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AUGUST EVENTS Ongoing: Classes Ballroom, Latin & Salsa Dancing - Ages 15+ Join this exciting beginner class and learn basic dance steps, patterns and rhythm for Cha Cha, Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, Samba, Waltz, Swing, Salsa and more. No partner required. Foley Cultural Center (Vallejo) Price: Varies Info: 707-648-4630 English & Reading Arts Tutor - Ages 8-14 Weekly. This class is designed to help struggling readers in grades 3-8 improve reading comprehension through one-on-one tutoring, practice, drills and specific reading concepts. Students will also be assisted with essential English language structure and language arts skills allowing them to become more effective writers. Foley Cultural Center, Vallejo Price: $125 (Vallejo resident) $150 (non-resident) Info: 707-648-4630 Math Tutoring - Ages 8 - 14 Weekly. Emphasis is on teaching and reinforcing basic math skills e.g. integers, rational numbers, division/multiplication and special help in pre-algebra and algebra 1. Foley Cultural Center, Vallejo Price: $125 (Vallejo resident) $150 (non-resident) Info: 707-648-4630 Tippy Toe Toddlers Ballet - Ages 3 - 6 Is your toddler ready to point their toes and twirl like a pro? This fun, beginner ballet class will introduce little ones to the basic fundamentals of ballet. Students will learn elementary positions, steps and simple choreography. Ballet shoes required, leotard and tights recommended. Vallejo Community Center, 225 Amador St. Price: $25 (Vallejo residents) $30 (non-resident) Info: 707-648-4640

Yarn Stricken? Third Sunday every month, 2pm. Knitters and other ‘fiber enthusiasts’ are invited to socialize and share ideas. CAFÉ, Pure Grain German Bakery, 11 Town Square, Vacaville Price: Free Info: 707-447-4121 Open Gym for Little Ones Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-2pm. Vacaville Gymnastics has open gym for children and their parents to enjoy playtime while staying active and fit. Vacaville Recreation Center, 551 Davis St., Vacaville Price: $5 per child/$1 per adult Info: 707-449-6101 Karate/Tae Kwon Do – Self Defense Mondays and Wednesdays. Beginners: 4-5pm/Intermediate: 5-6pm/Advanced: 6-7pm. Children & Teens, 7 years and up. Children through young adults will be taught traditional karate as well as practical selfdefense skills. Clock Tower, 1189 Washington St., Benicia Price: $40 per month residents/$50 per month non-residents Info: 707746-4285 or www.ci.benicia.ca.us

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Napa Valley Dixieland Jazz Society Second Sunday every month, 1-5pm. A different premier band is featured each month. Chardonnay Room, Embassy Suites, 1075 California Blvd., Napa Bay Area Blues Society Open Blues Jam Mondays, 7-11pm. Offering musicians a place to jam that has a good PA system, amps, and drums. Chris Club, 656 Benicia Rd., Vallejo Price: Free admission Info: 707-647-3962 Jazz Series Saturdays, 7:30pm. There’s nothing like an evening in the intimate surroundings of the Jazz and Blues Company venue. Several times each month you’ll hear some of the nation’s best jazz and blues talent - live. 236 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel Price: $25 Info: 831-624-6432

www.weekendermagazine.com Ke Aolani O Kamaile Hula Classes Students learn the art of Hawaiian dance, language and culture as well as authentic and traditional aspects of hula and choreography for entertainment. Youth Center, 150 East K St., Benicia Info: 707-746-4283 Kindergym Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am, Fridays 10:30-11:30am. The Kindercove and the City Gym are used for this movement exploration and physical coordination program. The site is outfitted with mats, hanging and climbing equipment, and much more. City Gym, Kindercove (behind the stage), 190 East L St., Benicia Price: 5 visits: $38 residents/$47 non-residents; 10 visits: $75 residents/$93 non-residents Info: 707-746-4285 Six and Under Gym Tuesdays 9:30-11am, Thursdays 12:302pm. The City Gym is open for kids 6 years of age and younger and their parent or caregiver. Bring your basketballs, kick balls, and your sneakers for some fun with your friends and parents. Limit three children per adult. City Gym, 190 East L St., Benicia Price: $1 resident/$1.25 non-resident Info: 707-746-4285

Ongoing: Concerts/Live Music Music in the Vineyards August 3-21. Music in the Vineyards is a nationally acclaimed chamber music festival held each August in the Napa Valley. The three-week festival showcases world-class artists-in-residence performing new and classic chamber music repertoire in stunning winery settings. Info: 707-258-5559 Saturday Opera Night First Saturday every month, 8pm. A chance to hear vocal talents from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa Price: $15 Info: 707-255-5445 4

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Ongoing: Exhibits & Museums Arts Guild of Sonoma Members’ Show August 3-29. Featured Artist - Beth Changstrom. Ms. Changstroms’ work provides a sense of mystery and narrative is through collage elements gathered from her travels in South East Asia and India. Price: Free Info: 707-996-7648 “The Graceful Envelope” Can an envelope be a work of art? The 135 beautifully illustrated - and stamped, cancelled and delivered - envelopes entered in this Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition prove it’s possible. Inspiring and enchanting. National Steinbeck Center, Salinas. Price: 831-775-4721 Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns Experience the rich and colorful history of the City of Benicia and the Benicia Arsenal, museum and reception hall, 2024 Camel Rd., Benicia Info: 707-745-5435 or www.beniciahistoricalmuseum.org Benicia Fire Museum Open 1st three Sundays of each month. Named one of the Best Fire Museums in the West, housing several antique hand pumpers and motorized fire engines as well as hundreds of fire-fighting-related items dating back to the 1800s. 902 E. 2nd St., Benicia Price: Free Info: 707-745-1688 Benicia State Capital Historic Park Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm. Tours of the Fischer-Hanlon House are held three times a month: The first and third Sundays and the third Saturday at 1, 2 and 3pm. Tours are given by volunteer docents in period attire. First and Main Street (115 West G Street), Benicia Price: $3 adults/$2 children; includes entry to the Fischer Hanlon House Info: 707-745-3385 Third Thursday at Monterey Museum of Art 5-7pm. The gallery invites the public to enjoy live local music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Info: 831-372-5477 6

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Pacific Coast Air Museum Third Saturday of every month, 10am-4pm. Antique World War II historically significant planes. Price: Free. Info: 707-575-7900 Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park Demos in cooking, weaving, candle-making. Info: 707-762-4871 Richmond Museum of History Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4pm. 400 Nevin (corner of 4th & Nevin), Richmond Price: Free Info: 510-235-7387 Sonoma County Museum Tuesdays through Sundays, 11am5pm. Changing exhibits every two to three months on art and history. Check online for current exhibits at www.sonomacountymuseum.org. 425 7th Street, Santa Rosa Price: $5 general/$2 seniors/students/under12 free/members free Info: 707-579-1500 Mare Island Museum First & third weekend of each month, 10am-2pm; weekdays 10am-1:30pm. See the oldest shipyard on the West Coast, the oldest Naval chapel in the U.S. with Tiffany windows, learn the Mare Island history from 1854-1996. Vallejo Price: $4 admission/children 12 and under free Full tours of Mare Island can be arranged Info: 707-780-5742. Year Round -- The Land and People of the Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Museum Wednesday-Monday, 10am-5pm. The exhibit focuses on the unique environment and fascinating history of the Napa region. Areas of interest include: Napa County, geography, geology, Wappo Native Americans, Mexican Rancho Days, Pioneers and Settlers, Chinese, Ranching, Farming, Viticulture, Wine, Mining, Transportation, and Hot Spring Resorts. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: Adults $4.50/Students & Seniors $3.50/Ages 7-17 $2.50/Under 7 Free. Info: 707-944-0500


