Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wake up and Rise Up!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

July 8th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
* Art Vallejo []
Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! []

Listen to a recording of the interview here [link]
Interview with 
Dr. Kerry Kriger, Ecologist and Founder of "Save The Frogs!" []
the world's leading amphibian conservation organization. We work in California, across the USA, and around the world to prevent the extinction of amphibians, and to create a better planet for humans and wildlife. Visit the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley [link].
View the "SAVE THE FROGS!" TED Video [link].
Connect with us at: [] [] [] [] [] []
Teacher's materials for classrooms: []
Message from Dr. Kerry Kriger: Manor Elementary School 4th graders raised $100 for SAVE THE FROGS! Last week I gave a presentation on amphibian conservation to these amazing students from the Manor School in Fairfax, California. They asked great questions and already knew a lot about environmental issues. They sold chocolate frogs and raised $100 for our frog conservation programs! This weekend I return to their school to assess it for its suitability as a location for a SAVE THE FROGS! Wetlands Construction Workshop in which we will build an actual wetland for frogs.
"Hi Kerry, The kids were so excited to meet you and learn all about frogs. They are 100% onboard to help save the frogs! We'll be writing letters next week to all of the people we talked about. Thanks for the certificate and for your work to save frogs!" -- Laura Honda, 4th grade teacher and SAVE THE FROGS! Member

Local Fauna of the week, and California's State Amphibian:
The California Red-Legged Frog
(Rana draytonii)

Infor from "Save the Frogs!" [link]:
The California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) has been listed on the federal Endangered Species list since 1996. The California Red-Legged Frogs were nearly eaten to extinction by the California gold miners in the late 1800's. Now they are under threat from habitat destruction, pesticides, roadkill and non-native species that eat them and compete with them for habitat. In 2013, SAVE THE FROGS! and our supporters launched a campaign to raise awareness for the frog by working towards legislation that would name the frog California's official State Amphibian. On June 28th, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation (AB2364) into law. Having the frog as our official state amphibian will help to protect the frog by educating politicians about its plight; putting it in front of many students and teachers when they study the state's official plants and wildlife; and making it difficult for those whose activities intentionally harm the frogs. This page details our efforts and all the steps in the campaign process. We hope others will be inspired to get an official state amphibian for their state as well!

Frogs Drowning In Your Pool?
Frogs regularly drown in pools in people's backyards. They enter the pool thinking it's a great place to breed. Unfortunately, it's often just a death trap, as they can't manage to climb back over the walls to escape. There are five million pools in the United States, and thus it's quite possible that over 50 million frogs die in American pools each year. Luckily, there is a solution...the Critter Skimmer! The Critter Skimmer is a magical and revolutionary device that allows frogs, turtles, mice, and other small critters to rescue themselves from in-ground pool skimmers. Animals that enter the pool can save themselves by climbing up the attached spiral rescue ramp, through the opening in the skimmer cover, and then emerging into the safety of the terrestrial realm. You may never know they were there unless you see them hopping away! Frogs won't pile up in your pool skimmer if you have a Critter Skimmer! Cool Pool Fact: The town of Groton, MA requires all pools to have Critter Skimmers!
Order your Critter Skimmer today! All proceeds support our worldwide amphibian conservation efforts
[]. Critter Skimmer photo: 

Also see:  "Knitters answer WildCare's call for nests to save baby birds" [link]

from the "Vallejo Post" weekly newspaper:

Ozcat Radio's unofficial Mascot, "The Cat of a Different Color", was on hand as Ozcat Radio DJs, including the host of the Morningshow Dr.G., and his friends in the Gathering of the Tribes, along with the famous Cat Car co-creator Xiggy of the Northbay Evolver Network!
Here we are during the fireworks show at the Vallejo waterfront:

Love Balm For My SpiritChild
Jul 11 to Jul 20
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
at "Brava! For Women in the Arts", 2781 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110
Find tickets at []
Directed By Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
Love Balm For My SpiritChild is a choreo-play based on the testimonies of Bay Area mothers who have lost children to violence. The play explores the ways in which these mothers journey together through grief.
For more information check out the project blog at:
Tickets are sliding scale $10 - $25

Transition Conversation Cafe
Tuesday, July 15, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
A lightly facilitated space for discussion of all things related to the Transition Movement
Taylor Maid Organic Coffee, 6790 McKinley Ave #170 (In The Barlow), Sebastopol

“Get the Rush” at Rush Ranch: 
Free Guided Walk, Blacksmithing & More! 

Saturday July 19th from 9:30am to 1pm
No reservations are necessary and all activities wind down by about 1pm.  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.
SOLANO COUNTY – Bring the whole family to “Get the Rush” at Rush Ranch on Saturday, July 19th.  “Get the Rush” is a series of free, fun and family-friendly activities offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.  The day is 100% volunteer-run, and timing and activities vary from month to month.
This month a guided walk starts at 9:30am, blacksmithing and a display of Native American tools and decorations start at 10am, and horse-drawn wagon rides start at 11am.
** 9:30am to 11am:  The guided walk’s theme is “Summer Surprises at Rush Ranch”, and it departs from the brick courtyard and native plant garden at 9:30am.  The theme is inspired by the beauty of Rush Ranch in the summer, and the likelihood of pleasant surprises when you walk at a leisurely pace and use all your senses to experience the marsh and ranch. Discover what makes Rush Ranch’s marsh unique and therefore nationally famous, and have fun learning about the plants as well as the birds, mammals, and other animals that call this area home.  You’ll travel less than two miles on mostly flat dirt trail, returning to the center of the ranch where the other activities take place by about 11am.
** 10am to 1pm:  Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrate traditional blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the historic blacksmith shop.  You can try your hand at blacksmithing too – you may even get the opportunity to make your own iron nail or other keepsake!
** 10am to 1pm:  Visit Little Bear at his table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted himself. Ask him about his life experiences and learn about Native American history and culture.
** 11am to 1pm: Visitors of all ages and mobility levels are invited to take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.  Wheelchair users are especially encouraged and can board via a solar-powered wheelchair lift.  Michael Muir and his team of experienced drivers and highly trained horses provide these rides so that those with limited mobility can experience the freedom and excitement of exploring beautiful open spaces like Rush Ranch.
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.  For more information, visit [], call 707-432-0150 x200 or email
Raptor at Rush Ranch_By Tom Muehleisen

