Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th, 2016: Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

* Around the Bay (baycrossings.com) for May, 2016 [archive.is/eyiKC]

* "New Ways to Discover the San Francisco Bay Trail; You can now discover 345 miles of walking and biking trails and explore the shoreline with updated San Francisco Bay Trail map cards and a new website" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/KrBd8]

* "Join the Third Annual Bay Parade; Calling all swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and boaters! You are invited to be part of Baykeeper's Third Annual Bay Parade on Sunday, May 22" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/dcUFz]


Creating Commons Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
at A PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, CA [aplaceforsustainableliving.org] [510-788-5857]

Join millions around the world to celebrate 
Global Sharing Week [globalsharingweek.org]
Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.
Global Sharing Week 2016 is taking place June 5-11.
You can check out the map above and see where events are happening in your community — or sign-up to host your own [is.gd/4eHy5b].
If you need idea on what kind of event to organize, check out our Resources page [is.gd/Yyoyy4].
* "14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events" (shareable.net) [is.gd/HFAQTD]

* "Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 to Tackle Systemic Inequities" (2016-05-03, shareable.net) [is.gd/ynK8Hp] [begin excerpt]: The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 [lne2016.wordpress.com], to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.
Community leaders and organizations are coming together for a next level dialogue about the state of our economy — and innovative models that are addressing inequity, displacement, and other issues related to the well being of our communities.
Through interactive, participatory activities, we will shine a light on what’s working, what’s not, and what more we can do to build the inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams. Included are three days of workshops, panels with local leaders, presentations, and self-organized open space sessions, followed by a day-long series of “Activation Sessions” for groups seeking mentorship and support in their policy campaigns, movement initiatives, or social enterprises. [end excerpt]


* "Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat; A simple chemical conversion could be another step toward making cheap, efficient and stable perovskite solar cells" (2016-04-25, news.brown.edu) [archive.is/c5JKa]
Contact: Kevin Stacey [401-863-3766]

* "KYOCERA Solar Empowers Hawaii Tokai International College to Stabilize Electricity Costs Long-Term; College projected to use 284kW solar system for more than half of total power requirements, anticipated to be Hawaii’s first LEED-certified, multiple-building campus" (2016-04-27, Reuters Newswire) [archive.is/MItot]

* "UNSW takes lead in race for non-toxic, thin-film solar cells; ‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer after a UNSW team achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make" (2016-04-27, newsroom.unsw.edu.au) [archive.is/gSBbZ]
Contact: Wilson da Silva, Faculty of Engineering [0407 907 017] [w.dasilva@)unsw.edu.au]
Photo caption: Dr Xiaojing Hao of UNSW's Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics holding the new CZTS solar cells.


* "Watch Out for Whales!" (2016-04, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/koPpT]:
Last month, NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring.
Last month, NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring. Gray whales are at a particularly high risk of collisions with vessels because they often travel near shore on the outer coast, and may even wander into bays.
Boaters and water recreationists should use caution around whales year-round, but springtime presents a greater chance of coming into contact with whales. From March through May, around 19,000 migrating gray whales make their return migration north from Mexican breeding grounds to feed in Arctic waters off Alaska. Many travel through the busy shipping lanes off San Francisco’s Golden Gate, in the Greater Farallones marine sanctuary.
While they also migrate south through the sanctuary in winter, gray whales—including mothers with newborn calves—swim closest to shore in spring. Cow-calf pairs can be seen from headlands and coastal cliffs. They may pause in the surf zone and small bays for the calf to rest and nurse, and to avoid attack by killer whales. Calves are totally dependent on their mothers at this time.  
Boaters should watch for the gray whale’s blow—its exhalation—which looks like a puff of smoke about 10 to 15 feet high, since very little of the whale is visible at the surface. A whale may surface and blow several times before a prolonged dive, typically lasting three to six minutes.
Federal guidelines advise that boaters should avoid:
•    Approaching within 300 feet (the length of a football field) of any whale
•    Cutting across a whale’s path
•    Making sudden speed or directional changes
•    Getting between a whale cow and her calf (if separated from its mother, a calf may be doomed to starvation)
Each year, thousands of ships and smaller vessels pass through the Golden Gate. Even small-craft collisions with a whale can have disastrous results, for whale and vessel, and sometimes the boaters. All whales are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Other local species, such as humpback and blue whales, are additionally protected by the Endangered Species Act.


* "A Vote for Measure AA Is a Vote for the Bay; You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you've probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you're sitting" (2016-05, by Christopher Richard, for Bay Crossings monthly newspaper) [archive.is/gkTHE]:
You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you’ve probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you’re sitting.
You’ve probably heard that San Francisco Bay is an estuary and that it’s an ecosystem. But try thinking about it as a giant factory. Think of the terrain as the buildings and grounds of the factory campus. Raw materials coming in are water, sediment and sunlight. The workers are the plants and animals living in the Bay, and the products are clean air, seafood, recreation, flood protection and the setting for a quality of life that is envied throughout the world.
Continuing the metaphor, some of the most productive parts of the factory are the salt marshes and other wetlands that once ringed most of the Bay shoreline. Their productivity cleans the air and releases oxygen, provides rearing habitat for young fish and crabs, filters impurities from the water and provides flood protection. But since the California gold rush, we have lost 90 percent of these wetlands. Think of trying to run a factory with that percentage of your most productive assembly lines shut down.
There is a great opportunity to restore those assembly lines, and your voice can be heard on the question. But more on that later. Much of the lost wetland acreage was diked off from the Bay to exclude the flow of the tides, and then drained for economic purposes: primarily the grazing of animals and production of salt. But almost all of the pastures are no longer grazed, and most of the salt ponds are no longer in production. The Bay needs 100,000 acres of wetlands to be healthy and sustainable. More than 30,000 acres are already awaiting funding of projects to restore them to their original functions of producing, cleansing and protecting.
Measure AA for a Clean & Healthy Bay is on the June ballot in the nine Bay Area counties. It’s aimed at restoring productivity and function to the Bay ecosystem while providing flood protection, increasing shoreline recreational access, and thereby supporting the quality of life we all appreciate here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It is a $12 parcel tax for the Bay Area counties that will, over time, raise $500 million for wetlands restoration and access. It was placed on the ballot by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority with support from business groups like the Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and environmental groups including Audubon California, Ducks Unlimited, the Trust for Public Land and the Nature Conservancy.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “Measure AA is an unprecedented opportunity for all Bay Area residents to unite in support of the Bay we love, and improve it a lot for very little cost.” A San Jose Mercury News editorial stated, “We’re happy to urge voter support for Measure AA.” Even though polling shows that a large majority of residents across the Bay Area support this measure, the two-thirds majority required to win is a high bar to meet. Your vote can make a difference.      
These maps portray the 90 percent loss of wetlands, shown in green, from the shores of San Francisco Bay between the time of the gold rush and today. But much of the lands within the areas outlined in magenta remain feasible sites for wetland restoration and improved access projects funded by Measure AA.

