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Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  DEC  1, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Friday,  DEC  1, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities   Friday,  DEC  1, 2017
6:00 PM

FAIRFIELD MAIN STREET ASSOCIATION —  Downtown Fairfield
The Fairfield community kicks off the holidays with a festive tree lighting ceremony for the entire family. Enjoy an evening with family and friends amid the small-town feel of downtown Fairfield. Festivities include visits with Santa Claus, caroling, children’s activities, a holiday scavenger hunt, performances, an open house, and holiday treats from downtown merchants. Rain or shine.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Festivities begin at Jefferson & Texas Streets

 
Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting   Friday,  DEC  1, 2017
6:00 PM

BENICIA MAIN STREET —  Downtown Benicia
First Street merchants along with Benicia Main Street host this ever-popular open house at the beginning of the Christmas season. Merchants offer beverages and treats and show off their holiday goods while costumed carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes. Live entertainment, wagon rides, and wine tasting add a festive atmosphere to this family event.
Location:
     First Street
     Benicia  

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Hillside Restoration   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
8:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  King-Swett Ranches
Join the North Coast Slope Soarers on a restoration project involving spreading grass seed and straw on a relatively steep restored slide along the entrance road. Meet at King Ranch entrance road. RSVP required to Sue.
Leader: Sue Wickham
DIRECTIONS: Directions given upon RSVP.

 
Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  DEC  2, 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 recommended 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.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  DEC  2, 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  

 
Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar at the Adobe   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY —  Peña Adobe Park
Join us on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and look for Christmas gifts! Tour the historic Peña Adobe, and the Mowers-Goheen Museum. The Peña Adobe, California Historical Landmark #534, was home of the Peña family, who with the Vaca family, settled in Vacaville over one hundred seventy five years ago. Books by local authors will be available, Armijo Theater Productions students will read excerpts of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Starbound Theatre students will sing Christmas carols, and organist and harpist Dotty Schenk will play holiday selections on an old oak reed organ. There is no charge for admission into the historical park. Docents will be on hand to lead tours of the Adobe, the Museum and the grounds. For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518 or email us.
Location:
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance..

 
Santa Visits the WRM   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum.  For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
8th Annual Mad Hatter Holiday Festival   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
2:00 PM

The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade & Tree Lighting is California's most whimsical fantasy holiday happening and attracts thousands to Vallejo's historic downtown with its magical and fire-shooting Wonderland recreation that turns the city into a fantasy world for children and adults alike! Festival starts at 2P with music, food, train rides, dancing horses, and Alice in Wonderland characters. At 4P the Mad Hatter Parade will begin down Georgia St from Sonoma Blvd to Santa Clara St. The Tree Lighting will take place behind the library at 6P with holiday caroling, performances, Wonderland characters, and the Fire-shooting Santa Gnome. And at 6:30, be sure to catch the Vallejo Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade along the Waterfront.
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Mad Hatter Festival will be in front of the JFK Library.
Mad Hatter Parade starts at Georgia Street and Sonoma Blvd.
Tree Lighting will be behind the JFK Library.

 
Christmas at the Waterfront   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
2:00 PM

SUISUN CITY WATERFRONT DISTRICT —  Suisun City Waterfront
Join us Saturday Dec. 2 from 2-8PM for our traditional Christmas on the Waterfront event at the Harbor Plaza (Main Street at Solano Street). Start your holidays with a day of old-fashioned family Christmas activities at the beautiful Suisun City Waterfront.Find the perfect gift at the Christmas Market! Browse the 50+ artisan and quality vendor booths featuring unique gifts, stocking stuffers and holiday treats. There’s something for everyone! Enjoy local entertainment and food, warm yourself at the community bonfire with friends and family, watch the annual lighted boat parade and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring the kids and take your own photo with Santa, or have a glass of wine (must be 21+ yrs. old) with souvenir glass. Please bring a canned good or unwrapped toy to share with a family in need. Bins are located at the Wine Booth.
Location:
     Main & Solano Streets
     Suisun City  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
5:00 PM

Join us for a parade down Main Street from Lira's Supermarket to City Hall. At 5:30 we will have a Tree of Lights Lighting Ceremony. Lights can be purchased in memory of a loved one to benefit Hospice of San Joaquin.
Location:
     Main Street
     Rio Vista  

 
Rio Vista's Lighted Boat Parade   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
6:00 PM

DELTA MARINA YACHT HARBOR —  Rio Vista Waterfront
Enjoy the holiday lighted boats along the Rio Vista Waterfront as they travel along the Sacramento River from the Delta Marina Yacht Harbor to the River Vista Bridge. From 6-7PM. For more information, call (707) 374-2315.
Location: Rio Vista  
DIRECTIONS: Starting point will be at the Delta Marina and will continue to the Rio Vista Bridge and back.

