Kick off the holidays

  • Martinez annual Holiday Frolic, Dec. 6-8, Main Street, downtown. Tree lighting, children's light parade, snow park, ice rink, crafts, Santa visits, more. Volunteers needed. 925-372-3510, 925-228-3577.

  • Tree lighting 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4, downtown Pleasant Hill. Free carriage rides, treasure hunt, caroling, live music, cocoa, more. Tree lighting 6 p.m. 925-671-5229, mnelis@ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.

    City closures

  • Martinez, Pleasant Hill city offices closed Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving. www.cityofmartinez.org; www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.

    Holiday art sale


    Diablo Valley College Holiday Art Sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Conference Center, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Works by faculty, staff. 925-685-1230, ext. 1234.

    Museum open house

  • Martinez Historical Society holiday open house 4-6 p.m. Dec. 1, 1005 Escobar St. Museum decorated in holiday vintage fashion. Refreshments, free. 925-228-8160.


    Early bird shoppers


    Earlier Than the Bird shopping 8-noon Nov. 23. Downtown Martinez businesses offer specials deals, treats. Wear pajamas, get free shopping bag at 649 Main St., Suite 106. www.mainstreetmartinez.org.

    CFE boutique fundraiser


    Christmas for Everyone boutique fundraiser 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, 6 Robinsdale Road, Martinez. Supports CFE, giving gifts to financially disadvantaged, seniors, homebound. 925-228-6717, 925-689-8726. www.christmasforeveryone.

    Books for the holidays

  • Pleasant Hill Library book sale 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, parking lot, 1750 Oak Park Blvd. Paperbacks 50 cents, hardbacks $1, Christmas books, free e-waste drop-off. 925-646-6434.

    For natural resources

  • Zero waste, sustainable free workshop 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 7, 3800 Arthur Road, Martinez. 925-228-5635, ext. 19.

    Holiday brunch, more

  • Holiday brunch, bazaar 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Brunch, Santa treats, entertainment, raffles. $10-$30. R.S.V.P.: 925-969-4316. www.dvc.edu/emeritus.

    For critter lovers

  • Holiday sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23-25, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Gifts for critter lovers. 925-935-1978.

    Give the gift of life

  • Red Cross blood drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21, Contra Costa Medical Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. 800-733-2767, www.redcrossblood.org; code CCRMC.

    Tree of Lights

  • Hospice of East Bay Tree of Lights 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Gregory Lane near Cleveland Road, Pleasant Hill. Dedicate light for, or in memory of, loved one. Dedicated to Officer Robert Eugene Lauderdale. Lights $25. www.hospiceeastbay.org

    Help Special Olympics

  • Texas Hold 'em Poker Challenge 3-9:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Back Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill. Benefits Special Olympics Northern California. $25-$75. 925-288-4634. Register: www.sonc.org (events).