Monday, June 30, 2014

July 1st Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
* Art Vallejo [artvallejo.org]
Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! [facebook.com/groups/1404021099883076/]

Positive News and Info!
* Have a Summer of Sharing! [link]
* Learn about starting a worker-owned business! [link]
* How to start a Repair Cafe!
[link]
* California Solar Power Capacity Setting Records!
[link]
* USC Scientists create new battery that's cheap, clean, rechargable, and organic! [link]

Public service information:
* Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country: Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region [pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/15/]


Local Fauna of the Week:
The Northern California Sea Otter!

Local resident Kristen Kryss Cote reports, "Otter in Benicia! Put him with the pelican and my little town is now a beach town, lol. The otter was pretty small, though, so I hope it wasn't separated from its family."
* Defenders of Wildlife [www.defenders.org/sea-otter/basic-facts]
* Sea Otter Research [www.seaotterresearch.org]
* The Otter Project [www.otterproject.org]


"We Party Hard",
debut music from Danny Thomas (ft. Jarvis Price)
a new hit single from the upcoming LP "Future Movement", from Cosmic Entertainment!
Facebook [link] and iTunes store [link]



Getting work finished at St. Vinnie's Community Garden
[facebook.com/StVinniesCommunityGarden]
It is just so great to drive by the garden & see awesome people like Tony & Paul planting more green stuff and adding a little yard 'bling' too!!!



From the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper for June 25th, 2014.
Pick up a copy free at the locations listed here [link]:


Mosaic art at Hogan Middle High School
Sophia Othman of Moonfish artworks is proud to say that the Hogan school Mosaic Mural is up against the wall! More info at [link], and check out the other mural made last year with student's help at Hogan Middle High School [link].
June 4th, 2014, Halfway done with the help of Marjo Eli Hughes and Daniel Panko

June 27th: All done!




Be One of 12 Artists in the 2015 Vallejo Artists Calendar

This year we will feature 12 Vallejo artists in a 2015 Calendar. It will be a beautiful, full color, 12 month 2015 calendar that opens up to 11"x17" and showcases one artist per month.
We will print 1,000 calendars that are to sell for $10 each. This will help raise funds for next year's Vallejo Open Studios. (Note: this is completely separate from the VOS Artist Directory, which features a sample image from each VOS participating artist.)
As a featured artist you will receive:
* A full 8.5 x 11 calendar page to showcase a sample of your creative genius.
* 20 calendars to sell or give out to your friends. (Additional copies can be purchased by participating artists at $5 each.)
* The goodwill associated with partnering with VOS to promote both Vallejo Open Studios and your work.
To Participate
* Reply to this email and let us know that you want to participate.
* Provide a high quality image (remember the page will be horizontal).
* Allow VOS to use your image for our fundraiser calendar (we will send you a quick agreement form).
* Contribute $175 to the printing of the calendar (you'll be able to recoup this cost by selling the calendars you receive).
How About the Cover? If you are interested in being featured on the cover, let us know. The cover artist will pay an additional $75 and will be featured in one of the 12 months as well. If more than one artist shows interest in the cover, then the 12 participating artists will vote on the cover.
Act now! The spaces are limited, and the sooner we get the calendar printed, the sooner we can begin selling. Please reply to this email confirm your interest.
Thank you! Vallejo Open Studios Steering Committee; James, Susan and Gretchen


City of Vallejo Call for Applications for Boards and Commissions
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dawn G. Abrahamson, City Clerk [dabrahamson@ci.vallejo.ca.us] [707-648-4527]
Make your voice heard and get involved with City government. Consider serving on a City advisory committee, board and/or commission. Vallejo residents who are interested in serving on an advisory body are invited to submit an application and supplemental questionnaire for consideration.
There are currently openings on the following boards and commissions:
•    Architectural Heritage & Landmarks Commission (1)
•    Civil Service Commission (1)
•    Code Enforcement Appeals Board (1)
•    Economic Vitality Commission (3)
•    Human Relations Commission (5)
•    Library Board (3)
•    Mobile Home Rent Review Board (1 at-large member)
•    Planning Commission (1)
•    Sister City Commission (3)
•    *Vallejo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners - Housing Authority Tenant Member (1)
Applications must be received no later than close of business on Monday, July 14.


Are you concerned about the proposed Vallejo Sidewalk Ordinance?
Then you may want to sign the Petition [link]. The proposed sidewalk ordinance places responsibility for maintenance and liability of sidewalks on the property owner instead of the city.
Sarah Nichols, downtown Vallejo artist and gallery director, had this to say: "Vallejo's newly drafted ordinance makes property owners liable for the side walk and curb in front of their property. The City has practiced deferred maintenance for years and years and are now creating an ordinance where property owners will be responsible to make the repairs that should have been addressed years ago by the General Fund. Property owners will still pay taxes into the General Fund, but now as the ordinance is written, will also have to pay all permit fees, material costs, and labor to repair the sidewalk in front of their property, plus be responsible for all liability. This petition requests that a new sidewalk ordinance be written with citizen participation. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!!!"


Now Open: The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina
From the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper for June 25th, 2014:
The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina is Vallejo’s newest waterfront event venue, for the public to utilize for all their event needs. Built in 1910, The Lighthouse was originally located on Mare Island and was once the first lighthouse to mark the entrance to the Carquinez Strait. It was decommissioned in 1955 as a lighthouse and after several years of vacancy and vandalism, the building was moved by barge to its current home at the Glen Cove Marina.
After extensive renovats, The Lighthouse is ready to open its doors once again, but this time as a beautiful waterfront events center. Perfect for marriages, birthday parties and the like, The Lighthouse is ideally situated on the water overlooking Napa Valley.
In addition to hosting the perfectly piteresque party, guests also have the luxury of staying in the house itself, as it easily has more than three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal dining area, a living and entertaining space and an upper expansive deck.
The Lighthouse is locate at 2000 Glen Cove Marina Road. For additional information or to schedule a tour, contact Marie Masa, Director of Sales and Events, at 707-704-9014, or email [TheLighthouseGCM@gmail.com]




The wondrous fruit harvest ritual at the Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Interview with Bob Hatton by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Magazine [planetshifter.com/node/2193]
Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need: Access to healthful food. Through our four unique programs, PFTP provides direct services that improve quality of life for people in Portland. Since its inception, PFTP has significantly expanded the number of harvesting events, amount of fruit harvested, and number of people served each year.