Christopher Richard is a retired Curator of Aquatic Biology at Oakland Museum of California. He is on the board of directors of Save the Bay, and past president of the Alameda County Fish and Game Commission.

* "Five Bay Advocates Honored by the Bay Institute" (2016-04, by Mallory Johnson, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/9FueB]

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 3rd, 2016: Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

City of Vallejo calender [ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=27636]
Want to stay connected with what’s happening in Vallejo? Sign up for the City of Vallejo’s E-Newsletter and other communication options at

Solano Land Trust Calendar [solanolandtrust.org/calendarlist.aspx]

Call for artists to join in with the Vallejo Open Studios 2016! [archive.is/mrSbN]

Annual Glen Cove Community Association Garage Sale
Sat., May 7, 2016
On May 7, the Glen Cove Community Association will be hosting its annual neighborhood garage sale. There will be maps of participating houses available at the Glen Cove Center near Safeway. Sale times are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Visit the large Glen Cove Community to turn trash into treasures. Shop for clothing, books, toys, household knickknacks, lawn and garden tools, sports equipment and much more!
For questions, contact Bobbi Kahn at [707-645-0991] or email [bobbikahn@)gmail.com].

Loma Vista Spring Festival- May 14
Get ready for Loma Vista Farm's Spring Festival on May 14! This annual event gives friends and family the chance to come out and visit the farm. Enjoy the sights and view the year-long projects that have been completed. Loma Vista Farm provides hands-on, educational activities for students and children of all ages, and abilities.
The festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. at the Loma Vista Farm, located at 150 Rainier Avenue. Admission is free, activity tickets are $.50.
For additional information, visit Loma Vista's website [lomavistafarm.org/events/loma-vista-farm-open-house].


Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon- May 14
Make a difference and volunteer to improve trails and fix fences at Lynch Canyon on May 14. As a thank you for volunteering, there will be free parking, and free pizza will be provided to those who pre-register online.
Volunteers should be prepared to be outdoors for 3 hours, using tools such as shovels and hoes, lifting and carrying materials, and bending over or squatting in dirt. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to volunteer; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must bring a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Make sure to bring a backpack with water and snacks, work gloves, sunglasses for eye protection, boots for walking on rough terrain, and long pants. Pre-registration is highly recommended in order to bring enough tools and food for volunteers.
To register, click here [https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecgdym3g04838c96&oseq=&c=&ch=].
For more information, visit the Solano Land Trust Calendar [solanolandtrust.org/calendarlist.aspx].
Contact Jordan at [jordan@solanolandtrust.org] for any questions or concerns.


Carnevale Fantastico- May 14 and 15
After a very successful first year, the Italian Renaissance and Cultural Festival will be returning to Blue Rock Springs Park! On May 14 and 15, enjoy events such as glass blowing, lace making, and historical reenactments featuring Michelangelo, Galileo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Carnvale Fantastico is an experience that the whole family can enjoy by eating amazing food, listening to traditional music, or watching unforgettable performances.
Last year the festival attracted over 3500 attendees, and over 5000 people are expected to attend this year. Sponsors of this event include SolTrans, GVRD, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Visit Vallejo California, Times-Herald, and Recology.
General tickets are $12.50, and children under 12 are free.
For more information, visit Carnevale Fantastico's website [carnevalefantastico.com].
To purchase tickets, click here [brownpapertickets.com/event/2506780].


Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Garden Tour and Festival- May 15
The Vallejo Garden Tour and Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Visit nine beautiful gardens throughout Vallejo homes. Box lunches are available to purchase from City Lights Café and Catering.
In addition to featuring beautiful gardens throughout the city, the Vallejo Garden Tour will once again be holding the downtown Vallejo Garden Festival this year. The Festival will feature plant sales, crafts, antiques, gourmet food vendors, local non-profits, and fine art.
The Vallejo Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public or $35 for Museum Members, and are available at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Ferry Terminal, and at Zoey June Gift and Garden, located at 1426 Tennessee Street.

Vallejo Admirals Season Opener-     May 31
 The Vallejo Admirals will begin their season on May 31, and will face the Sonoma Stompers. They will be hosting games at Wilson Park beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5:05 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1:05 p.m. on Sundays.
To view the Admirals' entire schedule, click here [vallejoadmirals.com/game-schedule].
Grandstand tickets are $10, general tickets are $5, and children 10 and under are free. For more information about the Vallejo Admirals, visit their website [vallejoadmirals.com].


* "Coyotes in Glen Cove" (2016-01, Glen Cove Community Association newsletter) (.pdf)  [http://is.gd/V9dARk]:
As many of you know, Glen Cove has a urban Coyote pack living in the open spaces.
There are frequent postings on Next Door about sightings. One resident has posted a link to information about living with coyotes in urban areas. Some hints regarding dealing with coyotes are:
1. Never feed coyotes!
2. Coyotes are attracted to areas with rodents, so remove sources of food and rodent hiding places in your yard and garden.
3. Remove fallen fruit and bird seed.
4. Secure trash with a locking lid, or put your trash out on the morning of trash pickup.
5. Use compost containers that do not attract rodents instead of having compost piles on your property.
6. Trim vegetation and remove unnecessary piles of wood and clutter to reduce rodent hiding places, and store necessary items off of the ground.
7. Work with your neighbors to discourage coyotes from your neighborhood.
8. Frighten coyotes away by spraying them with a garden hose, yelling, or banging pots and pans to help them re-learn their healthy and natural fear of humans.
9. Keep your pets on a short leash when walking outdoors. Do not use retractable leashes or allow them to walk or run on their own, off-leash. Pick up small pets if confronted by a coyote.
10. If a coyote approaches you and your pet, yell, stomp your feet and throw small rocks or sticks at it.
More information at [bouldercounty.org/safety/animals/pages/coyote.aspx]

Public Works Celebrates Earth Day
The Public Works Water Conservation section and Recycling section participated in Vallejo’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16, in conjunction with the Vallejo Farmer’s Market. During the event, conservation staff provided citizens with information about ongoing local and statewide drinking water restrictions and offered helpful tips to reduce water use around the home. Recycling Coordinator Derek Crutchfield highlighted innovative recycling, disposal and zero-waste solutions. Awards were given to residents for the most creative artwork made from recycled/reused materials.