Ongoing: Fairs/Festivals Solano County Fair August 3-7, 11am-11pm. All concerts free with fair admission! Carnival, nightly fireworks, county and cities expo, blue ribbon exhibits, family fun zone, interactive game experience (free tournaments daily!), talent and dance competition, Rockin’ Radio Disney Road Show & more! Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo Info: 707-551-2000 or www.scfair.com Sonoma County Fair Through August 14, 11am-10pm. There’s a reason why the Sonoma County Fair is among the most popular in the state - Largest themed flower show in the U.S., Wine Country Racing, Two weeks of headline entertainment, Huge junior & professional livestock show & more! Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa Info: 707-545-4200 A Pet Adoption Faire (Dogs and Cats) Every Saturday, 10am-2:30pm. Sponsored by Petco in conjunction with the Volunteers of the Solano County Animal Shelter. Petco, 161 Plaza Dr., Vallejo

Ongoing: Farmers Markets Benicia Farmers Market Through October, Every Thursday 4-8pm. Benicia Main Street draws many people to The Certified Farmers Market. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet food, delicious hot foods, arts and crafts, live musical entertainment, face painting and more!  Fairfield Certified Farmers’ Market Through October 6, Thursdays, 4-8pm. Jefferson Street (north of Texas Street), Fairfield Martinez Farmers’ Market Sundays (through November 20) and Thursdays (through November 17), 10am-2pm. Every Sunday and Thursday, Downtown Martinez comes alive with a delicious marketplace full of fresh California-grown fruits and vegetables. Main Street at the Main Street Plaza, Martinez Vallejo Farmers Market Every Saturday 9am - 1pm. Shop, eat...enjoy. Rain or shine! Georgia Street, Vallejo Info: 1-800949-FARM Friday Mornings: Farmers Market Depot Park 8:3012:00am. Farmers from Sonoma Valley and nearby Northern California sell fresh fruit and vegetables direct. 270 First St. West, Sonoma Info: 707-538-7023 Tuesday Evenings: Farmers Market on the Plaza 5:30 until dusk. Come for music, food and farm-fresh produce. Sonoma Info: 707-538-7023 Jack London Square Farmers’ Market Sundays, 10am2pm. Foot of Broadway. Every Sunday you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, baked goods and more. Jack London Square, Oakland Info: 866-295-9853 Oakland Artisans Market Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am6pm. Twenty local artists present their handmade, homemade crafts presented along the marina walk at the foot of Franklin Street, Jack London Square, Oakland Info: 866-295-9853 Everyone’s Harvest Farmer’s Market Sundays, 10am-2pm. Fresh produce, baked and ethnic foods, cooking demonstrations, live music, and crafts. Marina Transit Station, 280 Reservation Road Price: Free. Info: 831-384-6961

Ongoing: Library Events Benicia Library Adult Literacy & ESL Program Mondays and Thursdays, 9-11:30am (ESL classes). Help with reading and writing. Tutoring by appointment only. Benicia Public Library Limited childcare slots available for ESL class participants. Info: 707-746-4341 Baby Storytime Mondays at 1pm. For 6 to 18 month-olds. Expect 10 to 15 minutes of fast-paced storytime fun, including stories, rhymes, bouncing songs, tickles, and felt boards. Sit on the floor, hold your baby in your lap, and play along together. One child per adult, please. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: 707-746-4741 Preschool Storytime for 4 and 5 year-olds Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and no registration is required. Preschoolers’ attention spans are longer, so expect 30 minutes of books with more complex plots, songs, finger plays, and longer felt boards. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Info: 707-746-4741 Toddler Storytime for 2 and 3 year-olds Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers’ attention spans are short, so expect 20 minutes of simple books, songs, easy finger plays, and felt board nursery rhymes. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: Allison 707-746-4741 First Tuesday Poetry 7-8:30pm, 1st Tuesday of the month. Join us to read your own poems, or poems written by others that you admire. Or, just come to listen and enjoy.  Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments provided!  Dona Benicia Room, Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St., Benicia Price: Free Info; 707-746-4741 Weekender Magazine August 2011

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Babies Bounce Storytime Tuesdays,11:30am. Books, finger plays, bounces and songs for babies 18 months of age or younger and their parents or caregivers. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASK US. Preschool Storytime and Crafts Wednesdays at 10:30am and Fridays at 2pm. For children 3-6 years old and their parent or caregiver. Stories, songs and crafts. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS Toddler Time 10:30am, Tuesdays. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. A fast-paced and interactive storytime program. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS A Literary Afternoon 1-3pm, 2nd Sunday of each month (except July & August). Literary Artists of the Vallejo Artists’ Guild, the McCune Collection, and the JFK Library will meet to ready poetry, fiction, essays, tirades or any other literary expression. Join us and listen or bring along and read a bit of creative writing that moves you. McCune Room, John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS Monthly Wii Gaming Day 4 Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm. Come show off your gaming skills or learn a new game. We’ll be playing a variety of Wii games, and at least three different traditional board games. Joseph Room, John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-572-7587 th

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Ongoing: Miscellaneous Benicia Day Hikers Saturdays, twice a month (weather permitting), meet at 8:15am. Hikes will be six to eight miles; meet at parking lot behind City Hall Carpooling is encouraged. Bring lunch and water, wear sensible shoes, dress in layers. Price: $3. Info: 707-745-4661 Solano County Friends of Animals Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 123pm. Adoptions every weekend at Pet Food Express, Southampton Shopping Center, Benicia We are always in need of temporary foster homes until permanent homes are found for our animals. Info: 707-552-3323 Weight Loss Challenge Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30pm. The $29 sign-up fee is paid out in weekly prizes and to the top three “losers” at the end of 13-week program with nutritional counseling. No other money is required. People will enjoy free body analysis, nutritional information, group support & fun! Lighthouse Church, Church St., Benicia Info: 707-745-0535 or 925-783-4043 Twin City Steppers Wednesdays, 7:30pm. This long-established square dance club has been dancing in the Fairfield/Suisun area for over 50 years. Suisun Senior Center, 318 Merganser, Suisun City Info: 707-425-4276 or 707-422-8229, or drop in MEW Breastfeeding Support Group for Families. Last Saturday of each month (June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 29, November 19 a week early due to Thanksgiving, December 17 a week early due to Christmas), 9am-11am. Baby and Me Group with “A More Excellent Way” Peer Counselors. Pregnant women as well as new parents and babies are welcome to get free breastfeeding support. 215 Lighthouse Dr, Vallejo Info: 707-648-1247 or www.mewpeers.org


Ongoing: Senior Activities Angels Have Wheels All Medicare recipients should be aware that if they suffer from conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders, and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheelchair, they may be eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. Info: 800-810-2877 Bingo Every Friday (except holidays), 1-4pm. Light refreshments. Benicia Senior Center Info: 707-745-1202 Fit for Life Exercise Class Monday & Wednesday, 10:3011:10am. Friday, 10:15-11am. All levels are welcome! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $2 drop-in/$24 for 20-class pass/$13 for 10-class pass. Info: 707-745-1202 Benicia Senior Center Library Our library here is always open for borrowing of books at your own convenience. This is a free service provided by the Senior Center. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L. St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Nurse Visits 4th Thursday, 9-10:30am. Nurse Joyce Goodwin from Solano County will be here to check blood pressure and answer medical questions. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Walking Group Wednesday, 11:30am. We will meet directly after Fit for Life exercise class for a walk through the State Park. Walking shoes and water are required. We will walk at an average pace. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Solano Quilters Mondays, 9:30am – 12pm. All Seniors are welcome. Benicia Senior Center Info: Lorraine Patten 707-745-3095

