June 2019

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In This Issue

Cocktail culture inspires the intrigue surrounding craft whiskey

Over the past decade, the surge of craft distilleries has catapulted American whiskey to cult status around the world.

Heather Hadley is an auto-racing veteran at the age of 17

Young female race car driver finds inspiration in women who broke barriers in a male dominated sport; currently focusing on Legend cars

Farmers Market Family Fun, Music & Fresh Produce

It’s a bumper crop for Benicia’s Farmers Market this year with seasonal bounty, food trucks and the chance to shop local.

Priority-Based Budgeting Helps Benicia Achieve Goals

Benicia needs to increase revenues and find ways to deliver services more efficiently, according to City Manager

From carnival games to monopoly

Touring Paris’ Musée des Arts Forains, Christina Strawbridge reminisces on card and board games she played as a child, compared with those that are popular now.

Local live music in and around Benicia

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

Painting the Outdoors in Summer

Painting en plein air requires the right equipment to work quickly to capture light and shadow, wind and fog and other changing conditions.

Benicia Hopes to Win Big in National Competition

Benicia Main Street has reached the quarterfinal round in the national America’s Main Street contest.

Benicia Historical Museum recasts permanent exhibits

Museum staff and volunteers have redesigned and expanded existing displays and introduced new ones, including a large California Goldrush exhibit featuring a working model of a Yuba Gold Dredge.

It’s not too late to plant container gardens

Seasonal displays using unique and interesting containers are a fun and easy way to enhance a patio or backyard, regardless of size.

Art Galleries Sponsor Benicia Art Passport to Involve Patrons

Eleven First Street Benicia galleries come together to reinvigorate the downtown art scene, where patrons can enter to win $200 towards gallery works.

Will statewide rent control help or hurt housing affordability?

Proposed statewide rent control is highly controversial, leaving many to question whether it’s better left to local government.

Musical bond shared between generations

Jeff Campitelli, world-class drummer, has passed his love of music on to his college-bound daughter Gabby.