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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 […]

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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 […]

Northern Solano County AA history: A review

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous website, www.aa.org, the origins of the program that has helped countless people recover from alcoholism can be traced to a popular religious movement in the early 20th century called the Oxford Group. Members “practiced a formula of self-improvement by performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, and carrying […]

Trustees OK $16,000 trip to Dallas for Fairfield-Suisun staff

FAIRFIELD — A $16,000 trip by seven Fairfield-Suisun School District teachers and four administrators to attend a convention at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas won approval Thursday by the school board. The national convention of No Excuses University, a program that emphasizes every student has the right to be educated in a way that prepares […]

Fairfield High band gets OK for Memphis trip

FAIRFIELD — Travel to Memphis, Tennessee by the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade to perform at the 57th Annual Liberty Bowl Beale Street Parade and Liberty Bowl halftime show won approval Thursday from the Fairfield-Suisun School District board. “The Scarlet Brigade’s invitation to perform at this prestigious event is a reflection of the excellent music program […]

Speakers back music education for Fairfield-Suisun

FAIRFIELD — Hire four more credentialed music specialists, trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District were asked Thursday by a speaker who cited “irrefutable evidence that music literacy makes children better students and better citizens.” Cliff Gordon spoke during public comment at the school board meeting. Joan Gaut, president of Music for Our Children, also told […]

2 men hurt in crash that closed Highway 12 for 2 hours

RIO VISTA — Two men were injured Thursday in a collision on Highway 12 west of Azevedo Road when a driver lost control of his car and hit a big rig, the California Highway Patrol said. Christopher Johnson, 20, of Suisun City, was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus east on Highway 12 at 8:49 a.m. Miguel Cruz, 46, of […]

Fairfield women wins new BMW in gas sweepstakes

FAIRFIELD — Blesilda Surio thought it was a hoax. Surio had just moved to a new apartment and things were in limbo between addresses when a FedEx package came for her at her old address. “It had to be signed by me no one else,” she said. The package contained paperwork for her new 2016 BMW 320i. She […]

Mayor, Armijo High band to mark McDonald’s opening

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price and the Armijo High School Marching Band will help mark the grand opening of a McDonald’s restaurant Saturday at 3500 Nelson Road. The grand opening begins at 11 a.m. and includes a special number by the Armijo High School Marching Band. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor happens at noon. […]

Fairfield women’s group plans next bunco fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Women in Action group will host a bunco bash at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Moose Lodge, 623 Taylor St. Proceeds go to the group’s scholarship fund and nonprofits that are supported by the group. Snacks will be served during play, which gets underway at 3 p.m. Dessert is served at the end of play. Winning players […]

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 […]

‘Crazy’ environmental standard could cost Vacaville $7.5M

VACAVILLE — A new environmental standard in place only in California could cost the city $7.5 million – for a standard that a Vacaville official says has been called crazy. “It was politically driven,” said Royce Cunningham, director of utilities for the city. “It was driven by the environmental industry.” He spoke to City Council […]

No $8,375 for Fairfield man who took Vacaville to court, judge rules

FAIRFIELD — The city of Vacaville doesn’t have to pay $8,375 to a Fairfield man who sought the funds for damage to his car after he drove over an unmarked center divider in Vacaville when exiting Interstate 80 at Leisure Town Road. A judge pro tem ruled for Vacaville in the small claims case Charles […]

Plans put on hold to close Lagoon Valley Park access

VACAVILLE — Plans to close road access to Lagoon Valley Park this fall have been put on hold for the foreseeable future, the Pena Adobe Historical Society was told this week. The city of Vacaville had announced earlier this summer that the roadway was going to be closed Oct. 26 to allow work to start […]

County to host Solano drug court reunion

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Superior Court announced Thursday that it will host an annual reunion Sept. 9 for parents who have completed the Dependency Drug Court program. The reunion, co-hosted with Solano County officials, will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield. The Dependency Drug […]

Family Justice Center site of planned health fair

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County District Attorney’s Office will host an Oct. 17 health fair in collaboration with several community organizations. The public is invited to the free event scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Justice Center, 604 Empire St. in Fairfield. Activities will include health screenings, medical and dental mobile […]

Fairfield police log: Aug. 26, 2015

12:08 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 200 block of PITTMAN ROAD 12:32 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 600 block of EAST TRAVIS BOULEVARD 12:38 a.m. — Vandalism, 1500 block of JAMES STREET 5:01 a.m. — Drunk and disorderly, 300 block of TEXAS STREET 5:22 a.m. — Forgery, 200 block of PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE 6:09 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1300 block of PHOENIX DRIVE 6:52 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of […]

Costs of war obscure attractions of service

Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on the problems service members and veterans have faced on returning from war. Consider the number of news stories on post-traumatic stress and suicide, congressional hearings on the same topics as well as […]

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 comedy shows and live theater. Films are a rarity.

“The committee is very excited to have the festival take place at the theater,” said a press release from the Benicia Arts and Culture Commission’s . . .

Fairfield rally backs Iran nuclear pact

FAIRFIELD — A Moveon.org rally Wednesday to support the nuclear arms agreement with Iran brought about 15 people to the front of Rep. John Garamendi’s office where they held signs that included thanks to the congressman for his support of the pact. “Diplomacy can work,” Mary Shilts Taylor said of the agreement. A Dixon resident who works […]

Fairfield, Vacaville police raid Talk N Wins in their towns

FAIRFIELD — The Talk N Win Internet sweepstakes cafe on North Texas Street has closed its doors until further notice after Fairfield police detectives, aided by the state state officials, served a search warrant on the establishment Wednesday that prompted the business to close. A simultaneous search warrant was served by Vacaville detectives on the Talk N […]

Suspect in woman’s stabbing at Vacaville CVS tries to plead guilty

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman in a Vacaville store tried to plead guilty Wednesday at his first court appearance since the attack. James E. Barnes had his plea rejected by Court Commissioner William J. Pendergast, who appointed the Public Defender’s Office to serve as his attorney. The appointment came in […]

Travis Credit Union to host document shredding event

VACAVILLE — Residents and small businesses will get the chance to shred sensitive documents from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at the Travis Credit Union headquarters at One Travis Way, the credit union announced. Travis Credit Union, in partnership with Data-Safe, is hosting the free service. On-the-spot document shredding and advice for how to protect […]

Truck hauling wood catches fire

FAIRFIELD — The wood being hauled by a truck headed north on Interstate 680 caught fire Wednesday, bringing out the Fire Department to put the fire out. The driver noticed the fire at 2:30 p.m. and pulled off I-680 at Gold Hill Road. There were no injuries in the incident, according to the California Highway Patrol. […]

Chapkis Dance Family cut from ‘America’s Got Talent’

SUISUN CITY — A Scotsman who swallows and barfs up objects rather the high-energy local Chapkis Dance Family has made it to the next level of the NBC talent show “America’s Got Talent.” The Suisun City-based Chapkis Dance Family did not get the votes they needed after Tuesday’s show to make it to the semifinals. They were one […]

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 […]

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