CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (April 2, 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 Calendar@pioneerpublishers.com.
In the Community
Off the Grid. The popular food truck event returns April 5 and continues 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays on Trelany Road in Pleasant Hill. For details, visit https://offthegrid.com/event/pleasant-hill/.
Arbor Day Tree Planting. Help plant 15 trees and spready recycled mulch, 9 a.m.-noon April 8, Concord Community Park on Cowell Road. For details, visit https://cityofconcord.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1903.
Contra Costa Fair. Online entries close April 14. Ticket sales begin April 24. The fair will be May 18-21 in Antioch. For details visit www.contracostafair.com.
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour/Green Home Features Showcase. Online event April 15-16, followed by in-person garden tours May 6-7 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Register at www.bringingbackthenatives.net.
Cars & Coffee. Car enthusiasts can meet 9-11 a.m. April 16 along Pine Street and in the Rotator Taproom lot, 1415 Pine St., Walnut Creek. The event is in anticipation of the Classic Cars & More Show on May 21. For more information, visit www.walnutcreekdowntown.com.
Earth Day Beautification Project. Volunteer will paint pianos at six locations in Walnut Creek, 9 a.m.-noon April 22. Register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49a8ad23a2f5c43-earth#/.
Spring Uncorked. Stroll through downtown Walnut Creek while enjoying wine tastings, food bites and entertainment, 5:30-9 p.m. April 26, starting at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. $40 through March 27; presale tickets $55; onsite tickets $65. Proceeds benefit the Walnut Creek Downtown Association. For details, visit www.walnutcreekdowntown.com.
Clayton Art & Wine Festival. Sponsored by the Clayton Business & Community Association, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 29 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30, downtown Clayton. For more information, visit https://claytoncbca.org/cbca-events/clayton-art-and-wine-festival.
Singer Songwriter Sundays. Featuring local musicians, sponsored by Concord Couch Concerts, 2-4 p.m. May 7 and June 4. Free. For more information, visit concordcouchconcerts.com.
“Gardens That Inspire.” Five private gardens on a self-guided tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12-13. A scholarship fundraiser by the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek American Association of University Women. Purchase tickets at https://daw-ca.aauw.net/garden2023.
Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord. pcfma.org.
California Writers Club/Mt. Diablo Chapter. Andrea Firth, editor of the Brevity Blog and co-founder of the Diablo Writers Workshop, will be the featured speaker, 11 a.m. April 8, Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Non-members welcome. Register at https://cwcmtdiablo.org/meetings-and-workshops.
SIR Branch 19 luncheon. A Mother’s Day celebration honoring SIR spouses, plus Rick Smith will speak about the Exxon Valdez oil spill, 11 a.m. May 4, Pittsburg Elks Lodge, 200 Marina Blvd. For more on the club, visit https://sirinc2.org/branch 19.
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 ccclib.org/events.
Clayton Knit & Crochet. For adults, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. first Wednesday of the month. Staff will be present the first hour to answer questions, followed by two hours of free crafting. No registration required.
Camp Clayton/Arts & Crafts. An afternoon of seasonal arts and crafts for children, 2-3 p.m. April 5.
Storytimes. Lapsit storytime for littlest ones 11-11:20 a.m. Thursdays; toddler/preschool storytime 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, with a stay and play event immediately after.
Board Games. Tweens, teens and adults can grab a game from our collection and play at the library, 3-5:30 p.m. April 6.
Computer/Tech Assistance. Adults can get one-on-one tech help, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays. Bring your own device or work with a volunteer on one of the library computers. Sign up in person or call during operating hours to book a 30-minute appointment. Drop-ins accommodated as available.
Homework Help. Assistance available for elementary school students in all subjects; help for sixth- to ninth-graders available based on subject, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays through May 27. Call or stop by the library to make a 30-minute appointment with a volunteer.
Book Club. For adults, 6-7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month. April’s book will be “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner. No registration required.
“Sweat.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about friendship on the factory floor, with Center Rep, through April 15, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org for tickets.
“Art Sparks.” Featuring 250 new works by gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 11, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For more information, visit www.valleyartgallery.org or call 925-935-4311.
“Willow & Houston Throw the Grad Party of the Century.” Conceived, written and performed by theater students at Saint Mary’s College of California, April 20-23, LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. For tickets, visit https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/willow-houston.
“Ah, Wilderness!” Eugene O’Neill’s coming of age comedy from Pittsburg Theatre Company, April 21-30. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Purchase tickets at 925-439-7529 or https://pittsburg-theatre-company.square.site/shop/ah-wilderness-/9.
“Life in Clayton 1850-1870.” 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays for the rest of the year, 6101 Main St., Clayton. Visit claytonhistory.org.
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.