Monday, January 27, 2014

News & Info for Jan. 28th, 2014

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Visit our Local Links page for an extensive list of ongoing events, and online news [link]!

Interview with the director of the New Studio Opening in Downtown Vallejo...
William Sievert Studio Gallery

Feb 1, Grand Opening! Open to the public every Saturday 11am to 5pm!
at 707 Marin St, Vallejo
Contact [707-704-3422] [] []
Big ups to the "art happenings" newsletter of the Vallejo Open Studios for publicizing this!

Call for Artists for the...San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
ATTN: ALL ARTISTS! All-Ages! All Types! The theme for the event is wildlife (especially the birds) and local native habitats and landscapes! The time is NOW to submit your original, non-commercial art for consideration in the 2014 Art Exhibit for the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival! The deadline is passing and all applications must be postdated by January 31st, and NOW is the time to submit your art, all media types accepted! Artists may sell their work, with 20% of proceeds going to the Mare Island Heritage Trust (501 3c). Entry fee is $25 per artist, with up to 3 pieces per artist. To pick up a submission entry form, or for more info, contact Sallie Evans [707-552-7351] []

Call for Artists:
“Arts Extravaganza - 2014”

Juried Art Show, April 4-5, 2014
At the Canyon Gallery, 3441 Broadway St./Hwy. 29, American Canyon, CA
Entry Fees due: Friday, March 7
Artwork submission: Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21
Phone [707-557-2176], email []
* Visit American Canyon Arts Foundation site for more Information [!2014-art-show]
* Download Entry Form (pdf) []

Arts Council Napa Valley has launched a New and Improved website
* Creative Directory: The new Creative Directory features local artists and creative professionals and their work in a vibrant and engaging way.
* Grants and Jobs: Now you can access information on artist job opportunities and grants available for the arts.
* Vibrant and Engaging Home Page: The new homepage features big upcoming events that you won't want to miss, as well as success stories of members and industry news.
If you would like to submit a success story post, email []
Questions or comments? Email or call (707) 257-2117 ext. 2

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park 2014
Fundraiser []:
Everyone deserves a little Shakespeare!
This summer Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park is presenting another three weekends of free live theater in Vallejo, Martinez and Oakland. VSP is returning to Hanns Park in Vallejo, and other venues around the bay, this summer to present a free Shakespeare production to under-served communities.
Residents of all ages and economic backgrounds are invited to come together for free outdoor theater in Vallejo, Martinez and Oakland. Because this is a free event, all funds to pay company members and operations must be raised through grants and other fund raising sources.
Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park is a weekend of live performance to uplift and enrich the lives of local residents through a classical theater experience. We believe the arts are an important part of the fabric of a community and we want to do our part to ensure a thriving arts environment and help foster the value of the arts as a public good.
Everyone deserves to see professional live theater, but many communities are lacking accessible performance arts and many residents in communities where we perform can not afford to pay for tickets. Economic background or proximity to major metropolitan areas should not keep anyone from experiencing good classical theater. We bring an annual free Shakespeare festival to under-served and artistically starved communities and provide an inspiring family experience to areas yearning for culture and enrichment in hard economic times. We are passionate about creating, producing and presenting live theater, and introducing non-theater goers to the visceral, cathartic experience of watching a live performance in the company of other audience members. Funding Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park will aid in revitalizing communities through performance arts and allow us to continue to bring our shows to deserving areas in need of free professional performance arts, plus provide more opportunities for Bay Area actors.
Our 2014 show will, once again, be a “bare-bones” production, concentrating on the actors performances, with minimal set and modern dress.
Performance opportunity for the Bay Area theater community!
One of our goals is to provide professional performance opportunities through non-traditional casting to local and Bay Area actors of color. Our cast is made up of multi-ethnic actors of various backgrounds from around the Bay Area. Characters in the plays are often switched from male to female, as well as casting females to play male roles, providing more acting opportunities for women. Smaller roles are also given to novice actors to give opportunities to a wide range of actors at every level. We want our productions to reflect our diverse community in which they are performed and help our audience connect to classical theater with exciting contemporary staging.
Funding from IndieGoGo will be used to pay our incredibly talented actors. Every cent. Please support Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park and be sure to come and see the show!!
Even if you can't contribute monetarily maybe you could donate something from our wish list: ladder, 2 6 ft. foldable tables, 2 costume racks, costumes and/or fabric for costumes, poster printing, banner printing, playbill printing, bottled water, items for concessions such as soda, juice, candy bars, cookies, chips and crackers?
Matinee performances, using natural light and sound, means we will not use or need lighting and sound equipment or techs, keeping our production costs low and our performance values high! Still, we need $2550 to cover the cost of paying our 17 actors for our upcoming FREE performances this summer.
Why are we asking for $2745? Fees. 4% to IndieGoGo, if we make our goal (9% if we don't). But it is very important that we reach our goal so that we can pay each and every one of our hard working actors a minimum $150 for their dedication and hard work.
And, Please Tell Your Friends and Theater Lovers you know about our campaign. 

