October 2018

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Ghost Walks Enhance Benicia Halloween Season

Benicia’s paranormal history makes for spooky Ghost Walks that enhance the Halloween Season. Dine at the Union Hotel Restaurant and you might wind up with a corporeal companion at your table.

Vallejo and Benicia Benefit from New Jobs on Mare Island

The Historic Naval Base in Vallejo is booming with business. From distillery to dry docks, the former base is seeing a resurgence in activity.

Benicia Tattoo Art Reflects Culture and Personality

The ancient art of tattooing has endured through history. Using one’s body as a statement-making canvas is still as popular as it has ever been.

Local Brew Pubs Get Into The Spirit of October

Local Benicia residents have many opportunities to experience Oktoberfest. The closest offering takes place in Concord October 12 and 13 but great Brew Pubs all around the East Bay keep the festivities accessible all month long.

Benicia’s Zombie, Ghost and Scarecrow Invasion

Kids and adults will enjoy scarecrows descending across Benicia, a Pet Parade and Costume Contest, trick or treating on First Street, Haunted House and more.

Q and A with Benicia’s Jack Bethards, Custom Pipe Organ Builder

Jack Bethards, owner of Shoenstien & Co., shares his expertise building extraordinary, meticulously crafted pipe organs—a childhood dream come true.

Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Gallery Showcases Joyful Artwork in November

Benicia, for a small town, is fortunate to have a wonderful, light-filled art gallery housed in our Public Library. Works by local artist Ruth Stanton is on display Oct-Nov 2018.

Benicia Plein Air Gallery Features JoAnn McMahon

This month’s featured artist shares her enthusiasm for plein air painting and where she finds inspiration.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

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

Textile Arts Take a New Direction

Current trends in fiber art are taking yarn, thread and other fibers into creative new directions. Classes and supplies can be found around the Bay.

Benicia Middle School’s Rock Climbing Wall

BMS teacher Ron Garcia has retired after 32 years, leaving a legacy of community service and love for teaching.

Freshly Baked Bread and Really Good Coffee

Farm & Flour recently opened on First Street, providing a new gathering place for locals to enjoy a toast-based breakfast, specialty coffee, lunch and easy conversation.

Fall Gardens and Sustainable Landscapes For Spring Harvest

Professional gardeners offer helpful tips for autumn planting and how using sustainable techniques can deliver fall vegetables and spring harvests.