Participatory Budgeting
Arts, Beautification & Community Project Seeks Artists
Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) is requesting qualifications from mosaic artists to work on the Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2 Project “Art, Beautification & Community.” A committee of local artists and VCAF representatives selected a proposal to install mosaics on the Capitol Street Stairs as the Neighborhood Placemaker project, which received $24,000 of the PB project funding. A citizen committee comprised of local residents, artists and VCAF representatives are now seeking experienced artists to qualify before request-ing designs for the stairs.
The Cycle 2 project provided a total of $96,000 in funding for several public art projects, which included two downtown murals, painting of 11 utility boxes, 24 videos for the Art & Architecture Walk, and the “Neighborhood Placemaker Art Project.” Using the Community-build model, the Placemaker project will leverage the $24,000 in PB funding with external grants and material donations, and work closely with a volunteer neighbor-hood committee to create the art. The “Artist-in-residence” selected will lead the neigh-borhood committee as they work together to transform part of a neighborhood into a work of art.
Interested artists should apply online before June 1 [vallejoartandarchitecture.com/call-for-art], and can send questions to Sarah Nicols, Neighborhood Project Coordinator, at [mosa-ic@)vallejoartandarchitecture.com].

Work Continues on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar -
The walls have been erected on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar funded through the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB). The roof, doors and windows have been installed and the interior painting is under-way. Plumbing is expected to be installed by the end the week. The project was allocated $260,000 from PB and PAL contrib-uted an additional $82,000 in matching funds.

PB Cycle 3 Project Implementation Underway -
Contracts have been signed for PB Cycle 3 projects:
- VCUSD After School Technology ($240,000)
- Afterschool Sports Program - Soccer & Basketball ($50,000)
VCUSD has already purchased and received 280+ iPads for fourteen school locations and the after-school sports program held their first basketball and soccer games in April.
View Participatory Budgeting updates, announcements and exclusive photos on our PB social media:
- homepage [ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting]
- Facebook [facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingvallejo]
- Instagram [instagram.com/pb_vallejo]
- Twitter [twitter.com/PB_Vallejo]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19th, 2016, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

What's New at GVRD? visit [gvrd.org]!

Richmond Art Center: Upcylce [http://is.gd/Q7VgM0]
Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Richmond Art Center | 2450 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this free maker festival.
Upcycle is Almost Here!
Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this free family festival!
Join us at the Richmond Art Center to practice the art of reducing, reusing and recycling!
Create, see and learn at this hands-on maker festival for the whole family. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Screen print and take home your very own T-shirt, make copper pressed drawings, colorful mosaics, relief prints with recycled materials, floating plastic sculptures, back strap weaving and so much more!Learn about ways to re-use, recycle, and downsize waste from local organizations like the Watershed Project. Live music from Vanessa Espinoza aka DJ AGANA. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
See all of our fun and free classes for Upcycle here! [http://richmondartcenter.org/events/upcycle/]
This event draws hundreds of local families and friends to the Art Center and we always have a ton of fun! We are also looking for event sponsors both large and small so please let us know if you are interested. Please contact Ric Ambrose, Executive Director at Richard@RichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6777.

Berkeley Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up [http://is.gd/PKd9ew]
Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 8:00 am — 1:00 pm
Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina | 160 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
The day’s schedule will include:
8am • Yoga Class by donation
9am-12pm • Clean Up
12-1pm • Bug Family Band
Co-sponsored by the Ecology Center

* "Earth Day celebrated early at Vallejo Farmers Market" (2016-04-16, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/eQpXG] [begin excerpt]:
Earth day was celebrated a few days early Saturday at Vallejo Farmers Market.
The event began at 9 a.m. and stretched into the hot afternoon.
Entertainment provided by Rock Steady Jugglers and OzKat radio seemed to keep the crowd happy as they moved from booth to booth.
“We have had a good turnout with more people than ever this year,” said Valcore general manager Ken Hawes. “We attribute a lot of that to social media. We are also getting a lot of kids and families, too, not just people walking in from the farmers market.”
Many different organizations involved in environmentally conscious activities, such as the Florence Douglas Senior Center walking group, interacted with public and spoke about the benefits of living an environmentally healthy lifestyle.
At noon the winners of the city sponsored Scrap to Sculpture recycled art competition were announced. Though all of the winning artwork was being shown in Vallejo’s City Hall, the artists were present to receive their awards.
“The elementary category had a lot of entries this year,” Hawes said. “It kind of tugs at your heartstrings when you see how much effort they put into their art projects.”
Taking first prize in the adult category and an oversized check for $1,000 was artist Eric Hardie, who lives locally in Vallejo.
His creation was a decorative rooster made from cut from a variety of different colored soda cans.
[end excerpt]

* "Dreamers and innovators drawn to Benicia Mini Makers Faire" (2016-04-16, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/FwpnJ] [begin excerpt]: A celebration of ingenuity and creativity, the event was a chance for children and adults to explore the world of crafts, electronics and engineering.
Aaron Newcomb, president of Benicia Makers Space, explained the event took about six months of work to organize.
“We did all the planning and everything, then we contacted local makers and people we know who like to do this and invited them to come at no charge,” Newcomb said. “A lot of people are here because they love what they do. It’s a community event run by volunteers, and so far it’s gone pretty well.”
As attendees bought their tickets at the door Saturday, they were also handed a map that showed where the various themed areas were, such as the robotics and electronics room and the arts and crafts room. Outside the middle school was the ‘vehicle village’ where owners of electric vehicles were present with their cars to talk to people about the benefits of clean technology. [end excerpt]

* Napa: "Earth Day celebration planned for Saturday" (2016-04-18, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/7nxB6]

* "Rural Napa County bursts with spring color at Iris Garden" (2016-04-18, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/x3w19]

* East Bay: "Make big stuff happen on Earth Day 2016" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/3ABeW]

* "Participatory Budgeting-Funded Garden Visited By Kaiser Permanente Doctors and Students"  (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]:
In 2015, Kaiser Permanente began collaborating with the PB-funded Vallejo People's Garden on Mare Island. Resident physicians are volunteering at the garden to learn about organic gardening and how it can apply to the health of individuals and communities. Recently, several resident doctors volunteered at the garden to gain on-site knowledge to use at their clinic in Honduras. The volunteers recently planted vegetables, such as rainbow chard and potatoes, and learned how to maximize valuable garden space. Vallejo People’s Garden was allocated $35,000 in the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting by the Community Gardens & Nutrition Education project.

