Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wake up and Rise Up!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oct. 14th 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 links to articles, and to backed-up pages and newsletters at

"IT'S OFFICIAL: 2014 Participatory Cycle 2 Results are in and Vallejo has spoken! [], more info at [].

"Vallejo News" (2014-10-10) [] with info about upcoming events, the Loma Vista Farm Pumpkin Sale, and the Mocktober Punk Arts & Music fest

"Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)" newsletter (2014-10) []

"Governor Brown Signs the Neighborhood Food Act!" (2014-09-26) [ link] []

A freeway ready family-sized solar car has been been developed, tested in Australia and California, is compatible with Tesla cars, and is ready for mass-production pending further investment:
* "Solar-Powered Family Car Rides California Coast" (2014-09-24) [ link] []
* "Solar-powered family car Stella rides California coast" (2014-09-24) [] []

1st of three honorees announced for the 2014 California River Awards []

"Kicking my Potter’s Wheel"
by Peter Bray, w. Benicia Herald column, "A Cappella Handyman," every Friday, []:
I keep kicking my potter’s wheel,
it knows how I feel,
it’s made for a circular life –
Keeps my clay fresh up here
and forever turning out what I do.
Tomorrow a lady’s sink fixture,
last week a gate and a garage door repair,
week before that a quarter-acre yard,
next week a curtain set.
I keep kicking my potter’s wheel hard,
the only way I know how to afford this yard
and everything else I do to fuel my truck
and this band of poems
flying up to land on my Facebook page tonight.
Enjoy Mark Knopfler and “The Bug,” I do: [ link]

POETS ON THE PORCH #2, Part of ARTWalk in Benicia, 10/11/2014, hosted by Renee Marie Jordan of Jordan Realty. MC’d by Don Peery, Benicia’s 5th Poet Laureate, Videowork by Poet/Artist TomStanton. Photos by Peter Bray. Benicia rocks! Check us out: []

Join our wetland construction workshops taking place this week!
SAVE THE FROGS! invites you to attend our Wetlands Construction Workshops this week!
-- October 14th, 2014 in Shingle Springs, CA (east of Sacramento)
-- October 15th, 2014 at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley and frog ponds in San Francisco .
-- October 16th, 2014 in Fairfax, CA (Marin County)
Constructing wetlands is a fantastic way to ensure that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. At these workshops we will teach you how to build wetlands and together we will build an actual wetland. We will train you in the art of wetlands creation so that you can incorporate this valuable habitat creation mechanism into your ecological toolbox. The knowledge you gain at this workshop will set you on the path to constructing wetlands for wildlife in your part of the world. We welcome students, environmental educators, ecological consultants, wildlife managers, and private landowners. The workshops will be led by Tom Biebighauser, the world's premiere wetlands construction expert and SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. We hope you can join us as we Re-Frog America! If you are a student and you require financial assistance in order to attend please contact us as we have a limited number of scholarships available.
Learn more and register at: []

"Re-Frogging America: Help us build three more wetlands this week" -
special message from Kerry Kriger, Ph.D., of SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
Last week I spent five amazing days in California's Eldorado National Forest building wetlands for our official state amphibian, the endangered California Red-Legged Frog! I was joined by members of the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, Center for Wetland & Stream Restoration, and SAVE THE FROGS! biologists Kathlyn Franco and Emily Moskal. Together we built six wetlands for California Red-Legged Frogs and took part in a Wetlands Construction Workshop led by Tom Biebighauser, who has built over 1,700 wetlands across North America over the last thirty years. This week we plan to build three more wetlands, and I hope you can join us or donate to make our efforts possible.
Please donate today [] and help us raise the funds necessary to build a wetland at SLV Charter School in Ben Lomond, CA! SAVE THE FROGS! has partnered with the SLV Charter School and together with students and teachers we will build a 16x20' wetland at the school. Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Habitat destruction is the number one cause of amphibian population declines worldwide and the majority of California's wetlands have been destroyed or modified. Constructing wetlands at schools is a fantastic method of educating hundreds of students and teachers about amphibians and ensuring that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support!
The SLV Charter School is a public school in Ben Lomond, California in the mountains of Santa Cruz County. In 1997 one of the teachers built a small pond beside the school but it has permanently dried up. We have surveyed this site and with your help we will turn it into an outdoor classroom, with an oval-shaped 16' x 20' wetland as its centerpiece. This wetland will create habitat for frogs and other wildlife, and educational opportunities for students and teachers. We will incorporate the students into the construction of the wetlands, which will be completed in one day, introducing many students to the wonders of nature and the value of wildlife. You can download our wetland design reports for the SLV Charter School wetland here. The cost to implement this project is $2,067. Please share our crowdfunding page [] on your social media networks!
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! so we can make this wetland a reality. Thank you!
These kids are ready to build a wetland this week! They raised $150 for the wetland and delivered it to me when I spoke to them about the importance of frogs last Thursday! The wetland we plan to build this week is situated immediately outside their classroom.

