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

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