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Martinez fans expected to line up for ‘Star Wars VII’

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Star Wars fans have been camped out at Los Angeles theaters for nearly two weeks. Martinez fans may be more restrained, but the local movie theater and the nearby drive-in expected patrons in costume to arrive early for local screenings of the “The Force …

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Faith drives experience: A meditation on faith & belief

By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune “Because you believe in My goodness, you experience My goodness.” God spoke those words to me during a song at church. For the rest of the service, I was caught up in the implications of that statement. I wondered if the inverse were …

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Classic Cabbage

By DEBRA J. MORRIS Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association Cabbage is one of the stars of the winter vegetable assortment at your farmers’ market. An underutilized vegetable, it is very sturdy and comes in a variety of colors and shapes. There are over four hundred different varieties of cabbage to …

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Morello Hills Christian Church to recreate Bethlehem

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – For most Martinez residents, Thanksgiving Day marks the start of the holiday shopping season. For Bill Francis, it’s time to think of rebuilding Bethlehem. Francis, a Martinez native, is the pastor of Morello Hills Christian Church, 1000 Morello Hills Drive, and …

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‘The perfected soul’

By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt on the topic of “meditation on transformation,” one of the themes from Martinez resident Rick Hocker’s book, “Four in the Garden.” Why couldn’t all of us have been born perfect? Wouldn’t that solve all of the …

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The spiritual practice of trusting in God

By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a speech by Martinez resident Rick Hocker, on the topic of trusting in God, the main theme of his book, “Four in the Garden.” I remember the morning I ran out of food. I was a poor college …

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Grace Episcopal Church welcomes interim rector

By BOB BURMAN Special to the Tribune Recently, the Reverend Jeffrey Frost began an 18 month term at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez as its Interim Rector. In this capacity he will care for the congregation and lead them in a process of discernment in preparing to call their next …

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ premieres at Martinez’s Campbell Theatre

By DAVID SCHOLZ Special to the Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Theater goers on Saturday night were transported back in time to a simpler and yet complex time during a spirited version of Harper Lee’s timeless American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Presented by the Vallejo-based Bay Area Stage Productions (BAS) …

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Persimmon!

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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