Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wake up and Rise Up!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sept. 23rd, 2014, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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

Community News
Providing sources alongside back-up links with Archive.today

"Count finds threatened otters holding steady" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

Governor signs Vallejo park-and-ride expansion bill [BeniciaHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

Tenants Together Releases Guide for Tenants Victimized by Napa Earthquake [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]; also see "Eviction Without Reason" [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]

"Vallejo gears up for second participatory budgeting vote" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

VALLEJO SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM — 9/18/14 [VIBVallejo.com link]

"Fresno County Central Library helps prepare for California Kwanzaa Ag Expo" [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]; "16th Annual, California Kwanzaa Ag Expo ~ Expression of the Best Pan-African Traditions" [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]

"100-year-old Solano County Courthouse reopens doors" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

"Art windows perk up downtown storefronts, 23 artists showcase their work"[TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

"Benicia to be site of Bay Area Paracon Saturday" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

Update on the Stuart Creek restoration in Sonoma County [Bohemian.com link] [archive.today]
Once abundant in the stream, steelhead are now faced with the dam, a dilapidated bridge that blocks their passage and other impediments to a proper spawning run. Not to mention the drought. Neale says the steelhead population likely got an immediate benefit from the new flow. "It was probably a good deal for the fish," he says. "The creeks dry up and the fish have to find pools to overwinter. These flows are probably now helping deepen the pools that have fish in them," he adds. "It's always good to have a little more water in the creeks."


Maria Sanchez of Vallejo's Little Mexico asks you to VOTE to "Help the Homeless" on the Vallejo Participatory Budgeting Ballot!
"Some homeless veterans, seniors, disabled and youth need mental health help. By supporting this project, they will get the help they need." Maria said.



Community Calender

[PBVallejo.org]
VOTING: September 27 - October 6
** Saturday, September 27th @ 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.     Waterfront under the tent north of the Ferry Terminal          
** Tuesday, September 30th @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Solano Middle School Gym - 1025 Corcoran Avenue
** Thursday, October 2nd @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hogan Middle School Gym - 850 Rosewood Avenue
** Sunday, October 5th @ 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m. Norman King Community Center - 545 Magazine Street      
** Every Weekday -- Monday, September 29 thru Monday, October 6th @ 12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m. Vallejo City Hall - 555 Santa Clara Street
PLUS DOZENS OF SATELLITE VOTING LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT VALLEJO! Satellite locations will be announced as we get closer to the vote - supermarkets, shopping centers, churches, transportation hubs - PB will make voting convenient for Vallejo residents. - See more at:
[http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting/2014_vote/#sthash.qR1685sI.dpuf]


Artiszen Cultural Arts Center is proud to present 
Jose Martinez 
in his first show in Downtown Vallejo
Come celebrate this beautiful art with us!
Opening reception will be Sat 27th from 5:00-9:00pm.
There will be Hors d'oeuvres and Mimosas flowin' all night, as well as the musical stylings of The Phoenix Twin [facebook.com/ThePhoenixTwin].
$5 Donation will be asked at the door which goes towards our Young Artiszen's Programs and puts you in a drawing for an original "study" painting by Martinez :)
The exhibit will continue to be shown through Oct 18.
Official hours will be: Thursdays 5-9pm / Fridays 5-10pm / Saturdays 11-2pm (except for 10/11/14 where we will be open for Gallery 11:11 from 11am to 11pm!)
Martinez is from Napa and creates his art at the Coal Sheds Artist Studios on Mare Island. Please join us in welcoming this extremely talented young man to the downtown art scene.
Martinez works in many mediums including, oil paints, acrylics, charcoal, watercolors and push pins...yes push pins! You have to see it for yourself!



