Saturday, May 5, 2012

Exciting Open Casting Call to Take Place Monday in Roseville

An exciting open casting call is to take place Monday in Roseville.

Is Sacramento the next production hot spot? Many industry professionals are saying yes and two local companies are bringing an exciting new pilot, "Better Than Unemployed?", to the Sacramento Area with the intention of officially putting Sacramento on the production map.

Quad Air Communications, a local production company since 1984 and M Communications, a local marketing and public relations firm have teamed up to produce the comedic pilot with a casting call in Roseville!

"Better Than Employed?" is about an newly employed women, Sam, forced to take a job as an event director after months and months of searching. She soon discovers that her boss is only concerned with his 23 year-old stripper girlfriend, her assistant is perpetually on Valium and she has walked into the biggest disaster of a beer trade show and has to deal with a drunk fraternity, the wrong keynote speaker, lack of an ABC license and much more.

“Better Than Unemployed?" will have mass appeal as evidenced by the wide age range of reviewers.  If you have ever worked for corporate, had a horrible boss or attended a trade show you will find this hysterical.

Interested actors and actresses are encourage to send a current head-shot, resume and reel (if available) to In addition, there are still several sponsorship opportunities available. For more information and sponsorship levels, please contact

WHO:  Al Gonzalez, co-producer of "Better than Unemployed?" and Owner, Quad Air Communications
Michele Smith, Writer and co-producer of "Better Than Unemployed?" and owner of M Communications

WHEN: May 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Place, 220 Conference Center Drive, in Roseville, CA. (behind Westfield Galleria)

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Lots of Special Events in Town Center During May

May is a busy month at El Dorado Hills Town Center with a full slate of special events including the Big Hill Helitack’s 50th Anniversary Fundraiser, a Little League Parade and Art and Wine Affaire. Ongoing community events include the weekly Farmers' Market every Sunday and Showcase Saturdays.

Big Hill Helitack’s 50th Anniversary Fundraiser 
The 52 Club is hosting a fundraiser for Big Hill Helitack’s 50 Anniversary, featuring a two-day hike from Pollock Pines and ending at El Dorado Hills Town Center on Sunday, May 20th, to recognize the efforts of helicopter-delivered fire resources. Hikers will begin arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Town Center, and will be greeted by local firefighters, several fire engines, a fire prevention trailer and rescue helicopters offering audiences a spectacular visual. This year’s fundraiser will include a “fill the boot” effort with firefighters collecting donations for the families of fallen firefighters. A photo exhibition showcasing the Big Hill Helitack fire crew’s 50-year history will also be on display. For more information regarding the Big Hill Helitack event or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, visit

El Dorado Hills Little League Day
El Dorado Hills Little League Day starts with a parade down Town Center Boulevard on Saturday, May 5th at 9:00 a.m. with fun, engaging childrens' activities running through 12:00 p.m. Dozens of El Dorado Hills Little League teams will start the parade at Mama Ann’s and end at the Lower Plaza Theater. The day will be filled with fun and entertainment as a way to kick-start the season, with bounce houses, a dunk tank and music. For more information, visit

Annual Art and Wine Affaire at Town Center
The Art and Wine Affaire will be held on Saturday and Sunday May 12th and 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Art and Wine Affaire features more than 100 fine artists and 20 El Dorado County Wineries, in addition to music by Shane Dwight, Over the Edge and the Rhythm Vandals in the Steven Young Amphitheater. For more information, visit

Farmers' Market
The Farmers' Market returns with more produce and commodities than ever before and runs Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning May 20th through October 28th. Visitors to the Town Center Farmers' Market will experience local area agriculture at its finest, featuring homemade honeys, jams and household favorites. Visit for more information.
Showcase Saturdays
Showcase Saturdays are featured every fourth Saturday through the month of September from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Town Center merchants will bring their business to the boulevard and offer guests a variety of offerings including wine and beer tastings, live music on the boulevard, and a concert from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater. Visit for details.

El Dorado Hills Town Center
El Dorado Hills Town Center is an extraordinary destination nestled in El Dorado Hills, California. Featuring shops, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and amenities in a scenic pedestrian and family friendly atmosphere, Town Center provides one stop to shop, dine, stay and play. For more information on El Dorado Hills Town Center visit

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Grand Opening of Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills

Face in a Book, a new local bookstore for reading enthusiasts and novices alike, announces the grand opening celebration of its flagship store on May 5-6 in the heart of Town Center in El Dorado Hills.

To celebrate the grand opening, Face in a Book will host special in-store events, as well as guest author visits, children’s story-times, book clubs and other activities throughout the months of May and June. In addition to offering close to 6000 titles on its shelves, Face in a Book is home to fun, affordable gifts, accessories, greeting cards, custom-branded school merchandise and more.

Tina Ferguson, owner and long-time El Dorado Hills resident says, “I am thrilled to be bringing my love of books to our great community. The mission of Face in a Book is to offer a broad selection of books for all age groups, in every genre, with an emphasis on books that edify, encourage and enlighten lives.”

Face in a Book will also carry Natural Life accessories for young ladies, stationery from local artists like Tonita Otero, Oak Ridge High Trojan branded merchandise, El Dorado Coffee and Tea and more. “My hope is for Face in a Book to become an integral part of the community by showcasing a variety of local talent, whether that be authors or artists, as well as by hosting educational and informative in-store activities for readers of all ages,” says Ferguson. Face in a Book is also partnering with local schools to provide required reading materials for students.

