Monday, February 16, 2015

Feb. 17th, 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]. Good vibrations []
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
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]

Photo: Eric Dugan Photography

News from Napa Valley
* Announcing the Napa Valley Arts in April []

News from Vallejo
Participatory Budgeting updates at [], and at [].
Cycle 3 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Budget Assembly -learn about the PB process and
propose ideas on how to spend a portion of Measure B (sales tax) to better the community.
Share your proposal on Tuesday, February 17, in the Multipurpose Room at Glen Cove Elementary
School, 501 Glen Cove Parkway, from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. All assemblies will have
refreshments, and select assemblies will have childcare and language interpretation. For further
information contact (707) 648-4577 or

Thursday, February 19th, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the SISTER CITY ROOM, in the JFK LIBRARY 505 Santa Clara st. in downtown Vallejo, to conduct the following actions:
* Steering Committee members who were present at the January 20, 2015 Regular Meeting shall publicly disclose who they voted for when appointing leadership for Cycle 3.
* Appoint two additional Vice Chairs to fill existing vacancies on the Executive Committee. One Vice Chair shall be appointed from the Outreach Subcommittee and one from the Event Planning Subcommittee.
* Discuss the upcoming workload for Cycle 3, particularly focusing on how to increase public participation at Budget Assemblies, generating a larger volunteer core, and possible creation of informal groups to address longer-term policy issues.
* Discuss how to conduct the March 14, 2015 Special Meeting for idea screening, categorization, and Budget Delegate Committee designations.
* discuss ideas for improving the Cycle 3 Budget Delegate Orientation and Project Proposal Workshop (to be held March 21, 2015). Ideas and feedback will be forwarded to the Event Planning Subcommittee for final planning and logistics.

"Vallejo’s St. Vinnie’s Community Garden receives new patio" (2015-02-14) [] []

"Imagine Scenarios for Vallejo’s Future, Today" press release from the Propel Vallejo general plan update committee [], map showing the areas in Vallejo being discussed []

"Spring comes early to Vallejo" by Ward Stewart, UC Master Gardener-Solano, published by the GLEN COVE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION []:
Spring comes early to Vallejo, in fact, many plants act like the new growing season begins in February.
If you cut back your rose bushes by late January, the buds will erupt with new growth almost immediately although it doesn’t mean that the threat of frost is gone. Plants that are susceptible to
frost, such as citrus, should be trimmed with care. If we experience a freeze and the plants are
harmed, do not remove the damaged branches until the threat of frost has passed. The damaged branches provide some protection for the healthy parts of the plant.
Late winter is a time to prepare your yard for the coming growing season. You may wish to apply a pre-emergent fertilizer that will decrease the amount of crab grass and other weeds that will attempt to germinate in your lawn. The soil in your garden can be improved by adding manure or other organic matter at least a month before planting vegetables or annuals. Addition of a layer to the surface and having rain seep through it will nourish the soil and allow the manure to break down so that it won’t burn newly planted seedlings due to excessive nitrogen. It’s also time to remove last year’s annuals, vegetables, and weeds from your planting beds. Clearing these areas will provide fewer habitats for snails and insects that wish to feast on your plants.
Dormant season pruning should be done in January for appropriate plants like deciduous trees. Evergreen trees like the Brazilian Pepper may be trimmed in early spring or most other times of the year. (In Florida, this tree is officially deemed an invasive species.) Some shrubs such as Shiny Xylosma can be trimmed most any time because this plant doesn’t flower appreciably. Others, like Pink Escallonia or Camelia, should be trimmed during the prior year after flowering in order to allow new buds to form.
Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming growing season. If you enjoy starting plants by seed, it
is appropriate to do so in a controlled, warmer location such as an inside windowsill or cold frame.
Once the seeds have germinated allow them to grow before putting them outside. “Hardening” is
the process by which plants are gradually acclimated to outside temperatures before planting in the
ground. If the plants aren’t hardened, they may be stunted or killed by the shock of the colder outside
At this time of year it is advisable to examine your irrigation system. To do so, look for leaks, clogged emitters, or clogged or broken tubing. You may flush the system by opening the end of each branch of the system and turning on the corresponding valve to allow water to flow out and wash away any dirt or debris in the line. Conversion of sprinkler heads to drip irrigation in planting beds is a good way to decrease water consumption during the dry months.

News from Benicia
"2 meetings this week on ‘Village Concept’; Local interest high in senior living model, organizers say" (2015-02-15) []

"Colorful California: Pastels on exhibit" (2015-02-11) []

"In new book, Benicia poet celebrates life" (2015-02-01) []

"MORE than a Poem Daily" #19

Group plans African-American history celebration -
The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will celebrate African-American history.
Saturday, February 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 601 Village Drive.
Admission is free. Praise dancers, live music and activities for youth are planned. Catfish and hot link dinners will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 425-4115 or 452-1424.

Library hosts free Mardi Gras event
The Vacaville public libraries are hosting a family night, where guests can celebrate Mardi Gras with the sounds of Samba Samba. Some call it Mardi Gras. It is Carnival in Brazil. Everybody calls it a good time to celebrate, make music, dance and be with family and friends. James Henry will provide music. Participants can make their own party masks.
Tuesday, February 17th, 6:30 p.m.
At the Vacaville library, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.
Tuesday’s event is free thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries.
For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit the library’s website at [].

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