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August 30, 2014 | Issue #150
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VPD Open House, September 6


The Vallejo Police Department (VPD) will open their doors to the public once again in an effort to increase community partnership and transparency. On Saturday, September 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the entire Police Department will be on display for visitors to take tours, watch demonstPD Open House Chiefrations and explore police vehicles.


Guests can get to know the VPD Officers, command staff, supervisors, records personnel, cadets, explorers and volunteers, meet members of the SWAT team and try on their gear, watch K-9 demonstrations and meet the newest K-9 member "Sparks," look through patrol cars, learn fire safety tips, talk to members of the Neighborhood Law Program and learn the history of the VPD.


Kids will be able to ride their bikes through the cone course and get tips from Bike Patrol Officers, and the first 150 children will receive a free bike helmet. Additionally, children will be able to play in the jump house and obstacle course, get fingerprinted, win prizes and discover a few surprises.


The VPD Open House will take place at the Vallejo Police Department, located at 111 Amador Street. For additional information, please contact Lieutenant Whitney at 707-651-7105.

Poetry by the Bay, September 11 & 25


 Poetry by the Bay is back for two sessions this month with each event including poetry and live music. The free event is for the community to come and enjoy live performances from some of the Bay Area's talent and to share their thoughts during an open mic session.


The sign-up sheet will open at 7:00 p.m. and open-mic performances will begin around 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate and the set time on performances is limited to four minutes. All performances will take place at  The Hub Vallejo, located at 350 Georgia Street. For additional information call (707) 348-2008 or email

Downtown Second Friday Art Walk, September 12


The Vallejo Art Walk is a monthly event in the Downtown Vallejo Arts and Entertainment District that celebrates and encourages the growth of this culture. The event supports the sale of art and helps create a bond between the artists and the community.


Most locations are in the central core of the downtown area and though they are spread out a few blocks in each direction, they are very walkable. Check out the map of the area to see which galleries and locations are participating. Artists will be set up on sidewalks as well as in local businesses.


The Vallejo Art Walk takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. For additional information, please visit the Vallejo Art Walk website.

Petty Theft - Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, September 12


Petty Theft is comprised of six professional Bay Area musicians that have come together to pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty Theft delivers Petty's songs true to the originals in the spirit of his legendary bands' live shows, performing everything from his revered classics to his most current hits.


Since the band's inception in 2003, Petty Theft has been entertaining audiences all over the greater Bay Area and beyond. Voted Best Band in the North Bay from 2011 through 2013, Petty Theft has been selling out shows throughout Northern California.


Petty Theft will play at the historic  Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street, on Friday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 online or $25 at the door. For additional information, please call 707-552-2400.

Vallejo Comedy Presents Robert Hawkins, September 13


After a short hiatus, Vallejo Comedy is back this month with a brand new venue to host their comedy show. The Bay Terrace Theater will feature Robert Hawkins for its first installment of Vallejo Comedy on Saturday, September 13.


Seen on his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special and "Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops" on CMT, Hawkins also made a brief appearance in Vallejo a few years ago, but is back this month for a full performance.  Tickets are $15 and general seating is first come-first serve.  Show begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Theater, located at 51 Daniels Avenue.

7th Annual Vallejo Celebrates Youth, September 13


The 7th Annual Vallejo Celebrates Youth is a one-day health and wellness festival held at Children's Wonderland Park geared toward children and families. The purpose of this event is to celebrate Vallejo's youth while providing families and children with resources and information to provide a healthy childhood and strengthening the community.


The Greater Vallejo Recreation District, First 5 Solano, Kaiser Permanente and various community partners will have the opportunity to promote and provide a variety of resources, events and activities for children to participate in. This free event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at GVRD's Children's Wonderland Park.

Vallejo Unity Day, September 14


Vallejo Together and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District present the 5th Annual Unity Day Celebration, commemorating Vallejo's diversity in all forms. With two stages, the Cultural Stage and the Millennium Stage, an international food arena, business and nonprofit booths, there are many different activities for youth and families.


