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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

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!

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.

Jamming for a Cause

Jamming for a Cause

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

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.