Community Calendar

Please submit your Clayton Community Calendar events by 5 p.m. Jan. 4 for the Jan. 13 issue. Items must be submitted by email to calendar@claytonpioneer.com.

IN CLAYTON

Dec. 10
Dessert with Mrs. Claus
Prizes, party favors. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring camera. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. Donations appreciated. Clayton Business and Community Association (925) 672-2272.

Dec. 11
Christmas Homes Tour
Self-guided tour showcasing five homes decorated for the holidays. 12 – 6 p.m. Benefits Clayton Historical Society. Begins at Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Bonus home and party from 6 – 8 p.m. for additional $20. For tickets and more information, call (925) 567-6079 or email museum@claytonhistory.org.

IN CONCORD

Mondays
Off the Grid
Rotating lineup of food trucks. 5 – 8 p.m. 2151 Salvio Street. offthegridsf.com.

Tuesdays
Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays year round, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. cityofconcord.org.

Dec. 10, 11, 14, 17, 18
Galindo House Holiday Tours
Tour historic Galindo house decorated with holiday charm. Sponsored by Concord Historical Society. Weekends 1 – 4 p.m.; Wednesday 6 – 8 p.m. 1721 Amador St., Concord. $3. concordhistorical.org.

Dec. 12
Tree of Lights
Tree lighting for Clayton and Concord by Hospice of the East Bay. 5 – 6:30 p.m. John Muir Medical Center parking lot, East Street and Almond Avenue, Concord. Donations accepted. (925) 887-5678.

ON AND AROUND THE MOUNTAIN

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve programs are available for registration through ebparks.org. Parking fees may apply. For additional information, contact Black Diamond Visitor Center at (510) 544-2750 or bdvisit@ebparks.org.

Dec. 10 – 11
Vasco Cave Tours
Accessible only through guided tours. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at Round Valley. $30-$34. Registration required.

Dec. 18
Nature’s Ornaments Walk
Enjoy a wintry walk through peaceful Somersville valley to look for naturally decked trees and hills. 12 – 1:30 p.m. Meet at Black Diamond Mines.

Mount Diablo Interpretive Association programs listed are free with the exception of park entrance fee. Go to mdia.org and click on Events Calendar for more information.

Dec. 18
Winter Solstice Saunter
Join us as we search for signs of the season. 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center. Reservations required: mtdiablohiker@gmail.com.

Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Hike
Hike to the Summit on a 6.6-mile or 9-mile route. 9 a.m. Meet at Parking Area above Buckeye Group Camp.

Dec. 30
Round the Mountain Hike
Views in all directions. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Juniper Camp Trailhead.

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Thru Dec. 17
“Welcome to Little Fork, Rene Lundstrom”
A play of courage, honesty and acceptance. B8 Theatre Company, 2292 Concord Blvd., Concord. $20-$25. brownpapertickets.com.

Thru Dec. 18
“A Christmas Carol”
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $27-$49. centerrep.org.

Dec. 9
“Improv on Ice”
Presented by Trapped in a Rumor. 8:15 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $15. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 9 – 11
“IMpossible”
Family-friendly magic show. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $20-$25. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 9 – 18
“Christmas Caroled”
A unique take on a holiday musical that revisits TV Christmas specials of the 1960s with a twist. 2 p.m. Delta Gallery of the Arts, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood. Free. thebrentwoodtheater.org.

Dec. 10
“Xerox’s From The Improv Party”
Presented by Trapped in a Rumor. 8:15 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $15. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 11
‘A Very “Follies” Holiday!’
Presented by The Golden Follies. 2 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $12-$25. elcampaniltheatre.com.

Dec. 11
“Holiday Magic 2016”
A spectacular, holiday-inspired dance performance by D’Ann’s Academy of Dance. 1 and 3:30 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $16. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. (925) 427-1611.

Dec. 12
Stroke Support Group
Annual holiday potluck. 7 – 9 p.m. Ball Auditorium, John Muir Medical Center, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Free. Contact Ann Dzuna (925) 376-6218.

Dec. 15 – 18
“The Biggest Gift”
Join the fun and laughter as Tucker the elf and the toys set out to save Christmas. Presented by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $14. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 16 – 18
“The Nutcracker”
Performed by The Ballet Company of East County. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $16-$20. elcampaniltheatre.com.

Dec. 17
“Home for Christmas: A Musical Revue”
Packed full of your favorite Christmas songs performed by various groups from around Pittsburg. 2 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $10-$25. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. (925) 427-1611.

