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New home for history

  • Contra Costa County Historical Society grand opening 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20, 724 Escobar St., Martinez. New exhibit, tours, children's activities, refreshments. Free. 925-229-1042, www.cocohistory.org.

    In remembrance

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    Sgt. Thomas Tarantino flag raising, remembrance ceremony 7 a.m. April 21, Martinez Police Department, 525 Henrietta St. Honor Tarantino on 40th anniversary of his line-of-duty death. 925-372-3500.

    Kids fly free

  • Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 393 Young Eagles offers free plane rides for kids 8-17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20, Buchanan Field, Concord. Register on-site, parent(s) must attend. New location; enter airport on Center Avenue in Pacheco, follow signs to 200 Sally Ride Drive. www.eaa393.org. 925-705-7771, 925-356-5656.

    Poker fundraiser

  • Pleasant Hill Lions Club poker night 5-10 p.m. April 27, Back Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill. Proceeds benefit local charities. $50. Tickets: 925-933-8061, 925-687-0858 or Back Forty Texas BBQ.


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    Birthday, Earth Day

  • John Muir Birthday/Earth Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Free. Family activities, cake, conservation awards. Speaker Gary Bouge. 925-228-8860, wwwnps.gov/jomu.

    Starquest talent show

  • Starquest youth talent show, 7 p.m. April 20; 2 p.m. April 21, DVC Performing Arts Center, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Adults $10 advance, $15 at door; under 18, $5 advance, $10 at door. 925-682-0896.

    Dinosaur dig

  • Bring your paleontologist from 3:30-4:45 p.m. April 25, Waterfront Park, North Court Street, Martinez. Kids 3-6 dig for dinosaur bones, make crafts, eat snacks. $8. Register 925-372-3510. Space limited to 20.

    Cemetery tour

  • Alhambra Cemetery tour 10 a.m.-noon April 18. Learn about local heroes, personalities, politicians, caretaker. Best for adults. Free donations for cemetery restoration. Register: 925-372-3510.

    Taming of the brew

  • Bay Area Craft Beer Festival noon-4 p.m. April 20, Waterfront Park, downtown Martinez. Microbrews, live music, food. $35, $45 at the door, designated drivers $2. Benefits local charities. www.bayareacraftbeerfestival.com.

    Mini Motorland

  • Mini Motorland, 10 a.m.-noon April 13, John Muir Amphitheater, 115 Tarantino Drive, Martinez. Kids 2-5 drive electric ride-on cars, big wheels, tricycles on track. Carwash, fishing hole. No dogs, gas-powered vehicles. Preregister. $5. 925-372-3510, http://cityofmartinez.org.

    St. Catherine celebrates

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    Saint Catherine of Siena Parish 140th anniversary celebration 4:30 p.m. April 27, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. Liturgy, dinner, fellowship, more. $40. Tickets: 925-270-9830 or parish office, 1125 Ferry St., Martinez.

    Volunteers needed

  • Volunteer for downtown Martinez Cleanup Day 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27. Doughnuts, coffee, BBQ lunch. Sign up 925-408-1338, email director@mainstreetmartinez.org.