Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wake up and Rise Up!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th, Northbay UPrising morningshow

Community Alliance with Family Farmers' Local Food Guide [caff.org/programs/local-food-systems/local-food-guide]

California Earthquake Preparedness Month

History of the Vallejo Marine Terminal [VallejoMarineTerminal.com/here/?page_id=4607]

Participate in Vallejo Open Studios 2014! [link]

Docent training at Burbank Experiemental Farm: Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm in Sebastopol is looking for folks who would like to share their love of plants with visitors to Gold Ridge Farm. Docent traning will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 2pm. there is no commitment. Contact [erinshef@comcast.net] for more information, and check the website at [www.wschsgrf.org].

Gravenstein Apple Fair, The sweetest little fair in Sonoma ...
[www.gravensteinapplefair.com]
Gravenstein Apple Fair held each August features arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, live entertainment and farm life activities.

100 Thousand DJs for Change: Roots of contemporary music documentary; all ages, all-styles dance battles ($10 to enter) with cash and prizes, non-stop music by some of the best DJs in Sonoma County. $8 to 10 donation suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds. Noon to midnight. at the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics, 99 Sicth st., Santa Rosa. [707-528-3009] [arlenefranciscenter.org]

* Creating a City of Sharing [Shareable.net/Sharing-Cities/learn].
* Interviewed: Amanda Palmer on the Gift Economy [Shareable.net/blog/interviewed-amanda-palmer-on-the-gift-economy]
* How to Live Off-the-grid in a Tiny House [Shareable.net/blog/how-to-live-off-the-grid-in-a-tiny-house]

Find a Spring, choosing your source of water [FindASpring.com].

* "Latest Vallejo guide book features hidden gems, arts section, more", 2014-04-08 by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen [link]
* "Vallejo Admirals begin search for players for 2014 campaign", 2014-04-08 by Irma Widjojo [link]
* Solano College to hold Stop the Violence summit with Vallejo events [link]

"A direct antidote to colony collapse disorder" [kickstarter.com/projects/253186733/seedles-grow-the-rainbow]: For the past year Ei Ei and I have been developing a fun and simple way to support the declining bee populations. We took our years of experience using seedballs and innovated even further to create rainbow seedballs or what we call Seedles. We've taken permaculture concepts and strategies and packaged them in a way that everyone can enjoy. Our campaign Grow The Rainbow already has hundreds of people backing the project and we'd love if you would too! Check it out - [http://kck.st/1cQDKwQ]. Can you spread the word for us by sharing this link with friend and family who may be interested in having fun while doing good? It's the perfect design for kids age 3-12 and parents who want to get their kids involved in gardening and growing.

Join us for Earth Day in Vallejo! Both activities will take place on Saturday, April 19.
Earth Day at the Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org]
The Vallejo Watershed Alliance will join 20-30 other vendors at the downtown Farmers Market. We’ll have a booth with information about our activities and how people can help us improve Vallejo’s waterways. This is a great volunteer opportunity for our Alliance members who’d like to chat with people about what we do, and the event is great fun as well. If you would like to sign up for a 2-hour shift (which gives you lots of time to enjoy the rest of the festival and farmers market, please hit REPLY and let us know.
Creek Cleanup
9 a.m. to noon
Upper Hanns Park/Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor
Park at the dog park/skate park parking lot on Ascot Parkway. Follow the path behind the dog park, cross the bridge, and you’ll see us. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. We’ll provide water, tools, and light refreshments.


"I speak for the bees", letter by Geri Spieler of Palo Alto to the editor of "San Francisco Chronicle" [http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/letterstoeditor/article/Letters-to-the-editor-April-7-5380783.php]:
Thank you for the story of the fate of bees ("Program looks to give bees a leg up - or 6," April 4).
We can all do our part to encourage the health of pollinating bees. All it takes is to grow a few "bee-friendly" plants, whether in a pot or the ground. Also try to keep the surrounding area as natural as possible.
Another way to help track the bee count is sign up for the "Great Sunflower Project" (www.greatsunflower.org) out of San Francisco State University. You don't have to be a biologist to participate. Just count bees every week or so and log them onto the website.

Free dental clinic will serve many in Vallejo -
(report from Vallejo Times-Herald)
Hundreds of residents will be able to receive free dental services in Vallejo at an upcoming event.
The CDA Cares dental clinic will take place on April 25 and 26, beginning at 5:30 a.m., at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive.
The event is sponsored by the California Dental Association and its foundation.
Everyone will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there's a limit on how many people can be served per day, organizers said. In the past, the clinic had stopped receiving new patients by 2 p.m., and community members are advised to come early.
English-, and Spanish-speaking dentists, as well as dental and health professionals and community volunteers will donate their time, and provide cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral health education at the two-day clinic.
No identification is required to receive services offered.


SolTrans changes to bus Routes 1 and 3 in effect -
(report from Vallejo Times-Herald)
Changes to SolTrans bus Routes 1 and 3 have gone into effect in an effort to address timeliness problems on one of the routes, the agency announced.
Responding to tardiness issues on Route 1, schedule adjustments will address changing traffic conditions and slower boardings at stops along that route.
The changes affect only weekday timed stops with most changes falling within 1-5 minutes of their current departures, according to SolTrans.
Actual locations of bus stops for these routes have not changed.
Route 1's first run of the morning is most impacted by the changes as it will start 20 minutes earlier -- from 5:30 a.m. to 5:50 a.m.
For a full listing of the proposed schedule changes, go to www.soltransride.com or pick up a flier on board any of the local, fixed-route bus lines.


Tips on growing tomato by Ward Stewart, UC Master Gardener-Solano
for Glen Cove Community Association newsletter, April/May 2014 [www.GlenCoveVallejo.com]:
SPRING IS HERE!
The days are longer and warmer and it is time to think about warm-season vegetables. At the top of the list of vegetables planted by home gardeners are tomatoes. Tomatoes can be challenging because many varieties prefer hot weather with warm nights. In Vallejo we usually have cooler weather; fortunately, we have microclimates that vary greatly. If possible, identify a location in your yard that gets at least 8 hours of sun and is protected from the wind. Prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as compost or you may improve your clay soil by purchasing topsoil that is high in organic matter. It is less expensive to borrow your neighbor’s pickup truck and fill it with soil than to buy bags at your local store.
There is a wide variety of tomatoes from which to choose. When I lived on the East Coast there was no problem growing Beefsteak or other large tomatoes, however, in Vallejo I have had no such luck. My greatest successes have been with smaller tomatoes including various cherry varieties and intermediate sized tomatoes.

