Monday, March 10, 2014

News & Info for March 11th, 2014

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On this morning's episode of the Morningshow,
San Francisco author Kevin Fisher-Paulson reads from his book A SONG FOR LOST ANGELS: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family,
Published by Napa's Fearless Books, it is the gripping and poignant story of how the author and his husband nursed medically challenged infant triplets into good health over a year, only to see them returned by the court to their drug addicted mother, after the intervention of an anti-gay social worker. The story was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article on January 2 (see Fisher-Paulson has also received a commendation from CA State Senator Mark Leno, and has drawn capacity crowds at earlier readings in Oakland, San Francisco, and Napa.
He will be reading from his book on Friday, March 14, at Vallejo's new independent bookstore, Koham Press & Bookstore, located at 628 Marin St, Vallejo [] [510-472-4732] []

From the book's website []:
What makes a family? And what are the real "family values" that help keep parents and children whole and healthy? In A Song for Lost Angels, San Francisco writer Kevin Fisher-Paulson answers these questions by telling the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice. And he tells this riveting story with grace, dignity, and a surprisingly generous dose of humor.
"After a week of not sleeping, Papa and I got into the routine of baby care: feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby, put the baby to bed, wash baby’s clothes, rinse out baby’s bottle, and make more formula, just about in time to start feeding the baby. Oh, and that process was in duplicate. In fact it was in duplicate with a third kid in the hospital, across the bay. I often found that I was still in my bathrobe at three o’clock in the afternoon. The witty gay couple with lots of time for canapés and cocktails had quickly turned into two sleep-deprived, middle-aged men."
Fearless Books is proud to announce the release of a compelling memoir that takes the discussion of gay marriage in America to the next level, where the rights and struggles of gay-parented families can be openly recognized. As Fearless founder D. Patrick Miller writes in the Publisher's Preface, "my first rule for effective memoirs is 'It's not about you' — meaning that a personal history must connect so well with readers that they feel it's about them. On that score, Kevin's book is about a great many potential readers: gay spouses, anyone who has dealt with the foster/adoption system, anyone who has confronted overt discrimination, parents of every description, and even those who live in thrall to their dogs."
A Song for Lost Angels is now off the press —  Read the first chapter here [link].

Tuesday, March 11 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Vallejo Adult School
(Tendremos interpretación en Español)
2833 Tennessee Street
Thursday, March 13 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Cooper Elementary School
612 Del Mar Avenue

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Community Calender

Bohemia Ecological Preserve Sunset Hike & Picnic
March 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening exploration of the beautiful 1000 acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve!  We’ll hike through oak woodlands & open grasslands to the “Top of the World” to enjoy a picnic dinner at sunset.  Moderate hike with steep sections.  2-3 miles.
We will meet at 6 pm on Wednesday March 12th at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 6773 Bohemian Highway, just past Westminster Woods. From the intersection of Graton Road and Bohemian Highway in Occidental, travel approximately 3 miles north on Bohemian Highway. The Preserve is on the right-hand side (if you are coming from Occidental) & looks like a quarry. Watch for staff or volunteers located at Bohemian Highway to direct you to parking!  Please note that if you enter our address in google maps it does not give the correct meeting location.  Use the link above for a view of where we will be meeting.
What if it’s raining?  We’ll go in a light rain but heavy rain cancels.  If you’re unsure about the conditions please call 707.524.9318 after 3 pm on the day of our hike.  If there’s no special outgoing message the outing is a go as planned.
What to bring:  Flashlight! Sturdy boots or shoes, weather appropriate clothes in layers, picnic dinner that can come with us on the hike, water, binoculars, hiking poles or stick, blanket to sit on if you wish.

Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 13th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [] [] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm

2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, March 14th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [] [] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm

You are warmly invited to the opening of Phantasmic Landscape a show of new paintings by William Sievert. This show opens March 14, during Vallejo's 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Ozcat Radio’s Mothership Connection brings you an exhibition of the…
Lady Katy Kat Pieces
Friday, March 14, 2014, 5 to 11pm
at the Integrtea 717 Marin st.
Join Mis Demeanor, Dr.G., King David Martin and many other Ozcat Radio personalities for the Vallejo Art Walk! Ozcat Radio will provide live reggae music and entertainment.
Contact the artist:
Lady Katy Kat Pieces, as an art show, comes together to celebrate the power of friendship, loyalty, and the universal cool-cat in us all, with seasonal and locally inspired paintings and art statements.
Other artists in the community space includes: Teddy Fischer, Jeni Swerdlow, Ben Brookshire, August Meres, Toe Knee, and live public art!
Tune in to The Mothership Connection OZCAT Radio, with Mis Demeanor, every Saturday, 5 to 6pm, at 89.5 FM, for a women’s guided topic discussion with guests, local music, and information about the local arts community!
Thanks to: Ozcat Radio, Vallejo Antiques, IntegreTea, and Northbay Evolver!

Restoration Planting Day in Hanns Park
Saturday, March 15
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [] []
This is the last big planting day of the season, so grab your boots and come on out! We’ll meet in Hanns Park. Park in the lot on Sklyline just off Redwood Parkway, and follow the signs up the bike path. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen. We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.

