Please submit your Clayton Community Calendar events by 5 p.m. Dec. 11 for the Dec. 20 issue. Items must be submitted by email to email@example.com.
Dec. 6 – 31
A Heart for Christmas
Walk through a winter wonderland of lasers, snow machines and over 15,500 lights on one acre of property. 5 – 9 p.m. Weekends 5 – 11 p.m. 1185 Pine Lane, Clayton. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Caroling and Tree Lighting
Downtown festivities. Carriage rides 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Caroling, followed by Santa, tree lighting and refreshments starting at 6 p.m. Grove Park to Main and Oak Streets, Clayton. Free. Clayton Business and Community Association 672-2272.
Bake a batch of your best Christmas cookies. Live music and Santa at the judging party. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. Free. Register by Dec. 10. Clayton Pioneer 672-0500.
Dessert with Mrs. Claus
Prizes, party favors. 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 672-2272.
Christmas Home Tour
Self-guided tour of six homes in Clayton beautifully decorated for the holidays. 12 – 7 p.m. Rain or shine. Starts at Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St. $30. Proceeds benefit the Clayton Historical Society. claytonhistory.org. Call 672-7680 or email email@example.com.
Oakhurst Business Network
Meets first Thursday of the month for social hour. Hosted hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. 6 – 7:30 p.m. Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton. oakhurstcc.com.
Tuesdays year round, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. cityofconcord.org.
Thanksgiving thru Christmas
See 50,000 lights celebrating 35 years of creative holiday light decorations at Mr. Xmas’ house. 5208 Olive Dr., Concord.
Vintage performs holiday favorites and new music. 7:30 p.m. St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Free. vintagetrio.com.
Santa, entertainment, Mayor’s sing along and tree lighting. 4 – 7:30 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road between Mt. Diablo and Grant Streets, Concord. concordfirst.org. 671-3464.
Hospice Tree of Lights
Annual ceremony. 5:30 p.m. John Muir Medical Center parking lot, East Street and Almond Avenue, Concord. Donations accepted. Hospice of the East Bay. 887-5678.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
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.
Winter Solstice Saunter
Celebrate the shortest day of the year by hiking up one of Mount Diablo’s shortest satellite spurs, Twin Peaks. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center. Reservations required.
See the effects of the Morgan Fire on a hike from Clayton to the summit of Mount Diablo. Extremely difficult hike; experienced hikers only. 9 a. m. – 3 p.m. Meet at end of Mountaire Parkway, Clayton.
Save Mount Diablo programs listed are free unless otherwise noted. Go to savemountdiablo.org and click on Activities/Guided Hikes for more information. 947-3535.
Post Fire Hike
Join professional botanist and SMD Board Member Heath Bartosh on a tour to better understand the post-fire impacts to the chaparral plant community. Moderately difficult hike. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at SMD’s Wright Canyon property, 4390 Morgan Territory Road, Clayton. Registration required: 947-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Dec. 6 -8
Sponsored by Civic Arts Education and Clay Arts Guild. Artists exhibit a wide variety of artwork for sale at two locations. Shadelands, 111 N. Wiget Lane; Civic Park, 1313 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. arts-ed.org or clayartsguild.com. 943-5846.
Dec. 6 – 8, 13 – 15
The story of the teenage Cleopatra who is magically transported into the 21st century. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $10-$20. pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org. 439-7529.
Dec. 6 – 15
North Pole Revue
Christmas family show presented by CCT, Inc. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $14.50. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.
Dec. 6 – 28
“A Christmas Carol”
True to the spirit of Charles Dickens’ timeless story of redemption with a playful sensibility to his rich language. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., San Francisco. act-sf.org. (415) 749-2228.
Cash Tribute Show
Featuring James Garner delivering the Man in Black’s music with conviction, accuracy, sincerity and honesty. 8 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $25-$27. elcampaniltheatre.com.
Diablo Women’s Chorale performs Home for the Holidays. 3 p.m. Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. $10-$15. diablowomenschorale.org.
An East County Christmas
The Summerset Singers, an East County Senior Chorus, performs Christmas music favorites and an original composition by Nancy Bachmann. 3 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $5-$15. elcampaniltheatre.com.
Sing along to holiday favorites performed by the Walnut Creek Chorus. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $10-$12. 935-3360.
Dec. 12, 15
Southern fried comedy revolving around the antics of the Futrelle sisters performed by Onstage Theatre Repertory. Martinez Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. $10-$18. email@example.com. 518-3277.