Tomatoes seedlings should be planted deep in the ground so that most of the stem with lower leaves removed is buried. Water tomatoes deeply and allow the soil to dry between watering.
If you choose to add fertilizer to the soil around the seedlings be sure that the nitrogen content is not more than phosphorus (the first number of the three numbers on the fertilizer is less than the second) otherwise leaf growth will be stimulated at the expense of fruiting. If you decide to add manure to the soil, do so several weeks or months prior to planting. To help increase soil temperature decrease weeds, cut a hole in a piece of plastic and put the plastic on the ground around the seedling. Cover the plastic with organic mulch in order to prevent the soil from becoming too warm for the roots. The mulch should not touch the stem of the seedlings.
Tomatoes may be planted in April and May; however, weather is a factor in determining when to plant. Since soil temperature significantly affects growth, it is best to wait until the soil has warmed before planting.
Once the plants have begun to grow, they should be supported. There are a number of ways to do so including staking, buying tomatoes cages or creating your own supports using wire fencing.
Don‘t overwater your plants and keep an eye out for green caterpillars on your vines. Finally, as your crop ripens, enjoy them in salads and other dishes, share them with friends and be prepared to freeze or dry the surplus!



A special message from Benjamin Buggs, Founder and Director of Faith Food Fridays [www.faithfoodfridays.com], a ministry of Faith Bible Church of Vallejo [www.fbcvallejo.net]:
Faith Food Fridays provides weekly free food, groceries and other items to Vallejo area individuals and families in need. Since June 24th, 2011 Faith Food Fridays has provided more than 30,000 families with healthy meals and the need has increased from an average of 60 to more than 150 families per week.
Every Friday between the hours of 3 to 6pm, community members in need are invited to come by, fill out a short form if they are new and receive a box filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy and dry goods. Everyone is offered prayer with specific prayer requests sought. After that, they are free to ‘shop’ for free clothing, shoes and small household items. Children are invited to choose a book, after which they can pick out a small toy.
Donations are gratefully accepted to assist in this important effort. We are in need of food donations, books and toys, cleaning supplies, and personal care items. You can also donate your time, our hours are Monday mornings between 8:30 and Noon, Thursday evenings from 4:30-7:00pm and Fridays 2-6pm. We can also sign off on community service hour requirements.
Faith Food Fridays mission is to give individuals encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow, by showing them God’s love for them and all people. We believe in providing a place where recipients can improve themselves, their families and eventually, our entire Vallejo community.
Currently Faith Food Fridays is funded by Faith Bible Church of Vallejo, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, as well as many local businesses and community member donations.
Our guiding scripture comes from the book of Mark, where Jesus feeds the five thousand. It was late and his disciples wanted to send the people away so they can go and buy themselves something to eat. “But he answered, “You give them something to eat” Mark 6:37


Vallejo’s Earth Day Activities
It’s spring, and the perfect time to celebrate Earth Day! You’ll find a host of activities to choose from, and the whole family will enjoy. Readers can call 645-8258 for more information.
Saturday, April 19 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Earth Day at the Downtown Vallejo Farmers’ Market on Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia
Highlights include:
• Jugglers & performances
• Climbing wall
• Face painting
• Music
• Door prizes
• Kids craft projects and games
• Loma Vista Farm animals to pet
• California native plant sale
• Info on less toxic products for your garden
• Bring in your old mercury thermometer and receive a FREE fever
thermometer in exchange at the Vallejo Sanitation booth
• Check out the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf
• Recycled Art Contest winners will be announced!
The Vallejo Watershed Alliance is hosting a creek cleanup that morning as well; for details and locations visit www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Vallejo’s Earth Day is sponsored by the Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District, VALCORE Recycling, Recology Vallejo, City of Vallejo, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, Solano County Fairgrounds, A-1 Guaranteed Heating & Air, and the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.


Big Ups to all the poets who came out for the recent National Poetry Month reading at the JFK Library in Vallejo:

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 8th, Northbay UPrising morningshow

Announcing the new vintage video game online museum, have fun while on your desktop!
Preserved courtesy of Archive.org, and it's library of video game consoles [Archive.org/details/consolelivingroom], for example, the Ataru 2600 [archive.org/details/atari_2600_library]

* "Innovative Microgrid Project Is Centered Around A Solar Village" [link]
* "US diners gorge on oysters as polluted bay revives" (Massachusetts)  [link]
* "For Bob Smith, helping at museum preserves his love of Mare Island", 2014-03-25 by Sarah Rohrs from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]
* "Admirals announce 2014 season schedule", 2014-04-05 from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]


News and info from the Ecology Center:
Contact Us! [info@ecologycenter.org] [ecologycenter.org] [510-548-2220]
Big News that Berkeley's School Garden Program Will Continue Next Year. Big Win! Berkeley's School Garden Program Will Continue On...
The school garden and cooking program in Berkeley has been helping our kids eat right and stay healthy for over a decade. This program established a model that has been used in schools across the country. It has continued to run despite losing millions of dollars from its budget because of heroic efforts and leadership on the part of parents, teachers, community members, and the Board of Education.
 The Berkeley Food Policy Council, convened by the Ecology Center, has led efforts to work with staff, decision-makers, and the School Board to keep this program going. A significant victory was won at the last meeting, as the Board approved enough funding for the program to continue in the 2014-2015 school year, although on a scaled-back basis. The funding cuts from 2012 have taken full effect, and the program has been forced to strategically focus on a district-wide pre-K through 7th grade gardening program. Sadly we will lose the cooking programs this fall.
Fundraisers and events to help bridge funding gaps for next year's program continue to be organized. Stay tuned to the Ecology Center's blog [http://ecologycenter.org/blog/] and Facebook feed [https://www.facebook.com/ecologycenter.org]. We also encourage you to follow the Berkeley School Gardening and Cooking Alliance Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleySchoolGardeningandCookingAlliance].

Have you signed on to support the Berkeley Healthy Child campaign? Help Make Berkeley's Future Healthy! Join the Healthy Child Campaign Event on 4/26/14. [berkeleyvsbigsoda.com/join]
This is an effort to improve children's health by taxing sweetened beverage distributors and supporting health and nutrition programs. The Ecology Center is supporting this Coalition as a part of our work to reduce health disparities from diet-related illnesses.
Come to the next Healthy Child Coalition meeting on Saturday, April 26th! At this event, supporters will have a chance to hear updates from the campaign, sign up for volunteer opportunities, or get resources to host a house party. This community-led effort is gearing up for election season, and we need all our supporters to join us to spread the word about this effort to bring a healthy future to Berkeley. Mark your calendars for the next Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition meeting! 
When:  Saturday April 26th, 2 to 5 PM.
Where: Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 1823 9th Street (corner of Hearst) in Berkeley
Who: Newcomers, meet at 2 PM; regulars, join in at 2:30 PM
Questions?  Check out [BerkeleyvsBigSoda.com] or email [info@berkeleyvsbigsoda.com]. 
You can also engage with this campaign through social media. Like us on Facebook [www.facebook.com/berkeleyvsbigsoda] & follow us on Twitter @BerkvsBigSoda. Spreading the word online can be a great way to support this effort, too!
The Ecology Center and community members involved in the Healthy Child Coalition are hoping that the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax will be a long-term source of funding for healthy food access and nutrition education programs in Berkeley.
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These partnering businesses are also offering Ecology Center members special deals to save on solar power:
* Paramount-Solar City: Find out how much you can save with a solar panel installation from Paramount-Solar City. They are offering an additional $400 rebate to current Ecology Center members who choose Paramount-Solar City to install solar panels on their house. To find out how much you can save, contact Bruce Rosenberg at (510) 712-8737. Or visit them at the Berkeley Farmers' Market, April 12th.
* BrightCurrent [http://www.brightcurrent.com/] is passionate about their mission of providing the most simple pathway to affordable, clean power. They are offering a $500 signing bonus to current Ecology Center members to go solar! They will be the Berkeley Farmers' Market on April 24 and 26 to answer questions and explain their program.