Senior Monthly Luncheons 4th Wednesday, 12pm. Catered by various restaurants around town for only a small fee! Prices vary according to meal but always a good time! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Senior Lunches by Meals On Wheels Lunch is served at 11:30am. The Benicia Senior Center hosts on-site lunches to any person ages 60 or older. There is no meal charge for registered seniors, although they ask that clients consider making a voluntary and confidential “fair share” donation. Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia Info: 800-788-5114 or 707-426-3979 for reservations Senior Crafts Class Thursdays, 10am-12pm. Do you need a creative outlet, enjoy working with your hands and like to make new friends? Plenty of interesting projects for everyone. The class hosts an annual Christmas Bazaar. Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street Price: Free Senior Monthly Dinner-Dance in Suisun City Last Thursday of every month. Price: $5 includes a full meal and dancing to a live band. Paid reservations are required one week in advance. Info: 707-421-7203 Craft Instruction, Companionship, Exercise and Lunch Tuesdays, 9am-1pm. Vallejo Hilltop Adult Activity Center, 925 Sacramento St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-4205 Billiards Every day, 9am-2pm. Library, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044 Bingo Wednesdays 2-5pm & Fridays 9:30am-12pm. Price: $10/ pack. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Weekender Magazine August 2011

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Computer Free Internet Mondays & Fridays, 12-2pm. See Customer Service for computer classes. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Fee for printing Info: 707-643-1044 Diabetic Educator 1st Wednesday of the month, 9am-12pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free. Info: 707-643-1044 Diner’s Delight Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) 12pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $3 Info: 707-643-1044 Fabric Painting Wednesdays, 9-11:30am. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Materials Info: 707-643-1044 Just for Fun Music Mondays, 9:30am-10:30pm. Carl Manner Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free. Info: 707-643-1044 Thrift Store Mondays, Tuesdays 9am-12pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9am-1:30pm; Fridays, 9am-12pm. Open to the public. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Newcomer’s Program Wednesdays, 9-10:30am. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044 North Bay Nite Caps (Club) 3rd Sundays, 11:30am-1:30pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Dues Info: 707-643-1044 North Bay Rose Society (Club) 2nd Mondays, 7:30-10pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Dues Info: 707-643-1044 Piece Makers Quilting (Club) 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9am-4pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Quilters Wednesdays, 9-11:30am. Assembly lap quilts for the veterans and children’s organizations (volunteers welcome). Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044 Sassy Senior Walking Group Fridays, 9am. 30-40 minutes. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044 Scrabble Group Thursdays, 12-2pm. Conference Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $1 per person Info: 707-643-1044 Senior Cards Fridays, 9:30am-1:30pm. CM Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $2 per person Info: 707-643-1044 Wii Game 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 12:45-1:45pm. CM Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044 Woodcarving Wednesdays, 9-11:30am. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044 Zumba Mondays 9-10am. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $3. Info: 707-643-1044

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Ongoing: Shows/Musicals Loves Labour’s Lost August 5-14, (Suisun City Waterfront Outside Courtyard fireplace the 6th and 13th at 2 p.m./the10th and 11th @ 7:30 p.m.; The Harbor Theatre the 5th and 12th @ 7:30 p.m.; and the Tenbrink Winery the 14th @ 2 p.m.) Presented by Solano College Theatre. Chairs, warm coats, and blankets are highly recommended for outdoor venues. Info: Free admission Info: 707-864-7100 The Visit August 3-4, 7:30pm. Presented by Solano College Theatre. Chairs, warm coats, and blankets are highly recommended. Suisun City Waterfront Price: Free admission Info: 707-864-7100

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Ennio at Napa Valley Opera House August 30 through September 4. No celebrity or public figure is safe from the hilarious and theatrically magical imagination of ENNIO! Ennio Marchetto is the original transformation artist, revolutionizing the art of origami into a performance that is nothing short of comic genius. 1030 Main St., Napa Info: 707-226-7372 Beach Blanket Babylon Wed. & Thurs. 8pm, Fri. & Sat. 7pm & 10pm, Sun. 3pm & 7pm. Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running, hit musical revue in theatre history. Club Fugazi, 68 Beach Blanket Blvd., San Francisco Info: 415-421-4222

Ongoing: Tours Docent-Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Petaluma Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am. Price: Free Info: 707-778-4398 Carolyn Parr Nature Center Museum Tours Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm. View dioramas depicting habitats found in Napa County, including spectacular birds of prey. 3107 Browns Valley Rd, at Westwood Hills Park Price: No Admission fee Info: 707-255-6465 Tor House and Hawk Tower Tours Fridays & Saturdays. Now a National Historic Landmark, Tor House and Hawk Tower are open for tours throughout the year. A visit to Jeffers’ extraordinary home is a special experience. Carmel Info: 831-624-1831 Roaring Camp Railroads See California’s redwoods from two historical railroads at Roaring Camp, an 1880s-styled logging camp. Steam trains depart on roundtrip excursion to Bear Mountain, Mon.Fri., 11am. and Sat., Sun. and major holidays at 11am, 12:15pm., 1:30pm, 2:45pm and 4pm. Adults $15/kids $10. Beach trains depart Sat., Sun., and major holidays at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Price: Adults $16.50/kids $11.50. Felton Info: 831-335-4484 Benicia Capitol State Historic Park This consists of two main buildings – the Benicia Capitol Building and the FischerHanlon House. 115 West G St., Benicia Price: $3 adults/$2 children Tickets are purchased at the front desk of the Benicia Capitol. The admission ticket includes the guided tours when they are available Info: 707-745-3385; fax 707-745-8912 Wild Things Public Tours Daily, 1pm. We’ll meet you at the gate and take you on a one hour tour of our facility. Just show up...no need to call and no reservations needed. ‘Meet & Greet’ available after the tour for an additional charge. 400 River Road, Salinas Price: $10 Adults/$8 Children Info: 831-455-1901 San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk Every Second Saturday of the month, 5-7pm. Art Galleries and supporting shops and restaurants are open late. Wine and appetizers are available at Galeria Tonantzin, 115 Third Street, San Juan Bautista Meet artists and enjoy historical San Juan Bautista. Price: Free to the public Info: Galeria Tonantzin 831-623-2783

Tuesday, August 2nd America’s Night Out against Crime 5-8pm. National Night Out is an annual tradition in Suisun City. The entire community comes together to unify around the conviction that criminals do not run our neighborhoods - residents do! The Suisun Police Department will be hosting a community block party at Heritage Park located on Village Drive between Merganser and Pintail drives in Suisun Info: 707-435-2748

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2011 South Vallejo National Night Out/Resource Fair 6-9pm. National Night Out is a crime prevention event. We are trying to help promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity. We also offer a Resource Fair that includes dozens of vendors and businesses with information on how they can help community members. We will give away free food and clothing. There will be games and events for all ages and raffles with free gift giveaways. We will also have live music and entertainment. Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church, 900 6th St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-631-1261

Thursday, August 4th Gin Blossoms at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Fueled by mega-hits including “Hey Jealousy”, “Found Out About You” and “Til I Hear It From You”, Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $35 Info: 707-259-0123 St. Francis Summer Film Festival: American Graffiti 7:30pm. St. Francis Presents the Second Annual “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival. Guests are invited to bring blankets and picnics for the lawn. 100 Pythian Road at Highway 12 Santa Rosa Price: Free Info: 888-675-9463

Friday, August 5th Friday Night Live (FNL) 7pm. The music of Quarter Mile Combo & Ms. Nettie Hammar has rockabilly & a unique biting edge for good time rock ‘n roll. Cloverdale Certified Farmers Mkt, 5:30pm. Restaurants offer early bird & late night specials. Visitors can receive a lodging discount; Historic Inns of Cloverdale, 800894-1737. Price: Free Info: 707-894-4410