The wetlands we built last week in Eldorado National Forest

We built the 60' x 40' wetland shown in the photo, as well as five others in the vicinity. When the rains come, they will fill with water and serve as habitat for an array of wildlife in an arid landscape. California Red-Legged Frogs were once common in this area, but the gold miners nearly ate them to extinction in the late 1800's. The wetlands are designed to last and require no maintenance. The pond shown below is nearly three feet deep and will hold water for most of the year. We designed it to dry out each year so that it will not be colonized by fish or non-native American Bullfrogs, both of which require permanent water to survive. Wetlands can be built to retain surface water either by compacting clay soil or by using a plastic liner; they could also be dug to fill with groundwater if the water table is close enough to the surface. The pond shown below uses a wildlife-friendly plastic liner as there was no clay and no groundwater at the site. Unlike most liners sold in stores, our liners were not coated with fungicides or other harmful chemicals.
Want to learn how to build wetlands and help us Re-Frog America?
See []

Community Calender

Free Pumpkin Decorating, Wagon Rides, Blacksmithing & More!
Saturday, October 18th from 10am to 1pm
At Rush Ranch []
[], call 707-432-0150 x200 or email [volunteer@)].
Bring the whole family to Rush Ranch this Saturday, October 18th to enjoy decorating pumpkins, blacksmithing, learning about Native American history and culture, and riding in a horse-drawn wagon.  It’s all part of “Get the Rush”, a series of free, fun and family-friendly activities offered every third Saturday of the month at Rush Ranch.
** 10am to 11:30am:  Whether you're a kid or a "kid at heart", come experience the fun of decorating pumpkins in the outdoors at Rush Ranch.  Be inspired by the plants and animals that surround you, as well as by Halloween themes. Small pumpkins and craft supplies will be provided.  In the craft area there may be other items that you can make as well.  Some pumpkins will be artificial so you can use them as Halloween decorations year after year.  Other pumpkins will be freshly picked from local fields.  In addition to pumpkin decorating for all ages, pumpkin carving may be available for kids ages 10 and up.
** 10am to 1pm:  Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrate traditional blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the historic blacksmith shop.  You can try your hand at blacksmithing too – you may even get the opportunity to make your own iron nail or other keepsake!
** 10am to 1pm:  Visit Little Bear at his table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted himself.  Ask him about his life experiences and learn about Native American history and culture.
** 11am to 1pm:  Take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.  Wheelchair users are especially encouraged and can board via a solar-powered wheelchair lift.  Michael Muir and his team of experienced drivers and highly trained horses provide these rides so that those with limited mobility can experience the freedom and excitement of exploring beautiful open spaces like Rush Ranch.
For pumpkin decorating, RSVP online at [] or by calling Linda at 707-759-4676 so we bring enough supplies. (Photo by Linda Stewart). No reservations are necessary for other activities and everything winds down by about 1pm.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward!  Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection.
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.

"Fair Food:  Field to Table" Screening & Discussion
The promise of improved farm labor practices in American Agriculture
Sun.,  Oct 19th, from 4-7 p.m. Free.
at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, 595 Railroad Ave. on Mare Island
More info and map here [ link]
The event is free & open to the public. Donations are accepted!
[] #FoodDay 2014 #Real Food Just Food
For info, contact Sarah [530-756-6555 ex.19] []
With the theme of "Food Justice" for this year's Fair Food Day [], we will be showing "Fair Food: Field to Table" a multimedia presentation, with stories Behind the Plate, bringing films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going, promoting a more socially just food system in the U.S.
It was created by California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) & Rick Nahmias Photography. CIRS is the only non-profit with a mission to conduct public interest research that strengthens social justice & increases the sustainability of Calif.'s rural communities. Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, viewers learn about the harsh realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. The growing movement for “fair food” is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with their values.
After the screening, we will have a question & answer session with special guests, who all have deep experience in these areas, and will provide expert insight.
Come early or stay late and enjoy the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve [ link], on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas & the oldest Naval Cemetery west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker!

"Justice throughout the food chain—from farm workers to child consumers—will be a special focus for the fourth annual Food Day, as will increasing Americans’ access to healthful food. Culminating on Oct. 24, Food Day is an event that organizers hope will inspire many Americans to improve their own diets and work toward solving food-related problems at the local, state, and national level. Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest & other food leaders in 2011, Food Day quickly grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast last year alone."