New Online Resource Helps Employers Support Nursing Moms at Work

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) launched a new national online searchable resource, "Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions" [http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/employer-solutions/index.php]. It features a variety of web-based resources designed to help businesses implement Section 4207 of the Affordable Care Act. This law requires employers of hourly workers to provide private space that is not a bathroom and reasonable time for employees who are breastfeeding to express their milk while they are at work.  
Employer Solutions includes videos and stories of over 200 businesses in 29 U.S. states, representing 22 industry sectors. It features several California businesses-including UC Davis, Reiter Affiliated Farms, and the City of Los Angeles- and practical solutions from peers in challenging worksite settings such as hotels, retail stores, and manufacturing plants.
"Employers and employees have asked for the type of information the website provides. It is easy to use and has compelling photos and videos," points out Karen Farley of the California WIC Association. CWA worked on developing the resource with OWH, Altarum Institute, Every Mother, Inc., California Breastfeeding Coalition, and other partners.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than three out of every four U.S. women breastfeed their baby after it is born. Once they return to work, however, many women stop breastfeeding if they are not provided accommodations to express milk at work.
The Society for Human Resource Management, at whose conference the website was launched today, reports that only 34% of employers currently provide designated lactation rooms for nursing women working in their company. Others provide more flexible options such as a manager's office or a temporary private structure.
The new resource gives a snapshot of creative options, from pop-up tents in agricultural fields, to partitions and screens in the corner of warehouses and converted storage rooms. "This really isn't hard, and it doesn't have to cost a lot," stated Doris McGuire of Altarum Institute.
For more information, visit [www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding-at-work].


BIRD BOX MONITORING
Report from a recent Vallejo Watershed Alliance meeting:
Jeanne Hillyard and four students from Jesse Bethel’s Green Academy presented the results of
their bird box monitoring. The students are all in their junior year. After an initial site visit and data
form review with Jeanne, the students did the rest of the project on their own. They checked the boxes
every two weeks starting February 24. They observed many empty bird boxes, and a few with wasps.
Two of the bird boxes had nests, and in March, eggs had been laid (5 in one box, 4 in the other). The
eggs were a beautiful blue, but at that point the students did not know what kind of bird was using the
nest. At the sixth visit, the babies had hatched in both nests and were all healthy and active. The
students observed an adult blue bird sitting on top of the bird box. The students are interested in
continuing to check the status of the babies, but don’t want to disturb them unnecessarily. Jennifer will
email Robin Leong for advice. VWA members suggested that the collected data be entered in
Nestwatch.org. We enjoyed hearing the students’ innovative solution to the boxes being too high off the
ground to observe well: they opened the side of the box and raised their cell phones high enough to take
pictures without disturbing the birds. Very creative! Grateful thanks to Jeanne, the students, and the
Green Academy for doing such a terrific job with the monitoring project.


Roundup of Fourth of July events around Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon; Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon will host parades, pyrotechnics, info from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [link]:
There's no shortage of Fourth of July celebrations scheduled this week in Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon. From parades to fireworks, here's a roundup of what's happening in our area:
Vallejo's 161st annual Independence Day, 10 a.m., Friday at Broadway and Tennessee streets. The parade will follow its traditional route, turning left on Sonoma Boulevard and right on Georgia Street. Vallejo's fireworks show starts about 9:15 p.m. at the waterfront.
Benicia Torchlight Parade, 6:30 p.m., Thursday (yes, July 3) on First Street. It will feature dancers, floats, clowns and entertainment.
Benicia's annual "Picnic in the Park," noon to 7 p.m., Friday at City Park, corner of First Street and Military. This family-friendly event features arts and crafts, hot food, live entertainment and children's activities. It's followed by a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.
American Canyon's Fourth of July parade, 10:30 a.m., Friday, beginning at Kimberly and Elliott drives. It features floats, classic cars and prizes.
American Canyon's "Showcasing our Community" festival, noon to 9:30 p.m., Community Park II, 20 Benton Way. This event features a flag-raising ceremony, music, games and food. The city's fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. at the park.
Mare Island Preserve fireworks viewing: The public is invited to watch more than a dozen regional community fireworks shows at the Mare Island Hill vantage point in Vallejo. Access requires walking along one-mile paved trail. Limited vehicle access will be available for people with disabilities who arrive by 8 p.m. at the trail head, 167 O'Hara Court near Railroad Avenue. No alcohol allowed.
Lynch Canyon fireworks hike: Tickets are still available to watch the fireworks from the Bay Area Ridge Trail in the Lynch Canyon Open Space Preserve. Depending on visibility, expect to see various communities' fireworks around Solano, Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, Marin and Contra Costa counties. The hike is 4.5 miles round trip, over uneven terrain, at a mostly moderately easy pace with some moderately strenuous slopes. Tickets cost $10 per person. For more information, visit [www.solanolandtrust.org]'s events calendar or call 685-5908.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be open from 10:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday with nightly fireworks shows. For more information, visit [www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom].
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The Hub Vallejo is teaming up with Townhouse Vallejo to raise money for Food Rescue on the morning of July 4th. The parade will be downtown, and we will have music at both venues, on a staggered schedule so people can go back & forth.


Independence Day Celebration!
It's that time of year again and we will be celebrating our nation's birthday with the giant puppets in the Vallejo 4th of July parade again, followed by a BBQ picnic.  We hope you can join us for this year's fun!  It's on (no surprise!) July 4.  We will meet around 9am at the corner of Tennessee and Broadway Streets in Vallejo, to assemble the puppets and work out some fun shtick for the parade.  The parade begins at 10am.  After the parade we will have a BBQ/picnic party.
Join us!  We are looking for a photographer to document the fun, people to help with shuttling parade puppeteers from one end of the parade to the other, folks to help with food (before parade snacks and beverages as well as the picnic afterwards), as well as folks to help with the puppets.
It's an event and a Vallejo tradition!
Hopefully we'll see you there!  Please RSVP (for both parade and picnic) so we can plan food, beverages and puppet staffing.  Thanks.
Michael & Valerie Nelson
707-363-4573





Monday, June 9, 2014

June 10th Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
* Art Vallejo [artvallejo.org]
Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! [facebook.com/groups/1404021099883076/]


