Muir story time
John Muir National Historic Site story time continues 1 p.m. Jan. 6, and first Sundays, John Muir House, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Hear some of Muir's greatest adventure stories. Free. 925-228-8860
Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley Crab Feed, 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 1301 Alhambra Ave. Martinez. Raffles, balloon pop, no-host bar, dancing. $50. Proceeds benefit club programs. Tickets: 925-228-3896, ext. 102, www.bgcdv.org.
Free e-waste drop-off 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 5, Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Course Road, Pleasant Hill. Computers, printers, TVs, cameras, copiers. For list of acceptable items: 866-335-3373, http://noewaste.com/calendar.php.
Winter kids activities
Winter Mini Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 2-4, Nancy Boyd Recreation Room, 90 Church St., Martinez. Crafts, games, cooking, tennis, sports, theme activities for ages 4-11. $18-$20 per day, $48-$51 for three-day session. 925-372-3510.
Christmas Eve at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 3051 Putnam Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Services: 5 p.m. German language; 7 p.m. family service with contemporary music; 10 p.m. traditional service, music. 925-934-6114.
Martinez Arts Association holiday boutique 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 4-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Old Train Depot, Ferry Street, downtown Martinez. www.martinezalts.org.
Reaching our youths
Christmas Closet, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday, through December, 100 Glacier Drive, Martinez. Visit Santa shop at Christmas boutique store. Benefits Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. 925-957-0019, www.reachingouryouth.org.
Ice Berg Swim
Ice Berg Swim for ages 10, older, 9 a.m. Jan. 5, Rankin Aquatic Center, 100 Buckley St., Martinez. Doughnuts, bagels, hot beverages. Costumes encouraged. $6 at door. Proceeds benefit swim programs. RSVP: 925-372-3510.
Advent activities for children, adults 9:30-11:30 a.m. through Dec. 23, Hillcrest Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Family Christmas pageant 5 p.m., candlelight service 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 925-689-8260, www.hillcrestucc.org.
ARF pet food drive
Drop off unopened cat or dog food 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, noon 5 p.m. weekends until Dec. 23, ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Additional drop offs: 925-256-1273, www.arf.net.
Free tax preparation
Pleasant Hill: 925-405-6011
General information: 925-726-3199, visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org. Participants must bring Social Security card or ITIN letter for all individuals listed on return; Photo ID for yourself, spouse; copies of W-2, 1098, 1099 forms; other income, deductions; 2011 tax return.
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