Celebrations – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:52:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 John Muir National Historic Site to celebrate birthday, Earth Day https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/14/john-muir-national-historic-site-to-celebrate-birthday-earth-day/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:40:49 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7087 MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service (NPS) and the John Muir Association in celebrating John Muir’s 179th birthday and Earth Day, during the annual Birthday-Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez. The celebration, held rain or shine, …

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Frank Helling, as John Muir, sits in the forest and shares stories from his past adventures during the celebration. (EMILIA ROSALES / Martinez Tribune)
Frank Helling, as John Muir, sits in the forest and shares stories from his past adventures during the celebration. (EMILIA ROSALES / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service (NPS) and the John Muir Association in celebrating John Muir’s 179th birthday and Earth Day, during the annual Birthday-Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

The celebration, held rain or shine, features family-oriented activities, food for sale, live music including a bagpipe band, song performances by original cast members of the play “Mountain Days,” and exhibits by national parks and local environmental organizations. Parking and admission are free.

NPS Ranger Frank Helling will portray John Muir and recount some of Muir’s many wilderness adventures. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of Muir’s historic Italianate Victorian home where he wrote about protecting nature. There will be two silent auctions with proceeds benefiting the John Muir Association, the nonprofit organization providing support to the NPS and co-hosting the event. The Association will also present the 39th annual John Muir Conservation Awards.

The John Muir NHS Visitor Center parking lot will be reserved for vehicles with a state-issued disabled person placard or plate; free general parking will be available at Alhambra High School located at 150 E Street at Alhambra Avenue. While free shuttle transportation will be provided from the parking area, the NPS encourages travel on public transportation. For directions, please visit www.nps.gov/jomu/planyourvisit/directions.htm. For additional information, please visit www.johnmuirassociation.org or www.MuirEarthDay.org.

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SWAN Day celebration set for March 25 https://martineztribune.com/2017/03/03/swan-day-celebration-set-for-march-25/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:05:59 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6655 MARTINEZ, Calif. – SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day is an international holiday celebrating the creative power of women all over the world. The 10th annual SWAN DAY celebration in Martinez is being held on Saturday, March 25. Over 50 artists from around the Bay Area are expected to showcase their art at this event. …

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day is an international holiday celebrating the creative power of women all over the world. The 10th annual SWAN DAY celebration in Martinez is being held on Saturday, March 25. Over 50 artists from around the Bay Area are expected to showcase their art at this event.

The Martinez Arts Association (MAA) has brought this international holiday close to home in downtown Martinez for the past nine years. With the support of the City of Martinez and local artists, the MAA has promoted celebrating all forms of art including visual and performing arts.  This event is free and all artists and lovers of the arts are invited to join in the celebration of this collaboration of artists.   

Every year there is a great line-up of local live music. This year’s schedule will be announced soon.

This celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Old Train Depot and the parking lot at the end of Ferry Street. The event goes on rain or shine. For more information or to participate in this free event please visit www.martinezarts.org.

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Sons of Italy to host annual Polenta Dinner https://martineztribune.com/2016/12/30/sons-of-italy-to-host-annual-polenta-dinner/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:04:21 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6168 MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Sons of Italy Diablo Valley Lodge #2167 will be holding a Polenta Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. The event will be held at the Martinez Veteran’s Hall, 930 Ward St., in downtown Martinez. Please join the Sons for a lovely dinner prepared by Catering by Cynthia. The buffet menu consists …

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Sons of Italy Diablo Valley Lodge #2167 will be holding a Polenta Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. The event will be held at the Martinez Veteran’s Hall, 930 Ward St., in downtown Martinez.

Please join the Sons for a lovely dinner prepared by Catering by Cynthia. The buffet menu consists of: creamy polenta, grilled Italian sausages, meatballs with marinara sauce, Caesar salad, green beans with toasted hazelnuts and crumbled blue cheese with mustard vinaigrette, garlic bread, trio of mini desserts: key lime tarts, pineapple upside down cakes and chocolate truffles; iced tea, lemon water, coffee, and hot tea.    

The event will start at 4:30 p.m. for socializing, 5 p.m. dinner, and 6-9 p.m. music and dancing with Martinez entertainer and DJ, Eddie Togonon to ‘50s nostalgic music.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. Payment in advance is required. The price is $20 per person. For reservations, contact Anne Mobley by Jan. 8 at (925) 788-8824 or whiterabbit531@sbcglobal.net.

