Explore the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

August 19, 2014 3:57 pm

For more than a decade, Vallejo residents have been enjoying the unique 215-acre parkland that forms the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve.

Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate gorgeous vista views and an opportunity to spot ospreys, as well as swallows, finches, and other local birds. History buffs are interested in the preserve's role in naval history as an ammunition depot established in 1857 and later as a naval cemetery. Photographers and artists find ample space and inspiration to capture the natural beauty of the preserve on canvas and film. Everyone can appreciate the peaceful atmosphere of the preserve by exploring the park on its network of paved and gravel trails.

Check the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve website for a current calendar of upcoming special events, which often include live music, fairs, and festivals.

Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
1595 Railroad Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 249-9633

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Easy Ways to Incorporate More Potassium Into Your Diet

August 12, 2014 4:14 pm

While most people think of bananas when they think of sources of potassium, there are actually a wide variety of other foods that contain even more of the beneficial mineral. Potassium helps to keep your heartbeat regular and your muscles, kidneys, and other organs working to their fullest potential, and it’s even been proven to work better than sports drinks at providing energy before a workout. These great foods can help to ensure that you get enough all-natural potassium.

  1. Sweet potatoes. Along with their numerous other health benefits, sweet potatoes are also very high in potassium. Just one average sized potato contains an impressive 646 milligrams, making it one of the absolute best sources of this mineral. At just 131 calories per sweet potato, they also make a low calorie side dish that won’t derail your diet plans.
  2. Tomato sauces. The zesty marinara sauce that you toss on your linguine is an even better source of potassium than a fresh tomato. Just 1/4 cup of tomato paste contains 664 milligrams of potassium, and plain old tomato juice offers over 400 milligrams.
  3. Beans. Whether you prefer fresh green beans or kidney and lima beans, all types of these beans are wonderful sources of potassium. Half of a cup of white beans contains just about 600 milligrams of the necessary mineral, and they’re good for your heart as well.

Top 10 Foods Highest in Potassium [Healthaliciousness]
15 Foods That Are High in Potassium [Health.com]
Foods With More Potassium Than a Banana [Huffington Post]
Potassium and Your CKD Diet [National Kidney Foundation]

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One of America’s Oldest Breweries

August 8, 2014 11:01 am

We are now entering the later part of summer and the beginning of August which means we still have a few more BBQ meals, baseball games and trips to the local brewery left before we get ready for Fall football, new TV series, Fall classes for school and trips to the local brewery.

We mostly buy our favorite beers at the liquor store, super market, and brew pubs, Sam’s Club or Costco. (“Got to love California”)

However, one of the great things living at Blue Rock Village/94591 is there are a few great local Breweries in the Bay Area.

In fact, “Anchor Brewing” is one of America’s oldest brewery located right here in San Francisco. They have been brewing beer since 1896.

They will have a beer that will suit your taste. Click on the link for more information on their history, location and assortment of beers.


Anchor Brewing Co.
1705 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA94107
(415) 863-8350

Latitude: 37.763718
Longitude: -122.400528

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