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Singles of Solano pair up with Solid Gold for dance

FAIRFIELD — Solid Gold will provide music for the Singles of Solano Hot August Nights Dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23. The event is at the Vacaville Moose Lodge, 6586 Gibson Canyon Road. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to dress to impress. For more information, call 448-9695. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 […]

‘Old Town Night Out’ benefits 2 Benicia groups

BENICIA — The Benicia Old Town Theatre Group will present “Old Town Night Out” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Proceeds benefit the group as well as the BDES Hall, located at 140 W. J St. The event will take place at the BDES Hall. The Benicia Old Town Theatre Group performs at the venue, which is […]

Week in preview: July 31 through Aug. 6, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Open mic Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Dalt Williams Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 8 p.m. Saturday Sly & The Family Stone Tribute Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. www.downtowntheatre.com. 5 p.m. Wednesday Fashion Stars of Project […]

Get ready for War in Vacaville, salsa music at Pena Adobe

VACAVILLE — Funk and Festival are the buzz words in Vacaville as the town prepares for its annual Funk Fest and annual Festival de la Isla. The fun begins with the annual Puerto Rican gathering Aug. 22 at Pena Adobe Park. Salsa music star Frankie Negron is this year’s headliner. The New Jersey born singer has […]

Journey to county fair to hear music of Journey

FAIRFIELD — You can relive the music of Journey on Saturday at the Solano County Fair. Journey Revisited started in 2005. The Journey tribute band plays casinos, fairs and corporate events, to name a few. Jeff Salado fronts the band and has been praised for his ability to re-create the vocals of former Journey front […]

Radio Symphony to premiere ‘The Complete Metropolis’

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Christian Schools Radio Symphony has another high note to add to its illustrious repertoire. Students, aided by some professional musicians, will host the first U.S. showing of “The Complete Metropolis” while playing the score from the 1927 Fritz Lang film. Shows are scheduled Aug. 11 and 12. Vacaville Christian Schools in 2007 […]

City Council cancels meeting on National Night Out

SUISUN CITY — Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council has been canceled. Residents are encouraged to join in National Night Out Activities that day. For more information, call 421-7300. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Multiagency investigation leads to arrest in Vacaville heist

VACAVILLE — A 26-year-old Pacifica resident, arrested Friday in San Francisco, is the suspect in the theft of a wallet from the Blake Austin Beauty Academy earlier in the month. Catherine Strickfaden was taken into custody after a joint investigation involving the Vacaville and Colma police departments, Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the San Francisco Homeland […]

Take a swing on the course, raise money for Vacaville Museum

VACAVILLE — The second annual Vacaville Museum Jim Lawrenz Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 9 at the Chardonnay Golf Club, 2555 Jameson Canyon Road, American Canyon. Lawrenz was an avid golfer, community servant, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former member and president of the Vacaville Museum board of trustees. The tournament […]

Give ‘N Take offers free clothing, shoes, household goods

FAIRFIELD — Those in need are invited to Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s annual Give ‘N Take from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are welcome to browse in the parish hall at 1050 N. Texas St. to choose from household goods, bedding, clothes and shoes and other items. The event usually draws several hundred people. […]

Familiar film franchises aim for financial fortune

FAIRFIELD — It’s deja vu weekend at the box office as two film franchises introduce new movies. Tom Cruise leads the cast in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” an action flick that’s rated PG-13. In this outing, Cruise and his team, including actors Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames, need to eradicate the Syndicate, an organization determined to […]

Program helps youngsters hone skills for kindergarten

SUISUN CITY — One-by-one, Eli Marrero added small seashells to the small plastic bottle. Eventually, there was no room left and he tipped the bottle upside down to release seashells. Gabrielle Cassidy stood on the opposite side of the water table. She had spread her seashells out, putting them in a handful of different containers. […]

Week in preview July 24-31, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Call Me the Villain, Decipher the Fallen Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Parthenon Ballet Summer Showcase Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. www.downtowntheatre.com. 4:30 p.m. Saturday VezerStock Concert Series: Fleetwood Mask Vezer Family Vineyard, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. www.vezerfamilyvineyard.com. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Jannell Candrick Sticky […]

Wilson Phillips, Clint Black ink deals for Vacaville shows

VACAVILLE — A trio of singers whose parents were members of The Beach Boys and The Mamas and The Papas, and a country crooner are two of the five shows in Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre’s upcoming season. Wilson Phillips – with members Carnie and Wendy Wilson, whose father is Brian Wilson; and Chynna Phillips, daughter of […]

Little people tackle big sound of Kiss in concert

FAIRFIELD — Arizona resident Zachary Morris, Mini Gene Simmons, thinks like his taller counterpart. When asked his favorite Kiss song, Morris explained, “Gene would say it was the one that sold the most.” Morris is one of about a dozen little people in Mini Kiss, a band that dons Kiss makeup and costumes and pays […]

‘Let It Whip’ as the Solano County Fair welcomes The Dazz Band

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Fair will kick off its five-day run Wednesday with some dazzle — The Dazz Band. The funk band, formed in Cleveland, won a Grammy in 1982 for their hit “Let It Whip.” From there it was on to international travel and appearances on “Soul Train,” “Solid Gold” and “American Bandstand.” […]

