Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19th, 2016, Community Headlines

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]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]


What's New at GVRD? visit [gvrd.org]!


Richmond Art Center: Upcylce [http://is.gd/Q7VgM0]
Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Richmond Art Center | 2450 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this free maker festival.
Upcycle is Almost Here!
Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this free family festival!
Join us at the Richmond Art Center to practice the art of reducing, reusing and recycling!
Create, see and learn at this hands-on maker festival for the whole family. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Screen print and take home your very own T-shirt, make copper pressed drawings, colorful mosaics, relief prints with recycled materials, floating plastic sculptures, back strap weaving and so much more!Learn about ways to re-use, recycle, and downsize waste from local organizations like the Watershed Project. Live music from Vanessa Espinoza aka DJ AGANA. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
See all of our fun and free classes for Upcycle here! [http://richmondartcenter.org/events/upcycle/]
This event draws hundreds of local families and friends to the Art Center and we always have a ton of fun! We are also looking for event sponsors both large and small so please let us know if you are interested. Please contact Ric Ambrose, Executive Director at Richard@RichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6777.


Berkeley Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up [http://is.gd/PKd9ew]
Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 8:00 am — 1:00 pm
Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina | 160 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
The day’s schedule will include:
8am • Yoga Class by donation
9am-12pm • Clean Up
12-1pm • Bug Family Band
Co-sponsored by the Ecology Center
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* "Earth Day celebrated early at Vallejo Farmers Market" (2016-04-16, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/eQpXG] [begin excerpt]:
Earth day was celebrated a few days early Saturday at Vallejo Farmers Market.
The event began at 9 a.m. and stretched into the hot afternoon.
Entertainment provided by Rock Steady Jugglers and OzKat radio seemed to keep the crowd happy as they moved from booth to booth.
“We have had a good turnout with more people than ever this year,” said Valcore general manager Ken Hawes. “We attribute a lot of that to social media. We are also getting a lot of kids and families, too, not just people walking in from the farmers market.”
Many different organizations involved in environmentally conscious activities, such as the Florence Douglas Senior Center walking group, interacted with public and spoke about the benefits of living an environmentally healthy lifestyle.
At noon the winners of the city sponsored Scrap to Sculpture recycled art competition were announced. Though all of the winning artwork was being shown in Vallejo’s City Hall, the artists were present to receive their awards.
“The elementary category had a lot of entries this year,” Hawes said. “It kind of tugs at your heartstrings when you see how much effort they put into their art projects.”
Taking first prize in the adult category and an oversized check for $1,000 was artist Eric Hardie, who lives locally in Vallejo.
His creation was a decorative rooster made from cut from a variety of different colored soda cans.
[end excerpt]


* "Dreamers and innovators drawn to Benicia Mini Makers Faire" (2016-04-16, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/FwpnJ] [begin excerpt]: A celebration of ingenuity and creativity, the event was a chance for children and adults to explore the world of crafts, electronics and engineering.
Aaron Newcomb, president of Benicia Makers Space, explained the event took about six months of work to organize.
“We did all the planning and everything, then we contacted local makers and people we know who like to do this and invited them to come at no charge,” Newcomb said. “A lot of people are here because they love what they do. It’s a community event run by volunteers, and so far it’s gone pretty well.”
As attendees bought their tickets at the door Saturday, they were also handed a map that showed where the various themed areas were, such as the robotics and electronics room and the arts and crafts room. Outside the middle school was the ‘vehicle village’ where owners of electric vehicles were present with their cars to talk to people about the benefits of clean technology. [end excerpt]


* Napa: "Earth Day celebration planned for Saturday" (2016-04-18, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/7nxB6]


* "Rural Napa County bursts with spring color at Iris Garden" (2016-04-18, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/x3w19]


* East Bay: "Make big stuff happen on Earth Day 2016" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/3ABeW]



* "Participatory Budgeting-Funded Garden Visited By Kaiser Permanente Doctors and Students"  (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]:
In 2015, Kaiser Permanente began collaborating with the PB-funded Vallejo People's Garden on Mare Island. Resident physicians are volunteering at the garden to learn about organic gardening and how it can apply to the health of individuals and communities. Recently, several resident doctors volunteered at the garden to gain on-site knowledge to use at their clinic in Honduras. The volunteers recently planted vegetables, such as rainbow chard and potatoes, and learned how to maximize valuable garden space. Vallejo People’s Garden was allocated $35,000 in the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting by the Community Gardens & Nutrition Education project.



