The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, July 24 update

The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, July 24 update

The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, July 24 update
Clockwise from Left: National Night Out in Concord (from 2019). The Veranda Unplugged. National Night Out in Pleasant Hill (from 2021).

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (July 24, 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

A Taste of the Veranda. Fundraiser for the Center for Human Development, which serves at-risk youth, families and communities. 5:30-9 p.m. July 28, Veranda shopping center, 2001 Diamond Blvd., Concord. For tickets, visit

Concord First Partners Community Meeting. Residents can provide input on the Base Reuse Project at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, 6-7:30 p.m. July 28 via Zoom, click here for Zoom link.

Mobile Pet Adoption. In partnership with Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, noon-4 p.m. July 29, Veranda Luxe Cinema, 2035 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Adopt a pet and then take a photo with DC superhero characters. For details, click here.

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.

Concord National Night Out. Join the Concord Police Department’s K-9 and patrol units, plus children’s activities and a resource fair, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 2, Library, 2900 Salvio St., Concord. For more information, visit

Pleasant Hill National Night Out. K-9 demonstration, tours of police car, firetruck and ambulance, BBQ and kids’ activities with the Pleasant Hill Police Department, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2 on the lawn at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. For more information, call 925-288-4630 or 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. To purchase tickets click here.

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 Webinar on the Growing Youth Mental Health Crisis. Hosted by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and Vicki Harrison, program director for the Stanford University Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, 6 p.m. July 25 on Zoom or livestreamed at To RSVP or submit a question, visit or call 925-933-2660.

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 Call 925-829-8770 for more information.

Community Concerts

Tuesday Night Blues. Annie Sampson 6:30-8 p.m. July 26, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. For details, visit

Veranda Unplugged Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26, Pavilion Fountain Park, 2001 Diamond Blvd., Concord. July 27: Aaron Pearson. Aug. 3: Jim Jones (part of the Concord Jazz Festival). Aug. 10: Three New Frantics. Aug. 17: Jim Funk. For details, click here.

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

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 30: Mixed Nuts. Aug.13: The Houserockers. Aug. 27: The Sun Kings. Sept. 10: East Bay Mudd. Visit for more information.

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

Sunset by the Lake Concerts. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday at the lake by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. Aug. 7: Cut Loose. Aug. 21: The Landbirds. Sept. 4: The Big Jangle. For details, visit and click on “Festivals and Events.”

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

The arts

“Fiddler on the Roof.” STARS 2000 marks its final performance with the popular musical, through July 31, Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. For tickets, call 925-324-7359 or go to

“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

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

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.