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 April, 2014

 

Saturday, April 12; Sunday, April 13; and Saturday, April 26 – In-Sync Dance of Auburn presents “Beauty and The Beast”

Enjoy a full-length ballet with original choreography. This is entertaining for all ages! Shows: April 12 & 13 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Bear River High School Performing Arts Theater, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley; and April 26 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. at The Center For Arts, 314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530.823.6782 or visit insyncdanceofauburn.com.

Tuesday, April 22 – 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. – The State of Yuba Earth Day

April 22 The State of Yuba Earth Day

 

Tuesday, April 22 – 7:00 p.m. – Sierra Foothills Iris Society Meeting

The Sierra Foothills Iris Society will hold their monthly meeting in the Rose Room of the Auburn Civic/Community Center, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. This month’s program will be learning all about “How to Put on an Iris Show” and “How to Show Your Iris.” A disc from the American Iris Society will be shown, and there will also be a hands-on demo of how to show an iris if new attendees are present. This program is annual as they are preparing for their upcoming show. See the event listing for Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 for details about their 18th Annual Iris Show. For more information about the monthly meeting, please e-mail ymeador@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 23 – Art for Kids Sake

April 23 Art for Kids Sake

 

Saturday, April 26 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Scotch Broom Challenge – Wolf Creek at Wolf Road

Work continues at the Wolf Creek site on Wolf Road to remove broom and plant native plants along the creek. Volunteers meet at the bridge, about one mile west of Highway 49, before Duggan’s Road. This project is sponsored by the Wolf Creek Community Alliance (WCCA). For more information, please visit areyoufiresafe.com/hot-links/scotch-broom-challenge-dates/.

Saturday, April 26 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Free Medication Take Back Day

April 26 Medication Take Back

 

Saturday, April 26 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Downtown Car Show

Apr 26 10 a to 3p, June 21 10 a to 5 p and June 22 10 a to 5 p Downtown Car Show and Gold Rush Days

 

Saturday, April 26 – 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Art & Brew

April 26 Art and Brew

 

Saturday, April 26 – 7:00 p.m. – Roseville Fire Museum’s Fireman’s Ball

April 26 Roseville Fire Museum Firemans Ball

 

 

Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 – 18th Annual Iris Show

Sierra Foothills Iris Society will present their 18th Annual Iris Show. This year’s show is being held in memory of one of their founders, Bertha Brownlee. She is and will always be missed by many. The show will be held at 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, in the Rose Room. Hours are Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entries can be set up Friday, April 25 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 26 from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m., then everyone has to leave the area for judging. The theme of this year’s show is Rock n Roll for the Artistic Section of the show for arrangements; an example of one of the sections is “Jailhouse Rock,” which would be the designer’s choice of iris using rocks or stones in the arrangement. This is an accredited iris show. Attendance and entry are free, and all are welcome. Contact Kathy Braaten for more information at 530.477.2811 or katbrat@cebridge.net.

Sunday, April 27 – 5:00 p.m. – An Evening with an American Hero

 

April 27 An Evening with an American Hero

 

Tuesday, April 29 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Identity Theft Seminar

April 29 Identity Theft Seminar

 

Tuesday, April 29 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Neighborhood Chat

April 29 Neighborhood Chat

 

Now through Sunday, April 27 –  Springtime At Ananda

Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village invites you to Springtime at Ananda, the annual tulip garden event. This year promises to be the most spectacular yet with over 13,000 tulips blooming against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada foothills, Yuba River, and Tahoe National Forest. Springtime at Ananda events are every weekend in April; however, guests are also welcome to visit the garden weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free.  For the event schedule, peak tulip display, or additional information, visit crystalhermitage.org.

Various dates in April – Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve Placer County’s natural and agricultural lands for future generations. You can train to be a docent to lead a run, bike ride, or horse ride. Placer Land Trust offers activities and events to the public. Events in April: Harvego Bear River Preserve Hike – Wildflowers; Easter Egg Hunt; and Walk on the Wild Side. For more information, please visit placerlandtrust.org.

Various Dates in April – City of Rocklin Events

The City of Rocklin offers events and activities for the public. In April: Rocklin Ramble 5K Obstacle Run is taking registration; and Spring Camp. For more information, please go to their Facebook page at Rocklin Parks & Recreation, e-mail jim.crosthwaite@rocklin.ca.us, or call (916) 625-5215.

Various Dates in April - Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town in Sacramento is a 2.5-acre children’s play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life. They also offer special events and activities. In April: Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival; Puppet Show “The Adventures of Sir Enamel;” and Spring Eggstravaganza. For more information, please call (916) 808-5356, or go to fairytaletown.org.

Wednesdays through April 30 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Crescendo Chorus For People Affected By Parkinson’s Disease

Colla Voce of the Sierra and McConnell Music Therapy Services offer “Crescendo Chorus” for people affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Patients, caregivers, and family members are welcome. This will be at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Auburn. No music experience is necessary. This is a non-performance, therapy-based singing group. It will provide: vocal and communication support through breathing, posture, and vocal exercises; increased physical functioning through use of rhythm and movement to music; an increased opportunity for new social and emotional support systems; artistic venue to share PD information with the community at large; and a community-based FUN experience with a purpose – To Sing and feel great! The cost is $149 per person/family, and scholarships are available by application. For more information, please contact Tara McConnell at (916) 996-1589 or tara.mmts@gmail.com; or Janine Dexter at Director@collavoce.org.

Various dates in April – UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardeners

The UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardeners offer events and workshops. In April: Tomatoes – From Seed to Table; Irrigation; and Plant Sale. Please call if you need assistance or require accommodations for any physical challenge. You can check for class changes on their answering line at (530) 621-5511, or their website where you can also get more information at ucanr.org/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners. If you need more information, you can also call (530) 621-5512. Please also check out their Facebook page at El Dorado County Master Gardeners.

Various Dates in April – Sierra College

Sierra College in Rocklin offers classes and activities to the public. In April: Hands-On Math Teacher Workshop; Introduction to 7S Workplace Organization; Vocal Jazz Recital; Restoring Salmon to the Upper Yuba; Actor Lee Stetson returns to Sierra College for John Muir Play; Author Rayme Waters presentation; Free forum, “Water Wars, Warriors and Climate Change;” and  A Spring Band Invitational Concert. For more information, please visit sierracollege.edu.

Various dates in AprilAuburn Library

The Auburn Library, located at 350 Nevada Street, offers events through the year. In April: Used Book Sales; One Book One Community Avalanche Film; NOON Speaker Series; Great Books Discussion Group; Board Meeting; and Poetry and Wine. For more information, please visit folauburn.org.

Various dates in April  - Placer Nature Center

Placer Nature Center in Auburn offers activities and classes for people of all ages. In April: Sandbox Scientist; Wildflower Identification Workshop; Earth, Rain & Fire!; Astronomy and Stargazing; Nature Play Hour; and Come Play With Us! For more information, please call (530) 878-6053, or go to placernaturecenter.org.

Various dates in AprilLoomis Basin Events

Here are some upcoming events in April in the Loomis Basin: Loomis Relay for Life; Loomis Town Strategic Plan/Goal Workshop; Les Miserables; FFA BBQ Plant Sale; E-Waste Recycling; and 10th Scones for Gold. For more information, please contact the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce at 916.652.7252 or loomischamber.com.

