Digest

Dine out for education

  • Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education hosts Dine Out for Education 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 19, Wence's Restaurant, 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Present flier (www.fphe.org) for lunch, dinner, takeout, Wence's donates a percentage of sales to Pleasant Hill public schools. generalinfo@fphe.org.

    For small businesses

  • First Steps to Success Start-Ups 5:45-8:15 p.m. Feb. 20, Small Business Development Center, 300 Ellinwood Way, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill. Free. Learn to use SBDC's low-cost services to start business. www.contracostasbdc.com.

    Lenten series

  • Lenten midweek 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.

    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/.

    Healthy coping skills

  • 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. RSVP 925-942-0767, veronica.m@namicontracosta.org.

    Children's chorus

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

    Grant writing seminar

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

    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.

    Photo contest

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

    Teen programs benefit

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