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Around Town April 13-15: Tomato plant sale; Musical benefit; Blood drive; and kayak tour this weekend.

Have you ever wanted to grow vegetables like the ones you see on your plate in a fancy restaurant? Ever been jealous that your tomatoes aren't as red and shiny and juicy as the ones you see on the Food Network?

Spring is upon us and tomato season is right around the corner! Come visit the Marin Master Gardener Tomato Market and choose from more than 30 varieties of tomatoes for sale. There will be hybrids, heirlooms and 12 brand new varieties, including Indigo Rose. All plants are hand-planted in Organic soil with no chemicals or pesticides. Meet at the Bon Air Center on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Here are some other things going on this weekend:

Make it a great night out Saturday for a great cause. Max's Cafe in Corte Madera is hosting a musical benefit with Bread & Roses and Youth Music Cares. Area high school students will perform during the benefit, 7-10 p.m.

Bread & Roses will receive 10 percent of the food/drink that is sold on each evening in addition to the proceeds from a special donations box at the front of the stage. Funds raised will help support its ongoing program of bringing hope and healing through live music to audiences isolated in Bay Area institutions.

• Join Bill Robbins a paddling excursion on Richardson Bay for children ages 9-15, plus one well-behaved parent per family, on Saturday April 14, at 9:30 a.m. All participants must be able to swim. Parents must drop off and pick up their children. Space is limited; reserve a spot by e-mailing williamrobbins2@gmail.com.

Robbins also teaches a six-session paddling class Saturdays, April 21-May 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Tuition is $65. Register online at marinlearn.com.

Marin Brewing Company and Blood Centers of the Pacific are teaming up with hopes of increasing blood supplies in the bay area. Come to Marin Brewing Company, give up a pint and get a free lunch courtesy of the brewpub and receive rewards such as movie tickets, ice cream coupons, CDs and more! 

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