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Oh, Christmas tree: Alamo students launch ‘Star Wars’ offering

VACAVILLE — Do. Or not do. There is no try, Yoda proclaims. The Alamo Elementary School Festival of the Trees Club do, as they have for the past few years. The students decorate a tree for the annual festival. Proceeds from the event benefit Opportunity House, Vacaville’s homeless shelter. This year’s theme is “Star Wars.” Chorus […]

Clairdee primed for ‘Soulful Sounds of the Season’

VALLEJO — Clairdee is a musician on a mission – and it’s not to top the sales chart. The former Fairfield resident wants to uplift people with her voice and music. She’s performing at a Vallejo Jazz Society-sponsored event Dec. 6 at the Empress Theatre. The program title is “Soulful Sounds of the Season,” but Clairdee, […]

Holiday events on tap at Harbor Arts Center

SUISUN CITY — Harbor Arts Center is hosting holiday events in connection with the city’s Christmas at the Waterfront Dec. 5. North Pole holiday shopping is planned noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Admission is free. Santa visits will be held that evening from 6 to 8 […]

America trailer park setting for Christmas musical

NAPA — Lucky Penny Productions will present “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical,” Dec. 4-19 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208, in Napa. This companion piece to the first “Trailer Park” musical is set back at Armadillo Acres, north Florida’s premier mobile-living community. This time it’s Christmas and […]

Music, dinner at Unity’s Holiday Soiree

VACAVILLE — Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center is hosting a Holiday Soiree at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5. This annual event features a catered dinner and entertainment extravaganza. The masters of ceremonies, Narayan and Janet Baltzo, are musicians and songwriters, who blend jazz, Motown, Beatles and world music grooves. Julie Stout and friends will perform, […]

Concert benefits adds to fund that helps with medical bills

VALLEJO — Congregation B’nai Israel is hosting its eighth annual concert fundraiser on Dec. 6. The jazz/blues/pop concert benefits the organization’s Tikkun Loving Care fund, which assists area residents with medical bills. This year’s theme is “Bringing In The Light,” and will feature a menorah lighting in honor of the first night of Hanukkah. The concert […]

Holiday home tour raises funds for Vacaville Museum

VACAVILLE —The Vacaville Museum Guild Holiday Home Tour fundraiser, including what is believed to be the oldest home in the Pleasants Valley area, is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 12. Other homes showcase doll, train and classic car collections. The self-guided tour begins at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave. The museum opens […]

Artist has an appetite for (food) construction

FAIRFIELD — Looking at Vincent Concepcion’s FoodieWorld acrylic painting may induce cravings, bring a smile to your face and leave you wanting to see more in the series. Or, all three. He jokingly tells people the 20 items contained on canvas total “approximately 10,000 calories.” The Vallejo resident’s creation is one of 115 works selected […]

‘A Visit to Bethlehem’ returns to New Hope

VACAVILLE — See what life was like on the night of Jesus’ birth as New Hope Christian Fellowship hosts its annual “A Visit to Bethlehem,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 4-6. Admission to the interactive Nativity is free. The church is at 4910 Allison Parkway. Visitors can meander through the marketplace and see live […]

Week in preview Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2015

Fairfield 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday Parthenon Ballet: “The Nutcracker” Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. www.parthenoncenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday Open mic Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 2 p.m. Saturday The 7th Sons Seven Artisans Winery, 4341 Abernathy Road. 425-2370. 3:30 p.m. Saturday Tree lighting […]

Alive Music Orchestra holiday shows pays tribute to military

VACAVILLE — The 24th annual Alive Music Orchestra Christmas show is centered on the theme, “The Brave.” The 7 p.m. Dec. 11 performance will incorporate traditional sing-along carols and Christmas tunes. It’s at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Road, Vacaville. “It is meant to remind people who the holidays are a season of peace, family and most […]

Davis Chorale announces upcoming performances, fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — Small ensembles from the Davis Chorale are performing mini-concerts during the holiday season. They are: 3:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Creche Festival, 850 Pioneer Ave., Woodland. 8 p.m., Dec. 11 at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., Davis. 10:30 a.m., Dec. 19, Davis Farmers Market, Central Park, 401 C St. 1:30 p.m., Dec. 21 […]

Holiday ha-has on tap at Harbor Arts Center

SUISUN CITY — It appears Cheryl Anderson will be Cheryl the Soccer Mom for the foreseeable future. The comic, who is appearing in Suisun City Saturday, has two adult daughters, 28 and 21. The youngest is finishing college. The oldest is married. She and her spouse live with Anderson and her husband. Cheryl, the Soccer […]

Light show added to Six Flags holiday menu

VALLEJO — A new synchronized light show, “Six Flags Dazzle,” will illuminate Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s annual Holiday in the Park . The light show features dancing lights set to holiday tunes. Fanciful lights and shapes are also included. Vacaville’s Lyndsey Elm, a contestant on this season of “The Voice,” will perform at 5 p.m. […]

Plenty of offerings to fuel a happy holiday mood

FAIRFIELD — There’s no reason to lack holiday spirit when Solano County cities offer a bevy of events celebrating Christmas. All you need to do is put on a Christmas sweater, grab those tickets where needed and get your jolly on. Here’s a city-by-city list of holiday-related performances and events. Fairfield Parthenon Ballet returns to the Fairfield […]

