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Cozy Locales Near Benicia

This season, go out to get cozy Feature image by Luke George In Benicia, we have many cozy spots to visit when the weather starts to turn chilly. You can seek some comfort food at Dianna’s Bakery or snuggle up in a blanket in the back of One House, settle in with a...

An Indigenous Dinner

A Different Dinner: Bay Area Indigenous Restaurants “The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being.  The land is our mother, the rivers our blood.  Take our land away and we die.  That is, the Indian in us dies.” –Mary Brave Bird, Lakota Thanksgiving...

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant: "The Voodoo Queen of San Francisco" Photos by Luke George Have you ever walked through a cemetery and admired its beauty? The stillness. The serenity. The tombstone artwork. The pops of color from a floral arrangement – or a Vodou (Voodoo) votive...
Hidden Benicia: Benicia’s Wild Nightlife

Hidden Benicia: Benicia’s Wild Nightlife

Benicia's Wild Nightlife There is a side of Benicia that few people see or get to experience: the wild side. While the city sleeps, as in a Maurice Sendak story, the wild things come out to play. Skunks and raccoons and opossums, oh my! Here is a brief look at...

Booktails: “There There” by Tommy Orange

Booktails: “There There” by Tommy Orange

“This was what it sounded like to make it through these hundreds of American years, to sing through them. This was the sound of pain forgetting itself in song.” This month's book is one some of you have most likely already read. It has won multiple awards and has been...

Picket Fences — November 2022

Picket Fences — November 2022

Picket Fences As the Sun kisses the waves of the Benicia bay, signaling morning has come, it’s time for the residents of Benicia to start their day. For some residents this means nursing a hangover from last night's event, critiquing questionable art purchases, or...

Watercolorist Stephen Berry

Watercolorist Stephen Berry

Stephen Berry: Putting Miles on the BrushRecently having returned from a weeklong “paint-out” in Mendocino, watercolorist and teacher Stephen Berry relaxed in his fragrant, backyard garden in Vallejo. “It is very liberating to be able to get away from home for an...

Chairwoman Rhonda Pope

Chairwoman Rhonda Pope

Tradition, Culture, and Gratitude: Chairwoman Rhonda Pope Flores of the Buena Vista band of Me-Wuk Indians Visiting Mission San Jose in present day is to experience a picturesque and peaceful oasis in close proximity to noisy Interstate 680.  This tranquil site belies...

Bubbly and Sparkly

Bubbly and Sparkly

The Ladies Behind Sparkly Ragz and Le Sparkly Chateau There is so much to love about Benicia: gorgeous waterfront views, beautiful weather, and a uniqueness made evident by the wonderful small businesses that have made their home here. Benicia is especially fortunate...

Nuts and Bolts: Big Creek Lumber

Nuts and Bolts: Big Creek Lumber

Big Creek Lumber Ten years ago, Benicia lost a valued business when Dolan's Lumber closed shop; this made building a fence or deck much more difficult for weekend warriors and contractors as the closest lumber yards were big box stores not necessarily known for...

Kid Craft Corner: Little Pumpkin Turkeys

Kid Craft Corner: Little Pumpkin Turkeys

Kid Craft Corner: Little Pumpkin Turkeys When our minds wander to Thanksgiving crafts, most of us recall tracing our once little hands to make turkeys. “Turkey hands,” whether done in a rudimentary fashion or fancifully cut out, are here to stay. However, if you’re in...

Cozy Locales Near Benicia

Cozy Locales Near Benicia

This season, go out to get cozy Feature image by Luke George In Benicia, we have many cozy spots to visit when the weather starts to turn chilly. You can seek some comfort food at Dianna’s Bakery or snuggle up in a blanket in the back of One House, settle in with a...

An Indigenous Dinner

An Indigenous Dinner

A Different Dinner: Bay Area Indigenous Restaurants “The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being.  The land is our mother, the rivers our blood.  Take our land away and we die.  That is, the Indian in us dies.” –Mary Brave Bird, Lakota Thanksgiving...

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