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Persimmons from the farmers market. (PCFMA / Courtesy)

By DEBRA MORRIS Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association Known as the divine food in Japan because it’s so sweet, the persimmon is an orange to orange-red fruit about the size of an apple, with four prominent, large, papery leaves at the crown. It has a very thin, smooth, delicate skin ...

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Juicy citrus is now at your Farmers Market

Fresh farmers market citrus. (PCFMA / Courtesy)

By DEBRA J. MORRIS Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association From little kumquats to large pomelos, citrus fruits will add flavor, color, and zest to your holiday meals. You all know that citrus is vitamin C in a tasty little package, but did you know that citrus also has antioxidants, potassium, ...

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West Nile in Martinez; fogging launched in multiple areas

Larvae of Culex Mosquitoes. As seen here, larvae make dense groups in standing water. (JAMES GATHANY, CDC / On File)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – West Nile virus has been found in a group of mosquitoes north of Marina Vista near Fairmont Road, and in a sentinel chicken near Escobar and Pine streets in Martinez, said Deborah Bass, public affairs manager for the Contra Costa Mosquito ...

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Neil Young rants & rolls at The Greek

Neil Young plays at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (© Daniel Gluskoter)

By DANIEL GLUSKOTER Special to Martinez Tribune Following the long and winding road of his latest musical career path with the backing of Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah and their band Promise of the Real, Neil Young’s epic three hour show at a very sold out Greek Theater in ...

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Shirley Manson and Garbage perform in Oakland

(By Daniel Gluskoter/courtesy)

By Daniel Gluskoter Special to the Martinez Tribune Shirley Manson and Garbage appeared at the Fox Theater October 7, marking the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. The alternative rock band, featuring drummer Butch Vig, also the producer of Nirvana’s seminal grunge classic “Nevermind” along with guitarists Duke Erikson ...

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Grace Episcopal Church welcomes new organist

Organist and choirmaster Alfred Gary Evans playing the organ at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez. Hear Evans and the Grace Choir during Sunday morning services, 10 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir  Station Road, Martinez. (BOB BURMAN / Courtesy)

By BOB BURMAN Special to the Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez recently hired a new organist and choirmaster. Alfred Gary Evans comes to the church from Bantam, Connecticut. Evans studied at the Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, Connecticut, where he won awards for music theory ...

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