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Light parade, other activities a ‘frolicking good time’ https://martineztribune.com/2016/12/09/light-parade-other-activities-a-frolicking-good-time/ Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:29:16 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6047 By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – If there is a national war on Christmas, someone forgot to tell Martinez. The town’s downtown streets were alive with Yuletide spirit last Friday at the Martinez Holiday Frolic and Light Parade. Martinez Recreation Supervisor Patty Lorick said the event “was a gift from the City Council …

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By DANNY YOEONO
Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – If there is a national war on Christmas, someone forgot to tell Martinez. The town’s downtown streets were alive with Yuletide spirit last Friday at the Martinez Holiday Frolic and Light Parade.

Martinez Recreation Supervisor Patty Lorick said the event “was a gift from the City Council to the community.” A gift it was, wrapped and delivered by the fat man himself.

The City spent only $2,500 on an evening that brought in a record number of families and bodies to an often quiet downtown. The streets teamed with kids with sparkles in their eyes in a volume that can only be compared to the Homecoming Parade, but instead of persons being spread along Alhambra Avenue and Main Street, they were all in the roughly two-block section of Main Street. At least that was the case after 5 p.m. when all non-Main Street activities ceased.

It was one-stop shop Christmas. There were arts and crafts, candy canes littered about, Santa’s House was open for business along with the ice rink, a jolly parade, inflatable games, hot cocoa and an ugly sweater contest at Barrelista.

Perhaps known Martinez resident Mary Hatch said it best: “What a blast last night. Martinez was certainly the place to be. Never have I seen so many people out for a parade and the whole evening continued that way. The ice rink was packed, we went to a sold out show at Armando’s, people were saying they were having trouble finding parking – usually not a downtown problem at night … just a great night.”

The main event of the evening was truly the light parade that went from City Hall through Main Street and then took a left at Ferry Street, where it ended. The crowd marveled at the floats and performers that were an expression of everything that is good about the holidays, specifically the Santa impersonator on a motorcycle strewn with colored lights.

In an exclusive interview with the real Santa from inside his house, he delivered this message: “Do not stay inside all the time.” Santa heard many requests for electronics and wanted to remind kids that they have to get out and play. The big guy also said the most popular toy kids wanted this year was Hatchables.

In the small parking lot across from the Campbell Theater, tables were set up for more arts and crafts. One table sponsored and run by Childtime Learning Center had waffle ice cream cones covered in green frosting for the kids to stick treats or gummies onto, like decorating a four inch edible Christmas tree. The face painting table was sponsored and operated by St. Catherine’s. Faces around downtown were adorned with reindeer, candy canes and snowflakes.

In the plaza was Santa’s sleigh, where family after family sat, smiled and had their photos taken by whomever’s phone had the best camera.

Kids at the Holiday Frolic got a taste of Martinez’ rich fishing history with the Candy Cane Fishing game set up where a candy cane was tied to the end of string that was tied to the end of a stick. The fisher of candy would use the candy cane fishing pool to snag another candy cane out of a kiddie pool, barrel-o-monkeys style. The game was festive and fun and an important life lesson in fishing every child should know, although if a “fisher” did not succeed in catching a peppermint treat, they were awarded one anyway.

Alhambra High School sent up to 30 volunteers. Possibly thanks to the graduation requirement of 15 hours of community service. But I ran into three volunteers handing out free paper hats that fit upon the head like a crown. One of these volunteers, Brisenth Coria, a senior at Alhambra, admitted the need to fulfill her volunteer hours; but her friend Moreyna Hernandez, a junior, said she didn’t need the hours but just wanted to help. The third volunteer, Maria Escobar, is a sophomore at Alhambra and worked an arts and crafts table that was stationed at the veterans hall where Escobar “watched to make sure the kids don’t eat glue.”

I got to the Frolic at 6 p.m., which means I missed activities that closed by 5:30 – like Candy Cane Lane at the library where there were candy cane related crafts and a selfie holiday booth, the Reindeer Stop at the Veteran’s Hall, RC the Recycle Elf’s Workshop at Veteran’s Hall (RC also has the alias of “Dumpster Diving Diva”), the Gingerbread House at the Martinez Museum, Hot Cocoa with Frosty, and the Court Street tree lighting.

The Martinez Recreation Department would like to thank everyone that came to the event: “A special thank you to all the folks that brought floats, drove a car, walked or rode in a vehicle. You made the parade extra wonderful.”