* "Participatory Budgeting Visits Cave Elementary’s Family Spring Afternoon" (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]:
City Staff participated in the Family Spring Afternoon at Elmer Cave Language Academy on Wednesday, April 13. Administrative Analyst Alyssa Alford interacted with Cave Elementary staff and teachers and provided updates on education-related PB projects, including the PB-funded Cave Community Garden. PB has partnered with the dual-immersion language academy and met many parents who were already en-gaged in the PB process. The City would like to thank Academic Support Provider & Safety Patrol Advisor Ashley Mendez and Principal Lorena Hernández for their continued partnership and hospitality.



* "Day Center Grand Opening" (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]: 
The Vallejo Together Support Services Center — a collaboration with the MIRA Community Cultural Center and First Baptist Church and partially funded by $75,000 from City of Vallejo Housing Reserve Funds – held a grand opening at First Baptist Church on Sonoma Boulevard on April 5. More than 100 attendees toured the new homeless day center that will provide services, including showers, laundry, internet computer, printer and telephone access, a microwave and mailing addresses. The center will also provide trained “navigators” who will direct those seeking help with substance abuse, mental illness, financial loss, and other challenges to appropriate local services. The center is already serving an average of 5 residents per day. Visitors can access services at First Baptist Church on the corner of Florida Street and Sonoma Boulevard from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sun. and Mon., from 9 am to 3 pm Tues. through Thurs., and from 9 am to 12 noon Fri. and Sat.


* "Welcome the Thai New Year" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/q8BCU] [begin excerpt]:
appy New Year may not be what you would expect to hear in mid-April, but that is the greeting you will receive on April 16 and 17 when Wat Buddhanusorn celebrates Songkran, the traditional New Year in Thailand.
Wat Buddhanusorn, which means the temple of the teachings of the Buddha according to Director of Educational Programming Tim Tararug, was founded in 1983 and serves the Theravada Buddhist community in the Bay Area. Theravada Buddhism, one of the main branches of Buddhist thought, is practiced in Thailand and Southeast Asia. It is distinguished from Mahayana Buddhism, another main branch, in two ways, Tararug added. First, monks chant in Pali, the language used by Buddhists 2,500 years ago. Second, Theravada Buddhists follow the philosophical tenant that only you can free yourself. [end excerpt]



* "CBC Celebration hails the Monkey King" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/dhhpx]

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]


* "Here Are 11 Northern California Swimming Holes That Will Make Your Summer Epic" (2016-04-10, onlyinyourstate.com) [archive.is/714tZ]


* "14 Gorgeous Beaches in Northern California You Have To Check Out This Summer" (2016-04-09, onlyinyourstate.com) [archive.is/Q2OIb]
* "What's up with the black sand at Ocean Beach?" (2016-04-10, sfgate.com) [archive.is/BRuBb]


 * "How to Start a Toy Library: 12 Quick Tips" (shareable.net) [http://is.gd/C7gg2o] [archive.is/F5lL7]


* "Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy" (2016-04-04, University of Copenhagen) [archive.is/4pqtl]. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule as used in photosynthesis. Combined with a specific enzyme the energy of sunlight now breaks down plant biomass, with possible uses as chemicals, biofuels or other products, that might otherwise take a long time to produce. By increasing production speed while reducing pollution, the discovery has the potential to revolutionize industrial production. The research results have now been published in Nature Communications.


* "Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?" (2016-04-05, news.aces.illinois.edu) [archive.is/GNtrH]


Spring Migrant Takes a Rest Stop: This tiny rufous hummingbird, seen here nectaring on buckeye flowers in a Fremont park, will likely soon be making its way north to its summer breeding grounds in Canada. One of the smallest of its kind, the rufous undertakes the longest trip of all North American hummers. It's also one of the feistiest: The male is known to passionately defend its nest from much larger attackers. The rufous is common yet declining in parts of its range and is believed to be particularly sensitive to climate change.
Description from the Bay Nature newsletter. Photo taken at California Nursery Historical Park by Melissa Kung, [http://is.gd/tIKi8A]



* "The Native Plants of the Quiroste Valley" (by Sue Rosenthal) [baynature.org/articles/the-native-plants-of-the-quiroste-valley], including information sbout -
- Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
- Clover (Trifolium species)
- Wild Cucumber (Marah fabacea)
- Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus)
Photo showing cow clover flowers (by Tom Ballinger)



Coastal Wildflower Day
April 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
[coastalwildflowerday.org]
The 3rd annual Coastal Wildflower Day, at Half Moon Bay State Beach, marks both the start of California Native Plant Week and Earth Day, providing an opportunity for celebration and service.  The festival will feature activities for the whole family, including games, nature walks, native plants for sale, live music, and local artwork.  You can also volunteer for a habitat restoration project to mark Earth Day.  For the first time, this year the Coastside Trail that runs the length of the State Beach will feature installations by Bay Area artists that focus on the relationship between human creativity and the inspiration provided by natural environments.
Venue location:
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Route 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone: (650) 726-8819
Website: [parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531]

