Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sutter Creeks 6th Annual Parade of Lights Tonight

Sutter Creek will come alive with twinkling lights tonight, December 15th at 6:30p.m., during their 6th Annual Parade of Lights.

Everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, horses, dogs, people, marching bands, baton twirlers and more are decorated in twinkling lights and parade down Historic Sutter Creeks' Main Street beneath the moonlight on a crisp December evening.

Sponsored by the Sutter Creek Business & Professional Association, everyone is invited to come down and watch this magical parade. Both children and adults will enjoy this evening of old fashioned hometown fun!

Main Street itself is beautiful to behold. All of the wonderful, historic Gold Rush buildings are decked out in Holiday splendor, with twinkling lights and wreathes. Bubbles float down from the American Exchange Hotels' balcony and give the feeling of snowflakes. Vintage lighted Garland sways high above over Main Street and the classic Store front windows are decorated and displaying unique gift ideas.

The parade starts at 6:30p.m. on the North end of Sutter Creek and will last about an hour and a half. There is plenty of parking downtown, just don't park on Main Street, so everyone will have a good view of this wonderful parade! Remember to dress warm. Come early and enjoy the old town Holiday charm of Sutter Creek.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Placer Mandarin Growers Celebrate Peak of Season this Weekend with Orchard Days

Tasty tree-ripened, hand-picked mandarins, with a cold fighting benefit, are set for stardom during this year’s Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days presented by Placer County’s Mountain Mandarin Growers Association (MMGA).

Expect mandarin activities throughout the hills at various orchards during this free family event, including tasting of mandarin based products, crafters, artists and farm animals. Local Roots Food Tours also available. For information on Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days, please visit

  • When:  December 15 and 16. Most growers open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine. Check website for individual orchard times.
  • Where: Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Loomis and Auburn. Visit for map and orchard information.
  • Who:  Over 30 mandarin growers welcome visitors. For full list of participating orchards visit, Guided bus tours through Local Roots Food Tours also available, stopping at several growers on each tour.
  • What: Crowds of visitors, mandarins and mandarin products, artists, crafters, other food items, farm animals and more family fun!
Cold Fighting Owari Satsuma Mandarins
Placer County Owari Satsuma mandarins offer high concentrations of the cold fighting phytochemical synephrine, as reported in 2008 by the USDA’s Department of Agriculture and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. According to the study of mandarins grown in the Placer County orchards, synephrine concentrations were found to be up to six times higher than values previously determined for orange juices.

About Mountain Mandarin Growers’ Association (MMGA)
More than 30 mandarin growers throughout Placer County make up the Mountain Mandarin Growers’ Association. From Auburn to Loomis, Lincoln to Penryn and Newcastle, Ca., the warm days and cool nights make it the perfect place to grow this sweet, seedless, popular fruit. The MMGA’s goal as an organization is “To provide quality mandarins and expand markets to support local agriculture.” The public is encouraged to visit the orchards during harvest season from mid-November through January each year.

About PlacerGROWN
Supported by Placer County, PlacerGROWN is the information source dedicated to educating residents about the freshest agricultural products the region has to offer.  Through its website, social media channels, and other outreach programs, PlacerGROWN connects community members with the farmers’ markets, farms, orchards, ranches, wineries, nurseries and specialty food stores in one of the most diverse growing areas in Northern California. To discover the bounty of agricultural products produced by farmers who call Placer County home, or for more information about PlacerGROWN, visit

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jimboy's Tacos Folsom Helps Fight Muscular Dystrophy

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada and Jimboy’s Tacos are teaming up to help "Make a Muscle" for children and adults affected by neuromuscular disease in the Greater Sacramento and Northern Nevada area from December 15, 2012-January 15, 2013.

The local mobile campaign will encourage Jimboy’s Tacos guests to purchase and sign a $1 Make a Muscle, Make a Difference® mobile when they buy Fresh Food Made Fast at any of Jimboy’s Tacos 40 locations to raise funds for MDA's programs of research and health care services, including MDA summer camp.

To kick off the campaign, Jimboy’s Tacos location at 708 E. Bidwell in Folsom will donate 15% of all sales mentioning MDA during our Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, December 15.  They invite the public to join them, meet a MDA Camper, and learn more about the MDA on Saturday from the hours of 2p.m.-5p.m.!

