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News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

The self-proclaimed nut of Vacaville has a big job. Vacaville’s Public Information Officer Mark Mazzaferro manages the city’s website, Twitter account, Facebook page, creates YouTube videos, sends out press releases, manages the government TV station, overlooks Vacaville’s emergency radio and a lot more.

Mazzaferro has been with the city of Vacaville for five years, but has worked as a PIO for 12.

Bridal Faire set for July 24 in Vacaville

Bridal Faire set for July 24 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE - When a wedding rolls around, the list of things to think about, plan, and choose is a long one: Musicians, cupcakes, a tiered wedding cake, florists, venues, wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedoes, caterers,  honeymoon destinations, décor, photography.

And there are just as many places a bride-to-be and her groom can start looking: phone books, the internet, family, and friends.

So if there’s a wedding in your future, you won’t want to miss the City of Vacaville Community Services Department Bridal Faire, set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the Ulatis Community Center.

The event will provide an opportunity to meet local wedding professionals, get information on venues and services, and help plan that special day, including a fashion show to help find just the right gown, dress or tux.

Blood orange sorbet

Blood orange sorbet

Happy Friday! I realized that I mentioned this blood orange sorbet in the blood orange popsicle post and then never shared it with you all! Whoops…so here a refreshing send off to your weekend – a colorful and flavorful sorbet. Hope you stay cool where ever you are!

This is the final blood orange recipe until next winter...

Are we having fun yet? Those who live here say yes

Are we having fun yet? Those who live here say yes

Are we having fun yet? Those who live here say yes
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Representatives of the "Best of the Road" contest, sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today, were in Vacaville on Monday trying to determine if the city is worthy of being named "Most Fun" city in the country. The Reporter Reader Network asked some of ...

'Better than sex' chocolate cupcakes

'Better than sex' chocolate cupcakes

…I think the title says it all. These cupcakes actually live up to their lofty name. The cake part is really moist with a strong chocolate flavor, and topping them with dark chocolate ganache and a drizzle of white chocolate simply puts them over the top...

Mojito popsicles

Mojito popsicles

Oh my goodness, I tweeted about making these and got a lot of response. Apparently booze + popsicles is a very popular idea, and that shouldn’t be a big surprise. After all, if you’re in the northern hemisphere odds are that it’s hot where you are. Doesn’t sitting by the pool with a cocktail sound good? Freeze that drink and doesn’t it sound great?! (Just remember to stay hydrated.)

These refreshing popsicles are filled with the classic mojito ingredients: mint, rum, lime, sugar and club soda. I was curious to see how the carbonation in the club soda would freeze, but I couldn’t really tell a difference in the popsicles. You could probably use plain water instead and I bet it would be similar. Enjoy by the pool for optimal results!

Patriotic Mini Pavlovas

Patriotic Mini Pavlovas

I hope you had a great 4th of July! What did you do to celebrate? And, to my international friends, did you do anything fun this weekend?

My awesome Australian friend Susie came over and we whipped up a traditional Australian dessert. And then promptly made it American with red and blue fruit. Although, the Australian flag is also red, white and blue, so maybe we just paid homage to the wrong country…