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 [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
* 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]
Local Fauna of the Week:
Bi-colored Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus, californicus)
Community Alliance with Family Farmers [caff.org] Profile:
Singing Frogs Farm -
Located just northwest of downtown Sebastopol, Singing Frogs Farm is no stranger to the community. This multi award-winning farm is a leader in sustainable, ecologically friendly (and certified bee friendly) farming. Singing Frogs Farm is not only free of conventional, but also organic pesticides, practicing what is often termed “Beyond Organic.” Singing Frogs Farm proudly exceeds all organic standards. They prefer to “encourage the presence of Mother Nature,” providing all natural, spray-free produce. Singing Frogs Farm uses a “no-till” system of soil management, which owners Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser suggest, “boosts productivity and profits, and dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions.” This nine-acre farm grows over 100 varieties of vegetables and many fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, and also eggs. More info at [http://singingfrogsfarm.com]
Mothers in the Workforce
State and federal regulations regarding pregnancy, maternity leave and lactation can be confusing! Thanks to the Women's Bureau of the US Dept. of Labor which has released web-based comprehensive state and federal resources, including regulation citations, fact sheets, infographics and more for supporting working women and families. [http://www.dol.gov/wb/homepage/index.htm]
* Submit Project Ideas - How will you spend tax dollars to make Vallejo even better? [http://www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/109/Forum_320/Issue_2396]
* Prioritize the areas where you think Participatory Budgeting dollars are needed most in the community [http://www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/109/Forum_320/Issue_2450]
* "Shipping containers take on new life in ‘The Yard’" (2015-03-19, timesheraldonline.com) [https://archive.today/5Or8K]
* "Pot clubs help pay for S.F. gun buyback" (2015-03-22, sfgate.com) [https://archive.today/AXOFV]
Articles from Shareable.net, for localized food and communitarian economics:
* "Discovery of beans that can beat the heat could save “meat of the poor” from global warming" (2015-03-25, cgiar.org) [https://archive.today/FOAIt]
* "The Ethics of Shooting the Wild; Connecting with Inverness wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich" [https://baynature.org/articles/the-ethics-of-shooting-the-wild/]
* "Second Spring: Eighteen months after a fire, what to look for on Mount Diablo" (2015-03-23) [https://baynature.org/articles/second-spring/]. Poppies and lupine light up the burn zone on Mount Diablo in mid-March. (Photo by Joan Hamilton)
Wild History and Wildflowers Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Solano Land Trust invites local residents and visitors on a free guided hike called “Wild History and Wildflowers” on Saturday, April 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve. Participants will hike four to five miles up and down rocky hills. Along the way, the group will stop to admire wildflowers and hear tales of the local area, its interesting people and historical events. Appropriate for children age five and up who like to hike. Pre-registration is required at conta.cc/1bvDY26. For important details, including the meeting place, directions and what to bring, visit conta.cc/1bvDY26 or solanolandtrust.org.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.
* "Rockville Trails Preserve" photo by Jorg Fleige
Learn about Pollinators at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve
April 4 @ 9:15 am - 2:00 pm
Free, click here for more information [baynature.org/event/butterflies-other-bugs]
Join us for a visit to the Bohemia Ecological Preserve to learn more about butterflies and other bugs of this 1,000 acre preserve! We’ll be moving at a leisurely pace around various parts of the Preserve to learn more about the small creatures and plant life in this beautiful place. We will be hiking up and down hills and through forests while taking our time to listen to, talk about, and observe butterflies, moths and other creatures.
Our special guest will be Kandis Gilmore, who has done graduate research on the pollinator communities in vernal pools on the Santa Rosa Plain. We’ll be learning more about the smaller natural world with a scientific focus. 2-4 miles, moderate with some steep sections. This workshop is geared towards adults.
GO FLY A KITE AT THE LYNCH CANYON KITE FESTIVAL
Enjoy a relaxing day with family and friends
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Bay breezes, grassy hills and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. Bring family and friends, kites and a picnic lunch to the 7th Annual Kite Festival on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free, and parking is $5.
Lynch Canyon’s annual kite festival is the legacy of Mike Rydjord, who passed away November 2013. Rydjord was a C-5 and US Airways pilot, and a flight instructor at Travis Air Force Base. He founded the festival to share his love of air, wind, land and flying. He would spend his time at the festival helping first-timers get airborne and discussing technique with more experienced flyers.
People around the world have been flying kites for centuries. Kites have been used to fight evil spirits, bless harvests, carry messages, advance science, win wars, learn about wind and weather, and bring joy. Learn more about kite-flying at [www.kite.org] and [www.nationalkitemonth.org].
Lynch Canyon is at 3100 Lynch Road, near McGary Road, between Vallejo and Fairfield. From I-80, exit American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke or Red Top Road, and follow signs to Lynch Canyon. For protection of Lynch Canyon’s wildlife and free-range cattle, dogs are not allowed. Lynch Canyon is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system. Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit [solanolandtrust.org]. Solano County Parks are natural recreational sites where you can pursue healthy and fun outdoor activities. For more information about the Solano County Parks system and upcoming events, visit [www.solanocounty.com/parks].
Photo: Lynch Canyon Kite Festival, by Doug Wirtz