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Pena Adobe Fire timeline, facts

VACAVILLE — The fire was reported about 9:30 a.m. Within 15 minutes, it was called three alarms. It also went to four and five alarms. Voluntary evacuations began. Daily Republic writer Kevin Green followed the story into the early morning. He reported about 11:30 p.m. Saturday police blocked off California Street from just west of […]

Cause of large Vacaville blaze under investigation

VACAVILLE — Kevin Smith stood on Terrace Court Sunday afternoon looking at the charred hills behind his neighborhood.

He was still coming to terms with what all the fuss was about. Yes, a fire had burned about 325 acres in those hills Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

While his family voluntarily evacuated their home, Smith decided to wait it out.

Pena Adobe celebrates Independence Day with a luncheon

VACAVILLE — The Pena Adobe Historical Society and Rush Ranch Educational Council celebrated Independence Day with a catered lunch and tour of the park on Saturday. The park usually has an open house on the first Saturday of the month, but this day was special. “This is the first time we have done a lunch on the […]

Report: 1 injured during propane tank fire

VACAVILLE — A report of a propane tank fire on the Fourth of July left one person seriously injured, according to preliminary information about the incident. Information about the fire remained sketchy late Saturday. A Vacaville Fire Department official would not provide details of the incident, citing patient confidentiality laws. The fire was reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. […]

Dixon resident new prison warden in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A Dixon man was named the new warden at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville, according to a press release issued Thursday by the governor’s office. Eric Arnold, 54, has served as acting warden at the prison since 2014 and was chief deputy warden from 2013 to 2014. Arnold’s 26-year career with the California […]

Vacaville rates in top 10 as home to military veterans

VACAVILLE — Vacaville rated among the nation’s top 10 cities for military veterans in a study by the consumer website NerdWallet.com. Ranking ninth on the list that was released this week, Vacaville was the only city in California to make the top 10. The study was based on veteran presence in the community, median veteran […]

Vacaville announces exceptional water savings for June

VACAVILLE — Water conservation numbers for Vacaville are in for June and they are being termed exceptional by city officials. Conservation efforts are paying off with a reduction in water usage of nearly 36 percent, according to figures announced Wednesday in a Vacaville press release. Vacaville’s water customers used 440 million gallons in June, compared […]

Museum Guild announces annual Children’s Party

VACAVILLE — Tickets are on sale for the Vacaville Museum Guild’s Annual Children’s Party. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in the museum courtyard, 213 Buck Ave. The theme is “Country Fair at the Museum” and will feature crafts and games, the Vaca Valley 4-H Petting Zoo, Mother Goose, […]

Vacaville will close some streets for the 4th of July

VACAVILLE —Vacaville’s free 4th of July celebration will be held at the Creekwalk/Andrews Park, with gates open at 5 p.m. and music starting  at 6:30 p.m. Food and craft vendors will be on site. A fireworks display will cap the evening beginning at approximately 9:20 p.m. Parking for people with ADA placards or license plates will […]

Brews, blues and breeze wrap up annual festival

VACAVILLE — There were some brews and a gentle breeze mixed in with the blues Sunday afternoon in Town Square. As the Uncorked Blues Band launched into “Polk Salad Annie,” Syl Williams tapped his feet along to the music. The former saxophone player, who lives in Fairfield, listed the late B.B. King as his favorite […]

Bowling to help raise money for clinic a success

VACAVILLE — Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California held their first bowl-a-thon Saturday with a full house of volunteers at Stars Recreation Center. “I got the idea at a Queen of the Valley fundraiser last year. We thought it would be a lot of fun for families,” said Diedre Eckle, executive director of Alpha Pregnancy […]

Vacaville gathers to honor 100 years at Carnegie

VACAVILLE — When the Saturday Club in Vacaville was founded more than 100 years ago, its top priority was to establish music education in schools. The next major goal was to bring about the construction of a public library. Thanks to a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the club realized that goal in 1915. The Saturday […]

Get a dose of history at Vacaville’s farmers market

VACAVILLE — You can get a dose of Vacaville history with your vegetables at Saturday’s farmers market in downtown Vacaville. Members of the Vacaville Heritage Council will be there with historic photos of Theatre DeVille before its restoration. Visitors can also learn about Pena Adobe, which dates back to 1842. One of the oldest structures […]

Vaca Valley Tea Party sets 4th of July rally

VACAVILLE — All community members are invited to join the Vaca Valley Tea Party for their 4th Annual Stand Up for Liberty Sidewalk Rally and Ice Cream Social from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Nut Tree Road and East Monte Vista Avenue, the group says. The local tea party group will cool off […]

Library to bring Flag Day activity indoors

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Library will host an “It’s a Vacaville Tradition” Flag Day program June 30. The free event will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Vacaville Cultural Center Branch, 1020 Ulatis Drive. Children are welcome to come and make flags and then get in line for a parade inside the library. For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on […]

