Saturday, October 27, 2012

Gallery at 48 Natoma Upcoming Art Exhibition

What could be better than an exhibit of yummy delights for the holidays? Luscious cakes piled high with frosting, gooey ice cream with mounds of whipped cream, and gift boxes filled with sumptuous chocolates are all images captured in paintings and sculpture in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom.

The exhibit, Just Desserts, features oil paintings by Kit Night, acrylic paintings by Susan Ballenger and life-like ceramic sculptures by Jeff Nebeker.  The exhibit will open on Friday, November 9, and continue through January 10.

Many of the pieces in the exhibit have a pop art quality in which the artists were inspired by the works of Wayne Thiebuad and Richard Diebenkorn. Painter Susan Ballenger was fascinated by the way pies, cakes and cookies were displayed in bakeries creating light and shadow subjects that were later brought to life in her studio. Having studied painting in Boston and widely exhibiting there, Ballenger was later the feature page designer for the Sacramento Bee for eleven years. Her work is now being exhibited widely in the Sacramento region.

Kit Night’s work has been shown, received awards and is collected throughout the United States and has received praise from everyone from Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike, to national jazz composers and best-selling authors. This collection of “sweet stuff” oil paintings is just begging to be scooped off the canvas. “Ice cream is like the Mae West of dessert,” says Night, “all that whipped up glow, all those curves. Va, va, va, voom.”

Jeff Nebeker is both an accomplished ceramicist and pastry chef, drawing visual parallels between frosting, cake decorating and baking a cake with his hand-built “almost edible” ceramic creations.  His patience and technical skill with clay and glazes creates what he calls “guiltless desserts.” Having studied ceramics at UC Davis with such greats as Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly and Wayne Thiebaud his work is broadly exhibited throughout the west coast.

In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, over 300 entries in the 6th Annual Folsom Focus Photography Contest will be displayed. The popular event features photos in three categories including black and white, Folsom events and Folsom outdoors in three age groups. The first place winners will be displayed in the main gallery and the winners will be announced at the opening reception.

The public is invited to celebrate both exhibits at the free opening reception on Friday, November 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., with refreshments, wine and live music. As a special treat for the evening, Karen’s Bakery in Folsom will create a “life-like” recreation of a cake as portrayed in a painting by Kit Night. The cake will then be cut and enjoyed at the reception! Also in time for early holiday shopping, the classes from the Art Center at 48 Natoma will offer a great selection of original art work for sale that one night only.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is managed by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department and showcases art by regional and national professional artists, area museum collections and traveling exhibitions; offering high quality original art exhibits that the community may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience. The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9-5 with additional hours Thursday nights from 6-8p.m.  Free tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Cindy Abraham, (916) 355-7285, or

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Free Admission Days at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town gives thanks to the Sacramento community by offering two Free Admission Days during the holiday season.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fairytale Town will offer free admission to families who bring a canned food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services - Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive.

The day also includes free arts and crafts activities and a puppet show. Tickets for the puppet show are $1 for Fairytale Town members and $2 for nonmembers.

Families can let their imaginations run wild during the park's second Free Admission Day. Fairytale Town will be open for play with free admission on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The Free Admission Days are our opportunity to give back to our community," said Kathy Fleming, executive director, Fairytale Town. "It's also a great opportunity for families to escape the hustle and bustle of the season for a few leisurely hours of play."

Both Free Admission Days are offered weather permitting. For more information, visit or call (916) 808-7462. November's Free Admission Day is sponsored by SAFE Credit Union.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

SBarkles Customer Appreciation Day

Sbarkles wants to let you know how much they appreciate you, so they are holding a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8-11a.m.

SBarkles  is located at 850 E. Bidwell St., Suite 150, in  Folsom, right next to Trader Joe's.

Come and enjoy free French toast from Great Harvest Bread Company, free massage from Elements Therapeutic Massage, and free treats for dogs and cats from SBarkles!

