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WE ARE The Magazine of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce WINTER 2016 VALLEJO IN WONDERLAND Mad Hatter Parade leads the city in community, spirit and fun

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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S Mad Hatter Parade leads the city in community, spirit and fun .....................................................................................PAGE 6 Souza Sounds keep

WELCOME Showcasing a really great small business and community partner Welcome to Issue Number 12. We hope this isnt the first issue of our magazine youve read but, if it is, we hope youre enjoying it

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Vallejo in Wonderland Mad Hatter Parade leads the city in community, spirit and fun By Jerry LaMartina hen Mare Island Naval Shipyard closed in the spring of 1996, the greater Vallejo community took

background, he brought to fruition an idea to create a fun, themed event ... whats now called The Mad Hatter Parade. The parade is based on Alices Adventures in Wonderland, commonly known as Alice in

More Mad Hatter activities are held on the weekend of and weekends following the parade, including the Grand Victorian homes tour the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museums Hatters Tea with Teddy the Em

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Stephen Souza middle his son, Sullivan Souza left and his daughter, Gracie Souza, work a wedding reception at Benicia Veterans Hall in August. Sullivan and Stephen served as codeejays. Spinning the H

alloween is a special holiday in Stephen Anthony Souzas career. Back in 1979, Souza was a vice president with the Safeway Employees Association. Soon, his career would disco dance him over to becoming

Souza Sounds deejay Dave Reeder from left, Gracie Souza and Sullivan Souza, at a birthday party this summer. Sullivan was the main DJ, and Reeder was his assistant. moved it under horse power. Mom is

Offering Programs in Osteopathic Medicine Pharmacy Physician Assistant Public Health Nursing Education Touro University California congratulates and wishes Rich Curtola the best in his retirement. He

Michael Todd and his wife Ginny CarlsonTodd moved their store Psychic Reality to Vallejo in 2015. Besides selling products related to the healing arts, they offer spiritual counseling. You Must Be P

n 1980, Ginny CarlsonTodd opened a fullservice flower shop in Oakland and sold it in 2001. I was doing a business development course for the flower shop, and started thinking theres more to it than ju

to Vallejo, our final destination. They continue to come back because of the variety and selection we offer and the services we offer, she says. We dont discriminate against anybodys beliefs. We are a

Specializing in Residential Sales Betty Kennon CRS For ALL your photographic needs 7077487676 7074804908 cell kennonrealtyinc.com BrokerOwner Brian OReilly 7079807489 www.bjoreilly.com WINTER 201

An Eye for Style Vallejos Boutique Classique brings nostalgic flavor to Downtown By Jerry LaMartina 18 T heres this shop in Downtown Vallejo, and if youve got an eye for vintage dresses, its just w

and a lot of other vintagestyle clothing. Something else the store has that you wont find just anyplace live window models who display the stores womens wear selections on the second Friday of every m

Tending the Garden The Unconventional Garden helps Vallejo Bloom By Jerry LaMartina Photos by Brian OReilly 20 WE ARE VALLEJO

allejos enviable weather makes it an ideal place to keep and nurture a garden, as Michelle Eliker knows very well. Michelle was born in Southern California and moved to Vallejo in 1997. She fell in lo

Our Business is Making Memories in Vallejo 800.4.VALLEJO VisitVallejo.com Your Bay Area Fun Starts Here SF Bay Ferry to from San Francisco Mad Hatter Parade Festival San Francisco Flyway Festiva

Just named Top 5 in the nation. Sutter Health and Sutters Valley Area were recently named by Truven Health AnalyticsTM as two of the Top 5 performers in the nation among large health care systems. Th

THANKS FOR A GREAT RIDE OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION TO RICH CURTOLA FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT SIX FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM M E 24 WE ARE VALLEJO

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