Northbay fauna of the week:
Western Pond Turtles of Diablo Valley [link]

and, from the South Bay:
"Tiny Owls Cling to Survival Along the Bay’s Shore", 2014-02-07 from "Bay Keeper" [baykeeper.org/featured/tiny-owls-cling-survival-along-bay’s-shore]



"Solano crop value hits all-time high",
2014-06-10 by Barry Eberling from the "Fairfield Daily Republic" daily newspaper [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/solanocounty/solano-crop-value-hits-all-time-high/]:
Members of the Dorrough family harvest walnuts, on their ranch in Suisun Valley, in 2013. Walnuts in 2013 had a total value of $55.4 million, making it the most valuable crop in Solano County. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

Cows wander through the fields by Vanden and Canon Road on in Vacaville. According to the Solano County Crop and Livestock report, cattle and calves were the second most valuable crop for Solano County in 2013. (Daily Republic file)

FAIRFIELD — Solano County agriculture had another record-breaking year in 2013 and walnuts once again led the way.
County agriculture production had a value of $348.2 million, according to the newly released 2013 Solano County Crop and Livestock report. The performance dropped the 2012 total of $343 million into second place.
The record-breaking year came despite some weather-related setbacks for some crops, county Agricultural Commissioner Jim Allan wrote to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
“Overall low rainfall totals and late spring rains decreased production in grapes, walnuts and field crops,” Allan wrote.
The $343 million figure represents the price of the crops when sold by the farms and ranches. It does not reflect processing and other effects that agriculture has on the local economy.
Walnuts in 2013 had a total value of $55.4 million in Solano County, an increase of $8.6 million over 2012. There’s potential for still more growth. Assistant Agricultural Commissioner Simone Hardy said farmers are planting more walnuts and almonds in the Dixon area.
Cattle and calves came in second at $38.8 million, but fell almost $5 million from the 2012 value. A county report attributed this to a return to normal cow-calf operations after speculation in feeder calves.
Rounding out the top five, alfalfa had a value of $35.4 million, nursery products $35 million and tomatoes $29.7 million.
The crop in the top spot has shifted over the years. In 2009, Solano County’s No. 1 crop was tomatoes. In 2006, before the housing meltdown, nursery products led the way.
Crops listed in the crop report range from wheat to safflower to grapes to corn to watermelons.
“I like the fact we have so much diversity,” Hardy said.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation on the crop report on Tuesday. It meets at 9 a.m. in the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.
Agriculture is the top business in rural Solano County. Still, the county ranks toward the middle among California’s 58 counties in agricultural production. It can’t compete with Central Valley counties such as Fresno County, an agricultural powerhouse that has topped $6 billion in agricultural production.
“We’re not in the billion-dollar club,” Hardy said.
But Fresno County has about 2,800 square miles in agricultural production, compared to 636 square miles in Solano County. Fresno County overall is far bigger, covering about 6,000 square miles, compared to Solano County’s 909 square miles.
Solano County is a Bay Area agricultural powerhouse, though it trails the Napa County crop value of about $662 million and Sonoma County value of about $821 million.
Hardy said Solano County agriculture’s strengths include diversity and the number of farms that have been owned by local families for several generations. The county has freeway access, water, good soils and a Board of Supervisors dedicated to keeping agriculture viable, she said.


"Vallejo Admirals rally late to beat Stompers"
2014-06-08 from "Vallejo Times-Herald" daily newspaper [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/ci_25925556/vallejo-admirals-rally-late-beat-stompers]:
The Vallejo Admirals scored three times in the seventh inning and upended the Sonoma Stompers, 5-4, in the finale of a Pacific Association series at Wilson Park.
Vallejo salvaged the final game of the series.
Ex-Dodgers farmhand Mario Alvarez (2-0) earned the win, allowing seven hits and four runs, three earned, in eight innings. Keith Eusebio got the save with a scoreless ninth.
In the seventh, Trevor Nathanson singled home Brandon Williams and Carlos Martinez had an RBI single. The other run scored as a result of a Sonoma error.
In the fourth, Nick Boggun homered to give Vallejo a 2-1 lead before Sonoma eventually took a 4-2 lead into the late innings.
Martinez and Nathanson each had two hits for the Admirals, who improved to 4-2.
Joel Carranza was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the Stompers (4-2). Will Scott suffered the loss.
The Admirals begin a three-game series with Pittsburg starting on Tuesday


Support your home team for Baseball in the north-east San Pablo Bay!
The Vallejo Admirals schedule for Summer 2014 [link]




"Volunteers Needed - Beautify Vallejo!"
message from MoonFish Artworks, to volunteer contact Sophia Othman (510) 415 -3916
Create with us a permanent stunningly gorgeous mosaic mural that will beautify Vallejo.
Help install mosaic art at a local school.
Blog entry with more photos of the building of the mosaics by students [http://moonfishartworks.com/2014/06/volunteers-needed-for-hogan-school-mosaic-mural/]
In progress photo of the mosaic mural pieced by the students.

Volunteers needed to complete the work to install the enormous and gorgeous mosaic mural pieced by students at Hogan Middle School, in Vallejo, CA.  This is a community-built piece that was designed with the school staff to provide hands-on art education and experience for the students in this school which has no visual arts program.  The mural is on an outside wall facing the street and will beautify and inspire for decades to come.

