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Local CD Review ............................................ page 24 Home Plate Heroes ......................................... page 26 Rodgers Ranch ................................................. page 33 Community Events .......................................... page 38
Martinez Farmers Market. Photos by SusanWoodPhotography.com
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Each of the Pacific Coast Farmers Markets (PCF-MA) will be celebrating their anniversaries at dif-ferent locations this year. On June 23rd, the Mar-tinez Farmers Market will be hosting the event filled with a variety of special features to mark the occasion, including an enter-to-win sweepstakes with a Grand Prize of $2,500! There will be a photo exhibition of the farmers whose hard work and com-mitment bring fresh local produce to our weekly markets and a timeline banner showing the growth of the sustainable food-to-table movement, noting PCF-MAs role its success over the last 25 years.
Other anniversary activities will include: free cake, kids activities and arts and crafts, an appearance by Mr. Carrot at each market, cooking demon-
strations with the Cookin the Market chefs, fun promotional giveaways such as recycled bags, pens, or mugs and lots of enter-to-win contests. To see a full list of anniversary locations, visit: www.pcfma.com.Martinez Farmers Market hours:Sundays, 10am 2pm, Main Street at Estudillo Street: year-round.Thursdays, 10am-2pm, Court Street between Main & Escobar Street: till October 24, 2013.
Join us for the 7th An-nual King of the County BBQ Challenge & Music Festival on June 15 & 16 at the Martinez Marina Waterfront Park from 11am-6pm daily. A perfect way for the entire family to spend Fathers Day! Enjoy lip-smacking BBQ from the professionals at Back Forty BBQ, Kinders Meats and the new Smoke-house 10 (as recently featured on Dis-covery Channels BBQ Pitmasters TV show), as well as an amateur BBQ com-petition sponsored by Les Schwab Tires. BBQ competition spaces are filling fast; rules and application can be found on the event website at www.CountyBBQ.com. This is your chance to showcase your backyard barbequing prowess and earn amazing trophies, cash awards and bragging rights as King of the County!
Enjoy a vari-ety of Califor-nias top bands live on the Xtreme Scaf-folding stage: The RevTones,
ZenKali, Aces Up, Maxx Cabello Jr., The Big Jangle, Chris Gardner Band, Rockinghorse, Garageland Rodeo, Caroompas Room and BigCat Tolefree. Also, kids activities, rides, as well as arts & craft vendors, microbreweries & wineries. FREE parking & admission. Presented by US Shell Oil Products and hosted by the Martinez Chamber of Commerce. Be sure stop by the Home Depot booth for a chance to win the ultimate BBQ set-up! Forfulleventdetails,amateurBBQapplicationandvendordisplayinformation,pleasevisitwww.Coun-tyBBQ.comorcalltheMartinezCham-berat925.228.2345.
Pacific Coast FarmersMarket 25th Anniversary
7th Annual King of the County BBQ and Festival
www.ourcommunityfocus.comPage 4 June 2013
If you get butterflies in your stomach, put your foot in your mouth, or burn the midnight oil, we are in the same boat. Its true whether we are spilling the beans, telling a fish story, or just putting in our two cents. Our speech is full to the brim with idioms. Idioms add nuance to our language and communicate in a way that literal words cannot. Sometimes vivid, some-times cutting or humorous, idioms allow us to expand our range of expression, often using fewer words but saying more. I have been working like a dog, really knocking myself out, and putting my nose to the grindstone to figure out a new word challenge. I believe I have finally hit the nail on the head or at least put my finger on something. So here it
is: write a paragraph of 100 words or less, using as many idioms as you can. The topic of your paragraph is completely up to you. You can describe a person, place or thing; talk about an experience such as sitting in traffic, attending a perform-ance, or participating in a business meet-ing; or you can draft an ad, jot down a short book or compose a movie review. The only rule is that your paragraph has to make sense. Entries will be accepted through June 30 and a winner will be announced in the August issue of Community Fo-cus. Please email your Idiom Challenge paragraphs to email@example.com. You may enter as many times as you wish. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity and number of idioms used in a grammatically correct way. The
winner will receive four guest passes to Lindsay Wildlife Museum. If the win-ner is already a member, he or she will receive a $25 gift certificate to spend in the museum store. Its really no skin off my nose if this challenge is not your cup of tea, but if you do choose to try your hand, Im all ears! Sendcommentstojulieakross@comcast.net.
Here Comes the Idiom Challenge By Julie Ross
PuBLISHeRSBecky Coburn, Jennifer Neys,
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CITY OF PLEASANT HILL
Your Food,Your Community,
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Strawberries from Medina Berry Farm are in their peak season, and raspberries and blackberries are here too!Surprise somebody you love with a beautiful rose (or a few!) from Rose Lane Farm, a 5-acre backyard farm in Brentwood specializing in roses and heirloom vegetables.Blueberries are here! And Lone Oak Ranch has em waiting for you.
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