Vallejo Community Arts Foundation Forum
THURSDAY - APRIL 10TH - 7 PM,
at the Empress Theatre, 330 VIRGINIA ST.
For more information contact Erin Bakke [702.339.4249], or Vallejo Arts Alliance [artnews@artvallejo.org].
Interested in the future of the arts in Vallejo? Questions about How VCAF Works? Or How You Can Participate? VCAF invites you to an open forum for all members of the public to attend.  Meet your VCAF board, learn about its history,  mission in the community and goals for the future.  There will be open forum time for questions and public discussion. Hope to see you there as we continue to build a thriving and collaborative Arts Community! Viva l'Alliance!


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., April 10th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


This Week! Drum Clinic & Chop Talk w/ Byron Cage!
At Consumer Music [www.consumermusic.net] [927 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707-642-7368] [consumermusic@sbcglobal.net]




2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, April 11th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


ARTISZEN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER IS HAVING A 3 IN 1 EVENT THIS FRIDAY!

Greetings Artiszen Cultural Arts Center Community!
We are all still blown away by the success of our Evocare Photography Show that has been going on since March 15th! We would like to THANK EVERYONE who came to the launch and those who continue to stop by to see the exhibit. There has been so much positive feedback from the community about the amazing artists and their work. We have lots of exciting shows coming up that are going to be just as spectacular! 
And now that we have shown what we can do as a gallery space, we would like to expand into the next phase of our work as a Cultural Arts Center which is going out into the community and teaching art to our local youth and giving them a place to gather, create, and exhibit their work in an all inclusive, safe, youth friendly space.
But we need help from folks like you to keep the "Art of Community" going at Artiszen CAC. We would like to put a call out to any artists, musicians, teachers, mentors, folks who have knowledge about non-profits, handy-men/women, or just plain kindhearted people who would like to be a part of our collective. If you would like to be a part of the excitement that is happening in downtown Vallejo, please come by and see us!
This Friday Artiszen CAC is having a 3 in 1 event, so it's the perfect time to come visit!!
It's the last day of our Evocare Photography Show! We will be having a raffle, some prizes include: photography by Dan Chase, Sari Blum, and Jim Hedrickson; a CoolPix Digital Camera; an original painting by our very own Verlannia Manchester and more...
It's our monthly Gallery 11:11 Event! So we will be open from 11am to 11pm with all the evening time entertainment and community gathering that you're used to but with a few surprises thrown in! Bring a dish to share if you feel so inspired.
It's also Downtown Vallejo's 2nd Friday Art Walk so all the artist studios will be open. Come out and enjoy all that the Downtown Vallejo Arts and Entertainment district has to offer!

Please join the cultural event happening April 11, 2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk and visit my gallery, open 5 to 10pm @ 700 Marin st., [williamsievertstudio.com].







2nd Saturday bands
Sat., April 12th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Coastal Wildflower Day
April 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Coastal Wildflower Day supports California State Parks’ stewardship of the natural resources on theSan Mateo coast.  This year, we’re celebrating  the State Parks’ 150th anniversary.  This event is filled with many family-friendly activities such as on-going tours of the native plant nursery and gardens, wildflower hikes to restored areas, a morning habitat restoration project, games and educational activities for youth, native plant garden resources, State Park history and more. Coastal native plants and seeds are available for a donation to take home for your garden.  And the Park Store is offering a tax-free day to celebrate coastal wildflowers.
For more information, visit the Coastside State Parks Association website (www.CoastsideStateParks.org) or contact Cecily Harris at CHarris@CoastsideStateParks.org.


Hike the Hills
Saturday, April 12, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
SOLANO COUNTY, CA – Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches – on Saturday, April 12th from 9am to 1pm with naturalist Jim Walsh.  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 james.walsh@landcare.com.  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, thorny plants, and thistle, 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 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.
Since its founding in 1986, Solano Land Trust has permanently protected over 22,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano County.  Learn more at [www.solanolandtrust.org].
King-Swett Ranches (Photo by Doug Wirtz)






North Bay Drummm Circle 
April 13th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Loma Vista Farm "Clean Sweep" Work Day, Garden Dedication Ceremony & Potluck
Saturday, April 19
9:00AM-12:00PM
150 Rainier Avenue, Vallejo
Volunteer host: Shelee


Earth Day Creek Cleanup
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
9 a.m. to noon,
at upper Hanns Park / Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor.
Park at the dog park/skate park parking lot on Ascot Parkway. Follow the path behind the dog park, cross the bridge, and you’ll see us. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. We’ll provide water, tools, and light refreshments.


350 Bay Area's Earth Day San Francisco Action Parade and Rally, 4/19/14 
Let's put the political in Earth Day! Join us in a march for Climate Justice and the Earth on April 19. Starting from Justin Herman Plaza at 11:30 AM, the parade will end at the UN Plaza, with a rally and speakers at 1pm. Bring your non-carbon polluting form of transportation - bike, electric vehicle, or your feet! 
We are honored to host global climate leader, noted environmental author and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, who will speak at the rally. 
Check out the Earth Day San Francisco Festival [http://www.earthdaysf.org/earth-day.html], taking place at UN Plaza for all sorts of eco-friendly interactive activities, products, music and more!
The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition and the Ecology Center are co-sponsoring this Earth Day event. Click here for more event details [www.350bayarea.org/4780/earthday-sf].


“Get the Rush” at Rush Ranch
Saturday, April 19, 10:00am-1pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Bring the whole family to Get the Rush on Saturday, April 19, from 10am to 1pm at Rush Ranch.  Get the Rush is a series of fun activities offered on the third Saturday of every month.  It’s 100% volunteer-run and free to the public.
10am to 1pm:  Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrate traditional blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the ranch’s historic blacksmith shop. This is an interactive program - 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 hand-crafted himself. Ask him about his life experiences and the history and culture of Native Americans.
11am to 1pm:  Visitors of all ages and mobility levels are invited to jump aboard a horse-drawn wagon ride, weather permitting.  Wheelchair users are 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.
No RSVP is necessary.  These activities wind down 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. For questions, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.
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.  Learn more at www.solanolandtrust.org.