Solano Advocates Green Environments (SAGE) Fund Raiser
at the historical Julia Morgan House
728 Capitol Street, Vallejo,CA
We'll celebrate on Judith Hilburg's back patio as we toast her generosity and community activism, Julia Morgan's genius, and as we work together to turn Vallejo's Mean Streets to Green Streets!
$15.00 for tour, wine and appetizers
Friday, October 3, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Vallejo City Council has agreed to reinstate Vallejo Waterfront Weekend for the community in October.
Vallejo Waterfront Weekend celebrates the uniting of unique talents and diversities in the community while providing a one-stop shop for regional sponsorship. The Bay Terrace Theater (Mira Theatre Guild) has been designated as this year's main beneficiary, though the event will provide an opportunity for other nonprofits to raise money for their organizations as well. By maximizing resources and reducing expenses to create one major event, Vallejo is creating an organizational structure that small stand-alone nonprofits can thrive under for many years to come.
Taking place October 4th and 5th, the event will feature music, food, entertainment and activities for the entire family, potentially drawing thousands of individuals from Vallejo, Solano County and the entire Bay Area. The festival will unite the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District and the Water-front communities, and will also help celebrate the historic significance of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This event will require the support of local and regional sponsors, companies, vendors and hundreds of volunteers. To donate or become a sponsor, call 707.642.3653 or visit [www.vallejowaterfrontweekend.com].
The first Vallejo Waterfront Weekend was developed in 2004 as a collaboration of events and organizations in Vallejo and the surrounding area. After a decade, we are re-establishing this event to once again bring our community together. By maximizing resources and reducing expenses to create one major event, we are creating an organizational structure that local non-profits can benefit from for years to come. We are celebrating and uniting the unique talents and diversities of our community while providing a one-stop shop for regional sponsorship.
We have designated the Mira Community Cultural Center as this year's main beneficiary, but the event will also provide an opportunity for other non-profits to raise money for their organizations by taking advantage of the regional venue. Taking place over two days during the first weekend of October, the event features music, food, entertainment and activities for the entire family.
The Vallejo Waterfront Weekend will draw thousands of individuals from Vallejo, Solano County and the entire Bay Area. The festival unites the Downtown and Waterfront communities and will also celebrate the historic significance of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This effort will require the support of local and regional sponsors, companies, vendors and hundreds of volunteers. Transportation will be provided throughout the event so visitors can park and get around to all the various activities.


Comedy at the Empress, with
Maureen Langanfeaturing Mike Capozzola
Hosted by Priya Prasad
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8pm
Doors open 7pm
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo
$17/advance and $20/day of show – Reserved Seating
707.552.2400 / EmpressTheatre.org
Hotel Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott, Vallejo – Napa Valley
Smart comedy for thinking adults.  Recommended for ages 18 and over.
Comic Maureen Langan Slated to Headline Comedy Show at Local Historic Theatre
Headliner Maureen Langan performs all over the world and is on Sunday night at 10pm on KGO radio.
Former police sketch artist, substitute teacher, taxi driver and now standup comic, Mike Capozzola is a cartoonist and TV actor who has performed at SF SketchFest and worldwide.
Host, Priya Prasad, has her own style of comedy. She is witty, intelligent and thought-provoking.


Viking Fest 
October 11th, 2014 — 10 AM to 3 PM
At Norway Hall, 619 W. Ninth Street, Santa Rosa, CA.
Open to the Public - No Admission Charge.
* Live Viking crafts.
* Re-enactments by Vikings of Bjornstad-Cultural Demonstrations.
* Taste of Norway Lunch.
* Home Made Baked Goods.
* Imported Scandinavian Foods and Gift Items.
* Fresh Waffles and Coffee.
* Live Music.
* Viking Photo booth.
Additional information on [www.freya-lodge.org] and [www.vikingsof-bjomstad.com].
Anne-Marie Winterhalder, Vice President, Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway [707 894-1807] [annemaric@) thegrid.net]





Free Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Monday, October 13, 8:30am – 12:30pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Join Solano Land Trust docents Richard and Cathy Christo for a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. We'll take a few short breaks to enjoy the views and catch our breath. Enjoy this beautiful open space while getting in shape! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed.
Advance registration is required.  Learn more and register by visiting [http://conta.cc/1qNJ3qy], the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org, or by calling Cathy at 707-745-1913.  There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots at Rockville Trails Preserve.  In order to protect wildlife, free-range cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.  Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike.  Park and meet your guide promptly by 8:30am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., behind La Barista Espresso.  Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.  High fire danger or heavy rain cancels.  Call Cathy if conditions are uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, as well as long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements such as sun, wind, and 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 www.solanolandtrust.org.