Activities will include:

  • Vallejo Admirals Baseball Toss
  • Bay Bizness Motorcycle Club Exhibit
  • Fire Department Tour
  • Free face painting
  • Free haircut with Whip It Up Haircut
  • Garden Tour at St. Vinnie's Community Garden
  • Horse time with Spirit Horse Bay Area
  • Kite and Kayaking with Stephen Souza
  • Mad Hatter activities

Business Booths include: 

  • Evolution Training Center
  • It Works
  • Simply Classic Dance Company
  • The Unconventional Garden

The Cultural Stage will include performances by:

  • Simply Dance Company - African
  • Xhicano Theater - Chicano
  • Vallejo Bayanihan Dance Group - Filipino
  • Panagiri Dancers - Greek
  • Danza Mexica Nanhuatzin - Inca
  • Ballet Folklorico - Latin
  • Zumba with Cristina Galicia - Latin
  • Grateful Siren Belly Fusion Dancers & Friends - Middle Eastern
  • Ohana O' Lokomaika'I - Pacific Islander
  • Muay Thai with Evolution Training Center - Thailand

The Millennium Stage will feature performances by:

  • Blessed Love Gospel Reggae Band
  • Culturaza
  • Erin Bakke and Don Bassey
  • Iota Phi Theta Inc.
  • MacWon
  • Naomi Smith and Friends
  • The Yaks

Nonprofit Booths will include:

  • Alpha Pregnancy Center
  • Black Infant Health
  • Bridgeway Church
  • Care to Share Mobile Unit
  • Diaz and Loera Centro Latino
  • Food Rescue
  • Participatory Budgeting Vallejo
  • Real Life, Real Talk
  • St. Vinnie's Community Garden

Unity Day will take place on Sunday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Park, located at 1248 Sacramento Street.

Third Thursday Jazz at Koham Press, September 18


Koham Press will showcase live jazz once again featuring Katrina Wreede, a leading player of jazz on the viola, joins Leo Cavanagh on guitar for this up close and personal musical event.


Admission is $5 and the show begins at 7:00 p.m., typically ending by 9:00 p.m. The evening is short and casual, and musicians have the opportunity to talk to the public about their music. Koham Press is located at 628 Marin Street. For additional information, please call 510-472-4732. 

Comedy at the Empress, September 19


In the latest installment of Comedy at the Empress,  Jeff Applebaum is handpicking his favorite comics to feature for this comedy showcase, and he's going to the best and talented young comics.


Jeff will headline the show with his comedy, examining his particular life experiences which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens and his work experience prior to comedy (working as an engineer, using his two degrees from MIT!).


Tickets for Comedy at the Empress will be $17 online and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street.

Evening with Mimi Fox, September 20


Internationally renowned guitarist, composer and recording artist  Mimi Fox has been named a winner in six consecutive Downbeat Magazine international critic's polls and is one of the most widely acclaimed jazz guitarists on today's scene.


Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Mimi is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul and ear for beauty.


The show will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street. Tickets are $22 online or $25 at the door. For additional information, please call 707-552-2400.

CHP Car Seat Drive, September 20


The California Highway Patrol, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be participating in National Seat Check Saturday as part of Child Passenger Safety Week.


The CHP encourages everyone to come out to Costco in Vallejo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 and get their car seat checked for the safety of Vallejo's children. Statistics show that 75 percent of car seats are not installed correctly. With the help of the CHP, car seat technicians will be assisting drivers to ensure that the car seat is not out-of-date, installed correctly, and fits the child safely.


This is a free event and the CHP recommends that you bring your child with you so they can see how the child fits in the seat. No appointments are necessary and it is first-come, first-served. Costco in Vallejo is located at 190 Plaza Drive.


