Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Local links

Solano County
* Art Vallejo []
* Ozcat Radio's calender [link]
* Vallejo Times-Herald calender [link]
* Local Happenings magazine calender [link]
* The Comedy Circuit! (Vallejo) [link]
* Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) []
GVRD 2013 Summer Activity Guide, pdf file [link]
* Solano Land Trust's calender [link]
* iGrow [link]

Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! []
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Parents Press [], positive news for families
Bay Crossings [], ecology and history for the Bay Area
Bay Nature events calender []

Family events
Parents Press []
* Macaroni Kid calenders
Vacaville [link]
Petaluma [link]
Walnut Creek [link]

Napa Valley events and info
* Napa Valley Arts Council cultural news and events listings []
Napa Book Mine culture space []
Napa Valley Now! cultural news and events listings []
Napa Valley Connection cultural news and events listings []

Sonoma Valley events and info
Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
Sonoma Press-Democrat calender [link]
Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics (Santa Rosa) [link], facebook page [link]
* Sonoma County Bulletin Board [link]
Pacific Sun newspaper events calender [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
* Sonoma County Recycle Guide [.pdf link], find more resources at []

Contra Costa County
* Contra Costa Times calender [link]

Things to see:
Gathering of the Tribes (Vallejo)
3rd Fridays, 6:30 to 8:30pm
at IntegreTea, 717 Marin st. a Liberated Zone in the Vallejo Art District,   
[] []
Gatherings feature spoken word, entertainment, and locally roasted Moschetti's Coffee and tasty teas (for a donation), and a "pot-luck"! Followed with a "Pow-Wow" with a discussion circle for the expansion of alternative arts in Vallejo and beyond.

McCree Goudeau Gallery
930 Marin Street (corner of Florida) in Vallejo, [707-246-4991] []
An exhibit space curated by Jeanette Mcree-Goudeau, and her husband, a nationally-regarded artist, "Goodie" Goudeau, sponsored by Vallejo Art District, and BJ Conrad.
Regular Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays 1 - 6pm  ~ Sundays 2 - 5pm  (Call for special appointment.)
The McCree-Goudeau Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the hub of downtown Vallejo's Art District. It exhibits a wide and diverse body of creative works, from International artist to emerging artists.
The goal of the gallery is to bring a collective force of artistic energy from its artists on display to the delight of a broad audience.

Moschetti's Live Showcase and Community Bazaar! (Vallejo)
EVERY SATURDAY, 9:00am until 1:00pm!!!
In Vallejo at the intersection of CURTOLA pkwy. and MONTEREY st., look for the large coffee-pot sign!
[11 Sixth St, Vallejo, California 94590] [​index.htm]
Moschetti's is honored to provide a space for a community supported caffeinated cultural event every week! Stop in, take a sip, relax and enjoy being surrounded by local art, local music, and local artisan vendors!
Sample a variety of Single Origin, Estate Pressed, Fair Trade, Organic... all the best coffee beans from the world over roasted fresh and brewed hot and ready for your sipping pleasure!
Live Showcase 10:30am until 12:30pm, with a stage for All-Ages Appropriate for all talents, with POETRY, LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC, and COMEDY. You never know who's down to jam at Moschetti on a beautiful Saturday morning!!
Community Bazaar features local artisans such as: Bill Bloom, Designs by Radia, Stephanie Foster, Maya WindDancer, Little Buffalo, Cherrie Sherrard, Trance Formation, Bay Area Bee Company, Terrapin Express, C. Dyann (Artisans are TBD at own request each week, and operate independently). Come buy your home grown commodities at Moschetti! Help keep our local economy and ecological system balanced by supporting your own Vallejo artisans!

Songbird Lounge &Fusion Friday open mic (Vallejo)
Songbird Lounge: 1st and 3rd Friday, 7pm
Fusion Friday: Last Friday of the month, 7pm
Location: Consumer Music [927 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, California 94590] [707-642-7368] [] []
There's so much talent in our local area and Consumer Music wants you to see it. We present local artists in our Songbird Lounge & Fusion Friday and the talent ranges from singing, guitar solos, drums, etc. If you love to perform, come on down. Join us as we showcase a local talent and then follow up with a jam! All musicians welcome! Fusion Friday video featuring the musician of the month!!

Poetry by the Bay Hip-hop, rock, and spoken word! (Vallejo)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
at the Hub Vallejo []
THIS IS A FREE EVENT for the community to come & enjoy live performances from some of the Bay Area's talent & to share their thoughts during our open mic session.
Hosted by: Profet of ProfeticLyrics []; []
Bands play from 7:30-8:30 followed by Open Mic from 8:30-10pm.For information:

Obama Alley Yard Sale (Vallejo)
a community yard sale, put on by citizens of Vallejo, CA.
Held first Saturday of the month, beginning June 1st!
9:00am to 4:00pm
At Obama Alley, located in Vallejo across from the north-bound Georgia st. entrance of Freeway I-80 (one block North of Georgia st.)
In honor of the election of Obama, to enable the members of the community to profit, and improve their lives by conducting a public yard sale. Come on Down!
Info: David Yerzy at 707-373-8450.

