Stand Up Comedy with Milt Abel at the Trek Winery – Visit Novato

Saturday, February 21 – Live stand up comedy is a monthly event at Novato’s own Trek Winery, with national headliners appearing in the winery’s barrel room. This month the performer bringing the laughs alongside the wine is Milt Abel, who promises a clean, clever and funny set based on his own observations about family life. Support comes from Bay Area performer Anthony Hill, and a guest appearance from local newcomer Ellis Scherer.

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Valentine’s Day Horse Drawn Sweetheart Stroll – Visit Novato

Downtown Novato is a great place for a romantic evening, with many unique boutique stores to explore that you won’t find on the average high street, and a great selection of restaurants to choose from for your Valentine’s Day dinner for two. To add to the fun, loving couples can enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride along our quaint downtown area on Valentine’s Day from 6:30pm till 9:30pm, courtesy of the Downtown Novato Business Association. Pick up locations are 2nd and Grant, and Sherman & Grant.  There’s no better way to enjoy the ambience of downtown Novato on this special day.

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Novato Theater Company presents The Bat – Visit Novato

Friday, February 6 through Sunday, March 1

Mary Roberts Rinehart’s play The Bat is a murder mystery thriller original set in 1927, though this production places the action in 1954. This tense, well-plotted murder mystery is an adaptation of Rinehart’s best-selling first novel, The Circular Staircase, which launched her career as “the American Agatha Christie”, ran as a play on Broadway and inspired several film adaptations, including a silent movie. A must-see for fans of the “whodunit” genre.

For more information, or tickets, visit the Novato Theater Company website.

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Wiper Blade Information & Maintenance – Rain-X

Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility.


An easy way to remember to proactively change your wiper blades is to replace them on Groundhog Day. Whether the Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter or an early spring, new wiper blades are necessary to prepare you for 6 weeks of harsh winter driving conditions or 6 weeks of Spring showers. Either way, Rain‑X will help you prepare for the unexpected.

When inspecting wiper blades, look for the following:

  • Broken frame – detachment of frame arms at joints or connection points.
  • Metal Corrosion – especially at joints and claws.
  • Visible cracks, tears, and missing pieces in the rubber squeegee’s edge.
  • Flex rubber squeegee back and forth to see if it is still flexible. Aged squeegees will have difficulty conforming to the shape of your windshield and create streaks.
  • Check squeegee wiping edge for rounded edges which can prevent the wiper blade from making strong contact with the windshield and reduces wipe quality.
  • Tug to ensure wiper blade has been securely installed on the wiper arm.
  • Check that squeegee is secure in the wiper frame.

Remember to check your wiper blades as part of your regular preventative maintenance program!

Wiper Blade Maintenance Tips

Visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Although drivers depend on their vehicles’ wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet and snow, many wait to replace them until they need them the most. So remembering to maintain wiper blades regularly can maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability.

Wiper blades deteriorate due to many environmental factors including:

  • Sun: Ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration
  • Oil: Car waxes and exhaust hold rubber-deteriorating oil
  • Airborne debris: Sand, mud and dust carried in the wind
  • Moisture: Acid rain and salt water (in moist air both near the shore and inland)

Remember, wiper blades should be checked every six months and changed at least once a year. Evaluate both the rubber squeegee and the metal frames to avoid common problems such as streaking, skipping, chattering, wearing and splitting – all offenders of reduced visibility and slowed reaction time while driving.

Common Wiper Problems

  • Streaking occurs when the rubber squeegee dries, hardens and cracks. It can also be caused by tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances collected on either the glass or the blade.
  • Skipping occurs when the blade develops a curvature from lack of use (e.g. left in the ‘parked position’ for an extended length of time).
  • Wearing occurs with extensive use and is when the rubber edges are rounded instead of squared.
  • Splitting is caused when the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the rubber squeegee, causing it to breakdown and separate from the frame.
  • Bent Refill Vertebra and Bent Frames cause inconsistent contact with the glass surface, creating streaking or skipping.

Avoid these common problems and extend the life of your wiper blades by following these simple steps:

  • Clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank.
  • Gently wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt or oil.
  • Never use your windshield wipers to de-ice your windshield. Instead, either use an ice scraper or use your defroster to melt snow and ice.
  • Pull your wiper blades away from the windshield during winter months to prevent ice build up on the rubber squeegee and to prevent them from sticking to the windshield.

Efficient wiper blades are as important to a vehicle’s safe operation as clean oil and good tires. So remember to change your wiper blades at least once a year, to inspect them frequently for wear and tear and to enjoy the view!

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Goodguys Indoor Car Show Information

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is proud to announce a healthy lineup of indoor car show opportunities in 2015! Goodguys indoor shows are part of the entire event experience at select events and offer an indoor setting for those who like to show off their rides under the lights out of the elements!

A total of eight indoor car shows will be held this year around the country, including three in Pleasanton. All indoor show cars are eligible for most event awards including Goodguys Builder’s Choice and other high profile honors such as Top 12 awards. Each indoor car show participant will receive an award of excellence, souvenir dash plaque, souvenir window card, early building access and complimentary parking passes as well!