Various dates in April – Auburn Connections

Auburn Connections offers free How-To Sessions. In April: Active Job Seekers; Technology Introduction & Overview; DIY Online Learning; Software Applications; Internet & Social Media; Resume/Cover Letter; Computer Networks, Mobile Devices, Security, & Safety; Networking/Informational Interview/Hidden Job Market; Gaining Confidence, Attitude, and Employability; Communicating Effectively; Interview Tips – Reclaim Your Self-Confidence; Working Well With Others; and Customer Service. For more information or to sign up, call (530) 823-4631.

Various Dates in April – Maidu Museum & Historic Site

The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers activities and events. In April: Campfire; Free Night at the Museum; and Yomen – A Spring Celebration. For more information, please visit the Facebook page of Maidu Museum & Historic Site.

Various dates in April – California Auto Museum

The California Automobile Museum, located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, offers exhibits, classes, trips, and special events. In April: Tour on Engines (Vroom) 2nd Saturday Tour Series; ARTomotive Photography Workshop; and 3rd Thursday Night. You can also visit their gift shop and Vic’s Ice Cream Parlor. For more information, please call (916) 442-6802, or visit calautomuseum.org.

Various Dates from Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, May 10 – Miss Saigon

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) celebrates its 20th Year with the Tony-award winning musical, Miss Saigon at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. Miss Saigon is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. For ticket information, please visit catsweb.org. The April 18 at 8:00 p.m. performance is a Benefit for the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Tickets to the Benefit may be purchased by calling 530.265.1407, or by going to any western Nevada County branch.

Saturdays and Sundays through May 11 – 11:00 a.m. – Guided Wildflower Walks at Bridgeport

Come enjoy guided wildflower walks at South Yuba River State Park, Bridgeport, in Nevada County. Meet at the north parking lot. Call (530) 432-2546, or go to parks.ca.gov for more information.

Various dates through Thursday, May 15 – Kindergarten Round-Up at St. Joseph Catholic School

Sign up for a Kindergarten Round-Up Session for enrollment at St. Joseph Catholic School for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Consider St. Joseph Catholic School in taking the first and right step towards an investment in your child’s education. The sessions will consist of whole-group, small-group, and individual activities that include listening to a story, working with numbers and letters, cutting, and drawing. These sessions for an individual child will typically last 30 minutes. The Round-Up Sessions will take place in the Kindergarten Room at the school at 11610 Atwood Road in Auburn. For more information including session dates, enrollment information, and student applications, please visit saintjosephauburn.org, or call (530) 885-4490.

Now through Friday, May 30 – FOX40 “Cosmos Student of the Week”

Cosmos:  A Spacetime Odyssey, sets off on a new voyage. To celebrate the sciences, FOX40 brings you the “COSMOS Student of the Week” sponsored by the California Capital Airshow. Select students will participate in a science project live on the FOX40 News with morning meteorologist Darren Peck. Students can be any age from preschool to college. To nominate a “Cosmos Student of the Week,” visit FOX40.com/student.

Friday, April 4 through Friday, May 30 – Gunsmoke: Discipline Comes To Dodge

This is an interactive comedy murder mystery at Lou La Bonte’s Dinner Theater based on the TV western. You guess whodunit while enjoying a delicious gourmet buffet dinner including prime rib. Music will be performed by the cast of professional actors during the show. This is very funny, and a very fun night out. For more information, please call 530.885.9193, or e-mail davea5775@gmail.com.

Now through Sunday, June 1 – International Student Exchange

International Student Exchange is seeking caring families to host high-school students aged 15 – 18 for 5 – 12 months. Students come with medical insurance and spending money. You provide a loving home with care and guidance, three meals a day, and a bed. There is no such thing as a typical host family. Anyone with a heart for kids can apply. For more information, please call 1.844.556.6688, or visit ISEUSA.com.

Various Dates Through June – Free Business Workshops

Are you an existing small business owner wanting to take your business to the next performance level, or perhaps a budding entrepreneur hoping to start up a new business? The Golden Sierra Job Training Agency is sponsoring five free workshops in Auburn, Roseville, Lincoln, Shingle Springs, and El Dorado Hills from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on various dates through June. Topics include how to improve financial management, marketing, planning, relationship management, access to capital, workforce development, and other free resources. Please call 530.823.4703 for details and to reserve your seat.

Now through July – Host Families Wanted

The Education First high school exchange program is looking for families to host pre-screened high school students ages 15-18 for the 2014-2015 school year. Students arrive in August, speaking moderate to good English, and are ready for school with everything they need, including insurance and spending money. You are assigned a coordinator that helps with questions and visits monthly. Monthly activities are also provided. Just add a seat at your dinner table, and provide a bed and your family’s American way of life. Families are also being sought for students who need a temporary place to stay prior to getting settled with their host families. Many school districts have limited space, so apply early.  Families with no children, and single parents may apply. For information, call 916.895.0982, or email Sara Thompson at highschoolexchange@yahoo.com.

Ongoing – Classes Aimed at Small Business

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is a nonprofit providing affordable small business classes on business planning, finances, marketing, time management, and selling your business. In addition, SEDCorp has invited four State agencies to discuss Basic Sales and Use tax, eProcurement, State Basic Payroll Tax and State Income Tax, and Small Business. Classes are located in Auburn, Placerville, and Roseville. For class details, call SEDCorp at (530) 823-4703, or visit sedcorp.biz under Events.

Ongoing – Photo Contest

Historic Nevada City is presenting a photo contest. Submit your photos for a chance to win. Nothing tells a story better than photos. They need your photos to show what makes Nevada City such a special place. Every month they’ll choose a “Photo of the Month” and the winner will receive either a bottle of local wine and two “Nevada City” wine glasses to go with it, or a box of chocolates. At the end of the year, each of the monthly winners will have a chance at being selected as the Grand Prize Winner. The winner will receive a Nevada City gift basket which will include gifts from local shops, food and wine, gift certificates for dining, and other local services. For more information, and to submit your photos, please visit nevadacitychamber.com/photo-contest.

Ongoing – Shop AmazonSmile to Benefit Seniors First Inc

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Seniors First Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. To shop, visit smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0430154.

Ongoing – C – Horse Ranch

C – Horse Ranch offers riding lessons, a special needs riding program, cancer support group, riding camps, and other activities and events. They are located at 11685 Lorenson Road in Auburn. For more information, please call Honey Cowan at 530.888.7766, or visit chorseranchauburn.com.

 

May, 2014

 

Thursday, May 1 – 11:00 a.m. – Sons in Retirement Welcoming New Members

Get the best out of your retirement! Join Sons in Retirement Placer Gold Branch 37 (SIRS), Auburns original Men’s Retirement organization. Drop by the Auburn Elks Lodge at 11:00 a.m. the first Thursday of every month for a lunch social. The May 1 speaker will be Lt. Commander, Richard J, Nowatzki, US Navy Retired, LCDR. Nowatzki served aboard the carrier USS Hornet during the battle of Midway during WWII, where he witnessed the takeoff of the famed Doolittle Raiders on their mission to bomb Japan. He survived the sinking of the carrier and went on to participate in a number of Pacific battles. The many activities at SIRs include poker, golf, computers, model airplane flying, bocce ball, etc. There are no dues. They are looking forward to adding new members, so come check them out. For more information, please e-mail mike50moore@icloud.com, or call 530.906.5025.

