Martinez Business Beat, April 3, 2019

Texas Hold’Em Tourney To Help White Pony Expresss

A Texas Hold’Em Tournament by the Martinez Rotary Club Friday, April 5, will help White Pony Express, the nonprofit organization that is trying to eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County.

Check-in, lessons and dinner will be at 6 p.m. that day, and card playing starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $70 per player. Those interested may register at

The tournament will take place at 1340 Roman Way at the U.A. Craftsman Center.

MAA SWAN Day Saturday

The Martinez Arts Association SWAN Day, in support of women artists, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old Southern Pacific Depot on Ferry Street at the Union Pacific Railroad.

More than 60 Bay Area artists are expected to participate and the event includes live entertainment.

Crisis Resiliency Workshop April 10

A business preparedness crisis resiliency workshop will take place at noon April 10 at the Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd.

Admission is $20, including lunch.

The workshop is designed to help a business prepare for emergencies or large-scale disasters that can take a toll on owners, employees and profits.

A collaboration of area cities, the Chambers of Commerce of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Walnut Creek and the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center has resources that businesses and employees can use to rebound from such emergencies.

Speakers at the workshop are Julie Clowes, of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Jay Lifson, of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Thorp, of the Paradise Chamber of Commerce.

Registration is required and may be done through the web page

Chamber Mixer April 10 at McGuire Harley-Davidson

The next Martinez Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at McGuire Harley-Davidson, 93 First Ave. North, Pacheco.

Those interested are being asked to bring business cards and raffle prize donations.

Mobility Matters Driver Training April 12

The Mobility Matters Volunteer Driver Training Class will start at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at 1035A Carol Lane, Lafayette.

The class is to train those who are interested in volunteering to give older residents and veterans rides to medical appointments and grocery shopping. The volunteer effort helps those with mobility issues. Registration may be made by contacting David Benet at Mobility Matters, 925-284-2215.

Citizen of the Year To Be Announced April 13

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce will announce its Citizen of the Year and other awards at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Martinez Masonic Lodge, 700 Masonic St.

Admission to the event is $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10.

The Citizen of the Year Awards recognizes people and organizations for outstanding volunteerism and commitment to the community.

Those interested may buy tickets through the Chamber by calling 925-228-2345 or by emailing

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

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