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This Week in Vallejo: Sonoma Blvd charrette, Step Up @ JFK, Vine Trail tour

Give your feedback at the Sonoma Boulevard Design Charrette
Give your feedback at the Sonoma Boulevard Design Charrette
Patricia Kutza, Vallejo Mural

The week of June 23 offers so many ways to experience the flavors of Vallejo - treating all of your senses to its vibrant spirit.

Check out our list to discover how you can plug into it. We start with the ramping up of the Sonoma Boulevard redesign. Offer your perspectives at the design charrette - a multi-day opportunity for property owners, business owners and the community at-large to collaborate with a team of planners, architects and engineers in forging a new vision for Sonoma Boulevard.

Then we move on to the weekend, when students from Step Up Music strut their stuff at a free performance held at the JFK library's Joseph Room.

Also happening this weekend:

Soak up some sunshine and exeercise while touring proposed segments of the Vines Trail. Glean fruit and a lot of laughs at Food Rescue's jam-packed (pardon the pun) series of events.

In the mood for bird-watching? The Mare Island Shoreline Preserve is hosting free tours and boat tours (nominal charge) to see some of the Island's latest feathered residents - osprey, who are finding this destination a hospitable place to nest and raise their young.

Give your feedback at the Sonoma Boulevard Design Charrette
Give your feedback at the Sonoma Boulevard Design Charrette Patricia Kutza, Vallejo Mural

Give your feedback at the Sonoma Boulevard Design Charrette

What is a charrette? It's an architectural-based word that describes the process of gathering input from all the folks who will be affected by a proposed change to their environment. In this case, it's the Sonoma Boulevard redevelopment, courtesy of Propel Vallejo.

Your feedback is very much welcome and this design charrette is being held on June 24 - 27 at 415 Virginia Street in downtown Vallejo. Based on the 2010 Corridor Design Plan, the charrette will focus on the character and scale of development along Sonoma Boulevard between Redwood Street and Curtola Parkway. This is the first of two design charrettes for the project area.

Opening Community Workshop; Tuesday June 24th, 6pm to 8pm
Brown Bag Lunch Topic: Economic Development; Wednesday June 25th, 12pm - 1pm
Community Open House; Wednesday June 25th, 6pm to 7:30pm
Closing Presentation; Friday June 27th, 5pm - 7pm
Informal Open Studio - Stop by and talk with design team members one-on-one; June 24th through 26th, 10am to 5pm

Propel Vallejo

Take advantage of free music performance at the JFK!
Take advantage of free music performance at the JFK! Patricia Kutza (Ariane Cap)

Take advantage of free music performance at the JFK!

Not all the excitement is happening outdoors this weekend. Check out the Joseph Room at JFK branch of the Solano Public Library this Saturday, 06/28. At 1PM Step Up Music, spearheaded by the indefatigable (and did we mention highly-talented) bassist Ariane Cap, will be featuring some of its student talent at this free music event.

Step Up Music, 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo

(707) 647-3050

JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara Street. Vallejo.

Join the Vine Trail tour
Join the Vine Trail tour Patricia Kutza, Georgia St Mural

Join the Vine Trail tour

The Vine Trail is a planned multi-use HIKING & BIKING trail which will extend 47 miles - from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal in Solano County to Calistoga. Join their free Bicycling and Walking Tour this Saturday.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Participate in tour to review the alternative routes. There will be
two simultaneous tours: a bicycling tour and a walking-bus tour.

The tour agenda includes:
» 10am-Noon: Tour the northern area route options
10am: Meet at Meadows Plaza, Broadway Street

» Noon-2pm: Lunch break and travel to southern area
No host lunch however list of lunch locations will be provided

» 2pm-4pm: Tour the southern area route options
2pm: Meet at Federal Terrace Elementary, 415 Daniel

RSVP if you’d like to attend:

Volunteer with Food Rescue
Volunteer with Food Rescue Wikimedia Commons

Volunteer with Food Rescue

Fruit is bustin' out all over. It's summer and fruit trees love Vallejo's mediterranean climate. Help Food Rescue capture this bounty for folks who are unable to pick their own fruit as well as those in need of healthy diets. Here's how you can help this weekend:

Saturday, June 28th Fruit Tree Harvest: Meet at 910 Virginia Street, Vallejo at 9:30 to pick up equipment and get started, or if you are a new volunteer, arrive at 9:15 for orientation. Food Rescue will be picking fruit for its first canning workshop on 6/29.

Every Saturday - Volunteers are always welcome to help collect and sort produce from the Farmer's Market. Meet at 12:45 at the corner of Georgia and Marin to help collect the produce. Volunteers are also needed to help unload the van and sort the produce at 910 Virginia Street around 1:30.

Sunday, June 29th Canning Workshop: Join Food Rescue from 11:00-2:30 for a hands-on canning workshop making Plum jam. Excess jam will go toward the Mira Theater roof fundraiser in the fall. Contact to register or for additional information.

Food Rescue

See osprey nesting alive and well on Mare Island
See osprey nesting alive and well on Mare Island Wikimedia Commons

See osprey nesting alive and well on Mare Island

Friday, June 27, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 2014 the San Francisco Bay Osprey Days will take place at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve in Vallejo. There is no cost or preregistration required to attend the field trips and presentations. The boat trips are $35 per person and do require advanced registration. The free event features numerous car and walking tours scheduled all three days led by field guides from the local Napa-Solano Audubon Society and the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Lunchtime "citizen science" gatherings each day at the Preserve visitor center will be given by staff wildlife biologists from the US Geological Survey San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station headquartered on Mare Island and volunteer Bay Osprey Project coordinator Tony Brake and fellow monitoring and reporting team member, Harv Wilson. Digital slide shows featuring images by local photographers, Eric Dugan, Bill George, Tim Buckley, Erik Halberstadt, Hank Miller, Wally NeVille and Karlyn Lewis and short talks about the ospreys throughout the country and beyond will open the the luncheon presentations. Dolphin Charters will offer two osprey nest viewing boat trips leaving from the Vallejo Marina for $35 per person Saturday, June 28, 8:45am-10:45am and Sunday, June 29, 1:00pm-3:00pm. For Reservations:
call 510-527-9622 or 800-472-9942 or visit

Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

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