Affordable Care Act

  • Covered California counselors discuss health coverage options, plans, qualifying for Medi-Cal. 5-8 p.m. March 11, Pleasant Hill Library, 1750 Oak Park Blvd. Bring current W-2, legal resident card, copy of citizenship status. 925-646-6434.

    Celebrate Arbor Week

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    Arbor Week kicks off speakers series 1 p.m. March 9, John Muir Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave. Martinez. Explore Muir's modern legacy. Free. 925-228-8860, www.nps.gov/jomu.

    Film festival

  • Annual

    East Bay International Jewish Film Festival 10 a.m. March 7, 125 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill. Films from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, U.S., more. $3-$11. www.eastbayjewishfilm.org,

    Books for all ages

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    Friends of Martinez Library bag of books sale; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., members only 10-11 a.m. March 8, 740 Court St. Used books for all ages. Bag of books $5. New members join at door. 925-646-9900, ccclib.org/locations/martinez.html.


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    Wearing o' the green

  • Pleasant Hill Rotary Club St. Patrick's Day fundraiser 5:30 p.m. March 14, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive. Supports local charities. Cocktails, food, auctions, raffles, more. $50. 925-938-5433.

  • 35th annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner 5:30 p.m. March 15, Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez. Traditional Irish fare, music, raffles, dancing. Adults $20, ages 6-12, $10, children 5, under free. R.S.V.P. 925-383-8386.

    Free tax preparation

  • AARP Tax-Aide, United Way's Earn It, Keep It, Save It (EKS) program tax preparation for taxpayers of any age, EKS income-limited. Information, documents needed, appointments: 925-405-6011 for Hillcrest Congregational Church site; 925-709-4525 Pacheco Community Center site; 925-370-8770 Martinez Senior Center site. For EKS site, call 211, or www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

    Caregivers workshop

  • Free workshop for family caregivers 9 a.m. 1 p.m. March 1, Meals on Wheels, Senior Outreach Services, 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Caregivers learn techniques, resources. Lunch provided. Space limited. Register 925-937-8311.

    Garden club meets

  • Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club 7 p.m. March 4, Community Center, 320 Civic Drive. Topic: From Lawn to Farm. 924-944-4898, www.phgsc.com.

    A second chance

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    Quartermania auction, raffle 5:30 p.m. March 6, Grace Episcopal Church, 150 Muir Station Road, Martinez. Helps Juvenile Hall Auxiliary programs. $5. Food for purchase. 925-370-8142, eilog@comcast.net., www.reachingouryouth.org.

    Volunteers needed

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    Red Cross volunteer orientations 3 p.m. March 7, 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Tour center, learn to greet, inform, thank donors. Register: 510-594-5211, mandy.lewisnakaya@redcross.org.

    Wind Symphony

  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony "Mountains and Canyons" 7:30 p.m. March 9, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Images of Grand Canyon, Mt. Diablo, more are backdrop during concert. $18-$25, students free. 925-943-7469, lesherartscenter.org. www.ccwindsymphony.org.