Martinez Business Beat, March 13, 2019

Chamber Mixer At Hospice of the East Bay

The next Martinez Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Hospice of the East Bay, 550 Morello Ave.

Those attending will be able to build new connections and meet Chamber members. Those interested in having their business names announced may bring a drawing prize and business card.

The Chamber’s website is

Registration Concludes This Week For East Bay Leadership Series Presentation

Former United States amnbassador and NBC political analyst Michael McFaul will be the keynote speaker at the East Bay Leadership Series presentation, “The New Cold War,” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Roundhouse Conference Center, 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon

Cost is $50 to members of the East Bay Leadership Council and $75 for nonmembers. Registration is available online at

Also part of the series is a talk by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla at 11:30 a.m. March 29 at the Roundhouse Conference Center, San Ramon. Padilla is California’s chief election officer and is involved in the 2020 census. Registration is available online at

‘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, March 17. 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.

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival Tickets Available

The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival tickets are available online from

The event will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Martinez Wateerfront Park. Parking will be free in the downtown area, and attendees also can catch a free shuttle at Ferry Street ane Marina Vista Avenue.

More than 50 local breweries are participating.

Admission for beer tasting is $40 plus tax in advance and, if available, $50 plus tax at the door. Of those prices, $15 is a donation to Main Street Martinez. The tickets include unlimited beer tasting and live music. Food will be available for purchase.

Those attending must be at least 21, and a valid photograph identification will be required.

Designated drivers will be admitted for $5 plus tax in advance or $10 plus tax at the door. These participnts also must be at least 21 years old with a valid identification. Admission includes a reusable water bottle with event logo while they last. Free water will be available at the Hydration Station.

Gates will open at noon April 20. No pets or alcohol will be allowed, and no outside glasses or other containers will be allowed, nor will strollers and babies or children. Those attending may bring lawn chairs.

Free shuttles will go from the North Concord-Martinez BART station from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will make stops at Marina Vista Avenue near Ferry Street.

Those interested may visit or call 925-228-3577. Main Street’s website is

Growing Herbs

Growing and Using Herbs

w/ Sustainable Contra Costa

Rodger’s Ranch – Pleasant Hill, Ca

$25 per person

Thursday March 21st, 2019 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will explore the world of herbal medicine and its connections to the garden and kitchen. Many of our most common kitchen herbs and spices are not only powerhouses in the medicinal world but easy to grow in the garden. We will cover the definition of herbal medicine, the basics of planning a pollinator-friendly herb garden, properties and uses of popular kitchen medicinals, and preserving herbs from the summer for use throughout the fall and winter. This workshop includes a demo on making herbal infused vinegar, and each participant will go home with a bottle of medicinal and culinary vinegar.

Anna Marie Beauchemin is a trained clinical herbalist, biologist, and the founder of East Bay Herbals – a community apothecary in Martinez. She offers herbal based wellness consultations, custom formulations, and community workshops throughout the East Bay.

Business News Welcome At The Martinez News-Gazette

The Martinez News-Gazette’s weekly Martinez Business Beat column is an opportunity for local businesses and companies to tell our readers about business-oriented news, such as moves, grand openings, awards, promotion of employees, staff changes and changes in goods and services.

Submissions will be edited for length and content. Please include who, what, when, where, why and how, preferably in the body of an email; and please provide contact information.

The deadline is 3 p.m. Friday for news items to appear in the following Wednesday edition. Please e-mail news releases and accompanying high-resolution photographs and logos to and put “Attn: Business Beat” in the subject line along with the name of your business.

The Martinez News-Gazette also appreciates area companies’ advertising patronage. For advertising services, please call 925-228-6400.

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