Chamber Board Of Directors Meeting Today
The Martinez Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at noon today at Shell Western States Federal Credit Union, 1700 Pacheco Blvd.
Santa Beer Crawl Dec. 8
Main Street Martinez’s Santa Brew Crawl, for which attendees may dress in Santa suits or ugly Christmas sweaters, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Santas, sweater-wearers and other participants will be able to sample craft beer at stations inside multiple Main Street businesses. Tickets are $30 through Dec. 1, and $35 Dec. 2 to 7. If available, those at the door will be sold for $40 cash only. Tickets are being sold online at the same website.
Toys for Tots/Feet First Foundation Fundraiser Dec. 8 For Afterschool Program
The second annual Toys for Tots/Feet First Foundation Boxing Extravaganza will raise money for Martinez schools from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Fightkore Gym, 816 Main St.
Money raised will support Martinez schools and the Feet First After School Boxing Program.
The event will have live boxing, a short discussion of how Feet First helps Martinez youth through developing a natural confidence and teaching the students about strong character in their community, school and home.
In addition, the event will benefit the United States Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Those giving an unwrapped new toy will receive a 50 percent discount on admission. Refreshments will be available, and those attending may participate in drawings.
Those interested may contact Sean Sharkey, 833-339-9111 extension 1, and may visit the website www.feetfirstnp.org. The event is sponsored by Everlast Boxing, Kinders Barbecue, Urban Barber College, Fightkore Gum, Martinez Chiropractic, ITR Boxing, GLT Signs and Vanguard Real Estate Group.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for youth, with the discount applied for those donating toys.
Sonoma Launches New ‘Speed Festival,’ Announces Event General Manager
A new multiple-day event has been announced by Sonoma Speedway for May 31 to June 2, and its founder, Jeff O’Neill, has named Ryan Turri of San Francisco as the event’s general manager.
Turri is a racer, member of the Porsche R Gruppe and car enthusiast who has been planning initiatives for the inaugural event and has been inviting racers and collectors to participate.
“Right now, our goal is to make sure racers and guests know we are planning an entirely redesigned event from the ground up,” Turri said.
“We are seeking to invite the top car collectors and race cars in the world. Jeff and I are talking to a lot of people letting them know how this event will be different and getting their input on how to make the event great from the beginning,” he said.
Turri has run a Northern California Porsche restoration and customization business that specializes in designing and building custom air-cooled 911s, and he has had a longtime interest in specialty cars, vintage racing and performance-vehicle history.
“One thing I have learned – without a doubt – is there are great people out there with amazing cars who want to share the history with others as well as get these cars on the track to compete,” he said. “Bringing like-minded owners together with their cars is exactly what we want for the Sonoma Speed Festival.”
The two are working with a renown museum, O’Neill said, and he expects to provide the public with a chance to see unique and rare cars from both the United States and from the international car community.