Vallejo Watershed Alliance: July Activity 
Time to Celebrate!
Saturday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Blue Rock Springs Park, 650 Columbus Parkway
Every year, Alliance volunteers gather to celebrate their accomplishments. You can spend an easy morning picking up trash around the lake (come at 9 a.m.), or just stop by for a burger at 11:00. This is your party! If you come for the cleanup, wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen.
Everyone is welcome. Lunch is free, but please RSVP to (707) 644-8949 ext. 292 or email so we know how much food to prepare.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance []

Vallejo Jazz Society presents
Jennifer Lee and the Ever-Expanding Universe
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 5pm
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590
General Admission  $15($7.50 for VJS members)
Up to two children 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult
Buy tickets at the door or online at []
707.533.4593 or for information
Jazz Singer Jennifer Lee Headed To Historic Vallejo Theatre For Vallejo Jazz Society Concert -
Jazz singer and bandleader Jennifer Lee is slated to headline the latest edition of the Vallejo Jazz Society’s concert series with her band The Ever-Expanding Universe.  The singer, pianist and guitar player will appear at the historic Empress Theatre on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5pm.
A provocative blend of innocence and sophistication — that’s Jennifer Lee. While presenting herself with great style and class, Jennifer maintains a warm and unpretentious demeanor, which enables her to connect deeply with her audience. "Connection is what it’s all about," says Jennifer. "Connection with my band and connection with the listener. That’s what creates the magic. The deeper the connection, the more magical the experience for everyone involved." And connect she does, with sincerity and a perpetual sense of wonder.
Rooted in the straight-ahead jazz tradition, this San Francisco Bay Area-based vocalist/pianist/guitarist has developed a style all her own. With her warm, lovely voice, extraordinary musicality and hip sense of time, Jennifer brings each song uniquely to life. On an up-tempo tune, she really swings. On a ballad, she sings with a depth of emotion that pays homage to the music and the lyric. Whether on guitar or piano, Jennifer accompanies herself with a simple elegance and sweetness, while maintaining a deep and thrilling in-the-pocket groove. “Lee knows how to drop a jaw with her rhythm ease on guitar,” says Jean Bartlett of the Pacifica Tribune.
In addition to her love of straight-ahead jazz, Jennifer has a strong affinity for the music of Brazil.  When she sings bossa nova and samba (in Portuguese with a near-perfect Brazilian accent) and accompanies herself on guitar, you can almost feel the warm sands of Ipanema beneath your feet.
Jennifer Lee and The Ever-Expanding Universe is Jennifer Lee/vocals and guitar. Bryan Girard/saxophone, David Udolf/keyboard, Rich Girard/bass and Jim Chantelopu/drums.
Previous Vallejo Jazz Society concerts included Yancie Taylor, Denise Perrier, Larry Vuckovich, Paul Hanson, Pamela Rose, Carlitos Medrano, Le Jazz Hot, Jeff Massanari, Kenny Washington, Noel Jewkes, Frankye Kelly, Melecio Magdaluyo, Mary Jenson & Beyond Standard Jazz, Calvin Keys and Women in Jazz with Mad Duran, Elizabeth Goodfellow, Tammy Hall and Ruth Davies.

About the Vallejo Jazz Society:
A not-for-profit organization formed in September of 2010, the Vallejo Jazz Society’s mission is to heighten awareness of jazz in Vallejo and nearby communities by sponsoring concerts throughout the year at various local venues. The organization also provides jazz-related educational resources such as concerts and clinics to local schools and youth organizations.

Join us for the fifth annual Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, presenting…
A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, directed by Clinton Vidal
A FREE Community Event
July 26th & 27th, at 2pm
Hahn’s Park Ampitheatre, located in Vallejo, 198 Skyline dr. at Redwood Parkway.
Picnic style seating, bring a blanket, or your own chair.
August 2nd & 3rd, at 2pm
Martinez Waterfront Ampitheater, located in Martinez, 115 Tarantino dr., at Waterfront Park
Join the Friends of Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park! Benefits include a wine & cheese reception, reserved seating area, meet & greet with actors, and more. [VallejoShakespeare@)]

Angel Heart 4 You
501 First Street, Benicia, (707) 745-2024

Obtanium Cup Contraptor's Rally
Mad-cap obstacle rally on Mare Island near Vallejo, CA on July 27, 2014 from 3pm-9pm featuring pedal-powered hand-made contraptions, costumed characters and inexplicable challenges with flying monkeys, zombies and robots! (video made by Marc Garman for Obtanium Works)

4th annual Porch Festival
A one day event showcasing Napa musicians playing on some of the finest historic porches in our downtown Napa neighborhoods. Mark your calendar, tell your friends, fill your water bottles and grab your beach chairs. Come on out and roam from porch to porch to hear some really great music. Come on out for what promises to be a really great time!!!!
Bringing NAPA music out of the garage...
Jul 27, 2014: 1 pm - 6 pm (Sun)
Admission Info: Free.
Be sure to pick up a map of where to find the music playing in the downtown Napa neighborhoods.
Maps are available at WILDCAT, 1210 First Street, the Goodman LIbrary/Landmarks, 1219 First Street, and the Public Library, 580 Coombs St and online at
phone: 707- 255-1836

Award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” comes to Rush Ranch
Tuesday, July 29th, starting at 6pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Chasing Ice, an award winning documentary, has screened around the world in over 172 countries, 70 universities, over 75 film festivals, the White House, the United Nations, and now it’s screening at Rush Ranch.  Starting at 6pm on Tuesday, July 29th, the Rush Ranch Nature Center will be transformed into a movie theater for the 1 hour and fifteen minute film.  The showing is completely free and all are invited, but space is limited.  Reserve your seat at [].
Since its theatrical release in November 2012, Chasing Ice has received over 35 awards, including excellence in cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival.  It tells the story of National Geographic photographer James Balog’s harrowing quest to capture the world’s changing glaciers with time-lapse photography.  Learn more about the movie at [].
Sarah Ferner and Heidi Nutters of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are presenting the movie in participation with a National Science Foundation Study Circle on climate change communication.  Movie-goers are invited to stay afterward for a discussion with Sarah and Heidi about your experiences in talking and learning about climate change.
Rush Ranch is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which studies and protects coastal habitats and estuaries.
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.  For directions, visit
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Rush Ranch Educational Council, and Access Adventure.