Thursday, May 1 – 7:00 p.m. – Former Bankruptcy Attorney Forbes to Speak on “The Dark Money Cure”

“The Dark Money Cure,” a presentation on the corrosive impact of big money in American politics and what we can do about it by attorney James Forbes, will take place at the Placer County Library, 350 Nevada Street, Auburn. Sponsored by the Auburn Area Democratic Club, this presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Doors to the Beecher Room will open at 6:45 p.m. for refreshments and socializing prior to Mr. Forbes’ presentation. For a preview of Forbes’ presentation on this topic, view his YouTube video at youtube.com/watch?v=PjBri4t1YDs. For more information about the presentation, please visit auburndemocrats.org.

Friday, May 2 – Noon – 17th Annual “Chipping Away At Childhood Cancer” Charity Golf Tournament

Join the Keaton Raphael Memorial for a day on the course with a Twist of De Mayo at Lincoln Hills Golf Course to support local kids battling cancer! There will be a noon shotgun start, and a Post Gold Fiesta at 5:30 p.m. Lincoln Hills Golf Course is located at 1500 Sun City Blvd., Lincoln. For more information, please call (916) 757-6133, or e-mail events@childcancer.org.

Friday, May 2 – Registration Deadline for Skyridge PTC The Ridge Golf Course & Knee Deep Brewing Company (see Friday, May 9 for event details)

Saturday, May 3 – 9:00 a.m. – Gold Express Drill Team & Penn Valley Community Rodeo Poker Ride

May 3 Gold Express Drill TEam Poker Run

 

Saturday, May 3 – 10:00 a.m. to Noon – Safe Kids Day

May 3 Safe Kids Day

 

Sunday, May 4 – 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Fairground Improvement Day

The Gold Country Fair and the Auburn Fair Boosters are working together to protect and enhance the Gold Country Fairgrounds with ongoing volunteer support and special events, and informing Placer County residents about the importance of our fairgrounds. The Fairground Improvement Day program encourages community organizations, school clubs, corporations, and individuals to take an active role in improving the Gold Country Fairgrounds. One unselfish act benefits the entire community. Improving the fairgrounds can take many forms, including providing maintenance assistance in the form of general clean-up, painting, weeding, and planting of new vegetation; donating products and resources; and volunteering hours during the fair to help visitors receive a high level of customer service. To register, please visit bit.ly/2014FGID.

Sunday, May 4 – 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. – Old Auburn Cemetery Tours

Please join Placer County Museums at the Old Auburn Cemetery for Historic Haunts: A Tour of the Old Auburn Cemetery. Tours will last about an hour, and include 18 notable plots. The Native Sons of the Golden West will have their restored 1860s hearse and 1890s mudwagon on display for photographs. The first tour begins at 1:30, and the last tour will start no later than 3:45. You don’t need to reserve your tour; just show up and register and they’ll organize groups. The cemetery is located at 170 Fulweiler Avenue across from the Placer County Administrative Center, where you may park. Tours will start at the back left side of the cemetery as you enter the main gate. This is a rain or shine event, so please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. There are no restrooms. The tour is free, and free bottled water will be available. For more information, please call 530.889.6500.

Tuesdays beginning May 6 – 6:00 to  9:00 p.m. – The Parent Project

New Morning Youth and Family Services is offering The Parent Project®, an evidence-based program for parents of strong-willed youth between the ages of 11 and 18. The program continues through July 15 in Placerville. The curriculum covers topics including: The importance of verbal and nonverbal “I love you” messages; setting boundaries; success in school; issues with drugs, alcohol, and sex; avoiding power struggles; when to use a TEASPOT (take everything away for a short period of time); when to take threats of suicide or running away seriously; and what to do. The program also shares how to utilize key resources in our community. The cost is dependent upon the family’s ability to pay, and may be out of pocket or covered by Medi-Cal or other funding sources. For more information or to register for the program, please contact Heather Grudin at 530.622.5551, ext.306.

Friday, May 9 – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Kids Art Walk

May 9 Colfax Kids Art Walk

 

Friday, May 9 (registration deadline May 2) – 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. – The Skyridge PTC presents the first annual The Ridge Golf Course & Knee Deep Brewing Company

Check-in is at 3:00 p.m.; shotgun start is at 3:30. Golf consists of 9 holes, 4-person scramble with 72+ players. Dinner will be provided by Cruzin’ Fusion Taqueria at Knee Deep Brewing Company immediately following the scramble, where there will be giveaways, silent auction, dinner, and awards. Golf registration is $50 per person, and includes 9-hole golf scramble, cart, dinner, and awards. Registration deadline is May 2. You can sign up with a foursome, or as an individual to be placed with a group. Dinner only is $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the Skyridge School Library & Computer Lab. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, please visit skyridgeptc.org.

Saturday, May 10 (Registration Closing Date May 9) – 7:00 a.m. – Gold Country Cycling Challenge

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley invites you to participate in this event, which includes a 50k, 100k, and 100-mile tour of the beautiful Gold Country. The ride is fully supported by volunteers, rest stops, support vehicles, and well-marked routes. After your ride, relax, visit, purchase t-shirts and jerseys, and enjoy a hearty dinner and live entertainment. Bring your kids to enjoy the family ride and children’s bike rodeo. The event will promote the new “Give ‘Em Three” law. The Century Ride begins at 7:00 a.m., the Metric at 7:30 a.m., and the half-Metric between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. All rides start at Gate 4 of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. BBQ and beverages will be served from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Live entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please visit rotarygoldcountrychallenge.com or Facebook page Gold Country Bicycle Challenge.

Saturday, May 10 – Noon – 5th Annual Hillbilly Chili Cookoff

May 10 Hillbilly Chili Cookoff

 

Saturday, May 10 – 5:00 p.m. – Moonalice at Smilin’ Fest

Moonalice is the legendary psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Everyone is a part of the experience, and the music inspires dancing, twirling, and other acts of self expression. This will be held at Country Club Saloon, 4007 Taylor Rd., Loomis. Moonalice’s hit single “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded over 4.4 million times. You can download it at rvrb.it/1dtDJVn. As with every Moonalice concert, each guest leaves with an original art poster memorializing the show by a well-known poster artist. Plus the show is broadcast live in HD to the Moonalice Couch Tour™ and is available in archive shortly after their set. To see posters and videos from all shows, visit moonalice.com. For tickets, please call 916.652.4007.

Saturday, May 10 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – It’s Showtime! Music of the Stage and Screen

The Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, a 48-piece wind ensemble conducted by Robert Halseth, performs at Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Flutist Jeremiah Duarte Bills, a Loomis native, is featured in Borne’s Fantaisie Brillante, a virtuosic composition of famous melodies from Bizet’s opera Carmen. Other major works on the program include Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to“Candide,” Dello Joio’s Scenes from “The Louvre,”and John Williams’ monumental Star Wars Trilogy. The concert is sponsored by Sierra College Friends of the Library. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors and students. For more information, please visit sierranevadawinds.org, or call 530.269.0395.

