Off to the races

  • Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28. Begins at Magoo's Grill, 1250 Contra Costa Blvd. Brunch 10 a.m.-noon, $10-$15. Team registration $50. Benefits Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education grant program. www.fphe.org.

    Healthy Kids Day

  • Healthy Kids Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27, Irvin Deutscher YMCA, 350 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill. Outdoor games, yoga, bounce house, giveaways. Family walk starts 10:15 a.m. Free. 925-687-8900, www.ymca-cba.org/irvin-deutscher-family.

    Goin' to market

  • Pleasant Hill farmers market season opens 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4; continues til Nov. 16, Downtown Plaza. Events, music. www.pcfma.com.

  • Martinez seasonal farmers market opens 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25, Court Street between Main, Escobar; Thursdays until Oct. 24. Year-round 10 a. m.-2 p.m. Sundays, Main and Estudillo streets. www.pcfma.com.

    New home for history

  • Contra Costa County Historical Society grand opening 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20, 724 Escobar St., Martinez. New exhibit, tours, children's activities, refreshments. Free. 925-229-1042, www.cocohistory.org.

    In remembrance

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    Sgt. Thomas Tarantino flag raising, remembrance ceremony 7 a.m. April 21, Martinez Police Department, 525 Henrietta St. Honor Tarantino on 40th anniversary of his line-of-duty death. 925-372-3500.

    Kids fly free

  • Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 393 Young Eagles offers free plane rides for kids 8-17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20, Buchanan Field, Concord. Register on-site, parent(s) must attend. New location; enter airport on Center Avenue in Pacheco, follow signs to 200 Sally Ride Drive. www.eaa393.org. 925-705-7771, 925-356-5656.

    Poker fundraiser

  • Pleasant Hill Lions Club poker night 5-10 p.m. April 27, Back Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill. Benefits local charities. $50. Tickets: 925-933-8061, 925-687-0858, Back Forty Texas BBQ.

    Dinosaur dig

  • Kids 3-6 dig for dinosaur bones 3:30-4:45 p.m. April 25, Waterfront Park, North Court Street, Martinez. Also crafts, snacks. $8. Register 925-372-3510. Limited to 20.

    Plants for sale

  • Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11, Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road. Perennials, veggies, succulents, garden tools, art, books. Proceeds fund club, gardening organizations. 925-944-4898, www.phgsc.com

    St. Catherine celebrates

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    Saint Catherine of Siena Parish 140th anniversary celebration 4:30 p.m. April 27, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. Liturgy, dinner, fellowship. $40. Tickets: 925-270-9830 or parish office, 1125 Ferry St.

    Volunteers needed

  • Volunteer for downtown Martinez Cleanup Day 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27. Doughnuts, coffee, BBQ lunch. Sign up: 925-408-1338 or email director@mainstreetmartinez.org.

    Cancer fundraiser

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    Shred documents 1-3 p.m. April 27, California Cancer & Research Institute, 400 Taylor Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Benefits cancer support community. 925-677-5041, ext. 272.