Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oct. 14th Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
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Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

Community News
Providing links to articles, and to backed-up pages and newsletters at

"IT'S OFFICIAL: 2014 Participatory Cycle 2 Results are in and Vallejo has spoken! [], more info at [].

"Vallejo News" (2014-10-10) [] with info about upcoming events, the Loma Vista Farm Pumpkin Sale, and the Mocktober Punk Arts & Music fest

"Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)" newsletter (2014-10) []

"Governor Brown Signs the Neighborhood Food Act!" (2014-09-26) [ link] []

A freeway ready family-sized solar car has been been developed, tested in Australia and California, is compatible with Tesla cars, and is ready for mass-production pending further investment:
* "Solar-Powered Family Car Rides California Coast" (2014-09-24) [ link] []
* "Solar-powered family car Stella rides California coast" (2014-09-24) [] []

1st of three honorees announced for the 2014 California River Awards []

"Kicking my Potter’s Wheel"
by Peter Bray, w. Benicia Herald column, "A Cappella Handyman," every Friday, []:
I keep kicking my potter’s wheel,
it knows how I feel,
it’s made for a circular life –
Keeps my clay fresh up here
and forever turning out what I do.
Tomorrow a lady’s sink fixture,
last week a gate and a garage door repair,
week before that a quarter-acre yard,
next week a curtain set.
I keep kicking my potter’s wheel hard,
the only way I know how to afford this yard
and everything else I do to fuel my truck
and this band of poems
flying up to land on my Facebook page tonight.
Enjoy Mark Knopfler and “The Bug,” I do: [ link]

POETS ON THE PORCH #2, Part of ARTWalk in Benicia, 10/11/2014, hosted by Renee Marie Jordan of Jordan Realty. MC’d by Don Peery, Benicia’s 5th Poet Laureate, Videowork by Poet/Artist TomStanton. Photos by Peter Bray. Benicia rocks! Check us out: []

Join our wetland construction workshops taking place this week!
SAVE THE FROGS! invites you to attend our Wetlands Construction Workshops this week!
-- October 14th, 2014 in Shingle Springs, CA (east of Sacramento)
-- October 15th, 2014 at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley and frog ponds in San Francisco .
-- October 16th, 2014 in Fairfax, CA (Marin County)
Constructing wetlands is a fantastic way to ensure that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. At these workshops we will teach you how to build wetlands and together we will build an actual wetland. We will train you in the art of wetlands creation so that you can incorporate this valuable habitat creation mechanism into your ecological toolbox. The knowledge you gain at this workshop will set you on the path to constructing wetlands for wildlife in your part of the world. We welcome students, environmental educators, ecological consultants, wildlife managers, and private landowners. The workshops will be led by Tom Biebighauser, the world's premiere wetlands construction expert and SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. We hope you can join us as we Re-Frog America! If you are a student and you require financial assistance in order to attend please contact us as we have a limited number of scholarships available.
Learn more and register at: []

"Re-Frogging America: Help us build three more wetlands this week" -
special message from Kerry Kriger, Ph.D., of SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
Last week I spent five amazing days in California's Eldorado National Forest building wetlands for our official state amphibian, the endangered California Red-Legged Frog! I was joined by members of the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, Center for Wetland & Stream Restoration, and SAVE THE FROGS! biologists Kathlyn Franco and Emily Moskal. Together we built six wetlands for California Red-Legged Frogs and took part in a Wetlands Construction Workshop led by Tom Biebighauser, who has built over 1,700 wetlands across North America over the last thirty years. This week we plan to build three more wetlands, and I hope you can join us or donate to make our efforts possible.
Please donate today [] and help us raise the funds necessary to build a wetland at SLV Charter School in Ben Lomond, CA! SAVE THE FROGS! has partnered with the SLV Charter School and together with students and teachers we will build a 16x20' wetland at the school. Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Habitat destruction is the number one cause of amphibian population declines worldwide and the majority of California's wetlands have been destroyed or modified. Constructing wetlands at schools is a fantastic method of educating hundreds of students and teachers about amphibians and ensuring that amphibians have a home in which to live and breed. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support!
The SLV Charter School is a public school in Ben Lomond, California in the mountains of Santa Cruz County. In 1997 one of the teachers built a small pond beside the school but it has permanently dried up. We have surveyed this site and with your help we will turn it into an outdoor classroom, with an oval-shaped 16' x 20' wetland as its centerpiece. This wetland will create habitat for frogs and other wildlife, and educational opportunities for students and teachers. We will incorporate the students into the construction of the wetlands, which will be completed in one day, introducing many students to the wonders of nature and the value of wildlife. You can download our wetland design reports for the SLV Charter School wetland here. The cost to implement this project is $2,067. Please share our crowdfunding page [] on your social media networks!
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! so we can make this wetland a reality. Thank you!
These kids are ready to build a wetland this week! They raised $150 for the wetland and delivered it to me when I spoke to them about the importance of frogs last Thursday! The wetland we plan to build this week is situated immediately outside their classroom.