Slack Collective Open Mic (Napa)
964 Pearl St. Suite B, Napa, CA 94558
A counter-culture collective, with free movie nights, music shows, free school classes and more.

Benicia Ghost Walk
Every First & Third Fridays, 8pm
Spooky tales of the paranormal history of Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by a paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Tours begin at 8:00PM
Devin Sisk, Investigator - Currently working as a case manager for NorCal Paranormal Investigations, Devin Sisk has worked on over 350 investigations taking on such high profile cases as the Preston Boys Reformatory, Clovis Sanitarium, and St. Mary Louise Hospital. He co-hosted Haunted Encounters TV and has appeared on such notable programs as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, KPIX 5 Eye on the Bay, and Haunted Bay Area.
For more information and reservation, please call Benicia Main Street at (707) 745-9791

Benicia's Poem Homes
A program of: * Benicia Poet Laureate * Benicia Public Library * and volunteers of the First Tuesday Poetry Group, meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All.

Benicia Plein Air Gallery
[307 First Street, Benicia, CA. 94510] [] [707-495-2940]

Angel Heart 4 You
Non-denominational meeting place and educational store for a variety of spiritual traditions.

Arts Council Napa Valley
After much planning, our new website includes easier navigation, a vibrant and engaging home page, and our new Creative Directory, featuring creative professionals and their work. The same information you use every day is still on our website, easy to find by topic in our main menu. Our new website also features success stories front and center on our home page, featuring our members' work in their field, as well as industry news.

Hopmonk Tavern
Free & All-Ages music!

Hopmonk's Wednesday Night Open Mic, hosted by our own amazing keyboard player, Matt Piazza. Come join the fun! This Open Mic has turned into the place to be for Sonoma musicians on Wednesday nights

Sage Productions Presents....
Northbay Poetry Slam
Featuring Brianna Sage “BeSage”

Every 1st Sunday of the month
Hopmonk Tavern [] [230 Petaluma Abe., Sebastopol, CA] []
$5 cover
All Ages
7pm – Sign-ups
8pm – Feature poet
8:30pm – Slam!
3 Rounds... 3 minutes for poems... maximum 3 poems prepared... 3 random judges...
Prize money from ticket sales split 3 ways: 1st 60%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 10%

UniverSoul open mic. (Boyes Springs)
Hosted by Juanita Martin [] [], member of “Redwood Writers”, “Ina Coolbrith Circle”, “Marin Poetry Center”
3d Wed. of the month. 5:30pm to 7pm
at the Barking Dog Roasters [18133 Hwy. 12, Boyes Springs, CA] [707-939-1905] [] [], Across from Sonoma Mission Inn. 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday; 7am to 6pm Sat.& Sun. The Only On-Site Roastery in Sonoma!

Model Railroad Society Train Show (Walnut Creek)
Come and see the largest HO scale layout on permanent display in the Bay Area and one of the largest in the USA. Last Friday of the month, 8 to 10pm, $2
Walnut Creek Model Railraod Society [2751 Buena Vista Avenue] [925-937-1888]

Firehouse Arts Center (Pleasanton)
[4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton]
Box Office [925-931-4848]
Information [925-931-4850]
The Harrington Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday noon to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. It is also free and open to performing arts ticket holders one hour before performances and during intermissions. Donations appreciated. []

Community Farms Crop Swap (Richmond)
Every Monday until September 30, 2013, 5:00 to 6:00
BYOB (bring your own bags)
Richmond Public Library – Main Branch – 325 Civic Center Plaza, in the courtyard.
Co-Sponsored by Richmond Rivets Transition Town, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library & the Richmond Food Policy Council. [] []
Hey all you gardeners and urban farmers – it’s time to start up the Crop Swaps again.
Come and bring your excess garden produce to swap with your neighbors – lemons for chard, lettuce for herbs etc. You don’t need to have a lot of excess produce to come and you can also bring plant starts, gardening books and tools – anything related to gardening. Come and meet with your neighbors, trade gardening tips, recipes and help out your community. Excess produce can be donated to a local food pantry.

