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April

April is Poetry Month

Perez and Mondinga with the Puppet Company @ McKinley (Family/All Ages)
April 17:

Starting at 3:30 p.m., celebrate Día de los Niños with the Puppet Company! Join the library for the tale of Perez Mouse and Mondinga Cockroach as these puppets enact the story of this Mexican folk tale. McKinley Library, is located at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

Sabrina’s Craft Corner @ McKinley (Adult)
April 18:

Starting at 12:30 p.m., learn a new craft technique every month using simple household items and affordable materials. Today’s craft: Beeswax Candles. Funded by the Friends of the McKinley Library. McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

Earth Day House Concert
April 18:

Roots style neighbor Josh Hoover is opening up his home as a “musical salon.” This event celebrates music and community. All are welcome. Celebrate Earth Day with a house concert! There will be classical and folk music to enjoy on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. There will be a $10 suggested donation to musicians available. The concert will feature guitar and violin “Solos & Duets.” 601 San Antonio Way. For more information contact, Josh Hoover at 731-5012.

Write your life story at annual writers’ conference
April 18:

“Our Life Stories,” a cross-generational writers’ conference, will feature Sacramento region’s celebrated authors, poets, storytellers, and writers. The eighth annual will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. This year’s conference will feature nationally-recognized writers and focus on memoir writing through travel. Register for “Our Life Stories” by April 3, 2015. Space is limited. Conference fee of $35 covers the morning refreshments, workshops, materials, and lunch. Late registration fee (after April 3) is $40. Perry Garfinkel, journalist, author, speaker, writing teacher, editor, content provider, media consultant and strategist, will serve as the keynote speaker. He is the author of “Buddha or Bust”, a 2006 national bestseller, also published in Brazil and Italy. His 1988 book, “Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure,” will be reissued in 2015. Sponsored by the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center and CRC, the one-day conference also includes presentations and workshops by celebrated authors, including prose writers: Jacqueline Doyle, Kerstin Feindert, Ginny McReynolds, Clive Rosengren, and Emmanuel Siguake; poets: Albert Garcia and Sacramento Poet Laureate Jeff Knorr; and storytellers: Ann Rothschild and Katye Ridgeway. Some of the workshops and presentations highlighted at the conference include topics on creating the mood of a place and time that bring the setting to life, capturing your travel experiences in a poem, learning the elements necessary to write strong first-person essays, and writing fiction as a form of travel. To register or to obtain additional details on the conference, visit the website at http://hart-crcwritersconference.org/, call the Hart Senior Center at (916) 808-5462, or e-mail hartcrcwritersconference@yahoo.com.

The Fairytale Town Troupers present: “Once Upon A Time 1959″
April 18 and 19:

Fairytale Town’s most famous and beloved storybook characters come to life in the Fairytale Town Troupers first production of the season! The year is 1959 and Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jack and Jill and more colorful characters are lost in a fantastical fog after being swept away from their storybook homes. Working together, they overcome their erratic eccentricities to uncover the mysterious force that united them and find a way home. This show features original songs set to a 1950s beat. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. There are two shows each day, one at noon and the second at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

SAT Test Secrets 101 at the Central Library
April 21:

From 6 to 7 p.m., Learn to score higher on the SAT using key Kaplan test-taking strategies. This workshop is open to students who took the SAT Practice Test earlier this month, their parents, and anyone else interested in improving their test scores. Test results for the practice test also will be distributed at this session. Registration is required to attend. 828 I St.

State Indian Museum Presents “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale
April 21-25:

In celebration of the museum’s 75th anniversary happening this year, the State Indian Museum and California State Parks are proud to present a “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale on Tuesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 25, 2015. Given the important role books and reading play in shaping the lives of youngsters, this is an important opportunity to provide education about Native American culture — for now and for the future. These books help youngsters learn Native stories and legends, and are suitable for storytelling both at home and in the classroom. With special discounts offered only during the sale, this is a great opportunity for teachers and parents to stock up and save.
While shopping is free, this is also a great time to take advantage of the Museum’s reasonable admission fees and share the experience with family and friends. The State Indian Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and offers a great opportunity to learn about California’s first inhabitants. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under. The State Indian Museum is located at 2618 K St. More information is available by calling 324-8112 or visiting http://www.parks.ca.gov/indianmuseum

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 22:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Albana Consort:music from 1550 to 1750 played on period instruments. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Mad Hatter Meets The Great Gatsby Fundraiser
April 23:

