The Pioneer’s Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 1 update

Coming Oct. 14, the All-Ford Car Show sponsored by the Diablo Valley Mustang Association.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Aug. 1, 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

Pleasant Hill Community Service Day. The city is seeking project ideas for the Sept. 23 event. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 1. For more information, visit

Dana Estates Neighborhood Garage Sale. Sponsored by real estate broker Peter Maclennan, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12. Contact him at or 925-385-8798 for details.

All-Ford Car Show. Sponsored by the Diablo Valley Mustang Association, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14, Cobra Experience, 777 Arnold Dr., Martinez. Register by Sept. 30 at

Hope 100 Golf Marathon. Registration open for players and sponsors for the fundraiser for Hope Hospice, Oct. 23, Castlewood Country Club, Pleasanton. For more information, visit or call Marc Rovetti at 925-829-8770.

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 4-8 p.m. Thursdays (with concerts at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays), Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Visit for more information.

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

Music Around Town

Jazz Around Town. Jinx Jones, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 2, free, the Veranda on Concord’s Diamond Boulevard. Jean Fineberg and Jazzphoria, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 3, free, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Charged Particles, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Concord Historical Society, 1028 Clayton Road; purchase tickets at EventBrite.

Impromptu line dancing at Concord’s Music and Market summer concert series. (Pete Cruz photo)

Music & Market. Listen to music while shopping at the Certified Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 28, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Aug. 3: Jean Fineberg & JAZZphoria. Aug. 10: Latin Touch Band. Aug. 17: Radiokeys. Aug. 24: Native Elements. Aug. 31: Zepparella. Sept. 7: Pop Rocks. Sept. 14: The Sun Kings. Sept. 21: Johnny and June Forever. Sept. 28: House of Floyd.

Concerts in The Grove: 6-8:30 p.m. every other Saturday through Sept. 16 in downtown Clayton. 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. every other Sunday through Labor Day weekend at the lake in Pleasant Hill. Aug. 6: The Groove Doctors. Aug. 20: Native Elements. Sept. 3: The Big Jangle. For details and sponsorship information, visit

For Your Health

Grief Support. Sponsored by Hope Hospice, free groups include General Support, Aug. 7-Sept. 25; Loss of a Child, Aug. 8-Sept. 26; and Spousal/Partner Loss, Aug. 8-Sept. 26. Register at 925-829-8770. For more information, visit

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

Music and Singing with Bonnie Lockhart. Children’s program sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation, 2-3 p.m. Aug. 2.

Storytimes. Lapsit storytime for children up to age 3, 11-11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Toddler/preschool storytime 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, with a stay and play event afterward.

Tai Chi. A gentle, energizing class for adults, noon-1 p.m. every first and third Thursday. Carolyn Lee teaches in the style of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing. Beginners welcome, no registration required.

Board at the Library: Check out our collection of board and card games for ages 9 to adults, 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

Computer/Tech Assistance. Adults can bring their own devices or work with a volunteer, 10 a.m. Fridays. Sign up in person or call to book a 30-min appointment. Drop-ins accommodated as available.

The arts

“Carmen.” Festival Opera presents an updated story. Free preview performance 4 p.m. Aug. 6 in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park. Then, Aug. 18 and 20, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Visit or call 925-943-7469.

Arts Around August. A month-long celebration sponsored by the city of Walnut Creek and 12 community organizations. Events include concerts at Broadway Plaza, performing artists at the Maker’s Market Artisan Fair, National Night Out, eight painted pianos placed throughout the downtown and a family mural walk. Visit for a complete schedule.

“Rolling Hills” by Shirley Nootbaar. One of the original paintings available in Valley Art Gallery’s free drawing in August.

Art to Draw For. Participate in a free drawing to win one of eight original paintings, through Sept. 2, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Meanwhile, “Arrivals and Departures” exhibit ends Aug. 5. For more information, call 925-935-4311.

“It Runs in the Family.” Orinda Starlight Village Players present the British farce, through Aug. 17, Orinda Community Center Park amphitheater, 28 Orinda Way. For more information, go to

“The Three Feathers.” Solo Opera presents the West Coast premiere of the full version sung in English, Sept. 8 and 10, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. There will be a 30-minute pre-show lecture by opera librettist Dana Gioia. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or visit

“Life in Clayton 1850-1870.” 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays for the rest of the year, 6101 Main St., Clayton. Visit


“The House on Galloway Street. A Ghost Story.” An original script from The Drama Factory, for actors 20+, Aug. 7-8, Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213 F Street., Antioch. Be prepared to do a cold read and a little improv. For details, go to

Diablo Women’s Chorale. Auditions by appointment, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 14, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3051 Putnam Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Contact Nancy Hickman at 925-899-5050 or Learn more about the group at