Celebrations

Martinez to celebrate John Muir birthday, Earth Day April 23

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Earth Day 2016 celebrations being held locally will mark many milestones and much progress in the environmental movement that can be traced back to the labors of John Muir, whose name graces the national historic site in Martinez. The National Park …

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Grandma Baby Shower celebrates infant project

Program at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center that sends newborn infants home with layettes in need of donations The 18th annual Grandma Baby Shower was held last month by the members of Priscilla Circle, First Congregational Church of Martinez. Two big bags of baby items were donated to the Newborn Infant …

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Don’t rain on my parade!

These Red Sox didn’t let wet socks stand in their way of walking down Main Street Saturday, March 5, 2016, for the Martinez Youth Baseball and Softball Parade. While all weekend games were canceled due to inclement weather, the parade was not. Hundreds of local youngsters came out to wave …

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Porter, Bullock honored at MLK ceremony

By HANNAH HATCH Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors held their 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and Humanitarian of the Year Awards Tuesday. The special event was held in downtown Martinez Jan. 19, with “participation” being a major underlying theme of the …

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Martinez Library to host Leung’s White Crane lion dancers

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A performance of the world famous Leung’s White Crane lion dancers will mark the Martinez Library’s celebration of the Chinese New Year next Tuesday evening. The free festivities to kick off the Year of the Monkey begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 …

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Reunion volunteers give back to Boys & Girls Club, police

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – During a lunch in 2002, Mary Perez told her friends Char Youngman and then-Martinez City Manager June Catalano that Mount Diablo High School in Concord was celebrating its 100th year. The Martinez trio thought Alhambra High School deserved a similar celebration. …

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Martinez children pay visit to Santa

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune Each December for hundreds of years, the figure of Santa Claus – in all his forms – has been known for bestowing gifts to boys and girls around the world. In keeping with that tradition, children through quiet prayers and thoughts, a letter to the …

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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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Las Posadas returns to John Muir Site

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – For the third year in a row, the Martinez Adobe at John Muir National Historic Site will be the place to celebrate Las Posadas in a bilingual program of music, pageantry and children’s games. As in the past, the highlight of …

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Holiday of Lights Parade & other festivities slated for Dec. 4

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – There’s one requirement for Friday’s holiday parade, said Barbara Patchin: “Lights!” For almost 20 years, Martinez has become known for one of the brightest seasonal processions, the Martinez recreation coordinator said. That’s because every entry, even those who walk along the …

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