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.
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.