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15th Annual Loop the Lagoon Family Fun Run   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
7:30 AM

VACAVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION —  Lagoon Valley Park
Please join us and enjoy the beautiful hills and lake at Lagoon Valley Park. Whether you are competing seriously or walking leisurely, Loop the Lagoon is a great way to get involved in a healthy activity for a worthy cause. For more information, visit Loop the Lagoon online.
Location:
     1 Pena Adobe Road
     Vacaville  

 
Nature Walk: Spring Birds of Lake Solano Park   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
8:00 AM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lake Solano County Park
California is located along migration routes for many songbirds. At Lake Solano, a wide array of habitats means that visitors can observe a diverse assortment of birds and other wildlife. On this tour, we'll observe year-round residents and migratory visitors while taking in the natural beauty of Lake Solano Park. Loaner binoculars will be available. These activities are appropriate for all ages, and families and groups are welcome. Please prepare for the weather and variable conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy shoes, and dressing in layers. The tour will be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain. Advance registration is recommended but not required. The day's activities are free, and parking is $6 per vehicle payable at the east entrance to the Park. For more information, check online or call Karin Young at Putah Creek Council, 530-795-3006.
Parking Fee: $6
Location:
     8685 Pleasants Valley Rd
       
DIRECTIONS: Lake Solano Park straddles Pleasants Valley Road, north of Vacaville and near the town of Winters. Pay the $6 parking fee and park on the east-side of Pleasants Valley Rd. and meet at the Nature Center on the west side of the road.

 
Hike the Oak Woodlands   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rockville Trails Preserve
Enjoy your Saturday outdoors! Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Discover all the colorful Spring wildflowers that have bloomed from the recent rains. You're encouraged to take advantage of this private, docent-led hike because the property is otherwise not open to the public. Hike is up to 6 miles. We will meet at the parking lot of the big red barn labeled "Ice House" (corner of Rockville Rd. & Suisun Valley Rd., Fairfield). We will then carpool to the trailhead. Registration is recommended online. Bring plenty of water, good hiking shoes, snacks, sun protection, and layered clothing. Rain cancels; If unsure call: 707-718-3498.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Icehouse at the corner of Rockville Rd. & Suisun Valley Rd. 

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
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.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
28th Annual Rush Ranch Open House   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
10:00 AM

RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Rush Ranch
Join Solano Land Trust and the Rush Ranch Educational Council in celebrating 28 years of sharing Rush Ranch with the community! Entry is free! Any dollars you spend on lunch, raffle tickets, or arts and crafts will benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council, an all-volunteer organization that provides fun and educational programs for the ranch. Feast on burgers and hot dogs hot off the grill; shop for jewelry, art, crafts, and other unique items; enjoy live music; admire live animals on display including bats, birds of prey, horses, cows and sheep; do engaging science and engineering activities with your kids; play games; watch live demonstrations and more. For more details, visit our website.
Location:
     3521 Grizzly Island Road
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 12 in Suisun City, take Grizzly Island Road south approximately 2 miles. Entrance/driveway will be on the right.

 
Opening Day on the Strait   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
10:00 AM

BENICIA YACHT CLUB —  Benicia Yacht Club & Marina Walk
You're invited to a full day of celebrating Benicia's beautiful waterfront at Opening Day on the Strait. Benicia Yacht Club opens their doors to the public with the annual event featuring arts & crafts booths and children's games on the lawn behind the Yacht Club. There will be Opening Ceremonies at noon, followed by the Boat Parade/Blessing of the Fleet. Enjoy a day of food, drink & entertainment, then dinner and dancing at the Yacht Club. Contact the Benicia Yacht Club at (707) 746-0739 for more information.
Location:
     400 East 2nd Street
     Benicia  

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Jepson Prairie
Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. All ages are welcome. It is often windy. The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. There is no drinking water. In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes, preferably ones that are waterproof, layered clothes, and protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera. Rain may cancel. Free but a donation is requested.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Cook Lane off Highway 113 South 12 miles south of Dixon

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Come ride the annual Scenic Limited on a leisurely 11-mile round trip through the heart of Northern California. Enjoy the rolling Montezuma Hills and views of Mt. Diablo as you travel what was once the Sacramento Northern mainline on our historic train. The Scenic Limited runs April 4 - 29. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm. (Sorry, no 3:30pm trains on Wednesdays.) General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum so you can explore historic railway exhibits, ride a vintage streetcar, make use of our large shaded picnic grounds, and visit our Museum Store, library archives, and the Depot Cafe. Scenic Limited tickets are now available online. All proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum!
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Solano Group Hike - Downtown Vallejo History Walk   Saturday,  APR  28, 2018
2:00 PM

SIERRA CLUB - SOLANO GROUP —  Historic Downtown Vallejo
Join local historian Jim Kern (Executive Director of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum) and walk leader Phil Kohlmetz for a guided tour through the historic downtown neighborhoods of Vallejo. We’ll pass local landmarks including Temple Arts Loft, the Empress Theater, the site of the State Capitol, St Vincent’s Hill, discuss redevelopment, pass the Yacht Club (with its Jack London Connection) and conclude on the waterfront at the Mare Island Brewing Co. Total trip time 2 hours. The hike is limited to 20 persons 14 and older, and persons under 18 must be with a parent. No pets. Bring sturdy shoes, water, a hat, sunscreen, a snack, and money if you want to continue the historic discussion afterwards at MI Brewing. Rain cancels. Class M-2-B (Moderate, 2 miles, 1,000-2,000 ft. elevation gain/loss). Meet promptly at 2pm at Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St, Vallejo, CA. From I-80, take the Georgia Street exit and go west to Sonoma Blvd, Right (north) on Sonoma Blvd 2 blocks to Capitol St. Turn left on Capital and go 1 block to Marin St. and the Museum. Please pre-register for this hike by Apr 26. with Leader Phil Kohlmetz by email or 707-704-0350.
Leader: Phil Kohlmetz
Location:
     Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
     734 Marin St
     Vallejo