May 3, 2023

Hi subscriber,

Next Meet-up is May 31. Thanks to the 25 folks who turned out for our last meet-up at Savage and Cooke Distillery, Bar and Restaurant on Mare Island. It was a pleasant surprise to receive free gift bags with pre-mixed cocktails. Several mentioned how much they would like to have more meet-ups there. The next meet-up planned is:
  • Wednesday, May 31 from 5-7 pm - IL Fiorello Olive Oil Company for tour and tasting. Reservations are necessary - call 707-864-1529. Details at
If you can't make this meet-up, please consider inviting a carful of your neighbors to join you at these local businesses on another day. Let us know your suggestions for place to have future meet-ups.

HPOA Board Self-Nominations Due by May 6. To learn how to nominate yourself, visit If you're not ready to run, please consider recruiting a neighbor to run for the board. Maybe your suggestion will be just the encouragement they need. Brian Nakamoto put it best when he commented recently on NextDoor: "IMHO, the current board seems to be doing fine. I appreciate the work they put in to help govern Hiddenbrooke. However, it's a shame that members don't get to vote when there aren't more candidates than available board seats (like last time). Skipping an election might save money but fails to engage the electorate."

Appearing at Winters Theater This Weekend. Thanks to those who have mentioned they have tickets to see me this coming weekend as Vinny "Cadillac of Caterers" Black in "Tony and Tina's Wedding" at Green River Brewing in Winters. Learn more at

Visited Elkhorn Peak Cellars Yet? About 12 people from Hiddenbrooke were at the Elkhorn Peak member party on April 22. They are still offering free tours and tastings to Hiddenbrooke residents. Learn about this special place at

Wilkinson Acres' Farm Stand at Village 360. Larry's Produce isn't open yet, but you can now buy the freshest organic produce every weekend at Village 360. See details in our update at

Paul the Plumber is Newest Article. Check out what we just posted about Paul at We usually promote all our new articles and updates on Nextdoor, Facebook, and Instagram, but sometimes people like Paul ask us just to publicize them on Nextdoor because we can choose to have the news only seen by folks in our neighborhood. Let us know if you have a favorite service person who you would like to see us feature.

Another Vacancy in Hiddenbrooke Plaza. See our article update at We're eager to hear what type of businesses you think should fill the vacancies.

Page View Scoreboard. We've had over 3,800 page views from over 1,600 visitors to our Hiddenbrooke Neighbor Exchange website since our first article in early January. Here are the most-viewed articles as of May 2:

Articles Views
What Business Should Replace Dry Cleaners? 329
Vallejo's Best Pizza Parlor 217
Celebrity Chef 196
Mankas Corner Crawl 178
Knowing Your WineMaker 166
Coal Sheds of Mare Island 153
Family Farm Fresh 141
Glamorous Airport Travel 130
Picture-Perfect Pet Sitter 100
Refresh at Hiddenbrooke Hills 99
Acting Up in Winters 93
Blossoming Friendship 69
Staying Strong at Pike Fitness 66
Whiskey at Savage & Cooke 64
Cutting it Close By at JD Salon 58
HPOA Board Self-Nominations 55
Olive Oil Tasting 51
Clear Thoughts on Gutter Cleaning 44
Backstage at BottleRock Napa 39
Film Festival Perks 22

Our goal is to help Hiddenbrooke community residents discover common interests and connect with local businesses. We spotlight articles in Nextdoor, Facebook, and Instagram that link to our website at Do you know a local business we should showcase? Email your article topic suggestions and meet-up location recommendations to us.
Thanks for embracing our Hiddenbrooke Neighbor Exchange initiative!

Ed Thomas and Tiger Adolf
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