Monday, June 10, 2013

News & Info for June 11th, 2013

2013-06-05 "Direct Deposit The Public Banking Institute says there's a way to build a stronger and more resilient local economy" by Leilani Clark from "Northbay Bohemian"

2013 Poverty Summit in Sonoma County

2013-06-08 "Where is everyone at the concerts?" by Barbara Gaea of Vallejo to the editor of the "Vallejo Times-Herald" []: 
%@& is everyone??!" That persistent thought is so overwhelming at the Children's Wonderland FREE summer concerts that it's almost hard to concentrate on the show. There is a palpable sense of embarrassment when I've gone the last few years. The music is fantastic, there's a nice blend of shade & sun; benches and plenty of grass for blankets and picnics! It would be a nice destination after the farmer's market. PLEASE spread the word -- this is a wonderful gift from Vallejo G.V.R.D. that seems to be the best kept secret in town! Second Saturday of each month through summer:
* June 8 (today) - Dalt Williams Quartet
* July 13 - San Francisco Scottish Fiddler's Orchestra
* Aug. 10 - Raymond Victor & band
* Sept. 14 - David Harris & the Voltones
They're at Children's Wonderland Park from 1 to 3 p.m., 360 Glenn Ave. For more info: 648-5317.

Information from 2013-06-08 "Vallejo schools offer free summer meals" by Lanz Christian BaƱes from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
Vallejo City Unified School District is again bringing back its summer lunch program, which for the last dozen years or so has served tens of thousands of meals during the hot months between terms.
The free meals begin at most of the 20 sites on June 13, immediately after school lets out for the summer. Any child living in Vallejo who is 18 or younger can take part in the program. No identification is necessary.
All 20 sites will serve lunch, four will serve breakfast and one will provide an afternoon snack.
"We extended our breakfast site programs to four sites this year from two last year," Braverman said.
The sites range from Patterson Elementary School in South Vallejo, the Cunningham Pool in the east and the Continentals of Omega Boys and Girls Club in North Vallejo. Last year, the program gave away 48,000 meals. The menu has been modified this year to include new nutritional changes mandated by the federal government. The program is federally funded and was not endangered by the across-the-board "sequester" cuts earlier this year, Braverman said. Braverman underscored the importance of the free summer meals in Vallejo by noting that the rate of district students qualifying for the federal free and reduced lunch program increased to 70 percent this year.
For more information about the Free Summer Meals, call student nutrition at (707) 556-8921 ext. 50010.
All students 18 or younger welcome to eat for free. Unless noted*, services run noon to 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridyas, June 13 to Aug. 16, except for July 4.
* Amador Street Hope Center, 929 Amador St.
* Community Presbyterian Church, 2800 Georgia St.
* Kyle's Temple AME Zion Church, 912 Florida St.
* Marina Vista Apartments, 201 Maine St.
* Mission Terracina, 2700 Tuolumne St; * snack, 3 to 3:30 p.m.
* Continentals of Omega Boysand Girls Club, 1 Positive place; *breakfast served 88 to 8:30 a.m. June 13-Aug. 16
* Patterson Elementary School, 1080 Porter St.
* Sereno Village, 750 Sereno Drive
* St. Mark Community Church, 45 Ninth St.
* St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1300 Tuolumne St.
* Union Baptist Church, 128 Encerti Ave.
* *Antioch Church of God in Christ, 21 Antioch Drive, June 17 to Aug. 2
* *Cunningham Pool, 801 Heartwood Ave., June 17 to Aug. 16
* *Vallejo Community Center, 225 Amador St., June 17 to Aug. 16
* *Vallejo High School Ninth Grade Academy, 1347 Amador St., 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 17 to July 30; breakfast at 8 to 8:30 a.m.
* *Bethel High School, 1800 Ascot Parkway, 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 17 to July 30; breakfast at 8 to 8:30 a.m.
* *Dan Mini Elementary School, 1530 Lorenzo Drive, noon to 12:30 p.m. June 24-25; breakfast at 7:45 to 8:15 a.m.
* *Dan Foley Cultural Center, 100 Setterquist Ave., June 24 to Aug. 16
* *North Vallejo Community Center, 1121 Whitney Ave., June 24 to Aug. 16
* * Vallejo Educatioin Academy, 301 Farragut Ave., noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 1 to July 25

Community Calender:

June 15th & 16th
Northern California Pirate Festival 
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Vallejo Waterfront Park
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm
featuring 500 costumed actors, crafters and musicians. Part Mardi Gras, part State Fair, part living history! Ozcat radio will be there with Wendy Wilkinson, giving out 250 copies of her special pirate history book, "Pirates Plunder"!!

