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* 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/]
"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."
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 -
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"
2014-06-01 by Irma Widjojo from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_25878150/vallejo-island-infused-band-performs-at-bottlerock]:
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]
2014-05-30 for "Sonoma County Gazette" [sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-2751.html]:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.