Batter up!

  • Martinez Youth Baseball and Softball parade 10-11:30 a.m. March 9. City Hall to Alhambra Avenue, Main Street, ends at Las Juntas Street. Team introductions at Main Street Plaza. Picnic in marina follows. 925-372-3510.

  • Pleasant Hill Baseball Association parade starts 8 a.m. March 9, Sequoia Elementary School, to Boyd Road, Patterson Boulevard, ending at sports complex on Hawthorne Drive. Opening day games, barbecue, face painting.

    Arbor Day activities


    Arbor Day celebration 10 a.m. March 13, Susana Park, Martinez. Activities for children preschool-grade 3. Free. 925-372-3547,

    DVC's 'Richard III'

  • DVC Drama opens Shakespeare's "Richard III," 8 p.m. March 15, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. $10-$20. For additional performance dates, call 925-687-4445 or Free parking.

    Recycle, reuse


  • Great Burlap Bag Giveaway 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9, Community Garden, 333 Center Ave., Pacheco. Gardeners, artists, landscapers receive up to 30 free bags for reuse. 925-671-5814,

    You on YouTube?

  • Business seminar 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., March 21, 921 Susana St., Martinez. Easy steps for using YouTube to meet business goals. Martinez chamber members free, all others $20. Register by March 18. 925-228-2345.

    Sewing for our troops

  • Contra Costa Blue Star Moms meet 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16, Bethany Baptist Church, 5850 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Make quilts for wounded military, families. All skill levels welcome. Bring bag lunch. 925-689-5947.

    Martinez Gallery exhibit

  • Martinez Gallery "Great Outdoors" artist reception 6-9 p.m. March 8, 630 Court St. Exhibit runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through May 4. 925-370-6270.

    Boating course


    Diablo Sail & Power Squadron America's Boating Course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16, 23, Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane, Antioch. Boat handling, safe operation, radio. $68. Registration: 925-377-2628,

    Treasures in the attic

  • Antique, collectible appraisals noon-5 p.m. March 10, Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. $15 for three items, additional $5 per item. 925-947-1678,

    English tutors needed


    Diablo Valley Literacy Council workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9; 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 12; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 16, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord. Volunteers teach non-English speaking adults. $15 registration. 925-685-3881,;

    About e-publishing

  • Mt. Diablo Branch of California Writers Club meets 11:30 a.m. March 9, Zio Fraedo's Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Topic: How to prepare, publish, market, distribute e-books. $20, $25 nonmembers. 925-934-5677,