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Hadi, teacher of the Sufi tradition and far eastern philosophies, in Vallejo[www.SFbayTaiChi.com], with public gatherings every 1st / 3rd Thursday. Contact [SufiWorks (@) comcast.net] for more information about upcoming events and gatherings.
Peter Bray, Poet extraordinaire of Bencia [www.peterbray.org/pedro] [www.simpletonspath.wordpress.com], writer for the Benicia Herald column, "A Cappella Handyman," every Friday.
Pedro aka Peter Bray at the Rellik Tavern (2012)
"East Benicia Jail Song" (In response to the CFPPC releasing me via letter from any wrongdoing in the 1990's following a controversial Taproot issue)
"Box Top Shop" (Jerry Hayes and a trivial adversary's tempest in a teapot fostered this one)
"Bottom Back" (Song about The Lido up on blocks on First and A Streets in the early 1990s)
"Dear Writer" (Philosophical poem)
"Colitis Blue" (Early entertaining song for my daughter Cathy with then thought to be Colitis, not Crohn's)
"Can't Find the Pharaoh/Quarry Song/Rooms & Brooms" (Cathartic anthem about Bechtel/SF, prior to becoming a Layoffee)
You are cordially invited to...
The City of Vallejo's Arbor Day 2014 Celebration
Join the Vallejo Beautification and Design Review Board in showing our appreciation for
• Solano Resource Conservation District
• Greater Vallejo Recreation District
• City of Vallejo
for their on-going commitment to revitalize Vallejo's Urban Forest in the Hann’s Park/Blue Rock Spring’s Creek Corridor
Maritime Academy Cadets will plant this year's Arbor Tree
See below for the where, the when, and the who!
We look forward to seeing you on April 25, at 4:00 in your walking shoes at Hann's Park!
We'll see you there!!
24th Annual Rush Ranch Open House: Free Fun for the Whole Family!
Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 3pm
Who: The Rush Ranch Educational Council, in partnership with Solano Land Trust
What: 24th Annual Rush Ranch Open House
Where: Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun, CA 94585
When: Saturday, April 26th from 10am to 3pm
Why: Free fun for the whole family!
Cost: Free! All purchases and donations support the educational programs and projects of the Rush Ranch Educational Council.
SOLANO COUNTY – Bring family and friends to Rush Ranch on Saturday, April 26th from 10am to 3pm for the 24th Annual Rush Ranch Open House. This jam-packed day is hosted by the Rush Ranch Educational Council, in partnership with Solano Land Trust. It’s free fun for the whole family!
Live music and square dancing set toes tapping. Live animals on display include bats, birds of prey, horses, and cows. Scientists lead a marsh walk geared toward all ages –from 7 to 70. Interactive demonstrations include blacksmithing, Native American flute making and tool creation, wheat weaving, wool spinning, wooden cow roping, and windmill pumping. Guests can pot plants for their homes and gardens (while supplies last). Horse-drawn wagons offer tours of the ranch. The special design of the wagons and a solar-powered wheelchair lift enable those with limited mobility to experience the freedom and excitement of exploring beautiful open spaces like Rush Ranch, with highly trained horses and experienced drivers. On top of it all, children can create art while adults enjoy a local art show and silent auction, and shop for paintings, photographs and crafts to take home that same day. Raffle winners leave with great prizes. Guests can purchase a delicious lunch, snacks and refreshments, and shop for t-shirts, patches, and handbooks.
Admission and parking is free. All sale proceeds and donations support the educational programs and projects of the Rush Ranch Educational Council. This all-volunteer group hosts field trips to Rush Ranch for over 1,500 third and fourth graders each year where they teach about Native American history and culture. Once a month they also demonstrate pioneer life, and they’re always working on projects to care for Rush Ranch. For more information about the Rush Ranch Open House and the Rush Ranch Educational Council, visit www.rushranch.net, www.solanolandtrust.org, or call Mary at 707-422-4491.
Rush Ranch is locally loved and nationally famous. It’s a working ranch, a beautiful place, and a rare remnant of brackish tidal marsh that serves as a model for scientists around the country. It’s located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection. The entrance gate is on the right. See [www.solanolandtrust.org/Directions.aspx] for a map and directions.
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.
Community Farm Day at the Gill Tract A unique partnership between community members, UC Berkeley students, academics and staff has been preparing a 1.5 acre urban farm and research center on the Gill Tract, and we'd like you to join in planting, learning, playing, and eating together!
Where: The Gill Tract Farm (Jackson St. & Ohlone Ave Entrance) Near the corner of San Pablo & Marin Ave, in Albany, CA
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
11:00 AM-2:30 PM: Planting, educational events, and kid's activities presented by UC Berkeley and community organizations
12:30 PM: Lunch provided by the Berkeley Student Food Collective. Please bring additional salads, snacks, or desserts to share our bounty together as a community!
2:30-3pm: Facilitated community discussion: visions for the future of the farm
In the event of heavy rain, the event will be postponed to May 3rd
Sponsored by The Gill Tract Farm Coalition, Student Organic Garden Association, UC College of Natural Resources, and UC Cooperative Extension
We also need volunteers! Meet a requirement for a class, or just be more involved in creating a new co-learning space. Here's how!
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: [http://vols.pt/AtHGfp]
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Hike the Hills
Saturday, May 3, 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, May 3rd 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 22,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano County. Learn more at [www.solanolandtrust.org].
MOTHER'S DAY MARCH FOR PEACE
CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Sunday, May 12, 2013, NOON
Mother's Day, 2013, Golden Gate Bridge
Reclaim the original meaning of the day: "We Will Not Raise Our Children to Kill the Children of Other Mothers!"
11:45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge.
Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle.
1:30pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk with a Mike Check Reading of Julia Howe's MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION
Bring your children, your mothers, friends, relatives and your LOVE!
BE GREEN AND CARPOOL
Join us to reclaim the original meaning behind Mother's Day:
From the Civil War era, Mother's Day was created to unite women of the world to organize and promote peaceful solutions to conflict. This Mother's Day please join us on the Golden Gate Bridge. Bring your mothers and daughters, your sons and fathers, your grandchildren, friends and neighbors to honor our history, and celebrate our passion for PEACE! Wear pink or come as you are, but come in the spirit of unity for nonviolence.
In response to the carnage of the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Mother's Day Proclamation declared:
"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs........Disarm, Disarm!"
Howe called for women of all nations to work together for a more peaceful world.
For creative readings of the full Mother's Day Proclamation:
In honor of Julia Ward Howe, and in solidarity with all the mothers of the world who are suffering today from the carnage of wars in Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere in the world, we invite mothers and their loved ones to join us this Mother's Day to walk united against war.