Church hosts Global Multicultural Concert

The seventh annual Global Multicultural Concert, hosted by St. Matthew Lutheran Church, will feature praise choirs, worship bands, children's choirs and dance teams from many cultures in the Bay Area.

The concert is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, 399 Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.

Set to perform are singers from Myanmar, Indonesian worship dancers, African-American gospel choirs, the European and Romanian Praise Lamb Missionary Men's Choir, and Russian, Messianic Jewish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and Hawaiian performers.

The concert is free, but donations are accepted.

-- Sam Richards, Staff


Workshops scheduled on plastic bag ban

The city will hold two public workshops this month on a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores and restaurants.

The City Council will discuss the ordinance at its June 4 meeting.

If council members approve the ban, it would go into effect Sept. 1.

Two workshops on May 28 will answer questions about the proposed ordinance.

A session for business owners is at 8:30 a.m., and residents are invited to the second workshop at 6:30 p.m.

Both meetings will be held in the council chamber at City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

Martinez recently bought 3,000 reusable shopping bags to promote the proposed plastic ban. About half of the bags will be handed out to parents Wednesday at John Muir and Las Juntas elementary schools and Thursday at Martinez Junior High School.

-- Lisa P. White, Staff