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American music makes a sweet sound Sunday

VACAVILLE — Democracy in action played Sunday in the breezeway between a Jelly Belly store and China Stix Kitchen. Musician and composer Wynton Marsalis described jazz’s democratic qualities – its balance between self-expression and sacrifice for the common good – recounted Keith Stout, who plays trumpet in the Alive Band with Stan Studerow. The band […]

Vacaville joins countywide prescription drug take back Saturday

VACAVILLE — The next countywide prescription drug take-back day is scheduled for Saturday when unused, unwanted or expired medications can be dropped off at the Vacaville Police Department. Agencies throughout Solano County, including the Vacaville Police Department, will be participating, and medications can be dropped at the department’s headquarters at 660 Merchant St. between 10 […]

Musical merry-go-round at Jazz Festival

VACAVILLE — The clock was ticking for Keith Stout.

He had just completed a 75-minute performance with the Vallejo Community Band at the Vacaville Jazz Festival he organizes.

A woman approached him with questions about where a certain artist would be performing during the festival.

He chatted with her while he packed his trumpet and wiped sweat off his brow. He was going home for more gear and a shower. His Alive Music Orchestra was set to perform in less than two hours.

“It’s a merry-go-round of music,” he said.

That it is.

2 die after car slams into tree on Nut Tree Road

VACAVILLE — Two people were killed in a crash early Saturday when their car slammed into a tree. A third person was injured. The car was headed southbound on Nut Tree Road approaching the intersection of Yellow Stone Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree in the center meridian, Vacaville police Lt. […]

Theatre DeVille in Vacaville closes

VACAVILLE — Theatre DeVille in downtown Vacaville is shuttered little more than a half-year after its opening, at least for a while.

“After a massive yearlong renovation, meticulously reconstructing the theater and investing in state-of-the-art technical and production capacities, Theatre DeVille is closing its doors,” said a press release that came out Wednesday.

All future shows after Wednesday are canceled. Anyone who purchased tickets in advance will receive a refund, the press release said.

Injunction bars 33 city employees from striking in Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County Superior Court judge after a Wednesday hearing granted the injunction sought by the city of Vacaville to prevent essential employees from striking. The decision by Judge Paul Beeman involves 33 employees and came after the city’s argument that a strike by Stationary Engineers Local 39 members could threaten the public health […]

Damaged dog gets going-away party after getting healthy

VACAVILLE — Krinkls sports a scar the length of her bottom jaw, but that is already fading to pink, healthy skin. She was giving out kisses for the her bon voyage party Tuesday and wagging her tail for all it’s worth. The SPCA of Solano County threw the party in celebration of Krinkls going to […]

Vacaville asks court to bar essential employees from striking

FAIRFIELD — A state agency, acting at the request of the city of Vacaville, seeks a court injunction to bar essential employees from striking because Vacaville says such a labor action could threaten the public health and safety by disrupting the city’s ability to provide drinking water and other critical services. The state Public Employment […]

Dancing Del Santo, balloon man and Balliamo are among Italian Festival highlights

VACAVILLE — Connecticut-born Frank Del Santo, 81, of Fairfield danced Sunday at the Italian Festival at Pippo Ranch where Molly, the 11-year-old kissing llama, was among the attractions at the 17th annual festival. “You have not lived until you’ve been kissed by a llama,” said Sharon Marshall. Her mobile petting zoo that bears her first […]

Vacaville Grad Nite needs volunteers

VACAVILLE — A planning party for the Grad Nite celebration at Vacaville High School will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Room 51 at Vacaville High School. Volunteers are needed to help with the planning. Students, friends and family members are welcome to come and help out. Grad Nite began in 1990 as […]

Workers return as Vacaville, union agree to mediation

VACAVILLE — Negotiating teams for Vacaville and Stationary Engineers Local 39 have agreed to enter into mediation and union members out on strike were returning to work Friday afternoon, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. The two sides met at 9:30 a.m. Friday to discuss ways to reach agreement, he said. The Vacaville City Council voted […]

CHP schedules trio of free teen driver classes

VACAVILLE — The California Highway Patrol will for the next three Thursday nights offer teenage drivers and their parents a Start Smart class designed to enhance the driving skills of teen motorists. Start Smart includes a review of the rules of the road, some video clips and related movies designed to inform parents of the […]

Full bus service restored in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Full bus service on City Coach, the public transit system for Vacaville, has been restored, the city says. All routes are running at 100 percent, with regular 30-minute intervals, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said Thursday. The labor dispute between the city of Vacaville and members of Stationary Engineers Local 39 affected service Wednesday. Updates […]

Strike affects City Coach bus service in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The labor dispute between the city and Stationary Engineers Local 39 interrupted City Coach bus service Wednesday morning, Vacaville spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. Vacaville advised bus riders to seek alternative transportation but said later in the morning that buses were running every hour as Vacaville sought to restore service to regular schedules. Updates on […]

Vacaville announces Friday DUI checkpoint

VACAVILLE — The Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI–drivers license checkpoint between 6 p.m. and midnight Friday, the city says. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 47 injury crashes harming 62 of our friends and neighbors,” Officer James Smith of the Vacaville Police Department Traffic Section […]

