Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ballet Folsom Invites You to a Mad Hatter Tea Party

Join Ballet Folsom for a Mad Hatter Tea Party Sunday, February 24 from 2-4 p.m.

This special event will be located at Stages-Folsom Dance Arts/Hawkins School of Performing Arts, 118 Woodmere Road in Folsom.

Fun for all ages! Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches, cookies and other delectable treats as well as arts and crafts. Also, there will be dancing and appearances by Alice in Wonderland's cast members. You can even have your picture take with your favorite character!

Tickets are $15 for adults, and children 12 and under are $10.

To purchase tickets visit, or call 916-355-8080.

 Post information courtesy of Hawkins School of Dance

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Paco Peña Will Appear For One Night Only At Three Stages

Beginning their current tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Paco Peña and his sextet will bring the true spirit of flamenco to audiences all over the world.

As guitarist, composer, dramatist and mentor, Peña’s imagination, dedication and skill constantly renew this archetypal Spanish art form. As the leader of an immensely talented ensemble—in dance, voice and music— he has assembled a stellar lineup for his Folsom debut.

Critics don’t review Paco Peña; they rave - enthusiastically. In a review dated January 22, 2013, Brian Seibert of the New York Times  said, “Listening to the flamenco guitarist Paco Peña play solo, you might believe a few guitarists were helping him out, hidden backstage. He’s that good. And yet what’s most admirable about this modest virtuoso, who can hold an audience spellbound on his own, is how he surrounds himself with artists of similar caliber and lets them shine.” Mr. Seibert goes on at length describing the three dancers, “all marvelous” and his sextet as “excellent company all around.”

Readers of Guitar magazine judged Paco Peña “Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year” for five consecutive years. Their program, entitled Flamenco Vivo, is a musical journey that displays the highest level of modern flamenco, highlighting the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations of dance, song and guitar. Flamenco Vivo also looks back to the most primitive and pure forms of this captivating art and pays respect to the legacy this tradition has left us. “If you only ever see flamenco once in your life, make it this!” (The Independent, London). He expands its horizons, yet never loses touch with its visceral emotion.“…certainly the most satisfying flamenco concert this reviewer has heard” (New York Times).

Born in the Andalucian city of Cordoba, Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960's he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.

Venues for his solo performances have included the intimate Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the monumental Royal Albert Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has shared the stage with fellow-guitarists, singers and instrumental groups, bridging diverse musical genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country and Latin American.

Paco Peña: Flamenco Vivo performs at Three Stages on Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25-$39; premium tickets are available for $49. Students with ID’s are $12. They may be purchased online at, or from the Three Stages Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Landscape Interpretations By Greg Kondos And Mya Louw At Blue Line Arts

Blue Line Arts is proud to present two distinguished artists, Gregory Kondos and Mya Louw, in the Coker Family Gallery.

Gregory Kondos is one of California’s most prominent artists, and is one of the most respected landscape painters in the United States. His landscapes of Yosemite, the Sacramento River Delta, the coast line with its beaches and rocks, the Southwest, Aix en Provence, France and the islands of Greece, his parents’ home land, are known nation-wide.

Kondos has been an art professor for 30 years, and the art gallery at Sacramento City College is named after him. Over the course of his life, he has won many awards including a Dillard Collection prize, Lifetime Achievement award at the Florence Biennale, and being elected into the National Academy of Art, New York.

Oil and Pastel painter, Mya Louw, was born in Rotterdam, Holland.  She has lived, studied and worked in South Africa, Europe and the United States. Her formal, classical art training began at thirteen after being overawed by the mammoth work of Rembrandt’s "Nightwatch.”  Graduate studies, after obtaining a Fine Arts degree with Honors in Painting at Rhodes University in South Africa, were done at Polytechnics and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.  Her quest for an ‘ultimate painting’ continues with research and studies both locally and abroad.

WHAT: Landscape Interpretations by Greg Kondos and Mya Louw

WHEN: Thursday, February 21 – Saturday, April 13. Tuesday-Saturday: 11a.m.-3p.m., or by appointment.
Reception: March 16th, 7p.m. – 9p.m. Open to the Public, 6-7p.m. Members Only.

WHERE: Blue Line, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville

About Blue Line Arts
Blue Line is a non-profit community center for the arts.  Further information may be obtained on the website: or by calling (916) 783-4117. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 11a.m.-3p.m., or by appointment.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Help Fido Find His Way Home

Placer SPCA is holding a Microchip Clinic on Saturday, February 23, at the Placer SPCA in Auburn, located at 1482 Grass Valley Highway.

Microchips will be implanted for only $20. No appointment is necessary.  Guests are asked to have all dogs on leash and all cats in carriers.

A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, contains a code unique to every animal. Similar to a bar code, when the microchip is scanned it displays the owners contact information.

“When a lost animal arrives at a shelter or veterinary clinic, the first thing we do is scan for a microchip,” said Placer SPCA CEO Leilani Fratis.  “When we find a microchip and the contact information is current with the manufacturer, a lost pet can go home that same day.”

The Placer SPCA recommends that every pet have an ID tag and a microchip. Even if your pet typically remains indoors, a microchip is strongly advised. Should an indoor pet get out, they can easily become disoriented and lost.

“Last year, over 2,000 lost animals were brought to our Roseville Companion Animal Care Center as strays,” said Fratis.  “We know most of them have people who are mourning their loss and even actively looking for them, but without identification the chances of reuniting lost pets with their families are heartbreakingly low.”

If your pet already has a microchip, please be sure to keep your contact information current by calling the manufacturer if you move or change phone numbers.  If you don’t know the manufacturer information, come in to the Placer SPCA for a free scan.  For more information, please visit or call (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sponsored Blog Post: Miracle Flowers Is Your Destination For Beautiful Flowers And Gifts For Your Valentine

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Monday, February 11, 2013

World-Renowned Sport Debuts in Placer Valley

Dumbledore calling all sports fans, wizards and muggles alike.  Placer Valley is ready to host the fourth annual Western Cup Regional Quidditch Tournament.  Twenty teams will descend upon the soccer fields of Maidu Regional Park February 16th-17th to represent schools from all over the Western United States and Canada for two action-packed days of excitement and magic!

Come see what the buzz is all about February 16-17!

This year's finalists will be traveling in from California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and the British Columbia. Catch the biggest rivalries on the West Coast as Stanford and Cal Berkeley battle it out to see which team will qualify for the World Cup, set to take place in Florida this April.  UCLA is looking to re-challenge USC after losing in last year's finals.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, February 16th, with games ending around 7:30p.m.  Games pick up on Sunday at 10:00a.m., lasting until 7:30 or 8:00p.m.  This event is free for anyone of any age to attend with live entertainment between games.  Chase your luck and see how you fare on a broom between games while enjoying food and beverages!

"Muggle Quidditch", adapted from JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels, is every bit as intense and thrilling as the matches from the series. Maidu Regional Park is Snitch-Hiding-Spot-Approved!  Bring your broom.  It's time to fly!

For more information, please visit

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