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 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 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 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

All adoptions from Placer SPCA include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, and a voucher for a free veterinary exam. Please visit 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,, 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.

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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

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