Geology Exploration Hike Scheduled at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, April 19, 9 am – 1pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Where did all those rocks come from? Explore rock types and sources at Rockville Trails Preserve in Fairfield on this free docent-led hike Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Are the rocks related to the collision of the Pacific Plate and underlying movement beneath the North American Plate? What is under the ground of the Preserve? Did you know you can see a portion of the Cordelia Fault line at the Preserve? What is the relationship of that fault and the nearby Green Valley Fault to the San Andreas Fault? Where was the nearest volcano—was it Mount Diablo, was it near Napa and Sonoma? When were these rock formations created? Hikers will also look for the effects of landslides and erosion. This is not a technical geology hike—it is a layperson’s physical geography trek covering about 4 miles. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
Space is limited and advance registration is required.  Visit http://conta.cc/1keBfsl, http://www.solanolandtrust.org/CalendarList.aspx or call Lorenzo at 707-330-7263.  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 hikes. Meet your guide promptly before 9 a.m. 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.  Heavy rain cancels. Call Lorenzo if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and lunch. 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, rain). 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 solanolandtrust.org.



Marsh Walks at Rush Ranch
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day), 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
SOLANO COUNTY – Two docent-led springtime hikes are being offered in April at Rush Ranch near Suisun City.  Participants will be guided on leisurely walks along the Suisun Marsh, the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America and a critical part of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem. These hikes are free and children ages 7 and up are encouraged to attend with their grownups.
On Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., join a fun and informative walk called "Adventuring at Rush Ranch: Birds, Marsh Plants, and the Estuary". Your guide will be naturalist Jane Hawkes. As you explore, you'll learn why Rush Ranch is locally loved and nationally famous. If desired, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward. RSVP to Jane at janeannhawkes@gmail.com or 707-673-7548.
On Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., take a short hike with your guide, Gayle, to an overlook and along the marsh to observe the plants and animals here. Learn the importance of our marsh habitat and how we can protect it. Space is limited.  RSVP to Gayle at 707-745-8322.
For both hikes, bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements.  Binoculars and insect repellent are also recommended. Rain will cancel these events. For questions or if the weather is uncertain, contact your guide.
Meet your guide in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit. 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.
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.  Learn more at www.solanolandtrust.org.
Rush Ranch marsh view photo by Solano Land Trust


Red Dragonfly Productions presents Comedy at the Empress with...
Will Durst’s BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG

Written and Performed by Will Durst
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707.552.2400]
[EmpressTheatre.org]
$17/advance and $20/door General Admission
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
Hotel Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott, Vallejo – Napa Valley
Comic Political Satirist Brings One Man Show To Empress Theatre -
Will Durst’s new solo show Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG lands on the stage of the Empress Theatre on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8pm.  BoomerAging is a tribute to the joys, achievements and looming terrors that accompany being a member of the Baby Boomer Generation. It assesses their still vibrant role in today’s youth- obsessed society and celebrates them for refusing to grow old in the face of changing times, gravity and the reflection that greets them daily in the mirror.
Utilizing technology specifically designed not to spook the target audience (overhead projector) Durst will explore the Boomers’ revolutions, evolutions and explain how best to embrace the encroaching wrinkles. He also promises to shamelessly stroke the egos and pat the hands of the self- described Most Important Generation of All Time through show segments entitled Racing From The Shadow Of A Mushroom Cloud. The Blinking VCR. Hey You Punks, Get Off My Wireless Router. The Brightside of Extreme Maturation. From Summer Of Love To Winter Of Our Disbelief. Everything You Wanted To Know About Decrepitude But Were Afraid To Ask & Hope I Die Before I… Oh, Too Late.
Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice overs and stand up comedy into a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense.
His abiding motto is “You can’t make stuff up like this." The New York Times calls him, "quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today." He writes a nationally syndicated humor column and is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News & Current TV.



Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., April 24th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Coal Shed presents Jose Martinez
Take a moment to slip away from the mainland and visit us at the Coal Shed on Mare Island, April 26th, 5 pm until 9 pm. Our own Jose Martinez is featured in the Tim Rose Gallery with guest art student Ashley Foux.  It promises to be a great show, there will be food and drink and as always, the magical Coal Shed vibe. We hope to see you there! 

How to Find the Coal Shed Studios, 153 Waterfront



Vallejo Grown Potluck
hosted by Loma Vista Farm, 150 Rainier Avenue, Vallejo
on Sunday, April 27, 5PM-7PM.
You're invited! If you haven't been to Loma Vista yet, you're in for a treat.
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Message from "Vallejo Garden Network":
Vallejo People's Garden volunteer Sarah Stroup gave away many bags of beautiful fresh kale from her own home garden to other volunteers at Sunday's potluck. If you haven't tried it yet, KALE CRUNCH is our favorite kale recipe of the month.  It's quick, easy, and delicious! It would be great recipe for kids. We follow Mollie Katzen's recipe, [link]. 


EcoHouse Tour: Climate Action and Adaptation, a demonstration of sustainable living
Sunday, April 27, 2014 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Address: [1305 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, CA, 94702]
Cost: Free
Event Phone: (510) 548-2220 ext. 239
Event e-mail: [register@ecologycenter.org]
Event URL: [ecologycenter.org/ecohouse/]
EcoHouse Tour: Climate Action and Adaptation will provide inspiration to reduce your climate impact and climate change's impact on you. We'll present ideas for do-it-yourself projects, and the tour will also include a general overview of the water-saving features of the EcoHouse.
Space is limited. Pre-registration by email or phone required.
Join us for an exciting and informative walking tour of our eco-demonstration home and garden. Draw inspiration to reduce your climate impact and climate change’s impact on you. We’ll present ideas for do-it-yourself projects.
How can using recycled cardboard boxes restore the soil in your yard and allow you to grow a thriving, toxin-free garden? What is a food forest and how can you create one? How can you get your roof to filter air pollution, help prevent flooding, and reduce your need for heating and air conditioning?
This introductory tour features our toolshed built with four different natural building methods – strawbale, rammed earth, clay, cob – all topped with a living roof; our constructed wetlands and simple laundry greywater system; an 1100 gallon rainwater cistern; a native raingarden; three kinds of compost; and a lot more.
We’ll give you an idea of what’s possible for an urban home, and provide useful resources and referrals to help you take the next steps.


