Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dec. 23rd, Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
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Interview with...
Bob & Linda of the "Christmas Town" holiday display!
A nationally-recognized festive display of whimsical lights and brevity, with Santa Claus, cartoon characters, a miniature merry-go-round (as a display item), and more! It was created over fifteen years as a tribute for their eldest daughter, who passed away in a plane crash over Arkansas.
They recently converted their display to include LED lights, which has saved them a bit of money in electricity costs. They ask that you bring your children before the end of the holidays, and to consider making a donation at their box on the premises on the corner of Belmont st. and Old Glen Cove rd., off of the Glen Cove exit on Freeway 780!
Photo by Rochelle Newson Shropshire: 
Photo by Susan George:



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Newsletter for December, 2014 [https://archive.today/Lnqxb]
[https://www.facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingVallejo]

What is Participatory Budgeting? from PBP on Vimeo.





New Solar Power Technology!
If you'd like to see these projects be developed further, visit the links and call the telephone number listed at the end of the article! Let them know you support the development of Solar Power!
* "New Technique Could Harvest More of the Sun's Energy" (2014-11-26) [http://www.caltech.edu/news/new-technique-could-harvest-more-suns-energy-44923] [https://archive.today/SguzS]
Artist impression of the plasmo-electric effect as an ultra-sensitive needle measures the voltage that is generated while the nanospheres are illuminated.

* "New technique offers spray-on solar power" (2014-12-05) [http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/new-technique-offers-spray-on-solar-power/] [https://archive.today/V8pyi]


"A Sustainable Ocean Harvest Connecting with Larry Knowles, proprietor of Rising Tide Sea Vegetables" (2014-12-18) [http://baynature.org/articles/tide/] [https://web.archive.org/web/20141220192941/http://baynature.org/articles/tide/]


"S.F.’s apparel industry finds new fit in city" (2014-12-22) [http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-s-apparel-industry-finds-new-fit-in-city-5974473.php] [https://archive.today/SrK8c], [begin excerpt]: Apparel manufacturing, once a signature San Francisco industry until international trade deals and cheap labor largely drove it abroad in the 1980s and 1990s, is quietly — and perhaps surprisingly — resurging alongside the tech boom in one of the most expensive cities in the country in which to live and do business. The apparel manufacturing industry hit bottom here in 2010, when it employed 1,574 workers, down from 6,445 in 2001, according to figures from the state Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since then, the numbers have inched up, with 1,623 people employed in textile and apparel manufacturing in San Francisco in 2013, the most recent figures available. The apparel industry growing in the city now has a different profile than the heyday of Esprit and the others of the 1980s. It’s not about large volume on the cheap. It’s about quality over quantity, said Janet Lees, a senior director at SFMade, a local manufacturing advocacy group. “It’s small batch, high quality, limited edition, customizable,” Lees said. “You can’t compete on low price points. That’s not what’s being manufactured in San Francisco. It’s really artisanal manufacturing.” [end excerpt]


Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) [theselc.org]
Annual Report for 2014, & What's Next for 2015
We got a lot of things done at SELC this year, and below is our 2014 Annual Report to give you some highlights of the many ways we've helped create more just and resilient local economies across the country. We think we can do more, and we ask that you consider becoming a SELC community member [theselc.org/become-a-member]! Let's people-power the movement for more just and resilient economies together! (Click the image below to view an interactive PDF!) [web.archive.org/web/20141220193301/http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/theselc/mailings/93/attachments/original/FINALAR!.pdf?1418933573]

And that's not all! In 2015, we plan to:
* Legalize Seed Libraries across the country [legalizeseeds.org];
* Introduce the “Sustainable Economies Securities Act” in CA to remove barriers to small-scale community investment in projects that build climate resilience;
* Build an international network of attorneys focusing on creating sustainable economies;
* Introduce city laws to prioritize worker cooperative development;
* Publish a policy report on equitable short-term rental regulation;
* Work with the Agrarian Trust [agrariantrust.org] to create new legal mechanisms for ensuring farmland remains for farming; and
* A lot more! (click to see our vision for the world in 2025!) [shareable.net/blog/selc-celebrates-victories-and-launches-seed-library-campaign] [peeep.us/e18301a6]


Wonderments of the East Bay
Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin
Celebrating eighty years of wonder at the East Bay Regional Parks
[https://heydaybooks.com/book/wonderments-of-the-east-bay/]
The East Bay Regional Parks abound in wonderments: animals, plants, sounds, geological formations, histories, and languages that stimulate our curiosity and expand our capacity for awe. In exquisite, lyrical essays, Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin—with help from their friends—revel in these wonderments.
Vernal pools burst into bloom in springtime, transforming cracked earth into wetlands crowded with wildflowers and fairy shrimp.
Marsh wrens trill reedy tunes from their 200-song repertoire.
Stretches of rock wall span the hills, perplexing any who endeavor to explain their purpose.
A volcano lies toppled just a few miles from the core of downtown Oakland.
And more…
$15.00, Paperback, with flaps, 5 x 7, 128 pages, with over 150 full-color photographs ISBN: 978-1-59714-296-0





