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SEPTEMBER EVENTS Ongoing: Classes 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. Parents are to stay onsite for the duration of the class. 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. Bounce around and get your wiggles out with us. You and your little one can drop in and have fun together. 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 self-defense skills. Clock Tower, 1189 Washington St., Benicia Price: $40 per month residents/$50 per month non-residents Info: 707-746-4285 or www.ci.benicia.ca.us 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

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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 Monday Blues Legends Nights Every Monday evening, 8pm-12am. Great local and national blues legends perform the blues to keep America’s only true art form alive. Kimball’s Carnival, Jack London Square, 522 2nd St., Oakland Price: $5 donation Info: 510-836-2227 or 510-836-7403. 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival September 15th – December 18th. From guitar gods to hip-bop. Keyboard wizardry to 13th century vocals. Brazil to Cuba, New Orleans and the Siberian steppe. We bring you everything under the sun! Info: http://www.sfjazz.org/29th-annual-san-francisco-jazz-festival First Saturday of the Month -- Saturday Opera Night 8pm. Each Opera Night is unique, as vocalists who come to the Conservatory range in experience from student to diva. Tickets are available at the door. Complimentary tapas, wine, and mineral water are offered at intermission. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main Street, Napa Price: $15 Info: 707-255-5445

Ongoing: Exhibits & Museums Revelations Exhibition @ Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley September 1-30. Exhibition featuring dramatic paintings by Father Arthur Poulin & captivating sculptures by Peter Woytuk. Sunday Salon at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley: September 4 Discussions by our featured artists with wine pairings from Fisher Vineyards. 6711 Washington St., Yountville Price: Free Info: 707-944-0889 Kindergym Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am, Fridays 10:30-11:30am. The site is outfitted with mats, hanging and climbing equipment, and much more. Adults assist their children in activities that promote confidence and social skills while having fun. An instructor is there to serve as a guide and conduct the closing circle time activity. 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 Yoga Stretch Wednesdays 7:15pm. Adults & Teens. Shape up your body and your mind. Yoga Stretch is designed to relieve stress, increase flexibility through stretching exercises and improve endurance, strength and balance. Benicia Youth Center, 150 East K St., Benicia Price: $30 per month/$12 drop-in fee Info: 707-746-4285

Editor.....................................................Christina Wiley Executive Assistant.......................................Judi Wiley Stories from the Big Chair..........................Earl Miller Our Own Backyard..............................Christina Wiley

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

It is love that makes the impossible possible. ~ Indian Proverb

Ongoing: Concerts/Live Music 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 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 4

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EYE SPY Gallery Activities for Families 10am-5pm daily. Treasure hunts, gallery games, books, puzzles, and more! Eye Spy activities are geared towards families with children 4-7 years of age. The National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas Price: Free with museum admission Info: 831-796-3833 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 First Sundays at La Mirada 1-4pm. “First Sunday” is an ongoing series which highlights classical music and art. While taking in La Mirada’s lovely surroundings, visitors may also enjoy light refreshments. Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada Price: Free Info: 831-372-3689 Pacific Coast Air Museum Third Saturday of every month, 10am-4pm. Antique World War II historically significant planes. Price: Free. Info: 707-575-7900 6

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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park Demos in cooking, weaving, candle-making. Info: 707-762-4871 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. 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 75th Annual Monterey County Fair August 31 through September 5. “The Fair is in the Air” is the special theme. With new carnival rides and improved games, the Fair is popular with families who want to bring their kids out for a day of great family fun. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey Price: Advance ticket buyers can purchase Carnival Wrist Bands for just $18.00 – that is a $7 discount off of the regular price Info: 831-372-5863 or www.montereycountyfair.com


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: 1-800-949-FARM Downtown Vacaville Farmer’s Market Through October 29, Saturday, 8am-12pm. The Downtown Merchants are again partnering with the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association to bring you the best of the fresh and organically grown produce every Saturday morning. 300 block of Main Street, Vacaville Friday Mornings: Farmers Market Depot Park 8:30am12:00pm. Farmers from Sonoma Valley and nearby Northern California sell fresh fruit and vegetables direct. 270 First St. West, Sonoma Info: 707-538-7023

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Tuesday Evenings: Farmers Market on the Plaza 5:30 until dusk. Come for music, food and farm-fresh produce. Sonoma Info: 707-538-7023 Santa Rosa Original Farm Market Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:30am-12pm. All year round market at Santa Rosa Veterans Building parking lot Price: Free. Info: 707-522-8629 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 Old Monterey Farmers Market and Market place Ongoing Tuesdays, Winter 4-7pm, Summer 4-8pm. Family fun, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, flowers, folk art and collectibles. Alvardo St. between Pearl and Del Monte Ave., Monterey Price: Free Info: 831-655-8070 Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row Third Thursday of the month, 4-8pm. Join us on Cannery Row for music, special values and over 70 in-store drawings. Price: No Admission fee Info: 831-649-6690 Oldtown Certified/Organic Farmers’ Market Saturday, 9am-2pm. Enjoy live, family entertainment every week. Produce, flowers, international, bakery and specialty foods, arts, crafts, jewelry and gifts. Across from Maya Cinemas and the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas Price: Free Info: 831-776-5540