 
Suisun Christmas Fireworks Paddle   Saturday,  DEC  2, 2017
6:30 PM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Waterfront Marina
Only in Suisun can you get fireworks over the waterfront in December! Plus an almost full super moon may show up. $45 person. 8 spots available. Call to reserve at (707) 341-6141. Exact time will be updated.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Santa Visits the WRM   Sunday,  DEC  3, 2017
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum.  For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Sunday,  DEC  3, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Full Moon / Super Moon Paddle   Sunday,  DEC  3, 2017
6:00 PM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This is also the only supermoon for 2017. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. Reserve your spot for this paddle online or by calling (707) 341-6141. Get more information by email.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Tai Chi in the Park   Wednesday,  DEC  6, 2017
8:00 AM

SF BAY AREA TAI CHI —  City Park
Join the 8:00 a.m. morning classes in City Park every Wednesday – beginners through advanced. We practice the “108 step” Yang Form as well as Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Cane.
Leader: Paul Reinhertz
Location:
     425 Alabama St
     Vallejo  

 
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival   Thursday,  DEC  7, 2017
4:00 PM

DIXON DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION —  Downtown Dixon
Dixon's Annual Tree Lighting Festival is fun for the whole family, especially because of the free Carriage Rides, free cookies, free children's crafts & activities, the Grinch and all sorts of family entertainment! Santa Claus makes a special visit to sit and talk with kids, pose for pictures, and maybe give out candy canes.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Dixon Downtown

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday   Friday,  DEC  8, 2017
8:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Solano Land Trust Properties
Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know. BRING: Water, snacks, sturdy gloves, pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes. Come prepared for variable weather (bring layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and protection from sun, wind, and fog). Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds! ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED two or more days in advance: Sue at 707-590-0307 or by email.
Leader: Sue Wickham
Registration is required.
DIRECTIONS: Provided upon RSVP.

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  DEC  8, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Friday,  DEC  8, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
8:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Help us take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like. This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. If you pre-register, tools and free lunch are provided. WHAT TO BRING: a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, heavy work gloves, eye protection (e.g., sunglasses), boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, protection from sun, wind, fog. Meet promptly in the parking lot. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Contact Jordan by email or by phone, 315-262-4090, to pre-register. Rain or high fire danger cancels. Call Jordan at 315-262-4090 if the weather is uncertain.
Leader: Jordan
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.

 
Coyote Club   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
9:00 AM

GVRD —  McIntyre Ranch
Ages 4-14 -- The McIntyre Ranch is home to several different habitats, farm animals and an educational garden. Studies have found that children who spend time exploring nature are more focused and interested in school. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Cost: $5/class for residents, $6/class nonresident. Adults must register at no cost. Pre-registration is required at 395 Amador St. or online. For more information contact the Coordinator at 707-639-1325.
Leader: Dee Davis
Registration is required.
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: McIntyre Ranch, located at the very end of St. John’s Mine Road, across from the Solano Community College Vallejo Center at 545 Columbus Parkway. Take St. John’s Mine Road and cross over the cattle crossing. Continue up the road and stay to the right to follow the road down to the barn. You are authorized to drive through this road for GVRD programs only.

 
Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day    Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION —  Benicia State Recreation Area
The Benicia Tree Foundation is sponsoring a tree maintenance day! No experience necessary. Tools and instruction provided. Bring gloves if you have them. Children under 14 must have accompanying adult and all participants must sign our release waiver. RSVP for details on meeting point by contacting the Benicia Tree Foundation at 745-4675 or by email. Set aside a few hours every second Saturday of the month to give our trees some TLC. Rain cancels.
Location:
     1 State Park Rd
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: Take the Columbus Parkway exit off of I-780. RSVP for meeting point.

 
Urban Birding at Benicia   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
9:00 AM

NAPA SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Benicia State Recreation Area
Andrew Ford will lead a workshop on Urban Birding followed by a walk around Benicia State Recreation Area. More details soon.
Leader: Andrew Ford
Location:
     1 State Park Rd
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: Take the Columbus Parkway exit off of I-780.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  DEC  9, 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  

 
Christmas Parade & Holiday Market   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
10:00 AM

BENICIA MAIN STREET ORGANIZATION —  Downtown Benicia
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at First and D Street and ends at H Street. The parade features local marching bands, dancers, and the much-anticipated Santa Claus. The Holiday Market features handcrafted arts & crafts, gourmet items and delicious foods.
Location: Benicia  

