Sunday, September 1, 2013

News & Info for Sept. 3rd, 2013


Solano County nonprofit looks for docents
originally posted at "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]:
The Solano Land Trust is searching for new docents to lead tours at one of its properties, Rush Ranch.
Anyone 18 or older who is interested is eligible, and no prior experience is necessary. Trainees will go through a program and be partnered with seasoned docents.
The training will take place both indoors and out at Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, two miles south of Suisun City. The training will take eight days: Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22 and Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26. Exact times are not yet set, but Tuesday training will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Saturday training between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Perfect attendance is encouraged, but not required. The training program is free, although donations are welcomed.
After graduation, volunteers will be eligible to lead walking tours along the tidal marsh and offer educational activities at Rush Ranch year round. Tours are scheduled based on docent availability and public interest. They are often offered on the third Saturdays of the month.
The application deadline is Sept. 30.
Solano Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that protests natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County, purchased and permanently protected Rush Ranch in 1987.
For more information about this Rush Ranch tour guide opportunity and to apply, visit or contact Natalie DuMont at (707) 432-0150, extension 200 or

Volunteers Needed for Coastal Cleanup Day!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Press Contact: Jennifer Kaiser [707-644-8949 ext. 292] [707-333-8661]
Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District is proud to announce that the 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at more than a dozen locations throughout Vallejo. Volunteers will clean trash and debris from creeks, lakes, marshes and shoreline throughout this area. Join thousands of other volunteers across the state for the largest volunteer day on the planet! This vital community-building event takes place every September, encouraging residents to cleanup their local shorelines, rivers, creeks, lakes and inland waterways. Across the state, California Coastal Cleanup Day is a partnership between the California Coastal Commission, Whole Foods Market, non-profit groups, cities, agencies and counties.
Last year in Vallejo, 940 volunteers picked up more than 67,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.

What is needed? Cleanup Volunteers
When? Saturday, September 21
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Where? Register by calling (707) 55-EARTH
or email []
or show up that morning at 42 Harbor Way for your spot

Additional Info -
If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form before participating. All cleanup supplies will be provided, but volunteers should wear sunscreen, sturdy shoes, a hat and work gloves. If you have them, bring a bucket and reusable water bottle. When you check in at your cleanup location, you will be given trash bags, latex gloves and a data card to tally collected items.
This year’s local cleanups are made possible through the active participation of the cities and counties of Solano and Yolo, the California Coastal Commission, Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District, VALCORE Recycling, Recology Vallejo, and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District.

JFK Library Reopening
The John F. Kennedy Library has been undergoing major renovations. In celebration of these renovations, the JFK Library will be hosting a Grand Reopening ribbon cutting ceremony on September 10.
As part of the renovations, all library services will be available on one floor. Children's materials have been relocated so they can be closer to their parents. A new space has been dedicated to children's learning and the computer center refurbished with new desks. The second floor of the library has received new restrooms including two family restrooms.
Friends of the Library Bookstore: New to the JFK Library will be the Friends of the Library bookstore, where donations and other materials that the library is no longer using will be available for purchase. Prior to the renovations, the Friends of the Library nonprofit organization hosted a book sale once per year. Now with their new space, sales will be ongoing. All funds raised through book sales will benefit the children's programs.
The JFK Library Grand Reopening ribbon cutting celebration will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of the library. Guest speakers will include the County Supervisor and County Administrator and others who were instrumental in the renovation process.

Calender of notable events
Napa's ABC Bakery's Pop Up Series presents
Magical Moonshine Theatre with Steve Ventrello on accordion.