HOLIDAY WEEK WALK AT RUSH RANCH DEC. 30
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Explore how the plants and animals of Suisun Marsh prepare for the New Year by joining a free guided walk at Rush Ranch on Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Solano Land Trust volunteer Gayle Vaughan will lead the walk with the theme “Holiday Exploration of the Marsh.”  Hikers should expect to walk alongside the marsh for two miles on mostly level but rugged and slippery dirt trails. Kids and adults of all ages who are able to walk this distance are encouraged to participate. For important details, including meeting location and directions, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. To RSVP and for additional questions, call Vaughan at 707-745-8322.
Photo: Rush Ranch by Tom Muehleisen



KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH LOCAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Visit local treasures in Solano County
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Local residents and visitors can dedicate the first month of the year to health and well-being through several outdoor adventure opportunities with Solano Land Trust. Participants can hike while viewing local waterways replenished by winter rains and hillsides that have turned green. For important details, including each event’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 x200. January opportunities include:
** Thurs. Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Reflect and Re-energize Hike: Reflect on the symbolism of one year ending and another beginning, observe seasonal changes of the landscape and re-energize on this hike through the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo. Free.
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** Thurs. Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
New Year’s Day Hike: Enjoy great views of oak woodlands while getting in shape on this hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King-Swett Ranches
Nature Hike: Explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and get a workout. Free.
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** Wed. Jan. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant native shrubs and trees at a restoration site. Free.
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** Thurs. Jan. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant native shrubs and trees at a restoration site. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Hike for Exercise and the Views: Hike through beautiful California oaks on this winter morning. Participants can get exercise on the hills, appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys and listen to the music of the birds and squirrels. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. Free parking pass for the day.
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** Sat. Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Workshop and Hike: Attend an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, and a book review, followed by a hike. $10 per person.
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** Sat. Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Get the Rush: Go back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action. Visitors can try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake. Participants also can visit Little Bear’s table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted. Free.
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** Mon. Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Enjoy the holiday with a hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. Participants can see views of oak woodlands while getting in shape. Free.
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** Mon. Jan. 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Flooded with Science and Seawater, a guided nature walk along the edge of Suisun Marsh during the King Tide: Pause on Martin Luther King Day to learn about science while walking on the edge of Rush Ranch’s wild wetland. Participants will learn about Rush Ranch’s tidal marsh, scientific research occurring there and what King Tides can teach us about sea level rise. Free.
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** Thurs. Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant acorns and other seeds of native tree species along the banks of Lynch Creek. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bees, Bees, Bees! Why are bees so vital? How can we attract them and help them prosper?: Learn about California's native bees, their importance as crop pollinators and how to foster growth of bee populations on farms and in gardens.
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Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dec. 9th, 2014 Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

Remember to enjoy your day during the rainy season!
(Yes, that's a real, unmanipulated photo, published in the SF Chronicle)



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Ozcat Radio was represented at the recent "Mad Hatter Holiday Parade and Festival" in Vallejo [http://www.hattervallejo.com/], with our friends in the Northbay Evolver Network providing their Cat of a Different Color as our "unofficial" mascot, shown here with Mis Demeanor and our Ozcat Kitten Mateo Skye! At left is Mis Demeanor and Dr.G. on page 12 of a recent newspaper article on the Mad Hatter Costume Ball (download the image or right-click into a new tab for greater resolution)!
Photo showing Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis escorted by Imperial Storm Troopers during the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade:


"California Central Valley Kwanzaa 'First Fruits of the Harvest' " [Indybay.org link] [archive.today]

"What To Do When Ladybugs Make Your Home Theirs?" [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]

"The Significance of Wonder" [BayNature.org link] [archive.today], an interview with well-regarded Bay Area naturalists Malcom Margolin and Sylvia Linsteadt about their recently released nature book. For more about Sylvia's work as a creative ecologist, visit [Wildtalewort.net]. From the interview:
Bay Nature: Can you describe buzz pollination?
Malcom: Pollen is formed within the anther of a flower. Usually the anther splits open and the bee goes in and covers itself with pollen, then goes to the next flower and deposits the pollen. But some plants, like manzanitas and shooting stars, have flowers where the anther is rigid and doesn’t split easily so it’s hard to get the pollen out. So certain species of bumblebees have developed the most extraordinary trick: They cling to the rim of the petal, and vibrate their wing muscles, which sets up a sympathetic vibration in the thorax, which produces a middle “C” note. That middle C note causes the anther to tremble in sympathy, and the tufts of pollen come out. All this activity creates a negative electrical charge around the bee, so that when the pollen comes out, it’s attracted to that negative electrical charge and clings to the bee, which then goes off with the pollen.
Bay Nature: What is your favorite wild place?
Sylvia: The trail from Jewel Lake to Wildcat Canyon in Tilden Park is my favorite spot. I started going there when I began doing a lot of animal tracking. There’s a lot going on there because of Wildcat Creek, so it’s a crossroads for lots of animals. They have regular coyotes – I’ve noticed one that has a heel pad with a funny shape. And I see tracks of bobcats and deer and wood rats and salamanders.
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Chestnut-backed chickadee on blue elderberry bush. Photo: Jerry Ting



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dec.2nd, 2014 Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

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* Coffee, Tea and Current Affairs 10-15-14 [ustream.tv/recorded/54013667]
* GOTT Radio, Oct. 16th, w. Jakey Lee [ustream.tv/recorded/54070232]

