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Posted on: April 26th, 2014 by tommyj

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Arts Calendar

Raina LeGarreta compiles these listings. If you would like an event or show included, please send details via email to Raina.egcitizen@gmail.com and write “Arts Calendar” in the subject line; include as much information as possible, including dates, times, ticket prices, address and details on purchasing tickets.

The Elk Grove Artists (EGA) “Art2Hang” program features artwork from local artists at Elk Grove businesses.  Artists displaying for the month of April:  Jan Rau at Circle of Life Medicine, 2382 Maritime Dr., Ste. 100; Dee Tschida at Frank Zaccari Ins., 9250 Laguna Springs Dr., Ste. 230; Ron & Sandy Ridley, Michelle Vershaw at EG Urgent Care, 9045 Bruceville Rd., Ste. 100; Patricia Moore at Friends of Franklin Library, 10055 Franklin High Road; Esther Cheng at Mark Lai, DDS, 7171 Bowling Dr., Ste. 110, Sacramento; John Paul at Running Zone, 8470 Elk Grove Blvd., Ste. G135. For more information about the Art2Hang program contact Dee at (916) 684-4802.

Western Festival will feature many artists performing a variety of music, and at the annual Western Festival in Elk Grove on May 2-4. For a full schedule of performance, visit http://www.elkgrovewesternfestival.org

is inviting artists to join their Community Art Display (CAD) program at the art center gallery.  The next two-month cycle is May and April with no membership requirements, new fee schedule and no commissions. Remaining receiving dates are April 25-26.  Show runs May 3 through June 26.  Visit, www.elkgrovefineartscenter.org, call 916-685-5992 or email egfinearts@frontiernet.net for information and forms. The Art Center is located at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., open 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. 

Elk Grove Artists (EGA) The first annual “Art of Excellence” art show sponsored by Elk Grove Artists is being held during the Western Festival at the Elk Grove Park Pavilion May 3 and 4. Artists from Elk Grove and the surrounding area are encouraged to enter their artwork by April 25. Applications can be found on their web site at http://elkgroveartistsca.org under “Our Community.”  Prizes of $100 and $150 will be given for 1st place and best of show.  Call (916) 539-1716 for more information.

Sangeet Bharati invites you to a house concert by the renowned visiting artist, Gauri Pathare from Pune, India. Pathare has performed extensively in India as well abroad in prestigious music festivals. Tickets $15 general; $10 for youth/students of music, or $20 general; $15 for students after April 28. Donations for the artists are welcome. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot by calling (916) 686-5785 and leave a message regarding how many tickets you need. RSVP is required for this event.

Infinite Potential Academy of Body & Mind Wanna dance?

Infinite Potential Academy of Body & Mind in Elk Grove is holding dance nights each Friday from 7-10 p.m. Salsa, swing, and boogie nights will be featured on specific Friday nights. The price $7 presale, or $10 at the door those 14 and up. For more information, call  (916) 838-9697. www.infinitepotentialacademy.com 2301 Longport Court. 

Sheldon High School Music Department’s Twilight Music Camp will be held on May 19-22. The Music Camp will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sheldon High School Music Room. The Sheldon Band Twilight Music Camp aims to provide young musicians in grades 4-7 with the highest quality musical experience through working in small groups with the school’s musicians under the direction of Jim Mazzaferro, as well as in the full concert band setting. The camp also offers young instrumentalists an opportunity to improve their personal skill level, increase awareness of their ability, and expand the possibilities for enjoyment of music in an atmosphere of artistic expression and fulfillment. Some of the Camp’s features include: a concert performance with Sheldon School musicians, classes to improve your musicianship, band rehearsals side-by-side and coaching with the musicians, a one-to-five teacher-camper ratio, and group lessons. Applications are available through May 16. For an application and more information, contact Jim Mazzaferro at jmazzafe@egusd.net.

Cosumnes Oaks High School’s The Wolfpack Theatre will present the beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz” April 25-26. Dorothy and her dog Toto get whisked away in a tornado to the magical Land of Oz. To get home, she must see The Great and Powerful Oz and along the way she meets characters on the yellow brick road that help her throughout her journey. The musical features the timeless songs, “Over the Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead.” Showtimes are at 6 p.m. on April 24, and 7 p.m. on April 25-26 with matinees at 2 p.m. on April 26. General admission is $12, and $8 for senior citizens and children under 12 and Cosumnes Oaks High School students with a current ASB sticker. Cosumnes Oaks High School is located at 8350 Lotz Parkway.  

will present “The Wiz” on April 25-26.  The popular musical, based on the famous movie of the same name – starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson – features musical favorites, such as “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home.” Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on both nights.  Tickets are $5 for students, and $7 for adults. Children under age 5 are free. Valley High School is located at 6300 Ehrnhardt Drive in Sacramento. 

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center presents the following weekly drop-in and private tutoring art classes: Watercolor for Beginners with Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, Instructor–Class Fee: $10, Materials Fee: $15, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at ((916) 687-8908). Open Watercolor Studio with Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, Instructor – Studio Fee: $10, Tuesdays, 12:30–2:30 p.m. (916) 687-8908). Watercolor –Beyond the Basics for Intermediates & Advanced with Sandy Ridley, Instructors – Fee $10, Materials $15, first and second Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (916) 685-1980). Open Studio All Media – Painting with friends, no instructor– $5, Fridays, 12-3 p.m. ((916) 685-5992). Private Art Tutoring- with Stacy Maeda specializing in drawing animals, $25/hour of instruction, Ages 7-adult, stacymaeda@yahoo.com, www.stacymaeda.com. Please contact class instructor for information and reservations.

Call To Local Artists The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is hosting their 2nd Annual Open Fine Art Competition in the following categories: 1) Water Media; 2) Oil, Acrylic; 3) Pastel or Drawing; 4) Photography; 5) Three-Dimensional including: Wood, Glass, Ceramic, Metal or Mixed Media. Applications are open through May 10 online at www.elkgrovefineartscenter.org, or in person at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., Wednesday through 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The public is invited to the free reception featuring awards presentations on June 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the Arts Center. The show will continue through June 26.  For more information, call (916) 685-5992 or email egfinearts@frontiernet.net.

Call To Local Artists Elk Grove Artists (EGA) has replaced its high school art contest at the Western Festival with a general community wide art show. EGA sponsors this art competition for all artists over 18 of all skill levels and various categories. It is held during the Western Festival on the first weekend in May; a festival that is attended by thousands from the surrounding areas and allows for maximum exposure for the artists. The juried art show gives monetary prizes as well as ribbons to those who show exceptional art. The indoor Pavilion at Elk Grove Regional Park will be transformed into a gallery with framed artwork hung on professional show panels and sculptures placed on draped tables. To enter the show visit, http://elkgroveartistsca.org/community/index.html to download the application. Entries for the contest are due April 25. 

