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Dec 06, 2017 10:02AM

Soccer Field Popular Spot

The recently renovated Hidden Lakes Park soccer field has proved to be a popular spot. Primary users have been Pleasant Hill Martinez Soccer Association and Heritage

Soccer Club. Adult user groups are Diablo Coed Soccer and East Bay Soccer. The Jenna Betti Soccer and AYSO Camps were held at Hidden Lakes during the summer, and Martinez Youth Football held a one-day camp as well. PHMSA and Heritage held several tournaments throughout the year.

According to the Parks, Recreation, Marina, and Cultural Commission, by the end of 2017, the city will receive approximately $30,000 in rental fees from all user groups. Per hour fees are $45 for Martinez resident youth user groups. Non-resident youth user groups are $55 per hour. Adult resident user groups are charged $65 per hour, and non-resident adult groups are charged $75 per hour. Soccer groups see the value of the beautiful new field and are willing to pay the fees necessary for the city to maintain them.

Sandbag Locations

The City of Martinez has designated four locations for the stockpiling of sand and two locations with sand bags only for use by residents during heavy rains and or flooding. The city has attempted to locate these facilities so they will be within a short distance from anywhere within the city. All locations are lighted, have easy access, and will be stocked with sand and a sand filling station. Sand bags are located at City Hall in front of the Police Department. Residents will need to provide their own tools for loading the sand. Residents should remember that numerous individuals might use these facilities during heavy rains and/or flooding. The city asks that residents be respectful of others and take only the amount of sand and sand bags needed.

Sand Filling Stations:

Nancy Boyd Park, located on Pleasant Hill Road E & Church Street; F Street, located at the west end of F Street off of Alhambra Avenue, at the beginning of the Park District trail, just past Alhambra High School; Ferry and Allen Streets, located at the corner of Ferry and Allen Streets by the Kiwanis Club; Rankin Park, located at the end of Buckley Street, upper parking lot. 

Sand Bags:

Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street and the Corporation Yard, 300 Alhambra Avenue. If you have any questions, you may call the Public Works Maintenance Yard at 372-3580, M-F, 7am - 3:30pm. 

Santa Beer Crawl

On Saturday, December 9, from 2:30-5:30pm, dust off your Santa suits and ugly Christmas sweaters because it’s time to head to Downtown Martinez for some holiday cheer as Main Street Martinez hosts the annual Santa Beer Crawl on the streets of Martinez. Come join the jolliest bunch of Santas this side of the bay as they walk around the downtown corridor of Martinez, sampling beers from over 20 great craft breweries stationed inside some of the small businesses along Main Street.   Sponsored by Main Street Martinez, Creek Monkey Tap House, and RockSteady Brewing, this year’s Santa Beer Crawl looks to be a great time! Santa costumes and ugly sweaters are encouraged to add to the festive fun! Enter to win fabulous prizes from downtown businesses. Everyone is encouraged to drink responsibly and have a designated driver with you.

Tickets are $30 each until December 8. Tickets are $35 at the door if not sold out. No refunds for any reason. To get tickets, go to

Paint Your Pet

On Saturday, December 9, from 7-9:30pm, explore painting a pet portrait. ArtU4ia
will guide you through the process and no experience is necessary to join the fun. Simply sign up online at, email a photo of your pet, and your pet’s image will be traced to your canvas when you arrive. There will be wine and craft beer available for purchase. You will be guided by an accomplished artist whose main goal is to see that you have fun! No one under 21 please. ArtU4ia is located at 725 Ward St. in Downtown Martinez.

Ice Rink Now Open

DC Solar Downtown Holiday Ice is proud to bring this seasonal outdoor ice rink to downtown Martinez, now through January 7, 2018. This family-friendly 50'x80' ice rink is located at the corner of Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street in Downtown Martinez. The rink features birthday parties, private parties, group rates, and more. The rink is open seven days a week, and hours will vary, weather permitting. For more hours, pricing and other information, call (925) 228-3577 or visit