Sunday, December 29, 2013

News & Info for Jan. 7th, 2014

8:30am Interview with...
Ignacio Sandoval
, fine artist working at bringing classical realism to Vallejo, with a show at St. Vinnie's Culture Club,

8am Interview with...
John Brooks
, poet and community peace advocate of Vallejo

Happy (Gregorian) New Years!
The sub-cultures of the Universal Roman Empire, including the majority of European Christians outside Russia, celebrate the new year's day for the longcount established by the Gregory 8th, the Universal Father of Rome, during the year 1582 to replace the older Roman Calender established by Julius Ceasar during the year 46bce (over 2000 years ago).
Other new year's day to keep special throughout 2014 (all dates given using Gregorian calender):
* Judean (Jewish folks, State of Israel), 2014-09-26, celebrating the oldest longcount beginning at 3761bce.
* Maya (Guatemala, Yucatan), 2014-09-02, celebrating the 2nd oldest longcount beginning at 3114bce!
* Celestial (China), 2014-01-31, celebrating the most vibrant civilization ever.
* Thai, 2014-01-01, among the youngest longcounts, beginning during the reign of Rama 5th in 1888.
* dar Umma (Islam), 2014-10-25, whose longcount began during 622, with over a billion adherents today!

"Participatory Budgeting Highlight"
2013-12-12 from "Vallejo News" published by the City of Vallejo:
Through the triumphs of public participation in community spending decisions, the City of Vallejo was recently named as an example of a successful Participatory Budgeting Project in the White House Blog.
During the President's announcement of the release of his Second National Action Plan on Open Government, a section of Participatory Budgeting (PB) was described as a community-led tool that enables residents to assist in identifying, discussing and prioritizing certain local public spending projects, and for giving citizens a voice in how taxpayer dollars are used in their communities.
Vallejo, which established its city-wide PB process in 2012, was the first city in the nation to do so. In June 2013, as part of the Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget process, the City Council approved an allocation of approximately $2.4 million for Vallejo's second cycle. Through PB, Vallejo residents and stakeholders present ideas and develop project proposals, then residents vote, and the top projects within the budget allocation are submitted to the City Council for consideration.
Projects that benefit the public, are a one-time expenditure that can be completed with funds from this year's PB process, and those that are implemented by the City, or in collaboration with the Vallejo City Unified School District, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District, or any other public agency, non-profit organization, or religious institution that operates in Vallejo are eligible for funding.
The Second Open Government National Action Plan states that in 2014, the Administration will work with the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, the National League of Cities, non-profit organizations and philanthropies to create tools and best PB practices, raise awareness of PB, and educate communities of PB and its benefits.
Below is an excerpt from the White House Blog about PB:  "Participatory budgeting allows citizens to play a key role in identifying, discussing, and prioritizing public spending projects, and gives them a voice in how taxpayer dollars are spent. Several communities around the country, such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Vallejo, already have had success in, or are currently planning, participatory budgeting processes to help determine local budgeting priorities."

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Happine$$ Can't Buy Money!!! “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Community Calender

Mindfulness on the Marsh: Start Your New Year by Relaxing into the Here and Now
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 10am-2pm & Sunday, January 5th, 2014, 10am-2pm (Come for one day or both)
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
The New Year is a powerful symbol in our lives—a time of reflection, promise, and renewal. Dedicate the first weekend of January to your health and well-being. A free workshop at Rush Ranch on Saturday, January 4th and repeated on Sunday, January 5th is designed to help you lower stress and become more centered. It’s called “Mindfulness on the Marsh: Start your new year by relaxing into the here and now”. The workshop starts at 10am and ends at 2pm each day, and guests are welcome to come for one day or both.
Workshop participants will learn to practice mindfulness: quieting your thoughts and focusing your awareness on the present moment, non-judgmentally. This way of being has the potential to be deeply restful, to promote healing, and to revive energy. Indeed it can be a way of life. Both days are led by Dr. Peaslee DuMont, M.D., who has been practicing mindfulness for over 25 years.
This workshop is recommended for ages 15 and up. Participants should be prepared for extended periods of silence and guided meditation, lots of sitting (or lying down, if preferred), and slow walking. The workshop will take place rain or shine. If raining, the group will take shelter in the ranch’s historic barn. Items to bring include a picnic lunch and water, hot tea, or the like. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and layers to protect you from cold and wind. A notepad and writing instrument are also recommended. Rustic seating will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their preferred folding chair and/or yoga mat (to be placed on the ground outdoors), cushion, and blanket.
Meet in the brick courtyard outside the Rush Ranch Nature Center. The Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection.
No reservations are necessary, but RSVPs are appreciated and questions are welcome to Natalie at [707-432-0150 x200] or [].
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust. Learn more at [].
Rush Ranch rainbow (Photo by Tom Muehleisen)

