🌱 DeSaulnier Hosts Ukraine Town Hall + Car Thieves Need A Lyft?

Happy Friday, Concord! Let’s get this day started. Here’s what’s going on today in Concord.

First, today’s weather:

Patchy fog, then sun. High: 75 Low: 49.

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Here are the top five stories in Concord today:

  1. If you’ve taken a walk around Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord since the pandemic started, you might have unknowingly passed a place known as the Art Table. Ben Fliehmann, a former musician who recently decided to focus on writing poetry, said he got the idea for the table one night after he wrote a poem about various people he saw passing through the park in the late night and early morning hours. Fliehmann said he has lived in Concord his whole life, and after years unhoused, he finally took it upon himself over the pandemic to create an environment where he and others could feel welcome. The Art Table became just that: a place for people to come together, enjoy each other’s company, share food and play board games, creating a community with camaraderie. (TheInquirer)
  2. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier will host a virtual town hall Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00 pm on Russia’s war on Ukraine. He will be joined by special guest Steven Pifer, William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford University and former Ambassador to Ukraine, who will provide his expertise on the evolving situation and what the United States can do to protect Ukrainians. The event will be held on Zoom and will be streamed live on Representative DeSaulnier’s Facebook page. (claycord.com)
  3. At about 1:06 pm, Muir Station Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the unincorporated area of ​​Taylor Boulevard and Gloria Terrace. Deputies arrived on scene to find bystanders providing lifesaving measures to a person on the ground near a vehicle. The victim, who appeared to have been shot, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is not being identified at this time. The investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives and the crime lab is ongoing. A suspect has not been apprehended. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message. (claycord.com)
  4. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 will fund $1.2 million for the Concord Smart Signals Project as well as $350,000 for Iron Horse Trail enhancements. Contra Costa County community projects will receive $8,061,000 from the act, which President Joe Biden signed into law March 15. “This funding will go to 10 different projects in our community that would address behavioral and mental health, support veterans, improve transportation accessibility, increase internet access for students and help the county transition away from fossil fuels,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier of Concord. (Pioneer Publishers)
  5. At about 10:18 a.m. Wednesday, Pleasanton Police responded to a report of a car burglary at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton. They determined that a garage door clicker for an address in the 1800 block of Ridgeland Circle in Danville was among the items taken. Pleasanton Police alerted the Danville Police department of a potential burglary in their city and Danville officers were dispatched to the address, finding that it had been burglarized. The suspects were later arrested after being located in the area attempting to catch a rideshare. Stolen property from both the auto burglary in Pleasanton and the residential burglary in Danville were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. (News 24/680)

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Today in Concord:

  • the Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show you have returned! The three day event brings together a diverse group of independent artisans, beadmakers and tradespeople. (9:00 AM)
  • Tomaj presents: SALSA BACHATA DANCE PARTY FRIDAYS at the Tip Top Ballroom in Walnut Creek! (8:00 PM)
  • AXIS is a professional cover band focusing on live music from the big arena rock bands in the 70’s and 80’s. They’ll be at Vinnie’s Bar in Concord. (9:00 PM)
  • Rock Inflatables brings their LIVE Rock Show to Dan’s Irish Sports Bar in Walnut Creek. (9:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Launched in February 1942 the Diablo Circle 170 of the United Ancient Order of Druids was instituted. There are now 122 who help keep the circle active. Each year, they recognize those in need and give gift certificates that enable families to purchase food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Learn more about them here. (Pioneer Publishers)
  • The City’s Planning team is hosting a Town Hall meeting this Sunday, March 27 from noon to 2 pm at Todos Santos Plaza to inform, discuss, and seek feedback from the community on the City’s housing needs and potential future programs to include in the Housing Element. (Facebook)
  • Huge Pleasant Hill Neighborhood Yard Sale Event Saturday, March 26 beginning at 8 am (Not early birds!)! Click on this link for the map and directions: https://tinyurl.com/March26Yar… Bring cash and shopping bags for this neighborhood treasure hunt!

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About me: Jeri Karges has been living in and loving the Sacramento region for over 30 years. Her passion for her is finding new and unique ways to enjoy the city and surrounding areas. On weekends, you can find her pestering her friends to sample the restaurant that does n’t have silverware, or try their hand at throwing an axe. Jeri also enjoys writing about retirement planning at https://rockinretirement.subst…

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