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News & Info for Feb. 18th, 2014

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"Solano Land Trust Seeks Tour Guides; Applications due Thursday, February 27th"
For more information about these tour guide opportunities at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park and Rockville Trails Preserve and to apply, visit [www.solanolandtrust.org/Volunteer.aspx] or contact Natalie DuMont [707-432-0150 x200] [volunteer@solanolandtrust.org].
SOLANO COUNTY – Solano Land Trust is recruiting new guides, known as docents, to lead tours at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park.  They’re also recruiting new docents for Rockville Trails Preserve.  Solano Land Trust docents are volunteers who graduate from docent training for a specific Land Trust property and serve as knowledgeable guides on that property.
Solano Land Trust is a 501(c)3 public-benefit organization that permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County, and connects people to these lands.  Since 1986, the Land Trust has preserved over 22,000 acres to ensure the land remains in ranching and farming, and to ensure there are accessible natural areas for our community—forever.
Solano Land Trust purchased and permanently protected Lynch Canyon Open Space Park in 1996, and Rockville Trails Preserve in 2012.  Anyone age 18 or older who is interested is invited to apply to be a docent at one or both places. Each property has its own application, and both are due on Thursday, February 27th.  To apply for either or both of these opportunities, visit [www.solanolandtrust.org/Volunteer.aspx] where you’ll find links to more information and the online applications.  No prior experience is necessary. Throughout training and as a guide, applicants must be prepared to hike several miles up and down hilly terrain that is rugged, steep, and slippery, with sticky seeds, thorny plants, thistle, and loose rocks. New guides learn through Solano Land Trust’s training programs and by partnering with seasoned docents.  Both training programs are free, but those who can afford it are encouraged to contribute $10 for a given training program to help cover costs.
Both the Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve docent training programs begin on Saturday, March 1st and the first opportunity to graduate from one or both trainings will be Saturday, April 12th.  The tentative training schedules include Saturdays March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and April 5 and 12, as well as Friday, March 21.  Some content will overlap between the two properties while other content will be property-specific. Perfect attendance is not required and there will be ways to make-up missed trainings.  Lessons will take place indoors at the Rush Ranch Nature Center near Suisun City, and outdoors at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park and Rockville Trails Preserve.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is over 1,000 acres of grassland, oak woodland and creekside habitat, located off Interstate-80 between Fairfield and Vallejo.  New docents will learn about the area’s waterways, soils and rocks, plants and wild animals, and free-range cattle.  They’ll also learn about the area’s human history – from the Native Americans to the pioneers to the not-so-distant past when Lynch Canyon was slated to become a landfill, to today with its permanent protection and status as a working ranch and natural park.  Thanks to support from the Solano County Board of Supervisors and Solano County Parks, Lynch Canyon is open to the public Saturdays through Mondays year-round for recreation on foot, mountain bike, and horse.  Once trainees graduate from Lynch Canyon docent training, they will be eligible to lead hikes, mountain bike rides, and equestrian trail rides, as well as offer educational activities at Lynch Canyon.
(Photograph showing Mountain bike riders and equestrians at Lynch Canyon by Dave Reider)

Similarly, Rockville Trails Preserve is 1,500 acres of grassland, oak woodland and creekside habitat, and a working ranch with free-range cattle.  As its name suggests, it is very rocky. In contrast to Lynch Canyon, Rockville Trails Preserve is new and there is much work to be done before it can open to the public. In the meantime, docent-led tours make it possible for people to experience this special place. Note that 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. Trainees who graduate from Rockville Trails Preserve docent training will be eligible to lead hikes right away.  Soon they will be eligible to lead mountain bike rides as well. In future years, once facilities like a parking lot and bathroom exist, they will also be eligible to lead equestrian trail rides and educational activities at Rockville Trails Preserve.
(Photograph showing Hikers at Rockville Trails by Jorg Fleige)




