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People revisit worst concerts ever

Last week’s column was about people sharing their experiences at the best concerts they ever saw. This week we flip the script to the worst. The actual worst concert I ever attended was in 2007, which is hardly back in the day. I will not mention the name of the band because after writing a […]

Today in History: July 31, 2015

Today is Friday, July 31, the 212th day of 2015. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1715, a fleet of Spanish ships carrying gold, silver and jewelry sank during a hurricane off the east Florida coast, scattering most of their treasure along the ocean floor. Of […]

Community Calendar: July 31, 2015

Friday Aquatic Fitness 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: [email protected] Free Legal Consultations 9 a.m. to noon, Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. By appointment only. Info: 421-7203. Solano Kids Insurance Program 1 to 5 p.m., Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail […]

Today in History: July 30, 2015

Today is Thursday, July 30, the 211th day of 2015. There are 154 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a measure creating Medicare, which began operating the following year. On this date: In 1729, Baltimore, Maryland, was founded. In 1864, during the Civil […]

Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds

DALLAS — A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic. Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at […]

Community Calendar: July 30, 2015

Thursday Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Handmade gifts for family and friends. Info: 428-7421. Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale 10 a.m. through Monday, […]

Today in History: July 29, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2015. There are 155 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 29, 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. On this date: In 1588, the English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle […]

Community Calendar: July 29, 2015

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson, 510-772-8860. Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. Fee. Info: 429-6291. […]

Today in History: July 28, 2015

Today is Tuesday, July 28, the 209th day of 2015. There are 156 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote […]

Community Calendar: July 28, 2015

Tuesday Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: [email protected] Senior American Club 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield […]

Fairfield Relay for Life, as predicted, was super

There is tremendous irony in the fact that the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events are so much fun and yet their primary purpose is to raise money to fight such an insidious disease. The journey that culminated in the 2015 Relay for Life of Fairfield event that took place July 18 and 19 at […]

Community Calendar: July 27, 2015

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, [email protected] Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, […]

Today in History: July 27, 2015

Today is Monday, July 27, the 208th day of 2015. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his “official” debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.” Billboard magazine published its first “music popularity chart” listing best-selling retail records (in first place was […]

Troy, me and the magical device

It was the summer before fifth grade when my best friend, Troy, and I combined our money and sent away for the greatest item ever. Troy, who lived down the street, saw it in a comic book: A portable communication device. It was perfect. Long before the cellphone era, we could talk at any time. […]

Community Calendar: July 26, 2015

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: [email protected] Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. Cat Tales Rescue […]

Today in History: July 26, 2015

Today is Sunday, July 26, the 207th day of 2015. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On July 26, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek issued the Potsdam Declaration, which called upon Imperial Japan to unconditionally surrender, or face “prompt amd utter […]

Good News: Solano police K9 team wins big in competition

Officer Frank Piro and K9 Roscoe took top honors at the San Joaquin County K9 Trial in Stockton. The K9 trial was sponsored by the Western States Police Canine Association in conjunction with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department. The competition tests each team’s ability to conduct a variety of activities related to the use of a police […]

Good News: Fairfield firefighters help Solano team win silver at Firefighter Olympics

A cadre of firefighters from Fairfield took part in the Firefighter Olympics from July 12-17 in Los Angeles and came out winners. Bay Area firefighters including several from Fairfield played Division 1 softball at the Firefighter Olympics. Solano County’s team played 12 games in three days, taking home a silver medal for second place. The Fairfield firefighters were Brian […]

July 25, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Good News: The Leaven lands $10,000 grant from Super Bowl 50 Fund

The Leaven, a Solano County-based nonprofit organization, has received $10,000 grant from the 50 Fund. This fund is a legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. The 50 Fund made 20 grants to Bay Area nonprofits through its early literacy initiative, the Re(a)d Zone. The Leaven has been helping […]

Good News: Fairfield resident earns academy’s most-improved track award

Jeffrey Collins of Fairfield received a prestigious award at Randolph-Macon Academy during the Class Night ceremony May 29. Collins, who is the son of Jeffrey and Christina Collins of Fairfield, received the Pat Spears Most Improved Award, the academy has announced. This award is presented to an underclassman who has shown the most improvement in […]

Good News: Vacaville’s Richard Rico displays painting at Capitol

Vacaville artist Richard Rico‘s artwork is on display in an exhibit at the state Capitol. The painting is titled “Hospice Grove.” It is a picture of Lagoon Valley in Solano County. The painting was selected by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to be part of the California State Senate Contemporary Art Collection exhibit, which features the work of […]

July 25, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History: July 25, 2015

Today is Saturday, July 25, the 206th day of 2015. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan drew boos from some spectators at the Newport Folk Festival as he performed with a rock band. (The cause of the negative reaction is in dispute, with […]

Community Calendar: July 25, 2015

Saturday The Edge Rummage Sale Fundraiser 7 a.m. to noon, 1101 Horizon Dr., Fairfield. All funds raised will used to buy school supplies and given away on Aug. 15. Free food, water and face painting for kids. Info: 421-9430 ext. 802. Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. […]

People revisit best concerts ever

I’ve long said that the best concert I ever attended was the 1983 Memorial Day weekend US Festival featuring Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen for $20. There were 500,000 people there. Still, in retrospect, I think maybe my very first live concert, on Nov. 6, 1981, at […]

Today in History: July 24, 2015

Today is Friday, July 24, the 205th day of 2015. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying more than 2,500 people, rolled onto its side while docked at the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River; an estimated 844 […]

Community Calendar: July 24, 2015

Friday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: [email protected] Free Legal Consultations 9 a.m. to noon, Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. By appointment only. Info: 421-7203. Solano Kids Insurance Program 1 to 5 p.m., Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail […]

Cup of Joe has long history

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love their morning cup of Joe? I remember drinking small sips of cooled coffee from my grandmother’s saucer when I was a child. My mother didn’t believe that children should drink coffee, but the coffee from my grandmother’s saucer remained between the two of us. As I remember, […]

July 23, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History: July 23, 2015

Today is Thursday, July 23, the 204th day of 2015. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain (ahn-REE’ pay-TAN’), who had headed the pro-Axis Vichy (vee-shee) government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason. (He was convicted and condemned […]

Becoming a dad? Expect to gain 3 to 5 pounds, study suggests

NEW YORK — Many men gain a new sense of responsibility and purpose when they become fathers. A new study suggests they also gain 3 to 5 pounds. The research wasn’t designed to prove fatherhood causes weight gain and raises more questions than it answers. But one outside expert, while noting its limitations, said the […]

Community Calendar: July 22, 2015

Thursday Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Suisun Senior Center Parking Lot Sale and Super Tuesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Suisun Senior Center, 318 Merganser Dr. Parking lot sale to benefit center. Donations for garage sale […]

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