Digest

Brrrrr, it's cold

  • 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.

    Writers meet

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    Mt. Diablo Branch California Writers Club meets 8:30 a.m. Jan. 12, Zio Fraedo's Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Author, writing teacher Connie Hale's workshop "Creative Use of Language in Fiction and Non-Fiction." $34 members, $40 nonmembers. 925-934-5677, jeaniegpops@comcast.net.

    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.

    Crab feed

  • 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 concert

  • Contra Costa Performing Arts Society concert 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Piano, flute, cello, clarinet, Free. www.ccpas.org.

    Coin show

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    EastBay/Concord Coin Show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave., Concord. Collectible coins, stamps, token, estate jewelry, more. $3 for both days. 925-351-7605, http://norcalcoinshows.com/NorCal_Coin_Shows.php.l.

    Got e-waste?

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    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.

    Love to sing?

  • Walnut Creek Chorus open house 7 p.m. Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Seeks singers for upcoming concerts. No formal audition. walnutcreekchorus@gmail.com.

    Free tax preparation

  • Appointments begin Jan. 9 for free tax preparation starting in February for those whose income does not exceed $50,000.

  • Pleasant Hill: 925-405-6011

  • Pacheco: 925-709-4525

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    Martinez: 925-370-8770

    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.

    Free trees

  • Receive five free crape myrtle trees by joining Arbor Day Foundation in January. Trees shipped Feb.1-April 30. Send $10 membership contribution to: 5 CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31, or arborday.org/january.

    Laughs for a great cause

  • Stand Up for Animals Comedy Night 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Comedians Mark Pitta, more. Benefits ARF. $60. Tickets: 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org, www.arf.net.

    Items included on a space-available basis. Email record@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.