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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. 30 minutes of books with more complex plots, songs, finger plays, and longer felt boards. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: 707-746-4741 Toddler Storytime for 2 and 3 year-olds Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Expect 20 minutes of simple books, songs, easy finger plays, and felt board nursery rhymes. Adults and their toddlers actively participate in this storytime together, so sit close together and help the child follow along. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: Allison 707-746-4741 Family Storytime Fourth Monday of the month at 7pm. It’s a time for children up to the age of 6 and their families to enjoy the Library together! Do a fun craft, play with games and puzzles, and then join a children’s librarian as she shares great books, songs, and more. Family Storytime will not meet during the summer months. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: Allison 707-746-4741


Baby Bounce 10:30am, Thursdays. A free and engaging program for infants ages 0-18 months and their parent or caregiver.John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASK US. Preschool Storytime 10:30am, Wednesdays. An interactive story time for children ages 3-6 and their parent or caregiver, followed by a free craft. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS Toddler Time 10am and 11am, Tuesdays. A fast-paced and interactive story time for children 18 months to 3 years old and their parent or caregiver. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS Bilingual Storytime / Cuentos Bilingües Thursdays, 4pm; los jueves a las 4. Stories, rhymes, and crafts for children of all ages and their parent or caregiver.  Hora de cuentos con rimas y manualidades gratis para niños de todas edades con sus parientes. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS Monthly Wii Gaming Day 4th Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm. Come show off your gaming skills or learn a new game. Joseph Room, John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-572-7587

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 12-3pm. 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. People will enjoy free body analysis, nutritional information, group support & fun! Lighthouse Church, Church St., Benicia Info: 707-745-0535 AFRP Animal Adoption Days - AFRP Cat & Dog Adoption Days 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month,10am4pm. Animal Friends Rescue Project will hold adoption days for rescued cats and dogs in front of Trader Joe’s in Pacific Grove Price: No admission fee Info: 831-333-0722 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 Vinhold Baronial Meeting Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9pm. The Barony of Vinhold is the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. All meetings are open to the public! Come join the fun and visit your local non-profit medieval re-enactment organization. Socializing begins immediately after the meeting. Call for other details. Price: No Admission fee Info: 707-257-8231 Empress Theatre The Opulent Empress hosts film screenings, live performances and more. 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo Info: 707-552-2400 or www.EmpressTheatre.org

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CODA – Codependents Anonymous Mondays, 7-8:15pm. This 12-step recovery group meets at Kaiser, 1671 Broadway, Room 6, Vallejo Focus is on improving relationships with self and others. Info: 707-648-3931 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 Free Health Talks by Experts Every third Saturday, 9-11am. Topics include Gentle Exercise for Arthritis, Reducing Weight, Back Strength, Herbal Remedies, etc. Sponsored by Healthy Benicia Task Force. Annex of Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 East Second St., Benicia Info: 707-746-8279 Digital Camera & Small Electronic Help 1st or 3rd Monday, 12-2pm. Bring cell phone or camera, charger and instruction manual. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $5 per session Info: 707-745-1202 Bingo Mondays, 12-2pm and Fridays, 1-4pm. Dessert and coffee provided by the Senior Center. Benicia Senior Center Info: 707-745-1202 Fit for Life Exercise Class Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:15-11am. This class is designed to get you up and moving. We start with a warm-up, stretch, and then focus on strengthening every muscle using bands and free weights as well as core training. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $2 dropin/$24 for 20-class pass/$13 for 10-class pass. Info: 707-745-1202 Benicia Senior Center Library Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Our library here is always open for borrowing of books at your own convenience. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L. St., Benicia Price: Free 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 Watercolor Painting Thursday, 12:15-2:30pm. Interested in watercolor? Come give it a try! Meals on Wheels Room, Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Zumba Gold Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 pm. This is a class designed especially for seniors and those of all levels! 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 Weekender Magazine September 2011

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Tai Chi Wednesday, 9am (intermediate); Thursday, 2:30pm and Friday, 9am (beginning). Tai Chi is a fun and relaxing way to stay health. Experienced or not, you are welcome! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Solano Quilters Mondays, 9:30am – 11:30am. Do you enjoy quilting, knitting, crocheting, or any handcrafting arts? There are people to help if you need assistance or want to learn. 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, Monday-Friday. The Benicia Senior Center hosts onsite 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 $3 donation. Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia Info: 800788-5114 or 707-426-3979 for reservations Senior Crafts Class Thursdays, 9:30am-11:30am. 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

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 Family History Writing 2nd & 4th Fridays, 10am-12pm. Conference Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $1 Info: 707-643-1044 Genealogy Class Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am Computer Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $14 member/$16 non-member Info: 707-643-1044 Knitting Wednesdays, 9-11am. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707643-1044 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 Line Dancing Beginner Class Mondays, 10-11:15am; IntroBeginner class Thursdays 10am, free; Beginner Class Tuesdays 10-11:30am. Beginner Class Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. Kick up your heels - do a little boot scootin’. B Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $6 per session, Basic Beginner Class - free. Info: 707-643-1044 Napa-Solano Audubon Society (Club) 2nd Tuesdays, 6:309:30pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044

55 Alive Mature Driving Wednesdays – Date per AARP, 8:30am12:30pm. Price: $12 AARP member/$14 non-member 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

Bead Class 9-11:30am. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free 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

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 Caregivers Support Group 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10:30am12:30pm. CM Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free 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 Puzzle Table Daily, 9am-2pm. Library, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044

Chi Gong Wednesdays, 11am-12pm. Sitting or standing. Carl Manner Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $3 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

Coin Club 1st Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Dues 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

