October 30: HICAP 2020 (Medicare Counseling)
1-2pm. Volunteers from Contra Costa County HICAP Medicare Counseling will present an overview of the 2020 changes affecting Medicare Prescription and Advantage Plans in Contra Costa County. You’ll learn about your coverage options and receive helpful handouts. No Selling. Just help. For more information about HICAP visit the website at cchicap.org. Hana Gardens Senior Center, 10870 San Pablo Ave. Mark Deleon, , (510)559-7677.
October 30: Creepy Crawly Night! Traveling Reptile Show from the East Bay Vivarium.
6:30pm. This interactive and educational program for school age kids and their families features animals like lizards, snakes, frogs, and tarantulas. The skillful presenter will share engaging stories and a trove of critters to meet, pet, hold, and learn about. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd.
October 31: Monthly potluck and free documentary
6:30pm potluck. 7pm screening. Examining the most critical issue of our time – climate change! “This Changes Everything” (90 min) based on Naomi Klein’s book by the same title, looks at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 2540 MacDonald Ave. 510-412-2260.
November 1-30: Pinole Hercules Little League Signup
We have a Challenger Division, no cost, for youths who have special needs to play in an environment that accommodates and celebrates their abilities. Co-ed teams of players, no previous experience is needed, games are on Sunday afternoons. The 2020 season is February to June for Tee Ball, Softball, Baseball. Registration fees $150 - $250. Pinole Hercules Little League 2020 Spring Season online registration at pinoleherculesll.org.
Throughout the month of November: Healthy After School Meals in the Library
Mon-Thurs 3-5pm. The San Pablo Library is excited to announce the return of the after-school meals offered to kids and teens at the San Pablo Library! For children and teens ages 0-18 years old. San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 1 - 30: PINOLE ART CENTER GALLERY
Tues-Sat 11-5pm. Local Artists displaying and selling their art - ranging from jewelry to fine art. The current show is entitled “Land, Sea & Sky”, and features local guest artist Barbara George. Come browse for unique gifts for someone else or for yourself! Located in the Pinole Vista Crossing shopping center, 1360 Fitzgerald Drive, Pinole. 510-724-2008 or pinoleartisans.weebly.com Come visit us!
Throughout November Free Little Lending Library in Pinole
Open 24/7. Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennent Ave, Pinole, across from Fernandez Park, invites you to visit and get free books from the Little Lending Library on the side of our deck (at the corner of Tennent Ave. and Park St.) We have books for both adults and children, available at no charge for you to borrow or keep. Please stop by and check out our Little Lending Library! 510-724-0141 or
November 1: PINOLE ARTISANS MONTHLY MEETING
7pm. This month’s program is presented by Gwendolyn McShepard. “Escape to Fantasy” will be a fun-filled hour of fantastical artistic exploration. All are welcome, including children and youth. Guaranteed to thrill one and all! Refreshments will be served. Pinole United Methodist Church, 2000 San Pablo Ave., Pinole.
November 1: Pinole Book Club
2:30pm. Join us the first Friday of every month for our book discussion. Check with staff at the Pinole Library for this month’s title selection. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Mindfulness Meditation
4pm. Open to all adults. Take the stress out of the week with an hour of meditation. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Builders Club @ the Library
12-1:30pm. The Pinole Library has Legos! Kids of all ages and the young at heart are welcome to drop in and play with Lego blocks. Creations will be displayed at the front of the library for one week! Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 510-758-2741.
November 2: The Pinole Senior is having a Holiday Craft Fair
10-3pm. Free Admission, 40+ Local Vendors, Unique Crafts, Cards, Jewelry, Soap, Cosmetics and much more great finds! 2500 Charles Ave, Pinole. 510-724-9800.
November 2: Día de los Muertos Dinner & Movie
5:30-8:30pm. Come join us for dinner and a movie as we celebrate el Día de los Muertos. After dinner we’ll watch The Book of Life, an animated film about a bullfighter who, on the Day of the Dead, goes on an afterlife adventure to fulfill the expectations of his family and friends. Bring pictures or mementos of loved ones for an Ofrenda altar. Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennent Ave, Pinole 94564 (across from the Fernandez Park baseball field). 510-724-9141 or
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: ESL Conversation Group
11:15-12:45pm. Join us for a free weekly class to help you improve your skills in speaking and understanding English. Fun and informative lessons in a group of all skill levels. Ages 18 and up. San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Homework Help
2-5pm. Free Homework Help provided by our teen volunteer. Tutoring is provided for students, kindergarten through 6th grade, on a first come, first served basis. San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: San Pablo Builder’s Club
1-3pm. It’s block and brick building time at the library! See what you can build with our huge collection of Legos. All creations stay in the library. Best for ages 4 and up. San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 2, 16: Finding Your Voice
2pm. Open to all adults. Join our ongoing creative writing group. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 4: Genealogy Workshop
6pm. Curious about your family history? Want to help with completing your family tree? Volunteers from the Contra Costa and Solano County Genealogical Society will be here to assist you to discover more about your family history. Whether you are just starting on your quest or have been searching for a while, please join us. All are welcome. Registration is suggested as space is limited. Call the library at 510-245-2420. Hercules Library, 109 Civic Drive, Hercules.