Doobie Brothers 8pm. Outdoor Amphitheater, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln Price: $21/$39/$49/$59 (plus taxes & fees) Info: 800-745-3000 or www.thundervalleyresort.com Fridays on the Main 6-8pm. Friday night cruise-in. All makes and models welcome. Live music. Main Street, downtown Martinez Info: 925-228-3577 The Wailers Perform ‘Uprising’ 9pm. Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $25 Info: 415-771-1421 Arts Guild of Sonoma Opening Reception 6-8pm. The public is invited to the Opening Reception for August’s Arts Guild of Sonoma Members’ Show (8/3-8/29) with Featured Artist - Beth Changstrom. Ms. Changstroms’ work provides a sense of mystery and narrative is through collage elements gathered from her travels in South East Asia and India. Price: Free Info: 707-996-7648 Friday Nights on the Waterfront 6:30pm. A free live concert outdoors on Harbor Plaza every Friday with a different regional band. Beer and margaritas available for sale to support the Suisun City Police and Fire Boosters. Suisun City

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Discrepancy: Living Between War & Peace 5:30-7:30pm. More than 20 artists created a visual survey about daily life and its connection to three major events: The World Trade Center attack on 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A special component of the exhibition is artistic representation from veterans involved in Pathway Home for recovering veterans. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: $5/Members Free Info: 707-944-0500

Josh Kornbluth’s “Andy Warhol: Good for The Jews?” @ Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. A brilliant, disarming and hilarious monologist, Josh is like an irreverent cross between Spalding Gray, Woody Allen and Eric Bogosian. The show, which the San Francisco Chronicle called “A funny, thought-provoking journey,” springs from a trip to the Warhol exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF. 1030 Main Street, Napa Price: $25/$30 Info: 707-226-7372

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Nashville In Napa 4:30pm. Enjoy wine pairings handpicked by some of Napa’s best winemakers, a Farm-to-Table dinner catered by the chefs from Google, and a concert performance from seven well-known Nashville songwriters performing inside the caves at Baldacci Family Vineyards. Proceeds benefit Notes for Education. 6236 Silverado Trail, Napa Price: $175 Info: 707-944-9261

Poet’s Picnic 12-4pm. Poets Laureate from all over California who serve their cities and counties by increasing the awareness and understanding of poetry will come together along with their fellow poets for an afternoon of getting to know each other and sharing their work. Poets are invited to bring poems to share with others on the grass as they picnic. They will also be encouraged to put one poem in a PICNIC BASKET from which each laureate will draw a poem to include in their reading time. A large playground is part of the park, and childcare supervision will be provided during the reading period. Benicia City Park Gazebo, First and Military West, Benicia Info: 707-746-4343 Peter Frampton 8pm. Outdoor Amphitheater, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln Price: $21/$39/$49/$59 (plus taxes & fees) Info: 800-745-3000 or www.thundervalleyresort.com Peddlers’ Faire 8am-4pm. 100 antique and art & craft vendors in downtown Martinez. Price: Free

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Petaluma Music Festival 11am-8pm. Nine fantastic bands including nationally recognized artists, fine beers of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, extensive selection of award-winning wines for tasting (separate purchase), silent auction, specialty food, craft and local business vendors. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma Price: $25 GA/$75 VIP/Under 12 free with paying adult Info: 707-769-9650 Mickey Hart Band 9pm. Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey and Bill Kreutzmann transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Their extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band’s audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $30 Info: 415-771-1421


SOFA Artwalk in Santa Rosa 11am-4pm. Featuring 28 artists exhibiting within the one block SOFA neighborhood. Shop for fine art and crafts in a variety of mediums. SOFA is in downtown Santa Rosa, behind Julliard Park at the corner of “A” Street and Sebastopol Avenue Price: Free Info: 707-695-1011 Gerardo Ortiz Gerardo Ortíz is a regional Mexican singer/ songwriter who specializes in corridos—the popular narrative song and poetry form of Mexico. Born in Los Angeles to a family with ties to Sinaloa, Mexico, Ortíz broke through to mainstream success in 2010 with the album “Ni Hoy Ni Mañana” and its numerous hit singles. The album was released in association with Sony Music and reached the Top Five of the Billboard Top Albums chart. It features the hit singles “A la Moda,” “En Preparación,” “El Trokero Lokochón,” and “La Última Sombra.” Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $30-$100 Info: 707-546-3600 Saturday Night at the Movies 2011: Megamind 8:30pm. The supervillain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man... but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt. Bring chairs, blankets and enjoy the free big screen show! Harbor Plaza at Main & Solano Streets, Suisun

Sunday, August 7th Bodega VFD “BIG EVENT” BBQ & Parade 10am-5pm. Chicken/TriTip BBQ, Parade 10:30am, Live Music, Local Beer & Wine, Crafts Faire, Raffle w/ Great Prizes, Kids Games, Ice Cream & Homemade Desserts, All Proceeds Go Directly to the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Come Enjoy Some Good Old Family Fun. Price: Free admission Info: 707-876-3477

Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 5pm. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo; Four-time Grammy Award Winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Pat Benatar blazed a trail for female rock stars and is considered the leading female rock vocalist of the 80’s. Still going strong, Benatar has been married for over 20 years to guitarist, songwriter and soul mate, Neil Giraldo. 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg Price: VIP $85/ GA $60 Info: 707-869-1595 ext 4 Summer Sing-Along: Across the Universe @ Napa Valley Opera House 2pm. The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upperclass American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $12 ages 16 & under/$15 adults Info: 707-226-7372 SOFA Artwalk in Santa Rosa 11am-4pm. Featuring 28 artists exhibiting within the one block SOFA neighborhood. Shop for fine art and crafts in a variety of mediums. SOFA is in downtown Santa Rosa, behind Julliard Park at the corner of “A” Street and Sebastopol Avenue Price: Free Info: 707-695-1011 Peter Frampton at the Wells Fargo Center 8pm. Following his critically acclaimed new album “Thank You Mr. Churchill,” Grammy®-winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will embark on a world tour this June celebrating his multi-platinumselling live album “Frampton Comes Alive!,” performing the legendary album in its entirety across the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa Price: $85/$65/$45 Info: 707-546-3600 Sunday Waterfront Jazz Series 2011: Blusion 3pm. Blusion means solid groove and big fun. Original, upbeat, offbeat and unconventional, Blusion blends funk, Latin, hip-hop jazz, blues, rock and reggae into an unadulterated celebration. Grab a blanket, a

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picnic lunch or takeout, and enjoy some cool – or hot – jazz under the cool breezes of the Suisun City Waterfront

Tuesday, August 9th Tuesdays Bluesdays 6-8pm. Spend the evening in downtown Martinez listening to the Blue’s, enjoying Microbrews, Blue Plate Specials at the restaurants, Blue Dot Deals at the shops, and shop the Farmers Market! Martinez Napa Town & Country Fair Gala & Winetasting 5:307:30pm. Join us for a benefit for the Friends of the Napa Valley Expo. This is a fun preview to the fair while sampling our valley’s finest wines and culinary treats by local vintners, wineries and chefs. Info: 707-253-4900

Wednesday, August 10th Napa Town & Country Fair 12-10pm. The Annual Fair is a celebration of community, its people, its agriculture and its talents. Join us for good food, fun exciting exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, vendor booths, Jr. livestock show and auction. Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa Price: $13 Adults/$10 Seniors 60+ & Juniors 6-12/5 & under Free Info: 707-253-4900 Dave Koz at Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. In a career that spans twenty years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. 1030 Main Street, Napa Price: $60/$70 Info: 707-226-7372