COME TO AN ASSEMBLY AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS!
Refreshments will be served at Assemblies. (*) = Childcare will be available on site!
Questions? Contact City Staff at [707-648-4577] [pbvallejo@ci.vallejo.ca.us] [www.pbvallejo.org] [facebook.com/participatorybudgetingvallejo]
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Thursday, February 20 @ 2:00-4:00 pm
Florence Douglas Senior Center
Focus: Seniors
333 Amador Street
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Wednesday, February 26 @ 1:30-3:30 pm
Jesse Bethel High School — Youth
1800 Ascot Parkway
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Saturday, March 1 @ 2:00-4:00 pm
Church of Christ
(Tendremos interpretación en Español)
1109 Lassen Street
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Tuesday, March 4 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Dan Mini Elementary School — en Español
(English interpretation available)
1530 Lorenzo Drive
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Saturday, March 8 @ 1:00-3:00 pm*
Norman King Community Center
545 Magazine Street
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Tuesday, March 11 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Vallejo Adult School
(Tendremos interpretación en Español)
2833 Tennessee Street
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Thursday, March 13 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Cooper Elementary School
612 Del Mar Avenue


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Community Calender

Living Walls or Green Walls
Tuesday. February 18, 2014 10:00 am
The Urban Farmer Store Richmond Annex [2121 San Joaquin Street, Richmond, CA, 94804]
Free
Contact: [510-524-1604] [richmondclasses@urbanfarmerstore.com]
The Urban Farmer Store Winter Pro Classes: Living walls or green walls are vertical gardens that are attached to the exterior or interior of a building or a fence. The plants receive water and nutrients from within the vertical support instead of from the ground. Learn the best way to build them at this new class. Space is Limited, register online.


Panel Discussion: Local, Clean Energy, in Berkeley? We Can Do It!
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
At the Ecology Center [2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley]
Cost: Free
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Contact: [debra@ecologycenter.org] [510-548-2220 x240]
Imagine if you had a choice where your energy came from. Imagine if it could be cleaner, greener, and more affordable. Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition for an exciting discussion of "Community Choice Energy": what it is, how it can bring local, renewable energy resources to the East Bay, and how it can generate jobs and other economic benefits. Hear about how Community Choice Energy can fast track greenhouse gas reductions while also offering competitive
electricity rates.
We'll welcome guest speakers Rafael Silberblatt of Marin Clean Energy, California's first Community Choice program, and Woody Hastings from the Climate Protection Campaign, an advocacy group central to the recent launch of Sonoma Clean Power. They'll discuss what it takes to get a Community Choice program up and running, and will be available to answer your questions about how to make Community Choice possible here in the East Bay!


Sonoma County Seed Swap
Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
At the Sebastopol Grange [6000 Hwy 12, Sebastopol, CA, 95472]
Free
[events.nonprofiteasy.net/dailyacts/eventdetails?EventId=18788]
Wheelchair Accessibility:
Please contact organizer [707-573-6049] for wheelchair accessibility information.
Bring seed you have saved, excess commercial seed, plants and resources to share. Label your seed variety (date and details on how saved). Seed experts will be available for questions.
This is a free event. You don’t have to bring seed to participate! But you can let us know you’re coming through the Daily Acts website.
Arrive promptly at 7:00pm for Opening Circle.


Fitness Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Friday, February 21, 8:30am – 12:30pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Take a quick paced docent-led hike at Rockville Trails Preserve in Fairfield on Friday, February 21st, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Your guides will lead you through the oaks, hills and grassland, stopping for a few short breaks along the way to discuss the flora, fauna, history, and geology of this beautiful open space. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
The hike is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required – visit the “events calendar” at solanolandtrust.org, go to [http://conta.cc/1emL32I], or contact Cathy at [707-745-1913]. There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots on the premises yet. Dogs are not permitted. Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. Meet your guide promptly at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Rain cancels this event. Call Cathy if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks or lunch. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain, cold). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park. These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated. Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands. Learn more at solanolandtrust.org.


Open Mic Night
Sat, Feb. 22nd, 8pm, $3 to 5 suggested donation
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, February 22, 9 am – 1 pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Join a free guided hike of Rockville Trails Preserve on Saturday, February 22nd from 9 am to 1 pm. Get a moderate effort hike as you trek about 4 miles up and down the hilly, rocky terrain to the interior of this 1,500-acre natural area. Enjoy the majestic oaks and see the greening effects of February’s rains. Learn about the area’s natural history and watch for signs of wildlife that depend on this area for food, shelter, and safe passage. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
Space is limited and advance registration is required – visit the “events calendar” at solanolandtrust.org, go to [http://conta.cc/1nhUt0F] or contact Lorenzo at [bagaduga@castles.com] or [707-330-7263]. There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots on the premises yet. Dogs are not permitted. Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. Meet your guide, Lorenzo, promptly before 9 am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Heavy rain cancels this event. Call Lorenzo if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and lunch. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain, cold). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park. These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated. Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands. Learn more at [solanolandtrust.org].