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., May 8th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm






2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, May 9th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Saturday bands
Sat., May 10th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


North Bay Drummm Circle 
May 11th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., May 22nd, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


North Bay Drummm Circle 
June 8th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., June 12th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, June 13th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Saturday bands
Sat., June 14th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., June 22nd, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm



Pacific Vibes! Tuesdays 9pm to 2am, and Fridays 6 to 9am
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Monday, March 31, 2014

April Fools, Northbay UPrising morningshow

We are now OzDawg radio, 89.5FM KZDG!

The management of our Community FM radio station is pleased to announce a new change in our station's format. We made this switch thanks to our new director, Susie, a Black Labrador and longtime Oz Fam.
Now, dig the awesome Hippy tunes of Happy Dog Music! [www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze6vc5c8OvA]
Here's an excerpt from our new animal liberation news program (listen to them yap!), and there's a new show for culture and community (more yapping), and a new segment with interviews of awesome local personalities (lots of yapping). [www.youtube.com/watch?v=owrMqbAvL-I]
More programming includes:
* 4 hours of Quality Dog Barking [www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-oVjj9Mp4]
* Howling Dogs! [www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUb427kLYS4]
* Cat Fights! (in Stereo) [www.youtube.com/watch?v=9flz8FcPACw]

Join the Pack! at the Wardlaw Dog Park
Location: Ascot Parkway – across from Bethel High School
[http://www.gvrd.org/?page=Wardlaw_Dog_Park]

In May, 2006 the Vallejo’s new 2.2 acre Dog Park opened at this site. It includes two separately fenced areas: a small one for elderly and shy dogs, and a much larger fenced area for active dogs that enjoy romping and socializing. Dog owners will find shared watering/washing facilities with positive drainage that receives multiple treatment before it enters the storm drain system. Multiple picnic areas are provided around the site for all users. The site includes a restroom, a bridge to the Blue Rock Springs Corridor, and a parking lot with room for concession trailers. The park also features a bantam soccer field.

Bark for a new Dog Park! [www.vallejodogpark.com]
* "Unofficial Mare Island dog park dumped" (2011-05-24, Vallejo Times-Herald) [link]
* Dog owners seek a new dog park off Wilson Avenue (2012-09-02, Vallejo Times-Herald) [link]
* "Petition in favor of a dog park in Vallejo" [http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/yes_vallejodogpark/]:
To: Citizens To: Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD): The goal of this petition is to support the construction of a 5 acre, enclosed dog park at Wardlaw Park. It is essential to have your voice heard if you want this dog park. The GVRD is now considering the amount of space it\'s willing to allocate for the dog park. It\'s looking like it might not be as large as we feel is needed to represent the 118,000 residents of Vallejo (FYI, Benicia has 30,000 residents with TWO dog parks). The GVRD is also feeling a lot of pressure from residents to make the skate park a priority in building. Let your voices be heard, sign this petition and get your neighbors and friends to sign too. Vallejo city ordinance mandates dogs be kept on a leash in public areas for the protection of fellow residents, as well as the dogs themselves. As you are aware, several dog parks have been constructed over the years to provide safe places for dogs to gather and play legally \"off-leash\". Unfortunately, there is not one of these dog parks in the city of Vallejo, where many dog owners reside. Therefore, we are asking the GVRD to construct a dog park at Wardlaw Park for the following reasons: + There is not a facility in our to accommodate safe, \"off-leash\" activity + Such a facility would resolve the ongoing angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to the park + Many dogs need exercise over and above human limitations; leashes limit the dog.


A public service announcement from OzDawg: Tell your representatives to represent your interests, and support legislation against Animal Cruelty (and to support programs for the People, too)!


April 1st, Northbay UPrising morningshow


Citizen Science campaign in San Francisco peninsula [link]

"Restoration under way at Presidio's Mountain Lake" [link]

"The Story of the Mommy Hummingbird at American Canyon"
by Wendy Schackwitz [925-963-4871] [napa-solano-birds (@) outlook.com],
Educational Chair for the Napa-Solano Audubon Society
[www.napasolanoaudubon.com].
We have three different hummingbirds that we can easily see in
Napa-Solano County: Anna's, seen year round; Rufous, which passes through the San Pablo bay as it migrates between Mexico and the Pacific Northwest; and Allen's, who spends its summers with us, then winters in Mexico. Determining which hummingbird you are looking at can be very challenging. The male Anna’s hummingbird has a jewel tone green back and tail with an iridescent red head, male Rufous hummingbirds have a brick-red back and tail, and male Allen’s hummingbirds have an iridescent green back and a brick-red tail. You can get a free ID guide on our website (napasolanoaudubon.com/nsas/uploads/Monitoring/Hummingbirds) by clicking the link at the very bottom of the page. 
Both the Anna’s and the Allen’s hummingbirds build nests here, whereas the Rufous builds their nests much further north. For hummingbirds, only the female builds the nest, incubates the eggs, and takes care of the chicks. The dad stakes out a patch and guards it, allowing his girlfriends access and jealously chases away any other males that are in his patch. What he is guarding are the flowers in his patch. 80% of a hummingbirds diet is flower nectar, the other 20% are small bugs. A hummingbird will eat twice its weight in nectar every day. This would be like a human eating 1,000 hamburgers every day! That’s a lot of flowers!
The female hummingbird builds her nest out of plant down (like cattail fluff or the cotton from cottonwood trees) and feathers. She then uses spider webs to glue it all together, and decorates the outside of it with lichens and moss, making it almost impossible to see. She lays 2 tiny eggs about the size of a jelly bean. It takes about 2 weeks for the eggs to hatch and about 3 additional weeks before the babies are old enough to leave the nest.
When on my last Beginning Birding Walk (March 8th), one of the participants located a nest in a Eucalyptus tree near the walking path. The mother was seen wriggling down into her nest and adding a few finishing touches to her nest. On March 13th, I was out with Donaldson Elementary with three of the 5th grade classes. About 100 children were out visiting the wetlands and taking a tour of the waste treatment plant. I was able to relocate the nest and get a good view of it in my spotting scope and all the kids were able to watch the mommy hummingbird through a spotting scope we provided. It was great fun to see the awe on their faces and hear the "oohs!" of excitement once they were able to see the nest really close. On March 22nd, one of our members went and visited the nest and viola! There was a chick! She got a great photo of the mommy hummingbird feeding the chick. (see the attached photo of the mommy hummingbird feeding the baby). With luck this little one will successfully be out of the nest in a few weeks and then the mommy hummingbird will start all over again.
Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds and want to help scientists understand what they are feeding on? Help us out by submitting your hummingbird sightings to the citizen science project hummingbirds at home.  You can participate at a level that fits your schedule – from one sighting to watching hummingbirds over several weekends throughout the program. [http://www.hummingbirdsathome.org/]

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Beginning Bird Walk and Bird Song Workshop, Saturday April 05, 9 AM.
Learn how to identify bird songs, followed by a bird walk in American Canyon Wetlands.
Why do birds sing? How can you tell birds apart by their songs? Join Wendy Schackwitz to learn how to ID five different birds from their song alone. You will also learn about apps for your smartphone that can help you learn more songs and identify birds in your yard and in the field. Workshop starts at 9am near the American Canyon Wetlands parking lot at Wetlands Edge Road and Eucalyptus Dr., followed by a walk around 10:00 that will end around noon. The walks are on flat ground, and appropriate for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).


