Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free “My Time" Support Group Gathering In El Dorado County

“My Time” is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease in El Dorado County.

Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting.

The “My Time” group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

The next group meeting is tomorrow, Friday, June 6,  from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring Street, Placerville.

For more information, call Senior Day Care Services at (530) 621-6180 or visit edcgov.us/humanservices.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

St. Clare Knights of Columbus Host Father's Day pancake fundraiser for The Soldiers Project/Sacramento

Nothing succeeds like success. At least that's what the good folks at St. Clare Catholic Church in Roseville figure as they prepare for the Second Annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast, set for Sunday, June 15!

The event will benefit The Soldiers Project/Sacramento-Greater Placer, a non- profit organization which provides free, confidential psychological therapy to active-duty military and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their family members and loved ones.

All-you-eat golden brown pancakes and all the fixin's will be served from 8:30- 11:30 a.m. in the church parish hall, 1950 Junction Blvd. (corner of Junction and Baseline Road) in Roseville.

The hosts – and expert chefs – for the event is the congregation's Knights of Columbus Council 12887. Last year the food fest raised about $2,500 for The Soldiers Project in ticket sales and donations.

Besides pancakes, the June 15 menu will include deluxe pancakes, eggs, sausage, country potatoes, country biscuits and gravy, orange juice, fruit cocktail, coffee and tea. The pancake breakfast is bargain priced at just $8 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years of age. The meal will be free of charge to disabled veterans and active-duty military in uniform.

For more information about the event, how you can help out or to make a donation to The Soldiers Project/Sacramento and Greater Placer, contact SK Richard "Ricco" Ches at 916-869-4447 or email him at riccoches416@gmail.com.

The Soldiers Project/Sacramento, named in 2012 by the White House as one of the nation's top 20 military service organizations, is comprised of about 45 volunteer therapists who last year gave nearly 1,000 hours of free treatment to soldiers and their families. Its unlimited services go beyond those provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system.

For more information about The Soldiers Project/Sacramento and its programs, visit tspsacramento.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/tspsacramento.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Maidu Museum & Historic Site June Events

Enjoy fun activities at Maidu Museum & Historic Site in June!

Campfire: Friday, June 20, from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sit under the stars at their outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. They'll provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program's end. Museum doors open at 7 p.m. $5 per person, $16 family of four, under 2 are FREE.

Night Out at the Museum: Join them Saturday, June 21, from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30p.m. for a FREE Night Out at the Museum, part of the 3rd Saturday Art Walk. They will host a reception to remember, share and celebrate the people, the place and the work of Pacific Western Traders. This new exhibit,Off the Walls of Pacific Western Traders: Photographs from the Herb Puffer Collection, features elders, weavers, artists, dancers, educators and community members whose presence alongside the Puffer family made the recently closed shop a significant and memorable place in the history of Native California. The community is invited to contribute their stories to the Pacific Western Traders Project. For more information, please contact Sigrid Benson (916) 774-5930, sbenson@roseville.ca.us. Museum doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

Storytime and Native Craft: Bring your child Tuesday, June 24 from 10 a.m.- 11a.m. for native storytelling and a craft, part of the Summer Reading Program. This free event will end with a short nature hike through the historic site. For ages 3 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Roseville Public Library.

For more information, please visit roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

FREE Adoptions During June For Placer SPCA Senior Cats

Placer SPCA has some oldies but goodies playing at their Center!

Throw on your best sock-hop attire and come by to meet Placer SPCA's wonderful mature companions.

Throughout the week, their Senior Kittizen cats – eight years or older – have waived adoption fees during the month of June.

But the senior love doesn't stop there! Stop by any Saturday in June for Senior Saturdays. ALL animals eight years or older will have waived adoption fees!

Did you know that mature pets tend to be well-behaved, less destructive and more grateful for your affection than younger pets? That's because they have been around the block, and are ready to settle down in a loving, forever home.

Senior Kittizen cats and Senior Saturday companions are available for adoption at Placer SPCA Companion Animal Care Center in Roseville, Placer SPCA Pet Adoption & Resource Center in Auburn and Pet Food Express in Roseville.

To meet SPCA's Senior Kittizen cats, visit placerspca.org/adopt. All adoptions from Placer SPCA include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations and a voucher for a free veterinary exam. Please visit placerspca.org for more information, or call (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Hit Men Perform At Harris Center June 8th

It's not the cast from Jersey Boys. Not a Jersey Boys tribute show. Not a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons cover band. Members of this amazing supergroup of musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers actually were the Four Seasons who sang with Frankie Valli. They were the Shondells who sang with Tommy James.

