The Pioneer’s Spring 2023 calendar of events and activities, March 19 update
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (March 19, 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
Spring Brew Festival. More than 40 craft breweries, plus live music and food, noon-4 p.m. March 25, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-spring-brews-festival-tickets-504059414277?fbclid=IwAR3zU4MNeHGkO9OiMWg0_Jm7mSeBAT5u4fam81SIF9wLK_vrXK20xz9BAzI.
Singer Songwriter Sundays. Featuring local musicians, sponsored by Concord Couch Concerts, 2-4 p.m. April 2, May 7 and June 4. Free. For more information, visit concordcouchconcerts.com.
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/.
California Writers Club/Mt. Diablo Chapter. Andrea Firth, editor of the Brevity Blog and cofounder 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.
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.
Cars & Coffee. Car enthusiasts can meet up 9-11 a.m. April 16. Line up 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.
Community Events in Clayton: The Clayton Business & Community Association is sponsoring the following events downtown: Arts & Wine Festival, April 29-30; BBQ & Brews Festival, Aug. 26-27; Oktoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For details, visit https://claytoncbca.org.
“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. $40. 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.
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.
Camp Clayton: Explorers. Children’s program to explore nature, 2-3 p.m. March 22.
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.
Teens Experience Oculus. Explore the world of virtual reality, 4-5 p.m. March 23. Sign up for a 20-minute time slot in person or via phone. Participants must have a waiver signed by parent/guardian.
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.
Book Club. For adults, 6-7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month. March’s book is “These Precious Days” by Anne Patchett. April’s book will be “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner. No registration required.
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, April 1-May 27. Call or stop by the library to make a 30-minute appointment with a volunteer.
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.
Board at the Library. Tweens, teens and adults can grab a game from our collection and play at the library, 3-5:30 p.m. April 6.
“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.
“The Mousetrap.” Clayton Theatre Company performs the classic Agatha Christie mystery, through April 1, Endeavor Hall 6008 Center St., Clayton. Visit claytontheatrecompany.com or call 925-334-0880 for tickets.
“Sweat.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about friendship on the factory floor, with Center Rep, March 25-April 15, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org for tickets.
Diablo Ballet 29th Anniversary Gala. Featuring “Confetti,” “Paquita” and “Elevator Operator,” followed by a celebration in The Garden, March 31. For ballet tickets, call 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visit www.lesherartscenter.org or www.diabloballet.org. For gala tickets, visit https://diabloballet.org/anniversary-gala.
“Art Sparks.” Featuring 250 new works by gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays April 1-May 11, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For more information, visit www.valleyartgallery.org or call 925-935-4311.
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.