Thursday, August 11th Friends of the Benicia Library Members-Only Sale & Reception 6-8pm. The Friends of the Benicia Library membersonly book sale takes place the Thursday evening prior to the Saturday book sale. Light refreshments served. Proof of membership required. Memberships can be purchased at the door. 150 East L St., Lower Level, Benicia Info: 707-746-4343 Crouching Dragon, Hidden Spa Party 6-9pm. A fusion of healthy Californian and holistic Asian sensibilities will energize and calm your entire body, mind and spirit including performance by Chinese harpist Weishan Liu, fresh Asian cuisine, hand-crafted wines from Woodenhead Vintners. Reservations required. Osmosis, 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone Price: $25 Info: 707-823-8231 Napa Town & Country Fair 12-10pm. The Annual Fair is a celebration of community, its people, its agriculture and its talents. Join us for good food, fun exciting exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, vendor booths, Jr. livestock show and auction. Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa Price: $13 Adults/$10 Seniors 60+ & Juniors 6-12/5 & under Free Info: 707-253-4900 St. Francis Summer Film Festival: Field of Dreams 7:30pm. St. Francis Presents the Second Annual “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival. Guests are invited to bring blankets and picnics for the lawn. 100 Pythian Road at Highway 12, Santa Rosa Price: Free Info: 888-675-9463 Learn About California Indian Baskets 6-7:30pm. Learn about cultural and artistic basketry design by Native Americans at a lecture presented by Ralph and Lisa Woo Shanks. Please call for reservations. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: $10/$5 Members Info: 707-944-0500

Friday, August 12th Friends of the Benicia Library “Thank You Benicia” Sale 10am-4pm. The Friends of the Benicia Library “Thank You Benicia” sale takes place once a year on the Friday before the Peddlers Faire. 150 East L St., Lower Level, Benicia Info: 707-746-4343 Friday Night Live (FNL) 7pm. Eric Lindell’s music, a combination of sweet, blue-eyed soul, foot-stomping R&B, swamp pop, funk & blues pleases crowds. Cloverdale Certified Farmers Mkt, 5:30pm. Restaurants offer early bird & late night specials. Visitors can receive a lodging discount; Historic Inns of Cloverdale, 800894-1737. Price: Free Info: 707-894-4410 Huey Lewis & The News 8pm. Outdoor Amphitheater, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln Price: $35/$45/$59/$69 (plus taxes & fees) Info: 800-745-3000 or www.thundervalleyresort.com

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Fridays on the Main 6-8pm. Friday night cruise-in. All makes and models welcome. Live music. Main Street, downtown Martinez Info: 925-228-3577 Napa Town & Country Fair 12-10pm. The Annual Fair is a celebration of community, its people, its agriculture and its talents. Join us for good food, fun exciting exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, vendor booths, Jr. livestock show and auction. Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa Price: $13 Adults/$10 Seniors 60+ & Juniors 6-12/5 & under Free Info: 707-253-4900 Robert Cray Band at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Robert Cray’s This Time, the first studio album on singer-songwriter-guitarist Cray’s own imprint Nozzle Records, arrives at a vital juncture in the musician’s career, marked by creative renewal and a key reunion with an old performing partner. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $39/$49 Info: 707-259-0123 Arctic Monkeys 10pm. Light and airy, filmic but intimate, carefully arranged but deceptively powerful, “Suck It and See” is Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album. Recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer/ collaborator James Ford, it has a summery pop feel: with the bulk of work completed on the West Coast during January, it’s got the feel-good sound of stealing some winter sun, some out of season Vitamin D. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $35 Info: 415-771-1421 Friday Nights on the Waterfront 6:30pm. A free live concert outdoors on Harbor Plaza every Friday with a different regional band. Beer and margaritas available for sale to support the Suisun City Police and Fire Boosters. Suisun City

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Saturday, August 13th Friends of the Benicia Library Peddlers’ Faire Day Book Sale 8am-4pm. Come find yourself a special book at our monthly book sale. Book sales support musical performances, reading programs, and special needs for the library. 150 East L St., Lower Level, Benicia Price: No admission fee Info: 707-746-4343 Trace Adkins 8pm. Summer Stage Outdoor Amphitheatre, Cache Cree, Casino Resort, 14455 Hwy. 16, Brooks Price: $75/$49/$39 Info: 888-772-2243 or www.cachecreek.com Non Stop Bhangra 7:30pm. The party will begin with a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. with Dholrhythms Dance Company, followed by dance performances accompanied by DJ Jimmy Love spinning an eclectic mix of Bhangra, hip hop, reggae and electronica. This unique experience celebrates the beautiful, vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance. Bhangra is truly one of the most joyous and celebratory forms of dance, typically performed at festive occasions and celebrations. University of California, Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis Price: Free Info: 866-754-2787 Summer Jazz at Seasons - Shea Breaux Wells Quartet 4-6pm. Shea Breaux Wells Quartet featuring Noam Lemish Live Jazz Performance & Wine Pairing. Healdsburg Jazz Vocalist Shea Breaux Wells reunites with Noam Lemish on piano, Jason Carr on bass and Alex Aspinall on drums, together invoking the spirit and artistry of modern and traditional jazz. Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St., Healdsburg Price: Free Info: 707-431-2222

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Stories from the

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by Earl Miller Do We Have to Stop? Hola...this week... and Hello next week.... Hard to get them down.....Ok I have been in Spanish classes for 8 weeks now and I know about 10 more words than when I started…..what’s up with that….has my brain taken in too much information? I go each week and it seems to be getting harder…….The one thing that gets me is the noun and verb thing….I am not sure if any of you have realized, but I am not the A student in English 101. While I was supposed to be in class in high school I was out trying to build a personality that really never amounted to much more than “the weird dude”. Oh well I am going to keep going and it is only a 10 week course, so I am going to join up for another 10 weeks and who knows…….I could be talking in sentences in no time. Like.. Donde esta la estacion de policia? Let’s talk retirement….what retirement? All I have really done is add another JOB to the too many I already have…..Let’s see……I still am selling Real Estate and doing a good job at it….of course with a great team in Benicia…Over seeing Reach Out Benicia and doing two groups every 6 weeks….Still connected to all my peeps at …ACN…and that is going well also….writing columns for the Weekender and thinking about starting one down here….Re Writing my second book that was done two years ago…..I just haven’t taken the time for the re-write….Running a boutique Hotel in Mexico….. really I am just the maintenance man and not a very good one at that….Jane my wife runs it…..and now she is my new boss…..I have been painting for the last two months here at the Bungalows and I have fallen only twice…First one was off the top of a ladder…trying to reach to high…hurt bad, but was up two days later doing the same stupid thing….I just hate sitting around….yesterday I was painting about 20 feet above my head and the stick and roller got stuck in a palm leaf and I lost my balance and the stick went flying and I did too….

landed on my butt…flipped over and cut my knee on a nice sharp rock and bounced into the pool…I could hear the worker we have here….laughing until he was crying….from now on if I am going to paint it is going to be cutting in from under four feet… I got a good one for you….We went on a day trip to a place high in the mountains here in Mexico called San Sebastian….a wonderful place to visit….history and beauty beyond belief….Well on the way my friend asked if he could drive my car, because he has seen me drive….I tend not to pay that much attention to what is going on if anyone is in the car…..I would rather look at them and talk….old habit….hard to break…So when we are driving he tells me he had talked with a friend here in San Pancho and they had some tips for him….the person told him if you come up on a military check point and you are American….just wave and go on through….Well I thought that he was out of his mind…I don’t know if you have been down here, but when you come upon a check point there are about 25 or more military dudes with machine guns and one or two in jeeps with mounted machine guns that are real big…I don’t say anything because I am in shock and we come across our first check point and he tells us to wave….we do and…no big deal..we drive right through….I was scared to death…then we came to a second one and the guy in the road was holding a red flag and he was flagging us to pull over and my friend said… just smile and wave…..we did….wow at this point I asked him if his friend had ever had any problem with them and he said no…so we went on by….one more check point and we just drove on through..Well I was a little concerned on my way back knowing there was going to be the same stops….I fell asleep…thank GOD…I awoke at the third checkpoint going home and the military guy with the red flag held it up and stepped out in the road and flagged us down and we swerved around him…and just waved.. and the guy looked pissed…the guys in the jeep with the huge machine gun had it aimed right at our windows…..but we just drove right through waving and smiling like we were out of our minds…….. OH MY GOD…I got home and asked a local who had been living here for 20 years and he said “ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?” who told you that crap? they will shoot and ask questions later….You always stop for the Military…well God was with us, because we made it without dying, but I am never going to believe a Gringo ever again….and I am going to stay home for awhile and just thank GOD for whatever reason they let us just go through without a scene like the end of Bonnie and Clyde happening….they probably thought we were old grey haired Americans that were real stupid…….YUP!