They are the authentic rock and rollers whose legacy includes hundreds of hit records from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

They now call themselves The Hit Men and are bringing their famous sounds and energy to Harris Center for the Arts.

Remember Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro? They may not be household names now but back in the 70's, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio. Saw them on TV. Went to their concerts. So who are they?

They're the former stars of the hit- making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. These guys toured the world with Frankie. Recorded numerous hit albums with him. And sang the lead vocals on songs like "Oh What a Night" – the biggest Seasons hit of all time. When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn't had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/ producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro, they successfully transitioned the group's sound from '60s doo-wop to '70s pop with mega-hit songs like "Who Loves You" and "Oh What a Night," beloved hits that have been heard for generations and are woven into America's consciousness.

Spurred by the runaway success of Jersey Boys, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons' career, these former Seasons, who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, decided to re-unite -- along with an A-list group of musicians who wrote, recorded and performed with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce, Chicago, Luther Vandross, The Ramones, Carole King, and other mega-star acts of the era -- and give touring one more shot.

Their show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton. And, of course, there are all those amazing hits…with The Hit Men performing great songs from the Four Seasons songbook (from "Rag Doll," "Dawn," and "Walk Like a Man," to "Can't Take My Eyes Of You," "Marianne," and "Sherry"), plus other mega hits that members of The Hit Men helped make famous back in the day such as Cat Stevens' "Peace Train," Jim Croce's "Leroy Brown," Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," and Tommy James' "Mony Mony."

When The Hit Men take the stage, it's easy to see why their music has transcended generations. The notes are sharp, the vocals spot-on, the energy is high, and these guys are having the time of their lives sharing their musical legacy with audiences everywhere!

The Hit Men. featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will perform Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2 & 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25-$39; Premium $49. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916- 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ride The Parkway June 7th

Please join cycling enthusiasts as riders prepare for the 11th Annual Ride the Parkway (formerly the Rex Ride) scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 7th.

All proceeds from Ride the Parkway benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. The Ride the Parkway is a great event for cyclists of all levels.

You do not have to be a century rider to enjoy the beautiful 60 mile course along the American River Parkway – you can cycle as little or as much as you please!

Check-in at William Pond Park and make sure your bike is ready to go at Kinetic Cycles’ service station. Pause to refuel at the Discovery Park and Hazel Avenue rest stops before returning to William Pond Park for the post-Ride party.

At the completion of the event you will be treated to a fabulous meal catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill, beverages by New Belgium, Rubicon and Two Rivers Cider Co., and yummy treats from Hagen’s. Enjoy fabulous entertainment by “Flies in the Kitchen” featuring Vince DiFiore from CAKE on the trumpet as you explore vendor booths from The Bicycle Business, Bike Pros USA, Sac State Peak Adventures and Cycle In.

You will also have the chance to participate in a raffle to win prizes from local bike shops and restaurants. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.and the post-Ride festivities start at 11:30 a.m.

New this year--you can register day of but the fee goes up! The cost to participate is $100 per person and on race day the fee is $150.

Proceeds from Ride the Parkway benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. All proceeds from this year’s event are earmarked for restoration of the land that was burned through arson fires in 2013. The American River Parkway Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to support the preservation and enjoyment of the American River Parkway by fostering environmental education, stewardship and volunteer opportunities. For more information regarding the ride please contact The Foundation office at (916 486-2773, or log on to their web site arpf.org

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Farmers' Market Every Thursday At Palladio

Palladio knows how busy weekends can be for families so they are adding convenient events to their venue during the weekdays!

Foothill Farmers’ Market will return and set up shop in Whole Foods parking lot every Thursday!

The Market will feature lots of fresh fruits and veggies from local growers along with flowers, honey and lots of other items to choose from.

Foothill Farmers’ Market will be at Palladio every Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through August 29th.

For your entertainment, Palladio’s 16 Cinemas still offers any movie for $5.00 all day and night on Tuesday. Doesn’t matter if it’s a new release or not, on Tuesday’s its only $5.00 at the door!

Back again for the summer, every Wednesday night at 7pm starting June 5th, the Palladio in Folsom will be providing high energy family entertainment that is free to the public. The Wednesday night concert series will make its debut featuring Cheeseballs and keeping the fun going with bands like Because and Hip Service all summer long. The Summer Concert Series will offer free family entertainment every Wednesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 5th through August 28th.