* "Participatory Budgeting Visits Cave Elementary’s Family Spring Afternoon" (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]:
City Staff participated in the Family Spring Afternoon at Elmer Cave Language Academy on Wednesday, April 13. Administrative Analyst Alyssa Alford interacted with Cave Elementary staff and teachers and provided updates on education-related PB projects, including the PB-funded Cave Community Garden. PB has partnered with the dual-immersion language academy and met many parents who were already en-gaged in the PB process. The City would like to thank Academic Support Provider & Safety Patrol Advisor Ashley Mendez and Principal Lorena Hernández for their continued partnership and hospitality.

* "Day Center Grand Opening" (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]: 
The Vallejo Together Support Services Center — a collaboration with the MIRA Community Cultural Center and First Baptist Church and partially funded by $75,000 from City of Vallejo Housing Reserve Funds – held a grand opening at First Baptist Church on Sonoma Boulevard on April 5. More than 100 attendees toured the new homeless day center that will provide services, including showers, laundry, internet computer, printer and telephone access, a microwave and mailing addresses. The center will also provide trained “navigators” who will direct those seeking help with substance abuse, mental illness, financial loss, and other challenges to appropriate local services. The center is already serving an average of 5 residents per day. Visitors can access services at First Baptist Church on the corner of Florida Street and Sonoma Boulevard from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sun. and Mon., from 9 am to 3 pm Tues. through Thurs., and from 9 am to 12 noon Fri. and Sat.

* "Welcome the Thai New Year" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/q8BCU] [begin excerpt]:
appy New Year may not be what you would expect to hear in mid-April, but that is the greeting you will receive on April 16 and 17 when Wat Buddhanusorn celebrates Songkran, the traditional New Year in Thailand.
Wat Buddhanusorn, which means the temple of the teachings of the Buddha according to Director of Educational Programming Tim Tararug, was founded in 1983 and serves the Theravada Buddhist community in the Bay Area. Theravada Buddhism, one of the main branches of Buddhist thought, is practiced in Thailand and Southeast Asia. It is distinguished from Mahayana Buddhism, another main branch, in two ways, Tararug added. First, monks chant in Pali, the language used by Buddhists 2,500 years ago. Second, Theravada Buddhists follow the philosophical tenant that only you can free yourself. [end excerpt]

* "CBC Celebration hails the Monkey King" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/dhhpx]

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

* "Here Are 11 Northern California Swimming Holes That Will Make Your Summer Epic" (2016-04-10, onlyinyourstate.com) [archive.is/714tZ]

* "14 Gorgeous Beaches in Northern California You Have To Check Out This Summer" (2016-04-09, onlyinyourstate.com) [archive.is/Q2OIb]
* "What's up with the black sand at Ocean Beach?" (2016-04-10, sfgate.com) [archive.is/BRuBb]

 * "How to Start a Toy Library: 12 Quick Tips" (shareable.net) [http://is.gd/C7gg2o] [archive.is/F5lL7]

* "Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy" (2016-04-04, University of Copenhagen) [archive.is/4pqtl]. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule as used in photosynthesis. Combined with a specific enzyme the energy of sunlight now breaks down plant biomass, with possible uses as chemicals, biofuels or other products, that might otherwise take a long time to produce. By increasing production speed while reducing pollution, the discovery has the potential to revolutionize industrial production. The research results have now been published in Nature Communications.

* "Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?" (2016-04-05, news.aces.illinois.edu) [archive.is/GNtrH]

Spring Migrant Takes a Rest Stop: This tiny rufous hummingbird, seen here nectaring on buckeye flowers in a Fremont park, will likely soon be making its way north to its summer breeding grounds in Canada. One of the smallest of its kind, the rufous undertakes the longest trip of all North American hummers. It's also one of the feistiest: The male is known to passionately defend its nest from much larger attackers. The rufous is common yet declining in parts of its range and is believed to be particularly sensitive to climate change.
Description from the Bay Nature newsletter. Photo taken at California Nursery Historical Park by Melissa Kung, [http://is.gd/tIKi8A]

* "The Native Plants of the Quiroste Valley" (by Sue Rosenthal) [baynature.org/articles/the-native-plants-of-the-quiroste-valley], including information sbout -
- Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
- Clover (Trifolium species)
- Wild Cucumber (Marah fabacea)
- Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus)
Photo showing cow clover flowers (by Tom Ballinger)

Coastal Wildflower Day
April 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The 3rd annual Coastal Wildflower Day, at Half Moon Bay State Beach, marks both the start of California Native Plant Week and Earth Day, providing an opportunity for celebration and service.  The festival will feature activities for the whole family, including games, nature walks, native plants for sale, live music, and local artwork.  You can also volunteer for a habitat restoration project to mark Earth Day.  For the first time, this year the Coastside Trail that runs the length of the State Beach will feature installations by Bay Area artists that focus on the relationship between human creativity and the inspiration provided by natural environments.
Venue location:
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Route 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone: (650) 726-8819
Website: [parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531]

Friday, April 1, 2016

March 15th, 2016, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
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* "Kite festival to return April 9" (2016-04-01, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/gQ5of]

* "Goodie’s passing, new events, top 2015 A&E stories" (2015-01-04, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/nGHnd]

* "St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s Emily Thompson is the Athlete of the Week" (2016-02-08, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/PbArw]

* "New Greater Vallejo Recreation District website promotes healthy lifestyle" (2016-02-08, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/N8VqP]

* "Parcel tax in all 9 Bay Area counties would fund SF Bay restoration plan" (2016-02-10, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/xMufk]

Return Preparer Fraud Is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2016 Filing Season [archive.is/ulL8T]