"SolTrans discounts passes for area youth; Buses promoted as spring break-friendly"
2014-03-27 by Donna Beth Weilenman from "Benicia Herald" [http://beniciaheraldonline.com/soltrans-discounts-passes-for-area-youth/]:
Solano County Transit is selling discounted local youth day passes through April 6, Jessica Deakyne, program analyst, said.
“The specially priced passes are available to anyone between 6 and 18 years old, and will be discounted from $3 to $2,” she said.
The passes can be used on all SolTrans local and fixed routes, she said. They can be bought onboard the buses only.
The discounted tickets are being sold at the Vallejo Transit Ticket Center Office and at other vendors.
SolTrans provides bus service that connects to multiple destinations throughout Vallejo and Benicia, particularly places where youth are likely to go during spring break, Deakyne said.
“For example, youth can take Route 5 to Discovery Kingdom or Route 7 to the Century Movie Theatre,” she said.
SolTrans Executive Director Mona Babauta said the promotion is designed to demonstrate the ease and convenience of riding SolTrans to travel to and around Vallejo and Benicia.
Babauta said she hopes “this promotion will result in more of our young citizens discovering the bus as an easy way to get around during spring break.”
Those interested may visit the “News” section of the SolTrans website, www.soltransride.com, or call its customer service number, 707-648-4666.


"Rio Vista High School goes to the birds"
2014-03-31 by Susan Hiland from "Fairfield Republic" [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/education-news/rio-vista-high-school-goes-to-the-birds/]:
RIO VISTA — Friday was a day for the birds at Rio Vista High School. At least for a core group of students.
Stars of a new conservation program spread their wings before students in the school’s agriculture, Earth science, biology and animal science classes during a presentation on protecting the environment – particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region.
Hawks, Honkers and Hoots is a new nonprofit that formed last year as a teaching organization dedicated to exploring our local environment and winged friends, according to the organization. The nonprofit will customize presentations for schools or organizations to help educate the public on preservation and conservation of natural habitats.
The nonprofit brought four types of birds in for students to view: a red-tailed hawk, Murphy; a Western screech owl, Clicky; a burrowing owl, Digger; and a peregrine falcon, Bolt. All the birds are raptors, so they are predatory creatures that might be at the top of the bird food chain, but are not immune to sickness and death from human trash.
“We focus today on the reason for keeping the Delta clean,” Kelli Moulden, co-founder said. ”The birds can be injured easily by actions we don’t think about.”
All the birds have some kind of problem that prohibits them from being released back into the wild.
The red-tailed hawk is a survivor of West Nile virus, which left her with nerve damage in her claws, making it difficult for her to grasp prey. The Burrowing Owl is blind in one eye, which makes him easy prey. Bolt was found in a garden, unable to fly. After being examined by a veterinarian, it was determined his wing had to be cut nearly in half.
The birds are given a new life as diplomats for wildlife. They go around to schools, serving as examples of the types of creatures who can and are harmed by human trash.
In addition to presentations, the organization also does hands-on cleanup of the Delta and other areas that need it. It is looking for volunteers to help clean the Delta waterway from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at Lower Morrison Creek and Sherman Island. Also, if landowners in the Delta area have illegally dumped tires that could be recycled, they will be accepting them at the Sherman Island cleanup area.
For more information on Hawks, Honkers, and Hoots, go to www.hawkshonkersandhoots.org.



Pacific Vibes! Tuesdays 9pm to 2am, and Fridays 6 to 9am
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

News & Info for March 25th, 2014


Interview with Evelyn Polk "Mis. E.", LMFT.
"Heart Work in the Village"
Sunday, March 30th, 3pm to 5pm, at the McCree Goudeau Gallery [930 Marin st., at the corner of Florida st.], in beautiful downtown Vallejo's Art District, a FREE Community Event! Donations accepted. Part of a series of book signings and author talks in honor of Black History Month, and internatinoal Women's History Month, featuring the art of Monica Clark, Cheryl Mitchell & Mihr'un'nisa!
Affectionately called "Ms. E" and referred to by many youth and families as “The Heart Lady”, Evelyn Polk is a licensed marriage, family & child therapist, in private practice for over 21 years. For over 30 years Ms. E has had the combined experience of counseling numerous children, youth, couples and families, serving in various agencies and positions as a Social Worker in the Department of Social Services, Counselor in Residential Treatment, and Therapist in Day Treatment, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Outpatient Mental Health Programs. Having the combined experience of listening to the hearts of many, being a single foster and adoptive parent, and caregiver to a developmentally disabled sister, Ms. Evelyn has much to share about the joys, pains and humor of care giving and relationships, and now speaks back into the hearts of youth and adults. The most valued experiences Ms. E brings to her work are her personal experience and commitment as a parent, and the long-term mentoring relationships which have been maintained over decades. Find out more, by visiting [TalkToMsE.com/IT-S-HEARTS-WORK.html], or by calling [707-553-1971].

* Founder/Director of "For A Child's H.E.A.R.T., Inc." [www.forachildsheart.org], "Do something special for a child’s heart”, a non-profit organization for providing scholarships to recipients of the Annual “Les Brown Heart of Dreams & Tenacity Award”. Recipients are current, transitioning, and former foster youth who demonstrate a passion for fulfillment of their dreams, especially in the area of public speaking
* Producer/Host of "Visions For A Child's Heart" TV and “HEART Talk! w/Ms.E" Internet Radio  [www.blogtalkradio.com/hearttalkwithmse], dedicated to nurturing and healing the body, mind, and spirit connection of those whose lives impact and are impacted by, foster care, kinship and adoptive placement. 
* Clinical Director/Speaker of “Talk to ME /Let ME Speak” [www.TalkToMsE.com]   [www.TalktoMsE.wordpress.com
* Writing/Publishing Coach, Author, "It's Heart Work: Being The Village That Raises A Child", “How’s YOUR Heart Working In The Village?”, “Meeting Les Brown...” & “Entertaining Angels Aware...”, and Publisher with HEART Talk Publications [www.HEARTTalkPublications.com], "Write Your Heart Out!".
Mis. E. has contributed to the book "Meeting Les Brown: Ms. Mamie Brown's Baby Boy", a compilation of heartfelt & humorous personal stories about life-changing experiences of meeting and working with Mr. Les Brown whose dedication to uplifting the spirits of children transitioning to a new family is renowned. The book is available at [Lbpsn.com/books__products.htm], proceeds from the sales of this book will benefit "For A Child’s H.E.A.R.T., Inc." and the "Les Brown Platinum Speakers Network", working to continue the vision and legacy of Mr. Les Brown as the message of hope, and inspiration is delivered world-wide.