CITY OF VALLEJO PRESENTS PROCLAMATION TO STANFORD UNIVERSITY FOR CYCLE 2 PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING PARTNERSHIP
On Tuesday, October 14, the City of Vallejo presented a proclamation to Stanford University for their innovative contributions to the Cycle 2 Participatory Budgeting process. Proclamations were presented by Councilmembers Dew-Costa and Miessner.
For the Cycle 2 vote, held September 27 through October 6, the City of Vallejo partnered with the Crowdsourced Democracy Team of Stanford University [http://voxpopuli.stanford.edu/] [archive.org] to provide a convenient and secure digital voting platform, as an alternative to traditional paper ballots. Led by Professor Ashish Goel and supported by Tanja Aitamurto, Anilesh Krishnaswamy and Sukolsak Sakshuwong, the digital platform was used at every Project Expo and at most satellite locations. Nearly a quarter of the 3,744 residents who voted in Vallejo cast their ballot using the digital platform. On September 10, an electronic sample ballot was posted on the PB Website to acclimate voters with the digital interface and encourage electronic voting [https://web.archive.org/web/20141017061807/https://pbstanford.org/vallejo].
"Our mission is to scale up collaboration and decision-making,” said Professor Goel. “The Participatory Budgeting process in Vallejo is a glowing example of democracy at its best, and we feel privileged to help in a small way."
There are several beneficial features to the digital platform, including automatic tabulation of votes and automatic randomization of the order of projects for each unique voter. Voters also had the choice to complete an optional activity for Stanford’s research purposes, which asked voters to compare projects based on the voters’ perception of the community benefit the project would provide.


Saying “Yes” to Habitat Gardens [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]
Also see [TheMelissaGarden.com]


"From Farm to Patient Tray: Retrofitting the supply chain to meet hospitals’ demand for local food" [Goodfoodweb.com link] [archive.today], of the Growers’ Collaborative (GC), a food hub coordinated by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).  From 2004 to 2011, the Growers’ Collaborative aggregated and delivered family-farmed produce to schools, hospitals, universities, and corporate cafeteria out of locations in Ventura and Davis, California.

* "Farmer Profile: Riverdog Farm" [CAFF.org link] [archive.today]


Ask the Naturalist:
* "Young Bald Eagle at Palo Alto Baylands?" [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]
* "Should I Be Afraid Of This Spider?" [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]














Save The Frogs!
Giving Tuesday is December 2nd, 2014, a national day of giving that happens annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We hope you will donate to SAVE THE FROGS! and show your support for the fabulous work done by your favorite charity! Your donations make our frog saving efforts possible. [www.savethefrogs.com]

Creating a world where humans care about wildlife -
Even though frogs are the most rapidly disappearing group of animals on the planet, frog conservation is seldom taught or mentioned in public schools. That's why SAVE THE FROGS! has held hundreds of educational events to educate kids about frogs. On November 4th, 2014 three groups of 25 elementary school students from Berkley Maynard Academy visited the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center to learn all about amphibians and ways they can help us protect our amphibious friends. We will continue to educate kids about frogs and ensure they grow up with respect towards the natural world and the tolls they need to protect wildlife. We encourage all teachers to visit our Teachers For Frogs webpage and incorporate amphibian education into your curriculum!



"Oakland plowing a path for urban farming on vacant lots" (2014-10-20) [SFGate.com link] [archive.today]

"New Solar Power Material Converts 90 Percent of Captured Light into Heat" (2014-10-28) [JacobsSchool.ucsd.edu link] [archive.org]

Vallejo Homeowners have Another Option to Finance Energy and Water Upgrades with CaliforniaFIRST Energy-Saving-Financing. More information is available at [californiafirst.org]. Interested consumers or contractors can call (844) 589-7953 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (PST). CaliforniaFIRST is available in the following California counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo).
CaliforniaFIRST is a public-private partnership that makes billions of dollars in private capital available to California homeowners for energy improvements, water efficiency upgrades, and renewable energy investments -- with costs repaid as part of property tax bill
CaliforniaFIRST is one of the largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs in the United States. “PACE financing has enormous potential to reduce energy use and cost for our citizens, improve our environment and create local jobs,” said Mayor Osby Davis. “It is great the CaliforniaFIRST program will be offered in Vallejo making options for energy efficiency improvements affordable for many homeowners who would have otherwise been financially unable to take advantage of this opportunity. CaliforniaFIRST will allow homeowners to add value to their homes, while at the same time saving on their utility bills. The program benefits for the individual homeowner and the unique public-private partnership, makes this program a ‘win’ for everyone involved. I look forward to making available other PACE programs in the near future.”
Vallejo math teacher Mark Ristow financed $23,000 in upgrades at his property using CaliforniaFIRST, including a new heating, air and ventilation system, a tank-less water heater, insulation in his attic and an energy-efficient roof. His decision was motivated by a desire to make his home more energy efficient so that it would translate into lower utility bills and an increase in its value. “When you compare it to what I had before, you can already tell there’s a huge difference in just how much less noise there is from the new products. The finance process was very easy and I really liked that I could spread out the payments over a longer period through my property taxes.”