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

Scrabble Group Thursdays, 12-2pm. Conference Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $1 per person Info: 707-643-1044

Crocheting Wednesdays, 9-11:30am. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-643-1044

Jazzercise Lite Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:15am11am. Low-impact exercise. A Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $2.50 per class Info: 707643-1044 Weekender Magazine September 2011

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Yoga Mondays, 11am-12pm. Exercise freedom of the self from non-eternal elements or states, through concentration and movement. CM Room, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Price: $3 per session Info: 707-643-1044

Ongoing: Shows/Musicals Ennio at Napa Valley Opera House 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 Shrek the Musical September 27-30, 8pm. This is the opening production of the Broadway Sacramento 2011-2012 season. Community Center Theater, 1400 J St., Sacramento Info: 916-557-1999 or www.BroadwaySacramento.com 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 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

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Guided Nature Walk at Post Ranch Inn Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 9:30am. Explore the grounds with Bill Post, greatgrandson of the original homesteaders on the ranch; or General Manager Dan Priano, a resident of Big Sur for many years and an avid hiker of the Big Sur Coast. Weather Permitting. Meet in front of Sierra Mar Price: Complimentary Guest Activity. Info: 831-667-2200 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 Historical Walking Tours in Monterey Saturdays, 1pm. From abalone to whaling, sardines to squid. Learn about Monterey’s fishing heritage during a free one-hour guided walk, starting at the Monterey Maritime Museum Price: Free Info: 831-372-2608 x 11 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 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. 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


Thursday, September 1st The Gospel All Stars and Christian White Party Weekend The “Total Christian Experience” for the entire family. The four-day, three-night 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! 75th Annual Monterey County Fair 12-10pm. “Horsin’ Around!” Arts, crafts, food, fun, shows, music, rides & more! Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-372-1000 Art, Wine & Brew Festival During this 4-day festival the wine tasting (Wine Stroll) takes place on Saturday 9/3 from 2-6 pm in and around Downtown Vacaville at local merchants’ shops. The Brew Tasting takes place only in Town Square on Saturday to 6pm. Also on Saturday and Sunday artists will be present to show/sell their crafts as well. Info: www.artwineandbrew.com “Talking Baseball” - A Benefit for “Autism Speaks” 6:30pm. Meet Mark Ibanez, Nate Schierholtz, Brandon Crawford and special surprise guest. Enjoy amazing Napa Valley food, wine, and beer. Get a photo with the World Series trophy Bid on incredible one of a kind auction items. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville Info: $38/$19 Students/$100 VIP Info: 707-944-9900

Friday, September 2nd The Gospel All Stars and Christian White Party Weekend The “Total Christian Experience” for the entire family.

The four-day, three-night 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! The Renowned Band “War” at Monterey County Fair The multi-platinum award-winning band, WAR has been one of the most popular funk groups for over 40 years. WAR was also one of the most eclectic, freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock influences into an effortlessly funky whole. 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey Info: 831-372-5863 or www.montereycountyfair.com 75th Annual Monterey County Fair 12-11pm. “Horsin’ Around!” Arts, crafts, food, fun, shows, music, rides & more! Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-372-1000 Greek Festival 2011 11am-11pm. A Labor Day weekend tradition in Sacramento, the Greek Festival is hosted by the Sacramento Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Please visit the website for complete schedule and menu information. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. Price: $5 adults/$4 seniors 55+/$children under 12 free. Cash only at door Info: 916-443-2033 or www.sacramentogreekfestival.com Art, Wine & Brew Festival During this 4-day festival the wine tasting (Wine Stroll) takes place on Saturday 9/3 from 2-6 pm in and around Downtown Vacaville at local merchants’ shops. The Brew Tasting takes place only in Town Square on Saturday to 6pm. Also on Saturday and Sunday artists will be present to show/ sell their crafts as well. Info: www.artwineandbrew.com

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Saturday, September 3rd Sift & Sip @ The Inn and Spa at Benicia Bay 1pm5pm. Enjoy fabulous wines from California and tasty treats from Sift Cupcakes, winners of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. Outdoor gallery and live music. A portion of proceeds benefits Arts Benicia. Featured wineries: Trefethen, Ehlers Estates, Chandon, JRE Wines,Vezer, Embros, and more! The Inn and Spa at Benicia Bay, 45 East D. Street, Benicia Price: $45 Info: 707-746-1055 for tickets.

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75th Annual Monterey County Fair 12-11pm. “Horsin’ Around!” Arts, crafts, food, fun, shows, music, rides & more! Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-372-1000 Greek Festival 2011 11am-11pm. A Labor Day weekend tradition in Sacramento, the Greek Festival is hosted by the Sacramento Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. Price: $5 adults/$4 seniors 55+/$children under 12 free. Cash only at door Info: 916-443-2033 or www.sacramentogreekfestival.com Michael Bolton at Wells Fargo Center 8pm. He’s sung with Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles, written songs with Bob Dylan, and Lady Gaga, penned hits for Barbara Streisand and KISS, played guitar with B.B. King and had his music recorded on a track by Kanye West. Come see him live in concert! 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $85/$65/$45 Info: 707-546-3600 Art, Wine & Brew Festival During this 4-day festival the wine tasting (Wine Stroll) takes place on Saturday 9/3 from 2-6 pm in and around Downtown Vacaville at local merchants’ shops. The Brew Tasting takes place only in Town Square on Saturday to 6pm. Also on Saturday and Sunday artists will be present to show/sell their crafts as well. Info: www.artwineandbrew.com

