Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pollination Sensation

Celebrate National Pollinator Week and learn about pollinators, especially the amazing variety of native bees that live right here in the Sacramento area. The Bee Festival will be held in the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. This event will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Julie Serences of the Xerces Society will present a talk about bees, their challenges and how you can help them in your home garden. Local botanist, Bonnie Ross, will lead an interactive and hands-on children’s walk. And Davis landscape designer, Bernadette Balics, will lead a garden tour that showcases pollinator-attractive native plants for the home garden.

“With a collection of over 120 species of native plants, the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden has a wonderfully large and varied bee population. Incorporating some key California native plants in the home garden will provide a rich source of food for our native bees as well as European honeybees. Designing a garden with bees in mind will also help support their populations,” says garden coordinator and landscape architect, Cassandra Nguyen Musto.

Visitors can take guided or self-guided walks among the summer blooms, chat with plant experts, enjoy refreshments, purchase bee houses made from reused materials, buy pollinator attractive wildflower seeds, books and more. Kids and grownups alike can examine a bee collection or participate in fun bee activities. 
This event is free. Donations happily accepted to help support the cemetery restoration and garden activities.

Free parking is located across the street from the 10th Street Gate on Broadway. Limited parking is located within the cemetery. Enter at Broadway and 10th Street and follow the signs to the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

For more information email cnpsgarden@gmail, call (916) 397-8773 or go to or

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  California Native Plant Society.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Sea, Sand and Stone Exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Fresh ocean breezes, hot sand, tumbling surf and smooth stone are the images portrayed in the exhibit “Sea, Sand and Stone” at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Just in time for summer the exhibit looks like a virtual vacation within the gallery walls.

Three acclaimed artists depict the theme with breathtaking photography by Gary Hart, beautiful oil paintings by Victoria Brooks and stunning stone vessels and sculpture by Jack Richardson. The exhibit opens July 13 and continues through August 30, 2012.

Gary Hart has photographed the natural beauty of California, Yosemite, Death Valley and Hawaii for over 30 years. His photos and writing have appeared in many publications, most recently Outdoor Photographer and Sierra Heritage magazines. Hart finds some scenes beautiful in their quiet simplicity, requiring a keen eye and deft touch to identify and convey their natural elegance. He has an affinity for reflections of distant elements and their juxtaposition against nearby surfaces. “Whatever your muse,” Hart says, “evocative photography starts with the ability to convey your vision in a way that reveals what others miss.” His images are in greeting cards, postcards, calendars, and many galleries and private collections throughout the world.

In her paintings, Victoria Brooks strives to capture simple, emotional moments of human interaction within a natural environment in order to evoke a warm and pleasant memory for the viewer. She loves the outdoors and the beauty and charm of small children, and combining the two has become a hallmark of her life’s work. Victoria is a popular exhibiting artist and art instructor leading plein air painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe.

Jack Richardson has been turning stone for over twenty years. “I wake in the morning eager to get to the shop where I work in voluntary solitude, amid dust, raw stones, unfinished pieces and the newest generation of turning tools. The stones change, and the tools evolve. The dust, however, remains a constant, as does the conviction that the next piece will be the best I have ever made.” His work is a synthesis of pottery and stone carving, using the classic shapes of Oriental and European ceramics turned from soapstone, talc and alabaster to make container forms. These forms are functional as well as decorative. They can be eaten from and displayed as works of art. They are as tactile as good pottery, but have the special qualities that only stone can impart.

In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the Annual Student Show will feature the artwork from adult classes taught at the Art Center in watercolor, oil painting, Chinese Brush painting, photography and ceramics. This is a great display highlighting the terrific art being taught and created at the Art Center at 48 Natoma.

The opening reception for both exhibits will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00pm with live jazz music and refreshments.  The exhibits are free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with additional hours on Thursday nights from 6:00-8:00pm. Group and free school tours can be arranged by appointment. To request additional gallery information, or to schedule a tour, contact the gallery coordinator, Cindy Abraham, (916)355-7285, or .

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  Gallery at 48 Natoma.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Senior Farmers' Market Coupon Distribution

Senior Farmers' Market Coupons are back for 2012 in El Dorado County!  Farmers' Market Coupons are available for those over 60 years of age and meeting income guidelines (one person household with annual income less than $20,665, or a two person household less than $27,991).

Each eligible senior will receive coupons redeemable for the purchase of fresh, locally grown, nutritious fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and raw unprocessed honey.

Quantities are limited and coupons are distributed on a first come, first served basis so please be prepared to wait in line. Coupons are good at all authorized Farmers' Markets.

