Monday, October 5, 2015

Oct. 06th, 2015, Community Headlines

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* Photo (2015-07-02): Napa Valley Register photographer JL Sousa spotted a dolphin in the Napa River [archive.is/dHL6Z]


* "The California Raptor Center, Keeping them in the air" (2015-06, by Kristine Mietzner, localhappeningsmagazine.com) [archive.is/V8ZCV]


* "Vallejo Waterfront Weekend II a success" (2015-10-05, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/EOy0D]

* "Vallejo woman named city’s first poet laureate" (2015-07-27, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/CEdj6]

* "Solano libraries to host ‘Star Wars’ reading events" (2015-10-05, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/Sm99E]

* "Napa Valley College receives $2.6 million federal grant" (2015-10-05, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/voQri]

* "High on Dry: Quetzal Farm's tomatoes are light on water and big in taste" (2015-09-30, bohemian.com) [archive.is/ZWKPL], photo caption: DON'T ADD WATER - Kevin McEnnis planted dry-farmed tomatoes and way to tread lightly on the earth and distinguish himself in a crowded marketplace. The flavor was a bonus.


* "Napa farmer wins giant-pumpkin contest with 1,806-pound entry" (2015-10-04, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/mTi41], photo caption: In this Saturday photo, the grand prize-winning pumpkin, weighing in at 1,806 pounds, is displayed at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove. The pumpkin, grown by Tim Mathison of Napa, wasn’t big and round, but wide and flat, leading judges to nickname it “The Flying Saucer.”


* "Bumpies recognize special locals" (2015-10-05, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/9Fcts]: It’s time to announce the winners of the third annual Fairfield Fist Bump Awards, known affectionately as the Bumpies. The winners are chosen by an executive committee of two consisting of myself and that guy who lives in my mirror. The Bumpies are an appreciative tip of the hat or, more accurately, a gentle yet deliberate meeting of the knuckles celebrating certain segments of the Solano County seat.

* "Vallejo native Myles Weber wins S.F. Comedy Competition" (2015-10-03, thereporter.com) [archive.is/O2yvv]

* "Vacaville Kid Fest set for Saturday at Andrews Park" (2015-10-05, thereporter.com) [archive.is/lJFpp].
Vacaville Kid Fest takes place this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Andrews Park.
With the theme “For The Child In All Of Us,” the event welcomes “kids” of all ages, from tiny tots to grandparents. There is no admission charge for the event, and all activities are either no-cost or very low cost to attendees.
Long-time sponsor NorthBay Healthcare will offer a number of screenings for families and children, as well as health information and interactive activities.
Other nonprofit and community groups will fill Andrews Park to offer not only valuable resource information for families, but also free interactive craft projects, games and activities.
Vacaville Fire Department will once again have numerous activities, including information on fire safety, smoke detectors, and fire equipment displays for exploration and photos. Vacaville Police Department participation includes information on crime prevention for families, fingerprinting for children, and police cars on display.
Always a big attraction, the Solano Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will be set up on the grassy area, and kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with the horses.
Entertainment will take place on two stage areas — one at the Plaza, and the other at the upper end of the park.
Bounce houses, Laser Tag, and a number of other activities are planned for kids who want to have some fun exercise, work off some energy, and test their skills.
Food vendors, merchandise vendors and businesses will also be on hand to add more fun to the day.
For more information on Vacaville Kid Fest, visit the website at www.vacavillekidfest.org, or call 449-5432 or 449-5482.

* "NFL championship trophies on display at two local events" (2015-10-05, thereporter.com) [archive.is/xULsq]. The Lombardi Trophy, the prize of all Super Bowl champions, will make a stop at Travis Air Force Base on Wednesday. It’s part of the “USAA Salute to Service Tour.”
On Sunday, Nov. 1, “The 50 Tour: Champions of the Bay Presented by Chevron” will be at Al Patch Park. The 50 Tour is a mobile exhibit that celebrates the history of the Bay Area’s championship teams, the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
The “USAA Salute to Service Tour” at Travis aims to deliver an interactive NFL experience to a military audience. This is not open to the general public but only to those with base access. Military personnel can take photos with the Lombardi Trophy, play the “Quarterback Challenge” game and enter for a chance to win Super Bowl 50 tickets.
The 50 Tour is open to everyone at Al Patch Park, 1710 California Drive, beginning at noon. It’s being called a “Trophy & Tailgate” event. On display will be all eight Lombardi Trophies — five from the 49ers and three from the Raiders — won by the Bay Area teams. It’s the first tour where all eight championships have been displayed together.
There will also be a Play 60, Play On area, produced in partnership with the NFL Foundation. It is an interactive play zone that will include an NFL Play 60 obstacle course, and other activities.
The Re(a)d Zone will also be a part of the event. It is a space for reading with access to thousands of digital titles and learning games.

* "Every dog has its day, even at Sunday worship" (2015-10-05, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/BnQUc]

* "California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole" (2015-10-05, AP Newswire) [archive.is/BC22m]

* "Record-breaking heavy rainfall events increased under global warming" (2015-07-08, pik-potsdam.de) [archive.is/ymNXG]
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* from Dr. Kay Flavell of Vallejo:

Two years ago a group of us launched Vallejo Street by Street and planted a small garden on one of the most desolate blocks of Valle Vista, between Sonoma and Couch, opposite 6 Flags. I watered it every day for a year, schlepping water in my old Nissan Sentra from home five blocks away. Tonight I spent 2 hot hours rescuing rosemary and native grasses from giant weeds and planting geranium cuttings. 'Thank you from a stranger!' said a friendly guy. Every time I work there, that's one reward --an unexpected thanks from someone walking or in a car. A second reward tonight was our lovely city's amazing summer skies.

I think choosing a street that has lots of traffic is a good idea, because it spreads the vision to passing folk and shows them we care! Let's talk soon! I'll be at Moschetti's from 10.30 on Saturday and will make a sign saying Vallejo Street by Street. The more the merrier!
UPDATE: thanks all FB members who responded with fabulous offers of plants and help for the mini-garden on Valle Vista opposite 7 Flags Carwash. Thanks specially to Judy Romero Herkins for her donation of 8 geranium plants, and to Ford Monroe, below, for plants and labor. And to Ed Geronilla of 7 Flags for offering Ford the use of his work gloves! Interested in more green street improvements, especially around our Vallejo schools? Informal Vallejo Street by Street meeting tomorrow Saturday at 10.30am at Moschetti's Coffee, corner of Curtola and 5th.
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