Sunday, September 4th Bodega Pancake Breakfast 8am-11:30am. Benefits Historic Bodega Church (1862), St. Teresa of Avila. Sponsored by St. Teresa’s Ladies Guild. Bodega Price: $10/adult & $5/child under 12yrs Info: 707-875-2843 Labor Day Weekend @ Bella Vineyards 11am-4:30pm. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend @ Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves with the rootsy/blues rock sounds of local favorite Steve Pile, and homemade corndogs prepared by Bella’s acclaimed chef, Bruce Frieseke. 9711 West Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg Price: $15/free for wine club members Info: 866-572-3552 75th Annual Monterey County Fair 12-11pm. “Horsin’ Around!” Arts, crafts, food, fun, shows, music, rides & more! Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-372-1000 Kenny Loggins at Uptown Theatre 7:30pm. Kenny Loggins has earned the faith of those who’ve followed him along the way. To this day, Loggins continues to write and record at the height of his powers as a singer and a songwriter, which he proves every time he takes the stage to sing his soulful songs straight from the heart. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $65/80 21+over Info: 707-259-0123 Greek Festival 2011 11am-11pm. A Labor Day weekend tradition in Sacramento, the Greek Festival is hosted by the Sacramento Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: $5 adults/$4 seniors 55+/$children under 12 free. Cash only at door Info: 916-443-2033 or www.sacramentogreekfestival.com Art, Wine & Brew Festival On Saturday and Sunday artists will be present to show/sell their crafts as well. Info: www.artwineandbrew.com Labor Day Weekend BBQ 12-5pm. Annual Yountville FOCUS fundraiser. Live Music. Kids Games. Drawing and Silent Auction. Supports college scholarships & the Yountville School Foundation. Yountville Park, Washington St. at Madison St., Yountville Price: Free Admission, Meals $5-$14 Info: 707-266-1525

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Revelations Exhibition Sunday Salon @ Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley 1-3pm. Exhibition featuring dramatic paintings by Father Arthur Poulin & captivating sculptures by Peter Woytuk. Discussions by our featured artists with wine pairings from Fisher Vineyards. 6711 Washington St., Yountville Price: Free Price: 707-944-0889

Monday, September 5th 75th Annual Monterey County Fair 12-6pm. “Horsin’ Around!” Arts, crafts, food, fun, shows, music, rides & more! Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-372-1000

Tuesday, September 6th Red Hawk Casino Trip 9:30am-5:45pm. Receive $10 slot play. Photo ID required. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $30 Info: 707-745-1202

Wednesday, September 7th Prosperous Soul Stewardship Series 7-8:30pm. Whether you are a curious beginner or a seasoned investor, Prosperous Soul Stewardship Series provides a vital key for you to unlock financial success in your life! The Gateway, 1315 Military West, Benicia Info: 707-745-5683

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Friday, September 9th USAF Presents Pacific Coast Winds 7pm. US Air Force presents Pacific Coast Winds concert. Jean Runyon Little Theatre, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: Free Info: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil California State Home & Garden Show 12-7pm. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: Free Info: 916-808-5181 or www.calstatehomeshow.org Just Between Friends Kids & Maternity Fall/Back-toSchool Consignment Event 10am-7pm. The North Bay’s LARGEST kids & maternity consignment event. New & gently used clothes (0-12 yrs), toys, books, games, furniture, outdoor gear and more. Consign and earn 60-65% of sales. Volunteer and earn 65% plus a presale pass to exclusive presales FIRST! All items inspected for quality, cleanliness and recalls. Proud to partner with Our Kids Sake& Active 20-30 service club to benefit disadvantaged and homeless children in our community. Hall of Flowers, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $2 Info: 707-456-7523 Wine Country Ukulele Festival 10am-5pm. Live Music All Day Long, ‘Ukulele marketplace, Kid’s Lessons, Very Beginning Lessons, Workshops (separate fee required), Jam Sessions, ‘Ukulele Give-Aways and More! Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena Price: Free admission Info: 707-226-7372

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Stories from the

Big Chair

by Earl Miller Hola from Mexico… and Hello from America.. has been been quite the change in lifestyle for me and my Jane. We are adjusting pretty well…I guess you could say that….I never really lived anywhere that the humidity, the size of the spiders and the bugs you can’t see…. (noseeems) was the main topic of the day. If it wasn’t for air conditioners and a pool to take the edge off I think we would just stay locked up in a room. When I am working around the Bungalow’s I find myself jumping in the pool about every 15 minutes. To keep away the hour by hour melt down. And making sure the noseeems aren’t building a village on my skin… I remember complaining in some of my other stories about the heat in Palm Springs…..the DRY Heat as they call it……Never again….I love dry heat….Gimme 130 in the dry heat…..it’s the wet heat that I am not getting along with….I change my shirt at least 3 to 4 times a day….It’s a good thing I have a couple hundred Hawaiian shirts….I just get soaking wet and take one off and put another one on….I just hang them around the chairs all over the place……I guess the one good thing is that I am to wet to catch on fire…. I am still trying to get over the nothing to do except what you want to do idea. Although It seems that once you just start to get comfortable…..something comes up that needs to be done…We are just about done with visitors for about a month or more and it’s time to get ready for the next season. The storms have been quite wild to say the least……when the lightning and thunder come it is like it is only happening in our little village…..the thunder is so loud you think that the walls are going to burst into a million pieces….the lightning appears to be right outside the window…..when we have a big storm it rains so hard that the streets flood and all go into one big river…. which is main St. and it flows all the way to the ocean…..It is quite

