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.
EastBay/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.
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.
Muir story time
John Muir National Historic Site story time continues 1 p.m. Jan. 6, and first Sundays, John Muir House, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Hear some of Muir's greatest adventure stories. Free. 925-228-8860.
Citizen Police Academy
Laughs for a cause
Stand Up for Animals Comedy Night 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Comedians Mark Pitta, more. Benefits ARF. $60. Tickets: 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org, www.arf.net.
Free e-waste drop-off 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 5, Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Course Road, Pleasant Hill. Computers, printers, TVs, cameras, copiers. For list: 866-335-3373, http://noewaste.com/calendar.php.
Winter Brews Festival
Brewing Network's Winter Brews Festival noon Jan. 26, Todos Santos Plaza, Grant Street and Willow Pass Road, Concord. Tastings from variety of local brews, innovations, music, more. Tickets $40 at door.
Mt. Diablo Branch California Writers Club meets 8:30 a.m. Jan. 12, Zio Fraedo's Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Author, writing teacher Connie Hale on "Creative Use of Language in Fiction and Non-Fiction." $34 members, $40 nonmembers. 925-934-5677, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love to sing?
Walnut Creek Chorus open house 7 p.m. Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Seeks singers for upcoming concerts. No formal audition. email@example.com.
Free tax preparation
for those with income less than $50,000. Clayton, Concord residents, call 925-646-5455, 925-405-5234. General information: 925-726-3199, visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org. Must bring Social Security card or ITIN letter for all listed on return; Photo ID for yourself, spouse; copies of W-2, 1098, 1099 forms; other income, deductions; 2011 tax return.
Items included on a space-available basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 925-943-8362.