* "Gathering of ‘fed up’ Vallejoans hoping to ‘Stand Together’ " (2016-02-08, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/sEXP7]

* "A Trip to the ‘Up-Bay’ in Search of Vallejo’s Burgeoning Art Community" (2016-02-22, kqed.org) [archive.is/foHjg]
* "KQED Impressed with Vallejo's Art Community" (2016-03-04, Vallejo News) [archive.is/AwxAx]:
On February 22, KQED visual arts editor Sarah Hotchkiss and KQED Arts contributor Lakshmi Sarah published an account of their day trip to visit Vallejo's vibrant and varied arts community. Seeking to find out "if Vallejo offers a viable alternative to eking out art practices" outside of San Francisco and Oakland, where housing and studio rents are pushing out artists.  After several stops, the authors attest to have "barely scratched the surface," declaring that "Vallejo is the burgeoning art community you're looking for." The duo visited and/or featured:
Super Classy Publishing [superclassypublishing.com], where owners Andy and Katie Rottner make meticulously hand-crafted cloth-covered boxes and limited edition artist books.
Odd Fellows San Pablo Lodge #43 [http://oddfellowsvallejo.org], the city's longstanding chapter of the community-minded social club.
The Hub [thehubvallejo.com/Home_-_The_Hub_Vallejo.html], a multi-purpose space hosting workshops and events, selling artists' wares and providing a gathering space for arts enthusiasts of all ages.
Vallejo Art Walk [vallejoartwalk.com/vallejoartwalk/home.html], which is held the second Friday of every month brings artists, food vendors, musicians and locals to the downtown blocks, joining forces with 31 nearby businesses.
Mare Island Shoreline Historic Preserve [mareislandpreserve.org/MareIslandPreserve/Homepage.html], host of the annual San Francisco Bay Flyaway Festival
Re:Sound [re-sound.net], where sound artist and special education teacher Jen Boyd hosts concerts bringing sound artist luminaries into a cavernous concrete building formerly used by the Navy to store munitions.
Empress Theatre [empresstheatre.org], a fully restored and state-of-the-art 471-seat music and performance venue in the downtown arts & entertainment district.
Coal Shed Studios on Mare Island [http://coalshedstudios.com], where 18 artists pursue their craft and several additional studios are currently under renovation to host retail shops, restaurants and light industrial/manufacturing.
McCune Rare Book & Art Collection [mccunecollection.org], which houses rare and unique books, printing equipment and binding equipment.
Mare Island Brewing Company [mareislandbrewingco.com] with its taproom in the Ferry Building referencing Mare Island's historic past and maker present.

Shoreline Improvements at Lake Chabot
Kids are coming to Lake Chabot soon for the Youth Fishing Derby, and we need to do a little shoreline improvement so they can reach the water. Please join us on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes (waders if you have them), hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide water and refreshments, as well as any tools that are needed. We’ll meet at the boat launch ramp in Dan Foley Community Park. Enter the park at the east end of North Camino Alto, off Tuolumne near Sutter Solano Medical Center.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance
P.O. Box 1630
Vallejo, CA  94590
(707) 649-7710

Celebrating Vallejo’s Urban  Forest Exhibition
15 commissioned portraits  of Vallejo’s Significant Historic Trees  by Vallejo Artists
Refreshments will be served Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Third Floor of Vallejo’s City Hall, 3:30 - 6:30 PM
This project was made possible by the V.A.L.U.E. (Vallejo Adds Life to its Urban Environment) Grant funded by CALFIRE
Bring your Friends!
"The Remains of Vallejo’s Train Station: Canary Island Palm Tree growing at the bottom of Lemon Street" painting by Diana Krevsky

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jan. 12th, 2015, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
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Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

* "Justice for A’Ti event aims to end senseless violence" (2016-01-10, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/fWAey]: Hundreds of people were at the south auditorium at Vallejo High School celebrating the memory of A’Tierra Westbrook on Sunday — which would have been her 22nd birthday.
But even though the turnout for the day’s “Justice for A’Ti” rally was impressive, her mother, Senika Levias, was missing her daughter’s laugh. A’Tierra Westbrook was killed early in the morning on Aug. 3, outside her Benicia Road home, in a shooting that has yet to be solved.
The rally was organized with the goal of “ending the silence, to stop the violence,” according to the event’s programs. Speaker after speaker addressed the crowd, which flowed out the doors into the parking lot, with pleas to speak up, get involved and achieve justice for A’tierra and other victims of senseless violence.
The event, while somewhat somber in subject, was enough to let Levias know her daughter has not been forgotten. The turnout “has given me so much strength. It lets me know A’Ti was really loved, and that the community is ready for change.”
One change Levias would like to see is the involvement of more parents in the social media contacts of their children. Since her daughter’s murder, she has been more active on all kinds of social media and is disturbed by what she’s seen.
References to drugs, guns, fighting and sex have her hoping for greater vigilance by parents. “We need to look after our children more, our own families, our own houses,” she says.
Photo caption: The family of A’Tierra Westbrook poses for a picture at Sunday’s ‘Justice for A’Ti’ rally at Vallejo High School. Wearing their T-shirts produced just for this event, from left, are A’Tierra’s mother, Senika Levias, aunts Tiffany Shields and Regina Shields-Hailey, and grandmother Paula Shields, who had just noticed a photo of A’Tierra on the auditorium wall.
T-shirts made just for this event included the hashtags “#aMothersPromise, @JusticeforATi.”

* "Vallejo event to help those struggling to find jobs" (2016-01-11, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/Lw9DI]:
An event to help those who are struggling to find jobs is set for Saturday.
Vallejo Together, a grassroot organization, is putting together The Vallejo Professional File Expo to help the underserved population with all aspects of job seeking.
“It’s to break the barriers for our friends in need to get employed,” said Maria Guevara of Vallejo Together.
The expo will provide a variety of services, including resume building, dressing tips for job interviews, interviewing skills and even legal help with immigration and other issues that could hinder someone’s opportunity to be employed.
The organizers can also provide an address, phone number or email for those who need them to apply for a job, Guevara said.
Additionally, there will be professional photographers for profile pictures, barbers and hairdressers and make up artists at the expo.
All of the services are donated by local businesses and community members, as well as the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Catholic Charities of Solano County, Guevara saidd
“It is the beginning of the year and one of the resolutions for a lot of people is to get a job or a new job,” she said. “It’s something we can do to start 2016 positively.”
The event is open and free to anyone who needs help with job searching, and anyone who is looking to hire new employees, Guevara said.
Also needed is professional clothes and shoes to be donated to the job seekers Saturday.
Donations can be dropped off at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., until Friday, at California’s Best Smog at 181 Couch St.
Those who wish to attend as a job seeker or employer, should call Guevara at 707-655-5381 or email vallejotogether@gmail.com. The expo is set for 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, at 520B Broadway.