entertaining. Oh yeah….we live in the rain forest and it rains every day or every other day….but it rains….and I mean it really rains…..I went down to the beach the other day and it didn’t even look like our beach….I had to take a double take….everything changed….the walk down to the water was about a 10 foot drop-off….the river broke out into the ocean and a couple hundred yards of new beach appeared….. Wild…..We do try to head down to the beach every evening to watch the sunset….and we meet up with the other Americans living here in the off season….about 7 or 8 of us…..Every evening the sunset it is so beautiful….every day is different …..I have come up with a saying for our experience of living in another country… NO EXPECTATIONS AND NO REASON TO IMPRESS ANYONE! The speed of things getting done is also an eye opener…..I am introducing a new word to the Spanish language…..SOON! I think the word Manana is outdated and needs a facelift….no one is in hurry and I like that! When I am getting something done by someone here I ask when will that be done. They usually just smile at me and I like that too! The only thing I miss down here is all of you…so why don’t all of you pack your bags and get on a plane and head on down? It brings on a whole new meaning of chill….flip flops, 5 shirts, 5 pair of shorts, and 5 bathing suits…that’s about it…Oh Yeah…..sunscreen…as we are about 5 feet from the sun….When I come back to Benicia every month….I sure love it….next year we will probably be in both places about 6 months each on and off….the best of both worlds….I love the Benicia….always will….I hear that this is going be the last time you read my stories in print on paper. The magazine is going digital, so I guess I will too! I have been writing these stories for 20 years and as I look back…. I have loved every minute of it…. I hope after all the stories over the last 20 years……you have found that all the bad, crazy, wild, medical and very strange things really don’t happen just to you…I have had some time to reflect and have had some incredible thoughts about life and I find that the real thing that matters more than anything is family…..and friends….I have been so blessed to have met thousands of people through the Weekender magazine and I get a chance to reflect on how you all have touched me in so many different ways… you all have made my life a better place to be in……I really want to say thank you to all of you for living with me through my crazy stories….see you in the digital world….Digitearl!

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Saturday, September 10th Willie Nelson 8pm. Summer Stage Outdoor Amphitheatre, Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Hwy. 16, Brooks Price: $75/$49/$39 Info: 888-772-2243 or www.cachecreek.com Healdsburg Soroptimist Beer in the Plaza 3-7pm. It will be an Ale of a Good Time with over 30 microbreweries offering specialty beers, food, live music by the Soulshine Blues Band. Tickets available at Bear Republic and Copperfield’s Bookstore in Healdsburg and at the gate. No pets please. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist community service programs. Price: $20 Info: 707-481-8864 Patrizio Buanne @ Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne is known Internationally for his engaging and spectacular stage performances. From his native Italy throughout Europe, he is no stranger to sold-out theatres and arenas, performing with his big-band orchestra. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $30/$40 Info: 707-226-7372 Tears For Fears at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Tears For Fears continues to sell out shows throughout the world and maintains their status as one of pop music’s more productive musical collaborations. 1350 Third Street, Napa Price: $65/75 Info: 707-259-0123 Napa River Wine, Crafts & Jazz Festival 10am-6pm. The Napa River Wine, Crafts and Jazz Festival, is adding music in a big way with some of the best Jazz music around, a new location at Veteran’s Park with a day of music and 200 artists displaying unique, original hand-crafted art and A new children’s craft area. Food from local restaurants and some of the valley’s best wine and beer. Main and Second Street in downtown Napa Price: Free Info: 707-257-0322 Riverfront & Mansion District Walking Tour 10am12pm. Join Scott Sedgley and Suzy Stamper for a Landmarks walking tour around the riverfront of the historic Napa Abajo neighborhood. Learn about the riverboat captains that called this area home and see the spectacular mansions that still grace the streets. Napa Valley Welcome Center, 600 Main St., Napa Price: $5 NCL & NCHS members/$10 General Info: 707-255-1836 The V Concert 4pm. A presentation of the A to Z Concert Series. A benefit for Cinnabar Opera Theater. Garden Venue, 200 Queens Ln., Petaluma Price: $10-$20 Info: 707-763-8920 Just Between Friends Consignment Sale 9am-3pm. JBF, the leading children’s and maternity consignment event, returns to the Convention Center for their annual Sacramento Fall Sale. Exhibit Hall B, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: Free admission on Saturday & Sunday. Please see their website regarding Friday admission fee Info: http://www.sacramento.jbfsale.com California State Home & Garden Show 12-7pm. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: Free Info: 916-808-5181 or www.calstatehomeshow.org Mike Epps & Friends 8pm. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: $45/$39.50 advance/$5 more day of show Info: 916-808-5181 or http://mikeepps.com Random Rab 9pm. Often referred to as “The Master of Emotion” his music is patently beautiful and melodic. As a multiinstrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Listeners of all types of music can find something they can relate to in his sound. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco Price: $20 Info: 415-771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com Weekender Magazine September 2011

