Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cast Your Vote On Rocklin's Summer Outdoor Movie Survey

Rocklin Recreation would like to know what movies you would like to see on their brand new GIANT outdoor movie screen this summer. 

Friday Evenings in the Park will start Friday, June 14 at Johnson-Springview Park.  Cast your vote for your favorite movie by clicking here, where you can also write in your choice.  If a write in movie receives enough votes, it will be added to the survey.  

Voting ends April 1 and the winners will be revealed at their Health and Fitness Expo on April 6.

Be sure to "like" them on Facebook to keep informed of all our upcoming programs, classes and special events.  The new spring/summer activity guide will be posted on the Parks and Recreation website on March 15, and includes many new and exciting offerings!

For more information about Rocklin Parks and Recreation, please click here.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Folsom Symphony's March 23 Concert Showcases Four French Horn Players

For its March 23 concert, the Folsom Symphony will present only three pieces – but they are masterpieces.

First on the program, aptly titled “Our Magnificent Horns,” is Robert Schumann's "Konzertstuck," a creative "concertante" work from the 19th-century European Romantic era. A concertante composition showcases soloists, usually more than one, within the piece. For this concert, the soloists are four Folsom Symphony French horn players: Angelina Contreras, Gary Suits, Guylene "Gigi" Tree and Mark Sheldon.

Schumann’s "Konzertstuck," which one reviewer described as "an invigorating and blazing piece of delightful music" and another characterized as “a spectacular showcase for four horns,” premiered in Leipzig in 1850.
The second piece is "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” The unusual name can be easily explained. English composer Vaughan Williams wrote his 20th-century piece to resemble an Elizabethan-era "fantasy" using a melody by English composer Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585). Many of Williams’ works are inspired by English Renaissance music.

The “Tallis Fantasia,” a beautiful composition featuring a string quartet with string orchestra, premiered in Gloucester, England, in 1910. The music can be heard in several films, including The Passion of Christ and Rowing in the Wind.

The evening’s final presentation is Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3,written at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1883. The work premiered that December in Vienna, though Brahms continued to polish it for two more years. A music critic at the time wrote that, of Brahms’ first three symphonies, his “third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.” Its finale is "lyrical, passionate," then fades away to a quiet ending.
Listeners may be familiar with this symphony as the theme for the 1961 film Goodbye Again, and 1946's Undercurrent. Frank Sinatra used the tune for his 1951 song "Take My Love."

It is important that patrons buy tickets early for this performance; their February concert sold out a few weeks in advance.

Sellouts have become the norm for recent Folsom Symphony performances. Last season, they added three performances, including a third night of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, because of ticket demand. The Folsom Symphony is  also adding a second night to their upcoming always-popular pops concert, Made in America. The program will now be presented Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m.

The May repertoire showcases the ingenuity of American composers with selections from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked, John Williams’ Saving Private Ryan, E.T., and Schindler’s List, Copland’s Four Dance Episodes From Rodeo, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, first movement, “America the Beautiful” and the “Armed Forces March.” Guest violinist Dawn Harms will solo with the orchestra.

All Folsom Symphony concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages on the Folsom Lake College campus. You can buy tickets online on their website,, or by calling 916-608-6888 or visiting the college ticket office.

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

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fun March Events In Placer County

Get your calendars out, Placer County is jammed full of fun events for March!

Rocklin Easter Egg Hunt:
Rocklin Firefighters Annual Easter Egg Hunt March 31: Includes a meet and great with the Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Hunt and prizes. Click here for more information.

First Annual Celebrity Bowling Classic 
March 9: You won't want to miss this afternoon of fun as Strikes Unlimited partners with AutoWest Honda Roseville to fund raise for the American Red Cross.  Celebrities include Adrian Ross, Robbie Jones, Mark Hughes, Dave Russell, Don Geronimo and Lance Briggs. Click here for more information.

45th Tournament Of Champions:
Northern California Tournament of Champions Wrestling March 9: Del Oro High School is proud to, once again, be hosting the popular 45th Annual Northern California Tournament of Champions. Click here for more information.

Love, Loss and What I Wore:
March 14-17: This show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theater going experiences yet!  Click here for more information.

I Do!  Bridal Faire:
March 24: Plan your fairy tale day without breaking the bank.  Visit with photographers, venues, hair salons and more in order to see who can best accommodate you on your special day.  Click for more information.