  • When:  December 15, 2012 to January 15, 2013
  • Where: Jimboy’s Tacos - 708 E. Bidwell in Folsom
  • Why:  This is the first year MDA and Jimboy’s Tacos have partnered for a mobile fundraising campaign. Funds raised from “Make a Muscle” mobile sales will benefit families in the greater Sacramento and northern Nevada area served by MDA. 

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

For over 50 years Jimboy’s Tacos have been a Northern California / Nevada tradition. Multiple generations of Mexican-style food aficionados have enjoyed Jimboy’s uniquely flavored menu, anchored by its legendary ground beef taco. More than just tacos, though, Jimboy’s restaurants feature full meals, kid’s meals, a value menu, and a full line of beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian items – all freshly prepared daily. Many locations feature a drive thru window for convenience, but don't let that fool you. It is not fast food, just fresh food made fast!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


A unique and challenging program to engage G.A.T.E. students ages nine to eleven, “Creative Building,” pairs visual art techniques with construction planning processes.

Participants will collaborate with fellow G.A.T.E. students to envision and build towns made of recycled materials at Blue Line Gallery. Students will then use their towns as the setting to create a clay animation film. “Creative Building” is an exercise in team building, expanding the creative mind and technical skill.

Each group will be appointed a mayor to help direct and oversee the construction of their town. To gain insight into the process of building a successful community, students will have the opportunity to meet with Roseville’s own Mayor Susan Rohan during instruction on Saturday, December 15th.

Rebecca Toto, Director of Instruction, Assessment & Intervention said of partnering with Blue Line Gallery, "I am so glad that we can work together to provide our Gifted and Talented learners an outside opportunity that allows them to be creative and expand their learning opportunities.  These students thrive on stretching their minds and this class allowed them to learn from others, use their creativity, and also created a sense of teamwork for them while they completed the project.  "

Rich Pierucci, Superintendent of the Roseville City School District says, "We are excited about the partnership with the Blue Line Gallery in providing opportunities for our GATE students to expand their creative problem solving experiences using the medium of art."

  • WHEN: Saturday, December 15th, 9a.m.-3:30p.m.
  • WHERE: 405 Vernon Street, Suite 100, Roseville

Blue Line Gallery provides year-round youth arts education opportunities. For more information, visit

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Brewmeister Announces Home Brewing For a Cause

The Brewmeister is doing something special for local families in Folsom and Roseville this Christmas. They are donating a percentage of their December sales to adopt families for Christmas!

The Brewmeister is committed to adopting at least two families, one in Folsom and one in Roseville with $500 allocated to each family for gifts and food.  Each additional $500 The Brewmeister raises through increased sales and direct donations will allow them to adopt another family.

“I feel so fortunate to live in Folsom and have the opportunity to serve two such great communities as Folsom and Roseville. My wife Lisa and son Oliver will do the shopping and gifts will be delivered a few days before Christmas” said Erik Schmid, owner of The Brewmeister.

To help The Brewmeister “Home Brewing For a Cause” all you have to do is simply shop at one of their two locations in Roseville, Folsom or online at  Direct donations may also be done online or at one of the two locations.

They will work with local charities in Folsom and Roseville to select the families and look forward to making this an annual tradition at The Brewmeister!

For more information, please contact Erik Schmid at 916-802-4801 or, or visit them online at

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Crocker-Kingsley Competition and Exhibit Through January 5th

The long standing Crocker-Kingsley has moved to Blue Line Gallery.

This year features a special award to feature award winners at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Work will be selected by juror Michael Duncan, corresponding editor for Art in America.

The Kingsley Art Club's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have formed a new partnership that includes both the Crocker Art Museum and Blue Line Gallery in Roseville for their biannual show. It is open now and will run through January 5, 2013. Award winners will be exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum from February 3rd – May 5th, 2013.

The show was first juried in 1940, a tradition that continues to the present day. Past exhibitors have included many premier names in American and California art, including Robert Arneson, Kathryn Uhl Ball, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel Ramos, Ruth Rippon, Fritz Scholder and Wayne Thiebaud. This year they will be showing 75 works of art.

Important Dates:
    WHAT: The Crocker Kingsley Art Competition at the Blue Line Gallery
    WHEN: Now – Jan. 5th, 2013
    WHERE: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville
    WHY: To share fine ceramic work, benefiting the artist community and educational arts efforts

For information about this show, please visit

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