Monday, February 3, 2014

News & Info for Feb. 4th, 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]!
Reminder: Vallejo farmers market is held Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, along the 400 / 500 blocks of Georgia st., adjacent to plenty of public parking!
Info about the farmer's markets in nearby Sonoma County [http://communityfarmersmarkets.com].
Tips on making your own cottage products and homegrown food:
* [blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2014/01/29/diy-feta-cheese-homemade-fresh-cheese-is-easy-to-make-and-better-than-store-bought/]
* [doorgarden.com/10/50-dollar-hoop-house-green-house]



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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Tuesday, February 4 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Glen Cove Elementary School
501 Glen Cove Parkway
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Thursday, February 6 @ 6:30-8:30 pm
Filipino Community Center
(Mayroong tagasaling-wika sa Tagalog)
611 Amador Street
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Wednesday, February 12 @ 2:00-4:00 pm
Vallejo High School — Youth
840 Nebraska Street
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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


2 Steps a Month to Emergency Preparedness - Sanitation & Preparedness 
Join us in taking 2 steps a month to be more prepared for a disaster. This program is great to do in community so let your friends, colleagues, neighbors and whomever is in your community know.
Prepared by Rebecca Newburn.
Month 2's Steps are to create a:
Step 1: Prepared Pouch
"Prepared Pouch" that you carry with you 24/7 that has some essentials to keep you safe and healthy until you can get to a larger kit
Step 2: Sanitation Plan
Create a two 5-gallon bucket toilet system to keep you and your community safe if the water goes out. One for urine and the other for feces and menstrual products.
Here is the Month 2 Emergency Preparedness Steps letter. [http://2stepsamonth.wordpress.com/month-2/]
Month 2 Video on YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BupKjEVfCN4].
Tip of the month: If your water supply is cut off, you can find a gallon or 2 of fresh water in the tank (not bowl!) of your toilet. Use your bucket for going to the bathroom and don't waste that fresh water on a single flush. Water can also be drained from your hot water heater.
 There are some excellent resources on the Month 2 page at the bottom about setting up emergency toilets. [http://2stepsamonth.wordpress.com/month-2/]
I'm going to do an Indiegogo campaign soon to raise some funds for a newsletter subscription service so that twice a month folks that are interested will get a reminder about the steps and tips. I'll keep you posted when that gets posted.


Thanks to Kay Flavell at New Pacific Studio, Vallejo, for sending out the update!
"Ruru is headed to San Francisco as part of the 2014 Flyway Festival; New Zealand video artist to show prizewinning owl video at upcoming Flyways Festival"
New Pacific Studio Vallejo is pleased to announce that its stand ‘Birds of North and South’ at the 2014 Pacific Flyways Festival to be held on Mare Island on February 8-9 will be displaying a short video by New Zealand artist Denise Batchelor titled Ruru.
This absorbing short video consists of close-up shots of the New Zealand owl known in Maori as 'ruru' and in English as 'more pork.' Both names imitate its haunting nocturnal call, well known throughout New Zealand.
Batchelor graduated MFA from the Whitecliff College of Art and Design in 2011 and lives in the Waitakere ranges in Auckland, New Zealand. A close neighbor is the Green Bay bird rescue center, where Batchelor is a frequent helper and photographer. The ruru fell out of a nest and was rescued by the center.
In 2013 Batchelor exhibited her video Ruru at the Dunedin Fringe Festival and the Auckland Art Fair. She also had a solo show Silent Wings at Lopdell House Gallery in conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography and been Auckland Regional Parks Artist in Residence at the Craw Homestead, Anawhata, Auckland. She is currently artist in residence and house manager at New Pacific Studio Mt Bruce, Wairarapa.
For more information about her work go to [www.denisebatchelor.com]
Contact Kay Flavell [newpacificstudio@att.net] [www.newpacificstudio.org]


Birds of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon (SF Bay Flyway Festival Event)
Friday, February 7, 10am to 1:30pm
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 Friday, February 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take advantage of this special opportunity to discover, observe and learn about eagles, hawks and other raptors because this hike is part of the 18th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival (www.sfbayflywayfestival.com) and the park is not open to the general public that day. 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.
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 mbcrittendon@comcast.net or 707-685-5908. Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot no later than 10am. Since Lynch Canyon is otherwise closed to the public, the gate will be locked except for the tour’s 10am start time and 1:30pm end time.
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, rain and cold. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. A donation is suggested. 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.
Who: Solano County Parks and the Solano Land Trust
What: Birds of Prey Migration Hike (a SF Bay Flyway Festival event)
When: Friday, February 7th, from 10am to 1:30pm
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 mbcrittendon@comcast.net or 707-685-5908.