Interview with Joenette, member of...
The American Canyon Arts Foundation, presenting...
The Annual Arts Extravaganza!
April 4th and 5th, more info [www.AmCanArt.org] [707-557-2176] [Info@AmCanArt.org].
At the Canyon Gallery & Arts Center [3441 Broadway, American Canyon, CA 94503], in the Canyon Plaza Center, at the corner of Crawford st.
With awards and cash prizes given in various categories, a silent auction, fine arts exhibit, paintings for sale, wine and cheese tasting, and wearable arts in the boutique.


UC Santa Cruz reintroduces nearly extinct Marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area [link]

Community Calender


Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Presents...
An Evening with NEAL GORENFLO

co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit news, action, and connection hub for the sharing transformation. A former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. A revelation in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through internet startups, public events, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6 PM Potluck ~ 7 PM Speaker
At the MDUUC - Bortin Hall, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
info: [www.ourpeacecenter.org] [925-933-7850]
 
Shareable.net and the growing Sharing Economy, learn more: [http://www.shareable.net/about]
Find weekly e-news and sharing policy guide: [http://www.shareable.net/blog/new-report-policies-for-shareable-cities]
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors. Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck). Make checks payable to "MTDPJC".  If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes. No log-in required: [www.favors.org/MDPC]

Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 27th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Moderate or Meandering? Your Choice of Hikes at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, March 29, 9 am
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
707-432-0150 x200 (office), 415-517-2624 (cell), volunteer@solanolandtrust.org
SOLANO COUNTY – Whether you prefer a moderate hike or a nature journaling meander, Solano Land Trust docents will be offering both at Rockville Trails Preserve in Fairfield on Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. The moderate effort, 4-hour guided hike will take participants trekking about 4 miles up and down the hilly, rocky terrain.  Enjoy the oak trees, the grass that is finally green again, the views and the fresh air. Learn about nature, local history and geology.  If nature journaling or just a gentle meander is more your style, join a leisurely 5-hour guided hike where the pace allows participants extra time to observe wildflowers, oaks, sweeping vistas and perhaps resident wildlife. Bring cameras, sketchbooks, watercolours and journals to enjoy this tour and capture your memories. Both hikes are free. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
No matter which hike you choose, space is limited and advance registration is required.  For the moderate hike, visit [http://conta.cc/1ktiLIc] or call Lorenzo at 707-330-7263.  For the nature journaling hike, visit [http://conta.cc/1cJeCrC] or call Cathy at 707-745-1913.  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 hikes. Meet your guides promptly before 9 a.m. 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.  Heavy rain cancels both events. Call the numbers above if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and lunch. 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, rain). 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 [solanolandtrust.org].



Shoreline Enhancements at Lake Chabot
Saturday, March 29
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
Every year, the Alliance helps remove excess tules and reeds on the shores of the lake to help prepare for the Youth Fishing Derby. We meet at the boat ramp in Dan Foley Park. The park entrance is located at the end of North Camino Alto. Drive straight ahead from the kiosk towards the lake and you’ll see the boat ramp. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen (bring waders if you have them). We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.


Call for Artists:
AMERICAN CANYON ARTS FOUNDATION presents...
“Arts Extravaganza - 2014”

Juried Art Show, April 4-5, 2014
At the Canyon Gallery, 3441 Broadway St./Hwy. 29, American Canyon, CA
Entry Fees due: Friday, March 7
Artwork submission: Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21
Phone [707-557-2176], email [info@amcanart.org]
* Visit American Canyon Arts Foundation site for more Information [http://www.amcanart.org/#!2014-art-show]
* Download Entry Form (pdf) [http://gallery.mailchimp.com/2ec7226eee29b4efe904081b8/files/2014_Call_For_Artists___Extravaganza.pdf]



Laguna Re-Leaf Day
April 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free

Come and help plant the future! Sonoma County’s 5th Annual Laguna Re-Leaf day April 5, 2014.
The Laguna Re-Leaf Day is like a walk-a-ton, except we plant trees instead of walk miles! Volunteers ask friends, family, and co-workers to support them by donating money to help the Foundation’s tree planting restoration project.
On April 5th, 2014 we will spend about four hours planting hundreds of trees and plants along the Laguna de Santa Rosa at Irwin Creek. After all your hard work, we will celebrate with a pizza party! Families, individuals, and businesses are all invited to participate, everyone is welcome!
The event takes place from 9am-noon and we will meet at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, 95472.
Funds that are raised in the Laguna Re-Leaf Day support the Foundation’s mission and its Restoration, Conservation Science, and Education programs. This event will help create a healthier wildlife habitat, mitigate climate change and improve our air and water quality by restoring riparian cover along Irwin Creek. Find out more about our Re-Leaf Day at: [http://www.lagunadesantarosa.org/donate_treeathon.htm]
Fundraising is made easy with the FirstGiving fundraising portal that we set up the event with. This program allows you to create your own personal web-based fundraising page to collect your donations. Instructions for fundraising can be seen on our website at http://www.lagunafoundation.org/donate_instructions.htm
Questions? Feel free to contact us at releaf@lagunafoundation.org or (707) 527-9277 ext. 107


Berkeley Gray Panther Party invites you to attend a special presentation of
CRADLE WILL ROCK!

Sunday April 6 @ 2:30
at the Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave (near Walnut), Berkeley, CA
Wheelchair Accessible. All Welcome.
Come to the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers' party and fund-raiser! Bring your smiles and checkbook.
Movie, Music, Silent Auction and Refreshments! Enjoy the movie, Cradle Will Rock, the story of Mark Blitzsteins 1936 WPA theatrical production--a rollicking joyous excursion of idealistic  hope for the struggling union movement. Starring Bill Murray and Susan Sarandon.
For information contact the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers at [510-598-9696] or [GrayPanthersBerk@aol.com] or [http://www.berkeleygraypanthers.mysite.com]

Monday, March 17, 2014

News & Info for March 18th, 2014

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Visit our Local Links page for an extensive list of ongoing events, online news portals, and sports [link]! Visit the Farmer's Markets page [link], and learn how to make your own products [link]!
Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!