* "Conservationist society to hear about audubon project" (2016-01-11, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/JrPCk]:
Those who appreciate birds and conservation are in for a treat as Cindy Margulis will speak on how the Golden Gate Audubon Society used Oakland’s Night Heron Rookery to promote bird-safe tree care.
Margulis, executive director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, will give her speech during a meeting of the Napa-Solano Audubon Society Tuesday.
“In 2014, Oakland’s Night Heron Rookery suddenly became the focus of a viral national media frenzy. The Golden Gate Audubon Society seized the moment to focus the public’s attention on bird-safe tree care, then went on to inspire a whole city to appreciate the astonishing bird life living right in downtown,” according to a news release from the Napa-Solano Audubon Society. “Cindy Margulis will present this rather wild and crazy story, with a lot of positive upside reminding us how local Audubon projects can really make a difference.”
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and be held at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St.
For more information, visit [www.napasolanoaudubon.com].

* "Bailey Art Museum features 50 years of imagination" (2016-01-10, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/sswmS]:
Photo caption: A display warning of an impending robot invasion greets visitors to the Bailey Art Museum in Crockett. Ceramic art, watercolors, a display of ‘scientific oddities’ and a large collection of robots are all part of the museum’s offerings, the result of the imaginations of Betty and Clayton Bailey of Port Costa.
A life-sized, silver, bug-eyed robot greets visitors to the Bailey Art Museum, giving only a small hint of what is to be found inside the downtown Crockett location.
Once through the door, the results of 50 years of inspiration, creation and imagination by Betty and Clayton Bailey greet you, from the collection of “unnatural history,” to the watercolors and ceramics of Betty Bailey, and Clayton Bailey’s robots and his own ceramics.
The “scientific oddities,” part of a thematic roadside museum, include a Bigfoot skeleton, the skull of mythical “jackalopes” and “catalopes” and the skull of a Cyclops, part of an exhibit by the Bailey’s that dates from their original museum location in Port Costa in the 1970s.
That location’s closure resulted in the storage of the displays at the couple’s home, necessitating a search for a new location. That search resulted in the gallery at 325 Rolph Ave. in downtown Crockett, about a block from the C&H refinery, which will see its third anniversary in May.
Inside that gallery, one finds Betty and Clayton Bailey, together since eighth grade, and their visions in art that have been constantly evolving ever since that first meeting.
In one room at the right of the gallery, Betty’s artwork lines the wall, currently focusing on watercolors depicting famous celebrities’ dubious “wisdom,” while Clayton’s ceramics fill floor and shelf space.
In the gallery’s main room, the large aluminum robots can be found, the culmination of junkyard discoveries and the creative process at work in Clayton Bailey’s.
In the museum, all of the creation are for sale, or as Clayton Bailey states, “everything has a price.”
He quipped the best reaction of someone coming into the museum was “How much is that? I’ll take it.”
He hasn’t always been a museum proprietor and “mad scientist,” however, as he was previously the head of the ceramics department at (then) Cal State Hayward. He retired in 1998 after 37 years of teaching.
The couple enjoy their gallery life, citing the need to only be there four hours per day on weekends. The gallery lets them meet people all weekend, and then go home and “work on things.”
And as often as not, those “things” will end up in the Bailey Art Musuem.
The Bailey Art Museum, at 325 Rolph Ave. in Crockett, is open weekends, 1 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. To contact them, call 510-787-1168 or 707-567-1695. Email: [clayton.bailey@)sbcglobal.net] or [www.claytonbailey.com].

* "Vallejo woman travels the world, hopes to inspire" (2016-01-11, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/7iy4E]:
Jerika Maher got bitten by a bug, and it’s changed her life ever since.
Luckily, it’s the travel bug.
In 2004, Maher, 24, decided to sell almost everything that she owned to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
“I had a job in San Diego and was stuck all day, full time, behind a computer,” Maher said in an interview via video chat. “I knew that’s not for me. Just sitting there really made me realize I didn’t want to do that.”
Maher was in Bali, Indonesia, during the interview this month.
The Vallejo-raised woman and California State University, Sacramento graduate then made the commitment to pursue her passion.
“I’ve always had a fascination with travel. I was obsessed even as a child,” Maher said. “But like many people, I thought traveling abroad the world full time is too expensive and dangerous.”
But she made the first step. Maher traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, by herself.
“I opted for a one way ticket to Istanbul to teach English and I stayed for four months. And that what started this whole thing,” Maher said.
And it did. Since then, Maher has traveled to 12 countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, and coming home to California twice in between her travels.
“San Francisco Bay Area is still one of my most favorite places in the world,” she said.
Especially, with her family still living in Vallejo.
Maher’s mother, Linda, said she’s proud of her daughter.
“I’ve always wanted to do it myself and I didn’t do it,” Linda Maher said. “I wanted to go backpacking, staying at youth hostel, but she had the courage and did it, while I didn’t. I’m just so proud of her.”
Linda Maher said she tries to be supportive as possible of her oldest child, and only daughter.
“There still is apprehension on my part, especially with the state of the world today,” she said, referring to Jerika’s safety. “I know she’s met many people out there, but she’s so far away, there’s still that fear.”
However, Jerika Maher said the world is not as scary as what is portrayed.
“We hear all these horror stories about women traveling alone, and these monstrous things happening to them,” she said. “But you can do it safely. I’ve felt safer in the last eight months in Southeast Asia than I have been in California.”
She said the key is to do a lot of research before visiting a country and talk to people who have had experience in that destination.
“Traveling is not as dangerous as people imagined,” she said.
Linda Maher said she keeps in touch with her daughter regularly, and has been impressed with her resiliency and determination.
“As far as I’m concerned, after college and before starting a family that’s the time you should do everything that you wanted to do. She’s taking that opportunity,” Linda Maher said.
Though Jerika Maher said she’s been having the best experience through her travels, things are not always easy.
Loneliness can creep in, and she said she still has to take care of “regular things” from abroad, like paying off her student loans.
“I was sick, and there was no one to talk to or to take care of me,” she said. “That was the loneliest three days of my life.”
However, that is not enough to stop her from continuing her journey.
“I absolutely believe that travel is the best education in the world,” Jerika Maher said. “People often perceive traveling as going to the beach, but it can be much more.”
To share her experience, Jerika Maher is documenting her life as a professional traveler in her blog, [thepeoplemap.com].
She also wants to develop it into a professional website, from where she can make a livelihood.
Right now, she relies on income from teaching English and searching for the best deals using credit card mileage points to continue her journey.
Jerika Maher said she hopes her story can inspire others in her hometown.
“If somebody in Vallejo wants to travel the world, the violence and the drugs have to stop among the youth,” she said. “Remember that there’s an entire world out there. If I can do it, you can do it as well.”
And she’ll need to keep going if she wants to reach her goal of visiting 100 countries by the time she’s 35 years old, and meeting somebody from every country in the world.
Her next stops are Japan and home to Vallejo in February.