"Cirque du Cafe" The Ordinary Performs the Extraordinary!
Friday, September 13, seatings at 6:30 and 9:00 for dinner and show (wine and beer available.)
Limited to first 40 to reserve by calling 707-258-1827 or email
Fundraiser for Canterbury Tales by Magical Moonshine Theatre with McCune Collection Rare Books (Project Webpage)
Details on poster below or at []
"Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Magical Moonshine Theater perform..."  -L. Pierce Carson, reviewer, Napa Valley Register"
"Bravo!" - Elisheva Hart, reviewer, San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild News
"Best THEATRE I have seen in years!" - Industrial Light and Magic FX Engineer

The Empress Theatre Presents...
Hot House Blues with Anthony Paule & Frank Bey 
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
[] []

There's music every Wednesday night at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo, and the fourth Wednesday of the month brings us Hot House. This month is blues with Anthony Paule & Frank Bey. Coming up are Hot House Zydeco and Hot House Eli's, a tribute to Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland.
Frank Bey and Anthony Paule play old school soul and blues. Frank learned to captivate and mesmerize an audience with a song during his years with The Otis Redding Review. The Georgia-born singer began his career at the age of 4 singing gospel. Guitarist Anthony Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years. He's toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Bod Diddley, Maria Muldaur, Mark Hummel and many others. Many of you might remember him from the Superstorm Sandy Blues Benefit at the Empress where he appeared with Alabama Mike.
Since first touring together in 2005, Philadelphia based singer Frank Bey, and San Franciscan guitarist Anthony Paule, have promised to record together. With strong admiration of each others musicianship, Bey and Paule blended their talents and expertise, to bring forth “You Don’t Know Nothing”. The CD was recorded live (no studio overdubs) July 20, 2012, at the San Francisco nightclub, Biscuits and Blues. “You Don’t Know Nothing” is a collection of ten impressively performed songs in the styling of old school soul and blues.
Born and raised in Millen, Georgia, Frank Bey began his singing career performing gospel at the tender age of 4. Along with his brother and two cousins, their group “The Rising Sons” toured around The South making live appearances as well as radio broadcasts. At age 17 he joined the Otis Redding Revue working as the opening act for several years. During his time with Otis Redding, Frank learned to captivate and mesmerize an audience with a song. After a long hiatus from the music business during the 80s and 90s, Frank came back better than ever.
Anthony Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years and has previously released two solo CDs. In addition to fronting is own band, he’s toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Bo Diddley, Maria Muldaur, Barbara Lynn, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Mark Hummel, and others. “You Don’t Know Nothing” finds Paule in his element, in full stride with this eight piece soul band... backing up a fine singer.

The Empress Theatre Presents...
Wednesday Night Ramble with the The North Bay All-Stars and special guest
Johnny Rawls
September 4th, 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo]
All Ages Venue
Cover $7/advance and $9/door
Beer-wine-martini bar
707.552.2400 tickets and information
[] []
The North Bay All Stars will host the gathering of musical friends in the latest installment of The Wednesday Night Ramble at the historic Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo with Don Bassey on bass, T. Moran on drums, Matt Silva on guitar and Mike Emerson on keyboard. Joining the house band will be Mississippi born blues guitarist and singer Johnny Rawls.
Johnny's many talents include vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, arranger, and producer. He has recorded under various record labels such as, Rainbow, Rooster Blues, Rock House, JSP, and Catfood Records. In 2002, he started his own record label, Deep South Soul in which he released Lucky Man, Live In Montana, The Best of Johnny Rawls and Heart and Soul.
Johnny's body of work is highly recognized by the music industry and fans alike. He was on the April, 2002 cover of Living Blues Magazine, has had multiple articles in publications worldwide, received the Critics Choice Award for Best Album of the Year three times from Living Blues Magazine, and is the recipient of many nominations and awards, including Best R&B Male Vocalist from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Best Soul Blues Album from the Blues Foundation. In addition, Johnny is honored, along with Soul Blues legends Little Milton and Tyrone Davis, with a Blues Trail Marker at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Johnny tours constantly to worldwide audiences; from Europe, Japan and Australia to throughout the United States. He has performed at some of the most prestigious blues festivals in the country, such as Chicago, Portland Waterfront, Poconos, North Atlantic, and King Biscuit. He can also be heard on XM radio's Bluesville.
In 2008, Johnny released Red Cadillac which charted at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart. He was nominated for Best Male Soul Blues Artist and Best Soul Blues Album by the Blues Foundation. He won the Critics Award for Best Album of the Year by Living Blues Magazine. The 2009 release, Ace of Spades charted at #4 and remained in the top 20 for three months. This album won Best Soul Blues Album of the Year. Memphis Still Got Soul, released in 2011, garnered three nominations from the Blues Foundation. In June, 2012, Johnny released Soul Survivor. His live performance of the song, Yes, has mass appeal and is a fan favorite. Two more Blues Foundation nominations have come his way for this CD. During this same year, Johnny produced an O.V. Wright tribute CD with special guest, Otis Clay.
Johnny is a prolific songwriter and a polished entertainer and as such, delivers his original music with smooth, soulful vocals, dynamic energy and to critical acclaim with each and every CD and performance.
Photographer’s Credit: Andy Amyx

