Out and About in Martinez: Fundraiser At Roxx, Kaleidoscopic HIstory, And Spring Wine Stroll

New Leaf Mural Fundraiser John Muir: Journey to Martinez, The History of Kaleidoscopes, Downtown Spring Wine Stroll, Spring Fling Dinner and Auction and Martinez Artists Open Studios Weekend

Tonight, May 2, is the New Leaf Mural Fundraiser, John Muir: Journey to Martinez. It will be held at Roxx on Main from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a silent auction, live music, food, drinks, and more! The tickets are $35.00 and you can purchase them at the door.

Saturday has several events to choose from: The P.E.O. Tablesetting Luncheon begins at 11:00 am for viewing and 12:00 noon for the luncheon at the Masonic Hall. Contact Marilyn at 925.228.2600, to see if seating is still available, suggested donation, $30.00.

The Martinez Historical Society is hosting its quarterly program: The History of Kaleidoscopes, given by Pat Seaman. "You remember those magic cardboard tubes we enjoy as kids? Come and revisit some of them and learn what the kaleidoscope was originally, who invented it, what practical use it had, and the fine art it has become recently. Many of Pat Seaman's collection will be available to look at and into! Come prepared to be dazzled!" The program begins at 2:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall, the public is invited, and the event is FREE. Refreshments will be served!

The Downtown Spring Wine Stroll is from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. Wines will be served at 20 local businesses and some stores will have special discounts for attendees. Stroll tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the event. For more information or to purchase tickets contact: www.mainstreetmartinez.org or call 925.228.3577.

To complete the weekends activities is the 2nd Annual Spring Fling Dinner and Auction at the Lemongrass BISTRO from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. It's a fundraiser for the Martinez Music Boosters, this includes the Music Programs at Alhambra High School, Martinez Junior High School, and the four Elementary Schools in Martinez. Tickets are $40.00, contact Casey at 926.285.3803 for ticket availability.

On the entertainment calendar is the Lowell Trio's Spring Fling at Armando's. The concert will begin at 4:00 pm.

Mark your calendars for May 11 - 12 - 13, it's the Martinez Artists 2012 Open Studios weekend. The event begins on Friday, May 11, at 6:00 pm with an artists reception and group exhibition at I've Been Framed. The tour will be held from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, Mother's Day. You're invited to engage with the artists at work, tour both home studios and communal work-spaces to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process during the daily art demonstrations. For details email: info@MartinezOpenStudios.org or visit www.MartinezOpenStudios.org.

May 12 is also the Spring 2012 Cemetery Clean Up from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Call Martinez Recreation at 925.372.3510 for details.

See you around Martinez... 

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