The Pioneer’s Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 18 update

The Pioneer's Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 18 update
Clockwise from left: One of Karen Kramer’s watercolors, ‘A Kea in New Zealand,’ on display at Valley Art Gallery. Festival Opera presents ‘Opera by the Dock of the Bay,’ March 16. Clayton Theatre Company ask ‘But Why Bump Off Barnaby?” March 8-17.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Feb. 18, 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

Education Job Fair. Includes representatives from more than 20 school districts, charter schools and colleges, 9-11-30 a.m. Feb. 24, Pleasant Hill Middle School, 1 Santa Barbara Road. Sponsored by the county Office of Education. For more information, contact Morgan Broshar at 925-942-3489.

“The Impact of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Our Community.” Learn about local resources and ways you can join the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, 9:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 6, Parish Hall, St. Bonaventure Catholic Community 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, contact Christa Fairfield at

Bead & Design Show. More than 150 exhibits featuring jewelry, artwear, beads, gems, antiquities and handcrafts, plus workshops in design, beadwork and soldering, March 15-17, Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr., Concord. For details, visit

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.


Opera on the Dock of the Bay. Wine, food bites and music plus live and silent auctions to support Festival Opera, 3-6 p.m. March 16, Riggers Loft Wine Co., 1325 Canal Blvd., Richmond. For more information and 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.

Chair Yoga and Meditation. Adult program featuring low-impact chair yoga followed by a guided meditation, 10-11 a.m. every second and fourth Thursday. 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.

The Arts

“Mystic Pizza.” Center Repertory’s musical adaptation of the film features three actresses with Broadway credits, through Feb 25, Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-7469 or go to for tickets.

Enchanted Wilderness. Featuring watercolors by Karen Kramer, through March 16, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Meet the artist 2-5 p.m. March 2. For details, visit or call 925-935-4311.

“A Streetcar Named Desire.” Pittsburg Theatre Company presents the Tennessee Williams classic, Feb. 23-March 3, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. For tickets, call 925-427-1611.

Mimi Pirard in concert. SonoMusette accompanies the Parisian singer for mid-century music, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. VIP tickets include a glass of rosé from Loire Valley and light bites from Rêve Bistro. Go to for reservations.

“But Why Bump Off Barnaby?” Clayton Theatre Company offers up the mystery by Rick Abbot, March 8-17, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. For details, visit or call 925-334-0880.

Stars & Stripes Jubilee. In honor of Diablo Ballet’s 30th season, 6 p.m. March 22 and 2 p.m. March 23, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Early Bird pricing through Feb. 28. Get tickets at

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.