For more information please visit gopalladio.com.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Live On The Bouevard Wil Be Rockin In Town Center This Summer

The weather is heating up so you know what that means – it's time for one of the region's favorite concert series, Live on the Boulevard!

El Dorado Hills Town Center will be rockin' this summer with a 12 show line-up, June 19th through September 11th.

Every Thursday night in the Steven Young Amphitheater from 6:30- 8:30 pm they will have live music, food, give-a-ways, and plenty of room to get your groove on.

This sizzling summer concert series kicks off June 19th with Boys of Summer; an Eagles Tribute band sure to rock the house, and ends with a momentous show by the Skynnyn Lynnyrd Band.

And that's not all… again this year they will have a special Bonus Performance on September 11th by the Folsom Symphony and their new Music Director and Conductor, Peter Jaffe. Join them as they will be honoring September 11th in a very special way.

Concert viewing set-up will begin at 5 p.m. again this year and attendees are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to settle in for the show.

Live on the Boulevard Band Line-Up: 
June 19 – Boys of Summer – Eagles Tribute
June 26 – Petty Theft – San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
July 10 – Unauthorized Rolling Stones
July 17 – Chris Gardner Band – Rockin' Country
July 24 – Nathan Owens Motown & Soul Review
July 31 – Mania – Beatles Tribute
August 7 – Cash Prophets - Johnny Cash Tribute
August 14 – Island of Black and White – Rock/Reggae/Blues
August 21 – Journey Unauthorized - Tribute
August 28 – Super Huey – Huey Lewis and the New Tribute
September 4 – Skynnyn Lynnyrd - Tribute
**Bonus Performance** September 11th – Folsom Symphony Performing - American Salute

For more information please visit EDHtowncenter.com.
 
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Palladio FREE Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m, starting June 5th, the Palladio in Folsom will be providing high energy family entertainment that is free to the public.

The Wednesday night concert series will make its debut featuring Cheeseballs and keeping the fun going with bands like Groove Thang and Hip Service.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP:
  • June 5 - Cheeseballs (variety, top40) 
  • June 1 - Decades (50s thru today) 
  • June 19 - Superlicious (dance rock) 
  • June 26 - Mercy Me (R&B, Soul) 
  • July 10 - Weird Science (80s) 
  • July 17 - Groove Thang (70s disco) 
  • July 24 - Savannah Blue (Southern Rock) 
  • July 31 - Hip Service (R&B, top40) 
  • August 7 - Because (Beatles) 
  • August 14 - Auto Replay (dance rock variety) 
  • Augusat 21 - Rhythm Vandals (Santana) 
  • August 28 - Lovefool (90's and beyond) 
Palladio is located at East Bidwell & Iron Point Road in Folsom, one block North of Highway 50. For more information on Palladio at Broadstone, please visit goPalladio.com

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New Exhibit Opening At Folsom History Museum

"A Bundle of Joy" is this year's theme for the popular summer quilt and clothing show in the Wells Fargo Gallery at Folsom History Museum.

Antique children's quilts and vintage crib quilts featuring whimsical designs will be displayed alongside full-size anniversary and wedding quilts at the 35th annual exhibit.

Showcased are Victorian-era christening gowns, hand-sewn and embroidered infant and children's clothing, and antique and vintage toys. Wedding dresses and women's at-home attire will add to a picture of family life from by-gone eras.

The exhibit runs from May 31 through August 31, 2014. The museum is located in the heart of historic old town Folsom at 823 Sutter Street.

The collection in Folsom Heritage Gallery tells the story of early Folsom inhabitants and the California Gold Rush. Nearby Pioneer Village is an outdoor living history venue with blacksmith demonstrations and panning for kids.

The museums are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Free parking is available on the street and at the nearby city garage. For more information go to folsomhistorymuseum.org.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

El Dorado Master Gardener June 7th Class

The UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener June 7th class is "Garden Remedy Myths: Do Miracle Remedies Really Work?" Join them for this free class from 9a.m. - noon.

This class will provide scientific information about "miracle remedies" that do or don't work in the home garden. Should you plant egg shells with your tomatoes? Which deer repellents really work? What are the uses of beer in the garden? Does willow water help cuttings to root? Should you use HydroGel in your potted plants?

Come and learn the answers to these and many more gardening questions from MGs Mike Pizza and Sue McDavid. You will be amazed by some of the research!