Saturday, May 10 – 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at the American River Canyon Overlook. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and stars. Dress warmly. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Thursday, May 15 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra

InConcert Sierra presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra. Nothing short of magic, Maestro Ken Hardin will conjure a musical spell to enchant with thrilling dynamic variety, lush harmonies, and boundless energy. Join them to become “transfixed by the combination of talent and emotion of the singers and orchestra.” This will be held at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley. For more information, please e-mail connie@inconcertsierra.org, or call (530) 273-3990.

Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 18 – Sixth Annual Rocklin Community Festival

May 15 through 18 Sixth Annual Rocklin Community Festival

 

Friday, May 16 – 6:30 p.m. – 2nd Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

This is presented by Advocates for Mentally Ill Housing, and will be held at the Auburn Holiday Inn, 120 Grass Valley Highway. They would love to see you at their fundraising event this year. There will be outstanding prizes, giveaways, no-host bar, appetizer/dessert bar, professional tournament staff, and beginner lessons the first half hour. Last year the big winner had never played before, but went home with hundreds of dollars in winnings. For tickets, call 530.878.5088. For more information, please visit amihousing.org.

Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18 – 57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo

May 16 - 18 Penn Valley Rodeo

 

Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18 – Sacramento Gem Faire

This will be held at Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Hours are Friday noon to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for a weekend pass. Get fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals, and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 70 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site. Jewelry repair will be available while you shop. Displays and demos are provided by Sacramento Mineral Society. There will be free hourly door prizes. For more information, please visit gemfaire.com, call 503.252.8300, or email info@gemfaire.com.

Saturday, May 17 – 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Annual Flea Market

The Grass Valley Knights of Columbus is sponsoring their popular Annual Flea Market at the corner of McCourtney and Old Auburn Roads – across from Gate 3 of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Vendor spaces are available in 3 sizes – please contact 530.477.3401 or KofCFleaMarket@gmail.com for details, rates, or to reserve a space. Shoppers will find fun and unique items at fabulous bargain prices from multiple vendors. Proceeds benefit local charitable organizations.

Saturday, May 17 – 16th Annual Sierra Foothills Mountain Bike Endurance Ride

May 16 16th Annual Sierra Foothills Mountain Bike Endurance Ride

 

 

Saturday, May 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Gold Country Book Festival

May 17 Gold Country Book Festival

 

Saturday May 17 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Sacramento Stork Walk

More than 500 people will soar through Maidu Park in Roseville, 1550 Maidu Drive, for the Sacramento Stork Walk to raise funds for free pregnancy services at the Sacramento Life Center, Alternatives Pregnancy Center, and New Life Pregnancy Center. The 5K walk is family-friendly, and last year raised $50,000 for the organizations’ work with low-income pregnant women and teens. For more information, to sign up, or to make a donation, visit sacramentostorkwalk.org.

Saturday, May 17 – Women of Worth Bingo Night

Join Women of Worth for a fun night of Bingo to raise money for Women Of Worth. There will be food, silent auction items, wine, giveaway items, and prizes! Tickets are $25 presale, or $30 at the door. For more information, see the Facebook page of Women of Worth Bingo Night.

Monday, May 19 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. – Poetry Benefit for Women’s Wisdom Art

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Saturday, May 24 – Western States Trail – Fire Restoration Benefit – Ride & Tie Equathon

Ride & Tie consists of two people and one horse switching off pony express style. Course is complete when all members cross the finish line. Equathon is where one person rides the course, pulses horse down and then sending their runner off to complete the rest of the course. This event is being promoted to combine the running and horse communities’ energies to raise additional funds for fire restoration efforts the Western States Trail. You do not have to ride a horse to participate. The idea is to match up runners with horse people to form a Equathon team. And if you happen to have horse-riding skills maybe even the Ride & Tie! This will be held at Olmstead Staging area in Cool. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Auburn Running Company.

Sunday, May 25 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Reseller’s Roundup

May 25 Resellers Round Up

 

Thursday, May 29 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – 7th Annual CASA Light of Hope Event

Come join CASA at Beatnik Studios for a fun evening filled with music, art, silent auction, fine wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Beatnik Studios is located at 723 S St, Sacramento. Ticket price is $50 (Government and non-profit attendees price is $25). For more information, and to RSVP, please call Richelle Donaldson at 916.875.3010.

Various Dates from Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, May 10 – Miss Saigon

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) celebrates its 20th Year with the Tony-award winning musical, Miss Saigon at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. Miss Saigon is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. For ticket information, please visit catsweb.org. The April 18 at 8:00 p.m. performance is a Benefit for the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Tickets to the Benefit may be purchased by calling 530.265.1407, or by going to any western Nevada County branch.

Saturdays and Sundays through May 11 – 11:00 a.m. – Guided Wildflower Walks at Bridgeport

Come enjoy guided wildflower walks at South Yuba River State Park, Bridgeport, in Nevada County. Meet at the north parking lot. Call (530) 432-2546, or go to parks.ca.gov for more information.

Various dates through Thursday, May 15 – Kindergarten Round-Up at St. Joseph Catholic School

Sign up for a Kindergarten Round-Up Session for enrollment at St. Joseph Catholic School for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Consider St. Joseph Catholic School in taking the first and right step towards an investment in your child’s education. The sessions will consist of whole-group, small-group, and individual activities that include listening to a story, working with numbers and letters, cutting, and drawing. These sessions for an individual child will typically last 30 minutes. The Round-Up Sessions will take place in the Kindergarten Room at the school at 11610 Atwood Road in Auburn. For more information including session dates, enrollment information, and student applications, please visit saintjosephauburn.org, or call (530) 885-4490.

Now through Friday, May 30 – FOX40 “Cosmos Student of the Week”

Cosmos:  A Spacetime Odyssey, sets off on a new voyage. To celebrate the sciences, FOX40 brings you the “COSMOS Student of the Week” sponsored by the California Capital Airshow. Select students will participate in a science project live on the FOX40 News with morning meteorologist Darren Peck. Students can be any age from preschool to college. To nominate a “Cosmos Student of the Week,” visit FOX40.com/student.

Friday, April 4 through Friday, May 30 – Gunsmoke: Discipline Comes To Dodge

This is an interactive comedy murder mystery at Lou La Bonte’s Dinner Theater based on the TV western. You guess whodunit while enjoying a delicious gourmet buffet dinner including prime rib. Music will be performed by the cast of professional actors during the show. This is very funny, and a very fun night out. For more information, please call 530.885.9193, or e-mail davea5775@gmail.com.

Various Dates in May – Sierra College

Sierra College in Rocklin offers classes and activities to the public. In May: Hands-On Math Teacher Workshop; Placer Pops Chorale Spring Concert Series “City Lights;” and Sierra College Press to Launch New Book, “Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues.” For more information, please visit sierracollege.edu.

Various Dates in May - Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town in Sacramento is a 2.5-acre children’s play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life. They also offer special events and activities. In May: Puppet Show “Hansel and Gretel;” Mad Hatter Meets Sherlock Holmes Fundraiser; and Farms, Friends & Fairytales. For more information, please call (916) 808-5356, or go to fairytaletown.org.

