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Benicia Arsenal “Ground Zero” For Artist Open Studios

With A 22-year long legacy of 70+ artists opening their private studios to the public, Arts Benicia launches its biggest event of the year May 7-8. A map of the studios, some of which are live-work, is available at Arts Benicia in the lower Arsenal.

Eighth Annual Footrace At The Water’s Edge

The 8th annual Benicia Run for Education 5K and 10K foot race, April 10, 2016, raises big money for Benicia schools. This year’s event proceeds will fund technology and other programs for students.

Sails Unfurl For Opening Day On The Strait

The annual Benicia Opening Day on the Strait kicks off the boating season once again, April 10, with an annual event that includes opening the Yacht Club to the public, food, games, music and a boat parade.

Interview: Jamie Calderwood, Habitat For Humanity Site Supervisor

After retiring from a 35-year job teaching shop at Benicia Middle School, Jamie Calderwood now spends his days working part time as a site supervisor for Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, constructing homes.

Proposed Residential Housing For Northern Gateway Project

Interview: Jessica Joy, Owner Of The Edible Yard

An interview with Benicia’s Jessica Joy, who creates edible landscapes: planning creating large and small canopies, then adding in the layers of planting for maximizing a healthy ecosystem. Organic methods are used along with creating drainage swails, using sunlight and ensuring the soil is healthy.

Bees Are Buzzing In Benicia Backyards

Shortly after the ban was lifted and beekeeping became legal in Benicia, many residents have become beekeepers. The reasons are myriad: for honey production, wax for candle making or just helping the planet in the wake of massive bee colony collapse.

Comic Book Superheroes Never Grow Old

As yesterday’s superheroes enjoy a resurgence in popular culture, they have found a home in Benicia at Zeppelin Comics, a new store in the downtown area. The store offers public events, in conjunction with the Benicia Library, and is bringing kids and adults together to meet likeminded superhero fans.

Creating Sustainable Ecosystems In Benicia With Backyard Food Forests

The Benicia Community Gardens, run by volunteers, expands their reach beyond the two community garden borders into helping families create their own food forests in their backyards. The aim is to teach residents how to create sustainable ecosystems while growing their own food.

Interview: Benicia Makerspace Founder Nicci Nunes