Martinez Business Beat, April 17, 2018

Chamber Of Commerce ‘Lunch And Learn’ Seminar Today

A “Lunch and Learn” workshop designed to teach people how to motivate others to help them eet their goals will take place at noon today at SWS Credit Union, 1700 Pacheco Boulevard. Admission ios free for Martinez Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for others.

The seminar recognizes that at times people need help achieving larger goals, but may not know how to inspire others to help them. Organizers said those attending will be taught three key ways to motivate people to take action repeatedly on others’ behalf.

Those interested may email

White Pony Express Seeks Donations Through May 31

White Pony Express (WPE), the nonprofit organization that collects usable fresh foods from supermarkets and delivers it that day to agencies that feed the hungry, needs to generate more revenue to keep providing as well as to expand its services.

So Luis Gerardoi del Valle Torres and Heart’s Path Foundation have offered to match any financial donation up to $250,000 for contributions received through May 31.

“In 2018 White Pony Express increased its financial needs due to the capacity building its done in the past two years. Its budget in 2018 is triple what it was in 2016—with more and more lives uplifted,” said spokesperson Steve Spraitzar.

“Through our new School Pantry Program, we are in the process of doubling our food distribution to 10,000 pounds a day over the next two years, reaching 12,000 to 15,000 of those suffering from hunger that we are not reaching today,” he said.

With the pledge from del Valle Torres and Heart’s Path Foundation, the food delivery organization could raise as much as $500,000 in the next two months.

“If you are interested in making a contribution to help WPE with this matching opportunity, please send your contribution to White Pony Express at 1966 Tice Valley Blvd., #101, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, or online at,” Spraitzar said.

The White Pony Express website is

Craft Beer Festival Saturday

The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, with more than 50 local breweries participating.

An event for those 21 and older, it will have more than 50 local breweries set up to serve more than 100 beers at the Martinez Marina lot. Craft brews of all types, including those developed in home, will be served.

The event also has live music, a corn hole tournament and available food.

Because of construction, this year the Craft Beer Festival will start at noon Saturday at the Martinez Marina parking lot on North Court Street.

Tickets are $35 plus tax if purchased in advance from

Any tickets left will be sold for $45 per person.

Business News Welcome At The Martinez News-Gazette

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