November 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28: Storytime!
Mondays 6:30 and Thursdays 10:15am - Come visit our story time, where we will read books, sing songs, and have fun! For toddlers and children up to 5 years of age. San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 4, 18, and 25: Scouts BSA Girl Troop 2019 Meetings
7-8:45pm. WORK TOWARD EAGLE SCOUT RANK! Monthly hiking/camping trips - river rafting, rock climbing, Point Reyes, Black Diamond Mines, Camp Wolfeboro Summer Camp. Winner of Camporee First Place Troop Award! For all girls age 11 to 17. Elks Lodge #1251, 3931 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante.
November 5, 12, 19, 26: The Rotary Club of El Sobrante meets
12:15-1:30pm. At Café Soleil, 3550 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. Join us for lunch, enjoy the fellowship, and learn how this club is supporting various Rotary projects, including a robotics program at Olinda Elementary School.
November 5, 12, 19, 26: Baby Lapsit Storytime
10:15am. Rhymes, songs, tickles, hugs, bounces, story time and more! Content focused on children ages 0 to 3. All ages and abilities welcome. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 5, 12, 19, 26: Toddler & Preschool Storytime
11am. Join us for picture books, interactive rhymes, felt board stories, finger play, and songs. Content focused on children ages 2 to 5, but all ages and abilities welcome with caregiver. Pinole Library,
2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 510-758-2741.
November 6: BOOK SALE AT THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY 10-6pm. Friends of the Richmond Public Library monthly sale of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and BluRay discs - any 10 items are $3 from Books are sold daily at the Main, Bayview, and West Side libraries for $0.50 - $1 during regular hours. Richmond Main Library,
325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, 510-620-6561.
November 6, 13 ,20, 27: After School Game Time for Teens
2:30-4:30pm. Teens: Join us after school for Wii and board games.
Sponsored by Friends of the Pinole Library. Pinole Library,
2935 Pinole Valley Rd.
November 6, 13, 20: Computer Help
6-7:45pm. Receive one-on-one computer help from our experts. Practice searching the Internet, sending e-mails, and more. Drop-in or call to reserve a time. Reservations given preference. Pinole Library,
2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 6, 20: Hooks & Needles
6pm. Join us 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for a cozy evening while we knit or crochet something warm. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd.
November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28: Computer Help Wednesdays 2-4pm, Thursdays 3-5pm – Drop in and get 1-on-1 computer help with a community volunteer. San Pablo Library,
13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 6: BOOK SALE AT THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY
10-6pm. Friends of the Richmond Public Library monthly sale of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and BluRay discs - any 10 items are $3 from Books are sold daily at the Main, Bayview, and West Side libraries for $0.50 - $1 during regular hours. Richmond Main Library,
325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, 510-620-6561.
November 7: Game Time
4:30pm. Come play board games, such as Rail Baron, Clue, chess, checkers, and many more. All ages welcome. Rodeo Library,
220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo. 510-799-2606.
November 7, 14, 21: ESL Conversation Group
Wednesdays 6:30pm. Join us as we improve our conversational English through reading and discussion! Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 8: Time Wise Lecture: Noted among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S.
7pm. Tim Wise has been speaking to audiences nationally and internationally for 25 years and hosts the podcast: “Speak Out with Tim Wise.” He is the author of seven books, including his latest: Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. There will be a Q&A session after Tim’s lecture, and he will be available to sign books at the end of the program. Event to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd, Kensington. Tickets can be found at
November 9: Seasonal Treasures Craft Fair
9-3pm. Shop with us for wall hangings, table décor afghans, towels, hand painted items, baked goods, plants and much more. Unique holiday gifts galore. El Sobrante United Methodist Church, 5151 Argyle Road,
November 9: Bookitude Book Club
3pm. A book club specially designed for middle school girls and their moms or other adult. Check with staff at the Pinole Library for this month’s title selection. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd.
