Fourth of July
Main Street Martinez hosts celebration with 8 a.m. flag raising; 8-10 a.m. pancake breakfast; 10 a.m. parade. Kids decorate bikes for parade, win prizes. For full schedule of events times, locations, call 925-228-3577, or go to http://mainstreetmartinez.org/php/4thofJuly.php.
In Pleasant Hill, fun run 8 a.m., Crescent Drive; parade begins 9:30 a.m. at Woodsworth, Contra Costa Boulevard. Party in Pleasant Hill Park follows with games, clown, train rides, food; gather 6:30 p.m. College Park High School, for food, live music, fireworks. For full schedule of events, call 925-938-5433, or go to http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=710.
Pleasant Hill family campout 3 p.m. July 14 till 10 a.m. July 15, Pleasant Oaks Park, 2 Santa Barbara Road. Crafts, campfire, music, outdoor movie. Snacks, dinner, breakfast available for purchase. $10 per person. 925-682-0896, ext. 15.
Red Cross blood drives
Creekside Church noon-6 p.m. July 11, 20, 444 Fig
Free business workshop
First Steps to Successful Start-Ups workshop 9-11 a.m. July 11, 300 Ellinwood Way, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill. Small business owners get information on business planning, more. Registration: http://contracostasbdc.org/node/10785.
Carnival 4-11 p.m. July 6; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 7; noon-10 p.m. July 8, Highway 680 and Highway 4. Rides, games, food. Free admission, $20 wristband for all day rides, $25 at the gate. Tickets, map: http://martinezcarnival.eventbrite.com.
Sunset by Lake music
Sunset by the Lake summer concerts, 6 p.m. every other Sunday, lawn at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. July 8: Petty Theft, tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Free. 925-671-5229, www.pleasanthillconcerts.com.
Saunter up Mount Wanda 8 p.m. July 3, to watch full moon rise. Meet at Caltrans Park & Ride, corner of Alhambra Avenue, Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez. Bring water, binoculars, jacket, flashlight. 925-228-8860, http://www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm.
Las Juntas Artists host exhibit with watercolorist Judi Visscher, 1-5 p.m. July 3, Pleasant Hill Library, 1750 Oak Park Blvd. Exhibit runs regular library hours through July. 925-3239, www.ccclib.org.
Hidden Valley Park walk
Walking Club meets 9 a.m. Mondays ongoing, Hidden Valley Park, 1798 Center Ave., Martinez. All ages. 925-228-8792, http://www.cityofmartinez.org/depts/recreation/guide.asp.
Stuck in Philly
Willows Theatre opens "Vaudeville," 8 p.m. June 28, Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St., Martinez. $25-30. Information, dates, tickets, www.willowstheatre.org or 925-798-1300.
Rodgers Round Up
Rodgers Ranch Round Up, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 28; July 24, 26, 315 Cortsen Road, Pleasant Hill. Children 7-12 experience 1800s farm life, churn butter, make ice cream, plant herb garden, old-fashioned crafts, games. $35 per day. 925-387-0158, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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