21st annual Suscol Powwow
August 2nd and 3rd, 11am to 6pm both days
Free admission, open to the public
at the Yountville Veterans Home

Docent-Led Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve 
Saturday, August 2, 8:30am – 12:30pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Join a free guided hike of Rockville Trails Preserve on Saturday, August 2nd from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Your guide, Solano Land Trust docent Jim Hanser, will lead the hike. Participants will pass a wide variety of oaks, listen to the birds, and enjoy views of the valleys below. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
Advance registration is required – visit the “events calendar” at, go to or call Jim at 707-372-6090. Participants can expect a moderate pace, hiking 4 to 5 miles up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills. There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots on the premises yet. Dogs are not permitted. Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. Meet your guide promptly before 8:30am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Red flag conditions cancel this event. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park. These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated. Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands. Learn more at

Hike the Hills 
Saturday, August 2, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches. Jim Walsh will lead this hike on Saturday, August 2nd from 9am to 1pm. Walsh will share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and he’ll give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed to the public.
On a clear day you can see views from atop King Ranch that sweep across the Suisun Marsh all the way to the Sierras, with Mount Diablo rising to the south. From the western edge of Vallejo-Swett Ranch, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and the Napa River and marshes.
The hike is free; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at 916-870-4824 or All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants, passing free-range cattle along the way.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind, fog and the chance of rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended. Very heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Meet Walsh promptly beside his white "TruGreen" pickup truck, at the Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

National Night Out
August 5th, with block parties all around Vallejo.
National Night Out is an evening recognized nationally by neighborhood watch groups and military bases to recognize the fight against crime. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
For the first 30 groups in Vallejo who register their block party event for August 5th and turn in all required documentation, they will receive a free dumpster for neighborhood clean up as well as having the street closure permit fee waived. Please register your groups event with Tina Encarnacion in the Community Service Section at and she will get you all the required forms to fill out.

Glen Cove Marina Music, Art & Wine Festival in Vallejo 
Saturday, August 2nd from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
The festival is FREE to the public and the inspiration behind it is to bring our community together in a positive
way! It's a great time for everyone involved so don't miss out! :)
There will also be live bands for music lovers, local arts & crafts vendors (hopefully you), canoe rides, onsite
catered bbq, wine tastings, cold beer, tons of people, smiles and beautiful weather... Come one, come
all! You're all invited!

Visions of the Wild
A festival connecting nature, culture and community
September 3rd (Wednesday) to the 6th (Saturday)
What is your vision of the wild? Whether it's bird watching in your local park or backpacking through remote forest, wildness is where you find it.
The Visions of the Wild festival marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act and will feature local artwork depicting the wildness of nature. There will be author talks, a film series, art showings, panel discussions and field trips highlighting both wilderness and local wildlands. The festival will take place in Vallejo, a city known for its cultural and natural diversity and vibrant arts community. With the help of many public and private partners, the festival will spotlight the anniversary of the historic legislation that preserves and protects wilderness areas across the American landscape.
The Visions of the Wild festival celebrates these magnificent public lands and invites you to find the wildness wherever you live. Join Us!
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Monday, June 30, 2014

July 1st Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
* Art Vallejo []
Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! []

Positive News and Info!
* Have a Summer of Sharing! [link]
* Learn about starting a worker-owned business! [link]
* How to start a Repair Cafe!
* California Solar Power Capacity Setting Records!
* USC Scientists create new battery that's cheap, clean, rechargable, and organic! [link]

Public service information:
* Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region []

Local Fauna of the Week:
The Northern California Sea Otter!

Local resident Kristen Kryss Cote reports, "Otter in Benicia! Put him with the pelican and my little town is now a beach town, lol. The otter was pretty small, though, so I hope it wasn't separated from its family."
* Defenders of Wildlife []
* Sea Otter Research []
* The Otter Project []

"We Party Hard",
debut music from Danny Thomas (ft. Jarvis Price)
a new hit single from the upcoming LP "Future Movement", from Cosmic Entertainment!
Facebook [link] and iTunes store [link]

Getting work finished at St. Vinnie's Community Garden
It is just so great to drive by the garden & see awesome people like Tony & Paul planting more green stuff and adding a little yard 'bling' too!!!

From the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper for June 25th, 2014.
Pick up a copy free at the locations listed here [link]:

Mosaic art at Hogan Middle High School
Sophia Othman of Moonfish artworks is proud to say that the Hogan school Mosaic Mural is up against the wall! More info at [link], and check out the other mural made last year with student's help at Hogan Middle High School [link].
June 4th, 2014, Halfway done with the help of Marjo Eli Hughes and Daniel Panko

June 27th: All done!

Be One of 12 Artists in the 2015 Vallejo Artists Calendar

This year we will feature 12 Vallejo artists in a 2015 Calendar. It will be a beautiful, full color, 12 month 2015 calendar that opens up to 11"x17" and showcases one artist per month.
We will print 1,000 calendars that are to sell for $10 each. This will help raise funds for next year's Vallejo Open Studios. (Note: this is completely separate from the VOS Artist Directory, which features a sample image from each VOS participating artist.)
As a featured artist you will receive:
* A full 8.5 x 11 calendar page to showcase a sample of your creative genius.
* 20 calendars to sell or give out to your friends. (Additional copies can be purchased by participating artists at $5 each.)
* The goodwill associated with partnering with VOS to promote both Vallejo Open Studios and your work.
To Participate
* Reply to this email and let us know that you want to participate.
* Provide a high quality image (remember the page will be horizontal).
* Allow VOS to use your image for our fundraiser calendar (we will send you a quick agreement form).
* Contribute $175 to the printing of the calendar (you'll be able to recoup this cost by selling the calendars you receive).
How About the Cover? If you are interested in being featured on the cover, let us know. The cover artist will pay an additional $75 and will be featured in one of the 12 months as well. If more than one artist shows interest in the cover, then the 12 participating artists will vote on the cover.
Act now! The spaces are limited, and the sooner we get the calendar printed, the sooner we can begin selling. Please reply to this email confirm your interest.
Thank you! Vallejo Open Studios Steering Committee; James, Susan and Gretchen

City of Vallejo Call for Applications for Boards and Commissions
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dawn G. Abrahamson, City Clerk [] [707-648-4527]
Make your voice heard and get involved with City government. Consider serving on a City advisory committee, board and/or commission. Vallejo residents who are interested in serving on an advisory body are invited to submit an application and supplemental questionnaire for consideration.
There are currently openings on the following boards and commissions:
•    Architectural Heritage & Landmarks Commission (1)
•    Civil Service Commission (1)
•    Code Enforcement Appeals Board (1)
•    Economic Vitality Commission (3)
•    Human Relations Commission (5)
•    Library Board (3)
•    Mobile Home Rent Review Board (1 at-large member)
•    Planning Commission (1)
•    Sister City Commission (3)
•    *Vallejo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners - Housing Authority Tenant Member (1)
Applications must be received no later than close of business on Monday, July 14.