Hahn's Park trail improvements (Vallejo)
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 9am to 12 noon
Last year, the Vallejo Watershed Alliance successfully built a new trail in Hanns Park so that third graders on their Watershed Explorer field trips could stay focused and reduce damage to the native plants. The path worked brilliantly, and now needs to be refreshed for the upcoming season. We’ll meet in Hanns Park (entrance lot is on Skyline off Redwood Parkway). Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [info@)] []

Red Dragonfly Productions presents...
Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina @ Empress Theatre
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8pm
$17/advance and $20/door
The Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, 707.552.2400
Guitarist and composer, Ray Obiedo, formed Mistura Fina to explore his great love of Latin music. Obiedo is bringing potent blend of Latin jazz meets Brazilian and Carribean music to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, October 19th!
Obiedo’s compositions for the group are drawn from his many musical influences --including contemporary jazz, funk, Caribbean, R&B, pop and Latin music. Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of its musical elements for a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor. While there is the heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of this ensemble.
In his illustrious career, Ray has played and/or toured with Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Julian Priester, Mark Soskin, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Rose Ann Diamalanta.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years --vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Phil Thompson.

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike at Lynch Canyon
Sunday, October 19, 10am to 2pm
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park in Vallejo on Sun., Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The hike will offer identification tips and views of resident and migrating birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other, more common birds of prey. This is the Land Trust’s eighth season offering raptor tours and workshops on its properties.
Broderick, an interpretive specialist focusing on field identification, census and the natural history of raptors, brings more than 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher, able to distinguish a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk or a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances, and is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested.
Cost is $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration is required. Visit [] or the events calendar at [] to register. All ages are welcome, but participants should be prepared for a moderate pace covering about 4 miles, possibly off-trail in places, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, and passing free range cattle along the way.
Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot before 10 a.m. Bring $5 cash for parking; a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep and slippery terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind and fog. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. Heavy rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call Mary Beth at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Because it is a working cattle ranch, pets are not allowed. Visit [] for further information.

Bay Area Horror Group
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]

Hike for Exercise and the Views at Lynch Canyon
Saturday, October 25, 9am to 1pm
Spend an autumn morning hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park with docent Jim Hanser. Enjoy the trees, the birds, and the views of the bay. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure.
The guided hike is free. Parking is $5 and all proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.
All ages are welcome, but participants should be prepared for a 4 to 6 mile hike on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The group will travel at a moderate pace with occasional stops. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Maintain a safe distance from the free-range cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country. In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
Bring $5 cash for parking, and a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.
Meet Jim in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.  Lynch Canyon is located at 3100 Lynch Road, just west of the intersection of Lynch Road and McGary Road, between Fairfield and Vallejo.  A map and directions are available at
RSVPs are appreciated to Jim Hanser at 707-372-6090 or [hanserjames@)]. Rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system.  Learn more at [] and [].
Photo showing Lynch Canyon by Karlyn H Lewis

Hike the Hills
Saturday, November 1, 9am-1pm
at the King-Swett Ranches
The hike is free; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at 916-870-4824 or All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak, passing free-range cattle along the way.
With Solano Land Trust docent and 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.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks or a bag lunch; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind, fog and the chance of rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended. Very heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Meet Walsh promptly at the unmarked 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.

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

"Count finds threatened otters holding steady" [ link] []

Governor signs Vallejo park-and-ride expansion bill [ link] []

Tenants Together Releases Guide for Tenants Victimized by Napa Earthquake [ link] []; also see "Eviction Without Reason" [ link] []

"Vallejo gears up for second participatory budgeting vote" [ link] []


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

"100-year-old Solano County Courthouse reopens doors" [ link] []

"Art windows perk up downtown storefronts, 23 artists showcase their work"[ link] []

"Benicia to be site of Bay Area Paracon Saturday" [ link] []

Update on the Stuart Creek restoration in Sonoma County [ link] []
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

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:

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 [].
$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 [].
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 /
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 [] and [].
Anne-Marie Winterhalder, Vice President, Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway [707 894-1807] [annemaric@)]

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 [], the events calendar at, 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

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 [] [], 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 [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 [].

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! [].

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. []. 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"

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
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

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
* Meme-catcher Presents The Last Secret Angels []
* The Corner Store Kids []
* Derailed Freight Train []
* Guthrie Galileo
* No Limit Creation []
* Chris Ferdinandson
* Nate Pena
($1-$5 Supportive Donation)

Port Costa Art Show and Craft Fair
Hosted by Port Costa Conservation Society
Get directions to Port Costa, a burg right on the Carquinez Straits!

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: []

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 [] 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 []:
"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 [] []

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 []. email [vallejomulticulturalcoalition@)] or [newpacificstudio (]

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
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 (] 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:

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
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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!