Saturday, January 19, 2013

March and April Events at the Sacramento Zoo

Here is a list of upcoming events for March and April at the Sacramento Zoo!

Tuesday, March 19: 9a.m.
Member Only Summer Camp Registration

Are you a Zoo Member with little ones? Give them the chance to explore the Zoo like never before. They will enjoy learning about the animals at the Zoo and around the world by seeing, hearing, smelling and even touching and feeding some of them. Dive into the world of animals and education through songs, games, crafts and other fun activities. General camp registration begins April 2nd. Registration is limited and fills quickly.

Saturday, April 6: 9a.m. to 4p.m.
Earth Fest

It’s a party for the planet! Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations. During the day, visit EdZOOcation Stations to explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with the outreach animals; or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon. For more information, please call 916-808-5888 or visit

Saturday, April 6: 9a.m. to 4p.m.
Recycle Rummage Sale

Nothing is better than finding a little treasure at a fantastic price! Come out to the Sacramento Zoo’s annual Recycle Rummage Sale and see what treasures are available!  Why throw it in the landfill, when someone else can use it? Proceeds from the Recycle Rummage Sale benefit the Sacramento Zoo’s conservation programs - locally and around the world! For more information or to donate, please call 916-808-5888 or visit

Saturday. April 13: 10:30a.m. to 12p.m.
Estate Planning Seminar with Mark S. Drobny

This free informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny, California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Drobny is widely regarded as one of the top experts on estate planning, providing information on a variety of topics in an entertaining manner that will help you design a plan that fits your needs. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 916-808-3713 or visit

Sunday, April 14: 7a.m to 12p.m.
34th Annual ZooZoom

Join the stampede as thousands of runners raise funds to benefit the Sacramento Zoo. Are you as fast as a hare or as slow as a tortoise? Find out on Sunday, April 14th at the 34th annual ZooZoom from 7a.m. to 12p.m. at the Sacramento Zoo! The course winds through scenic William Land Park along flat, tree-lined streets. This 5K, 10K and children’s fun run is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Zoological Society. Race fees include admission to the Zoo. For race fees and information, please contact Fleet Feet Sports at 916-441-1751 or visit

Sacramento Zoo – Wildly Inspiring!
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to over 140 native, rare and endangered species and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 9:00a.m to 4:00p.m., general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Lord of the Dance Senior Activities Function

All West Tours presents a fun-filled day to see Lord of the Dance on Friday, April 12.

This seniors activities function will provide All West Transportation, center orchestra seating for the performance, lunch at Fat's Asian Bistro and includes driver gratuity.

The cost is $120 per person.

Lord of the Dance, created, choreographed and produced by Irish American, Michael Flatley, is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. Based upon mythical Irish folklore, this production is played out by 40 dancers and 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music and colorful costumes.

See this showpiece extravaganza from your center orchestra seat at Three Stages on the Folsom Lake College Campus. With amazing acoustics and comfortable seats, Three Stages has been described as "superb in every way."

Enjoy lunch before the performance at Fat's Asian Bistro. You will be served family-style with a variety of beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes.

Departure is from Raley's in Placerville at 11:30a.m., and Raley's in El Dorado Hills at 12 noon. Arrive back at approximately 6/6:30p.m.

For more information or to sign up for this event, please call Star Walker with El Dorado County Health and Human Services at 530-621-6255.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Placer County Barnyard Hoedown Benefit

The Placer County Fair is in desperate need of financial assistance. Like all fairs in California, the Placer County Fair lost over $200,000 in annual State Funding and Services. So, what better way to raise money than to do what they know how to do best? Throw a Party!

The Placer County Barnyard Hoedown will be on Saturday, January 26th from 6-9 p.m.

Four country bands have generously volunteered their time to make the Hoedown a successful event.  Live country music will be provided by Branded, Patrick Walsh, Hank Biggs and Matt Larson.

The Placer County Barnyard Hoedown will include a BBQ dinner with tri-tip, chicken and all the fixin's, live music, a mechanical bull riding competition, cow patty bingo, raffle prizes and auction, and more!