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Las Posadas set for Saturday https://martineztribune.com/2016/12/01/las-posadas-set-for-saturday/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:40:58 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5939 MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service and the Spanish Choir of St. Catherine of Siena Church this Saturday for a bilingual program of music, history, and holiday traditions. The event will take place at the Martinez Adobe on the grounds of John Muir National Historic Site. Las Posadas is a holiday tradition throughout …

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Children participate in the Las Posadas procession at John Muir National Historic Site (JMNHS) in Martinez during the 2014 festival. (HALE SARGENT, JUAN BAUTISTA DE ANZA NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL / Courtesy)
Children participate in the Las Posadas procession at John Muir National Historic Site (JMNHS) in Martinez during the 2014 festival. (HALE SARGENT, JUAN BAUTISTA DE ANZA NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service and the Spanish Choir of St. Catherine of Siena Church this Saturday for a bilingual program of music, history, and holiday traditions. The event will take place at the Martinez Adobe on the grounds of John Muir National Historic Site.

Las Posadas is a holiday tradition throughout the Americas with origins in New Spain. In the 16th century Spanish missionaries noticed the indigenous people had a ceremony that fell during Christmastime. Las Posadas was developed to convert the native tradition to the Catholic faith.

This program includes some religious elements for educational and cultural purposes and to share the story of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.  People of all faiths are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Come discover how the faith and traditions introduced by the Spanish continue to shape our community.

The Martinez Adobe is home to a bilingual exhibit about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail which commemorates the Spanish colonial settlement of the Bay Area in 1776.

This free event is on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:30-4 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860, extension 0 if you have questions. Visitors should meet at John Muir NHS.  If it rains, the program will be a sing-along inside the John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur the protection of nature nationwide and ultimately earn Muir the title “Father of the National Parks.”

The John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the site is always free of charge. For more information, please call (925) 228-8860 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jomu.

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Veterans, civilians gather to honor service men, women https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/18/veterans-civilians-gather-to-honor-service-men-women/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:00:46 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5840 By INGEMAR OLSSON Special to the Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Veterans Celebrations in Martinez, organized by Martinez Veterans Commission started at Alhambra Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Veterans Day. This year, Pastor Terry Reilly led the prayer after bagpiper Scott Parker initiated the celebrations. Flag raising was performed by U.S. Navy Sea Cadets and …

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American Legion Post 29 and Martinez VFW getting ready for the 21 Gun Salute. (DEBORAH KIMBRELL / Courtesy)
American Legion Post 29 and Martinez VFW getting ready for the 21 Gun Salute. (DEBORAH KIMBRELL / Courtesy)

By INGEMAR OLSSON
Special to the Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Veterans Celebrations in Martinez, organized by Martinez Veterans Commission started at Alhambra Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Veterans Day.

This year, Pastor Terry Reilly led the prayer after bagpiper Scott Parker initiated the celebrations.

Flag raising was performed by U.S. Navy Sea Cadets and League of Cadet Corps, Diablo Squadron.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cub and Boy Scouts of America No. 1351.

Shane Bower, Martinez Veterans Commission Chair, introduced and welcomed participants and audience at the cemetery.

The Cubs and Boy Scouts of America No. 1351 placed the wreath and then Pastor Terry Reilly held the Benediction before the ceremony ended with Taps on trumpet by Jennifer Oertel.

At 11 a.m., the celebrations continued at Ignacio Plaza in front of City Hall after the City’s Barbara Patchin had placed a wreath at the memorial, where earlier celebrations were held.

Scott Parker began the ceremony with bagpipes and then Pastor Reilly led the prayer.

U.S. Navy Sea Cadets and League of Cadet Corps Diablo SQDN raised the flag, and the celebration continued with choir song of the National Anthem by Martinez Community Choir under the direction of Gail Haefke.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cub and Boy Scouts of America No. 1351.

Then the Veterans Commission Chair, Shane Bower, introduced the Veterans Commission and guests.

The Welcome Message was given by Mayor Rob Schroder, with messages following by the offices of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Congressman Mike Thompson, Supervisor Federal Glover and Senator Lois Wolk, who had all sent representatives to the Martinez Veterans Day ceremonies.

