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Local Skate for Change chapter finds unique way to help homeless

FAIRIFIELD — For Hunter Nelson, an Armijo High School senior, it’s the best of three worlds.

He gets to hang with his friends, ride their long boards together and help the homeless as part of the school’s Skate for Change chapter.

On Sunday, Nelson joined buddies Thomas Weisz and Jayson Hefner, who started the chapter, and about 10 other students to deliver care packages with toiletries, snacks and socks to the homeless at the Fairfield Civic Center and Allan Witt Pa

A cut above: ‘Chico,’ the barber, retires after 60-plus years

FAIRFIELD — With the dawn of the new year came the start of an easier life for Sebastian Madrigal. The barber, lovingly called “Chico,” put down his scissors and called it a day after more than 60 years cutting hair, all but six of them in the same location. The 89-year-old said it was time […]

Solano County jail hosts first high school graduation

FAIRFIELD — Some signs of a high school graduation were present.

The graduates wore caps and gowns. They walked into the Friday morning ceremony to a snippet of “Pomp and Circumstance.” A sign congratulated them on their hard work.

The concrete walls, a few uniformed officers and a group of about 50 guests served as reminders the graduates were not walking across a football field with a stadium full of family and friends. Under the gowns, orange and white stripes could be seen below the hem.

That didn’t matter to Lauretta McDonald, who was there to watch her oldest grandson . . .

‘In Love’ theme of Lucky Penny’s 10-minute plays

FAIRFIELD — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lucky Penny’s fourth annual festival of 10-minute plays features eight new works written about love. The plays presented were chosen by a “blind” reading committee. More than 100 entries were submitted from authors across the country. All take a different look at love and relationships between people of […]

Week in preview: Feb. 5-11, 2016

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Strength in Numbers, The Road Vikings, Some Fear None Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Dalt Williams Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro and Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 6 p.m. Thursday Tom Duarte Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. 8 p.m. Thursday Comedy Alfie’s […]

‘For Colored Girls . . .’ explores human condition

SUISUN CITY — The subjects in Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” are tough to tackle. Rape, abandonment, abortion and domestic violence are featured in the stories told by seven women. “A lot of the pieces are heavy, but it’s not a dark piece,” said Tia Madison, […]

February 05, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Fairfield’s Verismo Opera brings ‘Otello’ to downtown theater

FAIRFIELD — Verismo Opera, based in Fairfield, is hosting a production in its hometown for the first time. Verdi’s “Otello” concluded a run in Vallejo last weekend and has shows Saturday and Sunday in Berkeley. It opens Feb. 14 at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Bay Area soprano Eliza O’Malley will sing the role of […]

Couples: Share ‘your’ song

FAIRFIELD — Cupid strikes in many ways, one of them being through music. The Daily Republic wants to hear from couples what “their” song is. Maybe you love an oldie, but goodie, such as the 1962 Ray Charles hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Or, your musical ear may prefer the harmony of the Gibb brothers […]

Couples: Share ‘your’ song

FAIRFIELD — Cupid strikes in many ways, one of them being through music. The Daily Republic wants to hear from couples what “their” song is. Maybe you love an oldie, but goodie, such as the 1962 Ray Charles hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Or, your musical ear may prefer the harmony of the Gibb brothers […]

Captured Clooney, roaming zombies, love at the box office

FAIRFIELD — This weekend’s box office debuts may be the first time Caesar and zombies are mentioned in the same preview. Josh Brolin, George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson star in the PG-13 comedy-drama, “Hail Caesar,” the story of a superstar actor who is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group. The goal is […]

Cold Stone Creamery scoops up sweetest random act of kindness

FAIRFIELD — The line stretched out the door early Sunday evening at the Cold Stone Creamery. Members of the My Cold Stone Club got emails Sunday tipping them off to the fact they could be the recipient of a Random Acts of Cold Stone Creamery in the form of their own free ice cream creation. […]

Brides, grooms explore options at annual Wedding Faire

VACAVILLE — Joseph Linehan and Diana Sapon won’t wed until April 2017 and are already looking at their options.

They were among the about 300 people, and 20-plus vendors, at the Vacaville Opera House Wedding Faire on Sunday.

Sapon and her mother, Lucia Sapon, looked over table arrangements after sampling some food. Linehan was nearby.

“In this situation, I’m the one paying for most of it,” Linehan said. “We are looking for something affordable and elegant.”

Green Valley students get glimpse into future

FAIRFIELD — Talyssa Tucker wasn’t expecting to participate in a class Thursday at Armijo High School. She was one of 20 Green Valley Middle School students there to shadow students in the school’s International Baccalaureate program. The eighth-grader, along with others in the room, heard a presentation in an honors English class on the Selma […]

Gaslighters ready to spoof Agatha Christie

SUISUN CITY — A new home, a new show and a new name are part of Solano County’s theatrical company that brings melodramas and spoof mysteries to the stage. The Gaslighters Theatrical Group, which has dropped Vacaville from its name, will open “Murder on the Oriental Rug,” Feb. 12, at the Harbor Arts Center. “We […]

January 29, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged | Leave a reply

IV Orpheus goes acoustic for Fairfield show

FAIRFIELD — IV Orpheus returns to Gordon’s Music and Sound on Friday, with a twist. The band will be a trio, sans the band’s drummer, and will play an acoustic set. Originally called the Lonely Boys with some different personnel, IV Orpheus took its name from Greek mythology and the legendary musician, poet and prophet, Orpheus. The interest […]