SBarkles offers do-it-yourself dog wash, super premium/holistic dog & cat food, high quality treats and chews, medicinal products and supplements, grooming products, and toys, leashes & collars. For more information about SBarkles, please visit

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


California Pizza Kitchen is hosting a region-wide fundraiser to benefit the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial Fund. Today is the last day!

WHO: California Pizza Kitchen and KY Memorial

WHAT: California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has partnered with the Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial in a region-wide fundraiser. Today, Wednesday, October 24, all Northern California CPK locations will be hosting an all-day fundraiser during which 20% of purchases made with the flyer distributed by CPK and the Contra Costa Highway Patrol (see image) will be donated directly to the Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial.

WHERE: All Northern California CPK locations. Here are two in the Sacramento Area:

California Pizza Kitchen at Roseville
1190 Roseville Parkway
Roseville, CA 95678

California Pizza Kitchen at Arden Fair
1735 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

On Wednesday, September 4, Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was shot and killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop in Walnut Creek, CA. Youngstrom, a four year veteran of the CHP and a former member of the US Army Reserves, leaves behind a wife and four school-age children. A memorial fund has been set up through Wells Fargo to assist his family with expenses, including education for his children.

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DiMariano Family Dentistry Presents: Operation Gratitude Candy Buy Back

DiMariano Family Dentistry presents Operation Gratitude Candy Buy Back. How much is your Halloween candy worth?

This year Dr. DiMariano is teaming up with Operation Gratitude to collect candy for the troops overseas and prevent cavities in our kids. They are asking you and the community to help them send our troops a sweet treat and taste of home. They will be collecting candy on November 2nd from 2-4 p.m. At that time, they will have cards available to sign for the troops, raffle prizes and cash for your candy, of course! If you can’t make it that day they are happy to accept your donation anytime during office hours from now until November 6th, but no cash will be given at those times.

They will pay $1 per pound (up to 5 lbs) for your unopened Halloween candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy will be collected at DiMariano Family Dentistry, located at 900 E. Bidwell St., Ste 400, in Folsom

For more information you can call their their office at 916-983-6655 or go to their website, You can also find out more about Operation Gratitude at

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Touch of Understanding Fundraiser Tonight!

Wendy’s, known for their great hamburgers, chili and yummy chocolate frosty, is hosting a fundraiser benefiting A Touch of Understanding today, Tuesday October 23, from 4 – 8 p.m.

Here's the best part - all you have to do is eat some delicious food from Wendy's, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to A Touch of Understanding. No tickets, no flyers, nothing needed to present to cashier! 

Wendy’s is located at 2505 Iron Point Drive in Folsom, right next to the movie theaters. Tonight is also $5 Tuesday, which means it is only $5 to see a movie! Make a night of it by enjoying a great dinner for a great cause, and catch a movie after!

Drop by, bring your friends and enjoy some good food while supporting A Touch of Understanding!

A Touch of Understanding (ATOU) provides disability awareness programs designed to educate a new generation to understand the challenges associated with disabilities and to accept and respect all individuals. They’re a nonprofit organization comprised of dedicated individuals, some with disabilities and some without, who come together to form a strong team working to help students look beyond the disability, the wheelchair, the braces, the unpredictable behavior and see the person.

For more information about A Touch of Understanding, please visit

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Help Welcome Home a Local Soldier

Help welcome home a local hero!

Doug Harris was involved in an IED incident in Afghanistan and as a result lost both of his legs.  He has currently been at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center going through physical therapy and getting his new prosthetic legs.

His family is happy to report that he is getting to come home to Placerville for a much needed break and visit.

He will be flying into Sacramento International Airport on October 31st, on American Airlines. The flight arrives at 11:10a.m. Please help get the word out!!!

Doug Harris has made such a big sacrifice four our country! He will live with it each and every day for the rest of his life - all for the cause of freedom! Please join us in welcoming him home and cheering him on, showing our gratitude for his heroic efforts.

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