Dec. 18
“Big Band Farewell” Show
Presented by Mazella Houston. 2 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $19-$25. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. (925) 427-1611.

Dec. 20
“An Irish Christmas”
Superb music-making, dancing and singing. 7 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $30-$40. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. (925) 427-1611.

Dec. 20 – 21
“Peter and the Wolf”
Presented by the California Symphony with guest Rita Moreno. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $42-$72. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 30
“Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXIV”
Presented by Worst of Durst. 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $30. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 31
Concert
Ring in the new year in style with Pete Escovedo and his orchestra. 9 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $59. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. (925) 427-1611.

Jan. 7
“Foolish Mortals!”
Improvised adventure of comedy with juggling nonsense. 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $25. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 11 – 21
“Back Home Again”
A new musical featuring the songs of John Denver. 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $55-$61. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

CHURCHES & RELIGION

Dec. 10
Christmas Concert
Performed by Vintage. 7:30 p.m. St. Bonaventure, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Free. stbonaventure.net.

Dec. 10
“Fairy Tales, A Holiday Concert”
Presented by the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus. 7:30 p.m. Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. $10-$25. oebgmc.org/tickets.

Dec. 10
“Pop! Goes the Season”
Kick off the holiday season with a mashup of old and new holiday songs presented by the Diablo Women’s Chorale. 2 p.m. Hillside Covenant Church, 2060 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek. $10-$22. diablowomenschorale.org.

Dec. 10 – Feb. 17
“Icons in Transformation”
Exhibit of contemporary and traditional icons. Gala opening Dec. 10; $25. brownpapertickets.com. Exhibit opens Dec. 11: Thursdays through Sundays from 4 – 8 p.m. at both St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5555 Clayton Road, Clayton and St. Michael’s, 2925 Bonifacio St., Concord. Free admission; donations accepted. saintjohnsparish.org; saintmichaelsconcord.org.

Dec. 16 – 17
Nativity
A Christmas drive-through with live nativity scenes. 6 – 9 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, 3578 Clayton Road, Concord. Free. (925) 798-7470.

SCHOOLS

Thru Dec. 11
“The Laramie Project”
A breathtaking theatrical collage. Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. $16-$21. dvcdrama.net.

FUNDRAISERS

2nd and 4th Sundays
Pancake Breakfast
Veterans of Foreign Wars serve breakfast to the public: Eggs, pancakes, sausage, beverage. 8 – 11 a.m. VFW Post 1525, 2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord. $5, $3 children under 12. vfwpost1525.org.

Thru Dec. 21
Train Set Raffle
Proceeds benefit the Clayton Historical Society. Drawing on Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. Need not be present to win. Raffle tickets available during open hours at museum: 2 – 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St. $2 each or 3 for $5. claytonhistory.org.

Dec. 18
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast and photo opportunity with Santa. Benefits Northgate Athletic Department. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Boundary Oaks Golf Course, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. $5. For more information, email nhsad@mdusd.org.

Jan. 6
Comedy Night
Precursor to Stars to the Rescue variety show. Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $25-$60. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 7
“Stars to the Rescue XXVI”
Variety show benefiting Animal Rescue Foundation. 7 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Tickets starting at $50. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 8
Tree-cycle
Boy Scout Troop 484 will pick up Christmas trees in Clayton only. Leave tree at curb by 8 a.m. Donations accepted. See ad this issue for more information or contact Chris Llata at (925) 348-3319 or arbornut@gmail.com.

AT THE LIBRARY

The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. See full schedule of events at claytonlibrary.org or call 673-0659.

  • Dec. 12, Jan. 9: Clayton Knits, 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 12, Jan. 9: Clayton Library Book Club, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 21: Movie Night, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 5: Chinese New Year Story Time with Author Olive Chin, 11 a.m.

The Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. See full schedule of events at ccclib.org or 646-5455.

  • Dec. 9 – 11: Used Book Sale, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 1 – 3:30 p.m. Sun.
  • Dec. 15: Concord Book Club, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: Holiday STEAM, 7 p.m. Registration required.
  • Jan. 5: Origami, 4 p.m.

GOVERNMENT

1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Clayton City Council
7 p.m. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. (925) 673-7304 or ci.clayton.ca.us.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Clayton Planning Commission
7 p.m., Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. (925) 673-7304 or ci.clayton.ca.us.