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Archive for June 2017



From Cookie Powell



May Fair weekend came and went and those of us who went were not disappointed with the best fair in all the land.   And this year, as has been the case for numerous years, we were able to purchase entry tickets and rides bracelets for several families thanks to a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Ball.  Herb Cross made a lot of parents and children happy with Rotary pancake breakfast.  He dropped off 20 tickets and asked they be distributed to people who would otherwise not be able to go.  One of the families who benefitted from his gift had 6 children.  Mr. and Mrs. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Cross – thank you for giving us those opportunities to brighten several families’ May Fair weekend.



The Neighborhood Christian School did another fantastic job with their annual Spring Food Drive the first weekend of June.  The Dixon Family Services pantry shelves are now stocked and supplementary grocery bags are being distributed to families and individuals in need.  Thank you Students, Parents, Teachers, Administrators and Everyone at The Neighborhood Christian School!  We truly appreciate your efforts!



Our newest program for the community is The Strengthening Fathers Program.  Fathers who enroll choose from a menu of activities and services.  Areas of focus include responsible parenting, healthy relationship skills, job readiness and budgeting.  The Program is part of the Solano Fathers Network with multiple incentives, including the possibility of:  Review and/or modification of child support orders, Review/reduction of amounts owed to the state, Review and/or reinstatement of driver’s license, Referrals to Legal, Mental Health and Basic Needs resources.  Dixon fathers interested in learning more should contact Dixon Family Services at 678-0442.




In July and August DFS staff members are making appointments with local churches, organizations and any other group that would like to hear about the Programs and Services we offer at Dixon Family Services.  Our goal is to do outreach activities, be put on agendas and make presentations to let people know how we can help people in our community.  We rely heavily on the referral process so the more people who know about our programs, the better.

If you are reading this and you belong to an organization, congregation, business or another group that would be interested in a presentation please contact us.



Excitement is in the air as one of Dixon’s favorite summertime events is coming up.  On Saturday, July 22 people who love a good laugh will gather at the Olde Vet’s Hall for Comedy Night 2017.  The night begins with a delicious tri-tip dinner that is completely provided by Recology.  Bud’s will have the no-host bar open from 5-10.  Raffle prizes are coming to us and adding up to be a collection of fabulous winnings.  A sampling includes Park Hopper Disney passes, a bike, passes to local entertainment entities and many wonderful gift certificates for food and services from local merchants. 

If you want to donate a prize, please let us know.  We have people volunteering to pick up prizes and take tickets to those who want to purchase them.  What could be easier?  Remember that all proceeds from this event go right back into our community through the services we provide to anyone in Dixon who comes to us in need.

Current generous sponsors include Dixon VFW, Bud’s Pub and Grill, Recology, Travis Credit Union, California Water Service, Dixon Rotary, First Northern Bank, Altec, Cache Creek Casino and Walmart.  Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor too.

And the main ingredients for a great night are the two scheduled comedians.  Stephen B. and Nick Larson will keep us all laughing out loud throughout the evening.  You can purchase tickets at Dixon Family Services, The Dixon Florist, The Dixon Tribune, The DFS Thrift Store, or give us a call for ticket delivery or will-call service. 

For more about Comedy Night look on our website www.dixonfamilyservices.org


Comedy Night is Saturday, July 22 5PM

Comedy Night is Saturday, July 22 5PM

The Olde Vet’s Hall, 231 N 1st Street, Dixon

This “Fun Raising” event is an opportunity for people to come out, get together, eat delicious food, be entertained by professional comedians and all the while provide support for Dixon Family Services.  All proceeds will go towards services the agency provides to people in need right here in our community.

Dixon’s one-stop-shop of social services has been in the business of helping people when they need it most since 1984.  Hundreds of people each year achieve goals such as employment, financial stability, sobriety, emotional wellness, improved nutrition, positive parenting and family cohesiveness.

This year’s headline act is Stephen B, a stand-up comedian with more than 34 years of experience performing in comedy clubs, for corporate clients, and churches nationwide. He’s opened up for Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Weird Al and a host of other musical acts over the years.  Stephen has had supporting roles in three movies and has been seen on Comedy Central.  He’s performed at Spirit West Coast and on KLOVE Cruises.

Stephen B has been at Comedy Night several times throughout the years and he has kept the Dixon audience in “heavy belly laugh stitches” throughout his performances.

Opening act Nick Larson has a little something for everyone.  With a mix of material around kids, relationships, and his take on single life – he has been told a time, or two, that he’s “relatable”.

Nick is new to Comedy Night but by watching his videos we are confident he’ll be a big hit!  It was a special treat and surprise when we realized Nick has family ties in Dixon.  A little birdie (ok, it was Vicki at the Print Shop) told me he is the son of Charlie Larson and nephew of Cary Larson who owns The Print Shop.

So I asked Nick some questions.  Born and raised in Stockton, he did spend some time in Dixon during his youth.  He lived in Dixon for six months when he was thirteen and in the 8th grade.  He fondly remembers the small town vibes and how nice it was to walk to friends’ houses.  “I’d never let my kids walk around like that, in Stockton.”

Nick said he appreciated the no hustle – and – bustle usually found in bigger cities. “People are friendlier … probably because they all know each other. Ha.”

He could think of no negatives about living in small town Dixon, spent his spare time playing baseball and helped out at the Print Shop with his Uncle Cary and late Aunt Cathy.  They all listened to Giants games on the radio while he watched his Uncle work the big printers.  He still can remember the smell of the ink.

Nick always knew he wanted to do comedy.  He enjoyed making friends laugh and remembers thinking, “I want to do this all the time.”

So I asked him if he was looking forward to performing at Comedy Night and would he make fun of Dixon and its people.  I shared that other comics have made fun of us and we like it.  He’s definitely looking forward to it and said he’ll see what he can do.  LOL.

As if all this top notch comedy wasn’t enough, the evening starts with a delicious tri-tip dinner provided by Recology.  Bud’s will have their bar open for your thirst and raffle prizes are worthy.  You don’t want to miss the event, so call or go to one of the locations where you can purchase your tickets before they are all sold out.  Tickets are available at Dixon Florist and Gifts, The Dixon Tribune, Dixon Family Services and DFS Thrift Store.  You might even still be able to reserve an entire table for your group.

For more information: 707 678-0442 or Cookie@dixonfamilyservices.org