Art For Kids Sofia Khalil teaches children the basic elements of painting and drawing to in her weekly arts classes in Elk Grove. Visit www.KidsArtsMuseum.orgfor more information. 

The Elk Grove Sports Bar presents Friday Night Comedy hosted by Laurelle Martin each Friday night at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $7. 18 and over. The Sports Bar is located at 9661 Elk Grove-Florin .

View artwork from Elk Grove on www.elkgrovecity.org/arts/art-in-elk-grove.asp The Committee for the Arts has created a virtual Citywide Art Guide for the benefit of the residents and visitors that includes a comprehensive inventory of art pieces and art events in Elk Grove. There is also an interactive map that displays the art and events in Elk Grove. Only Citywide annual art events are included. If you know of a piece or event missing from the guide that should be included, contact Kara Reddig at kreddig@elkgrovecity.org or (916) 478-2249. 

The Elk Grove Sports Bar presents Gary Mendoza’s Blues Jamon Tuesdays. Can you sing or play an instrument? That’s all you need to come on out and groove with Gary and other local musicians on Tuesday night. The free event is open to anyone who wants to get on stage, entertain, and have some fun. Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. The Sporty is located at 9661 Elk Grove-Florin Road. For more information, call (916) 685-6103. 

Lodi’s Art Hop is held on the first Friday of each month. For the list of participating venues and their featured artists, visit http://www.lodiartcenter.org/Art-hop.html.

KVIE Public Television announces the 33rd Annual KVIE Art Auction and is calling for local emerging and established artists to enter their work in the KVIE juried art competition. Entry categories include California’s Gold, Contemporary Classics, Figurative, Photography, Sculpture, and Still Life and Landscapes. Prizes such as $500 for the Best of Show and $100 for first place will be given in each category. Juror’s awards will be given to 16 artists, along with a ribbon, as recognition for excellence in selected categories. Jurors will represent some of the finest artists in our region. Art can be entered through an online submission through May 30, or in person on May 17 at the station, 2030 W. El Camino Ave. in Sacramento. A complete list of rules and an entry form can be found at kvie.org/artauction. Only one piece per artist will be accepted. If an entry submitted online is not accepted, the artist may submit another piece. The televised auction will be held Sept. 19-21. All artists whose works are selected will receive two tickets to the Art Auction Preview Gala (a $100 value), on Monday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and a complimentary one-year membership to KVIE. All accepted art will be juried into the televised auction and will be displayed at the Preview Gala.

Sacramento Film Festival will be holding a conference featuring workshops and more on May 3. The conference we feature workshops on creation, distribution, and monetization. And will have a variety of panelists and content creators from film, games, music, and online distribution. The workshops include an animation and visual effects featuring a live special effects symposium. Workshops that take a look behind the magic of makeup artists, an acting workshop, and a workshop on trans-media and producing as well as film screenings will be shown throughout the day. The event will be held at Embassy Suites Riverfront Promenade and Delta King, 100 Capital Mall or 1000 Front St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit sacramentofilmfestival.com or http://www.californiafilm.net/events/digital-odyssey-conference-1

The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) presents the international hit play, “Visiting Mr. Green” through April and May. An American Drama League Best Play nominee, and winner for Best Play in Greece, France, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and Uruguay, what starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into a moving story about friendship, tolerance, and love.  The universal story has been produced in 37 countries and has been translated into 22 languages. Directed by local favorite Marie Bain, the intimate play runs through May 4 on the Pollock Stage. For this production, STC has partnered with Meals on Wheels by ACC. Adult themes – appropriate age 13 and up.  Tickets: $15-38 (discounts for students, seniors, and groups). For schedules and more information, visit the www.sactheatre.org. To order tickets, call the STC Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office at 916-443-6722 or toll free 888-4-STC-TIX (888-478-2849) or visit the theater at 1419 H. St. in Sacramento.

Alpha Fired Arts will celebrate the rich history of 25 years of clay with the their first “America’s ClayFest Teapot Show” through May 31. The competition formerly known as the Feats of Clay held at Gladding McBean Clay Manufacturing Company in Lincoln will be in conjunction with Blue Line Arts’ America’s ClayFest.  In addition, there will be a Gladding McBean Retrospective at the newly opened Art League of Lincoln’s Art Center Gallery, and an International Student Art Show and Competition.  America’s ClayFest has traditionally had entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe Mexico and Asia. Internationally recognized ceramic sculptor and instructor Tony Natsoulas will be the juror. The reception for the artists will be held on May 3, from 4-7 p.m. The show will run from April 18-May 31, at the Alpha Fired Arts Gallery, located at 4675 Aldona Lane in Sacramento.

Alpha Fired Arts in partnership with Art League of Lincoln and Blue Line Gallery presents “America’s ClayFest Teapot Show,” through May 31. The show will be celebrating the rich history of 25 years of clay competition formerly known as the Feats of Clay that was held at Gladding McBean Clay Manufacturing Company in Lincoln. This year Alpha Fired Arts Gallery’s Teapot show will be in conjunction with Blue Line Arts’ America’s ClayFest.  In addition there will be a Gladding McBean Retrospective at the newly opened Art League of Lincoln’s Art Center Gallery, and an International Student Art Show and Competition.  America’s ClayFest has traditionally had entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe Mexico and Asia. The reception for the artists is May 3, from 4-7 p.m. The Alpha Fired Arts Gallery is located at 4675 Aldona Lane in Sacramento. Visit for more information.

Capitol Ballet Company with students from Capitol Ballet Center proudly presents “A Classical Ensemble” on May 10, 2 p.m. This seasonal matinee displays the progression of classical ballet training at its finest, showcasing Company dancers as well as students from the Company’s school, Capitol Ballet Center. The performance will feature excerpts from La Bayadere, and Coppelia. Additionally, two premieres from choreographer Bruce King – Pastorale for guitar and Chanson Triste/Sad Song – will be performed. “A Classical Ensemble” will be held at Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center located at 8333 Kingsbridge Drive in Sacramento. Tickets are $10-$16 and may be purchased by visiting www.CapitolBallet.com or at the box office 1 hour prior to event. Capitol Ballet Company is a non-profit organization funded in part by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Cultural Arts Awards with support from the City and County of Sacramento.  

Ovation Stage presents, “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” a beautifully comedic play of stark contrasts beginning May 10. Directed by Penny Kline, the production divides the world sharply between the artists and the men of business. The businessmen, whom are called by their profession rather than by name, are interested only in finding new ways to become wealthier. They do not tolerate anyone but their own kind. On the other hand, the poets, musicians, vagabonds, and artists only want to create and to love and enjoy one another. The bohemians are a vanishing lot; the businessmen are taking over and corrupting everything that is pure and full of life. Each supporting character has some special purpose within the confines of the play, whether sending a spin of poetic understanding through the audience or bringing about the play’s glimpse of restored order. The play opens on May 10, and closes on June 1. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Ovation Stage at California Stage, 2509 R St (25th & R) Tickets are $18 General; $15 for Senior/Student/SARTA.

