Martinez Business Beat, April 17, 2019

Martinez Adult Education Celebrates 100th Anniversary Today

The Martinez Adult Education will celebrate its 100th anniversary at noon today at the school, 600 F St.

Since 1919, the school began teaching adults, and has grown to become an influence of thousands of students.

Today’s celebration includes an open house that will showcase the school’s past and current achievements. Food will be served, and activities include displays for viewing, demonstrations and a drawing for prizes. Admission is free.

Junk 2 Gems April Market Opens Thursday

The April Junk 2 Gems market will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at OTA Mercantile’s upstairs, 516 Ferry St.

The Lions Club Egg Hunt Saturday

The Lions Club Egg Hunt for children 2 to 9 will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at Hidden Valley Park, at the intersection of Center Avenue at Redwood Drive. Activities include face painting and photographs with the Easter Bunny. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m. that day.

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival April 20

The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Martinez Waterfront Park, North Court St.

Advance tickets will be available online and are $40 for unlimited sampling of beer and $5 for designated drivers, who will be able to have free water and a reusable water bottle while supplies last.

Participants must be at least 21, and a photo identification will be required.

Live music will keep participants entertained. Simple Creation will be performing from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Foam Riders will play a set from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase.

No children, strollers, pets or outside alcohol, or outside glassware or containers will be allowed. Attendees may bring lawn chairs. Shuttles will run from North Concord-Martinez BART to the intersection of Marina Vista Avenue near Ferry Street.

Del Cielo Brewing Company is the glass sponsor for the mini Belgian tasters by Clearwater Gear for the event.

Volunteers also are needed, and those interested in helping may email

Tickets are available

Book Sale to Support All Library Programs

Friends of the Martinez Library will hold a spring sale of gently-used books and DVDs on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lower level of the library (740 Court Street). For $5, one may fill a grocery sack with a selection from thousands of available books. Proceeds pay for children, teen, and adult programs. Free admission.

Cars, Kids & Coffee’ Sunday At The Cobra Experience

The monthly “Cars, Kids and Coffee” at the Cobra Experience, 777 Arnold Drive, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21. Cars of any type are welcome at this get-together.

The event takes place every third Sunday of the month. Those interested may call 925-558-5585, or visit the website

The museum itself opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Admission to the museum, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ranges from $6 to $10 depending on age.

Annual Downtown Spring Cleanup May 4

Volunteers are being asked to meet in the downtown Martinez area May 4 to clean up the shopping district.

They’ll be power-washing the sidewalks, picking up trash, raking leaves and pulling weeds. In a reward for their effort, the volunteers will be treated to coffee, juice and doughnuts in the morning and a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Children with a parent or guardian may participate.

Shifts may start as early at 6 a.m., although many will start at 9 a.m. Those interested in participating may email

Business News Welcome At The Martinez News-Gazette

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