The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 7 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 7 update

The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 7 update
Clockwise from left: Clayton Cleans Up returns Saturday April 20. Get early bird pricing for Diablo Ballet’s ‘The Firebird’ through April 17. Pleasant Hill’s popular Off the Grid event happens every Wednesday through October.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (April 7, 2024) — 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

Off the Grid. Featuring food trucks and live music, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays until October, on the lawn by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. For details, visit

Clayton Art & Wine Festival. Premium wine and beer, arts and crafts, live music, Kids Fun Land, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28, downtown Clayton. Free admission and shuttle from various locations. Sponsored by the Clayton Business & Community Association. For details, visit

Singer-Songwriter Sundays. 2 p.m. May 12 and June 2, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. For details, email

Contra Costa County Fair. May 16-19, Antioch Fairgrounds. Pre-sale tickets start April 22. For details, visit

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.

Earth Day

We Love Concord Earth Day. Volunteer to clean up at various locations around town, 8 a.m.-noon April 20. For site details, visit

Clayton Cleans Up. Help tidy up the town, 9 a.m.-noon April 20, City Hall, 6000 Heritage Trail, Clayton. First 200 participants get a T-shirt. Return to City Hall at noon for a community BBQ. Sponsored by Republic Services, the Clayton Business & Community Association and the Pioneer.

In the Garden

AAUW Garden Tour. A fundraiser to support college scholarships for local women, STEM camperships for middle school girls and educational programs in our community, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10-11. Hosted by the Danville Alamo Walnut Creek American Association of University Women. Tickets are $40 before May 1, $45 thereafter. For more information, visit


California Writers Club-Mt. Diablo Branch. Writing coach and New York Times best-selling author Eric Elfman will discuss 10 common writing mistakes, 10:30 a.m. April 13, Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Guests welcome. To register for the meeting online, visit

Women Marines Association. The Bay Area chapter meets 11:30 a.m. every third Saturday, usually at Harry’s Hofbrau, 14900 E. 14th St, San Leandro. For more information, visit or contact Janet Johnson at 925-890-4583.

Concord Library

The Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. For more information, call 925-646-5455.

Mr. Elephant’s Puppet Show. Celebrate National Library Week with Mr. Elephant and his family music and puppet show, 5 p.m. April 9.

Early Readers Book Club. For kindergarten-second graders who are starting to get the hang of reading, 3:30 p.m. April 24. Bring an adult along to join the fun and tackle activities together.

Bilingual Storytime. Miss Rosa will share stories and songs in Spanish and English for families, 10:30 a.m. April 25. Children can wear pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal.

Cascada De Flores presents Aquíles Va Un Cuento. Celebrate Children’s Day and Book Day with a bilingual musical adventure, 5 p.m. April 30.

Clayton Library

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

Insiders. Fun activities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build confidence while navigating the library, 2-3 p.m. April 9, Hoyer Hall. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

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

Lapsit Storytime. For children ages 0-3, 11-11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Children must attend with caregiver.

Toddler/Preschool Storytime. For children ages 2-5, 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Children must attend with caregiver. Stay and play toys available afterward.

Clayton Community Library Foundation Used Book Sale. Members-Only Preview: 4-7 p.m. April 12. Not a Member? Join at the door. Regular hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 13 and noon-4 p.m. April 14. Most Books $1; most kids’ books 50 cents. Most books half price noon-2 p.m. Sunday. Fill a bag for $5 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show. Children 5 and up can see live bees working in a multitude of jobs, learn about these fascinating insects and sample honey, 2-3 p.m. April 17. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Teen Thursday: Succulent Terrariums. Students in 6th-12th grades can Celebrate Earth Day by creating a desert ecosystem, 4-5 p.m. April 18. Registration required. Sponsored by Sloat Garden Center, the Cheese Steak Shop and the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Make a Blanket with Project Linus. Teens and adults can make blankets for children in need of comfort and warmth, 2-4 p.m. April 20. The non-profit will provide supplies and instructions. No skills necessary. Registration required.

The Arts

Festival 10. Ghostlight presents 20 10-minute plays, April 12-14, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. For more information, go to

“Send It to the Moon.” A series of short plays from the Capstone Project theater students at Saint Mary’s College, April 18-21, LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. For more information, visit

Chromatica Chorale. The Danville-based chorus has commissioned “Transfigurations,” a choral and instrumental suite in six movements by Christopher Tin with lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri, April 27, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lanet, Walnut Creek, and April 28, Peace Lutheran Church, 3201 Camino Tassajara, Danville. For details, visit

“Ekphrasis 2024.” An exhibition of fine art that inspires literary works, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 29-June 28, Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. Grand opening program and reception 1-5 p.m. May 4. Sponsored by the Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Lamorinda Arts Council and California Writers Club/Mt. Diablo Branch. For more information, call 925-254-2184 or visit

“Good Vibrations.” Paintings by Valley Art Gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through May 11, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

Call for Artists. The Concord Art Association is looking for exhibitors for its Spring Pop-up Art & Craft Show on May 11 at Todos Santos Plaza. Deadline is May 9. For details, visit

“The Firebird,” “4 in the Morning” and “Light Rain.” Diablo Ballet’s “Firebird” is based on the Russian folktale. World-renown dance maker Val Caniparoli created “Morning,” and “Light Rain” has been an audience favorite since 1981, 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 18, Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Early bird pricing through April 17. Get tickets at or

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.