Bay Area Horror Group
[facebook.com/groups/132969366736027/]
We need new blood! Come haunt with Dig The Undertaker and create your very own ghastly set at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve in Vallejo for our annual "NightMare Island"! We have several cages in the ammunitions bunkers that are waiting for your 'homey' touch! Applications for installations are now being taken.This is a benefit for the Preserve. Here's the [.pdf link]



Monday, September 15, 2014

September 16th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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


GOTT is pleased to introduce...
Blind Willies [BlindWillies.net] [BlindWillies.bandcamp.com], with their track
"The Possible World", from their new album "Every Day Is Judgment Day"

Blue Grosbeak, seen recently at Lynch Canyon [link].
More info about the bird at AllAboutBirds.org [link].


Through Sept. 21st, the Sebastopol Village Building Convergence is underway!! Grow community by helping transform public spaces with this placemaking festival. Check out all the exciting project afoot and plug in [http://sebastopolvbc.weebly.com/].

Daily Acts [Facebook link], in partnership with City of Sebastopol and Permaculture Artisans, is excited continue the transformation of the landscape around the Library know as Our Front Yard as part of the VBC. Join us Sept 20! [https://events.nonprofiteasy.net/dailyacts/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=21169].

The Petaluma Bounty [Facebook link] and Daily Acts hosted their annual Harvest Party last Sunday, alongside the Farmers Guild, with music by the Bad Apple String Band [Facebook link]. Patrons sampled homegrown produce, pressed some cider (a five gallon bucket of apples produces about one gallon of juice), enjoyed the potluck and competed in the farm Olympics!


All at the Bounty Community Farm, 55 Shasta Ave. in Petaluma.

Petaluma Bounty says it is proud to be leading efforts to make healthy food accessible to all, while also seeking to support our local farmers and economy. [Petalumabounty.org]. For context, read "The Price of Healthy Eating" from "Harvard" magazine [link], where it says "A daily price difference of ∼$1.50 translates to ∼$550 higher annual food costs per person. For many low-income families, this additional cost represents a genuine barrier to healthier eating. Yet, this daily price difference is trivial in comparison with the lifetime personal and societal financial burdens of diet-related chronic diseases."
Petaluma Bounty Farm offers Service learning for youth and educational programs [link], and resources about where to find free and reduced cost food in Petaluma [link].
Formed in summer 2006 with initial seed funding from the Hub of Petaluma Foundation, Petaluma Bounty is a community-based nonprofit that is helping folks to grow their own healthy food, redistributing surplus food, and providing affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors.
Their core programs include:
* a network of Community Gardens throughout Petaluma to increase food self-sufficiency and strengthen community;
* Bounty Hunters –a community food gleaning program that collects  fresh, surplus food from backyard gardens, farms and businesses and distributes it to food pantries and senior centers;
* Bounty Farm– an educational urban farm growing sustainably farmed food for the community and teaching sustainable agriculture to students, interns and the general public;
* Bounty Box Food Club–weekly boxes of organic fruits and vegetables sold at wholesale prices to low-income families (with retail Boxes also available);
* Backyard Bounty–our newest program, that will build your new Victory Garden or expand your existing garden, with pre-built garden boxes and containers, or a custom designed “permaculture” inspired food forest.


