The Pioneer's Winter 2023 calendar of events and activities, Jan. 8 update

The Pioneer’s Winter 2023 calendar of events and activities, Jan. 8 update

The Pioneer's Winter 2023 calendar of events and activities, Jan. 8 update
Rehearsals in progress for Clybourne Park by Pittsburg Theatre Company. (l-r) Bri Andrews, Safira McGrew, Jason Anthony, David Ghilardi, Edward Nattenburg. (Photo credit: Sara Leyva)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Jan. 8, 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

California Writers Club-Mt. Diablo Branch. With speaker Paul Zeidman, an award-winning screenwriter and author, 11 a.m. Jan. 14, Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Guests welcome. Register at

Party for the Planet. A benefit concert for Sustainable Contra Costa featuring Jim Ocean’s Band “FrankenClime” project, 7:30 p.m. Jan 14, Creekside Commons, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Includes a “trashy” fashion show and the Green Meanies dance troupe. Get tickets at

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord.

The Arts

“Wintermission.” Designed to brighten winter’s darkest days, through Feb. 4, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, visit

Black Point Afternoon, a watercolor from Shirley Nootbaar is part of the Wintermission show at Valley Art Gallery.

Pittsburg Theatre Company Auditions. For “It Shoulda Been You,” 2-5 p.m. Jan. 8 and 7-9 p.m. Jan. 9. Church of the Good Shepherd office, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. For application and audition information, visit

Diablo Women’s Chorale Auditions. 6-9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30, by appointment. Contact Nancy Hickman at 925-899-5050 or

“Clybourne Park.” Pittsburg Theatre Company presents the play inspired by “A Raisin in the Sun,” Jan. 28-Feb 5, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Visit or call 925-439-7529 for tickets.

“Swan Lake Suite.” Presented by Diablo Ballet, Feb. 10-11, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Virtual performance available Feb. 17-26. Tickets at 925-943-7469, or

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.