Digest

VFW breakfast

  • Concord VFW hosts breakfast 8-11 a.m. Dec. 23, VFW Concord Memorial Veterans Hall, 2290 Willow Pass Road. Eggs to order, pancakes, sausage, beverages, candy canes. $4, children 12 and younger $2. 925-255-3449.

    Christmas sermon

  • Concord United Methodist Church's musical sermon "Lead Me Back To Bethlehem" 10 a.m. Dec. 23, 1645 West St, Concord. All welcome to celebrate Christmas. 925-685-5260.

    Food for body, soul

  • Sanctuary Ministries hosts evening of prayer, praise, music, dinner 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 31, 2250 Commerce Ave., Concord. Child care available. Donation for dinner, child care appreciated. All welcome. 925-827-9637.

    Coin show

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    East Bay/Concord Coin Show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave., Concord. Collectible coins, stamps, token, estate jewelry, more. $3 for both days. 925-351-7605, http://norcalcoinshows.com/NorCal_Coin_Shows.php.l.

    ARF pet food drive


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    Drop off unopened cat or dog food 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, noon 5 p.m. weekends until Dec. 23, ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Additional drop offs: 925-256-1273, www.arf.net.

    Helping those in need

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    Drop off gently used coats, scarves, gloves through Dec. 21, at REI Concord, 1975 Diamond Blvd. Shelter, Inc., St. Vincent de Paul will distribute to those in need. For store hours: www.rei.com/stores/concord.html, 925-825-9400.

    Reaching our youths

  • Christmas Closet, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday, through December, 100 Glacier Drive, Martinez. Visit Santa shop at Christmas store. Benefits Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. 925-957-0019, www.reachingouryouth.org.

    Christmas Eve service

  • Christmas Eve service 7 p.m. Dec. 24, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord. All welcome. 925-682-8410.

    Disaster preparedness

  • Clayton holds free Disaster Preparedness Seminar 7-9 p.m. Jan. 7, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. Learn what to have on hand, escape plan, more. No registration required. claytonCERT@yahoo.com.

    Citizen Police Academy

  • Concord Police Department accepting applications for 10-week Citizen Police Academy, providing residents with inside look at law enforcement. Classes 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 7, at police department, 1350 Galindo St. Participants must be at least 16, live or work in Concord, no felony convictions, no misdemeanors within year of applying. http://www.cityofconcord.org/police/joinin/academy.aspx.

    City closures

  • Concord and Clayton city offices will be closed during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

    In Concord, offices closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1, for unpaid furlough days, holidays. Minimum non-sworn staff on duty primarily on call for essential services. Police patrol, dispatch not affected. www.cityofconcord.org.

    In Clayton, offices closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Visit www.ci.clayton.ca.us/ for more information.

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