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Beatles tribute band ready to rock historic winery

FAIRFIELD — Rick Whedbee didn’t have the best start to his foray in the world of Beatles music. He and three other fifth-grade classmates were lip-synching to “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at a parent-teacher association function in Oklahoma City. Whedbee, wearing a wig, borrowed his older brother’s mandolin because it looked most like […]

August 28, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Funk-y time on tap in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — War is coming to Vacaville – to headline Saturday’s Funk Fest. The band was formed more than 45 years ago and has recorded 31 gold, platinum and multiplatinum sales honors. Songs such as “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends” are classics. The audience at Funk Fest will hear these tunes […]

Week in Preview: Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Open mic Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Nina Causey Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 3 p.m. Thursday Farmers Market Corner of Jefferson and Texas streets. 422-0313. 6 p.m. Thursday Syria T. Berry Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. […]

Have some laughs while raising cash for The Leaven

FAIRFIELD — The Leaven is the recipient of a gala Sept. 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court. The Leaven has 12 after-school centers in California. Its mission is to share the love and compassion of Christ through acts of mercy and by helping neighbors. This year’s gala will be co-hosted by Fairfield […]

Uncle, nephew share love of filmmaking

BENICIA — Having your film chosen for screening at a film festival is a pretty big score for most people.

John Beck and his nephew Billy Cruz are pleased to be part of the second annual Benicia Film Festival.

What’s most exciting to the pair is the fact that both their films will be shown at the 95-year-old Majestic Theatre on First Street.

The theater is rarely used. And, when it is, it’s for …

Birthday party fundraiser set to boost Boys & Girls Club

VALLEJO — Christina Baird, author of “How Far Will I Run,” will celebrate her birthday Oct. 17 with Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club. The birthday girl’s goal is to raise money in lieu of gifts for the Boys & Girls Club while reliving childhood memories of playing elementary school recess games. A nominal cash […]

Start day with a chuckle at Toastmasters

VACAVILLE — The Vaca Morning Toast Toastmasters Club will host a humorous speech and evaluator contest from 6:40 to 8:15 a.m. Friday. The event takes place at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, Conference Room H-1A, across from cafeteria, at 1 Quality Drive in Vacaville. The free event is open to the public and will include an […]

Get blasted with color and raise funds for Alpha

VACAVILLE — Alpha Pregnancy Clinics invite walkers and runners to have a blast with them Sept. 26 at the Color Blast run/walk. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Crossroads Christian Church, 190 Butcher Road, Vacaville. The run begins at 9 a.m. at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. Early bird registration discounts are available until Tuesday. All proceeds go […]

Coalition plans Suisun City beverage services training

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Coalition is offering a free responsible beverage services training from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12. It’s open to those who serve alcohol at events such as fundraisers as well as restaurant proprietors. The training will take place at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, […]

Suisun City officials invite residents to sound off about healthy choices

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City residents are invited to one of two community meetings on how to create a healthier city. The Suisun City Development and Planning Department is hosting the sessions to discuss making healthy foods more accessible, creating more health amenities in the parks and minimizing exposure to tobacco smoke. Meetings begin at 6:30 […]

Political uprising, scheming friends coming to a theater near you

FAIRFIELD — Drama is the word for this week’s movie openings. Owen Wilson stars in “No Escape,” which opens Wednesday. He plays an American businessman who, along with his family, is settling into life in Southeast Asia. They end up in the middle of a violent political uprising. The film is rated R. Zac Efron […]

Solano events set to mark National Recovery Month

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Recovery Project has a handful of events slated in September to coincide with National Recovery Month. The first, a recovery symposium, is being done in partnership with the county’s alcohol and drug advisory board. The free public event is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the county’s government […]

ReStore launches alternative to estate sales

FAIRFIELD — Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has started a new program to assist those who are downsizing, moving or liquidating the estate of a loved one. ReStore will pack up and transport estate items that include furniture, appliances, housewares, lighting, tools and other hardware and remodeling-related items. “This is a convenient alternative to the hassle […]

Anti-bullying campaign set for Solano Town Center return

FAIRFIELD — Solano Town Center and iHeart Radio are partnering Saturday with the organization Stomp Out Bullying for the second of two anti-bullying events timed to coincide with the start of the school year. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the center court at the mall, which is located at 1350 Travis Blvd. The […]

Tomato Day brings crowds to Vacaville herb farm

VACAVILLE — Sunday’s Tomato Day at Morningsun Herb Farm may have been one for the record books. “No Band-Aids were needed,” said volunteer Nancy Donoghue. She was one of about eight tomato cutters who sliced a variety – at one point there were 92 – of tomatoes for the approximate 800 to 900 people who packed into […]

Suspect leads police on chase through hotel

VACAVILLE — Police used a round of bean bags to subdue an alleged shooting suspect about 2 a.m. Sunday. Garden Grove resident Anthony Pech was arrested on a number of firearms-related allegations and for allegedly resisting arrest, according to the Vacaville Police Department’s Facebook page. Police were called to a downtown bar shortly after 2 a.m. […]