Anne DeLozier meditating on a Solano Land Trust property (Photo by Gary Boudreaux

Hike the Hills
Saturday, January 4, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
Who: Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Walsh
What: Hike the Hills
When: Saturday, 1/4, 9am-1pm
Where: Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Pkwy exit, off Interstate 80).
Cost: None
RSVP: None
Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches – on Saturday, January 4th from 9am to 1pm with naturalist Jim Walsh. Walsh will share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and he’ll give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed to the public.
On a clear day you can see views from atop King Ranch that sweep across the Suisun Marsh all the way to the Sierras, with Mount Diablo rising to the south. From the western edge of Vallejo-Swett Ranch, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and the Napa River and marshes.
The hike is free and no reservations are necessary. Donations are appreciated. All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle, passing free range cattle along the way.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind, fog and rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended. Very heavy rain cancels the hike.
Meet Walsh promptly beside his white "TruGreen" pickup truck, at the Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.
Since its founding in 1986, Solano Land Trust has permanently protected over 20,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano County. Learn more at [].
The King-Swett Ranches (Photo by Doug Wirtz)

Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, January 11, 10am – 2pm
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
Join a free guided hike of Rockville Trails Preserve on Saturday, January 11th from 10am to 2pm. Get a great workout as you trek about 4 miles up and down the hilly, rocky terrain to the interior of this 1,500-acre natural area. Enjoy the majestic oaks and see how the fall rains are transforming the grasslands. Learn about the area’s natural history and watch for signs of wildlife that depend on this area for food, shelter, and safe passage. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
Space is limited and advance registration is required – visit the “events calendar” at [], go to [] or contact Lorenzo at [] or [707-330-7263]. There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots yet. Dogs are not permitted. Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. Meet your guide, Lorenzo, promptly at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Heavy rain cancels this event. Call Lorenzo if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and lunch. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain, cold). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park. These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated. Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands. Learn more at [].
Photograph showing Rockville Trails by Jorg Fleige

Celebrate Saint Vinnie's Culture Club's Closing with...
An exhibit of Ignacio Sandoval's paintings
Contact the artist at [707-553-2480]

Corner of Florida and Marin Streets, 930 Marin Street, at Vallejo Art District
Saturday January 11, 2014
4:00 to 6:00 pm
with a PotLuck
Paintings will be on exhibit till january 18, 2014

Closing Reception for the HOLIDAY ART BOUTIQUE

January 11, 2014 5:00-8:00pm
Featuring Mixed Media Fine Art
Art by Cleven “Goodie” Goudeau
Scenic Watercolors by Chris Tennyson
Iconic Photographs of Mare Island by Chris de Asis
Closure of the St. Vinnie’s Culture Club Tea Room
A Winter Bear Den full of chainsaw carved bears By Earl Stevens

Birds of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Sunday, January 12, 10am to 2pm 
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
[]; Larry Broderick, Raptor enthusiast [707-975-7047] []
Visit [] for further information.
Who: Solano County Parks and the Solano Land Trust
What: Birds of Prey Migration Hike
When: Sunday, January 12, from 10am to 2pm
Where: Lynch Canyon Open Space Park’s address is 3100 Lynch Road, Vallejo, CA. The entrance gate is at the intersection of Lynch Road & McGary Road, Vallejo, CA.
Why: Discover and learn about eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey in Solano County.
Cost: A donation for the tour is suggested but not required.
RSVP: Requested but not required: Mary Beth at or 707-685-5908.
Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a Birds of Prey Migration Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park on Sunday, January 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This hike will offer raptor identification tips and views of resident and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey.
Broderick, an interpretive specialist focusing on field identification, census and the natural history of raptors, brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested. He distinguishes a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk or a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances. He is known to demonstrate wing beat movements and wing configuration patterns of different species using his spread arms.
All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a moderate pace covering about 4 miles, possibly off-trail in places, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, and passing free range cattle along the way.
Bring $5 cash for parking; a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep and slippery terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind, fog, rain and cold. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. A donation is suggested to help sustain these tours. Constant or heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Mary Beth if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Because it is a working cattle ranch, pets are not allowed.
White Tailed Kite at Lynch Canyon (Photo by Joshua Asel)

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