Join Vallejo poet and artist Donna Moore Nunes for a special program of original poems, stories and songs. Using a prop-filled basket or trunk and her chorded zither, she weaves imaginative images inspired by personal experiences and by those who have touched her life. This two-part program consists of (1)"Simple Gifts of Life", and (2)"In praise of the printed page and other obsessions." Donna encourages us to discover the creative impulse in our own lives; she will also share selections from her book "Rhymes of the Rugged Road"; reminiscences of more than 50 years in the California gold country.
As part of Vallejo’s annual Visions of the Wild Celebration, the McCune is pleased to present an informative talk on California's changing forests by Dr. Lisa Fong of the US Forest Service. Due to increasing bark beetle populations and a fifth consecutive year of severe drought, an estimated 66 million trees have been killed across the state. Come find out more about tree mortality rates and how the Forest Service is focused on removing hazardous trees that threaten life and property on private and public lands.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of London's death in November of 1906, local historian and scholar Michael S. Turrini discusses one of the beloved author's less remembered talents. Jack London is best known as a writer of red-blooded adventure tales, but he was also a journalist, traveler, social activist and prolific photographer, producing nearly twelve thousand photographs during his lifetime. He was a prescient, timely genius whose work helped define the photojournalistic form.