November 30, 2017    

Many ways to celebrate the season in West County!

There are many great community holiday events in West County this year, featuring favorite traditions of music, lights, and delicious food. 

I hope you'll join me at one or more!

We've listed some events below. This isn't meant as a complete list. (Feel free to let us know what we've missed.)

I hope to see you at our Holiday Open House and Verde School Holiday Drive on December 7, 5 pm-7 pm, at my office, 11780 San Pablo Ave., #D, El Cerrito. Click here for details.

San Pablo Holiday Tree Lighting -- Friday, December 1, 6 pm-7:30 pm
San Pablo City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Avenue, San Pablo 
More: San Pablo Community Services Dept. (510) 215-3080 

Tree lighting, holiday crafts, healthy refreshments, performances, letters to Santa.  

Pinole Tree Lighting Ceremony -- Saturday, December 2, 2:30 pm-5 pm
Pinole Senior Center
2500 Charles Ave and Fernandez Park
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Youth entertainment and festive Santa's Workshop.  Pinole Valley High School marching band leads a procession to the tree lighting ceremony; meet at  corner of Tennent Avenue and San Pablo Avenue in the Community Garden. 

East Brother Beer Company, 1001 Canal Blvd, Richmond 
More: (510) 236-4049 admin@richmondm

Santa Needs a New Sleigh! A Super FUN(draiser) Holiday Party! Tips support the annual Downtown Holiday Festival, hosted by Richmond Main Street and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Great beer & food, Santa photo booth, "ugly" holiday sweater contest, music, raffle prizes, & more. 

Eternal Light Contra Costa Chorale -- Saturday, December 9, 8 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington
Sunday, December 10 at 5 pm 
$20 General, $15 Students/Seniors/Disabled, Children under 12 - free admission.
Purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets
More: email or (510) 255-0703.

The Lux Aeterna for chorus and chamber orchestra or organ was composed for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its Maestro Paul Salamunovich, who premiered the work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 13, 1997. Each of the five connected movements in this choral cycle contains references to 'Light' assembled from various sacred Latin texts. 

If you miss this one, also on  Sunday, December 10 at 5 pm
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

The Sundar Shadi Holiday Display --  Sunday, December 10 through Tuesday, December 26 
Where:  7501 Moeser Lane in El Cerrito (near Seaview),  El Cerrito
Time: 5 pm until 10 pm daily.
More or to volunteer: 510-524-9468 or email  Donna Houser

The Sundar Shadi Holiday Display, a beautiful handmade nativity scene, is a beloved tradition in El Cerrito that would not be possible without community volunteers. 

Downtown Holiday Festival -- 
Wednesday December 13, 4 pm-8 pm
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th St, Richmond 
More: Alicia at or (or 510) 236-4049

Annual Downtown Holiday Festival presented by Richmond Main Street & East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. With Santa visits, music, gift bags, refreshments, performances, caroling, street lighting, Yuletide cheer! 

Seasons Greetings, 
John   QR Code
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone (New Phone Number)