Distribution Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 8 am to 1pm
American Legion South Lake Tahoe Farmers' Market
2732 South Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe

Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 8 am to 12pm
Placerville Farmers' Market
Ivy House Parking Lot at the Corner of Main Street & Cedar Ravine, Placerville

Seniors may designate an individual (proxy) to receive their coupons and make purchases at the Farmers' Market on their behalf.  A proxy form needs to be completed by the eligible Senior, in advance, so that the Proxy can pick up the coupons during the distribution. For more information or to request a Proxy Form, call Senior Information & Assistance at (530) 621-6369.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Designing Your Masterpiece Event

Designing Your Masterpiece welcomes you to Learn the Art of Being. This is a day that will provide you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of you as a masterpiece; your purpose and style. This event will be held at the Rocklin Community Center on June 23rd from 10:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. It is presented by Mothers of Molestation Survivors (MOMS).

You will learn creative problem solving and how to offer solutions that are effective in everyday situations. Designing Your Masterpiece by Learning the Art of Being is to have awareness of confidence, self image and innovation using the complex network of women and community.

Mothers of Molestation Survivors or MOMS is a new, 501c3 non-profit foundation.  The mission of Mothers of Molestation Survivors non-profit foundation is to break the cycle of generational molestation world-wide by educating and empowering mothers, parents, families, friends and the community to work together to establish a safe and healthy environment for children.  They raise public and professional awareness to prevent and reduce child molestation and advocate on behalf of the victims and survivors.  They also educate the public and professional sectors about the emotional, psychological, social, financial and legal hardships that families and friends endure when a child has been molested. They additionally offer resources for all who seek support and healing.

For more information about Designing Your Masterpiece, please visit
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Granite Bay Resident Organizes Ride To Feed the Hungry

Granite Bay resident and motorcycle enthusiast Jake Coplen is organizing, for the third year in a row, a motorcycle ride aimed at giving back to his community. Coplen, who has secured the support of Roseville Yamaha, is hosting a Poker Run on June 30 to benefit the Placer Food Bank. The event is open to interested riders of all levels, and all makes and models of motorcycles.

“This ride started two years ago when I was in high school and was looking for a way to give back to my community. After thinking about it, I decided there must be some way to combine my love of riding with a local cause, and the Poker Run was created.  I have continued to organize the annual event to benefit the Placer Food Bank because the economy continues to impact so many families in our community,” Coplen said.

The ride will begin at the Roseville Yamaha at 10 a.m. and will weave throughout the foothills before returning to the Roseville dealership for a barbecue. The 71 mile route includes five “poker” stops where participants will collect their poker hand. Interested riders are encouraged to download a registration form by visiting or you may also complete a registration form on the day of the ride, beginning at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $30 per single rider, $40 for 2-up riders and includes a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning as well as post-ride barbecue and live music. All proceeds from the ride will go to benefit Placer Food Bank programs.

For more information on the Poker Run please contact Sean Coplen at Roseville Yamaha, 2014 Taylor Road in Roseville, or call 916.784.2444.  For more information on the Placer Food Bank visit or call (916) 783-0481.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Auburn Art Walk This Thursday

The Auburn Art Walk returns to Old Town and Downtown Auburn from 6:00 to 9:00pm on Thursday, June 14. Enjoy an evening of live music and conversations with artists in over two dozen businesses.  Here are a few highlights of this month's Art Walk:

The Arts Building Gallery debuts "30 & Under," a first ever collection of work by our area's most talented young artists. Also on display downstairs at The Arts Building are works by students of Linda Green.

Across the street at Monkey Cat Restaurant you'll find the work of Elora Milby, a talented young artist who is co-curating the "30 & Under" show at The Arts Building.

Southside Art Center artists celebrate the theme "Over the Rainbow" in their group show. Other group shows include Aubrey Straub, Patricia Bradley and students of Traci Owens at Studio Eight 02, and watercolor students of Sonya Hamilton at the Chocolate Shoppe and Gift Emporium.

Tango Frozen Yogurt features the whimsical, dream-like acrylic paintings of Kara Maria Schunk, which incorporate florescent colors and glitter.

Enjoy the hand-painted boxes of Vivian Justus at Gimme Cake Too. Using cigar boxes and a variety of hand-crafted finishes, each of these functional boxes is a true keepsake. 

At Sierra Moon Goldsmiths you'll find assemblage, monotype and collage pieces created by Diane Rukhala Bell, who whimsically incorporates collected remnants of old quarry sheds into her collages.

Live music provided by the Auburn Arts Commission includes The Old West Trio at Herschel Young Park in Old Town and Sambandha World Music at the Clock Tower. Also, Music and Poetry will be in the Garden at the Old Library Art Studios, where you'll also find works by the students of artists in residence Thien Dao and Paula Amerine.

For the link to view the online map of venues and featured artists visit You may also pick up a free map on Art Walk day at PlacerArts, 808 Lincoln Way, or at any of the venues, which are marked by red "Auburn Art Walk" signs. A free shuttle connects all venues every 20 minutes.

For more about the Auburn Art Walk, visit

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