Community Calendar

Please submit your Calendar events by 5 p.m. Jan. 16 for the Jan. 25 issue. Items must be submitted by email to newsandcalendar@concordpioneer.com.

IN CONCORD

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

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.

Saturdays, December – February
Nature Discoveries
Different topic every time. 10 – 11 a.m. Meet at end of Somersville Road.

Saturdays, December – February
Snake Friends
Meet the snakes of Sidney Flat Visitor Center. 1:30 – 2 p.m. Meet at Sidney Flat Visitor Center.

Sundays, December – February
Historic Somersville
Displays of miners’ tools or short walks to former mining town site. 1 – 2 p.m. Meet at end of Somersville Road.

February – April
Vasco Caves Tours
Vasco Caves Regional Preserve is accessible only through guided tours. February tours open for enrollment now; March and April open for enrollment Jan. 29. $35-$40. Reservations required.

Dec. 16
Christmas Berry
Meet this bright plant on a short and steep hike. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at end of Somersville Road.

Dec. 23
The Sandstone Alternative
Hike sandstone ridges. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at end of Somersville Road.

Dec. 29
Meet a Snake
Learn how snakes live and keep the world in balance. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Meet at Sidney Flat Visitor Center.

Dec. 30
Coal Town Boom and Bust
Reflect on the long-ago lives of local miners and Somersville town site. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at end of Somersville Road.

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

Dec. 29
Round the Mountain Hike
Stunning views in all directions. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at Juniper Camp Trailhead.

Jan. 1
First Day Hike
Start off the new year with an outing on the north side of Mount Diablo. 9:15 a.m. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Trailhead.

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Thru Dec. 16
“A Christmas Carol”
Brimming with music, dance and spectacular effects. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $28-$50. centerrep.org.

Thru Dec. 16
“The Biggest Gift”
Original tale presented by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $14. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 14 – 16
“The Nutcracker”
Presented by The Ballet Company of East County. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $16-$20. elcampaniltheatre.com. (925) 757-9500.

Dec. 15 – 16
“The Snowman”
Holiday favorites and a sing-along presented by Diablo Symphony Orchestra. 2 p.m. Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. $35. diablosymphony.org.

Dec. 16
“Countdown to Christmas”
Pittsburg’s top 25 favorite holiday songs. 2 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $20-$25. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. (925) 427-1611.

Dec. 20
“A Very ‘Follies’ Holiday!”
Holiday revue presented by The Golden Follies. 2:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $38. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 22
“’Tis the Symphony”
A winter celebration presented by California Symphony. 4 and 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $42-$82. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Dec. 29
“Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXVI”
Presented by Worst of Durst. 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $33. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 12
Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces
A rockabilly, honky tonk and bluegrass night. 8 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $15-$29. elcampaniltheatre.com. (925) 757-9500.

Jan. 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13
Docent Training
Be a Bedford Gallery docent. 1 – 3:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Register with Carmen Kelly at (925) 295-1416 or kelly@bedfordgallery.org.

Jan. 17 – 20
“Improvisors in Space”
Presented by Synergy Theater. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $20. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 19 – 20
“A Tango with Mozart”
Presented by California Symphony. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $42-$72. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 23
Leukemia Seminar
Sponsored by Diablo Valley Oncology. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Lafayette Library Community Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Free. Response required: sjung@dvohmg.com or (925) 677-5041.

Jan. 24 – Feb. 2
“Peter Pan”
Presented by DLUX Puppets. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $20. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

Jan. 25 – Feb. 23
“Communicating Doors”
A hilarious mash up of “Psycho” and “Doctor Who.” Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $34-$56. centerrep.org.

SCHOOLS

Thru Dec. 14
“Holiday Happenings”
Featuring the Choirs of Concord High School and the El Dorado Singers. 7 p.m. Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. $15. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

CHURCHES

Jan. 13
Concert
Performed by Joan Cifarelli’s jazz combo. 3 p.m. Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. $15. cvpresby.org. (925) 672-4848.

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
Christmas Tree Lot
While supplies last. All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 317. Mon. – Fri. 12 – 8 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Dana Plaza at Concord Boulevard and Landana Drive, Concord. bsatroop317@hotmail.com.

Thru Dec. 31
Holiday Giving Tree
Buy an ornament to hang on giving tree. Proceeds benefit Community Concern for Cats hospital in Clayton. Ornaments at Rescued Treasures Gift Shop, 1270-I Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. communityconcernforcats.org.

Jan. 2
African Children’s Choir
Performing lively African songs and dances. Benefits Music for Life Institute. 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1965 Colfax St., Concord. Freewill offering. fpcconcord.org.

Jan. 26
Stars to the Rescue XXVIII
Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Foundation dogs and cats. 7 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $50-$275. lesherartscenter.org. (925) 943-7469.

AT THE LIBRARY

The Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. See full schedule of events at ccclib.org or (925) 646-5455.

  • Dec. 18: Forever Young Book Club, 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: Holiday Film Screening for ages 10 and up, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 6: Concord Knitting and Crochet Group, 1:15 p.m.

The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. See full schedule of events at claytonlibrary.org or call (925) 673-0659.

  • Dec. 17: Clayton Library Book Club, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 17, Jan. 14: Clayton Knits, 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: Woodsy Winter Craft, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 17: Organize Your Finances for the New Year, 4 p.m.

GOVERNMENT

1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Concord City Council
6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org.

1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Concord Planning Commission
7 p.m. Council Chamber, Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org.