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Soroptimists Install Officers and Set Goals

By Susan Whitesell
August 26, 2015

Soroptimist International of Rio Vista welcomes new officers in an Italian themed installation at the beautiful waterfront home of Deborah and Robert Spinardi. The 2015-2016 club officers are President – Constance Boulware, First Vice President – Teri Malkin, Second Vice President – Sarah Miles, Recording Secretary – MaryEllen Lamothe, Corresponding Secretary – Sandra McCosker, Treasurer – Pat Dyer, Assistant Treasurer – Sue Esperson, 2 Year Director – Susan Whitesell, 1 Year Director – Denise Lacourse, 2 Year Delegate – Jennifer Gaston, 1 Year Delegate – Teri Malkin, Parliamentarian – Linda Scholting.

This year, the volunteer women’s group renews its focus on improving the lives of women and girls, especially through its local efforts. Key projects include Heart & Sole, which inspires middle school students to be confident, healthy, and self-respecting and nourishes social and physical development through running. Academic Awards Night honors Rio Vista High School Seniors who excel academically. Scholarships award thousands of dollars to outstanding graduating Seniors. The Ruby Award honors a woman who improves the lives of women and girls through her personal, volunteer or professional efforts and the Violet Richardson Award, recognizes a young woman between the ages of 14-17 who makes the community and world a better place through her volunteer efforts.

If you enjoy giving back to your community and improving the lives of women and girls, consider membership in this worthwhile organization! Contact Teri Malkin at 374-5168 or terimalkin@yahoo.com.

St. Brigid’s Children’s Clothing Exchange Thrives!

August 26, 2015

For over 7 years, St. Brigid’s Epsicopal Church of Rio Vista has provided an innovative way to support our Delta Community. The Semi-Annual Children’s Clothing Exchange offers parents the opportunity to swap their children’s outgrown clothing. The event all started when a group of moms had a yard sale. “We spent most of the time exchanging our kids clothes with one-another. ” says Chandra Drury, the Exchange Chairperson. “We got to thinking, wouldn’t it be even better if we could get more moms involved. We’d have so much more to choose from.” Drury took the idea back to her church and the concept was born. Over the years, the event has expanded with over 10,000 articles of clothing being exchanged each year. The event has expanded to offer packages of brand new underwear. “This is something that people might not feel comfortable swapping, so we felt it would be a good edition to the program,” says Drury.

Events like these are becoming more common, but St. Brigid’s has led the way in creating something on such a large scale and still keeping it free. “I’ve researched the idea on the internet, but most events similar to this have a fee for participation. We don’t, ” says Drury. The Children’s Clothing Exchange is open to everyone. There is no fee to get in and no money ever changes hands. Each item of clothing brought in to exchange is treated as one credit which can be redeemed for another article of clothing, with few restrictions. For instance, an swim suit might be exchanged for a winter coat, or a pair of socks for a sweater. If someone doesn’t have clothes to exchange, they can bring canned goods which can be turned in for credits. The food is then donated to Rio Vista Community Services, a local food bank. The program strives to be as green as possible. Excess items that are in good condition are donated to a local charity, and those items that are too damaged to swap are taken to a clothing recycler so that nothing winds up in land-fill. If someone has unused credits, a record is kept so that they may use them at the next exchange or donated to families in need if they prefer.

St. Brigid’s Children’s Clothing Exchange happens twice a year on the last Saturday in August and the last Saturday in January, with the next one scheduled for Saturday, August 29th from 10am-2pm at DH White Elementary School in the Tapella Building located at 500 Elm Way. For more information, call St. Brigid’s Episcopal Ch


Fundraiser for Rio Vista Resident Waiting for Double Lung Transplant

August 19, 2015

Rio Vista resident Cindy Parsons has a spunky personality, a love for the San Francisco 49er’s and enjoys living in Rio Vista. Parsons is full of life and delivers such an upbeat personality, for somebody who is waiting to receive a double lung transplant at Stanford Hospital.    <READ MORE>


Attendance and Revenue Increase at 2015 Solano County Fair

Positive gains compared to last year were led by concessions, carnival and sponsorships

August 19, 2015

Solano County, CA – This year the Solano County Fair invited people to “Meet Me at the Fair!” from July 29 through Aug. 2 – and they responded. Total attendance for 2015 was 39,560, a 1.8% increase over the previous year and the first positive turn in the past few years for attendance numbers that have been slowly declining since 2012.    <READ MORE>

Hog August Bites in Downtown Rio Vista August 22nd

August 12, 2015

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Hog August Bites on Saturday, August 22, in downtown Rio Vista.  There will be a lot of Great Food, Vendors, Live Music, Car Show, Soap Box Derby, Chili Cook-Off, Rib Judging and games for the kids.     <READ MORE>


Are you Interested in Pedaling or Peddling this August Third Thursday?

August, 12th 2015
On August 20, whether you are interested in pedaling bikes or the peddling of art, come on down to Main Street for the August Third Thursday festivities. There will be music and food. The museum will be open.    <READ MORE>

Rio Vista Beacon

Tatyana Valentinovna Pool

Profiles in Rio Vista: Tatyana Valentinovna Pool

By Peg Richards
August 12, 2015

Maybe I’m showing my age, but when I was growing up the USSR was a scary place. It was always in the news and represented a direct danger to our way of life and our overall security.  <READ MORE>


Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival; You Won’t Want to Miss it!

August 5, 2015

This will be our 68th Annual Bass Derby and Festival in Rio Vista and it is really beginning to shape up.  Although the planning goes on for most of the year, it is the last couple of months and right down to the last few weeks when things really start to hum. The dates are October 9, 10, and 11, with a kick-off BBQ dinner on the evening of October 8.  <READ MORE>


Hank Tussy Turns “90”

August 5, 2015
Rio Vista resident Hank Tussy was given a wonderful “90” Birthday Party, last Saturday August 1st, at The Point Restaurant. Many family and friends were there to honor his special occasion.  <READ MORE>