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Cur-ville Dog Days Fest 2-9pm. A backyard music festival amidst vine-covered hills, featuring Doug Blumer, JL Stiles, Spark & Whisper, More. Features a Kids Korner, free camping, song circles, goats, and more. Rockin’ Heart Ranchito, 361 Lawndale Rd., Kenwood Price: Donations welcome Info: 707-833-2925 Napa Town & Country Fair 12-10pm. The Annual Fair is a celebration of community, it’s people, it’s agriculture and it’s talents. Join us for good food, fun exciting exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, vendor booths, Jr. livestock show and auction. Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa Price: $13 Adults/$10 Seniors 60+ & Juniors 6-12/5 & under Free Info: 707-253-4900 Classical Zoo: Free Educational Concert 10am. Join us for a morning of musical fun for the whole family. We start with “The “Rhythm Sisters”, an entertaining string quartet followed by a musical petting zoo! Afterwards, join us for a Masterclass with members of the renowned Pacifica Quartet. First Presbyterian Church in downtown Napa Price: Free Info: 707-258-5559 Napa Ballroom Dancers August Dance 7-10:30pm. Steven Luther teaches a lively zydeco lesson, then follows with his music, (ballroom, swing, Latin, zydeco). Dancers of all ages and experience levels are invited. 1500 Jefferson St. Napa Price: $15 Info: 707-255-5890 Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Ranger s 1:05pm. Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland Info: 510-569-2121 Designing Dreams Fashion Show 6pm. Tiana Vega presents Designing Dreams Fashion Show, a benefit for Sweet Dreams. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: $25-$50 Info: 916-808-5181 STS9 10pm. Since forming in Atlanta over a decade ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the electronic-rock music scene. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $35 Info: 415-771-1421 Gravenstein Apple Fair 10am-6pm. Two music stages, children’s corner, farm animal exhibits, life on the Farm, arts and crafts, apple pie eating contest, apple pie baking contest, Chef demonstrations, beer and wine tasting and more! Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol Info: 707-824-1765 Saturday Night at the Movies 2011: Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 8:30pm. The ongoing war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest. Bette Midler, Chris O’Donnell and Jack McBrayer. Bring chairs, blankets and enjoy the free big screen show! Harbor Plaza at Main & Solano Streets, Suisun Plein Air Workshop at Napa Valley Museum 9am-1pm. Join renowned plein air artist Alfredo Tofanelli for a four-hour workshop on the fundamentals of plein air painting. After a short demonstration, Tofanelli will assist each student with creating his/ her own painting. A materials list will be provided. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: $60 Info: 707-944-0500

Sunday, August 14th Napa Town & Country Fair 12-10pm. The Annual Fair is a celebration of community, it’s people, it’s agriculture and it’s talents. Join us for good food, fun exciting exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, vendor booths, Jr. livestock show and auction. Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa Price: $13 Adults/$10 Seniors 60+ & Juniors 6-12/5 & under Free Info: 707-253-4900 Weekender Magazine August 2011

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What on Earth is that Big Green Thing? I discovered something phenomenal right here in our own backyard. It’s something I’d never heard of, never seen, and never knew I wanted! My dad knew about it and wanted one. If I had known about it before, I would have wanted one a long time ago. I mean, it will make my life easier, a lot easier. It will make entertaining even more enjoyable. Seriously, anything that can make preparing food easier is a win-win in my eyes. Maybe you’re familiar with the Big Green Egg, but I wasn’t. I didn’t know there was one thing that could function like a smoker, BBQ, and convection oven. I didn’t know that there was something that I could bake cookies and BBQ hamburgers on at the same time… and both come out tasting like they are supposed to! I didn’t know I could bake a pie in the same device I could smoke ribs in! Who knew?? Maybe you knew. Maybe you didn’t. Just in case you were like me and didn’t know I felt compelled to share my new knowledge with you.

in your own backyard (literally if you have your own Big Green Egg) and head over to Benicia Home Improvement (736 First Street) on Thursday nights from 4-8pm during the Farmers Market on First Street in Benicia. Jeff and Darrell will be under the big green tent in their parking lot grilling and baking on a Big Green Egg. That’s right – it’s hot, fresh and yummy right off of the grill! Of course you don’t have to wait until Thursday. You can check out all things big and green at Benicia Home Improvement any day during their business hours. Tell ‘em Christina sent ya! I’m super excited about this awesome find in our own backyard at Benicia Home Improvement! Next month I’ll share some photos and let you know about my personal experiences with my own Big Green Egg. I can’t wait!!

I discovered the Big Green Egg at Benicia Home Improvement at 736 First Street in Benicia. I walked in one day and Jeff and Darrell were very excited about a new product line they were carrying. Not only did they have a couple of different Big Green Eggs, but they had several eggcessories too. I asked a bunch of questions about this (new to me) egg shaped green ceramic object and the more I asked the more excited I got about it! Soooo I have an order in for a large Big Green Egg! If you enjoy BBQing, smoking, baking or cooking, then you really must check out what a time, energy, and fuel saving option the Big Green Egg is. Want to see it in action like I have? You just have to step out

Hot Club of San Francisco @ Napa Valley Opera House 2pm. The Hot Club of San Francisco is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $12 (16 & under)/$15 (adults) Info: 707-226-7372 Family Concert at Meadowood 2pm. Join the Rhythm Sisters, who have touched the lives of thousands of children — always with the goal of instilling a love of music in people of all ages. A family friendly afternoon at a luxury resort with cake and juice on the lawn after the concert. Price: $20 Info: 707-258-5559 Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers 1:05pm. OaklandAlameda Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland Info: 510569-2121 Gravenstein Apple Fair 10am-5pm. Two music stages, children’s corner, farm animal exhibits, life on the Farm, arts and crafts, apple pie eating contest, apple pie baking contest, Chef demonstrations, beer and wine tasting and more! Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol Info: 707-824-1765 Tour d’Organics A bicycle ride through Sonoma County featuring: organic and local food, organic farms as the sag stops and a vegan post-ride buffet. 16, 35, 65 and 100 mile options. Info: 707-360-8511

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“Canines & Wines” at HALL 10am-2pm. Admission to this drop-in event includes a tasting of select Artisan wines and a presentation of delectable treats for dogs and their people, along with samples, shopping and more, all under the shady arbor of HALL St. Helena! Napa Humane will directly benefit from a portion of sales that day as well. 401 St. Helena Hwy South, St. Helena Price: $20/$15 Members & their Guests Info: 707-967-2626

Monday, August 15th Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles 1:05pm. OaklandAlameda Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland Info: 510-569-2121

Tuesday, August 16th Tuesdays Bluesdays 6-8pm. Spend the evening in downtown Martinez listeining to the Blue’s, enjoying Microbrews, Blue Plate Specials at the restaurants, Blue Dot Deals at the shops, and shop the Farmers Market! Martinez

Wednesday, August 17th Ron Hawking at Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Known to his peers as, “The Chameleon,” Ron’s success is rooted in his ability to seamlessly step in and out of any artist or character he chooses to portray. And, in his newest musical creation, “Swingin’ With The Stars” that’s exactly what he does. 1030 Main St., Napa Info: 707-226-7372


Daniel Tosh 7pm & 10pm. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: $39.50/$49.50 advance/$44.50/$59.50 at the door Info: 916-808-5181

Fridays on the Main 6-8pm. Friday night cruise-in. All makes and models welcome. Live music. Main Street, downtown Martinez Info: 925-228-3577