Saturday 10:00 AM to no later than 4:00 PM
Warehouse located at  1567 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
near the Oakland airport and across the street from the backside of the San Leandro BART station.
If you are bringing donations to the warehouse that day please deliver before 1 pm. Earlier is better.
Tie, rubber band, or bag shoes together. They lose one another in transit.
The debate over redistribution of wealth has continued since man inhabited the planet. The redistribution of stuff people no longer need appeals to all sides of the debate. Bring your friends, family and surplus, and...
Join us for our next packing party on Saturday, June 8th! Thanks to the generosity of Stop Hunger Now, we have the use of a very user friendly warehouse and over 20,000 packages of rice (120,000 meals) to pack, along with all the clothing, shoes, blankets and stuff donors no longer need.
 Packing will start at 10 am and conclude no later than 4:00 pm. Click here for List of Recommended Items to Donate. We have cultural sensitive monitors at the packing party. So, if in doubt bring it. No more ski boots, however.
 Please let us know if you can join us. Click here to RSVP and let us know how many people you will be bringing: []

Out of Pocket Artistry!!
Opening reception:
SATURDAY June 22, 2013 Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Leadership Vallejo: Out of Pocket Artistry Art Expo
On display: Expression through art by Vallejo's youth
Location: McCree-Goudeau Gallery [930 Marin Street, Vallejo]
Mentored by Goodie Goudeau , Jose Martinez, and OZCATs own Ryan Wilson, Grace Martin, & Parker Martin

25th Annual

Vallejo Juneteenth Celebration
"On Their Shoulders We Stand"
Saturday, 11am to 6pm
Behind JFK Library [505 Santa Clara st.], at Martin Luther King, jr. Park.
Free and Open to the Public!
Info from 2013-06-09 "Juneteenth reaches 25-year milestone" by Rich Freedman from "Vallejo Times Herald" newspaper []:
The program consistently attracts more than 2,000 visitors, said event spokeswoman Angela Jones, “and we expect as much or better attendance this year” because of the silver anniversary.
Juneteenth “is a day of celebration and a day to remember how African Americans suffered, persevered and survived a very brutal and shameful time in our nation's history,” Jones said. “Juneteenth reflects how our ancestors reacted when they received the news of the Emancipation Proclamation.”
Freedom launched the “entrepreneurial spirit,” Jones added, “when slaves who had been carpenters, masons, blacksmiths, seamstresses, cooks, maids and field hands turned their trades into livelihoods.”
Another important message, Jones said, is that access to good health became vital, which is why various health care organizations and resources are at Juneteenth.
“We also want to make sure that education is a component of the celebration because opportunities for quality education are absolutely essential to growing, successful, productive citizens,” Jones said.
Entertainment is a key to the 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. festivities, with appearances by Ozcat's Erika Blue, Darrell Edwards and the Heavy Weather Band, Lovell Crumby, Tracy Cruz, Chondra Renee, The Midnite Band featuring Matt Applin, Trilogy's Soul Line Dancers, Thai Nicole, and Hot Ice featuring Naomi Smith.
Also new this year is the Best of Solano County Baking contest with contestants whipping up their best peach cobbler and pound cake, “traditional desserts in African American culture,”
Jones said.  Though the event is considered “an African American family reunion,” it's also for others to experience, Jones said. “Non-African Americans should attend because it will help them gain a new or better appreciation of our heritage and to realize that while we may look different on the outside and we may enjoy different kinds of food and music, on the inside we're all the same and that's something to celebrate.”

2013-06-27 "Plastic Health Harm: Affects on Your Body and the Global Community"
FREE EVENT! Wheelchair Accessible.
Thursday, 7pm - 9pm  
Ecology Center [] [2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702] [] [510-548-2220 x233]
Consumer plastics are ingredients in our daily lives that carry a hidden, global story through their production, use, and disposal. Sorting through the news about health harm, there can be too much information or not enough, leaving it unclear how to respond. How do plastics affect our bodies? How do plastics affect people's health around the planet?
Join us for a special conversation with experts Dr. Marion Guyer and Monica Wilson about common bad actors like phthalates, PVC, BPA, flame retardants, and VOCs and their associated health impacts. How do the many types of plastic that we encounter differ in their toxicity? What factors contribute to disease? How can workers in plants be affected? Monica Wilson, the US and Canada director of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), will examine the toxicity problems associated with reprocessing plastic waste and the impacts that plastic incineration has on frontline communities around the globe. Hear about organizations and legislative initiatives taking action on the worst chemicals and how measures such as Extended Producer Responsibility can reduce plastic packaging and the sources of harm.
The Ecology Center is a membership organization providing environmental information and direct services to promote sustainable living and a healthy, socially just world. Please support this community resource for the environment by becoming a member or making a donation. Support our work on-line at

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