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Bus trip offers chance to celebrate Juneteenth at historic park

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. plans a bus trip to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on June 13. The bus will leave at 6 a.m. and should return about 9:30 p.m. The park is north of Bakersfield. It was founded in 1908 as Col. Allen Allensworth and […]

The Leaven ready to debut new center, honor locals

FAIRFIELD — The Leaven will showcase its new sign at a kickoff presentation of its summer programming Friday. The event will occur at Solano Town Center, near the See’s Candies store. The public is welcome at the free event. The festivities get underway at 12:30 p.m. Assemblyman Jim Frazier and his wife, Janet will be honored for their contributions […]

The ‘big one’ set to rumble in movie theaters

FAIRFIELD — There will be a whole lot of shaking on the big screen Friday as “San Andreas,” a PG-13 action film, arrives in theaters. The plot centers on the San Andreas Fault giving way and a magnitude-9 earthquake hitting California. Dwayne Johnson stars as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who, along with his estranged wife, […]

Vallejo firefighters handle two structure blazes in 12-hour span

VALLEJO — Vallejo firefighters were kept busy Sunday with two structure fires. The first was shortly before 8 a.m. in the 2200 block of Sacramento Street. A second alarm was called to bring the fire under control. The single-story vacant building was boarded up. An early evening fire in the 600 block of York Street […]

Police: Late-night shooting injures 1

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police released few details Sunday on a late-night Saturday shooting that left one man with a gunshot wound. Officers responded shortly before midnight to a report of a shooting victim found near the Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 and IMAX on Gateway Boulevard, said Fairfield police Sgt. Sam Rowland. The movie complex is attached […]

Parents of Adam Kinser keep son’s memory alive

RIO VISTA — Long before Adam Kinser was sent to win the hearts and minds of the Afghanis, he’d successfully completed the task in his hometown of Rio Vista.

Kinser died in Afghanistan on Jan. 29, 2004, the first Solano County resident killed in the global war on terrorism. His name is one of eight that will be added to the Solano County War Memorial on Monday.

He was the oldest of five children born to Terri and Paul Kinser.

Bard behind bars: Prison inmates perform ‘Macbeth’

VACAVILLE — More than four decades had passed since retired College of Marin drama professor Jim Dunn had seen his former student Steven Drown perform. The reunion took place recently at California State Prison, Solano where Drown was one of about 25 prisoners who brought Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to life. “I’m blown away,” Dunn said. “To […]

Spandex, big hair welcome at Adonis DNA shows

FAIRFIELD — A Charlie Sheen rant, a band name music fans found hard to remember and 1980s music gave birth to Adonis DNA. The Sacramento-based group was originally called Nothin’ But a Good Time. Their fans remembered having a good time at shows, they just couldn’t remember the band’s name, said Greg Halldorson, the band’s singer. […]

Time to laugh with Lundholm in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The darkest days of comic Mark Lundholm’s life were also the best, in retrospect. The pain was still there despite alcohol and drug use. “For a long time alcohol worked,” he said. “Heroin was effective and cocaine was my girlfriend.” He was too afraid to commit suicide, worrying about the person who would […]

Gallery unites artists, raises money for adult program

VACAVILLE — Dennis Ariza and his wife would drive down Cernon Street and she would see jewelry in a storefront window. The place never seemed to be open but she had an idea – it would be a great place for her husband to display his photography. The thought became a reality a year ago […]

Solano County Fair announces 2015 headliners

VALLEJO — Vallejo’s own Con Funk Shun will be joined by The Dazz Band, Yesterday-The Beatles Tribute and Journey Revisited at the 2015 Solano County Fair. All concerts are included with admission. The fair runs July 29 through Aug. 2. This year’s concerts are on the newly transformed Galaxy Stage, formerly Expo Plaza. It has seating […]

‘Peter Pan’ to take flight in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Solano Youth Theatre is bringing stage flight to the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre with its production of Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” May 29-30. The youth theater group is a division of the Young Artists Conservatory of Music. It became a division of the Young Artists Conservatory of Music when Solano Community College cut the […]

See plans for Benicia waterfront art at new exhibit

BENICIA — Work has begun on Arts Benicia Artist in Residence Mark Brest van Kempen’s exhibit. It’s part of Brest van Kempen’s 18-month residency, funded through the Creative Work Fund. The work is intended to integrate public art into the Benicia waterfront planning process and engage the public through education, participation, intervention and demonstration. During […]

‘The Rats’ are back in Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — Rats in the Alley fans rejoice. Members of the original improv troupe will perform under the moniker “The Rats” at a benefit May 30. The Rats in the Alley performed weekly shows at the former Uncle Bong’s Pizza in Suisun City. Nestor Campos Jr., John Crosthwaite, Derrick Karimian, Cory McDaniel, Don Miller, […]

Week in preview May 22-28, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Gabbi and Sierra, Mourning Mountains, The Wizard’s Brew Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday “School House Rock” Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. www.downtowntheatre.com. 4:30 p.m. Saturday Purple Haze Vezer Family Vineyard, 2522 Mankas Corner […]