Evocare Photography Show: A vivid impression of reality
March 15th
Artiszen Cutural Arts Center [337 Georgia Street, Vallejo, California 94590]
Find us on Facebook: Artiszen Cultural Art Center
Entrance Fee/Suggested Donation $5 per person ($11 w/ poster) 12 and under free.
The show extends through March 28th.
Come join Artiszen for the launch of our very first photography show on Saturday, March 15 (6pm-10pm). View breathtaking works by both professional and up-and-coming photographers from Vallejo and the Bay Area. 
There will be 16 different photographers showing at the gallery, representing different styles and techniques - from pinhole photography to underwater photography.
Take part in a raffle for a chance to win some photography-themed prizes!
Hope to see you there!

Vallejo Garden Club presents...
Saturday March 15 – 10 to 12 Noon
Location given for RSVP only. Reserve your spot by contacting us [], RSVPs must be requested by March 12th []
Join Vallejo Garden Club for a plant propagation workshop!
Come by early for the Gardner's Show & Tell.
Vallejo Garden Club and the Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society are providing a 2 hour workshop that features the best practices of propagation, including demonstrations, hands-on practice, and an on-site tour.

Hikes Galore, Day and Night!
Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –The Solano Land Trust is offering so many events the weekend of March 15 & 16, it may be difficult to choose a favorite!  Docents will lead you on a leisurely walk along the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch, or a power hike at Rockville Trails Preserve.  Learn how to identify hawks, falcons and eagles at a workshop and hike offered at Rush Ranch.  And to top off the weekend, let the full moon light your way during a night hike at Lynch Canyon. Join as many events as you like.
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.  Solano Land Trust’s newest property, Rockville Trails Preserve, is accessible only by docent-led hikes at this time. Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Learn more at

Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – noon at Rush Ranch, Suisun City:  On this leisurely guided walk, 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. No fee or advance registration required.  Heavy rain cancels.
Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve, Fairfield:  Your guides will lead you on a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. The group will take a few short breaks to discuss the flora, fauna, history, and geology of this beautiful open space. No fee, but space is limited and advance registration is required: or call Cathy at 707-745-1913.  Heavy rain cancels.
Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch, Suisun City:  Join Larry Broderick for a birds of prey identification workshop and hike.  Broderick, who brings over 25 years of experience studying, identifying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey, offers an interactive presentation covering raptor identification methods, natural history and threats, and the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration. The first two hours of the program take place indoors at the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Following a brief social break, test your new identification skills on a short but steep hike (weather permitting) up Suisun Hill to observe eagles, falcons and hawks.  $10 per person.  Spaced is limited. Advance paid registration required:
Sunday, March 16, 7 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, Vallejo:  Hike up and down the hills at Lynch Canyon, including a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, by the light of the moon!  Your guides will lead you on a 7-mile hike at a steady pace.  $10 per person.  Space is limited. Advance paid registration required:  Heavy rain or fog cancels.
For important details about what to bring, where to meet, what to be prepared for and registration links for each of these events, visit

Miss Alameda's Resilience Climate Change Expedition, with Recycle Woman!
March 15, 2014

Jessica Robinson, also known as Miss Alameda, is an environmental advocate and producer. For over two years Jessica has been working on a mini documentary about Climate Change for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, conducting interviews with experts in the field of sustainability and climate change. Among them Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor of Alameda, Marie Gilmore, and many more. The documentary is focusing on how the community can leverage grass roots efforts to help address and solve climate change in order to make the proper behavior changes. Be part of this exciting documentary and join Miss Alameda on her new expedition!
$25 for the Entire Day which includes film, snacks, tours, lunch and panel discussion!
$15 student discount
Any questions, email Miss Alameda @
Both part 1 and 2 of Miss Alameda's documentaries will create her complete Climate Change Expedition. The expedition will highlight the infrastructure we have in the Bay Area and how Zero Waste is one of the tools we have to stop Climate Change. The documentaries will be filmed and released on the web, youtube,and you can be part of it and other websites.

Saturday March 15, 9:00- 6:00
8:30am Check In: 2218 South Shore Center, Alameda
9:00- 11:00am Screening: Trashed with (Jeremey Irons)
Morning snacks and coffee provided.
11:00- 12:00 Tour South Shore Center Diversion Program
Lunch Provided
12:00- 4:00 Bay Area Green Tours Zero Waste Tour of El Cerrito Recyling Center, Berkeley Transfer Station and Urban Ore.
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion with experts on zero waste and climate change.
5:00-6:30 Optional Tour of restaurant & Dinner $25 at the Trabocco Restaurant

You're invited! Richmond is doing it; why not Vallejo?
Who: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE
Where: The Mira Theatre's Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo, CA
When: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
What: Hear about a program that provides relief to folks who are burdened with underwater loans.
Refreshments provided and free parking available
Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value?
You're not alone.
Come hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new plan, designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.
The City is considering a new program that could help thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage debt by tens of thousands of $$$. Find out if this or other programs might help you, and join the fight to hold the banks accountable!
Read more at []
According to's "heat map", in Vallejo's 94590 zip-code, an astounding 64% of homes are underwater. 9% of owners are currently delinquent on their payments. The 94590 zip-code also has the dubious distinction of being in the top 1% of US homes both underwater, and how far their values have fallen from peaks in the mid-2000s. See more at []
Underwater homes undermine the stability of our neighborhoods. Owners walk away and often times squatters move in. Surrounding home values continue to decline. Homeowners have no equity or cash-flow to maintain their homes. Investors purchase foreclosed houses on city hall steps. The fabric of our neighborhoods unravel.
This lecture is first in a series of community oriented events at the Bay Terrace Theatre.

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