Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sierra Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitates Wild Animals in Need

Sierra Wildlife Rescue, based out of Placerville in El Dorado County, appreciates the rescuers of orphaned or injured wild mammals and birds more than they can say! They could not do their job without the kind and compassionate members of the public who call them when they find an animal in need.

Wild babies, particularly, are adorable, and it is understandable that it is tempting to want to care for them, but please do not attempt to rehabilitate a wild animal yourself, as it takes special training to ensure success.  The animal is likely to expire in the hands of an inexperienced person, and the first few hours of care are absolutely critical to its survival. In addition, it is illegal in California for anyone other than a licensed wildlife rehabber to keep a wild animal until it can be returned to the wild, or for anyone to keep one as a pet.

If you find an orphaned or injured wild mammal or bird, it is important to call SWR immediately at 530-621-4661 to reach an experienced rehabber for that species. If you find an orphaned or injured nestling or fledgling bird in May through July, call 530-621-2020, and their Baby Bird Nursery will be glad to care for it.

All of these little critters deserve the best possible care they can receive, which the rehabbers at Sierra Wildlife Rescue are extensively trained to provide.  Thank you for helping SWR save wild animals in need!

For more information about Sierra Wildlife Rescue visit

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Maidu Museum & Historic Site July Events

Maidu Museum & Historic Site has plenty of fun events for the remainder of July!

Friday, July 20  |  7:30­–8:30PM
$5/person; $16/family of four - $5 each additional. Children under 2 are free.
 Enjoy an evening in the museum amphitheater with family and friends around a campfire. Listen to native stories and songs under the stars and roast marshmallows for a sweet ending to the perfect family gathering. No reservations required.

3rd Saturday Art Walk:
A Night Out at the Museum
Saturday, July 21 | 6:30­–8:30PM
This is a free event with light refreshments.
The July 21st 3rd Saturday will be presented by Alicia Funk and Farrell Cunningham, Mountain Maidu.  Alicia is the co-author of Living Wild, gardening, cooking & healing with native plants of the Sierra Nevada. Farrell is a Maidu language teacher and native artist.  His work is currently part of the exhibit in the Indigenous Gallery.

Alicia & Farrell will team up to lead a walk in the native garden at 6:30 pm at the Historic Site. The walk (free to the public) will begin at 6:30pm. On the Garden Walk, Alicia and Farrell will share recipes on how to use native plants for food and health and discuss how native communities used traditional ecology to encourage plant diversity and sustainability.

Guests should arrive at the Museum by 6:20pm to be ready to join the group. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the Garden Walk on our 5/8 mile flat interpretive trail, which is also ADA accessible. The walk will conclude by 7:30pm with a tasting of wild snacks and beverages and a Living Wild book signing. 100% of Living Wild book profits support environmental and cultural conservation in the Sierra Nevada. For more information about the Living Wild Project, go to

Rock Art Mysteries:
Saturday, July 21  |  8:00-9:00PM
Stay after the 3rd Saturday festivities for this outdoor event. Come walk with us as we look to the past with the help of Native American Elder Rick Adams. As the sun sets, ancient petroglyphs located on-site are highlighted by lantern to reveal secrets of long forgotten knowledge. The Lantern Tour ($5/per person) will begin at 8pm, just following the garden walk.

Continuing Art in the Indigenous Art Gallery:
Artwork from Alan Wallace, Farrell Cunningham and Larry Rodriguez
Through July
View many colorful acrylic, ink, and mixed media artworks from 3 local Native artists. Alan Wallace, Nisenan/Washoe, is a Nisenan language teacher and Master Artist. Larry Rodriguz, San Luiseno Band of Mission Indians, is a former Educational Director: Rincon Indian Reservation. Farrell Cunningham, Mountain Maidu, is a language teacher and performing artist. The subject matter of the artworks encompasses language, culture, the human form, and a broad range of contemporary and traditional themes.

Continuing Exhibit:
Preserving the Site: The Legacy of Myron Zents
Now through September 9
Through news articles, photography and objects from the museum’s collection, learn about the foundation of the Maidu Museum and the important role Myron Zents played in preserving this historic site.

