CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Dec. 4, 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 Calendar@pioneerpublishers.com.
In the Community
Handling the Holidays Grief Workshop. Sponsored by Hope Hospice over Zoom, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Call 925-829-8770 to reserve a spot.
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Awards. Includes dinner, silent auction and raffles, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 17, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Purchase tickets at http://tinyurl.com/peaceawardsdinner22.
Party for the Planet. A benefit concert for Sustainable Contra Costa featuring the Jim Ocean’s Band “FrankenClime” project, new date: 7 p.m. Jan 14, Creekside Commons, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Includes a “trashy” fashion show and the Green Meanies dance troupe. Get tickets at https://PartyForThePlanet22.eventbrite.com.
Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord. pcfma.org.
’Tis the Season
“Cinderella: A Fairytale,” Holiday magic “through a queer lens,” through Dec. 18, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. For tickets, call 925-283-1557 or go to www.townhalltheatre.com.
Holiday Collection for Artful Giving and Holiday Trunk Show. Holiday collection includes ceramic, wood and glass pieces, designer jewelry, holiday decorations and mini-paintings through Dec 31, Valley Art Gallery, 661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, visit www.valleyartgallery.org.
Concord Hospice Tree Lighting. Honor loved ones and help fund Hospice care for those in need, 5 p.m. Dec. 6, John Muir Medical Center parking lot, East Street and Almond Avenue, Concord. For more information, visit www.hospiceeastbay.org/tol.
“A Christmas Carol.” From Center Rep, with Michael Ray Wisely as Scrooge, Dec. 8-22, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. ASL interpreted performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lehserartscenter.org for tickets.
Diablo Symphony Orchestra/Blackhawk Chorus. Holiday concert, Dec. 10, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lehserartscenter.org for tickets.
“Elf Jr., the Musical.” A lively show by the Showstoppers Youth Workshop, Dec. 10-11, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Go to https://pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org/ for more information.
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 diablowomenschorale.org.
“Nutcracker.” From Black Diamond Ballet, Dec. 10-18, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St., Antioch. Get tickets at www.blackdiamondballet.org or call 925-757-9500.
“Jolly, Jazzy Christmas.” With the Concord High Choral, Dec. 15-16, Diablo Valley College’s Performing Arts Center, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Tickets available at 925-943-SHOW or www.lesherartscenter.org.
“The Biggest Gift.” Tucker the Elf tries to save all the letters to Santa, by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble, Dec. 16-18, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lehserartscenter.org.
Holiday Light Show. Light show, meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, treats and a sing-along with carolers from the St Agnes choirs, sponsored by Zocchi & Associates, 4-6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 4549 Lincoln Dr., Concord. The light show is ongoing nightly through Christmas. Tune into 95.1 FM to hear the music. For questions, call Mary Frevele at 925-914-0179.
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.