Second Saturday Bands at the Hub presents...
THE GRAVEL SPREADERS!

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:00pm
At "The Hub Vallejo" [350 Georgia st, Vallejo, California 94590]
The key to getting people downtown is consistency. To that end, another regular event at The Hub will be Second Saturday Bands. On the 2nd Saturday of every month we will have big - major Bay Area bands, that play big clubs & festivals in the bay area - to bring others to Vallejo & make us a destination city.
For our first Second Saturday Bands night, we are proud to announce - THE GRAVEL SPREADERS!


Musical Event & Progressive Movement Fundraiser
Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7pm
at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
1021 Macdonald Ave., Richmond
$10 donation requested/no one turned away for lack of funds
Light refreshments
Don't miss this fun-filled and enriching evening of captivating live music from the OmniCircus band MOTH NOR RUST. The band has a new singer and her background in "soul music" promises to inspire and touch the heart and soul of all! There will be great opening musicians as well. Great music, like great politics, takes us somewhere and these musicians will most definitely take us to a soulful place.
This event, in addition to being a great musical experience, will also be a fundraiser for our Richmond progressive movement. I will speak at the event about how our journey continues in Richmond and how Chevron and the big banks can't hold us back...we are Richmond and we define our own destiny!
Below is more information about the event:
OmniCircus and the MOTH NOR RUST band featuring Frank Garvey, David Earl, Gayle Rosemond, Dave Gursom and Kevin Moore (more musicians TBA) are proud to announce a 'greatest hits' collection of 19 of our most memorable songs - SPOKEN SWORD. We are hosting a CD release party, live performance and benefit for Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's RPA movement (Richmond Progressive Alliance) on Feb. 8 at 7pm. Mayor McLaughlin will give a talk at this event. You don't want to pass on acquiring this collection of some of our greatest songs from the OmniCircus 'DeusMachina' & 'MOTH NOR RUST' eras! Brilliant musical story-teller, philosopher and singer-songwriter GARY GARRETT will open for us with a set of his mesmerizing songs! Then the one-and-only MARK COMSTOCK will lay down some wicked tunes and you will hear why the Devil was afraid to steal HIS soul at the crossroads! He will be joined on the 'Big Red Doghouse' by MIKE McCURDY. Then the MOTH NOR RUST live show will feature several MOTH NOR RUST veterans and new recruits! Stay tuned for the growing list of performers. The CD itself features all the "usual suspects" including Daniel Berkman, David Earl, Diana Trimble, Dave G., Lila Rose, Dwayne Calizo, Kyrstyn Pixton, Marya Stark, Camilla Puccini and many more fine singers and musicians.


North Bay Drummm Circle 
Feb. 9th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Writing workshop for the youth
Feb. 10th, 17th, 24th
Mondays, 6:30 to 8pm
at the "Art is Zen" [337 Georgia St., Vallejo]
with Elaine Brown, poet extraordinaire... [ebzjoy1995@yahoo.com]
create a safe space for creative expression with an aim towards youth culture events in the Vallejo.


Race and Yoga Working Group... featuring a discussion with Ericka Huggins
February 10, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
691 Barrows
Please join us for a special Race and Yoga Working Group meeting featuring Ericka Huggins. Ms. Huggins will discuss her experience as a yogi, activist, educator, former political prisoner, and leader of the Black Panther Party. Please find more information about Ms. Huggins on her website: [http://www.erickahuggins.com/Home.html].
For more information about the Race and Yoga Working Group, please contact the co-facilitators Tria Andrews [tria.andrews@berkeley.edu], or Sabrina Strings [sstrings@berkeley.edu]


Napa-Solano Audubon Society presents...
“The Birds of Borneo” 

Tuesday Feb. 11th, 7pm at the Florence Douglas Senior Center [333 Amador st., Vallejo]
Program consists of John Glover talking about colorful birds and wildlife in Borneo.
Bird book exchange offered.
[www.napasolanoaudubon.com]


Va11ejo Day
February 11th, 11:11am to 11:11pm
All-Ages, All Day
At "Art is Zen" [337 Georgia St., Vallejo] , at "Integre-Tea" [717 Marin st.], and elsewhere...
Art, music, dance, food, love, community...
it's our first Fridays...Va11ejo style...whatever day it is...on the 11th, we're going to occupy downtown with local culture until the world ends!!!
With the art of Jack Armstrong SeanG, Dante, and others to be announced, with music!


