Sunday, August 11, 2013

News & Info for August 13th, 2013

Special performance by
QR Hand

QR was born in Brooklyn new York 1937 and moved to san Francisco 1969, and retired from his employment as a community mental health worker, currently living in Vallejo since 2003. Publishing poetry since late 60s in various journals and anthologies, he is a member of the wordwind chorus a performing poetry music group since the mid 80s in the bay area. Most recently, Taurean Horn Press published a collection "Whose really blues", and 2 poems were included in recent anthologies of Bird & Beckett Books Amerarcana 2011, and of the Revolutionary Poetry Brigade Heartfire 2013. Was honored by Pen Oakland 2012 with a lifetime achievement award in poetry. Most recently was co-featured reader with avotcja at Moe's Books in Berkeley, and is scheduled to read with Wordwind Chorus and fellow poet Bill Vartnaw laureate poet of Sonoma county at Bird&Beckett books in San Francisco's Glen Park on September 22nd.

2013-08-11 "Unity Day looking for a few good artists, nonprofits"
by Rich Freedman from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
With the event about a month away, the Unity Day committee put the call out for artists, nonprofits, and local employee-seeking  companies.  There are 13 slots open for artists who want to display their work in the artist arena. Unity Day is open to creativity, Co-director Maria Guevara said.
Nonprofits are still being accepted, Guevara, said with commitments already from St. Vinnie's Garden, The Mad Hatter Festival, Youth and Family Services, CCRC, Vallejo Main Street, Fighting Back Partnership, Vallejo Daffodil Project, and Loma Vista Farms.
Guevara, expecting about  2,000 visitors at the event, said it's "very hard, but in the end, it always works out."

2013-08-11 "Magic Moonshine back for medieval madness"
by Rich Freedman from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []

Calender of notable events
Red Dragonfly Productions Calendar of Events []

The Solano Land Trust will offer 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. 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, August 14, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590]
An All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-Wine-Martini bar
tickets and information [707.552.2400] []
Houseband: Groovemasters
Special Guest: Steve Freund

Guitarist Bring Classic Chicago Blues to Historic Downtown Vallejo Stage -
Soulshine, the newest Empress experience, turns up the heat in a pro-jam style concert focused on funk, soul, blues and R&B music. The house band for this series is Timm Walker's Groovemasters featuring Charles Spikes, Wilson Brooks and Lorenzo Hawkins. The house band will welcome special guest blues guitarist Steve Freund to the latest musical offering of the historical Vallejo Theatre.
Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work" relocated to the West Coast following 18 years as one of Chicago's most respected musicians and currently lives in Vallejo.
Freund moved to Chicago from New York City in 1976 and began his education in blues playing the role of second guitar behind Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Myers and many others. He spent two years working with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones.
In 1978, he became Sunnyland Slim's main guitarist, playing just about every gig with the piano legend until the time of his death. Freund became the consummate piano accompanist working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray, Erwin Helfer, David Maxwell and many more.

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