Project Prom! []

The Hub Vallejo presents Friday night Vallejo musicians with...

Friday, January 31, 2014
The Hub Vallejo [350 georgia st, Vallejo, California 94590]
On Friday nights, The Hub will be showcasing local, Vallejo music artists. Our first will take you out of winter & into the warmth of the Pacific Islands.
Come join us for a night of contemporary island music with Makali'i!
Admission - FREE! :D  (There will be a tip jar for the band, and we always are accepting donations to save the building.)

Art for All, and All for Art!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
5:00pm until 7:00pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 georgia st, Vallejo, California 94590]
More info? Contact Erin Bakke @ [702.339.4249]
If you are an artist, musician, performer, downtown merchant, community builder, and/or interested in the development of downtown Vallejo,
What can I bring to the pARTy?
• A potluck dish for the belly--
• an umbrella for sudden brainstorms--
• tools to build a good foundation---
• party hats as we celebrate a new start---
• More metaphors, I’m running out
Okay, multiple choice question: We intend to-
* Create one big happy arts community.
* Introduce our new, COMPREHENSIVE Arts & Entertainment website.
* Schedule ongoing art and entertainment events, and cool art projects, to promote and revitalize the downtown district as a center for commerce and culture.
* Take over the world.
* All of the above.

Family Science Saturday presents...
Electrical Connections!

Saturday, February 1, 2014
11:00am until 4:00pm
At the Inventor's Lab, Lawrence Hall of Science [146 Rainier Ave #27, Vallejo, California 94589]
Learn about electricity circuits as you experiment with batteries, wires, motors and light bulbs in this great electricity activity.
Can you use a vegetable or fruit to power your creation?
The Inventor's Lab is located at Loma Vista Elementary School, 146 Rainier Ave, Vallejo, adjacent to Loma Vista Farms. Call 510.292.5862 or email for more information.

Hike the Hills
Saturday, February 1, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
Who: Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Walsh
What: Hike the Hills
When: Saturday, 2/1 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: Requested but not required: [].
SOLANO COUNTY, CA – Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches – on Saturday, February 1st 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; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at [916-870-4824] or []. 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. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
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 [].

