Digest

Reduce, recycle

  • Free e-waste recycling 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 4, Diablo Valley College, 312 Golf Club Road, overflow parking lot 7, Pleasant Hill. Go to www.NoEwaste.com for acceptable items. 866-335-3373.

    Looking to the stars

  • Stargazing 6-7 p.m. Jan. 14, Martinez Library, 740 Court St. All ages. Join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society to look at Jupiter, stars. Meteorite samples. 925-646-9900.

    Save money, the planet

  • Martinez 'Sustainable Citizen' workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 11, 525 Henrietta St. Learn to make sustainable practices part of life. Free. R.S.V.P.: SCrsvp@cityofmartinez.org, 925-372-3531.

    Preschool fair

  • 16th annual Preschool and Parenting Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 11, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Information on preschools in Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord. Free. Information: preschoolfair@gmail.com.

    Let's talk about it

  • Muslim Journeys discussion series: "When Asia Was the World" 6 p.m. Jan. 14, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Series on histories, faith, cultures of Muslims. Registration: ccclib.org, 925-927-3240.

    Be prepared

  • Pleasant Hill CERT training 6 p.m. Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 24; March 3, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 800 Grayson Road, Pleasant Hill. Free. 925-288-4633, wwwpleasanthillcert.com.

    Ham radio course

  • Salvation Army, Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club free seven-week course for entry-level FCC amateur radio license. 7-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 9, Salvation Army 3950 Clayton Road, Concord. $5 materials fee; textbook if needed under $30. Register HamRadioClass@gmail.com; 925 465-9554.

    Invigorating plunge

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    Polar Bear Plunge 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, Pleasant Hill pool, 147 Gregory Lane. Start year with cold plunge into pool. Coffee, hot chocolate after. $20-$25. Register by Jan. 9 for T-shirt. 925-671-5270.

    Help feed dogs, cats

  • ARF partners with Salvation Army for pet food drive 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, noon-5 p.m. weekends, through Jan. 10, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Help save animals in shelters. 925-256-1273.

    Child choir auditions

  • Contra Costa Children's Chorus auditions 4 p.m. Jan. 8, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. For youths 6-16. Appointment or questions: 925-945-7101, ext. 1, frontdesk@childrenschorus.org.

    Crab feed fundraiser

  • Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez crab feed fundraiser Jan. 25. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Adults $45; 12 and under $8 (kid friendly food). Bring utensils, sauces. Reservations 925-383-8386.

    Prom dress drive

  • Donate gently used prom dresses for Alhambra High juniors, seniors. Drop off 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez. For pickup call, 925-787-3745. Sponsored by Martinez Soroptimist.

    All about the garden

  • History of Ruth Bancroft Garden, uses of plants 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Garden history, plant medicinal uses, food sources, building materials. $20. 925-944-9352.

    , 925 944-9352.