Dec. 12 – 22
“A Christmas Carol”
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter and scary ghosts. Performed by Center REP. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $41-$49. centerrep.org. 943-7469.
Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus sings holiday classics as well as African, spiritual and gospel-style music. 7:30 p.m. Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. $5-$25. oebgmc.org.
Alex Ramon Magic. 3 and 7 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $37. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.
Dec. 19 – 20
“A Christmas Carol”
Abridged reading of the story, including puppets. Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax St., Concord. $20-$25. b8company.com.
Dec. 19 – 22
“The Biggest Gift”
Join the fun and laughter as Tucker the Elf and the toys set out to save Christmas. Performed by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $14. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.
Marc Teicholz plays classical guitar. 7:15 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $25. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.
Dec. 21 – 22
Performed by The Ballet Company of East County. 12 and 4 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $16-$20. elcampaniltheatre.com.
Home for the Holidays
Holiday-themed program for families with the California Symphony and special guests Pacific Boychoir. 7:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $15-$65. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.
CHURCHES and RELIGION
Dec. 6 – 7
“The Star of Bethlehem”
Was this a holy happening or just happenstance? Family movie night. Refreshments served. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 6 p.m. Crossroads Covenant Church, 5353 Concord Blvd., Concord. Free. 798-5905.
The St. Bonaventure Resurrection Choir tells the Christmas story through song, heavenly images and the written word. 6 – 8:30 p.m. St. Bonaventure, Main Sanctuary, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Free concert. Holiday boutique in foyer benefiting church’s food pantry. stbonaventure.net.
Drop off canned food on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. KinderCare, 6095 Main St., Clayton. 672-9370.
Holiday Craft Fair
Fundraiser sponsored by Ayers Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. Multiple vendors, hand made items, raffles and food. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ayers, 5120 Myrtle Drive, Concord. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Holiday Boutique
Special, one-of-a-kind gifts. Free arts and crafts, entertainment and Santa photo opportunity. Benefiting Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Contra Costa Suzuki Strings. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord. Free admission. concordholidayexpo.com.
Movie, lion dance and Kung Fu demonstration. 5 p.m. Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy, 5100 Clayton Road, A10, Concord. $5 or 5 canned goods donation requested for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Academy: 288-0900.
Tribute band performs rock music benefiting Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation. 9 p.m. Blu42 Lounge, 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek. $15. mdmef.org.
CVCHS Men’s Lacrosse team is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 11 and under for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The gazebo at Grove Park, downtown Clayton. For more information, contact Ben or Tracey Morse at 207-0382.
The World of Webber
A cabaret tribute to the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber benefiting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. 2:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $25-$30. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.
AT THE LIBRARY
The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. claytonlibrary.org or 673-0659.
A volunteer will read stories for children 3 and older. 1 – 2 p.m. Call in advance.
Holiday Dance Around the World
Join Nicola Clay for dances and games from around the world celebrating the season. Fun for the whole family. 6 p.m.
The Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. ccclib.org or 646-5455.
Dec. 6 – 8
Hardcovers $1. Paperbacks $.50. Children’s books $.25-$.50. Fri. 1 – 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 1 – 4 p.m. $3/bag.
Computers and Technology
If you need help with your mouse, come to our house. Drop-in assistance to learn how to use computers, smart phones and tablets. 12 – 2 p.m. Additional dates and times offered. Check library calendar.
Dec. 7, 14
Join representatives from Covered California’s Community Outreach Network to find the answers about the new healthcare program. Enrollment counselors on site to sign you up. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Holiday Dance Around the World
Join us for festive dances from around the world. 3 p.m.
Showing PG-rated film with Christmas theme. Kids 5 – 11. 7 p.m. Registration required.
Thru Jan. 29
Enrollment for Clayton Valley Charter High School is open through Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Eighth grade Parent Information Night is Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Academy Information meeting is Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. claytonvalley.org. 682-7474.
Breakfast with Santa
Hot breakfast, picture with Santa, crafts for kids. Donate new stuffed animals for firefighters and EMTs to hand out to children during crisis; chance to win wreath. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cauchi Hall, St. Agnes School, 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord. $12 ages 5 and up. 689-3990.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Clayton City Council
7 p.m. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 673-7304 or ci.clayton.ca.us.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Clayton Planning Commission
7 p.m., Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 673-7304 or ci.clayton.ca.us.
1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, except Dec. 24
Concord City Council
6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org.