Meeting: Pacific Flyway in the Delta and Central Valley
Wednesday. February 26, 2014 7:15 pm
Antioch Library [501 West 18th Street, Antioch, CA]
[925-458-0860]
At the Delta Group’s February meeting, speaker Mike Moran will tell us about California’s great annual fall and winter bird migration on the Pacific Flyway. We’ll discuss how avian biology, hydrology, water policy, land use, conservation, and restoration all converge in the Central Valley and Delta.
Mike is supervising naturalist at Big Break visitor center in the Delta in Oakley. Mike’s specialties include California water, birds, and local history.


Poetry by the Bay
Thur. Feb. 27th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


RICK ROCAMORA REPORTS ON TYPHOON HAIYAN
An Eye-Witness Account of World Responses -
Join the UNA-USA East Bay Chapter at its dinner forum for photojournalist Rick Rocamora’s captivating presentation, on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Bacheeso’s, 2650 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, from 6:15-8:45 pm. Contribution for Chapter members is $20, non-members $25, and students $10, payable at the door by cash or check. Advance reservations required by February 25. Call [510-717-5204] or e-mail [unaeastbaydinnerforum@gmail.com] For more information on the UNA-East Bay Chapter, visit our website [www.UNAusaEastBay.org].
Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, leaving over 6,000 dead and 4.1 million Filipinos displaced. As of January this year, bodies are still being found. How well have the UN and foreign friends responded? How can we help? What needs to be done?
Rick Rocamora, award-winning photojournalist, spent 20 days at ground-zero of this super typhoon, called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He documented the aftermath of the typhoon and the work of UNHCR on the ground, reports that “Working for 20 days at ground zero of the super typhoon was not easy, but hopefully my work will help contribute in creating awareness of the need that we as a people and as a nation have to do to rehabilitate their lives and their land. I am committed to do my share in this effort”.
Rick Rocamora is based in Oakland, California, and is driven by a passion to use the medium as a tool to seek the truth and find meaningful purpose. He has traveled to Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, South Africa, Vietnam, and the Philippines, as well as working in the United States, and documents social and political changes and their effect on daily life. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows at the Oakland Museum, California; the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts, California; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona; the International Museum of Photography, New York City; and the African American Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


The Musical Universe
Fri., Feb. 28th, 7pm, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Hub Fest
Sat., March 1st, 10am to 10pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Workshop: Do More with Less: Roots and Drip Irrigation with Robert Kourik
Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Petaluma City Hall [11 English Street, Petaluma, CA, 94952]
Free
[events.nonprofiteasy.net/dailyacts/eventdetails?EventId=18820]
In times of drought ‘doing more with less’ is not just a trend, but is the new normal. Come learn how drip irrigation can improve plant production while reducing water use. This day is for people dedicated to re-hydrating their lives, soils, and roots using lean watering methods!
The workshop begins with an interactive presentation by roots and irrigation guru, Robert Kourik. He’ll give us a solid foundation on the relationship between roots, soil, and water. After an enlightening presentation, we’ll spend the rest of the day immersed in water-wise practices. We’ll tour the Petaluma City Hall’s edible landscape and community gardens, break for a potluck lunch, and then get hands-on drip irrigation installation experience at the recently planted rain garden.
Join us for an educational and skill-building day that will empower your water-saving abilities! Register online.


Hike the Hills
Saturday, March 1, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
SOLANO COUNTY, CA – Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches – on Saturday, March 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 [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 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 [www.solanolandtrust.org].


Soapmaking from Natural Oils
Sun., March 2nd, 1pm to 4pm, $30
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Over-wintering Birds-of-Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon
Sunday, March 2, 10am to 2pm
More info, contact
* Raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick [707-975-7047] [northcoastraptor@gmail.com].
* Solano Land Trust volunteer Mary Beth Crittendon [707-685-5908] [mbcrittendon@comcast.net].
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 in Vallejo on Sunday, March 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is the last Lynch Canyon guided raptor hike of the winter migration season. The 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 [mbcrittendon@comcast.net] [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 [www.solanolandtrust.org] for further information.



"Angel Heart 4 U" presents...
First Friday Movie Night!
March 3rd, 6:30pm to 9pm
$5 suggested donation
501 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510
More information at (707) 745-2024
Angel Heart 4 U [angelheart4you.net] is a non-denominational spiritual culture center for seekers of the divine!

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