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Coastal and Creek Cleanup day returns to Solano

FAIRFIELD — Want to be part of the world’s largest annual garbage collection effort? You can get your chance Sept. 19 when the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District coordinates the local portion of this year’s Coast and Creek Cleanup in the Fairfield and Suisun City area. The city of Vacaville’s Utilities Department is also hosting its Creek […]

Fire races through rural Vacaville home

VACAVILLE — A fire gutted a rural Vacaville home Monday afternoon. The Vacaville Fire Protection District was notified shortly after 3:15 p.m. of a garage at a home on the 3500 block of Brehme Lane east of Pleasants Valley Road. Firefighters called in additional crews as the fire spread to the rest of the home. No injuries […]

Photos: Geese look for water, food at Lagoon Valley

Lagoon Valley Reservoir almost dried up A lost cell phone is revealed by drought conditions on the dried up lake bed of the reservoir at Lagoon Valley Park, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Vacaville. When completed in 1981, the reservoir contained over 274 million gallons of water and had an average depth of eight feet. […]

18th Annual Italian Festival returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — For food lovers, the 18th Annual Italian Festival will return in September. The event will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Pippo Ranch Park, 4127 Canelow Road, Vacaville. The festival will include food, music, dancing, a jump house, horseshoes, petting zoo, bocce and more. Food and beverages are available […]

Don’t chuck wood duck project, say family, Vacaville staff

VACAVILLE — Almost three years of nest boxes near Pena Adobe Park haven’t produced any wood ducks but the father and son who built the bird homes aren’t giving up.

Steve Broadley and his son Benjamin installed four boxes and have asked the Community Services Commission to extend the three-year agreement.

“Staff has heard only positive comments about the project,” Hew Hesterman, park planner for Vacaville, said in a report, “and the effort to attract wood ducks back to the area is appreciated by many park visitors.”

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

City plans McBride Computer Center open house

VACAVILLE — The McBride Computer Center will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will give the community an opportunity to see what’s available in the McBride Technology Department, learn about the classes that are offered to the public at the center and become familiar with the center’s activities and […]

Metering ramps have Vacaville seeing red

VACAVILLE — Metering ramps for vehicles to enter Interstate 80 have City Council members seeing red about the project they say the state mandated and that stacks up traffic on city streets. City Council objections followed a presentation Tuesday by a senior transportation engineer from the Oakland office of the state Department of Transportation. Adrian […]

Vacaville names new fire chief

VACAVILLE — Kris Concepcion has been named as the next fire chief for the Vacaville Fire Department. Concepcion replaces Frank Drayton, who retired June 12 but remained with the city while a replacement was sought. “We’re thrilled to have someone with Kris’s experience, background and education join our staff,” City Manager Laura Kuhn said in […]

Vacaville opposes statewide tax on water bills

VACAVILLE — The city opposes any statewide tax on water bills, a measure the vice mayor called “a permanent tax on a temporary situation.” “We’re hoping it doesn’t happen,” Curtis Hunt said. Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine in a letter the council approved Tuesday asks that if California lawmakers pass such a bill in the name […]

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 […]

Vacaville eyes 136-space, $1M parking lot

VACAVILLE — Construction of a 136-space parking lot costing $1 million for the second phase of the Vacaville Intermodal Station at Allison and Ulatis drives goes before the City Council on Tuesday. The second phase was originally envisioned as a three-story, 400-stall parking garage but is now proposed as a surface parking lot, a city […]

Art, brews and family at the Wine and Brew Festival

VACAVILLE — Photography is Ky Dally’s hobby, but at the Wine and Brew Festival on Saturday it was a chance to sell his work, make a little money and converse with friends. The soon-to-be father of two was sitting behind his mother, Shelley Dally, who displayed her handmade jewelry. The Elmira family takes their talents to a […]

Vallejo to make appearance at Gen. Vallejo Day at Peña Adobe

VACAVILLE — If Gen. Mariano Vallejo wasn’t such a hard bargainer, the University of California, Berkeley would have been located in Petaluma. It’s one of the tales that historian Marshall West from Petaluma will tell when he appears at the Peña Adobe Park on Sept. 5 wearing the persona of Californian Mexican military commander, pioneer […]

Firefighters practice survival techniques during training regimen

VACAVILLE — “Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. Firefighter is disoriented and lost.”

