Kick-start some holiday spirit with an ice skating outing

11/19/16

Kick-start some holiday spirit with an ice skating outing

Within an hour of Benicia, at a multitude of ice rinks, seasonal and year-round, offer public skating during the holidays.

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Downtown Benicia comes alive in December, with events throughout the month

11/18/16

Downtown Benicia comes alive in December, with events throughout the month

The annual lighting of the city’s holiday tree is a Benicia tradition not to be missed, even if it’s cold, windy and raining outside. Regardless of the weather, scores of revelers gather at the First Street waterfront to watch as the switch is turned and the large tree twinkles and glows with thousands of lights. The tree lighting ceremony dates back decades with different trees and different locations around the downtown, though the intent to herald in the season remains the same. This year, there will be one key difference. The official holiday tree is new and slightly different. The former was replaced over the summer with a variety that can withstand the waterfront’s windy conditions better, said Rick Knight, city superintendent of parks & building...

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A delightful holiday event for kids and their teddy bears

11/18/16

A delightful holiday event for kids and their teddy bears

The annual Camellia Tea Room is holding their formal “Teddy Bear Tea” at the Benicia restaurant with three seatings December 3 & 4.

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Retired from the travel industry, Mike has become one of Benicia’s most prolific volunteers.

11/18/16

Retired from the travel industry, Mike has become one of Benicia’s most prolific volunteers.

Benicia’s Mike Caplin wears many volunteer hats with local organizations, so much so that he earned the city’s Volunteer of the Year award.

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A helping hand leads to a famous encounter on a Venice-bound train

11/18/16

A helping hand leads to a famous encounter on a Venice-bound train

The Strawbridges, on a train from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, have a chance encounter with Deborah Lipstadt, whose book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and subsequent movie, was just released in the U.S. in September 2016.

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