"Summertime and the livin' is easy ..." This line from the Broadway hit musical "Porgy and Bess" certainly describes summertime in Pleasant Hill.

Our city hosts a great lineup of special, easy livin' summertime events during the next few months with plenty of fun for the entire family. Here are some highlights.

  • Farmers market (May 4—Nov. 16)

    The farmers market had its grand opening Saturday, May 4. Located in the Downtown Plaza (next to Jack's Restaurant), the weekly market runs through Nov. 16 and features the freshest produce, baked goods, cooking demonstrations and live music.

    Go to www.pcfma.com for more information.

  • First annual Citywide Garage Sale (May 18-19)

    "Don't Trash It -- Sell It!" That's the tagline of the first Citywide Garage Sale, which takes place during the weekend of May 18-19.

    Organized by Allied Waste Services and the Civic Action Commission, the event gives residents the opportunity to hold their garage sales on the same weekend and get free promotion from the city and Allied Waste.

    Residents can register their sale at www.pleasanthillgaragesale.com. The organizers will publicize the streets (but not house numbers), which are hosting a sale that weekend.

    For more information, call Anne Baker at 925-671-5806 or email her at abaker@republicservices.com.

  • Sunset by the Lake summer concerts (May 26—Sept. 1)

    The Civic Action Commission hosts the 16th annual summer concert series on the lawn at City Hall beginning Sunday, May 26.

    I hope you can join me for our annual family friendly and extremely popular concert series in the relaxed atmosphere and cozy confines by the Lake at City Hall. (Yes, I know it isn't really a lake, but "Concerts by the Lake" sounds a lot more summerlike and romantic than "Concerts by the Fishpond.")

    The lineup this year includes local favorites Cover 2 Cover, East Bay MUDD, Zoo Station (U2 cover band), Dave Martin's House Party and Tender Mercies, featuring musicians from the Counting Crows.

    Local eateries will have food and treats for sale at each concert. For more details and the full concert schedule, check out www.pleasanthillconcerts.com.

  • CarFit (June 1)

    Sponsored by the city's Commission on Aging, CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program designed to improve older driver safety.

    Trained volunteers will provide information to ensure the "safest fit" for older drivers and their vehicles.

    To sign up for the free event, call 925-671-5267. Reservations are required.

  • Downtown Plaza Concert Series (June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19)

    This year, downtown Pleasant Hill is hosting concerts on the third Thursday of June, July, August and September in the Plaza area between Sweet Tomatoes and Jack's Restaurant.

    Each concert is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The series features four of the most popular bands in the Bay Area, with Cover 2 Cover on June 20; Fast Times on July 18,; Dave Martin's House Party on Aug. 15; and The Fundamentals on Sept. 19.

    The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce will also host a Wine Stroll the evening of each concert. For more details, check out www.shopdowntownpleasanthill.com.

    And don't forget to mark your calendars for these other upcoming events in July and August:

  • Fourth of July Celebration

    Yes, you guessed it. This annual favorite will be held again on July 4.

    This year's theme is "We the People -- An American Melting Pot," and the grand marshal is former City Manager Jim Alkire.

    Come early for the Firecracker 5K Fun Run, stay for the parade and fun and food in the park, and then return in the evening for an amazing fireworks display at College Park High School.

    For more information, go to www.phjuly4.com. (Here's a riddle for the kids. Do they have the Fourth of July in England? Kids, when you figure it out, ask your parents if they know the answer.)

  • Blues & Brews Festival (Saturday, July 27, at Pleasant Hill Park)

    If you like great music and adult beverages on a warm summer afternoon, the annual Blues & Brews Festival is the place for you.

    For more details and to purchase tickets, go to www.bluesandbrewsfestival.com.

  • American Iron Car Show (Sunday, Aug. 11, in downtown Pleasant Hill)

    Bring your pre-1980s American car and enter the many competitions for great prizes. Or, just come for the show and enjoy music and food and vote for your favorite cars.

    For more details, seewww.pleasanthillrec.com.

    You can get more information about all these events and other summertime activities at Pleasant Hill's festivals website at www.pleasant-hill.net/festivals.

    I hope you enjoy all these great summertime events. And don't forget the sunscreen!

    (My sincere thanks to Martin Nelis, the city's public information officer, for providing the information in this column.)

    Harris is the mayor of Pleasant Hill. Email him at columns@bayareanewsgroup.com.