Various dates in MayLoomis Basin Events

Here are some upcoming events in May in the Loomis Basin: Loomis Community Yard Sale; “The Loomis Antique” Peddler’s Fair; 14th Annual Blue Goose Food Extravaganza; Jump In! Dinner Auction; Blues, Brews, & Burgers Concert with Mr. December; Town of Loomis Spring Clean Up Day for Loomis Residents; Del Oro Band Play-a-Thon; Loomis Art Walk; 11th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Tour; Koinonia’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament; Rotary Club Loomis Sunset Tournament; Allegiant Giving Golf Tournament; Burrito Bingo; and 10th Scones for Gold. For more information, please contact the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce at 916.652.7252 or loomischamber.com.

Various dates in May – California Auto Museum

The California Automobile Museum, located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, offers exhibits, classes, trips, and special events. In May: Vettes for Vettes and American Muscle. You can also visit their gift shop and Vic’s Ice Cream Parlor. For more information, please call (916) 442-6802, or visit calautomuseum.org.

Various dates in May – Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve Placer County’s natural and agricultural lands for future generations. You can train to be a docent to lead a run, bike ride, or horse ride. Placer Land Trust offers activities and events to the public. Events in May: Big Hill Preserve Hike. For more information, please visit placerlandtrust.org.

Various Dates in May – City of Rocklin Events

The City of Rocklin offers events and activities for the public. In May: Rocklin Ramble 5K Obstacle Run is taking registration. For more information, please go to their Facebook page at Rocklin Parks & Recreation, e-mail jim.crosthwaite@rocklin.ca.us, or call (916) 625-5215.

Various dates in MayPlacer Nature Center

Placer Nature Center in Auburn offers activities and classes for people of all ages. In May: Tiny Tykes Gardening; and Science Saturday – Flower Power. For more information, please call (530) 878-6053, or go to placernaturecenter.org.

Various dates in May – UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardeners

The UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardeners offer events and workshops. In May: Orchids in the Home; and Mini Series – Mini-Greenhouses, Bucket Cloning, and Compost Tea. Please call if you need assistance or require accommodations for any physical challenge. You can check for class changes on their answering line at (530) 621-5511, or their website where you can also get more information at ucanr.org/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners. If you need more information, you can also call 530.621.5512. Please also check out their Facebook page at El Dorado County Master Gardeners.

Various Dates in May – UCCE Placer & Nevada Counties

UCCE Placer & Nevada Counties offers events and workshops. In May: Free Vegetable Gardening During a Drought Workshop. For more information, please call (530) 889-7385, or visit ceplacernevada.ucanr.edu.

Now through Sunday, June 1 – International Student Exchange

International Student Exchange is seeking caring families to host high-school students aged 15 – 18 for 5 – 12 months. Students come with medical insurance and spending money. You provide a loving home with care and guidance, three meals a day, and a bed. There is no such thing as a typical host family. Anyone with a heart for kids can apply. For more information, please call 1.844.556.6688, or visit ISEUSA.com.

Various dates from Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 8 – Valhalla Renaissance Faire

Come to Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe and rub elbows with nobility, immerse yourself in the Renaissance village, and enjoy continuous entertainment in the streets. On the first weekend is Scottish invasion. This is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, and music for your whole family. On the second weekend, pirate and barbarian hordes invade the festivities. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in scavenger hunts, costume contests, and Talk Like a Pirate Competitions. Mid-week will welcome students from surrounding districts to learn about the Renaissance period. A condensed version will be on June 7 for Family Day. For more information, please visit valhallafaire.com.

Various Dates Through June – Free Business Workshops

Are you an existing small business owner wanting to take your business to the next performance level, or perhaps a budding entrepreneur hoping to start up a new business? The Golden Sierra Job Training Agency is sponsoring five free workshops in Auburn, Roseville, Lincoln, Shingle Springs, and El Dorado Hills from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on various dates through June. Topics include how to improve financial management, marketing, planning, relationship management, access to capital, workforce development, and other free resources. Please call 530.823.4703 for details and to reserve your seat.

Now through July – Host Families Wanted

The Education First high school exchange program is looking for families to host pre-screened high school students ages 15-18 for the 2014-2015 school year. Students arrive in August, speaking moderate to good English, and are ready for school with everything they need, including insurance and spending money. You are assigned a coordinator that helps with questions and visits monthly. Monthly activities are also provided. Just add a seat at your dinner table, and provide a bed and your family’s American way of life. Families are also being sought for students who need a temporary place to stay prior to getting settled with their host families. Many school districts have limited space, so apply early.  Families with no children, and single parents may apply. For information, call 916.895.0982, or email Sara Thompson at highschoolexchange@yahoo.com.

Various Dates from May through October – Sutter Buttes Trail Stewardship Events

Various Dates Sierra Buttes

 

2nd Friday of each month from May through October – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Art Walk

The Colfax Art Walk is an opportunity for both art enthusiasts and those looking for a pleasant evening out to wander from venue to venue (merchants and/or eateries), clearly marked by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs, to view artwork. The artists are on hand to discuss their works. Most venues and artists work together to provide free refreshments as well. It is free to the public, and takes place in the historic Main Street District of Colfax. Working in tandem with Placer Arts, downtown Colfax businesses, local and not-so-local artists, and the Colfax Art Walk Committee, volunteers create and coordinate this event. Maps are available at each participating venue, at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and online approximately one week prior to each art walk. For more information, please call (530) 885-5670, or email office@PlacerArts.org.

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 

Ongoing – Shop AmazonSmile to Benefit Seniors First Inc

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Seniors First Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. To shop, visit smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0430154.

Ongoing – C – Horse Ranch

C – Horse Ranch offers riding lessons, a special needs riding program, cancer support group, riding camps, and other activities and events. They are located at 11685 Lorenson Road in Auburn. For more information, please call Honey Cowan at 530.888.7766, or visit chorseranchauburn.com.

 

June, 2014

 

Various dates from Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 8 – Valhalla Renaissance Faire

Come to Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe and rub elbows with nobility, immerse yourself in the Renaissance village, and enjoy continuous entertainment in the streets. On the first weekend is Scottish invasion. This is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, and music for your whole family. On the second weekend, pirate and barbarian hordes invade the festivities. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in scavenger hunts, costume contests, and Talk Like a Pirate Competitions. Mid-week will welcome students from surrounding districts to learn about the Renaissance period. A condensed version will be on June 7 for Family Day. For more information, please visit valhallafaire.com.

Saturday, June 7 – 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at the Meadow Vista Park. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and stars. Dress warmly. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Thursday, June 12 – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – United Way’s 6th Annual Toilet Paper Drive

Residents can spare a square to help local nonprofits save thousands of dollars each year on toilet paper. United Way California Capital Region’s 6th Annual Toilet Paper Drive will take place at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard, in Sacramento. Last year’s drive raised 229,485 rolls of toilet paper, the equivalent of nearly $230,000 in savings for local nonprofits. The toilet paper will be distributed the following week to many of United Way’s 148 certified nonprofit partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. For more information, visit yourlocalunitedway.org/tp-drive.

Saturday, June 14 – 11:00 a.m. – 2014 Sacramento Pride Festival and Parade

This is produced by and for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, a non-profit organization providing programs and services for LGBT youth and adults. The festival from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will feature hundreds of business and non-profit exhibitors and attractions, including live entertainment, a dance tent, a kids’ zone, animal adoptions, and food trucks. Tickets are $10 per person, free for children age 5 and under, sold in advance online, or at the gate. The Sacramento Pride Parade will be at 11:00 a.m., and feature marching contingents, musical groups, and floats representing area businesses, government agencies, and community organizations. The parade will travel from 3rd and N streets to 10th and N streets. For more information about the festival and the parade, please visit sacramentopride.org.