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My Experience with The Big Green I couldn’t wait for the day – it finally arrived… my Big Green Egg was delivered assembled, in its own cart and ready to be used! It was like Christmas, but only better! The Big Green Egg comes with an instructional DVD so I eagerly sat down at my computer to watch some videos. I liked that the videos were short and got right to the point. Afterall, I didn’t buy my new Egg so that I could sit around at my computer; I bought it to USE! After watching the videos on charcoal placement and temperature control I felt confident in going right out to my patio to start playing with my BGE (Big Green Egg). It really did feel like playing because using the BGE is pretty easy. Temperature control is so much easier than traditional BBQ grills. Oh and talk about fast setup! I didn’t have to wait 20 minutes for charcoal to turn white or wait for the chemical smell of lighter fluid to dissipate. The BGE is really ready for meat in about 10 minutes – whether you’re searing burgers to lock in the juices and want the grill at 650 degrees or grilling some hot dogs quickly at around 400 degrees. I really couldn’t believe how quickly the hot dogs were ready to go! And that’s a good thing because it seems like when I BBQ I’m always really hungry and ready for a quick bite.

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I used the Big Green Egg lump charcoal and it worked very well in how long it lasted and the nice flavor it imparted to the grilled meats. The hamburgers were very tasty and a beautiful color. The only seasonings I added to the ground beef were salt, pepper and a little bit of garlic powder. The grilled burgers tasted like they had some secret ingredient they were so good! Another cool benefit of using the Big Green Egg lump charcoal is that you can reuse it without having to dump ashes. Talk about a time, money and resource saver! I wholeheartedly recommend getting your own Big Green Egg. If you like to grill good meat and poultry, enjoy cooking (or even dislike it – it will be a lot easier now!) with tools that make food preparation easier, faster and healthier, or if you like to smoke meat or want to start cooking and baking outside, the Big Green Egg will help you do it all faster, easier, and dare I say, it will be a whole lot more fun! Talk to Jeff or Darrell at Benicia Home Improvement down on First Street. They are extremely knowledgeable, super helpful, and of course from what I’ve seen and experienced they are the best resource for all things Big Green Egg in Solano County! Get your very own Big Green Egg: Benicia Home Improvement at 736 First Street, Benicia | 707-745-8337


San Francisco Bay Bombers vs. Brooklyn Red Devils Live professional banked track roller derby. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1300 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: Varies Info: www.arsdbombers.com Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival 11:30am-7pm. Authentic Cajun food, legendary Zydeco music and dancing under the redwoods! The Zydeco Flames, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Sheryl Cormier with Ed Poullard, Freeze Guillroy & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band Live Crawfish, Gator Sausage, Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, BBQ chicken & Oysters, Hurricanes, Margaritas, Oyster Shooters, wine and beer. Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol Price: $17 Advance/$20 At the Door/Under 12 Free Info: 707-823-3971 Katmandu Festival 11am-5pm. Experience the diverse cultures of Nepal, Tibet and India through traditional Himalayan music and lively dance performances. Enjoy shopping for imported and unique items, savor mouth-watering momos and other traditional fresh-cooked cuisines, and relax with a healing arts demonstration. Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 1st Street West, Sonoma Price: $10 donation Info: 707-938-1807 Wine Country Big Q 1-5pm. Wine Country welcomes the first Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) nationally sanctioned competition to Sonoma County. Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews while enjoying great country and blues music. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Sonoma Info: 707-523-5728 Wine Country Ukulele Festival 10am-5pm. Live Music All Day Long, ‘Ukulele marketplace, Kid’s Lessons, Very Beginning Lessons, Workshops (separate fee required), Jam Sessions, ‘Ukulele GiveAways and More! Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena Price: Free admission Info: 707-226-7372

Sunday, September 11th A Day in the Country 3-6pm. This annual fundraising event features the delights from top chefs representing over 25 restaurants throughout northern California, serving dishes created from food grown in Yolo County’s rich farmland.  Live music and a kid’s corner round it off to make it an enjoyable day for the whole family. Park Winters is located on the site of the historic George Washington Scott Ranch between Winters and Madison in western Yolo County Price: $75 before September 7 Info: 530-662-1110 or www.yololandtrust.org Just Between Friends Consignment Sale 9am-3pm. JBF, the leading children’s and maternity consignment event, returns to the Convention Center for their annual Sacramento Fall Sale. Exhibit Hall B, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: Free admission on Saturday & Sunday. Please see their website regarding Friday admission fee Info: http://www.sacramento.jbfsale.com California State Home & Garden Show 12-7pm. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: Free Info: 916-808-5181 or www.calstatehomeshow.org Cesar Millan 7pm. Cesar Millan, the world’s most renowned dog behavior specialist is coming to the on which include a postshow meet and greet with Millan. At the event, Millan will touch upon his life experiences, and teach the attendees how to apply his techniques in the training and rehabilitation of their own dogs. Please note: No non-service animals allowed at performance. Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1400 J St., Sacramento Price: $35.75/$45.75/$75 VIP (includes a meet-and-greet with Millan) Info: 916-808-5181 or www.cesarsway.com

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Katmandu Festival 11am-5pm. Experience the diverse cultures of Nepal, Tibet and India through traditional Himalayan music and lively dance performances. Enjoy shopping for imported and unique items, savor mouth-watering momos and other traditional fresh-cooked cuisines, and relax with a healing arts demonstration. Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 1st Street West, Sonoma Price: $10 donation Info: 707-938-1807 Wine Country Ukulele Festival 10am-5pm. Live Music All Day Long, ‘Ukulele marketplace, Kid’s Lessons, Very Beginning Lessons, Workshops (separate fee required), Jam Sessions, ‘Ukulele Give-Aways and More! Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena Price: Free admission Info: 707-226-7372 Community Art Memorial 1pm. Napa Valley Museum and Nimbus Arts invite you to join us in honoring those who sacrificed on and after 9/11 by participating in the creation of a community art memorial. This activity is in conjunction with the museum’s DISCREPANCY: living between war and peace exhibition. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: $15 for up to 5 Info: 707-944-0500

