Wednesday, December 4, 2013

News & Info for Dec. 3rd, 2013

Interview with...
Genea Brice
Advocate for a Poet Laureate program in Vallejo, she joins us to give us the progress so far. Genea will also perform a set of her pieces, and invite you, the poets among us, to the First Tuesday Poetry Group, which meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All.

Interview with...
Fred Manard
A downtown beautification stalwart, Fred has been instrumental in bringing together the annual lighting up of downtown event, beautifying the district and making it an appealing place for it's old-time atmosphere.
Fred wants us to know that “Cooking with diversity”, the charmingly Vallejo Cookbook, is available all hometown enthusiasts for $10!
at Indian Alley Antiques [401 Georgia st.], which is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary in downtown Vallejo!

Interview with...
Alex Shantz, a People's candidate for Student Trustee of Napa Valley College!


On today's edition of the Northbay UpRising morningshow, we feature the poetic prose of...
Ronna Leon, Benicia Poet Laureate Emeritus, from the...
Benicia's Poem Homes (more info here [link]), a program of the Benicia Poet Laureate, with the Benicia Public Library, project manager Jady Montgomery, and volunteers of the First Tuesday Poetry Group, which meets monthly, 6:30 to 9pm at the Benicia Public Library, Welcome To All. Submit Poems to []!


Never Consider Depth

Research Alternate Route*

Fix Gaze on Eternity

Keep Walking

Carry No Excess Baggage:
     goods and chattel

     sea monsters, tall ships,
     false harbors.

Ask No Questions.

Hope for Placid Weather:
     endless silver fields of light
     a firm footing to dance on
     skip over like a stone.

Move Mountain A
to Lake B.
Climb Summit.

Community Culture Calender

The SAY Dream Walk
Friday, Dec. 6, Registration 5:30, Walk 6:00
Over 1,128 kids will sleep on the streets of Sonoma County tonight. With programs like our Coffee House Teen Shelter and Tamayo Village, SAY helps. Now we're asking for yours.Join us on December 6th for walk to raise awareness about youth homelessness. The price of admission is a new pair of socks for a homeless youth. Please wear a comfortable pair of shoes, we'll be taking a short walk around the downtown area during the event.
Sign up now & pledge to bring a pair of socks for a homeless youth, or consider making a donation of $10.
Courthouse Square, 3rd & Mendocino, Santa Rosa

4th Annual Mad Hatter Holiday Festival

December 7th, 2013, on the streets of Vallejo's Village of Artists and community spaces, centered at Georgia st. & Marin st. there will occur the Mad Hatter's Festival, Parade & Ball, a fantastic display of InDIYpendent culture and Community Spirit, with art cars, fire art, marching bands, dancing horses, and spectacles too numerous to list!!!
Festival begins at 2pm at Unity Plaza -- between JFK Library & the Post Office: see the Dancing Mexican Horses, Loma Vista animals, fun art cars, plenty of food & craft vendors & much more!! Come & ride in the Mad Hatter Tea PoT!!!

The Parade begins at 4pm, and ends at Vallejo's Unity Park with a fantastic display of lights and flames!Following that will be an after-hours all night block party as only the Mad Hatter could arrange, with the Mad Hatter's Ball (21+, $20) at the Oddfellow's Hub [350 Georgia st.] [].
Accompanying the Mad Hatter's Ball will be Alice's Palace (all-ages) at the Art is Zen [337 Georgia st.] [].
Ozcat Radio, through the Gathering of the Tribes affiliation with the Northbay Evolver Network, has been invited to be in the parade alongside the Cat of Many Colors!

The Hub Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 7, 2013
at The Hub [350 Georgia Street @ Marin, Vallejo]
12/7 9am-8pm (Also the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival that day!)
12/8 12pm-5pm
12/14 9am-4pm
12/15 12pm-5pm
Our shop and gallery will be open all day on 12/7.
Our special guest artisan vendors will be here from 2-8.
Did we mention there will be a DIY gift wrap station at the Hub Holiday Bazaar? It will be all set up in the Hub on 12/8, 12/14, & 12/15! Do your shopping, then create your own special gift wrap!
Some of the artisans participating in the bazaar or who have work in the gallery are:
* Corkapelli Trinkets []
* L Tracey Harper, Therapeutic Massage Therapy
* Mad Zanni Masks
* Michelle's Eye []
* Steamy Tech []
* Glowees []
* Lulu Deux Millinery []
* Sean Murdock []
* Robin MacLean []
* Jean Cherie []
* Sherry Tobin

Steve Sage’s DVC “Rock Rhythm & Blues Revue”
Sunday, Decembr 8, 2013 - 2pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
$7/advance and $9/door General Admission
707.552.2400 tickets and information []
Diablo Valley College's "Rock, Rhythm & Blues Revue", featuring over 20 bands playing a range of blues, rock, soul, country, oldies and pop, returns to the Empress for their ongoing monthly shows at the historic downtown theatre. 
The bands are made up of over 80 students taking DVC music instructor’s Steve Sage’s class in the theory and performance of blues, rock & roll, country, funk, soul and R&B.  The instrumentals -  including guitar, bass, horns and piano – and vocalist form small ensembles to study, examine, rehearse and perform music from these contemporary American musical genres.
Music instructor and guitarist Steve Sage says each band will perform in a rapid fire show of spirited music.  The teacher and creator of the revue says "The bands are ecstatic to play on the Empress stage.  It fits right in with our commitment to keeping American roots music alive for the next generation.”
Facebook Gallery of Diablo Valley College Rock Rhythm & Blues Revue @ Empress on May 19, 2013:
Photographer:  Douglas Trost; Student: Clyde Bird

