Water, water — everywhere


By Woody Whitlatch on February 06, 2017

With this winter’s heavy rains, creeks in the valley and on the mountain are bursting their banks. Hikers by the hundreds are heading up Mt. Diablo between storms, eager to brave the mud for views of the rare rushing waterfalls. (See more Scott Hein photos at photos.heinphoto.com.)

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Camelia Tea_5472 for websiteThe guests of honor at this year’s 40th Annual Clayton Historical Society Camellia Tea on February 12 will be the army of museum garden volunteers from the Historical Society and Clayton Valley Garden Club.

Each year, the annual event celebrates Clayton’s pioneering families with high tea at the Clayton Museum. Camellias will decorate every surface in the historic building, originally the home of Clayton’s founder, Joel Clayton. The event is free. The garden volunteers will pour tea and coffee from 1-4 p.m.  6101 Main Street, Clayton.

‘School Days’ exhibit takes a page from the past

By Jennifer Leischer on February 6, 2017

School Days for websiteA new exhibit at the Clayton Museum provides a well-rounded history of what community schools were like in the late 1800s and early 1900s, “School Days: A Celebration of Historic Schools of the Clayton Area” focuses on three community schools: the original Mt Diablo Elementary School, also known as “the Clayton School,” Morgan Territory School and Lime Quarry School.

“I’m so excited to share this exhibit with the community,” says museum curator Renee Wing. “The exhibit will provide a wonderful history about our schools and share a glimpse of what school was like 130 years ago.” [click to continue…]

Peregrine Patrol helps keep birds safe

By Staci Hobbet on February 6, 2017

Peregrine Falcon Dirk Muehlner photoA volunteer team of people from several organizations, including the docent crew in Mount Diablo State Park, is gearing up for the peregrine falcon nesting season in the pinnacles of Castle Rock Park.

For the last two years, this team has helped keep climbers and hikers out of the closure zone – which encompasses the rocky spines and humped outcrops of this eye-popping formation. The area protects the falcons while they court, mate, nest and raise their young. [click to continue…]

Mayor’s Corner: Working out the bumps in the road

By Jim Diaz on February 6, 2017

diaz-jim-for-websiteThe first quarter is well underway, and we are enjoying the beginnings of a strong year for the city of Clayton.

On a practical front, Uretek’s field work has completed injecting polymer fill underground of the bumpy roadways to lift the pavement. City engineer Rick Angrisani is meeting with Intermountain Slurry Seal next week to discuss the schedule and the next steps related to this cost-efficient program. [click to continue…]