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Ron Hawking at Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Known to his peers as, “The Chameleon,” Ron’s success is rooted in his ability to seamlessly step in and out of any artist or character he chooses to portray. And, in his newest musical creation, “Swingin’ With The Stars” that’s exactly what he does. 1030 Main St., Napa Info: 707-226-7372

Ron Hawking at Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Known to his peers as, “The Chameleon,” Ron’s success is rooted in his ability to seamlessly step in and out of any artist or character he chooses to portray. And, in his newest musical creation, “Swingin’ With The Stars” that’s exactly what he does. 1030 Main St., Napa Info: 707-226-7372 St. Francis Summer Film Festival: Sideways 7:30pm. St. Francis Presents the Second Annual “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival. Guests are invited to bring blankets and picnics for the lawn. 100 Pythian Road at Highway 12 Santa Rosa Price: Free Info: 888-675-9463

Friday, August 19th Friday Night Live (FNL) 7pm. Mexican bands: La Señal De Tierra Caliente, tierra caliente music with tambora, duranguense. Banda BM offers Banda music. Cloverdale Certified Farmers Mkt, 5:30pm. Restaurants offer early bird & late night specials. Visitors can receive a lodging discount; Historic Inns of Cloverdale, 800894-1737. Price: Free Info: 707-894-4410 Art in the Redwoods Festival Once again the Art in the Redwoods Festival will include a full array of entertainment in addition to the extensive display of art and crafts. Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala Info: 707-884-1138

Toad the Wet Sprocket @ Uptown Theatre 8pm. Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound made them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early 1990s. 1350 Third Street Napa Price: $37/$47 Info: 707-259-0123 Main Street Reunion Car Show 6-10pm. Over 400 pre-1976 cars on display, plus entertainment. Downtown Napa Price: Free Info: 707-257-0322 Bill Maher 8pm. Community Center Theater, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: $49.50/$69.50 Info: 916-808-5181 The Coup 9pm. As a producer and lyricist, Boots Riley has crafted critically acclaimed albums for The Coup that have graced the year-end Top 10 lists of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and more. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $20 Info: 415-771-1421

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Friday Nights on the Waterfront 6:30pm. A free live concert outdoors on Harbor Plaza every Friday with a different regional band. Beer and margaritas available for sale to support the Suisun City Police and Fire Boosters. Suisun City

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Annual Cotati Accordion Festival 9:30am-8pm. Nonstop live accordion music benefiting local youth organizations. Highlights include dance parties in the polka tent, numerous accordionrelated vendors, and the annual “Lady of Spain” ring, including the releasing of the doves. Four stages and over 20 bands. La Plaza Park, Cotati Price: $15 Advance/$17 At the Gate/$25 Both Days Info: 707-664-0444 20th Annual Tomato Festival 10am-5pm. Tomato Alley, the core of the festival, features samples of over 100 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes grown in the Suisun Valley. The festival will feature tomato eating contests, live entertainment, food court, artisans and crafters, cooking demonstrations, a variety of tomatorelated vendors, children’s activities, and a beer and wine garden featuring award-winning Suisun Valley wines. Fairfield Art in the Redwoods Festival Once again the Art in the Redwoods Festival will include a full array of entertainment in addition to the extensive display of art and crafts. Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala Info: 707-884-1138 Ron Hawking at Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Known to his peers as, “The Chameleon,” Ron’s success is rooted in his ability to seamlessly step in and out of any artist or character he chooses to portray. And, in his newest musical creation, “Swingin’ With The Stars” that’s exactly what he does. 1030 Main St., Napa Info: 707-226-7372 22

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Main Street Reunion Car Show 10am-3pm. Over 400 pre1976 cars on display, plus entertainment. Downtown Napa Price: Free Info: 707-257-0322 Clinic Ole Chili Ball 5-9pm. The Clinic Ole Chili Ball benefits Clinic Ole, which provides affordable health care in Napa County. The event features chili by Napa Valley chefs, tacos, and dancing. Beer and wine will be available for sale. There are lots of surprises in store for this year’s Chili Ball and you won’t want to miss it. Info: 707-254-1774 x 239 Wings Over the Wine Country Airshow 11am. From the restored planes of days gone by to the fully modern machines of today’s skies. This airshow documents thrilling entertainment on a beautiful California afternoon. The museum is located at the Sonoma County Airport on the corner of N. Laughlin Rd. and Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa Price: $18 Info: 707-575-7900 Saturday Night at the Movies 2011: Toy Story 3 8:30pm. The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack. Bring chairs, blankets and enjoy the free big screen show! Harbor Plaza at Main & Solano Streets, Suisun Robbie Jimenez Live in Concert 7:30pm. Produced by Young Artists Conservatory of Music, Robbie Jimenez will perform music from his upcoming album “Eastbound to Freedom”. In feverish anticipation, the concert promises to be an energetic and sensitive expression of the young man the community has watched grow up and rise to musical excellence. J&S Center for the Performing Arts, 330 Cernon St., Vacaville

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Napa Valley Art Festival 10am-4pm. The Napa Valley Art Festival is a juried exhibit and sale of over 300 original paintings by 30 of the West’s premier representational artists. 6516 Washington St., Yountville Price: Free Info: 707-256-3828

Sunday, August 21st Annual Cotati Accordion Festival 9:30am-8pm. Nonstop live accordion music benefiting local youth organizations. Highlights include dance parties in the polka tent, numerous accordionrelated vendors, and the annual “Lady of Spain” ring, including the releasing of the doves. Four stages and over 20 bands. La Plaza Park, Cotati Price: $15 Advance/$17 At the Gate/$25 Both Days Info: 707-664-0444 20 Annual Tomato Festival 10am-5pm. Tomato Alley, the core of the festival, features samples of over 100 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes grown in the Suisun Valley. The festival will feature tomato eating contests, live entertainment, food court, artisans and crafters, cooking demonstrations, a variety of tomatorelated vendors, children’s activities, and a beer and wine garden featuring award-winning Suisun Valley wines. Fairfield th

Art in the Redwoods Festival Once again the Art in the Redwoods Festival will include a full array of entertainment in addition to the extensive display of art and crafts. Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala Info: 707-884-1138 Ron Hawking at Napa Valley Opera House 5pm. Known to his peers as, “The Chameleon,” Ron’s success is rooted in his ability to seamlessly step in and out of any artist or character he chooses to portray. And, in his newest musical creation, “Swingin’ With The Stars” that’s exactly what he does. 1030 Main St., Napa Info: 707-226-7372 Cosmos Percussion Orchestra @ Napa Valley Opera House 2pm. Cosmos Percussion Orchestra will take the audience on a journey and celebration of World Music “reflecting the joy, the sounds, the cultural and nature of a diverse genre”. The ensemble will utilize 40+ instruments specific to the call of the music. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $12 ages 16 & under/$15 adults Info: 707-226-7372 Wings Over the Wine Country Airshow 11am. From the restored planes of days gone by to the fully modern machines of today’s skies. This airshow documents thrilling entertainment on a beautiful California afternoon. The museum is located at the Sonoma County Airport on the corner of N. Laughlin Rd. and Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa Price: $18 Info: 707-575-7900 Sonoma County Country Music BBQ 2-10pm. The Sonoma County Country Music BBQ will be held on the Great Lawn at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa Dierks Bentley, will headline, Joe Nichols and local star Pete Stringfellow. Choice of barbecue prepared by 15 different artisans who will be cooking up hundreds of pounds of ribs, chicken and tri-tip. Price: $45 in advance/$55 at the door Info: 707-543-0100

Tuesday, August 23rd Tuesdays Bluesdays 6-8pm. Spend the evening in downtown Martinez listeining to the Blue’s, enjoying Microbrews, Blue Plate Specials at the restaurants, Blue Dot Deals at the shops, and shop the Farmers Market! Martinez

