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Honoring veterans

  • Martinez Veterans Day ceremony 10 a.m. Nov. 11, Alhambra Cemetery, Carquinez Scenic Drive; 11 a.m. All Veterans Monument, Alhambra Avenue, Berrellesa Street. 925-372-3500, www.cityofmartinez.org.

  • Pleasant Hill Veterans Day ceremony 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, Soldiers Monument, Contra Costa Boulevard and Boyd Road. Recorded music, veterans on site to answer questions. Refreshments.

    Old-time family fun

  • Free Family Fall Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16, John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Hands-on activities for families: Calligraphy with quills, exploring bugs, horseshoes, games, more. Bring picnic lunch. 925-228-8860, www.nps.gov/jomu.

    Running with turkeys

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    Muir Heritage Land Trust Turkey Trot 8 a.m. Nov. 16, Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Road, Martinez. 5K fun run, walk. Benefits Land Trust. Adults $25; kids 17 under, $20. 925-228-5460, www.muirheritagelandtrust.org.


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    Donations for troops

  • Contra Costa Blue Star Moms collecting items for deployed overseas troops. Drop off at A-1 Self Storage, 5296 Concord Blvd., Concord by Nov. 16. Postage cash donations needed. For a full list, call 925-686-3944, ccbluestarmoms.org.

    Hospital benefit

  • Bargain fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12-13, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center lobby, 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Purses, briefcases, leather jackets. Benefits patients, staff. 925-370-5818.

    St. Mark's sales benefit

  • Rummage sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16, St. Marks Lutheran Church, 3051 Putnam Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Gently used items, decorations. Helps church projects. 925-943-6114.

    Holiday shopping

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    Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15, Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green St. Jewelry, plants, cards, books, crafts, baked goods, holiday decor. Free admission. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; $4 advance, $4.50 at door. 925-370-8770.

    Coping with holidays

  • Support, discussion for those who have lost loved one, 7 p.m. 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 395 Taylor Blvd., Suite. 200, Pleasant Hill. Free; open to public. 925-771-8295, www.professionalhc.com.

    Diversity of birds

  • Bird walk 7:30-10 a.m. Nov. 16, Mt. View Sanitary District, 3800 Arthur Road, Martinez (meet at observation platform). Warm clothes, closed-toe shoes, binoculars, water. 925-228-5635, ext. 19, kdavidson@mvsd.org, www.mvsd.org.

    Give hope to foster kids

  • Sip, Savor & Swing 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 15, Martinez Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward St., Martinez. Wine raffle, tasting; food, live music. Benefits Bay Area foster youth. $35, raffle tickets $20. 925-228-0200, www.fosteradream.org.

    For job seekers

  • Free Job, Career Fair 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Embassy Suites Hotel, 1345 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek. Hiring managers of local, national, Fortune 500 companies. Bring resume. Register www.hirelive.com.

    Email record@bayareanewsgroup.com.

    John Muir documentary

  • "In Search of John Muir" film 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Martinez Library, 740 Court St. 925-646-9900, ccclib.org.