The Pioneer's Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 25 update

The Pioneer’s Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 25 update

Check out the Bead & Design Show coming to Concord, March 15-17.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Feb. 25, 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

The Soul Box Project.

Soul Box Project. This exhibit highlights gun violence in America, while calling for action, open during regular library hours through February, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Visitors can also fold a Soul Box and add it to the exhibit. For more information, visit

“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

For Writers

Amanda McTigue.

California Writers Club/Mt Diablo Branch. Amanda McTigue will discuss what writers can learn from actors and directors, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9, Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Guests welcome. To register for the meeting online, visit

Creative Writing Class. The process of writing a novel, memoir or short stories from idea to publication with local author, book editor and journalist Janice De Jesus, begins April 11 in Pleasant Hill. For details, call Mt. Diablo Adult Education at 925-937-1530 or 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

Black Children’s Book Week. Pick up a bookmark featuring Black authors and illustrators, Play the “’I Spy” game with hidden book covers and participate in the Checkout Challenge, Feb. 27-March 2.

Insiders. Fun activities for adults with disabilities to build confidence while navigating the library and accessing library services and resources, 2-3 p.m. Feb. 27 and every second and fourth Tuesday, Hoyer Hall.

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.

Book Club. “Slave Old Man” by Patrick Chamoiseau, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 and every fourth Tuesday. March book will be The Bad Muslim Discount” by Syed M. Masood.

Chair Yoga and Meditation. Adult program featuring low-impact chair yoga followed by a guided meditation, 10-11 a.m. Feb. 29 and 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.

Isadora Duncan: Life Into Art. Lois Ann Flood performs some of Duncan’s historical dances and tells us the story of how California influenced Isadora on her path to becoming the mother of modern dance, 2-3:30 p.m. March 2. Program for adults sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

African Village Celebration. Performance by percussionist and educator Onye Onyemaechi, with audience participation encouraged to create the experience of African village life, 2-2:45 p.m. March 6. All ages welcome; sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

The Arts

Pittsburg Theatre Company seeking donations for 2024 productions
Mary Katherine Patterson and Sam Leeper are Stella and Stanley in PTC’s “Streetcar Named Desire,” playing through March 3.

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

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.

“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.