June 2018

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In This Issue

Swashbucklers and Scalawags Descend on Vallejo Waterfront

The family-friendly, 12th annual Northern California Pirate Festival returns to Vallejo’s Waterfront Park, with entertainment for all ages, costumes, food and drink, games and more—a fun way to spend Father’s Day.

Teaching Vocational Skills at Benicia High School

Annette Fewins, teacher and department chair of BHS’s Career and Technical Education program, helps prepare non college-bound students to enter the workforce.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

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

Downtown Gallery Celebrates First Year

In May, Benicia’s newest downtown gallery, the HQ Gallery, celebrated its first year downtown with a big public party.

New Fiber Exhibition at the Arts Benicia Gallery

Non-traditional fiber art, some of which are life-size pieces, are presented in wall hangings, wearables, sculpture, installation art, and participatory art in a new exhibition that will alter how we think about textile art.

Drink Your Veggies (and Cold Brew Coffee) at Juice House Co.

Tiana and Kelsea Duvauchelle’s healthy cold pressed juice bar opened with the goal of accessing nutrient-filled foods, made into custom, delicious concoctions.

Q and A with Benicia Police Sergeant Kirk Keffer

Benicia Police Sgt. Kirk Keffer’s encounter with a young black man walking late at night in the Industrial Park led to a good outcome; and feel-good story picked up by major news outlets.

Susan Johnson’s Plein Air Paintings

Benicia Plein Air Gallery’s June featured artist is Susan Johnson, whose paintings, inspired by her time in Arizona, will be on view at the gallery this month.

Something for Every Motorsports Fan at Sonoma Raceway

The Sonoma wine region also houses the topnotch Sonoma Raceway, offering motorsports fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sights, smells, and excitement of the track with local and national events.

Travel Apps And The Lost Human Connection

Though Christina Strawbridge is a pro travel app user, in crisscrossing the country, she sees the human connection getting lost in our high tech world.

The History of Benicia’s Ferry Crossings & Shipbuilding Industry

From the Pony Express to WWII, the city of Benicia has a long history of waterfront commerce, keeping Benicia’s economy connected to the tides.