Are you concerned about the proposed Vallejo Sidewalk Ordinance?
Then you may want to sign the Petition [link]. The proposed sidewalk ordinance places responsibility for maintenance and liability of sidewalks on the property owner instead of the city.
Sarah Nichols, downtown Vallejo artist and gallery director, had this to say: "Vallejo's newly drafted ordinance makes property owners liable for the side walk and curb in front of their property. The City has practiced deferred maintenance for years and years and are now creating an ordinance where property owners will be responsible to make the repairs that should have been addressed years ago by the General Fund. Property owners will still pay taxes into the General Fund, but now as the ordinance is written, will also have to pay all permit fees, material costs, and labor to repair the sidewalk in front of their property, plus be responsible for all liability. This petition requests that a new sidewalk ordinance be written with citizen participation. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!!!"

Now Open: The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina
From the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper for June 25th, 2014:
The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina is Vallejo’s newest waterfront event venue, for the public to utilize for all their event needs. Built in 1910, The Lighthouse was originally located on Mare Island and was once the first lighthouse to mark the entrance to the Carquinez Strait. It was decommissioned in 1955 as a lighthouse and after several years of vacancy and vandalism, the building was moved by barge to its current home at the Glen Cove Marina.
After extensive renovats, The Lighthouse is ready to open its doors once again, but this time as a beautiful waterfront events center. Perfect for marriages, birthday parties and the like, The Lighthouse is ideally situated on the water overlooking Napa Valley.
In addition to hosting the perfectly piteresque party, guests also have the luxury of staying in the house itself, as it easily has more than three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal dining area, a living and entertaining space and an upper expansive deck.
The Lighthouse is locate at 2000 Glen Cove Marina Road. For additional information or to schedule a tour, contact Marie Masa, Director of Sales and Events, at 707-704-9014, or email []

The wondrous fruit harvest ritual at the Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Interview with Bob Hatton by Willi Paul, Magazine []
Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. Through our four unique programs, PFTP provides direct services that improve quality of life for people in Portland. Since its inception, PFTP has significantly expanded the number of harvesting events, amount of fruit harvested, and number of people served each year.

New Online Resource Helps Employers Support Nursing Moms at Work

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) launched a new national online searchable resource, "Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions" []. It features a variety of web-based resources designed to help businesses implement Section 4207 of the Affordable Care Act. This law requires employers of hourly workers to provide private space that is not a bathroom and reasonable time for employees who are breastfeeding to express their milk while they are at work.  
Employer Solutions includes videos and stories of over 200 businesses in 29 U.S. states, representing 22 industry sectors. It features several California businesses-including UC Davis, Reiter Affiliated Farms, and the City of Los Angeles- and practical solutions from peers in challenging worksite settings such as hotels, retail stores, and manufacturing plants.
"Employers and employees have asked for the type of information the website provides. It is easy to use and has compelling photos and videos," points out Karen Farley of the California WIC Association. CWA worked on developing the resource with OWH, Altarum Institute, Every Mother, Inc., California Breastfeeding Coalition, and other partners.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than three out of every four U.S. women breastfeed their baby after it is born. Once they return to work, however, many women stop breastfeeding if they are not provided accommodations to express milk at work.
The Society for Human Resource Management, at whose conference the website was launched today, reports that only 34% of employers currently provide designated lactation rooms for nursing women working in their company. Others provide more flexible options such as a manager's office or a temporary private structure.
The new resource gives a snapshot of creative options, from pop-up tents in agricultural fields, to partitions and screens in the corner of warehouses and converted storage rooms. "This really isn't hard, and it doesn't have to cost a lot," stated Doris McGuire of Altarum Institute.
For more information, visit [].

Report from a recent Vallejo Watershed Alliance meeting:
Jeanne Hillyard and four students from Jesse Bethel’s Green Academy presented the results of
their bird box monitoring. The students are all in their junior year. After an initial site visit and data
form review with Jeanne, the students did the rest of the project on their own. They checked the boxes
every two weeks starting February 24. They observed many empty bird boxes, and a few with wasps.
Two of the bird boxes had nests, and in March, eggs had been laid (5 in one box, 4 in the other). The
eggs were a beautiful blue, but at that point the students did not know what kind of bird was using the
nest. At the sixth visit, the babies had hatched in both nests and were all healthy and active. The
students observed an adult blue bird sitting on top of the bird box. The students are interested in
continuing to check the status of the babies, but don’t want to disturb them unnecessarily. Jennifer will
email Robin Leong for advice. VWA members suggested that the collected data be entered in We enjoyed hearing the students’ innovative solution to the boxes being too high off the
ground to observe well: they opened the side of the box and raised their cell phones high enough to take
pictures without disturbing the birds. Very creative! Grateful thanks to Jeanne, the students, and the
Green Academy for doing such a terrific job with the monitoring project.

Roundup of Fourth of July events around Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon; Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon will host parades, pyrotechnics, info from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]:
There's no shortage of Fourth of July celebrations scheduled this week in Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon. From parades to fireworks, here's a roundup of what's happening in our area:
Vallejo's 161st annual Independence Day, 10 a.m., Friday at Broadway and Tennessee streets. The parade will follow its traditional route, turning left on Sonoma Boulevard and right on Georgia Street. Vallejo's fireworks show starts about 9:15 p.m. at the waterfront.
Benicia Torchlight Parade, 6:30 p.m., Thursday (yes, July 3) on First Street. It will feature dancers, floats, clowns and entertainment.
Benicia's annual "Picnic in the Park," noon to 7 p.m., Friday at City Park, corner of First Street and Military. This family-friendly event features arts and crafts, hot food, live entertainment and children's activities. It's followed by a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.
American Canyon's Fourth of July parade, 10:30 a.m., Friday, beginning at Kimberly and Elliott drives. It features floats, classic cars and prizes.
American Canyon's "Showcasing our Community" festival, noon to 9:30 p.m., Community Park II, 20 Benton Way. This event features a flag-raising ceremony, music, games and food. The city's fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. at the park.
Mare Island Preserve fireworks viewing: The public is invited to watch more than a dozen regional community fireworks shows at the Mare Island Hill vantage point in Vallejo. Access requires walking along one-mile paved trail. Limited vehicle access will be available for people with disabilities who arrive by 8 p.m. at the trail head, 167 O'Hara Court near Railroad Avenue. No alcohol allowed.
Lynch Canyon fireworks hike: Tickets are still available to watch the fireworks from the Bay Area Ridge Trail in the Lynch Canyon Open Space Preserve. Depending on visibility, expect to see various communities' fireworks around Solano, Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, Marin and Contra Costa counties. The hike is 4.5 miles round trip, over uneven terrain, at a mostly moderately easy pace with some moderately strenuous slopes. Tickets cost $10 per person. For more information, visit []'s events calendar or call 685-5908.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be open from 10:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday with nightly fireworks shows. For more information, visit [].

