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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.   

West Sacramento Library receives ScholarShare prize

West Sacramento Library receives ScholarShare prize

(Woodland, CA) – Yolo County’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, has received a $500 matching prize from ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan.

Last year, ScholarShare partnered with California public libraries to conduct drawings that gave participants, ages 18 and under, a chance to win $500 in the statewide Summer Reading Program. More than 790,000 Californians of all ages signed up at their local library for the summer reading program. Earlier this month, ScholarShare announced the 40 winners; one from each of California’s senatorial districts. ScholarShare also gave a matching $500 prize to each winner’s local library, which in the 6th Senatorial District, benefitted the Arthur F. Turner Community Library.

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.

Drugs in the Old West

Drugs in the Old West

The dice weren’t the only thing loaded in the Old West! Between opium dens, easy availability of laudanum, cocaine and morphine, and patent medicines packed with who knows what – it’s a wonder more pioneers didn’t overdose. We’ll give you the dope on true stories of chronic misbehavior and high anxiety. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will only be sold at the gate.

Sacramento Old City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

California Perfume in the Garden

California Perfume in the Garden

Brush by aromatic sages, sagebrushes, mints, mugworts, and more and be taken back in time to early California. Enjoy a sensory experience of scent, taste, and touch while learning about the many uses and habitat values of these fragrant plants of California. Visitors will be able to take home a baby sage while supplies last. Bring your curiosity and enjoy a wonderfully scented morning in the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden in Sacramento’s oldest cemetery. Free street parking is available on surrounding streets, with limited parking within the cemetery.

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” on May 21

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” on May 21

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls and gates plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to celebrate and honor the richly diverse cultures represented at the Fort. In fact, the Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world. But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social and cultural diversity. In the New Helvetia Diary (the daily log book of Sutter’s Fort), there are at least 30 different groups of Native people mentioned as having visited the Fort and/or provided labor for John Sutter.  

Deadheading at Daybreak

Deadheading at Daybreak

We will teach you how to deadhead spent blooms from the rosebushes and how tidying up the garden encourages repeat blooming of the roses in the Historic Rose Garden. Late risers welcome! If possible bring your own gloves and tools, but we will also provide tools if you need them. Light refreshments of coffee and pastries will be served. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. Sacramento Historic Cemetery 1000 Broadway.