Key note speaker Captain Ingemar Olsson delivers the Veterans Day Message at Ignacio Plaza, Nov. 11, 2016. (DEBORAH KIMBRELL / Courtesy)
Key note speaker Captain Ingemar Olsson delivers the Veterans Day Message at Ignacio Plaza, Nov. 11, 2016. (DEBORAH KIMBRELL / Courtesy)

Key note speaker was Veterans Commissioner Captain Ingemar Olsson, who delivered the Veterans Day Message, and Veterans Commissioner Richard Philbrook then held the Remembrance Speech.

Martinez Community Choir, under direction of Gall Haefke, sang “Let Freedom Ring” before the Cub and Boy Scouts of America No. 1351 placed the Wreath, followed by Benediction of Pastor Reilly.

The celebrations ended with a 21 Gun Salute by American Legion Post 29 and the Martinez Veterans of Foreign Wars, followed by Taps by Jennifer Oertel.

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Historical Society to host annual luncheon https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/historical-society-to-host-annual-luncheon/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:01:37 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5793 The Contra Costa County Historical Society’s Annual Luncheon and Meeting this year will be held at the historic Diablo Country Club in Diablo, California.  The Country Club was established in May 1914 on land purchased by local developer Robert Noble Burgess, who founded the Club at the foot of Mt. Diablo, near Danville. “Burgess … …

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The Contra Costa County Historical Society’s Annual Luncheon and Meeting this year will be held at the historic Diablo Country Club in Diablo, California.  The Country Club was established in May 1914 on land purchased by local developer Robert Noble Burgess, who founded the Club at the foot of Mt. Diablo, near Danville.

“Burgess … found the future architects of Pebble Beach and the Olympic Club to build a world-class golf course on a property that included orchards, community gardens, a chalet, the Red Horse Tavern, a dairy, stock farm and a post office.  The unique community in Diablo was served by an electric rail that ran 28 miles west to the Berkeley pier” (www.diablocc.org/History).

This year’s program, “Mount Diablo,” will feature guest speakers known for their extensive research and knowledge about the Mount Diablo region and its significance to our County.

David Mackesey is the retired president of one of the world’s largest wine companies.  He has served as a director of Diablo Country Club during the past six years and as president from 2012-2014.  He is currently the club historian and the overseas historian for the Carnoustie Golf Club. In addition, he is the author of “From Country Estate to Country Club: the History of Diablo Country Club.”

Seth M. Adams is Land Conservation Director for Save Mount Diablo.  In 1988, he was the East Bay organization’s first staff member. He focuses on advanced policy, land use and advocacy, government relations, acquisition projects, and educational and media programs. Among his accomplishments are his participation in the preservation of tens of thousands of acres; the creation of Urban Limit Lines; his aid in developing hundreds of millions of dollars of conservation funding; the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan and the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan; new recreational trails such as the 30-mile Diablo Trail; and the reintroduction of endangered peregrine falcons to Mt. Diablo.

The Society invites members and non-members alike to attend this event to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The cost is $35 and reservations may be made by visiting the Society’s website, www.cocohistory.com, or emailing mkting@cocohistory.org.

Scan-a-Thon planned

The History Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month, on the third Saturday, Nov. 19, the Society is holding a Scan-a-thon for those who have historic pictures and larger format items they would like scanned. For information, call the History Center at (925) 229-1042 or email as above.

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Martinez Museum reopens following renovations https://martineztribune.com/2016/10/21/martinez-museum-reopens-following-renovations/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:28:12 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5580 MARTINEZ, Calif. – After a year-long period of closure, the Martinez Museum reopened with great fanfare at a well-attended gala on Sunday afternoon. Andrea Blachman, the Museum Director, and her volunteers welcomed visitors to the Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Several hundred visitors braved the weather to see the renovated interior of the building …

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From left: Martinez Historical Society President John Curtis, Martinez City Councilman Mark Ross, representative from the office of Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, Jorge Barajas; representative from the office of Congressman Mike Thompson, Ariel Mercado; Martinez City Councilwoman Lara DeLaney, representative from the office of State Senator Lois Wolk, Alex Pader; Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, and Contra Costa Community College District Boardmember Tim Farley during the Oct. 16, 2016, ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Martinez Museum. (COURTESY / On File)
From left: Martinez Historical Society President John Curtis, Martinez City Councilman Mark Ross, representative from the office of Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, Jorge Barajas; representative from the office of Congressman Mike Thompson, Ariel Mercado; Martinez City Councilwoman Lara DeLaney, representative from the office of State Senator Lois Wolk, Alex Pader; Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, and Contra Costa Community College District Boardmember Tim Farley during the Oct. 16, 2016, ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Martinez Museum. (COURTESY / On File)
MARTINEZ, Calif. – After a year-long period of closure, the Martinez Museum reopened with great fanfare at a well-attended gala on Sunday afternoon. Andrea Blachman, the Museum Director, and her volunteers welcomed visitors to the Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Several hundred visitors braved the weather to see the renovated interior of the building and the new exhibits that were on display.

