Richard Rico | Lagoon, art, change of the world – The Vacaville Reporter
TRIAD’s inauguration on October 14 to signal the development of Lagoon Valley was, for some, a life-changing moment. For others, a missed opportunity. A little late for that now. The gentrification of Lagoon, where Juan Peña and Manuel Vaca first set foot, has long been a pro and undeveloped battleground. It’s not that it hasn’t been tried. To repeat a few attempts, perhaps for the last time: Hines Nursery sent roots, then retreated onto I-505. When Vallejo JC became a community college, Lagoon Valley was a possible site for a new campus. But Suisun Valley won. Next came BofA, with an eye on Lagoon for a high-tech data center. A farmer mowed down the BofA logo in the tall grass. Local pilots flew over frames to see where God wanted them to build. They said thank you, but no, and flew away.
Thanks to creative minds, a website rendering of the 840 acres of Triad-Lagoon is an otherworldly carpet that ripples along hills, valleys, streams and crevices, weaving together over 1,000 homes, industries, a shopping center, an open space and a golf course crosses it. If life truly imitates art, the new Lagoon may be suitable for framing. The valley has changed little since Juan Peña built his adobe, Manuel Vaca turned the raw land into an eponymous town, and poet Edwin Markham wrote “The Hoe Man” on his family’s ranch. This is not Triad’s first rodeo, but it is our first cradle. It’s a done deal, for them to build and for us to fly, like parent helicopters. Our idyll and our ancestors deserve something between a shining town on a hill and Camelot.
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Putting your arms around a series of public forums titled “Learning to Change the World,” with videos and local experts – live on a stage in Vacaville – sounds like an over the top challenge, and it is. All the more reason why it’s perfect for Shea McGuire’s wheelhouse. His family and his family’s real estate affairs are half of his game. Inspiring dialogue and discussion about the state of children, the planet, farms, the spirit, animals and self is the other half. Shea said, “We hope these documentaries bring a balance to understanding our world so that we can make changes.” That says it all. The scope is vast. But one thing that Shea is not is outdated. A few years ago, she was inspired by the Waldorf School’s Global Thinking Global Learning Plan. She enrolled her children at Davis Waldorf, one of 1,251 in 64 countries. A year and a half ago, Shea helped plant the seeds for the Waldorf-inspired Pleasant Valley School on Azalea Way. The plan is for it to be a Waldorf credit school in three and a half years. This is one of many steps in planet-based learning taken by Shea and like-minded parents.
The first “Learn to Change the World” event took place on November 9 at Journey Downtown. Thanks to social media and Shea’s “man-to-man fighting” vocation, more than 100 adults and children participated. ($ 25 for adults, free for children 13 and over.) They saw a film, “Kiss the Ground,” on sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, and Q&A with Matthew Engelhart, owner of the local farm Be Love, and his son Ryland, founder and ED of Kiss the Ground. The premier of the learning series received rave reviews.
More than that, it was the premiere of a public film and discussion forums on “the health of our planet and the well-being of our children”, based on influences from science and experts among us eager to share their thoughts and knowledge.
Journey Downtown is quickly becoming a new venue for public programming. One unrelated
A gathering of education, medical science and government officials recently held a forum here on conflicting facts and information regarding childhood immunizations. Its marquee: “Above the noise”.
Shea plans to produce a film and discussion topic on the first Tuesday of each month. A one-year pass costs $ 200. Future topics: “Healing”, “Hour of the 6th Sun” and “Fantastic Fungi”, how mushrooms contain answers to the future of the planet. See www. learntochangetheworldvacaville.com. See “Mushrooms” on YouTube.
Shea’s Commitment: “Awareness will always lead to change. “
The author is a former editor of The Reporter.