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Out and About in Martinez

Toys for Tots, Christmas for Everyone, Homeless Outreach, Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, One Warm Coat Program, 'tis the season, please support our community service groups!

Martinez Entertainment:

Armando’s - Friday, December 14, 4:30 pm: Happy Hour & a Half w/ Awed Ducks -Friday, December 14, 8:00 pm: Mark Hunnel& the Blues Survivors - Saturday, December 15, 8:00 pm: Caroompas Room - Sunday, December 16, 4:00 pm: Lowell Trio’s Annual Holiday Concert - for full details and event calendar log on to: www.armandosmartinez.com

California Magic Club - Doors open at 7:30 pm - December 14 & 15: The Dave Cox Show and Gerry Griffin, performances are SOLD OUT - December 21 & 22: Magician Hank Morfin, December 21 SOLD OUT, seats available for December 22 - December 28 & 29: Performers to be announced -  For reservations, questions, or to purchase gift certificates: www.calmagic.com

Roxx on Main - Shows begin at 7:00 pm - Saturday, December 15: Kyle Jester Blues Duo - January 5, 2013: The 2 of Us - January 12: Jim Caroompas& the Sisters of Mercy - for full details and event calendar log on to: www.roxxonmain.com

Send your entertainment calendars to Ggerlack@aol.com

Martinez Events…Mark Your Calendars Now:

December 1 through 24 - Martinez Kiwanis is once again selling See’s Candies in two great NEW locations this year. The main store is located at 1135 B Arnold Drive in the Village Oaks Shopping Center between the Village Café and Togo’s, open daily from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. The second location is downtown Martinez at 712 Main Street, next to Starbucks, open weekdays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  During the 2011-2012 year the Martinez Kiwanis pledged $12,500 in academic and vocational scholarships to graduates of local high schools and awarded over $20,000 to community and youth service projects in Martinez. We are also collecting coats to donate to various community groups, look for the red barrels. If your business or group would like to place a large order please contact: Marlene Haws at 925.370.6553 or marlenehaws@yahoo.com.

December 7 through 23 - Martinez Art Association Christmas Boutique at the Old Train Depot, open Thursday and Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm - Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Information: Marlene Haws at marleneaip@yahoo.com

December 15 - Santa Beer Crawl - Downtown Martinez - 4:00 to 7:00 pm - Sample local craft beers. Prizes for the best Christmas costume (costumes optional) - $25.00 pre-sale, $35.00 at the door

January 12, 2013 - Boys and Girls Club 34th Annual Crab Feed, & Raffle -Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley, 1301 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez -- Doors open at 6:00 pm - Tickets are $50.00 each and includes all-you-can-eat crab, not a fan of crab? Don’t worry, we are also serving your choice of a chicken or pasta dinner - Call 925.228.2896 ext 102 to purchase tickets

January 26 - Martinez Historical Society Annual Meeting - Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward Street, Martinez - Noon to 1:00 pm - Everyone welcome, for additional information: ggerlack@aol.com

January 26 - The Lions Club will host their Annual Crab Feed - details to follow - save this date

February 9 - Soroptimist International of Martinez Crab Feed - 5:30 pm - Lower Court Oakwood Athletic Club - $45.00 per person - tickets are available from Soroptimist members, contact: ggerlack@aol.com

FREE ongoing activities in Martinez: the Martinez Museum, www.martinezhistory.org or 925.228.8160; the John Muir National Historic Site, www.nps.gov/jomu or 925.228.8860; the Shell Museum, open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Pacheco Boulevard and Arreba.

Martinez Farmer’s Market Sunday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm year round - Main Street between Castro & Ferry Streets.

Honor a Veteran by purchasing a brick for the Memorial Walkway at the Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward Street, Martinez - contact: Carl Edwards 925.372.0133 or George May, Jr. 925.825.7761

Community Service Projects

Toys for Tots - U.S. Marine Corps is collecting toys at several Martinez locations. Please bring in your new, unwrapped toy donation for a needy child today!

Edward Jones Investments - 608 Las Juntas, Downtown Martinez - 925.370.0184

Security Public Storage - 111 Muir Station Road, Martinez - 925.229.4898

La Tapatia Mexican Cuisine - 536 Main Street, Martinez - 925.229.3866

Christmas for Everyone - is a non-profit volunteer organization serving people in need during the Christmas season - please help by volunteering or donating - contact:   www.christmasforeveryone.com - telephone: 925.228.2233 - email: TWC98PEREZ@COMCAST.NET

Christmas For Everyone donation barrel is located at: Altera Signature Properties, 531 Main Street, Martinez www.alterasignatureproperties.com  The office will be participating in the Santa Beer Crawl on the 15th. This would be a good time to drop off unwrapped gifts for children and teens.

The UPS Store, 1155C Arnold Dr., Martinez (off Morello) - is collecting coats for the One Warm Coat Program until December 31. Then we ship them to St. Vincent de Paul in Pittsburg.

Martinez Music Mafia - Big thanks to Kelly and the gang at Studio Triskellion, who'll be hosting the MMM Toy Drive Barrel - stop by and say hello and drop off a toy or two. Need ideas? Teens and infant gifts are always needed - teens can be tough but we've been told $10 gift cards are great - and give them some independence - We are also collecting new or lightly used coats, blankets, warm hats and gloves etc ($5 food gift cards are also great) for the Martinez/Pacheco Homeless Outreach Program - gas cards to aid in their rounds are also gladly accepted.

Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind has been running continuously for 62 years! Over 25,000 blind youth, adults and their families have enjoyed the unparalleled access to wilderness and adventure, and confidence building of Enchanted Hills. As you can imagine, some our buildings and furnishings are growing tired, and are in need of a renovation. Also, we have begun supporting our blind camp by renting the facilities for church groups, off-site meetings, family reunions and weddings when camp is not in session. We are about to embark on a remodeling project on our Lakeside Cabins to update them for campers and retreat groups alike. We are very grateful for a donation of any of the following items. Please contact Tony Fletcher at 415-694-7319 or afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org

Twin-size mattresses - Microwave/coffee maker stand - Mini frig - New carpet, 12 by 14 or so - Amour or other stand-alone closet unit - Small desk - Dresser - Night stand or stands - Bedside lamps - Tile or granite - Windows - Heating/air unit - Blankets for a queen bed

For Entertainment, Dining, and Shopping - Support Martinez Businesses!

See you around Martinez…

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