July 31, 2008

Martinez Celebrates First Beaver Festival Saturday

By Lisa P. White, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Jul. 31--MARTINEZ -- Brentwood has the CornFest, and Gilroy is famous for its annual celebration of the stinking rose. Now, Martinez has the Beaver Festival.

The folks at Worth A Dam, the local nonprofit dedicated to keeping the critters in Alhambra Creek, are putting on the event in conjunction with the Willows Theatre production of "Sacajawea."

The free festival is 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Marina Vista, near where the famous family of Martinez beavers lives.

Activities include performances by local musicians, educational displays on the Alhambra Creek watershed, ecology and other issues; guided tours of the two beaver dams and the lodge, hands-on children's art projects and an hourly raffle prize giveaway.

Organizers said this first Beaver Festival has unlimited potential.

"It's anybody's guess, but something that's fun for the whole family and definitely it will grow beyond what we're thinking just this year -- more environmental displays, musical acts, maybe even vendor booths," said Worth A Dam spokeswoman Linda Meza.

But the stars of this show, the beavers, are unlikely to make an appearance. Since they are nocturnal, folks may have to stick around late into the evening to catch a glimpse of the toothy creatures who have created such a ruckus since they made their home in Martinez.

For more information about the Beaver Festival, visit the Worth A Dam Web

site at www.martinezbeavers.org.

Lisa P. White covers Pleasant Hill and Martinez. Reach her at 925-943-8011 or [email protected]


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