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Solano fair association postpones Youth Ag Day due to Covid-19

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VALLEJO — The 18th annual Youth Ag Day has been postponed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Solano County Fair Association announced Wednesday the event scheduled for Tuesday will not occur.

“It is hoped that this is merely a postponement of the event, and not an outright cancellation,” a statement released by the association states.

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Visitors get into character for Vaca-Con 2020

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VACAVILLE — The Ulatis Community Center was inundated Saturday with stormtroopers, anime characters and even a vampire or two for the second Vaca-Con.

“This is a celebration of all things pop culture,” said Elizabeth Crisante, Parks and Recreation supervisor. “This surpassed what we did last year.”

As the crowded center could attest, they had roughly 2,000 to 3,000 people out for the one-day event. They had about 1,800 people last year.

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Pop culture convention returning this weekend

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When Vaca-Con, Vacaville’s first foray into pop culture conventions, had its inaugural event at Ulatis Cultural Center last year, organizers knew it would have a following. They just did not anticipate how much.

“Last year actually exceeded our expectations,” Elizabeth Crisante, recreation supervisor with the Parks and Recreation department, said. “We had close to 2,000 people attend, and we were just hoping for maybe a thousand.”

All that day, the halls of Ulatis were filled with people dressed as familiar characters — ranging from superheroes to supervillains to cartoon characters to video game icons — who visited different booths, played the roleplaying game Cyberpunk 2020 in the Cultural Center Library and even got to play around with lightsabers.

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School of Rock opens doors in Vacaville for students to learn music

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VACAVILLE — The School of Rock opened its doors Saturday with a lot of music, a community celebration and a ceremonial guitar smashing – its version of a ribbon-cutting.

School of Rock focuses on performance-based music education with an emphasis on team building and learning to play musical instruments.

Leslie Silver is the owner and operator of this franchise at 322-B Parker St.

“This is a performance-based music program,” she said. “Students start as young as 3 years old and up.”

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See, Hear, Touch Mental Health Research

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The Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis, presents its annual NeuroFest, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, inviting the public to put their mind and senses to work learning about research into better treatments and cures for mental disorders.

The free program, “Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind: Progress in Mental Health Research,” will include presentations by four UC Davis faculty members, and, new this year, a “NeuroBlitz” with Center for Neuroscience trainees, giving brief talks.

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Holocaust survivor Herbert Heller to speak March 1 in Vacaville

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VACAVILLE — A 2016 Time article noted that there was just 100,000 Holocaust survivors alive that year.

Chabad of Solano County will host one of them, Herbert Heller, at 1 p.m. March 1.

Heller was in Auschwitz concentration camp and escaped a 1945 death march. That same year he was reunited with his mother and in 1946 they immigrated to the Bay Area.

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Adapted physical education students bowl for joy, thanks to Joy

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VACAVILLE — Middle and high school students from the Fairfield-Suisun School District wasted no time seeking strikes and spares at the annual Adapted Physical Education bowling event.

More than 160 of them filled the bowling alley lanes at Stars. Pizza, soda and other treats were served to the bowlers, all with varying levels of skills.

Shirley Cavasos was accompanied by 30 young people from Rodriguez High School, Green Valley Middle School and Oakbrook Elementary.

“We’ve been practicing in class,” she said, helping students settle in for some fun.

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