 
Santa Visits the WRM   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum.  For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Historic Mare Island Navy Cemetery Tour   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
12:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
The cemetery on Mare Island is the Navy's oldest cemetery in the West, with graves there dating back to the 1850's. Park at the Visitor's Center and meet at the cemetery, just a few hundred feet up the trail. We will be offering two tours, one starting at 12pm, and the other at 1pm. Realistically, 40 people is the maximum number at this time for each tour. If there are more than 40 people that arrive BY NOON for the first tour, we will ask folks who arrive after that to join us for the 2nd tour at 1pm. We hope you understand, and we will try to accommodate everyone. And if more people show up, we will add another tour, starting at 2pm. We hope this will be a monthly event on second Saturdays. Please give us a call at 707-241-4285 if you have any questions about the tours. The event is free, but your donations to the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve are always encouraged, and help keep the park going!
Leader: Kyle Green
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Santa's Night Run   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
5:00 PM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum and he has just one "Night Run" a day! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum. For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
27th Annual Lighted Boat Parade   Saturday,  DEC  9, 2017
6:00 PM

BENICIA MARINA —  Benicia Marina & Waterfront
Come out for the fun and celebrate the season! A line of lighted boats will leave the marina and proceed along the Carquinez Strait past the First Street Pier, then turn around and return to the marina. Spectators can stand along the waterfront to marvel at the array decorated boats and the reflections they make in the water. The Benicia Marina has held a holiday Lighted Boat Parade for more than a quarter-century—a long-standing tradition for the community. For details, participant registration, contest rules and prizes, visit online.
Location: Benicia  

 
Santa Visits the WRM   Sunday,  DEC  10, 2017
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum.  For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Sunday,  DEC  10, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Santa's Night Run   Sunday,  DEC  10, 2017
5:00 PM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum and he has just one "Night Run" a day! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum. For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Tai Chi in the Park   Wednesday,  DEC  13, 2017
8:00 AM

SF BAY AREA TAI CHI —  City Park
Join the 8:00 a.m. morning classes in City Park every Wednesday – beginners through advanced. We practice the “108 step” Yang Form as well as Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Cane.
Leader: Paul Reinhertz
Location:
     425 Alabama St
     Vallejo  

 
Geminids Meteor Shower Paddle   Wednesday,  DEC  13, 2017
8:00 PM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. Reserve your spot for this paddle online or by calling (707) 341-6141. Get more information by email.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  DEC  15, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Friday,  DEC  15, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Rockville Hills Regional Park Trail Crew   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
9:00 AM

CITY OF FAIRFIELD —  Rockville Hills Regional Park
The Rockville Trail Crew volunteer work days are scheduled for the third Saturday of every month from 9-12noon, rain or shine! Trail Crew volunteers provide technical assistance with trail maintenance and construction activities on the trails. Trail Crew volunteer duties consist of clearing rocks, trees, brush and other debris from proposed trail routes; build/repair walk ways, bridges or other structures; grade/fill existing trail paths to ensure user safety; and attend all required meetings and training sessions. Volunteers should bring water, gloves and a tool if available. Volunteers should wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. A snack and beverage provided for volunteers. Meet at the parking area. If you are not a regular volunteer, please RSVP to Ranger Teri, (707) 249-3613, or by email.
Location:
     2149 Rockville Rd
     Fairfield  

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  DEC  16, 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  

 
Birds of Prey Tour & Golden Eagle ID Field Study   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Join Larry Broderick and team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon, home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. It provides these raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. Cost is $10 plus $6 for parking. Pre-registration is required online.
Leader: Larry Broderick
Entrance Fee: $10
Parking Fee: $6
Registration is required.
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.

 
Horse Day at McIntyre Ranch   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
10:00 AM

GVRD —  McIntyre Ranch
For ages 8-17 -- Learn about the friendly horses and goats, and participate in their daily care. Wear sturdy work clothes and tough shoes because this is a "hand-on" experience. You will put a halter on a horse, learn to lead horses safely, brush them, clean their feet and clean their stalls. Everyone will have a chance to sit on a horse (helmet are required and provided, keep hairstyle simple for easy fit). Eat a good breakfast, bring water bottle and wear layers. For more information contact the Coordinator at 648-4552. Cost: $25/class resident, $30/class non-resident.
Leader: Jane Mitchell
Registration is required.
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: McIntyre Ranch, located at the very end of St. John’s Mine Road, across from the Solano Community College Vallejo Center at 545 Columbus Parkway. Take St. John’s Mine Road and cross over the cattle crossing. Continue up the road and stay to the right to follow the road down to the barn. You are authorized to drive through this road for GVRD programs only.

 
Rush Ranch 'Get the Rush'   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Rush Ranch
Get the Rush is a series of fun and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run and activities vary month-to-month. Get the Rush! is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers. The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain, soil conditions, or extreme heat may cancel other activities. For more information on this month's activities, visit Solano Land Trust's Calendar.
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.