(NCFC) is based in Sacramento, California and was created to encourage individuals in film-making or film related areas to meet on a regular bases and explore the various aspects of the film industry. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Access Sacramento 4623 T. St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit t www.ncfc.tv or contact P. La Marr at (916) 502-7068 or info@tru-talent.com, or G. Bell at (916) 384-5796 or bellg777@gmail.com.

Lee Diamond performs hits from the Rat Pack era, classic pop, rock, and soul hits from the 1950s-1970s at The Backdoor Lounge in Old Sacramento most Friday and Saturday nights. The lounge is located at 1112 Firehouse Ally. 

Arden Playhouse presents “Have A Nice Day,” written and Directed by Michael Messmer beginning April 25. Amanda and Marv Dillon moved west to build their dream home (actually just a cabin in the mountains) and get away from all the rules and regulations of urban society. Although they don’t know anything about construction, they’ve been working for months building their new home. They’ve had help from Jo, a local contractor who is a taskmaster and has an endless supply of old sayings to keep the couple working. The job is so hard and frustrating that they’ve started giving names…not always nice names…to the sewer tiles, plasterboard and other things they’ve broken. But, in the process, they’ve become very attached to and proud of what they’ve accomplished. This warm and funny look at who we are and what our world has become opens on April 25. Performance Dates:  8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: April 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. Sunday Matinees 2 p.m.: May 4 and18. All tickets are $15 with a reservation and $18 at the door. (Cash or check only.) Tickets can be reserved by calling (916) 332-2582. Arden Playhouse is located at 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento, and seats 150.

The Sacramento Wild and Scenic Film Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the Crest Theater on April 25.  This annual community event offers an evening of short films addressing environmental issues that affect our region. A catered reception in the Crest lobby offers a chance to meet other non-profit sponsor groups, sample local food, and bid in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the California Heartland Project. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The 4-day event features over 125 award-winning films and welcomes over 80 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. SYRCL is now sharing their success with other organizations to bring the festival to over 100 communities nationwide. The Sacramento festival program is specially designed to address issues that are relevant to our local community, and will feature short films that look at themes of water conservation, sustainable development and energy, food and local agriculture, wildlife protection, environmental activism, and outdoor recreation. The Crest Theater is located at 1013 K. St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit www.ecosacramento.net.

The Sacramento Choral Festival will be held June 13-15 at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as Three Stages) at Folsom Lake College Billed as the largest choral event in Sacramento history, the Festival will feature more than twenty Sacramento-area choruses, representing many choral styles, including classical, jazz, barbershop, and more. For more information about the Festival and ticket information: www.sacsings.org www.HarrisCenter.net. Phone: (916) 864-3378 Email: SacSings@yahoo.com

Sac Valley Teen Talent Program – A Community for Peace and Gravity Services, in partnership with Swan Paradiso Events, present the Sac Valley Teen Talent Program. Eleven Sacramento area cities (including Elk Grove) and over 300 students will compete against each other in three levels of competition. Winners will be awarded cash and prizes. Sponsorships are still needed from businesses as well as prizes that can be given in grab bags to winners.  For more details, and information on how to register visit, http://www.SacValleyTalent.com.

Luna’s Café offers a variety of poetry, spoken word, and arts and entertainment at 1414 16th St., in Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 441-3931 or visit www.LunasCafe.com.

present Tahoe Art Hikes Experience dancers, visual artists and musicians in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Sept. 6-7.  Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas’ art hikes blend art experiences with nature. This year’s guided art hikes will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Sept. 6 and 7. Located at an elevation of 6,980 feet, the location is an easy drive from the Sacramento, Reno, Carson City, Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village. Tickets for the art hikes and concert will go on sale on Earth Day, April 22, and are expected to sell out early given the popularity of this year’s participating artists. Advance sellouts have become the norm for Trails and Vistas. The early bird art hike cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children (5 to 12 years old) when purchased by July 15. Beginning July 15, art hike admission goes up to $40 per adult and $15 per child. The Art Hikes are recommended for physically healthy hikers who are accustomed to hiking at high altitude for three hours. In addition to the art hikes, there will be an evening world music concert featuring prominent and celebrated musicians from near and far on Saturday, Sept. 6. The concert includes multiple acts and serves as a fundraiser for Trails and Vistas’ Art in Nature fieldtrips for more than three hundred third grade students. For tickets and the most up to date concert details, visit www.trailsandvistas.org.

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Not even a prayer

Last Thanksgiving, my wife, Becky challenged her second-grade class to write thank you notes to those people for whom they were grateful. 

“How about God?” suggested a towheaded boy. 

“Well,” said my wife, pausing for clarity in a public school environment, “Maybe you can save those thank yous for your bedtime prayers.

Suddenly, a pigtailed pontificator stood and pointed her accusing finger toward a little boy who had recently shared that he was Buddhist.

“He can’t!” she proclaimed. “He doesn’t believe in God.”

“That was rude!” Becky said. Then, not one to miss a teachable moment, Becky turned to her whiteboard and added the girl’s name to a discipline list. 

Years earlier, I introduced a similarly “teachable moment” to an Air National Guard commander when she dropped by for an impromptu visit. 

“How are you, chaplain?” she asked from outside my open office door.

Keeping protocol, I stood to answer; but perhaps since I measured at least a foot taller than she, she insisted I keep my seat.

“What are you working on today?” she asked, seeming genuinely interested in a friendly chat.

“I’m trying to write a retirement prayer for a squadron commander, but I’m having trouble finding the right fit.”

“Fit?”

“Yes,” I said. “The retiree is a Buddhist, but since our audience will likely be Christian, I’ll need something acceptable to both.  

Silence.

I kept talking. “I’m thinking about using this Buddhist poem our retiree has selected for the ceremony handout.” 

I passed it to her and watched her lips silently move, her facial contortions building on every word. 

“You should use a Christian prayer,” she suggested. “After all this is a Christian Air Force.”

Now it was my turn to wear a disappointed expression.

“You don’t see it that way?” she asked. 

Like Becky, I paused to reflect. Then, recognizing the career-shortening possibilities of my answer, I respectfully stood to share my thoughts.

“No, ma’am. I’m sorry, but I don’t.”

While I can’t recall my exact words, it was something like this: “Ma’am, we serve in an Air Force that is comprised primarily of Christians, but I don’t think that our majority status makes us a Christian Air Force.”

