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Rockhopper Festival   Saturday,  SEP  23, 2017
MONTICELLO CYCLING CLUB —  Rockville Hills Regional Park
The Monticello Cycling Club is proud to announce a 2 day Mountain Bike Event at one of the best parks in the Bay Area, Rockville Park in Fairfield. In addition to being a great ride, this event will raise money for the Vacaville composite High School MTB team. Day 1, Saturday, Sep 23: the Rockhopper Classic Cross Country Race. The race will be held on a 5.3 mile course which showcases some of the best trails that Rockville Hills Regional Park has to offer. Riders will race 2, 3 or 4 laps of the course depending on class. Day 2, Sunday, Sep 24: the Rockhopper Enduro, now in its 3rd year, this event is the classic Enduro Race. Four stages of some of Rockville’s gnarliest trails, a perfect test of rider and machine. New for this year will be an overall award for each class for the rider with the best overall finish in both days events. Each race will take place at Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield, located at 2140 Rockville Road. Race parking and registration will be at the Solano College parking lot #2, located at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, and riders will ride their bikes over to the park each day for the race. Parking at Rockville Park will be limited to race volunteers. The Saturday post-race events will happen at the park, the Sunday events will be at the Solano College location. For questions, contact Monticello Cycling Club.
Location:
     2140 Rockville Road
     Fairfield  

 
Hike at Lynch Canyon   Saturday,  SEP  23, 2017
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Lynch Canyon
Spend a summer morning with knowledgeable docents hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure, including the trees, birds and views of the bay. The guided free hike will be 4 to 7 miles up and down hills on uneven ground. Dogs are not permitted at Lynch Canyon. Please bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. There is no drinking water at Lynch Canyon. Wear layers and good hiking shoes. Long sturdy pants are recommended. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera. Meet your guide by the parking lot. The hike is free, but parking is $6. Pre-registration is required online.
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.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  SEP  23, 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.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
Nature & History Walk at Lake Solano   Saturday,  SEP  23, 2017
11:00 AM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lake Solano County Park
Join Lake Solano volunteers two hour, easy-paced tour. Walk back through the mists of time to learn about the Patwin Indians, the Berryessa brothers, and John Wolfskill’s impact on the region. Discover how Putah Creek was transformed into Lake Solano, bringing water to farmers and residents of Solano County. Learn about the native trees and plants, and some of their medicinal secrets, passed down through the generations by Native Americans. Look for great blue herons, snowy egrets, peacocks or other wildlife on the tour. Your guides will also show you what the resident beavers have been up to! Be prepared for variable weather and trail conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes, and dressing in layers. A camera, binoculars and snacks are also recommended.

Pay the $6 entrance fee and park on the east side of Pleasants Valley Rd. Meet at the Lake Solano Nature Center on the west side of the road. No RSVP is necessary. For questions in advance, call Karin Young at Putah Creek Council, 530-795-3006.
Leader: Cricket Kanouff & Kitty Van Newkoop
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.

 
Lake Solano Canoe Tour   Saturday,  SEP  23, 2017
12:30 PM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL —  Lake Solano
Make a splash and join a guided canoe program at Lake Solano Park. Discover the wonders of Putah Creek through exploration, relaxation, and education, from 12:45 PM to 3:00 PM. The tour is an opportunity to learn about life along the river and the special riparian forest that grows along its banks. To ensure a friendly, personal experience, the guided trip is limited to just 10 guests. Children age 8 and older are welcome if accompanied by an adult. The volunteers will give you basic safety and paddling instructions before you begin. Canoes, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided free of charge. Participants may want to bring water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and paddling gloves. You will probably get wet, so a change of clothes is recommended upon your return to land. For those who want to take pictures, a dry bag (double ziplock bags work well) or water tight container is suggested to keep your camera dry.

Reservations are required. Reserve your spot online. For questions in advance, contact Karin by email or 530-795-3006.
Leader: Carla Murphy
Parking Fee: $6
Registration is required.
Location:
     8685 Pleasants Valley Road
       
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.

 
Owl Walk   Saturday,  SEP  23, 2017
5:30 PM

NAPA SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
We will meet at 5:30pm for mingling and a light snack with seasonal bruschetta, crostini, iced tea, and infused waters, then will walk through the olive groves looking for birds. We will have a good chance of seeing burrowing owls along the irrigation canal and will return to the house by sunset and watch the trees for barn owls. We will depart Il Fiorello by 8:30 pm, and those wanting more owling are invited to come along to Twin Sisters Road for possible western screech owls and great horned owl in Gordon Valley plus other possible stops. There is a $10 charge for the walk. Space is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required. Contact Jane Hicks by email or at 707-553-8901 by Saturday, September 9, 2017 to reserve your space. Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, water, binoculars, $10 fee for the event. Il Fiorello’s shop will be open before the walk, so bring cash or credit card if you would like to purchase their milled-onsite local olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and other items. Please note: This is a working farm and commercial food facility. The terrain is uneven and may have animal holes. Due to commercial food licensing requirements, no outside food may be brought into the property due to food safety concerns.
Leader: Jane Hicks
Entrance Fee: $10
Location:
     2625 Mankas Corner Rd
     Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Driving directions will be provided upon registration.

 
Lake Solano Stargazing   Saturday,  SEP  23, 2017
7:00 PM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL —  Lake Solano
Join Lake Solano Docent Carla Murphy for an astronomical evening of stargazing at Lake Solano Park. Meet at the Nature Center and walk up to the upper terrace of the campground to learn about summertime constellations. To register this event, and for more information, visit the Putah Creek Council's webpage or call their office at 530-795-3006. Parking at Lake Solano Park is only $6 per vehicle, payable at the day use entrance to the Park, across the street from the Nature Center.
Leader: Carla Murphy
Parking Fee: $6
Registration is required.
Location:
     8685 Pleasants Valley Road
       
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.