Digital Renaissance Faire presents...
Air Village Gathering: WARMTH

February 1 at 2:00pm until February 2 at 10:00am
Get Tickets []
Warmth - Friendliness, Kindness, Affection
At the ClouD 9 [1320 9th St., Berkeley, California 94710]
Have you Liked the Digital Renaissance Faire on Facebook yet? []
The Digital Renaissance Faire will be hosting four events in 2014. The first is Warmth, an educational collaborative art show in the amazing venue of Cloud 9 in Berkeley, CA. Come to the warmest venue in the bay and spend all night enjoying this amazing community of artists, educators, and collaborators. This is an ALL AGES EVENT! Anyone under 18 MUST be accompanied by a PARENT. 13 and under are FREE! Check out all the amazing things coming to WARMTH!
$12 Presale Tickets
$15 AT THE DOOR BEFORE 1PM! Bring your lunch and come help us setup!
$15-$25 Sliding Scale at the Door for those with Digital Renaissance Faire wristbands
$20-$30 Sliding Scale at the Door for New Comers to the Digital Renaissance Faire
2:00pm-8:00pm - Workshops
8:00pm-11:00pm - Live Music Jam Session
11:00pm-12:00am - Jef Stott Live Music and Electronic Set
12:00am-6:00am - Electronic Music Jam Session
6:00am-8:00am - Morning Yoga
8:00am-9:30am - Ecstatic Dance
9:30am-10:00am - Closing Ceremonies
There will be a KIDS KAMP in the Cloud 9 loft with games and crafts for children of all ages. During the event, the loft will become a sleeping space for your little ones, so if they can sleep through anything, you can stay all night!
Workshops will be hosted by Evolver. Our workshops are open to artists, permaculturists, skill shares, yoga, and anything else you would like to share with the community. If you would like to host a workshop, please contact us on the Digital Renaissance Faire Community Page or Northbay Evolver.
* WARMTH of Embodied Joy - by Alex Iglecia (
* Forest Garden Landscapes of the 21st Century - by Alex Smith
* PSYCHONAUT Salon - by Jonathan Talat Phillips, Carl Gnosis, & Shakti Pearce
* Royal Family Presents Get Fit to Stay Lit - by Kwic Time
* Do It Yourself Organic Skin and Hair Care - by Sarah Sunrise Koplowicz
* Sex, Love, Feminism, Where's the Evolution? - by Ginnie Jester and Sunyata Satchitananda
* Music and Flow - by Nerd Nate
* Introduction to Overtone - by Tyler Albert Lane
* Sunday Morning Yoga - by Earth Tribe Yoga with Travis
* Live Art hosted by the Digital Renaissance Faire community. There will be live painting, sculpting, stone work, dancing, and so much more. If you would like to perform or share your art at Warmth, please contact us on the Digital Renaissance Faire Community Page.
* Live 3D Projections Provided by Third Eye Projections ( - Evan Glantz and Mitch Englander
* Live Stone Work by Illuminating World ( - Mykael David Lazzeri
* Live Glass Blowing by Acacia Glass Art ( - Aleks Ephron
* Live Tattoo Work by Corey Alexander Divine (
* Live Painting and Metal Art by NINTRON
* Live Painting by Richard Wizardsky (
* Live Painting by Samantha Sage
* Live Painting by Elizabeth Hemphill
* Live Painting by Annie Standard (
* Live Painting by Clay Chollar (
Sound will be provided by the Sustainable Bass Collective. If you would like to play music, please contact us on the Digital Renaissance Faire Community Page or the Sustainable Bass Collective Community Page.
Live Music -
* Finit (
* Mock Church (
* Sam Stearns
* Royal Family
Electronic Music -
* Jef Stott (
* Chlorophil (
* HeavenlyFather (
* Aire Redtree (
* Bridge Theory (
* Kosmic Trippa (
* Satchi Om (
* ScottyTrees (
 * Dr. Morefiend with Elyon [] []

Over-wintering Birds-of-Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon
Who: Solano County Parks and the Solano Land Trust
What: Birds of Prey Migration Hike
When: Saturday, February 1st, 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].
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a Birds of Prey Migration Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park on Saturday, February 1st, 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.
An RSVP is requested to Mary Beth at or 707-685-5908. Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot by 10am sharp. 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. Visit for further information.
Golden Eagles at Lynch Canyon (Photo by Joshua Asel)

Monday, January 13, 2014

News & Info for Jan. 14th, 2014

Interview with
Rar Farmer, proprietor of Koham Press of Vallejo, who will give us the run-up about what she is planning for the book store! [‎]

Emergency Preparedness Program - a Community-based Response
from Rebecca Newburn [], who invites you to also visit "Richmond Rivets: A Transition Initiative" [] [].
Stuff happens and planning for resilience is what we do. I invite you over the next seven months to join me in creating an emergency response plan in your own community - family, friends, book club... however you define community. I created an easy to do program where all you need to do is 2 things a month and over the course of 7 months, you have a very comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. By doing it and engaging your neighbors and others, it will create community in the process and more resilience if we face a disaster.
The first month is about having an emergency contact list and an evacuation/reunion plan. The first thing folks want to make sure of is that the folks they love are okay and they have a plan to reunite. Here's a video that I made about Month 1 steps, [].
If you go to my website for Month 1, [], then you can download the emergency contact sheet.
Also, each month there is a tip of the month. This month's tip is "Always keep your gas tank at least half full. Half is the new empty." The reason is that in an emergency pumps may not work and if they do, there may be a run on fuel and little refill opportunities. It's good to have enough gas to get out of town if an evacuation is necessary.
I'm really hoping this year to add more resources to the website as I continue to develop it. I love the idea of the permaculture first responder work and would like to integrate that into the site. Open to suggestions. Another thing that I want to do is have it where folks can subscribe, but for it to be a smart subscription piece where if one person signs up in January and another signs up in June they would get the appropriate month reminders. Any help here is also much appreciated.
Ms. Rebecca Newburn has been a math and science educator for over 20 years. She is interested in using permaculture principles to create resources for both teachers, students and her community. She is the Co-founder and Coordinator of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, a non-profit that provides free seeds and education on seed saving.

100+ Trees of South Solano County Exhibit at the Forest Service Building on Mare Island features portraits of trees Illustrated by Jesse Bethel High School Students. This project was funded by an Urban & Community Forestry Grant.

Community Calender

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center & Friendly Favors present an evening with:
BRAD OLSEN, Director of World Peace Through Technology, an organization started in 1999 to educate and encourage the use of technology to build a more informed, connected and peaceful world.