From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Fairytale Town mixes the zaniness of the Mad Hatter with the glamor of “The Great Gatsby” in its third annual fundraising event. Held at the elegant Masonic Temple in Downtown Sacramento, the Mad Hatter Party features desserts and chocolate delicacies, wine and food tastings, live music, mad hats, live and silent auctions and a raffle with exciting prizes. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Fairytale Town’s programs and park improvements. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and go on sale March 1 at fairytaletown.org. Cocktail or business attire. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Mark III Construction, Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP, Otto Construction and Yelp. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Lego Mania @ McKinley (School Age (6-12))
April 24:

Like building with Legos? Come to the library at 3:30 p.m. for monthly Lego free play afternoon. Legos and Lego building books will be provided. McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

SF Squared Book Club @ McKinley (Book Club)
April 25:

Starting at 1 p.m., join the library for a discussion of this month’s science fiction novel. McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

The Fairytale Town Troupers present: “Once Upon A Time 1959″
April 25 and 26:

Fairytale Town’s most famous and beloved storybook characters come to life in the Fairytale Town Troupers first production of the season! The year is 1959 and Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jack and Jill and more colorful characters are lost in a fantastical fog after being swept away from their storybook homes. Working together, they overcome their erratic eccentricities to uncover the mysterious force that united them and find a way home. This show features original songs set to a 1950s beat. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. There are two shows each day, one at noon and the second at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 1 Open House
April 25:

Fire Station 1, located at 624 Q St. will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra Spring Concert:
April 26:

Come hear the award-winning Premier Orchestra play professional repertoire from renowned and beloved composers at 7 p.m., at the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. Founded in 1956 as a 55-member youth orchestra, the Sacramento Youth Symphony will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016! Under the artistic direction of Michael Neumann, SYS now has a membership of 400-plus talented young musicians from all over the Sacramento Valley region. We offer beginning through advanced orchestral ensembles and present 20+ concerts per year under the baton of some of the best music educators and conductors in the region. Visit us online at http://www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org or call Robert at 916-731-5777 for ticket information.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 29:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Bay Area pianist Miyuki Otani. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Minecraft Gaming @ McKinley (Teen)
April 30:

Like building and creating new worlds in Minecraft? Come to the library at 3:30 p.m. for Minecraft gaming! Each player will be given their own computer to build new creations in either Creative or Survival Mode. Players of any level of experience are welcome to join. McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

May

The 3rd Annual JFK Football and Baseball Rib Dinner
May 1:

Starting at 6 p.m. join the JFK football team for a dinner, raffle, door prizes (must be present to win!) and games, all happening in the quad of the football stadium at Kennedy. Ticket prices will be $25 for adults and children and students, $15. Children 5 and younger are free! All attending will need a ticket for entry. Dinner will include a plate of ribs or chicken, side dishes, a roll and desert. Bottled water or can of soda is included in the ticket price. There will be additional drinks on hand for purchase. Contact Head Football Coach Matt Costa for questions or additional tickets, 508-7831, or jfk.cougarfootball@gmail.com.

Community book sale at Arden-Dimick Library
May 1-2:

The Friends of Arden-Dimick Library will hold its next Community Book Sale on Friday, May 1 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room at the Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave. Funds from this sale will be used for local library programs. Some books from the large Frank Rose donation will be included in this sale. Thousands of books will be offered at the upcoming sale at low prices, which makes this an excellent, affordable opportunity for adults and children to stock up on reading materials. Friends’ membership information will be available at the sale for those who are not already a member. Plans are in the works to expand the benefits afforded members in the near future. The Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library is a volunteer community-based organization. Its dual mission is to advocate for the Library and to provide funding for books, materials, programs and library activities primarily through selling donated books.

Fire Station 4 Open House
May 2:

Fire Station 4, located at 3145 Granada Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Intergalactic Expo!
May 2-3:

Fans of all ages are welcome at the “Intergalactic Expo”. This out-of-this-world event, run by local science fictions fans, is a community fundraiser and special weekend-long celebration featuring a Friday night art show, a Saturday night cosplay dance and a Sunday full-day convention.The expo will also offer photo ops with costumed characters, indoor vendors, outdoor bazaar, costumed parade, script reading contest, live comedy, charity auction, demos, workshops, panels, memorabilia exhibits, art exhibit, board games, video games, kids’ arts and crafts, hands-on activities and more! A percentage of ticket sales will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the goal of raising at least $5,000. Additional funds will also be allocated for the City of West Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation children’s programs, and other local community organizations. The event will be held at the West Sacramento Community Center and, across the street from it, at the Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capital Ave, West Sacramento.
For ticket and event details please go to http://www.intergalacticexpo.com

Cowboy Breakfast Hike and Equestrian Ride
May 2:

Come and join the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Staff for the splendor of freshly
made pancakes, hot off the grill with a steaming cup of coffee at the 8th annual Cowboy
Breakfast at Deer Creek Hills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Returning this year is local Cowboy Poet, Jeralynn Strong. She’ll share her clever poems with guests attending, reflecting the area of Deer Creek Hills. Meet and enjoyed local supporters of Sacramento Valley Conservancy at this working cattle ranch, surrounded by
colorful rolling foothills and blooming wildflowers. To complete your visit, top off breakfast with a docent led hike -or- docent led equestrian ride! The Docent led hikes are approximately 3-5 miles. Hikers of different capacities are always welcomed and will be divided accordingly to best suit your pace! Slower, moderate and adventurous paces are offered. Docent led Equestrian rides run approximately 2 1/2 hours exploring the property on your horses back, exploring 4,400-plus acres of this working cattle ranch. No horses are provided, riding your own horse is required. The ride is through open country over a variety of terrain, including water crossings, ascending and descending hills. Most groups are from 10 to 20 people in size, and travel at a walking pace. Cost: Free; Register online: http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 6:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Chanteuses Women’s Ensemble; Chris Alford, director. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
May 7:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

The Theodore Judah Community Theater presents School House Rock!
May 8-9:

The Theodore Judah Community Theater presents ‘School House Rock!’ on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. at Theodore Judah Elementary, 3919 McKinley Blvd. Adults are $5, children are $2; children age 3 and younger are free. Light refreshments are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Theodore Judah Arts Program.

Fire Station 2 Open House
May 9:

Fire Station 2, located at 1229 I St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Stigma Free 2015 event at the Clunie Community Center
May 9:

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy a Sacramento youth celebration recognizing mental health from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clunie Community Center at McKinley Park, 601 Alhambra Blvd. There will be music from 102.5 KSFM, spoken word performances, a scavenger hunt, selfie station, raffle prizes and more. Presented by Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project, this event is free to the public. To RSVP, email info@stopstigmasacramento.org and for more information, visit http://www.stopstigmasacramento.org.
info@stopstigmasacramento.org.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 13:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Lubo Velickovic, and pianist Dmitriy Cogan. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Mission Oaks Computer Club meeting
May 14:

The Mission Oaks Computer Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mission Oaks
Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Dr. The meeting will include a problem-solving clinic, led by
Adam Lacey of Applications, Etc. First-time visitors are welcome. For additional information visit our website at www.missionoakscomputerclub.org or send an email to mocc@missionoakscomputerclub.org.

Fairytale Town presents a day of “Farms, Friends & Fairytales”
May 16:

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of farm animals and agriculture! At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. watch Fairytale Town’s Babydoll sheep get sheared and the wool spun into yarn using an old fashioned spinning wheel. Plus, participate in agriculture-themed hands-on activities, and visit with local area farms and organizations. This program is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market and SAFE Credit Union. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 6 Open House
May 16:

Fire Station 6, located at 3301 MLK Jr. Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

‘Haute Stuff’, a benefit fashion show and marketplace for the Sacramento Children’s Home
May 17:

From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy a marketplace of fashion, home, and lifestyle temptations. There will be local food and wines as well as a fashion show of Haute trends. Even benefits the Sacramento Children’s Home. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kidshome.org/events. Event will be held at Jardin Rue Estate, 4475 Garden Highway.

Free band concert
May 18:

The Sacramento Concert Band will present a free Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., in Carmichael. The concert by the 50-piece band will include “Colonel Bogey” (theme from the movie “Bridge Over the River Kwai”), “Marche Militaire Francaise”, and a medley of tunes by Jule Styne (“The Party’s Over”, “People”, and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”). The band has been performing in the Sacramento area since 1969. There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit the band’s web site: http://www.sacramentoconcertband.net. Come and enjoy the music!

Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra spring concert
May 19:

A 3 p.m. spring concert with the Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra directed by Sean O’Connor and guest artists including Live Oak Waldorf School in Auburn’s Guitar Class directed by Nan Shaw will occur at Capistrano Hall, Room 151, California State University, Sacramento. Donations accepted.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 20:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring jazz guitarist Doug Pauly and Friends. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

