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Memorial Day weekend musical adventure in Napa

Sometimes the stars align and everything just goes your way. I also write for the ModestoView and know that they cover BOTTLEROCK every year so I asked the Editor Chris Murphy, if he had a chance could he check out a Vespa for me up in Napa. He thought I was going and asked if I wanted to ride up with them. I explained I was not. He asked if I wanted to go? There was an extra media pass and room and board already taking care of.  The Gallo Center for the Arts was dark for Memorial Day weekend, I had no other plans so, Yes Please. Left early on Friday morning and the drive was pretty easy going until we got to Napa. We pull up to the street on the backside of the Fairgrounds and tell the CHP that we are staying on 4th. Half a block from the entrance. Load in and I am informed that I will be staying in the Hunter S. Thompson room.

St. Mary's Dining Room: dignity restored

St. Mary's Dining Room: dignity restored

The homeless population in San Joaquin County has doubled in the last two years, and continues to climb. St. Mary's Dining Room offers services for the homeless, from haircuts to dental work.

Automobile Museum celebrates Memorial Day with Vettes for Vets & American Muscle Car Show

Automobile Museum celebrates Memorial Day with Vettes for Vets & American Muscle Car Show

This Memorial Day Monday (5/30), hit the road to the California Automobile Museum for the 7th Annual Vettes for Vets & American Muscle Car Show sponsored by Performance Chevrolet, Corvette Care and 101.5 K-Hits.

Free to spectators, the popular annual event celebrates America’s love for the automobile while honoring our country’s brave veterans and active duty military. All car owners and enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their vehicles – especially Corvettes, American “muscle cars” and military vehicles – in the show that takes place in a parking lot behind the Museum.  To register a vehicle, cost is $25 before 5/30 or $30 on the day of the event (each driver will receive one lunch ticket and two free “passes” to the Museum).  At noon, the eye-catching cars on display will be judged in a variety of categories.

Railroad Museum gets in the jazzy spirit with Music Inside Museum, Aboard Trains & more

Railroad Museum gets in the jazzy spirit with Music Inside Museum, Aboard Trains & more

Coinciding with the 43rd annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage diesel locomotive. In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

Inside the Museum, visitors will be treated to entertaining jazz musicians in the Roundhouse throughout the holiday weekend, May 27-30, 2016. And, guests who choose to take a lovely six-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion train ride along the levees of the Sacramento River will also be entertained on board by talented banjo performers from the Sacramento Banjo Band.   

Jamming for a Cause

Jamming for a Cause

Stockton's own Poet Lauerate and the Brubeck Institute Quartet jam for a good cause.

STEAM Week at the Modesto Library

STEAM Week at the Modesto Library

Join the Modesto Library for a week of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs from Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26. Each program is for children ages 10 – 14 and advanced registration is required. Programs include:

·  Engineering Space!………………………………..Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m.

During this program, children will learn about space exploration and will have the opportunity to build a model rover or space shuttle.

·  Build a Remote-Control Vehicle! ………………….Tuesday, May 24 at 4 p.m.

During this program, children will have the opportunity to build a mechanized vehicle using building bricks.

·  Snap Circuits! ………………………………………Wednesday, May 25 at 4 p.m.

During this program, children will learn about electricity and assemble electrical circuits to power a voice changer and other fun toys.

·  Magnets and Electricity! …………………………..Thursday, May 26 at 4 p.m.

Aerospace Museum celebrates Armed Forces Day with FREE admission & open cockpit activities

Aerospace Museum celebrates Armed Forces Day with FREE admission & open cockpit activities

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 the Aerospace Museum of California will be holding an Open Cockpit Day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with FREE admission to all.  Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring this event to honor our military service veterans. 

More than 20 aircraft will be open for viewing and for many of those aircraft guests can sit in the cockpit and imagine flying a mission.  Crew chiefs will be at the aircraft to talk about the history and missions of each aircraft that is open.  Docents will be in the museum to answer questions and talk about our exhibits.