"Non-Profit Self-Sustaining Communities in Richmond Seeking 1+ Acres to Expand Urban Farming & Local Food Production"
[http://sfbay.cropmobster.com/alert/self-sustaining-communities-expand-urban-farming-local-food-production]

Self-Sustaining Communities, a charitable 501(c)(3) serving Richmond communities to help create urban farms, city-wide food production, and greening, is seeking to expand to a larger site where farm animals are allowed, an orchard, vegetable beds, a small aquaponics set-up, and the space to create some natural building structures. This would be a respite for some from the stresses and challenges in Richmond, while also expanding our skills and training levels.
We are looking for at least an acre or two but more is welcome, which can be either donated, purchased, or used very long-term. We would like a living structure already in place there, with water.
You can see more of our work at www.facebook.com/self-sustainingcommunities
Self-Sustaining Communities (SSC) is a Richmond, CA, organization working with low-income residents and community members to create wide-scale, environmentally sustainable local food production in distressed and needy neighborhoods. An entirely volunteer organization, SSC has helped launch three urban farms in low income, high crime areas of Richmond since 2010—Parchester Village, North Richmond, and the S.W. Richmond Annex. These projects have engaged a wide spectrum of the community, from the mayor to recently released offenders, in a “from-the-ground-up process” to reclaim and rejuvenate abandoned and blighted parcels and make them hubs of productivity.
The ‘seeds’ of the current SSC projects began with the idea to distribute fruit trees in low-income areas of the East Bay, mostly in West Contra Costa County, as a way to establish a simple but long-lasting means of food cultivation, and introduce a much-needed natural systems element into the environment. Since 2009, over 9,400 fruit, nut and olive trees have been donated and distributed in Richmond and elsewhere, as well as several thousand packets of vegetable and herb seeds. Drawing upon donations from individuals and businesses, Self-Sustaining Communities has distributed chickens to interested residents, and has provided an incubator and fertile eggs to numerous kindergarten classes. Donated materials and labor have been organized to support an urban farm in the Iron Triangle and more recently for a similar initiative in Atchison Village. Enabling mutual endeavors to proceed, through sharing of resources and information, is a core value of the organization.
Chickens, rabbits, beehives, worm bins, aquaponics, rainwater harvesting set-ups, fruit trees and vegetable beds are either all up and running or are in various stages of completion at all of SSC’s projects. Solar energy provided by portable panels drives pumping and other systems needing power. The majority of these projects use recycled or reused materials whenever possible, obtained at no cost, to demonstrate both affordability and resource efficiency to other low income neighborhoods. As they are established, farms become the venue for free workshops offered to the community, for example on beehive building and swarm catching. Each urban farm also is available for viewing or participation by schools, community members, community service workers and other volunteers.

Community Calender

Volunteer Hours & Events at Gardens Across Vallejo:

Vallejo People's Garden is Open
E. Poplar and Oscar Streets
Sundays Sept. 14, 21, 28;   9AM-1PM
Bring your garden gloves and help with the weekly compost turning, harvesting, and planting.
Volunteer Host: Ravi

St. Vinnie's Work Days
Marin and Ohio Streets
Saturday August 30,  9AM - ?
Show up with a water bottle and your gloves, anytime starting at 9AM.

Vallejo People's Garden Board & Governance Meeting
Monday September 8, 7PM-9PM
Global Center for Success
Direct questions to info@vallejopeoplesgarden.org

Vallejo Grown Potluck
Need a garden host... your garden?
Sunday Sept 28,  5:00PM

MIRA Garden Work Days
51 Daniels Ave.
Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays, 10AM - 12PM, weather permitting

Acoustic/Lectro Expresso
Thursday, September 18, at 6:00pm - 1:00am
The Arlene Francis Center
99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, California 95401
W/
* Meme-catcher Presents The Last Secret Angels [facebook.com/memecatcher23]
* The Corner Store Kids [facebook.com/thecornerstorekids]
* Derailed Freight Train [facebook.com/derailedfreighttrain]
* Guthrie Galileo
* No Limit Creation [facebook.com/nolimitcreation]
* Chris Ferdinandson
* Nate Pena
($1-$5 Supportive Donation)


Port Costa Art Show and Craft Fair
[https://www.facebook.com/events/436603116481454/]
Hosted by Port Costa Conservation Society
Get directions to Port Costa, a burg right on the Carquinez Straits!
[http://www.mapquest.com/#bbad23eab5fe7141235fdf93]