November 9: Spanish Guitar Duo: Daniel Fríes &
1pm. Daniel Fríes is one of the San Francisco Bay Area`s premier flamenco and Spanish guitarists, both as an accompanist for flamenco song and dance, as a soloist, and with his instrumental Rumba, Latin, and Brazilian focused group Trio Paz. Daniel will be performing with guitarist Jean-Paul Buongiorno. You won`t want to miss this special concert! Hercules Library, 109 Civic Drive, Hercules.
NOVEMBER 11: 12th ANNUAL PINOLE Veterans Day MEMORIAL AND FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY
11-12noon. Fernandez Park, Pinole. The Pinole Historical Society and the City of Pinole present this annual event honoring the brave men and women who have served — and continue to serve — to protect the freedoms we enjoy. The Pinole Police Explorers, West Contra Costa Girl Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 86, the Pinole Valley High School Marching Band, and the Pinole Valley High School Concert Choir will participate. pinolehistoricalsociety.org, or call 510-724-9507.
November 12: Pinole Garden Club Meeting
1pm. General Meeting 2 pm: Guest Speaker: “Floral Design Basics” will be demonstrated by Linda Sanderson and Jeanne O-Hair from the Shibui Designers Guild. Held in the Alex Clark Public Safety Facility, 880 Tennent Ave. (behind the fire station). All are welcome. 510-275-9890.
November 12: Friends Meeting
6pm. Come be involved in the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Rodeo Library. At the Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo. 510-799-2606.
November 12: Read Aloud Book Club
4pm. No need to pre-read before each meeting come to the library the second Tuesday of every month and spend the afternoon listening to a great story read by a Hercules Library staff member. Light snacks and easy activities will be provided. Best for grades 3-5. Registration is required. Hercules Library, 109 Civic Drive, Hercules.
November 14 - El Cerrito Garden Club
9:30am. A Fall Festival featuring a floral design presentation and raffle, a silent auction, plant sale and refreshments. The floral arranging program will begin at 11am. Meet at the El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane). Members are free; guests cost $7. For questions, call Bonnie MacKenzie at 510-237-4654.
November 15: PAINT NIGHT
7pm. Instructor Raven Iacono will lead you in a fun filled evening painting your own original work of art at the Pinole Art Gallery. $35 (or 2 for $60) includes all supplies, wine and snacks. Contact Penny at for reservations.
November 16: Movie
1pm. Come watch a film at the library. This month’s movie is “The Wind Rises” (PG-13, 126 min). An animated look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese airplanes. At the Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo. 510-799-2606.
NOVEMBER 16: AAUW West Contra Costa Meeting — AI in Healthcare
10am. Elena Leichty, a counsel for Google, will talk about AI in healthcare. Elena works on a broad range of machine learning driven transactions and commercial matters in the healthcare and bioscience industries. All are welcome. Christ Lutheran Church, 780 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito, westcontracosta-ca.aauw.net.
November 18: Uke and Me at the Library
6:30pm. Slow down and enjoy the sounds of the islands as you learn to make beautiful music at the library. With monthly teacher-led ukulele classes you will be a master in no time. Bring your own ukulele or use one provided by the library. A limited number of instruments will be available to take home, registration required to reserve a provided ukulele. Hercules Library, 109 Civic Drive, Hercules.
November 19: Author talk
5:30pm. Suzanne Gordon, author of Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans, will share insights from veterans and their families, Veterans Health Administration staff and administrators, advocates for veterans, and proponents of privatization. The VHA’s treatment of patients suffering from service related injuries, physical and mental, is shown as an integrated health care system, with an unusual culture of solidarity between patients and providers fostered by the VHA. Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo. 510-799-2606.
November 21: Film Night, Documentary
5pm. We will screen, “Grey Gardens,” 95 min (1975). An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of a Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo, 510-799-2606.
November 23: Filipino Storytime
3pm. Come join us for Filipino Storytime as we read stories in Tagalog. Learn rhymes, folk songs and about the Filipino culture. We practice greetings and basic vocabulary in Tagalog. Older children are welcome; this program is open to all. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.
November 26: Hercules Library – Thanks for Playing: Board Games at the Library
3pm. Because we are thankful for our patrons, we invite you to come play classic board games at the library. No registration is required, just good sportsmanship. 109 Civic Drive, Hercules.
November 26: Résumé Workshop
6-7pm. Learn how to use the library’s resources to access résumé templates, get hints on how to create a résumé that stands out, and find out how to upload your résumé to job sites. San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo. 510-374-3998.
November 30: HOMETOWN HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
10am-3pm. Free Admission. Unique handmade holiday gift items. Presented by the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Mason Hall, 5050 El Portal Drive, El Sobrante. 510-223-0757 or