Sensing I needed to serve the whole enchilada, I forged ahead. “We are sworn to protect the Christian majority just as much as we pledged to protect and serve the minorities of all faiths.”

Then, I took my seat, sure that my position expressed the principles in the tenth chapter of John’s Gospel. 

Most Christians recognize this chapter as the one where Jesus so famously introduces himself as the “good shepherd.” However, Jesus also includes a cryptic saying that seems to oppose those who sequester themselves in theologically gated communities.

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Unfortunately, neither of the two ladies mentioned in today’s column seemed to get that part of the scripture.

At the end of that school day, my wife phoned the girl’s mother to share her thoughts on pluralism in a public school. Not surprisingly, the mother gave an answer not unlike her daughter’s.

As for my commander, she expressed no further objections to the poem/prayer. 

Unfortunately, five years after my conversation with the commander, a malignant brain tumor put a tragic end to her promising career. However, my guess is that her best teachable moment came when she was welcomed into heaven with salutes and open arms from all of Jesus’ flocks.

Norris Burkes is a syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of No Small Miracles. He is an Air National Guard chaplain and a board-certified hospital chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Recorded comments are welcome at (843) 608-9715. You may also send your comments to ask@thechaplain.net or P.O. Box 247, Elk Grove, CA 95759. Please visit his website thechaplain.net.

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Church News

Walk through the Old Testament at Cornerstone Church

Cornerstone Church Elk Grove is hosting a live event, Walk Through the Old Testament, to take place Sunday, April 27 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3147 Dwight Road, Suite 400 in the Laguna West area of Elk Grove.

All are welcome and for more information should call (916) 399-1000 or visit the website at www.egcornerstone.org or www.walkthru.org.

Good Shepherd Parish group helps needy in area

St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in the Laguna Creek area of Elk Grove maintains a small storage locker for items for the needy in the church’s immediate area, ZIP codes 95757 and 95758.

Members help those in need with utility bills when funds are available, and have clothing and miscellaneous items available on Mondays. They do home visits to assess the needs of the family and discuss furniture needs on a one-on-one basis.

The locker is open every Monday from 9 to 10 a.m.; these are summer hours that begin on April 1. It is located on the south side of the church parking lot, 9539 Racquet Court, near the tennis courts of the Racquet Club.

Light of the Valley Lutheran Church is continuing its series of “Parents Night Out” since it has been a successful outreach to the community. Children can be dropped off at the church for supervised childcare while Mom and Dad have some time to themselves.

This free event offers games, activities and snacks for the children, and upcoming dates and times are May 2 and June 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Questions? Call Summer at (916) 690-0361 or email s_smitchell@yahoo.com. Light of the Valley is located at 9270 Bruceville Road, just south of Laguna Boulevard.

Elk Grove United Methodist Church has expanded its “Get to Know Your Neighbor Breakfast” to “Get to Know Your Neighbor Meals.”

Members have been serving a free breakfast on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. and now are also serving a free lunch on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to the church’s social hall at 8986 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town Elk Grove at Gage Street.

Elk Grovians who would like to volunteer to prep, cook, serve or clean up are more than welcome and should call the church office at (916) 686-8303. 

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Libraries list events for May

The Sacramento Public Library continues its listings of events at its branch libraries for patrons of all ages, from infants to seniors. Following are events for the month of May at the Elk Grove and Franklin branches.

The Elk Grove Library is located at 8900 Elk Grove Blvd. at Elk Grove-Florin Road. It is closed Sunday and Monday, open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EARLY CHILDHOOD (0-5)

Preschool storytime Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11 a.m.

Baby storytime Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at noon.

Toddler storytime Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.

Basics of soldering Thursday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. A hands-on workshop with participants creating a flashy new pin.

Wii gaming Thursday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Minecraft Tuesday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. This is the last Minecraft event of the school year.

Teen craft club Thursday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Stitch ‘n Chat Fridays, May 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 1 p.m.

Waterwise Gardening Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. Lisa Christensen, compost nut and water miser will share strategies for maintaining your lawn and vegetable garden.

Basic Composting Saturday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. Cedar Kehoe from the city of Elk Grove will be the instructor and each attendee will receive a free starter composting bin. Register for this at www.saclibrary.org

Friends of Elk Grove Library meeting Thursday, May 15 at 1 p.m.

Read to a Dog Fridays, May 2 and 16 at 2 p.m. Sign up at the library for 10-15 minute sessions.

FAMILY/ALL AGES

Mother’s Day crafts with Artworks Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. 

‘Dinner’ and a movie matinee Wednesday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m. Both of these are sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Book Club meets Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. To be discussed: “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.

Basic Computer Class Tuesdays, May 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. This is a six-week class on Tuesdays sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Additional parking is available south of the library at Journey Church, 9645 Elk Grove-Florin Road.

Franklin Community Library

The Franklin Library is located at 10055 Franklin High Road and hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FAMILY/ALL AGES

Homework coaching is available Tuesdays and Thursdays May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Family movie night Thursday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Lego Block party Saturdays, May 3 and 31 at 10 a.m. The library supplies the Lego and Duplo blocks.

Book sale and food drive Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. Bring two non-perishable food items for a free adult book and one for a children’s book. Food benefits Elk Grove Food Bank.

Basic computer, Internet, email and technology help Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 6 p.m. Appointments must be made at the service desk for 30-minute sessions. Bring your device if possible. 

EARLY CHILDHOOD (0-5)

Bubbles & Chalk drawings Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m., outside, weather permitting.

Volunteer Orientation Tuesday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Pizza – Explore healthy eating Wednesday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m. Learn the art of making pizza. Limit 15 teens who register at www.saclibrary.org

Build It! Box and duct tape construction Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m.

Yoga for Kids Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga or exercise mat if possible. Parents must sign release of liability.

Book Journeys Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

For details on any of these activities telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.

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Celebrate. Remember. Fight back.

Relay For Life-Elk Grove set for May 17-18

By Raina LeGarreta – Lifestyle & Arts Editor

“It’s important that we have a great time out there, but it’s also important that we remember why we’re there: to celebrate, remember, and fight back,” said Maggie Duffy-Hammonds, Relay For Life-Elk Grove committee member. 

Hammonds helped coordinate the annual cancer fundraiser race/walk that will take place on May 17-18 at Joseph Kerr Middle School.

Many tears and laughs are shared at Relay For Life, as the event promotes cancer awareness, joins survivors, their family and friends, and many supporters to encourage each other and those who are still battling the disease, remembers those who have passed, and celebrates life.

Hammonds and her team from Best Buy will join over 600 participants in the race/walk held at the event.

As customary at the weekend affair, each member of the teams take turns walking or running a track for a 24-hour period.

Many participants spend the night at the event and pitch tents on the school grounds.

