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Measure S Facilities Bond Brings Upgrades To Benicia Schools

The Benicia Unified School District’s Measure S Bond has resulted in a Facilities Master Plan, available to the public on the district’s website, that is generating not only upgrades to aging buildings, but enthusiasm for replacing old classroom layouts (rows of desks) with 21st century learning environments.

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.

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.

Backwards Glance: Plowing Through Benicia’s Fertile History

A brief history, along with an historic advertisement about Benicia’s late 1800s wholesale hardware company, Benicia Agricultural Works, which manufactured specialty plows that were shipped to countries all over the world.

Dinner Theatre And Magic Combine In Martinez

The Martinez California Magic Dinner Theatre is a hidden Bay Area Gem comprised of dinner theater, a magic shop, comedy club and historical museum, a shrine to all things magical.

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.

Backwards Glance: Antique Stitchery Extols Washington’s Values

A 1932 handkerchief, with a decorative narrative on the border commemorating George Washington, rendered in cross-stitch with a phrase by Henry Lee (father of general Robert E. Lee), is housed in the archives of the Benicia Historical Museum.

Love blooms In Benicia With Annual Poetry Contest

Benicia’s tragically romantic early 19th century love story of Nikolai Resanov and Concepción Argüello, has inspired a Russian rock opera, an American chamber musical, a ballad, book and countless poems in addition to the 13th annual Benicia Love Poetry Contest event.

Sunday, January 31st: Jack London In Benicia

Before he became famous, Jack London spent time living on a boat on Benicia’s waterfront. The Benicia State Parks Association honors his life in Benicia with a program of speakers and memorabilia

Bio: Musician & Teacher Rem Djemilev

A brief interview with Rem Djemilev reveals his passion for teaching kids music, while teaching orchestral music at several Bay Area venues. With a Master’s degree in musical performance, he has played at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers as well as other noted venues.