 
Yoga Hike   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Come join a special hiking & yoga event on a crisp, clear, autumn morning. This easy, family friendly hike will start and end at the Lynch Canyon parking lot. Guided by her love of the outdoors and passion for yoga, Barbara Fredricks of Benicia Yoga and Wellness is offering a yoga hike that is free and open to everyone. Parking is $6 (cash or check). No pre-registration required.
Leader: Barbara Fredericks
Parking Fee: $6
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.

 
Santa Visits the WRM   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum.  For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Santa's Night Run   Saturday,  DEC  16, 2017
5:00 PM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum and he has just one "Night Run" a day! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum. For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Benicia CBC Pre-Count Scouting   Sunday,  DEC  17, 2017
8:30 AM

NAPA - SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Benicia
Join Robin Leong to scout several locations in advance of the Benicia Christmas Bird Count on December 18. Preview several areas in the 15 mile diameter Benicia Christmas Bird Count (BCBC) circle. You will learn how to estimate the number of species seen, as well as tally as many species as possible. Since this field trip is during the count period, species can be counted as a Count Week species if they are not seen on the December 18th Christmas Bird Count. We will bird until approximately 2 p.m. Dress warmly in layers, and bring something to eat, if you would like lunch or a snack during the trip. For more information, contact Robin by email.
Leader: Robin Leong
Location:
     5050 Business Center Dr
     Fairfield
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: Meet Robin at in the Cordelia Library parking lot, 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield at 8:30 a.m.

 
Birding Paddle   Sunday,  DEC  17, 2017
9:00 AM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
Join our guest local naturalist Andrew Ford from 9 AM - 11:30 AM for an informative and relaxing tour of our waterways while we focus on bird watching. Reserve your spot for this paddle online or by calling (707) 341-6141. Get more information by email.
Leader: Andrew Ford
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Santa Visits the WRM   Sunday,  DEC  17, 2017
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum.  For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Sunday,  DEC  17, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Santa's Night Run   Sunday,  DEC  17, 2017
5:00 PM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Western Railway Museum and he has just one "Night Run" a day! Visit Santa on board a historic electric train. Trains will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate included. Admission is $15 per person or $5 for members and includes all activities at the museum. For event details, please see the event page, or contact the museum. You can purchase your tickets online.
Leader: Santa
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
71st Annual Benicia Christmas Bird Count   Monday,  DEC  18, 2017
8:30 AM

NAPA - SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Benicia
A Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a 24-hour census of all the birds seen or heard within a prescribed 15-mile diameter circle. The Benicia CBC is one of the oldest in California, started by Emerson Stoner in 1930. Birders and helpers of all levels are welcome! We will follow with a sumptuous potluck dinner at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St Vallejo, CA. Help is needed with both the bird count and potluck. For more information, contact Robin by email.
Leader: Robin Leong
Location: Benicia  

 
8th Annual Chanukah Wonderland Celebration   Tuesday,  DEC  19, 2017
4:00 PM

CHABAD-LUBAVITCH OF SOLANO COUNTY —  Jelly Belly Visitor Center
Join local and Bay Area communities and celebrate the Lighting of the Menorah! The evening's activities will include the Lighting of a Jelly Belly® bean-filled Giant Menorah, live entertainment, food and lots of fun!
Location:
     One Jelly Belly Lane
     Fairfield  

 
Tai Chi in the Park   Wednesday,  DEC  20, 2017
8:00 AM

SF BAY AREA TAI CHI —  City Park
Join the 8:00 a.m. morning classes in City Park every Wednesday – beginners through advanced. We practice the “108 step” Yang Form as well as Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Cane.
Leader: Paul Reinhertz
Location:
     425 Alabama St
     Vallejo  

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  DEC  22, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Friday,  DEC  22, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  DEC  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  

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

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL —  Lake Solano
Celebrate the holiday season with 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 14 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. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here. For questions in advance, contact Karin by email or 530-795-3006.
Leader: Linda Allison
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.

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Saturday,  DEC  23, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Sunday,  DEC  24, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Tai Chi in the Park   Wednesday,  DEC  27, 2017
8:00 AM

SF BAY AREA TAI CHI —  City Park
Join the 8:00 a.m. morning classes in City Park every Wednesday – beginners through advanced. We practice the “108 step” Yang Form as well as Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Cane.
Leader: Paul Reinhertz
Location:
     425 Alabama St
     Vallejo  

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  DEC  29, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Friday,  DEC  29, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  DEC  30, 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  

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Saturday,  DEC  30, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)

 
8th Annual Mare Island Aglow Holiday Lighted Trail Walk   Sunday,  DEC  31, 2017
5:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Every weekend evening Friday–Sunday, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Rain or shine! Walk the 1-mile paved trail with holiday lighting to the Naval Cemetery, Rowser Garden, and the Spirit Ship. Music, refreshments, gift items, and a campfire at the Visitors Center, at the south end of Railroad Ave. Free but donations always appreciated.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave (1595 Railroad Ave)