Seven Artisans introduces Mikel Paul at Suisun Valley gig

FAIRFIELD — A “content, playful, appreciative singer songwriter doing what he simply loves to do” will bring his soulful tunes and voice to Seven Artisans Winery on Friday. Mikel Paul, who was born and raised in San Francisco, has a rich musical history, starting with piano lessons when he was 6. Those ended a few […]

Entertainment calendar Jan. 29, 2016

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: “Art of a Community,” through Feb. 21; open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, www.artsbenicia.org. Benicia Plein Air Gallery: Susan Johnsen is January’s featured artist; “Landscapes of the Heart,” from Dixie Mohan, February’s featured artist; reception 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13; […]

Week in preview: Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, 2016

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday IV Orpheus, Ickis Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Simon Russell Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro and Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 6 p.m. Thursday Syria T. Berry Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. 8 p.m. Thursday Comedy at Alfie’s Alfie’s Limelight, 558 Parker […]

Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity honors volunteers

FAIRFIELD — Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity honored its 2015 volunteers at its Celebration of Support recently. L.C. Naylor was selected as the Affiliate Volunteer of the Year for his dual commitment to ReStore and construction. Mark Baides was recognized as the Construction Volunteer of the Year for his leadership of the Missouri/Taylor Streets two-home build. […]

Pine, Panda parody, Portman premiere on big screen

FAIRFIELD — Mark your calendars for Friday as Marlon Wayans parodies “Fifty Shades of Gray” with “Fifty Shades of Black.” The icing on the cake: Florence Henderson is also in the comedy. It’s rated R. Chris Pine leaves space and the Enterprise behind to head up a 1952 daring sea rescue in “The Finest Hours.” Eric […]

Warrior Princess lives busy life after surviving cancer

VACAVILLE — The rich brown hair, with small curls, once again frames the face of an angel. Taliyah Sweeting, who turns 9 in April, had a rare form of soft tissue cancer called embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. She was diagnosed in April 2014, right after her seventh birthday. Her treatment was shared via Facebook on the Taliyah the Warrior Princess […]

Toddler gets new kidney, woman still waits on hers

FAIRFIELD — Daily Republic readers were introduced last year to a Fairfield toddler and a Suisun City woman hoping for kidney transplants. One, Louise Ward, is still waiting for health reasons. The Suisun City resident was undergoing surgery to remove a kidney her body was rejecting. Something went wrong and she woke with encephalopathy and […]

Get a dose of Hot Sauce Holiday in Dixon

DIXON — The mystery behind the name remains just that. What is known is a Hot Sauce Holiday show is a special mesh of music, dance and risqué entertainment. Hot Sauce Holiday member Jonathan Grout, who was a staple on the area arts scene, went on an adjective binge describing the show in an email to the […]

January 22, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Week in preview: Jan. 22-28, 2016

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Zen Gabe & Zeeb the Prophet, Chris Beltran, Analog Us Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Jannel Candrice Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 8 p.m. Saturday Jeff Trager Presents: Lyndsey Elm, Tim Atlas, Holly Stell Fairfield Center for […]

Entertainment calendar: Jan. 22, 2016

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: “Art of a Community,” Saturday through Feb. 21; open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, www.artsbenicia.org. Benicia Plein Air Gallery: Susan Johnsen is January’s featured artist; “Landscapes of the Heart,” from Dixie Mohan, opens Feb. 1, reception 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13; […]

New Zealand conductor vies for Vallejo Symphony post

FAIRFIELD — Marc Taddei is the third of three conductors hoping to secure the spot as conductor of the Vallejo Symphony.

He’s got the miles to prove his interest in the job, traveling from New Zealand for the Jan. 31 performance.

He then heads home, stopping first in Brisbane to conduct the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as it performs the soundtrack of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” while the movie plays.

Taddei is from the United …

11-year-old twins with rare disease get sneak peek at new coaster

VALLEJO — Patrick Partington was dwarfed by the wooden beams that surrounded him. He couldn’t have been happier.

Patrick, 11, and his twin sister, Jenna Partington, were the recipients of a special behind-the-scenes look at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s new roller coaster, The Joker, as it is being built.

The siblings have cystonosis, a genetic metabolic disorder that causes the amino acid cystine to accumulate in various organs of the body. They were diagnosed shortly after their first birthday.

They have lower levels of stamina than their peers.

Guys, girls, grandpa mix it up at weekend box office

FAIRFIELD — TV viewers know her as Maggie Greene on “The Walking Dead.” Lauren Cohan will be called Greta on Friday and she will face a different enemy in “The Boy.” Real life somewhat mirrors the movie plot. Cohan was born in the United States and moved to Britain when she was a teen. In “The […]

David Weir recipient of Martin Luther King day of service

FAIRFIELD — Students and staff returning Tuesday to David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy will find some big changes.

Foliage that eclipsed the fence at the edge of campus that bumps up to homes will be trimmed back.

New garden beds await the students and teachers. There will be packets of seeds waiting to be planted and tools to help with the task.

There’s even a few surprises for the teachers thanks to the many volunteers . . .

One happy family lives in a home built with love

FAIRFIELD — A new home for the holidays was the perfect gift for one local family as they settled in their new Habitat for Humanity abode in November. For mom Briana Kenner and her two daughters, Shamia and Maishia, a sense of calm and peace is now part of their lives. The family lived in a […]

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