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Sister City benefit

  • Spaghetti dinner fundraiser, drop in 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2, Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. Benefits activities for 20th anniversary visit by sister city Kitakami, Japan representatives. $20, children 11 free. Tickets at the door or 925-671-3495.

    Helping those in need

  • Monument Crisis Center Simple Supper, 6 p.m. Nov. 8, 2350 Monument Blvd., Concord. Soup, salad, more. Entertainment by The Kids for the Kids. Proceeds benefit center. $20. 925-825-7751, http://monumentcrisiscenter.org.

    Old West auction

  • Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Ye Olde West Two-Bit Auction 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10, Back Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist programs. R.S.V.P. by Nov. 5. 925-827-1050.

    Giving thanks

  • Seventh annual Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving dinner 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 22, First Lutheran Church, 4000 Concord Blvd., Concord. Free turkey with trimmings. All welcome, local transportation provided. Seeking blankets, sleeping bags, coats, gloves, monetary donations 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays to distribute at Thanksgiving dinner. 925-270-0984, GTatTG2012@yahoo.com,


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    SIRs luncheon

  • Sons In Retirement luncheon, 11 a.m. Nov. 9, Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Club activities of golf, bowling, bocce, fishing, more. All retired gents welcome. $20. 925-901-4826, www.sirbr8.com.

    Coat drive

  • Clayton Community Church, CVCHS Public Service Academy collect winter wear through Nov. 18, for families in need, 6055 Main St., Clayton. 925-673-9060, coatdrive2012@gmail.com.

    Veterans events

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525 distribute Buddy Poppies Nov. 9-12, at Safeway on 4309 Clayton Road, Concord; 710 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-255-3449, rpl4ls@astoun.net.

  • Veterans Day ceremony 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11, Hillcrest Community Park, 2050 Olivera Road, Concord. Meet Concord veterans who have served or will be deployed. 925-255-3449, rpl4ls@astoun.net.

    Men's chorus performs

  • Devil Mountain Men's Chorus performs 1:30 p.m. matinee; dinner show 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. Matinee $15, dinner show $30. Reservations: 925-284-9042.

    Japanese arts concert

  • Taki GenRyu Arts 17th anniversary concert 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., Concord. Japanese traditional, contemporary music, dance. Adults $20, children/seniors $15. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/281503.

    Holiday boutiques

  • Dalis Gardens Clubhouse Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10, 3161 Terraza Del Sol, Concord

    . Crafts, gifts items, raffles, more. 925-676-6980.

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    Clayton Valley Woman's Club Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17; 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. Crafts, bake sale, holiday decorations, household items, more. Proceeds benefit local charities. www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.

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