Digest

Health care reform

  • Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla hosts free health care seminar 8 a.m. April 27, JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill. Small business owners, self-employed learn what new health care law, Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses in state. 800-557-1384.

    College workshop

  • Princeton Review's "Getting into College" workshop 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 24, Martinez Library, 740 Court St. Students learn to navigate admissions process. Registration required at http://ccclib.org/locations/martinez.html. 925-646-9900.

    Keepin' it clean

  • Volunteers needed 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 28, to help clean up downtown Martinez. Doughnuts, coffee, water, lunch provided. For information, registration, call Barbara, 925-408-1338.

    Library book sale

  • Fill grocery bag with gently used books, audio books, DVDs for $8, two bags $15, Martinez Library, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21, 740 Court St., Martinez. Proceeds benefit programs. Open 10 a.m. for Friends of Library members only. 925-646-2898.

    Animal blessing

  • Hillcrest Congregational Church Hillcrest holds Blessing of the Animals and Earth Day service 10:30 a.m. April 22, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Animals must be on leash or in crate. 925-689-8260.

    Help fight cancer

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    California Cancer & Research Institute document shredding fundraiser 1-3 p.m. April 21, 400 Taylor Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Bring old tax returns, bank statements, more. $20 for first storage-size box, $5 each additional. 925-677-5041, ext. 231, www.diablovalleyoncology.md.

    Star Quest

  • 20th anniversary of youth talent show, 7 p.m. April 21, 2 p.m. April 22. Reception, art show 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. DVC performing Arts Theatre, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. $12 advance, $15 at door for adults; under 18 $5/$10. Tickets are Recreation District office, 147 Gregory Lane; Police Department, 330 Civic Drive. 925-682-0896.

    Blood drive

  • Red Cross blood drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. For appointment, call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. Use code: CCRMC.

    Save Mt. Diablo benefit

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    Save Mount Diablo's Diablo Trails Challenge 5K, 10K, half-marathon, 50K April 21. Registration opens 6:30 a.m., 50K begins 8 a.m., all other races begin 9 a.m. $35-105. Register at SaveMountDiablo.org or on race day. Information: http://www.savemountdiablo.org/activities_events_50k.html.

    Spiritual nature

  • First Church of Christ, Scientist, hosts free lecture by Ricardo Saldivar, 'Finding Your Spiritual Nature Heals Everything,' 7 p.m. April 23, 409 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill. All welcome. Free child care, parking. 925-932-1415.

    Race for education

  • Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 21. Race through Pleasant Hill with clues, activities for all ages. Final event at City Hall. Proceeds benefit Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education grant program. $40 per team. Information, registration: www.fphe.org.

    Poker night benefit

  • Pleasant Hill Lions Club hosts poker night fundraiser, 3-8 p.m. April 26, Back Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill. Proceeds benefit local charities. Cash prizes. $50 (includes food, poker buy-in). 925-933-8061, 925-687-0858.

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