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]
Listen to a recording of the interview here [link]
Dr. Kerry Kriger, Ecologist and Founder of "Save The Frogs!" [www.savethefrogs.com]
the world's leading amphibian conservation organization. We work in California, across the USA, and around the world to prevent the extinction of amphibians, and to create a better planet for humans and wildlife. Visit the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley [link].
View the "SAVE THE FROGS!" TED Video [link].
Connect with us at: [youtube.com/savethefrogs] [twitter.com/savethefrogs] [facebook.com/savethefrogs] [instagram.com/savethefrogs] [pinterest.com/savethefrogs] [soundcloud.com/savethefrogs]
Teacher's materials for classrooms: [savethefrogs.com/teachers]
Message from Dr. Kerry Kriger: Manor Elementary School 4th graders raised $100 for SAVE THE FROGS! Last week I gave a presentation on amphibian conservation to these amazing students from the Manor School in Fairfax, California. They asked great questions and already knew a lot about environmental issues. They sold chocolate frogs and raised $100 for our frog conservation programs! This weekend I return to their school to assess it for its suitability as a location for a SAVE THE FROGS! Wetlands Construction Workshop in which we will build an actual wetland for frogs.
"Hi Kerry, The kids were so excited to meet you and learn all about frogs. They are 100% onboard to help save the frogs! We'll be writing letters next week to all of the people we talked about. Thanks for the certificate and for your work to save frogs!" -- Laura Honda, 4th grade teacher and SAVE THE FROGS! Member
Local Fauna of the week, and California's State Amphibian:
The California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii)
Infor from "Save the Frogs!" [link]:
The California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) has been listed on the federal Endangered Species list since 1996. The California Red-Legged Frogs were nearly eaten to extinction by the California gold miners in the late 1800's. Now they are under threat from habitat destruction, pesticides, roadkill and non-native species that eat them and compete with them for habitat. In 2013, SAVE THE FROGS! and our supporters launched a campaign to raise awareness for the frog by working towards legislation that would name the frog California's official State Amphibian. On June 28th, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation (AB2364) into law. Having the frog as our official state amphibian will help to protect the frog by educating politicians about its plight; putting it in front of many students and teachers when they study the state's official plants and wildlife; and making it difficult for those whose activities intentionally harm the frogs. This page details our efforts and all the steps in the campaign process. We hope others will be inspired to get an official state amphibian for their state as well!
Frogs Drowning In Your Pool?
Frogs regularly drown in pools in people's backyards. They enter the pool thinking it's a great place to breed. Unfortunately, it's often just a death trap, as they can't manage to climb back over the walls to escape. There are five million pools in the United States, and thus it's quite possible that over 50 million frogs die in American pools each year. Luckily, there is a solution...the Critter Skimmer! The Critter Skimmer is a magical and revolutionary device that allows frogs, turtles, mice, and other small critters to rescue themselves from in-ground pool skimmers. Animals that enter the pool can save themselves by climbing up the attached spiral rescue ramp, through the opening in the skimmer cover, and then emerging into the safety of the terrestrial realm. You may never know they were there unless you see them hopping away! Frogs won't pile up in your pool skimmer if you have a Critter Skimmer! Cool Pool Fact: The town of Groton, MA requires all pools to have Critter Skimmers!
Order your Critter Skimmer today! All proceeds support our worldwide amphibian conservation efforts
[savethefrogs.com/gifts/critter-skimmer/index.html]. Critter Skimmer photo:
Also see: "Knitters answer WildCare's call for nests to save baby birds" [link]
from the "Vallejo Post" weekly newspaper:
Ozcat Radio's unofficial Mascot, "The Cat of a Different Color", was on hand as Ozcat Radio DJs, including the host of the Morningshow Dr.G., and his friends in the Gathering of the Tribes, along with the famous Cat Car co-creator Xiggy of the Northbay Evolver Network!
