Monday, July 29, 2013

News & Info for July 30th, 2013

7:30pm Interview with
Benjamin Buggs, director with Faith Food Fridays, a public ministry of Faith Bible Church in Vallejo, providing food to those in need every Friday – 4pm until 6pm, at 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.
Faith Food Fridays is currently working with Grocery Outlet for "Independence from Hunger"!

8pm Interview with
Jesus C. Malgapo, candidate for re-election to Vallejo City Council. []

(Image (c) 2013 Ian Thurston Photography [])
* 2011-09-30 Vallejo Independent Bulletin's interview with City Council Candidate Jess Malgapo [link]
* 2013-01-02 "Incoming Vallejo councilman wants consensus, public safety reforms" by Jessica A. York from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]

2013-07-30 "Former New Zealander Kay Flavell looks to clean the streets of Vallejo" by Irma Widjojo from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []: Kay Flavell and a few other concerned Vallejo residents, are launching a new project to make city streets more pedestrian friendly. Flavell, 70, also owns New Pacific Studio on Nevada Street. Since 2003, it has been an art residency for international and local artists. An art residency allows artists to live in an environment that supports the creation of their works for a period of time, Flavell said.
She said the idea for the project, aptly named Improving Vallejo-Street By Street, came from a New Zealander musician who stayed in the residency last year. Flavell envisions fixing sidewalks, planting flowers or creating small community vegetable gardens, placing art along the fencing, cleaning up the creek, and improving the railroad tracks to make it more eye-pleasing. Flavell said she realizes she needs to be realistic about the project, which focuses on Valle Vista Street between Alameda and Sacramento streets.
Still in its beginning stages, Flavell is seeking more people to get involved with the project, which she hopes to complete by December. For more information about New Pacific Studio or the project, contact Flavell at 563-5166 or, or visit

2013-07-26 "Vallejo community plans for night of neighborhood pride National Night Out set for Aug. 6" by Jessica A. York from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
Neighborhoods that sign up with Fighting Back Partnership to commit to hosting a National Night Out event may have a Dumpster delivered to their neighborhood - not necessarily on the same night as the party - to fill with trash, and later have carted away for disposal.
Contact Allen at Fighting Back for more information on street closure permits or Dumpster deliveries at 649-5461.
On Tuesday, the Vallejo City Council approved a fee waiver to groups wishing to apply to close their blocks for a Neighborhood Watch event. The permit must still be applied for, city leaders said, but the $52 cost will not be levied.
Several events are already planned, from large to small. Some of the bigger annual parties include those like 2013 South Vallejo National Night Out/Resource Fair at the Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church, 900 6th Street, with resource information, vendors, free food and clothing, live entertainment, games and raffles.
Other known events include gatherings on the 400 block of El Dorado Street, the 100 block of B Street, the 700 block of Indiana St. (a new Neighborhood Watch group), the Bridgeway Church on the 1500 block of Georgia, St. Vincent's Hill neighborhood at the new community garden on Marin and Ohio streets, the Carriage Oaks/Cimarron Heights neighborhood and Vervais Street, off Springs Road, to name a few. Most events run from 5 or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Solano Land Trust will offer 10 outdoor activities for the public in August.
For more information about each event and location, visit Unless otherwise state, events are free, but parking at Lynch Canyon is $5. Donations are accepted.
Info originally posted at "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:

Aug. 3
* 8:30 a.m. to noon. Rockville Trails Preserve hike to explore the ecosystem with docent Steve Pressley. Space is limited, and registration is required through the "Events Calendar" at or call Cathy at 745-1913.
* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nature Hike at the King-Swett Ranches with docent Jim Walsh or James Chang. RSVP is requested, but not required, by contacting Walsh at or (916) 870-4824.
* 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer at the Community Workday at Rush Ranch. RSVP requested, but not required, by contacting or 580-6277.

Aug. 9
* 7:30 p.m. Astronomy Night at Rush Ranch, including a short presentation and outdoor viewing. Telescopes provided.

Aug. 11
* Noon to 4 p.m. Volunteer and learn about phenology, the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year, in various locations. No experience is necessary. Registration is required by contacting or (530) 514-1773.

Aug. 16
* 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteer on Citizen Science Friday at various locations. No experience is necessary, but registration is required by contacting, or calling 432-0150, extension 207.