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center presents
DANIEL SHEEHAN- Trial Attorney and author of The People's Advocate
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
6:00 PM Potluck ~ 7:00 PM Speaker
 Sheehan traces his personal journey from his working-class roots through Harvard Law School and will tell "the inside story" of over a dozen historically significant American legal cases of the 20th Century, all of which he litigated including the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate Burglary, Karen Silkwood, the American Sanctuary Movement and his famous Iran/Contra Federal Civil Racketeering Case against the Reagan/Bush Administration, which he investigated, initiated, filed, and then litigated. The resulting "Iran/Contra Scandal" nearly brought down that Administration, leading Congress to consider the impeachment of over a dozen of the top-ranking officials of the Reagan/Bush Administration.
 MDUUC - Children's Chapel
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
info: []
(925) 933-7850
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors
Suggested Donation: $20 and dish to share if attending potluck
If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes.
No log-in required: []

The Empress Theatre Presents
The Wednesday Night Ramble with the North Bay All-Stars
Special Guest: Ashling “Biscuit” Cole and Kenya Baker
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street
Vallejo, CA  94590
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 guitarist Kenya Baker and vocalist Ashling “Biscuit Cole with the debut of the duo’s new Christmas CD.
Award winning guitarist Kenya Baker has been a touring musician for most of his life.  Most recently he was lead guitarist for Grammy Award winner Joss Stone, and toured internationally with her for four years. He’s played for dignitaries including President Clinton and the British Royal Family.  One highlight was playing for the Princess Diana Memorial Concert at Wembley Stadium, which was attended by more than 63,000 people and broadcast worldwide. 
Kenya began playing music in his father’s church and, as a teenager, was touring on the gospel quartet circuit.  Then he became immersed in the Oakland R&B scene in its heyday and played with the finest Oakland musicians, including touring with Lucy Pearl, Digital Underground and Tony!Toni!Tone!.  Kenya is a multi-talented musician, composer and music producer.  He has a gold album for his original song “Top of the World” (under the name Kenya Gruv) which is featured on the Menace II Society soundtrack, and a platinum album for his collaboration on “The Revival” by Tony!Toni!Tone!.  He’s worked with other notable artists including Tupac Shakur and Eric Benet.
Ashling Cole is one of the most dynamic vocalists the Bay Area has to offer.  Her soaring voice and unparalleled professionalism make her a first-call talent in the arena of Funk, R&B and Gospel.  In 2010, Ashling was invited by legendary bassist, Larry Graham, to join Graham Central Station and is featured on their newly released album “Raise Up.” 
A San Francisco native, Ashling knew she wanted to be a singer since age 6.  As a child, she enrolled in SF Girls Chorus and later joined the American Conservatory Theater, where she gained her classical training.  Ashling has performed alongside many of the industry’s greatest artists, including Prince, Sheila E, Carlos Santana, Patty Austin, Jeffrey Osbourne, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and The Rolling Stones.  She continues to tour internationally with Graham Central Station, as well as performing locally.
The Wednesday Night Ramble feels like a family reunion where everyone plays and the odds are more likely than not that the person you’re sitting next to will soon be up on stage playing with the house band.   The music careens from Americana, roots, blues, country to funk as the faces of the musicians change on stage.

Hub Crafternoon: Open Studio - Finish Those UFO's!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
1:00pm until 4:00pm in PST
The Hub Vallejo 350 Georgia Street, Vallejo CA
Crafternoon Maven: Katie Vardijan
Definition of a UFO (in the crafty world): Unfinished object or project, often found hiding in craft rooms, under the bed, or tucked away in a corner of the closet in a plastic bag.
Did you start a scrapbook when your kid was a baby? Is your baby now entering kindergarten but the scrapbook is still in pieces? Did you begin knitting a hat last winter but then....summer happened? Is your sewing and mending pile giving you grief? I think you get the idea--let's tackle those UFO's! Spend an afternoon at The Hub socializing while finishing up your art/craft project.
Any UFO project that can be worked on in a room with tables and chairs is welcome. Need to borrow a sewing machine? We have a handful that can be loaned for the day, let Katie know you need one when you sign up. To sign up, please visit []

"The Multicultural Classroom"
Saturday, February 1, 2014 ~ 8 am to 4 pm
Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek

Keynote Speaker:
Victor Rios, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, motivational speaker and author of "Poverty, Gangs and a Ph.D." and "Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys ."
Rios grew up in Oakland, California in a single parent household, in poverty and on welfare. He joined a gang at the age of thirteen and by age sixteen he had dropped out of school and had been incarcerated several times. Having witnessed the tragic murder of his best friend by gang rivals, Rios hit a critical juncture in life at which point he made the decision to transform.
With the support of educators and mentors, Victor redirected his attitude towards life, and returned to school to eventually acquire a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He uses his personal story, and 10 years of research experience, to discuss how personal and institutional "illusions" contribute to academic failure.
Additional information about this conference may be found at:
or contact Margli at (925) 933-7850

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