The wetlands we built last week in Eldorado National Forest

We built the 60' x 40' wetland shown in the photo, as well as five others in the vicinity. When the rains come, they will fill with water and serve as habitat for an array of wildlife in an arid landscape. California Red-Legged Frogs were once common in this area, but the gold miners nearly ate them to extinction in the late 1800's. The wetlands are designed to last and require no maintenance. The pond shown below is nearly three feet deep and will hold water for most of the year. We designed it to dry out each year so that it will not be colonized by fish or non-native American Bullfrogs, both of which require permanent water to survive. Wetlands can be built to retain surface water either by compacting clay soil or by using a plastic liner; they could also be dug to fill with groundwater if the water table is close enough to the surface. The pond shown below uses a wildlife-friendly plastic liner as there was no clay and no groundwater at the site. Unlike most liners sold in stores, our liners were not coated with fungicides or other harmful chemicals.
Want to learn how to build wetlands and help us Re-Frog America?
See []

Community Calender

Free Pumpkin Decorating, Wagon Rides, Blacksmithing & More!
Saturday, October 18th from 10am to 1pm
At Rush Ranch []
[], call 707-432-0150 x200 or email [volunteer@)].
Bring the whole family to Rush Ranch this Saturday, October 18th to enjoy decorating pumpkins, blacksmithing, learning about Native American history and culture, and riding in a horse-drawn wagon.  It’s all part of “Get the Rush”, a series of free, fun and family-friendly activities offered every third Saturday of the month at Rush Ranch.
** 10am to 11:30am:  Whether you're a kid or a "kid at heart", come experience the fun of decorating pumpkins in the outdoors at Rush Ranch.  Be inspired by the plants and animals that surround you, as well as by Halloween themes. Small pumpkins and craft supplies will be provided.  In the craft area there may be other items that you can make as well.  Some pumpkins will be artificial so you can use them as Halloween decorations year after year.  Other pumpkins will be freshly picked from local fields.  In addition to pumpkin decorating for all ages, pumpkin carving may be available for kids ages 10 and up.
** 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:  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.
For pumpkin decorating, RSVP online at [] or by calling Linda at 707-759-4676 so we bring enough supplies. (Photo by Linda Stewart). No reservations are necessary for other activities and everything winds 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.
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.

"Fair Food:  Field to Table" Screening & Discussion
The promise of improved farm labor practices in American Agriculture
Sun.,  Oct 19th, from 4-7 p.m. Free.
at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, 595 Railroad Ave. on Mare Island
More info and map here [ link]
The event is free & open to the public. Donations are accepted!
[] #FoodDay 2014 #Real Food Just Food
For info, contact Sarah [530-756-6555 ex.19] []
With the theme of "Food Justice" for this year's Fair Food Day [], we will be showing "Fair Food: Field to Table" a multimedia presentation, with stories Behind the Plate, bringing films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going, promoting a more socially just food system in the U.S.
It was created by California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) & Rick Nahmias Photography. CIRS is the only non-profit with a mission to conduct public interest research that strengthens social justice & increases the sustainability of Calif.'s rural communities. Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, viewers learn about the harsh realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. The growing movement for “fair food” is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with their values.
After the screening, we will have a question & answer session with special guests, who all have deep experience in these areas, and will provide expert insight.
Come early or stay late and enjoy the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve [ link], on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas & the oldest Naval Cemetery west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker!