* "Lifetime of doll collecting goes on 1-day display" (2016-01-12, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/jfSUK]:
Patricia DeBord has been creating and collecting dolls for nearly eight decades. However, most of her dolls have been in storage since she moved to California from Oregon 15 years ago.
DeBord will turn 90 in July, so her two daughters, Lisa DelBondio and Lorna Knox, thought it was time to break the dolls out and put them on display.
“All of these dolls have been in storage, so they haven’t really seen the light in years,” said Mary Knox, DeBord’s granddaughter. The family took the dolls out of storage, dusted and cleaned them, and made any necessary repairs before displaying them at Redwood Retirement Residence in Napa on Saturday.
Mary, 18, said that the family had counted 167 dolls, many of which were handmade by her grandmother.
“I didn’t collect them so much as I made them,” DeBord said.
DeBord began making dolls with her mother when she was only 10 years old. She had dolls that represented the girls from “Little Women” as well as dolls from “Gone With the Wind,” which she loved. Most of her dolls, though, are original pieces that she designed herself.
Her father was in the Army, so DeBord moved often. During their time in Japan, she and her mother even took a doll-making class that resulted in them making a few well-detailed Japanese-style dolls.
DeBord went to Woodbury College in Los Angeles, now Woodbury University, for fashion design. She ended up marrying a man in the Army, Norman, with whom she continued to travel the world. The couple had four children – two boys and two girls.
Although she didn’t have much time to make dolls while she raised her children, DeBord continued to make clothing for the girls and their dolls. Norman would often bring dolls back from faraway places for the three women in his life.
As the children grew older, DeBord was able to begin joining doll clubs and started making dolls more frequently. Norman was always supportive, she said. “He enjoyed watching me make them and he’d set them up and take pictures of them.”
Her dolls vary in size, style and ethnicity. DeBord said that many of her designs were inspired by the different cultures she encountered throughout her life. In addition to Japanese-style dolls, she also made African-style dolls, Native American-style dolls, and European-style dolls. DeBord also created a Nativity scene complete with sheep and a manger (made by Lorna).
She has made handcrafted porcelain dolls, cloth dolls with embroidered faces, soft dolls with painted faces and even a doll made from spools. When the Register asked her how she came up with the spool doll, DeBord replied, “‘I don’t know. I just had spools.”
Many of her dolls were made with scraps, including clothes her daughters wore out or things that were given to her, she explained.
“I loved making them,” she said. “It was collecting the cloth, and picking out the different colors that I wanted, that I enjoyed.”
One of her favorite dolls is harlequin-styled. Dressed in black and white, the doll has a fashionable mole on her face and holds a masquerade mask. DeBord’s harlequin doll won a first-place blue ribbon in the United Federation of Doll Clubs Region 1 Conference in 1985. She ended up making the costume life-sized for her daughter-in-law to wear on Halloween.

* "From dump to gallery: Exhibition highlights trash turned art" (2016-01-10, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/bEwLx]:
How can someone persuade others to waste less and reuse more? One can lay out the facts and figures of conservation – or show, face to face, how inventively artists can turn trash into treasure.
This winter, the Napa Valley Museum is taking the second path.
“Trashed and Treasured,” an exhibit that opened last month in Yountville, is showcasing the work of a 26-year partnership between the Recology waste management firm and a host of artists. From raw materials gathered at Recology’s trash collection center in San Francisco, artists in residence craft works as diverse as typewriter-ribbon black dresses, mid-20th-century Modernist living room sets of scrap wood, and likenesses of a Disneyesque princess or Beatrice from Dante’s “Divine Comedy” – all meant to creatively call attention to the torrents of refuse generated in people’s daily lives.
The myriad ways of reshaping throwaways – and the nearly pristine condition of what people discard – can be the most eloquent message for conservation, according to Meagan Doud, curator of the Yountville museum.
“People would be surprised at what’s thrown away,” she said while the gallery was empty around noon Sunday. “A lot of the artists can’t believe the new-looking things that get thrown away, things that are still useful.”
“It’s not about beating people over the head asking ‘Why aren’t you recycling?’ It’s asking what else you can do with trash that could be useful, reimagining what your trash could be.”
Despite the weekend’s scarcity of visitors shortly after the holiday break, Doud said the recycled-art exhibit, which debuted Dec. 12 and remains on view through March 27, has attracted more committed visitors than many other showings in the Yountville gallery. “We get people staying for much longer – an hour, an hour and a half at a time – and getting engaged with the displays and the wall didactics,” she said.
“Trashed and Treasured” may mark the Recology art collection’s first appearance in Napa County, but the program has produced numerous works from more than 150 partners since its 1990 founding, according to curator Sharon Spain.
Each year, the company sponsors two artists in residence, who are invited to collect materials from the waste transfer center in San Francisco. An on-site studio provides the space for assembling art pieces and exhibiting them to visitors, and selected works are shown around the Bay Area at six to 10 exhibits annually.
“The underlying reason for this program is educational, to teach people about reuse and recycling and resource conservation,” said Spain. “We do a lot of tours for elementary-school children and the general public, so they have an opportunity to meet the artists and reflect on their own consumption patterns. This is an innovative way to get people to think about reuse.”
Messages embedded in the artworks can range from the polemical to the historic to the simply playful. At the Napa Valley Museum, Stephanie Syjuco’s replicas of 1950s living room furniture by the designers Charles and Ray Eames – but pieced from surplus lumber, old tarps, foam and duct tape – intended to point at economic inequality, shared floor space with the strangely soothing revolving motion of yellow sailcloth “petals” within A Spring Rain, a 2013 creation by Benjamin Cowden that Doud slowly cranked with the handle of a repurposed meat grinder.
Elsewhere in the gallery, a set of pale white embossings in quaint-looking cursive script were more than what they seemed at a passing glance. The creations by Julia Anne Goodman, made from rag-based paper, were in fact an homage to the lowly, anonymous women who combed the San Francisco landfill for fabric scraps to use for papermaking before the mid-1960s.
The chance to bring to light not only buried treasure but such long-forgotten stories is one way such artworks can touch the heart as well as the brain, said Spain, the Recology curator.
“Art has a way of reaching people that is unique,” she said. “It’s very different than just reading about something, because it creates an emotional response. It can be more profound.”