Turkey Walk-Off and Leftovers-4-Lunch Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Friday, November 28, 10am – 2pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Remember the day AFTER Thanksgiving?  Not into Black Friday shopping?  Had enough TV football?  Kids need wiggle-time?  Nothing to do or offer your out-of-town visitors?  What to do with the leftovers?  Bring Thanksgiving leftovers, family and visitors, and let’s get outdoors and explore a hidden corner of Solano County.  Space is limited for this free guided hike on Friday, November 28 from 10am to 2pm.  Get details and sign up at [goo.gl/4SVlf1] or at the Events Calendar at [solanolandtrust.org].
Photo: "Rockville Trails hike" by Jorg Fleige.
Enjoy great views and a stop for lunch to eat those Thanksgiving leftovers.  Expect a 4 to 5 mile route with 400 feet of elevation gain, including an optional ascent to a 360-degree view for the real go-getters.  Be prepared to hike on uneven ground, up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills.  Take advantage of this opportunity if you can because Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots at Rockville Trails Preserve.  In order to protect wildlife, free-range cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.  Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike.  Park and meet your guide promptly by 10am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., behind La Barista Espresso.  Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.  Rain cancels.  Call Steven at 707-474-8423 if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread.  Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog.  You may also want to bring gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
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 [solanolandtrust.org].


Hike for Exercise and the Views at Lynch Canyon
Saturday, November 29, 9am to 1pm
SOLANO COUNTY – After Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday frenzies, spend an autumn morning with nature enthusiast Jim Hanser hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, Saturday November 29, 9am to 1pm. Lynch Canyon is at 3100 Lynch Road near McGary Road, between Fairfield and Vallejo.
Photo: "Prairie Ridge View at Lynch" by Karlyn Lewis.
Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure, including the trees, birds and views of the bay.  The guided hike is free. Parking is $5 with all proceeds to help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.
Expect a moderate pace with occasional breaks while hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down hills on uneven ground.  In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
Meet Jim in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.  A map and directions are available at www.solanolandtrust.org.
Please RSVP to Jim at 707-372-6090 or [hanserjames@) comcast.net].
Rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system.  Learn more at [www.solanolandtrust.org] and [www.solanocounty.com/parks].





Hike the Hills
Saturday, December 6, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches –on Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 1pm with Solano Land Trust docent and 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.
Photo: "The King-Swett Ranches" by Doug Wirtz
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; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at [916-870-4824] or [james.walsh@) landcare.com]. 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 poison oak, passing free-range cattle along the way.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks or a bag lunch; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles 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 the chance of rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended. Very heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Meet Walsh promptly at the unmarked 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.


1st Annual Napa County Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014
8:30 PM - 1:30 PM
At Connolly Ranch [ConnollyRanch.org]
Intended for youth ages 8-16
Register at [https://campscui.active.com/orgs/ConnollyRanch#/selectSessions/795101]
Join local naturalists from Napa-Solano Audubon and Bay Area families at Connolly Ranch.
Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of Citizen Scientists take part in the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. This rigorous event often does not include young children, so in an effort to train future generations of Citizen Scientists in this country-wide endeavor, Napa-Solano Audubon (NSAS) and Connolly Ranch, in collaboration with our friends at Sonoma Birding, invite families with children ages 8-16 to join us for a half day event to learn some of the important basic elements of this grand old Audubon tradition. Bird Count participants, ages 8-18, will attend a Binocular Boot Camp, teaching them how to properly use and care for their binoculars. Each child will also receive a bird booklet to help him or her get familiar with birds, and keep a record and tally of what he or she sees in the field. Participants will break into groups led by local birding experts, make a short trip to their field location, and spend 1.5 hours in the field discovering and counting birds. Groups will return to Connolly Ranch for lunch and to tally and report on their findings. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring a brown bag lunch and binoculars (if possible). A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available. For more information or to register contact: Wendy Schackwitz [napa-solano-birds@) outlook.com] or Jennifer Fotherby [info@) connollyranch.org]


Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike at Lynch Canyon
Sunday, December 7, 10am to 2pm
Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, 3100 Lynch Road, Vallejo on Sun., Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Photo: "Raptor Hike" by Diana Harvey.
The hike will offer identification tips and views of resident, migrating 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 birds of prey, brings more than 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. He has shared his love of hawks on these hikes and tours for more than a decade. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher, able to distinguish a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk or a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances, and is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested.
Cost is $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration is required. Visit [http://conta.cc/VEcaQF] or the events calendar at [www.solanolandtrust.org] to register. All ages are welcome, but participants should 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.
Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot before 10 a.m. Bring 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 and rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. Heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Mary Beth at (707) 685-5908 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. Visit [www.solanolandtrust.org] for further information.


"New Moon....Setting over Mount Tam", 2014-11-23 by [facebook.com/Eric.Dugan.56]

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oct. 14th Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
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Community News
Providing links to articles, and to backed-up pages and newsletters at Archive.today

"IT'S OFFICIAL: 2014 Participatory Cycle 2 Results are in and Vallejo has spoken! [archive.today], more info at [PBVallejo.org].

