Martinez Business Beat, Aug. 8, 2018

Kids Getting Free Lunch Boxes Thursday At Clippers Game

The Martinez Clippers baseball club will be giving away lunch boxes at Thursday’s game against the Pittsburg Diamonds.

The lunch boxes will be Clippers-themed, and “is in celebration of back to school,” said Brent Martin, who handles fan engagement for the club, and will be given to each kindergarten through 12th grade student who attends Thursday’s game.

In addition, teachers attending Thursday’s game also will be given a “Teacher’s appreciation” gift when they report to the ticket booth, Martin said.

On-field children’s games also will be back-to-school themed, and the club will offer fans a contest to win a prize of two tickets to an Oakland A’s game.

The Clippers return home to Waterfront Park for a four-game stand, starting with the two-game series against the Diamonds. This is the ball club’s inaugural year.

The team’s schedule is available from the Clippers’ website, First pitch at Thursday’s game is 6:30 p.m.

Shell Martinez Refinery Downtown Martinez Summer Concerts and Movies Thursday

Frankie G and the Conviction will be playing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday during the Shell Martinez Refinery Downtown Martinez Summer Concerts and Movies night in the 600 block of Main Street.

Frankie G, Mac Akin, Stewart Burr and Kathy Tejcka will be playing high-energy blues and other musical styles during the concert.

Afterwards, the movie “Big,” staring Tom Hanks, will be shown at 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

It’s the story of a 12-year-old, Josh Baskin, played by David Moscow, who gets his wish to be 30, when Hanks takes over the role. Josh gets a job at a major toy company, and a chance encounter with the company’s owner, played by Robert Loggia, gives Josh a chance to test new toys.

Martinez Second Sunday Open Air Market Aug. 12 On Main Street

The Second Sunday Open Air Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Main Street, will give shoppers a chance to browse through vintage and collectible items, antiques, art and other vendor offerings as well as a chance to visit the weekly Farmers Market.

Martinis on the Plaza Chamber Gala Tickets Available

Tickets to the Martinez Chamber of Commerce Martinez on the Plaza Gala, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Ignacio Plaza, 525 Henrietta St., are available for purchase.

This will be the ninth celebration of Martinez as the birthplace of the cocktail, and the event is themed after the martini lounges that were open from the 1940s to the 1960s. Those attending are welcome to dress in optional black tie or the attire of the era, when Frank Sinatra and the “Rat Pack” were popular entertainers.

The tickets include a full catered dinner, two specialty martinis, a commemorative photograph and live music. Area mixologists will compete for the Best Martini in the Martinez Area” and the “People’s Choice Award.” Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages also will be served.

Tickets are $70 for individuals and $130 for pairs, and are available online at and from the website

More Than $95,000 Raised For Nonprofits During NHRA Weekend

More than $95,000 was raised at Sonoma Raceway last month during the 31st Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, and the money will go to Northern California nonprofit organizations.

Proceeds will go to Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the raceway’s charitable arm that has given more than $6 million to qualified youth groups since 2001.

The fundraising started July 26 at the 12th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night at Viansa Sonoma, and generated more than $35,400 for Sonoma County children. That event remembers Medlen who died in 2007 during a testing accident.

Those interested in the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and future charitable events or who want to make a donation may visit or contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3950 or Nonprofit groups interested in working with Levy Restaurants to fundraise at an upcoming event may contact Kimberly Conte at kconte@Levyrestaurants.comor 707-939-1454.

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