Back to school they go! The kids are going back to school and the routine will return to normal shortly. The days are slowly growing shorter as well, football is starting up and baseball teams are gearing up for playoff runs. All of this, of course, points to one thing—The Local’s Choice Awards! That’s right, it’s that time of the year to vote for your favorites to see who is truly the Local’s Choice winners in 2016. It’s hard to believe that this will be our 5th year for our Local’s Choice Awards? Turn to page 5 to get all the details about this year’s contest so that you can nominate and vote for your favorites. Remember that we select one for each county that we are in (Napa, Solano and Contra Costa) so think of your favorites in each.

There is still plenty to do and plenty of time to do it in 2015, but the days are getting shorter so let’s get busy! The calendar has lots of great upcoming events and there are some great events and businesses to read about in this issue as well. How about The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, The Benicia Peddler’s Faire, The Benicia Fine Arts and Crafts Fair and so many more! Did you know that you can access our calendar on your smart phone and get the details of the Local Happenings around you while you are on the go? Pull us up on your phone at our website,, and let us know what you think!

We are always on the lookout for new events so we can post them on our online calendar (and ultimately put them in this very magazine you’re holding). Did you know that you can post events that you are a part of or know of yourself? Just visit our calendar section on the website, click on “submit event,” fill out all the details and the click on “submit.” We will review it and send you back an e-mail once we have approved it and made it live on our site – usually in less than 24 hours. That’s all there is to it! We have hundreds of readers each week who are looking for great things to do and this is an excellent way to reach them. The best part is that it is FREE!

As always we have a few birthday wishes. It is a very busy time for us here since one of our founders, Robert Briseno and his wife Regina are celebrating not only another revolution around the sun but their 10th anniversary as well! Other Birthday shout outs go to Karen, Barbara, John, Kenny, Joe, Catherine, Christopher, Clara, Krystle, Jeff, Bob, Pippen, Yvonne, Michael, Duane, Christine, Wendy, Lou, Emily, Debbie, Dora, Therese,  Freda, Cindy, Patty, Tricia, Harry, Joanne, Patrick, Cindy, Don, Mel, Derrick, Rich, Diane, Dan Roberta, Holly, JoEllen, Jim, Eric, Caroline, Bea, Shannon and everyone else we ran out of room to list!