Solano Office of Education showcases student art

FAIRFIELD — Some of the best local artists, in the fourth through 12th grades, will exhibit art in the Solano County Student Art Faire through Wednesday at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive. Viewing is free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. […]

Hike Lynch Canyon to see fireworks around the bay

FAIRFIELD — Solano Land Trust docents have opened registration for their fourth annual Independence Day hike up to the Bay Area Ridge Trail to watch the fireworks around the North Bay. Depending on what visibility the weather provides, hikers will gaze at fireworks in the skies over Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco and Contra […]

Veterans schedule Memorial Day services in Winters

WINTERS — The Winters Veterans of Foreign Wars will host Memorial Days services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Winters cemetery on Cemetery Street. The guest speaker is Scott Graf, a Yolo County resident who is a Vietnam War veteran. Chaney Corman, valedictorian of the Winters High School Class of 2015, will recite the Gettysburg Address. […]

Congregation Beth Shalom plans regional music, food event

FAIRFIELD — Cafe Shalom, at Congregation Beth Shalom, will host an event May 31 that includes Jewish food, music, dancing, bake sale and raffle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1455 Elm St., Napa. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 253-7305 or visit www.cafeshalom.bpt.me. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her […]

Summer camp at Mankas Park opens June 8

FAIRFIELD — Camp Mankas, for children ages 5 to 11, is set to open June 8. The summer camp takes place at Mankas Park, 2800 Owens Drive. Activities include swimming, games, sports and crafts. Register at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St., from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For information, call 428-7435 or visit www.fairfield.ca.gov./gov/depts/cr/camps/camp_mankas.asp. […]

Library Foundation extends deadline for tour registration

FAIRFIELD — Tour organizers have extended the signup date to June 1 for the Solano County Library Foundation’s tour to Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Travel dates are Sept. 12-22. The tour features harbor cruises, gourmet meals, boutique hotels and specially arranged tours of literary and cultural landmarks. In Seattle the group will visit the […]

Learn about literacy tools for beginning readers

VACAVILLE — Tools of Learning for Children invites parents and children to a May 30 program that will introduce Frontline Phonics. There will be two sessions, 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, at the Three Oaks Community Center (Children’s Corner), 1100 Alamo Drive, Vacaville. Tools of Learning for Children is a local […]

Pesky poltergeists primed to pilfer pocketbook

FAIRFIELD — They’re back at the box office this weekend, “They’re” – as in the poltergeists that surfaced in the 1982 Tobe Hooper film, “Poltergeist.” The tale is updated for the 2015 version with the same name. It’s directed by Gil Kenan, who did “Monster House,” and is rated PG-13. The action centers on a […]

Kaiser plans National Cancer Survivors Day event

VALLEJO — Kaiser Permanente will mark National Cancer Survivors Day with its second annual Celebrate Life event in Vallejo. The gathering from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 will focus on wellness and living after cancer. It will take place at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, 975 Sereno Drive. Members of the public are invited to hear Kaiser […]

Elks Lodge to host karaoke anniversary

FAIRFIELD — The Tri City Elks Lodge, located at 566 Parker Road, plans a celebration Saturday to mark one year of karaoke. DJ Don runs karaoke. The entertainment begins at 8 p.m. The lodge hosts karaoke nights from 6 p.m. to close on Thursdays. Dancing and karaoke are offered from 8 p.m. to close on Saturdays. […]

Hard work earns seniors Assist-A-Grad scholarships

FAIRFIELD — More than 80 sponsors invested almost $130,000 in local youth Sunday as high school seniors stepped up to receive scholarships at the 46th annual Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Foundation, Inc. awards.

Some of the recipients were called to the stage three times to receive their monetary gifts for college. Even more were called twice.

Armijo Class of 2015 member Spencer Butler earned scholarships from his school’s alumni foundation as well as one from the Fairfield Sons of Italy Lodge.

Suisun housing update plan heads to City Council

SUISUN CITY — The housing element update of the city’s General Plan returns Tuesday to the City Council for final consideration. A public hearing on the matter will take place prior to the council’s vote. The housing element update is required by the state and is part of the General Plan, which serves as the blueprint […]

Teen girls find place to play rugby

DIXON — Guadalupe Perez was looking for a contact sport. She found it as a member of the Dixon Rugby Football Club, playing on the girls varsity gold team. “It helps me release stress,” said the Davis High School senior. Perez had played the sport for the past three years. The game resembles football, sans the […]

Week in preview May 15-21, 2015

Fairfield 6 p.m. Friday Bob Jacobs Quintet Favela’s Fusion, 1500 Oliver Road. 421-8484. 7 p.m. Friday Party in the Tap Room with music from Crosstown 5 Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Drive. 429-7595. 7 p.m. Friday Swing at Sunset Solano Community College gymnasium, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. 864-7000, ext. 4348. 7:30 p.m. Friday Call Me the Villain, […]

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