Digest

Art, jazz, wine fest

  • Art, Jazz & Wine Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Crescent Plaza, downtown Pleasant Hill. Art, crafts, wine, beer, music, kids activities. Free. http://pleasanthillchamber.com.

    Adopt a furry friend

  • Maine Coon cat adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13; noon-4 p.m. Oct. 14, Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd. Pleasant Hill. Kittens, adult cats. 510-710-9250, http://mainecoonadoptions.com.

    Cemetery cleanup, tour

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    Help clean, beautify historic Alhambra Cemetery, Carquinez Scenic Drive, Martinez, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13. Bring garden tools, gloves, friends. 925-372-3510.

  • Alhambra Cemetery tour, 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 24, Martinez. Learn about local war heroes, politicians, personalities, creative caretaker. Free, donations appreciated. Registration: 925-372-3510.

    Red Cross volunteers

  • American Red Cross volunteer orientations, 9 a.m. Oct. 9; 3 p.m. Oct. 12, Pleasant Hill Blood Donation Center, 140 Gregory Lane. Registration: 510-594-5211, mandy.lewisnakaya@redcross.org. Information: redcrossblood.org.

    Mystery, excitement

  • Share the Magic, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12, Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Illusions, card experts, close-up performers, clowns. Performances by Society of American Magicians. $8. Registration required: 925-682-0896, wwwpleasanthillrec.com.

    Do it for your heart

  • Darius Jones Foundation 5K run/walk 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13, begins John Muir Amphitheatre, Martinez. Benefits sudden cardiac arrest education, awareness. Adults $30, youths 18, under $25; $35 event day. Registration: dariusjonesfoundation.org, 925-473-1283.

    Golf fundraiser

  • Pleasant Hill Allied Waste Golf Classic 10 a.m. Oct. 8, Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Benefits youth, senior programs. $195 includes dinner. Registration: 925-682-0896.

    Supporting veterans

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    Martinez Veterans Hall hosts Christmas for Everyone, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 930 Ward St. Dance, dress in '50s best with music by Eddie Togonon. $15, $20 at door. 925-228-2233.

    Sample tasty treats

  • Downtown Martinez Restaurant Tour, 1:30-4 p.m. Oct. 6. Twenty restaurants participating. Proceeds benefit children's programs. $15. Tickets: Recreation office, 525 Henrietta St.; Senior Center, 818 Green St. 925-372-3510, www.cityofmartinez.org.

    Candidate forum

  • Mt. Diablo school district board of trustees candidate forum 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. 925-671-5229, www.pleasant-hill.net/education. Submit questions for candidates: mnelis@ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.

    Ghost Walk

  • Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 29-31, 649 Main St., Martinez. Guided walking tour to discover hidden past, learn facts, tales of days gone by. $25. Tickets: 925-228-3577, ww.mainstreetmartinez.org.

    Email record@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.

    Halloween fun

  • Marty O's Halloween Hunt 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 25, Holiday Highlands Park, Figtree and Eastwoodbury Lane, Martinez. Crafts, candy, face painting for ages 3-12. Free. Space limited. Registration: 925-372-3510.

    Family science series

  • Slime Time, noon Oct. 16, Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Make rubbery mystery material that's solid in one minute, liquid the next. Win a science workshop. Free. 925-676-5200.

    Zombies drink beer?

  • Zombie Brew Crawl 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, downtown Martinez. Local craft beer tasting at 20-plus businesses. Free shuttle from North Concord BART station. $25, $35 at door. After-party at Creek Monkey Tap House 6 p.m. until closing. Tickets, information: 925-228-3577, www.MainStreetMartinez.org.

    Exotic fruits

  • Exotic Fruit Tasting Tour 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Sample palm fruit, dragon fruit, unique cactus fruits. Adults $18, seniors, students $15, garden members,children under 12, $8. Registration: 925 944 9352.

    For the young at heart

  • Fantasy Forum presents "The Emperor's New Clothes," 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For additional dates, times, prices, go to http://www.lesherartscenter.org/the-emperors-new-clothes-info, 925-943-7469.

    Gems, jewels

  • Contra Costa Crystal Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21, Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, healing arts. $6, 11 and younger free. www.crystalfair.com.

