The Pioneer's Fall 2023 calendar of events and activities, Oct. 22 update

The Pioneer’s Fall 2023 calendar of events and activities, Oct. 22 update

Fundraiser for the children of Gaza at the Peace and Justice Center annual awards dinner Nov. 4.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Oct. 22, 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.

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In the community

Peace & Justice Awards Dinner. The Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center honors Voices for Justice in Palestine/Rossmoor, Jewish Voice for Peace/Bay Area and NorCal Sabeel, plus a fundraiser for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 4, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. For tickets, visit

Party for the Planet. A benefit for Save Mount Diablo with the Jim Ocean Band and Blue-Eyed Grass, doors open 6 p.m. for 6:45 p.m. show Nov. 11, Creekside Commons, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Includes “bring an item, take an item” – a fun way to upcycle. Get tickets at

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

Women Marines Association. The Bay Area chapter for women Marines, past and present, meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month, usually at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Leandro. For more information, visit or call/text Clayton resident Janet Johnson at 925-890-458.

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.

Off the Grid. The popular food truck event continues 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Trelany Road in Pleasant Hill. For details, visit


Lots of local Halloween celebrations going on this week.

Halloween at the Community Youth Center. Pumpkin painting, little kids and scary haunted house, plus trunk or treat, 4-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 2241 Galaxy Court, Concord. Purchase tickets here.

Trick or Treat Trail. Includes trick or treating, scavenger hunt, costume contest and games for ages 2-11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Baldwin Park, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord. Sponsored by Concord Rec. Register at

Haunted Trick or Treat Trail. Safe trick or treating in the dark, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27, pathway behind the Teen Center, 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Visit

Zumbaton. Spooky exercise sponsored by Monument Moves, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 28, Meadow Homes Park, 1341 Detroit Ave., Concord. For more information, visit

Trunk or Treat and Woof-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest. Clayton Community Church and the Clayton Business & Community Association will pass out candy from decorated cars, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28, 6055 Main St., Clayton. Bring your dog to join the parade and costume contest sponsored by the Pioneer, starting at 4:30 p.m. For details, visit

Pixieland Amusement Park Spooktacular. Dress in costume and ride the ghost train and other spooky rides, plus kids 1 to 8 years old can collect tricks, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29, 2740 E. Olivera Road, Concord. Get more information at

Concord PD Trunk or Treat and Safety Fair. Games, face painting, goodie bags, police motorcycles and K9s, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Police Station, 1350 Galindo St., Concord.

Halloween Spooktacular. Family-friendly entertainment with free goodie bags, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31, at the Plaza in downtown Pleasant Hill. For more information, visit

Grace Church Trunk or Treat. Kids can trick or treat at decorated car trunks, 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Grace Church, 2875 The Alameda, Concord. For details,

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.

Library Book Club. For adults, 6-7:45 p.m. Oct. 24 and every fourth Tuesday of the month. October book is “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See, and the November book will be “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Toole.

Camp Clayton: Discovery Zone. Fun activities to help children learn how the world around us works, 2-3 p.m. Oct. 25.

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.

Clayton Community Library Foundation Book Sale. Members-only preview, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27. If you’re not a member, you can join at the door. Regular hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 29. Most books $1; most kids’ books 50 cents. Fill a bag for $5, 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Event. Artist Rachel Palacios will demonstrate and help children of all ages with creative crafts; those 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult, 2-2:45 p.m. Nov. 1. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Teen Thursday: If You’re Board, Switch it Up. For those in grades 6-12, 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 2 and every first Thursday of the month. Play one of the library’s Switch games, including Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. or Just Dance. Plus, tabletop games such as strategy games, card games, word games and drawing games. Supported by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

The arts

“Working.” Clayton Theatre Company musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, through Oct. 28, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. Go to

“Ain’t Misbehavin.’ ” Contra Costa Musical Theatre presents the music of “Fats” Waller,” through Oct. 29, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

“Z is for … Zombie: An Improvised Zombie Apocalypse!” Horror-comedy from Synergy Theater, through Oct. 29, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

“You Can’t Take It With You.” A comedy from Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, Nov. 3-12, Edna Hill Theatre, 140 Birch St., Brentwood. For tickets, go to

“But Why Bump Off Barnaby?” auditions. Visit to schedule an audition on Nov. 5-6. Clayton Theatre Company will perform the comedy-mystery March 1-16.

“Medal of Honor Rag.” Part of the Black Box Series from Pittsburg Theatre Company, Nov. 10-23, Steeltown Coffee and Tea, 695 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Tickets at

“Art That Rocks.” Paintings by Valley Art Gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 11, 1661 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek. For details, visit or call 925-935-4311.

“Frozen Jr.” From Pittsburg Theatre Company, Dec. 8-9, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Tickets at

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

“Life in Clayton 1850-1870.” 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays for the rest of the year, 6101 Main St., Clayton. 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.