Maidu Museum & Historic Site
1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville
Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Guided Tours Saturdays at 10am. Self-guided tours on weekdays.
Call 916-774-5934 or visit  for more information.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lavender Festival, Berries and More at Apple Hill

Apple Hill Growers Association has some fun events and activities for you during the month of July!

Bluestone Meadow #56, invites you to their 2012 Lavender Festival, July 14 and 15, 10am to 4pm! Enjoy fresh lavender, you-cut bouquets, wreath and wand crafts, lotions, soaps, sachets and the Lavender Train. It all smells divine!

There are still lots of you-pick and fresh picked berries at Pine O'Mine #41, Bolster's Hilltop Ranch #45 and Patrick's Mountain Grown #16. Bring the kids and a picnic- don't forget your hat and sunscreen!

If you are going to the California State Fair, make sure you stop by the Apple Hill® Growers booth and pick up a Cider Press guide!

For more information about these events, maps and more visit

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Local Animal Shelter Qualifies to Compete for $100,000 from ASPCA/Rachel Ray Foundation

A Sacramento-area animal shelter has qualified to compete for $100,000 and other monetary grants from the ASPCA/Rachael Ray Foundation $100K Challenge, thanks to more than 14,000 votes from supporters over a 12-day period.

Animal Outreach of the Motherlode ranked 15th out of 104 shelters nationwide, and was competitive with some of the largest shelters in the country in terms of vote-getting. “I am just blown away at the amount of support we received from the Sacramento-area community,” said Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode Director Maggie Killackey. “To be up there with some of the biggest shelters in the country is kind of humbling.”

Killackey says the hard work is now just beginning. Each of the 50 groups remaining in the competition now must adopt out at least 300 more pets from August through the end of October than they did for the same period last year. That means Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode will have to find adopters for at least 865 pets in the three-month period. “We’d like to strive to save 1000 dogs and cats. Studies show there are more homes seeking to adopt a new pet than there are pets in the shelters. This campaign will help us promote adopting from shelters, whether it be Animal Outreach or any of our adoption partners, like El Dorado County Animal Services or City of Sacramento Animal Care, that are overburdened and are faced with killing for space limitations,” stated Community Outreach and Operations Manager Kathy Anderson.

Two local El Dorado County businesses, Togs for Dogs in El Dorado Hills and Pampering Pickle in Placerville, have committed to offering pet adoptions at their locations to help Animal Outreach win this challenge. El Dorado Pet Club has joined Animal Outreach as a foster for dogs allowing many adult dogs a second chance at a loving home.

Ultimately, the group that places the largest number of pets will win the $100,000 prize. However, prizes will be awarded for other things. For example, the shelters that save the most additional lives in each of the five designated divisions in the U.S. will win $20,000, the shelter that does the most to engage community support will win $35,000, and the shelters that achieve the biggest increase in lives saved in each Division will win $10,000.“Obviously, $100,000 would be nice, but any of those prizes would be huge for us,” said Killackey. “We are a non-profit that must rely on donations to continue our efforts.”

“Facebook engagement is how we are judged for the Community Outreach award,” said Anderson. “We post our successes and our needs daily and need the community to share and participate.” Their Facebook name is AnimalOutreachRescue, and website is

Last year, Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode provided homes for more than 2,500 animals and performed more than 10,000 low-cost spays, neuters and vaccinations.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 Annual Juried Membership Show at the Blue Line Gallery

The Blue Line Gallery is proud to present its annual membership show with over a 100 great Blue Line Artists from all parts of the Sacramento Valley.

This exhibition will be highlighting the incredible amount of talent and multitude of media that these artists work in. Please attend this annual exhibition where you will see photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and more. There is a full color catalog featuring the work of all the Blue Line Artists.

  •  WHAT: Annual Juried Membership Show
  •  WHEN: July 20 – Aug. 8, 2012
  •  WHERE: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville 
  •  WHY: To share fine artwork, benefiting the artist community and educational arts efforts
Roseville Arts’ Blue Line Gallery is a non-profit community center for the arts.  Further information can be found on their website,, or by calling (916) 783-4117.

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