December 2017

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In This Issue

Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubenstein Rise to Power

After seeing the Broadway musical “War Paint,” where two strong women created global empires in the 20th century, Christina Strawbridge recalls her mom’s and sister’s foray into the beauty industry.

Benicia Amateur Radio Club is Prepared for Emergencies

Working with the fire dept. and Benicia Emergency Response Teams, in a true emergency, Art Mayoff would coordinate communications with 60 amateur radio club members.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

Music you love at local venues continues in December. Check out your favorite bands at Lucca Beer Garden, First Street Café, Vallejo’s Empress Theatre and the Uptown Theatre in Napa.

Free Spirit Elan Laporte Plays Guitar with Local Group

Living on a boat with his wife Emily and son Dylan at the Benicia Marina, Elan Laporte’s band, Bodhi Shrugs, just released their first album, Wherever We Roam.

Benicia’s Biggest Holiday Event

Small town charm is a great big hit for thousands of people attending the annual downtown Holiday Open House, with hay rides, live music and shops serving food and drink are open late.

Gems IV, December Small Works Exhibition

Arts Benicia’s December Exhibit, Gems IV, Exquisite, Intricate, Intimate Small Works of Art, presents local, original artworks that offer an intriguing alternative to commercial shopping

See’s Candy on the Waterfront, Wrapped and Ready

Benicia Main Street’s gift store is well stocked for the holidays, with a large selection of delectable See’s Candy.

Colorful, Lighted Boats Sail Along the Waterfront

Once again, the Benicia Marina will offer its annual lighted boat parade, where boaters decorate their vessels for the holidays and sail down the Carquinez Strait to First Street Dec. 9 at 6pm.

The History and Popularity of Greeting Cards

Greeting cards have come a long way since their roots in ancient China. Print and digital, greeting cards are as popular today as ever—check out our historic timeline.

The Season’s Best Gifts from Downtown Benicia Shops

Vintage handkerchiefs, elegant art glass, fine jewelry, holiday mugs, candles and much more make gift giving easy.

Two Benicia Women Tackle the Mantle Challenge

A big white fireplace with a thin mantle tests the artistry of Christine Bovo and Joy Alberts, Benicia design professionals who create two very different holiday mantle designs.