Visitors were delighted to see the Museum open again.

“It looks so wonderful now,” said City Council member Lara DeLaney, “and the new exhibits are so interesting.”

Other visitors commented on how light and welcoming the newly painted rooms looked with their freshly refinished floors. Visitors also liked the new Perryman Collection of California Indian artifacts.

An outdoor ceremony at 1 p.m. had been planned next to the Museum, but the rain and winds forced the event into the spacious foyer of the Community College District headquarters next door. At the ceremony, Martinez Historical Society President John Curtis presented a plaque to the College District board member Tim Farley to thank the District for placing a foundation under the 1890 Victorian structure which houses the Martinez Museum. The foundation will ensure that the building survives a significant quake on either the Concord Fault to the east or the Hayward Fault to the west.

The Society also presented a plaque to Sean Johnson of the Shell Martinez Refinery. During the last year, Refinery employees painted the interior of the Museum during their Fridays off. They plan to return after the rainy season and paint the exterior of the building next.

Mark Ross, City Council member, addressed the crowd and shared his vision of developing Sharkey Square – the block in front of the 1890 Martinez Museum and the 1903 Finance Building – into a true town square: a feature commonplace in older towns on the East coast and in many European villages.

Contra Costa County Supervisor, Federal Glover, also addressed the gathering. He noted that Martinez was designated the county seat in 1850 – only one year after the Gold Rush began. He pointed out that the Martinez Museum is only one block away from his Martinez office in the County Administration Building at 651 Pine St. The aging 12-story structure is due to be replaced by a new building of a more appropriate scale for the town, and Supervisor Glover explained that an architectural firm had already been hired for the job and began work last month.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to the Martinez Historical Society by representatives of State Senator Lois Wolk, Assembly Member Susan Bonilla and U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson. Although Congressman Thompson was not able to attend the gala in person, he plans to personally visit the Museum this coming Monday.

“From this point on, we invite and welcome visitors to the newly renovated Museum during our regular open hours,” said Museum Director, Andrea Blachman. “Special tours at other times can also be arranged by contacting us in advance.”

The Museum hours are as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays from 1-4 p.m.; and by appointment.

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Shell/MEF Run for Education raises $77,000 https://martineztribune.com/2016/10/07/shellmef-run-for-education-raises-77000/ Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:58:26 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5426 MARTINEZ, Calif. – The 14th Annual Shell/MEF 5k/10k Run for Education on Oct. 2, 2016, brought in $77,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) and drew more than 700 people who registered for the 5k or 10k runs. Shell Martinez Refinery GM Tom Rizzo called the Sunday morning event a big success. “Shell has a …

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Cheryl Vereschagin, president of the Martinez Education Foundation, accepts a check for $77,000 raised in the 2016 Shell/MEF Run for Education from Shell Martinez Refinery General Manager Tom Rizzo. (SHELL MARTINEZ REFINERY)
Cheryl Vereschagin, president of the Martinez Education Foundation, accepts a check for $77,000 raised in the 2016 Shell/MEF Run for Education from Shell Martinez Refinery General Manager Tom Rizzo. (SHELL MARTINEZ REFINERY)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The 14th Annual Shell/MEF 5k/10k Run for Education on Oct. 2, 2016, brought in $77,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) and drew more than 700 people who registered for the 5k or 10k runs.

Shell Martinez Refinery GM Tom Rizzo called the Sunday morning event a big success.

“Shell has a longstanding relationship with Martinez, and the Run for Education has become part of the foundation of that relationship,” Rizzo said.

“We had another fabulous turnout, with over 700 runners and walkers and over 100 high school and junior high volunteers,” said MEF board president Cheryl Vereschagin. “It shows the community spirit, and that our students recognize what the MEF contributes back to our school.”

The MEF grants money to teachers in the Martinez Unified School District; last year the MEF board of directors granted $150,000 to the schools, primarily in the area of high tech.

Martinez Unified School District Superintendent CJ Cammack said the district appreciates the support.

“This year’s Run for Education is a tremendous example of local business and community members coming together to support the students and schools of Martinez,” Cammack said.