Aug. 17
* 8:30 a.m. Third annual Aim for Ag & Open Space: Sporting Clay Shoot and Luncheon at the Birds Landing. Free beginner's clinic, and $75 for 50 targets and $110 for 100 targets, excluding shotgun rental and ammo. Lunch only without the shoot is $15. Registration is required through the "Events Calendar" at or 432-0150, extension 0.
* 8:30 a.m. to noon. Mid-summer hike at Rockville Trails Preserve with docents Richard and Cathy Christo. Registration is require through the "Events Calendar" at or call Cathy Christo at 745-1913.
* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get the Rush at Rush Ranch offers a series of free activities designed for all ages, including a guided walk, blacksmith demonstrations, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Aug. 24
* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer and learn about phenology, the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year, in various locations. No experience is necessary. Registration is required by contacting or (530) 514-1773.

Wednesday Night Ramble with Groovemasters & North Bay All-Stars
@ Empress Theatre in Vallejo
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7pm-10pm
 $7/advance and $9/door
The North Bay All-Stars have been hosting a gathering of musical friends every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at the historic Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo for over a year. With the month of July, comes a 5th Wednesday and a bonus Ramble that’s too big for one house band.
Joining Don Bassey on bass, Willy Jordan on drums, Volker Strifler on guitar and Mike Emerson on keyboard will be Soulshine’s house band Groovemasters with Timm Walker on bass, Charles Spikes on guitar, Lorenzo Hawkins on keys and Wilson Brooks on drums. In true Wednesday Night Ramble fashion, the house bands will be joined by surprise unannounced guests.
The Groovemaster house band has been holding down Soulsine on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the 100-plus year old theatre for the past year playing funk, r&b, blues and soul with special guests Kenny Neal, Don Caruth, Lady Bianca, Will Russ, Jr. and Sista Monica.
North Bay All-Star house band leader, Don Bassey, promises a mash up of house bands and a celebration of Americana music with songs ranging from rock, pop, blues, country, funk, R&B, soul and blues.

Vallejo Watershed Alliance Annual Planning Meeting     
Saturday, August 3    9 a.m. to Noon
We are very excited to announce that Phil Stevens from Berkeley's Urban Creeks Council will be our guest speaker at this year’s Annual Planning Meeting. Phil will talk about developing new tools for setting restoration goals and measuring success; experimenting with approaches to revegetating flood-control channels; and developing long-term volunteer-powered stream stewardship programs. Phil's talk will comprise the first half of the morning, later we'll prioritize and calendar workdays and research projects for the next twelve months. The event will take place in the Vista Room of the Cultural Center at Dan Foley Park. All are welcome; free refreshments.
Contact Jennifer Kaiser
Public Information Officer & Community Outreach Coordinator for the Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District, at 450 Ryder Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 644-8949 ext. 292 (desk)
(707) 333-8661 (cell)

2013-08-03 Petaluma Music Festival 
at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds

2013-08-03 "Summer Heat Mobilization in Richmond"
RALLY & MARCH to the Chevron Refinery
Saturday, 12pm - 3pm  
at Richmond BART [1700 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94801]
CONTACT Katy Polony []
More info at [] []

On August 3rd, the one year anniversary of the Richmond Chevron refinery explosion and fire, two powerful forces, and the environmental justice groups organizing in Richmond, California, are coming together and taking action in Northern California to stop climate chaos and move towards a just, renewable region and world. and the Bay Area climate movement brought 5,000 people together for Forward on Climate on February 17th, making it the biggest climate mobilization in Northern California history and the largest in the US after the 40,000 people at the national rally in DC. Environmental justice and community groups who organize in the shadow of the Chevron Richmond oil refinery, the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the entire state, have stood up to Chevron and won an amazing series of victories that have broken the 100 year cycle of Chevron running Richmond as a “company town.” These victories have included stopping Chevron’s dirty crude refinery expansion project, and the Richmond Progressive Alliance winning elections of the mayor and city council members in spite of millions spent by Chevron. Earlier this month the Contra Costa Times revealed that Chevron and the other four Bay Area refineries were already refining tar sands oil from Canada brought to the Bay Area by rail and that they want more! On August 3rd, the anniversary of the big refinery fire last year, this powerful alliance is bringing together a mass mobilization in Richmond to stand up to Chevron's pollution and their drive to refine more dirty tar sands. Can you be there? The current demands of the action are:
1) NO MORE TOXIC HAZARDS–REDUCE EMISSIONS – Richmond community groups are pursuing this to prevent Chevron from more toxic hazards at the city, county, air board levels.
2) NO KEYSTONE XL TAR SANDS PIPELINE – Chevron has holdings in Canadian Tar Sands, has led the lobbying effort to push it through and refines tar sands oil, impacting local refinery communities.
3) NO DIRTIER CRUDE REFINING – Dirtier crude oil, including oil from tar sands (the dirtiest) and fracking dramatically increase toxic and Co2 pollution and increase the likelihood of health and environmental hazards and disasters.
4) A JUST TRANSITION – Rapidly moving our economy and energy infrastructure away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy while prioritizing the needs of workers and communities.
Click here to donate to fund BART billboards []:

Solano County is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers 
Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 1pm-4:30pm.
For more information:  [] or contact Danielle Niculescu, Program Assistant for "A More Excellent Way"
[707-648-1247] []
There will be a program with free food, health and educational resources, massages and pampering for attending women and raffles and prizes. A More Excellent Way Health Organization and community partners are inviting all pregnant and breastfeeding women and expectant fathers and grandmothers on Sunday, August 4th to the “Solano County World Breastfeeding Week Celebration” from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at John F Kennedy Library in Vallejo during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) which is celebrated in over 170 countries around the world.
This event is generously funded by Kaiser Permanente and several local businesses. It is free of charge.
Activities will include:
* Open Mic for women, fathers, and breastfeeding advocates to express their past, present and future breastfeeding journeys.
* Dad's Corner
* Grandmothers Tea
* raffles and prizes
* health and education workshops
* free food
This year Chic Steppers will offer free Chicago-style stepping instruction to demonstrate the fun you can enjoy while exercising safely.
The Network for Healthy Californians will be providing health information and recipe demonstrations.
The event will assist women with breastfeeding education, counseling and local resources.
Educators and presenters from various organizations, including: TOURO University California, Baby’s First Solano and Solano County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, will be available to offer information, support and resources to participants.
Beauty specialists will be offering massages and pampering for women. Solano County Women are breastfeeding their babies!
90% of Solano County women initiate breastfeeding! Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for babies and has several short and long term benefits for mother, baby and society. Breastfed babies are healthier and experience less ear and respiratory illnesses and higher IQ’s. Mothers that breastfeed lose weight faster and are less likely to get ovarian and breast cancer.
We work to promote exclusive breastfeeding in Solano County, particularly among African American mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding has been proven to drastically lower the infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rate. A More Excellent Way strives to improve rates of exclusive breastfeeding among African American women in attempts to help bridge the disparities seen in maternal/infant morbidity and mortality. 
A More Excellent Way Health and several collaborating agencies’ goal is to assist the residents of Solano County by promoting the importance of exclusive breastfeeding on the health of infants, mothers and the community.
Join us at the 3rd Annual Solano County World Breastfeeding Week Celebration to be held free of charge Sunday, August 4th, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Joseph Room at John F Kennedy Library, located at 505 Santa Clara Street in Vallejo. For more information contact: A More Excellent Way Health at (707) 648-1247.

Complementary Currencies Conference report-back w/Stephanie Rearick of Madison
Sunday, August 4, 2013
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
The Long Haul [3124 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, Ca]
Doors at 10:30 for pre-made (not potluck!) brunch & conversation, with sharing circles at 11 and 1.
Cash Donation:  $20.00/or hours/alt currencies
At the Complementary Currencies conference at The Hague last month, we connected with Stephanie Rearick, a Madison, Wisconsin-based activist, community organizer, and musician who's coming to the Bay Area next month, with a matinee performance right across the street from our EBCOHO clubhouse.
So we're putting together a brunch & conversation circles in advance of her 4 PM musical performance Sunday 8/4 at The Starry Plough. We've invited her and SF-based Bay Bucks organizer Chong Kee Tan, who was also at the conference, to share about international and domestic innovations in time-banking, complementary currencies, and other tools that help people and groups collaborate and build their own community economies.
In the spirit of encouraging complementary currencies and thinking differently about money, we are offering several different ways to pay, including cash donations, work-trade, in-kind hours (including coordinated cooking and outreach and helping EBCOHO organize), Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) hours, and barter. Note, this is not a free event, as we are investing together to provide a place for Stephanie to stay and in the food and the space, and want to be able to share with her the bounty of the Bay Area.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie Rearick is founder and Co-Director of the Dane County TimeBank, a 2075-member time exchange, and Project Coordinator of Time For the World. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting ground-up economic and community regeneration, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years of young adulthood, helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995 and served for several years on the steering committee of independent local political party Progressive Dane. Rearick also works as a musician; we'll link to her show details when available.
Bay Bucks organizer Chong Kee Tan has been a social activist since 1994 when he founded (while a PhD student at Stanford) a website to break through the Singapore government's monopoly on mass media. The global financial crisis made him realize we must fix our monetary system now.
We're cross-listing this event with Bay Area Community Exchange; BACE members, please also RSVP there to help spread the word in that community:
As well as on the Bay Area Complementary Currencies MeetUp group.

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