Bear Foot Honey Farm Public Beekeeping Tours (Santa Rosa) 
2nd Saturday each month until Oct, 11am to 5pm. 
at the "Bear Foot Honey Farm" [4372 Sonoma Highway, Santa Rosa] [707-570-2899] [] []
Cost: $4 per person age 4+. Upon being welcomed at Bear Foot Honey Farm we will introduce the players of the hives and their roles. After the show you are then suited up and walked out to the apiary to get a closer look of “life inside the bee village”. We then take a picture of your group in apiary, which we will post to the Bear Foot Honey Facebook page…because honestly who is going to beelieve you toured beehives for fun? We will then head back to the shop where you can sample our many varieties of premium all natural raw honeys and our many Creamed Honey varietals. When you leave us we hope you will well informed, and quite possibly want to take up beekeeping as a hobby. Bee Tours are weather permitting; Must be at least 60 degrees in order to go into hives. Bee Tour not recommended for children under the age of 4 or those allergic to honeybee venom. 

Berkeley Poetry Slam
Every Wednesday
$150 cash prizes
The Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck ave., Berkeley, CA] [510-841-2082]
$7, All-ages before 10pm
Hosted by Betsy Gomez, Dre, Jamie DeWolf, Sevan, & Katelyn Lucas featuring local and touring poets and a live band or special guest DJ at every event!
The Berkeley Slam is a weekly spoken word celebration and tournament that features internationally renowned poets, storytellers, comedians, and emcees.
This is no ordinary, ho-hum open mic! Just ask our audiences – we draw 100-250 people every week to our show! In addition to the finest spoken word features around, our vibrant poetry scene spawns some of the best local talent in the nation! At every show, we also host a live improvisational band or DJ!
We have an open sign up (poets: get there at 7:30 to vie for the first 7 guaranteed slots, the remaining 8 poets are picked by lottery) at most shows – just check out the calendar (sometimes we host an invitational slam).
We run our slam with fair and transparent rules (they are printed on your program when you arrive and are here on the website). Judges are picked at random (also by lottery) out of the audience so you never know what kind of poetry will win on any given week!

Projectile Poetry Project Productions presents…
$7 before 8:30pm, all at the Oasis Restaurant & Bar [135 12th st. @ Madison st., Downtown Oakland]
The Oakland Poetry Slam (Serving poems & Poets to the People since 1999)
[] []
Hosted by Nazelah & Dahled w/ DJ Mr.G.
4th Thursdays, monthly 8pm, 7:30pm signup
Oakland COMEDY Slam & Open-Mic  
2nd Thursdays Monthly
Poets, Comedians, Musicians, Dancers, Circus Acts, etc. encouraged to sign up!
The Encyclopedia Show – Bay Area Edition
3rd Thursday Monthly
Beginning in 2011 Chicago’s wildly popular Encyclopedia Show comes to Oakland!
Nazelah & Dahled are thrilled to be part of the core crew behind bringing this unique experience to the Bay Area with Krystal Ashe, Lauren Wheeler, Stephen Meads, Jen G and Jason Bayani.
The Encyclopedia Show, created by Robbie Q Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney, is a live variety extravaganza that commissions local and touring artists and experts from many disciplines to use their individual talents to present a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month.

Youth Open Mic
fourth Sunday of every month,  4-7 pm
The Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck ave., Berkeley, CA] [510-841-2082]
Sign up can be done at the event at 4 pm, or can be done in advance.

Di Rosa Preserve
[] [707-226-5991]

Forrest Deaner Native Plant Garden
at Benicia State Recreation Area
[] [707-747-6204]

Morningsun Herb Farm 
[] [707-451-9406]

Vallejo Public Swimming Pools 
* at Cunningham Pool
Fun for all ages. An adult must swim one-on-one with children under the age of 8 or under 48" tall. Cunningham Pool is open Monday-Friday and select Saturdays through the Summer Season.
Summer 2013
Mon-Thurs.: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Saturday: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Price: $1 (4 & Under), $3 (Ages 5-59), $2 (Ages 60+)
* at The Plunge
Fun for all ages. An adult must swim one-on-one with children under the age of 8 or under 48" tall. The Plunge is open Monday-Thursday through the Summer Season only.
Summer 2013 June 17th-Aug 15th
Mon-Thurs.: 2:15pm-4:15pm
Price: $1 (4 & Under), $3 (Ages 5-59), $2 (Ages 60+)

Arts Council Napa Valley 

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park 2014

Mighty Midget, USS LCS-102
World War II firearm ship,

open Saturdays if flags are flying, 9:30am to 3:30pm.
Nimitz Ave. near Building 117 on Mare Island. Go through the gate to gray ship, the Landing Craft Support Museum. Donations encouraged. []
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Mare Island Museum,
at the former Pipe Shop at Railroad st and 8th st, at Mare Island in Vallejo.
[707-280-5742] []
Museum Tours Schedule -
* Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Weekends: First and third Saturday and Sunday of each month, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Recommended donation of $4 per person.