Vallejo Symphony Presents Worlds Away, September 21


The  Vallejo Symphony's season-opener will be a classical roller coaster ride, from "Night on Bald Mountain," the devilish tone-poem that played an iconic role in Disney's innovative film "Fantasia," to Saint-Saens searing Cello Concerto No. 1. In the concert's second half, Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess" returns the audience to serenity in time to enjoy the innocent good fun of Gershwin's "An American in Paris," one of the few works in the repertoire to use taxi horns as a musical instrument.


The show will feature Cellist Matt Allen, one of America's leading young cellist. Allen has won the gold medal in three of the world's most important competitions: the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Mexico, the Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan, and the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan.


The show will be on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hogan Auditorium, located at Hogan Middle School at 850 Rosewood Avenue.  Tickets are $35 for general admission, $25 for seniors 60 and older, and $15 for students. For additional information, please call the Vallejo Symphony at 707-643-4441.

Vallejo Jazz Series Presents Roger Glenn, September 21


The Vallejo Jazz Society Concert Series will host the Roger Glenn Latin Jazz Ensemble with special guest guitarist Ray Obiedo for some of the finest musical talent to grace the stage at the Empress Theatre this September.


Roger Glenn works with many different musicians, including Steve Miller, John Handy, Jamie Davis, James Carter, Poncho Sanchez, Lavay Smith, Leon Joyce, Jr. and Pete Escovedo. This multi-instrumentalist can enthusiastically entertain and inspire an audience with every note he plays. Roger is a master musician who plays sax, flute, vibes, clarinet, oboe, and many Latin hand percussion instruments. He has performed at venues all over the world, and has gained the respect of many musicians, critics, and audiences alike.


The show will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street.  Tickets are $15 for general admission and $7.50 for Vallejo Jazz Society Members with the correct promotional code.

Birds of Prey Migration Hike at Lynch Canyon, September 21


Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour featuring resident, migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey.


Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these Solano Land Trust birds of prey hikes and tours. He's a gifted and entertaining teacher who is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested.


Tickets are $10 per person and all ages are welcome, but must be prepared for a slow-to-moderate pace covering about 4 miles. The route includes rugged, steep and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky and uneven ground. There is no drinking water so make sure to bring your own. There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. Parking is $5 cash. Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes, long sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty.


The hike will be on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lynch Canyon, located at 3100 Lynch Road.  Advanced registration and pre-payment are required. For additional information, please call 707-685-5908.

Vallejo Sister City Association Dinner and Auction, September 27


The Vallejo Sister City Association will host its 10th Annual Dinner and Auction, with international foods, live and silent auctions and an open bar to support the Vallejo Sister City Association. Foods from each Sister City will be featured.


Vallejo's Sister Cities are Trondheim, Norway, La Spezia, Italy, Akashi, Japan, Baguio, Philippines, Bagamoyo, Tanzania and Jicheon, South Korea. Tickets for this event are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and can be purchased at the Vallejo Visitor Center in the Vallejo Ferry Building, the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce or the Vallejo Museum.


The dinner and auction will take place at the USA World Classics Event Center, located at 1525 Sonoma Boulevard. For additional information, please contact Paul Ligda at 707-342-6036.

Fabulous After 50 Health Fair, September 27


The Florence Douglas Center invites Vallejo residents to participate in the upcoming health fair, an exciting event for those who want to live fabulously at 50 or better. The health fair hopes to provide participants and their families with the information and the tools to live healthy in all areas of life: physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and financially.


FDSC has been serving more than 3,000 participants monthly for over 35 years. Come be a part in this fabulous event on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Florence Douglas Center, located at 333 Amador Street. This is a free event. For additional information, please call 707-643-1044.