The Hub Vallejo is teaming up with Townhouse Vallejo to raise money for Food Rescue on the morning of July 4th. The parade will be downtown, and we will have music at both venues, on a staggered schedule so people can go back & forth.

Independence Day Celebration!
It's that time of year again and we will be celebrating our nation's birthday with the giant puppets in the Vallejo 4th of July parade again, followed by a BBQ picnic.  We hope you can join us for this year's fun!  It's on (no surprise!) July 4.  We will meet around 9am at the corner of Tennessee and Broadway Streets in Vallejo, to assemble the puppets and work out some fun shtick for the parade.  The parade begins at 10am.  After the parade we will have a BBQ/picnic party.
Join us!  We are looking for a photographer to document the fun, people to help with shuttling parade puppeteers from one end of the parade to the other, folks to help with food (before parade snacks and beverages as well as the picnic afterwards), as well as folks to help with the puppets.
It's an event and a Vallejo tradition!
Hopefully we'll see you there!  Please RSVP (for both parade and picnic) so we can plan food, beverages and puppet staffing.  Thanks.
Michael & Valerie Nelson

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 10th Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
* Art Vallejo []
Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! []

Northbay fauna of the week:
Western Pond Turtles of Diablo Valley [link]

and, from the South Bay:
"Tiny Owls Cling to Survival Along the Bay’s Shore", 2014-02-07 from "Bay Keeper" [’s-shore]

"Solano crop value hits all-time high",
2014-06-10 by Barry Eberling from the "Fairfield Daily Republic" daily newspaper []:
Members of the Dorrough family harvest walnuts, on their ranch in Suisun Valley, in 2013. Walnuts in 2013 had a total value of $55.4 million, making it the most valuable crop in Solano County. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

Cows wander through the fields by Vanden and Canon Road on in Vacaville. According to the Solano County Crop and Livestock report, cattle and calves were the second most valuable crop for Solano County in 2013. (Daily Republic file)

FAIRFIELD — Solano County agriculture had another record-breaking year in 2013 and walnuts once again led the way.
County agriculture production had a value of $348.2 million, according to the newly released 2013 Solano County Crop and Livestock report. The performance dropped the 2012 total of $343 million into second place.
The record-breaking year came despite some weather-related setbacks for some crops, county Agricultural Commissioner Jim Allan wrote to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
“Overall low rainfall totals and late spring rains decreased production in grapes, walnuts and field crops,” Allan wrote.
The $343 million figure represents the price of the crops when sold by the farms and ranches. It does not reflect processing and other effects that agriculture has on the local economy.
Walnuts in 2013 had a total value of $55.4 million in Solano County, an increase of $8.6 million over 2012. There’s potential for still more growth. Assistant Agricultural Commissioner Simone Hardy said farmers are planting more walnuts and almonds in the Dixon area.
Cattle and calves came in second at $38.8 million, but fell almost $5 million from the 2012 value. A county report attributed this to a return to normal cow-calf operations after speculation in feeder calves.
Rounding out the top five, alfalfa had a value of $35.4 million, nursery products $35 million and tomatoes $29.7 million.
The crop in the top spot has shifted over the years. In 2009, Solano County’s No. 1 crop was tomatoes. In 2006, before the housing meltdown, nursery products led the way.
Crops listed in the crop report range from wheat to safflower to grapes to corn to watermelons.
“I like the fact we have so much diversity,” Hardy said.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation on the crop report on Tuesday. It meets at 9 a.m. in the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.
Agriculture is the top business in rural Solano County. Still, the county ranks toward the middle among California’s 58 counties in agricultural production. It can’t compete with Central Valley counties such as Fresno County, an agricultural powerhouse that has topped $6 billion in agricultural production.
“We’re not in the billion-dollar club,” Hardy said.
But Fresno County has about 2,800 square miles in agricultural production, compared to 636 square miles in Solano County. Fresno County overall is far bigger, covering about 6,000 square miles, compared to Solano County’s 909 square miles.
Solano County is a Bay Area agricultural powerhouse, though it trails the Napa County crop value of about $662 million and Sonoma County value of about $821 million.
Hardy said Solano County agriculture’s strengths include diversity and the number of farms that have been owned by local families for several generations. The county has freeway access, water, good soils and a Board of Supervisors dedicated to keeping agriculture viable, she said.

"Vallejo Admirals rally late to beat Stompers"
2014-06-08 from "Vallejo Times-Herald" daily newspaper []:
The Vallejo Admirals scored three times in the seventh inning and upended the Sonoma Stompers, 5-4, in the finale of a Pacific Association series at Wilson Park.
Vallejo salvaged the final game of the series.
Ex-Dodgers farmhand Mario Alvarez (2-0) earned the win, allowing seven hits and four runs, three earned, in eight innings. Keith Eusebio got the save with a scoreless ninth.
In the seventh, Trevor Nathanson singled home Brandon Williams and Carlos Martinez had an RBI single. The other run scored as a result of a Sonoma error.
In the fourth, Nick Boggun homered to give Vallejo a 2-1 lead before Sonoma eventually took a 4-2 lead into the late innings.
Martinez and Nathanson each had two hits for the Admirals, who improved to 4-2.
Joel Carranza was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the Stompers (4-2). Will Scott suffered the loss.
The Admirals begin a three-game series with Pittsburg starting on Tuesday

Support your home team for Baseball in the north-east San Pablo Bay!
The Vallejo Admirals schedule for Summer 2014 [link]

"Volunteers Needed - Beautify Vallejo!"
message from MoonFish Artworks, to volunteer contact Sophia Othman (510) 415 -3916
Create with us a permanent stunningly gorgeous mosaic mural that will beautify Vallejo.
Help install mosaic art at a local school.
Blog entry with more photos of the building of the mosaics by students []
In progress photo of the mosaic mural pieced by the students.

