When the Solano Community College baseball team throws its first pitch on Saturday, it will officially be the top of the first.
In more ways than one.
The Falcons will return to competition for the first time since last spring. The school “opted in” for late spring sports — baseball, softball, swimming and tennis — in February as athletes came back to campus the week of March 1.
Solano is testing athletes twice a week, even though California Community College Athletic Association has recommended testing once per week.
That appears to be the philosophy of Solano College Theatre professor Christine Mani, who is not only executive directing “Deathtrap,” the student-led drama that debuts April 1, but also the theater company’s first musical during the pandemic, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” later on in the month.
The 1967 musical based on the “Peanuts” comic strip characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz was deemed by Mani to be the perfect choice to perform at this particular moment in time for a variety of reasons.
In baseball or softball terms, Solano Community College made a final decision on late spring sports in its last at-bat.
The college officially announced Friday that it was “opting in” for baseball, softball, swimming/diving and tennis, confirmed by athletic director Erik Visser. Friday was the deadline for community colleges across California to make a final decision.
Solano Community College athletics has not struck out with 2021 yet.
The school opted out of having sports like men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball for 2021 but others like baseball, softball, tennis and swimming are still in contention to compete, according to athletic director Erik Visser.
For decades, Solano Community College has dedicated February to Black History Month with a series of events and discussions centered around the issues Black people have faced and continued to face.
Past events have all been on campus and included film screenings, panel discussions and speeches from Tuskegee Airmen and icons like Olympic runner Tommie Smith, whose raised fist during the national anthem at the 1968 summer games has become one of the defining images of the Civil Rights era.
However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s slate of events will not be held in person but rather presented virtually over Zoom. Shirley Lewis, SCC’s dean of student services, said the platform has worked well in conducting operations during the pandemic and she expects a strong turnout.
The year 2021 promises some hope for college athletes but the early portion of the year may look a lot like 2020.
Solano Community College recently chose to “opt out” of playing sports like men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer. Those sports were originally scheduled to start in 2020 but were pushed to the new year for hope that the coronavirus pandemic outlook would improve.
The results are set in all Solano County elections, with new faces guaranteed to join governing bodies throughout the county.
Tim Flanagan, registrar of voters, certified the results Tuesday which will now head to the Solano County Board of Supervisors to be officially adopted at its Dec. 8 meeting.
The Vacaville City Council will have four new members on its expanded seven-member board, following the city’s switch to districts. In the newly created District 1, Roy Stockton, a sergeant with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, will be joining the council. He received 37.98 percent of the vote, ahead of retired attorney Wendy Breckon at 25.99 percent, Parks & Recreation Commission Chair Shawn McMahon at 24.05 percent and Contra Costa Water District Supervisor Matthew Brock at 11.97 percent.
Schools like Solano Community College have some huge decisions to make soon concerning sports starting in 2021.
The California Community College Athletic Association Board of Directors voted on Friday to continue with the Contingency Plan, which provides the state’s community colleges a framework for a return to competition, while also providing decision-making guidance for institutions.
About 60 students graduate from the Solano Community College Biotechnology program each year.
One course of study added this semester is the Cell and Gene Therapy certificate program – the first of its kind in the country for a community college.
Vacaville and the college took a step Thursday by signing an agreement that officials hope will result in a rapid growth in the college’s programs and provide thousands of job opportunities in the coming decades.
Solano College Theatre debuts its first digital live play, “Fuddy Meers,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Just think: The concession stand is open at a kitchen nearest you and the line for the bathroom will be shorter than ever.
“Fuddy Meers” illustrates a world in which nothing is as it seems, hardly anyone can be understood, and trusting the wrong person can get you locked in the basement with a foul-mouthed sock puppet, hit over the head with a frying pan or hauled over the Canadian border.
Nearly 150 early care and education professionals experienced a day of learning in a virtual format Saturday during the annual Quality Counts Solano, Early Childhood Education Conference.
Solano County Office of Education partnered with First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission, Child Start Inc., Solano Community College and Solano Family and Children’s Service to sponsor this year’s conference aimed at furthering the educational experiences of Solano County’s youngest students.
Judi Honeychurch did not face a challenger in her last election and will have no need to campaign this fall, either.
Judi Honeychurch“I look forward to the challenges of the future and working with the superintendent and the teachers and staff,” said Honeychurch, who will enter her third term on the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees.
She is the only incumbent who does not have a challenger.
Clifford Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Music & Sound in downtown Fairfield, pulled and filed candidacy papers Thursday for the Trustee Area 1 seat held by Bethany Smith. Trustee Area 2 incumbent Joan Gaut will run against Leslie Unverferth, and Area 6 incumbent John Silva faces Ana Petero.
The shows will go on at Solano Community College.Instructors at the college shared information Tuesday during a teleconference call on the fall class offerings as well a sneak peek for one of the two plays for fall – “Almost, Maine” and “Fuddy Meers.”
Both will be virtual plays.
Carla Spindt will direct the former, which features eight short scenes.
The fall sports slate at Solano Community College is totally blank. On the other hand, the spring sports schedule could be booked almost every day of the week.
The California Community College Athletic Association announced that all its sports — even the socially-distanced friendly ones — will be played in the calendar year of 2021. The CCCAA features 110 colleges throughout the state and approximately 24,000 athletes.
“To be frank, I am not surprised, in light of the spikes of COVID cases,” said Solano Athletic Director Erik Visser. “Once you saw those spikes, we’d be taking a big chance competing in the fall. I am glad that we now have some clarity.”
Solano Community College will move to a primarily online schedule this fall, the college announced Tuesday.
“After considering guidance from the governor and the SolanoCounty Department of Public Health, and after consulting with the Board of Trustees and faculty representing the union and the academic senate, Solano Community College will move to a primarily online schedule of classes for the fall 2020 term,” said a press release.
“This extends an earlier decision to hold all summer classes online.”
If there is a silver lining in the Covid-19 outbreak that has so many individuals and organizations practicing social distancing, remote working and distance learning, the students, staff and faculty at Touro University California, as well as Solano Community College, have found it.
Both schools have programs that deal directly with the crisis in some way, with Touro’s numerous public health and health care graduate programs, and Solano College’s Nursing, EMT and Fire Academy programs, and the transition from a primarily on-campus setting to an online format was as smooth as possible.
Solano Community College board members are scheduled Wednesday to declare a local emergency exists due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The resolution would give Superintendent-President Celia Esposito-Noy a number of unilateral powers “to ensure the continuation of public education through remote operations or other methods as appropriate, and preserve the health and safety of the district’s students and staff,” the document to the board states.
After a successful high school career playing basketball at Petaluma High, Ann Talamantes-Ristow was at a crossroads when she got hurt in 1986 with a knee injury during her first season at Santa Rosa Junior College.
“Yeah I’ve been thinking about that period of my life, that fork in the road a little,” Talamantes-Ristow said last week. “When I hurt my knee I thought, that’s it for me and basketball.”
Thankfully for thousands of student athletes in the area, Talamantes-Ristow turned a bad break into a very good one and after contemplating briefly about becoming an athletic trainer, she decided to become a coach. It’s in that field she made a huge impact coaching basketball, badminton, volleyball and softball at Hogan and Jesse Bethel high schools as well as Solano Community College.