HELP NEEDED FOR CREATIVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
We need help to install the background tile pieces today, Sunday, tomorrow, Monday.  And help to grout the entire mural on Tuesday.  The work we need help with is fun to do in a group.   Your help will permanently beautify our community.  The schedule for volunteer opportunities is below.
Please contact me to let me know you are coming and what time window works for you so i have a head count on how many folks are coming to help.  (510) 415 -3916  Sophia Othman
Drinking water and personal protective equipment (gloves) will be provided.
Schedule for Volunteer Help During Installation and Grouting -
Monday June 9th, and Tuesday June 10th
* 12:30PM-3:00PM  Early Shift
* 3:30PM-6:00PM Late Shift
850 Rosewood Drive, Vallejo, Ca.  (510) 415-3916 call or text to let me know which shift you can make.
Wear work clothes and  bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen, long sleeves, sunglasses).


as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper, available free at the locations listed at this [link].
For a small selection of Vallejo Post articles, visit their news blog [PostNewsGroup.com/blog/category/vallejo] -


as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper -



"Pirate fest to welcome rogues, rapscallions"
2014-06-09 by Donna Beth Weilenman from the "Benicia Herald" newspaper [beniciaheraldonline.com/pirate-fest-to-welcome-rogues-rapscallions]:


"Woodstock icon salutes himself at Vallejo's Empress",
2014-06-05 by Richard Freedman from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/thearts/ci_25907091/woodstock-icon-salutes-himself-at-vallejos-empress]:
Country Joe McDonald has a weakness. It's not protest songs. Though he proved to be pretty good at that with Country Joe and The Fish during the Vietnam era.
No, the 72-year-old Berkeley resident's Kryptonite is ice cream. And, while Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia is up there — "That sure is good" — McDonald said he'll take on any flavor, any time.
"I'll eat any kind. I've never encountered any ice cream I wouldn't eat. When I was a kid, my dad made it. I love ice cream," he said. "I could lose five pounds if I stopped eating ice cream."
Heck, since he stopped drinking, the Woodstock icon needs some vice. In a 45-minute chat earlier this week, he proved his addiction definitely wasn't technology or anything close to pretentiousness. Not when he found his tongue, stuck it firmly in cheek, and announced he'll perform a "Country Joe Salutes Country Joe" June 22 at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.
"None of my (five) kids play music, so none will be doing a tribute to me. And I don't think Sting will be doing a tribute to Country Joe," chuckled McDonald, admitting it's all "silly and stupid and funny."
Through an aching back, McDonald still gets out and plays, mostly for benefits.
He figures he's done 3,500 gigs, none as notable as the Woodstock appearance Aug. 15, 1969 when he and the Fish belted out "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" and its catchy "One, two three, what am I fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam ..."
Because Joe slipped a certain four-letter word into the tune, he and the band were actually paid to not perform on the Ed Sullivan Show after they were already booked.
Those were the days. Not that McDonald doesn't have his moments.
"I'm a little bit snarky. That's what people would say. I'm probably a nice guy. But I can be crabby," McDonald said.
Never a social butterfly away from performing, McDonald is at ease on stage, he said.
"I don't care what size of the audience," he said, admitting it "took a long time" before he got into a comfort zone talking to his fans.
"I felt reluctant to do that," he said. "But performing? I couldn't stop. I had an obsession with music."
There's really only been two downtimes when it came to playing, McDonald said: First, when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, and secondly when McDonald stopped drinking.
"That very day Jerry died, I told my wife, 'I'm not going to die on the road' and I put my guitars away and didn't play. And when I quit drinking, I stopped playing for a year."
Fortunately, a friend convinced McDonald to get back out there and play for fun "and I started playing again."
So, of his six guitars he owns, he'll take out his trusty Yamaha FG 150 given to him at Woodstock and tote it around, including his upcoming Vallejo gig. And that's a good thing, said Empress general manager Don Bassey.
"My impression of him as always been that he is a man of passion and compassion, a great storyteller and musician," said Bassey, who first caught McDonald's act in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1970.
"It will be another thrill to see him again in our theater 44 years later," Bassey said. "Joe holds a permanent place in San Francisco rock history."
Rest on laurels? Not McDonald. He'll pack up the guitar and play on the moon if it was a cause that meant something to him.
"I do a lot of benefits," he said. "But I like to do things others won't do."
He recently did a fundraiser to stop the Oakland zoo from expanding. And another show to stop oak trees from being leveled for a Cal-Berkeley athletic facility "for a football team that cannot win a game in a stadium built on a fault line," mused McDonald. "The oak trees were lost and we lost the cause. I've played at a lot of lost causes."
Still, "I like to think globally and act locally," McDonald said, admitting he still carries an "anti-social thing."
"I don't want to put on a monkey suit and shmooze with Angelina Jolie. That creeps me out," he said.
Ditto for Facebook, "which I've never been able to figure out," McDonald said. "I forgot my password."
He also can do without Twitter. And Instagram.
McDonald laughed.
"I guess I have a bad attitude," he said.
Heck, added McDonald, he's still trying to grasp the concept of aviation.
"Most of my gigs involve air travel and I never, ever understood how planes could get in the air," he said. "I'm not a physics guy. I'm a musician."
As for some big Country Joe McDonald memorial when he finally goes, hey, said Joe, just cremate him.
"The cheapest thing possible," he said. "I'm not a big afterlife guy."


"North Bay Scene Setters: Local fashion takes root"
by Flora Tsapovsky from "Northbay Bohemian" weekly newspaper [http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/north-bay-scene-setters/Content?oid=2588224]:
While it doesn't have the size or support of the local food movement, the North Bay's local fashion scene is home to a growing coterie of designers.
"They're hiding, they're very scattered," says Andrea Kenner, a radiant fashionista herself.
Kenner, a Sonoma County native, is the owner of Tamarind, a new boutique at the Barlow in Sebastopol. After 10 years of designing ever-changing trends for fashion brands in New York City, Kenner needed to make a change.
"There was a feeling of pumping down so many things, like flipping hamburgers," she recalls. "Now I'm focusing on curating timeless pieces with a story behind them that are created in a slower process and are going to last forever."
Among Tamarind's selection of well-known luxury brands is a small selection of local accessory designers. The store carries leather bags by Chantel Garayalde, jewelry by Becky Kelso and Padé Vavra, and handcrafted scarves by A Curious Beast, all from Sonoma County.
Garayalde came back to Sonoma County in 2009 after stints in L.A and New York.
"Lately, I see more curiosity and sophistication in the local market," Garayalde says.
As a local designer, she feels less pressure compared to fast-paced Los Angeles. "There's so much talent here, even if we don't mold ourselves around trends," she says.
Kenner is determined to turn this miniature representation into a movement. To expand the local fashion community, Kenner and Santa Rosa designer Hilary Heaviside are creating a fashion "think tank" to exchange ideas and help grow the local scene.
When Kenner talks about her plans for Tamarind and the North Bay, a wishful question arises: While L.A is slowly becoming the cool, understated alternative to New York, could Northern California be next in line? Anything is possible, as the local fashion community currently leaves a lot to the imagination.
If lifestyle blogger Adrienne Shubin can't name a local fashion designer off the top of her head, what are the chances you can? Shubin, the vibrant woman behind therichlifeonabudget.com, a Kenwood-based blog, loves shopping—online and, alas, at Macy's.
"I feel badly that my go-to places are Macy's or Goodwill, as I miss out on handcrafted, special goods," she admits. "I'd love to help the community and shop local, be exposed to more designers."
Kenner is hoping to give local fashion that exposure at an all-local fashion event at the Sonoma County Museum. The event is being imagined as part fashion show and part exhibition.
"Innovative clothing and accessories design are a natural extension of the creative culture of this region, so it's a natural fit for the museum," says Diane Evans, the museum's executive director.
Meanwhile, Kenner is putting together her own fashion line.
"We'll see what comes out of the woodwork," she concludes with shy optimism.
Better fashionably late than never.


