The Pioneer's Fall 2023 calendar of events and activities, Dec. 3 update

The Pioneer’s Fall 2023 calendar of events and activities, Dec. 3 update

Clockwise from left: It’s pandemonium at Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre as they present “A Christmas Story” through Dec.17. (Photo by Jorge Hernandez-Lopez). VFW Post 1525 is looking for volunteers to lay wreaths Dec. 16 as part of the Wreaths Across America event. Valley Arts Gallery features several Holiday Trunk shows including Patricia Payne jewelry on December 7, 8, 9.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Dec. 3, 2023) — 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

For the Holidays

 Hospice Trees of Lights. 5 p.m. Dec. 5, John Muir Medical Center Parking Lot, East Street and Almond Avenue, Concord. For more information, contact Jyoti at 925-887-5678 or

Winter Holiday Festival. Crafts, live performances, train rides, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the Astro Botanical Illuminated Art Exhibit Experience, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Community Center, 320 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill. Sponsored by Pleasant Hill Rec & Park. For more information, visit

Holiday Craft Event for Kids. Children can paint and decorate a miniature wooden tree, plus goodie bags while supplies last, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7, in the plaza near Jack’s Restaurant, 105 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill. For details, visit

Salvio Street Night Market. Outdoor shopping plus music, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 23. For details, visit

Christmas Homes Tour. Sponsored by the Clayton Historical Society, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 10, beginning at the Clayton Historical Society Museum, 6101 Main St. Tickets $35 in advance; $40 day of tour. For more information, call 925-567-6079 or email

Wreaths Across America. Purchase a wreath for $17 in support of VFW Post 1525’s memory garden. Volunteers also needed to lay wreaths, 10 a.m. Dec. 16, 2011 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord. For details, visit

In the Community

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Visit for more information.

For Your Health

Grief during the Holidays. One-hour Zoom workshop sponsored by Hope Hospice, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Register at 925-829-8770 or

At the Clayton Library

The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. For more information on any of these events, call 925-673-0659 or

Homework Help. For grades K-5 in all subjects and in select subjects for those in grades 6-9, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to make a 30-minute appointment. Drop-ins accommodated on space-available basis.

Bingo Schmingo Music. Join musician/storyteller Kathleen Rushing for lively, interactive songs and stories and dances, suitable for the entire family, 2-2:45 p.m. Dec. 6. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Lapsit Storytime. Children ages 0-3 can explore the joys of movement, books and songs while building early literacy skills you can practice at home, 11-11:15 a.m. Thursdays.

Toddler/Preschool Storytime. Children ages 3-5 can explore the joys of movement, books and songs while building early literacy skills you can practice at home, 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

Teen Thursday: If You’re Board, Switch it Up. A variety of Switch and tabletop games for those in 6th-12th grades, 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

The Arts

“A Christmas Story.” Based on the popular 1983 film about a boy and his pursuit of a Red Ryder air rifle, through Dec. 17, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. For tickets, call 925-283-1557 or go to

“A Christmas Carol.” Center Rep’s traditional story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Dec. 7-21, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-7469 or go to

“Frozen Jr.” Based on the animated film and Broadway production, from Pittsburg Theatre Company, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Tickets at

“Nutcracker.” From Black Diamond Ballet, Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17, El Campanil Theatre, 602 E. 2nd St., Antioch. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit

“Elf Jr.” Based on the hit Christmas film about a misfit elf who travels to New York City, Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. For tickets, go to

“Happily Never After.” A youth musical about Cinderella and her fairytale friends, Onstage Theatre and Star Quest, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. Go to for more information.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show.” From Pittsburg Theatre Company, 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. Tickets at

Lowell Ensemble. Musicians from SF Opera and Ballet orchestras, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. Go to for more information.

Valley Art Gallery. Unique gifts from East Bay artisans, through Dec. 30. Also, glass and silver jewelry, Dec. 7-9 and mixed fiber art, Dec. 14-16. 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

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.