You are invited to…
Vallejo Community Resource Fair Mixer, connecting Low Income and Homeless Individuals with Resources in the community.

Please join us for an evening of light refreshment and an opportunity to network.
Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Joseph Room, JFK Library, 555 Santa Clara st.
Come meet with other agencies who are working with low income and homeless individuals in Vallejo and Solano County. We want to create a network of resources for low-income and homeless persons with a fair on May 17th, 2014.
reserve your booth, now! Free to service vendors!
For more info call Douglas Longmire [707-628-5111] or Johnny Davis [707-648-4030] or email [VallejoCommunityResourceFair@gmail.com]
* sponsered by Neighborworks and CHDC of Richmond


Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition for Napa County High School students
message from the Arts Council Napa Valley [http://www.artscouncilnapavalley.org/posts/Poetry%20Out%20Loud%20Recitation%20Competition]:
The Arts Council Napa Valley invites you to the national poetry recitation contest: Poetry Out Loud, on February 12, 2014 6:00-8:00pm at the Napa Valley Playhouse (1637 W Imola Ave, Napa). The competition encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Twelve Napa County high school students will participate in this county level round for prize money and the chance to advance to the State and National Poetry Out Loud finals. Admission is free.
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
For more details on the Poetry Out Loud program visit [http://www.poetryoutloud.org/] or email Jill Durfee at [programs@artscouncilnv.org].


Qi Gong class with guest Mark Whittaker
Wednesday, Feb 12th
11am at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, Carl Manning Room [333 Amador st., Vallejo].
Tailored for the senior physical build, $3.


Poetry By The Bay Returns!
Thurs., Feb. 13th, 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
It is our honor and great pleasure to announce to you the re-launch of Poetry By The Bay. On February 13, 2014 Poetry By The Bay will be celebrating our re-launch at The Hub. The Hub is located in the Odd Fellows San Pablo Lodge #43 on Georgia St. in the heart of downtown Vallejo less than one half of a mile from our previous location at Panama Red Coffee Co. The Hub hosts a variety of events on any given night, serves coffee for the coffee lovers and has an elevated stage with comfy couches and chairs for the audience to enjoy while listening to poetry. We are thankful to The Hub for opening their doors to the community.
We're now back to our regular schedule of 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. The sign up list will open at 7pm. The open-mic performances will start around 7:30pm. All ages are still welcome and the time limits on performances still remains at four minutes.
Come down and celebrate with us on 02/13. Come early to check out the establishment. Bring some poetry to share, good vibes and a friend. We're looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones.


Downtown Vallejo Art Walk
every second Friday, 5:00pm - 10:00 pm at Georgia Street and Marin Street with Music, Art, Food!!! More information at [www.vallejoartwalk.com], with the Hub Vallejo, the Art is Zen community culture space, and other locations in the vicinity!
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events], 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE!
The Gathering of the Tribes and the Northbay Evolver Network will be there, hosting some art and action at the Integri-Tea, showing out and showing art :) Integri-Tea is located at 717 Marin St. in the beautiful Vallejo Arts District!



"Won't You Be Mine" Comedy at the Empress Theatre
Valentine’s Day, the annual romantic holiday homage to love, provides fodder for a slate of seven comics with their different views on love and romance at the Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8pm.
Married, divorced, single, dating, or just given up, these comics give voice to the trials and tribulations of our quest for love and romance in a modern world. Texting, Facebook, Twitter, Facetime, eHarmony have all made it easy to connect. But, somehow we feel like we’re in the middle of a Three’s Company episode as we try to get through life with a little love from someone special.
Lewis Black once said "Valentine's Day: the holiday that reminds you that if you don't have a special someone, you're alone." The panel of comics assembled on the historic downtown Vallejo stage are going to have a little fun at Cupid’s expense. And, it’s OK if you don’t have a date!
You can bring your sweetheart, is there anything more intimate than a laugh together? Or, you can bring your single self, and laugh along with the comics who bring a fresh, sharp and comic perspective to the quest for love and romance.
It’s date night, it’s Girl’s Night Out, it’s an evening of comedy for anyone who has ever felt love, got hurt by love, seeks love or is trying to understand this thing we call “romantic love.” Wikipedia can’t explain it, maybe seven comics from seven walks of life can explain.
One thing is for sure, we’ll laugh!
You can get tickets online at Empress.Theatre.org or 707.552.2400.
$17/advance and $20/door
[RedDragonflyProductions.net]