Class will be located at the Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville

Be sure to visit the Master Gardeners at ucanr.org/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/. Also check out their Facebook page here.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Four-Time Tony Award Memphis Is Coming To Harris Center

Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony(r) Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro); four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

Now this multi-award winning production is making a limited stop at Harris Center for the Arts. "MEMPHIS is Mighty, Magnificent, Miraculous...ingenious staging and direction, energizing, fresh, and joyful choreography and an infectious dynamite score!" said the Houston Chronicle.  "MEMPHIS is a Masterpiece!" exclaimed BroadwayWorld.com.

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves - filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

MEMPHIS will be performed on Friday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, at 2 & 7:30 p.m, Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. (Open Captioned Performance) and again at 7 p.m. (Sign Interpreted Performance). Tickets are $45-$65; Premium $75. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Help Local Homeless High School Students With Hygiene Drive

The Interact Club of Folsom Lake High School is promoting a Hygiene Drive for Project 680 and would really appreciate it if the community members would help them collect:

-Laundry detergent
-Fabric softener
-Sponges
-Clorox
-Dish soap
-Women's hygiene (ex. Tampons)
- Deodorant
-Umbrellas

The list above is just the most needed items, however, anything that is for personal hygiene will be accepted.

A donation box is located in the Folsom Lake High School office and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce office located at 200 Wool Street. Thank you for your donations!

Project 680 is a local grassroots campaign that helps the 680 documented homeless high school students in the Folsom-Cordova School District. For more information visit project680.org.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Free "After 5 Club" Support Group Gathering In El Dorado County

The "After 5 Club" is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer's disease.

Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting.

The "After 5 Club" meets the second Wednesday of each month.

The next gathering is June 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935-A Spring Street, Placerville.

For information, call Senior Day Care Services at (530) 621-6180 or visit edcgov.us/humanservices.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

First Annual Top Chefs Grill Off TODAY At 11

The First Annual Top Chefs Grill Off is TODAY, Saturday, May 17th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

At the Grill Off check out the best outdoor grills, get great grilling tips from the grill masters and best of all--taste the grilled tri-tip, salmon and wings from the area’s top eight chefs!

FREE hot dogs while supplies last!!!

Presented by California Backyard and Style  Magazine.

You do not want to miss this delicious event, which will be held at California Backyard, 1529 Eureka Road, Roseville.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Todd Ellison & Friends Comes To Harris Center June 6

Hailed by the New York Times as one of "Broadway's electric conductors," Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music directors working today.

Returning to Harris Center for the Arts for the second time this season Todd, as host and accompanist, is joined by four talented vocalists from the Broadway stage, including Sacramento native, Teal Wicks. They will be performing some of the most romantic songs from classic Broadway musicals such West Side Story, Hello Dolly, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and more.

Comfortable in wearing the many hats of composer, Musical Director, Conductor, arranger and musician, Todd Ellison trained as a classical pianist, like many Broadway conductors. But in college he realized that "he liked Hammerstein more than Haydn and took up a career on the musical circuit," according to a New York Times interview. He has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway productions.

Joining Ellison for this engagement will be Klea Blackhurst, The Goodspeed Opera's 50th Anniversary production of Hello, Dolly!, and created the role of Miss Lemon in the Marvin Hamlisch/Rupert Holmes musical The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis.

Also joining Ellison is Teal Wicks, well known for her portrayal of the iconic green witch Elphaba in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Broadway productions of Wicked. Recently she starred opposite Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox in the Broadway revival and National Tour of Jekyll and Hyde. Miss Wicks was born and raised in Sacramento; Ross Lekites, Tony Award-Winner for his portrayal of Tony in the 1st National Tour of West Side Story; and Keith Spencer, A Connecticut Yankee, Broadway Bash, The Coffee Club Orchestra's 10th Anniversary for City Center Encores! and The Best of Broadway with Garrison Keillor.

Todd Ellison & Friends: The Romance of Broadway will perform on Friday, June 6, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25-$39; Premium $45; Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom facing East Bidwell Street.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fourth Annual Aerojet Rocketdyne Wounded Veteran Run May 26

The fourth annual Aerojet Rocketdyne Wounded Veteran Run fundraiser to benefit local injured veterans through the national Wounded Warrior Project and local veteran-support organizations, will be held on Memorial Day, May 26.

Founded in 2011 by local college student Courtney Hvostal in honor of her brother who was severely injured in Afghanistan, the Wounded Veteran Run has quickly become a favorite annual Memorial Day event for the community.