Rio Vista holiday happenings slated Dec. 5-6

RIO VISTA — Rio Vista will welcome the Christmas season with a holiday happenings Dec. 5-6. The annual Olde Tyme Christmas Craft Fair, at the Rio Vista Museum 16 N. Front St., runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. The RioVision Holiday Home Tour is 11 […]

Elf Stacy offering free letters from Santa

FAIRFIELD — Elf Stacy Rose, owner of LegendaryLetters.com is again giving away a free letter from Santa Claus to the first 100 children who drop a letter to Santa in the vintage letter collection box she will post at 805 Jackson St., in downtown Fairfield. The special green mailbox will appear on Dec. 4 for those attending the […]

Vacaville ranches open for shopping, family fun

VACAVILLE — Binion Ranch and Menagerie Hill Ranch invite the public to visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for shopping, food and activities for the family. More than two dozen vendors will offer holiday wares for sale including jewelry, candles, home decor, essential oils, cosmetics and beauty products, clothing, accessories, dog treats and more. […]

Hip Hop Hippie Boutique opens at Bliss

VACAVILLE — The Bliss Urban Arts Center has added another business to its location. Owner Fae Salfiti recently opened the Hip Hop Hippie Boutique at the center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway. The boutique offers new and used cultural and urban clothing as well as international items such as shoes, purses, accessories, spiritual statues, figurines, jewelry, […]

‘Rocky’ returns, dinosaurs live and Frankenstein kick off holiday movies

FAIRFIELD — The holiday box office is off and running with the release of “Creed,” a new film in the boxing-saga “Rocky” series. In this PG-13 drama, Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, trains Adonis Johnson, the son of Creed, one of Rocky’s former opponents. Creed died before his son was born. Michael B. Jordan plays […]

Interfaith Thanksgiving service filled with prayer, hope

FAIRFIELD — A small and grateful group gathered Sunday evening at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for the return of an interfaith Thanksgiving service.

A Scripture reading, prayers and music were included in the event that united communities of faith. Nonbelievers were also welcome.

Todd Bertani, pastor of St. Mark’s, said the first interfaith service was held after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when local Sikhs reached out to him.

Craft fair proceeds help feed the hungry

FAIRFIELD — Fifty vendors filled the golden dome Saturday and Sunday as Our Lady of Mount Carmel hosted its ninth annual Christmas Craft Faire. Shoppers were able to see Pat Gadson at work. All they needed to do was select from towels, aprons or other items and she was ready to embroider it. She has been […]

Tiny tacklers: Solano Warriors fields team of 5- to 7-year-olds

FAIRFIELD — For many members of the Solano Warriors tiny mites team, it is their first experience playing football. After all, they are young boys, ages 5 to 7. “It’s hard work for a lot of these guys,” said Mike Dean, the team’s head coach. “They have been conditioning for a while. They worked hard […]

Burdon of proof: Legendary singer heads to Napa

FAIRFIELD — More than five decades in the music business, numerous top 10 hits and the voice behind the classic “House of the Rising Sun,” are all the clues one needs to figure out the subject is the legendary Eric Burdon. Burdon found favor with American music audiences during what has been labeled the British […]

Holiday tradition dances into local venues

FAIRFIELD — Eighty dancers, four performances and four demonstration shows would tax many ballet companies doing “The Nutcracker.” For Adam Aicher, artistic director of Parthenon Ballet Company, the biggest challenge is taking a “100-year-old classic and keep it up to par.” “The Nutcracker” is a two-act ballet to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It […]

Shorter hair, new sound and Christmas album for Nelson brothers

FAIRFIELD — The long blond manes are long gone and their sound has more of a country flavor. The identical twin sons of 1950s teen idol Ricky Nelson appear to be following in their father’s musical footsteps. “It was very similar to what Dad went through,” said Matthew Nelson in a phone interview from Nashville. […]

Week in preview: Nov. 20-26, 2015

Fairfield 6 p.m. Friday Fob Jones Quintet Favela’s, 1500 Oliver Road. 421-8484. 7 p.m. Friday Party in the Tap Room with Project 4 Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Drive. 429-7595. 7:30 p.m. Friday The Way Out, The People, Surviving the Era Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 8 p.m. Friday Solano Choral Society: ‘Bringing in the […]

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ performances in Vacaville, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Jay Trottier will continue a holiday tradition presenting Handel’s “Messiah” with a full orchestra, chorus and soloists for two local shows. The first is 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 350 Stinson Ave., Vacaville. The second is 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints […]

‘Believe with Santa’ features music, stories, Christmas magic

VACAVILLE — Families are invited to “Believe with Santa” at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The annual show features music, stories, a bit of Christmas magic and a visit from Santa Claus. After the show, Saint Nick will welcome families and photos. Organizers ask attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy for […]

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Crèche exhibit returns to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

FAIRFIELD — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2700 Dover Ave., will host the 13th annual Bev Orlando Memorial Crèche Exhibit. The exhibit features more than 400 Nativity scenes from around the world. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22-23; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 […]

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