Here’s a detailed look at the upcoming 2015 indoor show schedule, along with the applicable criteria for each venue:

33rd All American Get-Together, March 28 & 29, Pleasanton, CA

Custom cars 1936-1972 vintage only in Young California Building. Custom of the Year award candidates will only be selected from indoor show inside YCB. All years, makes & models eligible for display inside Hall of Commerce

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Car Show – Panther Band Boosters

Albany Ford & the Benicia High School Band Present:The Benicia Classic Car Show
Sunday April 26, 2015

On the First Street Green at the beautiful Benicia waterfront

Bring your pre-1976 American made car or truck with the whole family to picnic on The Green while listening to our professional DJ and our own High School Jazz Band. Registration includes free breakfast for two people until 10 am, and a goodie bag and dash plaques for the first 300 entrants.

Show trophies for numerous categories voted on by other entrants and our High School Band students. Vender booths will sell food, crafts and car related merchandise. Please also visit our wonderful downtown shops along 1st Street. Vehicle check-in starts at 7:00 a.m. with the show starting at 9 a.m. and going until 3 p.m.

All proceeds go to support the award winning Benicia High School Band Program!  We thank you for your support.

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Why Washing Your Car Frequently during Winter Months Helps to Protect the Environment : ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine

It’s that time of year again. Winter is approaching which means preparing your car for some nasty weather elements. If you live in snow country, you’ll likely have snow tires put on to prevent your car from sliding off the road. If you live in a region where salt is used on the roads, you may consider getting an extra layer of coating to protect your undercarriage so it doesn’t rust. And, with all the acid rain, road grease, and other unsavory elements that will attack your car this winter, getting a wax job to protect your paint might be a good idea.

So why do we invest so much time and money in protecting our car when winter approaches? There are a number of reasons, all of which are equally important. First off, preventative car care protects our automobiles so they last longer, also preserving resale value. Secondly, taking care of our vehicles prevents having costly repairs and frightening breakdowns. An overwhelming majority of car owners seem to know what to do, and why, when it comes to car care.

Then why is it the overwhelming majority of car owners seldom wash their cars on a regular basis? The irony here is that keeping your car clean (for under $10 every couple of weeks) has many significant financial and environmental benefits as well, especially when performed by a professional car wash.

Let’s start with the financial rewards. In today’s environment, on the best of days, our cars are subjected to sun, salt from the sea, road grease, dead bugs, bird poop and smog. On bad days, our cars are subjected to salt from snow trucks, acid rain, tree sap, road slush and mud.

Any one of these elements can eat away at a car’s metal, chrome and paint. Corrosion will occur and rust will appear under the carriage, in wheel wells, even in parts under the hood. It may not be noticeable right away, but over time it will degrade your car, diminishing its resale value. When it comes time to sell or trade you’ll be quite disappointed at how little your car is worth and how much you’ve lost financially. By having your car washed monthly, not only do you protect your investment and save money, you also ensure your continued freedom to go anywhere and do anything, not to mention your personal safety and security while on the road.

Did you know that nearly $24 billion a year is spent on battling car corrosion damage? This cost is absorbed by you, the consumer, in three ways; funding automakers efforts to research corrosion-resistant paints and coatings; fixing damage to your own vehicle caused by road and sea salt; or corrosion-related depreciation of cars. Go to for more information.

There is another important reason to keep your car professionally washed, protecting the environment. In 1972, the government established the Clean Water Act, which mandated professional car washes to pipe dirty water to treatment facilities or into state-approved drainage facilities.

Washing your car at home pollutes the environment — soap and road grime such as oils, tar, and dirt washed from your car ends up in storm sewers that flow into lakes, streams and rivers. In fact, many North American cities have even banned charity car-washing events, which result in soapy discharge and wasted water. Regardless of all the other reasons mentioned, the environmental issue should be consideration enough. After all, these lakes, streams and rivers could be those in which your children swim, or where you fish, or perhaps even live. Keeping them clean ensures a healthier future for all of us.

Another consideration is this: a professional car wash uses about 32 gallons per car. Studies have shown that a 45-minute car wash at home can use more than 300 gallons of water. Who pays your water bills?

Treat your car the way you want it to treat you. Add a professional car wash to your monthly chores. With some 75,000 professional car washes nationwide, there’s just no excuse to skip it. And bring the kids. They’re never too young to start learning the value of good auto maintenance, inside and out.

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A Fresh Starts Chef Event with Chef Tony Najiola – Visit Novato


Thursday, January 15

Tony Najiola, the man behind Petaluma’s Central Market restaurant, is the latest notable chef to support Homeward Bound of Marin, with an event at the Next Key Center in Novato. Raised in New Orleans and known for Mediterranean-inspired farm-to-table cooking, Chef Tony will be offering the following menu:

Winter Citrus Salad with Fennel, Red Onion & Feta Cheese

Chicken Bomba – Meatball Stuffed with Bellwether Farms Ricotta Cheese

Basil Mashed Potatoes, Stewed Sweet Peppers & Sugar Snap Peas

Baked Fuji Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

Tickets cost $55 each, including dinner, with wine available for purchase.

The event takes place at: The Key Room,1385 N. Hamilton Parkway,Novato, CA 94949

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