Monday, September 12th Fiesta de Independencia at Wells Fargo Center 1-6pm. Celebrate with a taste of Mexico in Sonoma County. Everyone is welcome free-of-charge at this four-hour festival presented by the Center’s Latino Advisory Council. Enjoy authentic Mexican food, music, local entertainment, games and activities for the whole family. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: Free Info: 707-546-3600

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Tuesday, September 13th Willie Nelson at Uptown Theatre 7:30pm. The title of Willie Nelson’s solo debut on Blue Note Records, American Classic, refers as much to the man himself as to the storied Tin Pan Alley repertoire he explores on this elegant new set. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $95/$110 Info: 707-259-0123

Wednesday, September 14th Bruce Hornsby at Uptown Theatre 7:30pm. Known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions with his songwriting and the seamless improvisations contained within. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $40/$50 Info: 707-259-0123 Willie Nelson & Family at Wells Fargo Center 8pm. Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings “Crazy,” “Hello Walls, “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $85/$65/$45 Info: 707-546-3600

Thursday, September 15th Chicago at Uptown Theatre 8pm. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $110/$125 Info: 707-259-0123


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Friday, September 16th 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival 6pm-12am. The 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in the world.  More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages spread throughout the grounds. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-373-3366 or www.montereyjazzfestival.org Joan Osborne & Dar Williams @ Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. The two popular female folk artists take the stage for a memorable evening of music. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $30/$40/$50 Info: 707-226-7372

Saturday, September 17th 38th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Fair 10am-4pm. Featuring over 150 artisans. First Street, Downtown Benicia Info: 707-7452120 or www.visitbenicia.com 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival 11:30am-12am. The 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in the world. More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages spread throughout the grounds. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-373-3366 or www.montereyjazzfestival.org Napa Valley Aloha Festival 10am-6pm. The festival will include live entertainment and vendors from the Hawaiian/Polynesian community in the form of music, dance, authentic foods arts, crafts, clothing and wares from vendors all over the West Coast. Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds, 575 Third Street, Napa Price: Free Info: 707-966-4017 24

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Rob Schneider at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider, well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, has broadened his focus to include directing, producing and writing. Schneider is well known for his longtime relationship with Adam Sandler. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $35/45 Info: 707-259-0123 Lee Ritenour @ Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Come and see the Grammy-award winning guitarist at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $38/$48 Info: 707-226-7372 Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire 10am-8pm. Join us for Much Ado About Sebastopol! This is a family-friendly Renaissance Faire. Costumes are encouraged but not required! Much Ado is the major fundraiser for Sebastopol Educational Foundation. Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol Price: $12 Adults/$6 Children Info: 707-829-4570 Mexican Independence Day Celebration 12-5pm. Come join a celebration of Mexican Independence at the Napa Valley Museum. Enjoy traditional food, music and dance while experiencing the rich, cultural heritage of Mexico at this free family event. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: Free Info: 707-944-0500 th

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54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival 11am-11:30pm. The longest running jazz festival in the world. More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-373-3366 or www.montereyjazzfestival.org Herbie Hancock at Wells Fargo Center 8pm. Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $65/$55/$45 Info: 707-546-3600


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Taste of First Street 6-9pm. Autumn brings a sampling of the cuisine from favorite restaurants on First Street in Benicia with two glasses of wine & a souvenir glass. First Street Merchants showcase their “tasteful” treasures with a complimentary drawing. Price: $35

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival All day. Top musicians from the genres of Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and Soul music. International Food Court, Wine Garden Stage, with sizzling music and wine tasting from local wineries. Johnson’s Beach Resort, 16241 First Street, Guerneville Price: $50/$80 2-Day Pass/$10 Ages 6-12 Single Day Info: 707-869-1595

Saturday, September 24th Annual Cruisin’ Calistoga Beer & Wine Festival & Car Show 9am-5pm. Custom & Classic Car Show, Beer and Wine Tasting 12-3pm, DJ by “Darren Z Productions.” Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga Price: $25 Info: 707-942-1473 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival All day. Top musicians from the genres of Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Latin Jazz and Soul music. International Food Court, Wine Garden Stage, with sizzling music and wine tasting from local wineries. Johnson’s Beach Resort, 16241 First Street, Guerneville Price: Varies Info: 707-869-1595 Sonoma County Book Festival 10am-4pm. Join us at Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square for a free celebration of literacy and the literary arts. The Sonoma County Book Festival will feature nationally recognized poets, novelists, screenwriters, children’s authors, publishers, bookstores, exhibits, story tellers, comedian acts & so much more! Price: Free Info: 707-537-8784 Weekend Along the Farm Trails 10am-4pm. Join local farmers for a weekend of tours, artisan foods, wine tasting, handson activities, cooking, pick-your-own, agricultural demonstrations, music and harvest. From hay rides to cheese-making, Weekend Along the Farm Trails offers a chance to experience Sonoma County’s agricultural heritage. Price: Free Info: 707-837-8896 EarleFest 12:30-7pm. Northern California’s premier Americana music festival! Featuring The Flatlanders, PT, Chuck Prophet, Audrey Auld, The Jug Dealers. Delicious BBQ, beverages, Silent Auction. Bring the family to celebrate Americana! Price: $20 Advance/$25 Day of Info: 707-523-3222 Gift for Life Block Walk 7:30am Registration; 9:15-11:30am Walk; 11:30am-3pm Health Fair. Sisters Network Solano County collaborates with other organizations and community groups to coordinate this innovative program that allows breast cancer survivors and volunteers to canvass door-to-door in the underserved areas and distribute breast health educational information, a resource list and pink ribbons. Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church, 900 6th Street, Vallejo Info: 707-642-6066 or www.sistersnetworksolanocounty.com

