State of the City

  • Pleasant Hill Mayor's Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 7, Back Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill. State of city address. $25 by Feb. 1, $30 at the door. 925-671-5229, mnelis@ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.

  • Martinez State of the City Breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Feb. 12, Creekside Church, 444 Fig Tree Lane. $25. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 7. Reservations: 925-228-2345, Joyce@martinezchamber.com. www.martinezchamber.com.

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    Downtown Wine & Chocolate Stroll 2-5:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Main Street, Martinez. Sample wines, chocolates. $15, $20 at door. Purchase tickets by 1 p.m. event day. 925-228-3577, www.mainstreetmartinez.org.

    Wood-turing demo

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    Free wood-turning demonstration 1-4 p.m.; 5-8 p.m. Feb. 19, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 541 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill. For all skill levels. 925-521-1800.

    Special Olympics

  • Pleasant Hill Police Officer's Association crab feed 5 p.m. Feb. 9, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill. Silent auction, more. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. $40. 925-288-4619, www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=1527.

    Photo contest

  • Martinez photo contest for images to include in 2013-15 biennial budget. High-resolution digital images (landscape format) illustrate city character, charm. Describe pictures, location, date taken. Deadline Feb. 15. Send to mtzphotos@cityofmartinez.org. Winners recognized by council, receive credit in budget.

    Learn about Medicare

  • Welcome to Medicare class 2-4:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Martinez Adult Education, 600 F St. Free. For those new to Medicare, or wanting to learn. Materials provided. Registration: 925-228-3276. www.cchicap.org/wtm.html.

    Teen programs benefit

  • Come Together benefit concert 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 15, Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road. Tender Mercies, Bell Brothers, more. No-host bar. Must be 21. $25. 925-682-0896, http://cometogether2013-efbevent.eventbrite.com.

    Singing valentines

  • Devil Mountain Barbershop Chorus offers singing Valentine's Day packages Feb. 8-14 for Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, more. $50 for serenade, small box of chocolates, long-stemmed rose. Information: 925-376-4916.

    Macintosh technologies

  • Diablo Macintosh Users Group workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9, Pacheco Community Center, 5800 Pacheco Blvd. Learn to use Apple technologies. Lunch provided. $90. 925-689-1155, www.dvmug.org/workshop.html.

    Crab feeds, auctions

  • Soroptimist International crab feed 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 4000 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Dinner, silent auction. $45; no tickets at door. 925-228-6717; ggerlack@aol.com.

  • Pleasant Hill Lions Club/Dolfins Swim Team crab feed 6 p.m. Feb. 9, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Dinner, dancing, auction, raffles. $50. 925-676-5859.

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    Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care crab feed 6 p.m. Feb. 23, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Teacup auction, live auction, raffles. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer's, adult health care programs. $50. Tickets, 925-682-6330.

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

    Help beat cancer

  • Cupid 5K Fun Run/Walk to Beat Cancer 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 10, Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Refreshments. $15-$35. 415-625-1134, http://cupid5k.eventbrite.com.

    Grant writing seminar

  • Grant writing seminar 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez. Contra Costa County community based organizations, government agencies get tips to write grant applications. Includes workbook, breakfast, lunch. Registration: www.cccounty.us/supervisorglover, 925-335-8200.

    Lenten series

  • Lenten mid-week series "Hidden With Christ" begins with soup supper 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Series continues 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. For times, locations, 925-689-8260, hillcrest.ucc.org.

    Small business help

  • Free information session 10:30 a.m.-noon March 6, Contra Costa Small Business Development Center, 300 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill. Get informationf for two 10-week business planning classes. Registration: 925-602-6806, www.contracostasbdc.com.

    Fearless performers

  • New Shanghai Circus 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Performers bring 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. $15-$45. lesherartscenter.org, 925-943-7469.

    Delta discussion

  • Diablo Valley Democratic Club presents The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Double Tunnel or Double Trouble? 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Talk of water-diverting tunnels through Delta, habitat restoration. 925-945-7272 or www.dvdems.org.

    Animal encounters

  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum "Mini Mondays" begins 10 a.m. Feb. 20, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Animal encounters, arts, crafts. $8-$15, $5. Additional dates: 925-935-1978, http://wildlife-museum.org/.

    Understanding grief

  • Free six-week support group 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 12-March 19, 395 Taylor Blvd., Suite 200, Pleasant Hill. Transforming grief to strength, hope. 925-771-8295, www.professionalhc.com.

    Help for Seniors

  • Support group 12:30-3 p.m. Feb. 8, second Fridays ongoing. Seniors learn technology to help stay in their homes. Bring bag lunch. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill. 925-937-2018.

    Art, healthy coping skill

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Contra Costa hosts Express Yourself through Art exhibit 3-5 p.m. Feb. 22, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Provides safe, creative outlet while discussing mental illness. R.S.V.P. 925-942-0767, veronica.m@namicontracosta.org.

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    Contra Costa Children's Chorus open auditions, placement interviews 3:45 p.m. Wednesdays through February, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Open to youths 7-15. 925-945-7101, ext. 2, www.childrenschorus.org/Welcome.html.

    SIR meets

  • Sons In Retirement meets 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 14, The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Guest speaker Tony Schilling discusses history U.S.S. Hornet. $25. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 6. 925-939-8073, www.sir146.com.

    Blood drive

  • Red Cross blood drive 2-7 p.m. Feb. 8, Renaissance ClubSport, 2805 Jones Road, Walnut Creek. Appointments: 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org. Use code CLUBSPORT.

    Lovin' newts!

  • Half-mile hike to Maricich lagoons to check out the newts, noon Feb. 10, Briones Regional Park, 2537 Reliez Valley Road, Martinez. Rain cancels. Drop-in program. 510-544-2750.

    Pajama drive

  • Sleep Train annual Foster Kids Pajama Drive through March 3. Drop off at Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill stores. All sizes needed. For store hours and additional locations, go to www.sleeptrain.com.

    Free tax preparation

  • Make appointments 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.

    Civil War exhibit

  • Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War exhibit 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Feb. 8, Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway. Commemorates 150th anniversary of Civil War. Free. 925-977-3340, www.wclibrary.org.

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.