Tuesday, March 25, 2014

News & Info for March 25th, 2014

Interview with Evelyn Polk "Mis. E.", LMFT.
"Heart Work in the Village"
Sunday, March 30th, 3pm to 5pm, at the McCree Goudeau Gallery [930 Marin st., at the corner of Florida st.], in beautiful downtown Vallejo's Art District, a FREE Community Event! Donations accepted. Part of a series of book signings and author talks in honor of Black History Month, and internatinoal Women's History Month, featuring the art of Monica Clark, Cheryl Mitchell & Mihr'un'nisa!
Affectionately called "Ms. E" and referred to by many youth and families as “The Heart Lady”, Evelyn Polk is a licensed marriage, family & child therapist, in private practice for over 21 years. For over 30 years Ms. E has had the combined experience of counseling numerous children, youth, couples and families, serving in various agencies and positions as a Social Worker in the Department of Social Services, Counselor in Residential Treatment, and Therapist in Day Treatment, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Outpatient Mental Health Programs. Having the combined experience of listening to the hearts of many, being a single foster and adoptive parent, and caregiver to a developmentally disabled sister, Ms. Evelyn has much to share about the joys, pains and humor of care giving and relationships, and now speaks back into the hearts of youth and adults. The most valued experiences Ms. E brings to her work are her personal experience and commitment as a parent, and the long-term mentoring relationships which have been maintained over decades. Find out more, by visiting [TalkToMsE.com/IT-S-HEARTS-WORK.html], or by calling [707-553-1971].

* Founder/Director of "For A Child's H.E.A.R.T., Inc." [www.forachildsheart.org], "Do something special for a child’s heart”, a non-profit organization for providing scholarships to recipients of the Annual “Les Brown Heart of Dreams & Tenacity Award”. Recipients are current, transitioning, and former foster youth who demonstrate a passion for fulfillment of their dreams, especially in the area of public speaking
* Producer/Host of "Visions For A Child's Heart" TV and “HEART Talk! w/Ms.E" Internet Radio  [www.blogtalkradio.com/hearttalkwithmse], dedicated to nurturing and healing the body, mind, and spirit connection of those whose lives impact and are impacted by, foster care, kinship and adoptive placement. 
* Clinical Director/Speaker of “Talk to ME /Let ME Speak” [www.TalkToMsE.com]   [www.TalktoMsE.wordpress.com
* Writing/Publishing Coach, Author, "It's Heart Work: Being The Village That Raises A Child", “How’s YOUR Heart Working In The Village?”, “Meeting Les Brown...” & “Entertaining Angels Aware...”, and Publisher with HEART Talk Publications [www.HEARTTalkPublications.com], "Write Your Heart Out!".
Mis. E. has contributed to the book "Meeting Les Brown: Ms. Mamie Brown's Baby Boy", a compilation of heartfelt & humorous personal stories about life-changing experiences of meeting and working with Mr. Les Brown whose dedication to uplifting the spirits of children transitioning to a new family is renowned. The book is available at [Lbpsn.com/books__products.htm], proceeds from the sales of this book will benefit "For A Child’s H.E.A.R.T., Inc." and the "Les Brown Platinum Speakers Network", working to continue the vision and legacy of Mr. Les Brown as the message of hope, and inspiration is delivered world-wide.

Interview with Joenette, member of...
The American Canyon Arts Foundation, presenting...
The Annual Arts Extravaganza!
April 4th and 5th, more info [www.AmCanArt.org] [707-557-2176] [Info@AmCanArt.org].
At the Canyon Gallery & Arts Center [3441 Broadway, American Canyon, CA 94503], in the Canyon Plaza Center, at the corner of Crawford st.
With awards and cash prizes given in various categories, a silent auction, fine arts exhibit, paintings for sale, wine and cheese tasting, and wearable arts in the boutique.

