Master Gardener teaches gardening in small, challenging places noon-1 p.m., Aug. 16, Rodgers Ranch, 315 Cortsen Road, Pleasant Hill. Free. http://www.meetup.com/Rodgers-Ranch-Instructional-Gardens.
Beat the heat
Rankin Aquatic Center family swim night, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17, 100 Buckley Lane, Martinez. Lanes for lap swimming. Fee schedule: 925-372-3510, www.cityofmartinez.org.
On college applications
College application workshop for high school seniors 1-4 p.m. Aug. 21, College Park High School, 201 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill. Students learn to optimize application information, more. Registration: 925-934-6775, http://admitoneadvising.com/Workshops.html.
Garage Bands at the Lake, 7 p.m. Aug. 17, City Hall, lawn area, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Check out local teen bands. Free. Band registration is required: 925-682-0896.
Art, crafts, more
Martinez Arts Association's Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19, Susana Park, Susana at Estudillo streets. Arts, crafts, food, music. Free. http://martinezarts.org/art-in-the-park.
Free church concert
Grace Episcopal Church free concert 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez. Inspirational, classical, spirituals, musicals. Donations appreciated. 925-228-6574.
Pleasant Hill Community Emergency Response Team classes, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 18, fire training center, 2945 Treat Blvd., Concord. Registration: www.pleasanthillcertsignup.com. Information: www.pleasanthillcert.org.
Music by the lake
Sunset by the Lake summer concerts, 6 p.m. every other Sunday, lawn at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Aug. 19: Cover2Cover, high-energy dance band. 925-671-5229, www.pleasanthillconcerts.com.
Willy Woggle Circus
"Alice in Woggle-land," 6 p.m. Aug. 18, John Muir Amphitheatre, 99 Tarantino Drive, Martinez. Jugglers, acrobats, games, face painting, more. Proceeds benefit RES SUCCESS. Adults $10, kids $5. Tickets: 925-229-8228 or at door. www.ressuccess.org.
Free child safety fair
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier hosts Back to Child Safety Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18, Concord Police Station, 1350 Galindo St. Child identification fingerprinting kits, bike safety, more. RSVP: www.sen.ca.gov/1565/childsafetyfair.
Kids fly free
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