Volunteers needed to complete the work to install the enormous and gorgeous mosaic mural pieced by students at Hogan Middle School, in Vallejo, CA.  This is a community-built piece that was designed with the school staff to provide hands-on art education and experience for the students in this school which has no visual arts program.  The mural is on an outside wall facing the street and will beautify and inspire for decades to come.

We need help to install the background tile pieces today, Sunday, tomorrow, Monday.  And help to grout the entire mural on Tuesday.  The work we need help with is fun to do in a group.   Your help will permanently beautify our community.  The schedule for volunteer opportunities is below.
Please contact me to let me know you are coming and what time window works for you so i have a head count on how many folks are coming to help.  (510) 415 -3916  Sophia Othman
Drinking water and personal protective equipment (gloves) will be provided.
Schedule for Volunteer Help During Installation and Grouting -
Monday June 9th, and Tuesday June 10th
* 12:30PM-3:00PM  Early Shift
* 3:30PM-6:00PM Late Shift
850 Rosewood Drive, Vallejo, Ca.  (510) 415-3916 call or text to let me know which shift you can make.
Wear work clothes and  bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen, long sleeves, sunglasses).

as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper, available free at the locations listed at this [link].
For a small selection of Vallejo Post articles, visit their news blog [] -

as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper -

"Pirate fest to welcome rogues, rapscallions"
2014-06-09 by Donna Beth Weilenman from the "Benicia Herald" newspaper []:

"Woodstock icon salutes himself at Vallejo's Empress",
2014-06-05 by Richard Freedman from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
Country Joe McDonald has a weakness. It's not protest songs. Though he proved to be pretty good at that with Country Joe and The Fish during the Vietnam era.
No, the 72-year-old Berkeley resident's Kryptonite is ice cream. And, while Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia is up there — "That sure is good" — McDonald said he'll take on any flavor, any time.
"I'll eat any kind. I've never encountered any ice cream I wouldn't eat. When I was a kid, my dad made it. I love ice cream," he said. "I could lose five pounds if I stopped eating ice cream."
Heck, since he stopped drinking, the Woodstock icon needs some vice. In a 45-minute chat earlier this week, he proved his addiction definitely wasn't technology or anything close to pretentiousness. Not when he found his tongue, stuck it firmly in cheek, and announced he'll perform a "Country Joe Salutes Country Joe" June 22 at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.
"None of my (five) kids play music, so none will be doing a tribute to me. And I don't think Sting will be doing a tribute to Country Joe," chuckled McDonald, admitting it's all "silly and stupid and funny."
Through an aching back, McDonald still gets out and plays, mostly for benefits.
He figures he's done 3,500 gigs, none as notable as the Woodstock appearance Aug. 15, 1969 when he and the Fish belted out "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" and its catchy "One, two three, what am I fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam ..."
Because Joe slipped a certain four-letter word into the tune, he and the band were actually paid to not perform on the Ed Sullivan Show after they were already booked.
Those were the days. Not that McDonald doesn't have his moments.
"I'm a little bit snarky. That's what people would say. I'm probably a nice guy. But I can be crabby," McDonald said.
Never a social butterfly away from performing, McDonald is at ease on stage, he said.
"I don't care what size of the audience," he said, admitting it "took a long time" before he got into a comfort zone talking to his fans.
"I felt reluctant to do that," he said. "But performing? I couldn't stop. I had an obsession with music."
There's really only been two downtimes when it came to playing, McDonald said: First, when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, and secondly when McDonald stopped drinking.
"That very day Jerry died, I told my wife, 'I'm not going to die on the road' and I put my guitars away and didn't play. And when I quit drinking, I stopped playing for a year."
Fortunately, a friend convinced McDonald to get back out there and play for fun "and I started playing again."
So, of his six guitars he owns, he'll take out his trusty Yamaha FG 150 given to him at Woodstock and tote it around, including his upcoming Vallejo gig. And that's a good thing, said Empress general manager Don Bassey.
"My impression of him as always been that he is a man of passion and compassion, a great storyteller and musician," said Bassey, who first caught McDonald's act in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1970.
"It will be another thrill to see him again in our theater 44 years later," Bassey said. "Joe holds a permanent place in San Francisco rock history."
Rest on laurels? Not McDonald. He'll pack up the guitar and play on the moon if it was a cause that meant something to him.
"I do a lot of benefits," he said. "But I like to do things others won't do."
He recently did a fundraiser to stop the Oakland zoo from expanding. And another show to stop oak trees from being leveled for a Cal-Berkeley athletic facility "for a football team that cannot win a game in a stadium built on a fault line," mused McDonald. "The oak trees were lost and we lost the cause. I've played at a lot of lost causes."
Still, "I like to think globally and act locally," McDonald said, admitting he still carries an "anti-social thing."
"I don't want to put on a monkey suit and shmooze with Angelina Jolie. That creeps me out," he said.
Ditto for Facebook, "which I've never been able to figure out," McDonald said. "I forgot my password."
He also can do without Twitter. And Instagram.
McDonald laughed.
"I guess I have a bad attitude," he said.
Heck, added McDonald, he's still trying to grasp the concept of aviation.
"Most of my gigs involve air travel and I never, ever understood how planes could get in the air," he said. "I'm not a physics guy. I'm a musician."
As for some big Country Joe McDonald memorial when he finally goes, hey, said Joe, just cremate him.
"The cheapest thing possible," he said. "I'm not a big afterlife guy."

