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

* "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]

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