The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, July 9 update

The Pioneer’s Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, July 9 update

The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, July 9 update
Clockwise from left: Sign up for the Hope Hospice annual fundraiser in October. Tuesday Night Blues in Concord kicks off July 11 with Frankie G and the Convictions. Keep an eye out for the painted pianos of Walnut Creek now showing up for Arts Around August.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (July 9, 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

Transportation Town Hall. With U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, 6:30 p.m. July 10, San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. RSVP at The event will also be livestreamed at

Contra Costa County Historical Society Silent Book Auction. Featuring rare and unusual books about Bay Area bridges, engineering, public works and historic Bay Area planning documents, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 15, Historical Society booth at the Maker’s Market in downtown Martinez. For more information, call or text John Mercurio at 925-876-0327.

Culture abounds at Concord’s Japanese Summer FestivalDiablo Japanese American Club’s Summer Festival. Featuring Bonsai, Ikenobo flower arrangements, Taiko drums, dancing and Japanese food favorites, 1-9 p.m. July 29 and noon-8:30 p.m. July 30, Japanese American Religious & Cultural Center, 3165 Treat Blvd., Concord. 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.

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 in the Parks

Tuesday Night Blues. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. July 11: Frankie G and the Conviction. July 18: Annie Sampson. July 25: Jr. DeVille Blues Band.

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. July 13: The Purple Ones. July 20: Side Note. July 27: The Carousel Cowboys. 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. July 22: Chicago Tribute Authority. 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. July 23: Jinx Jones & the Kingtones. 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

Camp Clayton. Children can join the STEM Discovery Zone to learn about the natural world around us, 2-3 p.m. July 12.

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.

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.

Memory Café. Memory-boosting activities and free snacks for all older adults with or without memory concerns and their caretakers (if applicable), 10-11:30 a.m. July 15.

Lawrence Hall of Science Presents “Solids, Liquids and Gases.” Session 1 for those entering TK-2nd grade, 2-2:50 p.m. July 19. Session 2 for those entering grades 3-6, 3:30-4:20 p.m. July 19.

Tai Chi. A gentle, energizing class for adults, noon-1 p.m. July 20 and every first and third Thursday. Carolyn Lee teaches in the style of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing. Beginners welcome, no registration required.

The arts

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.

“Arrivals and Departures.” Featuring “remembered landscape” paintings by Connie Ryan, through Aug. 5, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For more information, call 925-935-4311.

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


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

“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

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.