Wednesday, January 15th, 6-9 PM
Potluck dinner (6 PM) / Presentation (7 PM)
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
[925-933-7850] []
Olsen is an award-winning writer, publisher and producer. He gained notoriety in February 2010 when his book Sacred Places North America won the Bay Area Travel Writers gold prize award. Brad is also an editor for World Explorer magazine and is the author of eight books. He lives in San Francisco. More info at
$20 (suggested donation) and a dish to share if attending potluck.
Please make checks payable to Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center

Red Dragonfly Productions presents...
“Comedy at the Empress” with Andrew Norelli, featuring Tim Lee

Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street,Vallejo, CA 94590] [] [707.552.2400]
$17/advance and $20/door General Admission
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
Hotel Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott, Vallejo – Napa Valley

Comedian Andrew Norelli Opens Empress Comedy Series -
Who doesn't need a good laugh nowadays? Sure, we can always seek out our local comedy club to catch the latest up-and-coming comic amidst the two-drink minimum charges and suggestive material. But, there is a new trend in the bay area. Featured standup comedy evenings are becoming a welcome addition to the legitimate concert stage in many theatres and performing arts venues.
Red Dragonfly Productions has a handle on this trend, and is announcing their spring series of comedy shows at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo that focuses on smart material for thinking adults who enjoy a night out but still appreciate the environment of legitimate theatre.
Comedy takes center stage this spring with comics Andrew Norelli, Tim Lee, Jason Love, Ben Feldman, Liz Grant, Maggie Newcomb, Ngaio Bealum, Robin Cee, Tom Devenport and the edgy and controversial Scott Capurro.
With a lineup of fresh, insightful, and funny comics known for their well crafted material and relatable humor, these theatre based comedy shows are for audiences who appreciate the art of comedy.
Andrew Norelli headlines the first show in the series on Friday, January 17th, Andrew’s natural charisma and sharp material have charmed audiences from the Bay Area to comedy festivals around the world. He has a gift for comedy and has shared it on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Byron Allen Show, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Letting audiences in on his frustration and excitement with the world around him, Andrew was personally booked by Jimmy Kimmel for his late night show saying “because of how few slots we have available you have to be an A++ comedian to get booked on my show, and Andrew is.”
Andrew was the winner of the inaugural Las Vegas World Series of Comedy and placed second at the Boston Comedy Festival. The former Bay Area resident and LA based comic has delighted audiences at Sydney’s Comedy Store and Laugh Garage where The (Australia) Daily Telegraph remarked “his show features hair trigger laughs with a deadly aim, all the more so because while some comedians overestimate their own intelligence, Norelli never underestimates ours."
Featured comedian Tim Lee is "what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin" (The Boston Phoenix). A nationally-touring comedian with a Ph.D. in biology, Lee has become an underground sensation, with more than four million combined views of his wildly popular YouTube videos plus sold-out shows from New York to Seattle to Hollywood. His unique style and hilarious PowerPoint presentations apply scientific principles to explain everyday life events, from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to the relationship between sexual attraction and length of abstinence.

“Get the Rush” at Rush Ranch, featuring the Marsh Walk!
Saturday, January 18, 9:30am-1pm
 For questions, call [707-432-0150 x200] or email []
SOLANO COUNTY – All are invited to Get the Rush on Saturday, January 18, from 9:30am to 1pm at Rush Ranch. Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month. It’s 100% volunteer-run and free to the public.
9:30am to 11:30am: Take a guided walk along the marsh and uplands, learn about how plants and animals here are affected by winter tides and temperatures, and watch for raptors and other wintering birds. This hike is easy and slow-paced. RSVP to Gayle at [] or [707-980-2471]. Rain cancels this portion of the event. Call 707-980-2471 if the weather is uncertain. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements. If desired, bring binoculars, magnifying glasses, cameras, drawing pads and pencils. Meet your guides in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit.
10am to 1pm: Travel back in time as you enter the historic Rush Ranch Blacksmith Shop. Learn about traditional blacksmithing tools and equipment, and see the forge in the center of the ranch. Take part in an interactive demonstration with smithy Virgil Sellers and team. 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 hand-crafted himself. Ask him about his life experiences and the history and culture of Native Americans.
Except for the marsh walk, no RSVP is necessary. These activities wind down 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. Learn more at [].

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration (Santa Rosa)
Sunday, Jan. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time. Come celebrate the legacy of a man of peace and justice. Middle school and high school oratories; multicultural performances; the Celebration Mass Choir; awards presentation; children's art contest; special celebration for children ages 4 to 8.

