Be prepared

  • Free emergency disaster services course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9, The Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road, Concord. Free. For course information, registration, email ConcordCanteen@gmail.com.

  • Clayton holds free two-hour disaster preparedness seminar 7 p.m. March 13, Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road. Learn what to have on hand, escape plan, more. No registration required. ClaytonCERT@yahoo.com.

    Take a hike!

  • Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association hosts Back Canyon/Diablo Falls hike 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17. Meet at trailhead, Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton. Steady relaxed hike, lunch break. Rain cancels. $6 parking. jvanakkeren@comcast.net, mdia.org.

    VFW breakfast

  • VFW breakfast honors Girl Scouts 8-11 a.m. March 10, Veterans Memorial Building, 2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord. Eggs to order, pancakes, sausages, beverages. Adults $5, children 12, under $3. Easter boutique, bake sale. 255-3449.

    African children's choir

  • African Children's Choir performs 6 p.m. March 10, First Presbyterian Church, 1965 Colfax St., Concord. Free; goodwill offering for choir's education, relief programs in Africa. 925-676-7177.

    Mount Diablo photos

  • Join naturalist Michael Marchiano 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 17, Mount Diablo Summit Audio Visual Room. Photo collection of plants, flowers found on Mount Diablo. mdia.org.

    Helping the hungry

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    Empty Bowls 5-7 p.m. March 9, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord. Have simple supper of soup to help support food bank. $5-$10. 925-676-7543.

    Blood drive

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    Mallory Landers blood drive in memory of grandmother. 12:30-6:30 p.m. March 22, Diablo View Middle School, 300 Diablo View Lane, Clayton. redcrossblood.org. Use code: mallorysgrandmother.

    Plant sale

  • Markham Nature Park and Arboretum plant sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16, 1201 La Vista Ave., Concord. Ornamental grasses, trees, shrubs, natives, vegetables, perennials, more. Free admission. 925-681-2968, www.markhamarboretum.org.

    English tutors needed

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    Diablo Valley Literacy Council workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9; 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 12; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 16, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord. Volunteers teach non-English speaking adults. $15 registration. 925-685-3881, dvlc.tripod.com; dvlc4esl@gmail.com.

    Retirement planning

  • Couples retirement planning noon-2 p.m. March 10, 17, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. Covers retirement planning, concerns. Free. Registration: 925-287-8400, michaelginsberg.com.

    Housing rights

  • Independent Living Resources housing rights workshop 1-3 p.m. March 13, 1850 Gateway Blvd., Concord. Ora S. Prochovnic, JFK University speaks. R.S.V.P. 925-363-7293.

    Getting on the air

  • Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club free seminar 7-9 p.m. March 24, April 4, Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road, Concord. Learn on-air skills. $5 materials. Register HamRadioClass@gmail.com; 465-9554.

    Email transcript@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.