Interview with...
Melvin Willis
of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
[facebook.com/ContraCostaACCE] [CalOrganize.org], Keeping people in their homes!
You're invited! Richmond is doing it; why not Vallejo?
Who: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE
Where: The Mira Theatre's Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo, CA
When: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
What: Hear about a program that provides relief to folks who are burdened with underwater loans.
Refreshments provided and free parking available
Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value?
You're not alone.
Come hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new plan, designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.
The City is considering a new program that could help thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage debt by tens of thousands of $$$. Find out if this or other programs might help you, and join the fight to hold the banks accountable!
Read more at [http://www.thenation.com/article/175244/rescue-local-economies-cities-seize-underwater-mortgages-through-eminent-domain#]
According to Zillow.com's "heat map", in Vallejo's 94590 zip-code, an astounding 64% of homes are underwater. 9% of owners are currently delinquent on their payments. The 94590 zip-code also has the dubious distinction of being in the top 1% of US homes both underwater, and how far their values have fallen from peaks in the mid-2000s. See more at [http://www.zillow.com/visuals/negative-equity/]
Underwater homes undermine the stability of our neighborhoods. Owners walk away and often times squatters move in. Surrounding home values continue to decline. Homeowners have no equity or cash-flow to maintain their homes. Investors purchase foreclosed houses on city hall steps. The fabric of our neighborhoods unravel.
This lecture is first in a series of community oriented events at the Bay Terrace Theatre.


Growing a Garden Network!
Interview with the Vallejo People's Garden [VallejoPeoplesGarden.org/p/location.html], to talk about their programs, and their new network the Vallejo Grown Collaborative!
Some of the weekly events we have are Healthy Behaviors classes and a Health and Wellness Series that are taught at the Global Center for Success, the nonprofit that allows us to use their space for the garden.  The classes are taught to the homeless clients of the center but can be open to all who are interested in learning about healthy eating (Tuesdays) or overall health and wellness (Wednesdays).
A handful of public and community gardens across Vallejo are forming a "Vallejo Grown Collaborative."   We were brought together by the City's Participatory Budget process.  The idea is that we all benefit when we can share resources -- greenhouse space, seed donations, tools, volunteers, training workshops, and knowledge. "Vallejo Grown", a Community Garden Collaboration, is the place to match volunteers to the community garden projects sprouting up all over town! We currently represent Loma Vista Farm, St. Vincent's Community Garden, Vallejo People's Garden.
Calling all volunteers interested in learning how you can get involved in a local garden! Vallejo Grown is a way to find out what, where, when and how you can get involved. Established to assist the recent surge in the Community Gardens sprouting up all over town there are a host of opportunities to get your hands dirty, meet other like minded people and have a good time. Each Community Garden has it's own unique needs and offers all who want to share the message of Food Security and Community Building at it's very best.
You're invited to a Vallejo Grown Potluck!
Sunday, March 30, 5PM at the Vallejo People's Garden on Mare Island
To get to know each other, we are starting potlucks on the last Sunday of the month, hosted by the different gardens. Vallejo People's Garden is hosting the first potluck on Sunday, March 30. In April, Loma Vista Farm will host. Come on down and meet other gardeners! And "like" Vallejo Grown on Facebook so you get more information: [facebook.com/VallejoCollaborative].
Vallejo People's Garden calender [VallejoPeoplesGarden.org/p/calendar.html].
Upcoming Volunteer Hours & Events -
* Sunday, March 23, 9:00AM-12:00PM, with volunteer host Ravi. Tasks include gardening and harvesting and more.  Bring your garden gloves!
* Saturday, March 22, 9:00am-12:00PM, with volunteer host Darren. Tasks include weed and till alongside Touro University students as we get the spring garden going
* Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Vermiculture Class with the Master Gardeners of Solano County.  Open to all.

Steps to a School Garden -
Do you want to start a garden at your school? We just came across this handy guide for how to do it. Check it out here! [csgn.org/steps]
And here's a webinar [LifeLab.org/2014/01/regional-support-models-webinar] about how to sustain your school garden, courtesy of Life Lab [LifeLab.org/about].  


Shanylei, Ayanius and Nicole Williams-Flowers, announce the start of...
New Youth Book Clubs in Vallejo
[www.gofundme.com/6i9p64]:
Shanylei Hamilton and Ayanius Saucer are both homeschooled. They study many subjects, especially Black History. But, too few students read as well, or as often as they should. And very few know their own history. Too many of our youth are involved in violent and/or destructive activities.
They say, "We want to help change that. We want to establish as many BOOK CLUBS as we can in our communities. We have 3 categories of BOOK CLUBS;
* the Afrikan American Book Club,
* the Freedom Book Club
* and the International Book Club.
Please help us MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR YOUTH.
Our Motto: A Book Never Killed Anybody!
"



"SEIU Head Start Council builds power"
2014-03-11 "1021 Newswire":
More than 50 Head Start workers met in southern California over the weekend to share information and develop concrete plans to strengthen their chapters and build a strong, viable Head Start Council. The Council plans to address the current and future challenges to providing quality early education for the children of California.
In addition to leadership development opportunities and formalizing structures and decisions, the Council was briefed on proposed Head Start increases by the Obama Administration, and discussions were held to identify the process for accessing funds and the agencies that have already applied.

The impacts of sequestration -
Since its founding in 1965 as a part of the War on Poverty, Head Start has been a vital resource to communities that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families.
But in March 2013, Head Start was included among the nation's non-defense discretionary programs and forced to make across-the-board cuts as a part of sequestration. The Office of Head Start estimates that sequestration cuts resulted in 70,000 fewer children served -- to the tune of $400 million. As a result, many programs reduced school hours, reduced staff or reduced enrollment for students.

About the Head Start Council -
The primary role of the Head Start council is to provide education, skills and engagement opportunities for Head Start leaders throughout the state to address common concerns and to build a strong network of early educators to be a strong voice for early education on the local, state and federal level. Participants include SEIU Local 1021, Local 99, Local 721, Local 521 and Local 221.
Gina Castillano of the San Joaquin Head Start chapter and Tracy Mason of the Berkeley YMCA Head Start were appointed as SEIU Local 1021 representatives to the council. Since its formation in 2013, more than 200 Head Start workers have come together regionally and statewide to discuss challenges and develop action plans.


Be sure to tune-in following the Northbay UPrising, for...
Mornings With Blue, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30am
More info at [OzCatRadio.com/Erika-Blue.html]



Community Calender

Usher in Spring with a Marsh Walk at Rush Ranch
Thursday, March 20, 9:45am-11:15am
[www.SolanoLandTrust.org]
SOLANO COUNTY – Celebrate the spring equinox on Thursday, March 20th with a guided hike of the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch in Suisun City, beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America and is a critical part of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem. See the animals and plants that live at Rush Ranch and how the seasonal rains are changing the landscape. Visit a Patwin Indian hut.  Come see why Rush Ranch is a treasure and locally loved.
This hike is easy and moderately-paced. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements.  If desired, bring binoculars, cameras, insect repellent. No RSVP is necessary. Meet your guides by 9:45 a.m. in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit. Rain cancels.  Call Natalie at (707) 432-0150 x200 or (415) 517-2624 if the weather is uncertain.
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 questions, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.
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.