Great Backyard Bird Count & Birding Adventures in American Canyon Wetlands
Feb. 14 & 15
8:30am - 3:00pm.
For details, visit the website for the Napa Solano Audubon [www.napasolanoaudubon.com], or call  [707-294-6423]


Vallejo Garden Club presents...
EAT YOUR GREENS
Saturday February 15 – 10 to 11 A.M.
419 Farragut Avenue, Vallejo, CA
Join Vallejo Garden Club in welcoming author Alexandra Morgan for a book talk!
Come by early for the Gardner's Show & Tell.
[VallejoGardenClub@gmail.com] [www.facebook.com/VallejoGardenClub]
Alexandra Morgan remembers the taste of fresh Dandelion Greens in a favorite family dish when she was four years old. This moment set her on a lifetime affinity for enjoying living leafy Green vegetables. She has been eating and benefiting from these Greens which are among the earth’s healthiest foods ever since. A vegetarian since age 20, Alexandra now adopts vegan, raw, and living food in her daily diet to achieve flavorful combinations as well as optimal health outcomes. Nurtured at a young age in cultural traditions for regarding living leafy Greens in home meals by her Italian mother and relatives, Alexandra’s respect for true food comes through her recipes. She transforms ordinary Greens into exciting dishes that are just as delicious as they are nutritious. For more than 30 years, Alexandra creates sound and pleasing whole food dishes for family and friends. Alexandra has a small kitchen garden and grows a diverse selection of leafy Greens and some vegetables specifically for her home meals. Now in Eating Green Made Easy Alexandra Morgan shares her secrets with readers everywhere. Alexandra lives in California USA with her family.


Homebrew 101
Sat., Feb. 15th, 11am to 2pm, $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


Hub Crafternoon: Be Scrappy! Create art from scraps and leftover materials
Sat., Feb. 15th, 1pm to 4pm, $10
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


Strange Love at Forbidden Puppet Cabaret
Short Acts of Creation, Animation and Mechanical Mayhem by Bay Area Eclectic Eccentrics! 


February 15. Doors open at 7:00 for PreShow, Exhibit, Cocktails, and make a puppet project-
Show starts at 8:00 followed by After Party: more food, drink and finish your puppet project to take home. Costumes welcome.
At the Fetterly Playhouse, Vallejo (Fetterly virgins, look below for map)
An evening of love as only Forbidden Puppet can do it! Can puppets love? Can they arouse? Can they make you laugh? Yes to all, as this wild variety of puppeteers, musicians, and mountebanks will show you. Leave the kids at home and come find out what the puppets do behind closed doors and after hours! Food, drink, a house concert, a party, make a puppet craft, and a crowd of great people await you at the Fetterly Theatre in Vallejo on Saturday, February 15, doors opening at 7pm. You are welcome to come in costume (some do!) You are welcome to bring some fun food to share. We will have a beer and wine bar with surprises.
Tickets Note: We are trying something new on the on-line ticket service...various ticket prices ($15, 20, 25, etc.) with GENERAL SEATING. A $25.00 ticket means more for the (starving) artists. Pay what you can afford. All proceeds go to support the event and, after expenses, are divided among the performers. Go to ticket website to secure your place and support these artists. Tickets at the door will start at $20.00!
[brownpapertickets.com/event/558402]
All ticket proceeds go to pay for the theater and then get divided among the performers, so choose your own ticket price and show your generous appreciation for these talented folks.
For more info or to submit your own act for consideration: [magicalmoonshine@gmail.com].
Visit this page again for more details. Or join the SF Bay Area Slam Network on Facebook, or email (address above) to request to join the Bay Area Puppet Slam Yahoo Group! Keep informed!
Print Friendly Version of Map Below

Take a glimpse at a bit of our last Cabaret (theme: Chaos Never Dies Day)
Cast of Talented Artists!
Independent Eye: The Independent Eye is a professional theatre founded by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller in 1974, now based in Sebastopol, CA. In 33 years, they’ve presented 3000+ performances in 35 states & Canada & Israel, as well as public radio series. They act, write, compose, direct, design and do the dirty work. They also write plays for and do collaborations with other theatres. Their phenomenal acting and puppetry skills have blown away audiences at past Forbidden Puppet Cabarets.

