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Out and About in Martinez

This weekend: Rummage Sale; Peddler's Faire; Bulldogs Alumni Football Game; The Barber of Seville; Car and Bike Show; and a Solar Eclipse.

Martinez, you have a lot to choose from this weekend!

On Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 the Kiwanis Club of Martinez is holding a rummage sale at the Kiwanis Club House, 750 Allen Street. The doors will open at 8:00 am. Lots of "everything" to choose from!

Last week we mentioned that the Kiwanis Alhambra Key Club would host a Children's Carnival on May 19, this event has been CANCELLED.

The Peddler's Faire is downtown on Saturday, May 19 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in Northern California and if you have never attended don't miss out, head downtown.

Alhambra football fans, Saturday is the Second Annual Alumni Football Game between the Bulldogs and the College Park Falcons. Purchase your tickets before the game at Les Schwab Tires on Alhambra Avenue or from Al Boyce: alboyce4@aol.com and a portion of the proceeds will go to the kids at Alhambra. Last year the Bulldogs won 14 - 6, the Falcons will be out for revenge!

Football not your thing? How about the opera! The Martinez Opera Contra Costa will present two performances of The Barber of Seville at the Martinez Junior High School Auditorium, 1600 Court Street. General seating is $45.00 and the performance times are 7:00 pm on Saturday night and 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. For tickets call 925.372.6657 or visit www.mtzo.com.

Are cars and bikes your passion? On Sunday, May 20, it's the 6th Annual Les Schwab Car and Bike Show. The fun begins at 8:00 am and the event is free to spectators. There will be food, live music and vendor booths. There is a $25.00 registration fee for vehicles and the first 200 entries will receive a goody bag including a show T-shirt. Entry begins at 6:00 am and parking is on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information call: 925.370.6382 or visit: www.LesSchwabCarShow.com.

The "highlight" of the weekend will be on Sunday, around 5:00 pm. We will experience a Solar Eclipse. It will be an Annular Eclipse, which means that the Moon is positioned further away from the Earth than a Total Eclipse, so it does not completely obscure the Sun, but leaves a ring (annulus) of sunlight visible around the Moon's dark disk. During an annular eclipse, sunbeams turn into little rings of light. This is often referred to as a "Ring of Fire".

Don't forget to mark your calendars for upcoming events: May 26 is the Grand Opening of the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center in Richmond; Memorial Day Ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 28; Rankin Aquatic Center will soon be opening for recreations swimming; and the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Rankin Park are coming up.

See you around Martinez...

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Eric Akeson May 18, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Thanks for all the info, Gay!
Gay Gerlack May 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
If any group would like their event shared in Out and About please email me at: Ggerlack@aol.com. The information should be received at least two week before the event.
Gay Gerlack May 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Special note about the eclipse, do NOT look directly at the eclipse, and unless you have a special filter on your camera, it could ruin your memory chip. If you plan on viewing the eclipse, please check the many web sites for proper techniques.
Kristin Henderson May 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
That's called an eyeclipse, Gay! ;)

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