April 2017

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In This Issue

Mike Kendall Honored with Retrospective Exhibit

Long-time supporter of the arts, the revered Benicia artist will have a solo exhibit of his sculptures, paintings and perhaps mixed media pieces at the Arts Benicia Gallery this month.

HQ Gallery Relocates To Downtown Benicia

Drama Students to Perform Comical Musical Farce Virgil’s Wedding

Benicia Middle, Benicia High and elementary school drama students to perform in a “hysterical” dinner theater event May 5-7.

Annual Artist Open Studios Returns May 6-7

Benicia’s big weekend art event, hosted by Arts Benicia, draws thousands of art lovers, art buyers and curious visitors to artists’ live/work studios and local galleries.

Benicia High Principal Talks Education

Though BHS has had four previous principals in the past 11 years, Brianna Kleinschmidt hopes to stay for at least 10 years, to affect positive change and impact student lives.

Fun Run is a Win-win for Benicia Schools and Runners

Open to all, the Benicia Education Foundation’s Run for Education foot race, now in its 10th year, enhances community spirit, helps local schools and provides a great way to enjoy downtown Benicia’s charm while exercising or qualifying for a marathon.

The Carquinez Village Project, From Concept to Reality

Aging seniors can find connection, resources and a volunteer support system helping with any number of needs, with the launch of the new “Village” April 3.

Volunteers Nearing $1 Million in Used Book Sales

Through their monthly used book sales, the volunteer organization, Friends of the Benicia Library, raises money for vital library programs.

Cathy Wright Teaches Life Lessons through Drama

BMS’ long-time theater arts teacher says drama is an important part of preparing students for the future.

Six Benicia Women Make a Splash at the Oscars

Christina Strawbridge details an unforgettable Oscars Red Carpet Experience, shared with five friends, and garnering the attention of local and national news.

Downtown Benicia: A Block-by-Block Primer

First Street’s mile-long layout often leaves visitors wondering what’s where. The second in a series, this issue tackles First Street’s fun mix of retail shops, bars and restaurants from C to D Street.

24th Annual Benicia Classic Car Show Returns to the Waterfront

400 classic cars will be on display along downtown Benicia’s pier and First Street Green, to the delight of the huge crowds who come to admire them, and enjoy the food, music and more.