Mary Nagler, Whorls of Wonder Puppets: For nearly forty years Mary has been a performing artist. She has toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus as one of their first Clown College trained female clowns. Puppetry was part of her comic performance with the Circus. In addition to her work as a performer, Mary is an experienced puppet builder and designer. She has worked on myriad puppet styles including the marionettes used in the film "Being John Malkovich,"and has built Muppets (such as crowd favorite Beaker) and puppets for the musical Avenue Q .

Warren Peace, Canine Poet Factory:
Warren Peace is a preeminent canine poet who delights in sharing his insights with audiences of all ages. He has headlined at cabarets and co-hosted radio programs, bringing a unique canine perspective to bear on the world we live in. He is usually accompanied by Brian Narelle, former writer/animator for Sesame Street, whose credits also include co-starring in the Discovery Channel's Bingo & Molly as a rabbit and a wolf.

Bernie Beauchamp Puppets: In business since 2000, Bernie Beauchamp of Reno, Nevada has developed Beaupromo from a one puppet riverside novelty act into a polished gem of Marionette magic representing the high standards of professional puppet touring companies around the world. Bernie's dancing fire marionettes have been a Forbidden Puppet Cabaret favorite in the past.

Obtainium Works: Famous for the Never Was Haul 3 storey rolliing Victorian House, Vallejo steampunker Shannon O'Hare creates all kinds of contraptions out of "obtainium," some of which definitely qualify as puppets. Seen at Burning Man, the Mad Hatter Festival, and on the Science Channel in SF Oddities, he is an exciting and surprising return member of the Forbidden Puppet Cabaret cast.

Magical Moonshine Theatre: Founded in 1979 by Michael and Valerie Nelson, Magical Moonshine Theatre (MMT) performances have been seen coast to coast in the U.S., as well as internationally with performances over 15 countries in 8 different languages. Michael studied puppetry at the International Puppetry Institute with the late Jim Henson of the Muppets. Additionally, Nelson has taught puppet theatre arts at the Napa Valley College; was a California Arts Council Artist in Residency; has been a regular writer for the national journal of puppetry; is a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild; and is a past-President of UNIMA-USA. Valerie, in addition to being co founder of MMT is past faculty member of Tennessee Arts Academy, past workshop director of the National Puppetry Festival, and currently, along with Michael, is a California Arts Council Artist in the Schools.

Little Blue Moon Theatre: Perhaps the only puppet company in the world that specializes in sex and love puppetry. Past Forbidden Puppet Cabaret performers may remember them for their hilarious and instructive "Celebrity Kama Sutra." No Forbidden Puppet Cabaret centered on the theme of love would be complete without them.

SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS: The Insultants of Swing- Swing and Jazz stylings
Funding for this event has been made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network [www.puppetslam.com].

Live music. Unheard of Arts.
Puppet Slammers, Beer, Wine, Nosh.
Miss it and it’s gone.



Kyles Temple African American History Celebration
Saturday, Feb 15th, 11am to 2pm
[902 Florida st., Vallejo]
Event includes lecture and book signing by Rufus Battl, author of “One Man’s Battle – An African American Journey”, and African-American 1st Game – an opportunity to win gifts and prizes.
Lunch provided.
$6 (includes lunch, African American 1st game card, and a Black history souvenier).
Call Dan Halyard [707-246-6517] for tickets.


Rush Ranch Presents...
the
Patwin Perspective of the Suisun Marsh
Saturday, February 15, 9:30am-12:30pm

SOLANO COUNTY –Take a guided walk on Saturday, February 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rush Ranch in Suisun City. Participants will learn about the Patwin Indians -- the first human inhabitants of the Suisun Marsh and surrounding Solano County. Discover how they didn't just survive, but thrived by building their communities in and around what is now known as Rush Ranch. See an outcropping used for grinding fish and/or acorns, an example of a Patwin dwelling, and find out what a typical day in the life of the Patwin might have been like. This hike is easy and slow-paced. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements. If desired, bring binoculars, cameras, insect repellent. No RSVP is necessary. Meet your guides in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit.
This hike is part of Get the Rush, 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. Other activities scheduled for this date include a blacksmithing demonstration and a display of Native American tools and decorations. Visit [www.solanolandtrust.org] for more information.
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. For questions, call [707-432-0150 x200] or email [volunteer@solanolandtrust.org].
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.


Making Herbal Bath Products
Sun., Feb. 16th, 1pm to 4pm, $25 + $10 supply fee
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

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