Digest

Book club forming

  • New science fiction, fantasy and imaginative fiction book club forming at Clayton Books, 5433 D Clayton Road, Clayton. Dates not set. For information, e-mail joelharris@aol.com.

    La Russa signing

  • Tony La Russa signs copies of Contra Costa Central AT&T Real Yellow Pages, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 31, at Moving Arts Dance Center, 1281-C Franquette Ave., Concord. La Russa and daughter, Moving Arts Dance member, Devon, are featured on cover with center artistic director Anandha Ray. Signed copies of phone books available at event. Residents, businesses bringing old phone books for recycling receive new phone book signed by La Russa. Suggested donation of $10 benefits Moving Arts Dance Center.

    Young writers

  • Interactive workshop for young writers, grades 6-8, 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 31, Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.; and 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 7, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road. Led by authors Sara Wilson, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. Free. www.mtdiablowriters.org.

    Mayor's luncheon

  • Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister's State of the City address at 24th annual Mayor's Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Tickets $40; registration/information, 925-685-1181; cmastick@concordchamber.com.


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    Stress Center fundraiser

  • A Taste of Romance fundraiser by Ellen's Guild, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Shadelands Art Center, 111 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. Wine tasting, chocolates, gourmet finger foods, raffle, silent auction, music, dancing with Bobby and Natalia. Commemorative wine glass. $45/$80. Lola, 925-680-8345, www.familystresscenter.org.

    Red cross volunteers

  • American Red Cross Blood Services volunteer orientations, 10 a.m. Feb. 10 or 3 p.m. Feb. 13, Contra Costa Donor Center, 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Tour center, learn about ways to help. Mandy, 510-594-5211, lewism@usa.redcross.org.

    Holistic caregiver

  • CCJCC/Millman Respite Center holds holistic family caregiver event, 12:30-4 p.m. Feb. 15, Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, to assist family members in caregiving role, discussions, healthy lunch buffet, lecture, workshops. $25. Register by Feb. 2. www.ccjcc.org/holisticevent. 925-938-7800, Ext. 257.

    4-H drama

  • "Winnie The Pooh," by Contra Costa 4-H Drama Project, 2:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m. Feb. 14; 2:15 p.m. Feb. 15, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Actors, ages 6-17, are 4-H members. Tickets, $18 adults, seniors; $10 under 18. Proceeds benefit 4-H. 925-943-7469.

    Camellia Tea

  • Clayton Historical Society's 32nd annual Camellia Tea, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 8, Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St. Honors descendants of Clayton's pioneering families. Refreshments served, locally grown camellias displayed, weather permitting. Free. Donations accepted. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by adult. www.claytonhistory.org.

    Regional parks

  • Exhibit of history of East Bay Regional Park District, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays through April 23, Contra Costa County History Center, 610 Main St., Martinez. Opening public reception, 1-4 p.m. Jan. 24. 925-229-1042.

    Show auditions

  • Auditions Jan. 30 for "Hansel & Gretel's House of Rock," by Moving Arts Dance, 1281-C Franquette Ave., Concord. Dance, non-dance roles for all ages for phantasmal characters in dark, magical forest. Wear body-form, easy-to-move-in clothing (not baggy); bare feet, hair back, no bangs. Be ready to learn choreography, arrive 15 minutes before start time. 4 p.m. for children 5-8; 5 p.m. for ages 9-12; 5 p.m. for beginner dancers, character actors age 13-adult; 6 p.m. for others 13-adult. $5 audition fee required. If cast, participation fee to cover rehearsal, costume performance costs. Fundraisers available to students to help cover fee. www.movingartsdance.org., 925-825-8399.

    E-waste recycling

  • Electronic waste recycling, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 7, Diablo Valley College, overflow parking lot 7, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Dispose of e-waste such as TVs, monitors, computers and other electronics. Free. 866-335-3373, www.noewaste.com.

    Muir camp

  • Muir Camp Open House, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 7, John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Learn about one-week day camps for children this summer, meet counselors, some of last year's campers. $3 park entrance fee for adults, children free. 925-676-6925, www.johnmuirassociation.org/muircamp.

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