music details, visit cityofconcord.org/downtownevents.
Music & Market. Music along with the Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. July 14: George. July 21: Local Bands Night. July 28: David Martin’s House Party. Aug. 4: Carlos Reyes. Aug. 11: The KillBillies and Quattro. 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 cityofconcord.org/downtownevents.
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. July 16: Cut Loose. July 30: Mixed Nuts. Aug.13: The Houserockers. Aug. 27: The Sun Kings. Sept. 10: East Bay Mudd. Visit claytonconcerts.com for more information.
Sunset by the Lake Concerts. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday at the lake by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. July 24: East Bay Mudd. Aug. 7: Cut Loose. Aug. 21: The Landbirds. Sept. 4: The Big Jangle. For details, visit pleasanthillca.org and click on “Festivals and Events.”
Concord Jazz Festival. Jinx Jones, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 3, the Veranda, free. Carlos Reyes, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Todos Santos Plaza, free. Glib Rig, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5, Concord Tap House, 3513 Clayton Road, free. Jazz in the Park with Chaz Gunter and Howard Wiley, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 6, Todos Santos Plaza, free. Java & Jazz with Stratify and KJ Focus, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7, Concord Museum and Event Center, 1928 Clayton Road, $15. For details, visit www.visitconcordca.com/concord-jazz-festival-2022.
“Fiddler on the Roof.” STARS 2000 marks its final performance with the popular musical, July 15-31, Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. For tickets, call 925-324-7359 or go to www.stars2000.org.
“Nosotros.” The residents of Wellington Gardens fight to stay in their apartments and discover their true collective power. Presented by the H.O.M.E.S. art project and Monument Impact, in partnership with director Nick Garcia from Los Medanos Community College, 2 and 5:30 p.m. July 23, Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St., Antioch. Free but donations welcome. For details, call or text 925-400-7943.
“ThoughtScapes.” Abstract paintings by Paula Boas, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Aug. 6, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit valleyartgallery.org.
“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 www.townhalltheatre.com.