Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 3rd, 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 []
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]

City of Vallejo calender []
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Solano Land Trust Calendar []

Call for artists to join in with the Vallejo Open Studios 2016! []

Annual Glen Cove Community Association Garage Sale
Sat., May 7, 2016
On May 7, the Glen Cove Community Association will be hosting its annual neighborhood garage sale. There will be maps of participating houses available at the Glen Cove Center near Safeway. Sale times are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Visit the large Glen Cove Community to turn trash into treasures. Shop for clothing, books, toys, household knickknacks, lawn and garden tools, sports equipment and much more!
For questions, contact Bobbi Kahn at [707-645-0991] or email [bobbikahn@)].

Loma Vista Spring Festival- May 14
Get ready for Loma Vista Farm's Spring Festival on May 14! This annual event gives friends and family the chance to come out and visit the farm. Enjoy the sights and view the year-long projects that have been completed. Loma Vista Farm provides hands-on, educational activities for students and children of all ages, and abilities.
The festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. at the Loma Vista Farm, located at 150 Rainier Avenue. Admission is free, activity tickets are $.50.
For additional information, visit Loma Vista's website [].


Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon- May 14
Make a difference and volunteer to improve trails and fix fences at Lynch Canyon on May 14. As a thank you for volunteering, there will be free parking, and free pizza will be provided to those who pre-register online.
Volunteers should be prepared to be outdoors for 3 hours, using tools such as shovels and hoes, lifting and carrying materials, and bending over or squatting in dirt. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to volunteer; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must bring a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Make sure to bring a backpack with water and snacks, work gloves, sunglasses for eye protection, boots for walking on rough terrain, and long pants. Pre-registration is highly recommended in order to bring enough tools and food for volunteers.
To register, click here [].
For more information, visit the Solano Land Trust Calendar [].
Contact Jordan at [] for any questions or concerns.


Carnevale Fantastico- May 14 and 15
After a very successful first year, the Italian Renaissance and Cultural Festival will be returning to Blue Rock Springs Park! On May 14 and 15, enjoy events such as glass blowing, lace making, and historical reenactments featuring Michelangelo, Galileo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Carnvale Fantastico is an experience that the whole family can enjoy by eating amazing food, listening to traditional music, or watching unforgettable performances.
Last year the festival attracted over 3500 attendees, and over 5000 people are expected to attend this year. Sponsors of this event include SolTrans, GVRD, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Visit Vallejo California, Times-Herald, and Recology.
General tickets are $12.50, and children under 12 are free.
For more information, visit Carnevale Fantastico's website [].
To purchase tickets, click here [].


Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Garden Tour and Festival- May 15
The Vallejo Garden Tour and Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Visit nine beautiful gardens throughout Vallejo homes. Box lunches are available to purchase from City Lights Café and Catering.
In addition to featuring beautiful gardens throughout the city, the Vallejo Garden Tour will once again be holding the downtown Vallejo Garden Festival this year. The Festival will feature plant sales, crafts, antiques, gourmet food vendors, local non-profits, and fine art.
The Vallejo Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public or $35 for Museum Members, and are available at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Ferry Terminal, and at Zoey June Gift and Garden, located at 1426 Tennessee Street.

Vallejo Admirals Season Opener-     May 31
 The Vallejo Admirals will begin their season on May 31, and will face the Sonoma Stompers. They will be hosting games at Wilson Park beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5:05 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1:05 p.m. on Sundays.
To view the Admirals' entire schedule, click here [].
Grandstand tickets are $10, general tickets are $5, and children 10 and under are free. For more information about the Vallejo Admirals, visit their website [].


* "Coyotes in Glen Cove" (2016-01, Glen Cove Community Association newsletter) (.pdf)  []:
As many of you know, Glen Cove has a urban Coyote pack living in the open spaces.
There are frequent postings on Next Door about sightings. One resident has posted a link to information about living with coyotes in urban areas. Some hints regarding dealing with coyotes are:
1. Never feed coyotes!
2. Coyotes are attracted to areas with rodents, so remove sources of food and rodent hiding places in your yard and garden.
3. Remove fallen fruit and bird seed.
4. Secure trash with a locking lid, or put your trash out on the morning of trash pickup.
5. Use compost containers that do not attract rodents instead of having compost piles on your property.
6. Trim vegetation and remove unnecessary piles of wood and clutter to reduce rodent hiding places, and store necessary items off of the ground.
7. Work with your neighbors to discourage coyotes from your neighborhood.
8. Frighten coyotes away by spraying them with a garden hose, yelling, or banging pots and pans to help them re-learn their healthy and natural fear of humans.
9. Keep your pets on a short leash when walking outdoors. Do not use retractable leashes or allow them to walk or run on their own, off-leash. Pick up small pets if confronted by a coyote.
10. If a coyote approaches you and your pet, yell, stomp your feet and throw small rocks or sticks at it.
More information at []

Public Works Celebrates Earth Day
The Public Works Water Conservation section and Recycling section participated in Vallejo’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16, in conjunction with the Vallejo Farmer’s Market. During the event, conservation staff provided citizens with information about ongoing local and statewide drinking water restrictions and offered helpful tips to reduce water use around the home. Recycling Coordinator Derek Crutchfield highlighted innovative recycling, disposal and zero-waste solutions. Awards were given to residents for the most creative artwork made from recycled/reused materials.


Participatory Budgeting
Arts, Beautification & Community Project Seeks Artists
Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) is requesting qualifications from mosaic artists to work on the Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2 Project “Art, Beautification & Community.” A committee of local artists and VCAF representatives selected a proposal to install mosaics on the Capitol Street Stairs as the Neighborhood Placemaker project, which received $24,000 of the PB project funding. A citizen committee comprised of local residents, artists and VCAF representatives are now seeking experienced artists to qualify before request-ing designs for the stairs.
The Cycle 2 project provided a total of $96,000 in funding for several public art projects, which included two downtown murals, painting of 11 utility boxes, 24 videos for the Art & Architecture Walk, and the “Neighborhood Placemaker Art Project.” Using the Community-build model, the Placemaker project will leverage the $24,000 in PB funding with external grants and material donations, and work closely with a volunteer neighbor-hood committee to create the art. The “Artist-in-residence” selected will lead the neigh-borhood committee as they work together to transform part of a neighborhood into a work of art.
Interested artists should apply online before June 1 [], and can send questions to Sarah Nicols, Neighborhood Project Coordinator, at [mosa-ic@)].

Work Continues on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar -
The walls have been erected on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar funded through the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB). The roof, doors and windows have been installed and the interior painting is under-way. Plumbing is expected to be installed by the end the week. The project was allocated $260,000 from PB and PAL contrib-uted an additional $82,000 in matching funds.

PB Cycle 3 Project Implementation Underway -
Contracts have been signed for PB Cycle 3 projects:
- VCUSD After School Technology ($240,000)
- Afterschool Sports Program - Soccer & Basketball ($50,000)
VCUSD has already purchased and received 280+ iPads for fourteen school locations and the after-school sports program held their first basketball and soccer games in April.
View Participatory Budgeting updates, announcements and exclusive photos on our PB social media:
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