By Richard Bammer
The December holidays are a special time of year for billions of people worldwide, but Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm in Dixon became an especially magical yuletide universe of its own Friday morning for more than 100 Solano County special-needs children.
In its 28th year, the annual Special Needs Day at the Silveyville Road farm serves to brighten the holidays for these children. Most come from Solano public schools, from Vacaville and Dixon to Fairfield and Vallejo school districts, plus some from programs managed by the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.
By 10 a.m., teachers and parents herding excitable groups of children, 130 in all during the two-hour event and ranging in age from 3 to 18, walked happily through the farm’s gates, oblivious to the light rain falling, temperatures in the mid-50s and gloomy skies.
Source: A special two hours for special-needs kids in Solano County – Times-Herald
By Arletta Kelley Cortright
The Fairfield – Nirasaki Sister City Program invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, December 11th, at 6 PM in the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center. Students can learn about participating in the 2020 summer exchange visit to Fairfield’s Sister City, Nirasaki, Japan. During the three-week stay, students live with host families and travel to Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and many local historic and cultural sites in the Nirasaki area. This exciting opportunity is open to all high school students who reside in Fairfield or attend a Fairfield high school. Applications for the exchange group will be available at the meeting. In addition, the regular monthly Sister City Committee meeting will follow the information meeting at 7 PM, and students are welcome to stay for that meeting as well. The Adult Recreation Center is located at 1200 Civic Center Drive, Fairfield. For more information, email email@example.com.
Source: Press Release: High School Students Can Apply to Visit Japan
By Bill Hicks
Schoolchildren from across Fairfield and Suisun were running throughout Laurel Creek Park, Wednesday, which is exactly what the namesake of the annual Doug Butt Run would have wanted.
In a 2009 Daily Republic article about the former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District physical education teacher’s death, Butt was described as a “titan on the fitness scene in Fairfield.”
But it was this run, the former FSUSD elementary cross country meet, which now bears Doug Butt’s name that his two passions are combined – his love of fitness and his desire to share that love with the schoolchildren he taught for so many years.
Source: Youth runners push themselves in annual Doug Butt Run
By McNaughton Newspapers
The Solano Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Young Artists Competition on Saturday, Nov 9, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Avenue in Fairfield. Classically trained musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 are invited to apply and compete in four categories: vocal, piano, winds and strings.
The first-place winner in each category will win a monetary prize and the chance to perform as a featured soloist with the Solano Symphony Orchestra during its “Salute to Youth” concert, under the direction of Semyon Lohss, on Feb. 9.
Source: Youths invited to apply for classical music competition
By Heather-Rae Sanderson
Get ready to chow down on Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00p.m. as we round up resources and support for local teens and their families with a community PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, One Jelly Belly Lane, in Fairfield.
“Wow, I wish they had all that when I was a teen!”
We hear that all the time when we share what happens at the PAL Center. Here is your chance to help Fairfield PAL continue and grow! Join us Saturday, September 14 for a PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, in Fairfield! One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to providing local teens with meaningful experiences and programs!
Source: Good News: Saddle up your support for teen programming in Fairfield and join us for 2019 PAL-beque at Jelly Belly!
By Thomas Gase
This summer at the Vallejo Immersive Learning Center on Georgia Street, kids taking part of a Hydro S.T.E.A.M. camp have learned about the “Four C’s” — communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
On Saturday afternoon they were able to learn about a fifth “C” — celebrate.
S.T.E.A.M. which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, is a focused community education center that offers academic enrichment and academic support. In a technology-based economy, the center teaches citizens young and old to develop skills necessary for the future.
Source: Vallejo Immersive Learning Center holds party for Hydro S.T.E.A.M. camp – Times-Herald
By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano County 4-H Youth Development Program will host a 4-H information night next week in the multipurpose Room at Alamo Elementary School, located at 500 S. Orchard Ave.
This informative gathering begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and is an opportunity for families who are interested in learning more about the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Organizers will introduce the Solano County 4-H Program with an overview of programs, resources and activities offered. Participants will meet Solano County 4-H staff, 4-H adult volunteer leaders and 4-H members. The 4-H Youth Development Program is open to all children and teens ages 5 through 19.
Source: Solano 4-H scheduled info night at Vacaville school
By Thomas Gase
Each year, Solano County employee ability specialist Nel Sweet Davis likes to give members of a pre-apprenticeship construction training program a memento before they start their five-week training course. Quite simply, the memento is just piece of a random lost jigsaw puzzle.
On Friday morning nine members of this program were able to start seeing the entire board.
A graduation ceremony was held by the Workforce Development Board of Solano County, the Northern California Laborers’ Training Center and Benicia Unified School district to honor participants who completed a five-week training course. The course was designed for residents of Solano aged 18 to 24 and interested in the construction trade.
Source: Solano residents build a bright future, graduate from pre-apprenticeship program – Times Herald
By Matt Miller
Young tennis fans will get to learn about the game again this October when the NorthBay Healthcare Men’s ProChampionship returns to Solano Community College.
The professional tournament benefits the Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, a nonprofit that not only helpedestablish the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Solano College, but also provides tennis and a related educational program tounderserved youth in Solano County.
One of the ways of reaching out to youth during the tournament is by using the U.S. Tennis Association’s Net GenerationProgram. The mission of “Net Gen” is to introduce children to tennis — a sport they might not normally be exposed to but couldpotentially play the rest of their lives. Racquets, balls and pop-up nets are all provided.
Source: Pro tennis event at Solano Community College helps advance USTA program – The Reporter
By Heather-Rae Sanderson
The Fairfield PAL (Police Activities League) is planning for an EPIC summer and local teens, ages 13-18 years old, can sign up. PAL will be open all summer on Mondays-Thursdays from 3pm to 9pm and Fridays from 3pm to 10:30pm. The PAL Center offers basketball, boxing, martial arts, video games, billiards, arts and crafts, a music studio, flag football, cooking classes, soap hockey, community service, leadership opportunities and more. Memberships can be purchased for only $10.
