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October 2011

Benicia Middle School Students Win iPads

10/19/11

Benicia Middle School Students Win iPads

Two talented young artists won iPads for their participation in the Benicia Tree Art Challenge at Benicia’s Third Annual Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, October 15, 2011. Jonathan Park, an eighth grade student at Benicia Middle School, received first prize for his graphite rendering of trees in City Park from Mayor Elizabeth Patterson. Angela Jennings, also an eighth grade student at Benicia Middle School, received second prize from Vice Mayor Alan Schwartzman for her rendering of a tree at the historic Lundin House. The two winners were selected by a jury of artists and tree experts in Benicia from a total of 14 student entries. Ms. Pat Hall, Art Teacher at Benicia Middle School for both of the winning students, will also be the recipient of a plaque commemorating her role and...

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Benicia Middle School Students Suit Up And Speak Out For The Movement

10/17/11

Benicia Middle School Students Suit Up And Speak Out For The Movement

Before the show the girls in Mrs. Wright’s class chattered like kids. They reminded each other of shared swim classes and giggled as a one put down her phone to announce that a classmate had just arrived at the wrong library. That evening they were gathered to celebrate a very adult movement that had fought for one of the cornerstones of modern democracy: voter equality between the sexes. The collection of dramatic vignettes was the penultimate presentation in the Benicia Public Library’s speaker series celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in California. Superintendent Janice Adams (who bore and raised me, full disclosure) contacted Kathy Wright at Benicia Middle School to see if she would be interested in involving students in producing a dramatic...

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10/17/11

New Exhibits At Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Walnut Creek – Lindsay Wildlife Museum announced the opening of two expansive new exhibits, Raptors, Hunters in the Sky and Wildlife Hospital, Behind the Scenes. The new raptor exhibit includes interactive stations designed to foster learning and appreciation for the hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that live among us. Stations include a model of a hawk children can climb on to view an interactive flight simulation, giving them the sense of soaring high above Mount Diablo. “Visitors have always enjoyed coming to see the live eagles, hawks and owls that reside at the museum,” said Loren Behr, executive director of Lindsay Wildlife Museum. “This gives the public the opportunity to learn a more about them in an enjoyable way.” The museum is...

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10/16/11

Benicia’s Third Annual Arbor Day Event

The list of twenty-two participants in Benicia’s Third Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10am to 2pm, in Benicia City Park is more than twice the number that participated in last year’s event, reflecting a growing interest in supporting trees and community building in Benicia, according to Wolfram Alderson, Executive Director of the Benicia Tree Foundation. The free event is packed with activities and events that are designed to be fun and educational for people of all ages. “This years’ celebration will feature a native plant sale, food, music, educational presentations, awards, local green products and business, puppetry, arts and crafts, expert advice on trees & gardening, girl scouts, and a free bicycle valet...

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Vallejo Symphony Orchestra’s Fall 2011 Season

09/27/11

Vallejo Symphony Orchestra’s Fall 2011 Season

The Vallejo Symphony begins it's 80th season under the direction of Maestro David Ramadanoff with a Fall concert Saturday, October 8 at 8 pm at the Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo.  The season concludes Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Lander Hall at Touro University in Vallejo. With a history dating back to 1931, The Vallejo Symphony is the seventh oldest symphony in California. The last two concerts of their season were canceled last year because of budget issues. The symphony was headed into the red, and rather than let it just happen, the board cancelled the remainder of their 79th season.  The board took the time to address funding needs, reconnecting with the symphony’s audience and the community and rethinking the symphony’s  direction....

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Halloween Activities for Kids of All Ages

09/27/11

Halloween Activities for Kids of All Ages

Looking for some good Halloween family fun for kids of all ages? Starting right here in town, Benicia Main Street puts on a number of interesting Halloween offerings. Check out the annual event Sorcerer Saturday, with a variety of activities for kids and adults including a pumpkin patch just outside the Depot at the foot of First Street, October 15, 12-5pm. Or, try a corn maze. Corn mazes date back 4,000 years, used for rituals and processions. They continued to appear over the millennia in art, gardens and architecture. In Scandinavia, over 600 stone labyrinths lined the shores of the Baltic Sea, with over half of them in Sweden. Throughout Europe garden mazes were developed at the wealthiest castles and palaces to amuse kings and princes. Amuse the little ones or challenge the...

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Celebrating 100 Years of California Women’s Suffrage

09/27/11

Celebrating 100 Years of California Women’s Suffrage

Suffrage: The right to vote in political elections (Google). October 10, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of California women winning the right to vote; nine years ahead of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibiting any US citizen the right to vote based on sex. It was ratified August 18, 1920. California was the sixth state to win the vote. Women suffragists and the men who supported them waged an 8-month long campaign, which narrowly passed in California, with San Francisco leading the opposition. Western states were the first to embrace what was then considered a radical political position. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, it was a widely held belief that a woman’s place was in the home, and that women had no place in politics. The League...

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