    Feathered friends

  • Tips on drawing birds, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24, REI, 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Learn to draw/sketch birds. Free. Registration: 925-825-9400, www.rei.com/event/44841/session/58198.

    Predator, prey

  • Where have Dinosaurs Gone? 2:30-5 p.m. Oct. 9, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Ages 5-8 learn about predator, prey relationships between dinosaurs. $20, members $15. 925-935-1978, http://wildlife-museum.org,

    For your garden

  • Fall Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13, Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Cacti, perennials, dish gardens, books, crafts. Free admission. 925-944-9352, wwwruthbancroftgarden.org. Historical tour

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    Martinez Home Tour of seven residences, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13. Start at Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd. Refreshments, music. $25. Information, tickets: 925-864-8457, www.martinezhometour.com.

    Help fight ALS

  • Walk to Defeat ALS, check-in 9:30 a.m.; walk begins 11 a.m. Oct. 7, Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. Walk pledges support research, patient care, public policy. Registrarion: 866-750-2572, http://webgw.alsa.org.

    Pumpkins, scarecrows

  • Fall Festival at The Ruth Bancroft Garden, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Meet chickens, goats, play games, get crafty. Visit pumpkin garden. Free. Games, crafts $1. 925 944 9352, www.ruthbancroftgarden.org.

    Oohs, Ahs and Giggles

  • Oohs, Ahs and Giggles, performing arts series for kids, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 17, City Hall council chamber, 525 Henrietta St., Martinez. Sept. 26: Truck Day in the Plaza. Free. 925-372-3510.

    Classes for seniors

  • Diablo Valley College Emeritus classes for older adults. History, literature, current events, local tours, trips. For schedule, 925 685-1230, ext. 238, emeritus@dvc.edu.

    Literary legacy exhibit

  • John Muir National Historic Site opens John Muir's Literary Legacy exhibit 10 a.m. 5 p.m. daily, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Free. Exhibit runs through January. 925-228-8860. http://www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm.

    Seeking volunteers

  • Contra Costa County AARP Tax-Aide seeks volunteers to help prepare taxes for individuals of all ages. Tax counselors, client facilitators. Orientation in November, tax counselors classes begin January. Training provided. LaVerne Gordon, 925-726-3199.

    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.

    Seeking singers

  • Diablo Women's Chorale seeks singers for rehearsals of holiday program, Stars. Rehearsals 7-9 p.m. Mondays begin Sept. 3, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. Mary Sorenson, 925-256-8961.

    Church outreach

  • Volunteers needed to work in clothing room 9-11:30 a.m., first two Wednesdays of month. Training provided. Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill. 925-689-8260.

    Youth bus passes

  • County Connection offers fixed-route 20-ride Summer Youth Pass, ages 6-18, through Sept. 30. $15. 925-676-7500, www.cccta.org.

    Packages for troops

  • Contra Costa Blue Star Moms seek donations for Fourth of July care packages for troops overseas. Socks, hard candy, disposable razors, batteries, more. Cash donations for postage welcome. Drop at A-1 Self Storage, 5296 Concord Blvd., Concord. For all donation items, email carepackages@ccbluestarmoms.org.

    Helping those in need

  • Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill seeks volunteers to help with outreach programs. Partners with Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Contra Costa County Health Services Department to provide food, clothing, newborn layettes to neediest families. 925-689-8260, www.hillcrestucc.org.

    Managing anger

  • Kaiser Permanente anger workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. dates vary, Kaiser medical offices, 200 Muir Road, Martinez. Get help identifying anger triggers. Open to public. For registration and information, call 866-248-0721.

    Market Match

  • Market Match helps CalFresh (formerly food stamp) recipients who buy fruits, vegetables at farmers market their EBT card get bonus. Launches at Martinez market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Main and Estudillo streets. Customers purchase $1 tokens from market manager. Each day they purchase at least $10 in CalFresh tokens to spend at market, Market Match gives additional $5 in tokens that can be spent on fruits, vegetables, nuts.

    Moving for life

  • Exercise for cancer recovery classes 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, California Cancer & Research Institute, 400 Taylor Blvd., Suite 300, Pleasant Hill. Bring yoga mat. $8 per class. Registration: Shayna, 925-677-5041, ext. 231.

    Deliver meals to seniors

  • Meals on Wheels seeks volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Concord for one hour a week, Monday-Friday. Sharon, 925-937-8607, 925-778-4379, or sfitzgerald@mowsos.org.

