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July 31, 2014 | Issue #145

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Solano County Fair, July 30 - August 3


The Solano County Fair has returned to Vallejo for another year of 

non-stop music, entertainment and family fun! The fairgrounds will be filled with rides and carnival games, and the stages will be in full swing with performances by 
Los Lobos on Friday, The Guess Who on Saturday, and Graciela Beltran with Banda Movida on Sunday.    


The Fair will be open Friday, August 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with nightly Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.  General admission is $10, children between 6 and 12 years and Seniors 60 and over are $6, children 5 and under are free. Military and military dependents are free with a valid military ID.


The fairgrounds are located at 1000 Fairgrounds Drive and parking is $10. For additional information, please contact the Solano County Fair at 707-551-2000.

Kevin Russell's Cream of Clapton, August 1


The Empress Theatre presents Kevin Russell's Cream of Clapton for a night that honors one of the greats in Rock and Blues history. World-class guitarist, vocalist and producer Kevin Russell and his band dig deep into the music of the British guitar legend with fire, passion and precision.  


The Cream of Clapton tribute is scheduled for Friday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the historic Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street downtown. Tickets are $17 online here, or $20 at the door.

Relay for Life, August 2


The opportunity to come together with the community to help fight cancer is here! The Vallejo Relay for Life event is back this Saturday for 24-hours of non-stop cancer combat.


The event will commence with the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, with the Survivors Lap at 9:30 a.m. The Luminaria Ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night and the Fight Back Closing Ceremony will start at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 3.


The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life offers everyone a chance to join forces against cancer, remember loved ones, inspire others and celebrate life. This year's event will take place at St. Patricks-St. Vincents High school, located at 1500 Benicia Road. For additional information, please contact Eric Smith at 800-227-2345.

Unique to Vallejo Photography Show, Begins August 2


The Unique to Vallejo photography show will host an exciting array of artwork with a display of more than 25 local photographers

 highlighting the exclusive and unique places and events that only Vallejo has to offer.


The photography show will take place at the Artiszen Cultural Art Center, located at 337 Georgia Street in the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District. The Opening Reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, with the show running through August 23.


The Gallery will be open every Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For additional information, please call DeDe at 707-246-8899 or Sean at 510-815-6924.

Busy Bee Dogs at Springstowne Library, August 6


The Springstowne Library will be hosting the Busy Bee Dogs for a morning of magical pet tricks and fun activities.


The Busy Bee Dogs, formerly homeless pets, are in the spotlight to amaze and educate audiences of all ages through heart-capturing, extraordinary entertainment.


Come out and see wonderful tricks by these gravity defying pups. The show will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6 at the Springstowne Library, located at 1003 Oakwood Avenue.

Comedy at the Empress, August 8


Comedy at the Empress returns for this month's installment of laughs and fun with Dennis Regan, featuring Phil Johnson. Hosted by Karinda Dobbins, this is sure to be a hilarious event.


Headliner Dennis Regan is one of America's favorite comedians. His quick wit and brilliantly funny insights into the world around us never fails to keep audiences laughing. He is one of the elite, few comics who have had multiple appearances on both the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman.


Featured act Phil Johnson brings his playful humor and likable, endearing manner to the stage. He has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, using comedy and music to dissect the dilemma and drama in both his own life and other's.


Host Karinda Dobbins opens the show with her sharp, distinctive humor, infused with hilarious social commentary. To date, she has appeared at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (MichFest), featured at Bay Area comedy clubs such as Tommy T's, the Punch Line and Cobbs, and made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.


The next Comedy at the Empress will be on Friday, August 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tickets for the show are $17 in advance or $20 the day of the show. The historic Empress Theatre is located at 330 Virginia Street. For additional information, call 707-552-2400.

GVRD 70th Birthday Celebration, August 9


The Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) is happy to announce it will be celebrating its 70th birthday and you are cordially invited to help celebrate!


The party will be on Saturday, August 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Blue Rock Springs Park, located at 650 Columbus Parkway. There will be entertainment, food (for purchase), a Kids Corner and an all-around good time, with free admission.


GVRD invites you to come celebrate its rich history and contributions and to thank the community for supporting the District throughout the years. Come learn new things about GVRD and reminisce about days past at this family fun birthday event. For additional information, or if you would like to become a part of this event, please contact Ceola Corella  at 707-648-5317.