Saturday, June 14 – 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Sixth Annual Auburn Brewfest

The Sixth Annual Auburn Brewfest is presented by Active 20-30 Auburn #19, and will be held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Farrell Wrenn Park. Tickets until March 31 are $20 Early Bird, General Admission in advance $25, or at the door $35. Ticket includes commemorative mug and open tasting. General admission 10-pack is $200. Designated Driver/Non-Drinker is $5. No person under 21 will be admitted to the event, and Photo ID is required. No pets please. For more information, please e-mail auburn2030@yahoo.com or visit auburnbrewfest.com.

Saturday, June 14 – Fire & Steel

June 14 Fire & Steel

 

Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22 – Dads Bop, Swap & Car Shows

June 20 through 22 Dads Bop Swap & Car Shows

 

Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Gold Rush Days
Take a step back in time to the 1850s Gold Rush Era in historic downtown Grass Valley! Admission and parking are free. There will be activities for families. For more information, please visit historicgrassvalley.com.

Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 – Gold Rush Days

Apr 26 10 a to 3p, June 21 10 a to 5 p and June 22 10 a to 5 p Downtown Car Show and Gold Rush Days

 

Monday, June 23 through Thursday, June 26 – Roseville Kids Fire Camp

June 23 - 26 Roseville Kids Fire CAmp

 

Thursday, June 26 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Women’s Empowerment’s 13th Annual Gala

Community members are invited to the 13th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless, and their children. The event, which raises funds for the organization and honors the group’s 1,115 graduates, will take place at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Guests will mingle with graduates from the program, and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, and presentations from the graduates. Tickets are $100. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (916) 669-2307, or visit womens-empowerment.org.

Saturday, June 28 – 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Fairground Improvement Day

The Gold Country Fair and the Auburn Fair Boosters are working together to protect and enhance the Gold Country Fairgrounds with ongoing volunteer support and special events, and informing Placer County residents about the importance of our fairgrounds. The Fairground Improvement Day program encourages community organizations, school clubs, corporations, and individuals to take an active role in improving the Gold Country Fairgrounds. One unselfish act benefits the entire community. Improving the fairgrounds can take many forms, including providing maintenance assistance in the form of general clean-up, painting, weeding, and planting of new vegetation; donating products and resources; and volunteering hours during the fair to help visitors receive a high level of customer service. To register, please visit bit.ly/2014FGID.

Various dates in June – Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve Placer County’s natural and agricultural lands for future generations. You can train to be a docent to lead a run, bike ride, or horse ride. They offer 2nd Saturday docent-led hikes, and are planning to add 4th Saturday runs, mountain bike rides, and horse rides. They also offer other activities and events to the public. Events in June: Big Hill Dinner Event; and Harvego Bear River Preserve Hike; For more information, please visit placerlandtrust.org.

Various Dates in June – City of Rocklin Events

The City of Rocklin offers events and activities for the public. In June: Rocklin Ramble 5K Obstacle Run; Sizzlin Summer Kickoff Party Food Truck Mania; and Free Summer/Fall Movie – Frozen. For more information, please go to their Facebook page at Rocklin Parks & Recreation, e-mail jim.crosthwaite@rocklin.ca.us, or call (916) 625-5215.

Various Dates in June – Keep Smilin’ Promotions Events

Keep Smilin’ Promotions presents concerts and activities throughout the year. In June: Party in the Park. For more information, please visit keepsmilinpromotions.com.

Various Dates in June - Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town in Sacramento is a 2.5-acre children’s play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life. They also offer special events and activities. In June: Summer FunCamps for Children; Puppet Show “Cinderella;” Family Campout; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy. For more information, please call (916) 808-5356, or go to fairytaletown.org.

Various Dates in June – Sierra College

Sierra College in Rocklin offers classes and activities to the public. In June: Practical Project Management. For more information, please visit sierracollege.edu.

Various Dates Through June – Free Business Workshops

Are you an existing small business owner wanting to take your business to the next performance level, or perhaps a budding entrepreneur hoping to start up a new business? The Golden Sierra Job Training Agency is sponsoring five free workshops in Auburn, Roseville, Lincoln, Shingle Springs, and El Dorado Hills from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on various dates through June. Topics include how to improve financial management, marketing, planning, relationship management, access to capital, workforce development, and other free resources. Please call 530.823.4703 for details and to reserve your seat.

Now through July – Host Families Wanted

The Education First high school exchange program is looking for families to host pre-screened high school students ages 15-18 for the 2014-2015 school year. Students arrive in August, speaking moderate to good English, and are ready for school with everything they need, including insurance and spending money. You are assigned a coordinator that helps with questions and visits monthly. Monthly activities are also provided. Just add a seat at your dinner table, and provide a bed and your family’s American way of life. Families are also being sought for students who need a temporary place to stay prior to getting settled with their host families. Many school districts have limited space, so apply early.  Families with no children, and single parents may apply. For information, call 916.895.0982, or email Sara Thompson at highschoolexchange@yahoo.com.

Thursdays from June 26 through August 14 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Thursday Night Market

Thursday Night Market is a fun evening experience presented in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Main and Mill Streets in Grass Valley are filled with a variety of vendor booths. In one convenient downtown location, you can enjoy varied hot food offerings; gourmet packaged foods; eclectic merchandise, both local hand-crafted items and commercial products from all over the world; jewelry; apparel; beauty supplies; souvenirs; toys; art; memorabilia; exotic home furnishings; and much more. Come support your favorite non-profit(s) at the market. Support local farmers and take home healthy, nutritious vegetables and fruit. Kids/NEO Zones offer a variety of fun activities for all ages. Kids Zone has a variety of fun activities for little ones to teens available each week. Stay for the live entertainment. For more information, please visit historicgrassvalley.com.

Various Dates from May through October – Sutter Buttes Trail Stewardship Events

Various Dates Sierra Buttes

 

2nd Friday of each month from May through October – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Art Walk

The Colfax Art Walk is an opportunity for both art enthusiasts and those looking for a pleasant evening out to wander from venue to venue (merchants and/or eateries), clearly marked by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs, to view artwork. The artists are on hand to discuss their works. Most venues and artists work together to provide free refreshments as well. It is free to the public, and takes place in the historic Main Street District of Colfax. Working in tandem with Placer Arts, downtown Colfax businesses, local and not-so-local artists, and the Colfax Art Walk Committee, volunteers create and coordinate this event. Maps are available at each participating venue, at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and online approximately one week prior to each art walk. For more information, please call (530) 885-5670, or email office@PlacerArts.org.

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 

 

 

July, 2014

 

Thursday, July 3 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes during the Colfax Fourth of July Day. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See the Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn, and stars. Dress warmly for the night viewing. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Saturday, July 12 – 9:00 a.m. – 5th Annual Welcome Home Vets Bike Run

The bike run is a motorcycle run to benefit veterans in the sierra foothills. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at C & E V Twin, INC. in Auburn. The ride begins at 10:00 a.m., and will take the participants out to Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Lunch will be served after the ride at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Welcome Home Vets is a nonprofit working to help veterans and their families in Placer and Nevada Counties. For more information, please call 530.274.3300.