Here we are during the fireworks show at the Vallejo waterfront:
Love Balm For My SpiritChild
Jul 11 to Jul 20
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
at "Brava! For Women in the Arts", 2781 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110
Find tickets at [www.vendini.com]
Directed By Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
Love Balm For My SpiritChild is a choreo-play based on the testimonies of Bay Area mothers who have lost children to violence. The play explores the ways in which these mothers journey together through grief.
For more information check out the project blog at:
Tickets are sliding scale $10 - $25
Transition Conversation Cafe
Tuesday, July 15, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
A lightly facilitated space for discussion of all things related to the Transition Movement
Taylor Maid Organic Coffee, 6790 McKinley Ave #170 (In The Barlow), Sebastopol
“Get the Rush” at Rush Ranch:
Free Guided Walk, Blacksmithing & More!
Saturday July 19th from 9:30am to 1pm
No reservations are necessary and all activities wind down by about 1pm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward! Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection.
SOLANO COUNTY – Bring the whole family to “Get the Rush” at Rush Ranch on Saturday, July 19th. “Get the Rush” is a series of free, fun and family-friendly activities offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. The day is 100% volunteer-run, and timing and activities vary from month to month.
This month a guided walk starts at 9:30am, blacksmithing and a display of Native American tools and decorations start at 10am, and horse-drawn wagon rides start at 11am.
** 9:30am to 11am: The guided walk’s theme is “Summer Surprises at Rush Ranch”, and it departs from the brick courtyard and native plant garden at 9:30am. The theme is inspired by the beauty of Rush Ranch in the summer, and the likelihood of pleasant surprises when you walk at a leisurely pace and use all your senses to experience the marsh and ranch. Discover what makes Rush Ranch’s marsh unique and therefore nationally famous, and have fun learning about the plants as well as the birds, mammals, and other animals that call this area home. You’ll travel less than two miles on mostly flat dirt trail, returning to the center of the ranch where the other activities take place by about 11am.
** 10am to 1pm: Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrate traditional blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the historic blacksmith shop. You can try your hand at blacksmithing too – you may even get the opportunity to make your own iron nail or other keepsake!
** 10am to 1pm: Visit Little Bear at his table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted himself. Ask him about his life experiences and learn about Native American history and culture.
** 11am to 1pm: Visitors of all ages and mobility levels are invited to take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are especially encouraged and can board via a solar-powered wheelchair lift. Michael Muir and his team of experienced drivers and highly trained horses provide these rides so that those with limited mobility can experience the freedom and excitement of exploring beautiful open spaces like Rush Ranch.
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. For more information, visit [www.solanolandtrust.org], call 707-432-0150 x200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raptor at Rush Ranch_By Tom Muehleisen
Vallejo Watershed Alliance: July Activity
Time to Celebrate!
Saturday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Blue Rock Springs Park, 650 Columbus Parkway
Every year, Alliance volunteers gather to celebrate their accomplishments. You can spend an easy morning picking up trash around the lake (come at 9 a.m.), or just stop by for a burger at 11:00. This is your party! If you come for the cleanup, wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen.
Everyone is welcome. Lunch is free, but please RSVP to (707) 644-8949 ext. 292 or email info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org so we know how much food to prepare.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org]
Vallejo Jazz Society presents
Jennifer Lee and the Ever-Expanding Universe Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 5pm
Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
General Admission $15($7.50 for VJS members)
Up to two children 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult
Buy tickets at the door or online at [VallejoJazzSociety.com]
707.533.4593 or VallejoJazzSociety@yahoo.com for information
Jazz Singer Jennifer Lee Headed To Historic Vallejo Theatre For Vallejo Jazz Society Concert -
Jazz singer and bandleader Jennifer Lee is slated to headline the latest edition of the Vallejo Jazz Society’s concert series with her band The Ever-Expanding Universe. The singer, pianist and guitar player will appear at the historic Empress Theatre on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5pm.