In 2012, Aerojet Rocketdyne joined as the run’s title sponsor. Last year’s event drew approximately 2,000 participants and raised more than $47,000 for the veteran support groups. This year, the Purple Heart Fund and the El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial Park have been added as additional beneficiaries.

The 2014 3K/5K/10K run/walk event, to be held in Folsom, features professional timing on a certified race course and a fun run for kids. Online registration is now open at woundedveteranrun.org. Family, school, corporate and group participation in the run/walk is encouraged as a meaningful way to support and thank our brave service men and women over Memorial Day weekend!

WHAT: Fourth Annual “Aerojet Rocketdyne Wounded Veteran Run” to Benefit Local Veterans

WHEN: Monday, May 26, 2014 (Memorial Day); 9 a.m. start time (8:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run)

WHERE: Folsom Parkway Trails, Folsom, Calif. Located behind the Plaza at 25005 Blue Ravine Road, near the corner of North Parkway Dr. and Blue Ravine Rd. WHY: Proceeds from the Wounded Veteran Run, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will go to Wounded Warrior Project, Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization, the Purple Heart Fund and the El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial Park to help honor and empower veterans by providing unique, targeted programs and services for service members injured while bravely serving our country.

REGISTRATION: Available online at woundedveteranrun.org. Fees are 3K: $30; 5K and 10K: $35; and children 11 and under (any event): $15

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mayday! Placer SPCA Dogs Need You!

Mayday! Mayday! Placer SPCA has adoption promotions for all dogs!

Mayday! Mayday! The Placer SPCA is full of adoptable dogs!

Small, large, purebred, mixed breed, young, old, long hair, short hair, couch potatoes and jogging partners. We have all kinds but there's one thing they all have in common - they need a forever home.

Now through the end of May, the first dog adoption of the day from Placer SPCA in Roseville is free! And this special promotion doesn't stop there. Come by the Placer SPCA adoption center and have a chance to receive 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% off of adoption fees!

Mayday dogs are available for adoption at Placer SPCA Companion Animal Care Center in Roseville and Placer SPCA Pet Adoption & Resource Center in Auburn. To see a complete list of Placer SPCA's Mayday dogs, visit placerspca.org/adopt.

All adoptions from Placer SPCA include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, and a voucher for a free veterinary exam. Please visit placerspca.org for more information, or call (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Folsom Symphony Ends Season With Out Of This World Concert

The Folsom Symphony will close its season of international music with a more distant journey, Out of This World, May 31 and June 1.

Maestro Peter Jaffe, who takes the helm as music director next season, will guest conduct this pops concert finale, which this year features space-related music.

Both performances will be at the Harris Center/Three Stages theater on the Folsom Lake College campus, 10 College Parkway, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The repertoire includes:

 • Richard Strauss' Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Also sprach Zarathustra): Unlike most films, this one uses a sound track of recorded classical pieces rather than a score commissioned from a professional composer. The music played a vital role in this movie because there is often very little dialog, and when there is, the music is silent. Strauss composed this work in 1896, and it premiered in Frankfurt that November.

 • Gustav Holst’s The Planets: The orchestra will play three of the seven movements from this suite: "Mars (the Bringer of War)," "Venus (the Bringer of Peace)" and "Jupiter (the Bringer of Jollity)." Holst, a devotee of astrology, wrote the music from that perspective, not an astronomical one. This series of "mood pictures," as Holst called them, begins with the tormenting music of Mars, moves to the gentler notes of Venus and concludes, for this concert, with the unconventional rhythms of Jupiter. The complete work premiered on Sept. 29,1918, at Queen's Hall in London as World War I was ending.

• Calvin Custer’s Star Trek Through the Years: Custer arranged the music from seven of the popular "Star Trek" scores to create this piece. The work opens with the famous theme from the television show.

 • Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Suite: "The Fellowship of the Ring": This composition won the Academy Award for best original score in 2001. Shore also wrote the music for The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, The Aviator and Doubt, among many others.

• John Williams’ "Superman March" and "Love Theme" ("Can You Read My Mind?"): The original "Superman" score won three Grammies and a Saturn and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe award. Williams also wrote award-winning scores for Schindler’s List, E.T., Jaws and others.

 • Josef Strauss’ Music of the Spheres (Sphaeren-Klaenge, Op. 235): After a celestial introduction, this piece weaves together many lovely waltzes by the less-known brother of the Austrian waltz king.

 • Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries: Probably the most famous of Wagner’s works, this music may be familiar from several films, including The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the helicopter attack scene in Apocalypse Now (1979). It was first performed in Munich in 1870. Seats are still available for both performances.

You can order tickets on the symphony's website, folsomsymphony.com, by calling 916-608-6888 or by visiting the ticket office on the Folsom Lake College campus. For more information on the Folsom Symphony, call 916-357-6718.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Folsom Symphony.


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Monday, May 12, 2014

Reminder -- Road Closure/Traffic Impacts Today, May 12th, For Amgen

Today, Monday, May 12, Folsom will host 128 of the world’s best pro cyclists at the AMGEN Tour of California!

The race starts and finishes in Historic Folsom.

At 1:05 p.m., the first rider will embark on the 12.5-mile course through Folsom for the “Race of Truth” – the Stage 2 Individual Time Trial.  In this stage of the 8-day race, the riders compete solely against the clock, and are dispatched at 1-minute intervals.  Earlier in the day, races are conducted for pro women and amateur riders.

What’s happening in the Historic District? From 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., large crowds will gather near the start and finish lines, and to enjoy the Tour of CA Lifestyle Festival with music, food, vendors and an up-close look at the cyclists as they warm up and prepare for the races.

Excellent alternative viewing options include:
  • Either side of Rainbow Bridge (but not on it for safety reasons)
  • Folsom Lake Crossing Bridge (lots of room, safe and beautiful)
  • Lake Natoma Crossing (upstream side)Turn-around on Green Valley Road near County Line
  • East Natoma between Folsom Lake Crossing and Green Valley roads
How to get there and where to park: If possible, walk, ride your bike, or take Light Rail to the Historic District. Three secured Bike Valet stations will be available (look for signs).  Note that vehicle parking will not be allowed on residential Historic District streets.  Parking lots are located within walking distance of the Festival area.

Road closures in effect 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12:
  • Rainbow Bridge & Folsom Lake Crossing
  • Lake Natoma Crossing limited to one lane per direction
  • Folsom-Auburn Road limited to one southbound lane (no northbound traffic)
  • Riley St. closed between Sutter and Leidesdorff
  • Sutter and Leidesdorff closed between Folsom Blvd and Scott St
  • Reading, Decatur and Wool closed between Figueroa and Leidesdorff
  • East Natoma St closed between Folsom Lake Crossing and Blue Ravine
  • Green Valley Road closed between the County line and East Natoma St.
More information about the event and parking on folsom.ca.us.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  the City of Folsom.


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Boomers & Their Parents Classes In May At The Cameron Park Community Center

Boomers & Their Parents are classes dedicated to assisting older adults communicate with their elderly parents. Families are often torn apart at a time they need each other the most.

The class will people identify issues that frequently arise with aging parents and common areas of conflict including sibling rivalries, finances, health and living arrangements.

The main goals of this class are developing strategies to help find solutions to the problems families with elderly parents can face. The class will encourage open lines of communication in order to maintain family integrity in this important stage of life.

This class is taught by Ms. Debra Sabino.

Classes will be held on May 15, 22 and 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center. The cost is $19 for a single, $25 for couples. To register contact the Cameron Park CSD at 530-677-2231.

Blog Post information courtesy of Debra Sabino.


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Friday, May 9, 2014

First Annual Top Chefs Grill Off May 17th -- Become A VIP Taster

The First Annual Top Chefs Grill Off is on Saturday, May 17th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

At the Grill Off check out the best outdoor grills, get great grilling tips from the grill masters and best of all--taste the grilled tri-tip, salmon and wings from the area’s top eight chefs!

FREE hot dogs while supplies last!!!

Presented by California Backyard and Style  Magazine.

BECOME A VIP TASTER! Limited availability! A minimum $5 donation, which goes directly to the Placer Food Bank, is good for ONE (1) VIP Taster. VIP Tasters will be contacted with instructions for the event and times to be in attendance five days prior to the event.

A limited number of VIP Taster Tickets will be available to the public. To find out more, go click here.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Railroad Museum Calls Out For Volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups?

California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush.

For those interested but want to find out more information, a special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.

Volunteer applications are being accepted now through June 13, 2014. After an evaluation and interview process, volunteer training will begin on June 23, 2014.

Anyone who has ever visited the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento SHP has undoubtedly crossed paths with a docent.