Giants broadcaster will talk about Judaism and baseball

VALLEJO — “Talking Baseball & Judaism” returns to Congregation B’nai Israel on Aug. 20 for “Inning 5: Jews, Baseball & Joy.” Marty Lurie, known for his pregame and postgame broadcasts with the San Francisco Giants, is the featured speaker. He will be joined by David White, the rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel. The event begins […]

Trilogy show to feature abundance of art

RIO VISTA — The Trilogy Art Guild in Rio Vista invites the public to its 13th annual Juried Art Show, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9. The artwork will be displayed in the Vista Club at 1201 Clubhouse Drive in the Trilogy subdivision. A variety of media, including acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, photography, […]

Lawler House ready to showcase ‘Structures’

SUISUN CITY — More than 30 local artists will be featured in “Structures,” a new exhibit that opens July 31 at the Lawler House Gallery, 718 Main St. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the gallery. The exhibit runs through Sept. 27. Gallery hours are from noon to 4 […]

Mad Hatter Parade primed for county fair debut

VALLEJO — The Mad Hatter Parade will visit the Solano County Fair for a parade at 6 p.m. July 31. The parade is almost three blocks long with many favorite Wonderland characters and mobiles such as the Cheshire Cat, Lion King, Queen of Hearts, the Duchess and the Mad Hatter. Wonderland’s guest marching band is […]

Deadline looms for discount Solano County Fair tickets

VALLEJO — Solano County fairgoers have until midnight Tuesday to purchase discount tickets for the annual event, which opens its five-day run Wednesday. Meet Me at the Fair includes free headline each evening, with admission. Discounted presale tickets are available online at www.SCFair.com and on the fair’s Facebook page. They can also be purchased at […]

Vacaville girl succumbs to brain cancer

VACAVILLE — The Warrior Angel is now an “amazing guardian angel.”

Shae McCord, who celebrated her 10th birthday in June, died Saturday afternoon at her Vacaville home. She was surrounded by friends and family as she succumbed to her second battle with brain cancer.

Her older sister, Falin McCord, told her, “I love you mostest,” and squeezed her sister’s hand.

The Cambridge Elementary School student was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in May 2013. She finished chemotherapy last summer.

New films feature Sandler, James, Gyllenhaal

FAIRFIELD — Misinterpretation, mystery and misery dominate the movies that open this week. Adam Sandler stars in the PG-13 comedy “Pixels,” about intergalactic aliens who believe video feeds or classic arcade games are a declaration of war against them. They use the games as models for their various assaults. Kevin James is also featured. Based on the […]

Heart patients can learn about pacemakers, defibrillators

FAIRFIELD — Dominic Uchikura, territory manager for St. Jude Medical, is the featured speaker later this month in Fairfield at a free lecture on “What You Need to Know About Pacemakers and Defibrillators.” The talk begins at 4 p.m. July 28 and is part of the NorthBay Cardiac Education Series. It will take place at the […]

Dodd, Coppes, Yamada seek Solano state Senate seat

AMERICAN CANYON — Bill Dodd, less than a year after securing a seat in the state Assembly, is ready to move on to the state Senate.

Dodd announced Monday he’s seeking the 3rd Senate District seat currently held by Lois Wolk, who terms out of office in 2016.

About 100 people gathered to hear Solano County Supervisors Jim Spering and Linda Seifert, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, Rep. Mike Thompson and former San Francisco 49ers CEO and president Carmen Policy pledge …

Wolk, Schaupp rematch in works for Solano Assembly seat

FAIRFIELD — Davis Mayor Dan Wolk announced Monday he will seek the state’s 4th Assembly District seat held by Assemblyman Bill Dodd, who declared his candidacy Monday for the state’s 3rd Senate District seat, which will be open next year when state Sen. Lois Wolk completes her term. Dan Wolk, the son of Sen. Lois Wolk, ran for the […]

Pals remember Vacaville DJ with a ‘heart of gold’

VACAVILLE — There was laughter and tears Sunday afternoon as friends of Rick Soward, aka DJ Fatcat, gathered to raise funds for his funeral and remember his life. Soward, 45, died of a heart attack June 30. He worked as a disc jockey at Str8 Shooters in Vacaville, where the fundraiser was held. Soward’s friends […]

Lawler Ranch Park project seeks council approval

SUISUN CITY — City council members will take another step Tuesday night for the Lawler Ranch Park Phase II Project. The project will provide upgrades to the existing amenities in the park and provide additional improvements to the area with “native grasses” and/or undeveloped. Included are patching the existing rubberized playground surface, replacement of some […]

Creators, contraptions vie for Obtanium Cup

VALLEJO — A subtle dig at Donald Trump, a pedal-powered land shark, complete with camouflage, and a horseless carriage 2.0 were just some of the contraptions that surfaced at Sunday’s Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally on Mare Island.

The fourth annual race, which was a four-mile route, is all about pedal power. Racers also encountered zombies, flying monkeys (stuffed animals) and a Mad Hatter tea party along the route.

Kittens, Camp Kindness kids have SPCA play date

VACAVILLE — Lilly Zermeno had the perfect plan. She sat in the same spot, cat toys in hand, and entertained the kittens, sometimes three at a time. “They’re so cute,” she said. Lilly is enrolled in Camp Kindness, offered through the city of Vacaville’s Recreation Department. She and 12 other youth, ages 6-12, on Thursday […]

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