"Hyperlocal: When Peter Lowell's restaurant says local, they mean it"
by Stett Holbrook from "Northbay Bohemian" weekly newspaper
[http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/hyperlocal/Content?oid=2588232]:
Early this spring, there was a knock at my door. It was Lowell Sheldon, owner of Peter Lowell's restaurant in Sebastopol. He wanted to know if I would trade some of the lemons from my prolific backyard tree for a meal.
Of course I said yes. I couldn't use all the lemons, and there was something cool about sharing them with a local restaurant. While this winter's killer freeze put a big dent in my lemon crop, Sheldon was able to fill two five-gallon buckets. In return, I got a great breakfast. I felt like I played a small role in the lemon-curd tarts the restaurant made.
Turns out Sheldon sources a lot of his produce this way. Once he was out for a run and discovered a pineapple guava tree overloaded with fruit. Now he harvests some of the crop each year. He also barters for neighborhood figs, persimmons, quince, peaches, apples and other fruit.
Restaurants that tout their local and seasonal produce are now the norm. Defining local is a gray area, but not at Peter Lowell's. They are hyperlocal. They don't just serve produce from Sonoma County. The focus is on fruit, vegetables, fish and meat from western Sonoma County. Some of that comes from the numerous small-scale farms that dot the area. Some comes from Two Belly Acres, the restaurant's two-acre farm on Green Valley Road. And some comes from people like me, residents with a tree or bush that overflows with fruit once a year.
"During certain times of the year there is always going to be a glut of something," Sheldon says.
Now that the word is out about restaurant's west-of-101 sourcing, customers and local residents call when they have a surplus crop.
This gleaning started out as an economic necessity. When the restaurant opened in 2008, Sheldon's commitment to locally sourced ingredients proved costly. He grew up in Sebastopol and his family had several fruit trees. Why buy apples when he could harvest a few boxes from his mom's tree? Ditto bay leaves and lemons. In time, that neighborhood sourcing became part of the restaurant's business plan. While food costs are still high, chef Natalie Goble says seeking out neighborhood growers makes economic sense.
"There is a real sense of ownership and they also help us keep the doors open."
Of course there is a culinary benefit, too.
Goble waits for local tomatoes or blueberries to ripen to their "absolute best." The produce doesn't spend time in transit or in a distributor's refrigerated warehouse.
"We're letting the fruit or vegetable really shine," she says.
Fish and meat comes from local sources, too, but those are commercial suppliers. For legal and practical reasons, there aren't any backyard sources for beef or lamb. The restaurant also purchases some of its produce from local distributors, especially during the winter months.
There are challenges to the restaurant's über-local focus. Some diners are miffed when their burger doesn't come with a slice of tomato, even if they are available in warmer climates just a few miles to the east.
"The challenge is usually waiting," Goble says.
But it's food worth waiting for.
Peter Lowell's, 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.
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Recipe: Cherry Almond Tart with Pineapple Guava Cream-
This tart recipe is a little tricky at first but once mastered it is easy and versatile. Substitute cherries for apricots, plums, raspberries, or Asian pears. The wetter the fruit the harder it can be so try to use dry dryer fruit.

Tart Shell
* 2.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
* 2 sticks butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 3 whole eggs
* 1 pinch salt
In a food processor, add flour and butter and cut till relatively even. Add sugar and salt and pulse. Add eggs and pulse till evenly distributed but not overly mixed. Remove from food processor and divide into 2 halves shaped in discs. Wrap both tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 for 1 hour. Freeze the other for next time (up to 2 weeks)
Once thoroughly chilled remove and grate into flakes on course grater. Gently spread 1/2 in removable bottom tart pan and use plastic wrap to gently press into bottom of pan. Once evenly pressed spread remaining around the edges and press to make walls of tart. Once you are happy with its looks, bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove and gently compress bottom and sides with the back of a spoon without overly working. Let cool.

Almond Filling -
* 1 3/4 cup pulverized almonds
* 1 1/2 cup sugar
* 3 sticks unsalted, softened butter
* 3 eggs
Combine butter and sugar in kitchen aid mixer until creamy. Add pulverized almonds and continue to beat adding 1 egg at a time until filling is light and fluffy.

1 lb fresh cherries (pitted with with a pitter or by halving them) -
Pat cherries dry and spread in tart shell. Gently spread 1/2 of filling over cherries and bake at 300 for 40 minutes, checking after 25 minutes. Make sure to put foil or a baking sheet under because butter will leek out. Top should be hardened slightly having a light golden brown color. Remove and let cool for at least 1/2 hour. Use second half of tart filling with remaining tart shell within 2 weeks.
Serve seasonally with whip cream. We like to steep different flowers and our cream. In early summer pick Pinapple Guava Flowers, using spongy petals(taste them as they are delicious fresh). Steep 20 picked flours in 1 cup cream for 10 minutes. Let cool, chill and whip with a touch of sugar.


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MEET INDIA'S YOUNGEST PEACE LEADERS
TASHI & NUNGSHI MALIK

Thursday, June 12, 2014
6 PM Potluck / 7 PM Speaker
MDUUC - Owl Room at 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
These twin sisters are setting out to climb the highest peaks on each continent. The intense publicity that their climbs have generated thus far has converted the Malik sisters into role models for their peers, particularly young women, around the world.
They plan to start a novel project 'Adventure for Peace'. They believe in helping young people transition into responsible 'global citizens' by increasing their awareness and leadership qualities through adventure so they may find peace within their hearts, where peace really starts. www.nungshitashi.com
More info: [www.ourpeacecenter.org] [925-933-7850]
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors
Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck). STUDENTS FREE!
If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes. No log-in required: [www.favors.org/MDPC]


Fabrice Moschetti will host his community coffee tasting amid a new show of abstract paintings by William Sievert [www.williamsievertstudio.com].



