This Saturday, May 26 is the Grand Opening of the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond. The ribbon cutting opening ceremonies will be at 10:00 to 11:30 am. The ribbon cutting for Shipyard 3 will be from 1:00 to 1:30 pm. Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. For additional information call: 510.232.5050 X 0 or www.nps.gov/rori.
The 2012 Memorial Day Ceremonies honoring the veterans of the Korean War will be held on Monday, May 28. There will be a 9:00 am ceremony at the Alhambra Cemetery and then at 10:00 am, another ceremony will be held at the All Veterans Monument on Alhambra Avenue. Following the ceremonies refreshments will be served at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Ward and Court Streets.
On Thursday, May 31 the Rankin Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm. The newly renovated park has two beautiful group picnic areas and a new gazebo that will be the perfect location for weddings and special occasions. Tavan Field has new lighting, backstops, and pathways.
The Rankin Aquatic Center Summer Recreational Swimming Schedule is available at: www.cityofmartinez.org/depts/recreation/swimming/default.asp.
Coming up: June 1, Geometry, Artwork by Shannon Reinhardt, wine, music, and art sales at Citrus Salon, www.citrus-salon.com. Hagin's Automotive Bocce Bonanza is June 2, the deadline for registration is Monday, May 28, the registration form can be found at: www.martinezboccefederation.org/download/HaginsRegistrationColor2012.pdf.
The entertainment scene: Every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 join Gerry Griffin at the California Magic Club for good food, fun, and laughs. Information and reservations: www.calmagic.com.
For musical entertainment: Armando's is featuring Mal Sharpe's Big Money In Jazz Band, Thursday, May 24; Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman on Friday, May 25; and on Saturday, May 26 is the Blues Kitchen. All shows begin at 8:00 pm.
Roxx on Main is featuring the musical talents of the Hopeful Romantics from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 26.
On June 1 the Fridays on the Main Car Show and Music Programs will begin and continue through August 31. The shows are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and are supported by Main Street Martinez, The Martinez Music Mafia, and Good Stuff Guitars. First up on June 1 is GarageLand Rodeo and Friends, June 8 will feature Kyle Jester Blues Band. All of the artists donate their time, show your support by showing up!
Another great NEW Martinez entertainment event will be held every 4th and 5th Friday, beginning on June 22, the Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk. The 1-1/2 hour guided walking tour will begin at 8:00 pm and the cost is $25.00 per person. Make your reservations now: www.mainstreetmartinez.org.
Farmer's Markets are on Thursday (Court Street) and Sunday (Main Street) 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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