Jelly Belly chairman: Family in a state of shock after tragic incident

FAIRFIELD — The name of a 54-year-old Suisun City resident killed Saturday afternoon after being run over by an armored vehicle was not released Sunday. Meanwhile the head of a major Fairfield business released a statement about the incident. Herman Rowland Sr., Jelly Belly Candy Co. chairman of the board, provided few details about the incident that happened on […]

Gunfire erupts near church during Sunday service

FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Fairfield resident was transported to a local hospital with injuries that police said were not life-threatening after a shooting in the area of North Texas Street and Atlantic Avenue. The call came in about 10:48 a.m. Fairfield police searched the parking lot near Liberty Church and the gas station across Atlantic […]

Vallejo man city’s latest homicide victim

VALLEJO — A 21-year-old man is the latest homicide victim in the city. The Vallejo Police Department received reports shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday of a shooting in the alley on the 1100 block of Monterey Street. Officers when they arrived found a man with gunshot wounds. Emergency rescue personnel provided treatment and the victim was taken to a nearby […]

Foot frenzy stops fermentation at annual Harvest Celebration

FAIRFIELD — Children, as young as 2, and adults put their gams into action to smash the gamay grapes are part of the annual Suisun Valley Harvest Celebration.

Four wooden barrels of grapes stood on a raised platform Sunday at Wooden Valley Winery as the stompers did their best to get as much juice as they could into a plastic bucket.

Everyone was civil, unlike the “I Love Lucy” scene when the actress and another woman began tossing grapes at each other while stomping the fruit of the vine.

Wooden Valley Winery’s Ron Lanza got the idea a few years ago when he took grapes to the north shore of Lake Tahoe and watched them, with the help of feet, become liquid.

Dragon boat racers bring ancient sport to Solano County

SUISUN CITY — Visitors to Suisun City’s waterfront Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings may see an interesting sight on the water. A 41-foot boat with 20 people paddling away, seated in a space that measures about 3 feet across. Infinity Dragons of Sacramento, a crew of competitive paddlers, is bringing the ancient sport to the area in […]

Week in preview: Aug. 21-27, 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: Black Rock Project Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 3101 Busch Drive. 429-7595. 7:30 p.m. Friday Conserve, Swing Away, The Boos Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 4:30 p.m. Saturday VezerStock Concert Series: Used Blues Band Vezer Family Vineyard, […]

Former cop, reporter will discuss new book

BENICIA — The authors of “Stumbling Stone” will talk about their novel from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Once Upon a Canvas, 129 First St., Suite J, in Benicia. The plot centers on a Jewish women born to immigrant parents. Set in the Bronx during World War II, the woman falls for a man […]

Benicia Film Festival offers 3 venues in 3 days

BENICIA — The Benicia Arts and Culture Commission will host its second annual Film Festival, Sept. 4-6. More than 100 entries were reviewed. About 35 were chosen to be screened at the festival. The festival opens with a gala at the commanding officer’s quarters, 1 Commandant’s Lane, in the Benicia Arsenal. About 13 short films will […]

Theater issues casting call for ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

FAIRFIELD — Actors and actresses who plan to audition for the Solano College Theatre “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” production must attend a 6:30 p.m. Thursday meeting at 360 Campus Lane. Auditions are Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Callbacks are Sept. 2. Rehearsals are Sept. 2 through Oct. 20. Performances are Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. All those […]

Partnership helps fund youth orchestra

VACAVILLE — The Young Artists Conservatory of Music has partnered with the Margaret Beelard Community Foundation. Beelard established the foundation in 1996 to support programs that benefit children. The Young Artists Conservatory of Music earlier this year launched a community youth orchestra, Solano Junior Strings. Funding provided by the Beelard Foundation covers the majority of the […]

Solano Choral Society welcomes new singers

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Choral Society, an affiliate of Solano Community College, is calling all singers to be part of its fall program, “Bringing in the Light: An Ecumenical Vespers Service.” It includes excerpts from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” Singers, 16 and older, are invited to rehearsals from 7 to 9:50 p.m. Tuesday at Solano Community College, […]

Relive 1990s with Total Recall at Wine & Brew Festival

FAIRFIELD — The political scene has returned to the 1990s with a Bush and Clinton running for the White House. Vacaville will get a dose of that decade Sunday when Total Recall, a Sacramento-based band, plays at the Wine & Brew Festival. The band’s Facebook page notes that members have a soft spot in their […]

Singer reaches into Diamond vault for birthday concert

VACAVILLE — Bob Green has been singing Neil Diamond songs as long as Diamond has been singing them – 50 years. Green, who celebrates his birthday Friday, will perform a plethora of Diamond tunes for his party. Each time Diamond released a new song, Green would learn it, then perform it. Those who heard Green […]

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