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Today in History: Dec. 18, 2014

Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2014. There are 13 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 18, 1944, in a pair of related rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Korematsu v. United States, upheld, 6-3, the government’s wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent, including U.S. citizens, from the […]

Christmas comes early for prenatal program participants

FAIRFIELD — Santa waited patiently Wednesday to give away blue and white teddy bears at the annual ABC prenatal program’s Christmas toy giveaway. The event is for children from the ages of 0 to 12 who are being treated through the ABC prenatal program. The program’s director said the event continues to expand to meet an increased need, to […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 18, 2014

Thursday Solano Council for the Blind 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Compassion Care Knitting Circle 10 a.m to noon, NorthBay Bereavement Center, 4520 Business Center Drive, Suite 110, Fairfield. Info: Linda Pribble, lpribble@northbay.org, 646-3517. Domestic Violence Support Group 6 to 7:30 p.m., 1049 Union Ave., Suite B&C, Fairfield. SafeQuest Solano hosts […]

Today in History: Dec. 17, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2014. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer. On this date: In 1777, […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 17, 2014

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. […]

Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

NEW YORK — With the curtain soon to fall on David Letterman’s late-night television career, the end comes Friday for an odd and emotional holiday tradition that involves comic Jay Thomas, the Lone Ranger, a giant meatball and, most indelibly, singer Darlene Love. Love will sing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the 21st and […]

Today in History: Dec. 16, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2014. There are 15 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 16, 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces through the Ardennes […]

I hope this column is not too cheeky

On some Mondays, I dedicate this space to topics with a certain gravitas that belie the column’s title. This is not one of those Mondays. Today’s column is all about . . . well, butts. A glute by any other name: Why are there so many synonyms for this part of our bodies? A partial list includes: backside, behind, […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 15, 2014

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, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. 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: Dec. 15, 2014

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2014. There are 16 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On Dec. 15, 1944, the U.S. Senate approved the promotions of Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall to the five-star rank of General of the Army and the nominations […]

Today in History: Dec. 14, 2014

Today is Sunday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2014. There are 17 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 14, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, ruled that Congress was within its authority to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against racial discrimination by […]

Make your Christmas lists, check them twice

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . for lists. While Santa makes his list of who’s naughty and who’s nice and Tony Wade makes his list of what he wants, why don’t you join me in making lists of the best parts of the holiday season? There are plenty of top-five […]

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Community Calendar: Dec. 14, 2014

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: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Tri City Elks Lodge 1662 10 a.m. NFL Package for “U,” 566 Parker Road, Fairfield. Info: 437-3322. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Info: 419-4662. Premier […]

County honors retiree; teen to study abroad; crab feeds return

This week’s recap of good news include recognition of a woman for her many years of service to the county, plans to study abroad for a Fairfield teen, and the start of the Solano County crab feed countdown. Lambrecht retires after 30 years of service Dorothy L. Lambrecht has retired after 30 years of service to […]

Today in History: Dec. 13, 2014

Today is Saturday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2014. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 13, 1944, during World War II, the light cruiser USS Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack off Negros Island in the Philippines that claimed 133 lives. On this date: In […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 13, 2014

Saturday Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Toy Run and Breakfast 8 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. Toy Run, Cordelia Fire Station, 2155 Cordelia Road, Fairfield. Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 host breakfast and run with Santa on Harley-Davidsons to Mission Solano, 740 Travis Blvd., Fairfield. Info: 249-1541. 2nd […]

Christmas used to be all about toys

Christmas was always confusing as a kid because we were supposed to be celebrating that manger baby who had something to do with a round virgin, but all I really cared about was toys. Now, me and my brothers kept the pretense up that we were interested in what Linus said Christmas was all about in […]

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Today in History: Dec. 12, 2014

Today is Friday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2014. There are 19 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 12, 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives. On this date: In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 12, 2014

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: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Crafts 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. 26th Annual Child Haven Auxiliary 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Proceeds benefit […]

In pursuit of high expectations

As I promised, today’s column continues to look at the research on the achievement gap of African-American males and how parents can help. Much of the research and statistics used here comes from a four-part series in Ebony magazine that the editors say they hope will explore “the state of our boys and give parents, […]

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Community Calendar: Dec. 11, 2014

Thursday 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. Suisun Senior Partners 9:45 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Advisory committee consists of board of directors and seniors to encourage the growth of the senior center. The public is welcome to attend. Fairfield […]

Today in History: Dec. 11, 2014

Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2014. There are 20 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 11, 1936, Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson; his brother, Prince Albert, became King George VI. On this date: In 1792, France’s King […]

Today in History: Dec. 10, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2014. There are 21 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 10, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it “with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.” On […]

Nuts! Korean flight delayed by first-class spat

SEOUL, South Korea — Forget dust-ups over reclining seats in economy class. There’s a new and exclusive twist on inflight anger: Nut rage in first class. A recent Korean Air flight was delayed when its chairman’s daughter, who was also vice president responsible for cabin service at the airline, ordered a senior crew member off […]

Today in History: Dec. 9, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2014. There are 22 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 9, 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England. On this date: In 1608, English poet John Milton was born in London. In 1911, an […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 10, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. Parent To Parent 9 a.m., Starbucks on Oliver Road, Fairfield. Helping those affected by autism. Info: 422-0464. Line Dancing 9 a.m. Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 9, 2014

Tuesday North Wind Quilters 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Quilters of all skill levels invited to participate Info: 428-7421. Physical Wellness Program: Video Chair Exercise Class 8:30 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Benefits people of all physical levels. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., […]

My Christmas list for Santa

Dear Santa, I realize that most people now either tweet, text or email their Christmas lists to you, but I am relentlessly old school so I sent mine via “snail mail.” I’m so old school that I typed this on a Smith Corona typewriter and sent it in an airmail envelope with the cute candy-striped […]

Community Calendar: Dec. 8, 2014

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, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Enrollment required. Info: 428-7654. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact […]

Today in History: Dec. 8, 2014

Today is Monday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2014. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, […]