Concord Jazz Festival from August 3 to 7


The curtain is set to rise on this year’s Concord Jazz Festival with five days of jazz-inspired events, perfect for any music lover! Dubbed “Take Five” after Concord native Dave Brubeck, these five events have become an annual staple for locals and visitors alike.

  • August 3: Jinx Jones kicks off the festival with a free show at The Veranda as part of The Veranda Unplugged series. Show time is 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • August 4: Join Carlos Reyes for a free show at the Todos Santos Music & Market series from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 5: Glib Rig performs at Jazz Night at the Concord Tap House from 5-7 p.m. The show is free and features special guest KJ Focus.
  • August 6: The sounds of jazz will fill downtown Concord during Jazz in the Park from 1-4 p.m. at Todos Santos Plaza, with performances by Chaz Gunter and special guest Howard Wiley. This show is free.
  • August 7: Java & Jazz returns with Stratify and special guest KJ Focus. This final day of the festival takes place at the Concord Museum and Event Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $15.

— city of Concorde

Registration open for boys, girls baseball and softball

The non-profit Junior Optimist Baseball/Softball League (JOBL), at the corner of Laura Alice Way and Nelson Avenue in Concord, has been in existence since 1963 and operates a family-friendly facility hosting baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 years and older.

Registration is open for the 2022 Fall Ball, Mixed Baseball at $100 per child. Visit to register. All games are played at JOBL facilities on Saturday mornings from September 10 to October 29. Contact JOBL President Mark Northrup with any questions at [email protected]



A group from Mexico observes the methods of the White Pony Express

Recognizing the broad application of the White Pony Express (WPE) Shared Abundance Model, Women Forward International recently sponsored a visit by the Mexican Association of Vegan Entrepreneurs (EVM), of Monterrey, Mexico, to see first-hand a distribution of WPE, held July 7 at RR Ministries in Antioch.

WPE serves residents of Contra Costa County and operates an active food rescue program. About 125 people attended the event where WPE delivered fresh, nutritious salads provided by food donor partner Sweetgreen, a new restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek. WPE also distributed four palettes of high-quality, new and seasonal women’s clothing. Volunteers from the WPE and RR Ministries were on hand to serve guests and provide tips and recipes for healthy eating.

In the coming months, EVM hopes to adopt parts of WPE’s food rescue model in Mexico to reduce hunger and poverty. This visit was an opportunity to train EVM representatives on techniques that have been tested and approved by WPE.



Center for the Visually Impaired visits Alameda’s Crab Cove

Ten blind or visually impaired seniors and eight chaperones/carers from the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired (LCVI) of Pittsburgh recently explored the interior and exterior of the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. Traveling from towns across the Bay Area, guests took part in a morning nature walk led by naturalists Michael Charnofsky and Susan Ramos and learned new facts about wildlife, the marine reserve and the history of the region.

Naturalists adapted their speeches to be more descriptive, inclusive, and engaging, and provided several “hands-on” artifacts to touch and feel. After an outdoor picnic of pizza and salad, the seniors gathered at the visitor center for a special “Chat with a Nat” session to discuss how to reduce our “carbon footprint” and be more environmentally friendly.

Event coordinator Richard Grange explained that the LCVI provides free support services to blind and visually impaired seniors in Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano counties, including group field trips like this one. For more information, call 925-432-3013 or visit


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Willie J. Johnson