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“Joaquin Murrieta” at Heritage Day

The story of one of California’s best-known bandits will be part of the 5th Annual Heritage Day on Oct. 20 at the Marsh Creek State Historic Park.

Film maker Todd Myers will be on hand to talk about his upcoming movie “Joaquin Murrieta, the Legend Untold” at the free annual event. Planned for release in 2019, the film will tell the story of the notorious outlaw whose stomping grounds included Rancho Los Meganos, the home of pioneer Dr. John Marsh and the site of the event. (Read more about Myers and the movie here:

Heritage Day will also include a talk by Marsh historians Bill and Kathleen Mero. There will also be kids activities, as well as a close-up look at, and into, Marsh’s iconic Stone House. You can also visit and learn about  the park’s ancient archaeology, antique farm equipment.

There will be two hikes at this year’s event, one providing panoramic views of the area and one around the  adjacent Marsh  Creek Reservoir led by Contra Costa Flood Control guides. (Hikes will step off at 9 a.m. A $10 donation is suggested for the hikes.)

Also, Spirited Sanctuary will present its popular petting zoo, and live music will be provided by the Brentwood Concert Band and the band Dawg Lips.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer at the event, email