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/]
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
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.
* 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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] [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].
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