    Smoke alarms

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    Homeowners living in Contra Costa Fire District (Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill) may be eligible for free smoke alarm, installation. Age 60 or older or physically disabled regardless of age, no working alarm in home, or alarm is more than 10 years old. 925-941-3327.

    Alzheimer's respite group

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    Respite group for those with Alzheimer's or memory loss from other causes meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, 1111 Ferry St., Martinez. Activities help members function to best of ability. Discussion groups, exercise, crafts, table games, social skills. One-time $20 registration fee, with $15 daily lab fee, includes lunch. No drop-ins. Information, registration, 925-370-8772.

    Smoke alarms

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    Homeowners living in Contra Costa Fire District (Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill) may be eligible for free smoke alarm, installation. Age 60 or older or physically disabled regardless of age, no working alarm in home, or alarm is more than 10 years old. 925-941-3327.

    Call for singers

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    Diablo Women's Chorale seeks new singers of all ranges for fall rehearsals, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, in Walnut Creek. Rehearsals include training in sight singing, opportunities for small group, solo singing. For location, schedule informal placement audition, contact Mary Sorenson, director, 925-890-8680; Barbara Burkhardt, 925-945-0853, www.diablowomenschorale.org.

  • Strike A Chord, recently formed women's chorus, has openings for new members. Rehearsals 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Contact strikeacord@gmail.com.

    Boating safety

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    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meets 7:30-9 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Martinez City Hall council chamber, 525 Henrietta St. Flotilla helps educate public through boating safety classes; vessel safety checks. uscga57@yahoo.com.

    Help vet building

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    Memorial bricks for sale to raise funds to maintain Martinez Veterans Memorial Building. Bricks installed in new memorial walkway to honor veterans. $200 per brick with honored veteran's name engraved. For each brick purchased, mini brick replica available for $50. To purchase, call Carl Edwards 925-372-0133, order online at http://vmbm.engravedbricks.com, or write to 930 Ward St., Martinez, CA 94553.

    Mobile office hours

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    Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner's office hosts mobile office hours, 9-11 a.m. fourth Wednesdays monthly, Pleasant Hill City Hall, small conference room, 100 Gregory Lane. Skinner's staff answers questions about state issues, gathers feedback, assists with issues involving state agency. By appointment. 510-286-1400.

    Hospice help

  • Volunteers sought for Bruns House, inpatient hospice, two-to-four-hour shifts weekdays, weekends, to work beside staff, assist administrative operations. Comprehensive training, 925-887-5678 for volunteer department; volunteers@hospiceeastbay.org.

    American Legion

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    American Legion Post 29 hosts speaker, 7-8 p.m. third Wednesdays monthly, Veteran's Memorial Building, 930 Ward St., Martinez.

    History lectures

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    Martinez Historical Society holds history lectures, 1 p.m. Fridays, Senior Center, 818 Green St. Free. 925-372-7146, 925-370-8770.

    Tap dance to tunes

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    Tap dance to Broadway tunes, 9:15-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; 8:45-10 a.m. Saturdays, Diablo Light Opera Building, second floor, 1948 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Warm-up, workout, cool down, paced on videos. Tap shoes not required to start, tap experience helpful. Drop-in fee $7. Monthly discount available. 925-933-2652, 925-932-3278, janegan@astound.net.

    Las Juntas artists

  • Meetings 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays monthly, McHale Room, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive. Interested artists invited to see demonstration, meet other artists. Judi, 925-687-6591.

    Drivers needed

  • Volunteer drivers needed for Pleasant Hill's Senior Van Program. Service operates 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, in Pleasant Hill, also takes senior passengers to medical appointments in Walnut Creek on Tuesdays, in Concord, Martinez on Thursdays. Volunteer as little as four hours per week driving van. 925-671-5272.

    Packages for troops

  • Contra Costa Blue Star Moms collecting items to send to troops, including Yo-yos, tennis balls, Hacky Sacks, paddle balls, small Frisbees, word game books (Sudoku, crossword), mechanical pencils with erasers, single package cocoa mix, tuna/chicken salad, gums, mints, small licorice, corn nuts, sunflower seeds, and trail mix. For drop-off sites, visit www.ccbluestarmoms.org.