May 2017

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In This Issue

Making Sense of First Street, Part 3 in a Series

Benicia’s Booth at Sunset Celebration Weekend

For many years running, the City of Benicia has participated in Sunset Magazine’s Sunset Celebration Weekend, an event for visitors that targets travelers and tourists exploring cities across the west.

Benicia’s Post Arsenal Cemetery to Honor Veterans in May

Each year, the Benicia Historical Society honors veterans with a popular and poignant ceremony at the Benicia Post Arsenal Cemetery, including music, poems, prayers, color guard and more

A Passion for Protecting Neglected and Abandoned Animals

A long-time advocate for animals, Benicia’s Peggie Hartig has rescued wolves in addition to dogs, and volunteered at local animal shelters, rescue foundations and humane societies.

Living a Full Life After Retiring from Teaching

Gardening, volunteering, grandkids, music, art various other endeavors keep long-time teacher Elaine Ponziani-Seput busier than ever.

Bicycle Maintenance Adds to Pleasure and Safety

Wheels in Motion owner Greg Andrada recommends an annual maintenance routine before taking bicycles out for an inaugural spring ride; and offers a top ten list of items to check.

Artist Mary Oros’ Captivating Sculptures

Graceful and elegant concrete sculptures, showing movement that seems to defy gravity, are “choreographed” by the artist. Oros strives to evoke the connection between heart and mind and “embrace humanness.”

Colorful Kites Adorn Benicia’s Green Spaces

Late spring’s breezy days bring many colorful specimens to Benicia’s waterfront, and downtown and Southampton Parks.

Benicia’s Outreach and Investment in Tourism Pays Off

With such a diverse range of restaurants, upscale pubs, wine bars and retail stores along the waterfront shopping district, Benicia’s tourism efforts have put the city on the map as a bonafide destination.

A Fun Getaway Road Trip from Yolo to Mendocino

Food & travel writer Bob Ecker takes us on a journey (in a fast, sexy car) from Winters, California, to Mendocino, sampling food, beer, wine and country inns.

Food, Events & Fun Places to Stay in the Northbay

A companion guide to Eckers’ road trip from Yolo County to Mendocino along Highway 128, with events and accommodations hitting all the entertainment high notes of the area.

Benicia Old Town Theatre’s Spring Performance

Intimate Apparel is a heartwarming portrayal of Manhattan life in the early 1920s when thousands of African-Americans were moving north to find jobs.

A Third Professional Art Gallery for Downtown Benicia

The HQ Gallery, which made its debut in May 2016, is moving from the upper Arsenal to First Street, next to Gallery 621 and the Plein Air Gallery. Artist works include printmaking, watercolors, graphite drawings and more.