Sturgeon Mill historic steam sawmill
Free demo days
June 14 and 15th
[www.sturgeonsmill.com]
2150 Green Hill Road, Sebastopol, California 95472
Free admission & parking


44th Annual Live Oak Park Fair
June 14th & 15th, 10 am to 6 pm.
Admission: FREE!!!
A two day crafts and arts fair in a gorgeous historic park in Berkeley, California, taking place on Saturday, June 14th & Sunday, June 15th, 2014 from 10am - 6pm! Featuring hand crafted art work, artisanal food, live music and children's entertainment.
LIVE OAK PARK~1301 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94709
Closed until Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Phone [510-227-7110]
Email [info@liveoakparkfair.com]
Website [http://www.liveoakparkfair.com]
About [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-Oak-Park-Fair/194962560519766]



Bear Flag Monument Turns 100 
June 14, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the installation of the Bear Flag Monument in the Sonoma Plaza. On Saturday, June 7, there will be a commemoration of that event. Sonoma Valley history buffs and those that enjoy a party will be in attendance.
A century ago an estimated 5,000 people attended the unveiling of the statue by Governor Hiram Johnson. The Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West sponsored were sponsors.


Fighting Back Partnership in Vallejo
YOUTH PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION and 23rd Annual Calendar Contest 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 from 6 to 8pm!
Come help us celebrate all the efforts of our young volunteers and the students who have contributed artwork to the calendar contest.
Location: Joseph Room at the JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St. Vallejo
RSVP or questions, please contact Katherine at (707)651-7180.



Northern California Pirate Festival
[https://www.facebook.com/NorCalPirateFest]

289 Mare Island Way, downtown Vallejo
Fun For ALL AGES: Children, Adults, Teens & Whole Families!
$10 at the gate Children 11 and under free! Parking Free for duration of the fest.
Whether you love nautical music, swordfighting, sailing, cannon-battles, theater, maritime crafts, food and drink, or just shopping fer' pirate booty...there's something here for YOU!
We encourage coming out in costume...whether you dress as a historical era pirate from the Golden Age of Sail or a bejeweled Mardi-Gras Krewmate from New Orleans... whether your taste runs towards Hollywood Swashbucklers, Foreign Buccaneers from international waters or a t-shirt and jeans. Go ahead and hoist the colors! You certainly don't need to come out in costume, but when you leave you're sure to feel like a pirate!
Sail out to the PirateFest and join us for a great time!

What would a pirate have to eat? Find out with Bilgemunkey and Capt Scully with Tales of the seven seas. [http://ow.ly/xjsLa]



Help Student-Planted Natives Survive the Summer
Saturday, June 21
9 a.m. to noon
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org]
Let’s meet at Hanns Park for a Vallejo Watershed Alliance workday to take care of the new native trees and shrubs planted by students in the spring. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We will provide water, refreshments, and all necessary tools. Park in the lot on Skyline just off Redwood Parkway.


Solstice Clothing Swap
Sunday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join us at the Sebastopol Summer Solstice Clothes Swap for a frugal and green clothing. Because RE-USING is good for you and good for the planet!. Women's, Men's, and Children's clothing! Here's how it works: Bring gently used clothing that you no longer need or love--Take what appeals to you. If you have nothing to bring you can donate five or ten dollars to LITE initiatives. If you are broke and have nothing to bring, come anyhow, and give back later. We REALLY would like more of a men's section, and more men participating.
Sebastopol Farmer's Market, the Plaza, Sebastopol



BLACK FIRE & ICE POETRY AND MUSIC AFFAIR in Richmond July 12, 2014  Saturday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, California 94804
[https://www.facebook.com/events/497116413748390/]
Sponsor: Men & Women of Valor
STAR LINE UP
*** Singers: Some of these artist sing, R&B and Blues. Le, Le, Thomas, inspiring, Ta'hara Mouton, Tony Rodriguez, The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Augusta Lee Collins, sensational, Rasheedah Sabreen Shakir, and amazing, Ledre.
*** Spoken Word Artist: They will touch on social issues, love and inspiration. Sonjay Odds, Lee Williams,Tanya Williams, 4 Family, Bri Nicole Blue, Alex Lee Middlebrook, Kimberly "Kimba" Mitchell, Aqueila Lewis, Nicia De Lovely, Deborah James.
These are some of the cream of the crop of up and coming artist, from the Bay Area,some have already made a name for themselves and are known in different cities thru-out the United States of America, this event promises to be uplifting, educational, and entertaining. Don't miss out,on this Great show!!! Get your tickets Now!!!
Ticket Price: $:20.00
At the door: $ 25.00
TICKETS LOCATION
* Reid's Record, 3101 Sacramento, Berkeley, California
* The Diva's Closet, 383-17th Street, Oakland, California
ONLINE TICKETS: [wwwbrownpapertickets.com/event664735]
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL SISTAHS WITH INK (510) 303-7701


Polynesian Wayfinding 
At the Planetarium, Santa Rosa Junior College
Friday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Polynesians are the world's greatest navigators who have sailed throughout the Pacific for thousands of years in their voyaging canoes without navigation instruments, using instead knowledge and observations of the stars and nature. This original planetarium show celebrates the science and art of the Polynesian Wayfinding!
$10 general/$7 for students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Cash Please!
PARKING PERMITS REQUIRED
Proceeds benefit the Planetarium and the Hui Pulama Mau Fund at SRJC [http://www.huipulamamau.org]
SRJC Planetarium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa


Poetry in Soundspace Motion
Saturday, June 28, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
An evening of spoken word poetry with musical and dance accompaniment - featured performers will include: Shey with freestyle rap, Bruce Alan Rhodes and Zak Rudy doing spoken word poetry. Musicians including Ellen Cruz andZak Rudy on percussion, and an ancient tenor 4 string banjo. Dancers, belly dancers and improv, organized by Elllen Cruz featuring, Theresea Jade and Mari Lancaster.
Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th St., Santa Rosa

The Vallejo Admirals game schedule

[www.VallejoAdmirals.com]
Home games always at Wilson Park, at 199 Stewart st. in Vallejo, at the corner of Curtola pkwy.



