Scene on the Strait returns Aug. 11

Scene on the Strait is back! One of the most popular art festivals in Northern California will take place Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez, California.

Now in its sixteenth year, Scene on the Strait is a premiere showcase for landscape or “plein air” painting, while raising money to help the environment. The art sold at Scene on the Strait goes to benefit the nonprofit Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC), whose mission is to restore butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait. To do this valuable work, teenagers from underserved communities plant native oak trees and raise Monarch butterflies. Over the years CREEC has restored seven acres of land while releasing countless butterflies into the wild.

Twenty of the leading plein air artists in California will be painting on site that day. Attendees can stroll around and see and talk to the artists while a jazz trio plays. Additionally, all art purchases are tax deductible of 40 percent or more. There will also be art auctions and gourmet food and drink available. Parking and admission are always free. Call 510-787-9772 or bookmark this website, www.SceneOnTheStrait.org, for the latest updates and information.

Participating artists are: Rolando Barrero, Nikki Basch-Davis, Mary Lou Correia, Kevin Courtner, Cynthia Eastman-Roan, Sylvia Gonzalez, Jack Garasky, Dana Hooper, Geri Keary, Ramona Kennon-Fink, Susan McKenna List, Chris Newhard, Teresa Onoda, Nancy Roberts, Robert Sandidge, Ron Schlorff, Carol Tarzier, Gregory Vasgerdsian, Mamie Walters, and Norma Webb.

Upcoming Sunday Seed Collecting Hikes 10/9 & 10/16

Join Bay Area botanist Dean Kelch and the CREEC crew for exploration of our East Bay natural habitats.

These leisurely hikes will consist of collecting California native plant seeds and cuttings for propagation at the Carquinez Horticultural Center, a Non Profit Nursery in Crockett.

Hikes are recommended for adults and older children alike.  Some of these areas have rather steep sections, but all have good paths.

The wildflower, tree, and grass seed collected on these excursions will be used in restoration efforts in our local watersheds. No prior experience is necessary, just a
willingness to learn and an enjoyment of nature.

Dutra Road
Sunday, Oct 9, 2011 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

We will be hiking up Dutra Road to the Muir Land Trust Sky Ranch Preserve. Dutra Road runs south off of Franklin Canyon Road between McHarry Ranch Road and Alhambra Avenue . Meet 1/2 block off of Franklin Canyon Rd along Dutra road. Carpool or bike there if you can, as parking is severely limited.

Ozol (Carquinez Regional Shoreline)

Sunday, Oct 16, 2011 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
This is a nice hike with two species of milkweed to see and beautiful views of the Strait. Drive west
from Martinez along Carquinez Vista Dr and park 100 meters before the gate that blocks the road.

CREEC hike this Sunday 11/8

There will be a CREEC seed collecting hike this Sunday 11/8 from 10 AM-12:30 PM.

We will be hiking up Dutra Road to the Muir Land Trust Sky Ranch Preserve. Dutra Road runs south off of Franklin Canyon Road between McHarry Ranch Road and Alhambra Avenue. Meet 1/2 block off of FC Rd along Dutra road. Carpool if you can, as parking is severely limited.

I hope to see you there.

Dean

The CREEC Spring seed collecting hikes

We will be having our first spring hikes on the dates listed below:

About our hikes:

Join Bay Area botanist Dean Kelch and the CREEC crew for exploration of our East Bay natural habitats.

These leisurely hikes will consist of collecting California native plant seeds and cuttings for propagation at the Carquinez Horticultural Center, a Non-Profit Nursery in Crockett.

Hikes are recommended for adults and older children alike. Some of these areas have rather steep sections, but all have good paths.

The wildflower, tree, and grass seed collected on these excursions will be used in restoration efforts in our local watersheds. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and an enjoyment of nature.