Relay includes opening and closing ceremonies and a candlelight remembrance ceremony – the luminaria – on the night of May 17.

“The luminaria honors those who have passed, but it is also when we really celebrate the survivors of the disease,” Hammond said.

Hammond’s life was touched by cancer via many friends and relatives who’ve battled the disease.

She spoke about what encouraged her to become a part of the race three years ago.

“I know quite a few people who lost their lives to cancer,” she said. “A young lady that specifically motivates me was one I met while living in Hawaii. She found out that she had cancer at the age of 17; she was diagnosed right after she was accepted to the Hawaiian volleyball team. But she always stayed positive and had a smile on her face.”

All of the funds obtained from Relay For Life go to the American Cancer Society, which helps cancer patients receive chemotherapy, get rides to their appointments, make sure the families of those dealing with the disease are supported, and research. 

Last year, more than 635 participants, including 58 teams participated in the event; raising nearly $62,000 for the cause. 

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on the first day with an opening ceremony that will include speeches from cancer survivors, and Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis; it will conclude with closing ceremonies at 9 a.m. the following day.

Hair cutting – sponsored by Pantene – will be a new addition to Relay this year for attendees who would like to donate 8 inches or more of their hair to cancer patients. 

For more information on registering for the event, visit http://www.RelayForLife.org/ElkGroveCA

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Shall we add new vehicle designs to the ‘unoriginal’ file?

I discussed how we, as a society, seem to be in a stagnant state of unoriginality last week; a block in creativity, if you will.

I don’t know how I forgot to add the design of new vehicles to the creativity crisis dilemma.

Especially, since it was the lack of imagination in the styles of these new cars, trucks, SUVs, etc., that prompted me to write the piece in the first place.

But I have to revisit this topic in regard to the designs because I can’t be the only one who is annoyed by this.

Yes, I know there are many things in the world to worry about other than the designs of new vehicles – or rather the lack thereof.

But it’s just too irritating not to mention.

Here’s the thing: There used to be a time when the new release of a vehicle meant that we saw one with a fresh, invigorating design.

The unique style of a car or truck was part of the criteria to purchase it.

You could automatically distinguish a Cadillac from a Lincoln, a Mercedes from a BMW, and so on because the makers of these models took the time to make sure their designs stood out from any other.

For example, even the most “not into cars” type of person can name a 1950s Chevy Bel Air when they see one because of the car’s distinct style.

Even in the 1980s, when many dealers began to produce cheaply made vehicles with designs that seemed to come out of nowhere we could still easily distinguish each model from another due to its design.

But sometime in the 1990s that all changed.

Since then, it seems like more and more vehicles – no matter what their make and model –are similarly designed.

Many of the new Hyundais look like Mercedes; several of the new BMWs look like Hondas, and so on.

Other than the fact that one vehicle may be more expensive, more powerful, etc., than the other, creative appearance is no longer part of the criteria for selection.

When you purchase a new car, what about its design sets it apart from any of the others out there?

For me, there has to be more to a vehicle than its position as a “status car,” or that it’s the new popular ride, or even that it’s simply a good, long-lasting vehicle; it should, in some way, look different than the others. 

I’m curious to see how this whole vehicle design thing will progress, though.

What’s next?

I’m already noticing that the next step may be trying to make all vehicles look like smart cars, or futuristic “spaceship vehicle” types of things.

We’ll see.

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New dance nights will feature a variety on Fridays

Are you ready to dance? Infinite Potential Academy of Body & Mind in Elk Grove is holding dance nights each Friday from 7-10 p.m. 

Salsa, swing, and boogie nights will be featured on specific Friday nights. 

The price is $7 presale, or $10 at the door for those 14 and up.

For more information regarding each specific night call (916) 838-9697. www.infinitepotentialacademy.com

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Arts Calendar

Raina LeGarreta compiles these listings. If you would like an event or show included, please send details via email to Raina.egcitizen@gmail.com and write “Arts Calendar” in the subject line; include as much information as possible, including dates, times, ticket prices, address and details on purchasing tickets.

The Elk Grove Artists (EGA) “Art2Hang” program features artwork from local artists at Elk Grove businesses.  Artists displaying for the month of April:  Jan Rau at Circle of Life Medicine, 2382 Maritime Dr., Ste. 100; Dee Tschida at Frank Zaccari Ins., 9250 Laguna Springs Dr., Ste. 230; Ron & Sandy Ridley, Michelle Vershaw at EG Urgent Care, 9045 Bruceville Rd., Ste. 100; Patricia Moore at Friends of Franklin Library, 10055 Franklin High Road; Esther Cheng at Mark Lai, DDS, 7171 Bowling Dr., Ste. 110, Sacramento; John Paul at Running Zone, 8470 Elk Grove Blvd., Ste. G135. For more information about the Art2Hang program contact Dee at (916) 684-4802.

Western Festival Elk Grove singer-songwriter, Grant Chesin will be among the artists performing at the annual Western Festival in Elk Grove on May 4. For a full schedule of performances on May 2-4, visit http://www.elkgrovewesternfestival.org

Elk Grove Artists (EGA) will be having their monthly meeting on April 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. at 9275 E. Stockton Blvd at the Jesse Wright Suites #100. The guest speaker of the month is Christopher Dewees. He will be doing a presentation on Japanese Fish Printing. For more information about his artwork visit his website at http://deweesnaturedesigns.com. New members are always welcome.

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is inviting artists to join their Community Art Display (CAD) program at the art center gallery.  The next two-month cycle is May and April with no membership requirements, new fee schedule and no commissions. Receiving dates are April 24-26.  Show runs May 3 through June 26.  Visit, www.elkgrovefineartscenter.org, call 916-685-5992 or email egfinearts@frontiernet.net for information and forms. The Art Center is located at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., open 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. 

Elk Grove Artists (EGA) The first annual “Art of Excellence” art show sponsored by Elk Grove Artists is being held during the Western Festival at the Elk Grove Park Pavilion May 3 and 4. Artists from Elk Grove and the surrounding area are encouraged to enter their artwork by April 25. Applications can be found on their web site at http://elkgroveartistsca.org under “Our Community.”  Prizes of $100 and $150 will be given for 1st place and best of show.  Call (916) 539-1716 for more information.

Infinite Potential Academy of Body & Mind in Elk Grove is holding dance nights each Friday from 7-10 p.m. Salsa, swing, and boogie nights will be featured on specific Friday nights. The price $7 presale, or $10 at the door those 14 and up. For more information, call  (916) 838-9697. www.infinitepotentialacademy.com 2301 Longport Court. 

