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From Plein Air To Studio, Nikki Basch Davis’ New Painting Style

Benicia’s Nikki Basch Davis, who began creating art in town 27 years ago as a plein air painter, recently began a studio practice for a change of pace. Her new work is being shown at the Benicia Library art gallery in June and July 2016.

Italian Renaissance Festival Brings Family Fun To Vallejo

Carnevale Fantastico, a high-art, family friendly Italian Renaissance Festival, returns to Vallejo’s Blue Rock Springs Park, May 14 & 15, 2016.

A Cornucopia Of Amenities For Residents & Visitors At Community Park

The 50-acre Benicia Community Park, now 22 years old, has seen continual upgrades and improvements that entice generations of families. A sports complex, dog park, trails, X park, BBQ pits, disc golf, concrete slide, playground, picnic areas and more provide daylong entertainment for visitors and residents.

Trends: A Star Wars-themed Benefit Fashion Show

Star Wars is this year’s theme at the annual Fashion Runway benefit show at the Benicia Clock Tower. The Community Action Council’s Senior Meals on Wheels program is the recipient of the proceeds from the lively annual event, with city dignitaries walking the catwalk.

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.

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.

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.

Benicia Restaurant Week Sizzles In January

In accordance with California Restaurant Month, Benicia eateries get in on the action by participating in Benicia Main Street’s Benicia Restaurant Week. Discounts, special menus and more are featured at this popular annual event.