Saturday, July 12 – 10:30 a.m. to Noon – Free Estate Planning Seminar

The Sacramento Zoo and Mark S. Drobny are offering this free estate planning seminar. This informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of estate planning topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny; California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Mr. Drobny is widely-regarded as one of the top experts on estate planning, providing information on a variety of topics in an entertaining manner that will help you design a plan that fits your need. This will be held at the Sacramento Zoo. To attend or for more information, call (916) 808-8815, or email Lisa Clement at lclement@saczoo.org.

Saturday, July 12 – 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Astronomy and Stargazing Class

Do you have an interest in astronomy? This class held at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn will help satisfy that desire to know more about the heavens, and to look through a telescope at the moon and planets. The class covers basics about the earth, moon, planets, and stars. Instruction is given in using binoculars and the telescope. Following the workshop, you’ll go outside to view the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and stars. The cost is $7. To register, call Placer Nature Center at (530) 878-6053. For information about this and other astronomy activities, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Sunday, July 13 – 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Fairground Improvement Day

The Gold Country Fair and the Auburn Fair Boosters are working together to protect and enhance the Gold Country Fairgrounds with ongoing volunteer support and special events, and informing Placer County residents about the importance of our fairgrounds. The Fairground Improvement Day program encourages community organizations, school clubs, corporations, and individuals to take an active role in improving the Gold Country Fairgrounds. One unselfish act benefits the entire community. Improving the fairgrounds can take many forms, including providing maintenance assistance in the form of general clean-up, painting, weeding, and planting of new vegetation; donating products and resources; and volunteering hours during the fair to help visitors receive a high level of customer service. To register, please visit bit.ly/2014FGID.

Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 – Sierra Storytelling Festival

July 18 to 20 Sierra Storytelling Festival

 

Saturday, July 26 – 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at Big Bend. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See Mars, Saturn, and stars. Dress warmly. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Various dates in July – Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve Placer County’s natural and agricultural lands for future generations. You can train to be a docent to lead a run, bike ride, or horse ride. Placer Land Trust offers activities and events to the public. Events in July: Big Hill Preserve Hike. For more information, please visit placerlandtrust.org.

Various Dates in July – City of Rocklin Events

The City of Rocklin offers events and activities for the public. In July: Free Summer/Fall Movie – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. For more information, please go to Facebook at Rocklin Parks & Recreation, e-mail jim.crosthwaite@rocklin.ca.us, or call (916) 625-5215.

Various Dates in July - Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town in Sacramento is a 2.5-acre children’s play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life. They also offer special events and activities. In July: Summer FunCamps for Children. For more information, please call (916) 808-5356, or go to fairytaletown.org.

Now through July – Host Families Wanted

The Education First high school exchange program is looking for families to host pre-screened high school students ages 15-18 for the 2014-2015 school year. Students arrive in August, speaking moderate to good English, and are ready for school with everything they need, including insurance and spending money. You are assigned a coordinator that helps with questions and visits monthly. Monthly activities are also provided. Just add a seat at your dinner table, and provide a bed and your family’s American way of life. Families are also being sought for students who need a temporary place to stay prior to getting settled with their host families. Many school districts have limited space, so apply early.  Families with no children, and single parents may apply. For information, call 916.895.0982, or email Sara Thompson at highschoolexchange@yahoo.com.

Thursdays from June 26 through August 14 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Thursday Night Market

Thursday Night Market is a fun evening experience presented in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Main and Mill Streets in Grass Valley are filled with a variety of vendor booths. In one convenient downtown location, you can enjoy varied hot food offerings; gourmet packaged foods; eclectic merchandise, both local hand-crafted items and commercial products from all over the world; jewelry; apparel; beauty supplies; souvenirs; toys; art; memorabilia; exotic home furnishings; and much more. Come support your favorite non-profit(s) at the market. Support local farmers and take home healthy, nutritious vegetables and fruit. Kids/NEO Zones offer a variety of fun activities for all ages. Kids Zone has a variety of fun activities for little ones to teens available each week. Stay for the live entertainment. For more information, please visit historicgrassvalley.com.

Various Dates from May through October – Sutter Buttes Trail Stewardship Events

Various Dates Sierra Buttes

 

2nd Friday of each month from May through October – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Art Walk

The Colfax Art Walk is an opportunity for both art enthusiasts and those looking for a pleasant evening out to wander from venue to venue (merchants and/or eateries), clearly marked by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs, to view artwork. The artists are on hand to discuss their works. Most venues and artists work together to provide free refreshments as well. It is free to the public, and takes place in the historic Main Street District of Colfax. Working in tandem with Placer Arts, downtown Colfax businesses, local and not-so-local artists, and the Colfax Art Walk Committee, volunteers create and coordinate this event. Maps are available at each participating venue, at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and online approximately one week prior to each art walk. For more information, please call (530) 885-5670, or email office@PlacerArts.org.

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 

 

August, 2014

 

Saturday, August 2 – 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Fairground Improvement Day

The Gold Country Fair and the Auburn Fair Boosters are working together to protect and enhance the Gold Country Fairgrounds with ongoing volunteer support and special events, and informing Placer County residents about the importance of our fairgrounds. The Fairground Improvement Day program encourages community organizations, school clubs, corporations, and individuals to take an active role in improving the Gold Country Fairgrounds. One unselfish act benefits the entire community. Improving the fairgrounds can take many forms, including providing maintenance assistance in the form of general clean-up, painting, weeding, and planting of new vegetation; donating products and resources; and volunteering hours during the fair to help visitors receive a high level of customer service. To register, please visit bit.ly/2014FGID.

Saturday, August 23 – 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at the Sugar Pine Reservoir boat parking lot. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See Mars, Saturn, and Neptune. Dress warmly. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Thursdays from June 26 through August 14 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Thursday Night Market

Thursday Night Market is a fun evening experience presented in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Main and Mill Streets in Grass Valley are filled with a variety of vendor booths. In one convenient downtown location, you can enjoy varied hot food offerings; gourmet packaged foods; eclectic merchandise, both local hand-crafted items and commercial products from all over the world; jewelry; apparel; beauty supplies; souvenirs; toys; art; memorabilia; exotic home furnishings; and much more. Come support your favorite non-profit(s) at the market. Support local farmers and take home healthy, nutritious vegetables and fruit. Kids/NEO Zones offer a variety of fun activities for all ages. Kids Zone has a variety of fun activities for little ones to teens available each week. Stay for the live entertainment. For more information, please visit historicgrassvalley.com.

Various dates in August – Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve Placer County’s natural and agricultural lands for future generations. You can train to be a docent to lead a run, bike ride, or horse ride. Placer Land Trust offers activities and events to the public. Events in August: Harvego Bear River Preserve Hike. For more information, please visit placerlandtrust.org.

Various Dates in August – Keep Smilin’ Promotions Events

Keep Smilin’ Promotions presents concerts and activities throughout the year. In August: Food Truck Fiesta. For more information, please visit keepsmilinpromotions.com.