  • Saturday, January 26, 2013, 6-10 p.m.
  • $40 admission
  • Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd., Roseville

Everyone who attends gets three 2013 complimentary event tickets: one admission to the All American Speedway, one admission to Berryfest, and one ticket to the Placer County Fair (that's $26 worth of tickets).

To view the event on Facebook visit

To purchase tickets go to, or call (916) 786-2023.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Beethoven's Sixth Highlights Folsom Symphony Valentine Concert February 9

Love means many things, and classical composers have created some of our finest masterpieces expressing their passions. The Folsom Symphony will perform a selection of these romantic favorites at its Valentine concert, Love Is All You Need, February 9.

The concert opens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, his imaginative “Pastoral Symphony.” Beethoven was known to love nature and often escaped to Vienna to take refuge in the country. Inspired by the sounds of singing birds, tumbling creeks and rustling leaves, he frequently jotted musical notes to record what he heard. By 1802, he had begun incorporating these sounds into a symphony that would premier in Vienna in 1808 with the title Recollections of a Country Life.

As you listen, you, too, will experience a visit to nature. This symphony contains five movements instead of the more common four. In the first, cheerful music depicts the arrival to the countryside. The second, which Beethoven titled “By the Brook,” creates sounds of flowing water, using muted notes, and a chorus of birds represented by a flute (the nightingale), oboe (quail) and clarinet (cuckoo).

Dancing and revelry in the third movement give way in the fourth to a powerful thunderstorm that gathers slowly, beginning with violins’ staccato raindrops, and builds to a downpour (trombones) with thunder and lightning (timpani and flutes). When it eventually passes, a choral of flutes signals the emerging sun. The final movement is a hymn of gratitude, majestic and simple.

The popularity of Beethoven’s Sixth symphony challenged the convention of the time that symphonies shouldn’t depict scenes or bad weather.

The romantic evening continues with Richard Strauss’ Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, richly rendered with a brass ensemble and two timpani. The piece premiered at a Mardi Gras ball in Vienna in 1924 and has remained in the Vienna orchestra’s active repertoire ever since.

Three hundred years before Strauss, Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli also was writing for brass. The symphony will perform two posthumous Gabrieli pieces, Canzoni e Sonata XVI and XVII, which premiered in 1615. An organist and principal composer at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Gabrieli was foremost in the movement to transition classical music from the Renaissance to the Baroque era.

Where is love more emotionally expressed – and often more doomed – than in operas? The symphony will play excerpts from two Giacomo Puccini operas: "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot and “E Lucevan le Stelle” from Tosca. Sacramento tenor Jaeho Lee, in a symphony encore performance, will sing the arias – two of the most beautiful ever written for the male voice – from these two works.

The concert closes with Joseph-Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” the composer’s most famous – and most controversial – piece. The music consists primarily of repetitive sounds with no orchestral development, initially drawing some criticism from reviewers. Indeed, Ravel himself once referred to the composition as “trivial.” However, “Bolero” was a smashing success at its premiere in Paris in 1928 and has remained the composer’s most popular work. Listeners may be familiar with the tune as the theme for the movie 10. And what was ever more romantic than that?

Love Is All You Need will be performed 7:30 p.m., February 9 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Buy by calling 916-608-6888, or visiting

For more information on the Folsom Symphony, see or call 916- 357-6718.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Free Pancakes for Everyone on February 5th at IHOP

Batter up, breakfast lovers!  IHOP®, one of America’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything you love about breakfast,” will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, 2013, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Weekend Farmers' Market & Bazar Has a New Location

The Weekend Farmers' Market & Bazaar has a new location!

They are now at 3333 Coach Lane, in the Food 4 Less parking lot in Cameron Park.

Saturday, January 19th kicks off the new year. The hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the year.

Weekend Farmers Market & Bazaar is a great location for Certified Farm Vendors, Craft Vendors and Food Vendors to market their products.

The Weekend Farmers' Market & Bazar's goal is to have a continuously changing event to keep it interesting as a Saturday destination.

Check out their updated web site at for more information.

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