RTSC Work Days, August 14 - August 16


Rebuilding Together Solano County (RTSC) is getting together for another set of work days to help rehabilitate a Vallejo military home. With the rising cost of living and falling social service budgets, some of our most vulnerable neighbors are left without the most basic of necessities: a warm, safe and dry home.


August 14 through August 16 will consist of a home rehabilitation of a needy Vallejo veteran. RTSC will provide breakfast, snacks, drinks and lunch, along with a t-shirt and all workday supplies. All you need to do is donate your enthusiasm and energy!


RTSC also has three Supply Workdays at the RTSC Warehouse on August 6, 20 and 27. For additional information and details, please contact Elizabeth Hoffman at 707-580-9369.

Vallejo Art Windows Call for Artist, August 15


Vallejo Art Windows, a public arts initiative in its 3rd year, is designed to improve the aesthetic appeal of Vallejo's downtown district, promote artists, and use the dynamic power of art to spark economic revitalization.


Working in conjunction with the downtown property owners association and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, they secure temporary installation sites inside vacant storefronts.   Artist's installations will remain in the windows for a year, or until the space they occupy is leased.   There is no entry or rental fee to the artist.


This ongoing arts initiative seeks applications from local and regional artists to create art installations in an area with historically large amounts of vacated retail space, recently experiencing a surge of artistic activity. They are accepting submissions in a variety of media from individuals and groups by August 15:

  • 2D visual art
  • Sculpture
  • Video or new media
  • Installations

For more information and to submit entries, visit the Vallejo Art Windows website and/or call Program Coordinator Erin Bakke at 702-339-4249.

Downtown Art Windows

Celebrate Diversity, Fridays beginning August 15


The Downtown Arts and Entertainment District will close down Georgia and Marin Street for a Celebration of Diversity on Friday, August 15. Join in the festivities to embrace Vallejo's Filipino American Culture with the Maharlika Cultural Troupe and a demonstration of the Island Warriors Martial Arts group. There will be food of international flavors and various musical performances.


The following Fridays will consist of Ballet Folklorico, "El Valle," performing traditional Latin American and Mexican dances, Native American performers, Gospel Choirs and other cultural groups. Guests can visit the number of galleries downtown, enjoy other performances and shows ongoing on Georgia and Marin Streets and participate in a cultural experience that promotes racial and cultural awareness and harmony in the community.


Celebrate Diversity Fridays will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. downtown Vallejo. For further information, or if any cultural groups or food vendors would like to participate, please contact Frank Malifrando at 415-533-1522.

Wine Tasting on the Waterfront, August 16 


Make your way out to the waterfront for a number of Lake County Wineries offering wine tasting on Saturday, August 16. For three hours, guests will be able to sample different wines from various wineries with the beautiful setting of the Vallejo waterfront ahead.


While the Lake County Winery industry is still young, the wineries are excited to bring their wines to Vallejo to offer visitors a chance to sample tasty award-winning wines in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy the open air with Yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba classes with a taste of wine.


A $10 ticket will ensure a special Lake County wine glass, with four tickets for four pours. Additional tickets will be $3 for five pours. Wine Tasting on the Waterfront will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Frank Malifrando at 415-533-1522.

FDSC Indoor Garage Sale, August 23


The Florence Douglas Senior Center (FDSC) will be hosting an indoor garage sale for the community, with sale slots open to FDSC members as well as the general public.


Come rummage through other people's trash and find your treasure at this one-day event. Registration for a 10-by-10 space is $25 for FDSC members and $35 for the general public. Each space includes one 10-foot table and two chairs. Vendor space will be reserved upon receipt of payment. Extra tables and chairs are available for an additional cost.


The FDSC Indoor Garage Sale will be on Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, located at 333 Amador Street. For additional information or to reserve a space, call 707-643-1044 or email

A Tribute to Patsy Cline, August 23


The Empress Theatre will be giving a tribute to the great and legendary music of Patsy Cline through the music of Joni Morris.


Morris has spent the past 15 years with her talented "Jordanaires singing style" four-piece band. Audiences love her tributes to the music of Connie Frances, Legendary Ladies in Country Music, Christmas Shows and her own original music. Her performance is a solid, saturated with true showmanship and authentic sound and personality, not to mention her dazzling costumes!