UC Santa Cruz reintroduces nearly extinct Marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area [link]

Community Calender

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Presents...
An Evening with NEAL GORENFLO

co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit news, action, and connection hub for the sharing transformation. A former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. A revelation in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through internet startups, public events, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6 PM Potluck ~ 7 PM Speaker
At the MDUUC - Bortin Hall, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
info: [www.ourpeacecenter.org] [925-933-7850]
Shareable.net and the growing Sharing Economy, learn more: [http://www.shareable.net/about]
Find weekly e-news and sharing policy guide: [http://www.shareable.net/blog/new-report-policies-for-shareable-cities]
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors. Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck). Make checks payable to "MTDPJC".  If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes. No log-in required: [www.favors.org/MDPC]

Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 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

Moderate or Meandering? Your Choice of Hikes at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, March 29, 9 am
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
707-432-0150 x200 (office), 415-517-2624 (cell), volunteer@solanolandtrust.org
SOLANO COUNTY – Whether you prefer a moderate hike or a nature journaling meander, Solano Land Trust docents will be offering both at Rockville Trails Preserve in Fairfield on Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. The moderate effort, 4-hour guided hike will take participants trekking about 4 miles up and down the hilly, rocky terrain.  Enjoy the oak trees, the grass that is finally green again, the views and the fresh air. Learn about nature, local history and geology.  If nature journaling or just a gentle meander is more your style, join a leisurely 5-hour guided hike where the pace allows participants extra time to observe wildflowers, oaks, sweeping vistas and perhaps resident wildlife. Bring cameras, sketchbooks, watercolours and journals to enjoy this tour and capture your memories. Both hikes are free. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
No matter which hike you choose, space is limited and advance registration is required.  For the moderate hike, visit [http://conta.cc/1ktiLIc] or call Lorenzo at 707-330-7263.  For the nature journaling hike, visit [http://conta.cc/1cJeCrC] or call 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 hikes. Meet your guides promptly before 9 a.m. 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 both events. Call the numbers above 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). 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].

Shoreline Enhancements at Lake Chabot
Saturday, March 29
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
Every year, the Alliance helps remove excess tules and reeds on the shores of the lake to help prepare for the Youth Fishing Derby. We meet at the boat ramp in Dan Foley Park. The park entrance is located at the end of North Camino Alto. Drive straight ahead from the kiosk towards the lake and you’ll see the boat ramp. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen (bring waders if you have them). We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.

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 [info@amcanart.org]
* Visit American Canyon Arts Foundation site for more Information [http://www.amcanart.org/#!2014-art-show]
* Download Entry Form (pdf) [http://gallery.mailchimp.com/2ec7226eee29b4efe904081b8/files/2014_Call_For_Artists___Extravaganza.pdf]

Laguna Re-Leaf Day
April 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free

Come and help plant the future! Sonoma County’s 5th Annual Laguna Re-Leaf day April 5, 2014.
The Laguna Re-Leaf Day is like a walk-a-ton, except we plant trees instead of walk miles! Volunteers ask friends, family, and co-workers to support them by donating money to help the Foundation’s tree planting restoration project.
On April 5th, 2014 we will spend about four hours planting hundreds of trees and plants along the Laguna de Santa Rosa at Irwin Creek. After all your hard work, we will celebrate with a pizza party! Families, individuals, and businesses are all invited to participate, everyone is welcome!
The event takes place from 9am-noon and we will meet at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, 95472.
Funds that are raised in the Laguna Re-Leaf Day support the Foundation’s mission and its Restoration, Conservation Science, and Education programs. This event will help create a healthier wildlife habitat, mitigate climate change and improve our air and water quality by restoring riparian cover along Irwin Creek. Find out more about our Re-Leaf Day at: [http://www.lagunadesantarosa.org/donate_treeathon.htm]
Fundraising is made easy with the FirstGiving fundraising portal that we set up the event with. This program allows you to create your own personal web-based fundraising page to collect your donations. Instructions for fundraising can be seen on our website at http://www.lagunafoundation.org/donate_instructions.htm
Questions? Feel free to contact us at releaf@lagunafoundation.org or (707) 527-9277 ext. 107

Berkeley Gray Panther Party invites you to attend a special presentation of

Sunday April 6 @ 2:30
at the Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave (near Walnut), Berkeley, CA
Wheelchair Accessible. All Welcome.
Come to the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers' party and fund-raiser! Bring your smiles and checkbook.
Movie, Music, Silent Auction and Refreshments! Enjoy the movie, Cradle Will Rock, the story of Mark Blitzsteins 1936 WPA theatrical production--a rollicking joyous excursion of idealistic  hope for the struggling union movement. Starring Bill Murray and Susan Sarandon.
For information contact the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers at [510-598-9696] or [GrayPanthersBerk@aol.com] or [http://www.berkeleygraypanthers.mysite.com]

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