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In This Issue
VPD Open House
Poetry by the Bay
Downtown Art Walk
Petty Theft
Vallejo Comedy Presents Robert Hawkins
7th Annual Vallejo Celebrates Youth
Vallejo Unity Day
Third Thursday Jazz at Koham Press
Comedy at the Empress
Evening with Mimi Fox
CHP Car Seat Drive
Vallejo Symphony Presents Worlds Away
Vallejo Jazz Series Presents Roger Glenn
Birds of Prey Migration Hike at Lynch Canyon
Vallejo Sister City Association Diner and Auction
Fabulous After 50 Health Fair
Visions of the Wild Festival
MIRA Theatre Guild Presents "City Sugar"
Wednesday Nights at the Empress Theatre
Input & Suggestions

Visions of the Wild Festival

This September 3, 4, 5, 6, Vallejo will play host to the second largest celebration of the Wilderness Act in the nation. The City of Vallejo, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF), will be commemorating the Wilderness Act from September 3 to September 6 with the Visions of the Wild Festival.


Films, field trips, author talks, panel discussions, art exhibits and a concert will take place throughout downtown Vallejo and local parks. Festival venues include the Empress Theatre, The Hub Vallejo, Artiszen Cultural Art Center, McCree-Goudeau Gallery, Riverbank Vallejo, Temple Art Lofts, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum and others. Artists have played a big role in the Festival from the start, creating multiple exhibits, including a youth art show from the VCAF summer arts camp, all featuring works inspired by the "Visions of the Wild" theme.


Many of the Festival activities are free. Forest Rangers, boy scouts and others will be demonstrating how to safely camp and hike in our local parks and in our national forests. At The Hub Vallejo, presenters will give talks about a wide range of topics from backyard animals to local wilderness preservation campaigns. The field trips, including a Napa River Cruise, will require purchase of a festival pass. For additional information about the Festival or to register for the event, click here.


Bay Terrace Theater

MIRA Theatre Guild Presents "City Sugar"



On September 5, 6, 12 and 13, the Bay Terrace Theater, with MIRA Theatre Guild, will host "City Sugar" a dark comedy by Stephen Poliakoff featuring Erik Keilholtz as the disenchanted disc jockey protagonist in this play which emphasizes the radio industry's propensity to force-feed its listeners sugary milk pap in the wake of MTV's golden era, 1983.


Watch Leonard Brazil, king at the local Liecester Sound 103 FM, and his interactions with the employees at the station and the teens who listen to him on the radio, watch the radio unravel into the "Contest of the Century," and laugh along at his meltdown as he dreams of one day working at Capitol Music in London.


Tickets are $10 and all shows begin at 7:30 at the Bay Terrace Theater, located at 51 Daniels Avenue. For additional information or to find out how to purchase tickets, please call 707-552-0400.

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Wednesday Nights at the Empress Theatre

Wednesday Night Ramble, September 3 - William Russ, Jr. will help the Empress kick-off the Visions of the Wild Festival at the Empress, which runs September 3-6. The great William Russ, Jr. will share some of his favorite tunes with you and your hosts, the North Bay All-Stars. Will is simply one of the best vocalists anywhere. The All-Stars are Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards, T Moran on drums, Matt Silva on guitar, and Kevin Frazier on sax.


Soulshine, September 10

- Soulshine is a Soul, Funk, and Rhythm & Blues Invitational Pro-Jam with the Groovemasters featuring Don Caruth. The Groovemasters are Wilson Brooks, Charles Spikes, Lorenzo Hawkins, and Timm Walker. Funk-master Don Caruth joins the crew with his fiery brand of guitar wizardry.  


Wednesday Night Ramble, September 17 - Lee Howard's Musical Universe is always on the musical edge as Lee Howard is a universe unto himself. With 10 solo albums recorded and released on his own label, Cyberia Records, Lee's musical career has taken him on a journey through blues, country, punk, worldrock , deep electro-ambient soundworlds, and now to the Classic Spanish Guitar World Music of Cascada. Lee joins your hosts, the North Bay All-Stars. The All-Stars are Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards, T Moran on drums, Matt Silva on guitar, and Kevin Frazier on sax.


Hot House Blues, September 24 -

Hot House Blues at the Empress Theatre takes place the 4th Wednesday of every month and features some of the best blues musicians on the planet. This week's special guest is to be determined!  Previous featured artists were Tommy Castro, Kevin Russell, Steve Freund, Terry Hanck, and many others are coming soon!

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