The Pioneer's Winter 2023 calendar of events and activities, Jan. 14 update

The Pioneer’s Winter 2023 calendar of events and activities, Jan. 14 update

Concord residents Kori and Sammy Barton launch their new children’s book at Concord Library on Feb. 15.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Jan. 14, 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

“Mis/Dis-Information: How to Recognize and Respond to It.” Deanna Troust, founder of Truth in Common, hosts the webinar 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, the League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County, CCTV and the Contra Costa County Library. Register for the Zoom link at

Walnut Creek Watershed Restoration Meeting. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 online, hosted by the Contra Costa Library. Register at

“C is for Concord” Book Launch. Concord residents Kori and Sammy Barton celebrate their new ABC book, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15, Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.

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.


Be a Rainbow Unicorn FUNd-raiser Beer Bust. Ms. SF Eagle Leather 2023 Nunca Sola and SF Eagle Leather Pup 2024 Alpha Savage host a fundraiser for the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa, 3-7 p.m. Jan. 21, Eagle Bar, 398 12th St., San Francisco.

Roaring ’20s Dance. Live music, dancing and costumes in a fundraiser for the Concord Senior Center, 4-8 p.m. Feb. 10, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord. For tickets, visit or call 925-671-3171.

Livermore Valley Opera Benefit Features the 3 Redneck Tenors
The Three Redneck Tenors.

The Three Redneck Tenors. Blake Davidson, Grace Lord and Matthew Lord take on all genres of music with comic flair in a benefit for the Livermore Valley Opera, 7 p.m. Feb. 17, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. For tickets, 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

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.

Coventry & Kaluza: Circus, Comedy and Whatnot. The circus comedians offer a variety of skills and thrills that will amaze kids, 2-2:45 p.m. Jan. 17. 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.

Teen Thursday: Watercolor Oceanscape. Those in 6th-12th grades can learn how to paint a basic oceanscape with watercolors, 4-5 p.m. Jan. 18. All supplies provided. Space limited; register online or call the library for assistance. Supported by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.


Diablo Women’s Chorale. The spring season begins Jan. 22., with rehearsals 7-9 p.m. Mondays at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3051 Putnam Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA. To make an audition appointment and for further information, contact member chair Nancy Hickman at 925-899-5050 or Or visit

The Arts

Jess Rodgers, left, Skyelar Clouse and Mark Alan Flores appear in the mystery drama “An Inspector Calls” through Jan. 21 at the Martinez Campbell Theater. (Photo by Savanna Daniels)

“An Inspector Calls.” A complex story of a young working-class woman’s possible suicide, from Plotline Theatre Company, through Jan. 21, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. Go to for tickets.

“Every Brilliant Thing.” A young boy makes a list of things that make life worth living to give to his suicidal mom, by Center REP, through Jan. 28, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-7469 or go to

“Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding” and “Confetti.” Diablo Ballet features the world premiere of “Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding” by Penny Saunders and an encore presentation of Gerald Arpino’s festive “Confetti,” Feb. 9-10, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. or call 925-943-SHOW.

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.