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Wednesday, August 24th Naturalization Ceremony 10am. United States District Court Naturalization Ceremony, held at the Memorial Auditorium. Preregistration event. Citizenship and Immigration Services conducts a naturalization ceremony monthly at the Memorial Auditorium. This has been impacting morning rush hour and parking the downtown area. Please expect delays before and after these ceremonies and allow extra travel/parking time. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1400 J St., Sacramento Info: 916-808-5291

Thursday, August 25th An Evening with Brian Wilson at Uptown Theatre 8pm. He is one of rock’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential pop composers of the last 50 years. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $65/$75 Info: 707-259-0123

Friday, August 26th Friday Night Live (FNL) 7pm. Brothers Comatose presents their Living Room Music Party which exudes foot-stomping, shout-along, drink-along ease. Cloverdale Certified Farmers Mkt, 5:30pm. Restaurants offer early bird & late night specials. Visitors can receive a lodging discount; Historic Inns of Cloverdale, 800894-1737. Price: Free Info: 707-894-4410 Miranda Cosgrove 7pm. Shane Harper. Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis Price: $99/$35/$29.50 Info: 866-754-2787 Fridays on the Main 6-8pm. Friday night cruise-in. All makes and models welcome. Live music. Main Street, downtown Martinez Info: 925-228-3577 Joan Rivers at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Joan Rivers is a force of nature, and one of the hardest working celebrities in the world. Comedienne; Tony-nominated actress; best-selling author; Emmy Award-winning television talk-show host and more! 1350 Third Street, Napa Price: $60/$75 Info: 707-259-0123 Sade 7pm. As a follow up to the platinum-selling Soldier Of Love, which spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart and garnered a well-deserved Grammy, Sade is back with The Ultimate Collection. In addition to classic Sade songs, the musthave album will include new, never-before heard music from the band. Oakland Arena, Oakland Price: $47.50-$167.50 Info: http:// calendar.insidebayarea.com Kathleen Madigan at the Wells Fargo Center 8pm. With her new Showtime special “Gone Madigan” in constant rotation, Kathleen Madigan has become one of the most popular headliners in the country. She’s a frequent guest on all the late night shows, has had her own HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, and CMT specials. Lewis Black calls her, “the funniest woman in America.” 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $30 Info: 707-546-3600 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma 8am. High speed meets high technology when the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma comes to Infineon Raceway. The weekend also boasts the Firestone Indy Lights Series and Historic Grand Prix, plus a spectacular air show, autograph session, Infineon Raceway Girls and a fantastic vendor midway. Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma Info: 800-870-RACE

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Friday Nights on the Waterfront 6:30pm. A free live concert outdoors on Harbor Plaza every Friday with a different regional band. Beer and margaritas available for sale to support the Suisun City Police and Fire Boosters. Suisun City

Saturday, August 27th A Great Dog Day by the Bay 10am-2pm. Activities will include a dog contest, doggie treats, demonstrations and much more! A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of the North Bay. Benicia Bodega Seafood Art and Wine Festival 10am-5pm. This exciting festival showcases dozens of wineries and breweries, a juried art craft fair, as well as featuring outstanding entertainment, and of course a delicious selection of seafood vendors. The scenic location on Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Hwy, Bodega Info: 707-824-8717 George Benson with George Duke, Marcus Miller & David Sanborn 8pm. Summer Stage Outdoor Amphitheatre, Cache Cree, Casino Resort, 14455 Hwy. 16, Brooks Price: $75/$55/$45 Info: 888-772-2243 or www.cachecreek.com MMA Gladiator Challenge – Unleashed 7pm. Outdoor Amphitheater, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln Price: $30/$45/$55/$100/$125/$150 (plus taxes & fees) Info: 800-745-3000 or www.thundervalleyresort.com Movies in the Park - “Remember the Titans” 8:30pm. Enjoy great films under the stars on a huge 25- foot screen. The park fills up fast on movie nights so patrons are encouraged to pick up dinner from one of the excellent downtown restaurants and come early. Veterans Memorial Park, Napa Price: Free Info: 707-257-9500 Blues, Brews & BBQs 1-6pm. Enjoy BBQ’ed beef, chicken – even oysters, and sauces to buy. Musicians include a blues review, KFOG stage and more. Wine makers will compete in a rib eating contest. Beer, Napa Valley wines and other beverages available. First and Main Streets, Napa Price: Free Admission Info: 707-257-0322 Michael Jackson’s Birthday Bash, Featuring Foreverland 8pm. Foreverland is a 14-piece Tribute to one of the most well-known and beloved entertainers in the world: Mr. Michael Jackson. With four lead vocalists, four horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, the band brings songs like “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and “Beat It” to life, in a way that no other group has done before. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $25 Info: 707-259-0123 Taste of Petaluma 11:30am-4pm. Embark on a culinary walking journey of Petaluma’s finest restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries, breweries and food purveyors. Combine fine restaurants and great wine, with art and entertainment in one afternoon at the 6th Annual Taste of Petaluma. This event benefits Cinnabar Theater, now in its 39th year! Petaluma Price: $35 Advance/$40 At the Gate Info: 707-763-8920 Mensona Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show 8am-4pm. Lyttle Cow Palace, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa Price: Free Info: 707-938-8065 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma 8am. High speed meets high technology when the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma comes to Infineon Raceway. The weekend also boasts the Firestone Indy Lights Series and Historic Grand Prix, plus a spectacular air show, autograph session, Infineon Raceway Girls and a fantastic vendor midway. Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma Info: 800-870-RACE

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Saturday Night at the Movies 2011: Yogi Bear 8:30pm. A documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear, his sidekick BooBoo, and Ranger Smith. Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris. Bring chairs, blankets and enjoy the free big screen show! Harbor Plaza at Main & Solano Streets, Suisun PiliAloha Ohana 2pm & 7:30pm. Polynesian Drummers and Dancers. Enjoy all things Polynesian with this exciting and family friendly event. J&S Center for the Performing Arts, 330 Cernon St., Vacaville Price: $7-$14

Sunday, August 28th Bodega Seafood Art and Wine Festival 10am-5pm. This exciting festival showcases dozens of wineries and breweries, a juried art craft fair, as well as featuring outstanding entertainment, and of course a delicious selection of seafood vendors. The scenic location on Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Hwy, Bodega Info: 707-824-8717 Healdsburg Plaza Antique Fair 9am-4pm. The Fair features 90 exhibitors selling antiques, collectibles, decorative arts, and treasures. Among the items for sale are folk art, sterling silver, orientalia, American Indian blankets, country furniture, Bakelite and vintage jewelry, Persian rugs, art pottery, postcards garden art, and accessories. Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg Price: Free parking and admission Info: 707-578-7772 Avner the Eccentric @ Napa Valley Opera House 2pm. Avner Eisenberg is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $12 (16 & under)/$15 (adults) Info: 707-226-7372 Mensona Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show 8am-4pm. Lyttle Cow Palace, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa Price: Free Info: 707-938-8065 Megafest Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa Info: 707-588-0707 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma 8am. High speed meets high technology when the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma comes to Infineon Raceway. The weekend also boasts the Firestone Indy Lights Series and Historic Grand Prix, plus a spectacular air show, autograph session, Infineon Raceway Girls and a fantastic vendor midway. Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma Info: 800-870-RACE th

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Tuesdays Bluesdays 6-8pm. Spend the evening in downtown Martinez listeining to the Blue’s, enjoying Microbrews, Blue Plate Specials at the restaurants, Blue Dot Deals at the shops, and shop the Farmers Market! Martinez

Monday, September 1st The Gospel All Stars and Christian White Party Weekend The “Total Christian Experience” for the entire family. The festival will premiere three conferences that promote family, fellowship and fun. A series of events that include powerful ministry, enlightening seminars, and great Christian and national entertainment for the entire family! September 1-3 in Oakland Info: www.gospelallstars.com


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Things to do, places to go and people to see in Solano County and northern California. Your best entertainment source since 1988!

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