Monday, June 2, 2014

June 3rd Northbay UPrising morningshow

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
* Local Food Guide [link]
* Art Vallejo [artvallejo.org]
* Art Galleries in Sonoma County [link]
* Sonoma County Electric Vehicle Charging Stations [link], revised 2014-06
Also, if you're on Facebook, check out the "Unique to Vallejo" page, a fantastic array of updates and info about the jewel by the Bay! [facebook.com/groups/1404021099883076/]

Local fauna of the week:
Black Rail

"The Elusive Black Rail May Adapt Better Than You’d Think", by Alison Hawkes [baynature.org/articles/elusive-black-rail-may-adapt-better-than-youd-think]


Dede Scrivner, Vallejoan with D's Mobile Photography, says: "Vallejo is first city in US to implement Paticipatoty Budgeting... this is the first year 2012-2013 projects that got the most votes and money allocated to the projects. We accomplished Alot of improvements lets keep it going Vallejo."


as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper, available free at the locations listed at this [link] -


More information about Participatory Budgeting at [http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting/p_b_newsletter/]

as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper -


as seen in the Vallejo Post weekly newspaper -

"Vallejo island-infused band performs at BottleRock; CRSB wins nationwide competition"
NAPA >> The Vallejo cousins didn't know what to expect as they took the stage Sunday, the last day of BottleRock Napa Valley music festival. But they were sure ready to have a great time.
"You have to give it your all, even if there's nobody here or if there's a thousand people," said Sonny Burns, one of the frontmen for CRSB — Chris Ramos and Sonny Burns.
They had nothing to worry about. At the end of their 45-minute set, the two were greeted with a line of festival goers waiting to take a photo.
CRSB is a Vallejo-based band, with an island flair. Ramos and Burns incorporate ukuleles in many of their original songs.
One audience member described their music as "representing both the West Coast and (Hawaii)."
The band was chosen to perform at the second annual three-day music festival after winning a competition against hundreds of other bands in an Gigg.com nationwide competition.
"It's such a rush to be able to perform alongside the big guys," Burns said after the band's performance.
"This is one of the first real big festivals for us," Ramos said.
On Sunday, the band delivered original songs, including "I'm Ready" and "Up All Night", as well as a few covers of popular Top 40 songs from over the years.
In addition to being invited to perform at the festival, the band also had a chance to watch all the other performers. However, instead of being nervous and intimidated, the duo said "it was inspiring."
"I can't believe this is in Napa, it's so close to home," Burns said.
The cousins were part of Jesse Bethel High School class of 2005, and used to "sing to the girls" with their ukuleles in the school's hallway. The band creates their music in a Vallejo studio on Marin Street, and all of the band members have roots in the city.
"This is such a blessing," Ramos said.
Next on the band's itinerary is a two-week tour in Oahu, Hawaii, and a performance at San Francisco Yoshi's on June 28.

Water Smart Demonstration Garden to replace Santa Rosa City Hall Lawn [www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-2755.html

Adding Color to Your Water Deprived Garden
[www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-2750.html]

Sonoma County Gardener's Resource Guide [http://www.magmazines.com/read.php?item=8092]

"North Bay independent league baseball offers major league fun" [http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/having-a-ball/Content?oid=2587176]


"Sonoma County, We Thank You!"

Sonoma County, we challenged you to build a more resilient community and you responded. Throughout the month of May, individuals, businesses, municipalities and community groups registered a staggering 6,200 water saving, food growing, energy conserving and community building actions! This is no small feat.
In Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Windsor, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Occidental, Cotati and beyond, community groups installed gardens, sheet mulched lawns and created community spaces; individuals throughout the county installed energy efficient appliances, planted and expanded gardens, hosted potlucks, and put in greywater systems; businesses volunteered for community projects and offered incentives to participants; and municipalities hosted community workdays to turn lawns to lunch!
This year’s Community Resilience Challenge was an outstanding success (beyond our wildest dreams) and the staff at Daily Acts is deeply grateful to everyone for their contributions! 
Want to learn more about the Challenge? Go to www.dailyacts.org.
The Challenge is sponsored by the Sonoma Marin Water Saving Partnership, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Sonoma Compost, Wyatt Supply, World Centric, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, Amy’s Kitchen and Whole Foods.

from the 2014-06 "Sonoma County Gazette" [www.sonomacountygazette.com]:

Pole Mountain UPDATE
On May 20th, the Board of Supervisors approved funding for the Sonoma Land Trust’s acquisition of Pole Mountain. Pole Mountain will serve as a critical part of the preservation map, in that it connects the Jenner Headlands property with the Little Black Mountain preserve.
Ultimately, Pole Mountain will serve as an exciting recreational destination from the Jenner Headlands property. As the highest point along the Sonoma Coast, Pole Mountain offers visitors and hikers unobstructed, 360-degreeviews of Sonoma County and beyond.
Primarily a mature oak woodland habitat, the landscape also consists of open grasslands, pockets of coniferous forest and ancient madrones. It is home to the headwaters of Kidd Creek and
Pole Mountain Creek, both of which feed into Austin Creek and the Russian River, and also to the East Branch of Russian Gulch. It is home to abundant wildlife, including mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, golden eagles, and numerous other species.
During fire season, the local volunteer fire department uses the two-story fire lookout on the summit to watch for and report wildfires.
This community service will continue under Sonoma Land Trust’s ownership.


from the 2014-06 "Sonoma County Gazette" [www.sonomacountygazette.com]:

This past spring organizations met, discussed, and planned for are structuring of the Springs.
The goal: Improve life for citizens of the Springs. Several paths lead towards that common goal.

El Verano School -
The PTO at El Verano School under the leadership of Mario Castillo and Principal Maite Iturri has held community meetings for residents from across the area. The superbly run meetings resulted in participant focus on three broad areas of school and community interest.
How does the school serve the community? The recent Cinco de Mayo celebration is one example. Another is the excitement and praise from across the Sonoma Valley for the El Verano Orchestra directed by Anne Case. Attendees recommended opening the school for after hour events such as yard sales, a summer fair, a community garden, and town hall meetings.
El Verano School as center for community health. Participants proposed expanding the community garden and encourage elders to join students in this endeavor. Let’s have increased understanding of nutritional needs among students and parents. Improve coordination between the school and the Community Health Center.
School-Community Safety and Security. The meeting participants discussed fundamentals adding garbage cans, more painted crosswalks and crossing guards, and ending “tagging”
in the neighborhood. On another level residents recommended school / community cleanup day(s), community earthquake preparedness, and more lighting for dark lit streets.

