Saturday, March 29, 2014

7th Annual Folsom High Physics And Engineering Challenge April 11

Innovation--and catapults, solar cars, rockets, wind turbines, hovercrafts, aerodynamics--all to fly at the Folsom High Engineering Challenge.

Physics teacher Eric Wright’s eleventh and twelfth grade students will showcase their applications of physics and mathematics in 50 different projects that will be judged by volunteer Folsom High School teachers, SMUD, Intel, Aero-jet, CAL-ISO, Army Corp of Engineers, etc. 

Projects will be judged using the following criteria: craftsmanship of project, presentation of project poster, quality of oral presentation, quality of results, discussion and conclusion on poster presentation.

This school year, Wright’s students have participated in a number of projects that tested their applications of physics and mathematics, including building boats that will be tested at a “regatta” event in May 23, 2014 at Negro Bar state beach at 3:30 p.m.

WHAT:  7th annual Folsom High School Physics and Engineering Challenge (STEM) and the 2nd annual “FOLSOM-BRATION” will feature 80 student teams and 50 different engineering projects that will showcase students’ application of physics, engineering, mathematics and the very 2nd Folsom-Bration celebrating the amazing talent in the arts, engineering and sciences at FHS.

WHO:  All students enrolled in the Folsom High physics, engineering, and art classes.

WHEN:  Friday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Folsom High School, Jill Solberg Theater Lobby, FHS Central Quad and Library
1655 Iron Point Road, Folsom
Contact Eric Wright at at the event to secure a visitor badge.

WHY:  Paper airplanes (aerodynamics lift and drag)—which are typically the source of student hi-jinks in the classroom—will have their rightful place, alongside catapults, hovercrafts, rockets, sterling engines, wind turbines, digital circuits, boe-bot robots, trusses, robots, telsa coils, wind turbine, 24V solar cars, rockets, the physics version of the dunk tank.

For more information, please contact Eric Wright at

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Folsom High School.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Ballet Folsom Presents I Want Candy!

Something sweet is coming to the Sacramento region in April. A new story ballet entitled I Want Candy!, conceived by Joy Victor, formerly of the American Ballet Theatre, and Deirdre Hawkins, Artistic Director of Ballet Folsom. The concert takes place April 12 & 13, 2014 at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater in Folsom, featuring the Ballet Folsom company dancers.  

Joy Victor and Deirdre Hawkins share the choreography in bringing to life this endearing story ballet.  While the storyline is decidedly focused on a younger audience, there’s something for the adults as well. The story centers on the simple concept of fond memories associated with candy—the universal treat that everyone loves in one form or another.  I Want Candy! is a celebration of the happiness that candy brings to our lives.  “Candy sparks memories in all of us that are sentimental and heart-warming” said Joy Victor.

The story features a cast of characters including the Candy Man who invents a machine that will create any candy he desires. His helpers are the Candy Meisters and together they plan to present a show featuring many types of candy in dancer form. Each candy has a personality befitting their type of sweet treat.  Over twenty candies will be danced. 

There are the flirty Conversation Hearts, elegant French Lavender Mints, exotic Turkish Rose Delights, sticky Gummy Bears, snooty chocolate Nonpareils (French for unparalleled), perky Starlight Mints and hard-edged Rock Candy.  The Candy Man’s plans go awry when the machine begins to malfunction and starts to produce Popcorn instead of candy. The Popcorn know they aren’t candy but want to be part of the production so they steal candies one-by-one to make themselves known to the audience.  Once the candy realizes the theft, they plan a little sweet revenge!

Ticket Prices: Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children: $10. Groups of 10 or more receive 10% off the ticket price.

The ballet will be performed Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater on the Folsom High School campus. Tickets may be purchased by logging on to or call the Stages office at (916) 355-8080.

 Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Ballet Folsom.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Tommy Apostolos Fund 24th Annual Dinner & Dance Benefit April 5th

Join The Tommy Apostolos Fund for their 24th Annual Dinner & Dance Benefit on Saturday, April 5th.

This year's event will be held at the Roseville Sports Center, 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville from 6-10 p.m.

Dinner catered by Dickey's Barbecue Pit.

No-host bar! Try your luck with raffle prizes and a silent auction, and dance the night away to SJ's Disc Jockey!

TAF is a California nonprofit organization that raises funds to purchase clothing for underprivileged Roseville-based school children. These funds go directly to these purchase programs for children who are selected through the Roseville and Dry Creek School Districts. Teachers and staff within the school districts identify the children who come from underprivileged or low income families within the local community, and they are then offered the opportunity to shop with the TAF program.