Sheldon High School Music Department’s Twilight Music Camp will be held on May 19-22. The Music Camp will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sheldon High School Music Room. The Sheldon Band Twilight Music Camp aims to provide young musicians in grades 4-7 with the highest quality musical experience through working in small groups with the school’s musicians under the direction of Jim Mazzaferro, as well as in the full concert band setting. The camp also offers young instrumentalists an opportunity to improve their personal skill level, increase awareness of their ability, and expand the possibilities for enjoyment of music in an atmosphere of artistic expression and fulfillment. Some of the Camp’s features include: a concert performance with Sheldon School musicians, classes to improve your musicianship, band rehearsals side-by-side and coaching with the musicians, a one-to-five teacher-camper ratio, and group lessons. Applications are available through May 16. For an application and more information, contact Jim Mazzaferro at jmazzafe@egusd.net.

Cosumnes Oaks High School’s The Wolfpack Theatre will present the beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz” April 24-26. Dorothy and her dog Toto get whisked away in a tornado to the magical Land of Oz. To get home, she must see The Great and Powerful Oz and along the way she meets characters on the yellow brick road that help her throughout her journey. The musical features the timeless songs, “Over the Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead.” Showtimes are at 6 p.m. on April 24, and 7 p.m. on April 25-26 with matinees at 2 p.m. on April 26. General admission is $12, and $8 for senior citizens and children under 12 and Cosumnes Oaks High School students with a current ASB sticker. Cosumnes Oaks High School is located at 8350 Lotz Parkway.  

Valley High School Theater will present “The Wiz” on April 25-26.  The popular musical, based on the famous movie of the same name – starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson – features musical favorites, such as “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home.” Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on both nights.  Tickets are $5 for students, and $7 for adults. Children under age 5 are free. Valley High School is located at 6300 Ehrnhardt Drive in Sacramento. 

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center presents the following weekly drop-in and private tutoring art classes: Watercolor for Beginners with Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, Instructor–Class Fee: $10, Materials Fee: $15, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at ((916) 687-8908). Open Watercolor Studio with Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, Instructor – Studio Fee: $10, Tuesdays, 12:30–2:30 p.m. (916) 687-8908). Watercolor –Beyond the Basics for Intermediates & Advanced with Sandy Ridley, Instructors – Fee $10, Materials $15, first and second Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (916) 685-1980). Open Studio All Media – Painting with friends, no instructor– $5, Fridays, 12-3 p.m. ((916) 685-5992). Private Art Tutoring- with Stacy Maeda specializing in drawing animals, $25/hour of instruction, Ages 7-adult, stacymaeda@yahoo.com, www.stacymaeda.com. Please contact class instructor for information and reservations.

Call To Local Artists The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is hosting their 2nd Annual Open Fine Art Competition in the following categories: 1) Water Media; 2) Oil, Acrylic; 3) Pastel or Drawing; 4) Photography; 5) Three-Dimensional including: Wood, Glass, Ceramic, Metal or Mixed Media. Applications are open through May 10 online at www.elkgrovefineartscenter.org, or in person at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., Wednesday through 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The public is invited to the free reception featuring awards presentations on June 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the Arts Center. The show will continue through June 26.  For more information, call (916) 685-5992 or email egfinearts@frontiernet.net.

Call To Local Artists Elk Grove Artists (EGA) has replaced its high school art contest at the Western Festival with a general community wide art show. EGA sponsors this art competition for all artists over 18 of all skill levels and various categories. It is held during the Western Festival on the first weekend in May; a festival that is attended by thousands from the surrounding areas and allows for maximum exposure for the artists. The juried art show gives monetary prizes as well as ribbons to those who show exceptional art. The indoor Pavilion at Elk Grove Regional Park will be transformed into a gallery with framed artwork hung on professional show panels and sculptures placed on draped tables. To enter the show visit, http://elkgroveartistsca.org/community/index.html to download the application.   

Art For Kids Sofia Khalil teaches children the basic elements of painting and drawing to in her weekly arts classes in Elk Grove. Visit 

www.KidsArtsMuseum.orgfor more information. 

The Elk Grove Sports Bar presents Friday Night Comedy hosted by Laurelle Martin each Friday night at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $7. 18 and over. The Sports Bar is located at 9661 Elk Grove-Florin .

View artwork from Elk Grove on www.elkgrovecity.org/arts/art-in-elk-grove.asp The Committee for the Arts has created a virtual Citywide Art Guide for the benefit of the residents and visitors that includes a comprehensive inventory of art pieces and art events in Elk Grove. There is also an interactive map that displays the art and events in Elk Grove. Only Citywide annual art events are included. If you know of a piece or event missing from the guide that should be included, contact Kara Reddig at kreddig@elkgrovecity.org or (916) 478-2249. 

The Elk Grove Sports Bar presents Gary Mendoza’s Blues Jamon Tuesdays. Can you sing or play an instrument? That’s all you need to come on out and groove with Gary and other local musicians on Tuesday night. The free event is open to anyone who wants to get on stage, entertain, and have some fun. Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. The Sporty is located at 9661 Elk Grove-Florin Road. For more information, call (916) 685-6103. 

Lodi’s Art Hop is held on the first Friday of each month. For the list of participating venues and their featured artists, visit http://www.lodiartcenter.org/Art-hop.html.

KVIE Calls Artists for Juried Competition KVIE Public Television announces the 33rd Annual KVIE Art Auction and is calling for local emerging and established artists to enter their work in the KVIE juried art competition. Entry categories include California’s Gold, Contemporary Classics, Figurative, Photography, Sculpture, and Still Life and Landscapes. Prizes such as $500 for the Best of Show and $100 for first place will be given in each category. Juror’s awards will be given to 16 artists, along with a ribbon, as recognition for excellence in selected categories. Jurors will represent some of the finest artists in our region. Art can be entered through an online submission through May 30, or in person on May 17 at the station, 2030 W. El Camino Ave. in Sacramento. A complete list of rules and an entry form can be found at kvie.org/artauction. Only one piece per artist will be accepted. If an entry submitted online is not accepted, the artist may submit another piece. The televised auction will be held Sept. 19-21. All artists whose works are selected will receive two tickets to the Art Auction Preview Gala (a $100 value), on Monday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and a complimentary one-year membership to KVIE. All accepted art will be juried into the televised auction and will be displayed at the Preview Gala.