"Vallejo News" (2014-10-10) [archive.today] with info about upcoming events, the Loma Vista Farm Pumpkin Sale, and the Mocktober Punk Arts & Music fest

"Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)" newsletter (2014-10) [archive.today]

"Governor Brown Signs the Neighborhood Food Act!" (2014-09-26) [TheSELC.org link] [archive.org]

A freeway ready family-sized solar car has been been developed, tested in Australia and California, is compatible with Tesla cars, and is ready for mass-production pending further investment:
* "Solar-Powered Family Car Rides California Coast" (2014-09-24) [Discovery.com link] [archive.today]
* "Solar-powered family car Stella rides California coast" (2014-09-24) [SolarDaily.com] [archive.today]

1st of three honorees announced for the 2014 California River Awards [archive.today]

"Kicking my Potter’s Wheel"
by Peter Bray, w. Benicia Herald column, "A Cappella Handyman," every Friday, [www.simpletonspath.wordpress.com]:
I keep kicking my potter’s wheel,
it knows how I feel,
it’s made for a circular life –
Keeps my clay fresh up here
and forever turning out what I do.
Tomorrow a lady’s sink fixture,
last week a gate and a garage door repair,
week before that a quarter-acre yard,
next week a curtain set.
I keep kicking my potter’s wheel hard,
the only way I know how to afford this yard
and everything else I do to fuel my truck
and this band of poems
flying up to land on my Facebook page tonight.
Enjoy Mark Knopfler and “The Bug,” I do: [Youtube.com link]


POETS ON THE PORCH #2, Part of ARTWalk in Benicia, 10/11/2014, hosted by Renee Marie Jordan of Jordan Realty. MC’d by Don Peery, Benicia’s 5th Poet Laureate, Videowork by Poet/Artist TomStanton. Photos by Peter Bray. Benicia rocks! Check us out: [www.BeniciaFirstTuesdayPoets.com]



Join our wetland construction workshops taking place this week!
SAVE THE FROGS! invites you to attend our Wetlands Construction Workshops this week!
-- October 14th, 2014 in Shingle Springs, CA (east of Sacramento)
-- October 15th, 2014 at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley and frog ponds in San Francisco .
-- October 16th, 2014 in Fairfax, CA (Marin County)
Constructing wetlands is a fantastic way to ensure that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. At these workshops we will teach you how to build wetlands and together we will build an actual wetland. We will train you in the art of wetlands creation so that you can incorporate this valuable habitat creation mechanism into your ecological toolbox. The knowledge you gain at this workshop will set you on the path to constructing wetlands for wildlife in your part of the world. We welcome students, environmental educators, ecological consultants, wildlife managers, and private landowners. The workshops will be led by Tom Biebighauser, the world's premiere wetlands construction expert and SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. We hope you can join us as we Re-Frog America! If you are a student and you require financial assistance in order to attend please contact us as we have a limited number of scholarships available.
Learn more and register at: [www.savethefrogs.com/workshops]

"Re-Frogging America: Help us build three more wetlands this week" -
special message from Kerry Kriger, Ph.D., of SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
[www.savethefrogs.com/kerry-kriger]:
Last week I spent five amazing days in California's Eldorado National Forest building wetlands for our official state amphibian, the endangered California Red-Legged Frog! I was joined by members of the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, Center for Wetland & Stream Restoration, and SAVE THE FROGS! biologists Kathlyn Franco and Emily Moskal. Together we built six wetlands for California Red-Legged Frogs and took part in a Wetlands Construction Workshop led by Tom Biebighauser, who has built over 1,700 wetlands across North America over the last thirty years. This week we plan to build three more wetlands, and I hope you can join us or donate to make our efforts possible.
Please donate today [www.savethefrogs.com/donate] and help us raise the funds necessary to build a wetland at SLV Charter School in Ben Lomond, CA! SAVE THE FROGS! has partnered with the SLV Charter School and together with students and teachers we will build a 16x20' wetland at the school. Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Habitat destruction is the number one cause of amphibian population declines worldwide and the majority of California's wetlands have been destroyed or modified. Constructing wetlands at schools is a fantastic method of educating hundreds of students and teachers about amphibians and ensuring that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support!
The SLV Charter School is a public school in Ben Lomond, California in the mountains of Santa Cruz County. In 1997 one of the teachers built a small pond beside the school but it has permanently dried up. We have surveyed this site and with your help we will turn it into an outdoor classroom, with an oval-shaped 16' x 20' wetland as its centerpiece. This wetland will create habitat for frogs and other wildlife, and educational opportunities for students and teachers. We will incorporate the students into the construction of the wetlands, which will be completed in one day, introducing many students to the wonders of nature and the value of wildlife. You can download our wetland design reports for the SLV Charter School wetland here. The cost to implement this project is $2,067. Please share our crowdfunding page [www.savethefrogs.com/slv] on your social media networks!
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! so we can make this wetland a reality. Thank you!
These kids are ready to build a wetland this week! They raised $150 for the wetland and delivered it to me when I spoke to them about the importance of frogs last Thursday! The wetland we plan to build this week is situated immediately outside their classroom.


