Digest

Toys for children

  • Toys for Tots collection 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17, Security Public Storage, 111 Muir Station Road, Martinez. Bring new, unwrapped toy for needy child. 925-229-4898.

    Santa breakfasts

  • Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9, Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green St. Pancakes, sausages, eggs, beverages. Photos with Santa, handmade crafts. $3.50, children 10, younger $2. 925-370-8770.

  • Join Santa for breakfast, live entertainment, photos 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Dec. 15, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Pancakes sausage. $7.50-$8.50. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 10. 925-682-0896.

    Craft beer enthusiasts

  • Santa Beer Crawl 4-7 p.m. Dec. 15, Main Street, downtown Martinez. Sample local craft beers. Prizes for best Christmas costume, costumes optional. Caroling. $25, $35 at door. http://santabeercrawl.com/santacrawldetails.html.

    Red Cross volunteering

  • Volunteer to greet, inform, thank donors.

    Blood Donation Center, 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

    9 a.m. Dec. 11; 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Registration: 510-594-5211, mandy.lewisnakaya@redcross.org.

    Holiday musical

  • Pleasant Hill's Center Stage of Diablo Valley's "North Pole Revue," 7:15 p.m. Dec. 7, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $15. For times, tickets, 925-943-7469; www.lesherARTScenter.org.

    Journey to Bethlehem

  • 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.

    Chorus concert

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    Martinez Community Chorus Winter Concert, "Let Your Heart Be Glad," with Diablo Regional Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Alhambra High School Performing Arts Building, 150 E St., Martinez. Suggested $5 donation. Complimentary refreshments. 925-228-3276. Chorus openings for tenor, bass voices for spring session. No experience required.

    Christmas for Everyone

  • Christmas for Everyone, Dec. 25, New Hope International Church, 2120 Olivera Road, Concord. New, gently used clothing, new unwrapped toys, gifts, food, sleeping bags, rain gear sought. Volunteers needed before Christmas to answer phones, hang posters, sort clothes, decorate. On Christmas Day, volunteer to deliver food to homebound, provide haircuts, be entertainers. 925-228-2233, twc98perez@comcast.net.

    Art exhibit

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    mARTinez Gallery's exhibit "Still," 630 Court St. Martinez. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 9. 925-370-6270.

    Helping furry friends

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    East Bay Animal Rescue Refuge fundraiser 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Guadalajara Grille, 5446 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. Raffles, silent auction. Proceeds benefit care of animals. $25. www.brownpapertickets.com. Information: http://ebarr.org.

    Items included on a space-available basis. Email record@bayareanewsgroup.com.