Sacramento Film Festival will be holding a conference featuring workshops and more on May 3. The conference we feature workshops on creation, distribution, and monetization. And will have a variety of panelists and content creators from film, games, music, and online distribution. The workshops include an animation and visual effects featuring a live special effects symposium. Workshops that take a look behind the magic of makeup artists, an acting workshop, and a workshop on trans-media and producing as well as film screenings will be shown throughout the day. The event will be held at Embassy Suites Riverfront Promenade and Delta King, 100 Capital Mall or 1000 Front St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit sacramentofilmfestival.com or 

The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) presents the international hit play, “Visiting Mr. Green” through April and May. An American Drama League Best Play nominee, and winner for Best Play in Greece, France, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and Uruguay, what starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into a moving story about friendship, tolerance, and love.  The universal story has been produced in 37 countries and has been translated into 22 languages. Directed by local favorite Marie Bain, the intimate play runs through May 4 on the Pollock Stage. For this production, STC has partnered with Meals on Wheels by ACC. Adult themes – appropriate age 13 and up.  Tickets: $15-38 (discounts for students, seniors, and groups). For schedules and more information, visit the www.sactheatre.org. To order tickets, call the STC Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office at 916-443-6722 or toll free 888-4-STC-TIX (888-478-2849) or visit the theater at 1419 H. St. in Sacramento.

Alpha Fired Arts will celebrate the rich history of 25 years of clay with the their first “America’s ClayFest Teapot Show” through May 31. The competition formerly known as the Feats of Clay held at Gladding McBean Clay Manufacturing Company in Lincoln will be in conjunction with Blue Line Arts’ America’s ClayFest.  In addition, there will be a Gladding McBean Retrospective at the newly opened Art League of Lincoln’s Art Center Gallery, and an International Student Art Show and Competition.  America’s ClayFest has traditionally had entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe Mexico and Asia. Internationally recognized ceramic sculptor and instructor Tony Natsoulas will be the juror. The reception for the artists will be held on May 3, from 4-7 p.m. The show will run from April 18-May 31, at the Alpha Fired Arts Gallery, located at 4675 Aldona Lane in Sacramento.

Alpha Fired Arts in partnership with Art League of Lincoln and Blue Line Gallery presents “America’s ClayFest Teapot Show,” through May 31. The show will be celebrating the rich history of 25 years of clay competition formerly known as the Feats of Clay that was held at Gladding McBean Clay Manufacturing Company in Lincoln. This year Alpha Fired Arts Gallery’s Teapot show will be in conjunction with Blue Line Arts’ America’s ClayFest.  In addition there will be a Gladding McBean Retrospective at the newly opened Art League of Lincoln’s Art Center Gallery, and an International Student Art Show and Competition.  America’s ClayFest has traditionally had entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe Mexico and Asia. The reception for the artists is May 3, from 4-7 p.m. The Alpha Fired Arts Gallery is located at 4675 Aldona Lane in Sacramento. Visit for more information.

Capitol Ballet Company with students from Capitol Ballet Center proudly presents “A Classical Ensemble” on May 10, 2 p.m. This seasonal matinee displays the progression of classical ballet training at its finest, showcasing Company dancers as well as students from the Company’s school, Capitol Ballet Center. The performance will feature excerpts from La Bayadere, and Coppelia. Additionally, two premieres from choreographer Bruce King – Pastorale for guitar and Chanson Triste/Sad Song – will be performed. “A Classical Ensemble” will be held at Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center located at 8333 Kingsbridge Drive in Sacramento. Tickets are $10-$16 and may be purchased by visiting www.CapitolBallet.com or at the box office 1 hour prior to event. Capitol Ballet Company is a non-profit organization funded in part by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Cultural Arts Awards with support from the City and County of Sacramento.  

The Northern Californian Filmmakers Coalition (NCFC) is based in Sacramento, California and was created to encourage individuals in film-making or film related areas to meet on a regular bases and explore the various aspects of the film industry. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Access Sacramento 4623 T. St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit t www.ncfc.tv or contact P. La Marr at (916) 502-7068 or info@tru-talent.com, or G. Bell at (916) 384-5796 or bellg777@gmail.com.

Lee Diamond performs hits from the Rat Pack era, classic pop and soul hits from the 1950s-1960s, and more at the Backdoor Lounge in Old Sacramento most Friday and Saturday nights. The Backdoor Lounge is located at 1112 Firehouse Ally. 

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at University of California, Davis is pleased to announce a new just added performance, Willie Nelson and Family, performing in Jackson Hall on April 9, at 8 p.m. With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. This iconic Texan has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. In 2013, Willie’s albums included April’s Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop-country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and October’s To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers including Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and Shelby Lynne. The performance is now on sale. Tickets are available at www.MondaviArts.org, or during regular business hours via phone at 866-754-2787 and in person at the Mondavi Center Ticket Office on the UC Davis campus.

The Lodi Community Art Center’s 54th Annual Spring Art show is scheduled for April 12-13. It will be the largest open juried art show that’s free to the public in Northern California.  There will be seven categories of art with cash awards to artists of more than $5,000, including $1,000 for Best of Show.  The theme for the Preview Night Benefit is “Putin’ on the Ritz for Art”. Participating artists from Elk Grove are Judy Knott, Jolene Matson, Ron Ridley, Sandy Ridley, Scott Shipley, Dee Tschida. Artists from around the state and country are entered in the show and will compete for $5,000.00 in cash awards.  Artist awards will be presented at our April 11 preview Benefit Gala starting at 6 pm. Tickets are $50. www.lodiartcenter.org.

d’Art Wines will be holding a Zinfandel wine tasting on April 19. Have you ever wondered how winemaking decisions effect the outcome of a wine?  Many decisions go into making good wine. Several Zinfandels from the same vintage and same vineyard  (as well as Zinfandels from other wineries) that were treated differently at harvest will be available for tastes at 12-2 p.m. Taste how decisions like harvest date and yeast choices can affect the outcome of a wine.  In the Barrel Room 13299 N. Curry Ave. in Lodi. Admission is $15 For reservations send an email to: helen@dartwines.com

Arden Playhouse presents “Have A Nice Day,” written and Directed by Michael Messmer beginning April 25. Amanda and Marv Dillon moved west to build their dream home (actually just a cabin in the mountains) and get away from all the rules and regulations of urban society. Although they don’t know anything about construction, they’ve been working for months building their new home. They’ve had help from Jo, a local contractor who is a taskmaster and has an endless supply of old sayings to keep the couple working. The job is so hard and frustrating that they’ve started giving names…not always nice names…to the sewer tiles, plasterboard and other things they’ve broken. But, in the process, they’ve become very attached to and proud of what they’ve accomplished. This warm and funny look at who we are and what our world has become opens on April 25. Performance Dates:  8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: April 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. Sunday Matinees 2 p.m.: May 4 and18. All tickets are $15 with a reservation and $18 at the door. (Cash or check only.) Tickets can be reserved by calling (916) 332-2582. Arden Playhouse is located at 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento, and seats 150.

The Sacramento Wild and Scenic Film Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the Crest Theater on April 25.  This annual community event offers an evening of short films addressing environmental issues that affect our region. A catered reception in the Crest lobby offers a chance to meet other non-profit sponsor groups, sample local food, and bid in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the California Heartland Project. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The 4-day event features over 125 award-winning films and welcomes over 80 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. SYRCL is now sharing their success with other organizations to bring the festival to over 100 communities nationwide. The Sacramento festival program is specially designed to address issues that are relevant to our local community, and will feature short films that look at themes of water conservation, sustainable development and energy, food and local agriculture, wildlife protection, environmental activism, and outdoor recreation. The Crest Theater is located at 1013 K. St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit www.ecosacramento.net.