Friday, April 1, 2016

March 15th, 2016, Community Headlines

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]


Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

* "Kite festival to return April 9" (2016-04-01, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/gQ5of]

* "Goodie’s passing, new events, top 2015 A&E stories" (2015-01-04, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/nGHnd]

* "St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s Emily Thompson is the Athlete of the Week" (2016-02-08, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/PbArw]

* "New Greater Vallejo Recreation District website promotes healthy lifestyle" (2016-02-08, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/N8VqP]

* "Parcel tax in all 9 Bay Area counties would fund SF Bay restoration plan" (2016-02-10, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/xMufk]

Return Preparer Fraud Is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2016 Filing Season [archive.is/ulL8T]

* "Gathering of ‘fed up’ Vallejoans hoping to ‘Stand Together’ " (2016-02-08, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/sEXP7]

* "A Trip to the ‘Up-Bay’ in Search of Vallejo’s Burgeoning Art Community" (2016-02-22, kqed.org) [archive.is/foHjg]
* "KQED Impressed with Vallejo's Art Community" (2016-03-04, Vallejo News) [archive.is/AwxAx]:
On February 22, KQED visual arts editor Sarah Hotchkiss and KQED Arts contributor Lakshmi Sarah published an account of their day trip to visit Vallejo's vibrant and varied arts community. Seeking to find out "if Vallejo offers a viable alternative to eking out art practices" outside of San Francisco and Oakland, where housing and studio rents are pushing out artists.  After several stops, the authors attest to have "barely scratched the surface," declaring that "Vallejo is the burgeoning art community you're looking for." The duo visited and/or featured:
Super Classy Publishing [superclassypublishing.com], where owners Andy and Katie Rottner make meticulously hand-crafted cloth-covered boxes and limited edition artist books.
Odd Fellows San Pablo Lodge #43 [http://oddfellowsvallejo.org], the city's longstanding chapter of the community-minded social club.
The Hub [thehubvallejo.com/Home_-_The_Hub_Vallejo.html], a multi-purpose space hosting workshops and events, selling artists' wares and providing a gathering space for arts enthusiasts of all ages.
Vallejo Art Walk [vallejoartwalk.com/vallejoartwalk/home.html], which is held the second Friday of every month brings artists, food vendors, musicians and locals to the downtown blocks, joining forces with 31 nearby businesses.
Mare Island Shoreline Historic Preserve [mareislandpreserve.org/MareIslandPreserve/Homepage.html], host of the annual San Francisco Bay Flyaway Festival
Re:Sound [re-sound.net], where sound artist and special education teacher Jen Boyd hosts concerts bringing sound artist luminaries into a cavernous concrete building formerly used by the Navy to store munitions.
Empress Theatre [empresstheatre.org], a fully restored and state-of-the-art 471-seat music and performance venue in the downtown arts & entertainment district.
Coal Shed Studios on Mare Island [http://coalshedstudios.com], where 18 artists pursue their craft and several additional studios are currently under renovation to host retail shops, restaurants and light industrial/manufacturing.
McCune Rare Book & Art Collection [mccunecollection.org], which houses rare and unique books, printing equipment and binding equipment.
Mare Island Brewing Company [mareislandbrewingco.com] with its taproom in the Ferry Building referencing Mare Island's historic past and maker present.

Shoreline Improvements at Lake Chabot
Kids are coming to Lake Chabot soon for the Youth Fishing Derby, and we need to do a little shoreline improvement so they can reach the water. Please join us on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes (waders if you have them), hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide water and refreshments, as well as any tools that are needed. We’ll meet at the boat launch ramp in Dan Foley Community Park. Enter the park at the east end of North Camino Alto, off Tuolumne near Sutter Solano Medical Center.
Vallejo Watershed Alliance
P.O. Box 1630
Vallejo, CA  94590
(707) 649-7710
info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org
www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org


Celebrating Vallejo’s Urban  Forest Exhibition
15 commissioned portraits  of Vallejo’s Significant Historic Trees  by Vallejo Artists
Refreshments will be served Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Third Floor of Vallejo’s City Hall, 3:30 - 6:30 PM
This project was made possible by the V.A.L.U.E. (Vallejo Adds Life to its Urban Environment) Grant funded by CALFIRE
Bring your Friends!
"The Remains of Vallejo’s Train Station: Canary Island Palm Tree growing at the bottom of Lemon Street" painting by Diana Krevsky