California Institute for Rural Studies presents...
"the Real Dirt on Farmer John"
At the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve [link], 1595 Railroad ave., Mare Island
A great movie, and an all-star line up of guests for our Q & A! Nigel & Lorraine Walker of Eatwell Farm, Annie & Jeff Main of Good Humus Produce, and Dr. Gail Myers of Farms to Grow [link] - all talking about their CSA programs, and what they mean to their farms and organizations.
FREE! Join us! More info & to RSVP: [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-real-dirt-on-farmer-john-a-fair-food-field-to-table-film-screening-discussion-tickets-12730993745]

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 9th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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


Watermelon & Cucumber Salad -
Vallejo Grown is a collaborative of all the public and community gardens in Vallejo [link].
A different garden hosts a potluck on the last Sunday of every month.
At August's potluck at the MIRA Culture Garden (51 Daniels Ave) [link], Kemper Stone showed us how they are growing gourds, vegetables, and more. He also showed off his soil and compost exhibit.
Joanna from Kyles Temple Garden (Sonoma Blvd & Illinois Street) [link] brought a refreshing summer salad, and it was so popular that we got the recipe from her:
Chop up some red onions and let them sit in a bowl of lime juice and vinegar for about 30 minutes.   Then, combine them with the following in a big bowl:
* cucumber chunks
* watermelon chunks
* goat cheese, crumbled up
Chill for at least 30 minutes.   Delicious and refreshing!


Positive News & Info

Best spots to photograph Bay Area butterflies [link]

Local Fauna of the week:
** The "Urban" Coyote [link]

Science and Ecology news:
* Hydrogen fuel manufactured from natural photosynthesis [link]
* Low-Power Hydrogen Fuel Extraction [link]
* Replanting the Bay Area's underwater meadows [link]

California, the new State of Space!
JP Aerospace [www.jpaerospace.com] is a volunteer-based DIY Space Program, whose innovations include PongSat, MiniCube and the Airship to Orbit program.

The Benicia First Tuesday Poets announces a new website, more activity 


"Show Business Poets"
by Peter Bray [SimpletonsPath.wordpress.com]:
"A Benicia literary arts group 
and show-business poets 
and an upscale bar in Benicia 
with a small stage and a smartphone 
and a VideoMan with a camera
all coalesced together.
The rest is history."
Check it out in the following jpgs, click or download for more detail.
with [www.BeniciaLiteraryArts3.org] [www.facebook.com/benicialiteraryarts]

Community Calender

Vallejo Multi-Cultural Coalition
An Invitation to the Vallejo Community -
I would like to invite all interested members of the Vallejo community to a founding meeting tonight, Friday September 12  of a new non-profit educational group to be known as the Vallejo Multicultural Coalition.
Location:  McCree Goudeau Gallery, 930 Marin Street/corner of Florida. Time  7-8.30 pm, gallery open 5pm- 10pm as part of this month's  Second Friday Art Walk). Please become a member and join our web mailing list!  Open to everyone from age 5 onwards, annual membership via donation of 25 cents or more. Find us on [Facebook.com/VallejoMulticulturalCoalition]. email [vallejomulticulturalcoalition@) gmail.com] or [newpacificstudio (@att.net]

Our (five-year) vision is to
* educate ourselves and others by coming together every month to talk about our own cultural perspectives and histories, including First Nations People and all later migrant groups up to the present. (We are all indigenous somewhere, and migrant as soon as we start to move.)  Grow a place of learning, trust, laughter, and healing.
*  share our stories, show films, hold discussions at various venues
* create an annual calendar of Vallejo cultural festivals and other  celebrations
* apply for major grants to 1. help our students, schools and museums to thrive, and 2. make Vallejo much more visible in the Bay Area to tourists and locals as an exciting day-long destination with many multicultural historic, environmental and cultural (food, history, art and architecture, outdoor activities etc. ) resources to explore.
* develop mentoring programs between college and high school students (Louis Johnson, 2012 alumnus of Jesse Bethel High, will talk about his plan tonight)
* fund new museum programs for junior docents to share stories of their diverse heritages (suggestion by Elizabeth D'Huart, Benicia Historical Museum)
* fund teaching trade skills /building skills programs via house renovation/lottery sale projects for  18+ yr-old Vallejo youth( Demilo Hodge will discuss)
* make videos and films sharing our stories.