Each year, approximately 600 men and women volunteer for the California State Railroad Museum’s programs -- including weekend excursion train operations, track construction, restoration and maintenance, even clerical work.

Since the Museum’s 1976 inception, volunteers have contributed more than two million hours of service. A background in history is not required to become a volunteer. In fact, most of the volunteers in the popular program began with little knowledge of railroads or the Gold Rush.

As individuals become more familiar with the Museum’s varied and frequent programs, many volunteers take on additional responsibilities, such as conducting research or giving talks to community organizations. Upon graduation, new docents can choose to work in the Museum interacting with visitors from around the world, working in the railroad restoration shops on rare and unique railroad equipment, work on the Sacramento Southern Excursion Railroad, or other jobs in this dynamic and fun environment.

Volunteer training represents a serious commitment of 84 volunteer hours annually, but the hours are flexible and the rewards can be tremendous. Docents get perks such as a discount at the Museum store, preferential and/or early access to some special events and the pride of working at North America’s largest and most extensive railroad-related museum!

Volunteer applications can be downloaded here.

Completed applications can be emailed to volunteers.capital@parks.ca.gov or mailed/delivered to the Volunteer Coordinator, Capital District, 111 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814. More information is available at 916-323-9280 or 916-475-7969.

For more information about the California Railroad Museum, visit csrmf.org or call (916) 323-9280.

Blog Post information courtesy of T-Rock Communications. Picture courtesy of the California Railroad Museum.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 Amgen Tour Of California Team Rosters Announced

The start list for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California was announced by AEG, presenter of the race. With 128 riders from 16 elite professional cycling teams, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the most important on the international calendar.

With experts already predicting the 2014 edition will host the ninth annual event’s strongest and most competitive field to date, the race begins Sunday, May 11, and will include three of the world’s top-10 cyclists; Tour de France, Giro de Italia and Vuelta a España (Grand Tours) podium finishers; Olympic medalists; 10 World Champions; and six current National Champions, as well as exciting up-and-coming talent.

All will be competing to take top honors in America’s most prestigious cycling race across more than 720 miles of California’s iconic highways, summits and coastlines May 11-18. “We are honored to welcome such a stellar field of cyclists, many of whom have traveled across the world to compete at the 2014 Amgen Tour of California,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to an exciting race with one the most accomplished fields of riders to date.”

The roster of cycling’s best is packed with some of the most decorated cyclists in the world! For a complete list of the team rosters, please visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Fans can cheer on these world-class athletes in person on the 2014 Amgen Tour of California race course May 11 – 18, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports (final Sunday), or from anywhere with the free Tour Tracker app for tablets and mobile devices, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results.

Folsom will host the Individual Time Trials on Monday, May 12. For more information about Amgen's visit to Folsom go to folsom.ca.us.

More information on all of the ways to watch is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Blog Post picture  and information couresty of Amgen Tour of California.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Big Day Of Giving Happening Right NOW!!!

Get ready! The Big Day of Giving starts NOW!!!


WHAT:
Nearly three dozen non-profits will gather to celebrate and promote the Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 6 at Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

The BIG Day of Giving (BIGDoG) is a regional 24 hour online giving challenge to raise funds in support of the vital work of non-profit organizations in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties.The BIGDoG Challenge to the community is to raise $1 million during the 24 hour giving cycle, which will begin at midnight and run through 11:59 p.m. May 6.

Every donation made on the BIGDoG website, givelocalnow.org, will be matched, on a prorated basis, from a pool of $300,000 in matching funds and prize monies, thereby leveraging the community’s gifts to make an even greater impact.
    
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Non-Profit Resource and Information Fair – 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Center Court in the Westfield Galleria at Roseville (adjacent to JC Penney)
1151 Galleria Blvd, Roseville

COST: Event is free; however, we encourage everyone to make a contribution to the charity of their choice!

For more information about the Big Day of Giving, please visit placercf.org.

 Blog Post information and picture courtesy of the Placer Community Foundation.


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Seventh Annual Spring Art Studio Stour May 31st & June 1st

The Seventh Annual Spring Art Studio Tour, sponsored by El Dorado Hills Arts Association, is taking place on May 31st and June 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5p.m.

Enjoy 50 artists work in 23 locations from Folsom, to El Dorado Hills, to Cameron Park, to Shingle Springs.

Print or pick-up a Studio Tour brochure which lists 50 artists, images of their art and directions to their 23 studios. Plan your “Self Guided” Tour using the brochure as your guide.