Those and similar radio calls from local firefighters were heard this week on police scanners as firefighters participated in training in Vacaville.

Thirty firefighters from the Fairfield and Vacaville fire departments participated in four days of joint training that focused on firefighter survival.

The 15 firefighters from Fairfield and 15 from Vacaville were being taught by six master instructors to become trainers within their own departments, said Gary Mahlberg, a Vacaville Fire Department trainer who completed the class.

State controller to join Democratic women’s group for September meet

VACAVILLE — The Democratic Women in Action will meet at noon Sept. 12 at Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway in Vacaville. The keynote speaker will be Betty Yee, California state controller. Democratic Women in Action supports Solano County Democratic candidates who are seeking city, county, state and federal public offices. Tickets can be purchased in advanced if […]

Vacaville, Suisun City police plan DUI checkpoints

FAIRFIELD — Police in Vacaville and Suisun City will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoints this weekend to help keep the community’s roadways safe from drunken drivers. The Vacaville checkpoint will take place from between 6 p.m. and midnight Friday at an undisclosed location within the city limits, according to a Vacaville press release. A checkpoint is also scheduled between […]

‘A Day in the Park’ advocates for children with special needs

VACAVILLE — The second annual “A Day in the Park” is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Andrews Park. The event is to raise awareness of autism and educate for acceptance of those who are autistic. It will include face painting, music from a disc jockey, arts projects and food. There will […]

Library site of fall vegetable garden program

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Cultural Center will offer a Master Gardener’s program for Fall Vegetable Gardening on Thursday. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at 1020 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville. Master Gardeners Judy Hager and Patty Chapman will lead the program. For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit www.solanolibrary.com. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Explore the world of music at education fair

VACAVILLE — The Young Artists Conservatory of Music will host a music education fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 500 Davis St. The event is free and will feature food, a bounce house and music from the conservatory TnT rock band and Treble Trio string and woodwinds. Workshops are also planned. All […]

Puerto Rican culture focus of Festival de la Isla

VACAVILLE — The sounds, sights, tastes and aromas of Puerto Rico will be celebrated Saturday at the 14th annual Festival de la Isla at Pena Adobe Park.

The event draws families, some even traveling from other states, to a day filled with live entertainment, catching up with old friends and making new friends, and cherishing the family.

Linda and Cafe August organize the event.

Event to celebrate Solano College’s 70th anniversary

VACAVILLE — The Solano College Educational Foundation will celebrate the college’s 70th anniversary Friday with benefit gala. The theme is Building for the Future, a reference to expansion of the science and technology programs at the college and the new construction to support those programs at the main campus in Fairfield and at centers in both Vacaville […]

Morningsun Herb Farm plans tomato celebration

VACAVILLE — Tomato lovers should mark their calendars for Sunday when Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville’s Pleasants Valley hosts its annual Tomato Day. A table laden with dozens of fresh tomato varieties will be set out for visitors to sample and rate their favorites. Tasting is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cooking demonstrations will take place […]

Foster teens get birthday celebration

VACAVILLE – Gift bags, cupcakes, swimming and free food all made for a good time Saturday at the Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center for a group of children who really aren’t children anymore. Heart 2 Heart, a local nonprofit organization that helps teens in foster care transition to adulthood, threw a birthday party for all the foster teens and young adults […]

Liquor license spurs new appeal in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Another business owner is challenging the city’s denial of a request for liquor sales at his store. Planning commissioners who meet Tuesday will take up the appeal by Arrow Food and Gas at 501 Peabody Road. Arrow’s appeal follows a successful challenge in January by the Quick Way Gas Station and Convenience Store at […]

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