Who Are We?: The three initial organizing groups/individuals are
** 1. Jeanette McCree Goudeau, co-director (with her husband and artist Goodie Goudeau) of the well-known McCree Goudeau art gallery and cultural center at 930 Marin Street. This dynamic  pair moved back from Manhattan to California in 2002, and have been working for the past six years to help revitalize the community by hosting exhibitions and other projects involving youth and senior arts education. Earlier this year  the gallery sponsored a series of five talks by leading African American artists and writers during Women's History Month. The gallery is currently exhibiting work by Earl Stevens and Inés Hernandez-Avila. ' We all love Vallejo, let's show how well we can work together!' says Jeanette. Local historian Sharon McGriff Payne is also a supporter.
** 2. Dr Kay Flavell, director of the artist residency nonprofit New Pacific Studio Vallejo, has been a US resident since 1983 and a US citizen since 2002.  Kay was born in New Zealand, and she has extensive international experience in developing successful community revitalization projects. After spending  37 years in university teaching in New Zealand, the UK, Germany, Australia and the US, from  2002-2013  she divided her time between Vallejo and  New Zealand. She set up two nonprofit artist residency programs and various heritage-based public projects  in collaboration with schools, libraries, and museums. "After living in so many places I'm very happy to have ended up living full-time here in beautiful Vallejo, close to my grandkids,' says Kay. 'It's exciting to be part of a team working to ensure that our young people from every background can have all the support they need to excel.' Local NPS board members are Mel Orpilla and Miro Salazar.
** 3. Dr Jesse Johnson and Angel Heart are Executive Director and Secretary of  Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes. Both Jesse and Angel Heart were born and grew up in Vallejo, and Jesse's father worked on Mare Island.  Jesse has recently completed a doctorate on the teaching of indigenous languages, and the pair are currently in discussions with local schools about developing ongoing cultural training projects with Vallejo youth.

Vallejo is already a wonderful community. When its cultural infrastructure is updated and better communication networks are in place between all our institutions (including our sister cities), it is poised to become one of the stars of the Bay Area. And to keep shining!


National Heirloom Exposition
[http://theheirloomexpo.com]
Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa
Dates/times: Sept 9, 10, 11, from 11AM to 8PM daily

This not-for-profit Expo is focused on the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism.   Last year's Expo drew more than 18,000 people from around the country and beyond, making it the largest gathering in pure food history!   The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups, and the general public.
Several of us from the Vallejo People's Garden and Vallejo Grown attended last year, and it was definitely worth the trip to Santa Rosa!   If you'd like to carpool there this year, send a message to Amanda [amanda (@fulbrightmail.org] including what day you want to go, and we'll see if we can coordinate rides.   Tickets are $10; you can buy them at the door.








Get ready, more poetry FUN is in the works in Benicia for September:





VALLEJO UNITY DAY!!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
10 am - 5pm
Vallejo City Park
We are so excited!!
Please share this very special event!!
We still have room for vendors!!
Email us at vallejotogether@gmail.com
Vallejo Together with GVRD Presents:
The 5th Annual Vallejo Unity Day Celebration
Vallejo Unity Day celebrates Vallejo's amazing diversity!!!
We will be celebrating all areas of community - cultural, sexual orientation, age and abilities!
We have 2 stages - Cultural Stage and the Millennium Stage, International Food Arena; Business and Nonprofit Booths; Activities for youth and families.
Stay tuned!!
We will update this page as confirmations come in!
We are looking for vendors!!