51st Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show 10am-5pm. Sponsored by Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society.  Dealers, displays, demonstrations, snack bar, children’s activities. Monterey Room, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-659-4156 or www.cvgms.org Napa Valley Open Studios 11am-6pm. Sixty-five juried artists will be open to demonstrate and discuss their work. A collector’s catalog and map will be available at locations throughout the valley and at local chambers of commerce. Price: Free Info: 707-257-0900 Petaluma Downtown Fall Antique Faire 8am-4pm. Antique and collectible lovers throughout the Bay Area are welcome to come, browse and shop. All proceeds benefit the Petaluma Downtown Association for future shows. Downtown Petaluma Price: Free Info: 707-762-9348 The Wedding Expo at Wells Fargo Center 12pm. Come savor wine country’s finest wines (complementary with admission—must be 21 or over); see the latest in bridal fashion in the fashion centers; sample fine cuisine, lavish hors d’ oeuvres, delectable cakes and decadent desserts. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $15 door/$12 online Info: 707-546-3600

Tuesday, September 27th Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith 7:30pm. 2 Friends Tour. Church on the Hill, 500 Sands Dr., San Jose Price: $39-$75/$5 higher at the door (if available) Info: 800-965-9324

Wednesday, September 28th The Bacon Brothers @ Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Before Kevin Bacon was a Hollywood mega-star and Michael Bacon an award-winning film composer, they were brothers who loved to play music together. Sixteen years ago they decided to make it official and started a band, and they’ve been going strong ever since. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: : $25 / $35 / $45 Time: Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Phone Number: 707-226-7372 Weekender Magazine September 2011

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Vacaville Museum Guild Bunko Bash #21 6pm food, wine and fellowship; 7pm Bunko. There will be many great prizes to be won, all donated by the Museum Guild members, and all proceeds go to the Vacaville Museum, A Center for Solano County History. McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Center, Vacaville Price: $25 Info: 707-447-4513

Thursday, September 29th Benicia Senior Center Catered Luncheon 12pm. Come and enjoy a hosted lunch catered by Palmero’s and get to know some of the Parks and Recreation Department staff! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $10 Info: 707-745-1202 2011 California State H.O.G. Rally 5-9pm. Central Coast Tour for Harley Davidson motorcycle owners and enthusiasts. Monterey Room, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-754-1638 or www. castatehogrally.com

Casting Crowns with Sanctus Real and The Afters 7pm. Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Rd., Roseville Price: $22.50-$35.50 in advance/$5 higher at the door (if available) Info: 800-965-9324

Friday, September 30th Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder 8pm. Ricky Skaggs has often said that he is “just trying to make a living” playing the music he loves. From his debut at the Grand Ole Opry at the age of seven, to his garnering 14 Grammy Awards through his storied career, it is obvious that Skaggs has nicely hurdled that modest ambition. Jackson Hall Standard, University of California, Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis Price: $58/$47/$35 general; $29/$23.50/$17.50 students Info: 866-754-2787 2011 California State H.O.G. Rally 8am-6pm. Central Coast Tour for Harley Davidson motorcycle owners and enthusiasts. Monterey Room, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey Info: 831-754-1638 or www.castatehogrally.com Merle Haggard at Uptown Theatre 8pm. The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard as an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man”, and a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $80/$90 Info: 707-259-0123 Sonoma County Harvest Fair 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm & 7:45pm. Come join us at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for premier winetasting, food-tasting, art show and sale, pumpkin carving, hay rides, Haunted Room, jazz stage, and many more events and fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss our renowned World Championship Grape Stomp competition! Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa Price: $8 Adults/$3 Children/Ages 6 & Under Free Info: 707-545-4203

Saturday, October 1st 7th Annual Wine and Chocolate Waterfront Festival 11am-5pm. Come and enjoy the ambiance of the Waterfront while browsing the 70+ artist artisan booths presenting unique handcrafted items. Sip wine from local award winning and up-andcoming Suisun Valley and Solano County wineries, and indulge in fine chocolate candy, cupcakes, fudge, and other chocolate culinary delicacies! Enjoy live music center stage. The Waterfront Festival also hosts children’s activities. Suisun City Historic Waterfront District Price: Free Info: 707-399-7195 Sonoma County Harvest Fair 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm & 7:45pm. Come join us at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for premier wine-tasting, food-tasting, art show and sale, pumpkin carving, hay rides, Haunted Room, jazz stage, and many more events and fun activities for the whole family. Don't miss our renowned World Championship Grape Stomp competition! Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa Price: $8 Adults/$3 Children/Ages 6 & Under Free Info: 707-545-4203

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