A provocative blend of innocence and sophistication — that’s Jennifer Lee. While presenting herself with great style and class, Jennifer maintains a warm and unpretentious demeanor, which enables her to connect deeply with her audience. "Connection is what it’s all about," says Jennifer. "Connection with my band and connection with the listener. That’s what creates the magic. The deeper the connection, the more magical the experience for everyone involved." And connect she does, with sincerity and a perpetual sense of wonder.
Rooted in the straight-ahead jazz tradition, this San Francisco Bay Area-based vocalist/pianist/guitarist has developed a style all her own. With her warm, lovely voice, extraordinary musicality and hip sense of time, Jennifer brings each song uniquely to life. On an up-tempo tune, she really swings. On a ballad, she sings with a depth of emotion that pays homage to the music and the lyric. Whether on guitar or piano, Jennifer accompanies herself with a simple elegance and sweetness, while maintaining a deep and thrilling in-the-pocket groove. “Lee knows how to drop a jaw with her rhythm ease on guitar,” says Jean Bartlett of the Pacifica Tribune.
In addition to her love of straight-ahead jazz, Jennifer has a strong affinity for the music of Brazil. When she sings bossa nova and samba (in Portuguese with a near-perfect Brazilian accent) and accompanies herself on guitar, you can almost feel the warm sands of Ipanema beneath your feet.
Jennifer Lee and The Ever-Expanding Universe is Jennifer Lee/vocals and guitar. Bryan Girard/saxophone, David Udolf/keyboard, Rich Girard/bass and Jim Chantelopu/drums.
Previous Vallejo Jazz Society concerts included Yancie Taylor, Denise Perrier, Larry Vuckovich, Paul Hanson, Pamela Rose, Carlitos Medrano, Le Jazz Hot, Jeff Massanari, Kenny Washington, Noel Jewkes, Frankye Kelly, Melecio Magdaluyo, Mary Jenson & Beyond Standard Jazz, Calvin Keys and Women in Jazz with Mad Duran, Elizabeth Goodfellow, Tammy Hall and Ruth Davies.
About the Vallejo Jazz Society:
A not-for-profit organization formed in September of 2010, the Vallejo Jazz Society’s mission is to heighten awareness of jazz in Vallejo and nearby communities by sponsoring concerts throughout the year at various local venues. The organization also provides jazz-related educational resources such as concerts and clinics to local schools and youth organizations.
Join us for the fifth annual Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, presenting…
A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, directed by Clinton VidalA FREE Community Event
July 26th & 27th, at 2pm
Hahn’s Park Ampitheatre, located in Vallejo, 198 Skyline dr. at Redwood Parkway.
Picnic style seating, bring a blanket, or your own chair.
August 2nd & 3rd, at 2pm
Martinez Waterfront Ampitheater, located in Martinez, 115 Tarantino dr., at Waterfront Park
Join the Friends of Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park! Benefits include a wine & cheese reception, reserved seating area, meet & greet with actors, and more. [VallejoShakespeare@)gmail.com]
Angel Heart 4 You
501 First Street, Benicia, (707) 745-2024
Obtanium Cup Contraptor's Rally
Mad-cap obstacle rally on Mare Island near Vallejo, CA on July 27, 2014 from 3pm-9pm featuring pedal-powered hand-made contraptions, costumed characters and inexplicable challenges with flying monkeys, zombies and robots! (video made by Marc Garman for Obtanium Works)
4th annual Porch Festival
A one day event showcasing Napa musicians playing on some of the finest historic porches in our downtown Napa neighborhoods. Mark your calendar, tell your friends, fill your water bottles and grab your beach chairs. Come on out and roam from porch to porch to hear some really great music. Come on out for what promises to be a really great time!!!!
Bringing NAPA music out of the garage...
Jul 27, 2014: 1 pm - 6 pm (Sun)
Admission Info: Free.
Be sure to pick up a map of where to find the music playing in the downtown Napa neighborhoods.