MLK Day of Service: Potluck Pancake Community Breakfast 
Join us @ Dover St Edible Park
Sunday, Jan 19th, 10-1pm
at 57th and Dover St. Edible Park in North Oakland
Join Phat Beets Produce, Dover St. Neighbors, Growing Together and neighbors like you to honor the radical and transformative work of Dr. King with...
* A Restorative Justice Healing Circle hosted by Malachi: share your community issues, your harm and how you have harmed (12pm)
* Potluck Pancake Breakfast, let us know what you are bringing to share, please email info@phatbeetsprodu (juice, toppings, and side dishes needed) (10-12pm)
* Sign up to Plant a Tree in Your Front Yard []
* Garden tour and activities (11am)
* Children's activities (all day)
* Garden workday (all day)
 "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom" - Martin Luther King,

connecting small farmers to urban communities... [] []. Become a supporting member []

Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2:00 p.m.
Come to OAEC for a slideshow and experiential activity by Professor Karen Liftin, author of "Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community." Enjoy a slideshow of ecovillages from around the world, followed by a one-hour experiential foray into the possibility of collective awakening! Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Go to [] to reserve your spot and get directions

Vallejo Jazz Society presents...
Frankye Kelly

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 5pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590]
Tickets for the concert are $15 ($7.50 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Up to two children 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult
Buy tickets at the door or online at []
 for information contact [707.533.4593] or []
Vallejo Jazz Society Makes Empress Theatre New Home with Jazz Singer Frankye Kelly -
When jazz vocalist Frankye Kelly performs, she always brings enjoyment, warmth and smiles to her growing national and international audience. And, she’s bringing her velvety voice to the Empress Theatre on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 5pm for the Vallejo Jazz Society’s Inaugural concert on the historic Empress Theatre stage.
One of the San Francisco Bay area's top jazz vocalists, Frankye Kelly puts a lot of honest feeling into her singing. It was obvious from an early age that Frankye Kelly would be a singer. Living in Jackson, Mississippi for a few years with her grandparents, she remembers performing in a play when she was just three. Since her father was in the Air Force, her childhood was spent living in many different locations including California, Minnesota, Germany and Delaware and back to California. She heard the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan along the way as well as Fats Domino and Little Richard. She experienced most of her early singing in church choirs and a capella groups.
Frankye married at an early age, moved to Detroit and became a professional singer. She mostly sang R&B during this period and had a local hit with her recording of Johnnie Mae Matthews' "I Have No Choice". She did backup singing for Marlena Shaw and for Roslyn Ashford formerly of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. She led her own group, Flyght, which matched her voice with that of four male singers. But then she chose to drop out of music for a time to raise her family.
After moving to San Francisco, in the 1980s, she gradually returned to singing, but this time performing jazz. Frankye received important guidance from her cousin, the late great blues master Albert Collins. At a family reunion, we talked about me wanting to sing jazz. The main thing that Albert told me is that it is up to me to please and reach my audience, and he told me to always sing what I feel.
Since 1989, Frankye has pursued her dream of being a jazz singer. I was greatly influenced by Miles Davis and the way that he played and phrased. He would take his time, not rushing into it, always with a lot of feeling."
Frankye Kelly has performed in national and international venues including the Netherlands, France, Mexico, Japan, China and Thailand where she did a command performance for her majesty the Queen of Thailand.
Thus far Frankye has recorded four CDs. The Night is Young was recorded at Kimball's West and showed those at the time who were unfamiliar with her just how talented a jazz singer she is, serving as a strong introduction. My Life, More Than It Is: Not Just the Blues is an appealing mixture of pop, blues, R&B and jazz, displaying a great deal of variety but staying consistently rewarding. Her CD, Live at Yoshi's, Frankye Kelly Sings Songs for My Father, was recorded on several occasions at Yoshi's Jazz House, and is a collection of some of her favorite jazz songs. It is dedicated to her father who was at all of the sessions and has since passed away. Her most recent recording is A Tribute to Shirley Horn.

Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek
(3 blocks south of Walnut Creek BART station)
When: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:00 Noon
Sponsors: Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Kamal Hassan, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church, Richmond will provide inspiration, speaking on "An Inconvenient Hero".
Joyous Music: Gospel Choir from St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Oakland
Refreshments provided during social time.
Cost: Free - Donations accepted
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center [55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, California 94596] [925-933-7850] [] Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center was founded in 1969 and is your local voice for peace. Volunteers and contributions are welcomed. It is a tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization