Celebrations

Albanian flag to fly in Martinez

Ceremony at City Hall to commemorate Albanian independence By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune In a simple ceremony Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, Martinez city employees will raise a bright scarlet flag with a black double-headed eagle up the flagpole in front of Martinez City Hall. But to visitors and residents …

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Holidays kick off with toy drive, hot meals

Season of giving begins in Martinez By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Senior Center luncheon Nov. 20, and Alhambra High School Boosters Car Show Saturday, Nov. 21, are early indications the holiday season has started in Martinez. Getting a six-day jump on Thanksgiving Day, which will …

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Chamber celebrates hallmark cocktail with Martinis on the Plaza Gala

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the city’s history as the birthplace of a popular cocktail with its sixth Martinis on the Plaza Gala Saturday at Ignacio Plaza, with live entertainment, room for dancing and a buffet of specialty foods. And …

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VFW to host picnic

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1351 will have its first picnic Saturday afternoon at Waterfront Park for all veterans and their families, Commander Ellison Lockett said. Members of the American Legion Post 29 will also be there, helping prepare typical …

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Car show draws crowds, entries

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – “Madness on Main Street” Car Show drew larger crowds and more vehicles than in recent years, said Leanne Peterson, Main Street Martinez executive director. And Will Thomas of San Ramon drove off with Best of Show for his 1960 Impala convertible …

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Young pirates to invade Martinez Library Monday

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Avast, ye pint-sized sea dogs! Prepare to invade the Martinez Library Monday for swashbuckling tales and crafty pirate activities. Contra Costa County’s library manager Ruth Boyer said she will be garbed and ready to welcome young buccaneers and their parents to …

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Labor Day a ‘sacred day’ to local unions

Central Labor Council of Contra Costa to host fundraising barbecue By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Labor Day is a time to honor “the people who, with their own hands, built those empires,” the companies that made names like Carnegie, Roosevelt, Gould, Bell and Edison household names. …

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