Thursday, September 5, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
6 pm potluck ~ 7 pm presentation
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church - Owl Room ~ 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek ~ (925) 933-7850
Co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice, with Friendly Favors []
Suggested Donation: $20 and dish to share if attending potluck (free for students. If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes.
Planting Justice [] is a non-profit based in Oakland dedicated to food justice, economic justice and sustainable local food systems.
* GAVIN RADERS, co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permaculture demonstrator/teacher.
* KATRINA ZAVALNEY, Vice President of the board for Planting Justice, has 15 years of experience in community development, facilitation, and sustainable event management.

Red Dragonfly productions presents...
Warm Fall Nights, Ribs & Music at Gracie’s Barbeque in Vallejo

Summer music continues at Gracie’s Barbeque with a slate of music on Friday nights. Popular returning bands cover blues with a little bit of Cajun, Zydeco and retro rock mixed into the rotation. Gracie’s Barbeque is a family owned restaurant known for their ribs, corn bread, potato salad and home made pies and blues on Friday night.
Gracie’s Family Barbeque [1801 Sonoma Boulevard, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707.552.2254]
Family friendly, No cover
September 6, 2013 – Fiddlaround
Annie Marie & Fiddlaround is an acoustic trio that features Americana music at its best weaving an infectious blend of fiddle tunes, swamp boogie, blues, Cajun, Zydeco, latin & country. Fiddlaround features three part vocal harmonies, intricate fiddle and accordion work supported by the rock solid rhythm of stand up bass and low hat. Fiddlaround focuses on the music of Louisiana, Texas and California with Annie Marie on fiddle and vocals, Maureen Coyle on accordion and vocals and Diane Dutra on bass, low hat and vocals.
September 13, 2013 – Dead Cat Hat
Dead Cat Hat is an emerging 5 piece indie-Americana band with accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums, bringing vocal harmonies to twang-infused songs. With over forty original songs, no two shows are alike, and the band plays venues as diverse as their music including not only saloons, bars, and night clubs, but galleries, cafes, BBQ joints, and even a yacht club. Originally conceived as a duo, Allan Canumay and Pato Milo were joined by long-time friend Pete Stanton on drums and played shows as a trio with Pato trading guitar and bass duties. Then the band evolved to include Bonnie Schiada on accordion, and Jay Maddox on bass in the summer of 2011.
September 20, 2013 - Guy Arrostuto
The San Francisco-born keyboardist, band leader and instructor was raised under the tutelage of a master Italian musician in the thriving San Francisco big band and jazz community of the 1940's and 50's. Guy has benefited from his roots and a classical education, at both the mentor and university levels. Sought after for private lessons as well appearances at nightclubs, concerts and festivals since the 1960's, Guy is a mainstay in the music scene throughout Northern California.
September 27, 2013 - The Jimmy Smith Band
The Jimmy Smith Band features some of the best blues players in the Bay Area with Jimmy's keyboard driven blues. Jimmy Smith is a veteran blues sideman having played with and array of great musicians that include, Doyle Bramhall III, Steve Kimock, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musslewhite, Nick Gravenites, Norton Buffalo,Larry Graham, Robert Palmer, Guitar Shorty, Little Jimmy Reed, Kenny Neal,Freddie Roulette,Sonny Rhodes , Tia Carroll and many more. Jimmy's bands have opened for such greats as Bonnie Raitt Tower of Power, Little Feat, Average White Band.

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