By Ann Miller

A jazz band swinging to the bebop of Sarah Vaughn, an astronomer sharing a telescope and tales of the ancient Maya, and an evening of guided painting for wannabe artists are the three events marking Solano County Library’s celebration of women in March.  The events are funded by the Women’s History Month Luncheon Committee, which works under the auspices of the Solano County Library Foundation.   “Our theme for these programs is “Inspired!”  said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services. “This is a chance to invite a woman who inspires you to an evening of fun and discovery.”


The programs are for adults and free tickets are available at local library branches.  An event with Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins called Living the Maya Calendar will be offered in Spanish as well as English. “With this wide range of events: astronomy, music and art, we hope to spark a little curiosity and give adults the opportunity to try something new,” said Katz.    


In addition to the free events, the Library has published reading and viewing recommendations, many of which can be streamed and downloaded immediately, from   


Event and Ticket Information:



Saturday, March 3, Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St. Fairfield

6 p.m. Indoors English language lecture + Q&A / outdoor telescope viewing

7:20 p.m. Indoors Spanish language lecture + Q&A/ outdoor telescope viewing

The Maya of Mesoamerica are renowned for their precise calendars and their knowledge of astronomy. Through systematic observations conducted over thousands of years, Maya sky watchers developed complex and accurate calendars that continue to mark agricultural and ceremonial cycles today. Join Dr. Isabel Hawkins, astronomer at the Exploratorium, in an exploration of the Maya Calendar system and its intricate cycles. Hear the voices of contemporary Maya people as they weave their past and present together, and share with us their living traditions of Maya time.  Admission is free but seating is limited. Free tickets (limit 4) are available at the Fairfield Civic Center Library at 1150 Kentucky Street, the Fairfield Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Drive, and the Suisun City Library at 601 Pintail Drive.



Friday, March 9, 6 p.m., John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St. Vallejo

Participants will paint their own “masterpieces” in celebration of Women’s History Month. The program allows attendees of any skill level to recreate a beautiful painting by following guided, step-by-step instructions. No art experience required. All art materials will be provided. Free tickets are available at the John F. Kennedy Library at 505 Santa Clara St. in Vallejo and the Springstowne Library at 1003 Oakwood Avenue in Vallejo. 



Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m., Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, 1010 Ulatis Dr. Vacaville

The Prohibition Mob Band, led by Roberta Donnay, is a vintage jazz and swing band that employs 1920-30s swing, blues, and roots music in the jazz tradition. The ensemble's mission is to explore, celebrate, and promote America's jazz roots by interpreting vintage material as well as contributing original works reminiscent of the Jazz Age. Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band have been touring the U.S. since 2012. The Prohibition Mob Band releases its third CD, "My Heart Belongs to Satchmo" on Blujazz in March 2018. This new record is devoted to the early music of Louis Armstrong, continuing the band's tradition of resurrecting both well-known and obscure vintage music.  Admission is free but seating is limited. Free tickets (limit 4) are available at all branches of Solano County Library.




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