Enjoy Halloween events throughout Solano – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

‘Tis the weekend when costumes simple to fantastical are worn in abundance, treats are gobbled by the cauldron-full and reality, for just a moment, is suspended as kids — and adults — engage in some whimsical fun.

Halloween is just around the corner and you’re invited to grab your family and friends and head over to any number of celebrations in Vacaville and beyond. There’s so much to do and see in Solano County. Below are just a few happenings scheduled for today through the Big H, which is Wednesday.

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Peña Adobe Presents “Kids’ Day at the Adobe” Saturday – Daily Republic

The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host “Kids Day at the Adobe” at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is located at 4966 Pena Adobe Road in Vacaville’s rural southwest section just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance.

Come see the historic Peña Adobe, one of the oldest structures in Solano County. Dating back to 1842, the Adobe was once the home of the Juan Felipe Peña family, who with the Vacas, settled in Vacaville over one hundred seventy five years ago. Stop in the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum, and see local artifacts that include Peña family children’s toys, ladies dresses from the turn of the century and a woolly mammoth bone!

Source: Peña Adobe Presents “Kids’ Day at the Adobe” Saturday, November 3, 2018

Students to experience Financial Education Forum – The Reporter

By Reporter Staff

Travis Credit Union is holding its 12th annual Financial Education Forum on Friday at Solano Community College. The event seeks to provide education to local youth about financing opportunities for college. The event is hosted in partnership with Travis Credit Union, the California Student Aid Commission and Solano Community College. This year, nearly 400 students from 11 local high schools in the Solano, Napa and Yolo areas are expected to participate.

Friday morning, participating schools are provided transportation to Solano Community College. During the forum, students will hear from various financial leaders and experts on college financing opportunities (such as Cal Grants). Students will also participate in a resource fair and receive a tour of the Solano Community College campus.

This year’s event features a keynote speaker from co-founder and director of the LEGACY Youth Project in Napa, Carlos E.C. Hagedorn. Carlos has spent the last 20 years as a local educator and community organizer. Carlos and his work was also featured in the 2015 documentary “The Mask You Live In” about masculinity in America.

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Summit aims to help Vacaville teens tap into their own superhero power – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The fourth annual Teen Summit will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Harbison Center at the Nut Tree, 1681 E. Monte Vista Ave.

The main focus is leadership and helping teens find their own superhero power. There will be interactive workshops, free snacks and lunch and community service credit.

Speaker Jose Cordon turned to poetry and songs and found solace and inspiration in the written word after previously spiraling down a dark path. With the help of family, teachers and the written word, Cordon says he has learned how to use his anger in a positive way.

Source: Summit aims to help Vacaville teens tap into their own superhero power

New youth charity fund set up through Solano foundation – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A new fund has been established through the Solano Community Foundation “to support underserved and at-risk youth in Fairfield,” according to a statement released Wednesday by foundation.

Nonprofit organizations that serve Fairfield youth, as well as public schools, are eligible for grants through the Great Expectations Fund.

“Funding will be provided to support programs or projects that provide low-income and at-risk children (ages 5 to 20) with academic and cultural enrichment activities and experiences which help broaden their view of the world,” the statement said.

Source: New youth charity fund set up through Solano foundation

Solano teens give time, talent to food bank fundraiser – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Two members of Suisun Valley 4-H are again throwing their time and efforts to the food bank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

The pair, Alex Merodio and Olivia Frenkel, want to make a bigger impact this year.

Frenkel received the Soroptimist International of Central Solano County Violet Richardson award earlier this year. It honors a young woman who is making a difference in her community. She is a senior at Rodriguez High school.

Source: Solano teens give time, talent to food bank fundraiser

1st class graduates from pre-apprenticeship training program – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Simaima Suba, 19, of Fairfield, is one of the 19 classmates who graduated from the first Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program on Friday.

For the last five weeks, she has trained in four industries certifications, HAZWOPER certification, and fundamentals in construction, concrete-pouring techniques, trades math, fitness and more, according to Leonard Gonzales, executive director of the Laborers Training Center.

“I hope to try concrete work first,” Suba said. “I am so excited. I can’t wait to get started.”

She was also interested in hazardous waste work and thought that would be something new, exciting and dangerous.

Source: 1st class graduates from pre-apprenticeship training program

Operation Homefront helps Travis Air Force Base families with school supplies – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Back to school time can become an expensive undertaking for any family and members of the United States armed forces are no exception.

That’s why Operation Homefront steps up to help

Its mission, according to their website, is to “build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

Thursday, Michelle Hagge, program manager for Operation Homefront, was at Travis Air Force Base at First Street Church along with the base’s Airman and Family Readiness Center to outfit children with school supplies.

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Volunteers sought to help with back-to-school shopping – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

One hundred Solano County students will get a back-to-school shopping spree Saturday at the Solano Town Center mall.

The event partners the Salvation Army of Solano County with Applebee’s and Old Navy.

Children will arrive for a free breakfast followed by shopping. Each will receive a backpack full of school supplies.

Blake Austin College has donated free hair cut certificates for each child.

Source: Volunteers sought to help with back-to-school shopping

Solano County’s education gap by gender is smallest in the nation – The Reporter

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Solano County is the 115th most educated area in the country, out of 150 areas measured, according to a newly released WalletHub study.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that Solano County’s gender education gap is the nation’s second largest favoring women, after Anchorage, Alaska.

“With the fall semester drawing near and higher levels of education correlating with higher median weekly earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub this week released its report on 2018’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America,” the announcement said. “To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle, WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to racial education gap to quality of the public school system.”