What: Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands History Hike
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s featured monthly history hike at Deer Creek Hills
is the Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come travel a new trail with Deer Creek Hill’s historian David Scharlach as he points out evidence of prior residence to Sacramento’s largest open space preserve. Put your boots onto the soil where Native Americans hunted and chanted songs to the early hours, where European trappers took beaver, where Californios were rewarded for their services, where miners scoured the gulches for a bit of color and, finally, ranchers grazed their sheep and cattle. Good for all ages. Cost is $10. Register online: http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Woodland and Pond Birding
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy invites you to participate to a docent guided Pond
Birding at Deer Creek Hills from 7 to 11 a.m. Volunteer Birding Docents Thomas Baumann and Lisa Couper will guide and lead you on cattle paths at this open space preserve. You’ll observe birding activity at stock ponds and seasonal creeks, as you take shelter along the edge of the oak woodland canopy. Late
departing migratory birds can be seen and heard, as well as the activity of the year-round birds of Deer Creek Hills. Hushed tones, walking and stopping are the best ways to bird watch on this outing. Wear “quiet” warm, muted earth-tone colors, sturdy boots for uneven surfaces. Cotton or wool
fabrics are considered “quiet” and work great! Birding scopes, binoculars and/or cameras, are highly recommended for any birding outing. The event is good for all ages. The cost is $10.
Register online: htp://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Auditions for Sacramento Youth Symphony’s 2015-2016 season
May 23, 24, 30, 31:

If you play brass, woodwinds, percussion, or strings then you’re invited to join the award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony, the Sacramento area’s premier youth organization for musicians (ages 6-21)! SYS has orchestras and ensembles for every level, from beginning through advanced. Online applications are available at http://www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org, and are due by late April Auditions will be held on May 23 and 24 and May 30 and 31. Full merit-based scholarships available for select instruments (must apply before April 10)! Call Robert at 731-5777 for details.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 27:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Igor Veligan and pianist Natsuki Fukasawa. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Fire Station 8 Open House
May 30:

Fire Station 8, located at 5990 H St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

June

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 4:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 5 Open House
June 6:

Fire Station 5, located at 731 Broadway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

The Folsom Symphony presents: Sport Night at the Symphony
June 6 and 7:

Narrated as a sports event, the symphony presents a-Monday Night Football theme, featuring Bizet’s “March of the Toreadors” (Carmen), Reineke’s “Casey at the Bat”, themes from Rocky, Chariots of Fire, and Brian’s Song, Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach’s hilarious version of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway. The Saturday, June 6 show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, June 7 starts at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.folsomsymphony.com or call 608-6888. Tickets range from $20 to $55 depending on location.

A theater performance “Anansi, The Spider” to be held at Fairytale Town
June: 6 and 7:

Show times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In the jungles of Africa lives a tiny spider known as Anansi. Believing the children of Earth need stories to tell each other, he begins a quest to get the golden box of stories from Nyami, the sky god. This story is presented by The Puppet Company using hand and rod puppets with authentic African music, colorful costuming and classical African design. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit http://www.fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Film showing about Sutter’s birth place, Kandern
June 12:

At 7 p.m., Peter Volker from Kandern will be in Sacramento at the Turn Verein to show a film about Kandern, which is not only the birthplace of General Sutter, but in 1848 there was a fight at Kandern where the first “Republicans” (i.e. students etc.) were demanding and fighting for establishing a “Republic of Baden.” When they were defeated many of them fled across the Rhine-river and then to the USA. They founded many “Turnvereine” in America. After the film, Peter will have a discussion and answer questions. This is a project of a partnership between Sacramento and Kandern. Those interested in this project are invited to join the meeting at the http://www.sacramentoturnverein.com

Fire Station 12 Open House
June 13:

Fire Station 12, located at 4500 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 18:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Family Campout at Fairytale Town
Friday, June 19 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m.:

Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit http://www.fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town
June 27:

From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more. Celtic rock band Tempest will perform throughout the evening. Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar. Mix 96’s Dan & Michelle will emcee the evening as this year’s Honorary King and Queen. Tickets go on sale May 1 at http://www.fairytaletown.org. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. Members receive $2 off per ticket on advance tickets. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. No member discount on day-of tickets. For more information, visit http://www.fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Crystal Creamery. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

July

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
July 2:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18:

Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Aug. 6:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Sept. 10:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Oct. 1:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

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Defending the shire…Carmichael Park goes medieval

Local Amtgard players gathered at Carmichael Park on Sept. 18 to meet for a day at the “Barony of Thor’s Refuge.”

The group features bringing interesting aspects of medieval life to the community at large, through demonstration and educational classes and “alternative recreation to those of all ages.” Amtgard is a non-profit, non-sectarian group devoted to recreating elements of fantasy, medieval and ancient genres.

Weapons are safe, foam-padded replicas of the imagined things. There is no cost to participate. For more information, visit www.CAAmtgard.com or www.Meetup.com/Amtgard-Sacramento.