Northbay Sports
Vallejo Admirals

Sacramento River Cats

Wine Country Baseball League

Richmond Rockets 

West Coast Football Alliance (WCFA)

Northbay Rattlers (WCFA)


Soccer (Futbol)
National Soccer League in Napa
[] [707-254-7435]

Northbay FC Wave (Women's)

News and Information: 
* Weather Underground []
* Vallejo Times-Herald []
* Vallejo Independent Bulletin []
* Vallejo Community Examiner [] []
* Vallejo Lamplighter []
* Sweet Home Vallejo []
* Vallejo City Government archives []
* North Bay Amateur Radio Association []
* Solano College Tempest []
* Benicia Herald []
* Benicia Patch []
* Benicia Magazine []
* Weekender Magazine []
* Solano Fit magazine []
* Solano County government []
* Fairfield Daily Republic []
* Tailwind AFB Travis []
* Suisun City Patch []
* Vacaville Reporter []
* Rio Vista Beacon []
* River News-Herald & Isleton Journal []
* Dixon Patch []
* California Aggie of UC Davis []
* The Voice magazine []
* Bay Citizen []
* Bay Keeper []
* Bay Crossings []
* North Bay Bohemian []
* North Bay Business Journal []
* North Bay Biz []
* Napa Valley Register []
* American Canyon Eagle []
* St. Helena Star []
* Yountville Sun News []
* Yountville Sun []
* Lake Berryessa News []
* Oak Leaf of Santa Rosa College []
* Sonoma News []
* Sonoma State Star []
* Sonoma Valley Sun []
* Sonoma Patch []
* Sonoma County Gazette []
* Sonoma County Watch []
* Sonoma Press-Democrat []
* Sonoma West, Times & News []
* Sonoma News Today []
* Sonoma County Free Press []
* Community Voice - Rohnert Park, Cotati & Penngrove []
* Rohnert Park Patch []
* Petaluma Patch []
* Novato Patch []
* Contra Costa Times []
* Martinez News-Gazette []
* Pleasant Hill Patch []
* Hercules Patch []
* Claycord []
* My Concordian []
* Concord Patch []
* Halfway to Concord []
* Palo Alto Online []
* Berkeley Daily Planet []
* East Bay Express []
* The Breeze Monthly []
* The Eastbay Monthly []
* Berkeley Side []
* Oakland North []
* Berkeley Side []
* East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy []
* Beyond Chron []
* San Francisco Guardian []
* San Francisco Chronicle []
* San Francisco Public Press []
* San Francisco Examiner []
* San Francisco Bay View []
* Greenbelt Alliance []
* Bay Localize []
* Western Outdoor News []
* Environmental Protection Information Center []
* Share Guide: Holistic Health magazine & resource directory []
* Common Ground []
* Open Exchange: Healthy Living & Education Alternatives []
* Sharable []

Community Services---

"Lawyer in the Library" Program

Benicia Public Library
150 E. L St., Benicia
First Thursday of month at 6 p.m. (sign-ups start 5 p.m.)
Brief legal advice and referrals
Translators welcome
"Lawyer in the Library" Program
John F. Kennedy Library 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo
First and third Wednesdays of month at 4 p.m. (arrive early)
1-866-57-ASKUS (1-866-572-7587)
Legal Services of Northern California
1810 Capitol St., Vallejo
(707) 643-0054 or 1-800-270-7252
Referral Service
Solano County Bar Association
744 Empire St., Suite 201, Fairfield
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.
$45 for matching client with attorney plus 1/2 hour consultation
Solano County Small Claims Advisor
General Information: [707-207-7335]
Direct consultation line: [707-422-7433]
Accessible Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.
Dispute Resolution Service
Solano County Bar Association
744 Empire St. Suite 201, Fairfield
SafeQuest Solano Services for sexual assault and domestic violence victims
[707-421-6881] or [866-487-7233]
Equal Rights Advocate Advice and Counseling Hotline
Workers Rights Clinic
Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Women's Employment Rights Clinic [415-442-6647]
Senior Legal Hotline
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday until 7 p.m.
Faith Food Fridays
Free Groceries / Food
Every Friday – 4pm until 6pm
826 Solano ave. @ Curtola parkway
For more information, visit, or call Benjamin Buggs [510-978-2396]
This is a ministry of Faith Bible Church of Vallejo, located at 901 Solano ave.
2011-12-23: Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ at this week's Faith Food Fridays grocery and children's toy distribution. Contributions can be dropped off Thursday between 5pm-7pm or Friday between 2pm and 6pm. May God bless you and surround you with His gifts of peace, joy and love!
Photograph showing Benjamin Buggs doing the work of a higher order for the community!

Jewish Community Free Clinic

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