Source: Solano County’s education gap by gender is second smallest in the nation

Travis Credit Union offers annual Young Adult Financial Boot Camp – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A financial boot camp that targets young adults returns Wednesday to Fairfield.

The Mad Money program has for the past nine years helped many young adults – ages 14 to 24 – learn about properly handling finances as an adult.

The session is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive. Walk-ins are welcome. To register as an attendee, or if interested in volunteering as a sales merchant, visit www.traviscu.org/mcm. On-site registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

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High school students pick up medical knowledge at Touro University – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Twenty-one students from high schools across Solano, Contra Costa and Napa counties got a hands-on experience at Touro University California’s seventh annual Biotech Academy Summer Internship Program.

Students participated from June 18 to Thursday in several intensive sessions on a variety of topics, including osteopathic medicine, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, anatomy, diversity and inclusion in medicine, and nursing.

They used an ultrasound during a lab exercise and got a first-hand look at how Touro conducts outreach by providing free diabetes screenings to community members through its Mobile Diabetes Education Center.

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Students exchange group to sponsor Dine and Donate at Chipotle – The Reporter

The 2018 Sister City student exchange group is sponsoring a Dine and Donate event from 5 to 9 p.m. June 16 at Chipotle, 1586 Gateway Blvd., Suite B, Fairfield.

Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the sale proceeds from each customer presenting a flier (either a paper copy or on a phone) when ordering; customers also can simply state they are there to support the Sister City program.

The student group is made up of six local high school students and their adult chaperone who will travel to Japan in July for a three-week stay in Fairfield’s Sister City, Nirasaki.

Source: Students exchange group to sponsor Dine and Donate at Chipotle

Sorority acknowledges Solano grads at 26th baccalaureate – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Students dressed in green, purple and white robes got an early graduation nod Sunday with a baccalaureate ceremony at St. Stephen CME Church.

Fifty students from various Solano County schools took part.

Sereniti Robinson, 18, of Fairfield, will graduate this week from Fairfield High School and is looking forward to her future in the culinary arts.

“I have recipes passed down from family members and I love to cook,” she said.

Source: Sorority acknowledges Solano grads at 26th baccalaureate

Solano County students majoring in agricultural field have opportunity for scholarships – The Reporter

Multiple $10,000 scholarships are being awarded by the Julia I. Carrington Foundation to undergraduate students majoring in an agricultural field who attended high school in Solano County.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to, or currently attend, a California University that offers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an agricultural field. Scholarships can be applied for year-round and are awarded throughout the year.

Consideration is given first to applicants who have resided in Solano County for a minimum of two years and have a family member who derives their living from farming or other agricultural means.

Scholarships will be paid directly to the university.

Source: Solano County students majoring in agricultural field have opportunity for scholarships

Vallejo Symphony offers youth chance to hear, learn about Mozart – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

About 700 Solano County students filled the Empress Theatre Monday morning for two performances by the Vallejo Symphony.

The symphony’s board of directors picked up the ticket tab. Schools were responsible for transportation to and from the venue.

A few of the neighborhood schools were able to walk to the historic theater.

This is the first time in more than 20 years the symphony has offered the student performances, said Tim Zumwalt, who heads up publicity for the symphony.

The symphony – founded in 1931 – completed its first full season Sunday of performing at the Empress, which is more than 100 years old.

Source: Vallejo Symphony offers youth chance to hear, learn about Mozart

Child Haven kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

By any sad stretch, the numbers were startling:

• Nearly 900 abused Solano County children needed the therapeutic services provided by Child Haven last year.

• Nearly one-third of American children ages 12 to 17 have experienced two or more types of childhood adversity that likely will affect their physical and mental health into adulthood.

• Three American children die every day from child abuse.

Those were among the statistics aired during the “pinwheel event” Monday at Child Haven in Fairfield, where officials kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in a local effort to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, from physical and sexual abuse to emotional neglect and poverty.

Source: Child Haven kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Students showcase scientific chops at Solano science fair – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students from across Solano County completed their participation in a two-day science showcase Friday that saw projects from elementary schoolchildren to high schoolers take over the gym at Vanden High School.

The annual Solano County Science/STEM Fair opens the door for qualifying students to enter the California State Science Fair next month at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Solano County’s science fair was open to sixth- through 12th-graders.

It’s a competition based on the quality of experiments presented through exhibits, according to event organizers. The event is designed to stimulate an active interest in science, provide a quality educational experience, and to give public recognition to talented students for the work they have done in the field of science.

Source: Students showcase scientific chops at Solano science fair

Benicia youth lead protest for peace – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The city’s youth spoke out against being afraid to go to school, called out the government for not doing enough to protect them from gun violence and demanded change as they marched Saturday down First Street – one of more than 800 March for Our Lives rallies that took place across the country.

Benicia High School students organized the event but they were not alone in their anger with the gun violence; several hundred adults marched alongside them.

“We had a fire drill the other day at school,” said Shannon Sweeney, 17, a student at Benicia High. “I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Is this it? Is there a shooter on campus?’

”Sweeney was one of the organizers who helped bring about the march. She said her goal was to help everyone feel safe, every day, at school and in their community.

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Vallejo students, adults take stand against gun violence – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The March for Our Lives event was about the youth Saturday and hundreds of adults were there to support them.

More than 800 marches were held across the country and some might say it was a continuation of the student walkouts last week in protest of the 17 people killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Isabel Reyes of Vallejo still grieves for her son, Eric Reyes, who died in February 2016 because of gun violence. She formed the Eric Reyes Foundation in his memory and helped sponsor the march.

“Youth are killing youth,” she said. “We have a lot of gun violence in the community.”

Source: Vallejo students, adults take stand against gun violence