La Luz Center -
An important meeting was held at the La Luz Center with Supervisor
Susan Gorin and County Staff about how Springs business people along the Highway 12 corridor could obtain loans from the County for façade improvements.
Chair Juan Hernandez told the 35-40 business people in attendance the purpose of the meeting is to learn how to obtain resources to change the Springs!”
The County has $500,00 available countywide for loans to improve facades. Some loans may be forgiven after a three year period if the conditions under which they were granted are fulfilled.
At one time the Highway 12 corridor was a vacation center for people from across the country and abroad. That concept was introduced by Rico Martin, a community designer. Martin’s slide presentation focused on the promise that the Springs can become a destination location. He presented colorful representations of the Grange mural, La Michoacana Ice Cream and Plain Jane’s, and the refurbished front of the Barking Dog.

Springs Community Alliance -
Following a town hall meeting two months ago the Springs Community Alliance (SCA) has discussed how to utilize the hub in the open area between the Churchmouse and old Uncle Patty’s.
This will become an enclosed area when the Highway 12 project is completed. At each meeting the question arises of who will do the work attendant to the project? That question leads to discussion about SCA organization. SCA has been democratically run with everyone
having a voice and opinion about “the next step.” Now it appears the SCA may be ready to more formally organize itself structurally. This is a central topic for the June meeting.

Liaison Among Organizations -
These three Springs organizations appear to be on separate tracks. However, there is cross representation at their gatherings. For example, Juan Hernandez has served at El Verano and La Luz. At the last SCA meeting Catalina Chavez and Maricarmen Reyes from La Luz presented their viewpoints. Chavez is also a principal organizer at the El Verano community meetings. Andy Madoff attends the SCA and El Verano meeting. Andy is also a Board member of the Sonoma Valley Democrats many of whom live in the Springs. Rich Lee of SCA attended the La Luz meeting.
With exciting organizations seeking the mutual goal of improved life in the Springs we are bound to see changes in the near future.


from the 2014-06 "Sonoma County Gazette" [www.sonomacountygazette.com]:

Vill-ages Ago -
Travel or don’t for your vacation, but travel back in time for a moment with me….back before our burg was born, when the Southern Pomo lived in this rich bioregion in happy numbers. There was a network of villages that had a symbiotic relationship with waters of the Laguna de Santa Rosa on whose banks they lived. According to an old map I have of the “Pomo and their Neighbors” (published by Naturegraph Publishers in 1969), there were no less than 7 villages along the Laguna between Mark West Creek and the bigger Pomo village of Batiklechawi, where Sebastopol stands now. Batiklechawi roughly means “where elderberries grow” and indeed the tree is still fairly prolific here, offering its tasty edibles (flowers, berries) along with medicinal and emollient gifts. We live in the lands that once fed the towns of Masikawani, Kacintui, Tcileton, Cakakmo, Kapten, Butswali and Tcetcewani. Another 19 (yes, nineteen) villages dotted just stretch from Mark West Creek up the Russian River to Healdsburg. It was a busy place – see the map insert.

The spiritual and physical life of the bands here depended on lakes and waterways that pulsed through the Laguna valley, waters once described as reflective and deeply clear. Stories are told of the devastating dynamiting and draining of these once deep and sacred lakes by the invading forces in an effort to destroy the indigenous folk and control the land. The vital lakes were made shallow and nonregenerating or just filled in. Yet the people found ways to carry on, eventually buying lands to secure a corner, and retaining some threads of the languages (there were many distinct tongues in this region), arts and practices. I was among local schoolchildren lucky enough to have some time with famous basket-maker Elsie Allen and other keepers of the old ways, in visits to then-newly reclaimed Ya-ka-ama in Forestville. There we learned of basket making, willow, berry and acorn collecting and processing, building bark summer huts and some songs and stories.
As I rode through the Laguna area this week, I saw the elder trees in bloom, and thought of a Pomo friend explaining years ago that the bloom and berry cycles of the elder tree were an unfailing guide to his family in when to catch salmon on their seasonal river runs, and that the bloom also signaled that it was time to stop gathering shellfish at the coast until the berries were ripe in the fall.
Keep an eye out for these lovely creamy bunches waving on the small Sambucas Canadensis (elder) trees this month and wave back a little thanks. If you have access and like me have a crazy urge to concoct, try the blossoms in fritters, cordials or meads and bath teas; later the dark iron-rich berries are delectable in preserves, dried or just fresh. And bring some down by the community garden to share a taste!


Painting by Morgana La Fey of Sonoma County



Community Calender

CAROL PEPPE HEWITT, TEDDY STRAY & LYLE ESTILL:
Running on Local: A Discussion About Local Entrepreneurship 
Exploring regional sources for food, fuel and finance to build a more resilient local economy.
2014 Jun 5th - Thu at 5:30 PM
Co-sponsored by: Sustainable Economies Law Center [http://www.theselc.org], Good Food Web [https://goodfoodweb.com], and Slow Money Northern California [http://slowmoneynocal.org].
Location: Impact Hub Oakland - 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA - Close to 19th St BART
[http://www.favors.org/display/eventDetails.php?new=1401586361&event_id=2556&login_group=FF]
Buy tickets [http://www.eventbrite.com/e/running-on-local-a-discussion-about-local-entrepreneurship-and-investment-tickets-11532699615]



Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents...
Art at the Source
[www.artatthesource.org]
A self-guided tour of art studios in western Sonoma County
June 7 and 8, 2014


Reid's Records 69th Anniversary Celebration
featuring Lee Williams and the Spiritual Q.C.'s
along with the Men of Endurance!
Saturday, June 7th, 3pm through the night!
in partnership with Ozcat Radio's Religious Gems show, broadcast Sundays, 6 to 10am, with host David Reid aka "The Minister of Music". Sponsored by Reid's Records.