* "Q&A With the Proprietor of the ‘Ladybug Hotel’ " (2015-12-29, baynature.org) [archive.is/zfXIF]
“I first encountered the ladybugs that fall. We’d had a good amount of rain, so everything was wet and green and enchanted-feeling, and then here was this additional unexpected element…”


* "Democratizing Seeds, Soil, and Sun: SELC's Year in Review & What's Next!" (2015-12-21, Sustainable Economies Law Center) [archive.org/details/2015SELCYearInReview]: SELC got a lot done this year, and we couldn't have done it without supporters like you!
Here is our 2015 Annual Report as a (.pdf) [http://is.gd/H5tSrs] with links to give you some highlights of the many ways we've helped create more just and resilient local economies across the country.
In 2016, we have even bigger plans! We'll continue to build upon the work we did in 2015, and also launch new projects that grow our collective impact, such as:
Launching a 501(c)(4) policy advocacy organization that will catalyze widespread adoption of city, state, and federal policies to create local economic resilience;
Creating an international network of attorneys focused on supporting sustainable local economies;
Publishing a book about worker self-directed nonprofits;
Incubating SELC-like organizations in other parts of the country;
And so much more!
We're no longer just acting as a small-but-mighty organization. Going forward, we will be directly supporting grassroots policy campaigns led by communities around the US; new community-based law centers supporting worker coops, community solar projects, urban farms, and more in places that lack that legal support; and allied organizations that want to bring a worker cooperative academy to their community.
We're building a movement for just and resilient economies!
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* "Sustainability in Action" (2015-12-29, Bay Area Green Tours) [archive.is/Tgb7O] [begin excerpt]:
Food for Thought Tour for Oakland's Skyline High School -
We were pleased to escort the Green Academy from Skyline High School to Laney College for a hands-on experience at the student-run Mindful Garden Collective, where students learned how these resources contribute to a more vibrant and healthy community, and how our food travels from seed to package. Our fabulous new tour guide Marley Benshalom was one of the co-creators of this beautiful and productive garden, located on the Lake Merritt canal. The space is used for producing affordable organic food, school projects, and an outdoor classroom hosting experiential lectures. Laney students are currently building bee boxes and a chicken coop, as well as hosting weekly workshops focusing on soil health, meditation, yoga and nutrition. [end excerpt]


Since the inception of the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest in 2009 we have received 14,219 frog art entries from 79 countries, helping to educate and inspire students, teachers, artists and environmental enthusiasts worldwide. The 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received 1,629 entries from 42 countries. Please go view the winning artwork at: [savethefrogs.com/art/2015]
Talitha "Tai" Stills was one of our most passionate supporters. I had the pleasure to work with Tai for several years when she served as Treasurer of the SAVE THE FROGS! Board of Directors. Tai had a long history of working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, early on with environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club Palo Alto Chapter and later the Sierra Club National Headquarters. She was Executive Director for the Terwilliger Nature Education Center in San Rafael. Photo: Tai (left) and friend Roxanne (right) at the 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Show.
You can read about a multitude of Tai's environmental accomplishments at [archive.is/qJ4Ox].
From the above article:
“A couple years ago Tai was moved by a presentation by Dr. Kerry Kriger that the Environmental Committee sponsored at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Tai became involved in SAVE THE FROGS!, and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for three years. In September 2012 she put on a major fundraiser – a Frog Art Show featuring 250 pieces of art, 60 of which Tai personally mounted and framed.”


Sat. Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – On the third Saturday of every month, the community is invited to Rush Ranch for free, fun, family-friendly adventures, collectively called “Get the Rush”. Activities are led by volunteers and they vary month to month. On Sat. Jan. 16, visitors can bring their whole family for a bird workshop and walk, blacksmithing and science discovery labs. Weather permitting, they can also enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides around the ranch. They can also explore exhibits and wander trails on their own. No reservations are necessary. Everything begins in the Rush Ranch courtyard and winds down by about 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward. Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection.

9 a.m. to Noon
Bird Workshop and Walk for Beginners: Guests of all ages are invited to attend a workshop from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. where they’ll learn about a citizen science project that is not only gathering information about hummingbirds, but focusing on the habitat upon which they rely. Participants of the workshop will receive a 'Hummingbirds at Home' kit, including wildflower seeds of native California flowers, materials for creating a hummingbird feeder from recycled materials, and more. Then at 9:30 a.m. the group will walk the trails, including some hills, and learn about the birds at Rush Ranch. Participants are encouraged to bring water, and binoculars if they have them. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Blacksmith Demonstration: Travel back in time by entering a historic blacksmith shop. See blacksmiths in action using authentic tools and equipment. Guests are invited to try blacksmithing too, and may even get the opportunity to make their own iron nail or other keepsake.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Science Discovery Labs: Visit learning stations with engaging science and engineering activities for families. The activities are hands-on and self-directed. Parents guide and supervise their own children. An educator will be on hand to answer questions, support the learning, and encourage the fun.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides: Guests can admire the horses, feel the wind and take in the views as they ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are especially encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride. The wagon’s design includes a wheelchair lift.

Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  This month’s bird workshop and hike is hosted by the Napa-Solano Audubon Society. For directions and details, visit solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 203.
Solano Land Trust protects land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.