"Justice throughout the food chain—from farm workers to child consumers—will be a special focus for the fourth annual Food Day, as will increasing Americans’ access to healthful food. Culminating on Oct. 24, Food Day is an event that organizers hope will inspire many Americans to improve their own diets and work toward solving food-related problems at the local, state, and national level. Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest & other food leaders in 2011, Food Day quickly grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast last year alone."

Hahn's Park trail improvements (Vallejo)
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 9am to 12 noon
Last year, the Vallejo Watershed Alliance successfully built a new trail in Hanns Park so that third graders on their Watershed Explorer field trips could stay focused and reduce damage to the native plants. The path worked brilliantly, and now needs to be refreshed for the upcoming season. We’ll meet in Hanns Park (entrance lot is on Skyline off Redwood Parkway). Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [info@)] []

Red Dragonfly Productions presents...
Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina @ Empress Theatre
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8pm
$17/advance and $20/door
The Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, 707.552.2400
Guitarist and composer, Ray Obiedo, formed Mistura Fina to explore his great love of Latin music. Obiedo is bringing potent blend of Latin jazz meets Brazilian and Carribean music to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, October 19th!
Obiedo’s compositions for the group are drawn from his many musical influences --including contemporary jazz, funk, Caribbean, R&B, pop and Latin music. Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of its musical elements for a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor. While there is the heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of this ensemble.
In his illustrious career, Ray has played and/or toured with Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Julian Priester, Mark Soskin, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Rose Ann Diamalanta.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years --vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Phil Thompson.

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike at Lynch Canyon
Sunday, October 19, 10am to 2pm
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park in Vallejo on Sun., Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The hike will offer identification tips and views of resident and migrating birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other, more common birds of prey. This is the Land Trust’s eighth season offering raptor tours and workshops on its properties.
Broderick, an interpretive specialist focusing on field identification, census and the natural history of raptors, brings more than 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher, able to distinguish a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk or a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances, and is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested.
Cost is $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration is required. Visit [] or the events calendar at [] to register. All ages are welcome, but participants should be prepared for a moderate pace covering about 4 miles, possibly off-trail in places, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, and passing free range cattle along the way.
Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot before 10 a.m. Bring $5 cash for parking; a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep and slippery terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind and fog. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. Heavy rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call Mary Beth at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Because it is a working cattle ranch, pets are not allowed. Visit [] for further information.

Bay Area Horror Group
We need new blood! Come haunt with Dig The Undertaker and create your very own ghastly set at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve in Vallejo for our annual "NightMare Island"! We have several cages in the ammunitions bunkers that are waiting for your 'homey' touch! Applications for installations are now being taken. This is a benefit for the Preserve. Here's the [.pdf link]

Hike for Exercise and the Views at Lynch Canyon
Saturday, October 25, 9am to 1pm
Spend an autumn morning hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park with docent Jim Hanser. Enjoy the trees, the birds, and the views of the bay. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure.
The guided hike is free. Parking is $5 and all proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.
All ages are welcome, but participants should be prepared for a 4 to 6 mile hike on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The group will travel at a moderate pace with occasional stops. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Maintain a safe distance from the free-range cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country. In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
Bring $5 cash for parking, and a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.
Meet Jim in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.  Lynch Canyon is located at 3100 Lynch Road, just west of the intersection of Lynch Road and McGary Road, between Fairfield and Vallejo.  A map and directions are available at
RSVPs are appreciated to Jim Hanser at 707-372-6090 or [hanserjames@)]. Rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system.  Learn more at [] and [].
Photo showing Lynch Canyon by Karlyn H Lewis

Hike the Hills
Saturday, November 1, 9am-1pm
at the King-Swett Ranches
The hike is free; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at 916-870-4824 or All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak, passing free-range cattle along the way.
With Solano Land Trust docent and naturalist Jim Walsh. Walsh will share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and he’ll give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed to the public.
On a clear day you can see views from atop King Ranch that sweep across the Suisun Marsh all the way to the Sierras, with Mount Diablo rising to the south. From the western edge of Vallejo-Swett Ranch, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and the Napa River and marshes.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks or a bag lunch; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles 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 at the unmarked 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.

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