The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 13 update

The Pioneer’s Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 13 update

The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Aug. 13 update
Clockwise from left: Volunteers are gearing up for local Community Service Days for activities such as planting trees in parks. Nikola Printz taking on the role of “Carmen” in Festival Opera’s Aug. 18 and 19 shows. Fleetwood Mask performs at Clayton’s Concerts in the Grove, August 19.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Aug. 13, 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

Moveable Feast. An upscale culinary stroll featuring nine Walnut Creek restaurants, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 and 23. For tickets and more information, visit

Monument Impact Stronger Together Gala: Secure a table of eight or purchase individual tickets by Sept. 1; sponsorship opportunities also available. The event is Sept. 7, Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Get tickets here.

9/11 Remembrance. Sponsored by the city of Clayton, VFW Post 1525 and the Contra Costa County Fire Department, 11 a.m. Sept. 11, Fire Station No. 11, 6500 Center St.

Leadership in Sustainability Awards. Sponsored by Sustainable Contra Costa, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr. Purchase tickets here.

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

Community Service Days

Clayton. Volunteer for service projects at the library and schools or create your own community project. Meet at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 for coffee and doughnuts at City Hall, 6000 Heritage Trail. For more information or to register your project, email Councilmembers Peter Cloven or Holly Tillman at or

Concord. Councilmember Carlyn Obringer is sponsoring two community service projects: median planting at Grant Street and Olivera Road on Sept. 16 and tree planting at Hillcrest Community Park on Sept. 30. Both events are 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Volunteers should bring gloves and gardening tools if available. Register by Sept. 7 by emailing

Pleasant Hill. Volunteer for a variety of community projects. Meet at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23 for free breakfast and T-shirts at Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Drop off an unused bike at the Pleasant Hill Police Department before Sept. 22 for use in the Bike Build-A-Thon. Or, donate food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa/Solano County at sites throughout the city. Visit for details.

Music Around Town

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. 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 at downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center. 7-9 p.m. in the plaza near Jack’s, 106 Crescent Dr. Aug. 17: Grammy nominated accordion soul artist. Sept. 21: Tribute to Michael Jackson. For details, visit

Concerts in The Grove: 6-8:30 p.m. every other Saturday through Sept. 16 in downtown Clayton. 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. 20: Native Elements. Sept. 3: The Big Jangle. For details and sponsorship 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

Native Wildlife with the Lindsay Museum. Children’s can meet animals that make up the diverse habitats of the Golden State and find out how to support them, 2-3 p.m. Aug. 16. 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.

Switch it Up. Teens can play Switch games, including Mario Kart and Just Dance, 4-5 p.m. Aug. 18. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Memory Café. Socialize and connect with other adults experiencing memory loss. Includes memory-boosting activities and free snacks, 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 and every third Saturday of the month. Open to all older adults with or without memory concerns and their caretakers. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

The arts

Arts Around August. A month-long celebration sponsored by the city of Walnut Creek and 12 community organizations. Visit for a complete schedule.

“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

“Carmen.” Festival Opera presents an updated story with Nikola Printz stepping into the title role, Aug. 18 and 20, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Visit or call 925-943-7469.

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.

“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

“Laurie Sings a Song for You.” Laurie Roldan’s cabaret show features the music of Karen Carpenter, Sept. 9-16, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. For tickets, call 925-283-1557 or go to

“Crowns.” Center Repertory Company’s celebration of song, dance, cultural history and fabulous headwear, Sept. 9-Oct. 6, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

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


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

Onstage Repertory Theater/Plotline Theater Company. Auditions for the 2024 season, noon Aug. 19, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward Str., Martinez. Bring three copies of resume and headshot and prepare a one-minute comic and one-minute dramatic monologue. For more information, email

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.