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Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  King-Swett Ranches
Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Bring: a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Recommended: binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters. Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared: a strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain. Space is limited. Registration is required online.
Leader: Jim
Registration is required.
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Meet promptly at the Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to carpool or caravan from there.

Bingo Hike for Kids   Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
9:30 AM

Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are offering a kids bingo hike at Lynch Canyon. The activity will be a combination of a scavenger hunt and a type of bingo. Bring your kids out in nature before they have to settle back into their school year. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and tennis shoes. Meet in the parking lot. The activity itself is free, but you will need to bring $6 for parking, which goes to support Solano County Parks. 
Parking Fee: $6
     3100 Lynch Road
DIRECTIONS: From I-80 East, take the Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs. From I-80 West, take the Red Top Road exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs.

Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area

Pumpkin Patch Festival    Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
9:30 AM

Gather the family and begin at the Western Railway Museum. The first electric express train leaves at 10:00 AM with departures every half-hour until 4pm. The ride on a historic life-sized electric train takes visitors back in time on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life. Local Rotarians from the Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon Rotary Clubs are rallying together to make the event a success, providing a hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games and of course, pumpkins for sale, just in time for Halloween. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (65 and up), and $10 for children (ages 2 –14). Prices include admission to the Museum and to the Pumpkin Patch, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum's spacious and shaded picnic grounds, and free parking. Tickets are available at the door or you may purchase them in advance online. All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who provide thousands of dollars to local community and youth activities each year.
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Highway 12 between Fairfield and Rio Vista.

Vallejo Waterfront Weekend   Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
10:00 AM

DOWNTOWN VALLEJO —  Vallejo Waterfront
This two-day festival will celebrate the City of Vallejo, Historic Mare Island, and Solano County. Vallejo Waterfront Weekend will showcase why we choose to live, work, and play in this vibrant community. Enjoy a Whaleboat Regatta, Paddle Races, a Bridge-to-Bridge Triathlon, Glo Run and more! For details and to register, check out our Events page.
     Mare Island Way

Peña Adobe Open House    Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
11:00 AM

The Peña Adobe Historical Society welcomes the Vacaville Police Department’s K-9 Unit to the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is located at Pena Adobe Road in Vacaville’s rural southwest section just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. Also, Park docents will be available to lead tours of the Peña Adobe, California historical landmark #534 built by the Peña family in 1842. Stop in the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum and view a woolly mammoth bone, period clothing and local artifacts found during the Peña Adobe restoration. For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518.
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance..

Napa River Cruise   Saturday,  OCT  7, 2017
4:00 PM

Mare Island Heritage Trust hosts an evening sunset boat trip on the Mare Island Strait and Napa River departing the Vallejo Marina, traveling upriver into the Napa River wetlands, then heading downbound along the Mare Island waterfront and into San Pablo Bay for the sunset, before returning along the Vallejo shore. Myrna Hayes, President of the Mare Island Heritage Trust, will be the river guide along with Captain Ronn Patterson. The cruise features history of Mare Island and will highlight the Napa River wetlands and wildlife as shorebirds and waterfowl begin to flock into the San Pablo Bay delta and Napa River region. The trip includes appetizers featuring Cypress Grove cheeses and wine with live music. Seating is limited and the boat cruise typically does sell out. The cost is $60 per person. To reserve call 510-527-9622 or 800-472-9942 or visit Call 707-249-9633 for details regarding the trip and the Mare Island Heritage Trust. Rain or shine. The vessel is enclosed with large river view windows in the indoor salon and an open upper viewing deck. Dress for indoor and outdoor conditions.
Leader: Myrna Hayes & Captain Ronn Patterson
Entrance Fee: $60
Registration is required.
     K Dock, Vallejo Marina
     42 Harbor Way