ACTIVITIES:
Admirals Baseball Toss
Bay Bizness Motorcycle Club Exhibit
Fire Department Tour
Free Face Painting
Free Haircuts with Whip It Up Haircut
Garden Tour at St. Vinnie's Community Garden
Horse time with Spirit Horse Bay Area
Kite & Kayaking with Stephen Souza
Mad Hatter

BUSINESS:
Evolution Training Center
It Works
Simply Classic Dance Company
The Unconventional Garden

CULTURAL STAGE:
African - Simply Dance Company
Chicano - Xhicano Theater
Filipino - Vallejo Bayanihan Dance Group
Greek - Panagiri Dancers
Inca - Danza Mexica Nanahuatzin
Latin - Ballet Folklorico
Latin - Zumba with Cristina Galicia
Middle Eastern - Grateful Siren Belly Fusion Dancers & Friends
Pacific Islander - Ohana O' Lokomaika'i
Thailand - Muay Thai with Evolution Training Center

INTERNATIONAL FOOD ARENA:
Care to Share Mobile Unit Lumpias
CLIFF's Soul Food
Good Life Cookies
Ice Cart
La Michoacán
Meyer's BBQ
Queen Empanada

MILLENIUM STAGE:
Blessed Love Gospel Reggae Band
Culturaza
Erin Bakke and Don Bassey
Iota Phi Theta Inc.
MacWon
Naomi Smith & Friends
The Yaks

NONPROFIT BOOTHS:
Alpha Pregnancy Center
Black Infant Health
Bridgeway Church
Care to Share Mobile Unit
Diaz & Loera Centro Latino
Food Rescue
Participatory Budgeting Vallejo
Real Life, Real Talk
St. Vinnie's Community Garden

Sponsors:
Stage Sponsor - Michelle Nix

The HUB Vallejo adds -
Look for the Hub booth and art table this Sunday! We will have a lot going on:
-- A special art project for kids: design your own art car! We'll provide the drawing and all of the materials.
-- Hub artisans with their work for sale
-- Part two of the Earthquake Art Party, come and grout your mosaic!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sept. 2nd, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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


Year-round gardening in the San Pablo Bay:
* Fall & Winter [link]
* Cool Season Crops [link]
* Organic Gardening for Dummies [link]

Open letter to the Vallejo African American community from Brenda Crawford, in support for Visions of the Wild and the preservation of our natural heritage [link]

Today's morning show interview: 
Visions of the Wild! with Susan Schneider, artist and curator!
Q&A
** What is your role in the festival?
I am a participating artist and co-curator (with Deanna Forbes) of Celebrating Western Wilderness Art Exhibition at The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum September 4-October 11
There are 10 artists who were invited to show work in this exhibition. All of the invited the artists do work in series. Meaning that they do multiple works on the same subject or theme.
Works range from oil paintings, pastel drawings, digital prints, field sketches.
All of the works are from protected wild lands in the western region: California, Alaska, Utah, Nevada
All are 10 artists who have been inspired by Western Wilderness and involved in preserving Open Space from much of their careers. Most met through a project I started with Deanna Forbes 2010-12 to bring awareness to Solano Land Trust.  A few of us are alumni from the San Francisco Art Institute where we knew each other.

** What events are you involved with?
We’re involved in Art Exhibition at the Vallejo Museum for Visions of the Wild-- Art & Culture Festival and Gallery WalkWilderness50
We will be hosting a free public artists’ reception during the art Gallery Walk Friday September 5, 2014 5-8 pm
There will be several art galleries opening that evening a part of the Visions of the Wild Festival

** How important is it that the Vision of the Wilderness is passed to the next generation?
It is absolutely critical that the next generation become interested and passionate in protecting US wilderness and wilderness protection.
Enduring pressures from every conceivable direction – oil producers, mining interests, logging companies, land developers, even US government agencies--water reclamation, highways, recreationists etc. work to break up and use wild land resources to the point of ruining them for plants & wildlife, which need to have viable habitats with corridors between them to stay healthy and be to able to adapt.
Wilderness has intrinsic value—it is vital and valuable apart from any dollar or market value It came into being without the intervention of human beings. It is where we came from, and it continues to adapt and evolve without our intervention, though it is affected by our activities.

** "What we called ‘wilderness’ was to the (Native American) a homeland, Abiding loveliness to Salish. The land was not something to be feared or conquered, and ‘wildlife’ were neither wild nor alien; they were relatives." - Doug Peacock, Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness
** "We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope." - Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water
** "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” - Lyndon Johnson, 1964