The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 5 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 5 update

The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 5 update
Clockwise from left: Juanita Hagberg with her painting, “By Any Other Name.” For an exhibition of fine art that inspires literary works see Ekphrasis through June 28. Spend an evening with The Diablo Women’s Chorale on May 18.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (May 5, 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

Mad Hatter Garden Party/High Tea. Wear a pretty or crazy hat or “Alice in Wonderland” attire for this fundraiser for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525 Clayton Valley and its auxiliary, 1-3 p.m. May 12, Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Dr., Walnut Creek. Send checks payable to VFW Auxiliary Post 1525 for $35 a person by May 5 to Box 79, Clayton CA 94517. For more information, call 925-673-0205.

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 available now. For details, visit

Pleasant Hill Art, Wine, and Music Festival. Includes arts and crafts, two performer stages and a kids zone, May 18-19, downtown Pleasant Hill. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. More information and performer schedules at

Sunset by the Lake Summer Concert Series. Every other Sunday, May 26-Sept. 1. New this year will be food trucks. May 26: the Great Space Coaster with hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. June 9: Van Goat plus a Family Fun Zone. June 23: Beaufunk featuring Michael Jeffries, plus Nash Metropolitan Car Show. For more information, go to

Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival. Vendors, wines, craft beer, live music, food and children’s activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 1 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2, Heather Farm Park. Visit for details.

“Mis- and Disinformation: Election Edition.” Learn how to spot fake news, fact-check sources and navigate the complexities of today’s media landscape, 5:30-7 p.m. June 4, Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley. Free, but RSVP at For more information, contact Janet Hoy at 858-688-6646 or

Music & Market. Farmers Market begins at 4 p.m. Thursdays, with music at 6:30 p.m. June 6-Sept. 25, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. June 6: Andre Thierry, Cajun and Zydeco. June 13: The Houserockers salute to Earth, Wind & Fire. June 20: Sacred Fire, a Santana tribute band. June 27: Traveling Wilburys Revue, the best of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. For the complete schedule, visit

CBCA Round Up. The Clayton Business & Community Association celebrates its 40th anniversary with a BBQ dinner, music, dancing, raffles and silent auction, 6-10 p.m. June 14, Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton. For tickets, visit

Juneteenth Celebration. Activities, performers and music recognizing the June 19 end of slavery, 5-9 p.m. June 19, on the lawn by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. Sponsored by the Diversity Commission and held in conjunction with Off the Grid.

Blues and Brews Festival. Beer garden, music and food, pre-party 6-9 p.m. July 19, and main event 3-9 p.m. July 20, Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Sponsored by Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District. For more information, visit

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

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays year-round and 4-8 Thursdays June 6-Sept. 26, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Visit for more information.

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

Plant Sale. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11, Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. The club is co-sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District. For more information about the sale or the club, go to or e-mail

Clayton Gardens Tour. Five unique gardens, May 17-18. Sponsored by the Clayton Historical Society to raise funds for the Clayton Museum. To volunteer as a docent, call JoAnn Caspar at 925-567-6079 or Joan Bergum at 925-672-4597. Purchase $40 tickets online at; at R&M Pool, Patio & Gardens, 6780 Marsh Creek Road, Clayton; or by sending a check to Clayton Museum, P.O. Box 94, Clayton CA 94517. Tickets will be $45 on tour day at the Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St.


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.

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.

Lapsit Storytime. For children aged 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.

The Arts

Sweet Adelines/Diablo Vista Chorus Guest Program. Singers can learn a song in the a cappella barbershop style, 6-8:30 p.m. May 7, 14, 21 and 28, Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Fee is $10. To register, email For more information about the chorus, visit

Call for Artists. The Concord Art Association is looking for exhibitors for its Spring Pop-up Art & Craft Show. Deadline is May 9. To register, visit The show will run 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 in Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord.

“From the Stage to the Page” Auditions. Co-produced by B8 Theatre and Onstage Theatre, noon-4 p.m. May 11, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez Performances will be July 12-28. Schedule an addition through SignUpGenius. For more information, email

“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

Artist Juanita Hagberg. Featuring watercolors using the synthetic surface Yupo, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday May 14-June 24, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Meet the artist 1-4 p.m. May 18. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

Meet the Authors. Featuring Mark R. Clifford, Deven Greene, Bruce Lewis and S.Q. Orpin, noon-2 p.m. May 17, Papillion Coffee, 67 Lafayette Circle in Fiesta Square, Lafayette. Clifford’s “Typhoon Coast” is a story of danger and redemption. Greene applies her love of science and medicine to her medical thrillers, including the Erica Rosen MD trilogy. Lewis is the author of four novels in the “Angel of Mercy” series. Orpin wrote the five-part “Catwalk” series and accompanying cookbooks.

“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. Get tickets at or

“A Lovely Way to Spend the Evening.” The Diablo Women’s Chorale blends the nostalgic and the contemporary, featuring the Stephen Evans Cello Choir, 7 p.m. May 18, 3 p.m. May 19, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universal Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. For tickets, visit

“Mass Appeal.” Plotline Theater Company’s comedy-drama about a young upstart and an older priest, through May 19, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. For tickets, go to

“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 through June 28, Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. 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

“Tribute to Tina.” An art exhibit in memory of Tina Turner, through July 12, JOR Fine Art Gallery, 1026 Oak St. No 102, Clayton. For more information, visit