On a crisp fall morning, the 700 participants either ran or walked the 5k route through downtown Martinez, while a good portion ran a 10k route that also went up to the hills on Carquinez Scenic Drive.

John Hill of Pleasant Hill, a Shell Martinez Refinery senior engineer, came in first in the men’s 10k category, and Lori Ligouri of Concord came in first in the women’s category. Noa Nabeshima of Martinez won the men’s 5k competition, and Lisa Allan of Martinez won the women’s event.

Along with the student volunteers from Martinez Junior High School and Alhambra High School, dozens of Shell employees and community members volunteered to make the event a success. The Alhambra High School marching band performed in the downtown plaza before the race started.

The Run began in 2003 with the goal of rallying the community in support of Martinez schools and promoting health and wellness. It is the hallmark community event of the Shell Martinez Refinery, which devotes staff time to organizing the event and matches contributions. This year’s Run was also supported by 42 corporate sponsors that donated money and gave in-kind contributions.

The Run was preceded on Saturday evening by a fundraising Family Fun Night sponsored by the Martinez Rotary and Kiwanis clubs at the Shell Clubhouse.

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Tickets available for ‘A Taste of Fall 2016’ https://martineztribune.com/2016/09/16/tickets-available-for-a-taste-of-fall-2016/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:00:56 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5216 MARTINEZ, Calif. – The public is invited to join the Pleasant Hill-Martinez American Association of University Women (AAUW) at their October fundraiser, “A Taste of Fall.” Enjoy hearty appetizers, tasty desserts, local wines, a 50/50 raffle, and a Silent Auction while listening to a local high school jazz band. Mark Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3-5 …

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The American Association of University Women of Pleasant Hill-Martinez (AAUW), will host their Taste of Fall on Oct. 1 in Martinez. Front row, from left: Gary and Sherrie Moore, Susanne Rheingruber, Suzanne Salter, Gale Miner, Claudia Bass and Marlene de Laurenti;  back row, from left: Margie and Lou Pruitt, Dan Salter and Bob Bass. (AAUW / Courtesy)
The American Association of University Women of Pleasant Hill-Martinez (AAUW), will host their Taste of Fall on Oct. 1 in Martinez. Front row, from left: Gary and Sherrie Moore, Susanne Rheingruber, Suzanne Salter, Gale Miner, Claudia Bass and Marlene de Laurenti; back row, from left: Margie and Lou Pruitt, Dan Salter and Bob Bass. (AAUW / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The public is invited to join the Pleasant Hill-Martinez American Association of University Women (AAUW) at their October fundraiser, “A Taste of Fall.” Enjoy hearty appetizers, tasty desserts, local wines, a 50/50 raffle, and a Silent Auction while listening to a local high school jazz band.

Mark Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3-5 p.m. as an afternoon to relax with friends and support academic scholarships for women. The event will be held in a lovely private garden in Martinez.

The Silent Auction will include many handmade items as well as theme baskets with gift cards from local businesses. Cash or check only please.

Many thanks to the following merchants who have donated items, wine, or gift cards to this event: Steve & Genene Welch’s Rancho Las Juntas Vineyard, Bray Vineyards, Viano winery, Massage Envy, California Magic Dinner Theater, Ian’s Yogurt, Baskin Robbins, Sloats, Kinder’s Pleasant Hill, Safeway, Home Depot, OSH, Urban Plates, Jack’s, Bagel Street Café, Savanh, Lemongrass, El Tapatio, Diablo Hills Golf Course, Golf Mart, Golfsmith, Contra Costa Stadium Cinemas, Peet’s, Starbucks, Lipary Collectible Gallery, States Coffee, Main Street Sweets, Char’s Florist, Haute Stuff, BEVMO, Lily’s nail salon, High Edge Beauty, Youphoria, Montecito Animal Hospital, Beaver Creek Smokehouse, ROXX on Main, and White Rabbit Boutique.

Sherrie Moore and Marlene De Laurenti are co-chairing the event along with the help of AAUW Taste of Fall committee members. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards local scholarships for high school seniors, 7th grade girls attending Tech Trek camp, and the AAUW fund.

Tickets are $40. Please make your reservations by Sept. 26. This well known, popular event sells out, so buy your tickets soon.

To purchase tickets, call Gayle Miner, (925) 349-6795; Joy Barden, (925) 935-7118; Marlene Maksel, (925) 689-5439; or Marilyn Thelen, (925) 228-2600.

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