Wood High School alum plan 20th class reunion

FAIRFIELD — Will C. Wood High School’s Class of 1995 will host its 20th class reunion next month. The reunion will take place at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Clubhouse at Paradise Valley, 3990 Paradise Valley Drive, Fairfield. There will be full meal and no-host bar. Tickets are on sale and are available at […]

Friends group to host library teen advisory board meet

VACAVILLE — The Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Participants will plan the last of the summer events, according to a library press release. Preteens and teens ages 12 to 18 are welcome to come and to bring a friend. The Friends of the Vacaville Library will host the […]

Tougher massage measure wins Vacaville OK

VACAVILLE  — A measure to broaden city authority to regulate massage businesses won unanimous approval Tuesday by the Vacaville City Council. “Our hands have been tied over the years,” Mayor Len Augustine said of city enforcement of massage businesses. He noted a requirement in the new ordinance to provide names of employees and require certification […]

Jin Shin practitioner loses appeal for business license renewal

VACAVILLE — City Council members, citing the lack of a required California Massage Therapy Council certificate, turned down Tuesday the appeal a Jin Shin practitioner filed after a decision to deny him a business license renewal. Jin Shin therapy includes hand pressure on the body, qualifies as massage and the City Council should turn down the appeal […]

Jin Shin therapy focus of business license appeal

VACAVILLE — Jin Shin therapy includes hand pressure on the body, qualifies as massage and the City Council should turn down the appeal of a practitioner denied a business license renewal, the city of Vacaville says. James Vaughn appealed the license denial and indicated during a Wednesday meeting with the city that he was providing […]

Vacaville continues to eye tougher massage measure

VACAVILLE — Police have received as many as two complaints a week about illicit massage establishments in Vacaville, says a report about a measure to broaden city authority to regulate massage businesses – with provisions that include prohibiting advertising in “adults only” media. Assistant City Attorney Shana Faber in her report about the new proposed […]

Camp Adobe begins summer activities at city park

VACAVILLE — Summer is here with a wave of heat and with it comes an array of activities for youngsters as Pena Adobe hosts a series of Camp Adobe sessions.

Camp will have a new theme each week. This week it was Camp Ney’ati, which taught Native American history with stories, music, a teepee and drum making.

Panel backs $2,500 for jack rabbit artwork

VACAVILLE — Spending up to $2,500 from the city Public Art Trust Fund to buy one of the pieces of jack rabbit artwork in the Vacaville Museum’s “We Know Jack” campaign won Community Services Commisssion approval Wednesday. “It’s just a good thing for the city,” Chairwoman Jennifer Goode said after the vote. The 5-0 vote […]

Vacaville a finalist in national contest for dog park funding

VACAVILLE — The city of Vacaville has been named a finalist for a chance to win $100,000 to help build a new dog park, the city announced Tuesday in a press release. PetSafe brand is giving five communities the opportunity to win money to help build a dog park in its fifth annual Bark for Your […]

Pena Adobe to celebrate July 4 with open house

VACAVILLE — The Pena Adobe Historical Society and the Rush Ranch Educational Council will celebrate Independence Day with not only an open house at the Pena Adobe Park, but also a lunch catered by Vasquez Deli. Tours of the Mowers-Goheen Museum and the 173-year-old historic home of Vacaville’s founders will be offered between 11 a.m. […]

Alpha Pregnancy Clinics invites bowlers to Stars Recreation for fundraiser

VACAVILLE — Alpha Pregnancy Clinics or Northern California will host a bowl-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27. Pizza, drinks and prizes are included. The event is at Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway. To register, visit www.alphaprc.org and click on the bowl-a-thon link under the events tab. For more information, call 449-8996. […]

Swing dance workshop on library calendar

VACAVILLE — A dance class for teens or preteens will be available this month at the county library. The Swing Dance Workshop for Teens, Nearly Teens and Teens at Heart will start at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Christine and John Mani will serve as instructors for the workshop, according to a […]

Alonzo family celebrates patriarch’s 100th birthday

VACAVILLE — He vacationed in Mexico with his sister for three weeks in 1936 with Lazaro Cardenas, the president of Mexico, providing them with a car and chauffeur after he and his sister were involved in a car crash.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former President Herbert Hoover, boxer Max Baer, actor Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard all chatted with him while he worked as a toll-taker on the Carquinez Bridge – Roosevelt, Baer, Gable and Lombard, all pleasantly, . . .

Puppet company to entertain children at library

VACAVILLE — Children in the community are invited to enjoy a puppet show that’s scheduled this month at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center in June. The show, “Fantasy on Strings! From Fairyland’s Own Puppet Company,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. June 23 at the library, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Dozens of 3-foot-high marionettes will take children […]

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