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The wetlands we built last week in Eldorado National Forest

We built the 60' x 40' wetland shown in the photo, as well as five others in the vicinity. When the rains come, they will fill with water and serve as habitat for an array of wildlife in an arid landscape. California Red-Legged Frogs were once common in this area, but the gold miners nearly ate them to extinction in the late 1800's. The wetlands are designed to last and require no maintenance. The pond shown below is nearly three feet deep and will hold water for most of the year. We designed it to dry out each year so that it will not be colonized by fish or non-native American Bullfrogs, both of which require permanent water to survive. Wetlands can be built to retain surface water either by compacting clay soil or by using a plastic liner; they could also be dug to fill with groundwater if the water table is close enough to the surface. The pond shown below uses a wildlife-friendly plastic liner as there was no clay and no groundwater at the site. Unlike most liners sold in stores, our liners were not coated with fungicides or other harmful chemicals.
Want to learn how to build wetlands and help us Re-Frog America?
See [www.savethefrogs.com/workshops]


Community Calender

Free Pumpkin Decorating, Wagon Rides, Blacksmithing & More!
Saturday, October 18th from 10am to 1pm
At Rush Ranch [www.rushranch.net]
[www.solanolandtrust.org], call 707-432-0150 x200 or email [volunteer@) solanolandtrust.org].
Bring the whole family to Rush Ranch this Saturday, October 18th to enjoy decorating pumpkins, blacksmithing, learning about Native American history and culture, and riding in a horse-drawn wagon.  It’s all part of “Get the Rush”, a series of free, fun and family-friendly activities offered every third Saturday of the month at Rush Ranch.
** 10am to 11:30am:  Whether you're a kid or a "kid at heart", come experience the fun of decorating pumpkins in the outdoors at Rush Ranch.  Be inspired by the plants and animals that surround you, as well as by Halloween themes. Small pumpkins and craft supplies will be provided.  In the craft area there may be other items that you can make as well.  Some pumpkins will be artificial so you can use them as Halloween decorations year after year.  Other pumpkins will be freshly picked from local fields.  In addition to pumpkin decorating for all ages, pumpkin carving may be available for kids ages 10 and up.
** 10am to 1pm:  Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrate traditional blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the historic blacksmith shop.  You can try your hand at blacksmithing too – you may even get the opportunity to make your own iron nail or other keepsake!
** 10am to 1pm:  Visit Little Bear at his table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted himself.  Ask him about his life experiences and learn about Native American history and culture.
** 11am to 1pm:  Take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.  Wheelchair users are especially encouraged and can board via a solar-powered wheelchair lift.  Michael Muir and his team of experienced drivers and highly trained horses provide these rides so that those with limited mobility can experience the freedom and excitement of exploring beautiful open spaces like Rush Ranch.
For pumpkin decorating, RSVP online at [bit.ly/rushranchpumpkins] or by calling Linda at 707-759-4676 so we bring enough supplies. (Photo by Linda Stewart). No reservations are necessary for other activities and everything winds down by about 1pm.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward!  Rush 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.
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


"Fair Food:  Field to Table" Screening & Discussion
The promise of improved farm labor practices in American Agriculture
Sun.,  Oct 19th, from 4-7 p.m. Free.
at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, 595 Railroad Ave. on Mare Island
More info and map here [ArtVallejo.org link]
The event is free & open to the public. Donations are accepted!
[FairFoodProject.org] #FoodDay 2014 #Real Food Just Food
For info, contact Sarah [530-756-6555 ex.19] [CIRSinc.org]
With the theme of "Food Justice" for this year's Fair Food Day [FoodDay.org], we will be showing "Fair Food: Field to Table" a multimedia presentation, with stories Behind the Plate, bringing films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going, promoting a more socially just food system in the U.S.
It was created by California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) & Rick Nahmias Photography. CIRS is the only non-profit with a mission to conduct public interest research that strengthens social justice & increases the sustainability of Calif.'s rural communities. Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, viewers learn about the harsh realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. The growing movement for “fair food” is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with their values.
After the screening, we will have a question & answer session with special guests, who all have deep experience in these areas, and will provide expert insight.
Come early or stay late and enjoy the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve [ArtVallejo.org link], on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas & the oldest Naval Cemetery west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker!

"Justice throughout the food chain—from farm workers to child consumers—will be a special focus for the fourth annual Food Day, as will increasing Americans’ access to healthful food. Culminating on Oct. 24, Food Day is an event that organizers hope will inspire many Americans to improve their own diets and work toward solving food-related problems at the local, state, and national level. Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest & other food leaders in 2011, Food Day quickly grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast last year alone."


Hahn's Park trail improvements (Vallejo)
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 9am to 12 noon
Last year, the Vallejo Watershed Alliance successfully built a new trail in Hanns Park so that third graders on their Watershed Explorer field trips could stay focused and reduce damage to the native plants. The path worked brilliantly, and now needs to be refreshed for the upcoming season. We’ll meet in Hanns Park (entrance lot is on Skyline off Redwood Parkway). Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [info@) VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org]


Red Dragonfly Productions presents...
Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina @ Empress Theatre
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8pm
$17/advance and $20/door
The Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, 707.552.2400
Guitarist and composer, Ray Obiedo, formed Mistura Fina to explore his great love of Latin music. Obiedo is bringing potent blend of Latin jazz meets Brazilian and Carribean music to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, October 19th!
Obiedo’s compositions for the group are drawn from his many musical influences --including contemporary jazz, funk, Caribbean, R&B, pop and Latin music. Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of its musical elements for a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor. While there is the heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of this ensemble.
In his illustrious career, Ray has played and/or toured with Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Julian Priester, Mark Soskin, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Rose Ann Diamalanta.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years --vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Phil Thompson.


Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike at Lynch Canyon
Sunday, October 19, 10am to 2pm
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park in Vallejo on Sun., Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The hike will offer identification tips and views of resident and migrating 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. This is the Land Trust’s eighth season offering raptor tours and workshops on its properties.
Broderick, an interpretive specialist focusing on field identification, census and the natural history of raptors, brings more than 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, able to distinguish a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk or a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances, and is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested.
Cost is $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration is required. Visit [http://conta.cc/1oYiSYS] or the events calendar at [www.solanolandtrust.org] to register. All ages are welcome, but participants should 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.
Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot before 10 a.m. 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 and fog. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. Heavy rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call Mary Beth at (707) 685-5908 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. Visit [www.solanolandtrust.org] for further information.


Bay Area Horror Group
We need new blood! Come haunt with Dig The Undertaker and create your very own ghastly set at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve in Vallejo for our annual "NightMare Island"! We have several cages in the ammunitions bunkers that are waiting for your 'homey' touch! Applications for installations are now being taken. This is a benefit for the Preserve. Here's the [.pdf link]



Hike for Exercise and the Views at Lynch Canyon
Saturday, October 25, 9am to 1pm
Spend an autumn morning hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park with docent Jim Hanser. Enjoy the trees, the birds, and the views of the bay. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure.
The guided hike is free. Parking is $5 and all proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.
All ages are welcome, but participants should be prepared for a 4 to 6 mile hike on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The group will travel at a moderate pace with occasional stops. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Maintain a safe distance from the free-range cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country. In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
Bring $5 cash for parking, and a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.
Meet Jim in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.  Lynch Canyon is located at 3100 Lynch Road, just west of the intersection of Lynch Road and McGary Road, between Fairfield and Vallejo.  A map and directions are available at www.solanolandtrust.org.
RSVPs are appreciated to Jim Hanser at 707-372-6090 or [hanserjames@) comcast.net]. Rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system.  Learn more at [www.solanolandtrust.org] and [www.solanocounty.com/parks].
Photo showing Lynch Canyon by Karlyn H Lewis



Hike the Hills
Saturday, November 1, 9am-1pm
at the King-Swett Ranches
The hike is free; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com. 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 poison oak, passing free-range cattle along the way.
With Solano Land Trust docent and 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.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks or a bag lunch; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles 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 the chance of rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended. Very heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Meet Walsh promptly at the unmarked 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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sept. 23rd, 2014, Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

Community News
Providing sources alongside back-up links with Archive.today

"Count finds threatened otters holding steady" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

Governor signs Vallejo park-and-ride expansion bill [BeniciaHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

Tenants Together Releases Guide for Tenants Victimized by Napa Earthquake [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]; also see "Eviction Without Reason" [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]

"Vallejo gears up for second participatory budgeting vote" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

VALLEJO SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM — 9/18/14 [VIBVallejo.com link]

"Fresno County Central Library helps prepare for California Kwanzaa Ag Expo" [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]; "16th Annual, California Kwanzaa Ag Expo ~ Expression of the Best Pan-African Traditions" [IndyBay.org link] [archive.today]

"100-year-old Solano County Courthouse reopens doors" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

"Art windows perk up downtown storefronts, 23 artists showcase their work"[TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

"Benicia to be site of Bay Area Paracon Saturday" [TimesHeraldOnline.com link] [archive.today]

Update on the Stuart Creek restoration in Sonoma County [Bohemian.com link] [archive.today]
Once abundant in the stream, steelhead are now faced with the dam, a dilapidated bridge that blocks their passage and other impediments to a proper spawning run. Not to mention the drought. Neale says the steelhead population likely got an immediate benefit from the new flow. "It was probably a good deal for the fish," he says. "The creeks dry up and the fish have to find pools to overwinter. These flows are probably now helping deepen the pools that have fish in them," he adds. "It's always good to have a little more water in the creeks."


Maria Sanchez of Vallejo's Little Mexico asks you to VOTE to "Help the Homeless" on the Vallejo Participatory Budgeting Ballot!
"Some homeless veterans, seniors, disabled and youth need mental health help. By supporting this project, they will get the help they need." Maria said.



Community Calender

[PBVallejo.org]
VOTING: September 27 - October 6
** Saturday, September 27th @ 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.     Waterfront under the tent north of the Ferry Terminal          
** Tuesday, September 30th @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Solano Middle School Gym - 1025 Corcoran Avenue
** Thursday, October 2nd @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hogan Middle School Gym - 850 Rosewood Avenue
** Sunday, October 5th @ 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m. Norman King Community Center - 545 Magazine Street      
** Every Weekday -- Monday, September 29 thru Monday, October 6th @ 12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m. Vallejo City Hall - 555 Santa Clara Street
PLUS DOZENS OF SATELLITE VOTING LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT VALLEJO! Satellite locations will be announced as we get closer to the vote - supermarkets, shopping centers, churches, transportation hubs - PB will make voting convenient for Vallejo residents. - See more at:
[http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting/2014_vote/#sthash.qR1685sI.dpuf]


Artiszen Cultural Arts Center is proud to present 
Jose Martinez 
in his first show in Downtown Vallejo
Come celebrate this beautiful art with us!
Opening reception will be Sat 27th from 5:00-9:00pm.
There will be Hors d'oeuvres and Mimosas flowin' all night, as well as the musical stylings of The Phoenix Twin [facebook.com/ThePhoenixTwin].
$5 Donation will be asked at the door which goes towards our Young Artiszen's Programs and puts you in a drawing for an original "study" painting by Martinez :)
The exhibit will continue to be shown through Oct 18.
Official hours will be: Thursdays 5-9pm / Fridays 5-10pm / Saturdays 11-2pm (except for 10/11/14 where we will be open for Gallery 11:11 from 11am to 11pm!)
Martinez is from Napa and creates his art at the Coal Sheds Artist Studios on Mare Island. Please join us in welcoming this extremely talented young man to the downtown art scene.
Martinez works in many mediums including, oil paints, acrylics, charcoal, watercolors and push pins...yes push pins! You have to see it for yourself!



