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Local museums celebrate the end of summer with festivals & fun

Local museums celebrate the end of summer with festivals & fun

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. With summer nearing its end, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are featuring a number of festivals and fun events, a sampling of which includes the following:

Toy Train Month at the California State Railroad Museum – August

August is Toy Train Month at the California State Railroad Museum

August is Toy Train Month at the California State Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to recognize August 2016 as Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit.

In recognition of Toy Train month, 14 toy cabooses from the Museum’s impressive collection will be introduced – for the first time – in the crowd-favorite “Small Wonders” exhibit, one of which is quite rare. Prized Caboose No. 2129 was manufactured between 1908-1913 by Voltamp Electric Manufacturing Company, is blue in color with gold painted lettering “B&O” and “2129” and pin striping on both sides, has an 8-window cupola, and features other eye-catching detail sure to capture the interest of dedicated toy train collectors and casual enthusiasts alike.

Local museums to showcase variety and diversity with interactive booth at the State Fair

Local museums to showcase variety and diversity with interactive booth at the State Fair

Back by popular demand, the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) will offer a fun and interactive booth at the California State Fair (July 8-24, 2016) in an effort to showcase the variety and diversity of offerings available in our region. State Fair guests are invited to imagine, explore and discover more about local museums and destinations at the visually-exciting Sacramento Museums booth that will be located in Building B (southwest corner).

In addition to providing helpful information about the nearly 30 SAM member museums, the Sacramento Museums booth will include a number of hands-on activities every day that include the following:
Guests can experience what it’s like to sit in a F-16 Pilot Procedures Trainer provided by the Aerospace Museum of California;

Sacramento Self-Help Housing presents 14th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake”

Sacramento Self-Help Housing presents 14th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake”

Sacramento Self-Help Housing, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness in our region, is proud to announce the 14th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” event in celebration of Bastille Day at The Grand Ballroom (1215 J Street in Sacramento) on Thursday evening, July 14, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presented by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisor’s Office and longtime board member Patrick Kennedy, Supervisor, District 2, guests will indulge in a fun Bastille Day celebration showcasing outstanding local cuisine, wines and beverages, cake tasting, upbeat music and more. Guests will enjoy listening to the sounds of the multi-talented musician Gabe Dixon and music by popular local DJ Roderick Mar Carpio (from Le Twist) along with bidding on artwork created by some of the region’s most talented artists.

Legendary golf course architect returns after 25 Years

Legendary golf course architect returns after 25 Years

Golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Brookside developer Fritz Grupe return to Brookside Country Club to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
 

Join ABC10 for Raley's Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive

Join ABC10 for Raley's Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive

Hunger is a reality for one in six Americans. You may think you do not know anyone that is food insecure, but millions are suffering daily.

In California alone, nearly 60% of all public school students are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. That’s 3.5 million low-income kids statewide. The situation amplifies during the summer season when many children who rely on school programs for food go without meals because school is not in session.

Because Raley’s Food For Families program recognizes that no child should go hungry, they have become a main contributor to local food banks. A donation of $1 to Raley’s Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive will help provide fresh produce to hungry families.

Auto museum celebrates dads with free rides in classic cars

Auto museum celebrates dads with free rides in classic cars

Complete with free rides in classic cars, the California Automobile Museum is getting revved up to celebrate dads and grandpas on Sunday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to a number of eye-catching exhibits – including the limited time The Pickup Truck: Where Utility Meets the Everyday – nearly 10 classic cars will be on special display for one-day-only ranging from a Model A to a ’66 Mustang convertible.  As a highlight, friendly volunteer drivers are offering FREE rides to the marina and back for interested fathers and grandfathers as well as their families. Donations are welcome to support the Museum’s education program. Plus, popular food trucks, such as Street Eatz and North Border Taco, will be on-site for interested visitors to treat dad to a yummy lunch as well. Take a ride and plan a stop with dad on Father’s Day at the California Automobile Museum!

Railroad museum invites guests to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day weekend

Railroad museum invites guests to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day weekend

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation invites guests to celebrate dad on Father’s Day weekend with memorable steam train ride and even first-class service aboard an air-conditioned vintage lounge car on June 18 & 19, 2016. All weekend long, guests can enjoy excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad pulled by the recently restored and popular vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock 10.

Steam train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats or VIP train ride experiences onboard the Museum’s beautifully restored first class El Dorado lounge car.

Railroad Museum calls for volunteers

Railroad Museum calls for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy meeting people from all over the world?

California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate and inspire others about the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. A special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento (next door to the California State Railroad Museum). Volunteer applications are being accepted now through July 1 and will be followed by an interview process.



7 local “Blue Star Museums” offer free admission to military personnel and heir families this summer

7 local “Blue Star Museums” offer free admission to military personnel and heir families this summer

Seven Sacramento-area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day (May 30) through Labor Day (September 5), 2016. The seven local museums participating in Blue Star Museums include the following:  Aerospace Museum of California, California Agriculture Museum, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town and the Sacramento History Museum.