Seize this unique opportunity to enjoy the FREE Tour of artists in their diverse environments. Look for the red and white Studio Tour signs will help to guide you to the artist's homes.

Enjoy meeting the artists, learning their techniques, asking them questions and observing the materials they use. Treat yourself or a loved one to a gift of original art directly from the artists who create it!
  • What: Spring Art Studio Tour
  • When: May 31 & June 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Who: 50 local artists- painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, potters, ceramics, wood turners, glass artists & mixed media.
  • Where: Self Guided Tour in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs.
  • Why: To support and encourage local artists and the arts.
  • How: Download the Brochure at eldoradohillsarts.com or pick up a brochure at El Dorado Hills Senior Center or The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. 
Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Judy Arrigotti and the El Dorado Hills Arts Association.


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

BIG DoG At Big Day Of Giving Kick-Off Event May 6

Get ready! The Big Day of Giving starts Tuesday!!!


WHAT:
Nearly three dozen non-profits will gather to celebrate and promote the Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 6 at Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

The BIG Day of Giving (BIGDoG) is a regional 24 hour online giving challenge to raise funds in support of the vital work of non-profit organizations in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties.The BIGDoG Challenge to the community is to raise $1 million during the 24 hour giving cycle, which will begin at midnight and run through 11:59 p.m. May 6.

Every donation made on the BIGDoG website, givelocalnow.org, will be matched, on a prorated basis, from a pool of $300,000 in matching funds and prize monies, thereby leveraging the community’s gifts to make an even greater impact.
       
The kick-off event will start with “Waking up with the BIG DoG” mascot at 5:30 a.m. to set-up for the non-profit resource fair which opens to the community at 10 a.m. Community members will be able meet non-profit representatives, learn about and donate in support of the local non-profit of their choice.

Kick-off festivities include live entertainment featuring the talents of local non-profit performing arts and entertainment groups, the BIG DoG mascot, giveaways and incentives from local organizations, and a chance to win a Westfield shopping spree.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Wake Up with Big Dog Event Kick-Off – 5:30 a.m.
Non-Profit Resource and Information Fair – 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Center Court in the Westfield Galleria at Roseville (adjacent to JC Penney)
1151 Galleria Blvd, Roseville

COST: The kick-off event is free; however, we encourage everyone to make a contribution to the charity of their choice!

For more information about the Big Day of Giving, please visit placercf.org.

 Blog Post information and picture courtesy of the Placer Community Foundation.


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Friday, May 2, 2014

Road Closure/Traffic Impacts On May 12 For Amgen

On Monday, May 12, Folsom will host 128 of the world’s best pro cyclists at the AMGEN Tour of California!

The race starts and finishes in Historic Folsom.

At 1:05 p.m., the first rider will embark on the 12.5-mile course through Folsom for the “Race of Truth” – the Stage 2 Individual Time Trial.  In this stage of the 8-day race, the riders compete solely against the clock, and are dispatched at 1-minute intervals.  Earlier in the day, races are conducted for pro women and amateur riders.

What’s happening in the Historic District? From 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., large crowds will gather near the start and finish lines, and to enjoy the Tour of CA Lifestyle Festival with music, food, vendors and an up-close look at the cyclists as they warm up and prepare for the races.

Excellent alternative viewing options include:
  • Either side of Rainbow Bridge (but not on it for safety reasons)
  • Folsom Lake Crossing Bridge (lots of room, safe and beautiful)
  • Lake Natoma Crossing (upstream side)Turn-around on Green Valley Road near County Line
  • East Natoma between Folsom Lake Crossing and Green Valley roads
How to get there and where to park: If possible, walk, ride your bike, or take Light Rail to the Historic District. Three secured Bike Valet stations will be available (look for signs).  Note that vehicle parking will not be allowed on residential Historic District streets.  Parking lots are located within walking distance of the Festival area.

Road closures in effect 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12:
  • Rainbow Bridge & Folsom Lake Crossing
  • Lake Natoma Crossing limited to one lane per direction
  • Folsom-Auburn Road limited to one southbound lane (no northbound traffic)
  • Riley St. closed between Sutter and Leidesdorff
  • Sutter and Leidesdorff closed between Folsom Blvd and Scott St
  • Reading, Decatur and Wool closed between Figueroa and Leidesdorff
  • East Natoma St closed between Folsom Lake Crossing and Blue Ravine
  • Green Valley Road closed between the County line and East Natoma St.
More information about the event and parking on folsom.ca.us.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  the City of Folsom.


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