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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

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    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.


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    Early bird shoppers

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    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

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    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).