Thursday, April 5, 2012

Daffodil Hill in full bloom!

It's officially spring and there's no better time or place to enjoy the beautiful daffodils of our area than right now at Daffodil Hill.

This year the hill is celebrating its 72nd year!

Approximately 6 acres of the 540-acre ranch is dedicated to the yellow blooms. As many as 300 varieties and 500,000 annual blooms (if the weather cooperates) are there for your pleasure. Visitors are welcome to walk through this beautiful display of nature or just sit on a bench and soak in the wonderful experience of the daffodils.

Talk about a photo opportunity!

For more info visit

Visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day.

WHERE: 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Help Jared Fight Leukemia

Join High Hand and The CSUS Opera Workshop as they present a benefit production of the Italian Opera, La finta giardiniera, by Mozart April 26th and 28th at 7 p.m.

La finta giardiniera by Mozart will take place at the historic High Hand Fruit Sheds located at 3750 Taylor Road in Loomis and will include a 15-piece orchestra as well as professionally costumed performers.

This production will benefit Jared, 2 year old Loomis resident, in his fight with Leukemia. Jared and his family are in great need of our community support.
If you would like to support Jared and see this incredible production, you can purchase tickets for $25 each in advance at High Hand Nursery or online here.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, please visit High Hand's Web site at

Photo courtesy of High Hand.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sponsored Blog Post: Sacramento Area Mixed Media Artists On Display

Mark your calendar for May 19, 2012 for the 5th anniversary of Outside the Box, a benefit for Placer Arts, an organization dedicated to supporting arts and humanites throughout Placer county.

In January, while we were all just recovering from holiday cheer, 100 Northern California Artists from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe stopped by The Arts Building Gallery at 808 Lincoln Way in downtown Auburn to pick up a plain wooden box.

Their assignment was to transform the box into a work of art in any media. They have two months to ‘be the box’, discover their muse, and create a piece of art worthy of their legacy. At the end of March these art pieces are lovingly presented to PlacerArts, carefully photographed and displayed for you to view beginning Thursday, April 12 at 4pm. The Outside the Box exhibit kicks off the first Auburn Art Walk of the season.

UC Davis Visual Presentation Professor Emeritus Dolph Gotelli judged last year’s event. He recognized artists based upon the overall impact, the artist’s command of the media and the message it communicated:

  • Best of Show was awarded to Nancy Hakala’s “After the Quake” (see photo above by Steve Hubbard).
  • Most Outside the Box was awarded to Traci Owens for “Between the Lines”
  • Most Original and Imaginative was awarded to J. Randall Smith for “Towhee Box”
  • Honorable Mentions were awarded to Brad Baldwin and Wade Martindale for “Super Nova and to Carlagaye Olson for “Is There More To Life Than Can Be Seen with the Naked Eye”

See photos of other award-winning boxes here!

This year’s Boxes can be viewed at The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA beginning April 12 (First Auburn Art Walk of the season).

Key dates:

  • Thursday, April 12 – Gallery opens free to public at 4pm. Silent auction bidding begin
  • Friday, April 27 – Celebrate Your Taste 7pm Placer County wine, music and food event (ticketed)
  • Saturday, May 19 – Live Art Auction with wine and music free entry 

Outside the Box is program and benefit event of PlacerArts. For more information, please visit

Photo credit above: Steve Hubbard
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