Maps are available at WILDCAT, 1210 First Street, the Goodman LIbrary/Landmarks, 1219 First Street, and the Public Library, 580 Coombs St and online at
phone: 707- 255-1836
Award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” comes to Rush Ranch
Tuesday, July 29th, starting at 6pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Chasing Ice, an award winning documentary, has screened around the world in over 172 countries, 70 universities, over 75 film festivals, the White House, the United Nations, and now it’s screening at Rush Ranch. Starting at 6pm on Tuesday, July 29th, the Rush Ranch Nature Center will be transformed into a movie theater for the 1 hour and fifteen minute film. The showing is completely free and all are invited, but space is limited. Reserve your seat at [bit.ly/ChasingIceFilmViewing].
Since its theatrical release in November 2012, Chasing Ice has received over 35 awards, including excellence in cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. It tells the story of National Geographic photographer James Balog’s harrowing quest to capture the world’s changing glaciers with time-lapse photography. Learn more about the movie at [www.chasingice.com].
Sarah Ferner and Heidi Nutters of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are presenting the movie in participation with a National Science Foundation Study Circle on climate change communication. Movie-goers are invited to stay afterward for a discussion with Sarah and Heidi about your experiences in talking and learning about climate change.
Rush Ranch is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which studies and protects coastal habitats and estuaries.
Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection. For directions, visit www.solanolandtrust.org.
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Rush Ranch Educational Council, and Access Adventure.
21st annual Suscol Powwow
August 2nd and 3rd, 11am to 6pm both days
Free admission, open to the public
at the Yountville Veterans Home
Docent-Led Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, August 2, 8:30am – 12:30pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Join a free guided hike of Rockville Trails Preserve on Saturday, August 2nd from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Your guide, Solano Land Trust docent Jim Hanser, will lead the hike. Participants will pass a wide variety of oaks, listen to the birds, and enjoy views of the valleys below. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
Advance registration is required – visit the “events calendar” at solanolandtrust.org, go to http://conta.cc/1wgijOM or call Jim at 707-372-6090. Participants can expect a moderate pace, hiking 4 to 5 miles up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills. There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots on the premises yet. Dogs are not permitted. Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. Meet your guide promptly before 8:30am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Red flag conditions cancel this event. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park. These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated. Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands. Learn more at solanolandtrust.org.
Hike the Hills
Saturday, August 2, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches. Jim Walsh will lead this hike on Saturday, August 2nd from 9am to 1pm. 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 email@example.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 and thorny plants, 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 the chance of 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.
National Night Out
August 5th, with block parties all around Vallejo.
National Night Out is an evening recognized nationally by neighborhood watch groups and military bases to recognize the fight against crime. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
For the first 30 groups in Vallejo who register their block party event for August 5th and turn in all required documentation, they will receive a free dumpster for neighborhood clean up as well as having the street closure permit fee waived. Please register your groups event with Tina Encarnacion in the Community Service Section at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you all the required forms to fill out.
Glen Cove Marina Music, Art & Wine Festival in Vallejo
Saturday, August 2nd from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
The festival is FREE to the public and the inspiration behind it is to bring our community together in a positive
way! It's a great time for everyone involved so don't miss out! :)
There will also be live bands for music lovers, local arts & crafts vendors (hopefully you), canoe rides, onsite
catered bbq, wine tastings, cold beer, tons of people, smiles and beautiful weather... Come one, come
all! You're all invited!
Visions of the Wild
A festival connecting nature, culture and community
September 3rd (Wednesday) to the 6th (Saturday)
What is your vision of the wild? Whether it's bird watching in your local park or backpacking through remote forest, wildness is where you find it.
The Visions of the Wild festival marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act and will feature local artwork depicting the wildness of nature. There will be author talks, a film series, art showings, panel discussions and field trips highlighting both wilderness and local wildlands. The festival will take place in Vallejo, a city known for its cultural and natural diversity and vibrant arts community. With the help of many public and private partners, the festival will spotlight the anniversary of the historic legislation that preserves and protects wilderness areas across the American landscape.
The Visions of the Wild festival celebrates these magnificent public lands and invites you to find the wildness wherever you live. Join Us!