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Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
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 wildlife and spring flowers in this area, 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 cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain. Space is limited and registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit us online.
Leader: Jim
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.

 
Vallejo Community Bike Ride   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
9:00 AM

SOLANO TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY —  Vallejo Waterfront and Bay Trail
Come along as we ride along the Vallejo Waterfront and the Bay Trail to Highway 37 and back. (4 miles round trip). For more information call 650.892.2782 or visit online. Be sure to wear your helmet and bring water!
Location:
     Georgia and Marin Streets
     Vallejo  

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
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  

 
Suisun City Community Bike Ride   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
10:00 AM

SOLANO TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY —  Suisun City
Join Suisun City VIPs and ride the Central County Bikeway and the McCoy Creek Bike Path to Hall Park and back (4.5 miles round trip.) This easy ride is a perfect way to have your family #BikeSolano. Meet at the Suisun City Train Depot with your bike helmets, water, and be ready to ride. For more information call 800.535.6883 or visit online.
Location:
     177 Main St
     Suisun City  

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
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. Visitors can enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Participants can learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these two-hour tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., March 10 through May 13 (Mother’s Day). For groups of 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at email or 530-758-5093. A minimum $5 donation is encouraged to attend this tour.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Cook Lane off Highway 113 South 12 miles south of Dixon

 
Peña Adobe Open House   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Peña Adobe Park
This month's Open House will feature members from the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, from 11:00am until 2:00pm. The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park was established in Richmond, California in 2000. This National Park tells the story of the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond which produced Liberty ships during World War II with the largest number of people in the history of our country working at war jobs out of a sense of patriotic duty. During World War II six million women entered the workforce and became known as "Rosie the Riveter," with a "We Can Do It" motto. Come out and hear their stories. There is no charge for admission into the historical park. Also explore the Pena Adobe, who with the Vaca family first settled in Vacaville in 1842, the Willis Jepson Memorial Garden, and the Indian Council Grounds. Enjoy horseshoe pits, a multi-purpose field, a small pond, and excellent hiking. Dogs are welcome on leashes. Docents will be on hand to lead tours of the Peña Adobe, the Museum and the grounds. For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518. 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.
Leader: Sandy Imperatori
Location:
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80.

 
11th Annual Kite Festival   Saturday,  MAY  4, 2019
12:00 PM

SOLANO COUNTY PARKS / SOLANO LAND TRUST  —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
All you need to bring are your kites and kids to enjoy the annual kite festival from noon to 4P. It’s a family-friendly event, and kids of all ages and ability levels are welcome. The festival and parking are free. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while watching dancing kites. No dogs allowed. If you have questions, contact us by email or at 707.432-0150. Rain cancels.
Location:
     3100 Lynch Road
     Vallejo  
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.