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Highlighting Benicia's Scenic Beauty From Above

A drone video of Benicia’s scenic beauty launched in Fall of 2015, and captures the towns highlights: historic buildings, waterfront, downtown shops and restaurants, the State Capitol, the Yacht Club, marina and more, culminating with a spectacular sunset.

Trends: Scott & Christina Strawbridge Take A Spontaneous Biplane Ride

Christina and Scott Strawbridge decide spontaneously to tick a biplane ride off their bucket list with a biplane ride over the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach.

Bike, Hike, Swim: A Three Part Series On Summer Offerings

Bikes have overcome their cumbersome, impractical roots in the 1800s to provide any would-be cyclist with myriad choices from basic to custom, electric to recumbent. Benicia offers riders bridge-to-bridge loops as well as challenging hills and the beautiful flats downtown.

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.