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BookTails — Watch Over Me

BookTails — Watch Over Me

“I'm learning that it's good to think about what scares you. To bring it into the light. Even to hold it in your hands, if you can, and feel how it can't hurt you anymore. To think of it and say, 'I am not afraid.’” If you’ve read a Nina LaCour novel in the past,...

Picket Fences — June 2021

Picket Fences — June 2021

As the morning progresses into midday the residents of Benicia continue with their daily tasks, one young resident only has one task in mind; Payton pulls up in front of Chars to find Xavier waiting with a hotdog and soda in hand. Xavier hands Payton the food and the...

Benicia Art Walk is Back!

Benicia Art Walk is Back!

Locals and visitors alike are invited to make downtown Benicia their destination on Saturday, June 12, for the first Benicia Art Walk of 2021. Sponsored by the City of Benicia, and now in its tenth year, this popular event takes place on the second Saturdays of June,...

Booktails — Shadow and Bone

Booktails — Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone The once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a lightless void populated with monsters that feast on human flesh. Surrounded by enemies, Ravka’s last hope lies in the hands of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov is an apprentice...

Picket Fences — May 2021

Picket Fences — May 2021

Previously in Picket Fences… Connie has been weaseling her way into Angela’s comfortable Benicia life and threatening to out her past to her friends and loved ones. Connie learned about the upcoming F.A.C.T. fundraiser and has been scheming a plot around the event....

Get to Know the Arata Art Gallery

Get to Know the Arata Art Gallery

As a relative newcomer to Benicia’s long-time arts community, the Arata Art Gallery reaches out beyond the region with a roster of both local and nationally known artists. Opened in November 2018 at 637 First Street, the gallery is owned by artist and businesswoman...

Mothers and Daughters and house dresses

Mothers and Daughters and house dresses

Recently, a mother and daughter stopped by the store while spending the day together in Downtown Benicia. After the long year of Covid-19, the twosome were almost giddy about the fact that they were doing normal things like shopping and having lunch together. As they...

Picket Fences – April 2021

Picket Fences – April 2021

Previously in Picket Fences: Bruce and Angela made up after their quarrel over her past. Payton had gone to meet up with Xavier at a mysterious mobile home when they were interrupted by unwelcome guests. With Payton in the closet, Xavier heads to the back of the...

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