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Out and About in Martinez - Power Lunch With Vida Blue, Ghost Walks, Moon Walk and Music

Lunch with Vida Blue, Lots of Musical Choices, Ghost Walks, Magic Theater, National Park Service Programs, Wine Tasting, House Concert, and a Workshop

Once again, we have a packed weekend here in Martinez.

Power Lunch at the Boys & Girls Club, Friday, August 24 at 11:30 for tours of the club, lunch at noon. Special guest, Vida Blue. For reservations call Tina Busker at 925.228.3896, ext. 102. The lunch is complimentary, however donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible!

Fridays on the Main is featuring "The Mighty Elftones" along with a fantastic classic car show. Only one more "Friday"...don't miss out. This popular event is free.

The Friday night "hot ticket" on the music scene will be Jim Caroompas and the Sisters of Mercy at Roxx on Main beginning at 8:00 pm. At Armando's Happy Hour & a Half begins at 4:30 pm and Con Brio will play at 8:00. Saturday will feature the music of Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic at 8:00 pm.

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walks will be held on Friday, August 24 and 31 beginning at 8:00 pm. The tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street, Suite 106. For more information call: 925.228.3577 or purchase tickets online at www.mainstreetmartinez.org. Cost is $25 per person.

Need a little magic in your life? Head over to the California Magic Club for the incredible Dana Daniels with shows on Friday and Saturday nights. For reservations and additional information: www.calmagic.com.

Saturday afternoon there will be an Anza Trail Film and Exhibit Tour at the John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue. The film will be shown at 12:30 pm and the Tour begins at 1:00 pm. On August 31 at 7:30 pm the NPS is hosting a ranger guided "Full Moon Walk" on Mount Wanda. Save Saturday, September 1, at 6:30 pm for a "Camp Fire Program". The John Muir National Historic Site is open seven days a week and is free.

On Saturday, August 25, there is a Wine Tasting fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Club, for tickets (only a few left) contact Tina Busker at 925.228.3896, ext. 102.

One of the most popular entertainers at Art in the Park was Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, if you missed them here's your chance to not only enjoy their fantastic musical talents, but meet and socialize with them. On Sunday, August 26 there is a Fall Tour Send-Off House Concert from 5:00 to 8:00 pm (two sets of music) at Ken and Gay Gerlack's home. The cost is $20 per person and includes food and drinks. For reservations call Gigi Walker at 925.383.1816 or walkersab@sbcglobal.net.

On Wednesday, August 29, the City and Allied Waste will co-host a public workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Martinez City Council Chambers to educate the small business community about the new mandatory recycling program. RSVP Marie Knutson at 925.671.5814 if you would like to attend.

Please send information on your upcoming events to: Ggerlack@aol.com.

See you around Martinez...

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cameron mccord August 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The Boys and Girls Club Power Lunch was a big hit! Dick Callahan was the MC and is always a hard act to follow, but Vida was up to the challenge and pitched a great mix of material. The support from the community was wonderful. I look forward to next year's Power Lunch and encourage everyone to do so as well. Great event and a great cause.
Gay Gerlack August 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I was able to sit at the table with Dick and Vida, and they are indeed great and entertaining gentlemen, but the other speaker at the table that was so inspiring was James Boyce. A young man who attended the Boys and Girls Club when "younger" and now works there as a mentor. I can't say enough about the wonderful things the Boys and Girls Club does in our community, presently, 800 children are participating in Martinez. Thank you to the great turn out yesterday, but you don't have wait until next year to send a donation, they are supporting our youth year round...so can you.
Gay Gerlack August 25, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Just read my note, and realized that some might take the comment about the year round support was directed to Cameron, it was not, it was to all of Martinez. Thank you Cameron for bringing further attention to the Boys and Girls Club. I too, am looking forward to next years luncheon!

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