Various Dates in August – City of Rocklin Events

The City of Rocklin offers events and activities for the public. In August: Free Summer/Fall Movies – Nut Job and Back to the Future; and The Grateful Dog Rescue Run and Woofstock. For more information, please go to their Facebook page at Rocklin Parks & Recreation, e-mail jim.crosthwaite@rocklin.ca.us, or call (916) 625-5215.

Various Dates in August - Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town in Sacramento is a 2.5-acre children’s play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life. They also offer special events and activities. In August: Summer FunCamps for Children. For more information, please call (916) 808-5356, or go to fairytaletown.org.

Various Dates from May through October – Sutter Buttes Trail Stewardship Events

Various Dates Sierra Buttes

 

2nd Friday of each month from May through October – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Art Walk

The Colfax Art Walk is an opportunity for both art enthusiasts and those looking for a pleasant evening out to wander from venue to venue (merchants and/or eateries), clearly marked by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs, to view artwork. The artists are on hand to discuss their works. Most venues and artists work together to provide free refreshments as well. It is free to the public, and takes place in the historic Main Street District of Colfax. Working in tandem with Placer Arts, downtown Colfax businesses, local and not-so-local artists, and the Colfax Art Walk Committee, volunteers create and coordinate this event. Maps are available at each participating venue, at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and online approximately one week prior to each art walk. For more information, please call (530) 885-5670, or email office@PlacerArts.org.

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 

 

September, 2014

 

Saturday, September 6 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Astronomy and Stargazing Class

Do you have an interest in astronomy? This class held at Placer Nature Center in Auburn will help satisfy that desire to know more about the heavens, and to look through a telescope at the moon and planets. The class covers basics about the earth, moon, planets, and stars. Instruction is given in using binoculars and the telescope. Following the workshop, you’ll go outside to view the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and stars. The cost is $7. To register, call Placer Nature Center at (530) 878-6053. For information about this and other astronomy activities, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14 – Foresthill Heritage Celebration

The Foresthill Heritage Celebration has been a popular family event for many years. They have listened to vendor and public feedback and have decided to break the long-time tradition of holding the event on Labor Day weekend when many people are winding down from summer activities and are out of town. They are hoping that this year’s event will be better attended, and they are planning both old and new activities for the event. Vendor applications will be available in the beginning of August. The Foresthill Heritage Celebration will take place at Foresthill Memorial Park. This is an awesome event you won’t want to miss out on. For more information, please e-mail foresthillchamber@sebastiancorp.net.

Saturday, September 20 – 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at Big Bend. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See stars and the Milky Way. Dress warmly. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Various dates in September – Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve Placer County’s natural and agricultural lands for future generations. You can train to be a docent to lead a run, bike ride, or horse ride. Placer Land Trust offers activities and events to the public. Events in September: Big Hill Preserve Hike. For more information, please visit placerlandtrust.org.

Various dates in September – California Auto Museum

The California Automobile Museum, located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, offers exhibits, classes, trips, and special events. In September: Trip to LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington. You can also visit their gift shop and Vic’s Ice Cream Parlor. For more information, please call (916) 442-6802, or visit calautomuseum.org.

Various Dates from May through October – Sutter Buttes Trail Stewardship Events

Various Dates Sierra Buttes

 

 

2nd Friday of each month from May through October – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Art Walk

The Colfax Art Walk is an opportunity for both art enthusiasts and those looking for a pleasant evening out to wander from venue to venue (merchants and/or eateries), clearly marked by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs, to view artwork. The artists are on hand to discuss their works. Most venues and artists work together to provide free refreshments as well. It is free to the public, and takes place in the historic Main Street District of Colfax. Working in tandem with Placer Arts, downtown Colfax businesses, local and not-so-local artists, and the Colfax Art Walk Committee, volunteers create and coordinate this event. Maps are available at each participating venue, at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and online approximately one week prior to each art walk. For more information, please call (530) 885-5670, or email office@PlacerArts.org.

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 

October, 2014

 

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 – Folsom Renaissance Faire

Come to Folsom City Lions Park for the Folsom Renaissance Faire. This year’s theme is Shakespeare’s Muse. The rising young star of London’s theatre scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer’s block, while the great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him. What Will needs is a muse – and in an extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he finds himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Revel in the amazing antics of the Elizabethan town filled with myriad of characters and vignettes resembling Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, featuring re- enactments of the 1500s with theater, music, magic, swordplay, and puppetry. Costumes are wonderful and can greatly enhance your faire experience, yet they are certainly not required for attendees. For more information, please visit renprod.com.

Tuesday, October 21 – 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Free Estate Planning Seminar

The Sacramento Zoo and Mark S. Drobny are offering this free estate planning seminar. This informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of estate planning topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny; California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Mr. Drobny is widely-regarded as one of the top experts on estate planning, providing information on a variety of topics in an entertaining manner that will help you design a plan that fits your need. This will be held at the Sacramento Zoo. To attend or for more information, call (916) 808-8815, or email Lisa Clement at lclement@saczoo.org.

Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 – California Capital Book Festival

Hundreds of authors and thousands of book lovers of all ages will converge for the first California Capital Book Festival at the Sacramento Convention Center. Those interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor may call (916) 307-1713. The event will host several genre areas. Kids Alley will feature storytelling and readings by children’s and teen book authors, a School of Comics, Art Blast activities, and storybook character photo opportunities. Field of Sports will feature sports author panels, a Sacramento sports history exhibit, and displays of sports memorabilia and collectibles. All Things Pets will feature dog agility sports demonstrations, holistic medicine for pets, onsite adoptions, and therapy animals. Culinary Delights will feature cooking demonstrations with famous chefs, live tapings of popular TV cooking shows, cookbook signings, and author panels. For more information, visit ccbookfestival.com, or call (916) 307-1713.

Various Dates from May through October – Sutter Buttes Trail Stewardship Events

Various Dates Sierra Buttes


Various Dates in October –
City of Rocklin Events

The City of Rocklin offers events and activities for the public. In October: Free Summer/Fall Movie – MU. For more information, please go to their Facebook page at RocklinParksRec, e-mail jim.crosthwaite@rocklin.ca.us, or call (916) 625-5215.

2nd Friday of each month from May through October – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Colfax Art Walk

The Colfax Art Walk is an opportunity for both art enthusiasts and those looking for a pleasant evening out to wander from venue to venue (merchants and/or eateries), clearly marked by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs, to view artwork. The artists are on hand to discuss their works. Most venues and artists work together to provide free refreshments as well. It is free to the public, and takes place in the historic Main Street District of Colfax. Working in tandem with Placer Arts, downtown Colfax businesses, local and not-so-local artists, and the Colfax Art Walk Committee, volunteers create and coordinate this event. Maps are available at each participating venue, at the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and online approximately one week prior to each art walk. For more information, please call (530) 885-5670, or email office@PlacerArts.org.

Various Dates From May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 


November, 2014

 

Saturday, November 1- 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Free Star Party

Comet Hunter Don Machholz and other astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at the American River Canyon Overlook. There is no charge for telescopic viewing. See the Moon, Uranus, Neptune, and stars. Dress warmly. If the weather is poor, the session is canceled. For more information about this and other astronomy activities and classes, including directions, visit thecomethunter.com.

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre

 

 

December, 2014

Various Dates from May through December – Olde Coloma Theatre

May through December Olde Coloma Theatre