Solano Advocates Green Environments (SAGE) Fund Raiser
at the historical Julia Morgan House
728 Capitol Street, Vallejo,CA
We'll celebrate on Judith Hilburg's back patio as we toast her generosity and community activism, Julia Morgan's genius, and as we work together to turn Vallejo's Mean Streets to Green Streets!
$15.00 for tour, wine and appetizers
Friday, October 3, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Vallejo City Council has agreed to reinstate Vallejo Waterfront Weekend for the community in October.
Vallejo Waterfront Weekend celebrates the uniting of unique talents and diversities in the community while providing a one-stop shop for regional sponsorship. The Bay Terrace Theater (Mira Theatre Guild) has been designated as this year's main beneficiary, though the event will provide an opportunity for other nonprofits to raise money for their organizations as well. By maximizing resources and reducing expenses to create one major event, Vallejo is creating an organizational structure that small stand-alone nonprofits can thrive under for many years to come.
Taking place October 4th and 5th, the event will feature music, food, entertainment and activities for the entire family, potentially drawing thousands of individuals from Vallejo, Solano County and the entire Bay Area. The festival will unite the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District and the Water-front communities, and will also help celebrate the historic significance of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This event will require the support of local and regional sponsors, companies, vendors and hundreds of volunteers. To donate or become a sponsor, call 707.642.3653 or visit [www.vallejowaterfrontweekend.com].
The first Vallejo Waterfront Weekend was developed in 2004 as a collaboration of events and organizations in Vallejo and the surrounding area. After a decade, we are re-establishing this event to once again bring our community together. By maximizing resources and reducing expenses to create one major event, we are creating an organizational structure that local non-profits can benefit from for years to come. We are celebrating and uniting the unique talents and diversities of our community while providing a one-stop shop for regional sponsorship.
We have designated the Mira Community Cultural Center as this year's main beneficiary, but the event will also provide an opportunity for other non-profits to raise money for their organizations by taking advantage of the regional venue. Taking place over two days during the first weekend of October, the event features music, food, entertainment and activities for the entire family.
The Vallejo Waterfront Weekend will draw thousands of individuals from Vallejo, Solano County and the entire Bay Area. The festival unites the Downtown and Waterfront communities and will also celebrate the historic significance of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This effort will require the support of local and regional sponsors, companies, vendors and hundreds of volunteers. Transportation will be provided throughout the event so visitors can park and get around to all the various activities.


Comedy at the Empress, with
Maureen Langanfeaturing Mike Capozzola
Hosted by Priya Prasad
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8pm
Doors open 7pm
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo
$17/advance and $20/day of show – Reserved Seating
707.552.2400 / EmpressTheatre.org
Hotel Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott, Vallejo – Napa Valley
Smart comedy for thinking adults.  Recommended for ages 18 and over.
Comic Maureen Langan Slated to Headline Comedy Show at Local Historic Theatre
Headliner Maureen Langan performs all over the world and is on Sunday night at 10pm on KGO radio.
Former police sketch artist, substitute teacher, taxi driver and now standup comic, Mike Capozzola is a cartoonist and TV actor who has performed at SF SketchFest and worldwide.
Host, Priya Prasad, has her own style of comedy. She is witty, intelligent and thought-provoking.


Viking Fest 
October 11th, 2014 — 10 AM to 3 PM
At Norway Hall, 619 W. Ninth Street, Santa Rosa, CA.
Open to the Public - No Admission Charge.
* Live Viking crafts.
* Re-enactments by Vikings of Bjornstad-Cultural Demonstrations.
* Taste of Norway Lunch.
* Home Made Baked Goods.
* Imported Scandinavian Foods and Gift Items.
* Fresh Waffles and Coffee.
* Live Music.
* Viking Photo booth.
Additional information on [www.freya-lodge.org] and [www.vikingsof-bjomstad.com].
Anne-Marie Winterhalder, Vice President, Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway [707 894-1807] [annemaric@) thegrid.net]





Free Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Monday, October 13, 8:30am – 12:30pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Join Solano Land Trust docents Richard and Cathy Christo for a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. We'll take a few short breaks to enjoy the views and catch our breath. Enjoy this beautiful open space while getting in shape! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed.
Advance registration is required. Learn more and register by visiting [http://conta.cc/1qNJ3qy], the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org, or by calling Cathy at 707-745-1913. There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots at Rockville Trails Preserve. In order to protect wildlife, free-range cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.  Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. Park and meet your guide promptly by 8:30am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., behind La Barista Espresso. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. High fire danger or heavy rain cancels. Call Cathy if conditions are uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, as well as long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements such as sun, wind, and fog. 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 www.solanolandtrust.org.