"North Bay Scene Setters: Local fashion takes root"
by Flora Tsapovsky from "Northbay Bohemian" weekly newspaper []:
While it doesn't have the size or support of the local food movement, the North Bay's local fashion scene is home to a growing coterie of designers.
"They're hiding, they're very scattered," says Andrea Kenner, a radiant fashionista herself.
Kenner, a Sonoma County native, is the owner of Tamarind, a new boutique at the Barlow in Sebastopol. After 10 years of designing ever-changing trends for fashion brands in New York City, Kenner needed to make a change.
"There was a feeling of pumping down so many things, like flipping hamburgers," she recalls. "Now I'm focusing on curating timeless pieces with a story behind them that are created in a slower process and are going to last forever."
Among Tamarind's selection of well-known luxury brands is a small selection of local accessory designers. The store carries leather bags by Chantel Garayalde, jewelry by Becky Kelso and Padé Vavra, and handcrafted scarves by A Curious Beast, all from Sonoma County.
Garayalde came back to Sonoma County in 2009 after stints in L.A and New York.
"Lately, I see more curiosity and sophistication in the local market," Garayalde says.
As a local designer, she feels less pressure compared to fast-paced Los Angeles. "There's so much talent here, even if we don't mold ourselves around trends," she says.
Kenner is determined to turn this miniature representation into a movement. To expand the local fashion community, Kenner and Santa Rosa designer Hilary Heaviside are creating a fashion "think tank" to exchange ideas and help grow the local scene.
When Kenner talks about her plans for Tamarind and the North Bay, a wishful question arises: While L.A is slowly becoming the cool, understated alternative to New York, could Northern California be next in line? Anything is possible, as the local fashion community currently leaves a lot to the imagination.
If lifestyle blogger Adrienne Shubin can't name a local fashion designer off the top of her head, what are the chances you can? Shubin, the vibrant woman behind, a Kenwood-based blog, loves shopping—online and, alas, at Macy's.
"I feel badly that my go-to places are Macy's or Goodwill, as I miss out on handcrafted, special goods," she admits. "I'd love to help the community and shop local, be exposed to more designers."
Kenner is hoping to give local fashion that exposure at an all-local fashion event at the Sonoma County Museum. The event is being imagined as part fashion show and part exhibition.
"Innovative clothing and accessories design are a natural extension of the creative culture of this region, so it's a natural fit for the museum," says Diane Evans, the museum's executive director.
Meanwhile, Kenner is putting together her own fashion line.
"We'll see what comes out of the woodwork," she concludes with shy optimism.
Better fashionably late than never.

"Hyperlocal: When Peter Lowell's restaurant says local, they mean it"
by Stett Holbrook from "Northbay Bohemian" weekly newspaper
Early this spring, there was a knock at my door. It was Lowell Sheldon, owner of Peter Lowell's restaurant in Sebastopol. He wanted to know if I would trade some of the lemons from my prolific backyard tree for a meal.
Of course I said yes. I couldn't use all the lemons, and there was something cool about sharing them with a local restaurant. While this winter's killer freeze put a big dent in my lemon crop, Sheldon was able to fill two five-gallon buckets. In return, I got a great breakfast. I felt like I played a small role in the lemon-curd tarts the restaurant made.
Turns out Sheldon sources a lot of his produce this way. Once he was out for a run and discovered a pineapple guava tree overloaded with fruit. Now he harvests some of the crop each year. He also barters for neighborhood figs, persimmons, quince, peaches, apples and other fruit.
Restaurants that tout their local and seasonal produce are now the norm. Defining local is a gray area, but not at Peter Lowell's. They are hyperlocal. They don't just serve produce from Sonoma County. The focus is on fruit, vegetables, fish and meat from western Sonoma County. Some of that comes from the numerous small-scale farms that dot the area. Some comes from Two Belly Acres, the restaurant's two-acre farm on Green Valley Road. And some comes from people like me, residents with a tree or bush that overflows with fruit once a year.
"During certain times of the year there is always going to be a glut of something," Sheldon says.
Now that the word is out about restaurant's west-of-101 sourcing, customers and local residents call when they have a surplus crop.
This gleaning started out as an economic necessity. When the restaurant opened in 2008, Sheldon's commitment to locally sourced ingredients proved costly. He grew up in Sebastopol and his family had several fruit trees. Why buy apples when he could harvest a few boxes from his mom's tree? Ditto bay leaves and lemons. In time, that neighborhood sourcing became part of the restaurant's business plan. While food costs are still high, chef Natalie Goble says seeking out neighborhood growers makes economic sense.
"There is a real sense of ownership and they also help us keep the doors open."
Of course there is a culinary benefit, too.
Goble waits for local tomatoes or blueberries to ripen to their "absolute best." The produce doesn't spend time in transit or in a distributor's refrigerated warehouse.
"We're letting the fruit or vegetable really shine," she says.
Fish and meat comes from local sources, too, but those are commercial suppliers. For legal and practical reasons, there aren't any backyard sources for beef or lamb. The restaurant also purchases some of its produce from local distributors, especially during the winter months.
There are challenges to the restaurant's über-local focus. Some diners are miffed when their burger doesn't come with a slice of tomato, even if they are available in warmer climates just a few miles to the east.
"The challenge is usually waiting," Goble says.
But it's food worth waiting for.
Peter Lowell's, 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.
Recipe: Cherry Almond Tart with Pineapple Guava Cream-
This tart recipe is a little tricky at first but once mastered it is easy and versatile. Substitute cherries for apricots, plums, raspberries, or Asian pears. The wetter the fruit the harder it can be so try to use dry dryer fruit.

Tart Shell
* 2.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
* 2 sticks butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 3 whole eggs
* 1 pinch salt
In a food processor, add flour and butter and cut till relatively even. Add sugar and salt and pulse. Add eggs and pulse till evenly distributed but not overly mixed. Remove from food processor and divide into 2 halves shaped in discs. Wrap both tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 for 1 hour. Freeze the other for next time (up to 2 weeks)
Once thoroughly chilled remove and grate into flakes on course grater. Gently spread 1/2 in removable bottom tart pan and use plastic wrap to gently press into bottom of pan. Once evenly pressed spread remaining around the edges and press to make walls of tart. Once you are happy with its looks, bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove and gently compress bottom and sides with the back of a spoon without overly working. Let cool.

Almond Filling -
* 1 3/4 cup pulverized almonds
* 1 1/2 cup sugar
* 3 sticks unsalted, softened butter
* 3 eggs
Combine butter and sugar in kitchen aid mixer until creamy. Add pulverized almonds and continue to beat adding 1 egg at a time until filling is light and fluffy.

1 lb fresh cherries (pitted with with a pitter or by halving them) -
Pat cherries dry and spread in tart shell. Gently spread 1/2 of filling over cherries and bake at 300 for 40 minutes, checking after 25 minutes. Make sure to put foil or a baking sheet under because butter will leek out. Top should be hardened slightly having a light golden brown color. Remove and let cool for at least 1/2 hour. Use second half of tart filling with remaining tart shell within 2 weeks.
Serve seasonally with whip cream. We like to steep different flowers and our cream. In early summer pick Pinapple Guava Flowers, using spongy petals(taste them as they are delicious fresh). Steep 20 picked flours in 1 cup cream for 10 minutes. Let cool, chill and whip with a touch of sugar.