For more information about Placer Valley events, please visit

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

59th Army Band Concert March 11th at Roseville High School

The 59th Army Band Concert will be on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 P.M.

The concert will be held at the Patti Baker Theater at Roseville High School (1 Tiger Way).

This concert is FREE, and not tickets are needed.

The 59th Army Band was first organized on May 8, 1861, as the band of the First California Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The band is one of the oldest units in the California National Guard and one of the oldest bands in the United States Army. Currently stationed in Sacramento, the band is known as “The Governor's Own” and has performed for nearly every governor's inauguration since 1928 and regularly performs at the State Capitol. The band and its small groups perform at dozens of military and civilian events each year for a wide range of audiences.

The members of the unit must maintain their musical proficiency at all times, and are held to all other Army standards including physical fitness and warrior training. The band's mission is to provide musical support to the troops, be ambassadors for the California National Guard, and promote national interests.

The band's 30+ members reside throughout northern California and meet one weekend a month and 15 days throughout the year to rehearse and support military and community events throughout the state. While some of the members work for the military full-time in various fields, other members are also civilian band and classroom teachers, health professionals, college students, law enforcement professionals, building contractors, full-time moms, government administrators, computer specialists and legal professionals.

The unit can be reorganized to create various ensembles including Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz/Dance Band, Pop Band, Dixieland Band, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, Jazz Combo, Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Quartet, Fife and Drums and Bagpiper.

The Band is commanded by First Sergeant Kenneth Cassius. Sergeant First Class Tim Sanders serves as the acting First Sergeant.

For more information about the Army Band, please call 916.366-4742, or contact Staff Sergeant James Emery ( or Sergeant Bethany Ansert (

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

American Heart Association’s 23rd Annual Heart Ball March 9th

American Heart Association’s Heart Ball is to mark 23 years of saving lives.

The 23rd Annual Heart Ball is to be held Saturday, March 9 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.

The Sacramento Heart Ball, a major fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will celebrate 23 years of saving lives in an exclusive affair this Saturday at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The event will look back at the last 23 years and recognize the outstanding research that has been funded through the support of our local Heart Ball donors with a special portion of the program devoted to honoring a local heart disease survivor and her family.

Adults aren’t the only ones at risk for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases; increasingly, kids are at risk too. About 36,000 children are born with a heart defect each year and nearly one in every three U.S. kids are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. That is why the American Heart Association is committed to improving the heart health of children. The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball inspires support of the American Heart Association’s work to create a better future for children, families and communities.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • 6:00p.m. – Cocktails and silent auction
  • 7:30p.m. – Ballroom doors open
  • 8:00p.m. – Dinner, live auction and Open Your Heart program
  • 9:00p.m. – Live entertainment and dancing
  • Sheraton Grand Sacramento, 1230 J Street, 95814
  • 300 people together with one mission: to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and improve the heart-health of children
  • Families affected by heart disease inspiring others with their stories
  • Exciting live auction
The Sacramento Heart Ball is locally sponsored by US Bank and UC Davis Health System.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of their offices around the country.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Roseville's Environmental Utilities Launches New Water Efficiency Program

Roseville's Environmental Utilities Interim Director Ed Kriz today announced a new voluntary pilot program that helps water customers use water more efficiently. 

The City of Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Department partnered with San Francisco-based technology company WaterSmart Software, whose behavior-based water efficiency program has been shown to reduce water use by as much as 5 percent in just 6 months.  WaterSmart sends residents personalized Home Water Reports that track household water use, compare usage to neighbors, and suggest water saving techniques.

As part of the new pilot program, 4,000 residential water customers served by the City may sign up on the City’s website, at, to view their water use information online and receive WaterSmart’s Home Water Reports. Residents can view how their household’s water consumption compares to homes with similar needs and learn simple ways to use water more efficiently. Enrollment is first come, first served with the expectation that the program will fill up fast.

“Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Department is proud to bring this new state-of-the-art technology to our customers,” said Ed Kriz, Interim Environmental Utilities Director.  “With improved visibility into our water use and targeted advice on the most effective ways to use water more efficiently, we all can reduce our water use significantly in 2013.”

Environmental Utilities is Roseville's provider of water, waste water and refuse utility service. Environmental Utilities also provides environmentally friendly programs for Roseville's residents and businesses that help promote recycling, water conservation, storm water management and proper disposal of household hazardous waste.  More information on the organization can be found at

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