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Holiday happenings

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In Martinez, Holiday Frolic, Children's Light Parade, ice skating, snow park 1-9 p.m. Nov. 30, downtown. Light parade starts 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Call 925-372-3510 to register for free lights (600 sets available). Holiday Frolic with Snow Park (Friday-Sunday), Reindeer Stop, Gingerbread House, hot cocoa with Frosty the Snowman, Santa visits. Lighting Tree of Spirit 5:30 p.m. at Pine, Court streets.

Volunteers needed 1-9 p.m. for snow park, face painting, jump house attendant, game booth operator, craft assistant. Training provided. Community service hours for students. For full schedule, www.cityofmartinez.org.

  • In Pleasant Hill, Light up the Night 5-8 p.m. Nov. 28, Crescent Drive. Join Santa, officials lighting Holiday Tree at 6 p.m. Dancers, free carriage rides, caroling, arts and crafts fair, free hot chocolate, cookies, discounts at participating merchants, prize giveaways, costumed characters. Entertainment in Plaza at Pasta Pomodoro starts 5:45 p.m. Downtown Plaza stage entertainment (between Sweet Tomatoes and Jack's Restaurant) starts 5 p.m. Pictures with Santa 6:15-7:45 p.m. (bring your own camera). www.pleasant-hill.net/lutn; 925-671-5229.

    Rodgers Ranch boutique

  • Rodgers Ranch Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 315 Cortsen Road, Pleasant Hill. Holiday stuffed bears, gift items, Santa visits 1-4 p.m., more. 925-937-3677, rodgersranch@yahoo.com.

    Carols, yuletide classics

  • Walnut Creek Concert Band Holiday Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 27, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Carols, yuletide classics. Adults $17, students/seniors $14. Tickets: 925-943-7469.

    Dolfins fundraiser

  • Pleasant Hill Dolfins Swim Team Christmas tree lot, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road. Proceeds benefit team. www.pleasanthilldolfins.com.

    City office closures

  • Martinez offices closed Nov. 22-23 for Thanksgiving. Police patrol, dispatch not affected. 925-372-3500, www.cityofmartinez.org.

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    Pleasant Hill offices closed Nov. 22-23 for Thanksgiving. Police patrol, dispatch not affected. 925-671-5270, www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.

    Early bird shoppers

  • Earlier Than the Bird shopping 8-10 a.m. Nov. 17. Downtown Martinez businesses have specials deals, treats. Wear pajamas, get free shopping bag at 649 Main St., Suite 106. www.mainstreetmartinez.org.

    Birding field trip

  • Wetlands birding field trip 8-10:30 a.m. Nov. 24, Mt. View Sanitary District, 3800 Arthur Road, Martinez. Meet at observation platform. Bring binoculars. Rain cancels. Free. Register 925-228-5635, ext. 19.

    Lung screenings

  • California Cancer & Research Institute, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16, 400 Taylor Blvd., Suite 105, Pleasant Hill. Free appointments with medical provider for 50, older. 925-826-1900.

    Take home a turkey

  • Turkey Trot 8.4-mile run 7:30 a.m. Nov. 18, begins Briones Regional Park, finish Bear Creek staging area, Pleasant Hill. Win turkey, medals. $20, $25 at event. Register 925-682-0896, flier at pleasanthillrecsports.com.