May 2018

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Honoring Veterans at Annual Benicia Ceremony

This year’s Benicia Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday, May 28, 10am at the Benicia Military Cemetery with an honor guard, military fly-over and local dignitaries.

Hannalee Pervan’s New Bakery Opening Soon

Hannalee Pervan channels her exceptional baking skills into her new bakery on First Street—a gathering place for the community as well as delicious food and coffee drinks.

The Tide is Turning For Vallejo’s Mare Island

Mare Island is poised to make the transition from a closed WWII Naval Shipyard to a vibrant mixed usage site. New distilleries and wineries are filling the old Coal Shed buildings and modular housing will aid Bay Area housing challenges.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

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

BHS Teacher Channels Rosie the Riveter

Steve Shields, a Benicia High teacher with a passion for shop classes, is making sure skilled trades are being taught to eager students including auto mechanics, metal works, welding, building, and construction skills.

Racetracks and Designer Headwear A Winning Combo

Benicia’s Christina Strawbridge shares her family’s love of thoroughbred horseracing combined with her devotion to fashion.

David Hagerty Says Its Hard Work Writing Crime Novels

David Hagerty used his background as a Police Reporter and Alameda County Jail teacher to become a successful Mystery and Crime novelist. It takes discipline and long hours to bring a book to fruition, but he loves it.

Men’s Vintage Hawaiian Shirts Make a Comeback Every Decade

Elisa’s Cottage in Benicia carries hundreds of iconic Hawaiian shirts, newer and vintage, and always stylish, for men, women and childrend.

BHS 2018 Graduation to be Held at New Stadium

This June, BHS seniors will be the first class to experience graduation at the newly renovated Drolette stadium. Bricks at the stadium entry are part of an ongoing fundraiser to support school programs.

Delightful Champagne Cocktails for a Mother’s Day Treat

This May, put some effervescence into mom’s special day with one of these five luscious recipes.

Benicia Picnicking from Boat Ramp to Boat Ramp

Benicia offers three gourmet takeout eateries to help create the perfect picnic basket: The Workshop, Sprankles Deli or Heritage Pantry & Spice.