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Dixon News Briefs 2-9-24

Feb 07, 2024 11:49AM ● By MPG Staff
Students from Dixon High School react to one of their wins at the Academic Decathlon held recently at Solano Community College. There were 208 students from 16 schools who participated and Dixon finished 7th.

Academic Decathlon Team Wins

The Dixon High School Academic Decathlon team has been competing over the past month. They began with an essay when we returned from break, followed by tests in seven different subjects last Saturday, and a speech and interview competition recently where the students earned several individual awards:

Kirsten Donovan: silver medals in art and science; Sierra Fong: bronze medal in economics; Aaron Reyes: bronze medal in art; Ariana Cuevas Meza: gold medals in both speech and interview.

“We had our strongest overall team performance in many years,” reported teacher Michael Vlach. “Our super quiz team (this is kind of like a game show with questions from various subject areas) finished in 3rd place. This team included Ariana Cuevas Meza, Aaron Reyes, Sierra Fong, Andres Tejeda-Patino, Ben Hale, Kurtis Westerhaus, and Pedro Romo. This was the first team award we have won in many years. Overall, we finished 7th out of 16 schools from throughout the greater Bay Area.”

Additional participants in the overall competition included Diego Gonzalez, Sam Lopez, and Jaya Wartson. Janette and I are very proud of their performance this year. Make sure to congratulate these students if you see them, and we are always looking for new members for next year!

City Meetings

These are the upcoming City Meetings held in the Council Chambers, 600 East A Street: The Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20. Also, the Transportation Advisory Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Volunteers Wanted to Teach Money Smarts

Volunteers are needed for Travis Credit Union's award-winning financial literacy program - MAD CITY MONEY.

The program is coming to Dixon High School on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

It's fun, it's easy, and it gives you the opportunity to have a positive impact on the students right here in the Dixon community! For more information, contact Steward Pimienta at [email protected].


Mondays at noon are Bingo games at the Dixon Senior Center, 201 South Fifth Street at noon except President’s Day. Join them on February 12 for a special Valentine’s Day Bingo event. There will be cookies compliments of the Dixon Senior Club. The cost is a nickel per card, per game, and all adults are welcome. They are also in need of Bingo callers as well. There is a full calendar of activities posted in the Senior Club Newsletter found on the City of Dixon website ( under ‘Recreation’ tab. For more details, call (707) 678-7441. NOTE: The next Senior Club meeting is Tuesday, February 13, at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center.

Women in Business Night

The Dixon Chamber of Commerce encourages women to join other local women business professionals for a fun evening of mingling and getting inspired on Thursday, February 22, at The Creative Space, 160 West A St. in downtown Dixon. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.

Tamuri Richardson is an International Public Speaker, a Mental Health Advocate, International Best-Selling Author, a Communications Specialist, and a Coach. She is also President of the Solano Black Chamber of Commerce.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix, and an AA in Communication and Media Studies.

This in-person event is your chance to network, learn, and be inspired by successful women entrepreneurs. Whether you're a seasoned business owner or just starting out, this event is for you. Connect with like-minded individuals, share your experiences, and gain valuable insights through engaging discussions, and thought-provoking keynote speeches. RSVP to

For more info contact [email protected] or [email protected].

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