The Pioneer's Spring 2023 calendar of events and activities, April 9 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2023 calendar of events and activities, April 9 update

The Pioneer's Spring 2023 calendar of events and activities, April 9 update
Clockwise from left: Bringing Back the Natives garden tour is back for another year of greenery. Pleasant Hill’s Off The Grid brings street food to downtown. Diablo Women’s Chorale “In the Key of Spring” happens in May.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (April 9, 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

In the Community

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

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

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

Earth Day Beautification Project. Volunteers will paint pianos at six locations in Walnut Creek, 9 a.m.-noon April 22. Register at

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. Presale tickets $55; onsite tickets $65. Proceeds benefit the Walnut Creek Downtown Association. For details, visit

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

“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

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

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

Music in the Parks

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

Concerts in The Grove: 6-8:30 p.m. May 13 and continuing every other Saturday through Sept. 16. May 13: Crossman Connection. May 27: Rod the Bod. June 10: Vybe Society. June 24: Pride and Joy SF. July 8: Foreverland. July 27: Chicago Tribute Authority. Aug. 5: Houserockers. Aug. 19: Fleetwood Mask. Sept. 2: Alameda All Stars. Sept. 16: East Bay Mudd. For details, visit

Sunset by the Lake Concert Series. 6-8 p.m. May 28 and continuing every other Sunday through Labor Day weekend. May 28: Crossman Connection. June 11: Van Goat. June 25: Hey Hey Mama. July 9: Tom Rigney & Flambeau. July 23: Jinx Jones & the Kingtones. Aug. 6: The Groove Doctors. Aug. 20: Native Elements. Sept. 3: The Big Jangle. For details and sponsorship information, visit


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 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

Camp Clayton: Discovery Zone. A children’s program with insect-related activities, 2-3 p.m. April 12.

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.

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. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays through May 27. Assistance is available for all elementary school students in all subjects and for sixth-ninth graders in select subjects. Appointments strongly recommended.

Memory Café: For older adults with or without memory concerns and their caretakers,

10-11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of every month.

Insect Discovery Lab. Children’s program to explore the world of insects and arthropods, 2 p.m. April 19.

Teen Succulent Terrarium Workshop. Sixth through 12th graders can create their own desert ecosystems, 4-5 p.m. April 20. All materials provided; registration required.

Upcycled Magazine Plant Holder. Earth Day crafting for sixth graders through adults, 2-3:30 p.m. April 22. Registration required.

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.

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.

The arts

“The Mating Game.” Synergy Theater presents the improvised romantic comedy, through April 23, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

“Art Sparks.” Featuring 250 new works by gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 13, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For more information, visit 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

“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

“Piaf – No Regrets.” Christine Andreas’ tribute to Edith Piaf, April 23, Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square. For reservations, go to

“Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s tribute to Fats Waller, April 24-29, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

In the Key of Spring.” With the Diablo Women’s Chorale, 7 p.m. May 19 and 3 p.m. May 21, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., For tickets, visit

“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.