Thanks to the Kaiser Permanente Foundation and 100 Women Who Care About Solano County, the PAL program will also offer healing center engagement programming designed to help student develop stress management techniques throughout the summer.
Source: Press Release: Fairfield PAL invites local teens to assemble this summer at PAL!
By Ian Thompson
Phoenix Spark has seen three years of nurturing ideas into innovations.
It has allowed airmen the time, the technology and access to outside expertise to develop ways to improve how the Air Force does business defending the country.
That, in turn, empowers airmen to realize that they can make a change.
Three years after it started at Travis Air Force Base, Phoenix Spark, which was developed under the Air Force-level AFWERX program, has seen 25 other similar cells established at other Air Force bases in the U.S. and overseas.
Source: Phoenix Spark initiative gains strength after 3 years
By Ian Thompson
Summer is coming and so is the annual Vacaville City Coach Summer Youth Pass sale.
Youth from 6 to 17 years old can buy passes for $15 to ride City Coach from June to August.
Summer Youth Passes are available at the Vacaville City Hall Finance Department at 650 Merchant St., the McBride Senior Center at 91 Town Square Place, the Ulatis Community Center at 1000 Ulatis Drive, and Lucky grocery stores at 1979 Peabody Road or 777 E. Monte Vista Ave.
Source: Vacaville City Coach to offer summer youth passes
By Daily Republic Staff
The Vacaville Art Gallery’s 28th Annual Student Art Show, with work from middle and high school students, kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday with a reception at the gallery, 718 E. Monte Vista Ave.
The show will run through May 18.
This group show celebrates the talent of student artists and represents a wide range of media students learn at school, including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography and digital art.
Source: Student Art Show opens with Sunday reception in Vacaville
By Daily Republic Staff
Twelve winners in the 2020 Clean Air Calendar contest will receive $30 Amazon gift cards.
The deadline to submit entries is May 10.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District and is open to students who live within the air district, which includes Dixon, Rio Vista and Vacaville in Solano County. The district also includes Winters in neighboring Yolo County.
Source: Air quality calendar contest opens to Solano students
By Daily Republic Staff
Visitors to the Solano Town Center Gallery can view and bid on artworks from Solano County Office of Education students.
Students from the Solano County Office of Education have visited the gallery each Friday over the past several months to create their own masterpieces.
Proceeds benefit a special-needs class.
Source: Town Center Gallery showcases Solano student artists
The Vacaville Twilight Soroptimist club just completed a G.R.E.A.T. (girls realizing empowerment and talents) Academy. Girls in the 8th, 9th and 10th grade from Solano County were invited to spend 2 Saturdays in March with mentors from the Soroptimist Club. The program included curriculum from the Soroptimist Dream it Be it; Career Support for Girls program. A grant from SIA provided funds to support this program with money for the venue, materials, food, and prizes.
Over the two days 8 Chromebooks were given away and over $200.00 in gift cards. Speakers included Dr. Matt Holve, MD, speaking on stress management, President Michelle Strand making a presentation on nutrition, and other Soroptimist members speaking on a variety of problem-solving skills, goal setting, and self-care.
Source: Great Things are Happening in Vacaville
By Todd R. Hansen
Education, mental health, bullying and homelessness topped the biggest concerns of Solano County youth, according to survey results presented Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.
The survey results and other information was provided in a presentation by the Solano Youth Voices, a program under the umbrella of the Children’s Network of Solano County.
Nathen Jordan, 17, one of the council members for Solano Youth Voices, and Alyssum Maguire, the coordinator, made the presentation.
Source: Solano youth list education as top concern; mental health 2nd
By Richard Freedman
Talk about sheer madness… but in a good way.
Roughly 3,200 third graders representing every Solano County school district swarmed the fairgrounds Tuesday for the 17th Annual Ag Day.
The cornucopia of animals, insects, plants and information was a rousing success, said Mike Ioakimedes, executive directive of the Solano County Fair Association, adding that it’s a ninth-month logistical challenge.
“The goal is to expose the kids to health eating and healthy lifestyles … and let them know milk doesn’t come from the grocery store. It comes from a cow,” Ioakimedes said.
Source: Thousands of third graders swarm Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo for Ag Day – Times-Herald
By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Seven 4-H’ers, covering such diverse topics from “how to make a chocoflan cake” to “how to reel in channel catfish,” won showmanship pins for their presentations at the Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day that took place Saturday at Sierra Vista Elementary School.
The annual event is an opportunity for 4-H’ers to show what they’ve learned in their projects and demonstrate their showmanship skills, according to Solano County 4-H Program representative Valerie Williams. Evaluators, all 4-H volunteers, scored the youths on their display, presentation, knowledge and interaction.
The showmanship winners included three from the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club in Vallejo, three from the Suisun Valley 4-H Club in the Fairfield-Suisun City area; and one from the Tremont 4-H Club in Dixon.
Source: Solano County 4-H members earn showmanship awards
By Nick Sestanovich
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple “thank you” to make someone’s day. The Acacia branch of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club recognized this when they began writing cards of appreciation to local police officers Monday.
Ana Sanabria, the club’s supervisor, said the assignment was inspired by the Jan. 10 shooting of Davis police officer Natalie Corona.
“That really hit me,” she said. “Although we see police officers every day, we don’t thank them enough. We never know when it’s going to be their last time serving for the community.”
Moreover, Sanabria is also majoring in criminal justice at Solano Community College, which has given her a greater appreciation for law enforcement.
Source: It’s in the cards — kids thank cops – The Reporter