Community Calender


Thursday, June 12, 2014
6 PM Potluck / 7 PM Speaker
MDUUC - Owl Room at 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
These twin sisters are setting out to climb the highest peaks on each continent. The intense publicity that their climbs have generated thus far has converted the Malik sisters into role models for their peers, particularly young women, around the world.
They plan to start a novel project 'Adventure for Peace'. They believe in helping young people transition into responsible 'global citizens' by increasing their awareness and leadership qualities through adventure so they may find peace within their hearts, where peace really starts.
More info: [] [925-933-7850]
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors
Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck). STUDENTS FREE!
If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes. No log-in required: []

Fabrice Moschetti will host his community coffee tasting amid a new show of abstract paintings by William Sievert [].

Sturgeon Mill historic steam sawmill
Free demo days
June 14 and 15th
2150 Green Hill Road, Sebastopol, California 95472
Free admission & parking

44th Annual Live Oak Park Fair
June 14th & 15th, 10 am to 6 pm.
Admission: FREE!!!
A two day crafts and arts fair in a gorgeous historic park in Berkeley, California, taking place on Saturday, June 14th & Sunday, June 15th, 2014 from 10am - 6pm! Featuring hand crafted art work, artisanal food, live music and children's entertainment.
LIVE OAK PARK~1301 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94709
Closed until Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Phone [510-227-7110]
Email []
Website []
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Bear Flag Monument Turns 100 
June 14, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the installation of the Bear Flag Monument in the Sonoma Plaza. On Saturday, June 7, there will be a commemoration of that event. Sonoma Valley history buffs and those that enjoy a party will be in attendance.
A century ago an estimated 5,000 people attended the unveiling of the statue by Governor Hiram Johnson. The Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West sponsored were sponsors.

Fighting Back Partnership in Vallejo
YOUTH PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION and 23rd Annual Calendar Contest 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 from 6 to 8pm!
Come help us celebrate all the efforts of our young volunteers and the students who have contributed artwork to the calendar contest.
Location: Joseph Room at the JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St. Vallejo
RSVP or questions, please contact Katherine at (707)651-7180.

Northern California Pirate Festival

289 Mare Island Way, downtown Vallejo
Fun For ALL AGES: Children, Adults, Teens & Whole Families!
$10 at the gate Children 11 and under free! Parking Free for duration of the fest.
Whether you love nautical music, swordfighting, sailing, cannon-battles, theater, maritime crafts, food and drink, or just shopping fer' pirate booty...there's something here for YOU!
We encourage coming out in costume...whether you dress as a historical era pirate from the Golden Age of Sail or a bejeweled Mardi-Gras Krewmate from New Orleans... whether your taste runs towards Hollywood Swashbucklers, Foreign Buccaneers from international waters or a t-shirt and jeans. Go ahead and hoist the colors! You certainly don't need to come out in costume, but when you leave you're sure to feel like a pirate!
Sail out to the PirateFest and join us for a great time!

What would a pirate have to eat? Find out with Bilgemunkey and Capt Scully with Tales of the seven seas. []

Help Student-Planted Natives Survive the Summer
Saturday, June 21
9 a.m. to noon
Vallejo Watershed Alliance []
Let’s meet at Hanns Park for a Vallejo Watershed Alliance workday to take care of the new native trees and shrubs planted by students in the spring. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We will provide water, refreshments, and all necessary tools. Park in the lot on Skyline just off Redwood Parkway.

Solstice Clothing Swap
Sunday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join us at the Sebastopol Summer Solstice Clothes Swap for a frugal and green clothing. Because RE-USING is good for you and good for the planet!. Women's, Men's, and Children's clothing! Here's how it works: Bring gently used clothing that you no longer need or love--Take what appeals to you. If you have nothing to bring you can donate five or ten dollars to LITE initiatives. If you are broke and have nothing to bring, come anyhow, and give back later. We REALLY would like more of a men's section, and more men participating.
Sebastopol Farmer's Market, the Plaza, Sebastopol

BLACK FIRE & ICE POETRY AND MUSIC AFFAIR in Richmond July 12, 2014  Saturday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, California 94804
Sponsor: Men & Women of Valor
*** Singers: Some of these artist sing, R&B and Blues. Le, Le, Thomas, inspiring, Ta'hara Mouton, Tony Rodriguez, The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Augusta Lee Collins, sensational, Rasheedah Sabreen Shakir, and amazing, Ledre.
*** Spoken Word Artist: They will touch on social issues, love and inspiration. Sonjay Odds, Lee Williams,Tanya Williams, 4 Family, Bri Nicole Blue, Alex Lee Middlebrook, Kimberly "Kimba" Mitchell, Aqueila Lewis, Nicia De Lovely, Deborah James.
These are some of the cream of the crop of up and coming artist, from the Bay Area,some have already made a name for themselves and are known in different cities thru-out the United States of America, this event promises to be uplifting, educational, and entertaining. Don't miss out,on this Great show!!! Get your tickets Now!!!
Ticket Price: $:20.00
At the door: $ 25.00
* Reid's Record, 3101 Sacramento, Berkeley, California
* The Diva's Closet, 383-17th Street, Oakland, California

Polynesian Wayfinding 
At the Planetarium, Santa Rosa Junior College
Friday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Polynesians are the world's greatest navigators who have sailed throughout the Pacific for thousands of years in their voyaging canoes without navigation instruments, using instead knowledge and observations of the stars and nature. This original planetarium show celebrates the science and art of the Polynesian Wayfinding!
$10 general/$7 for students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Cash Please!
Proceeds benefit the Planetarium and the Hui Pulama Mau Fund at SRJC []
SRJC Planetarium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa

Poetry in Soundspace Motion
Saturday, June 28, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
An evening of spoken word poetry with musical and dance accompaniment - featured performers will include: Shey with freestyle rap, Bruce Alan Rhodes and Zak Rudy doing spoken word poetry. Musicians including Ellen Cruz andZak Rudy on percussion, and an ancient tenor 4 string banjo. Dancers, belly dancers and improv, organized by Elllen Cruz featuring, Theresea Jade and Mari Lancaster.
Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th St., Santa Rosa