Vacaville center to host free Senior Health Fair

VACAVILLE — The McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, will host a free Senior Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Flu shots will be available, as well as free hearing and vision tests and blood pressure screenings. Snacks will be provided. There will be prize drawings. For more information, call 469-6660. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 […]

Engineers strike, plan to picket after Vacaville cuts wages by 21 percent

VACAVILLE — Stationary Engineers Local 39 will go out on strike and picket Wednesday after a unanimous Vacaville City Council vote in front of a packed meeting room to put in place the city’s last, best offer and cut wages by 21 percent over the next 10 months. The Tuesday council vote followed more than […]

Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament set Oct. 26

VACAVILLE — The Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament takes place Oct. 26 a the Chardonnay Golf Club, 2655 Jameson Canyon Road. The event was renamed to honor Lawrenz, an avid golfer, community servant, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former member and president of the Vacaville Museum board of trustees. It is a four-person […]

Trio of candidates for Vacaville council talk business

VACAVILLE — Challenger Cara Fox sees the city at the crossroads while incumbents Curtis Hunt said Vacaville doesn’t need a new direction and Mitch Mashburn quoted Ronald Reagan’s warning about government. The Vacaville Chamber of Commerce forum Monday brought the three candidates for two City Council seats before scores of people attending the event at […]

3 candidates for Vacaville mayor make their case

VACAVILLE — The three candidates for mayor made their case Monday when Len Augustine cited his history of success in Vacaville, Rodney Harrison said he’d represent the working class and Ron Rowlett spoke about how the responsibility now falls on his generation to lead the city. Scores of people attended the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce […]

$1.5M in savings loom for Vacaville, report says

VACAVILLE — Savings to the city by adopting a fact-finding recommendation for a dispute between Vacaville and a union total $1.5 million, says a staff report the City Council takes up Tuesday. Dawn M. Del Biaggio-Leonardini, director of human resources for the city, said the council could unilaterally put in place for a fiscal year […]

Annual festival raises awareness of domestic violence

VACAVILLE — Andrea Corral had a lot to be thankful for Saturday. The 20-year-old lost her mother, Vicky Corral, in act of domestic violence in 2011. She joined several others at the third annual Vicky C Hope Festival of Hope in Vacaville. Friends, family and supporters packed into a room at the Three Oaks Community […]

Family turns tragedy into voice for others

VACAVILLE — Elyjah Whitman prefers to remember the good things. His mother’s funny laugh. Her macaroni and cheese, which he still craves.

The now 13-year-old was home with his three siblings three years ago when his mother was shot to death in the garage of the family’s Vacaville home. The gunman was his mother’s boyfriend and the father of his two youngest siblings.

Events of that night are still fresh in his mind. His older sister Andrea Corral, who was 17 at the time, woke him up, then his little brother.

“He started crying,” Elyjah said. “I thought my mom was dead. I was crying.”

The youngest child, a girl, remained asleep as all four children huddled in their mom’s bedroom.

Locals gather for Stand Up To Cancer viewing party

VACAVILLE — Stories of loss and hope were shared Friday night as Solano and Napa county residents gathered at Iron Steed-Harley Davidson for a Stand Up To Cancer viewing party. The event tied in with an hour-long, commercial-free telecast featuring a star-studded cast that was broadcast on the four major networks as well as some […]

2,000 chickens find new – but temporary – home

VACAVILLE — The white feathers were thin, with pink skin exposed in large sections. The chickens took tentative steps on rocks and hay for the first time. Within minutes they clustered together, some walking away and some just staring off into space. Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch saved 2,000 chickens between Thursday and Friday. Most will be adopted […]

World Day of Prayer returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — All are invited to be part of the annual worldwide Unity World Day of Prayer from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday at Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 350 N. Orchard St. Chaplains will offer silent prayer. One may come and leave at any time that is convenient, honoring the gift of silent prayer […]

Vacaville teen shows his filmmaking chops

VACAVILLE — He co-teaches a film class, had a video he made shown at the White House and this weekend the Nevada City Film Fest will include “XTAL,” a post-apocalyptic short by Jason Carman.

A nice resume for any filmmaker – and something more for the 14-year-old freshman at Vacaville Christian School whose own favorite movies include “Saving Mr. Banks,” the 2013 film about the making of “Mary Poppins.”

Carman is modest about what he’s done but passionate about filmmaking….

CMF employee sues state over second floor workplace

VACAVILLE — An employee at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville contends the state directed him to work on a second floor at the site, even though he uses a wheelchair and fears being trapped because he won’t be able to get out in an emergency at the building with what’s described as an unreliable elevator. An Oct. 8 […]

Fundraiser begins for 7-year-old cancer patient

VACAVILLE — Bella Terra is hosting a fundraiser called Fight Like A Kid through Sept. 13. Proceeds will benefit Taliyah Sweeting, a 7-year-old Vacaville girl who is battling cancer. A percentage of each sales made at the paint-it-yourself ceramic pottery and mosaic studio will help the young girl and her family with out-of-pocket medical expenses. Those who wish […]

Festival of Hope returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The third annual Vicky C Hope Foundation Festival of Hope takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. The event is to raise awareness of domestic violence and celebrate the life of Vicky Corral, who was shot and killed by her boyfriend Sept. 8, […]

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