Cost is $40 per person / $75 per couple. To purchase tickets, and for more information, please visit Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, 650 Douglas Blvd.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of The Tommy Apostolos Fund and the Roseville Chamber of Commerce.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Community Service Fair April 5th

Teens, what are your plans for helping your community this summer?

Come to The College Planning Center and meet with representatives from non-profit organizations that can use your assistance.

Not only will you be able to provide much needed help to worthwhile causes, but you will build your resume and develop your interests that may translate to a future career!

  • Community SERVICE – Volunteer Fair
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4 – 6p.m.
  • The College Planning Center, 250 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1311 (next to Color Me Mine), Folsom
Here is a sampling of the community service organizations that will be attending:
  • Hands4Hope
  • Gallery at 48 Natomas
  • Folsom's Hope
  • FCUSD Community Outreach
  • Educational Homestay Programs
  • Sacramento Children's Museum
  • All About Equine
Bring a friend! Open to the public.

For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Help A Folsom High Graduate Win Her Fight Against Cancer

Some of you may know the names Mikaela Ubry and Keith Knapp, Folsom High graduates from the class of 2007 and high school sweethearts. 

After they graduated from college in 2011, Mikaela and Keith were married. Three years later, Mikaela was diagnosed with cancer and needs our help. 

Please see this report from Friday, March 21, from Channel 10 News to learn more about Mikeaela's battle with cancer:

Here are some ways you can help Mikaela:

1. Go to the following website and sign a petition "Bristol-Myers Squibb: Give My Wife a Chance against Cancer: Please Grant Compassionate Use for Mikaela Right Away" on to help her receive genetic testing.  She needs 100,000 signatures and each of YOURS counts!!! Click here to sign the petition.

2.  Keith and Mikaela received a recommendation to test the genetics of Mikaela's cancer so that they can explore therapies targeted specifically to her.  Their insurance does not cover this, and it is quite expensive.

Mikaela was very involved in community service through Folsom Hight School's Interact Club and other clubs on campus and worked for the high school newspaper, The Bulldog Times.  She truly gave her time and energy to Folsom High and the community of Folsom. Let's give back to someone who was so invloved in our community!  

Any donation will help Mikaela! Click here to donate and you can also type Mikaela a message.

Please help spread the word by posting this blog post to your Facebook page and asking others to repost  so we can help Mikaela win this battle!

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Mikaela Ubry's Fundraising Team

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Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Magic! Returns To Harris Center March 30th

Harris Center for the Arts audiences has fallen in love with It’s Magic! as shown by consecutive years of sold-out performances and added performances... Now this show returns to Folsom with an exciting all-new lineup!
It’s Magic! is in its 56th year; each season presents the world’s top magic and variety performers in a production designed for the entire family.  Stars from all corners of the globe including Las Vegas, Europe, Asia and Hollywood's Magic Castle dazzle audiences with their amazing acts.

This live stage show is unique in that it features many of the top professional magicians worldwide, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. Many of these performers are internationally recognized award-winners, direct from exotic showrooms around the world as well as Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. Parents who came to see It’s Magic! as youngsters are now bringing their children and grand­children to see this amazing line-up of famous magicians.

The tradition of an all-star magic show started in 1956 when two young entrepreneurs, Milt Larsen and Oliver Berliner, produced a show called Hocus Pocus ‘56 at the magnificent (now demolished) Carthay Circle Theater in West Los Angeles. The following year, the show was renamed It’s Magic! and moved to the 1300 seat Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles’ swank Hancock Park area.

At first, the shows played for a very limited time only. However, as the number of fans grew, the number of performances was expanded. The success of It’s Magic! proved there was a genuine interest in the ancient art form of magic. This, in turn, gave Larsen the idea of forming a full-time private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts. Thus was born the Magic Castle, which opened its doors in 1963. Many credit this show as the spark that rekindled the resurgence of the art of magic in America.

In 1965 Milt produced It’s Magic! as a solo venture with his brother Bill as Associate Producer. It’s Magic! then moved to the Variety Arts Theater in downtown Los Angeles in 1977 and played annually until the mid­eighties. Since its inception, Southern California audiences were treated to such legendary magicians as Harry Blackstone (senior and junior), John Calvert, Senor Wences, Richiardi, Chang, Mark Wilson, Frakson, Tenkai and Dai Vernon. The show also provided the springboard for newcomers like Lance Burton, Mark Kalin, Shimada, The Pendragons and Harry Anderson, all of whom have since become stars.

It's Magic! has two performances on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. (Sign Interpreted Performance) and 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at $21-$34; Premium $45. Tickets are available online at 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.

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