The Sacramento Choral Festival will be held June 13-15 at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as Three Stages) at Folsom Lake College Billed as the largest choral event in Sacramento history, the Festival will feature more than twenty Sacramento-area choruses, representing many choral styles, including classical, jazz, barbershop, and more. For more information about the Festival and ticket information: www.sacsings.org www.HarrisCenter.net. Phone: (916) 864-3378 Email: SacSings@yahoo.com

Sac Valley Teen Talent Program – A Community for Peace and Gravity Services, in partnership with Swan Paradiso Events, present the Sac Valley Teen Talent Program. Eleven Sacramento area cities (including Elk Grove) and over 300 students will compete against each other in three levels of competition. Winners will be awarded cash and prizes. Sponsorships are still needed from businesses as well as prizes that can be given in grab bags to winners.  For more details, and information on how to register visit, http://www.SacValleyTalent.com.

Luna’s Café offers a variety of poetry, spoken word, and arts and entertainment at 1414 16th St., in Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 441-3931 or visit www.LunasCafe.com.

present Tahoe Art Hikes Experience dancers, visual artists and musicians in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Sept. 6-7.  Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas’ art hikes blend art experiences with nature. This year’s guided art hikes will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Sept. 6 and 7. Located at an elevation of 6,980 feet, the location is an easy drive from the Sacramento, Reno, Carson City, Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village. Tickets for the art hikes and concert will go on sale on Earth Day, April 22, and are expected to sell out early given the popularity of this year’s participating artists. Advance sellouts have become the norm for Trails and Vistas. The early bird art hike cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children (5 to 12 years old) when purchased by July 15. Beginning July 15, art hike admission goes up to $40 per adult and $15 per child. The Art Hikes are recommended for physically healthy hikers who are accustomed to hiking at high altitude for three hours. In addition to the art hikes, there will be an evening world music concert featuring prominent and celebrated musicians from near and far on Saturday, Sept. 6. The concert includes multiple acts and serves as a fundraiser for Trails and Vistas’ Art in Nature fieldtrips for more than three hundred third grade students. For tickets and the most up to date concert details, visit www.trailsandvistas.org.

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Bits ‘N Speeches Toastmasters marks 17 years in EG

Bits ‘N Speeches, local Toastmasters club is celebrating its 17th anniversary in Elk Grove on Thursday, May 1, and invites the community to join in.

Members will be serving refreshments at 6:30 p.m. at Monterey Trail High School library, 8661 Power Inn Road, and guests are invited to come and stay for the meeting that begins at 7 p.m. There will be a guest speaker followed by prepared speeches, Table Topics (impromptu speeches) and evaluations.

“Table Topics are one of my favorite parts of the meeting,” said member Justin Derr. “This is where guests and members are randomly selected to speak for one to two minutes. It helps you think and speak clearly on your feet.” Guests are urged to participate in this.

Bits ‘N Speeches was founded in Elk Grove on May 1, 1997 as Packard Bell NEC. When Packard Bell closed in 1999, the club chose its new name, Bits ‘N Speeches. It’s been a President’s Distinguished Club for nearly 15 years.

“We (Bits ‘N Speeches) provide a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” said President Judy Saetern.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. It is headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita.

The local club meets weekly on Thursdays at the Monterey Trail High School library. For more information, contact Melanee Cottrill, vice president public relations, at bitsspeeches@gmail.com

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Pleasant Grove FFA celebrates the 86th State FFA Convention

By Pleasant Grove High School’s Future Farmers of America

On April 12, the doors to Selland Arena in downtown Fresno opened and more than 5,000 pumped-up members of the California Association Future Farmers of America (FFA) rushed into the arena for the opening session of the 86th annual State FFA Convention.  

Among the members and guests present were 25 members of the Pleasant Grove FFA Chapter, including two chapter delegates, a state officer candidate, a proficiency award finalist, and career development event participants.  

In addition to members enjoying a great conference full of motivating sessions, an extensive Career Show and College Fair, and the conduction of business relevant to upcoming changes in the State FFA Association, Pleasant Grove FFA members were also able to enjoy a concert from upcoming country singer David Nail, as well as meeting and connecting with other FFA members from across the state.

As the conference concluded on April 15, Pleasant Grove FFA members had a special reason to celebrate this year’s State FFA Convention: Pleasant Grove’s own Roman Waskiewicz, a senior, was elected as the 2014-2015 State FFA Treasurer. 

Roman was one of 65 students who applied for the opportunity to serve as a State FFA Officer this year. He endured three grueling days of interview rounds and presenting a candidate speech to the almost 5,000 members in attendance at this year’s conference. 

Roman is now the 2014-2015 State FFA Treasurer. He will spend the next year traveling across the state meeting with and motivating members to achieve their highest potential, promoting the FFA Organization, and working with the five other State FFA Officers in directing the work of the California State FFA Association.  

The students and staff of the Pleasant Grove High School Agriculture Department would like to extend a special congratulation to Roman as he embarks on his year of service as the 2014-2015 State FFA Treasurer, making Pleasant Grove High School history as the first State FFA Officer from our chapter.

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Chronicles

Elk Grove native Gabe Bejines recently graduated from the Sacramento campus of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.

Bejines attended Elk Grove High School before completing the automotive, diesel, and Toyota TPAT training programs at UTI. He was named to the director’s list.

Local students named

finalists in essay

contest by physicians

Three high school students in the Elk Grove Unified School District were among the 10 finalists out of 185 in the high school scholarship essay contest sponsored by the Sacramento chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The three local finalists are Courtney Chen and Benjamin Taylor of Franklin High School and Brittany Foley of Elk Grove High School.

All 10 finalists will present their essays orally at a dinner on Sunday, April 27 at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd. Judges will ask questions and choose the first, second and third place winners. A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

For more information, email info@sacpsr.org

Spencer Murphy of Elk Grove has successfully completed the 27-week cadet training course at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy. He is assigned to duty at the CHP’s Altadena area office.

Murphy is a 2008 graduate of Elk Grove High School and attended Cosumnes River College. Prior to joining the CHP he was employed by Cardinal Glass Industries in Galt. His father-in-law, Daniel Webb, is a sergeant assigned to the Bakersfield area office.

Cadet training for Murphy included vehicle patrol, accident investigation, first aid, and the capture and arrest of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Training at the CHP Academy also included traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motoring public, issuing citations, emergency scene management, and knowledge of various codes including the Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code.

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