The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, March 30 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, March 31 update

The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, March 30 update
Clockwise from top left: Eric Elfman, writing coach and New York Times best-selling author, will speak at the California Writer’s Club on April 13 in Pleasant Hill. Magician Perry Yan performs at Concord Library April 4. Check out “Stroll in the Canyon” watercolor by John Finger and other paintings at Valley Art Gallery through May 11.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Mar. 31, 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

Singer-Songwriter Sundays. Featuring Soul Glitch, Margaret Jones, Aaron Burnham, McClain Sullivan, Daniel Ray Hilsinger and Ira Mato, 2 p.m. April 7, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. More shows at 2 p.m. May 12 and June 2. For details, email

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.

In the Garden

San Francisco Bay Flower & Garden Show. April 4-7, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. For seminar schedule, go to

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.

Playgroup for All Abilities. Toys and a language therapist for children ages 2-5, 11:30 a.m. April 2. Register at

Introduction to 3D Design. Children ages 9-18 can learn the basics of 3D modeling by designing a custom 3D-printed keychain using Sketchup, 3 p.m. April 2. First-come, first-served.

Sensory Wednesdays: Bilingual Story Time in Spanish and English and a sensory craft for children on the autism spectrum or with certain sensory needs, 3:30 p.m. April 3. Register at

Cooking Matters for Families. Parents and children age 5 and older will cook together and can take home fresh products to practice at home, 10:30 a.m. April 4. Register at

Magic Show with Perry Yan. Magic and humor for all ages, 4 p.m. April 4.

Monument First 5 at Your Library. Crafts, songs and playtime for children ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. April 5. Hosted by Monument First 5. Register at

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

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.

Raptors Up Close. Join Native Bird Connections for a journey into the world of raptors, also known as birds of prey, 2-2:45 p.m. April 3. Suitable for all ages. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

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.

Repurposed Envelope Art. To celebrate Earth Day, Roger Renn will teach adults how to create beautiful art with repurposed envelopes, 2-3 p.m. April 6. All supplies provided. Registration required. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Insiders. Fun activities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build confidence while navigating the library, 2-3 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday, Hoyer Hall.

Chair Yoga and Meditation. Adult program featuring low-impact chair yoga followed by a guided meditation, 10-11 a.m. every second and fourth Thursday.

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.

The Arts

Valley Art Gallery. “Good Vibrations” paintings by 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 Great Leap.” Lauren Yee’s basketball drama, through April 7, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-7469 or go to

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

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.