Joni Morris - A Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline will be on Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street. Tickets are $20 in advance here or $25 at the door. For additional information call 707-552-2400.

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In This Issue
Solano County Fair
Kevin Russell's Cream of Clapton
Relay for LIfe
Unique to Vallejo
Busy Bee Dogs
Comedy at the Empress
GVRD 70th Birthday
RTSC Work Days
Vallejo Art Windows Call for Artists
Celebrate Diversity
Wine Tasting on the Waterfront
FDSC Indoor Garage Sale
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
First Saturdays at Blue Rock Springs Park
Mira Jazz Jams
Farmers' Market Wednesdays
'Waiting for Godot'
Wednesday Nights at the Empress
Input & Suggestions

First Saturdays at Blue Rock Springs Park, August 2


As part of the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD), for the first Saturday nature activities this summer, enjoy this month's visit to Blue Rock Springs Park. The hike will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Blue Rock Springs Park, located at 650 Columbus Parkway.


The hikes are free and registration is not necessary. For additional information, please contact Ceola Corrella at 707-648-5317.




Mira Jazz Jams, August 2


Mira Theatre Guild and Step Up Music Vallejo invite jazz musicians of all persuasions and levels to jam together at the Bay Terrace Theater on the first Saturday of each month.


Now in its seventh month, the two-hour sessions are attracting talent from a variety of cities in the Bay Area. Attendees can expect low-key, but helpful coaching, easy charts for following along and the thrill of practicing their own compositions in a group setting.


Mira Jazz Jam provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment and the opportunity to participate or simply listen in. Session fees are on a sliding scale, with the suggested donation of $5 to $10 per session, which will help support the Mira Theatres roof replacement fund.


For additional information and times, please contact Step Up Music Vallejo at 707-647-3050 or

Farmers Market Wednesdays, Beginning August 6


The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) is excited to announce the grand opening of the Vallejo Farmers' Market at Unity Plaza starting August 6.


For the next eight weeks, the Farmers' Market will set up shop from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the new downtown location with all the traditional certified local organic fruits and vegetables every week. Opening night will feature live music and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

PCFMA is also inviting local artisans to participate in the market and showcase their work for the community.


The additional hours will give Vallejo residents a chance to shop during the week, as well as the weekend, and experience an evening community market. For additional information, please contact Director John Silveira, at 925-825-9090.




'Waiting for Godot' Beginning August 8


 Bay Area Stage Productions, under the artistic directorship of Jeff Low, is proud to present Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot" coming to the stage this August.


"Waiting for Godot" is a play in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. The two men, waiting on a country road by a tree, cannot agree on whether they are in the right place, or if it is the right day for their meeting with Godot, only that they are supposed to wait for someone named Godot at a tree.


The play will be in the Heritage Chamber at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, located at 734 Marin Street. Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 22, 23 and 24.

Friday and Saturday Curtain is at 8:00 p.m. and the Sunday Matinee Curtain is at 2:00 p.m.


Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. For reservations or additional information, call 707-649-1053.




Wednesday Nights at the Empress


Wednesday nights are full of music and camaraderie at the Empress Theatre and this month is packed with your favorite shows.


August 6, Wednesday Night Ramble - Mike Henderson and Kevin Hayes join the North Bay All-Stars in a gathering of musical friends in the latest edition of the Wednesday Night Ramble. Blues master Mike Henderson and drummer extraordinaire Kevin Hayes join Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Kevin Frazier on saxophone and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards, Matt Silva on guitar and T Moran on drums. Tickets are $9 online or $11 at the door. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.  


August 13, Soulshine - This month's soul, funk and Rhythm and Blues Invitational will feature Karl Bracy alongside the Groovemasters Wilson Brooks, Charles Spikes, Lorenzo Hawkins and Timm Walker. This will be a free show, beginning at 7:00 p.m.


August 20, Wednesday Night Ramble - The beautiful harmonies and intricate instrumental interplay of Spark and Whistper's Velvy Appleton and Anita Sandwina will team up with the All-Start band for the second installment of the Wednesday Night Ramble. Tickets are $9 online or $11 at the door. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.


August 27, Hot House Blues - A tribute to Eli's III with the Zydeco Flames will be the feature for this month's Hot House Blues. Bring your dancing shoes as the Flames honor the Blues roots of their music with some special seasoning and get a little spicy. Tickets are $9 online or $11 at the door. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.

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