Grand Opening Special Events Planned: 

May 3,6:30-8:00pm: Author – Amber Garza , author of Prowl and Entice

May 5-6: Grand Opening Celebration – Sat 5/5, 10:00am-8:00pm; Sun 5/6, 10:00am-6:00pm. Check out the new store, enjoy free giveaways, refreshments, face painting, balloons and more!

May 7, 10:00am: Children’s Story-time with Miss Wendy

May 17, 6:30-8:00pm: Choose You Event – In conjunction with the American Cancer Society and El Dorado Coffee and Tea, guest speakers will be on hand to discuss women’s health issues.

May 20, 1:00-3:00pm: Author – Cindy Sample, author of Dying for a Date and Dying for a Dance

About Face in a Book:
Location: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, CA 916-941-9401
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
General information can be obtained by visiting
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Downtown Roseville's Mobile Food Event This Sunday!

Downtown Roseville’s Mobile Food Event is this Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Vernon & Grant Streets.

Come celebrate the kick-off of the Town Square construction in front of the Civic Center, and experience the shops and services in Downtown Roseville.

The list of vendors includes Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, MiniBurger, Chando’s Tacos, VolksWaffle, Smoothie Patrol, Heavenly Dogs, Coast to Coast Sandwiches and Simply Southern aka It’s Corn Cake.

Visit for more information.

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Lilliput Holds 2nd Annual Derby Day: Hats On For the Kids

Lilliput Children’s Services, a local leader in foster, adoption and kinship care for the Sacramento region, will hold the second annual “Derby Day:  Hats On For the Kids” this weekend. The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Mulvaney’s B&L located at 1215 19th Street in Sacramento.

The agency’s mission is to ensure a child’s opportunity for permanence in a safe and nurturing family. Lilliput has a reputation throughout Northern California as an agency with high standards and best practices. All of their programs focus on ensuring that foster children find permanency in a timely manner; minimizing foster care drift and time in care.

Lilliput currently completes the most adoptions for foster children of any private agency in the state and has already placed more than 5,500 foster children with permanent families. Last year in Sacramento County alone Lilliput served over 600 children.  Today there are nearly 4,000 foster children in the Sacramento region and hundreds of those children are waiting for a permanent family.

Unfortunately many Sacramento youth will “age out” of foster care, turning 18 years old before they are adopted. The future is bleak for these emancipated teens with no family to support them. In fact, less than half of former foster youth will graduate from high school, some 50 percent will become homeless in the first 18 months and 20 percent will be incarcerated before they are 20 years old.

The Derby Day event will bring attention to foster, adoption and kinship services, while helping to bridge budget gaps through community fundraising. A $45 donation provides entrance to the event, two drinks and free valet parking.  There will be big screen TVs for live Derby viewing, authentic Southern-style food prepared by Mulvaney’s and awesome raffle prizes.

All raffle ticket sales proceeds will be used to develop the Training and Conference Center at their new headquarters. Lilliput relocated to 8391 Auburn Blvd in Citrus Heights in January. The larger facility will allow them to serve more families and children. Lilliput hosts multiple events every month here, providing professional trainings on a variety of best child welfare practices, preparing families for the placement of a foster child into their home, supporting families after adoption and more.

Sleep Train, Inc. will be recognized as Lilliput’s Community Partner of the Year. A Foster Kids Partner since July 2011, Lilliput is so thankful for the generous contributions that are regularly given to the foster children they serve.

For more information, please visit or call Lilliput’s Community Relations Coordinator at (916) 567-4472.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Support Spring Folsom Lake College Student Arts Events

The community is invited to attend a series of arts events presented by Folsom Lake College’s Art, Music, Dance and English Departments. Most events will be held at the Three Stages arts center on Folsom Lake College’s main campus at 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

Annual Art Show:
Until Sunday, May 13, Three Stages, Bank of America Gallery. Admission is free (on weekdays, a $1 parking permit is required). The Gallery hours to view the show are: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10am-2pm, and one hour prior to public performances.

Falcon's Eye Theatre presents The King Stag:
Friday, April 27 until Sunday, May 13, Three Stages, Stage 2/City Studio Theater, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 general admission. There are special $5 student ticket performances on Sat., 5/5 at 2pm and Thurs., 5/10 at 8pm.

Pictures at an Exhibition:
Wednesday, May 2, 8-9:30pm, Three Stages, Stage 1. This is a collaborative performance of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" between FLC's music, drama, and art departments. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission.

Evening of Dance: MOSAIC Dance Company:
Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm, Three Stages, Stage 1. Tickets $8-$10.

Falcon Scratch Literary Magazine Release Party:
Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30pm, Folsom campus, Reading and Writing Center (Folsom campus, Cypress Hall room FL2-239). Admission is free.

Music Department Recitals:
Saturday, May 12, 7pm, Three Stages, Stage 3/Scott-Skillman Recital Hall. Admission is free.

College Choir & Jazz Choir Concert:
Tuesday, May 15, 7pm, Three Stages, Stage 2/City Studio Theater. Admission is free.

For more information on the productions and to order tickets, go to or call 916-608-6888. Maps to the campus can be found at – just click on “Maps” on the homepage and then “Main Folsom campus."

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