January 2019

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In This Issue

Unique, Performance Based Poet Honors Traditions

Benicia’s newest Poet Laureate Thomas Stanton, a performance-based poet, sees his role as a conduit to bring the community together.

Arata Art Gallery Opens in Benicia

Geri and John Pruett’s Arata Art Gallery, opening this month, will feature 25 local and regional artists working in several mediums.

Plants Can Help as California Air Quality Declines

The California Camp Fire and others encouraged many to add houseplants for indoor air filtration.

Aging in Place for Benicia Senior Citizens

The volunteer-based Carquinez Village is a membership organization aimed at keeping Benicia seniors in their own homes.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

Music you love at local venues continues in January 2019. Check out your favorite bands at Lucca Beer Garden, Vallejo’s Empress Theatre, Uptown Theatre in Napa and Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Rolando S. Barrero Paints Life Outdoors

The Plein Air Gallery painter conveys his love of life by capturing the essence of a place through natural light and atmosphere.

Specialty Foods at Family-owned Markets

Check out these family-owned markets specializing in organic produce, artisan cheeses, quality meats and fresh, wild seafood.

Wine Tasting with Nibbles in Downtown Benicia Shops

Benicia Main Street offers four Wine Walks annually, where tastings are poured in over 20 shops.

Benicia School Children Taught to Recycle Properly

Marie Knutson, recycling coordinator for Republic Services, works to educate students and the public on protecting the environment.

Mary Aiu Photographic Exhibit “Held By A Horse”

Beauty and an emotional connection are reveled in the photography of Mary Aiu, on display at the Milinda Perry Gallery Jan.—Feb.

Food, Wine & Good Times at The Loft Wine Bar & Restaurant

An eclectic menu, prohibition cocktails, curated wine list plus a hidden gem inside: The Office Speakeasy & Piano Lounge

High-heeled Shoes Don’t Go with Large Bunions

After recovering from foot surgery for a large bunion, stylish footwear is still a possibility for Benicia’s Christina Strawbridge.

Community Art Event Brings Benicians Together

Community, artists and poets come together for Arts Benicia’s annual Art of a Community exhibit, opening Jan. 26.

Benicia’s Marilyn Bardet Lives Her Passion For Composting

Composting at home doesn’t have to be complicated, and with simple techniques and tools, can turn even the newbie into a pro.